Link to Premier League at the Murrayfield Bar, underneath this!!!
Murrayfield Premier League Web Site.
P.D.C. Darts Web Site
Fast Games-Maximum-High Finishes League tables updated Sunday 6.45 am.
League results and tables updated 4th October
Dundee Open T.B.C.
Scottish Youth Grand Prix 2 CISWO Club Glenrothes
Murray Bar Polbeth, Open Singles, registration
by 1.30pm. £5.00 entry, £150 added to pot.
Open Singles, Wiremill Club, Musselburgh 1pm
start, register by 12.30.
Turkey Open TBC, Grand Harber Hotel, Kemer Antalya
Harpers Open Darts Wick
Open Singles, Old Oak Pub, Rutherglen register
Scottish Youth Grand Prix 3
Liberton Open, Edinburgh, Singles £600 in prize monies
Genting Casino, Leith, Singles £700 in
Bellrock Open, Arbroath, Red Lion Caravan Park, contact Alan Souter for registration before 13th
Nov if possible! Pre enter places will only be available on the day if players don’t turn up! £10 entry prize
Open Singles, Orange Hall, Kilwinning, £6
Murrayfield Bar Charity Singles, £5 entry, 12.00 registration, 1pm toe the ocky, all proceeds
going to charity, However prizes will be awarded for the finalists.
Old Oak, Singles comp, 07852349678
Bentswood Open, Stoneyburn.
REMEMBER THE MAN ALAN CHUCK NORRIS
did us proud in two exhibitions along side Andy Boulton and last season with Deta Heddman. well read on!
ALAN Norris secured the first PDC title of his career on Saturday as he won Players Championship
18 on an extraordinary day which also saw two nine-dart finishes hit at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
who sealed his switch to the PDC in January after winning a Tour Card at Qualifying School, was in blistering form on the
day as he swept through the field before producing an astonishing display to defeat Kim Huybrechts in the final.
There would also be cause for celebration for Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor as they both landed nine-dart finishes
on the day against Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting respectively.
2014 Lakeside finalist Norris began
his route to a maiden PDC crown with hard-fought 6-4 victories over Matt Clark and Vincent van der Voort before he then defeated
Mervyn King 6-3 to win his board and reach the Last 16.
It would not get any easier for the 43-year-old as he
came up world number eight and recent European Darts Trophy Champion Michael Smith in his next match, again securing a 6-4
victory to set up a quarter-final clash with Darren Webster.
After breezing past Webster 6-1, Norris then matched
up with World Champion Gary Anderson in the last four, finishing with a 100.82 average and landing three 180s in a fourth
6-4 success of the afternoon.
Huybrechts would head into the final in similarly strong form having defeated Andy
Hamilton, whose return to form saw him overcome world number one van Gerwen en route to a quarter-final spot, and Taylor in
his previous two matches.
However, it would be Norris who would maintain his form in the final as he saved his
best for last, storming past the Belgian (6-1) with a 108.06 average as he took the £10,000 top prize in stunning style
and set the standard ahead of the 2015 partypoker.com World Grand Prix which begins on Saturday in Dublin.
Premier & Championship League Reports.
The Commercial Inn or otherwise known as the Nomad’s
hosted the Highway Men from the Volunteer in Uphall, and not one of the players on the night would ever have predicted the
score line of this match up, which is always to close to call for either team, and it was the travelling Highway Men who came
away with a 9 games to 0 win and those valuable two points. Some excellent scoring and it all started as John Charleston got
the visitors of to a flyer with a fabulous 156 game shot to take the first match.
Kirknewton Inn Keepers continue their good run with their
second win of the season, two from two this team may take a bit of watching, and anyone who thought these new kids on the
block might be there for the taking had better think again.
Stephan Patton from the Nomads joins the maximum Hitters league
table with a 180.
Stuart Russell from the Loganlea Collier's firing in a 180 and had a 17 darter.
S Cameron from Almondale Pirates two rock solid games both finished in 20 darts
and he also recorded a 180.
Wullie Jack from Almondale Pirates
also on target knocking in a 19 darter.
Derek Bird from
East Calder Flyers scored 2 x 180's.
Report from the Murrayfield Premier League, Saw William Borland continue his great run of late with a fine
7-3 win over John Tough which included 2 x 180's, Gillian Bell lost 7 games to 1 to Scott Muir however she had chances
in three of the games and just narrowly missed a maximum first two arrows right in the heart of the treble twenty the next
one just a fraction above. Stephan Colthart missed the bulls eye for a 122 game shot and never recovered going down 7-0, Mitchell
and Alan White fought out a cracking match with the honours even Mitchell 90
game shot a maximum 180 and a 15 dart game, Alan 15 dart game 116 game shot plus a maximum 180 as well. Martin Deegan sat
at home and caught up with back episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale Farm! Jamie Banks not in attendance and quite
rightly so as Mr James Banks senior is in hospital and I know I can speak for all of the darting fraternity that we wish him
a speedy recovery from his op! Banksy senior is the mastermind behind the Brucefield Farmers team and chairman of the W.L.
Youths, so get better soon as all these players will miss you!
Report League match 2
The Brucefield Farmers V The Tower Knights
This was the
Farmers first home match of the new season against our good friends from the Tower Bar in Craigshill results were as follows
Farmers names first. Craig Forrest 2 B Patterson 1, Gary Christie 2 G Cheshire 1, Rab Craig 2 J Gilmour 0, Jamie Banks 2 M
Conway 1, Jimmy Johnston 2 C Camaron 0, Bunny Forrest 2 J Devlin 0 so six games to nil to the Farmers before a 15 min break
as the player from both sides sat down to a full carvery thanks to the staff at The Brucefield for this so with the two points
now in the bag for the Farmers time to bring in some of our new players doubles results as follows Colin McMorrin & Shaun
Roberts 0 J Devlin & C Camaron 2, Jamie Banks & Steven Colthart 0 M Conway & B Patterson 2, Craig Forrest &
Roy Anderson 0 G Cheshire & J Gilmore 2 so The Tower Knights taking all the doubles final score on the night The
Brucefield Farmers 6 The Tower Knights 3 Farmers Man Of The Match Gary Christie
taking the all important fifth game to secure the points for the Brucefield match highlights Bunny Forrest 180 Jamie Banks
86 check M Conway 76 check
Only three our youths travelled
to Glenrothes on Saturday to play in the Scottish under 18s championship and only two of them played that was Kieran
Bird and Jamie Banks both of them playing very well Kieran was up first and played Jack Duncan from the highlands
Kieran hitting 180 and an 18 dart leg but going out by three games to two Jamie Played Stuart McMeechan from central
and Jamie winning by three games to nil in the next round Jamie played Nathan Girvan from Angus and what a game this
was Jamie hitting 177 and 14 15 dart leg but going down by three games to two the new youth rankings Kieran Bird 8th
with 42 points Jamie Banks 9th with 41 points Calvin Fleming 20th with 24 points Lewis Gurney
23rd with 17 points Andrew Thomson 36th with seven points James Halliday 53rd with 2 Points
so well done to both Kieran & Jamie collecting some more points on the day and both of them in the top ten in
Scotland with still five competitions to go
Jamie & Kieran
also played in the Winmau Qualifier Jamie going out in the first round but Kieran getting all the way to the final
which they did not needed to play as there was two places available so well done to Kieran Bird who will go to Hull
in October to fly the flag for west Lothian
Well Done Kieran Bird
Wednesday Night Premier League Report.
This week Jamie Banks and Stephan Colthart
were drawn against each other and it was the younger of the two who claimed a fine 7 games to 1 victory, which also included
a maximum 180, Martin Deegan at 3-1 down looked out of his match but a spirited fight back saw the match all square at
4-4 however double trouble ensued and a 4-7 defeat was on the cards, But a wee maximum 180 did show there was nothing wrong
with his scoring power! William Borland continues to impress with a win yet again by the score line of 7 games to 1 and another
brace of maximum 180's to add to his ever growing tally for the year. Gillian Bell found herself up against another female
player Hazel and in a match which was very evenly contested in the scoring department however doubles win matches and Gill
came out by 7 games to 3 to give her the valuable points on offer. Mitchell had no match but the cider was good?
On 21st September at the first match of the league we have the following special mentions:
Mick Burke 18darter with a 116 check out from Paraffin
Arran Edwards 18 darter and 2 x 116 check outs from Paraffin
Gordon Bruce 16 darter from Paraffin Lamp Brigands
Stuart Mitchel 18 darter from The Tower
Pete Hastings 78
game shot from the Highway Men
William Borland & William Harraughty both
hitting maximum 180's in the Bathgate Friday night League for the Bentswood Inn -Stoneyburn.
League week one results and tables updated 22nd September
(Updated by Mr James Banks web master and confirmed/registered by Match secretary Mrs Connie
League Season under way!
YES, we have our first fine, team captains know that they must register players at least by the Friday before the Next
Monday match! However the committee might just be generous this time round as some teams did not pass their player registration
sheets into the Match Secretary at the last meeting because of holidays etc, BUT be warned our new secretary (Connie) is looking
at the team sheets and YOU wont be so lucky next time, so team captains PLEASE make sure your players are registered before
you put them on a team sheet, T.Y.
Doo Club Open Ladies Singles
the men’s competition was being played the Ladies also had a their own singles championship taking place downstairs,
one reason for the split was that the youth players who had entered the men’s comp were allowed upstairs in the function
hall and not in the downstairs bar, AND as I don’t believe there were any ladies present who might just have been on
the 18 and under age bracket! They decided to have their own championship in the bar (not so far to walk for a drink!!?) here
are the results from the quarter finals, Kathy Henderson 3-1 Karen, June McCallum 3-1 Daisy Heeps, Jillian Speirs 3-1 Avril
Bird, Gillian Bell 3-0 Natasha, Ladies semi finals saw June McCallum3-2 Kathy Henderson, Gillian Bell 3-0 Jillian
Speirs, and in the Grand Final it saw Lanarkshire county Player June McCallum come away with a fine 3-0 victory over Gillian
Bell good match up with June just missing a maximum on the wire in the second leg , and the match could have been closer Gillian
missing her favourite double 16 and double 8 which would have made the match 1-1 but after that there was no stopping June
who claimed the title in style. Well played the ladies.
Doo Club Open Men’s Singles
Cracking turn out for this event which was very well run and organised by Gary Christie and official score
recorder Stephan Colthart, and just goers to show with enthusiasm and commitment and common sense what can be done at such
short notice! Gary looking at the darts calendar saw that there was nothing happening round about so he quickly put out the
word about a comp and low and behold players came from Edinburgh in the East and Lanarkshire in the west and even Greater
Glasgow so just show's what can be done with the the right commitment and of course the sponsorship of the Doo Club and
with five boards in use in the upstairs function hall youth players can enter as well, very well organised and don’t
care if I repeat myself (it was)!
Anyway here are the results from
the last 8 who all received prize monies. William Borland 4-0 Chris Forsyth, Graeme Bird 4-3 Colin Nicol, A Silky (Mr Alphabet)
4-1 S Harrison, Gordon Bruce 4-1 Martin Deegan, losers all receiving £10 each. Semi Finals Graeme Bird 5-3 William Borland,
A Silky 5-3 Gordon Bruce, losers £35 each (perhaps £40 not sure) Grand Final saw A Silky 6-3 Graeme Bird, close
encounter and at 3-3 it was anyone’s match but Mr Alphabet just managed to close out the legs that one dart ahead of
Graeme and so both players receiving a fabulous round of applause from the many who stayed on to watch the final, well done.
Some statistics from the ocky’s go like this. Martin (I’m in trouble from the missus!)
Deegan games finished in 16-17-18-18 darts along with 96-100 game shots and a maximum 180, George (Jukebox) Thorburn turning
on the style and at his age as well firing in a 18 dart leg against perhaps the only player in the hall smaller than himself
Stevie Duncan (George you bully!.) Kieran Bird cracking 18 darter finishing on a 68 game shot, Paul Weir yet another maximum
180, Pete Hastings game shot of 78 and recording a 18 dart game, Graeme Bird 90 and 103 and 113 game shots along with 16-17
dart games, Gordon Bruce rock solid play once again from this Brigand of the Paraffin Lamp tribe firing in 2x180’s along
with games finished in 14-16-16-17-18-20 darts plus 2x x 80 game shots and a 96 finish. William Borland games finished in
16-17-18-19-20-20 darts some excellent finishing with game shots pf 88-100-118. Colin Nicol magical maximum 180, Mitchell
14-17-18 darters and a 96 game shot. Now I realise there were more cracking scores recorded but mainly I was looking out for
the local dart players who play in the West Lothian area, so apologies to the travelling players if you are not mentioned
it is not intentional, cheers Jim M.
BATHGATE FRIDAY NIGHT LEAGUE
Well the season started at
Coppies Bar in Armadale with the prestige’s K.O. Cup competition. And after some terrific tussles on the ocky it saw
the Bentswood Inn from Stoneyburn toe the ocky against the 32 Club from Shott’s. And as time had moved on the committee
decided to use the old super league format of playing simultaneously on all three boards in other words three matches at the
same time get my drift! And after the six singles games had been played it saw the Bentswood team come away with a 5 games
to 1 win to take the title, and once again it was William Harraughty who won the final match up to claim his second K.O. Cup
title of the week!
Bentswood Inn team was Callum Wilkinson-Paul Weir-William Borland-Jim Mitchell-Graeme Bird-William
Some scores from the Bentswood Inn team saw William Borland fire in a 15 darter with a superb 150
game shot via 60-54-36, Mitchell 77 game shot and a 14 darter along with a 180, Callum Wilkinson with 18 & 19 dart games
and a maximum 180. Also in the Bentswood B team it saw Big G record a maximum 180 and Martin Deegan firing in 18 & 19
dart games, the ‘B’ team who made the semi finals before bowing out to the Bentswood ‘A’ were Denise
Bird-Gillian Bell-Big G-Martin Deegan-Stephan Morrans- and their chauffeur the quiet man Ian Stevenson.
WEDNESDAY LEAGUE REPORT
Bar Premier League
Results and scores as follows, Martin Deegan finding
his range with a fine 7-0 win which included a maximum 180 and legs finished in 15-16-19-20-20 arrows nice shooting from the
William Borland fired in a cracking 177 score and won his match
7 games to 3 also recording 16-18-20 darters on his way to victory. Jamie Banks jnr went down fighting 4-7 but had the consolation
of once again pounding the treble 20 and another maximum 180 to add to his tally for the season. Stephan Colthart and Gillian
Bell both had one thing in common they both recorded the same result losing 0-7 though Gillian was on 58 left after 15
darts but her opponent was not a gentleman and went out in 16 (did you not Mr Womble bus for you next week!) Jim Mitchell
winning 7-0 not a lot of fast games from the old man but two finishes of 100 and 153 helped at the end of 2x18 dart legs.
K.O. Cup Finals.
Excellent darts thrown by the four teams reaching the semi finals, however there has to be winners and losers!
and on board one it saw the Assassin's defeat the KirkNewton Inn Keepers by 4 games to 1, on board three the same score
line with the defending champions the Nomads getting the better of the Almondale Pirates also by 4 games
to 1. So the grand final saw the Cawburn Sports Bar Assassins last seasons league champions up against the holders of
the trophy the Commercial Inn Nomads. And in a cracking final it saw the Assassins under the leadership of Big Tam Laird their
team captain take the title by 4 games to 1, this was a close encounter and quite simply the match that had everyone on their
feet clapping was when Daive Aitken and Paul Weir shook hands after Pauls superb 17 dart game of 701, and it takes two to
make a real match up and Davie in the middle of the leg fired in three consecutive ton's him self, superb match up and
quite rightly both players got a fabulous round of applause. However it was the next match which sealed the title for the
Assassins when William Harraughty took the title to Pumpherston the home of the Cawburn with a double 10. And that folks is
the first competition of the season now safely tucked away. Roll on the next one!
Bliiny Open in Shotts.
Finals saw Daz
Grey defeat William Borland in a cracking final.
Other scores saw Stephan Colthart
scoring a magnificent 174 and then following it with a 99 game shot, also on the maximum trail it saw Brucefield Farmers
Jamie Banks rattling the red lipstick once again to record yet another superb maximum 180.
Bathgate Friday Night League.
Friday will see the start of the Bathgate Leagues season and starting off with the K.O. Cup. Venue is Coppies
Bar in Armadale, wishing all the teams entering this long established West Lothian league all
the best for the forth coming season (longest running league in the county!) Danny Kirkland & Scotty Telford once
again the committee running this well established league.
Wishing all the local Monday night players all the best if they are taking part in the Wednesday
night Premier League in Edinburgh,
Results for those players will be updated
Wednesday Night Premier League Report.
With the Murryfield bar
now entering its second Premier league event run by the Doc Andy McCardle, it has seen no fewer than six players from the
50 who have entered the competition this time around, play in the Monday night W.C.D.D.L. taking part, And here is a quick
run down on their first week on the ocky!
Martin Deegan looking good at 3-1 up but then his opponent Jack Gibson
fires in a superb 150 game shot and the game is turned on its head and Martin does not recover though he had chances but failed
to take them so a 7 games to 3 defeat was the final score on the door, Stephan Colthart went down 7-0 but big point in this
match up was Stephan on 151 left in the first leg hit treble 17 treble 20 then asked what was left oh if only he had not stopped!
But that’s darts. William Borland once again looks a class act on the ocky 2 x 180’s and an excellent win coming
away with a 7-0 victory to set him up nicely at the top of his league. Gillian Bell making her first appearance at this level
managed to keep her opponent in sight and at 3games each she had chances but eventually went out by 7 games to 4.
continues his good run in these events with a fighting 7 games to 4 victory at 3-3 he pressed the accelerator button and after
that their was no catching him, Last but not least Old Man Mitchell fired in a 14 darter the fastest recorded leg of the night
but one that wont stand at the top of the fast games table for long with so many talented arrow smiths in the mix and a 7-0
win to set him off to a winning start.
to the four teams remaining from the original 18 teams, and they are,
Almondale Pirates, Cawburn Assassins, Commercial
bar Nomads and the Kirk Newton Innkeepers.
And well done to the Innkeepers as this is their first sortie
into league competitions and they may well be a team to watch out for in the season to come!
the night there were a smattering of good games and these are the ones that were recorded, Remember folks if you don't
write them down cant report on them can I.
On the maximum trail it saw Stevie Duncan and Pete Hastings record
maximum 180’s, Top finish of the night saw Craigshill man or known on the circuit as Joe the Devil Devlin with a 118
game shot, Now to get on the league tables for fast games you need to have a 25 per dart averages in other words a score of
75 a throw or better, Pete Hastings nice 26 dart 701 game for a dart average of 80.88 a throw, Mitchell 84.12 a throw with
a 25 dart 701 game, Davie Aitken 77.88 a throw with a 27 dart game. However the fastest and without a shadow of a doubt saw
Arry Edwards of the Paraffin Lamp Brigands record a superb 19 darter for a dart average of 110.68 per three darts thrown cracking
And then of course we have the other end of the spectrum and it wont be the only recorder score of three
yes 3x1 this season I am sure, Take a bow Rex Brady it happens to us all, just your the first recorded hitter of 3 this season,
cheers Jim M
Yes guy's and Gal's of the ocky, the season starts in earnest next Monday, And once again the K,O, Cup is our
first venture into a new season, And I would like to wish both our newest teams every success in this their first venture
into the W.C.D.D.L. league.
Now after our delegates meeting one very important subject was brought up and that is that YOU must be in the premises
(Doo Club) for 7.45 registration on the evening’s of competitions, Don’t come along at 8pm and say taxi was late,(we
have heard it all before) with 18 yes eighteen teams now in the league we would like to get the matches started and first
players at the toeing the ocky for 8pm, seasons gone by we were able to be more flexible, however there were maybe only 6
teams and then 8 teams in the league, but the league has grown and with two divisions and 18 teams we can no longer sit back
and wait for teams to turn up! And let’s be honest with the drink driving laws etc we would like to be finished at a
reasonable time, the days of finishing finals at 1.30 and some times later have to be gone, and some off you will remember
those days? Anyway apart from
that we are not uncaring and we know that if some one is in hospital or working late common sense must come into the equation,
this gentle reminder is about whole teams turning up late! (Let me think oh yes the team I play for comes to mind) imagine
the embarrassment f I have to exclude myself from the competition!
Also if you can get the team sheets in quick
to the Match Secretary (Connie) you will see that each week fingers crossed
the league tables will be updated on the web site, check the left hand column for the page and both league tables will be
up to date, as long as the home team remembers to send in the results!
So see you all next Monday
happy darting to all of you for the season ahead.
League fixtures now on line
Bar Premier League Finals
Well a superb night of darts and when you see so many cracking dart players plus spectators
in a pub on a Wednesday night you know something special is happening, and it was all down to one man Mr Andy McCardle or
to the general public (the Doc).
From the start Doc ran this brainchild competition of his
with consummate ease, every week the draw was on the board the markers knew where they had to be and the league tables etc
were published and up to date weekly. And this man give him his due ran the competition with rules and guide lines and everyone
knew what they were from the start. And that takes some doing!
Well on the night after all the chalk dust had settled ok marker pens
had their lids back on, we came to the last two darters left standing and the were Stuart Ironsides & Scott Gardiner,
these two players did what no other player could do they out scored and hit more winning doubles than anyone else and after
16 weeks of league play and putting their opponents to the sword on the night of the finals they were the best two players
left standing. And as the old adage goes there can be only one! And it was Scott Gardiner who claimed the title of Premier
League Champion, congratulations to both players for making the final and once again THANK YOU to the organiser who not only
organised the competition from start to finish, He also had Scottish International player and now PDC player Gary Stone their
to present the prizes, also Michael Burgess for the pictures and photos of the nights entertainment, and of course the sponsorship
of the Murryfield sports bar itself , who without their support these events could not happen, So what do you do with a winning
team like that, You run another one, and I for one am looking forward to it. What else would you do on a Wednesday night!
|Andy McCardle alias the Doc with Gary Stone
|Grand Finalists of the Premier League 2015
|Stuart Ironsides &Scott Gardiner
|Grandad stiil throwint the treble 19,s
|Allan Tilley a star from the past and still making the finals
|The Walk on Girls
|Abit of glamour on the night, well done.
|Player with fabulous potential, youve been warned!
|Lewis Coult the man with the biggest smile!
WLYDA updated 23rd August
Maximums 171-180 league table updated,
games dart average 25 per dart or 20 darts or better league table updated,
league table with finishes of 75 and better updated.
If you see a stat missing
PLEASE drop me a line, always good to give
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!
Paraffin Lamp Summer League
Arran Edwards crowned champion of the Paraffin Lamp Summer
Report to follow, as and when it wings its way to me.
Lamp Finals Night
The final four men left standing in the league saw John Charleston from Uphall who plays for
the Volunteer Highway Men get the better of Davie Aitken from the Commercial bar Nomads in West Calder by a score line of
6 games to 4. The second semi final was a real close affair with both players from the Brigands who ply their darting trade
from the Paraffin Lamp and it was Arran Edwards who just edged out fellow team mate Gordon Bruce by the odd leg in 11 by a
score line of 6 games to 5.
So after many weeks of competitive match play it saw the finals being contested between Arran
Edwards and John Charleston, and it was the man from Craigshill, Arran Edwards who claimed the title with a 7 games to 4 victory
over John Charleston from Uphall.
The prize fund paid out saw the champion receiving £300, £150 for the runner up,
both semi finalists receiving £75 each and the quarter finalists being paid £25 for their efforts on the ocky.
Top shots from the nights
play saw no fewer than 5 players recording maximum 180’s and they were, Gordon Bruce 4x180’s, Arran Edwards 3x180’s,
Martin Deegan, Scott Cameron, Pete Hastings all firing in 1 x 180 apiece. Top finish came from TWO PLAYERS with John
Kirk and Gordon Bruce both hitting a 118 game shot Gordon also firing in a 100 take out.
Fast games saw Arran Edwards 2 x
13 darters, Gordon Bruce 13 darter plus a 16 and 2 x18 dart games.
So with only the Brucefield Farmers summer league finals to be played
out that ladies and gentlemen of the ocky almost concludes the summer league fixtures.
If anyone has more news of competitions
being played please drop me a line and let’s give( CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE)
MURRAYFIELD PREMEIER LEAGUE '
in order to Iain Lyon who won the B Finals competition last night, at the start of the whole competition Dangermouse was the
whipping boy, but boy oh boy did he get his act together, well done mate different class and a credit to the event, well done
also to Gerry McMorrow who fought bravely in a really good Final but just wasn't to be in trying to get over that finishing
line but a great effort nevertheless, thank you to all who played last night in the event,you are a credit to the sport of
darts, some of your walk on songs were just bloody brilliant lol.
(report from organiser The Doc Andy McArdle)
Once again a member of the W.C.D.D.L. has
achieved a perfect finish.
John Charleston has joined Bunny Forrest, William
Borland and Stevie Duncan in recording the highest finish in the sport of darts a magnificent 170. You can go a long time
without even hearing or seeing one of these perfect shots, but here we are in the summer leagues and there have been four
recorded in different leagues, Fabulous shooting from these marksmen of the W.C.D.D.L.
|John Reidy (centre) sponsor of the Bentswood Open
|Jim Mitchell and Joe Bata, Finalists Aug 015
Saturday 15th August.
again the Bentswood Inn, in the heart of Stoneyburn did darts proud sponsoring another open tournament with substantial prize
money on offer for the brave players who were willing to give it a go!
not the biggest turnout for one of these events, but a very good quality field were in for the action, players from the Borders,
Musselburgh, Tranent, Shotts and and good to see BIG Callum Russell from Forth also taking to the ocky (who said he was past
it!) and a large contingent from Edinburgh took to the ocky, however only a few local players, wondered what happened to a
lot of the usual suspects!
Anyway once the draw was done and
the chalk dust settled it saw Lothian county player Joe Bata and Livingston’s Jim Mitchell take their places in the
grand final, not much in it with Mitchell taking the first leg and then Joe claiming the second and wonder what would have
been the outcome if he had hit tops for the third to break Mitchell’s throw, however he did not, and it then saw the
local Livingston player go on to take the title by a score line of 4 games to 1.
Fastest recorded game of the day a 12 darter from the winner with scores of 60-140-180-121 g.s.
Many thanks to the organisers and the sponsors who did a cracking job all afternoon in running
the tournament smoothly. The break bown in prize monies went like this £200 for the winner, £100 for the runner
up, £60 for both semi finalists, and £20 for each of the quarter finalists, so once again many thanks to John
Reidy mine host of the Bentswood Inn for supporting local darts, and hope to see more of you at the next one which is already
in the pipe line for next year!
Well the usual suspects were there yes the trip to the Granit City saw
a host of West Lothian players make the journey North on Friday.
With many of the counties
favourite darting sons and daughters in attendance, here is a rundown of the most news worthy items, Kieran Bird &William
Borland taking the scalp of The Rocket man Ronnie Baxter in the men’s doubles on Sunday fabulous performance with William
putting in the finishing touches with bull’s eye treble 15 and double twenty cracking arrows from these stars of the
ocky. John Skippy Charleston playing awesome darts and winning his board convincingly before bowing out in the last 32 and
receiving £50 for his gallant effort, only double trouble costing him in his last match. Mitchell just one game better
making the last 16 and receiving £100 for his days work on the ocky. Congratulations go to Andy Boulton on winning the
event overall against Jamie Bain in the grand final 8-5. Also to Deta Headman who once again kept the crown on her head winning
the title for I believe the fifth time some player this lady. Gary Stone & Allan Chuck Norris taking the doubles title
over Harry Todman & Ryan Murray in the men’s pairs.
Couple of photo’s to follow, but for now a couple
of days with no alcohol and boy do I need it?
Once again a great turn out for the annual meeting with over fifty dart enthusiasts turning up to help make the decisions
for the forth coming season!
And there were changes made at committee level and playing of matches formats.
After many seasons as match secretary Mr. John Kirk
was not able to attend and a new match secretary was voted onto the committee so your committee for the season 2015-16 is
Match secretary Mrs. Connie Bamburry, League secretary Mr. John MacDonald, Chairman/Treasurer Jim Mitchell.
Once again the league is in a healthy position
as in finances and it was decided that no increase should be made in team registration and player registration and they would
stay the same as in the past season.
Changes to the competitions however was on the cards and it was decided by a unanimous decision that the
K.O. Cup should return to being played over two nights in the East Calder Doo Club, the format also was changed and instead
of a league format it would now be seven singles matches this was to save time as many of us know if in the past you received
a bye and had to wait it could be almost 10pm before you toed the ocky. The new format is 7 singles of 701 and it will be
bull up with the team/player called out first throwing for the bull’s eye to see who has the right of throw, this takes
away the advantage of a coin toss and it is now down to skill!
One huge difference is in how many matches will be played by the teams in the league, as many off the players
were unhappy with only 16 league matches per season and with pubs and clubs crying out for more business it was decided unanimously
that each team would play each other three times, and it would depend on how the teams were pulled out to see who would get
the home tie (twice)this ladies and gentlemen is to try and help out the pubs in the league as we are all aware times are
hard and darts are played in pubs and clubs! So let’s try and support the publicans that support us!
Also approved by the body of the hall was to
once again go ahead with a exhibition night, (chairman will report back at the next delegates meeting on any news for this
event) Also competitions will be played as per usual in the Doo Club however we players will know beforehand if the finals
will be played upstairs or downstairs this is so that our youth players will know if they can compete or not. Now youth players
can only play in the function hall upstairs and we will try to accommodate them as far as we can however we cannot change
the competitions because of them as the majority of players are JUST over the age of consent and in this democratic society
the majority do have the edge!
The next meeting for delegates is on the 2nd September in the Doo Club starting at 8pm. The K.O.Cup
will commence on the 7th September.
The league table with dates etc will be on line in about ten days time.
The leagues for the forthcoming season
nine teams per league, On a slightly sad note we have to say good bye to the Stirrup Stane Cowboys who through no fault
of their players from last season have had to pull out of the league due to not enough players so on behalf of the league
thank you Archie and team for your commitment to the league and hopefully you may well be back in the future. On a slightly
more upbeat note I would like to welcome the Logan Lea club and the Inn from Kirknewton on joining the league look forward
to seeing you at the competitions and hearing about your exploits on the ocky.
The only thing now is what nick name we are going to give to you
any ideas! Drop me a line.
after a brief period for holiday commitments the final’s night had arrived and with 15 of the finalists in attendance
and with only young gun Jamie Banks unable to attend due to a double booking he was playing Dave Chizzy Chiznel in an exhibition
match down the far distant west well Ayrshire to be truthful!
Somerville and Shaun Robertson played off for the right to play in the final draw and it was John Somerville who came through
to claim a place against William Harraughty.
So with some absolutely fabulous matches with the games being best of 9x501 at the start here
are the results remembering there was a redraw after each round which was overseen by Tam Laird and Christopher Mitchell.
On the night only two match boards were used with two boards closed as not to interfere with play and this then left two boards
Callum Wilkinson 3 v 5Kieran Bird. Martin Deegan 5 v 3 Wullie Jack.
Johnston 2 v 5 Rex Brady. William Borland 5 v 2 Paul Weir.
Bird 5 v 2 Graeme Bird. Stevie Duncan 1 v 5 Graham Borland.
Harraughty 5 v 1 John Somerville. Gary Christie 0 v 5 Jim Mitchell.
so to the redraw for the quarter finals.
Graham Borland 4 v 5 Jim Mitchell.
William Borland 5 v 3 Derek Bird.
Kieran Bird 3 v 5 Rex Brady. Martin Deegan 0 v 5 William
And once again the redraw for the semi finals which now
saw the matches extended to 11x501.
Jim Mitchell 6 v 3 Rex Brady.
William Harraughty 6 v 5 William Borland.
And ladies and gentlemen we now
had after twelve weeks of league play and their final knock out section we had the finalists and the format now the best of
Jim Mitchell 7 v 1 William Harraughty.
the breakdown of prizes went like this
Jim Mitchell £210/ William
Harraughty £155/Rex Brady & William Borland £100 each/ Graham Borland-Derek Bird-Kieran Bird-Martin Deegan
£75 each/ Callum Wilkinson-Wullie Jack-Jimmy Johnston-Paul Weir-Graeme Bird-Stevie Duncan-Jamie Banks-Gary Christie
receiving £50 each.
This brought the total paid out to £1265 for the
last 16 players. However just before leaving the house to go to the venue a envelope containing a registration payment from
Frank Crook was put through the letter box, so thanks to Frank Crooks money being received it was decided that with all the
envelopes being made up with the prize fund there would be £15 for the fastest leg and £15 for highest finish.
Here are the results
of fast games high finishes and maximums recorded on the nights play.
Jack 20 darter plus a 92 game shot. Martin Deegan 2x18 darters plus finishes of 84 and 96.
Weir 1 x 180. Graeme Bird 16 darter. Graham Borland 1x180 along with finishes of 114 and 72 game shots plus games finished
in 1x16-2x18and 1x19 darts. Derek Bird finishing games in 16-17-18 darts. John Somerville 17 darter. Rex Brady 180 plus 2x17darters
18 darter and a 20 dart game. William Borland with 4x180’s plus games finished in 3x16 darts a 15 darter a 20 dart game
and a 13 darter and finishes of 88 and a 120 claiming both the extra prizes on offer on the night.
William Harraughty finishes of 76-96 and 113 also firing in 2x17 darters and 3x19 dart games
plus a maximum 180.
Jim Mitchell 5x180’s plus games finished in 1x14,
3x15, 1x16, 5x17, 5x18, 2x19 and games shots of 72-80-84-91-99-110. And that ladies gentleman of the ocky was the finals of
the Cawburn Premier Friday night league. So many thanks to Malky for the sponsorship and also doing the presentation for us,
without the sponsorship of darting venues like this these competitions could not take place so many thanks to the bar staff
and management of the Cawburn for giving us a great place to play darts. THANK AGAIN APPRECIATED.
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LOTHIAN SUMMER MIXED DOUBLES LEAGUE
TIME IS OVER!
Well not really, however the first Summer League Champions have been crowned,
Playing in the West Lothian Mixed Doubles League which was a brand new venture this year, where by all the players were put
into an open draw and partners were then picked to play as a team. The format for this new event was 5x501 with a double start
format. Each leg had to be played and was worth one point but there were ten points for winning the match so simply put win
3-2 the winners received 13 points and the losers 2 points.
Now this was played in a
league format where each team played each other once so every match played was critical as there was no return game!
the pair that managed to claim the title and be the first to have their names engraved on the brand new trophy was Connie
Bamburry and Jim Mitchell who finished the league with 129 points and also received £200 for their efforts.
runners up spot it saw Karen Heeps and Graham Bird with 103 points and receiving £120 for second place. And in third
only two points behind Karen and Graeme were Kathy Henderson and Ian Stevenson on 101 points. All the teams received cash
money for their efforts. And a huge thank you to the East Calder Doo Club for sponsoring this event with £500 paid out
to the twelve teams who took part and of course as Aldo said one week hey it is almost like a cake club! Thanks to Gillian
Bell who brought homemade sponge cakes topped with butter icing and cream to keep all our energy levels boosted during the
matches when half time was called. Much appreciated.
Now on our last night Monday
2oth July it was decided to have a flyer with once again the format being mixed doubles and names once again pulled out the
hat at random, And after some superb throwing it saw Avril Bird and Jim Mitchell toe the ocky against a pairing who came out
together again Karen and Graeme Bird, Karen and Graeme took the first leg in this best of 5x501 final showdown but back came
Avril and partner to secure the title winning the next 3 legs to claim the money on offer£50 and a final score line
of 3-1. Many thanks to our organiser Connie Bamburry and her trusty side kick (Rocky1)
Back on Line.
After a problem with the keyboard, it
did not like the bath I gave it with my morning coffee, we have now replaced it with a brand new shiny one!
Deegan & Thorburn Show
Well Saturday past saw a competition held
in the Vollunteer Arms in Uphall, And with Martin and George taking charge of this one it saw a good turn out unlike the last
one where dart players were missing!
This time round though with the competition under new organisation it saw 34 players
take to the ocky.
Now I don't have the correct scores but the last 16 went like this.
Peg Brown bt Ian Stevenson,
Matt Heeps bt Martin Deegan, William Borland bt Daniel Coffee, Graham Borland bt Andrew Davidson, Pet Hastings bt James Cummings,
Frank Quinn bt Callum Wilkinson,
John Hanlon bt Ralph Hirst, David Morton bt Gary Christie.
Quarter finals panned
out like this, Peg Brown bt Matt Heeps, Graham Borland bt William Borland, Frank Quinn bt Pete Hastings, John Hanlon
bt David Morton.
Semi Finals saw, Peg Brown bt Graham Borland, Frank Quinn bt John Hanlon,
And so to the grand
Final, Peg Brown bt Frank Quinn.
Congratulations to both players the reports I have heard said you were both playing
superb darts and quite rightly you were the best two darters on the day.
Once again thanks must be given to Martin Deegan
for running the tournament and to George Thorburn for helping to raise so much prize monies well done, without people like
and putting lots of effort into these competitions they would not happen.
So though I was
not there through work commitments my hat is doffed to both of you.