|Jim Mitchell, Web Master.
|Founding member of this Web Site.
|An enthralled William marking the board
Next Delegates meeting for the W.C.D.D.L. is 1st November in the Central bar West Calder, There
will be no meeting in December, the next one after that will be 17th January in the Commercial Inn West Calder, SO PLEASE
teams who have yet to pay their players registration monies , please bring it on 1st November , much appreciated.
Right folks here is a wee tune, for those of us who like a wee sing song!
Windmill of Old Amsterdam.
Asking the readers for help. This week end has the counties starting if you play in our local area would
you mind sending in anything of interest so it can be shared looking to try and get it in W.L. Courier for next Thursday if
possible, you don't have to, but would be nice to hear how out local dart players fare over the week end, which ever county
you have signed/play for, all news items are welcome, Thanking you in advance for the updates, Jim M.
Thought someone might be interested in a few dart related links that might be of interest!
Edinburgh Darts Association
Darts Scotland web site.
B.D.O. Darts web site.
The sites thought for the year to come is!
A Day Without Laughter is a Day Wasted!
23rd Oct, Quick report from the Latvian capital Riga, With mixed results losing out in the final of the
Open doubles on the Friday night with Cameron Anderson from Newcastle way!, Last 16 of the men's singles on
Saturday, and on Sunday playing with Gary Higgins making it through to the semi finals, not bad effort picking up ranking
points to go along with ones from the Scottish Open, and collecting money for all three events.
21st Oct, Bathgate Friday night league saw the results going like this, Coppies (B) 2-7 Lammies (B)
Glen Mavis 2-7 Corrie Bar, Old Wine 6-3 Coppies (A).
News, Have heard through the darting grape-vine
that our ex League Secretary Fin Drummond is not very well, many of you will know Fin from his days in the league committee
(26) years, without him there might not even be a darts league as he helped keep it going back in the dark days when publicans
were turning their back on darts, so on behalf of the players in the W.C.D.D.L. we wish him well hopefully see him again soon.
It’s that time again folks Quiz Time, some easy questions
some hard, and some bit obscure, but all the answers are out there, I have them in hard format (books) so why not get your
dating brains ticking over! 100 points to be had! Anyone up for a challenge.
To Gayle & Lewis
on the birth of their daughter, looks like a family rail card for the train now!
Should anyone wish to contact me with information about the web site or a
darts competition which may be happening the new e-mail for myself is (email@example.com) T.Y.
Some information from the county week end just gone, with players
that I could find who play darts in our Monday night league,
might be a few names missing if you can help feel free to send in the info, T.Y.
Ladies and Gentlemen, on Saturday I had the pleasure of playing
for East Stirlingshire, and to say that I was made more than welcome is a vast understatement, Scottish Internationalist Craig
Quinn (capt) when up on the stage gave me a resounding welcome saying how glad and privileged they were
to have signed myself, can I just say it was myself who has the privilege to have signed for such a great dart team, from
the moment I walked into the venue (Crown Inn) people came up to me shaking my hand and saying how glad they were to see me,
Along time since I have felt such a atmosphere at a darts venue , to put it into prospective when the last game in the men’s
A team was being played there was at least 50+ people still watching the game, the atmosphere was superb and I for one can
not wait until the next match, bring it on.
A or B
19th Oct, Report from the Baltic states, just heard that Ben Hart recorded a maximum 180 on Monday night, all relevant league
tables will be updated next week when back from my wee jaunt abroad!
16th Oct, Results from the
West Calder & District Darts League
Central bar Rebels 6-3 Almondale Pirates
Stirrup Stane Wanderers 6-3 Cawburn Highlanders
Murray bar Crofters 5-4 Grand Central Steamers
Kirknewton Barkeepers 1-8 Grand Central Railroaders
Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Loganlea Colliers
Doo Club Fanciers 3-6 Commercial Inn Juniors
Tower bar Knights 3-6 Doo Club Flyers
Commercial Inn Nomads 9-0 Stirrup Stane Indians
16th Oct, SPECIAL MENTIONS
top shooting from last night match ups here is what we have!
Maximum scorers are
John Sandison for the Railroaders of the Grand Central, Paul Weir from the Flyers out of the Doo Club both hitting the maximum
180’s, Good finishes came from a lot of players ones we know off are, However top finisher this week goes to Daisy
Heeps firing out on a rock solid 98 game shot for the ladies of the Doo Club Fanciers, A Izzat for the Loganlea Colliers with
an 96 game shot, Roy Anderson from the Juniors of West Calder 80 game shot, From the Knights of Craigshill
B Patterson with a 80 take out, Two Rebellious ones from the Central bar in West Calder with finishes off Scott Baker 80 and
Graham Smith 74 take outs, Colin Kelly with a rock solid 78 game shot for the Wanderers at the Stirrup Stane, and Shaun Clow
the Beard to be Feared with 86 & 82 kill shots, Fast games were recorded by , Commercial Nomads player Bunny Forrest with
a 19 darter, also with a 19 darter was Sean Hanlon for the Rebels, no fewer than three players firing in 17 dart games and
these were, Colin Kelly and Scott Baillie for the Wanderers and Shaun Clow for the Highlanders, fastest record game of the
evenings play saw a doubles match going out in 15 darts and it was the pairing of John Kirk & Shaun Clow who recorded
it, Scott Baillie & Mick Burke with a 17 dart pairs and M Bradie & Ross Burnside with a 20 dart pairs match for the
Pirates of Craigshill.
13th Oct, Bathgate league
action and some cracking results, Kirknewton Innkeepers (Kirknewton) 8-1 Glen Mavis B.C. (Bathgate)
Old Wine (Shott’s) 7-2 Lammies bar (B) Fauldhouse
Cross Tavern (Whitburn) 4-5 Lammies bar (A) Fauldhouse
Corrie bar (Armadale) 7-2 Coppies bar (B) Armadale
Only a few special mention at the moment, Paul McCaig and
Graeme Bird both with 19 darters, Jim Mitchell with a maximum 180.
11th Oct, The Posse fighting
it out at the Murrayfield Sports bar in Auld Reekie saw some excellent match ups, Kieran Bird with a excellent 8-6 victory
after a couple of very close defeats see’s him back on winning ways with the help of 15-16-18 darters, Rab Dick keeps
up the pressure in the Gold league sitting in second place and with three matches to go it saw come away with a fine 7-2 win
which had 15-17-19 darters in it and a magnificent 157 game shot, Graeme Bird also winning 8-5 with games finished in 18 &
19 darts and a couple of rock solid finishes of 80 & 97 take outs, Jim Mitchell had two match ups on the night and came
away with a fighting 8-5 victory in his first match with Gary Higgins who also happens to be Jims doubles partner in the Latvian
Open next week in Riga in one of the biggest darting events in the Baltic states, However probably match of the night saw
Mitchell facing off against high flying William Borland and a cracking match it saw Borland winning 8-5 but some stats for
these two players on the night who are at the opposite spectrum of the age barrier, William (Bridges) Borland 1x180, 92 game
shot and 15-15-18 dart games, (Old Man) Mitchell with 1x171, game shots of 76 & 100, and games finished in 12-17-17-18-19
both players dart averages in the high 70 plus bracket and would have been higher should they both have taken their respective
doubles out when they had shot’s at them.
9TH Oct, Monday night darts results from the West Calder &
District Darts league go like this,
Innkeepers 9-0 Stirrup Stane Indians,
Highway Men 5-4 Loganlea Colliers,
bar Crofters 6-3 Doo Club Fanciers,
Club Flyers 8-1 Kirknewton Barkeepers,
Central Railroaders 9-0 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies,
Almondale Pirates 6-3 Stirrup Stane Wanderers
Commercial Nomads 7-2 Cawburn Highlanders
Commercial Juniors 4-5 Tower bar Knights
Special mentions (and I’m sure there must be more?)
Jim Mitchell for the Highway Men with a 15 darter, William Borland 16 darter for the Innkeepers, R Burnsdale
for the Pirates of the Almondale with a 19 dart game, Alan Galbraith 18 darter, Andy Thomson 20 darter, Brian Speirs 19 darter.
Stuart Russell of the Logan lea Colliers on target with a maximum
180 as was Jim Mitchell for Highway Men and Doo Club Flyers player Paul Weir all firing in maximum 180’s,
Game shots John Brogan with a cracking 111 game shot for the
Colliers. Other top scores from the evenings play saw Mary Clark and Aldo Sinclair just missing out on maximum scores and
settling for 140’s. Not sure if this was a check out or not! Paul Weir with a 124 score, Martin Blainey 122.
7th Oct, Haddington was once
again the place to be on the East side of the country with The Gardeners Arms holding one of their Open Singles competitions
and it was that man William Borland from East Calder who took the top honours from a very good field of players coming away
with the winners purse, Towards the west of the country there was also Open competition in East Kilbride
at the Union club in the shopping centre and a large field gathered to try and annex the first prize and with £500 added
to the pot it saw some class action on the ocky, Graeme Bird from East Calder just falling in the semi finals by a score line
of 2-5 the eventual champion was PDC player and former England international Andy (x factor) Boulton who
took the top prize purse. A good day out with excellent company only down side was my good lady was meeting up with her sister
and her daughter and my bank card!!! And needles to say there are a lot of shops there don’t need to any more do I!
6th Oct, Action from the
Bathgate Friday night league with a double celebration for Lammies bar in Fauldhouse with two excellent win’s Lammies
(a) 9-0 Masonic, and Lammies (b) 6-3 Corrie Bar, Cross Tavern 5-4 Old Wine, Glen Mavis 5-4 Coppies (a), Coppies (b) 2-7 Kirknewton
Top shooting coming
from the Glen Mavis V Coppies match with Colin Maxwell firing in a maximum 180 along with a 94 game shot and a 19 darter,
Paul McCaig rock solid 19 darter, also firing in a 19 darter was Jimmy Woods, Gary Christie also with a
19 darter after just missing out on the bulls eye for a 167 take out, Jimmy MacMillan on target with a 20 dart game. There
was some top shooting from the Coppies match in Armadale who hosted the Kirknewton Innkeepers team to their venue, Graeme
Bird and Jim Mitchell for the Innkeepers both firing in a maximum 180 as did Coppies player Stuart Boyd with a 180 as well,
Fastest game recorded was a cracking 12 darter from Graeme Bird with a superb 124 game shot on the bulls eye also going out
on the bull was Jim Mitchell with a 121 game shot.
5th Oct, Things picking up players, the New Inter-Town league
now has a new sponsor for the winners Perpetual Trophy with James Banks Joinery from West Calder donating the winning trophy
to be played for each year, Also John Somerville has made up a quite simple but very good looking Match team sheet nice and
easy for us all to follow!
4th Oct, News from Auld Reekie
in the Edinburgh Darts Association Premier league played in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Gorgi, Mixed results as Scott Baillie
and Kieran Bird both lose out in close matches, Win’s came for Graeme Bird with an 8-4 victory over high flying Eddie
Main the Bird man firing in a maximum 180 along with an 80 game shot , William Borland on his way to victory with games finished
in 14 darts twice and also a brace of 18 darters and a more sedate 20 darter with a 8-2 victory, Mitchell with a 8-4 win after
being off to his usual slow start and at 1-4 down it looked like Daine McDiarmid was going to turn the old fella over, but
as the saying goes its never over to the last dart goes in Mitchell managing a tidy 14 darter on his way to the winning line!
2nd Oct W.C.D.D.L.
League action for Monday night saw the results come flying
in, Our match secretary almost though she was dreaming!
Premier League results, Stirrup Stane Wanderers
6-3 Central bar Rebels, Commercial Nomads 3-6 Almondale Pirates, Volunteer Highway Men 8-1 Stirrup Stane Indians, Kirknewton
Innkeepers 5-4 Cawburn Highlanders,
Championship League results, Tower bar Knights
5-4 Murray bar Crofters, Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 3-6 Doo Club Flyers, Doo Club Fanciers 4-5 Grand Central Steamers, Kirknewton
Barkeepers 2-7 Commercial Juniors.
Top Finishes, Highway man player
Graham Borland superb 146 kill shot via 60-60-26, Nomads player Jamie Fleming on target with a cracking ton plus finish 103
take out, Innkeeper Graeme Bird rock solid 86 game shot.
Fast games came from, Graham Borland with 15 & 17 darters for an excellent
31.31 per dart average, Paul Weir & Jim Mitchell 17 darters, Ben Hart for the Crofters with an 18 darter and just one
dart behind was Crofters captain Craig Jack with a 19 dart game, it saw Hart & Jack team up for a rock solid 21 dart pairs
game as well.
Maximum hitters, this week have four
players on target at the red lipstick, Graham Borland, Jim Mitchell, Ben Hart, Craig Jack taking the honours of the weeks
1st Oct, Page with relevant information for Inter-Town
league has now been opened in the left hand column, YES folks this event is now definitely going ahead, with the organisers
John Somerville, Callum Wilkinson, Spencer McDonald, Graeme Bird, Rab Dick and Jim Mitchell all in agreement to format and
Some Information just in!
30th Sept, Thanks to John Somerville for the following information which will be added to the relevant league tables,
From the Commercial Inn in West Calder’s summer league, Bunny Forrest 8 x180’s, Davie Aitken 7x180’s John
Somerville 3x180’s, Den Hart 127 game shot, John Somerville 136-2x86 game shots.
3Oth Sept, Lammies bar in Fauldhouse was the place
that top players from around the central belt all conversed for an open competition, and it was Scottish
International Craig Quinn who took the winners purse, r/up William Borland from East Calder, and the semi/finalists
saws Gordon Bruce from Livingston and Steven Carson from Airdrie, All four players receiving monetary wards for their endeavours
on the day, some excellent scoring on the day and Here is what was given to me; REMEMBER folks if you don’t tell me
how am I supposed to know! Maximum scorers saw Kieran Bird 1x180, and a tidy 20 darter, Ricky McDonald 1x180 and a cracking
108 game shot, William Borland 1 x180, Jim Mitchell 1x174 and 17&20 darters, Micky Rice from Whitburn 1x180, Armadale’s
Scott Baillie 98 game shot, Gary Christie 78 game shot and a maximum 180, Graeme Bird 17 & 18 darters plus a tidy 120
shanghai game shot on the twenties, Rab Dick 2x180’s and a superb 14 darter, One of Whitburn’s favourite darting
son’s William Harraughty 17-18-20 dart games, Gordon Bruce showing age has never slowed him down with excellent finishing
power on the day rattled in game shots of 95-100-118-121 a long with a brace of maximum 180’s and games finished in
3x17 -18-19 dart legs.
So many thanks to the sponsors
Lammies Bar and of course to organiser Spencer McDonald, Big thank you from all the players who attended, there was
a tremendous amount of darting talent which was on show without a doubt one of the best fields assembled for some time.
29th Sept, Bathgate league action saw some top
arrows thrown with Jim Graham (Pelter) from Lammies bar in Fauldhouse leading the way with quick games a fabulous 12 arrow
leg via 140-140-140-81 g.s. Other shots of note saw Paul Weir 132 game shot via 25-57-bulls eye, Stevie Duncan from Coppies
bar in Armadale 112 game shot showing the young players you can’t give the older generation a shot at a finish! Mitchell
a more sedate 86 check out, Maximum hitters came from Alan McDonald, Jamie Banks from the Lammies team, and Graeme Bird from
the Kirknewton Innkeepers, Also on the high scores was Rex Brady with a superb set up shot of 177. Paul Weir with a 16 darter,
Team scores Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Lammies bar (2), Cross
Tavern 4-5 Corrie bar, Coppies (A) 5-4 Coppies (B), Lammies (1) 3-6 Glen-Mavis B.C
27th Sept, Murrayfield Sports bar for the Posse’s
weekly pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Darts association Premier League, And perhaps the fastest recorded or luckiest game of
the season so far 10 darter. Once again in the Gold League it saw Kirknewton ace Rab Dick firing out the big shot’s
and winning comprehensively 7-0 & 7-3 in his two matches on the night Rab firing in games finished in 15-16-17-17-18-19
darts and some excellent finishing with game shots of 86-101-106, Kieran Bird had mixed fortunes losing out 5-8 in his first
match but then returning a score card of 8-3 in his second match of the evening firing in 3x18 darters and a 20 arrow game
along with a superb 133 game shot, Graeme Bird snr was on form up against one of Armadale’s top players Scott Baillie
and it was East Calder’s (Bird man) who came away with a 8-2 victory with 17 & 18 darters recorded, Last match on
for the Posse was Jim Mitchell who fired out winning legs of 10-17-17-18-20 darts on his way to a 8-2 win with the 10 darter
being the fastest of the night scored 140-140-171-bullseye.
25th September, Match of the week.
Two brand new teams in the Championship league toed the ocky on Monday night and the Murray bar Crofters from Polbeth opened
their doors to the Barkeepers from Kirknewton on the hill, and at one stage it looked like the Crofters were about to plough
the travelling barkeepers into submission at 4-0 up, however a fight back was on the cards once Amanda Miller and Martin
Blainey took to the ocky in the last two singles to keep the Barkeepers hopes alive, so 4-2 and only one match needed
to take the first points of the season for the Crofters, but the pairs were hard fought and back came the visitors taking
the match to a deciding 9th match and it was the home side that prevailed coming away with a very hard fought victory
by the tightest of margins 5-4 to the Crofters. Some excellent scoring in the match it saw Amanda Miller with a rock solid
72 game shot, Martin Blainey 111 take out both for the visiting Kirknewton Barkeepers and captain of the Murray Craig Jack
with a 75 game shot for the Crofters.
Team scores went like this Crofters names first, Stewart
Russell 2-0 Colin Laidlaw, Ben Hart 2-0 Jay Millar, Ryan Jack 2-0 Alli Chaffe, Craig Jack 2-0 Mary Clark, Rab
Craig 1-2 Amanda Miller, Frank Crook 1-2 Martin Blainey, so 2-4 to the Crofters now the doubles Stewart Russell & Ryan
Jack 0-2 Jay Miller & Martin Blainey, Ben Hart & Graeme Vance 1-2 Colin Laidlaw & Mary Clark, Rab Craig &
Frank Crook 2-0 Amanda Miller & Abby Chaffe.
W.C.D.D.L. RESULTS 25/9/17
Doo Club Flyers 2-7 Grand .Central Railroaders
Commercial Inn Juniors 5-4 Deans.B.C.
2-7 Kirknewton Innkeepers
Central Bar Rebels
6-3 Commercial Nomads
Murray bar Crofters
5-4 Kirknewton Barkeepers
Grand Central Steamers
2 – 7 Tower bar Knights
Highlanders 3-6 Volunteer Highway Men
Maximum 180 hitters Paul Weir for the Doo Club Flyers, Grant
Lyle from the Railroaders, Davie Aitken for the Nomads, Lorne Mitchell of the Highlanders and Graham Borland for the Highway
Men also on target with Maximum 180’s scored. Top finishes of the night went to two players both with 111 game shots
Martin Blainey from the newly formed Kirknewton Barkeeps, and Scott Baker from the West Calder Rebels, other players finishing
well were, J Sandison of the Railroaders with a 83 game shot as was his team mate Andy Thomson but just edging them out was
Alan Galbraith with a 85 kill shot, Craig Jack for the newly formed Murray bar Crofters in on the action with a 75 take out,
Scott Cameron 100 game shot for the Pirates of Craigshill and a 82 take out for the Bird man of East Calder Graeme Bird, And
for the ladies we have Amanda Miller finishing a 72 game shot. Fast games were scarce but as players may well be rusty after
the summer respite I’m sure things will hot up in the weeks to come, Scott Baker nice solid 18 darter, Ryan Little 19
darter both playing for the Rebellious ones from the Central bar in West Calder, William Miller & Graeme Bird both with
18 darters and Rab Dick 19 dart game for Innkeepers, Fastest game recorded on the night saw a pairs match
finished in an excellent 14 arrows for William Miller & John Gardiner of the Kirknewton Innkeepers. Please remember folks
we now have a stand alone ladies page on the web site so ladies please send in your information as well, if your not sure
about scores etc just check out the page on left hand column of the opening page on web site, t.y. Jim
22nd Sept, Once again the Bathgate
Friday night league got under way with Danny Kirkland (Chairman)at the helm without a doubt the longest standing darts committee
man in the West Lothian area, and it was Coppies in Armadale where the first competition of the season got under way with
the K.O.Cup, this is played over 6 singles and 3 doubles matches so simply put first to 5 take the match, and after three
hours play we had our finalists, and it had Big Gordon McMillan leading his team the Cross Tavern from Whitburn to the final
with Rab Dick taking his new team of newbie’s The Kirknewton Innkeepers from Kirknewton to face them in the final, and
it was nip and tuck with the singles matches shared and at 3-3 it was all down to the doubles and it saw the Cross Taverner’s
take the first two doubles and the title by 5 games to 3. Some special mentions from the nights action, Scott Baillie from
the Corrie bar firing in a maximum 180 as did Callum Wilkinson of the Taverner’s and Jim Mitchell for the Innkeepers
however top maximum hit on the night must go to Graham Landels from the Old Wine/Lammies bar!!! who was playing in the
first match of the new season he recorded with his first three darts of the new season a cracking maximum 180 great way to
start the season with your first ever league maximum 180 well played. Congratulations to both teams, K.O. Cup
Champion’s The Cross Tavern and Kirknewton Innkeepers r/up.
2Oth Sept Report. The Posse once
again headed into the Sports bar at Murrayfield for their weekly show down at the ocky with top players from the Lothian and
surrounding areas, William Borland still firing out fabulous darts from his right hand which is on fire at the moment after
winning the Scottish Masters title two weeks ago he was down in Wigan for a PDC week end and came away with £400 in
prize monies which at the moment would get him into the final 64 of thr PDC World youth championships later in the year William
sitting at 45th in the provisional rankings, However back to business William fired in 6 sub 20 dart games and a maximum 180
on his way to a fine 8-3 victory on the night, Rab Dick from Kirknewton keeps the pressure on at the top of the Gold League
with a cracking 7-4 victory which included a 100 game shot and 17 and 2x18 darters, Graeme Bird also on the maximum trail
with a brace of them in his win over Daine McDiarmid in a real tough battle, Mitchell had two matches on the night with mixed
fortunes winning 8-6 over Callum Smith in a battle where both players held their own throw exceptionally well but one break
of throw which went Mitchell's way was enough to see him over the line 8-6, However Ian Butler was next up against Jim
and both these players are heading to the Latvian open later in the season and it saw Jim hitting plenty of treble twenties
but it was Ian who rattled the doubles while Jim floundered from one double to the next both players on the maximum trail
but Ian a deserved 8-4 win, Mitchell on the night fired in 1x171 and 2x180's along with 4 sub 19 dart games. Another player
also heading to Riga in Latvia was North Berwick's Gary Higgins who rattle in 5 x 180's in seven legs but he also
lost out to Davie Sharp 7-8. Gary almost doing the magical nine darter starting off with 6 perfect arrows in a leg he eventually
18th Sept, W.C.D.D.L. Yes the league is
back and with it we have a new winner of the leagues first trophy the prestige’s K.O. Cup event which is played as a
7 person team with each singles match being 1x701 so the first team to get 4 chalks on the board wins, sounds easy but with
so many good teams in the league you have to be on your toes to make the final and this season it saw the Commercial Nomads
under the leadership of John Bruton make it through and up against them was the Almondale Pirates from the Masonic club in
Craigshill who had Derek Carmichael at the helm, the matches were just about even and only the finishing power of the Nomads
the difference and it saw John Somerville taking the title to West Calder with a fine 72 game shot for the Commercial Nomads,
final score Nomads 4-1 Pirates. Winning team were John Bruton, Davie Aitken, John Somerville, John Grant, Jamie Fleming, Jim
Quinn, Bunny Forrest, losing finalists were, Stevie Duncan, Michael Brady, Scott Bryson, Derek Carmichael, Jamie Pattison,
Scot Begley, Scott Cameron, the two losing semi finalists were the Central bar Rebels from West Calder and Doo Club Flyers
from East Calder, Top shots from the competition saw Paul Weir and, Derek Carmichael and Wullie Wilson all firing in maximum
180’s top finishes had Andy Thomson with a 107 game shot, Ian Stevenson 81 take out and Saun Hanlon with 80 game shot,
Two players had excellent games with dart averages of 31.86 for their 701 legs and they were Martin Balfour
and Saun Hanlon.
Competition Page Updated 7th Oct Haddington-Gardeners Arms.
West Lothian Inter Town Saturday
League. (In the planning stage at the moment)
Looking to start a new league to make this happen what is needed is four teams, with teams playing three
away matches and three home matches,
Feed back is welcome, just to try something
new! The Idea is like this, we could have,
East Section – Kirknewton, East Calder, Mid Calder. Contact Rab Dick & Graeme Bird.
West Section- Fauldhouse, Whitburn, Armadale. Contact Spencer
Central Section- Polbeth,
West Calder, Breich. Contact John Somerville.
South Section- Livingston, Pumpherston, Broxburn. Jim Mitchell & John McDonald
Obviously names can be changed this is to give an idea only!
Team’ to be made up of 9 nine players or 6 if preferred!
You can sign as many as you wish.
Matches to try something different and to make them more exciting could be,
3 pairs matches 3x501 each match worth 1 point
1 Triples match 3 x701 match worth 2 points
9 Singles matches 3x501 each match worth 3 points, Reason
for this is simple if you played the singles first match could be over in first 6 games however if you do the format this
way, winning the pairs and triples would only give you 5 points, so the singles then become more important, now there would
be 32 points up for the taking in each match, the idea is that if you get say 20 points then you get 20 points and your opponents
get 12 points, makes for a more interesting game as every point becomes very valuable in the final outcome.
Only an idea and if there is enough interest perhaps myself
and other interested parties (organisers) can meet up and discuss dates etc, or change the structure of the league to 7 players
or what ever you think is best suited. Feed back is welcome.
Credit where Credit is Due.
Once again a combined effort from our current and past Match
Secretaries have delivered the goods, The league tables are now finalised and fingers crossed every team should be happy,
they have tried as much as possible to give all the teams home and away fixtures obviously with our league set up it cant
quite be as straight forward as we would like but all teams have same number home and away matches, so a big thank you must
go to Connie Bamburry & John Kirk for delivering the goods. Where would we be without them, Cheers guys.
13th Sept, Once again the local
posse rode into the Murrayfield sports bar for their weekly showdown with the Edinburgh players, though to be truthful this
week was more of a home derby in some matches, Graeme and Kieran Bird were drawn against each other and it was the senior
bird who came away with a fine 8-5 win over Kieran , Graeme firing in 16 and a brace of 17 darters in his win, William Borland
who was not at his best think man flu may have had something to do with it, but he struggled over the line winning 8-3 but
only a single 20 dart game in the fast legs column to night! Rab Dick was in superb form winning 7-0 with games finished in
17-18-19-19 darts and three excellent game shots of 78-88-103 along with a maximum 180 and an excellent three dart average
of 77 per throw, Jim Mitchell played Scott Baillie in another local posse match up and it was the old man who came away with
a 8-1 Scott missing a few vital doubles letting Jim In, Jim with 2 x180’s and games finished in 16-17-18-20 arrows and
a tidy 130 out on the bulls eye.
7th Sept, Bathgate darts league to start on the 22nd September
with the K.O. Cup in Coppies bar Armadale. League matches the following week.
6th Sept, The Posse headed
East to the Murrayfield Sports bar for their weekly showdown with the Lothian and surrounding area top arrow smiths, and came
back with some excellent results, Rab Dick with an cracking 7-2 win to continue his move up the rankings of the Gold league
Rab at the moment sitting in second place with only Alan White in front of him but the Kirknewton man is moving ever closer!
Kieran Bird also on the winning trail with an excellent 8-6 victory in the Platinum league, Graeme Bird on target with an
8-4 winning score line which included 111 along with 88 & 84 game shots, a brace of maximum 180’s and games finished
in 13-17-17 darts, William Borland continuing his superb form of late with yet another top performance on the good old flock
board, firing in 2x180’s along with 88&84 game shots and games finished in superb style with
4x14 darters and 16 and 18 darts for a very impressive 8-2 victory over top Edinburgh player Daine McDiarmid.
4TH September, West Calder & District
Darts League A.G.M.
Well another excellent turn out for our annual meeting with
over 50 people who are interested in darts in the local area, turning up to support the league and have their say, to my mind
this makes the league much stronger rather than just a few people making the decisions, the body of the hall were asked to
vote on quite a few proposals on the night, (democratically)
sad note we have had to say goodbye to three teams the Brucefield Farmers & Crofters are no more and also the Cawburn
Assassin’s have left the league, however we welcome the three new teams into the league the Murray bar in Polbeth which
has over the years had a great darting history are back in the league under the leadership of I believe Craig Jack, also to
the Grand Central who have entered another team into the league look forward to finding out a nickname for them that suits
(Steamers) so I have been told! also to the Kirknewton Barmaids (unless another name is more apt) so on behalf of the
league welcome to all three teams. Couple of changes to the league set up, We now have a stand alone Ladies Doubles
competition along with the Ladies Singles, also the Three Person team event has been turned around it will now be the singles
player first then the doubles game and then if the scores are tied a three person 1001 will take place to decide the winner,
also from now on there will be no toss of the coin to start a match all competitions will be decided by a Bull Up, person/team
who’s name comes out first will throw for the bulls eye first obviously the winner of middle for diddle will throw in
the odd legs. Once again our league sponsor is the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston and we look forward to another top season
on the six match boards that are provided by our sponsor, also thanks go to Ted McMillan the Scottish Winmau representative
and associate for Scotland, Ted also has a Winmau stall stocked for all your darting needs on match nights in the Cawburn,
his offer of help in getting our exhibition night players is much appreciated (more info to follow) looking to try and get
two of the top lady players in the world to come and play us this year, this would be the Monday after the Scottish Open.
And we start the league on the 18th September with the K.O. Cup all teams are asked to attend and pass in their
player registration sheets to the Match Secretary Mrs Connie Bamburry on the night, your co-operation would be very much appreciated
in this matter. The league has nine teams in the Premier league and nine teams in the Championship league the committee
would like all the teams old and new all the very best for the forth coming season, The committee for the season to come is
status quo, with Connie Bamburry Match Secretary, John McDonald League Secretary, Jim Mitchell Treasurer/chairman.
Photo say's it all William Borland Scottish Masters Champion 2017 (Superb)
Only one major thing to report! Rest can take
Masters Singles competition was held in Glenrothes Fife at the week end,
And it was East Calder's William Borland who took the title he now adds his name to some of the all time
greats of our sport
likes of Jocky Wilson and Gary Anderson to mention just a few, William in the semi final defeated the Scotland captain
Alan Souter 5-0 before going on to win the
title 5-3 from Fife player Jamie Clark in the final,
William who plays for the Kirknewton Inn on a Friday night in the Bathgate & District darts league and
The Cawburn Assassin's on
a Monday night in the West Calder & District darts league,
This young 20 year old has the whole of Scotland applauding his magnificent achievement.
SCOTTISH MASTERS CHAMPION 2017-William Borland.
On the day he recorded no fewer than 6x180’s
games finished in 2x13-15-16-2x17, and game shots of 116-86-84 and that’s only what he can remember!
2nd Sept, Darts snippet, Players going to the exhibition in October at the Bathgate Royal British Legion to play one of
the professionals are, Rab Dick (Kirknewton) Graeme Bird (East Calder, Gillian & Jim Mitchell (Livingston)
|Gordon (THE) Bruce with the Stewart Tait Trophy
|Summer League Champion 2017
27th Aug, Stirrup Stane Finals
Stewart Tait Summer League Cup, was the title on the line, with the top eight players from the summer qualifying weeks taking
to the ocky to try and get their name engraved on the Silver Cup, The quarter finals saw the matches being the best of 9x501,
Micky Burke 5-0 Frank Begley, Craig Agnew 5-3 Brian McIntyre, Scott Baillie 5-1 Gary Christie, Gordon Bruce 5-0 Arran Edwards,
and so to the semi finals which saw the matches now the best of 11x501, Gordon Bruce 6-1 Craig Agnew, Micky Burke 6-5 Scott
Baillie and so after some terrific match ups we had our two finalists and the final match the best of 13x501, and you could
not get any closer with the match going the distance and only decided on who’s name would go on the trophy in the very
final leg of this superb match, Gordon Bruce 7-6 Mick Burke. Along with the title of summer league champion and the Stewart
Tait Silver cup Gordon also received £240, the runner up Micky Burke receiving £140, semi finalists Craig Agnew
and Scott Baillie receiving £50 a piece, Quarter finalists each received £25, Arran Edwards, Gary Christie. Frank
Begley, Brian McIntyre. Some terrific darts thrown on the night and maximum hitters were, Brian McIntyre 1x180, Arran Edwards
1x180 & 1x171, Scott Baillie 1x180, Quick games came from Scott Bailie with 16-17-18-19-20 darters, Mick Burke with 17-17-19
dart games and a 85 game shot, However their can be only one and that was the champion Gordon Bruce who fired in 10 sub 20
dart games between 15 and 19 darts and two excellent ton plus finishes with 100 &131 kill shots and a maximum 180. Once
again many thanks to the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill for hosting this event and to Stewart Tait’s Electrical & Plumbing
services for sponsoring this annual competition.
|Finalists of Sports bar E.D.A. Singles
|Ian Butler champ-Callum Smith r/up
|(Bag-Men) Ian Butler on the right newly crowned
|Champion for the M-Field Sports bar Singles comp.
26th Aug, And the Posse was once again assembled apart
from the Kirknewton Lefty Rab Dick who was on a Edinburgh Festival day out in Auld Reekie, However Kieran, Jim, William and
Graeme took the stagecoach into the Murrayfield Sports bar for one of the leagues major titles, and this was a competition
which was played in a round robin league format 4x501 a draw being available! with the top four making it into the K.O. cup
section, Some great arrows thrown on the day and have tried to condense it so here goes, Kieran Bird pl 5 won 1 drew 3 lost
1, William Borland pl 7 won 6 lost 1, Graeme Bird pl 7 won 5 drew 1 lost 1, Jim Mitchell pl 10 won 7 drew 2 lost 1, Jim being
the last one of the Posse left standing bowed out in the semi finals to Callum Smith 5 games to 3, Graeme losing in the quarters,
The final saw Ian (the Navigator) Butler winning 5-1 from Callum Smith. Some stats from the posse players goes like this,
Kieran Bird 1x180, William Borland 4x180 and games finished in 12-15-17-17-18-19-19- 20-20 darts and finishes of 121-107-94-92-83
game shots, Graeme Bird with 1x180 and games finished in 16-20-20-20-20 darts, Jim Mitchell with 3x180’s and a 1x171
along with game shots of 100-93-84-82, and 17 sub 20 darters being 14-15-15-15-16-16-16-16-16-17-17-18-18-18-18-18-18 arrows,
and I was more surprised than anyone else for these stats changed darts as point came out of ones been using for last 4-5
months on Friday night dropped two grams to a set of new (old) Leo Newstead darts 25.7 grams, and they carried me most of
the day! Once again many thanks to the hard working Edinburgh Darts Association committee for running these events on behalf
of the West Lothian Posse we all think you do a cracking job, and I know it sometimes does not look or sound like your appreciated
but you are thanks guys.
Congratulations to both finalists, Ian
(Navigator) Butler champion, runner /up Callum Smith
25th Aug, Well the local Posse headed west this time
and the venue was the Lanark Thistle Bowling club for an open doubles competition, Once again we were made very welcome by
the members of the club and their committee, and can we say what a fabulous spread the ladies put on to feed us
must remember not to have my tea next time so I can do it justice,(t.y.)Once the games had been played it saw Rab Dick
& William Borland toeing of against Graeme Bird & Jim Mitchell in the final, and it was the former who took the title
from the defending champions by a score line of 4 games to 2, Rab Dick from Kirknewton firing in two cracking shots and as
the t.v. pundits say it is all about timing and Rab did just that a cracking 177 to leave a finish which William took out
for a 12 darter, Graeme and Jim then replied with a 14 darter of their own only to see Rab and William go out in 15 darts
back again and it saw Jim and Graeme with a 16 dart game, so game going with throw and at 3-2 to Rab and William it saw Rab
fire in a maximum 180 to leave 38 and that was perfect timing so Champions Rab Dick & William Borland, runners up Graeme
Bird & Jim Mitchell, William’s second time in the final here, Graeme’s second and believe it or not the fifth
time Jim has graced the finals, Rab on this firm I’m sure will be making many more! Watch this space.
|Engine Driver for the Grand Central does it!
|Casey Jones with his first maximum 180, well done
23rd Aug, Once again the Posse headed into the
Murrayfield Sports bar for their weekly showdown with some of the top darters from the Lothian’s and surrounding area,
mode of transport this week was the good old stagecoach (bus) and once again it saw a mixed return for
our travelling darters, Rab Dick playing in the Gold league recorded two excellent wins with 7-1 and 7-2 victories which included
3x180’s and a couple of fast games finished in 15 & 18 darts, Graeme Bird in the Platinum league was up against
the high flying William Borland , but it was the Bird man who was in racing mode! At 0-3 down it could have been just another
bad day at the ocky but Graeme then turned on the style with 3 ton plus finishes 104 twice and 110 game shots and with games
finished in 15-16-17-18 darts came away with fine 8-6 victory this was William Borland’s second defeat in three matches
perhaps the winning streak is coming to an end who knows but it could be time for William to get back on the practise board!
William did fire in some cracking shots an excellent 160 game shot, and games finished in 13-15-17-19 darts and a nice 180
aren’t they all? But it was not enough against a Bird Man who was out hunting for points/prey?, Scott Baillie suffered
a 5-8 loss but did fire in two excellent 19 darters so once again just though dastardly doubles that always seem to move just
when you think you have them in your sights! Kieran Bird also on a 5-8 loss but did fire in a maximum 180, Jim Mitchell and
Davie Sharp went toe to toe, and it was in the 11th leg that it saw Davie manage to break Jims throw, and at 7-5
down it then saw Mitchell fire in a 12 darter via 140-100-125-136 g.s. however the inevitable happened Davie took out the
next leg for a well deserved 8-6 win both players enjoying this match up which was as close at it gets both with almost identical
dart averages Davie firing in 3x180’s a 15 darter and a brace of 18’s, Jim 12 darter a couple of 17’s and
a 180, both players top finish identical as well 78 the best both could manage! Once again a cracking night at the Murrayfield
even if it at times was not the results we would all have liked! See you next week guys!
21st Aug, The final places for qualification were up
for grabs in the Stirrup Stane Saints & Sinners Summer darts league sponsored by Stuart Tait’s Electrical &
Plumbing services and the Stirrup Stane public house, and the top four in each league who have now made the money rounds are
none other than, from the League of Devils, Arran Edwards pl 13 won 12 lost 1 -24 points, Gordon Bruce pl13 won 10 lost 3-20
points, Craig Agnew pl12 won 9 lost 3 -18points, Scott Baillie pl 12 won 8 lost 4-16points. And from the
Saints league we have Frank Begley pl18 won 14 lost 4 – 28 points, Mick Burke pl13 won 13 -26 points, Brian McIntyre
played 17 won 11 lost 6-22 points, Gary Christie played 17 won 11 lost 6- 22 points. And so these top eight players go into
a final K.O. cup format next week to crowned champion of the Stirrup Stane Summer league Singles, (all the best ) Players
on the night firing in top shots were, Scott Baillie with 18 &19 dart games and an 87 take out, Mick Burke firing in 18-19-19-20
dart games and a tidy 100 game shot, Colin Kelly with a brace of maximum 180’s and a 18 darter, Gary Christie the man
who can confuse his opposition by changing hands and throwing accurately with both! On target with 18-19-20 darters and an
84 game shot.
|Denise Bird wins Calamity Jane Ladies league 2017
|Buffalo Bills League Champion 2017
The final night of action at the Cawburn Sports bar Rodeo for the season finale of the Calamity Jane’s & Buffalo
Bill’s Wild West dart leagues, and what a night of action we had with the top four ladies playing for monetary prizes
and the top 6 men also battling it out for a share of the goodies as well! Both Ladies and Men’s winner taking home
the same amount in with £125 each to both plus memento’s to the winners.
In the Calamity Jane’s league it was nip and tuck as
the championship was not won until the last match was played it was that close, However once the chalk dust settled it
was East Calder player Denise Bird who took the title with 38 points which saw her finish the season with 15 wins from 18
matches, just losing out in second place was Kirknewton’s Mary Clark who finished on 36 points with 13 victories from
18 matches, third place went to one of the most improved lady players in the West Lothian area once again from Kirknewton
Amanda Millar with 29 points and a league record of won 10 from 18, in fourth place it saw East Calder’s Kathy Henderson
who fought back after a poor start to the season to claim fourth place with 8 wins from 18 matches with 28 points, remembering
every leg was worth a point in these best of 3x501 match ups. The chasing league players had only 6 points between the next
5 players this was one very hard league to win so many congratulations to Denise Bird champion of the First Calamity Jane’s
Ladies Singles title 2017.
Match scores from the nights play went like this, Ali Chaffe
3-0 Leona Stewart, Kathy Henderson 2-1 Daisy Heeps, Gillian Mitchell 2-1 Ali Chaffe, Christine McIntosh 2-1 Amanda Millar,
Denise Bird 2-1 Christine McIntosh, Abi Sclater 3-0 Daisy Heeps, Denise Bird 2-1 Gillian Mitchell, Leona Stewart 20=-1 Daisy
Heeps, Kathy Henderson 3-0 Abi Sclater, Amanda Millar 2-1 Ali Chaffe, Mary Clark 2-1 Christine McIntosh. (Well played the
The Buffalo Bill’s league was just as tough in the
run in with only William Borland secure in the top place and with the men’s league paying out to the top six players
every point was invaluable in these best of 4x501 matches with every leg worth a point, William Borland champion with 54 points
with 15 wins and 2 draws, second place players could not be separated with Rex Brady needing a draw or better and his opponent
Jim Mitchell needing a 4-0 win in their last match clash of the night, it saw Jim win 3-1 and both players ending up on 44
points with Rex winning 11 drawing 2 and losing 2, Jim Winning 10 drawing 4 losing 1, in fourth and fifth
places were father and son players Graeme Bird who just edged out his son Kieran Bird by one point Graeme 42 points with 10
wins 3 draws 2 losses, Kieran 41 points with 8 wins 5 draws and 2 losses points, and in sixth place by the skin of his teeth
was Dechmont’s top arrow smith Martin Deegan with 36 points with 7 wins 3 draws and 5 losses. To say this was a close
league was an understatement with Rab Dick and Ian Stevenson both just losing out on the prize fund by one point as both sat
on 35 points.
Scores from the nights action saw, Graeme Bird 3-1 Rab Dick,
Rab Dick 4-0 Jay Millar, Geordie Dryburgh 4-0 Scott Bryson, Graeme Bird 2-2 Jim Mitchell, Kieran Bird 4-0 Jay Millar, Ian
Stevenson 4-0 Shaun Robertson, William Millar 4-0 Scott Bryson, Jim Mitchell 3-1 Rex Brady, Graeme Bird 4-0 Jay Millar, Martin
Deegan 2-2 Kieran Bird, Rab Dick 4-0 Shaun Robertson, William Borland 4-0 Geordie Dryburgh.
Top shooting from the Buffalo Bills had, William
Borland firing in 126 & 94 game shots along with 16-18-19 darters, Jim Mitchell with two maximums one on the treble twenties
1x180 and one on the treble nineteen’s 1x171 and a tidy 89 take out along with a brace of 17 darters, Rab Dick firing
in the highest finish of the evening play with a superb 136 take out and games finished in 15-18-19 darts, Martin Deegan withn16
& 19 dart games, Kieran Bird 18 darter, Graeme Bird 110 game shot. So after eight gruelling weeks at the ocky we have
out champions, Congratulations to Denise Bird Calamity Jane Ladies Champion 2017 & William Borland the Buffalo Bill’s
Men’s Champion for 2017. Also can I take this opportunity to say well done to all our players who stayed the course
to make these leagues not just hard to win but most enjoyable evenings on the ocky, and of course without the continued support
of Malky our host at the Cawburn Sports bar and lets not forget Kenny the barman for keeping us refreshed throughout the evening
action, cheers guys and gals see you at the next one, Jim M.
Final payout saw Calamity Jane’s winner £125, r/up £60, third place £30, fourth place
Buffalo Bills winner £125, joint
r/up £50 each, fourth £30, fifth £25 sixth £20 in total £540 paid out.
19th Aug, Haddington town the
place to be at, and the Gardeners Arms for another afternoon of outstanding darts play, With 32 top arrow smiths in the field
it saw some excellent action on the match boards, The last four players left standing were all top county or internationalists
so there was no quarter given and none expected, First semi final saw Greg Ritchie just edge out William Borland in a 9 leg
thriller which until the last dart hit the flock board had William in charge however you have to finish on a double and that
is what Greg did five to Williams four! In the second semi final we had former Scottish international Harry Todman up against
Lothian county player Andy McCardle and once again a tight match up with Harry just doing enough to keep Andy on the back
foot and a 5-3 win for the Todman, so a final which saw Greg Ritchie winning by 6 games to 2 both players rattled in maximum
180’s but there can be only one winner and that was Greg Ritchie, runner up Harry Todman, couple of top games on the
day saw Alan Crosbie and William Borland both firing in superb 12 darters, Once again excellent hospitality from the Gardeners
Arms and a well run comp by none other than Mick Burgess who it was nice to see back playing himself after a serious illness.
Fingers crossed will meet up with the players around the tournament circuit in the near future, Oh and the Pizza laid on by
the pub went down a treat (and there was me watching my figure!) thanks guys.
16th August, Well another night in Auld Reekie for
the West Lothian Posse with mixed results, Kieran Bird playing in the Platinum league started off like a racing pigeon with
a superb 13 dart game then it became a war of attrition with each player swapping leg for leg until the 12th leg
when Kieran took the initiate to go 7-5 ahead and then closed the match out in the 13 th leg for a hard fought 8-5 victory
which included 13 & 18 dart games, Rab Dick in a best of 13 match in the Gold league just lost out going down 6-7 Rab
firing in two quick legs of 17 & 18 darts, William Borland was in a close encounter with Eddie Main and at 3-3 it looked
anyone’s game however William then stepped on the gas and came away with a cracking 8-3 win which included 2x15-17-19-20
dart games a maximum 180 and finishes of 110& 90 game shots, His next match though was not so fortunate at 5-5 with Davie
Sharp it was nip and tuck until Davie pulled away and it saw William lose 5-8, Jim Mitchell one of the last matches on saw
him slip to 0-3 at the beginning of the this best of 15 encounter before he came back with 8 winning legs from the next 9
to win by 8 games to 4, Jim once he woke up rattled in 12-13-16-20 darters plus 2x180’s and a cracking 146 game
shot to take the match which was in the last leg which went like this 180-83-82-146 take out! Scott Baillie who was also in
action never passed on any information but once it gets to me it will be added, On a more serious note last night an offer
was made to Scott to transfer teams for the forth coming season on a Monday night , however the thought of a used dart board
a large packet of Walkers crisps were not enough to make him change his mind until the ante was upped and Quavers and a can
of pop were added to the transfer bid, think Stuart Tait may have to renegotiate his fee for keeping him at the Stirrup Stane!!
August, The Saints & Sinners league tables from the Stirrup Stane updated,
sponsored by S Tait's Electrical & Plumbing services. Big Daddy Frank Begley
new club house leader in the Saints league.
14th August, The Cawburn Sports bar held its penultimate night of Summer league darts
and it saw players making their move as the top four ladies will receive monetary prizes in the Calamity Jane’s league,
and we have a new club house leader with Mary Clark on 34 points, Denise Bird on 31 points but does have games in hand! Amanda
Millar sits in third place with 26 points then there are three ladies all on 23 points, Gillian Mitchell, Kathy Henderson
and Daisy Heeps, so it wont be until the last arrow hits the winning double next week be fore we can crown the Ladies champion,
14th August, The Buffalo Bills saw some tremendous
matches with all the players trying to make their way into the top six places where the prize funds start from, William Borland
and Rex Brady once again swapped places at the top of the league, with William sitting top, moving up from sixth place into
third place has Jim Mitchell, however nothing is secure for any of the players below the top two who have enough points to
stay in the money places, So next week with the top nine players all within a couple of points of each other, there should
be some tremendous battles on the ocky to see who ends up where in the rankings, Though looks like William has the crown in
Top shots from the night saw Maximum hitters
in Jim Mitchell & Rab Dick with 2x180’s, William Borland 1x180, Top finishes saw Rex Brady 98 game shot, William
Borland 94 game shot, Ian Stevenson 86 game shot, Jim Mitchell a brace of bull finishes with 80 & 78 take outs finishing
on the bulls eye, Top games from the night had William Borland 14-17-20 darts, Mitchell 2x15 and a 17 darter, Rex Brady 17
darter, Kieran Bird 19 darter.
12th August, The venue was westwards
to Irvine in Ayrshire for the Marymass the oldest running Darts Competition in Ayrshire, run by William Laird, this event carried a first
prize of £300 and paid out to the top eight left standing, With P.D.C. players and Internationals in attendance along
with former Scottish Singles and Masters champions in the mix the standard was of an exceptionally high standard as one would
expect, Once four hours play had gone, the four remaining players toeing the ocky were Jim McEwan 3 v 1 Jim Mitchell, Andy
Boulton 3 v 1 Cameron Menzies, and it was Jim McEwan and Andy Boulton who went through to the grand final, Jim was deadly
when it came to the doubles and when given the opportunity he took it with both hands Jim McEwan 3-0 Andy Boulton, Andy unable
to convert his doubles when they came round! But no doubt who the winner on the day was Ayrshire Jim McEwan, runner /up Andy
Boulton, s/finalists Jim Mitchell& Cameron Menzies. Good to meet up with some old darting friends Colin Nicol, Neil Dempsey
and big John from Glasgow and Airdrie’s Simmey, good company to spend an afternoon with, and of course to my darting
companion and chauffeur home who if she had only brought her darts could have played as well, Cracking club and made very
welcome, five boards, good beer well priced and comfy seats! Had a bit of trouble finding the venue at first, followed instructions,
found our selves in a car park next to a nursery and community centre, so phoned Wullie Laird only to be told we were there,
just round the corner, you would never find it without help, seems it was a converted farm with lots of buildings, great setting
once you were inside.
11th August, Snippet, William Borland lost out
to International Gary Stone in the final qualifying round held in Bo'ness to try and make the world championship play
offs in Bridlington on the night William fired in 5x180's. Just one double away from getting to the qualifiers!
9th August, Only three of the local West Lothian
Posse made the trip into the Murrayfield Sports bar for this week’s darts rodeo! And it was a good night on the ocky
for the local players, Kieran Bird a fine 8-5 win which saw Kieran firing in a 116 game shot, also three fast games finished
in 15-17-20 darts, Graeme Bird also in the winners circle with a 8-4 victory which saw the Birdman on target with a maximum
180 and also a 116 game shot along with 17 & 18 dart games, Jim Mitchell winning 8-1 with 13-18-19 darters to his credit
along with a maximum 180 his 100th of the year in competition matches but a bit adrift of William Borland who is
out in front by a good old country mile but you never know last season he led for most of the year but was caught at the final
furlong! Mitchell also with finishes of 86-116-124 with the 86 & 124 being on the bulls eye!
7th August, The Saints & Sinners were in action
in the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill, results from the group of Sinners/death saw C Agnew 3-2 I Mitchell, A Edwards 5-0 T Smith,
G Bruce 4-1 T Smith, A Edwards 5-0 J Devlin, I Mitchell 5-0 T Smith, G Bruce 3-2 A Edwards, I Mitchell 5-0 T Smith. In the
Saints league the results went like this, M Burke 4-1 R Barron, S Tait 3-2 B Patterson, G Christie 3-2 F Begley, B McIntyre
4-1 F Crook, G Christie 5-0 B McIntyre, M Burke 5-0 F Begley, G Christie 5-0 B Patterson, F Begley 3-2 B Patterson, B
McIntyre 3-2 R Barron, G Christie 4-1 M Conway, S Tait 4-1 F Crook, M Burke 3-2 G Christie, R Barron 5-0 M Conway. Player
of the night must go to Armadale’s old timer Mick Burke who was in superb form firing in not one ton plus finish but
four of them and they were crackers, 153-147-141 and a more modest 111 take out he also fired in a maximum 180 and games finished
in 15-18-18 darts, Rodger Barron also on the maximum trail with a 180 to be added to the maximum league tables, also on that
table will be Arry Edwards with 3x180’s to add plus games finished in 14-17-17-18-19 darts, Big Daddy Frank Begley also
on target with a 180, Frank firing in a 20 darter and Gary Christie a rock solid 84 take out,
7th August, Calamity Jane league, saw Denise Bird
and Mary Clark starting to move ahead of the chasing pack, Denise and Mary have both played two games more than third place
Amanda Millar and with only two weeks of matches left every point from now on in is very important as the ladies prize fund
goes down to fourth place, and only five points separate the next six ladies on the league table, so all
to play for, and with Daisy Heeps, Gillian Mitchell and Christine Macintosh all with four games in hand on the leaders of
the pack, could be some exciting match ups next week! All to play for and with Denise on Holiday it could be time for players
to move close to the top places.
7th August, Buffalo Bills league saw some tremendous
action on the ocky with Martin Deegan taking the plaudits for the nights action with a superb 14 points from a possible 16
to move from eighth to third and with only two weeks remaining there are some superb match ups to come in the final two weeks
of action on the ocky at the Cawburn Sports bar, Rex Brady sits top of the league but back in second place is William Borland
with games in hand, With William playing some cracking darts at the moment players are getting chances against him but none
are taking them, and so he is making then pay for their misses, and that is what darts at this level are all about, if you
miss your opponent doesn’t! So with Rex on 40 points and William on 38 and with three players all sitting on 33 points
and all to play each other in the course of the next two weeks, someone has to pull away, exciting times on the ocky! In the
two weeks remaining. Shots of note from the night’s action remembering all fast games maximums and high check outs must
come in competitions or league events, not practise in the house! Has seen Old Man Mitchell fire in a maximum also hitting
the red lipstick was Rex Brady and William Borland with maximum scores as well, High finishes well one
absolute cracker and it was William Borland with a superb 150 take out via 57-57-36 he also recorded a more sedate 80 game
shot as well, Rex Brady 117 & 104 clearances from the man we call cool hand! Scott Cameron 96 game shot, Mitchell 82 take
out, Fast Games fired in by Rex Brady with 18-18-19- darts William Borland 2x15-18-19 darters, Jim Mitchell 15 & 19 darters,
Scott Cameron 15 darter, Graeme Birds 18 dart game, Kieran Bird 19 darter, and that is all that was written down if any shots
missing drop me a line and they will be added cheers Jim M.
5th August, East Calder Homing
Society Club (Doo Club) saw a plethora of top players descend upon the venue for one of a set of open darts competitions which
will held on the premises and sponsored by the members of the club, future competitions will be added at a later date! Players
from as far a fields as North Berwick, Edinburgh, Perth and the central belt came to try and annex either the Ladies or Men’s
titles, Both competitions having Scottish Internationals in the mix along with a scattering of players who also play in the
P.D.C. tours, In the Ladies competition it saw the quarter finals results go like this, Laura Hobbins bt Kathy Henderson,
Karen Cruikshanks bt Mary Clark, Claire Cruickshanks bt Gillian Mitchell, Francis Lawson bt Denise Bird, Semi final saw, Laura
Hobbins bt Karen Cruikshanks, Francis Lawson bt Claire Cruikshanks, and so to the Grand Final and it was Lothian county player
Francis Lawson who just edged out Laura Hobbins in a superb final. All the ladies from the quarter final stages receiving
prize money, once again congratulations to both finalists for making it to the grand final having to play through an exceptionally
tough pool of county and international players, also to Denise Bird for running the ladies competition.
|Grand Finalists Doo Club 2017 Open
|Greg Raitchie Champ, William Borland r/up
|Quote of the day! from our youngest supporter!
|Daddy you said darts was exciting!
5th August ,While the ladies
were battling it out downstairs on three boards upstairs in the hall it saw the men having five boards in use, and what a
line up of top players toed the ocky, the matches were the best of 7x501 in the early rounds before extending to 9x501 and
then 11x501 for the finale, the last 16 saw Jim Mitchell bt Ian Stevenson, William Borland bt Paul Weir, Rab Dick bt Lewis
Coult, Stuart Wares bt Rex Brady, Greg Ritchie bt Graeme Bird, Gary Higgins bt Brian Duffy, Callum Wilkinson bt Andy Thomson,
Martin Deegan bt Frank Crook, and so to the quarter finals where the money rounds started! William Borland 5-2 Jim Mitchell,
Rab Dick 5-4 Stuart Wares, Greg Ritchie 5-3 Garry Higgins, Callum Wilkinson 5-2 Martin Deegan, and then there were four, William
Borland 5-0 Rab Dick, Greg Ritchie 5-2 Callum Wilkinson, and so here we were at the end of four hours of exceptional darts
being thrown and the final was the tip of the mountain with both Greg Ritchie and William Borland playing top class darts
with no quarter asked and none being expected! The best of 11x501 final was poised at 5-4 to Greg and William was sitting
on double 16 after 15 darts Greg had to stop to replace his flight in his last dart in hand but what a dart straight into
the centre of the bulls eye to take the title in dramatic fashion by 6 games to 4, neither of these finalists taking more
than 19 darts in any leg of arrows an absolute privilege to watch, and both receiving a standing ovation for their efforts.
On the day it saw Greg Ritchie receive £350, William Borland £150, Callum Wilkinson & Rab Dick £50 each,
Jim Mitchell, Martin Deegan, Stuart Wares, Garry Higgins each receiving £30, including the ladies prize fund it saw
the Doo Club in East Calder pay out in£965 in prizes, Once again many thanks to the committee and members of the Doo
Club for sponsoring this event, Also many thanks to George & Fiona the hard working bar stewards of the club and to Ted
McMillan for sponsoring the dart boards courtesy of Winmau Scotland and of course Graeme Bird for all their help in making
this such a fabulous success, and as stated before there will be more in the pipe line in due course, later in the darting
season, dates to be confirmed at a later date. On a personnel note hope all our travelling entrants made it home safe, not
to pick anyone out in particular but the NAVIGATOR Ian Butler was in the premises WHAT EVER you do don’t follow him
you might still be finding you’re way home now this fine Sunday morning!!!
5th August, Some tremendous
arrows thrown at the flock boards on the day here are the reports that have been written down, Stuart Wares 16 darter, Paul
Weir 14 darter, Rab Dick 15-17-17-17-18 dart games, Jim Mitchell 15-16-17-17-18 darters, Alan McNiven 16-176-17 dart games,
Rex Brady 17-19 darters, Graeme Bird 14-17 darters, Callum Wilkinson firing in 13-14-15-17-18-18-18-20 darters, William Borland
exceptional amount of fast games with 21 sub 20 dart games recorded on the day between 13 and 20 darts exceptional shooting,
Top finishing power came by way of, Jim
Mitchell 134 & 86 g.s. William Borland 112 & 130 g.s. Rab Dick 120 & 94 g.s. Callum Wilkinson
116-93-91-86 take outs, Graeme Bird 104 g.s. Rex Brady 96 g.s. Ian Stevenson 78 g.s.
Maximum scores recorded saw, William Borland 7x180’s,
Rab Dick 1x180, Callum Wilkinson 1x180, Alan McNiven 1x180,
But at the end of the day there can be only one! And it was from Edinburgh who was by
far the best of the day Greg Ritchie men’s Doo Club Men’s Open Champion 2017. Greg’s final 6 legs of darts
were a superb 17-17-19-18-14-18 for a winning leg average of 29.19 per dart Williams dart average for his 4 legs in the final
was 28.22. And that folks is that for today, Morning Sunday readers, coffee calls!!
2nd August, The Local Posse
headed East into the badlands of Auld Reekie for their weekly rendezvous with the Murrayfield sports bar top shooters, and
it was a week of mixed results, Scott Baillie from Armadale found it hard going and never got into his match up losing out
1-8, Kieran Bird also losing out 6-8 however their were aspects to take encouragement from with 2x180’s along with games
finished in 15-17-20 darts and a cracking 104 game shot, Jim Mitchell also losing out 6-8 in a toughie with Eddie Main a slow
start saw Jim 0-4 down before he knew where he was but picked up later in the match but to much of a lead to give Eddie who
is a top East Lothian player, Jim firing in 1x171 & 1x180 along with 17-19-20 darters, but his opponent was in even better
form firing in 2x180’s and a cracking 14 dart game which could have been a lot less!, but on the bright side Graeme
Bird turned in a fine 8-3 win with 14 & 18 dart games and two classy finishes off 90 & 114, Rab Dick also in the winners
circle with a cracking 7-1 victory which included 16 & 18 darters, William Borland continues his recent good run of form
with a 8-0 win and 15-18-19 darters and a tidy 85 take out. On a personnel note, can I say thank you to Eddie Main for marking
the games that I should have marked, was taken not very well, also to Alan White who asked if there was anything he could
do, and of coarse Anne our top barmaid, who brought me water and towels and something to try and settle my stomach cramps!
Anyway my better half Gillian came to bring me home as don’t believe I could have made it on the bus! So
folks that’s me on the wagon, Bottled water comes to mind so next week Jim will be driving, think age has caught up
with me! Also thanks to the messages got this morning asking how I was doing, much appreciated.
31st July, Saints & Sinners league played from
the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill, has seen Arran Edwards and Mick Burke last weeks league leaders maintain their unblemished
records and sty top of their respective divisions, Top scores recorded this week saw, Ian Mitchell with a rock solid 19 darter,
Gordon Bruce 3x18 dart games and 19 darter along with a 112 game shot. Stewart Tait checking out on a 80 game shot finishing
on the bulls eye, Scott Baillie tidy 86 take out, Tommy Smith getting in on the action with 20 darter.
31st July Buffalo Bills action from the Cawburn
Sports bar, saw Jim Mitchell 4-0 Jay Millar, Scott Bryson 2-2 Rab Dick, Jay Millar 2-2 Shaun Robertson, William Borland 4-0
Rab Dick, Jim Mitchell 3-1 William Millar, Graeme Bird 3-1 Scott Cameron, Kieran Bird 2-2 William Borland, William Millar
4-0 Jay Millar, Jim Mitchell 2-2 Scott Cameron, William Borland 4-0 Rex Brady, Graeme Bird 2-2 Ian Stevenson, Ian Stevenson
2-2 Rex Brady, Kieran Bird 3-1 Graeme Bird, Scott Bryson 3-1 Shaun Robertson. Top shots saw Scott Bryson with 1x180 and 18
darter, Ian Stevenson 92 game shot and 18 darter, Jim Mitchell 87 take out on the bull! And 17 and 18 darters, Kieran Bird
20 darter, Graeme Bird 20 darter, Scott Cameron 17 and 19 darters, William Borland 1x180 and 7 sub 20 dart games between 16
and 20 arrows of mass destruction! The league at the top of the Bills is starting to get congested with only 4 points now
separating the top 5 players, William Borland sits top with last weeks leader Rex Brady just 1 point behind! Going to be a
real tough run in for all these players as everyone in the league is taking points from everyone else and no one has won all
their matches! And last night with 6 draws on the cards it has kept everyone in contention, could be some real fun and games
ahead, looking forward to it!
31st July, Calamity Jane’s summer league
results from the Cawburn Sports bar, Daisy Heeps 2-1 Gillian Mitchell, Kathy Henderson 2-1 Ali Chaffe, Daisy Heeps 3-0 Leona
Stewart, Kathy Henderson 2-1 Abi Sclater, Daisy Heeps 2-1 Denise Bird, Leona Stewart 2-1 Kathy Henderson, Amanda Millar 2-1
Abi Sclater, Mary Clark 2-1 Ali Chaffe, Mary Clark 2-1 Leona Stewart, Denise Bird 2-1 Abi Sclater. Amanda Millar 2-1 Mary
Biggest mover in the Calamity Jane’s
this week is Great Gran Daisy Heeps who moves up into contention sitting in fourth place with 4 games in hand there could
be changes in the weeks ahead so Denise Bird top with 26 points, Mary Clark 24 points, Amanda Millar on 17 points, Daisy Heeps
16 points, then the rest of the chasing pack has very little between them, and as every leg is worth a point this league is
far from over, league tables are on the left hand column, just click on the title to be taken straight to the tables.
30th July, Granite City Open
Doubles results for the local players from this area go like this, losing out in the first round were, Jamie Banks & Stevie
Scott 0-3, John Somerville & Callum Wilkinson 1-3, other results saw John Charleston & Colin Hamilton W 3-0, L1-3,
Davie Nisbet & Martin Deegan W3-1, L0-3, Jim Mitchell & Colin Robertson W 3-1, W3-1, L 1-3 in the last 16.
29th July, The venue Dyce in
Aberdeenshire for the Granite City Open, this saw professional players from both the B.D.O. and the P.D.C. in action and with
International players in abundance it saw a huge presence of local West Lothian players all take to the ocky to try and annex
this one of Scotland’s top tournaments, Some excellent performances however losing out in the first round we had Martin
Deegan 2-4, Jamie Banks 1-4, Stevie Scott 1-4, Stephan Coulter 0-4, Gillian Mitchell 1-3, second round losers saw Jim Mitchell
2-4, Shug Rice 1-4, Colin Hamilton 1-4, Davie Nisbet 3-4, John Charleston 2-4, Still in action saw Colin Robertson from Broxburn
who was back in action after a four month lay off with a shoulder injury, and was doing well with 4-3 / 4-2 / 4-0 / before
going out 2-4, Callum Wilkinson from Whitburn was in action with wins of 4-1, 4-1, before losing 2-4, HOWEVER TOP PLAYER was
Arran Edwards from Craigshill in Livingston who was putting a tremendous run together with wins of, 4-0, 4-2, 4-3, 4-0, 4-3,
before losing out in the Quarter finals in dramatic fashion with the matches now best of 9x501, it saw Arry on a double only
for his opponent to check out the deciding factor in this superb match was the bull up at he beginning of the match so tight
between the top players these days it just shows how important the bull up for the honour of throwing first is, However the
£200 for reaching the last eight will help sooth the loss! on the day Arran fired in some tremendous darts here is what
was recorded, 1x171, 4x180’s, checkouts of 126-86, and some superb fast legs which saw his fastest a sublime 11 darter
finished like this, 140-95-180-86, he then followed that up with 13-14-15-16-16-16-16--17-19-19, tremendous effort Arran Edwards
quarter finals of the Granite City Open, and when you realise the quality of the players in this competition Ronnie Baxter
, Jamie Caven, Brian Woods, all who have graced the P.D.C. televised stages of competitions before and more Internationals
than you can shake a stick at this was a superb achievement to make the last 8!! The eventual winner of this prestige’s
tournament was Andy Boulton, runner up Colin Heplewhite in the final. Other players firing in top shots saw Davie Nisbet 1x180,
Jim Mitchell 1x180, 1x171, Callum Wilkinson 1x180, Colin Robertson 1x171, Callum Wilkinson with a 106 game shot, John Somerville
91 take out, Callum Wilkinson 12 darter, Martin Deegan 2x17 darters, Mitchell 17 and 19 dart games, Colin Robertson 16-4x18
27th July, Kirknewton Inn saw
some top players turn up for a practise and a round robin tournament was then played out with the top four then playing off
to decide a winner, William Borland on target with 17-17-19 darters and a fine 106 game shot, Mary Clark of Kirknewton
had the highest game shot of the nights action with a superb 118 game shot, Rab Dick fired in a maximum 180 along with 18
darter and a 78 game shot, Martin Deegan from Dechmont classy 97 take out via 17 double tops double tops! Kieran Bird 1x180,
but winner on the night was Jim Mitchell from Dedridge with 3x180’s and finishes of 115-110-82 take outs, and 15-17-18
26th July, Premier League action from
Edinburgh , saw four of the West Lothian Posse in action, Rab Dick from Kirknewton with an excellent 7-3 win which saw
Rab firing in 2x180 maximums along with game shots of 80&92 and games finished in 18-18-19-20 darts, Kieran Bird just
losing out in a cracking match which could have gone either way score 6-8 he did fire in a 2x180’s and games finished
in 17-18-20 darts, William Borland eased his way to victory with a 8-0 win thanks to games finished in 14-16-17-18 darts along
with 2x180’a and a rock solid 80 game shot, But without a doubt story of the night was Graeme Bird at 0-6 down it was
all going wrong for the East Calder player, However the adage of a game of two halves comes to mind and it saw Graeme turn
the score board upside down coming away with a fabulous fight back winning 8-7 with games finished in 16-16-17-18 darts and
some tremendous finishing with 80-80-97-120 check outs now that was some fight back.
24th July, Stirrup Stane Summer
leagues Saints & Sinners results now in, And in the group of Death we have a new club house leader as Arran Edwards goes top with
8 win’s from 8 matches to sit 4 points clear of Craig Agnew who drops from top to second in the league this week, Gordon
Bruce moves up to third on 10 points, with Scott Baillie dropping to fourth on 8 points, Ian Mitchell 4 points Tommy Smith
and Joe Devlin sit on 2 points each while Scott Begley and Liam Corbett have still to get on the points table, but with weeks
to go they have time to catch the leading pack, Arran Edwards was in high scoring mode firing in 2x180 and a cracking 174
score, Joe Devlin also on target with a superb 1x171 score. Craig Agnew also on the maximum trail with a 180, Gordon Bruce
and firing in a superb 114 game shot along with 18 and 20 darters, Craig Agnew also with a 18 darter.
In the Saints league we have Mick Burke extending his league
with 7 wins from 7 matches to sit top of the league with 14 points, Also on 14 points is Big Daddy Frank Begley but Frank
has played 2 matches more than Mick! Michael Conway is in third place with 12 points, and then Brian MacIntyre in fourth with
10 points, Rodger Barron 8 points in at fifth, then there are only 2 points between the next four players, Stuart Tait and
Colin Kelly 4 points a piece Bob Patterson and Gary Christie with 2 point each, Frank Crook still to record his first win
but with plenty of matches left there is still time to get on the score board, Colin Kelly with a superb 149 game shot takes
the plaudits this week from this league Frank Begley rock solid 81 game shot, Micky Burke a brace of 17 darters And Colin
Kelly with a 18 darter.
24th July, Calamity Jane League, Saw Denise move
ahead of the chasing pack with some superb performances winning 9 of the 9 legs of darts she played so Denise Bird tops the
league with 23 points, second place is Mary Clark on 19 points but biggest movers of the week were Gillian Mitchell and Amanda
Millar who have moved into joint third place with 13 points and both have three games in hand on the leaders, Leona Stewart
is on 12 points, Ali Chaffe sits on 11 points, Kathy Henderson 10 points, then we have a novice and a senior player both on
9 points Abi Sclater in her first full season is picking up points as she goes along and Senior player Daisy Heeps who was
in last place saw her showing that age is no barrier as she won 4 from 4 matches on the night and has 5 games in hand so could
be some big changes in the weeks to follow, sitting on 8 points is Christine MacIntosh.
24th July, Buffalo Bills
This week it saw Rex Brady move clear by 4 points to sit at
the top of the league on 28 points, In second and third place it has father and son duo of Graeme Bird with 24 points and
Kieran Bird on 22 points, William Borland drops to fourth from top of the league last week on 21 points, the next four places
are separated by only 2 points with Martin Deegan on 19 points, Rab Dick and Jim Mitchell both on 18 points and then Ian Stevenson
on 17 points but Rab and Jim have games in hand having played fewer matches than the top players, Scott Cameron and Colin
Robertson both on 14 points, Geordie Dryburgh 9 points, William Millar 8 points, Scott Bryson 7 points, Jay Millar and Shaun
Robertson both with 4 points. And with the matches being 4x501 and every leg you win worth a point no bonus points in this
league, win a leg receive a point, so a lot of games to go and I am sure the top place will change hands in the weeks to follow
on more than one occasion!
Quiet night on the
ocky in the Cawburn with a few players missing, but the scores that were recorded are here! Rab Dick 1x180, Ian Stevenson
1x180, top finish going to Ian Stevenson with a cracking 130 take out, Graeme Bird with a excellent 125
game shot, Rex Brady a more modest 79 game shot, Fast games had Jim Mitchell and Ian Stevenson both with 16 darters, Ian also
firing in a 18 dart leg as well, Colin Robertson 17 darter, Graeme Bird a brace of 18 darters, Kieran Bird 18 darter, Rex
Brady 19 & 20 darters, Rab Dick 20 dart game.
The venue the Lanark Thistle Bowling club, for the Open Doubles competition which had county players
who have represented Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Lothian, East Stirlingshire all in the mix, But once the chalk dust settled
the last two pairs left in this competition saw, Graeme Bird & Jim Mitchell toeing the ocky against Alan Jamieson &
Ian McCaskill, close match up with first three legs all going with throw, then a 13 darter from Bird and Mitchell sealed the
match by three games to one, final leg 140-100-100-129-32 g.s. Winners £150, runners up £100, s/f £20 .
Graeme s top finish 117 via 19-60-38, Jims top finish 116 via 60-16-40, Once again well run tournament, and the hospitality
is second to none, cracking place to play darts, four boards plenty of room, if you can I would recommend it for the next
one late in August, date to be posted, once I remember it! Alan Gardiner & Dougie Hogg must be kicking themselves in the quarter
finals 40 left after 12 darts when at 2-2, they missed and Mitchell took out a 116 for a 15 dart steal! Nice to see Boss man
back in action!
19th July, The Murrayfield
sports bar Premier league action saw the West Lothian Posse firing in some tremendous darts in night of cracking match up’s,
Scott Baillie winning 8-4 after a slow start Scott got into his stride firing in games finished in 13-16-17-17-20 darts plus
a maximum 180, Graeme Bird and Neil Tomlinson went toe to toe on the ocky in a cracking match up which saw Graeme winning
8-5 but having to work damn hard for those valuable points firing in 14-17-18 darters and a tidy 112 game shot, William Borland
crossing the line 8-3 with fast games done in 16-18-19-20 darts and a cracking 1x174 set up, Kieran Bird losing out in a 15
leg thriller to Ian Butler in a game that went the distance and only decided in the final leg of this match up, Jim Mitchell
on target with a 8-0 win which was closer than it looks as his opponent William Campbell was either on a double or a finish
when Jim went out! Thanks to some quick finishing with 2x80 game shots and a 76 take out and games finished in 14-16-16-18-19-20-20-20
darts and a maximum 180.
17th July, Saints & Sinners
league played in the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill results has in the group of Heaven! M Burke 4-1 M Conway, C Kelly
5-0 B Patterson, M Burke 4-1 F Begley, M Conway 3-2 S Tait, F Begley 5-0 B Patterson, M Burke 4-1 C Kelly, B McIntyre 4-1
B Patterson, S Tait 5-0 F Crook, F Begley 5-0 F Crook.
In the group of Death it saw, S Baillie 5-0 I Mitchell, S Baillie 5-0 J Devlin, C Agnew 5-0 T Smith, A Edwards
5-0 S Begley, C Agnew 5-0 S Begley, A Edwards 5-0 I Mitchell.
Top shots from the night play had maximum 180 hitters Big Daddy Frank Begley with 1x180, Arran Edwards 3x180’s,
Mick Burke 2x180’s, High check outs saw, Frank Begley with a 104 take out, Craig Agnew 96 game shot, Scott Baillie with
a 93 game shot, Fast games had Mick Burke on target with 15-16-20 darters, Scott Baillie 3x16-18-19-20 darters, Craig Agnew
with games finished in 16-18-18-19 darts, Arran Edwards with the fastest game of the night a cracking 13 darter followed by
games finished in 3x16-18 darters.
17th July, Calamity Jane League, has a real fight for the top spot as Denise Bird and Mary
Clark are both on 14 points, Leona Stewart sits in third place with 11 points, then the league really gets congested with
only 3 points separating the chasing pack, Kathy Henderson on 10points, Gillian Mitchell 9 points, Abi Sclater and Ali Chaffe
both on 8 points, Christine MacIntosh 7 points then Amanda Millar on 5 points.
Buffalo Bills League saw William stretch his lead to 21 points from 7 matches , but just back of him in joint second place
we have Graeme Bird and Rex Brady both on 17 points and with two games in hand on the leader, Jim Mitchell in fourth on 15
points, then three players on 14 points Kieran Bird, Ian Stevenson, Martin Deegan, Rab Dick and Scott Cameron both with 10
points, then Colin Robertson and Geordie Dryburgh on 8 points, William Millar and Scott Bryson on 6 points and then on4 points
we have Jay Millar and Shaun Robertson who both have lots of games in hand!
Top shots this week came from Ian Stevenson, Jim Mitchell, both firing in maximum 180’s, fast games
saw William Borland with 3x20 darters, Ian Stevenson 15 & 18 dart games, Scott Cameron 20 darter, Rex Brady 2x16 &
19 dart games and a cracking 174 score set up to leave a double, Graeme Bird 15 plus 2x17 and 19 dart games and a rock solid
92 game shot.
15th July, Callum Wilkinson
edges out Lewis Lyall to take the Stirrup Stane Memorial trophy . Once again a great days darts dominoes and pool, with over
£450 raised for the Coleman charity, organised and run by Arran Edwards.
15th July, Jim Mitchell loses
out in the quarter finals of the Stranraer Open, William Borland making last 16 of the Crown Inn competition in Bo’Ness.
Mitchell firing in on the day games finished in 4x18 darts
and a cracking 12 darter via 140-140-180-41 game shot, also a tidy 171 to leave double 8! Meanwhile in the Stirrup Stane it
saw Ian Stevenson firing in 18 and 20 dart games and a maximum 180, William Borland at the Bo’Ness event on target with
3x180’s 1x177, 2x16, 2x17 and 18 darter for his afternoon’s work on the flock board.
12th July, Scores from the local
Posse who were in action at the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh, In the Gold league it saw Rab Dick coming away with a
cracking 7-4 victory, In the Platinum league East Calder’s Graeme Bird was in top form with a 8-4 victory which included
126 game shot and a 92 take out, he also fired in 15-16-18 dart games, William Borland also on the winning trail with a 8-6
win which saw him registering a maximum 180 and six games in under 19 darts with 16-17-17-18-19 deadly arrows, Jim Mitchell
playing well won 8-0 with games finished in 13-14-16-18-18-18-19 darts also on target with 2x180’s.
10th July, Sinners or should
I say Devilish Imps league saw, Ian Mitchell 5-0 Scott Begley, Craig Agnew 3-2 Scott Baillie, Ian Mitchell 4-1 Joe Devlin, Gordon Bruce
4-1 Ian Mitchell, Craig Agnew 3-2 Scott Baillie, Arran Edwards 4-1 Tommy Smith, Gordon Bruce 5-0 Tommy Smith, Joe Devlin 5-0
Scott Begley, Arran Edwards 4-1 Craig Agnew, Craig Agnew 3-2 Gordon Bruce.
10th July, Report from the
Saints & Sinners darts league in the Stirrup Stane summer league, Saints of Heaven league, Michael Conway 3-1 Frank
Begley, Mick Burke 5-0 Rodger Barron, Rodger Barron 3-2 Stuart Tait, Bob Paterson 5-0 Frank Crook, Brian MacIntyre 3-2 Gary
Christie, Rodger Barron 3-2 Frank Crook, Michael Conway 5-0 Frank Crook, Frank Begley 3-2 Bob Paterson, Mick Burke 4-1 Gary
10th July, Top shots of note
came from, Maximum 180 hitters Gary Christie, Scott Baillie, Ian Mitchell, Mick Burke all with 1x180 a piece, However Arran
Edwards firing in 3x180’s was the most prolific scorer on the night, Top finishes came by way off, Mick Burke with a
superb 152 game shot followed by a 107 and 82 take outs, Arran Edwards 128 game shot, Craig Agnew 100 game shot, Gary Christie
89 take out, Fast games 20 darts or less were recorded by, Mick Burke with 3x18 darters and a17 dart game but his fastest
of the night a cracking 15 dart game, Ian Mitchell 18 darter, Scott Baillie 17-19-19 dart games, Arran Edwards with 17 and
3x18 and a 20 darter to his tally for the night, Gordon Bruce on target with 16-17-and a brace of 19 darters, Gary Christie
17 & 19 dart games.
10th July, And once again the
Summer league was the place to be as the Calamity Jane’s ladies league were in action at the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston,
results from the nights play went like this, Denise Bird 2-1 Daisy Heeps, Gillian Mitchell 2-1 Kathy Henderson, Denise Bird
3-0 Amanda Millar, Mary Clark 3-0 Leona Stewart, Abi Sclater 2-1 Ali Chaffe, Christine Macintosh 2-1 Daisy Heeps, Gillian
Mitchell 2-1 Amanda Millar, Mary Clark 2-1 Denise Bird, Leona Stewart 2-1 Ali Chaffe, Ali Chaffe 2-1 Christine Macintosh,
Kathy Henderson 3-0 Daisy Heeps. So Just in front is Denise Bird on 10points, Mary Clark 8 points, Leona Stewart 7 points,
Abi Sclater-Ali Chaffe-Kathy Henderson and Christine Macintosh all on 6 points, Amanda Millar and Gillian Mitchell 5 points
apiece, Daisy Heeps 1 point but Daisy does have games in hand on all of the league!
10th July Buffalo Bills league
action went like this, Rex Brady 4-0 Jay Millar, Graeme Bird 4-0 Martin Deegan, Kieran Bird 4-0 Shaun Robertson, Rab Dick
3-1 Colin Robertson, William Borland 4-0 William Millar, Rex Brady 3-1 Martin Deegan, Graeme Bird 4-0 Shaun Robertson, Kieran
Bird 2-2 Colin Robertson, Ian Stevenson 3-1 William Millar, Scott Cameron 4-0 T Lewis, Jim Mitchell 3-1 Martin Deegan, Rab
Dick 3-1 William Millar, William Borland 4-0 Scott Cameron, Jay Millar 4-0 T Lewis, Kieran Bird 4-0 William Millar, Scott
Cameron 2-2 Ian Stevenson, William Borland 4-0 T Lewis, Martin Deegan 4-0 Jay Millar, William Borland 3-1 Ian Stevenson, Martin
Deegan 4-0 T Lewis, So after week one of the Buffalo Bills league William Borland leads on 15 points, Kieran Bird 14 points,
Graeme Bird 12 points, Rex Brady 11 points, Martin Deegan, Rab Dick Ian Stevenson all on 10 points, Jim Mitchell and Colin
Robertson with 7 points, William Millar and Scott Cameron 6 points , and then we have Scott Bryson, Jay Millar, Geordie Dryburgh
, Shaun Robertson on 4 points. Only the one maximum hit on the night Rab Dick from Kirknewton firing that one in, top finish
came from Colin Robertson with a 110 game shot, Fastest game recorded saw William Borland with a 14 darter.
|Kirknewton Innkeepers out on the town!
|Picture of Ians Missus even brighter than the boys
|Bad mistake, no pic of Gillian I'm in trouble now!
|Ian Butler and Jim with same colour tashes
|Murrayfield Sports bar Charity day.
|Mick Burgess and the gang in party mood
8th July, Once again the West
Lothian Posse rode into the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Darts Association charity event S.I.M.B.A.
(Simpson’s memory box appeal) which helps raise monies for families who may have lost a child, the amount raised on
the day was at the last count was £974, So dart players and their friends once again doing what they do best raising
money for a very worthwhile cause, Now on the day it saw eight groups drawn out the hat and each group saw all the players
in that group playing round robin best of 3x501, and once again it saw the posse do very well in these league round robins,
with Scott Baillie, Jim Mitchell, William Borland, Kieran Bird, Graeme Bird, all winning their respective leagues, Rab Dick
also qualifying in second place in his league to make the last 16 knock out stages, unfortunately Denise
Bird and Gillian Mitchell our lady representatives both these ladies having won the Bathgate Ladies singles
titles in the past two seasons and Denise holding both Bathgate and West Calder titles at the moment just failed to make it
through to the k.o. cup stages, and then the matches became best of 5x501, Graeme, Kieran, Rab, Scott all then went out in
the last 16, Mitchell fell at the quarter final stages, and William Borland in the semi finals, the Winner on the day was
Edinburgh county player Davie Sharp runner up Stuart Ironside, but the main winner was the charity, great day out, with so
many talented dart players who came from all over the central belt, but once again a huge amount of work done by the committee
who did a superb job, Alan White, Iain Lyons, Dane McDiarmid, Lee Caithness, well done guys I doff my hat to you! Some stats
from the West Lothian contingent saw, Jim Mitchell 3x180’s along with finishes off 86-89-93-112-127 on the bulls eye
fast games recorded were 15-18-19 darts, Graeme Bird on target with 1x180 a 85 game shot and a 17 darter,
Scott Baillie 1x180 and 2x17 darters along with 2x20 dart games and a rock solid 80 take out, Rab Dick 2x180’s 92 and
100 game shots, a brace of 16 darters and a 17 dart game, William Borland 4x180’s and games finished in 14-3x15-16-17-18-19-20
darts, and check out of 112, Kieran Bird 3x180’s and games finished in 18-18-19 darts and a very useful 108 take out. Photo's to follow!
5th July, Once again the posse
took the trail into Auld Reekie for the start of another round up of darting matches with the top players from the leagues
all now seeded into either Platinum, Gold, Silver it saw the matches for the Platinum best of 15x501, Gold league 13x501,
Silver 11x501, Jim Mitchell and Graeme Bird both losing 5-8 in the Platinum league, However the young guns of Kieran Bird
and Scott Baillie both turned in superb performances Kieran winning 8-4 and Scott a superb 8-0 victory, William Borland also
with a fine 8-2 victory, Rab Dick in the Gold league also on the winning trail with a fine 7-4 victory, shots of note saw
William Borland 3x17 darters plus 2x19 dart games and a rock solid 92 game shot, Kieran Bird firing in 1x180 and a brace of
19 darters, Scott Baillie 3x20 dart games and a 17 darter, Jim Mitchell 1x180 and a tidy 17 darter.
3rd July, Stirrup Stane (Tait)
From the League Heaven
we had the Heavenly Angels! Frank Begley 3-2 Gary Christie, Stuart Tait 3-2 Bob Paterson, Brian McIntyre 3-2 Frank Crook,
Frank Begley 4-1 Rodger Barron, Gary Christie 5-0 Frank Crook, Brian McIntyre 4-1 Colin Kelly.
3rd July, The group from Hell
saw one or two devils strutting their stuff and it saw, Scott Baillie 5-0 Scot Begley, Craig Agnew 3-2 Ian Mitchell, Scott
Baillie 3-2 Gordon Bruce, Tommy Smith 4-1 Scott Begley, Craig Agnew 4-1 Joe Devlin, Gordon Bruce 5-0 Joe Devlin.
Players firing in some cracking shots had Scott
Baillie, Gordon Bruce, Gary Christie with 1x180 each however Big Daddy Frank Begley was on target with 2x180’s, Top
finishing came by way off Scott Baillie 90 game shot, Craig Agnew 126 take out, Fast games from Scott Baillie with 16 &
19 darters, Ian Mitchell 16 darter, Craig Agnew with 16-17-17-19 darts, Gordon Bruce 18 & 19 darters, Gary Christie 19
3rd July Calamity Jane’s
Ladies summer league, saw some terrific tussles on the dartboard with the ladies playing 3x501 but all legs must be played as
each one is worth a point, Christine Macintosh 2-1 Gillian Mitchell, Leona Stewart 2-1 Kathy Henderson, Amanda Millar 3-0
Abi Sclater, Mary Clark 2-1 Ali Chaffe, Denise Bird 2-1 Kathy Henderson, Leona Stewart 2-1 Amanda Millar Abi Sclater 2-1 Mary
Clark, Abi Sclater 2-1 Christine Macintosh, Denise Bird 2-1 Ali Chaffe. So leaders of the Calamity Jane’s after week
one are, four ladies all on 4 points each Abi Sclater, Denise Bird, Amanda Millar, Leona Stewart, just behind on 3 points
are Christine Macintosh, Mary Clark, on 2 points Kathy Henderson, Ali Chaffe, Gillian Mitchell 1 point.
3RD July, Buffalo Bills Summer
League, The first night of the men’s league was a simple k.o. competition with matches being best of 9x501,
and in the quarter finals the scores went like this, William Borland 5-0 Geordie Dryburgh, Jim Mitchell 5-3 William Millar,
Graeme Bird 5-3 Scott Cameron, Rex Brady 5-3 Kieran Bird, semi final score line saw Jim Mitchell 5-2 William Borland, Graeme
Bird 5-3 Rex Brady, the final saw Graeme Bird just edging out Jim Mitchell with Graeme turning in a 28.6 dart average to Jims
27.8 dart average, Winner Graeme Bird runner up Jim Mitchell, top scores came by way off, William Borland, Jim Mitchell, Graeme
Bird, all turning in maximum 180’s, top finishes came by way off, William Borland cracking 156 game shot he also fired
in 102 finish as well, Jim Mitchell with 100 and a 81 game shots, Rex Brady 90 game shot , Kieran Bird 86 game shot, , Ian
Stevenson 82 game shot, Martin Graeme Bird with a brace of 80 finishes, Deegan 80 game shot, fast games reported saw Graeme
Bird with 8 fast games finished in 4x17, 2x18, 2x20 deadly arrows, Jim Mitchell with 7 fast games done
in 16-17-2x19, 2x20 darters, William Borland games finished in 15-16-2x17 dart legs, Martin Deegan 18 & 20 dart games,
Rex Brady 15 darter, Scott Cameron 17 darter, Rab Dick 18 darter, Kieran Bird 18 darter.
W.C.D.D.L. Roll of Honour for season 2016/17,
Premier League Champions Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Championship League Champions Stirrup Stane Indians, K.O. Cup Champions
Cawburn Assassins, Jocky Watson Fours Champions Cawburn Assassin’s, League Fours Champions Volunteer Highway Men, Three
Person Team Champions Cawburn Assassin’s, Match-Play Doubles Champions G Bird & G Borland, League Doubles Champions
J Fleming & D Aitken, Christmas Singles Champion A Edwards, 301 Singles Champion W Borland, Delegates Champion J Banks,
Champion of Champion D Aitken, Ladies Singles Champion D Bird, League Singles Champion D Aitken.
1st July, W.C.D.D.L.
Well the league has now officially ended with the presentation of trophies which
was held in the Cawburn Sports bar our league sponsors, On behalf of the committee a big thank you to those who turned up
to collect their trophy haul from the season, unfortunately some teams made little effort with one player picking up 10 trophies
for his team, You cant force players to turn up but if they have no interest in collecting their trophies the question must
be why bother to play at all, Anyway as the saying goes you can lead a horse to water but you cant make it drink! And that
just about sums it up. Well the AGM is on the 4th September,
fingers crossed players will turn up for that event.
If your playing in the Summer leagues I wish you all the
very best which ever one you decide to play in, Happy hunting when it comes to try and hit those oh so elusive finishing doubles.
30th June, Gladstone’s
Friday night league in Leith saw action from some of our Monday night players, On the maximum 180 trail
it saw Davie Nisbet from the Volunteer Highway Men with 2x180’s and John Charleston from the Brucefield Farmers firing
in 3x180’s, John Charleston also hitting the top finish of the night with a cracking 130 game shot, Fastest game came
by way of Davie Nisbet with a rock solid 14 darter.
28th June, Once again the local
posse made their way into the Murrayfield sports bar in Edinburgh, this time not a league match but a singles competition,
and it saw some excellent arrows thrown by our adventurous dart players who travel through almost every week to try their
hand against some of the capitals finest players, Graeme Bird firing in finishes of 130 & 112 take outs along with a maximum
180 and 17&18 darters, Rab Dick with 2x76 game shots and a 20 darter, Kieran Bird maximum 180 and a 16 dart game, Jim
Mitchell with a brace of maximums and games finished in 14-18-18-20 darts and 2x76 game shots, But it was once again William
Borland who took the plaudits with some tremendous scoring 2x180’s 1x174, 1x171 and game shots of 91 & 104 &
108 twice, along with 9 sub 20 darters 13-15-3x16-18-3x19 dart games. William beating local man Alan White in the grand final
by 5 games to 3, both players with dart averages in the high 80’s cracking match to witness.
26th June, Last week of the winter
season! And it was the Blue Ribbon event the W.C.D.D.L Singles Championship, and an excellent turn out saw just about all
the top players in attendance, so players losing out in the last 16 were, C Wilkinson, S Baillie, C Agnew, G Cheshire, D Nisbet,
J Bruton, G Bruce, S Clow, and losing quarter finalists were, G Borland, G Bird, J Quinn, S Baker, and we were down to the
semi finalists and it saw K Bird bt W Borland , D Aitken bt A Edwards, and the Grand Final was a tale of youth versus experience,
With Davie Aitken facing off against Kieran Bird, and this time Experience won through and it saw Davie Aitken keep the best
to last! Firing in a superb 11 darter via 140-95-174-92 game shot he kept up the pressure and finished of with a cracking
28+ dart average, so congratulations to Davie Aitken League Singles Champion 2017, and commiserations to Kieran Bird who at
18 years of age I am sure will be in many more finals to come in the years to follow. On the night some excellent scoring
on the six boards in use, Maximum hitters were, Kieran Bird, William Borland, Scott Baker, Arran Edwards, Rex Brady, Gordon
Bruce, Callum Wilkinson, Graham Borland David Aitken, Top class finishing and the checkouts came by way off, Davie Aitken
153-98-93 Game shots, Derek Carmichael 148 game shot, Paul McCaig 120 g.s. Arran Edwards 117-78 g.s. Graham Borland 116-89
g.s. William Borland 114-85-82 g.s. Graeme Bird 113 g.s. Gordon Bruce 100-84 g.s. Jamie Fleming 97 g.s. Rex Brady 96 g.s.
Jim Quinn 96 g.s. Jamie Banks 86 g.s. Ryan Jack 83 g.s. Davie Nisbet 80 g.s. And then to fast games and they came thick and
fast in no particular order just the way they were written down! W Borland 14-15-17-18-19-20 darters, Graeme Bird 16 darter,
Davie Nisbet 18 darter, Kieran Bird 17 & 18 darters, Scott Baillie 19 darter, Derek Carmichael 15 dart game, Arran Edwards
15-16-17-5x18 darters, Rex Brady 14 darter, Grant Lyle 18 darter, Gordon Bruce 15&16 dart games, Callum Wilkinson superb
12 darter, Jim Quinn 18 darter, Graham Borland 15 darter, But top games came from our champion Davie Aitken with games finished
in 11-17-17-18-18-19-25 darts he also had the highest check out of the night a marvellous 153 via 60-57-36. Superb arrows
thrown from many players, but there can be only one! Champion Davie Aitken, Runner up Kieran Bird. Once again many thanks
to the league sponsor The Cawburn Sports Bar, to the bar staff who keep the amber nectar flowing, and of course our league
committee, Connie Bamburry and John MacDonald, another excellent run tournament, T.Y. and of course to the dart players who
all turn up to support these events without you there would be no darts, Well done everyone!
24th June, Kirknewton held
an open singles straight after the doubles competition had been played, And it saw the majority of players who had taken part
in the doubles stay on to try their hand at a best of 3x501 singles tournament, and it saw Jim Mitchell just edging out Rab
Dick from Kirknewton in the first semi final, the second semi final had William Millar taking out Scott Gardiner from Edinburgh
by 2 games to 1, so to the final which was the best of 5x501, and it was local player William Millar a Kirknewton Innkeeper
player who took the initiative with two excellent finishes of 92 & 85 with 60-32 and 45-40 game shots to go 2-1 ahead,
but Jim Mitchell then managed to fire in a couple of maximums with 1x171 on the treble nineteen’s and a 1x180 to just
do enough to edge in front in the scoring and take the title by the tightest of margins 3-2.
24th June, The venue the Kirknewton
Inn in Kirknewton! For an open doubles competition, An absolute fabulous plethora of dart players from the local area and
Mid Lothian all came with their partners to try and annex this prestige’s team/doubles competition, The losing doubles
in the quarter finals were, Mick Burke & Gordon Bruce, Graeme Bird & Rab Dick, Scott Gardiner & Alan Tully, Stephan
Morrans & Paul Weir, Losing Semi finalists were William Borland & Greg Ritchie, Alan White & Daine McDiarmid,
and then there were two and losing out by 4 games to 6 in the best of 11 final it saw Lewis Coult & Stuart Ironsides having
to settle for the Runners up place, and the Champions who were crowned on the day were, Steve Murray & Davie Sharp from
Edinburgh. Once again a superbly run competition with Richard, Rab and Colin at the helm you would expect nothing else, Also
the ambience of the Kirknewton Inn is one of the friendliest darting venues on the calendar, and if you haven’t been
there for one of their competitions then I suggest you do, everyone from the owner the bar staff and the locals make you most
welcome, and the beer is good! Take my word for it! Now some statistics from the day and I realise there are some missing
as players forgot to write them down! Gordon Bruce 1x177 and a 77 game shot, William Borland 2x180’s and a 80 game shot,
Jim Mitchell 1x180 and 86 take out, Stephan Morrans 123 game shot via 57-30-36, Dane McDiarmid 130 game shot, Lewis Coult
110 game shot, some good games remembering these are double matches, S Morrans & P Weir 15 darter, G Bruce & M Burk
4 games finished in under 18 darts, W Borland & G Ritchie 6 sub 20 darters.
23RD June, The event the Lanark
Open Doubles competition which is held in the Lanark Bowling Club in the centre of town, Fabulous venue and the dartboards
are exceptionally well presented all colour coded! Well three pairs from our local leagues made the journey through as did
players from the Clyde valley , Greater Glasgow and the Borders, William Borland & Rab Dick went out early doors going
down 1-3, which left Callum Wilkinson & John Somerville who made it through to the quarter finals before losing out in
a very tight match up going down 2-3 Callum and John firing in 19&20 dart legs, Callum with a rock solid 81 game shot,
This left Graeme Bird & Jim Mitchell flying the flag for the West Lothian contingent and they went all the way to the
grand final before running into Gary Stone and Arran Douglas both players who have worn the Scottish team shirts Gary in the
senior squad and Arran in the under 18’s , on the day The Internationalists made no mistake with Gary firing in 3 winning
doubles with three darts! Winners receiving £160, Gary Stone & Arran Douglas, Runners up receiving £100 Graeme
Bird & Jim Mitchell, Both Gary Stone and Graeme Bird having been in the final of this competition twice before but it
was Jim Mitchell’s third time, all the players having won the title before with different partners. Graeme Bird firing
in a maximum 180 and a cracking 100 game shot Graeme & Jim fastest games were 14 & 18 darters.
|Indians of Craigshill team of 2017
19th June West Calder &
District Dart League, Championship league results and this league was so tight at the top it went down the very last match of
the season, results saw, Tower bar Knights 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Grand Central Railroaders 7-2 Cawburn Highlanders, Brucefield
Crofters 3-6 Commercial Inn Juniors, Doo Club Fanciers 1-8 Stirrup Stane Indians, And so it was done a superb league which
went down the wire, The Stirrup Stane Indians under the leadership of the Fat Controller team captain Fred Hamilton went into
the last match of the season needing to win and fingers crossed if the Highlanders slipped up then the title went to the Indians,
and you could not write the script the Cawburn Highlanders who had led the season from almost start to finish slipped up they
went to the Grand Central Railroaders just needing to get over the winning line and the title was theirs, however the welcome
mat the Railroaders put out for the visiting team was anything but welcoming as it saw them undone in a tight singles match
up it saw the home team take the lead 4 games to 2, and it got no better for the Highlanders in the doubles as the Grand Central
Railroader’s steamed into a cracking 7 -2 win, and as the news filtered down into East Calder where Fred had his team
winning 6-0 over the Doo Club Fanciers the roar went up and the Championship title was theirs, Congratulations Championship
League Champions the Stirrup Stane Indians and commiserations to gallant runners up the Cawburn Highlanders. Superb effort
from all the teams in this league as once again there were no teams who managed to go undefeated and everyone had wins to
their names. OH I might have got it slightly wrong think Fred Hamilton’s smile this morning might just out do Stuart
Tait’s! Well done to both Team Captain of their respective championship winning teams.
19th June, West Calder &
District Darts League, Final league round up of team matches from the Premier league matches, in the Premier
league it saw the Cawburn Assassins 9-0 Doo Club Flyers, Volunteer Highway Men 6-3 Brucefield Farmers, Stirrup Stane Wanderers
5-4 Loganlea Colliers, and with one match report to come in the Central bar Rebels v Almondale Pirates, the league Pennant
goes to the Wanderers from the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill I don’t believe there will be a bigger smile on the face
of a captain than that of Stuart Tait’s this morning well done the Stirrup Stane Wanderers Premier league champions,
the runners up place went down the wire and once again it saw only legs for and against separate the Cawburn Assassins from
the Volunteer Highway Men and it was last seasons winners the Assassins who took the runner up place, well done to all the
teams in the league no one managed to go undefeated one damn hard league to win.
19th June, Special Mentions
this week go to, and we start with a lady who managed her first victory of the season in the last match of the season well
done to Abi Sclater with a cracking 93 game shot 7-60-26 also on target for the Innkeepers of Kirknewton
was Rab Dick & Billy Stirling both on the maximum 180 trail, Stirrup Stane Wanderers had Gordon Bruce and Arran Edwards
firing in maximum 180’s Gordon also on target with 16 & 19 darters also in on the action Mick Burke with a 19 darter
of his own, Bruce & Burke then 18&19 darters in their doubles, Stirrup Stane Indians saw Liam Corbett with a superb
14 darter and Ian Mitchell with a rock solid 82 game shot, Brucefield Farmers player Jamie Banks jnr 18 darter and an 82 game
shot, Highway Man Jim Mitchell 17 darter and a maximum 180, From the Assassins Graeme Bird firing in 16&17 darters with
an 76 take out. Lewis Lyle 18 darter for the Railroaders of Carmon Dean
|Volunteer Arms Finalists
|W Borland Champion, J Mitchell Run/up
|WINMAU MOBILE DARTS SHOP
|run by Ted McMillan Winmau rep for -Scotland
17th June, Volunteer Arms Open Singles, Cracking
turn out for this annual tournament run by Martin Deegan as per usual with his hard working unpaid volunteer/minions
in attendance George Jukebox Thorburn and the Marshall Colin Robertson, With players from as far a field as Glasgow and throughout
the central belt there were some terrific match ups and with games played best of 7x501 up to the semi finals where it went
to 9x501 and then 11 x501 in the final, The last 16 saw some tremendous talent on show and here are the results, W Borland
bt D Nisbet, K Bird bt M Deegan, M Rice bt N Dempsey, F Quinn bt C Wilkinson, G Borland bt S Robertson, R Brady bt J Banks,
R Dick bt W Wilson, J Mitchell bt P McCaig, and to the quarter finals, R Brady bt G Borland, J Mitchell bt R Dick, W Borland
bt K Bird, F Quinn bt M Rice, and then there were four! W Borland bt F Quinn, J Mitchell bt R Brady, and then there two and
as the saying goes there can be only one! In this best of 11x501 it saw both players hitting form but William Borland’s
finishing power was pitch perfect with hardly a dart wasted both players rattling the treble twenty bed bt in the end Youthful
William (Bridges) Borland overcame the (Old Man) Jim Mitchell by 6 games to 2. Once again a cracking competition
well done to the organisers and to all those who travelled a fare distance to take part. Some of the top shots recorded on
the day came by way off, Davie Nisbet, Jim Mitchell, Gary Christie, Micky Rice, Graham Borland all firing in maximum 180’s,
However it was the younger generation who took it to the next level with Kieran Bird 2x180’s and William Borland 5x180’s
great shooting, Checkouts recorded saw, David (Desperate Dan) Nisbet with a superb 136 take out, Jim Mitchell 117 game shot
and a 86 game shot, Shaun Robertson from the Highlanders with two cracking game shots 114 & 98 take outs, Micky Rice of
Whitburn notoriety 104 kill shot, William Borland 110 game shot, Grant Lyle 96 game shot, Rex Brady rock solid 80 take out,
Now the classiest game shot of the day came by way of an unknown! Treble 19 double 18 double 18 for a super kill shot
of 129 but though they wrote down the finish they never put their name beside it! Anyone wish to claim this classy shot out,
Lot of fast games on the day to many to add individually but they will be added to the web sites fast games league table,
later to-day! Once again some superb arrows thrown at the good old flock boards, trebles twenties got hammered in this darting
extravaganza! Champion William Borland £160, Runner/up J Mitchell £80,monetary prizes were also paid down to the
quarter finalist’s as well all money raised was paid out,
15th June, News in from the
Friday night Premier league in Leith held in Gladstone’s bar, Davie Nisbet firing in 11 darter along with no fewer than
5x180’s in the past couple of weeks, also firing in maximum’s it saw Jamie Banks with 2x180’s, And Uphalls
favourite darting son John Skippy Charleston also with a maximum 180, also in a couple of singles competitions held recently
it saw the Handicap Singles event the title going to Andy Silkowski who edged out Davie Nisbet in the final, John
Charleston just losing out in the semi finals of the R Smith Memorial trophy which was won by J
McGrouther. Players from the local league positions are,
14th June, Murrayfield sports bar
Premier league results for this week saw, Kieran Bird playing superbly well and winning yet again 2 games from 2 with 7-0
and 7-3 score lines, on the night Kieran rattled in 16-18-20 darters plus trio of maximum 180’s, Rab Dick went down
3-7 with the consolation of a maximum m180 and a tidy 100 game shot, Jim Mitchell winning 7-1 with 17 & 19 darters to
report and a rock solid 92 game shot, Scott Baillie winning with a 7-2 score line also firing in a maximum 180 and games finished
in 18 & 20 darts plus a 118 game shot. This keeps all the West Lothian players in the hunt for Platinum League places,
this league will see at the end of it the top four players go into the Platinum league, the next four places go into the Gold
league and so on into Silver and Bronze leagues, Sitting in top places at the moment it has,
|A Rose between two thorns! our Champions
|Jamie Banks, Denise Bird, Davie Aitken
12th June, Night of Champions, with not one but three titles up for
grabs in the West Calder & District Darts League,
up we had the Ladies singles title and there were three former champions in the mix Kathy Henderson, Denise Bird and current
holder of the title Mary Clark, The semi final line up saw Alli Chaffe from Kirknewton up against Denise Bird and it was Denise
who claimed her place in the final in a close encounter, the second semi final had Leona Stewart facing off against Kathy
Henderson and it was Kathy who claimed her place in the final, so here we had two former champions of the Ladies darts in
the grand final, And in a hotly contested final it saw Denise Bird claim the title for the third time and equalling Avril
Birds three wins and is now only one title behind the four time champion Lydia Barrowman, over the seasons
since the Ladies championship was started it has seen the standard of darts get higher and higher every year and we now have
Ladies rattling maximum 180’s on a regular basis, Denise Bird, Gillian Mitchell, Mary Clark Jillian Speirs, Gayle Maxwell
all having their names in the Maximum League Table for the West Calder League, Since the inception of the ladies league singles
back in 2002 their champions have been,
2002-03-05-06, Julie Marshall 2004, Lena Gallagher 2007-08, Avril Bird 2010-11-13, Yvonne Wilson 2014, Kathy Henderson 2015,
Mary Clark 2016, Denise Bird 2009-2012-2017.
to both lady finalists this season Champion Denise Bird, Runner /up Kathy Henderson.
12th June, Delegates Championship, Once again with all the teams in the league represented
and a couple of former champions in the competition it saw some absolutely superb performances from all the players involved,
the quarter final line up saw Jamie Banks bt Colin Hamilton, Stevie Scott bt Ian Carmichael, Scott Baker bt Jim Mitchell,
Chris Mitchell bt Ryan Jack, and to the semi finals played over 5x501 and Jamie Banks winning 3-1 over Stevie Scott, Scott
Baker beating Christopher Mitchell 3-0, and so to the grand final which was now the best of 7x501 encounter, and what a superb
final with the match ebbing and flowing one way then the other, 1-1, 2-2 3-3 and down the wire to the very last leg in this
best of 7 encounter and it saw Jamie Banks jnr representing the Brucefield Farmers from Bellsquarry claiming the title by
4 games to 3 over Scott Baker from the Central bar Rebels in West Calder, Champion Jamie Banks, Runner/up Scott
12th June Champions of Champions, once again a sublime line up of champions
taking to the ocky with all the teams in the league represented with their team champion trying to annex this prestige’s
title, the quarter final line up saw, Davie Aitken bt Wullie Wilson, William Borland bt Scott Baker, Bunny Forrest bt Rab
Dick, Gordon Bruce bt Scott Cameron, and to the semi final, Davie Aitken bt William Borland, However a very difficult decision
had to be made in the other semi final as Gordon Bruce received a phone call saying his wife had taken seriously ill and as
we all realise FAMILY MUST COME FIRST, so Gordon had to leave, our thoughts from all of us go to Gordon and his family at
this time, however a decision had to be then made and the committee could not allow the Scott Cameron who had lost in the
quarter final to go through so it saw Bunny Forrest toe the ocky against Davie Aitken in the Grand final, and it saw
a tremendous battle take place with both players rattling in the treble twenties however there can be only one! And
it saw Davie Aitken from The Commercial Inn Nomads in West Calder crowned champion by 4 games to 2 over a gallant
Runner/up from the Brucefield Farmers Bunny Forrest. Since records started being kept our champion of champions winners
have been, Rab Lees 1992, Davie Nisbet 1994-97-04, Jim Anderson 1999, Paul Weir 2000, Stevie Duncan 2006, Colin Robertson
2007-09-10-13, Gordon Bruce 2011, Jim Mitchell 1998-01-02-03-05-08-16, Davie Aitken 2013-14-15-17.
12th June, Some facts and figures from the nights action and what
has been recorded are, Maximum hitters saw Davie Aitken, Scott Baker, Kevin Murphy, William Borland, Jamie Banks all firing
1x180 each, Bunny Forrest however the only player registering 2x180s on the night, Top finishes came from, Jamie Banks 122
game shot, Stuart Tait 115 check out, Gordon Bruce 102 take out, Wullie Wilson 94 g.s. Scott Baker 94 & 80 game shots,
Colin Hamilton 91 game shot, Bunny Forrest 90 take out, Few fast games recorded I know there will be more but if they don’t
get reported then we cant add them! Wullie Wilson 20 darter, Davie Aitken 2x18 darters and 20 dart game,
Scott Baker 17 dart game, Bunny Forrest 2x18 & 2x20 dart games, Kevin Murphy 19 darter, Gordon Bruce 17 darter as did
Stevie Scott, Ladies and Gentlemen of the ocky that is all I have written down if you have any to add please drop me a line
and we will have them added to the respective league tables, Once again many thanks to Connie Bamburry and John MacDonald
our league secretaries for running not one but three competitions extremely smoothly, cheers Jim M.
10th June, Saturday saw Jim Mitchell hit the lonesome trail by himself
on his way to Renfrew and the Pickwick’s darts open tournament, this event was run as a round robin affair with four
boards in action, and the top two players from each group making the quarter finals, all group matches were best of 5x501,
Jim winning 3-1, 3-0, 3-0, then a loss 1-3 to Andy Boulton, however he went through as second in his group, in the quarter
final it saw a 4-3 win put him into the money rounds, unfortunately double trouble then set in 3-1 up and one dart missed
at double top let his opponent back in next leg one dart at double 16 missed and it saw the match level at 3-3 and the rest
is history a 3-4 defeat, However consolation of losing to the winner on the day George Dempsey, never been in Pickwick’s
bar before but a very good venue 4 dart boards, run well and not that it has anything to do with darts but the BEST pint of
Caledonian Best I have ever tasted, and I can assure you I know a good pint when I get one, top of my Pint hit list used to
be Badger Beer down in Dorset, that has now changed Caledonian Best in Pickwick’s tops it, and that takes some doing,
great friendly bunch made to feel very welcome indeed. On the day Mitchell fired in 3x180’s and roughly 10 games done
in 20 darts or less, semi finalist receiving £40, Runner /up £100, Winner £200.
9th June, Some darts facts from the Port of Leith in Edinburgh,
Gladstone’s Friday night league have six of our local players who compete in a Singles Premier league, It saw
Stevie Scott firing in a cracking 171 score on the treble nineteen’s along with a 17 darter and a rock solid 102 game
shot, Davie Nisbet on target with two superb games equalling the seasons best game with firstly a 12 darter and then going
even better with a superb 11 dart game now that could take a bit of beating, Davie also finishing a game on 135 excellent
finishing power from this old man of the ocky just goes to show age is no barrier in this great sport of ours? Also in action
it had Arran Edwards playing in the Loanhead Premier Friday night league and with each match the best of 10x501 it saw Arran
turn in a 7-3 victory in his first match with no game going over 18 darts.
9THJune, Wee trip to the Doo club in East Calder for
a friendly mixed doubles competition well two to be correct, each time the doubles partnerships are picked at random, Well
the first final saw Babs and Jim Mitchell edging out Kathy Henderson & Graeme Bird 3-1, the second competition saw Gillian
Mitchell& Graeme Bird losing out to Kathy Henderson & Jim Mitchell 3-0, great laugh and some good darts thrown by
all Graeme and Jim firing in maximums, but all played in great spirit. Cracking competition for a Friday night!
7th June, Premier league action in Edinburgh saw only
two of our local players in action, Kieran Bird with a double header in which he came away with 7-3 and 7-0 wins firing in
a brace of 17 darters a 20 dart game and a maximum 180, Rab Dick also with two games to play saw him winning 7-3 in his first
match before slipping to a 6-7 defeat after being 5-1 up! Rab fired in 1x180 1x177 score and had games finished in 16-17-18-20-20
darts along with check outs of 80 twice and two ton finishes off 100 & 110.
5th May, W.C.&.D.D.L. Championship League,
Commercial Inn Juniors 9-0 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Brucefield Crofters, Cawburn Highlanders
6-3 Tower bar Knights, Stirrup Stane Indians 5-4 Grand Central Railroaders.
And so down to the very last league match of the season to see who will win the Championship Pennant with
both the Cawburn Highlanders and the Stirrup Stane Indians on the same points true the Highlanders have a better goal difference
but should they lose and the Indians win then the title will go to the Stirrup Stane all to play for and it could not be closer,
now that’s darts 23 league matches played and only goal difference separating the top two places!
Premier League, Doo Club Flyers 0-9 Stirrup Stane Wanderers,
Almondale Pirates 1-8 Cawburn Assassins, Loganlea Colliers 5-4 Commercial Inn Nomads, Brucefield Farmers 6-3 Central bar Rebels.
And with that win for the Stirrup Stane Wanderers it has the Premier
League Title going to the Wanderer’s of Craigshill with one league match remaining.
, this week has five players rattling in maximum 180’s Bunny Forrest and Jimmy Johnston for the Brucefield Farmers both
on the maximum trail, Gordon Bruce and Scott Baillie for the Wanderers of Craigshill and Paul the Ranger Weir for the Assassins
from the Cawburn Sports bar, Fast Games came by way off, Callum Wilkinson 15 dart game, Arran Edwards 16 darter, Gordon Bruce
17 darter, Mick Burke 17 darter, Paul Weir 17 darter, Kieran Bird 20 dart game, Finishes which have to
be 75 or better came by way off, Callum Wilkinson with a brace of excellent finishes with 111 & 110 game shots, Stevie
Edwards from the Innkeepers with a 109 game shot, Gordon Bruce 102 take out, Martin Balfour from the Rebels with a 89 game
shot, William Borland 85 take out, Davie Aitken 82 game shot, Top doubles shooting came from the partnerships of Kieran Bird
& Gordon Bruce with a 15 dart game, William Borland & Graeme Bird 17 darter, Bunny Forrest & Jamie Banks 19 dart
game for the Farmers of Brucefield, Close calls this week saw Stephan Hume just missing out on a 180 settling for a 140 oh
3rd June, Once again it saw the Posse from West
Lothian make the trip down the A1 to Haddington the venue the Gardeners Arms for their second of two competitions, the reason
I say two they had a cracking idea thought of by the Gardeners Arms if you entered both their tournament then you would go
into a draw for £50 and it saw Graeme Bird from East Calder take the money home! Their second cracking idea was for
every game you won you received points over the two competitions and that £50 went to William Borland also of East Calder,
And to make the perfect treble it saw William Borland and Graeme Bird making the grand final, in a superb
match which was the best of 9x501 it saw William winning 5 games to 2, Williams winning dart average a cracking 27+ per dart,
Graeme Bird darts average 26+ and the average game of the grand final was 18 darts per leg cracking game of darts, which saw
both players receiving a superb round of applause from the watching crowd, Once again the Gardeners Arms put on a great competition
and even though the winnings this time went back up the A1 the sportsmanship and friendship from the East Lothian players
is second to none, Looking forward to the next one, thanks again for the hospitality OH and I suppose it should really have
been a not a treble but a (five fold) as not only did the darts go the way of the East Calder men but they won two of the
raffle prizes as well (lucky so and so’s) Great day out Thanks again.
1st June, Cawburn Sports bar Over & Under 50 years
of age leagues came to a thrilling climax as players did their utmost to try and annex the two titles on offer, in the Under
50’s league it saw the leadership change hands for the third time in three weeks and with the top seven places receiving
monetary awards the tension was electric, However there can be only one! As the old adage goes, and it saw last years runner
up William Borland go one better this season and annex the title in dramatic style William Borland receiving
a Framed Certificate and £140 for claiming the tile, Runner up was Arran Edwards receiving a Framed Certificate and
£100, Third place was Shaun Clow who had led for most of the season but was just caught in the last week Shaun receiving
£70, Two players were joint fourth place Paul Weir and Rex Brady both receiving £42 each, Sixth place went to
Rab Dick from Kirknewton with £35 for his efforts, In seventh place it saw Scott Baillie last seasons champion who had
rallied well after a slow start to the season picking up £30.
The Over 50’s League saw a very tight close run in to the final placing with Gordon Bruce Holding on
the top spot going one better than last seasons runners up place this time taking the title and in a role reversal it saw
last seasons champion Jim Mitchell settling for second place, This battle royal between two good friends and ferocious combatant
ants on the ocky saw Jim Inflicting Gordon’s only loss of the season however though Jim has now gone two seasons undefeated
it saw Gordon winning having more 4-0 score lines than Jim who was winning with 3-1 scores and with every leg worth a point
that was to settle the title! A draw to third place Micky Burke and a couple of lost point’s early stages were to cost
him dear! And it saw Gordon Bruce crowned Champion receiving a Framed Certificate and £140 for his championship winning
effort, Jim Mitchell receiving a Framed Certificate and £100 for runners up, Third place saw William Harraughty and
Micky Burke receiving £ 57 each, In Fifth and final place it had Davie Nisbet receiving £40.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY CROWNED CHAMPIONS
William (Bridges) Borland in the Under 50’s and Gordon (The) Bruce in the Over 50’s. Many thanks to all
who made this competition a great success to some players who perhaps don’t get the recognition they deserve! Christine
(Nana) McIntosh, Wullie (Conductor) Wilson, Ian (Van Man)Stevenson, who marked more boards than I can count
thank you, and of course to Rex Brady who without his help in running these events they would most certainly take a lot longer
to run and he makes sure he notices my mistakes! thanks again, and of course THANK YOU to our league sponsor Malky from the
Cawburn Sports bar and Gwen our hard working member of staff who keeps the beer flowing and then cleans up after wards once
we have all departed see you at the next one cheers Jim.
stats from the nights play William Borland 2x180’s along with 14-17-18-18-19 dart games and a tidy 91 take out, Jim
Mitchell 1x180 along with 16-17-18-19-19-20 darters and game shots of 120-88-80, Rex Brady 1x180 and games finished in 14-18-19
20 darts and a cracking 118 game shot, Micky Burke 1x180 and games finished in 14-17-18-19 darts and a 86 game shot, William
Harraughty with four fast games finished in 18 and 3x19 darters and a rock solid 78 take out Scott Baillie with 1x180 and
2x17 darters, Kieran Bird 1x180 and a cracking 100 game shot, David Nisbet 1x180 and 17 & 20 dart games, Gordon Bruce
a brace of 20 darters, Craig Jack 20 darter, William Millar 112 game shot. Martin Deegan 15 dart game. Rab Dick 1x180. And
that folks is that!
31st May, The outlaw trail into Auld Reekie saw the
West Lothian Posse heading into the Murrayfield Sports bar Premier league for their Wednesday night action on the ockies!
And once again it was thumbs up for our local players as first Kieran Bird had a superb 7-0 win with 2x18 darters and a couple
of magical maximum 180’s on his way to cementing his place in third position Rab Dick from Kirknewton was also in superb
form firing in 4x180’s with 12-15-18-20 dart games on his way to winning 7-0 as well and joining Kieran in joint third
place and both players have games in hand on the two players above them! Scott Baillie was the only loser however it was to
his friend and colleague William Borland it saw Scott hitting a maximum 180 and two games finished in 15 & 18 darts but
William was in great shape firing in 15-15-17-18-18-20 darters with a rock solid 90 check out for a fine
7-2 win, Jim Mitchell like William has now secured the top place in their respective leagues this week Jim Mitchell won 7-2
with a brace of 19 darters and a 105 game shot helping him over the winning line.
29TH May, W.C.&D.D.L. Results from the Championship
league saw, Grand Central Railroaders 5-4 Doo Club Fanciers, Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 4-5 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Brucefield
Crofters 4-5 Cawburn Highlanders, Tower bar Knights 2-7 Stirrup Stane Indians. The Premier league saw, Stirrup Stane Wanderers
8-1 Almonvale Pirates, Cawburn Assassins 6-3 Brucefield Farmers, Volunteer Highway Men 5-4 Commercial Inn Nomads, Doo Club
Flyers 3-6 Loganlea Colliers
SPECIAL MENTIONS, from the Tower bar Knights J.Devlin 97
C/O (T19 D20) Cawburn Assassins W.Borland 18 Darter, C.Wilkinson 180 +14 Darter I. Stevenson 90 C/O, G Bird 17 darter, W.Borland
& G.Bird 17 dart pairs, W Harraughty & C Wilkinson17&19 dart pairs games, Mitchell & Nisbet from the Highway
Men 14 dart pairs game,Brucefield Farmers C Fawcett 1 x177 score, B Forrest 97 game shot, Cawburn Highlanders saw J Kirk and
C Mitchell firing in maximum 180’s, Craig Jack for the Crofters of Bellsquarry with a 120 game shot, Colliers player
Micky had a superb 16 game shot and an 18 darter, J Brogan 98 take out, other scores from the nights action some good scoring
from Alan Wilson 125 score, Stuart Mackie 140, George Bird out of retirement firing in a 114 score, Kevin Murphy who must
be the most improved player in the past season on target with 121 score, And last but by no means least we have for the ladies
Avril Bird with 132 & 112 scores.
|Looks may not be to good!
|But what a team this would make!
27th May, Team of local West Lothian
players made the trip to Haddington the venue the Gardeners Arms which has been a happy hunting ground for our local players
in the past couple of years! This time the competition is played over two weeks with two extra prizes involved should you
enter both competitions then you go into a draw and if your name is pulled out you win £50, also every games you win
gets you points and if after both weeks you are the player with most points you also receive £50, nice wee incentives
there! Each day the pay out is to the last four players, with £300 on offer, Well it saw Semi Professional player Andy
Boulton just a tad to bit to handle on the day, as he defeated Graeme Bird in the quarter finals, Jim Mitchell in the semi
finals and William Borland in the final, Prize fund saw winner £150, 2nd £ 80, joint 3rd
£35 each. Some stats from the days play saw Graeme Bird with 2x18 darters, plus 2x84 game shots, Callum Wilkinson 18-19-2x20
dart games, and a tidy 75 game shot, Ian Stevenson a 19 darter, Jim Mitchell with 3x15 & 16 dart games and finishes
off 124 & 118 & 82 along with 3x180’s William Borland with 4x180’s 110 game shot, and games finished in
We would like to thank
our chauffeur on the day Ian Stevenson who took this motley bunch on a very scenic day trip! Micky Rice, Callum Wilkinson,
Graeme Bird, William Borland, and obviously me myself I, THANKS Ian.
25th May, The penultimate league
night in the Over and under 50’s league saw some superb action from the first dart to the last on the night, 16 maximums
were scored on the night and these came from Arran Edwards 4x180’s,William Borland 3x180’s, Paul Weir 2x180’s,
Davie Nisbet 2x180’s,Paul McCaig 1x180, Gordon Bruce 1x180, Micky Burke 1x180, Gary Christie 1x180, Mary Clark 1x180,
William Wilson 1x180, as for fast games the best by far saw Gordon Bruce with a spectacular 11 darter by
way off 123-180-100-98 game shot Arran Edwards 12 darter along with game finished in 15-17-18-19, Scott Baillie with 4x20
dart games, William Borland firing in 12 legs of darts finished in 13-14-3x16-17-3x18-2x19 cracking arrows, William Harraughty
with 14-17-20-20 darters, Rex Brady 20 darter, Rab Dick 19 dart game, Gary Christie 19 & 20 dart games, Paul Weir 18 darter,
Wullie Wilson 19 dart game, Micky Burke 14 darter, Davie Nisbet 17 darter, Check outs came from Micky Burke 136 game shot,
Paul Weir 115 g.s. William Borland 112 g.s. Gordon Bruce 98 g.s Shaun Clow 88 g.s. Rex Brady 76 g.s Scott
Baillie 78 g.s. Arran Edwards 76 g.s. Rab Dick 94 g.s. Abby Sclater 76 g.s. Couple special mentions on the night saw Christine
McIntosh with a72 game shot, Mary Clarke with a superb maximum 180, Abby Sclater 76 game shot.
|Railroaders Dart Player (Charity Man)
|Mr Gerry Hughes
24th –May, Wednesday in the
Saltire Lounge in Carmon-dean in Livingston, It saw Charity man Mr Gerry Hughes take on the mammoth challenge of playing darts
for 11 hours to raise monies for Children’s Charity in Scotland, Now on the day not only did Gerry play darts he also
organised a doubles competition which had members of the Morrison’s staff in Livingston paired up with dart players
from the Grand Central Railroaders team who play in the W.C.D.D.L. Championship division, After all the chalk dust had settled
it has seen the £240 he had already collected by Wednesday morning in sponsorship. That total should once all the monies
still to come in which have been pledged their will be Just over the £500 raised for a very worthy cause, So in my case
I take my hat off to you sir, well done Gerry Hughes the Eliminator! On a job well done.
24th May, A depleted posse
of local players made their way to the Premier league in Edinburgh, The players who did manage the trip had Scott Baillie
of Armadale winning 7-2 with three fast games which saw 16-17-19 darters along with a brace of maximum 180’s, William
Borland also on the winning trail with two wins from two matches 7-0 & 7-1 which included 2 maximums and 6 fast games
finished in 13-15-17-18-18-19 darts, Jim Mitchell continued his unbeaten run with a top of the table clash with Stuart Ironside,
winning a gruelling encounter 7 games to 5, which saw none of the 12 legs of darts played give the other player more than
7 trips to the board all winning legs in 21 darts or less! Mitchell had 2x15 along with 2x16 and 2x18 and a solitary 20 darts
1x180 and a 108 game shot.
So after 10 weeks
of match play it has Kieran Bird & Rab Dick both in joint third place in division 1, William Borland sirs top of division
2 with Scott Baillie in third place, Jim Mitchell leads division 3 with Graeme Bird in third place, remembering after all
the league matches the top four from each division go into the Premier League K.O. Cup play Offs.
22nd May, Monday night league action, Premier results,
Brucefield Farmers 1-8 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Almondale Pirates 9-0 Doo Club Flyers, Loganlea Colliers
1-8 Volunteer Highway Men, Commercial Inn Nomads 3-6 Central bar Rebels. Championship league results, Cawburn Highlanders
6-3 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, Stirrup Stane Indians 8-1 Brucefield Crofters, Doo Club Fanciers 2-7 Tower bar Knights, Kirknewton
Innkeepers 5-4 Commercial Inn Juniors.
mentions this week and these go to, Kieran Bird from the Wanderers 19 dart game, Kevin Murphy for the Flyers cracking
102 game shot, Pirates players doing the dastardly deeds were John Tannock with a maximum 180 along with a 20 darter, Scott
Bryson also on the maximum 180 trail, and also firing out a broadside of treble hitting it saw Stevie Duncan 180 and a 102
take out, Keith Jamieson for the Highlanders with a 95 game shot, Rab Smith of the Golden Oldies with a 89 game shot going
out on the bulls eye 19-20-bull, Scott Baker of the Rebellious ones from West Calder cracking 15 darter
and a rock solid 76 take out, Davie Yule 17 dart game for the Commercial Juniors, But shot of the night this week goes to
Commercial Inn Juniors player Mr Jason Rae with a superb 168 score via treble 20, treble 19 and treble 17 cracking score.
18th May, Thursday night action in the Over &
Under 50’s league saw some terrific action on the six boards, And with only two more weeks of action to go the leagues
are wide open as the top of the leader boards are so very tight, In the Under 50’s it has seven players only separated
by 9 points at the top of the leader board with, Shaun Clow, Paul Weir, Arran Edwards all on 56 points, Rab Dick one point
behind on 55 points, Rex Brady on 51 points and William Borland on 49 points followed by Paul McCaig and last years champion
Scott Baillie on 47 points. The Over 50’s has last seasons runner up sitting top of the league Gordon Bruce on 41 points,
Micky Burke 36 points, William Harraughty 35 points, Ian Stevenson 33 Points and last seasons champion Jim Mitchell on 32
points, So Gordon Bruce sits in the driving seat in this league however Harraughty and Mitchell do have games in hand, and
it will come down to those final few matches as they all have to play each other! Top shooting from the nights play saw 15
maximum 180’s scored, Paul Weir 3x180’s, Arran Edwards 3x180’s, Davie Nisbet 2x180’s, Lewis Lyle 2x180’s,Ryan
Jack 1x180, Gayle Maxwell 1x180, Ian Stevenson 1x180, Mick Burke 1x180, Rex Brady 1x180. Top finishes came thick and fast
with Lewis Lyle with a superb 152 game shot, Gordon Bruce 114 & 96 g.s. Rex Brady 110 & 92 g.s. Arron Edwards 106
& 90 g.s. Gary Christie 96 & 80 g.s. Craig Jack 92 g.s. Scott Baillie 86 g.s. Paul McCaig 80 g.s. I an Stevenson 78
g.s. Gayle Maxwell 76 g.s. Fast games and these must be 20 darts or less were recorded by, Gayle Maxwell 13-16-19 darters,
Gordon Bruce 14&3x20 darters, Arran Edwards 14-15-2x16-17-2x18 dart games Ian Stevenson 15 -20 darters, Scott Baillie
16 darter, Rex Brady 16 darter, Mick Burke 2x17 -18 dart games, Davie Nisbet 17 darter, Lewis Lyle 2x18 darters, Kieran Bird
18 darter, Martin Deegan 19 darter, Jim Mitchell 2x19 & 2x20 darters, Paul Weir 20 darter, Ryan Jack 20 darter, Amanda
Millar 20 darter,. Looks like there will be some extremely tough match ups in the next two weeks as the top 7 places in the
under’s league are guaranteed in the prize fund and the top 5 in the over 50’s league receive prize monies, All
the best to everyone!
17th May, Edinburgh Premier League
results, Graeme Bird with a fine 7-3 win which had 14 & 16 dart games and a tidy 106 game shot, Kieran Bird with yet another
cracking match having only dropped two legs in the past 4 weeks of play 7-1 score line and a 83 game shot, Armadale’s
man of the moment Scott Baillie firing in 16-16-19-19 dart games on his way to a fighting 7-5 victory, Jim Mitchell winning
7-0 with 13-15-14 darters his last three games also a brace of maximum 180’s and a maximum on the treble 19’a
with a 171 score. William Borland suffering from his trip to Wales suffered only his second defeat in the league so far this
season losing 3-7.
Facts from Wales, looking at the state
some of our dart players came back in! I believe they actually managed to get a few legs of darts in as well, William Borland
7x180’s along with 14-2x15-16-18-2x20 dart games before going out in the third match he also fired in a couple of cracking
finishes 112 followed by a 164 take out, Graeme Bird 3x180’s 16 darter and a rock solid 97 game shot, Kieran Bird 2x180’s
to add to his tally for the year, Scott Baillie 1x180, 111-90-80 game shots, and three fast games done in 15-16-18 darts.
Looking at the state of some of them and hearing of their exploits it’s a wonder they managed to toe the ocky!
15TH May, W.C.&.D.D.L. Monday night results from the Premier
league saw, Cawburn Assassins 6-3 Commercial Inn Nomads, Doo Club Flyers 2-7 Brucefield Farmers, Central bar Rebels 3-6 Volunteer
Highway Men, Almondale Pirates 5-4 Loganlea Colliers.
league results saw, Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 3-6 Stirrup Stane Indians, Brucefield Crofters 6-3 Doo Club Fanciers, Commercial
Inn Juniors 2-7 Cawburn Highlanders, Tower bar Knights 3-6 Grand Central Railroaders.
Special Mentions this week start with a cracking doubles match, Playing for the Tower
Knights it has Stuart Mitchell & Rodger Barron firing in a superb 14 dart game, Other top doubles games which were left
in the shade by that cracker saw, Paul Weir & William Harraughty of the Assassin’s firing in a 16 darter, Stevie
Scott & Mitchell of the Highway Men 18 & 19 dart games in their partnership, Callum Wilkinson & Ian Stevenson
20 dart doubles match, Maximum hitters this week saw, Paul Weir 1x180, Micky Smith 1x180, Bunny Forrest 1x180, Gary Christie
1x 180, Jim Mitchell 1x177, Fast Games of note coming from Craig Forrest 18 darter, Chris Fawcett 19 dart game, Stevie Duncan
20 darter ( no other mentions!) Check outs had, John Brogan 111 game shot, Alan Wilson 107 game shot, Davie Nisbet 102 g.s.
Paul Weir 100 take out with 20-tops-tops, William Wilson 91 take out, Davie Aitken 85 game shot, Stephan Colthart 78 game
shot, couple of close shaves on the maximum scores had Kevin Murphy and Craig Forrest just missing out and recording 140’s
14th May, Pennies bar in Falkirk saw a double elimination competition take place this was a singles competition
which gave all players two chances to win, each match in the early rounds was played over 5x501 with the winner staying in
group 1 and the loser going into group 2 and once the dust had settled on four hours darting action on four boards it saw
Jim Mitchell and Andrew Davidson face off against each other , strange but true Jim and Andrew played early doors which saw
Jim winning 3-2, however Andy went on to win the second grop and Jim won group 1, so this meant that Andrew had to beat Jim
twice as Jim had not lost a match and every player got two chances! Anyway games saw Jim Mitchell 3-0 Scott Paterson, Mitchell
3-1 Davie Burt, Mitchell 3-2 Andrew Davidson, Mitchell 3-1 Brian Donaldson, Andrew Davidson then inflicted a 2-4 defeat on
Jim, so the next game would decide who was champion and it was Jim Mitchell who won 4-2 to take the title over Andrew who
had the fastest game of the day a superb 11 darter seven perfect darts but having to settle for an 11 darter, Mitchell on
the day fired in 3x180’s and many games finished between the 15 to 18 bracket and an awful lot of 140’s to many
to count. Different competition this one giving every player two chances and Andrew lost twice to Jim, Jim losing once to
Andrew, 17 legs of darts these two players played and nothing in it with Jim 9 legs to Andrews 8 can’t get much closer
than that can you! Many thanks to the organisers of this competition and to the sponsors Pennies bar Falkirk. Good to talk to some
old adversaries of the ocky on the day, John Donaldson, Alex Lister, Duncan Hastings, Gordon Aneil, to name just a few and
lets not forget the unforgettable Micky Rice, and many more everyone had a great time and what was nice to see when the final
was being played, both players were supported and encouraged by the people watching, true sportsmanship, T.Y.
Also to thanks to Andrew for letting me know of some more comps on the
horizon, competition page has been updated.
Champion Jim Mitchell r/up Andrew Davidson.
13th May, Saturday saw a depleted posse of players
head west to the Pockets snooker club in Paisley truth be told it was a solo ride as only Jim Mitchell was going the rest
of the West Lothian county posse had headed South to invade Wales for the week-end, Anyway it saw Mitchell winning 3-0 in
the first round with the help of a 115 take out, second round match saw him going through 3-1 with the help of a 180 and a
tidy 18 darter, next round once again like last week it saw Mark Barrilli standing in his way and another cracking match Mark
winning 3-1 games taking 15-12-14 15 darts Mitchell with a 14 darter and sitting on 66 after 12 darts in the fourth leg and
not getting back to the board! so with two meeting in two weeks the matches have gone like this Jim 16-15 Mark 12-12-14 -15-12
Jim 14 Mark 15, that’s the standard and hey ho you just keep trying, anyway the Grand Final saw Michael Malone and Drew
Callary go head to head in a best of 11x501 final, and in the second leg it had everyone standing as Michael missed double
12 for the perfect game 180-177-120-just missing double 12 for it having to settle for an 11 darter! Final score saw Michael
Malone 6-Drew Callary 2. May have gone through alone but was made welcome by many of the darters in the venue it never fails
to amaze me the camaraderie of darts players, good people! And as Mark Barrilli told me when I first arrived half pint and
a vodka £2 special, beer £2.75 a pint nice.
11th May, Under 50’s League results, Ryan Jack 2-2 Paul
McCaig, Scott Bryson 2-2 Rab Dick, Wullie Jack 4-0 Lewis Lyle, Rex Brady 4-0 Craig Jack, Mandy Millar 3-1 Ryan Jack, Shaun
Clow 3-1 Abi Sclater, Mandy Millar 3-1 Jay Millar, Ryan Jack 4-0 Craig Jack, Rex Brady 3-1 Scott Bryson, Paul
McCaig 4-0 Jay Millar, Shaun Clow 2-2 Rab Dick, Wullie Jack 2-2 Scott Bryson, Jay Millar 3-1 Abi Sclater, Lewis Lyle 3-1 Willie
Millar, Shaun Clow 2-2 Rex Brady, Ryan Jack 3-1 Lewis Lyle,
top games from the night and top story has to be Amanda Millar taking 6 points from a possible 8, good shooting, Fast games
saw Amanda Millar 15 darter, Ryan Jack 18 dart game, Rex Brady 16-19-19 darters plus a maximum 180, Wullie Jack 3x19 darters
plus a maximum 180, Shaun Clow brace of 19 dart games, Lewis Lyle 20 darter, Rab Dick 18 and 19 darters.
10th May, Once again our local posse of players were
in action in the Edinburgh Premier League which is played at the Murrayfield Sports Bar in Gorgi Edinburgh, Six matches and
once again an excellent return with 6 wins recorded, Rab Dick from Kirknewton firing on all cylinders with a 7-1 victory which
included a superb 140 game shot and three legs finished in 16-18-20 darts, Kieran Bird winning 7-2 and recording 2x180’s
in his victory, William Borland a 7-4 winner with 5 cracking legs of darts 14-2x15-16-17 dart games and two excellent check
outs 112 followed by a 164 game shot, Scott Baillie from Armadale in fine form with a 7-2 win and a tidy 19 darter, Graeme
Bird snr firing in 2x15 dart games plus finishes of 100 & 130 and a maximum 180 on his way to coming out a 7-4 winner,
Jim Mitchell keeping the run going with a 7-1 win. Mitchell now the only unbeaten player in the Posse with 9 wins from 9,
Borland played 7 won 6, Kieran Bird played 8 won 6, Rab Dick played 9 won 7, Graeme Bird played 11 won 9, Scott Baillie played
8 won 6. With last nights matches still to be added the league places will be updated a.s.a.p.
8TH May, W.C.D.D.L.
Monday night results from Premier & Championship leagues, Premier League , Loganlea Colliers 2-7 Central bar Rebels, Volunteer
Highway Men 3-6 Cawburn Assassin’s, Commercial Inn Nomads 1-8 Stirrup Stane Indians, Brucefield Farmers 8-1 Almondale
Pirates. Championship league results, Grand Central Railroaders 6-3 Brucefield Crofters, Stirrup Stane Indians 5-4 Commercial
Inn Juniors, Doo Club Fanciers 1-8 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, Cawburn Highlanders 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers.
So with the finishing line only four league matches away
the Wanderers from the Stirrup Stane are two points clear in the Premier league with 34 points, joint second has the Volunteer
Highway Men and the Cawburn Assassin’s both on 32 points and it looks like a tough run in for all three teams who cant
afford to drop any points to the chasing pack.
Championship league is even tighter at the top with the Cawburn Assassin’s still leading but only by legs for
as the Stirrup Stane Indians are also on 32 points, and only two points behind sit the Grand Central Railroaders and the Kirknewton
Innkeepers who came away with a superb victory at the home of the league leaders.
Some excellent shooting on the night from
players in both divisions, Six maximum 180’s recorded and they were by Martin Balfour of the Central bar Rebels, Jim
Mitchell and David Nisbet for the Volunteer Highway Men, Paul Weir & William Borland for the Cawburn Assassin’s,
And turning back time when he was one of the counties finest players Tam Hart of the Golden Oldies from the Deans B.C. also
firing in a 180, Kirk Gordon from the Cawburn Highlanders a magical 171 score via 57-57-57 excellent shooting on the treble
nineteen’s. High finishes were abundant as well with Sean Hanlon of the Central bar Rebels from West
Calder finishing a cracking 142 game shot, John Kirk a two time winner of the league singles showing he
still has the class in his armoury with a superb 140 game shot, William Borland for the Assassins with 130 & 78 game shots,
Also with a 130 game shot it saw Scott Baker also from the Rebels of West Calder strutting his stuff, Arran Edwards 100 take
out, Chris Mitchell 94 game shot, Paul Weir 93 take out, Davie Aitken 83 finish, Chris Fawcett from the Farmers of Bellsquarry
78 take out, Fred Hamilton the captain of the Craigshill Indians showing how to finish games with 76 & 62 take outs, Fast
Games came fast and furious and these were recorded by, Davie Nisbet 14 dart game fastest of the nights action, , then we
had three players with 16 darters Graeme Bird, Rex Brady and Callum Wilkinson, three players with 17 dart
games Gordon Bruce, Kirk Gordon and Bunny Forrest, Martin Balfour, Paul Weir, Craig Agnew, Arran Edwards all turning in 18
dart games, Ryan Little 20 dart game for the Rebels of West Calder. Only reported doubles game saw Stevie Scott & Mitchell
with a brace of 20 dart games.
Westward bound along the rail track went our posse of local darters, Graeme Bird, Rab Dick, William Borland and
Jim Mitchell, the end of the line was the Dumbuck hotel in Dumbarton for a wee game of arrows, cracking
hotel and a very formidable field of darting talent was also gathered there for the this darting rodeo, William Borland winning
his first round match 3-0 with a very nice 170 game shot at the end of an 18 darter, but unfortunately he came unstuck in
the next round as trebles became like hens teeth in a dentists!, Graeme Bird went down fighting 2-3 he did have the consolation
of a maximum 180 and a cracking 16 dart game to console him, Rab Dick was playing well a fine 3-0 win followed by another
win this time 3-2 , before losing out 2-3 in the last 16, Rab firing in 6 cracking legs of darts with 2x16, 2x17 and 2x18
darters on the day along with 80 and 100 game shots, Jim Mitchell got through his first round match 3-1, before going out
2-3, five legs of darts Mitchell winning in 16 & 15 with a maximum 180 in each leg, then having to stand back and admire
his opponent Mark Barrilli as he went 12-12-14 darters with a maximum 180 all of his three legs, 5 x180’s
in 5 legs of darts, good game of darts. The competition was won by Evander Stevenson who beat Mark Barrilli in the final,
Sunday saw Mitchell travel through himself and for his efforts he got Gary Stone in round of 32, Mitchell going out in 14
darts first leg, before Gary turned on the style longest leg 18 darts, 1-3 Gary Stone, Winner on the day was Mark Barrilli
who beat Cameron Menzies in the final.
, Premier League results, Once again a good night on the ocky for the West Lothian players, Kieran Bird
with a fine 7-1 win and games finished in 16-17-19 and a cracking 121 game shot, Graeme Bird snr also returning with a 7-1
victory, Scott Baillie from Armadale winning 7-2 rattling in a brace of 20 darters plus game shot of 80 and a maximum 180,
William Borland 7-1 win and game shot of 110 plus 18-19 darters, Jim Mitchell winning 7-0 with games finished in 15-17-18-19
darts and a tidy 116 game shot, Rab Dick from Kirknewton with a 7-3 victory which included a maximum 180 and a brace of 18
So after week 7 it has Rab Dick up to
second place in Division 1 with 14 points while just two points back in fourth place is Kieran Bird , Division 2
has William Borland from East Calder and Scott Baillie from Armadale sharing second place both with 12 points with Borland
having a game in hand on the leader Dane McDiarmid, Division 3 has another two local players in joint second place
with Jim Mitchell and Graeme Bird both on 18 points just two points of Stuart Ironside who has played a game more,
RESULTS 1/5/17 W.C.&.D.D.L.
Well folks changing of the Guard, last night saw some superb
match ups and in the Premier League it saw the Wanderers from the Stirrup Stane take the bull by the horns and propel themselves
to the top of the league. Scores saw Stirrup Stane Wanderers 6-3 Volunteer Highway Men, Doo Club Flyers 4-5 Commercial Inn
Nomads, Cawburn Assassin’s 7-2 Central bar Rebels, Brucefield Farmers 7-2 Almondale Colliers.
Championship League results, Tower bar Knights 6-3 Brucefield
Crofters, Commercial Inn Juniors 7-2 Doo Club Fanciers, Kirknewton Innkeepers 4-5 Stirrup Stane Indians, Deans B.C. Golden
Oldies 4-5 Grand Central Railroaders.
With both leagues up for grabs it looks like every team near the top of their respective leagues can not afford any
slip ups as the chasing pack are right behind and just waiting for the opportunity to take advantage, Some excellent games
from the night, Top honour though must go to the man who took out the Big Fish as the saying goes, Arran Edwards 170 game
shot cracking arrows, Maximum hitters that I have been told about are as follows, Rex Brady, Arran Edwards, Gordon Bruce,
Jim Mitchell, Jamie Banks, J Galloway, Gary Christie , Paul Weir, Kevin Murphy superb 177 score, Big finishes as said before
Arran Edwards 170 g.s. Callum Wilkinson 155 g.s. Graeme Smith 97 g.s. Gary Christie 96 g.s. Rex Brady 96 g.s. Kieran Bird
85 g.s. Ryan Jack 76 g.s. Fast games and these came by way off, Craig Forrest 15 darter,Rex Brady 15 darter, Mick
Burke 17 darter,Ryan Jack 18 darter, Kevin Murphy 18 darter, William Borland 18 darter, Callum Wilkinson 18 darter,
Ryan Little 19 dart game. William Harraughty 19 darter, Some top doubles action which saw, Craig Forrest & Chris Fawcett
18 dart game, Paul Weir & Graeme Bird 20 darter, Some other top scores from the nights action on good old flock boards
saw, Stevie Morton Kevin Murphy, Aldo, Stephan Hume all firing in 140’s, AS did John Brett, Davie Aitken just behind
with a 137 score. NOW there are scores missing from last nights matches I have put down the ones I can remember, and what
have been submitted by team captains, HOWEVER until the Match secretary Connie Bamburry receives the team sheets with all
the information on them I cant report them, so come on captains lets give your players the credit they deserve (please) cheers
|Fife Open Doubles Finalists 2017
|M Rice & J Mitchell r/up. E Callander & A Souter champions
|Quarter Finalists, Fife Open Singles 2017
|Graeme Bird & Jim Mitchell
29th-30th April, The Fife Open was
held in Glenrothes one of Scotland’s top Open competitions, and players from the width and breadth of the country and
the North of England in attendance they all descended upon the CISWO Club to try and annex the titles on offer, From West
Lothian we had 2 players who fought their way through the tough qualifying matches on the Saturday to make the finals on the
Sunday, Graeme Bird from East Calder winning 3-1,3-0,4-3, and then winning 4-0 in the last 16 before losing out in the quarter
finals 3-4 on the Sunday, Jim Mitchell also in action winning 3-2,3-1,4-2, on the Saturday before winning 4-3 on the Sunday
then going out 3-4 in the quarter finals both players receiving £75 for their efforts, The Sunday also held the Open
Fife Doubles championship, and once again it saw two West Lothian teams doing exceptionally well, Graeme Bird & Stevie
Scott from East Calder met their local opponents Jim Mitchell & Micky Rice in the semi finals and it saw Jim Mitchell
& Micky Rice go through to the Grand Final on the stage to contest the championship against Alan Souter and Ewan Callander
from Angus, and this time the last step was one just to far and it saw the title go North as Souter and Callander took the
title home. Alan Souter ranked number one in the B.D.O. darts inter counties rankings also taking the singles title as well.
Jim Mitchell & Micky Rice having the consolation of a nice pay cheque home for their sterling efforts on the day.
Lot of action from local players throughout the week end, and
here is the information that has been reported, Callum Wilkinson firing in scores off 17- 18 and plus 2x19 darters and finishes of 86&94,William
Harraughty from Whitburn w3-0 then lost 1-3, Micky Rice w3-0, before losing 1-3, Stephan Morrans 2-3 loss, John Somerville
from Breich winning 3-2, then 3-0 before losing out in the qualifying round 0-4, Kieran Bird 1-3 loss, Callum Wilkinson with
two 3-1 win’s before going down 1-3, William Borland Winning 3-0 twice then losing out 0-3.
Top shots of note from the week end go like this, Graeme
Bird 3x180’s and games finished in 15-17-18-18 darts, Jim Mitchell 2x180’s & 1x171 and a tidy 88 check out,
William Harraughty 1x180, Stephan Morrans 18 darter, Jamie Banks and Lewis Lyle were there on the Sunday for the youth singles
and it saw Jamie Banks going out in the last 16 by the tightest of margins a 2-3 loss Jamie firing in a maximum 180 on the
day, Lewis Lyle going out in the last 32, However Jamie and Lewis teamed up in the Fife Open doubles and had a superb run
through before losing out to Rab Page and Jamie Clark in the Quarter Finals taking out some top players in the early rounds.
Well done to all the local players who attended and some excellent performances from many players from our local leagues,
see you at the next one!
27th April, The Over
& Under’s Leagues were in action, and I would like to say after three hours of checking and rechecking the league
tables fingers crossed they are correct, as some will be aware last year this event went almost without a hitch, unfortunately
this year we have had players who could not make it due to work commitments etc and of course the DOMINOE interlude! And I
have also been told that the Welsh Open will have an adverse effect as well, anyway what ever happens the competition will
still finish on the first Thursday the 1st of June, if there are matches which have not been played on that eventful
night the player who was in the venue will receive the 4 points on offer for each match, so PLEASE try and fulfil your fixtures
as it may well have an adverse effect on the league tables! As you were all aware this was an 8 week league and we have had
to cut it to 7 weeks so please players try and turn up T.Y. the results are on line in the League table page (left hand side
of the main page) Now for some superb facts from last nights action we have Maximum hitters saw Gayle
Maxwell with 2x180’s Shaun Clow also 2x180’s, Lewis Lyle likewise as was Paul Weir with a brace of maximums
2x180’s, Arran Edwards 1x180, Scott Baillie 1x180, Jim Mitchell 1x180, William Borland 1x180, Rab
Dick 1x180, Gordon Bruce 1x180, Paul McCaig 1x180, Ian Stevenson 1x180, 16 maximum 180’s and Gayle Maxwell also rattling
in a 171 score as well, top scoring from a lot of players, Top finishing power also with Arran Edwards 140 & 90 game shots,
William Borland 140 game shot, Gordon Bruce 113 & 102 finishes, Rex Brady 108 & 96 take outs, Craig Jack 108 game
shot, Jim Mitchell 107 & 81 finishes on the bulls eye, Ian Stevenson 97 game shot, Christine
McIntosh 88 game shot, Paul Weir 82 & 80 take outs, Rab Dick 80 game shot, William Harraughty
76 game shot, Fast games came thick and fast and here are the ones recorded! Jim Mitchell 12 darter via 140-140-140-81 g.s.
Arran Edwards with 13-2x15-17-18 dart games, Gayle Maxwell 13-14-2x20 darters, Gordon Bruce with 7 fast
games and these were 15-17-18-19-19-19-20 darts, Shaun Clow 15-2x17-18-2x19 20 dart games, William Borland 15-18-20 darters,
William Harraughty 15 darter, Lewis Lyle brace of 16 darters, Paul Weir 17-19 dart legs, Paul McCaig 17
& 18 dart games, Rab Dick 17 darter, Rex Brady 18 darter, Ian Stevenson 18 darter, Mick Burke 17 darter, Scott Baillie
Under threat of sleeping in the spare
room I have to mention one special classy finish on the night Double1 double 3 double 16 now that’s how
to finish on 40 left! Well done Mrs Maw Mitchell x But there were a couple of other cracking
scores of note, Nana Christine McIntosh rock solid
88 game shot, the Whirlwind Gayle Maxwell who is making a few of the male players in the
under 50’s league look over their shoulders as she steadily moves up the rankings!, and of course we must not forget
the youthful over 50’s player who has the honour of being the youngest of the oldies William Harraughty who with age
catching up still managed a rock solid 76 check out not bad for someone who is looking to be in bed by 10pm at night now tucked
up with his horlicks!
26th April, Premier League action in Auld Reekie saw some sterling
performances from our West Lothian contingent, Rab Dick from Kirknewton a fine 7-0 win, Kieran Bird also with a 7-0 victory
firing in some excellent shots with 17 & 19 darters and a superb take out of 135 via 25-60-bulle eye, joining him in his
first match with an identical score line was Graeme Bird snr a 7-0 winner, Jim Mitchell winning 7-1 against Alan Ibster which
saw Mitchell turn in a 14 darter, with Alan firing in a cracking 177 score to leave double 16 which he took out first dart
for a 19 darter, Scott Baillie one of Armadales top players hard fought win with a 7-4 score line and four cracking legs done
in 17-17-19-20 darts, Last game of the night for our local players saw Graeme Bird and Jim Mitchell going head to head, and
it was Mitchell who came away with a 7-2 win once again Mitchell firing in a 14 darter, Graeme on target with a maximum 180
and a tidy 17 darter. In the league standings it has William Borland sitting in second place in division 2 with Dane McDiarmid
holding the top position though William Borland does have 2 games in hand. Scott Baillie sitting in a handy fourth place,
as when these leagues finish the top four go into the Premier K.O. cup along with the top four from the other leagues, Division
3 has a tough looking threesome at the top of the league with Stuart Ironside leading the group , Graeme Bird sits in second
and Jim Mitchell in third though Mitchell does have a game in hand, Rab Dick sits in second place in division 1 with Kieran
Bird back in fifth place. All these positions may well change shortly with last nights results still to be added, so could
be changes a foot with all our local players winning matches.
24th April, W.C.D.D.L. The leagues four person team
event took place last night in the Cawburn Sports bar who are the proud sponsors of the Monday night league, and 18 intrepid
teams entered this event with the format being four games of singles which were 1x701, and for the doubles also 1x701, however
should the score be tied at 3-3 then a final leg of 1001 would be played with players playing in the formation they had been
placed by their respective captains, And there were some exceptional match ups, but once the chalk dust had settled after
three hours of play we had four teams left toeing the ocky to contest the semi finals, board 5 saw the Cawburn Assassin’s
winning 4-1 over the Almondale Pirates, board three saw the Volunteer Highway Men edging out the Stirrup Stane Wanderers in
a close encounter. So after almost four hours of play here it was the final and it could have not been much closer, Jim Mitchell
bt Graham Borland, George Thorburn losing to Graeme Bird, Rex Brady losing to William Harraughty, Martin Deegan losing to
Callum Wilkinson, so the Assassins 3-1 up at the start of the doubles, but Mitchell & Thorburn kept the Highway Men’s
hopes alive taking the first doubles against Borland & Bird, Rex Brady & Martin Deegan then won a tight game against
William Harraughty & Callum Wilkinson, so here it was 3-3 and a one leg shoot out of 1001 to decide the title, And it
was Callum Wilkinson with double 8 that took the title to the Cawburn Assassins by the tightest of margins 4 games to 3. A
late night probably, the longest for some time but with so many matches going the distance it was only to be expected. Many
thanks to the bar staff for keeping the foaming nectar flowing smoothly all night long, HOWEVER can I just say once your team
has won! Perhaps some of the jubilant excesses might be toned down! The sight of Gillian Mitchell doing her Locomotion moves
on the way to the control desk to tell off her ladies team success (Gillian, Denise, Kathy, Leona) moving them into the
quarter finals was almost too much to bear! Fare enough if Little Eva was playing in the background but there again who is
brave enough to tell a ladies team to cool it after an excellent 4-0 win! (Not me)
Few notes written down on the night, William Borland excellent 21 dart game of 701 with a 126 game shot on
the bulls eye, John Brett 1x180 and a 114 and I believe 85 game shots, Mitchell 180 and a brace of 24 dart 701 legs. Martin
Deegan & Rex Brady 23 dart doubles leg for a plus 30 dart average. I realise there will be more unfortunately I don’t
have the paper with the stats on it at the moment but will add once they get to me.
20th April Under 50’s &
Over 50’s League report, Notes from last night go like this with some excellent shooting from an
awful lot of players, so if the scores were written down here they are! Maximum scorers saw, William Borland 2x180’s,
Kieran Bird 2x180’s, Christopher Mitchell 1x180, Shaun Clow 1x180, Top finishes saw two players taking out 150 game
shots, William Harraughty and Rex Brady were these players top finishing, William Wilson 100 check out, Scott Baillie 100
game shot, Rex Brady with a 98 game shot, Shaun Clow 95 take out, William Borland 91 g.s. William Harraughty also on target
with 80-84-86 game shots, Lewis Lyle 85 take down, William Wilson 81 g.s. Gayle Maxwell 80 take out, Fast Games which have
to be 20 darts or less, Shaun Clow 15-19-20 darters, William Borland 11 fast legs recorded with games finished in 14-15-3x16-3x18-19-2x20
darters, William Harraughty games finished in 15-18-18 darts showing that age is no barrier to one of Whitburn’s more
senior players, at the other end of the age spectrum we have Kieran Bird from East Calder firing in 16-18-20-20 dart games,
Gayle Maxwell 16 & 17 dart games, Rab Dick of Kirknewton infamy firing in a brace of 18 darters plus a tidy 19 dart game,
Scott Baillie 20 dart game, Rex Brady on target with a brace of rock solid 18 dart games. Ian Stevenson and Paul McCaig both
on target with 20 dart games. One of Armadales top arrow smiths for many a season Mick Burke games finished in 18-19-19 darts.
On a wee note from myself, I would like to say welcome to Gayle Maxwell
who has joined the under 50’s league (never ask a lady her age!) and already making a substantial inroad into the league
couple of fast legs and a tidy 80 game shot, think this lady player will have a lot to say who reaches the top seven in her
league, she may well have ambitions of being in there at the end of the league and who would bet against her! As many will
be aware couple of people have dropped out well truth be told haven’t turned up, so everyone gets a 4-0 win against
these names, would have been nice if they could have let me know before I did the league draws, but that’s life. So
folks next week please if you can be at the venue for just a wee bit longer than usual it would certainly help, thanks Jim
19th April, Premier League at
the Murrayfield Sports bar in Auld Reekie, saw all our players from the local area turning in winning performances, Graeme
Bird with a 7-2 win and three fast legs done in 2x17 & 18 darts and a nice 123 game shot, Kieran Bird also firing in a
cracking performance with two wins on the night a brace of 7-0 wins and 4x18 darters and 4x 20 dart games
plus a maximum 180 as well, Rab Dick 7-2 victory and a 19 dart game, Scott Baillie 7-0 victory and legs finished in 18-19-20-20
darts and a rock solid 76 game shot, Jim Mitchell 7-1 win with two legs under 20 darts 13 & 18 dart games. William Borland winning with games finished
in 15-16-18-20 darts and 85 & 88 game shots in a 7-0 win.
17th April, Back to local league
business and in the Premier league results went like this, Volunteer Highway Men 6-3 Doo Club Flyers, Commercial Nomads 4-5
Almondale Pirates, Cawburn Assassins 5-4 Loganlea Colliers, Central bar Rebels 4-5 Stirrup Stane Wanderers.
Championship league results, Tower bar Knights
6-3 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, Grand Central Railroaders 5-4 Commercial Inn Juniors, Doo Club Fanciers 2-7 Kirknewton Innkeepers,
Stirrup Stane Indians 6-3 Cawburn Highlanders,
Special Mentions reported so far go to, Stuart Russell from the Loganlea
Colliers with 19 & 20 dart games and a tidy 98 game shot, Denise Bird from the Ladies of the Doo Club Fanciers 97 take
out, Rab Dick 19 darter for the Innkeepers of Kirknewton, Commercial Nomads had John Brett 15 darter and team mate Davie Aitken
20 dart game, Tower bar Knights saw Gary Cheshire with a 90 game shot and Joe Devlin 94 game shot but superseding both his
team mates was Brian Tosh McIntyre with a 100 take out and a 18 darter, Mitchell for the Highway Men 92 game shot. Stirrup
Stane Indian a very tall Indian was also on the war path last night with a brace of 18 darters and two cracking finishes to
both games with 74 & 76 take outs. Derek Yule for the Commercial Juniors nice rock solid 77 game shot. Grant Lyle 90 game
shot for the Rail Roaders. Father and son then teamed up for a 20 dart pairs match. Wanderers from Craigshill players on target
with Mick Burk firing in a
Kieran Bird also with a 16 dart game, Arran Edwards 17 darter plus a maximum 180 as did Gordon Bruce who also filled up the
red lipstick with a 180. Central bar Rebels had Martin Balfour with a 20 darter, Scott Baker 20 dart game as well, Ryan Little
& Shaun Hanlon teaming up and firing in a tasty 17 dart doubles leg. Christopher Mitchell maximum 180 for the Highlanders and
Liam Corbett 20 darter for the Craigshill Indians..
Saturday 15th April, Posse of local darting
talent rode into the Murrayfield Sports bar for a Charity singles event with money being raised for C.H.A.S. The competition
saw eight sections with players having to play all of their opponents in there league and the top two from each league would
then progress to the last 16, Format was quick best of 3x501, but it saw all five of our Monday night players
progress through to the final league table, Arran Edwards & Rab Dick going out in the last 16, Martin Deegan & Jim
Mitchell making the quarter finals before retiring from the event, Graeme Bird made it through to the Grand Final before losing
out to Alan White in a very close encounter. Stats for the local players goes like this Arran Edwards 13 darter, Jim Mitchell
8 games in 20 darts or less, 17-3x18-2x19-2x20 plus a couple of checkouts being 76-77-96 along with a maximum 180, Graeme
Bird 5 games in 20 darts or under with 2x17-3x18 and a magnificent 158 game shot and a more modest 80 game shot, Rab Dick
a maximum 180, Martin Deegan with 17 & 18 darters, Craig Jack 20 darter with 78 game shot. Well run tournament and raising
money for a great cause well done the committee on the day another very well run tournament.
|Mick Burke from the Over 50's League
|Fastest recorded game on the night 14 darter.
13th April The start, yes back by popular demand
the over & Under 50’s road show got back to toeing the ocky again, and with new faces joining the ones from before
there were some cracking laughs and superb arrows thrown at the flock boards on the night, here are some of the stats from
the evenings play from both the Over 50’ league and the Under 50’s league.
Checkouts and it was the younger brigade that were showing us the way, With the top five ton plus finishes
coming from , William Borland from East Calder with a cracking 122 game shot, Local Craigshill man Arran Edwards with a 118
& 100 take outs, From Kirknewton Jay Millar from the notorious Millar clan with a 113 game shot, Lewis Lyle 103 take out
along with an 83 game shot, Rab Dick 100 take out, Paul (the Ranger) Weir 94 game shot, Wullie Jack rock solid 86 take out,
Grand Central Railroader Wullie Wilson 80 game shot. Maximum scores remembering they are from 171-180 all count as maximums!
Paul McCaig, Jim Mitchell, Rab Dick, all firing in 1x180 each however Shaun Clow the man with the Beard to be Feared went
a little bit better rattling in 3x180’s on the night,
games and these must be 20 darts or less to get on the score board for a dart average of 25 per dart or better! Gordon (The)
Bruce with 6 games finished in 17-17-18-18-19-20 superb arrows, William Borland five sub 20 darters firing in 17-17-18-18-20
darts, Shaun Clow also with five cracking games recorded 16-19-19-19-20 darters, Lewis Lyle taking over where his dad left
off with games finished in 18-18-19 darts, Arran Edwards with 16-17 darters, Big Wullie Jack games finished in 19-20 darts,
The defending champions from both leagues last time out both hitting two top games Scott Baillie with 19-20 dart games and
Jim Mitchell with 17-19 darters, Rab Dick 16 dart game, Paul McCaig & Willie Harraughty both with 20 darters, But fastest
recorded game of the nights action went to one of Armadale’s top arrow smiths Mick Burke with a cracking 14 darter followed
by an 20 dart game top shooting from an awful lot of players, lets see if it can better I believe without a doubt it will!
Watch this space.
Results Over 50’s, Christine
McIntosh 0-4 Gordon Bruce, Gillian Mitchell 1-3 Martin Deegan, Ian Stevenson 1-3 William Harraughty, Jim Mitchell 3-1 Wullie
Wilson, Wullie Wilson 2-2 Mary Clark, Ian Stevenson 1-3 Micky Burke, William Harraughty 1-3 Jim Mitchell, Mary Clark 0-4 Gordon
Bruce, Gordon Bruce 3-1 Micky Burke, Mary Clark 3-1 Gillian Mitchell.
Under 50’s, A Edwards 4-0 R Jack, S Bryson 0-4 S Clow, C Jack 1-3 S Morrans, P Weir 4-0 J Millar, C Mitchell 0-4 K Bird,
G Christie 0-4 W Jack, A Chaffe 0-4 S Baillie, A Millar 0-4 W Borland, R Dick 3-1 L
Lyle, W Millar 3-1 P McCaig, S Clow 4-0 R Jack, S Morrans 1-3 R Brady, J Millar 2-2 S Bryson, K Bird 2-2 P Weir, W Jack 4-0
A Sclater, S Baillie 4-0 C Mitchell, L Lyle 3-1 A Chaffe, P McCaig 4-0 A Millar, W Millar 0-4 R Dick, A Edwards 2-2 S Clow,
R Jack 3-1 J Millar, S Bryson 1-3 K bird, C Jack 1-3 W Jack, P Weir 2-2 S Baillie, A Sclater 0-4 W Borland, C Mitchell 1-3
L Lyle, A Chaffe 1-3 W Millar, G Christie 1-3 P McCaig, A Millar 0-4 R Dick, A Edwards 3-1 K Bird, C Mitchell 3-1 C Jack,
A Chaffe 0-4 R Brady, P McCaig 1-3 S Morrans.
12th April Premier, league report from
the Murrayfield Sports Bar. All six of our local players were in action last night and here are the stats from matches played.
Kirknewton’s top arrow smith getting in on the action with a superb 160 game shot and a cracking 13 darter to add to
his tally of fast games this year, Kieran Bird from East Calder a brace of maximum 180’s plus a tidy 88 game shot and
18&19 dart games, Scott Baillie from Armadale on target with a maximum 180 and three rock solid finishes off 83 &
92 & 97, and games finished in 18-19-20-20-20- darts, William Borland tree maximum 180’s and games finished in quick
time via 15-16-3x17-18-19-20 darts, Graeme Bird also with 3x180’s and five sub 20 darters via 15-17-17-18-18 darters
along with 80 & 94 game shots, Old Man Mitchell tagging along with 18-19-19 darters and a cheeky wee 86 game shot.
Monday 10th April W.C.D.D.L.
Premier League Results, Stirrup Stane Wanderer’s6-3
Cawburn Assassins, Doo club Flyers 5-4 Central bar Rebels, Almondale Pirates 4-5 Volunteer Highway Men, Brucefield Farmers
4-5 Commercial Nomads.
Championship League Results, Deans Golden Oldies
4-5 Brucefield Crofters, Commercial Juniors 4-5 Tower bar Knights, Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Grand Central Railroaders, Cawburn
Highlanders 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers.
SPECIAL MENTIONS, Maximum hitters this week saw, Arran
Edwards 1x180, Chris Fawcett 1x180, George Thorburn 1x180, Rex Brady 1x180, Stevie Scott 1x180, Shaun Clow 1x180. Top Finishes were hit by, Scott
Baillie 90 g.s.Gordon Bruce 80 g.s.Mick Burke 93 g.s. Colin Hamilton 98 g.s.John Tannock 98 g.s. Scott Cameron 88 g.s. Fast games saw, Gordon Bruce
18 darter, Davie Nisbet firing in 2x15 dart games, But fastest recorded game this week goes to Brucefield Farmer player Chris
Fawcett with a cracking 13 dart game. But the nearly man once again but it has to happen he has been so close so many times
this season so far Aldo of the Doo Club Flyers 121 score the maximum 180 must just be round the corner!
Wee snippet from the sun! Sunshine report from Sunny Spain saw Kathy Henderson and Jim Mitchell
playing in the Benidorm Open darts competition, Kathy receiving an envelope with 45 euros for quarter finals of the Ladies
pairs, and much the same for Mitchell quarter finals of the men’s pairs with Wullie Laird from Ayrshire and a quarter
final place in the 701 singles, 70 euros for his efforts, But nice to see some darting colleagues from West Lothian also in
attendance Mary and Johnny Walker from Greenrigg, Irene and Shug from Armadale and the Whyte family from Breich, Karen and
Amy forgotten Karen’s mans name! Oops! Met some really nice people and fingers crossed will bump into them at an other
comp some where down the line!
Monday 3rd April W.C.D.D.L.
Premier league results, Almondale Pirates
4-5 Central bar Rebels, Doo Club Flyers 1-8 Cawburn Assassin’s, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 8-1 Loganlea Colliers, Brucefield
Farmers 3-6 Volunteer Highway Men,
Championship league results, Stirrup Stane Indians 9-0 Doo Club Fanciers, Cawburn Highlanders 7-2 Grand Central Railroaders, Commercial
Juniors 3-6 Brucefield Crofters, and Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Tower bar knights.
Special mentions from this weeks league action are, Maximum
180 hitters saw Bunny Forrest and Jamie Banks jnr rattling the treble twenty bed for 180’s scores for the Farmers
of Brucefield, Gary Christie of the Indians from Craigshill maximum 180, Gordon Bruce from the Stirrup Stane Wanderers along
with team mates Arran Edwards and Kieran Bird all on the maximum trail however Mick Burke went one better firing in a brace
of the magical maximum 180’s excellent shooting from these Wanderers, Loganlea captain Alan Wilson maximum 180 recorded,
Tower bar Knights player Gary Cheshire on target with a maximum 180 as well. Fast finishes this week came by way of
Jimmy Johnson 84 g.s. Rab Anderson 88 g.s. Mick Burke 90 g.s. K irk Gordon 76 g.s. S andy Coulter 78 g.s. only four players
breaking the ton finish this week and they were Martin Balfour with a 100 g.s for the Rebels of West Calder, Rab Dick 102
g.s for the Innkeepers of Kirknewton and Gordon Bruce of the Wanderers with a 103 g.s but top finish this week saw John Kirk
with a cracking 130 game shot. Fast games finished in 20 darts or less were fired in by, Gordon Bruce 15 darter, Graeme
Smith from the Rebels 18 darter, Martin Blainey 18 darter for the Innkeepers, couple of 20 darters and it was Christopher
Mitchell & Saun Hanlon from Highlanders and Rebels respectively who did the deed. Couple doubles games to mention Gary
Christie & Bob Wallace cracking 17 darter, Gary Cheshire & Paul Duff 18 darter, John Kirk & Christopher Mitchell
|Spencer McDonald (Secretary) Jim Mitchell Champion
|Jim Graham r/up, Danny Kirkland chairman
Friday 31ST March, Saw the Blue ribbon
events take place in the Bathgate Friday nights league season, The venue was Coppies bar in Armadale and quite probably one
of the finest line up of players seen within the county in many a year were there to try and annex the League Singles Title,
The first title on the night saw the Ladies final between last years champion Gillian Mitchell and Denise Bird, this time
though there was no stopping Denise and she came away a worthy winner by 4 games to 0, Congratulations to Denise, Ladies Bathgate
Singles champion 2017, commiserations to Gillian runner up Bathgate Ladies singles 2017.
Well after three hours of intense match play on three boards the men’s tournament was heating up the
last 16 players left toeing the ocky were a who’s who of darting talent from the West Lothian area, Results are as follows
Last16, Scott Baillie bt J Kennedy, Jim Graham bt Frank McDonald, A McDonald bt D Nelson, W Harraughty bt R Dick, D Allen
bt R Nelson, A Gardiner bt G McMillan, J Mitchell bt J Johnson, G Bird bt K Cochrane, So to the quarter
final match up’s, J Graham bt S Baillie, A McDonald bt W Harraughty, D Allan bt A Gardiner, J Mitchell bt G Bird, and
now there were four left to try and claim the title, First semi final saw Jim Graham bt Alan McDonald, the second semi final
saw Last years champion Davie Allan up against Jim Mitchell and it was the latter who progressed to the final. So here it
was the last two players left standing both these players having won the title before and the question would it be the power
scoring of Jim (Pelter) Graham who batters the treble twenty with the force of a blacksmith striking his anvil, or would the
rock steady play of Jim (Old Man) Mitchell see him take the day, Well it was Jim Mitchell who took the plaudits on the day
beating Jim Graham by 4 games to 0. Both these players have great respect for each other as over the past thirty and more
years they have battered each other up and down the ockies of the county venues this time it was Old Man Mitchell who came
out ahead, but without a doubt these two champions will face each other again at some competition and next time it could well
be the other way round. Now some statistics from the night’s play it saw Jim Mitchell recording 4x171 scores on the
treble nineteen’s along with game shots of 80-114-115-126, and games finished in 14 darts twice, along with 15 and a
brace of 18 darters. Jim Graham firing in 3x180’s along with 2x14 darters and game shots of 116 and a superb 132 via
bull-bull-double 16, Top finish of the night went to Callum Wilkinson with a cracking 156 take out 60-60-36, Scott Baillie
firing in 7 game finished in 20 darts or less with 16-17-18-19-19-20-20 darters plus a maximum 180, William Borland maximum
180 and 17 and 18 dart games, Rab Dick 100 game shot plus a maximum 180, Alan McDonald maximum 180 and a 15 darter plus a
05 game shot, Alan Gardiner a cracking 111 game shot, Davie Allan maximum 180, Ian Campbell also with a 180 maximum, Spencer
McDonald 75 game shot.
Once again many thanks to the committee
Danny Kirkland, Spencer McDonald and Big ‘G’ and of course our sponsors COPPIES bar from Armadale.
Bathgate Friday League Men's Singles Champion 2017 Jim (Old Man) Mitchell,
runner up Jim(Pelter) Graham.
Bathgate Friday League Ladies
Singles Champion 2017 Denise Bird, runner up Gillian Mitchell.
Wednesday 29th March, Premier League Action was once again on
the agenda, unfortunately two of our players were down with illness, Rab Dick with the deadly Man Flu, and Graeme Bird visiting
the hospital for his injury which he received back at Christmas time, But there was action on the boards from four players,
Scott Baillie firing in five sub 20 dart games in his match ups with games finished in 17-17-18-20-20 darts plus 3 x 180’s
he won his first match with a fine 7-4 score line before losing 2-7, Kieran Bird also on the maximum trail with 1x180, and
16-17-18 dart games to add to his fast games league table and he also won one match before losing his second match of the
night, William Borland 15-16-17 darters plus a cracking 174 set up and a maximum 180 along with a 90 game shot on his way
to winning 7-1, Jim Mitchell winning 7-1 and recording 112 game shot and games finished in 17-18-19 darts.
|Assassin's from the Cawburn Sports Bar
Monday 27th March, W.C.&.D.D.L. The Monday night Three person team event
was held in the venue of the league sponsor’s, the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston, This event is a sudden type of
competition with three games only , one game of 1001 all three play, then one game of 701 doubles, and should the score be
tied at 1-1, then a singles match would decide the outcome, after two hours of play on the six boards in use we came down
to the final eight teams left standing, match results going like this, Commercial Inn Juniors bt Commercial Nomads, Cawburn
Assassins ‘A’ bt Kirknewton Innkeepers, Cawburn Assassins ‘B’ bt Brucefield Farmers, Central bar Rebels
bt Cawburn Assassin’s ‘C’. So to the semi finals and it saw a clean sweep for the Cawburn Assassin’s
as both their teams got past two very good teams in the Commercial Inn Juniors and the Central bar Rebels, the winning team
from the Cawburn were, Graeme Bird and the Borland brothers of Graham and William, who edged out the team of Callum Wilkinson,
William Harraughty and Paul Weir. Once again many thanks to the hospitality from the Cawburn sports bar, also to Connie Bamburry
Match secretary and Colin Robertson who stepped in to help out as John MacDonald League secretary was unavailable to attend
due to illness.
Sunday 26th March, The Ellwyn Lounge
was the venue in Grangemouth on Sunday for an Open Doubles competition, this event was in a slightly different format with
each match being the best of 5 x 701, and the winners were Davie Kerwin & Jim Russell jnr from Grangemouth who edged out
Paul Weir from East Calder and Rab Dick from Kirknewton in the Grand Final.
| Alan Gardiner & Jim Graham
|Bathgate League Doubles Champions 2017
Friday 24th March, Bathgate league
action saw the League Doubles title on the line and there were some superb pairings in this event from all the teams in the
league, all the matches up to the final were the best of 5x501 and you would have had to be a brave man to try and pick a
winner from the quarter final line up, However when it came down to the last eight doubles partnerships left standing it saw,
M Burke & C Maxwell bt W Wilson & C Sangster, J Graham & A Gardiner bt W Harraughty & R Dick, W Borland &
K Bird bt P Lafferty & J Smith, C Wilkinson & P Weir bt S Duncan & J MacMillan, and to the
semi final line up one of the strongest line ups seen for a long time, J Graham & A Gardiner bt C Maxwell & M Burke,
W Borland & K Bird bt C Wilkinson & P Weir. And then we had two pairings left standing and the format now the best
of 7x501, From Lammies bar in Fauldhouse Jim Graham & Alan Gardiner and facing them across the ocky was William Borland
& Kieran Bird representing the Bentswood Inn from Stoneyburn, and the final could not have been closer 1-1 then 2-2 and
3-3 followed so after three hours of competitive game play we had a one leg shoot out to see who would claim the title of
Bathgate League 501 Doubles Champions, and it went to the pairing of Jim Graham and Alan Gardiner when Alan checked out on
double ten with his last dart with William and Kieran sitting on a double, fantastic match up so congratulations go to Jim
Graham & Alan Gardiner 2017 Bathgate league Doubles Champions, and also playing their part in a superb final congratulations
to the runners up Kieran Bird & William Borland, Once again many thanks to the staff of Coppies bar in Armadale for sponsoring
this event and to the committee of Danny Kirkland, Spencer McDonald and Big G for running this event. Couple of maximums hit
on the night with Jim Graham and William Wilson firing in maximum 180’s but special mention to Paul Weir recording 2x180’s,
Scott Baillie with a 110 game shot and Willie Wilson 86 game shot, I know there would have been more but in the cauldron of
match play they were not reported, so if you know of more statistics please drop me a line and they will be added, cheers.
Wednesday 22nd March, Edinburgh Darts Premier League got started with over 80 players
taking part in 8 leagues, And the local posse from West Lothian were involved, it saw five of the six players from West Lothian
winning with only one loss reported, However Scott Baillie from Armadale only went down by the odd leg in this the best of
13x501 match Scott losing 6-7 he recorded finishes of 75-76-78 game shots and rattled in four sub 20 dart legs with 17-17-18-19
dart games. Kieran Bird winning 7-2 Graeme Bird and on his way to reaching the magic number 7 it saw him fire in two maximum
180’s along with a 114 & 76 game shots fastest game a 17 darter, Jim Mitchell winning 7-0 fastest games being 15
& 16 darters, William Borland with a fighting 7-4 win in which he recorded 18-19-20 dart games and a maximum 180, Rab
Dick from Kirknewton also winning by a score line of 7 games to 2 Rab’s top finish a rock solid 90 game shot.
Premier League results.
bar Rebels 5-4 Brucefield Farmers, Cawburn Assassin’s 6-3 Almondale Pirates, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers,
Commercial Inn Nomads 7-2 Loganlea Colliers.
Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 2-7
Commercial Inn Juniors, Brucefield Crofters 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Grand Central Railroaders 4-5 Stirrup Stane Indians,
Tower bar Knights 4-5 Cawburn Highlanders.
Special mention this week are, Four players firing in maximum 180’s John Brogan for the Loganlea
Jack maximum 180 for the Crofters of Bellsquarry, William Borland for the Assassin’s, Sandy Coulter for the Highlanders,
Fast games coming from, Scott Baillie 18 darter, John Brogan
18 darter, A Micky 17 darter, W Borland 16 & 17 dart games, William Harraughty 15 dart game. Rab Dick from the Innkeepers with a brace
of 20 darters, Rab Jack with an 18 darter
Classy finishing this week recorded by, Jim Quinn with a 120 game shot, William Harraughty 84 game shot, Matt Purdie
85 game shot, Shaun Robertson 80 game shot, Davie Aitken 78 game shot,
I Simmons getting in on the action on the check out league with a 76 game shot. Top doubles match this week S Duncan
& M Brady for the Pirates of the Almondale with an 18 darter, M Balfour & G Smith from the Central bar Rebels with
20 dart doubles game as did D Aitken & J Grant for the Nomads.
Monday 20th March, This Weeks special match report.
Assassin’s v Almondale Pirates
W Borland 2-1 J Tannock, Borland with 16&17
darters plus a maximum 180, G Bird 2-1 M Brady, P Weir 2-0 S Cameron, I Stevenson 0-2 S Duncan, W Harraughty 2-0 S Bryson,
Harraughty with 15 darter plus an 84 take out, C Wilkinson 2-1 D Carmichael, so 5-1 to the Assassin’s after the singles,
Doubles matches saw, Borland & Bird 0-2 Tannock & Carmichael, Harraughty & Jack 1-2 Duncan & Brady Duncan
and Brady 20 darter, Weir & Stevenson 2-0 Cameron & Bryson. Final result 6-3 to the Cawburn Assassin’s.
P.D.C. Development comp 7 & 8, Sunday 19th
Jamie Banks and Arran Edwards losing out in round one to Jack Faragher and
Curtis Turner respectively 4-2.
William has now gone one better
than yesterday where he reached the last 32, to-day he is now into the last 16, results so far are, William Borland bye, William Borland 4-2 Aiden Cope, William Borland 4-2 Peter Fisher, William Borland 4-2 Scott Dale,
William Borland 1-4 Adam Hunt
Saturday 18th March, The P.D.C. Development tour was held
in Wigan and it saw three of our local Monday night players in action, Jamie Banks winning his first match 4-3 before losing
to Nathan Lafferty 4-0 in the second round, and it saw Arran Edwards also losing out in round two as he went down 4-3 to Patrikc van den Boogard
William Borland 4-0 Kieran Heard, following them out at the
second round it saw William Borland also leaving in the second round losing to Ryan Meikle 4-1.
Onto competition two on the day and it saw, William Borland receiving a bye then in the second round it saw
William winning 4-0 against Christopher Snyder’s, William Borland then beat Scott Dale 4-2, before losing out in the
last 32 to Brian Raman 4-3.
Jamie going out
to John Brown 4-1 in round one, Arran Edwards received a bye in round one then went on to beat Conner Scutts 4-1 before
bowing out to Jake Jones 4-3.
of the first two competitions were, Kenny Neyens 5-4 Adam Hunt in the first competition, Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-2 Adam
Hunt in the second competition.
results from Sundays two tournaments to follow!
Saturday news update 18th March, Crown bar in Bo’Ness held its
annual Open competition and with no fewer than six players in the mix who have all graced the ocky in televised events this
was a superb field of arrow smiths who entered, The grand final saw Alan Chuck Norris beating Gary Stone 6-1 to claim the
title. West Lothian’s only entry Mitchell fell at the first hurdle going down 6-4 to Michael Jones, good enough game
107 game shot and three legs under 18 darts but not enough in this type of field!
& District darts league season is coming to a close yes there are still three competitions to go, Men’s & Ladies
singles along with Delegates competitions to be played, However the league Pennant is now safely in the hands of the defending
champions from last season the Bentswood Inn from Stoneyburn, However there has to be a play-of for second place as the Lammies
bar (2) from Fauldhouse and the Cross Tavern from Whitburn will have to face each other on the 14th April at a
neutral venue, Results from Fridays league matches went like this, Bentswood Inn 8-1 corrie bar, Lammies (1) 0-9 Lammies (2)
Cross Tavern 5-4 Coppies bar. Some scores of note from the
Bentswood v Corrie game saw , Callum Wilkinson 15 & 19 dart games along with 117 game shot, Jim Mitchell 81 & 99 check
outs plus a maximum 180, William Harraughty cracking shanghai on the twenties for a 120 game shot, Graeme Bird 19 darter,
Willie Wilson from the Corrie bar also in on the action with a 20 darter plus a 81 game shot. But shot of the night was a
simple double 8 from Callum Wilkinson which delivered the league title for the second consecutive season.
Wednesday 15th March, William Borland wins 501 Double start
competitions in Edinburgh beating Andrew Davidson in the final. Results from the night’s action are as follows, EDA Edinburgh Grand
Prix singles 2017 results!
M.Crowe 5-2 L.Caithness
W.Borland 5-3 J.Mitchell
J.Gibson 5-1 K.Bird
M.Bain 5-2 C.Kingstree
S.Ironside 5-1 A.Isbister
A.Davidson 5-0 L.Coult
G.Bird 5-2 L.McDaid
C.Smith 2-5 M.Crowe
W.Borland 5-0 J.Gibson
M.Bain 2-5 S.Ironside
M.Crowe 0-5 W.Borland
S.Ironside 0-5 A.Davidson
W.Borland 6-2 A Davidson
to William Borland who won the second ever EDA singles Grand Prix against Andy Davidson in the final! William only dropped
5 legs the entire tournament including the group phase.
Congrats to Scott Muir who beat Ian Butler 5-2 in the final of the flyer this evening. Also a special thanks
to the folk that volunteered marked games this evening, it was greatly appreciated!
Monday 13th March, After a two week absence
the West Calder & District got back to league business, Results from the Premier league saw Almondale
Pirates 2-7 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Commercial Inn Nomads 6-3 Volunteer Highway Men, Loganlea Colliers 8-1 Doo Club Flyers,
Brucefield Farmers 4-5 Cawburn Assassin’s. In the Championship league the results were as follows, Doo
Club Fanciers 2-7 Grand Central Railroaders, Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, Cawburn Highlanders 8-1 Brucefield
Crofters, Stirrup Stane Indians 2-7 Tower bar Knights.
So with the Highlanders winning in the Championship league and their nearest rivals
at the moment the Stirrup Stane Indians losing they have opened up a 4 point gap at the top of the leader board and are now
6 points ahead of the third place Kirknewton Innkeepers. The Premier league saw the league leaders the Volunteer Highway Men
lose their second game of the season and with players sidelined through injury it looks like it may get even worse for them
as the season progresses, The Stirrup Stane Wanderers and the Cawburn Assassins are both now only 4 points behind and both
teams have a game in hand, So the fight is now on to see who can stay the course! Special mentions this week go to , John
Brett of the Nomads with 2x18 dart games a maximum 180 and a tidy 84 game shot, Also on target for the Nomads was Davie Aitken
with 14 and 16 dart games plus a maximum 180, Martin Deegan for the Highway Men firing in a 19 darter Mitchell 20 dart game,
Davie Nisbet with a 100 game shot, Brucefield Crofters player Brian Hart 20 dart game, Almonvale Pirates players Scott Bryson
and Scott Cameron with 100 and 81 finishes respectively, Mick Burk of the Wanderers from the Stirrup Stane on target with
a maximum 180.
Other mention in dispatches are, Paul
Weir with a maximum 180, and our very own WIL I AM otherwise known as William Harraughty with 14 and 16 darters nice shooting
always good to know once you pass 50 you can still keep it up! Also father and son duo from the Grand Central,
with Grant Lyle finishing on 75 and Lewis Lyle on 96 rock solid finishing power from these Railroaders.
|Davie Aitken, Invitational Champion 2017
|Rab & Raymond tournament organisers.
Saturday 11th March, Kirknewton Inn held
an Invitational open singles event and with over 50 of the finest players from across the county of West Lothian in attendance
it saw Davie Aitken from Polbeth who plays for the Commercial Inn Nomads take the title in superb fashion over William Borland
of the Cawburn Assassins, by a score line of 6 games to 2. Not only did Davie take the title he claimed the prizes for most
maximum’s scored on the day the fastest leg and the highest recorded finish of 145, superb arrows from this gentleman
of the ocky.
Friday 10th March, Bathgate league results
as follows, Bentswood Inn 8-1 Masonic, Old Wine 8-1 Cross Tavern, Coppies bar 9-0 Lammies (1) Corrie bar 3-6 Lammies (2)
Wednesday 8th March, This was the last
of a three week qualifying competition held in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Gorgi Edinburgh, and it saw some excellent games
from the travelling posse of Local dart players. With eight leagues and each player having to play everyone else in their
league the top two players from their respective leagues would then make the grand final next week. Kieran Bird winning league
(7) Graeme Bird winning league (8) William Borland winning league (3) and Jim Mitchell as runner up in league (6) so we have
four players in the last 16 should be some cracking ties and hopefully one of them will come away with the title, However
with some of the finest players from the Lothian’s and Borders in the mix, this will be tough competition to win.
Monday 6th March, West Calder &
District Match-play doubles competition saw a excellent turnout who came to try and annex the title, The quarter finals onwards
saw M Deegan & R Brady bt R Dick & W Millar, G Bird & W Borland bt J Galloway & J Devlin, G Borland &
W Harraughty bt J Fleming & J Brett, A Edwards & G Bruce bt S Morrans & T Laird. Semi Finals G Bird & W Borland
bt R Brady & M Deegan, A Edwards & G Bruce bt G Borland & W Harraughty, Final saw G Bird & W Borland bt A
Edwards & G Bruce. Champions G Bird & W Borland Runners up A Edwards & G Bruce.
|Paul (The Ranger) Weir
|Fastest recorded game 11 superb arrows, 5-3-2017
Sunday 5th March, Venue was the Players
Lounge in Falkirk, and once again a cracking posse of West Lothian players made the journey over the county border to try
and annex the title, Quarter final results, Andrew Alexander beat Paul Weir
Jim Mitchell beat Graeme Bird
Rab Dick beat Nikki Adamson
William Borland beat Alex Lister
beat Andrew Alexander
William Borland beat Rab Dick
William Borland beat Jim Mitchell
as it so happens once again it saw William Borland and Jim Mitchell take to the ocky in the grand final, few missed darts
early on sealed Mitchell’s fate and William Borland came out a 5-3 winner, this was his fifth winners purse of the year
for William Borland, while Mitchell has claimed one winners purse and has had to settle for four runners up purses so far
this year. On the day some tremendous arrows from the West Lothian players fastest game recorded saw Paul Weir with a fabulous
11 darter Paul also fired in 3 x180s and a 92 game shot on the day, Graeme Bird on target with a 177 score and a 105 game
shot plus 3x17 darters and a 18 dart game, Rab Dick 17 darter , Jim Mitchell game shots of 164 via 57-57-bulls eye, 154 via
57-57-40, and a more modest 90 game shot Mitchell also firing in a brace of 180’s and a tidy 177 score, games finished
in 12-14-15-15-17-17-18-18 darts, William Borland 4x180’s along with games finished in 15-18-19 darts and check outs
of 92-100-115-122. Five local players from the Monday night league in the last eight cracking effort from the guy’s,
see you at the next one.
3rd March, Bathgate Friday night league saw the league champions from last season the Bentswood Inn, and who sit top
of the league with two games to go in the league fixtures tasted their first defeat for almost two seasons, So though they
need only one win to secure the league pennant for the second time, they were brought down to earth by the team from Lammies
bar in Fauldhouse, this match saw the first four games very even and at 2-2 it was anyone’s game, However Lammies then
took full advantage of their home venue and went into a commanding 4-2 lead after the singles, But you don’t get to
be top of the Bathgate league without having a strong desire to win, and back came the Bentswood players taking the first
and second of the three doubles matches to even the match so 4-4 and into the final game of the night, and it saw Jim Graham
& Spencer McDonald take the plaudits for the home team with a final 5-4 result, this now brings three teams into contention
for second place as the Cross Tavern from Whitburn, Lammies bar from Fauldhouse and Coppies bar in Armadale can all secure
the second place position should results go there way, Some terrific scores from the nights play saw, Maximum 180’s
recorded by David Allan, Alan Gardiner, and Spencer McDonald, top finishes came by way of Paul Weir 115 game shot, Jim Mitchell
& Alan Gardiner both with 80 game shots, Rab Dick 78 game shot, fastest recorded game saw Paul Weir and Dave Allan with
a 15 darters recorded, Jim Graham, Rab Dick Dougie Hogg all firing in 18 dart games, So with only two league matches remaining
there is still plenty to play for in the Friday night league.
Results are Lammies bar (2) 5-4 Bentswood Inn, Corrie bar 1-8 Cross Tavern, Old Wine 0-9 Lammies bar (1),
Coppies bar 9-0 Masonic.
Well done to Mandy Millar
who I believe fired in her first maximum 180 to-day while playing with Willie Millar and Rab Dick. At the Kirknewton Inn.
Mr Edwin Grieve R.I.P. Funeral on Wednesday
at 1pm, Livingston Crematorium.
of the Ocky
Ladies & Gentlemen, Have just heard some bad news Mr Eddie Grieve who up until last season played
for the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill, Eddie is in hospital with the dreaded ‘c’, Now for those that know Eddie
this little story about the man wont be anything new to them, A few will remember that my wife of 31 years (Mhairi)
passed away a while ago, and one night at a darts exhibition the committee members, Fin Drummond and John Kirk sold raffle
tickets and at the end of the exhibition night Fin came up to me and handed me the proceeds of the raffles and said it was
for myself and that I could do with it as I wished, Well I stated the money raised would go to the Mobility centre in Carmon
dean, This is where Eddie comes into the story, Eddie says to me how much did they raise Jim! I answered £200 Eddie
then put another two hundred pounds into my hand and said here Jim do with it as you wish, Any way that kind gesture let us
the darts people of this area gift the £400 to the Mobility centre, Fin and Myself took the money raised and it was
in the Courier for those that may remember, But once again the generosity of this man Eddie Grieve can not be denied,
On behalf of all who know you in the league we wish you all the very best , and our thoughts are with you. Jim Mitchell
|Exhibition Night at the Cawburn Sports Bar.
Monday 27th February, Well the annual West
Calder and District darts exhibition rolled into the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston on Monday night for the fifteenth consecutive
season and we had two old favourites back in action on the ocky, Gary Robson for the fifth time and Alan Norris for the third
time, And what a great evenings entertainment we were given by two of the finest exhibition players on the circuit, from the
P.D.C. Alan (Chuck) Norris and from the B.D.O. Gary (Robbo) Robson held us all enthralled as they strutted
their darting skills on the ocky, Double Double finishes were common from Chuck Norris, and I suppose you could say one up
man ship from Gary Robson as he played and scored on one board but finished matches by checking out on the board next to the
one he was playing on! Superb exhibition from both players and the crowd a mixture of league players , families and friends
had a great experience, Now these events could not take place without the help of a lot of people, so I would like to thank
our two M.C. on the night Mr Chris Forsyth & Mr Colin Hamilton, also from Winmau darts we had the Scottish representative
in attendance Mr Ted McMillan who sponsored a brand new blade 5 dartboard and also supplying a projector screen for use in
the scoring on the night, And then Ted also sponsored a brand new dart shirt signed by both professionals for a raffle prize
(many thanks) also to Billy Weir who did the computer scoring all night long, And of course our sponsor Malky from the Cawburn
Sports bar and his staff who made all very welcome on the night.
Gillian Mitchell and Connie Bamburry for selling raffles and the football card, And the two prizes on the
night the signed dartboard went to Mrs Donna Crook, and the autographed darts shirt going to Mrs Gillian Mitchell. Folks many
thanks for a great night atmosphere was superb, Jim Mitchell Chairman W.C.&.D.D.L.
|Bob Hall Memorial Champion 2017
| Saturday 25th February, The second annual Bob Hall Memorial competition
was held in the Royal British Legion in Bathgate who sponsored this event, And a terrific amount of players from the local
area and as far a field as Berwick turned up to compete in this competition. After three hours play it saw the last 32 players
left toeing the ocky, Alan McDonald 3-2 Jim Kennedy, Ashley Pendrech 3-2 Stevie Duncan, Alan Gardener 3-1 Wullie Wilson, David
Allan 3-2 Murray Smart, Callum Wilkinson 3-0 Stuart Whyte, Scott Baillie 3-1 George Thorburn, Jim Mitchell 3-1 Ryan Markham,
Ricky McDonald 3-0Rex Brady, Billy Meikle 3-1 David Nelson, Cameron Menzies 3-0 Jamie MacMillan, Willie
Harraughty 3-1 William Borland, Craig Young 3-0 Shaun Robertson, Arron Edwards 3-0 Jimmy MacMillan, Frank McDonald 3-2 Greg
Hogarth, Graeme Bird 3-2 Micky Rice, Gordon Bruce 3-0 Andy Thomson snr.
Last 16 saw Alan McDonald 3-0 Ashley Pendrich, David Allan 3-2 Alan Gardener, Scott
Baillie 3-1 Callum Wilkinson, Jim Mitchell 3-1 Ricky McDonald, Cameron Menzies 3-0 Billy Meikle, Willie Harraughty 3-0 Craig
Young, Frank McDonald 3-2 Arron Edwards, Gordon Bruce 3-1 Graeme Bird.
Quarter finals, Allan McDonald 3-2 David Allan, Jim Mitchell 3-0 Scott Baillie,
Cameron Menzies 3-1 Willie Harraughty, Gordon Bruce 3-2 Frank McDonald.
Semi finals, Jim Mitchell 3-0 Allan McDonald, Cameron Menzies 3-0 Gordon Bruce.
Grand Final. And it saw the man
who was crowned Scottish Open Singles Champion also add the Bob Hall Memorial competition to his C.V. as he defeated local
man Jim Mitchell 3-0 in the final. Once again a very well run competition with Liz McLean taking care of the running order
and the draw and posting the results on social media, Also a big thank you to Minwau darts representative Ted McMillan for
sponsoring the brand new board 5 and for his help in providing a large projector screen so that the audience at the back of
the hall could keep up to date with all the scores from the quarter finals onwards being screened live! But once again a cracking
venue and of course let us not forget the organiser Brian Speirs who played darts with Bob Hall for many a season, and to
Big Billy who took charge of the score calling through out the finals. Top scores recorded from the days action saw, Scott
Baillie, Graeme Bird, William Harraughty, Frank McDonald all record 1 x180, Jim Mitchell 3x180s, However top maximum hitter
was the champion Cameron Menzies with 6x180’s recorded on the day, Top Finishing saw Jim Mitchell 116-112-94 game shots,
Callum Wilkinson 116 game shot, Arran Edwards 96 game shot, Ricky McDonald 104 take out, Fast games that were recorded saw
Graeme Bird 17 darter, Scott Baillie 2X15 plus 18 and 19 dart games, Callum Wilkinson 19 darter, Gordon
Bruce 18-19-20 dart games, Arron Edwards 18-19-21 darters, Jim Mitchell 16-17-18 darters, Cameron Menzies far to many to mention
lets just say and this is the truth as all scores and darts averages from the quarter finals were on the big screen his dart
average for his last three matches was a very stead 30+ average his last 9 legs of darts were finished in 17 darts or less!
You’re Bob Hall Memorial Champion for 2017 CAMEREON MENZIES Scottish and British Open singles champion.
Friday 24th February, Bathgate
league held their annual D Ross four person team competition, this event has teams of four players playing 1x501 in the singles
then two games of 1x701 in the doubles, should the score be tied at 3-3 then a sudden death leg of 1001 would decide the outcome,
In the first semi final it saw Coppies bar edge out the Cross Tavern in tremendous tussle be the odd leg in seven 4-3 the
final score, the second semi final saw Bentswood Inn A+B play off against each other, and it was the defending champions of
William Borland, Jim Mitchell, Graeme Bird and William Harraughty who would face off against Rab Nelson, Micky Rice, Mick
Burke and Colin Maxwell in the grand final, It saw the Coppies team take a 2-0 lead in the race to 4, however the defending
champions were not to be denied and after the singles it saw the score tied at 2-2 and with both doubles matches going the
way of the Bentswood Inn it saw them under the leadership of team captain William Harraughty take the title for a second year.
Once again many thanks to the Coppies bar in Armadale for hosting this event and to Danny Kirkland who marked the final.
Wednesday 22nd February, Premier league in
Edinburgh had some tough match ups for our local players involved remembering this is a double start league!, Jim Mitchell
pulled himself back into contention with 3 wins from 3 with 5-0-5-1-5-1 win’s firing in games finished in 14-15-15-17
darts finishes of 160-100-88-85, plus a maximum 180, Rab Dick winning his first match 5-0 before double trouble set in and
two 2-5 losses came his way 90 game shot best of the night for this player who has been on top form lately! Graeme Bird from
East Calder firing in 6 sub 20 dart games with 2x17-2x18-2x19 dart legs plus an 80 game shot, matches won 5-2-5-3-5-0, Kieran
Bird also turning in a good performance with two 5-0 win’s plus a brace of maximum 180’s and
a tidy 20 darter, Scott Baillie from Armadale got himself onto the winners list with 2 victories from 3 matches with 5-0-5-0
and a solitary loss 1-5 couple of rock solid finishes with 76 & 80 game shots. William Borland 3 excellent wins on the
night all with 5-0 score lines see’s him top of his league and with some excellent games finishing with 17-2x18, 19-20
dart games a maximum 180 and finishes of 81-84-86.
Monday 20th February, W.C.&.D.D.L. Results from the Championship league saw the, Stirrup Stane Indians 7-2 Brucefield Crofters, Commercial
Inn Juniors 5-4 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Tower bar Knights 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers, Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 1-8 Cawburn Highlanders,
Premier league results, Doo Club Flyers
3-6 Almondale Pirates, Volunteer Highway Men 7-2 Loganlea Colliers, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 6-3 Brucefield Crofters.
Special Mentions this week go to , Rab Craig 2 x180 for the Brucefield Crofters, Gordon Bruce firing in 2x180’s
for the Wanderers of Craigshill, Davie Nisbet 1 x 180 for the Highway Men, John Charleston from the Farmers of Brucefield
1x180, Top finishes saw Craig Forrest 113 game shot, Ryan Jack nice 88 take out B Hart 76 game shot. Couple other mentions
go to John Charleston only fast game I have heard about so far sure more to follow 17 darter, J Tannock from the Pirates and
Stephan Hume both just missing out on maximum 180’s having to settle for 140 scores.
Just in few more top scores from the nights play,
Jim Mitchell for the Highway Men 20 darter, Martin the Dechmont hobbit hits a 20 darter and a 15 dart game along with maximum
180, looks like this bad weather is giving him time to practice! Also with a 15 dart game Rex Brady, Stuart Russell for the
Loganlea Colliers on target with a maximum 180 and a cracking 14 dart game fastest of the evenings play.
|Skippy Charleston & Micky Rice
|After a few beers at the Scottish Open
|Colin Hamilton & Micky Rice,
|James Anderson Mitchell & John Charleston
Saturday & Sunday 18-19th
February, This was the Scottish Open which is held in the Normandy hotel in Glasgow, with over 1200 men & ladies
from as far a field as Iceland-Mainland Europe and the united Kingdom and Ireland taking to the ocky on the Saturday to try
and make the last 32 for the grand finals on the Sunday it saw some superb performances from local players in the West Calder
Monday league, Fastest set saw John Charleston from the Brucefield Farmers turn in 13-15-15 dart games for a superb 104 per
throw average this included a maximum 180 along with a cracking 139 game shot, However in John ‘s next match double
trouble turned up and he went down 2-3, Colin Hamilton from the Commercial Nomads never really got started and his opponent
never missed a check pout and 0-3 the result of this match up. And so to Jim Mitchell who managed to win through to the finals
with 3-1,3-0,3-2, 3-2, 4-3, wins and claim his place in Sundays grand final, In his last 32 match up it saw him up against
former Scottish captain and current international Ross Montgomery ranked 11th in the World darts Federation rankings,
Mitchell went 2-0 up before Montgomery fought back to 2-2 then Mitchell missed no opportunity when it came round and took
the match 4 games to 2, However the task now saw Mitchell up against World ranked number 8 Wesley Harms, and once again a
see saw battle on the ocky with the longest match a 18 darter, Mitchell went 0-1 down came back to 3-1 up but back came Harms
and 3-3 it was sudden death Wesley had the advantage of throwing first but Mitchell left 40 after 12 darts tragedy which all
dart players will know of two on the top wire one just below and 20 was left, Wesley Harms with 80 left took it out for the
longest game of the match a 18 darter. And so another dream over until next year. However some superb news Cameron Menzies
from Ayrshire took the Scottish Open Men’s singles t. Ladies doubles champions saw Aileen de Graff & Sharon Prins
take the title over Lisa & Danielle Ashton, Men’s Doubles title went to Ryan Joyce & Kevin McDine who held of
Tom Gregory & Gary Thomson in the final 3-2, Ladies singles title went to Fallon Sherrock who edged out Deta Hedman 5-4
in a cracker. Men’s title went to home crowd favourite Cameroon Menzies who beat Daniel Day from England 6-2.
Top shots reported from local players this week end saw Colin
Hamilton 82 check out, John Charleston 139 game shot along with 13 plus a brace of 15 darters and a maximum 180, Jim Mitchell
3x180’s plus a 177 score and 14 games finished in 19 darts or less , alas though three darts at double tops was the
one throw which will be remembered once the chalk dust settles!!
Saturday 18th February, The Cawburn Sports
bar held its annual N.T.S.O. tournament which is run by Kirk Gordon, and it saw a superb competition which had players from
the central belt and over the water players from Fife attend, The final saw Local player Davie Aitken from Polbeth defeating
Fife star Kevin Feeley in the final, semi finalist were Colin Feeley and Scott McLeod.
Sunday 19th February, where
another two tournaments would be held, First up on Sunday saw Arran Edwards losing out 2-4, William Borland went on to win
his first round match 4-0, Jamie then went out 1-4, and in the last 128 it saw William Borland then lost out 3-4 in this round,
And so to the last competition of the week end and the results went like this, Arran Edwards receiving a bye, William Borland
also got a bye, Jamie losing out 0-4, Next game saw Arran Edwards losing 1-4, William Borland won 4-2, William then lost out
in the last 64 2-4, But he did receive some prize money for reaching this stage, Players from Europe, United Kingdom and Northern
Ireland attended these events and the standard is quite amazing to say the very least, so well done to our local players and
roll on the next development tour, Players who won the events played were, Luke Humphries who won Development tour One on
the Saturday and also Development tour 4 on the Sunday outstanding play, Dimitri Van den Bergh won Development tour 2, and
Development tour 3 went to Ryan Meikle.
Saturday 18th February, Saturday saw the P.D.C.
Development tour taking place in Wigan, this event is held over two days and has four tournaments to play in, West Calder’s
Jamie Banks collected a fine 4-1 win in his first match, Arran Edwards from Livingston winning 4-3 in his first round match,
William Borland from East Calder receiving a bye in the first round, their second round matches in the last 128 saw mixed
results as Jamie Banks lost out 1-4, Arran Edwards then lost out in a 7 leg thriller by the tightest of score lines 3-4, William
Borland then won 4-3 and it was into the last 64 for him as he carried the West Lothian banner, However that was his final
round as he then went out 2-4. And so onto the second competition of the day, William Borland then lost out 0-4, Jamie Banks
was his turn to receive a bye, Arran Edwards also lost out 0-4, so Jamie Banks was left carrying the West Lothian banner this
time, unfortunately it saw Jamie losing 1-4 in the next round.
Friday 17th February, Bathgate Friday night
league results, Coppies bar 8-1 Corrie bar, Cross Tavern 5-4 Lammies (2), Bentswood Inn 6-3 Old Wine, Special
notes from the nights play saw Jim Graham from the Lammies team in Fauldhouse fire in 2x180,s Paul Drake from the Cross Tavern
1x180, Paul Weir recording a maximum 180 for the Bentswood Inn, top finish from the nights play saw Wullie Jack with a tremendous
149 game shot, 60-57-32, Graeme Bird 130 game shot via 60-20-bulls eye, Fast games saw Paul Weir with a 16 darter, Graeme
Bird 2x20 dart games, Rab Dick 20 dart game and Jim Mitchell 19 darter.
Wednesday 15th February, Well start of the
Edinburgh Darts Association, dart league which is played in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh and for the next few weeks
and with over 80 registered players this singles league looks like it will have some tough battles on the ocky ahead
for the local West Lothian players, and the format is 8x501 and a wee twist to it being a double start, and so the West
Lothian contingent went to try and strut their stuff as you do! With mixed results, Rab Dick winning 5-3 & 5-2, Graeme
Borland with 5-0, 5-0 win’s, and Graeme Bird won both his matches 5-2 and 5-0, Kieran Bird 5-1 win
and a 4-4 draw, Jim Mitchell losing 3-5 and then with a 5-0 win, Scott Baillie losing 3-5 and 2-5, However Scott managed a
brace of maximum 180’s on the night, Other games of note came via Graeme Bird 2x17 darters followed by 2x19 dart games
plus a tidy 80 game shot, William Borland 13-18-19 dart games, Jim Mitchell 1x180 and four games finished in 18 darts or less
with 16-17-18-18 darters, and it did see some excellent shooting skills on the checking in remembering this is a double start
competition, Scott Baillie 160 check in as did William Borland who did it twice!
13TH February, W.C. &.D.D.L.
a mile stone finally passed as the Brucefield Crofters collected their first points of the season, with a fine 6-3 victory
over the Doo Club Fanciers in the Championship league, Cawburn Highlanders 7-2 Commercial Inn Juniors which keeps the Highlanders
firmly at the top of the Championship league table, Grand Central Railroaders 5-4 Tower bar Knights, Stirrup Stane Indians
6-3 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies.
Premier league action
saw the Commercial Inn Nomads suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of the travelling Cawburn Assassin’s 0-9 the score
line, Almondale Pirates take the points in this match up 7-2 winners over the Loganlea Colliers, Brucefield Farmers continue
to collect points after a slow start to the season with a fine 8-1 win over Doo Club Flyers. The Premier league had a match
which was almost like the game of monopoly, Volunteer Highway Men hosted the travelling Central bar Rebels from West Calder
and what a match up, to say this was anyone’s game was an understatement, and I do believe the Highway Men used their
get out of jail card on this one! Scores on the door went like this, S Scott 1-2 S Hanlon, J Mitchell 2-0 S Baker, D Nisbet
2-1 R Little, P Hastings 0-2 G Smith, R Brady 2-0 M Buik, M Deegan 1-2 M Balfour, Doubles went down the wire, Mitchell &
Hastings 2-0 Baker & Buik, Scott & Nisbet 0-2 Hanlon & Little, Deegan & Brady 2-0 Smith & Balfour. Final
score 5-4 for the home team.
Shots of note from the nights play saw
some absolutely top marksmanship from an awful lot of players, Finishing power on the night was absolutely superb here are
what I have been told, Craig Jack for the Brucefield Crofters fabulous 153 game shot, Old Man Mitchell for the Highway Men
150 game shot, Almondale Pirate M Brady 142 take out, Graham Borland for the Assassin’s 129 game shot, Also for the
Assassin’s Paul Weir with a 127kill shot, M Brady also on target with a 90 take out for the Pirates of Craigshill, Sean
Hanlon from the Rebellious ones in West Calder and John Brogan of the Colliers in Loganlea both with 88 take outs finishing
on the bulls eye via 20-18-bull, Ryan Jack 87 game shot, William Harraughty 86 game shot. Maximum hitters on the night saw
M Brady from the Pirates, Jim Mitchell and Davie Nisbet for the Highway Men, Ian Simmons for the Crofters,
J Mackie from the Colliers and Paul Weir from the Assassin’s all finding the red lipstick with 180 scores, Fast games
came quick and fast Mitchell 16 darter, Martin Balfour 16 & 20 dart games, Paul Weir 17 darter,
John Kirk 17 darter, Sandy
Coulter 18 darts, William Borland 18 & 20 Ryan Little 19 darter, darters, William Harraughty 18 dart game. R Barraclough from the Doo Club Flyers rock solid 75 game shot,
Craig Forrest 84 check out and Bunny Forrest maximum 180. Any more out there drop me a line and the scores will be added.
Sunday 12th February, Auld Toll bar in
Grangemouth, Fine body of darting enthusiasts attended this very well run tournament, with former Scottish News of the World
Champion and a former Scottish Masters Champion in the mix there were some excellent
match ups, However when all done and dusted it was John Connal who got the better of Jim Mitchell in the grand final, score
4 games to 3, This competition if the organisers don’t mind me saying is great value for money, They paid out £100
to the winner, £50 for R/up, and 2x £ 25 for S/f, on the day and only charge £3 entry, you cant buy a pint
for that price in most public houses these days! Well done Mr W Lindsay for running this comp, look forward to next one, and
to all the players who took time out to talk to me, it must have been hard as my travelling companion Micky Rice of Whitburn
notoriety hardly ever shuts up! Great company. Any way couple of wee notes Mitchell 141 & 107 &
84 & 81 check outs, brace of maximum 180’s, and a few games under 20 darts best being a 12 darter via 100-180-140-81
11th February, Saturday
County Results, Scottish Inter-counties road train rolled into the Loganlea Social club home venue for the West Lothian county
team, Unfortunately the travelling county team from Clackmannanshire proved just to strong on the day the Ladies ‘B’
team losing out 1-3, Men’s ‘B’ however fought out a very competitive 3-3 draw in their match, Ladies ‘A’
lost 1-5, and the Men’s ‘A’ losing 2-10, Player of the match awards went to Davie Aitken
for the men’s A, Kirsty McKaw for the Ladies ‘A’, Men’s ‘B’ team man
of the match award went to Frank Brown, and Finally Ladies ‘B’ award going to Mary Walker. Only Maximum 180 recorded
went to Livingston’s Stephan Colthart.
10th February, Bathgate Friday night
Masonic 0-9 Bentswood
Inn, Lammies (2) 7-2 Corrie bar, Old Wine 2-7 Cross Tavern, Coppies 7-2 Lammies (1) couple special mentions reported so far,
Spencer McDonald & Dougie Hogg both rattling in 16 darters, Mitchell 17 darter, Willie Jack 17 dart game , Ross Burnside
and Callum Wilkinson both finishing in 19 darts, Alan McDonald and Jim Mitchell both on the maximum 180 trail, highest check
out reported so far J Mackie with a cracking 100 game shot.
8-2-2017 Wednesday Premier league in Edinburgh saw William Borland continue his good
run of form winning the open singles with a 5-3 victory over Stuart Ironside in the final, Jim Mitchell lost out in the semi
finals, Graeme Bird, Kieran Bird and Scott Baillie making the last 16 and Rab Dick falling in the last 32, Top
shots came by way off William Borland firing in 3x180’s along with games finished in 13-16-16-17-18-19-20-20 darts,
finishes of 108-120-133 also along the way, Mitchell with 3x180’s games finished in 15-16-16-16-19-19-19 darts, and
game shots of 104-116, Kieran Bird 3x180’s and quick games 17-17-20-20 arrows, Graeme Bird brace of 19 darters, Scott
Baillie 76 game shot and a 19 dart game, Rab Dick 19 darter.
Monday 6th February,
Here are last night’s results in the Premier league it saw, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 6-3 Commercial
Inn Nomads, Cawburn Assassin’s 5-4 Volunteer Highway Men, Almondale Pirates 5-4 Brucefield Farmers, Central bar
Rebels 4-5 Loganlea Colliers.
Championship league saw the Deans B.C.
Golden Oldies 6-3 Doo Club Fanciers, Brucefield Crofters 2-7 Grand Central Railroaders, Commercial Inn Juniors 4-5 Stirrup
Stane Indians, Kirknewton Innkeepers 3-6 Cawburn Highlanders.
the Premier league it has seen the last remaining team that was undefeated lose their winning streak, and the Assassin’s
and the Wanderers have now closed the gap to just 4 points behind the Highway Men, so looks like hard run in for these three
teams who have managed to pull away from the chasing pack. The Championship league has seen the Highlanders from the Cawburn
bar keep their place at the top of the division with a 6-3 win over the Kirknewton Inn keepers, and with the Indians under
the leader ship of Fred Hamilton from the Stirrup Stane they now join the Innkeepers in joint second place and with a game
Other mentions from the nights play saw only two maximum’s
on the treble twenty bed but Graham Borland with a superb 171 score which is also classed a maximum in the league tables,
Matt Purdie from the Golden Oldies from the Deans Bowling club who recorded one of them, and Paul Weir of the Assassins who
claimed the other 180 scores, Quick games this week were recorded by Paul Weir with the fastest of this weeks play a rock
solid 15 dart game, M Brady of the Almondale Pirates also with a quick 16 dart game, Graeme Bird 2 x 17 dart legs, John Kirk
from the Highlanders with a 19 darter as were Bunny Forest and Calvin Fleming from the Brucefield Farmers, Paul McCaig from
the Railroaders firing in a 18 darter, Graham Borland on target with an 18 dart game, Mitchell of the Highway Men 17 &
18 darters recorded. Top finishes saw Graham Borland cracking shanghai on the twenties for a 120 take out, Martin Deegan 114
take out, Rab Craig from the Brucefield Crofters with a 97 game shot as was S Webster from the Railroaders also a 97 take
out, Paul Weir nice 84 take out, Davie Black 103 game shot and Michael Meek of the Commercial Juniors with an 80 finish, Willie
Millar from the Innkeepers 80 game shot, John Charleston 80 check out for the Farmers, Scott Cameron from the Pirates of Craigshill
76 check out, Stephan Colthart from the Crofters 75 game shot. Couple of other mentions saw Craig Jack and Stuart Russel firing
in 21 dart games. Fastest pairs game reported Rex Brady & Martin Deegan 15 darter.
Sunday 5-2-2017 (News Flash) William Bridges
Borland wins Brightons Inn Memorial singles.
|Bathgate League 5 Person team champions
|The Bentswood Inn (A- & B+)
Friday 3-2-2017 The Bathgate league
players were in action, at the home of the leagues sponsors Coppies bar in Armadale, this was the leagues five person team
event, the format was five single matches with each match being a best of 3x501 affair, first team to get three chalks progressed
to the next round. When the chalk dust had settled it saw the four semi final teams in action and on board one it saw the
Bentswood Inn (A-) up against the Cross Tavern from Whitburn, this match up saw some superb arrows from
both teams and it went down the wire, with the score standing at 2-2 it saw the final match up between William Harraughty
and Ross Burnside take to the ocky, Ross Burnside from the Cross Tavern took the first leg and with a finishing double in
sight it looked like the match could be going to the Tavern team, However a superb 161 game shot from Harraughty via 60-51-bulls
eye saw the match level at 1-1 and in a very tense last leg shoot out it saw the Bentswood Inn player take
his team through to the final with not quite same tremendous check as his 161, but a more important double 2, so in a very
close match it saw Bentswood Inn (A-) 5-4 Cross Tavern. On board three it saw another tense affair with
the Bentswood Inn (B+) up against Coppies bar, and once again the match could not have been more close 2-2 and with the last
two players at the ocky it saw Kieran Bird secure the win for the Bentswood with a thrilling 2-1 win over seasoned campaigner
Jimmy McMillan and truth be told Jimmy had chances but it was Kieran Bird who took his when the chance came around! So Bentswood
Inn (B+) 5-4 Coppies bar the final result. So here we had it after some terrific battles on the ocky the two teams facing
each other were the Bentswood Inn, Needless to say the title went to the Bentswood Inn with 3-0 victory in the final, So congratulations
to both teams, Bentswood Inn (A-) Gillian Mitchell, William Borland, Jim Mitchell, Graeme
Bird, William Harraughty. Bentswood Inn (B +) Denise Bird, Rab Dick, Callum Wilkinson, Paul Weir, Kieran
Bird. Once again a well run tournament under the supervision of league chairman Danny Kirkland. Some facts from the nights
play saw a fantastic 11 darter in the very first match of the night from Lammies player (Pelter) Jim Graham with a marvellous
11 darter via 81-180-180-60 game shot, other top scores from the night saw Jim Mitchell with a 12 dart game via 140-180-100-81
out on the bulls eye, along with 2x14 darters and a 16 and an 18 dart games also 3 x180’s finishes of 122 & 81,
William Borland 1x180 and a 98 game shot and 16 & 20 dart legs, Rab Dick 81 game shot finishing on the bulls eye, Graeme
Bird with 2x16 darters, Wullie Jack 90 game shot via 60-30 plus a 20 darter, Paul Weir 14 darter and a maximum 180, But highest
finish of the night and when you consider the pressure he was under must go to William Harraughty with his superb 161 take
|Champions 2016 & 2017
|Jamie Fleming & Davie Aitken (Commercial Nomads)
Monday 30-1-2017 Monday night saw the
West Calder and District hold their annual league pairs competition and with a fabulous entry of 48 pairs the event had some
absolute tremendous matches happening on all six match boards, when the quarter final line up was decided these are the results
from there on, D Aitken & J Fleming 3-2 C Wilkinson & P Weir, Aldo & Ross 3-2 S Morton & S Hume, W Harraughty
& G Borland 3-1 S Duncan & M Brady, W Borland & G bird 3-1 J Brett & J Quinn, And to the semi finals which
saw, D Aitken & J Fleming 3-2 Aldo & Ross, W Harraughty & G Borland 3-2 W Borland & G Bird, and after three
hours of intense play on the flock boards we had the defending champions D Aitken & J Fleming taking on W Harraughty &
G Borland in a best of 7 x501 grand final. And in a tense affair which saw Harraughty and Borland take a 3-1 lead it saw missed
doubles for the match and the defending champions punished them and in a great fight back it saw the West Calder & District
darts league Doubles championship stay with the defending champions Davie Aitken and Jamie Fleming from the Commercial Inn
from West Calder retain the title by 4 games to 3, commiserations to the runners up William Harraughty and Graham Borland
from the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston.
Next year it could see history if the champions match the league record of three years on the belt! Two other partnerships
have held the title for two consecutive years but only one for three years.
Now some top scores from the nights play which were recorded saw maximum’s recorded by Jim Mitchell,
Graham Borland, Callum Wilkinson, Graeme Bird each recording 1 x180 a piece, William Borland going one better with 2 x 180
recorded, But top 180 hitter on the night was William Harraughty with 3 x 180’s to add to his tally on the record books,
Top finishes saw Jim Quinn from Harthill firing in 88 & 92 game shots, Stevie Duncan rock solid 96 game shot, Gerry Hughes
from the Grand Central Railroaders 99 take out, Mitchell 84 game shot, Scott Cameron of the Almondale Pirates 85 game shot,
Jamie Fleming from the Commercial Nomads 81 game shot, William Harraughty 80 take out, Graeme Bird 100 game shot, Callum Wilkinson
with a 116 finish top check out of the night recorded. Top games came thick and fast here are the top ones recorded, Harraughty
& Borland with 2x13 and another 5 games finished in under 20 darts, Next fastest recorded match saw Ian Stevenson &
Wullie Jack firing in a cracking 14 darter, Duncan & Brady rock solid 17 dart game, Fleming & Ducket 17 darter. So
once again a cracking turn out for this league competition, many thanks to Connie Bamburry (Match secretary) John McDonald
(League secretary) for once again getting the competition running smoothly, also to our sponsor the Cawburn Sports bar and
of course lets not forget the bar staff who kept the amber nectar flowing through out the nights play, T.Y.
Saturday 28-1-2017 Open singles tournament held in the Murray
bar Polbeth saw Davie Aitken from Polbeth claim the title with a 5-2 win over Callum Wilkinson from Whitburn.
Saturday 28-1-2017 The annual pilgrimage to the Moffat open
doubles competition was held in the Proudfoot club in Moffat this competition is capped at 96 pairs and after that you are
put onto a waiting list to see if you can enter, their was a notable amount of local players from both the West Calder Monday
and Bathgate Friday night leagues who made the trip South to play in this tournament, Frank & Alan
McDonald, Andy Fallon snr & Andy Fallon jnr, Jim Mitchell & Graeme Bird, Wullie Wilson & David Wallace, David
Lamond & Darrin Grey, William & Chris Audley, Dougie Hogg & Derek Campbell, After five hours of match play darts
which saw the games being played over the best of 5x501, the grand final saw Graeme Bird & Mitchell losing
out by the odd leg in 7 going down 4-3 to the pairing of Kris Jaimeson and Michael Sheehan from
Glasgow. Champions K Jamieson & M Sheehan, r/up G Bird & J Mitchell.
Friday 27-1-2017 Bathgate Friday night league results, Bentswood Inn 9-0 Lammies
bar (1) Masonic 2-7 Cross Tavern, Corrie bar 5-4 Old Wine Store, Lammies bar (2) 8-1 Coppies bar.
Non illigitamus carborundum
For Information only.
Gentlemen or should I just say readers of this web site, many of you will be aware that last August I was charged with assault
on a player from this area, In the time up until now there have been people who have gone around and spread rumours that I
actually punched this player in this so called assault, This did not happen, My own lawyer advised me that there was no assault,
and the Procurator Fiscal Services are not going ahead with the charge of assault, However I reiterate at no time did I ever
punch anyone, Now I believe that the player who made this charge against myself was put up to it by his peer’s, obviously
this is my own opinion only. Last Monday night speaking to an old comrade-friend and a former team captain of mine a man who
I have held in respect since the 1970’s when I first met him, I mentioned that things were starting to get on top of
me, with these accusations, His reply was, (Jim in this country you are innocent until proven guilty, don’t let them
get you down, don’t give in)And ladies and gentlemen I wont be giving in, as there are now no charges
being brought out against myself. I look forward to toeing the ocky once again with the knowledge that I won’t be appearing
in court, But to the people who went around telling anyone who would listen that I punched this player, SHAME ON YOU,
And for those who believed that story, well I always thought better of you!
Signed Jim Mitchell
And the burning question at the moment of readers of this web
Who is VESUVEOUS,
seems he or she is causing a bit of discussion, the one thing I can say it is not me!
W.C.&.D.D.L. 301 Singles championship
Once again the very
best players of the Monday night league turned out to try and annex the 301 Double start Double finish title to their resume,
69 players toed the ocky and with the format a cut throat best of 3 x 301 their were some very exciting matches taking place
on all six dart boards in use, No fewer than four former champions in the mix, well one by one they all fell so it was guaranteed
a new name would be added to the roll of honour this season and when it came to the quarter finals which then saw the competition
become the best of 5 x 301 the results go like this, Stevie Duncan 3-1 Jim Quinn, Scott Cameron 3-1 John Galloway, Rex Brady
3-2 Martin Deegan, William Borland 3-1 Callum Wilkinson, and so to the semi finals and the results went like this, William
Borland 3-1 Rex Brady, Stevie Duncan 3-2 Scott Cameron, And the grand finale saw the match then become 7 x 301 to see who
would take the title home. And it saw William Borland and Stevie Duncan share the opening legs however Borland who has been
in terrific form of late went into over drive and finished the next three legs with game shots off 112-118-and a more modest
86 game shot and it saw William Borland take the title of the 301 Singles championship home, Stevie Duncan a former league
Champion of Champion had to settle for runners up this time round, But it shows that in darts age is no barrier our two finalists
were from both ends of the age spectrum William 20 years of age, Stevie well lets just say he has a bus pass! And leave it
at that. Once again a very well run competition by the league secretaries and of course our thanks to the league sponsors
the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston. Some top scores recorded on the night saw Scott Baillie from Armadale with a cracking
126 game shot, William Borland 118-112-86 game shots, Callum Wilkinson 90 & 81 take outs, Jamie Fleming from the Nomads
of West Calder with 75 game shot as did John Galloway with a 75 finish via 25-bulls eye, Only one maximum 180 recorded and
not surprising as in 301 if you check in big you don’t get many chances at the maximum score! William Harraughty with
a 180 and Rab Dick from the Inn on the hill the Kirknewton Innkeepers cracking 177 score.
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. Lammies bar’A’
(Fauldhouse) 2 -7 Cross Tavern, Old Wine (Shott’s) 2 -7 Lammies bar ‘B’ (Fauldhouse) Masonic
0-9 Corrie bar (Armadale)
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 5-4
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 Highway Men 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, Paul Weir also with a maximum 180 for the Cawburn Assassin’s, Kirknewton Innkeeper
player William Millar also on the maximum trail,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, William Borland with a 102 game shot for the
Assassin’s and Scott Baker with a 92 take out for the Rebels of West Calder, 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.
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
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!
notes from the night’s action on the boards go like this!
From the Doo Club Flyers it saw Stevie Morton 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.
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!