Jim Mitchell, Web Master.
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Jim Mitchell can be reached by email
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5th July, Congratulations to Billy Stirling from Kirknewton on winning the West Lothian Internet league, in the grand final he defeated Gordon Bruce from Livingston by 9 games to 5, the semi final results saw, Gordon Bruce 7 v 2 William Millar, Billy Stirling 7 v 3 Rab Dick.

Ayrshire Disability darts update, as we have not been able to play darts for the past few months

Thought a wee update on how our Saturday league stands, which we hope can continue once the all clear has been passed and we can all get together again.  

Players

Games pl

Won

lost

Legs won

Legs lost

Attendance Points

Total Points

Andy Allan

10

8

2

23

7

21

44

Neil Hunter

10

6

4

21

7

21

42

Brian Fotheringham

9

7

2

19

8

18

37

Doc Hollywood

10

5

5

16

14

21

37

Ben Edwards

8

6

2

15

9

21

36

Rose Gilmour

11

3

8

11

22

21

32

Richie McBride

7

4

3

12

9

18

30

Aarron Buckley

5

5

0

13

2

15

28

Ray Sergeant

7

5

2

13

8

15

28

Tony McLuskey

7

2

5

7

14

21

28

Stevie Haining

6

2

4

7

11

18

25

Murrie Robertson

6

1

5

5

13

18

23

Craig Fritzgerald

1

1

0

3

0

9

12

John Auld

13

0

13

0

39

9

9

5th July, Update from the Scottish Internet Disability darts league.

 

Position

Player

Games Pl

won

lost

Drawn

Leg Dif +/-

Max 180 hit

Top Finish

Fastest Game

points

1

Andy McCardle

26

23

2

1

113

17

152

13

70

2

Gareth Smith

25

22

0

3

101

9

146

11

69

3

Neil Hunter

26

22

2

2

97

12

124

14

68

4

Rab Sutherland

24

22

2

0

108

5

160

13

66

5

Jamie Briggs

25

21

3

1

96

13

136

14

64

6

Paul McMahon

26

20

4

2

89

6

96

17

62

7

Andy Quinn

21

20

0

1

100

17

158

13

61

7

Kyle Clark

26

20

5

1

83

6

116

14

61

9

Grant Murray

26

17

7

2

56

2

124

16

53

10

James Millar

25

16

8

1

54

9

130

14

49

11

Josh Roberts

26

15

10

1

33

2

100

18

46

12

Ritchie McBride

25

14

8

3

39

4

100

17

45

13

Debbie McBride

26

12

7

7

31

4

119

17

43

14

Davie Cartwright

23

13

8

2

26

3

151

19

41

15

Lawrence Kelman

25

13

11

1

24

3

152

17

40

16

Andy Allan

25

13

12

0

4

0

80

18

39

17

Gary Thompson

24

12

11

1

17

0

99

19

37

17

Sam Smeaton

25

12

12

1

5

0

69

22

37

19

Kenneth McKenna

26

11

13

2

0

4

109

17

35

20

Andy Park

18

11

6

1

21

6

142

16

34

20

David Johnson

23

10

9

4

9

9

108

16

34

20

Ben Edwards

26

9

10

7

0

0

95

21

34

23

Robert Sutherland Jnr

24

8

12

4

-20

1

107

20

28

24

Diane Millar

25

8

14

3

-30

0

74

22

27

24

Lindsay  T McLaren

23

9

15

0

-34

0

99

21

27

26

Lynn Torrance

25

8

15

2

-20

2

87

17

26

27

Peter Wright

26

7

18

1

-43

2

61

22

22

28

Anton Park

20

6

13

1

-24

0

65

27

19

29

Lauren Sutherland

24

5

17

2

-74

0

72

23

17

30

Margaret Ferguson

26

5

21

0

-89

0

59

38

15

31

Alana Wright

25

4

21

0

-103

0

32

22

12

32

Michael Bennetton

26

3

22

1

-105

0

36

28

10

33

Eddie Lafferty

24

2

22

0

-102

0

36

38

6

Position

Player

Games Pl

won

lost

Drawn

Leg Dif +/-

Max 180 hit

Top Finish

Fastest Game

points

The Doc Andy McCardle makes his move moving from fourth last week up to leader of the league this week, keeping pace as well has Gareth Smith in second place and Neil Hunter is keeping the preasure on a swell as he retains third place for another week and is only two points off top spot, Rab Sutherland who has been sitting top of the league for the past few weeks drops to fourth however he does have games in hand so lot can change in the week to come!perhaps the danger man may well be Andy Quinn who sits ion 61 points but has a massive five games in hand, off course games in hand are good but points on the board are what counts, looks like the remaining run in from this league will see many changes and it is going to be tough for anyone to say who is going to win the league so many permantations and some tremendous battles on the ocky I believe in the weeks to come to see who can claim the title of champion. 

 

Some not very important news, some may be well aware that I have my own man cave with a free bar etc, however my internet connection down there is not that good have bought one of those camera thingy’s to plug into laptop but could not get it to work, so have just been playing computer not a high level but does me at the moment (Come on players anyone want to tell me who is doing what to whom! ) Give me something to report anything dart related would do cheers Jim.

(Been some good legs of arrows and some absolute terrible ones as well)

Darts from the Man Cave

Jims Be-Bad Mitchell

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Nasty Computer between level 7 & 8 occasional 10

Games Won

568

v

587

Tons scored

1311

v

1215

140s scored

334

v

368

180s scored

62

 

38

Highest 6 Finishes

164/157/150/132/125/122/

v

152/130/129/120/118/117/

Quick games top 30 legs!

1x11,2x13,4x14,5x15,

3x16,7x17,8x18,

v

3x11,4x12,4x13,4x14,5x15,

3x16,7x17,

Dart Average per throw

69.25

v

70.73

Winning Games darts average

20-21 darts per winning games

v

19-20 darts per winning games

 Congratulations must go to Mr Edward McMillan from West Lothian who is not just the man who got Scottish Disability darts up and running, but he is now the C.E.O. for the World Disability Darts Association, I know that on behalf of all us who know him we wish him all the very best as he takes control of the reigns, many will all ready know the World Championships are coming to Scotland next year, and Ted (his better known name) has been working tirelessly behind the scenes in these troubled times to make sure everything goes without a hitch, having meetings with the Scottish government, and off course Winmau darts company and many other prominent business people! Along with the Scottish disability committee and players all getting behind him, I am absolutely sure Scotland will be right at the forefront of Disability darts for years to come, Congratulations to Ted McMillan who has earned the respect of the whole darting community with his effort and hard work that he has put into this cause, and I can tell you all though I believe most will already know this, he never stops working and trying to get the very best for all Disability dart players all over the world, Well done and now the hard work really begins, could not have got a better person for the job.

News from the English Compris Internet dart league.

 

Players

Pl

W

D

L

Dif +/-

Points

Garry Bennett

14

14

0

0

76

42

Peter Duncan

16

14

0

2

66

42

Graham Mitchell

14

13

0

1

58

39

Gareth Smith

14

13

0

1

69

39

Paul Fryett

15

13

0

2

59

39

Paul Hampton

15

10

1

4

40

31

Jordon ???

14

9

1

4

37

28

John Cox

14

9

0

5

31

27

Martin Spider

13

9

0

4

34

27

Sian Hillard

15

8

0

7

6

24

Sarah Trinner

15

7

0

8

-3

21

Angie Barns

19

6

2

11

-30

20

Richard Cartwright

14

6

1

7

-1

19

Ian Vincent

12

6

0

6

-3

18

Dylan Milford

13

5

0

8

-13

15

Nigel Jackson

19

3

2

14

-66

11

Andy Quinn

19

3

0

16

-78

9

Peter Sim

19

2

1

16

-84

7

Kevin Turner

19

1

0

18

-102

3

Name?

19

0

0

19

-114

0

 

Sad news another darting stalwart of the West Lothian area has passed away Mr Colin Maxwell a player for over forty years in the Bathgate Friday night league has passed away at Tipethill hospital, his funeral will be on Tuesday the 9th June at Livingston Crematorium, sure I speak for all the players who had the good fortune to have met him that our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very sad time.

 

3rd MAY Kirkintilloch Internet Open Tournament

Lightening strikes twice or should that be the Postie delivers success twice in one week! George Collumb Snr from Kilmarnock once again playing superb darts to win yet another Internet Final, In his semi final match it saw George defeat Jim Duncan from I believe Central by the score line of 9 games to 4, George firing in 20 scores of a hundred or better to Jims 18 ton plus scores, both players firing in fast games Jim Duncan with a tasty 14 darter and George with a classic 15 dart game the best of the match, dart averages saw Jim Duncan record 74.71 dart average , George however a very impressive 80+ dart average, and so to the Grand Final,

And toeing the ocky against George was Adam Fairns, this was a 19x501 match up and what a cracking final this turned out to be going the full distance, it saw George coming out a 10-9 victor for the second week in arrow, Adam Fairns was in excellent form with 24 scores of a hundred or better returning scores of 15x100s, 7x140s, and a brace of maximum 180s, he also fired in a tremendous 13 dart game and had stats of 17 darts per winning leg some excellent shooting and would have won many a tournament with those statistics, However George Collumb Snr was not hanging about firing in a massive 36 scores of a ton or better these being 26x100s, 7x140s and three maximum 180 scores, along with a tasty 16 darter and averaged 18 darts per winning leg, so for the second consecutive week George went down the wire and once again did it the hard way another 10-9 victory, congratulations to both players some tremendous darts thrown in this final, well done to both!

Ladies of the league- West Calder & District
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Connie is at the back on the left as you look at it!
Connie & Jan two great friends
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both sadly missed
Connie presenting prizes
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SAD NEWS, Have just heard that a good friend and one of my former dart partners and  league committee persons has passed away the Match Secretary for the West Calder & District dart league Connie Bamburry passed away this morning, Connie who had been receiving dialysis treatment for many years took three heart attacks a week or so ago and so was admitted to hospital however they had then to stop her blood dialysis, and after fighting bravely she passed from us this morning, Connie was captain of the only ladies team in the league and was a superb match secretary taking her job within the league very seriously, helping run all the league tournaments and making sure scores were from league matches were in on time, and keeping myself informed so a league update could be put out as soon as possible each week, As for myself I had the privilidge of partnering up with Connie in the West Lothian Mixed Summer league doubles back in 2015 which we went on to win, Connie will be missed by many and I for one can honestly say It was a privilidge to have known her R.I.P. Report below from that Summer league! as you can see Connie was a tad camera shy always helping run things but always staying just out of camera shot!

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! And 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, runner’s 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.

Special mention this week has to go to Kilmarnock Lady player Rose Gilmour firing in her first ever maximum 180 score in a match versus her not so better half Jim Gilmour, well done Rose more to follow I am sure.

 

 Few more matches that have been played online, Jack Frew 0-6 Scott Taylor, Scott was in superb form with a fabulous 99.10 dart average Scott firing in 10x100’s, 5x140’s, 3x180’s, a lovely 108 game shot and a excellent 13 darter, on his way to this victory, Jack in reply fired in a brace of tons and a 140 score and finished with a rock solid 62.21 dart average.

 

Robert Sutherland 6-2 Grant Murray, looks like Rab from Fife got the better of Borders man Grant Murray, Rab with 9x100’s and 3x140’s and a tasty 18 darter, Grant in reply fired in 13x100’s and a 140 score, Grant also with a superb 124 take out, Rab fastest game a 17 darter and Grant just one arrow more going out in 18 deadly darts.

 

Andy Park 6-2 Andy Allan, Andy Park from Glasgow with 8 scores of a ton or more against Ayrshires Andy Allan’s  who fired in 4 ton plus scores, Andy D with a tasty 73+ dart average, Andy Allan with 53.68 dart average

 

Top finish and it’s a cracker is a superb 152 take out by Lawrence Kelman in the Disability darts online league cracking finish in any league.

William Millar from the Innkeepers of Kirknewton
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Fabulous 12 darter in their internet league.
Gordon Bruce
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A man with a trendy taste in footwear LOL

 

30th March, Jack Frew and George Collumb Jnr were battling it again on the internet ockies

And it saw George winning by 6 games to 1, George firing in 1x180, 1x140, 6x100’s with a cracking 16 darter thrown in for good measure,  Jack winning his game in a rock solid 22 darts, recording a brace of 140 scores and three ton scores as well.

 

Darts that have been cancelled that I have heard off!

Ayr Tuesday night league, Glasgow Thursday night Premier League, Dreghorn & District Monday night league, New Cumnock & District Friday night league, Disability Darts week end in Glenrothes cancelled, Ayrshire Disability darts Singles league, BDO Inter counties cancelled, Elgin Walter Abbott week-end ALL cancelled, until further notice?

Scotlands Ayrshire contingent.
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Andy, Ritchie, Neil, Doc,Me, Ben, Ray.
The W.A.G.S. on tour who let us play darts!
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Samantha, Rose, Susan, Gillian,
Our brand new Scottish Mascot Henry
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who came and supported the Scotland team in Morcambe
Scotland on Tour
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Superb team at the Home International in Morcambe

 

Sat & Sun 14th -15th March, Disability Darts International Match Report.

Well top darters from accross the United Kingdom made their respective ways to the home of Morcambe Cricket club in Lancashire where the very first Disability darts International match would take place, and what an amalgamation of top sports stars we had in the venue these were the best of the best and all of then had one thing in mind for their respective country to be crowned overall champions,

Now this even took place with the main trophy being the Golden Trophy named after the one and only Tiger Pass and presented by his  family for this event,

 

With teams from Northern Ireland, England and Scotland in the mix there were some superb matches taking place on the ockies of the cricket club,

 

The events were played in two different catagories/leagues with these being the Compris and the Classic, and so their were in effect three titles to be decided a Compri championship winning team, a Classic championship winning team, and then once both leagues were finished the total scores from both leagues would be added together to find out an overall Home International Championship winning country,

 

England had two teams in each of the catagories as did Scotland and Northern Ireland had one team in each league, and the matches would be played in a round robin league event,

Matches were played with four singles, two doubles, and if needed a team match of 1001 all the best of 3 in each format,

Once the chalkdust had settled there was hardly anything between the three International teams, The Compri championship went to Northern Ireland, with England in second place, the Classic title went to Scotland with England once again in second place, however once all the points were added together by an ajudicater who was not in any of the teams (myself) it saw Scotland and England both on the same points and so the very first Disability Home International would be shared between Scotland & England,

Northern Ireland though did not leave empty handed winning the Compri league event, and with Scotland winning the Classic and England being second in both leagues it was a superb competition with honours shared out equaly,

Can I say there was very little between the three countries involved and if just the odd result had gone the other way then the results would have been so much different thats how close it was,

Now I realise there were some superb players all playing with their hearts on their sleeves and some excellent perfomances from players of all three countries here are a few of the Scottish teams top scorers, (I know there will be more but these are what I know off!)

Maximum hitters saw, Big Drew Callary from Glasgow with 1x180, from Fife team captain  Mr Paul Mcmahon 1x180, Grant Murray from the Borders also with a maximum 180, The man with the beard  to be feared Josh Roberts firing in a maximum 180, Playing against Northern Ireland it saw James Millar also filling up the red lipstick recording a maximum 180, Big John Forrest from the kingdom of Fife getting in on the action with a 180, Marc Campbell from West Lothian 2x180’s, Rab Sutherland from Fife with no fewer than 4x180’s, top finishes that I saw had Raymond Sargeant from Ayrshire with 117 & 83 game shots, Marc Campbell from West Lothian taking out a tasty 111 game shot, other rock solid finishes had Andy Allan of Ayrshire withan 86 take out, Drew Callary and Grant Murray both with solid 70 take outs, now I know there were a lot of fast games but I can only report on what I know! Raymond Sargeant with a  21 Darter, John Forrest rattling in five top quality games all finished between 16 to 19 darts, so folks the first International match is done and dusted,

And yes there were a few teething problems, as one would expect that from this the first event beng held like this, but we will carry some fabulous memories from this week end of darts, and I am sure many of you will have made many brand new friends, lets not forget this event is about darts but it is also a social event where we can get to meet new people and this will become a fixture all of you, will I believe want to be part of again, I do belive that next year this event will be hosted by Scotland so look forward to meeting up with some of you once again, but remember players, each year the team selection will be down to your own darting acheivements, I wish you all the very best may the darting god’s smile down on your efforts on the ocky, Many thanks to the Morcambe cricket club for their hospitality and of course to the England committee and members who made this possible, and to all those people and supporters behind the scenes who give a lot of their time to help make these events happen each of you is an important cog in a organisation which is going to get bigger and bigger as the years go on, so as the old saying goes no peace for the wicked, let's make this event be even bigger and better next time out and hopefully our Celtic friends from the mountains and valleys of Wales will be able to attend the next one!

Once again a huge thankyou to Christal Pass for giving us all the opportunity to play for the Home International Trophy thank you.

Robert Baker C.O.C. R/up 2020
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C.O.C 2020 Winner Jim McEwan
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Tuesday 10th March, Ayr & District Darts League.

Top protagonists of the ockies in the league were all heading to the Anchor Bar in Ayr for the Champions of Champions tournament, and it saw Scottish International Jim McEwan from the Black Bull claiming the title with some outstanding darts thrown throughout the night, runner up came from the Anchor B team and it was Robert Baker who just fell at the penultimate hurdle, losing semi finalists were Old Man Mitchell and Barclay Jnr, just for interest think Alex Govan may have been practising on the bull up just saw him fire in three bulls eyes nice shooting!

 

Sunday 8th March, All roads headed towards the Cawburn Sports Bar in Pumpherston as the Disability darts road show rolled into town, YES folks the Scotland team who will represent Disability darts Scotland were given out their Scotland colours /shirts yesterday, next week it will see the cream of the crop who play in the disability dart ranking tournaments held in Scotland head South across the Border to take part in the very first Home Internationals which will have Classic and Compris team events and also on the Sunday there will be an open British singles championship for those who wish to play in it, And it looks like the Scottish Lad’s & Lassies are up for the challenge, wishing them all the very best.

 

Sat 7th March, The Second Grand Prix event which is run by the West Calder & District chairperson Mr James Banks Snr was held in the Commercial Inn in West Calder this event is travelling around the pubs in the local area and is each Publican is helping to sponsor these events with Jamie Banks Snr the man in charge, Now on the day 31 of the area’s top dartists took part and there was some excellent action from the very start of the competition, remembering that you gained points for every round you progressed in, and so to the last four left toeing the ocky, we had Garry Christie from Craigshill and Stuart Russell from Addiewell just losing out in the semi final places, however both players gained 20 points  each to go towards the title of Grand Prix Champion at the end of the series of events, the runner up on the day was a former Champion of Champion single’s winner in the West Calder league and it was Scott Baker from West Calder who earned 25 points to go onto his ranking place, as we all realise there can be only one winner and it saw the man from the hills of Longridge yes the security gates must have been open on Saturday as the player affectionately known as Will I Am or William Harraughty took the title on offer and gained himself 30 valuable points in this race for the coveted crown of G.P. Champion 2020, Now some top shots from the day saw a few players rattling the treble beds for maximum scores and these were a player known as the Candy- Man Sandy Coulter, Kriss McCall, and one of my old doubles partners in crime Big Geordie Dryburgh showing that age has not affected his eye sight just yet! And the man with the natty taste in footwear Gordon Bruce filling up the red lipstick on the twenties and also the treble nineteen’s for a 171 score as well, Some excellent finishing power also on show as Gary Christie took out a 116 kill shot, Stuart Russell finished on two cracking game shots of 115&100, Alan McDonald from the infamous McDonald brother clan also finishing on a classy 115 take out, John Brogan with a solid 90 take out, and the champion on the day had Will I Am finishing on take outs of 104 and 89, Fastest game of the day was a superb 14 darter from Stuart Russell, Scott Baker with a brace of good games finishing with 2x 16 dart legs, with Graeme Bird from East Calder also going out in 16 darts, Gordon Bruce with a solid 18 darter, but man of the match William Harraughty finishing in style with 16-16-20 deadly darts.

Steve Robertson 301 Singles Champion 2020
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Lady Chairperson Margarte Ferguson and ME!

 

Friday 6th March, New Cumnock & District Darts League,

All roads led to the Brigend in New Cumnock for the leagues 301 double start double finish tournament, and what a night with some tremendous talent on show and with a lot of excellent dart players all eyeing the title of 301 League singles champion, well after over three hours of play we had four players left toeing the ocky, and it saw Old Man Mitchell just edging out his doubles partner the Ayrshire leg-end Mr Ronnie Sharp in the first semi final, the second semi final was also a close run affair with Steve Robertson taking out perhaps one of the areas most consistent players in the past few months Owen McNiven, and so to the grand final and there was no stopping the man from the Brewery bar Big Steve Robertson defeating Old Man Mitchell from the New Cumnock B.C. in the final, once again another cracking turn out from the league with an awful lot of top players not making the final stages, miss your doubles at the start and you don't win! couple of games which I witnessed saw Robert Dean missing many darts to take out Ronnie Sharp early doors and the man they call Hightower Kenny McVeigh having darts to take out our eventual champion in the first round, but 301 is a deadly game got to take your chance when it comes round! once again another well run tournament from our  committee of Margaret Ferguson and her partner in crime Carol Gibson who kept the action going on all the boards throughout the night, Monetary prizes were paid out to the last four players, and of course to the Neil from the Brigend for sponsoring this event, and thanks from myself as when offered a free drink I asked if the whisky was in that offer! And a lovely Mccallum whisky was soon nestled in my hands!

 

Thursday 5th March, Premier League in Glasgow,

This week was a catch up week and their was only one match on the boards which had last seasons champions Willie Lairds team of the Fairfield club in action against the Bay Horse, Willies team of Grant McCauley, Kevin McInrue Jnr, Jim Mitchell and Willie Laird were sitting joint top with George Collumb’s team aptly named the Hello team!, so here was a chance to open up a gap in the league standings with every leg won is also a point gained,

Thursday 5th March, Report from the Premier League in Glasgow.

Teams

Pl

won

Draw

Lost

Legs For

Leg AG

Dif +/-

Points

Fairfield’s

9

8

1

0

96

48

48

96

Hello

9

5

1

3

86

58

28

86

Elders

9

6

1

2

81

63

18

81

Bay Horse

6

5

1

3

77

67

10

77

W.D.140’S

8

5

1

2

76

52

24

76

Joe McWoods

9

4

0

5

75

69

6

75

Ashfield

9

4

1

4

75

69

6

75

Wee Crew

9

2

1

6

61

83

-22

61

Bridge Inn

9

1

1

7

50

94

-44

50

Celtic Arrows

8

0

0

8

27

101

-74

27

 

Mon 2nd Mar, News from the West Calder & District Darts League,

The prestige’s League Four Person Team event was held this Monday past, all teams in the league take part in this tournament with some teams having at least two teams in the event, the two finalists on the night left toeing the ocky against each other were absolutely packed full of top players from the West Lothian area many of them either current or former inter-county players,

The champions on the night who were crowned Fours Champions were the Volunteer Highway Men from Uphall, this was the fifth time in eight years that the Highway Men have picked up this title, their team on the night were, Colin Robertson, Peter Hastings, Arran Edwards and Rex Brady, having to settle for the runners up place was the team from the Commercial Inn Nomads of West Calder who last won this title in 2018, their team consisted of Graeme Bird, Davie Aitken, Bunny Forrest and Scott Baker,

Top shot from the evening’s action though came from that man most car drivers hate the sight off! LOL our favourite cyclists Mr Ian Stevenson who took out the Big Fish a magnificent 170 game shot, Ian playing for the Oak Bank Flyers from East Calder infamy!

Maximum hitters on the night saw eight players filling up the treble bed with one of them bagging a brace of them, Gordon Bruce, Stuart Russell, Kevin Murphy, Brian Mairs, John Brogan, Davie Aitken, all with one maximum score, but former champion of champion Scott Baker filled up the rd lipstick twice to record 2x180’s,

 

Sun 1st Mar, Well always good to meet up with friends from across the darting spectrum and it was great to see so many of the Disability Dart players in attendance at Alloa town hall for the Masters, Many thanks have to go to Happy Davie Hanson for the invites he gave to Disability darts Scotland, their was a superb turn out for this event with some top players from the T.V. on show, which included Daryl Gurney, Devon Petersen, Adrian Lewis, Dave Chisnall, Simon Whitlock and the lady of the moment Fallon Sherrock, and of course their was some excellent home grown Scottish talent also on show with Big Willie or as we know him William Borland, Ryan Hogarth and a man who must be wondering how he managed to lose? Craig Baxter who was superb in going 2-0 up against Devon Petersen, and John Connal from the Clackmammnanonshire county team, their was also a wee fright for Daryl Gurney as he heard who is opponent was as from the Scottish Disability darts leagues we had our very own  Peter Wright Jnr taking to the stage, good to catch up with Ted McMillan, the one and only Liz Mclean, James Millar, Margaret Ferguson and many more, hopefully see most of you next week at the Cawburn Sports bar when the Scotland team will be getting presented with their Scotland Shirts, Oh and be fore I forget Daryl Gurney won yesterday!

The three desperados reunited
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Will I Am, Old Fella, and the Boy!

 

Sat 29th Feb, Well up to Alva in the county of Clackmannanshire for our last inter-counties match of the season, and lots to play for, as last seasons reigning South of Scotland’s champions, and with our last match being our free month when we would have to sit it out and see if any of the chasing pack could catch us! Well according to our beloved co-ordinator Mr Neillie Campbell we should have done enough with the Ladies B drawing 2-2 with win’s from Yvonne Duff and Laura Ross guaranteeing a bonus point, Men’s B winning 4-2 Mark Wilkie without a shadow of a doubt man of the match a fabulous 28+ dart average, in the  Ladies A it saw them winning 5-1 with Jordan McNally firing in a lady of the match with a 18+ dart average  and winning 3-0, however Susanna McGimpsey had the highest average for us with 18.99 dart ave just losing out in the last leg of five, and last but not least the Men’s A winning 9-3 it is believed that we can not get caught absolutely fabulous result for the Wee Crew,

now I realise our committee well Big Neillie will have his own report out for us all to read here a few bits and bobs I picked out from the matches on Saturday at the Cairn in Alva, Once again Chris Coyle firing in a brace of maximum 180’s only this time he also got the winning double in his match finishing with a cracking 16 darter, George Collumb Jnr also with a maximum 180 score in the B team, in the men’s A there were some tremendous battles on the ocky and not in any particular order here is what I scribbled down, Andy Callary Jnr with a fabulous 12 dart game and also firing in a maximum for good measure, George Collumb Snr also on target with a 180, Grant McCauley also joining him on the maximum trail, Andy Callary Snr with a maximum 180 and two excellent game shots of 100&90 take outs, Big Michael Mccloskey with 15 dart game and a maximum 180 score,  John Williamson once again showing his class with a brace of 180 scores and a tidy 92 take out along with a 16 darter, but with out a doubt a player who just wanted the floor to open up and swallow him or perhaps for his opponent to just check out was Me myself I, missing tops for a 14 darter ended up winning in a supercilious 42 darts on double one but hey ho a W is a W only just to show how silly the darting gods looking down on us can make us look at times even allowing us to throw in a maximum 180 as well!

Great to meet up with two very good friends the man known as, Will I Am the one and only infamous Poacher from Longridge William Harraughty, and the only man I know who plays with stones! o.k. he is a Stone Cutter and goes by the name the Alloa Bumble Bee the one and only Callum Wilkinson, GEAT COMPANY.

Wayne and Denise with friends
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enjoying the local ale, as you do!

 

Nice to see the word is spreading as our Disability darts ambassador from Cyprus Mr Wayne Halliwell is wearing one of our Disability Darts Scotland shirts at the Slovakian Open

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Sun 9th Feb, Disability Darts Scotland,

The event held on Sunday was a Scottish Ranking event and was hosted in the Tartan Suite in Kilmarnock by the Ayrshire branch of Disability darts Scotland, Now I realise that Liz our computer whiz  Kid will have he official report up and ready for your perusal in the very near future however here are just a few snippets from the action on the six boards we had in use on the day, all three leagues Ladies, Classic and Compris, are played over the old fashioned way of 3x501 and up for the bulls eye to have the honour of throwing first! And once the league round robins are done and dusted we then go to the Knock out stages where the last FOUR in each group all received the same prize monies which for those that are interested went like this, winners £75, r/up £50, and semi finalists each receiving £40 so each group had a prize fund off £205 and lets not forget the most important fact they were playing for ranking points which go towards future International matches! Anyway here are just a few of the top scored recorded on the boards,

From Ayrshire our very own John Doc Hollywood fired in the highest game shot of the day's action a magnificent 153 game shot, Rab Sutherland from the Kingdom of Fife firing in a 177 score and an 18 dart game, Ayrshire’s Ritchie McBride on target with a maximum 180 score,  Big Drew Callary firing in a brace of 17 dart games along with not one but three maximum 180's, Kyle Clarke from the Borders on target with a cracking ton plus finish of 116 and an 18 dart game, Adam Lamb with a superb 171 score cracking darts, Kilmarnock’s very own Neil Hunter firing in a maximum 180 score plus a tidy 84 kill shot, Andy Park from Glasgow with a tidy 101 take out, Alec Lister on target filling up the red lipstick for a maximum 180, Ted McMillan on the day with a brace of 140’s, and then we had the best of the day and it was one of our LADY PLAYERS the better half  (SO I HAVE BEEN TOLD ) OF Drew Callary, this time it was Sandra Callary with a fantastic 11 dart game which she then followed up with a cracking 111 game shot. There will be more that I missed and if there sent in to me will add them A.SA.P.

So on that note a HUGE THANK YOU to all the committee people and players who did everything they could to help out what a fabulous job you all did of helping out marking boards finding players for me and just helping out in general, and it could not have gone so smoothly with out your help much appreciated the only thing I have noticed is a photo of Liz McLean is she actually watching the television LOL

Here is the official version from our Liz t.y.

 

AYRSHIRE DISABILITY DARTS AREA

WINMAU RANKING TOURNAMENT

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2020

 

This was Ayrshire's first ranking tournament and there was a great turnout.  Once all players were registered, we had 27 for the Compris and 8 for the Classic.  For the first time we held a separate ladies tournament and there were 12 entries.

Massive thanks must go first of all to the players, new and old, who without you there would be no disability darts.  Thanks also to the Tartan Suite for allowing us to hold the tournament and to the hardworking barmaid, she was superb and kept everyone supplied with drinks.

The main thanks must go the Committee from Ayrshire Disability Darts Jim Mitchell and John (Doc) Hollywood, who ran the tournament exceptionally well.  As said before the Executive Committee is still learning the best way to go, and Jim might just have shown us how to do it in future.

Again the camaraderie between the players is brilliant and getting better at each tournament.  It was great to see them helping players out when need be.  Everyone made the new players welcome and become part of the DDS family.  Big thanks also must go to the DDS Fan/Supporters Club and also our wee mascots.

Now for the results,

CLASSIC

Winner - Andrew Callary (Glasgow to Greenock)

Runner-Up - Grant Murray (Scottish Borders)

Losing semi-finalists - Ted McMillan (West Lothian and North Lanarkshire) and Richard McBride (Ayrshire)

COMPRIS

Winner - Alex Lister (Central)

Runner-Up - Kyle Clarke (Scottish Borders)

Losing semi-finalists - John Forrest (Fife) and Robert Sutherland (Fife)Ted McMillan (West Lothian and North Lanarkshire) and Richard McBride (Ayrshire)

LADIES

Winner - Sam Seaton (Fife)

Runner-up - Debbie McBride (Glasgow to Greenock)

Losing semi-finalists - Sandra Callary (Glasgow to Greenock) and Diane Welsh (Central)

 

Well done everyone and keep practising, and see you all in Morecombe

 

 

Mon 3rd Feb, West Calder & District Darts League.

Top action from the league as the Match play Doubles competition was held in the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston,

In a superb final it saw the West Calder/Polbeth pairing of Davie Aitken & Jamie Fleming who play for the Commercial Inn Nomads in West Calder, just managing  to edge out Gordon Bruce from Howden and Mick Burke from Armadale who play for the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill in a superb final,

Some top scores recorded through out the night, remembering that this is a match-play tournament with players toeing the ocky in singles matches first then if it stands at all square it would go to a final doubles match,

Couple of maximum hitters and they were Davie Aitken & Mick Burke,  top finishes were fired in by that man Kevin Murphy (again) with another ton plus game shot this time a tidy 103 take out, Gordon Bruce with three solid kill shots of 88-88-83,  top finish of the night though was that man Davie Aitken who fired out a cracking 114 game shot, few fast games and none more so than that of Gordon Bruce with a brace of excellent 14 dart games, Brian Mairs in on the action with a 17 darter, 18 dart games came by way of, John Sandison, Mick Burke, John Miln’s, and that man again Gordon Bruce,  Sandy Coulter on target with a game finished in 20 solidly thrown arrows.

Jim McCutcheon &William Laird
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Over 50's finalists Black Bull Ayr.

 

Sat 1st Feb, Black Bull in Ayr, And well what a game of darts we all had with an over 50’s competition sponsored by the Black Bull, it saw players who may have not seen the light of day or is that a dartboard for quite a few seasons turn up, most without a carer or maybe they all had day release passes from their respective homes, as one might wonder what can they get up to at their age! Well I will tell you something they can still chuck a pointed arrow thingy at the good old flock board! With master of ceremonies Mr Stevie Thom controlling the days play I realise he may look it (but just too young to pay) he had the games under his watchful eye to make sure there was no skulduggery on the ockies! Few maximum scores recorded and hitting most of these was the one and only Ayrshire leg-end Mr Ronnie Sharp with 4 of them, others firing in maximums were Jim McCutcheon with a brace of 180’s, William Laird and Old fella Mitchell,  there were quite possibly more but if you did not tell me how was I to know!

Good finishes saw, Richard Dalzell with a classic shanghai on the twenties for a 120 finish and a more sedate 82 kill shot, Jim McCutcheon with 92 & 78 take outs, Mitchell with a 80 game shot, and that’s all I know off?

Fast games and there were a few, and top of the class has to be that man who plays for the Coach House in Muirkirk Jim McCutcheon with a sublime 11 darter, he also fired in on the day other games finished in 15-16-17-18 and a more sedate 20 darter absolute excellent marksmanship from the man they call Cutchy, Willie Laird also firing in quick games going out in 16-16 18 darts, Richard Dalzell also recording a 16 darter game, Mitchell with a brace of 20’s,  now in the Grand Final it saw Jim McCutheon just edging out Willie Laird by the odd leg in seven in a match which could have gone either way by 4 games to 3.

After words a out the hat blind doubles competition was held and it saw four players toeing the ocky (obviously in the final) two who play for the Anchor A, the Black Bull and New Cumnock B.C. and it saw Margaret Ferguson lead her team to victory over Billy Saunders team in the final, it was a close fought final only the finishing power the difference.

 

1st Feb, West Lothian Grand Prix event (1).

Top players from around the county all converged on the Volunteer Arms public house in Uphall for this the first in a set of Grand Prix events which will be played over the coming months, lot’s of top scores recorded maximum scores all worth a mention had Gordon Bruce from the Wanders team in Craigshill with a brace of magical 180’s, Colin Robertson captain of the Volunteer Highway Men on target with a 180 & 171 score, other players recording maximum scores were, Rab Craig, Jimmy Johnston from Whitburn wonder if he cycled there?  From the hill’s of Bathgate Jimmy MacMillan was showing he can still fire out the big shot’s, the man they call cool-hand Rex Brady also on target filling up the red lipstick, and last but not least Stevie Edwards from Kirknewton on target with a maximum 180 score,

Top finishes had a lot of top players strutting their stuff, John Brogan leading the way with a superb 160 kill shot, Colin Robertson with game shots of 121 & 113, looks like my good friend the Dechmont Womble still has a good eye when it comes to finishing in style Martin Deegan with a116 kill shot, and looks like he may have come out of retirement the one and only Gabby Cabbie himself Chris Forsyth with a tasty 113 take out, and then how can we forget the man from Longridge yes he must have got the morning stagecoach to get there the one and only I AM Will ok Willie Harraughty with a105 take out.

Few fast games and the ones written down had Graeme Bird with a16 dart game, Peg Brown 17 &18 darters, Jim MacMillan 18 darter, but top game of the day belonged to none other than Colin Robertson with a classy 13 dart game.

Once the last eight players were left toeing the ocky we saw, Graeme Bird 3-0 John Brogan, Rex Brady 3-2 Peg Brown, Chris Forsyth 3-2 Gordon Bruce, Colin Robertson 3-1 Jimmy MacMillan, and so to the last four and it went like this, Graeme Bird 4-1 Rex Brady, Colin Robertson 4-1 Chris Forsyth, and to the Grand Final which was the best of 9x501 and the first person to claim victory in the Grand Prix series was Graeme Bird with a fighting 5-3 win over Colin Robertson.

With players picking up monetary prizes and most importantly grand prix points it should see some terrific tussles on the ockies of the pubs involved as it moves around the county great stuff.

 

Wed 29th Jan, Disability Darts Scotland.

And what a deliberation between the exec committee to finally get to the team selection, with the organisation growing so fast in the last year we had lot’s of players all vying for places in the International squad, so here are the players who will represent Scotland, (congratulations to you all) and remember folks there will be other international matches in the near future so this is not a time to sit on your laurels and certainly not a time to say well that’s that then, there will be more opportunities in the coming year to be selected for other events! May the darting God’s be with you all,

 

Classic team for Morcambe are, Drew Callary (Glasgow & Greenock) Grant Murray (Scottish Borders) Paul McMahon (Captain- Fife) Josh Roberts (Glasgow & Greenock) John Hollywood (Ayrshire) Joe Graham (West Lothian) Ben Edwards (Ayrshire) Richard McBride (Ayrshire)

 

Compris team for Morcambe are, Alisdair Barnes (Captain Glasgow & Greenock) Kyle Clarke (Scottish Borders) Rab Sutherland (Fife) John Forrest (Fife) James Millar (Central)  William Wilson (West Lothian) Andrew Allan (Ayrshire) Marc Campbell (West Lothian) Raymond Sargent (Ayrshire) Michael Newlands (Dundee)

 

Ladies team are, Jenna Kelman (Captain West Lothian) Linda Bruce (Dundee) Jane Carpenter (Central) Elizabeth Newland’s (Dundee) Diane Millar (Central)

 

Disability darts Top Shots from Camelon comp!

Some top scores from last Sunday at the Disability tournament held in Camelon Social Club, Maximum 180 hitters saw Drew Callary and Paul McMahon both firing in 2 x180’s other players on the maximum trail were Grant Murray from the Borders with a maximum 180, as Alisdair Barnes from Glasgow & Greenock, some fast games recorded fastest saw Alex Lister with a magnificent 11 darter and a more sedate 17 dart game,  Grant Murray in the final of the classic firing in a smashing 15 dart game, Kyle Clarke with a brace of 17 dart games, for the ladies we had Elizabeth Newlands also with a 17 dart game, John Forrest with 18&19 darters, Jamie Briggs also with a tasty 19 darter,  High finishes and there were plenty of them top of the order was a superb 156 recorded by Paul McMahon from Fife who also fired in a 111 game shot as well, Andrew Park with a classy 126 game shot, Drew Callary with two excellent kill shots of 123 & 109, John Forrest with a shanghai on the twenties for a classic 120 take out, William Wilson from West Lothian finishing in style with game shots of 117&104, Josh Roberts with a 112 game shot, Joe Graham with a cracking 110 take out, Grant Murray on target with a 106 take out, Elizabeth Newlands with a 105 game shot for the ladies, William Beattie from Northern Ireland with a ton plus finish of 103.

 

Sun 26th Jan, Disability Darts Scotland,

And it saw the players descend upon the Camelon junior’s football social club for the Central disability dart ranking tournament, and what a turn out superb is the word to describe the entries, with players from the Borders in the South, Dundee in the North and   all points in between toeing the ocky, there was  fabulous amount of darting talent on show, however these events don’t just happen, it takes people with dedication and a tremendous amount of effort to make these events run well, and James Millar must be given a tremendous amount of credit for all his hard work in getting sponsors, setting up boards, and just making this happen, also Liz & Jayne for keeping the scores along with Andy McCardle handling out advice on stances and practise ideas for those that wanted help he gave it willingly, to all the people who marked boards and of course the club it’s self for helping to sponsor this event, and then wee had JoJo running the Winmau shop and of course our main man Ted McMillan who is the without the man with the vision without his insight these events would not happen, THOUGH it’s just a shame his driving or should I say parking skills don’t match his darting expertise knowledge!  well what can you say, Ted when he arrived decided OH LOOK there’s a car park that will do nicely , ah the gentlemen who lives there did eventually come and ask if who’s car it was and could they please move it as it was his drive way beside his house (talk about chancer’s) nice try though lol.

TWO CHAMPIONS ON THE DAY CROWNED, Drew Callary  for the Classic and Ally Barnes for the Compris, congratulations to both players, and I will leave it at that as Liz will be doing her infamous I mean official report in the very near future probably today or tomorrow, well done to all the players and organisers.

 

Sat 25th Jan, And all roads led to the CISWO Club in Glenrothes for the Scottish singles championship, and did not the local league players do well, with Andy Boulton taking the Men’s singles title defeating our very own answer to the Tasmanian devil, yes Graham Ferguson in the grand final, Fergie had come through a truly terrific tussle in the semi finals against John McCallum  with both players having a chance to take the match it went to the last leg in a brilliant battle of two excellent dart players and it was the Ayrshire Devil who claimed his place in the grand final of the men’s championship,

But up first on to the stage for the finals were the ladies and what a final it saw, a match that went all the way to the final ninth leg before we could cheer a winner and it was Sophie McKinlay who just edged out Margaret Ferguson 5-4 to claim the title, Margaret  losing the first leg then going 3-1 up only for a some double trouble to come in to play, and Sophie came storming back to lead 4-3 however Margaret dug deep into her resolve and soon it was 4-4 and a last leg decider was on the cards so an excellent game of darts from both ladies and a fitting final to grace the ladies stage, In the Men’s final Andy Boulton took an early lead which he never relinquished though at 2-1 it saw a missed double by Fergie to even the match but Andy did not miss and he came away with a well deserved 5-1 victory, so Scottish Singles Champions for 2020 are Sophie  & Andy,

 

Wee report from the others, who went up to the Ciswo club from Greater Glasgow,

Taking early baths were Willie Laird who went down 2-3 Willie did fire in a 20 darter in his defeat but those dastardly moving doubles the problem in his match, Old Man Mitchell showing how to snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory 2-0 up with 17&20 darters playing well then lets go to sleep comes to mind a 2-3 loss, Big Neil Campbell also falling at the first hurdle 0-3, as did Ronnie Sharp 0-3, however things did improve a bit with George Collumb Jnr winning 3-0 before joining us on the bench with a 1-3 loss, Brian Tennant also doing much the same  an excellent first match with 16&17 darters recorded before succumbing in round two, Drew Callary Jnr winning a few matches 3-0, 3-0 then also coming to join us as did Drew Callary Snr also winning a brace of matches before losing out, John McCallum played superbly well all day before losing out in the semi final to Graham Fergusson, for the ladies Susanna McGimpsey must be wondering where things went wrong with a 3-1 lead over Sophie McKinlay in the semi final and the final looming ever near it saw her having darts in every leg to join Margaret in the ladies final but that’s darts and it was Sophie who progressed by doing what no one else was doing hitting more doubles! but perhaps our top shot of the week end a magnificent 150 game shot by Margaret Ferguson in the ladies semi finals following it up with a rock solid 78 game shot when the match was all square at 3-3, superb arrows, As stated just what I managed to glean when looking around the boards, but the best was yet to come our trip home with a demon at the wheel  it saw people falling of seats and others praying to gods they never probably new existed, yes our very own Dick Dastardly was at the wheel Big Neil Campbell trying to see if he could make a mini-bus fly!  But we were grateful for the lift even if we may have entered the bus a bit tipsy we certainly left sober! Lol

 

 

LOOK I TOLD YOU SO! SANTA DOES EXIST?

Many years ago well not that many Santa came along to the West Lothian branch of the youth academy which was held in the Doo Club in East Calder and look who is sitting on the knee of the big man in the red suite, wonder what he wished for well I think last week end he got it well done William, dreams do come true when asked of the right person, SANTA RULKES O.K.


 

A true wee story from a few years ago, When I was honoured to be the chairperson of the West Lothian branch of youth darts academy, we took all the players off to the CISWO club over in Glenrothes for a Scottish tournament, well once the chalk dust had settled it saw a very young William Borland just losing out in the boys final, and so it was back to West Lothian just myself and William in the car, William opens up an envelope he was presented with and in it was £20 he looks at me and says what do I do with it, I replied its yours William you earned it, BET his pay cheques have grown since then, well deserved always had the talent now go do what you do best win darts tournaments, And I realise he is now known as Big Willie, but along with a few others we still think of him as (Bridges) now there’s a story for another time, Well done William go smash it up, you’ve got the tour card now go show them how to really play the game.

Doubt very much if Mr Robson would fancy playing
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Big Willie now!
Even future champions have to mark the board!
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Young man on a mission to the top.
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Words of Wisdom from Mr Ronnie Sharp or was he
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whispering remember me when your famous!
Murrayfield Crew of West Lothian Bandits
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Premier League in Auld Reekie
Santa remembering William's wishes!
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Who is this person with no facial hair!
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Just another night at the darts
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Picking up an award

 

Sat 18th Jan, Words from our esteemed Greater Glasgow Coordinator,

Good morning all,
The Greater Glasgow Juggernaut arrived in Ayrshire yesterday at the home of Ayrshire county darts venue the Kilmarnock supporters club in Mauchline, and did we not battle our way to a 16-12 victory, not many county teams leave Ayrshire with a victory!
Congratulations to every single member of our crew for such a wonderful display again yesterday.
Our now strong ladies B got off to a good start with the reliable June Mccallum battling her way to a 2-1 win, our normally victorious Voni Duff had an awful time of it hitting a double in her 0-2 loss, Gillian Mitchell put up a good fight but lost out 1-2 to Carol Hume and, unfortunately for us, Kelly McKinnon was superb against our Laura Ross as Laura went down 0-2, 1-3 defeat for our Ladies B


Marc Wilkie
was first up in our men's B and put up a solid performance to beat Wullie Spoors 3-1 ( I am sure I talk for every single member of our crew and send our heartfelt best wishes to you and your family Marc for your recent loss, takes a special kind of bravery to do what you did yesterday, big respect! ) Gerry Mourinho Greenwood took full advantage of his recall with a very solid 3-0 victory, and George John Collumb Jnr was absolutely clinical against Alex Govan with a 3-1 and a 24.41dart ave, Chris Coyle was next against the auld heed Jim McCutcheon, Cutchy went off with a 12 darter in the first leg of this cracking match and won 3-1 with a 26.29,, Chris was also superb and was unlucky to lose throwing a 24.37, Dunky Tracey Wyper was on the winners podium once again with a hard fought 3-0 over Stewartons Wullie McEwan, Scotland’s baby Dean Fitch Jr. was having a " bad day at the office " lost out to another auld heed Davie Miller by 0-3, so in the end a 4-2 to our guys in the B.

 
Ayrshire ladies have a reputation for being so strong at county level but found the going far too tough against our wonderful ladies A,
Susanna McGimpsey
got us up and running with a superb 3-1 over Carlisle’s Pam Hind and a 21.05 , Lorraine Hyde then showed her class to beat our Jordan Mcnally 3-1, missed darts at a double on leg 2 to go 2-0 up and it may have been a different result for Jordan, 19.48 is pretty impressive stuff from our Jordan, Lynn Cowan then showed us her battling qualities and her class with an impressive 3-1 over Babs Rankin, Laura Grant then battled hard against Julie Ward to gain a 3-2 win ( thanks Laura for all your help and your willingness to step up and offer help, it's very much appreciated)  Debbie McBride then showed her absolute class with a 3-0 victory over Mary Pendleton and a 15.43 winning dart ave, well done Debbie, an off form Margaret Ferguson lost out 1-3 to Cumbria’s Lorraine Green but the final result a 4-2 victory to our ladies A was just a fantastic result,

 
Our undefeated men's A then took to the stage and John Williamson completely overran Craig Smith 4-1, Michael Sheehan was then involved in yet another cracker but unusually lost out 3-4, Brian Tennant then made extremely hard work of beating Davie Patterson 4-2, an off form Brian showed his fighting qualities to battle his way to this victory, the Excellent John Mccallum was next up in a cracker of a game against a very good Callum McLeary, despite being 0-2 down and 2-3 down Johns class and fighting qualities showed through to win 4-3 with a 26.47 ave, in my mind John has the complete package to make the next step up in darts, Big Drew Callary up next against Scottish International Jim McEwan and he went 3-0 up against Jim McEwan with some superb finishes, unfortunately Drew couldn't finish the game off and Jim ran out a 4-3 victor, Andrew Broll then showed how classy he's becoming with a 4-2 win (27.50) despite Doit Kiltie throwing everything at him, this young man is definitely going places in darts, from a young man who is going places to another not so young man who has already been places, the evergreen Ronnie Sharp showed absolute class despite a 2-4 loss, at 2-2 and miles ahead of John Miller he stuttered and allowed John to gain victory, yet another young man who could go places in darts Andy Callary Jnr was involved in an absolute cracker against Andy Hastie, some power scoring and excellent finishing secured a 4-2 win and a 26.72 dart ave, next up saw Jim Mitchell who then raced to a 3-0 lead but John Stevenson then found his range and got back to 3-3, Jim then went off in the last leg 180, 100, 81, 100 then game, super battling and determined qualities from Jim, and a wee bit of darting ability, Now folks , what about this wee gem Grant Mccauley? There are very few words we can use to explain this wee Gem that's graced our company this season!
His next " victim " was Annan s finest Lee Nisbet, despite Lee trying his best he found that nothing he could do was going to upset or put off the inevitable Grant from steamrolling to victory 4-1 and a 27.64, a not well Frank Clancy took to the stage against Stranraers Smokey Kenny Mathews and lost out 2-4, Frank almost took out 150 to go 3-3 but lost out to Smokey who was superb when he came to a double, George Collumb was last up against Justin Nicol, despite George trying to get to grips with this throw and perhaps trying too hard the game went against George by 1-4, an unusual result against the normally reliant George, but 7-5 to our guys A was something to be so proud of, I already mentioned that very few counties come to Ayrshire and leave with a victory as we did yesterday, and I would also like to point out that there is absolutely no weaknesses in this Crew, this has been pointed out to me by many members of our fellow counties, "strong throughout" is the common comment!
Our whole Crew pool is strong, Gerry and Dunky recalled at short notice yesterday and both 3-0 winners! Speaks volumes
Mon the Crew

 

Margaret Ferguson of Greater Glasgow
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Recieving award for top ave from Julie Ward & Duncan Wyper

 YIPPEE, an over 50’s tournament, 1st Feb, Black Bull in Ayr, register for 12-30 toe ocky 1pm, £5 entry plus top up from pub.

 

West Calder & District Darts League Grand Prix 2020-01-08

Grand Prix league will be run with these dates, and at different venues around the area.

1st Feb

Volunteer Arms Uphall

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

7th March

Commercial Inn West Calder

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

4th April

Tower bar Craigshill

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

2nd May

Kirknewton Inn Kirknewton

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

30th May

Stirrup Stane Craigshill

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

20th June

Cawburn Sports bar Pumpherston

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

Each venue will have prize funds for the last four players left toeing the ocky, Also every player attending these events will gain Grand Prix points, the reason is monies will be kept back and the top three players with the most points earned after all six Grand Prix’s have been played will receive a further monetary prize, HOWEVER to be in the running for this extra prize fund players MUST have played in at least 4 of the Grand Prix Events. Along with the entry fee, each Public house has put up £100 to be added to the prize fund for each competition, as will football cards and raffle monies.

Text Box: West Calder & District Darts League Pub’s Darts Grand Prix 2020  Entry Fee5 per Grand Prix  Player registration   12pm till 12.30pm Game on 12.45pm each Grand Prix  Prize money   70% of venue sponsorship plus all entry fees will be paid to the Winner, Runner-up & Smi finalists at each Grand Prix   Prize Fund   30% of all venues sponsorship plus all Raffles tickets & football cards sold at Grand Prix’s will be paid to overall Grand Prix   1st 2nd & 3rd Places to qualify for 1st 2nd & 3rd place prize fund Players must play in a lest four of the six Grand Prix’s which   includes Grand Prix No6  Grand Prix Points  Winner: (30 points)  Runner-up: (25 points)  Semi Finalists: (20 points)   Quarter Finalists: (15 points)  Last sixteen: (10 points)  Last thirty two: (5points)  Last 64: (1 point)   Game Format   Rounds best of five (501)  Semi finals best of seven (501)  Final best of nine (501)  Trophies   There will be trophies for overall Grand Prix 1st 2nd & 3rd Places   Which have been sponsored  Winner of each Grand Prix event will receive 30 points, R/Up 25points, S/f 20 points, Q/f 15 points, last 16 get 10 points, last 32 5 points, and last 64 1 point.

 

Sat 4th Jan, The venues where the action was taking place were the 43 Restaurant and O’Shannon’s bar in Kilmarnock as the disability branch of Ayrshire darts met up to kick start their season, on the day it saw registrations taking place for the singles league which will start next week, and on the day it had a tournament played in a round robin format, and there were some excellent matches with all matches being 3x501 however every leg to be played so 3 points available per match up, Andy Allan 2-1 Neil Hunter, Craig Fritzgerald 2-1 Rose Gilmour,  Neil Hunter 2-1 Lewis Young, John Hollywood 2-1 Rose Gilmour, Lewis Young 2-1 Andy Allan, Craig Fritzgerald 2-1 John Hollywood, so players claiming their places in the semi finals were Craig Fritzgerald, John Hollywood, BUT we had three players having to play off for the other two places and so an old fashioned money race was held as Neil Hunter, Lewis Young and Andy Allan all bulled up and a single leg of 1001 was played out with the two players to finish first getting the places up for grabs,  and low and behold a shock was on the cards as last seasons  League Singles champion Andy Allan was the player not making the final four! So the last four saw Lewis Young defeating Craig Fritzgerald 2-1, and the next semi final was just as close as Neil Hunter edged out John Hollywood by the same score line 2-1. And so to the final which saw Neil Hunter defeating Lewis Young 2-0 though Lewis did miss the bulls eye and double 16 or it could have been closer, so our first Ayrshire disability winner for 2020 is Neil Hunter, Only maximum 180 recorded on the day went to Andy Allan, all four semi finalists all receiving beer vouchers and a good day was had by all, next week will see the league singles start in earnest, the burning question will be can Andy Allan hold on to his title or will another name be engraved on the perpetual shield, Ben Edwards last seasons Open singles winner may wish to add his name to the winners plaque, or will one of the chasing pack make a run for the title, time will tell, remembering 3 points available just for turning up, and every leg played worth a point, should see some excellent action on the ockies in Kilmarnock in the coming weeks.

 

Fri 3rd Jan, and if in Ayr then the Black Bull was the place to be as they held an Open Singles competition,  Lots of interest in this comp and the last four saw,  George Collumb Snr & Darren Paterson losing out in the semi final places, so to the last two players left toeing the ocky and it saw David Miller taking the runners up place, and the champion on the night had Lynsay Wylie taking the title.

Friday 3rd, This time it was the Brig end in New Cumnock where the action was taking place, and once the final four places were filled it had Jim Mitchell & Kelly McKinnon losing out in the semi final places, Runner up saw the man they call Hightower Kenny McVeigh losing out by the odd leg in five to Cameron Menzies  great final with Kenny missing the bulls eye for victory Cameron made no mistake finishing with a tidy 84 take out 60-24, once again all four players from the semi finals receiving beer tokens, some excellent arrows thrown with young Lee Frew from the Coach House in Muirkirk setting the early pace firing in 1x177, 101 game shot along with a brace of fast games these being 16& 18 darters, along with a tidy 101 take out, Kenny McVeigh with a brace of top finishes going out on 110&106 kill shots, maximum hitters had Cameron Menzies, Margaret Ferguson and Richard Dalzell all filling up the red lipstick to record 180’s.