Jim Mitchell, Web Master.
Founding member of this Web Site.

February 18th

Darryl Fitton, will be in exhibition,in the East Calder Homing Society Club  (Doo Club) East Calder. 

Tickets are I believe £10 or £15 for V.I.P. Doors open from 6.30pm.

27th February 2017.

W.C.&.D.D.L. In the Cawburn Sports Bar Pumpherston, Will be having their 15th annual Exhibition night, this year we are proud to announce that, Alan Chuck Norris & Gary Robbo Robson will be entertaining us, This is a free entry, and raffle tickets will be sold on the night to see who gets to play! 7.30 pm till 11pm, In the past we have seen some of the finest players in the World grace our exhibition nights the likes off, Peter Manley & Chrissie Howett, Gary Anderson & Gary Robson x2, Gary Robson & Alex Lister, Andy Boulton & Chuck Norris x2, Martin Adams, Robbie Green, Ted Hankey, Darryl Fitton & Tony O’Shea x 2, Big John Henderson, Ronnie Sharp, Gary Stone, and who can forget the formidable Deta Hedman, This may be the last exhibition we decide as a league to run after 15 seasons it may well have run its course, But it would be absolutely great if the leagues players , families and friends decided to come along, remember dart players it is free to just come along and watch! And if you’re lucky enough to purchase a winning ticket you get to play! Can’t be fairer than that can we!

League tables updated, Maximums-Fast Games-High Checkouts also Premier & Championship Leagues. 13.00- 19/01/2017



And the burning question at the moment of readers of this web site is!

Who is VESUVEOUS, seems he or she is causing a bit of discussion, the one thing I can say it is not me!


Friday 20/1/2017

Bathgate league action saw Danny Kirkland’s team from the Coppies bar hosting the Bentswood Inn players who are now playing out of the Cawburn Sports bar as the Bentswood is now closed.

And what a match up this was Coppies players names first, First to take to the ocky saw Mick Burke against Graeme Bird and it went the way of the Coppies man Mick taking out a cracking 86 game shot for an 18 dart game when Birdy was sitting on a double Graeme did notch up a maximum 180 but alas not enough to stop Mick Burk from winning 2-1, next up saw Colin Maxwell v Jim Mitchell and here was a very high scoring match both players rattling the twenty bed Colin firing in 140-125-and 3x100 scores however Mitchell replied with 180-140 and 3 x100’s of his own and came out a 2-0 winner, Third match up saw Jim Gibson v Paul Weir and Paul took command with a fine 88 game shot in the first leg via 48-tops and came away with a 2-0 win, so 2-1 to the visitors, Next match saw Jimmy Macmillan v William Harraughty and it saw William take the game 2-0 with a fine 100 game shot, Stevie Duncan was next up for the home side v Rab Dick and this was also a match up with some terrific scoring Rab took the first leg but Stevie then upped the ante with a cracking 96 game via 5-51-tops,to level the match 1-1 however Rab held on and a double 5 secured another point for the visitors, so at 4-1 down it saw Micky Rice take to the ocky to try and keep the home sides hopes alive his opponent Callum Wilkinson and it was Callum who secured the winning leg and the points with a fine 16 darter and so the match was now over with the travelling Bentswood Inn team 5-1 up, the doubles saw the home side take another point to make the final score line Coppies bar 2 Bentswood Inn 7.


W.C. &.D.D.L. RESULTS 16/1/17

Some excellent games this week in the Premier league, looks like the festive period is well and truly departed. Commercial Inn Nomads 8-1 winners over the Doo Club Flyers, Volunteer Highway Men versus the Stirrup Stane Wanderers saw the top two teams face of against each other and it was the league leaders the Highway Men who came out 6-3 winners in this match up, The Loganlea Colliers hosted the Brucefield Farmers this week and after a slow start to the season it has seen a revitalised Farmers team take to the ocky and they came away with a fine 6-3 win, Pumpherston Cawburn Assassin’s v Central bar Rebels from West Calder saw the Assassins come away with an excellent 7-2 victory, This now has the premier league leaders the Highway Men sitting on 22 points with both the Stirrup Stane Wanderers and the Cawburn Assassin’s 6 points further back on 16 points a piece and the Nomads from the Commercial Inn in West Calder sitting on 12 points.

The Championship league saw the league leaders the Cawburn Highlanders having their free week, and this gave the two teams in joint second place the chance to catch them, However the two teams in closest proximity to the league leaders were both due to play each other so the points available were extremely important to both teams and it saw the  Stirrup Stane Indians have home advantage over the Kirknewton Innkeepers, but it was the travelling team from Kirknewton who took the points with a fine 7-2 win and join the Highlanders at the top of the league both on 18 points while the Indians from Craigshill are just 2 points further back on 16, Other results saw the Doo Club Fanciers losing out 0-9 to inform Commercial Inn Juniors team from West Calder who are steadily moving up the league, The Brucefield Crofters went down 1-8 to the Tower bar Knights from Craigshill which has them sitting on 14 points and just two points off third place in the league race, Grand Central Railroaders got themselves back on track with an excellent win over the Deans B.C. Golden oldies with a 8-1 score line, this was more like the Railroaders who started of so well at the beginning of the season before the run off losses which they kept losing by the odd game in nine!

Some top shot’s reported this week has seen, maximum 180 hitters being recorded by, Davie Nisbet from the Highway Men with 2x180’s, Mick Burk from the Wanderers 1x180, fast games saw Brucefield Crofters player Stephan Colthart fire in a 17 darter and team mate Craig Jack joining him with a 19 dart game and a 84 game shot, Frank Crook and Lewis Lyle from the Railroaders with finishes of 93 & 71 respectively, couple of fine 21 dart games reported saw Brian McIntyre and Gary Cheshire both on target and Brian also finishing a 81 game shot.

  Pub Closure.

Sad news for darts players, The Bentswood Inn which is situated in Bents & Stoneyburn will be closing it’s doors very shortly, This public house has over the years held many an open competition and sponsored the Friday night darts league, However with a situation out with the control of the management Mr John Reidy who has done an awful lot for darts over the years and of course raised ten’s of thousands of pounds for local charities, he will be sadly missed by his Friday night darts team, On behalf of all the players we wish him well, where ever he finds himself in the future John Reidy a true gent.


Saturday 14th January

The annual McKechnie open doubles competition was held in Loanhead Miners welfare club, And a huge West Lothian contingent made the pilgrimage through to try and take the title in all ten pairs teams from the county travelled through, The best pairing came by way of a joint effort as Rab Dick from Kirknewton and Graeme Bird of East Calder fell at the penultimate hurdle losing out in the semi finals to eventual champions Harry Toddman and Ryan Murray from Edinburgh.

Players from the local area who played were, Paul McCaig & Wullie Wilson , William Borland & Jim Mitchell, Graeme Bird & Rab Dick, Gillian Mitchell & Denise Bird, William Harraughty & Paul Weir, Tam Brown & Micky Rice, Colin Robertson & Arran Edwards, Ryan Kelly & Stevie Scott, Calvin Fleming & Stephan Colthart. Some top shots came by way off, William Borland 1x180, Ryan Kelly 1x180, Micky Rice 1x180, Graeme Bird cracking 158 game shot, Rab Dick with two excellent finishes of 120 & 110 take outs, Mitchell 100 game shot, Willie Wilson 88 take out. Fastest game recorded from the local players saw Rab Dick & Graeme Bird with a lovely 12 dart game.


Friday 13th January

The top two teams in the Bathgate league went head to head and it saw the Bentswood Inn v Cross Tavern, and it saw the Bentswood Inn repeat their result from the first half of the season by winning by the same score line 9-0 win, This keeps last seasons champions still at the top of the league and four points clear of their nearest rivals,The result does not actually show the true match facts as the Cross Tavern players did have chances however the Bentswood players when a finish came round took their chances and as the old adage goes doubles for dough trebles for show!

Coppies bar in Armadale won 7-2 over the Old Wine Store from Shott’s,

Alan White Chairman E.D.A.
William (Bridges) Borland tonights winner.

Wednesday 11th January

The Premier league darts which is held in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh got under way last night and it saw five players from the West Calder  & District league entering ,

Only one player made it into the quarter finals and it was East Calder’s William Borland who took the plaudits by winning the title, the results from the last eight go like this with the matches being the best of 9x501,

Quarter Finals I.Butler 0-5 M.Bain, L.Coult 3-5 W.Borland, S.Ironside 5-1  L.Caithness,
K.O'Neill 5-4 A.White, semi finals results saw, M.Bain 2-5 W.Borland, S.Ironside 5-2 K O'Neill, Final saw W.Borland 5-4 S.Ironside.

Top scores from the night for our Monday night players saw Rab Dick from Kirknewton rattling in a cracking 13 dart game, Graeme Bird fired in 2x180’s and a 19 darter, Mitchell 18 & 19 dart legs and a maximum 180, But without quest tion top player was William Borland with 4x180’s along with games finished in 14 darts being the quickest but he also hit 15 darter and 5 x 16 dart legs and 6x17 darters plus a more modest 18 dart game and a superb 148 game shot in the grand final via 54-54-40 on his way to picking up the winners purse.

Once again a very well run tournament which is organised by the committee of the E.D.A. and with some where in the region of 72 players entering their Premier league there will some superb nights of darts ahead, The venue can have up to 15 boards in action, and each board has a computer for the scoring along with a large screen for players to see the scores on the door! This organisation has certainly taken darts right into the 21st century.


Monday 9th January

West Calder & District Darts Leagues were back in action this week and it saw some superb matches taking place, in the Championship league the undefeated team up until now the Cawburn Highlanders were drawn away to one of their nearest rivals the Stirrup Stane Indians and it was Fred Hamilton’s team from the Stirrup who came away with a superb 6-3 win to close the gap to just two points of the Cawburn who sit at the top of the league on 18 points and also joining in on the chase for top spot it saw the Kirknewton Innkeepers claim two points when they won 6-3 against the Doo Club Fanciers, so Cawburn stay top on 18 points, with both the Innkeepers who are just ahead of the Indians on legs difference now both on 16 points and with the Indians of Craigshill having a game in hand on their rivals looks like some tough matches ahead in this Championship league before anyone can say where the title will end up! Other results has seen the Commercial Juniors from West Calder winning 6-3 over the travelling Grand Central Railroaders, this a blow to the Railroaders who for a while were part of the chasing pack vying for the top of the league, and the Juniors from the Commercial Inn having started of slowly in the league are now certainly having a huge input into the leagues results with 4 wins from 6 games.  The Golden Oldies from the Deans B.C. a very hard fought match before losing out by a single point to the  Tower bar Knights from Craigshill score line 5-4 in favour of the Knights of Craigshill. Looks like this league is heating up very nicely indeed!

The Premier league is also back in action and it saw the Cawburn Assassin’s winning a tough battle against the Loganlea Colliers the score line 6-3 to the Assassins but have heard through the grapevine that it could have been oh so different if the Colliers from Loganlea had hit their doubles! The Doo Club Flyers hosted the league leaders and it saw the Volunteer Highway Men bang on form after the festive break and a 9-0 win for the Highway Men now has them as the only undefeated team in either league. Almondale Pirates hosted the Commercial Inn Nomads and it was the away team that took the points with a 6-3 victory, and perhaps the shock result of the night it saw Stewart Tait’s team going down by the odd game in nine the Stirrup Stane Wanderers 4-5 Central bar Rebels the Rebellious ones have certainly got the players to beat any team in the league and it looks like they might just have found their form and look out the rest of the league the Rebels could be on the rampage!

Some notes from the night’s action on the boards go like this!

From the Doo Club Flyers it saw Stevie Hume firing in some excellent scores with a 2x140’s-137-125 and team mate Aldo just missing out on a maximum 180 and having to settle for a 140 on the wire oh so close! Highway Men saw Stevie Scott 15 darter also firing in 2x140’s plus a tidy 137 score, Mitchell 18 darter and a 108 game shot, Cawburn Highlanders player Sandy Coulter rock solid 20 dart game with an 80 game shot, Stirrup Stane Indians had S Stalker with a 88 game shot, and Commercial Inn Nomads saw Davie Aitken 17 dart game and a 84 take out along with team mates Jim Quinn 77 game shot and our overseas player the Jamaican Jim Aitken cracking 128 game shot.


Saturday 7th January

The Volunteer Arms in Uphall was the venue for an Open singles tournament which had players from afar a field as Greater Glasgow in attendance, and there were some superb arrows thrown on the day and the quarter finals line up was about as strong as it gets here be the results! Colin Robertson bt Colin Nichol, Rab Dick bt Martin Deegan, Gordon Bruce bt Jim McGeary, Arran Edwards bt John Charleston, and so to the semi finals Colin Robertson edged out Rab Dick by the odd leg in seven 4-3 the score line, and in the second semi final it saw Arran Edwards winning by 4 games to 2 over Gordon Bruce who was 2-0 up in a very fast paced match, so the grand final which was played over the best of 9x501 went down the wire with Arran Edwards missing two match winning darts Colin Robertson made no such mistake and took the final by 5 games to 4. Cracking match with absolutely nothing between the final two men left standing, Champion Colin Robertson, runner up Arran Edwards. Some superb scores recorded on the day 7 players firing in maximums John Charleston 3x180’s, Arran Edwards 3x180’s, Colin Robertson 2x171’s, Jim McGeary 2x180’s, Kirk Gordon, Rab Dick, James Cumming and Jim Mitchell all with 1x180 a piece, Fast games came thick and fast and it saw Davie Nisbet firing in games finished in 15-16-18-18-20 darts, William Harraughty 19 darter, Chris Forsyth games finished in 16-17-20-20-20 arrows, Gordon Bruce 17-20-20 darters, William Borland with 14-19 dart games, Colin Nichol 14-20 darters, Arran Edwards 15-15-18-18 dart legs, Rab Dick 20 darter, Martin Deegan 19 dart game, Colin Robertson games finished in 17-17-17-18-18-18 deadly darts. Finishes saw Jim McGeary with 95 and 112 take outs, Colin Nichol 113 game shot, Colin Robertson 119 game shot but top finish came from Arran Edwards with a fabulous 156 kill he also took out a 107 as well. Martin Deegan the organiser of this event and George Thorburn selling the raffles and taking care of everyone’s musical requirements made this a very good competition indeed! Well done guy’s.


Friday 6th January

The Bentswood Inn held the annual three person team competition which is now named after one of the leagues most respected players who sadly passed away a few years ago, So the Bob Hall Memorial trophy is a competition which is played by first off a 1001 leg which is a team event, then a doubles match which is 701 match and should the score be tied at 1-1 then the player who did not play in the doubles will play a best of 3x501 match to decide the winning team. Now the semi finals saw Lammies team of Jim Graham, Alan McDonald and Alan Gardiner  beating the Bentswood Inn team of Graeme Bird, Rab Dick and Paul Weir by two games to nil, the other semi final saw two teams from the Cross Tavern in Whitburn face off against each other and it was Paul Drake, Ross Burnside and Wullie Jack who edged out their team mates G McMillan, Ian Stevenson and Stephan Morrans by the same score line to claim their place in the grand final, The Final saw the Cross Tavern team take the opening match of a 1001 leg, but back came the Lammies team of Alan McDonald and Alan Gardiner to level the match at 1-1, so it came down to a final shoot out between Jim Graham for Lammies against Ross Burnside from the Cross Tavern to decide the championship for this season and it went the way of the team from Fauldhouse to take the title back to Lammies bar in a cracking match by 2 games to 1. Champions Jim Graham-Alan McDonald-Alan Gardiner, runners /up Wullie Jack-Paul Drake-Ross Burnside. Once again a well run competition by the committee of Danny Kirkland and G McMillan and thanks to the Bentswood Inn for sponsoring this event.

5th January 
Well they do say that what goes around comes around. And a wee competition held in the Kirknewton Inn on Tuesday night saw William (Bridges )Borland doing exactly as he did last year turning on the style, 5X180'S and a superb 170 take out and he just missed doing two off them back to back along with 12-13-15 darters not a bad way to see in the new year. Only other players in the past few days with anything to report has seen Ross Burnside with a 18 darter  with a cracking 108 game shot at the Top O the Toon competition, and Rab Dick firing in a 20 darter along with Mitchell 19 darts and Graeme (Jaws) Bird with an 18 dart game at the Murrayfield Sports bar comp.


Looking for a set of Willie Ethrington, tungsten darts 27grams, one of the old dart players from the early 1970's he was a former pro-boxer and International player.

Anyway if anyone can help there is a message in the guest book, from a gentleman in Edinburgh who is trying to find a set. 

Looking forward to the leagues starting back this week Friday night the Bathgate league is back in the Bentswood Inn for a competition, and on Monday night the West Calder League is back in action with league matches, looking forward to seeing and hearing about the exploits from all the teams, so lets see if we can get some news to send into the Courier for next week, The sports editor is giving us space in the sports section lets see if we can fill it!

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