Last comp of 2018, and it saw the Towerlands dart team well
some off them anyway make their way to Morcambe for an open tournament, Sadly to say the men being Ronnie, Neil, Jim and Willie
did not make that much of an impact, HOWEVER hats of the Margaret Fergusson who made it to the final of the ladies tournament,
unfortunately double trouble in the grand final cost her dear, but Margaret on the way to the final fired in some tremendous
arrows best of which was a cracking 13 darter scored like this, 85-96-140-140-40 super arrows from this top Greater Glasgow
county A player.
Sad news for the players of the West Calder & District darts league, as news has filtered through of the passing of a
young man who played for the Murray bar in Polbeth Calvin Fleming, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this moment
22nd Dec, And the venue the Sky bar in Rutherglen for another top
quality competition run by Katie Monaghan and her partner in crime on the day Mr Antony Dundas (No-Nonsense
posted missing in action) Some superb match ups on the ocky and with the format from the start best of
7x501 there were some terrific tussles on the ocky from the 60 players who entered, The quarter finalist who lost out at that
stage received £30 each and they were, Ian McCaskill, Jim Mitchell, Mark Wilkie, Dougie Lowe, the semi finalist receiving
£80 a piece were Davie Kerwin and Lee Logan, having to settle for the runners up place was Evander Stevenson but £200
should help get over it! And the man who fired in more doubles than anyone else Mr Andy Boulton who received £400, once
again many thanks to the sponsor Mr Alex McDowell and of course the hard working bar staff Mark and Paul.
Bathgate Friday night league saw the Glenmavis B.C. Host the in the doubles which saw the partnership of Rab Dick & Marc
Campbell just edging out John Mackie & Scott Baillie in a thriller by the tightest of margins 4-3 to Rab and Marc.
17th Dec, Dreghorn & District Monday night darts results,
Alton (A) 4-6 Towerlands A, Chris Kilpatrick
112 game shot for the home team and players finishing in fast games were B Stevely, C Kilpatrick, B Wallace who registered
20 darters for the Alton team, for the travelling Towerlands it saw Mitchell with 18 & 20 dart games and a 102 game shot.
Towerlands (B) 10-0 Irvine Water Sports Club, Fast games recorded
by S Hogg and C Carver with 18 & 19 darters.
Crown Inn 4-6 Irvine Parks B.C. Dave Millar with the fastest recorded game in this match up a tidy 17 darter.
Sports bar 7-3 Alton (B)
Three Craws 3-7 R&A Sports bar, John McLaughlin the
man in form from this match up with a rock solid 17 darter and a maximum 180.
17th Dec, And it was that time of the year again when the West Calder & District darts league hold their
annual Christmas Charity Singles, and it looks like the festive spirit was in full swing as they let William Borland who was
barred from the league last season for playing in two Monday night leagues back into the league, Well done always nice for
charity to happen at this time of year, William who has been on a great run of form recently defeated Arran Edwards in the
Grand Final and he has donated his winnings of £126 to a great cause (Alzheimer’s Charity) well done,
arrows thrown on the night and leading these with notes of merit is William Borland who fired in 5x180’s, along with
4 legs finished in under 20 darts fastest being a 14 dart game ,also finishing well with 112 & 80 game shots, don’t
think Arran put down his special mentions only one we have is a solid 15 darter,
Players rattling the red lipstick recording maximum 180’s were,
Big Daddy Frank Begley, Colin Hamilton, Sandy Coulter, Craig Forrest, and John Crossley with a brace of maximum 180’s,
Fast Games saw Capt Kirk Gordon excellent 16 darter, Gordon
Bruce 17 darter, John Sandison 18 darter, Rex Brady 19 dart game, The Quiet Man Mr Brian Mairs rock solid 20 dart game.
16th Dec, Darren Beveridge defeats William Borland in final of Ballroom
Open, This competition is run and organised by none other than Mr George Podge Carruthers, (hope Janet is recovering
and you are looking after her!) John Miln’s from Craigshill was in the mix and on the day he fired in 4 x180’s
and a brace of 13 darters, score from the final I believe was 6-3 to Darren.
15th Dec, Hamilton was the place to be as Katie
& John were running yet another top darts comp, and what a field assembled with semi professionals,
International and county players all making the trip to try and annex the title, However once the calk
dust had settled the player crowned champion was Gary Stone and just losing out in the final none other than Peg Brown, both
these players deserving to be in the final , quite simply put this was one tough field of players well done to Katie and John
for running this tournament, see you next week!!! Well not you No-Nonsense! And of course congratulations to both Gary &
Peg for making the Grand Final of the Club 147 in Hamilton.
14th Dec, New Cumnock Darts League update for
the Blind Doubles competition which was held in the Brewery bar in Catrine, 24 doubles were picked from the hat, and here
are special mentions from these double teams, Champions Ronnie Sharp (n.c.b.c.) & Richard Dalzell (w.m.c) R/up Jim Mitchell
(n.c.b.c.) & Greg Cook (brewery bar) Semi/Final pairings off Kriss Kimmett (Glenmuir) & Jocky Bell (Cumnock Jnrs)
and Rab Marshall (w.m.c.) Sammy Tonner (Cumnock Jnrs).
Fast games saw Rab Marshall (w.m.c.) &
Sammy Tonner (Cumnock Jnrs) 15 dart’s, as were Linsay Wylie (Mauchline) & John Dalzell 15 darts, but without a doubt
top pairing was the champions Ronnie and Richard who fired in 13 and trio of 15 dart games,
Maximum scorers saw, Jim Mitchell, Rab
Marshall, finding the red lipstick,
Big finishers had, Linsay Wylie firing out a cracking 116 game shot, Richard Dalzell 119 & 106 game shots.
Three Craws Open darts competition in Irvine saw 26 players take to the ocky to try and claim the title and once the chalk
dust had settled it saw the last four players left standing in the semi final stages and they were Kevin McInrue
who defeated Tony Crancher 3-1 in the first semi final
& Graham Ferguson who beat William Laird 3-1 in the second semi final,
Graham Fergusson went on to claim the title edging out Kevin in the final match of the night. Also a big well done to
Pacey Cummings who beat Douglas King in the youth final.
14th Dec, Bathgate results just in from the Friday
night league, and it saw the Cross Taverner’s from Whitburn under the leadership of BIG ‘G’ take the high
flying Glenmavis Bowlers on in a titanic tussle and inflict the first defeat of the season on the Bowlers, score line 6-3
to the Cross Tavern, some stats from the match saw, Andy Thomson 16 darts, Scott Baillie 18&20 dart games, Michael Brady
firing in a maximum 180, and top doubles game going to Scott & Paul McCaig with a 19 darter.
Coppies B 3-6 Lammies bar, Alan McDonald on target with a
maximum 180, Stuart Boyd rock solid 94 game shot, and in the doubles it saw John Miln’s and Alan McDonald firing two
cracking legs finished in 17 & 14 deadly arrows.
14th Dec, News from the Crown Inn B'oNess which had their finals night
on Wednesday saw William Borland defeat Scott McLeod in the grand final, On the night it saw superb action on the ockies and
here are some of the stats from those games William Borland 6x180's plus a brace of 177 scores, plus 14 games finished
in 18 darts or less with 9 of them in 16 or under super marksmanship, couple of decent finishes with 126 & 2x116 game
shots, Andy Thomson who fell at the semi final stage rattling in 4x180's 1x177 and 10 sub 18 darters fastest being 14
deadly arrows, Andy also finishing on 2x110 and 86 take out, Scott Baillie 1 x180, in the Plate tournament that is for players
who just missed out on the main competition it saw West Calder's Jamie Banks Jnr taking it in style with a brace of maximums
and also a brace of 13 darters along with a rock solid finish of 95, Once again the young guns of West Lothian turning on
the style in yet another top run tournament, Congratulations to both William and Scott McLeod on making the grand final.
12th Dec, Late update from Monday nights matches
in the West Calder and District league, John Miln’s from the Wanderers of Craigshill 76 game shot, Gordon Bruce tidy
20 dart game, and top finish a 112 from the new county chairman of West Lothian Gary Christie, I am sure we all wish him all
the very best in his efforts to put the county of West Lothian back on the inter county map, Ian Baker of the Steamers firing
in a brace of maximum 180s Ian the brother of the reigning Monday night league Champion of Champions must run in the family
these top scores! Joe Stewart from the Letham Bowlers maximum 180 along with a 20 darter, Brian Tosh McIntyre nice solid 18
dart game also for the Bowlers.
12th Dec, WEST LOTHIAN & DISTRICT COUNTY DARTS.... A new committee was formed last night at the AGM to take the
county forward. This is where the hard work rebuilding the reputation and a new team begins! Congratulations to everyone who
was voted onto the committee. Gary Christie Chairman, William Wilson vice chairman, Mary Clark General secretary,
Joanne Gallagher minute secretary, John Somerville Treasurer, Carol-anne Speirs Youth Officer, John Sandison committee delegate, Ian Baker committee delegate. I thank everyone who took the time to come along to the meeting last
Lets now back the committee in the West Lothian area please? They have a hard job ahead and need the support
of everyone who would like to play county darts for this area again.
Thank you. Ted McMillan, WDDA co-ordinator for
12th Dec, Greater Glasgow Premier League which
is held every second Thursday in the Fairfield Club in Govan has the team of Fairfields with captain William Laird, and his
team of Ronnie Sharp, Graham Fergusson, Kevin McInrue and Jim Mitchell, sitting top at the moment with 91 points with 7 wins
from 8 outings, in second place is Big Neil Campbells team who are on 73 points with 5 wins from 8, third place and only one
point behind Neils are the Wee Crew team with 72 points and a record of 6 wins from 8 games, George Collumbs Hello team are
in fourth place with 69 points and have 5 wins from 8 matches, Joe McWoods and the Bridge team both on 59 points, followed
by Ashfield on 58 and Pockets on 53, with W.D.140’S just one point further back on 52 points and tail end charlies at
the moment are the Eagle from Coatbridge who are suffering due to a shortage of players at the moment on 38 points, But remembering
this league is 16 x 601 legs and every leg won is worth a point so lots still to happen as every team playes each other twice!
10th Dec, Players from the West Lothian
area plying their trade in the Airdrie Monday night league, Scott Baillie 15 darter and a very tidy 102 take out, Andy Thomson
with a brace of fast games finishing in 17 & 19 arrows also firing in a maximum 180 along the way.
10th Dec W.C.D.D.L. Results.
Cawburn Railroaders 9-0 Central bar Rebels.
Doo Club Flyers 2-7 Volunteer Highway Men.
Commercial Inn Nomad’s 5-4 Loganlea Collier’s.
Stirrup Stane Wanderers 8-1 Almondale Pirates.
Kirknewton Innkeepers 4-5 Tower bar Knights.
Murray bar Crofters 8-1 Stirrup Stane Indians.
Cawburn Steamers 5-4 Letham Bowlers.
Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 5-4 Commercial Inn Juniors.
Top shots this week go to, John Crossley &Rab Dick the only two players finding the magical maximum 180
score, C Carmichael 115 game shot, Derek Yule 104 game shot, Rab Dick 103 take out, John Crossley 101 game
shot, Geordie Dryburgh 98 game shot, Paul Weir with a rock solid 80 take out, fast games and the fastest
recorded from the nights action on the ockies was Craig Jack from the Crofters and Graeme Bird for the Nomads both with 16
darters, just an arrow behind saw Scott Baker with a 17 darter, and Davie Aitken and Rab Dick both firing in 19 dart games,
Now some top doubles play from the evening had the pairings of, John Crossley & Graham Borland with games finished in
16 & 18 darts, Jamie Banks & Colin Robertson with 17 & 18 darters and also recording a fast doubles game was Stevie
Scott & Rex Brady with a solid 20 dart game.
9th Dec, Local singles in the Louden Arms in Newmilns, which is darts with a difference free to enter and winner
takes all £50 put up by the publican, and it was not Jim Mitchell who got through to the final but Gillian Mitchell
who just fell at the final hurdle in this best of 5 x 101 double start, Friendly bunch and a good afternoon of some good and
some not so good arrows , but well done to Gillian to making the final, think I might now be the chauffeur and Gill the player!!!!
6th Dec, Congratulations goes to William Borland on winning the T.J’s
Open in Motherwell, and to Ryan Murray for winning the Crosbie Memorial in Haddington.
5th Dec, Report from the Bathgate Friday night league, Glenmavis
A 7-2 Old Wine Store, top scores were Andy Thomson 16 darter, Scott Baillie 20 darts and a superb 150 game shot, Andy Thomson
Scott and Scott Baillie finishing in 18 darts in the doubles, as did Callum Cockburn and Marc Campbell also in 18 darts, William
McCue on target with a maximum 180 and a 126 game shot.
Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Cross Tavern.
Lammies B 8-1 Glen Mavis B, top score from this match up saw Ricky McDonald with a superb 180 score.
5th Dec, And it has seen West Lothian players doing well in the
Crown Inn IN Bo’Ness in the Wednesday league, After 10 games in each group of 10 legs it has Andy
Thomson from Bathgate, William Borland from East Calder both winning their league sections and also Scott Baillie from Armadale
qualifying in second place to book his place in the grand final, Jamie Banks jnr from West Calder just missing out by a solitary
point in making the finals, these young West Lothian players have certainly been firing in some terrific scores on match nights
with, Andy Thomson recording 14 x 180’s, William Borland 12 x 180’s, Scott Baillie 8 x180’s and Jamie Banks
5 x`180’s, Some top drawer finishing along with the high scores from the West Lothian contingent with William Borland
leading the charge with a fabulous 170 take out, Scott Baillie 138 game shot, Andy Thomson 125 kill shot, and Jamie Banks
with a rock solid 115 take out, fast games and once again it has William Borland and Jamie Banks leading the charge with both
players firing in fabulous 12 darters, Andy Thomson only one arrow further back but with no fewer than 4 cracking 13 darters,
Scott Baillie a brace of 13 darters for him as well.
Disability Darts Scotland will see Next
Saturday 8 Dec, from 2pm until 4pm at The Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston, Livingston EH53 0PD. anyone with a disability can register
with Disability Darts Scotland " DDS " We will be going round the country in the next few months to different areas
once the co-ordinators have been selected from your area. This is the first opportunity to register with the Official WDDA/BDDA
in Scotland. Get in quick and come along to register. Please bring proof of disability " PIP,DLA,BLUE BADGE etc"
with you. If you are registered with the BDDA ? You still have to register through DDS to be able to represent Scotland for
future tournaments. We look forward to meeting you. Ted McMillan, Scottish Co-ordinator for WDDA.
(Jim Mitchell the person to speak to in the Ayrshire area,
who can pass on the relevant forms to you just drop him a line on either email@example.com, or in the web sites guest
book at the top of the home page!)
3rd Dec, Results from the
West Calder & District Dart Leagues.
Volunteer Highway Men 5-4 Cawburn Railroaders, Railroaders 4-2 up at the break however the Highway Men are
notorious for their doubles play and took all three matches to recover and take the points, Top shots coming by way off John
Crossley with a maximum180 and a 17 darter, Callum Cockburn rock solid 19 dart game.
Almondale Pirates 2-7 Commercial Inn Nomads, top finishing
from this match up Graeme Bird 104 take out, Scott Cameron 103 kill shot and the evergreen Bunny Forrest 101 take out and
a superb 171 score, The Bird man with a 19 darter, Rab Dick also on target with a maximum 180 for the Nomads.
Central bar Rebels 0-9 Stirrup Stane Wanderers.
Loganlea Colliers 3-6 Doo Club Flyers.
Doo Club Fanciers 0-9 Kirknewton Innkeepers,
Billy Stirling on target with a maximum 180 and Jay Millar fastest game rock solid 20 dart game.
Tower bar Knights 5-4 Murray bar Crofters,
First tast of defeat for the league leaders in the Championship league, but by all accounts a tremendous tussle on the ocky
in this match up.
Stane Indians 7-2 Cawburn Steamers, top check out going to Big Ian Mitchell with a 70 take out.
And some excellent arrows thrown at the good old flock board in the Towerlands A team play-offs in the quest to qualify for
the league singles and doubles competition, It saw the two Jim’s qualify for the singles that being Jim Law & Jim
Mitchell, in the doubles it saw Margaret Fergusson & Neil Campbell make it through along with Greater Glasgow county captain
William Laird and Sammy Stephan’s and remembering Sammy has just undergone surgery on his throwing
arm an excellent result, Top shots from the nights action saw Ronnie Sharp and Neil Campbell both firing in a brace of maximum
180’s apiece, Margaret Fergusson, Jim Mitchell, both with one maximum 180 each, Jim Law though not only a maximum 180
but a cracking lay up shot of 174 top marksmanship, fast games saw Mitchell with 13 & 19 darters, Neil Campbell 15 darter,
Jim Law 2x16 dart games, strange though no big finishes unusual with so much top shooting going on!
Friday report from New Cumnock league now added!
30th Dec, New Cumnock Darts League, Information supplied by Carol.
Brewery Bar 9-0 Cumnock Jnrs, some top action from this match up and leading the way was, George Collumb jnr with games finished in 19&20 arrows
for a cracking 25.69 dart average, Peter Malone firing in a 21 darter and a superb 155 take out, Greg Crook
with a rock solid 19 darter, Sammy Tonner went one dart better finishing in 18 arrows, Jocky Bell a 20 darter, and on the
maximum trail it saw J Frew rattling the treble twenty bed to record a maximum 180.
W.M.C. 9-0 Bridgend B, A Salisbury with the fastest recorded game a 19 darter, D Findlater just two darts more recording 21 dart game,
R Marshall & D Findlater recording a fast doubles game finishing in 19 darts.
Mauchline 6-3 Bridgend A,
New Cumnock B.C. 7-2 Craighead, George Collumb snr leading the way in this match up firing in a maximum 180 and a 19 darter, Drew Callary also on target
with a 19 dart game, one dart more was Jim Mitchell with a 20 darter, in the doubles it saw William Laird & George Collumb
finishing in 17 darts for the fastest game of the night.
Coach House 8-1 Glenmuir, Few good scores recorded in this match up and it saw Paul Bryden with a brace of
20 dart games, Cameron Menzies with games finished in 20&21 arrows and a tidy maximum 180 also in the mix for good effect,
Jim McCutcheon also on the maximum trail with a 180 recorded as well, Rab Kane highest finish in this match with a cracking
117 game shot.
Next weeks action comes from the ockies off, Bridgend B v N.C.B.C., Craighead v Brewery
Bar, Cumnock Jnrs v Coach House, Glenmuir v Bridgend A and Mauchline v W.M.C.
1st Dec, word’s/report from Greater Glasgow county chairman
Mr Neil Campbell his words not mine! (However a few spelling changes!) Wow, again! The guys and gals from Greater Glasgow
just done it again, beating an excellent Lothian team 19-9 playing away at Easthouses Dalkeith.
The morning started
awful due to me being a bit lazy and allowing a third party to organise the bus for us, ended up a shambles, however after
a half hour wait and a couple of phone calls all was rectified and off we set, a little late but I am kinda used to this,
banter and hilarity was superb on the bus with everybody getting slagged in one way or another, Audrey was at the centre of
most of it
First up in this inter county match was the Ladies ‘ B‘ first blood to us was when Voni Duff Scored a two leg victory, player of the women's B was without doubt June Mccallum making her debut for us and winning a close fought game 2-1 with a 16-80 average, welcome to the crazy crew June! A hard
fought 2-2 draw for the B ladies against the Lothian’s Ladies.
Up next was the men's ‘B’
The excellent Andrew Broll making his stage debut for us and winning comfortably 3-0 with a 23.12 dart average, then up steps David Park another excellent player making his stage debut for us and what a display of grit David gave us to claw back from 2-0 down
to just lose out in the final leg to the superb Ryan Bell of Lothian, David recorded a 24.52 average, next was a superb match
between our own Craig Abernethy and a vastly experienced John Charleston, Craig was 2-1 down and takes out a70 finish to level
then puts in a 17 dart last leg to win 3-2 with a 22.33 average, a very gritty performance from The Badger ,next up and yet
another stage debutant, this time Gerry Greenwood and his long awaited appearance for the crew, a brilliant performance from
Gerry after a nervy start and he recorded a fine 3-1 victory with a 21 dart average, our 5th player on
was young Dean Fitch, this young lad has the talent to go all the way to the top in darts, he just gets up on the stage and quietly does his stuff,
winning 3-1 with a 25.18 average, 6th set and the unwell Chris Coyle takes on an inform Joe Spence and loses out 3-1, a 4-2 victory for the men's ‘B’
Next up was the Ladies
Laura Grant first against the formidable Frances Lawson, Frances running out a 3-0 winner, next up was an off form Lynn Cowan digging out a 3-1 win, then once again the classy Margaret Ferguson steps up to record a 3-1 win with a 18.20 dart average, fourth set and its Jordan McNally, what a fantastic performance Jordan put in to record a 3-0 victory with our highest women's average of the day 19.27,
then it was Suzy time, Susanna McGimpsey recording a 3-0 victory with an 18.33 average, last but definitely not least Lorna Macphee, and a very professional performance
from Lorna winning 3-1 with 15.23 dart average to see our ladies record a superb 5-1 victory in the Ladies ‘A’
Next up the Men's ‘A’
Ronnie Sharp was first up and a wee bit off form and narrowly loosing the final leg to Callum Smith 3-4, then it saw
Stevie Smith loosing to an excellent Stuart Wares in a cracking match, 3rd set was Kevin Phaup and our ‘A’ team captain the much experienced William Laird, fantastic game of darts between those two with our captain winning 4-3 in a close game, Mccallums 4th for us against Harry Todman and it saw John recording 28+ average and a 4-2 win against Harry, next up for us is the wee terrier Brian Tennant he was up against Davie Kirkland, without doubt Lothian’s player of the day, Brian loosing 4-2 in a superb match, so
to set 6 and our Andy Callary up against Lothian’s talented George Dalglish which turned out to be a cracker with Andy recording a 4-2 win and a
26.21 average, set 7 and Jim Mitchell recording a 4-0 win with a 23.30 average, then it saw Duncy Wyper superbly grinding out a 4-3 win over
Ronnie Simpson with a 23. Dart average, set 9 saw the classy George Collumb see of his opponent with a very reassuring 4-1
victory with an almost 23 average, set 10 was an absolute cracker with our own John Williamson just losing out in a last leg shoot out with a 25.08 dart average, last 2sets went our way with Davie Irvine winning 4-1
with a 23 dart average and last but not least Big Drew Callary Winning 4-2 with a 22 average to make it a superb win for the men’s team, to be truthful a fabulous performance against
a top quality team
so a fantastic victory for us at Greater Glasgow
This group of darts players sure know how
to grind out results
Thanks again to Asa Lawson, Gail and Harry Todman for making us welcome at Easthouses, a fantastic darting venue, and lets not forget A big thank you
also to Gillian Mitchell for the lovely clutty dumpling, it was wonderful ,a lot of us munched happily, as for the bus journey
home ! That was superb, apart from some asshole murdering UB40 s red red wine!
30th Nov, And action from the Bathgate Friday night league saw one of the leagues perpetual trophies up for grabs, This was
the Geordie Murphy Memorial 301 pairs competition, This format is darts played the old fashioned way 301 double start ( a
real dart players game) and it saw the pairing from the Kirknewton Innkeepers team of Rab Dick & Graeme Bird take the
title just edging out the Glen Mavis B.C. pairing of Callum Cockburn & Jamie Banks jnr in a cracking final, well done
to both teams of players as this is a game of holding your nerve just not in the finishing but that double to start, as I
said earlier a real game of arrows, well done to both sets of finalists. 301 Champions Rab Dick & Graeme Bird, r/up Jamie
Banks jnr & Callum Cockburn.
26th Nov, W.C.D.D.L.
Results from Last nights action saw the Doo Club Fanciers 1-8 Murray bar Crofters, this has the Crofters
from Polbeth staying happily at the top of Championship League, and players firing in the big scores were, Craig Jack with
a brace of 19 darters, Ben Hart with the highest finish of the match with a rock solid 96 game shot, in the doubles it saw
Craig Jack & Ben Hart recording a 19 darter.
Knights of Craigshill alias the Tower bar Knights 5-4 Cawburn Steamers, looks like this was right tough
tussle with only one match the difference between the two combatants, S Long getting on the score sheet with a maximum 180.
Stirrup Stane Indians 5-4 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, another close
encounter once again only the one match the difference, S Hamilton getting on the score card with a maximum 180.
Letham Bowlers 4-5 Commercial Inn Juniors, and yet another toughie
with once again only one point the difference between the team’s, Two players recording maximum 180’s here and
it was Jim Purse for the Juniors and Brian Tosh McIntyre for the home side who recorded these maximums.
Murray bar Crofters keep up their league challenge with a record
of played 8 won 8, in second place it has the Tower bar Knights with 6 wins from 8 matches, then the league becomes very tight
with only 4 points separating 4 teams, so the question can anyone step up to the ocky to challenge the Murray bar from Polbeth,
only time will tell!
26th Nov, Dreghorn and District League,
Last night saw the 301 double start competition taking place with
the Irvine Parks B.C. and the Crown Inn from Dreghorn having the play offs, this competition was played with 6 single and
3 double and every leg double start, the two teams who will now contest the final are the Towerlands (A) and the Crown Inn,
date to be announced.
24th Nov, WELL
DONE TO ALL WHO ENTERED, The Jan Legget Memorial competition which was absolutely brilliant with top darting talent entering
not only from West Lothian but, Players came from Ayrshire, Greater Glasgow, Perthshire, Edinburgh, and the Borders were represented
as well, I am absolutely sure if Jan was looking down on us and I am sure she was, she would have been absolutely delighted
to see the darting talent on show who were playing in her name. Here are just some of the statistics that were recorded yesterday
I am sure there will many missing but with six boards in action there are always some that go astray!
Maximum hitters remembering all scores from 171-180
count as we have nineteen players in the competition, which saw 25 maximum scores recorded, Allan Gardener 3 x180, Scott Baillie
3 x180’s, Colin Robertson 3 x 171’s, Jim Mitchell 3x180’s, Andy Fallon 2x180’s, Andy Thomson 2 x180’s,
James Graham 2 x180’s, Gordon Bruce 1x180, Neil Dempsey 1 x180, Wullie Laird 1x180, Peter Hastings 1 x180, Dougie Hogg
1 x180, John Miln’s 1 x 180. Martin Deegan 1 x171.
BIG FINISHES, Here goes we had 21 reported remember
75 and above for high finishes is the requisite number! Jim Mitchell 156 game shot, Andy Fallon 155 take out, Colin
Robertson 150 & 101 take outs, Gordon Bruce 121 take out, John Brogan 120 & 115 game shots, Lewis Lyle 120 kill shot,
Micky Rice showing age is no barrier even with a haircut like his he can still see the board rock solid 118 kill shot, Brian
McCaig 116 take out, Darren Beautiman 111 take out, Andy Thomson 104 and a brace of 100 finishes, Scott Baillie three cracking
finishes of 96-95-94 take outs, The Infamous William Harraughty with 95 & 80 game shots obviously he had his check out
card in his pocket at his age memory can be a bitch on which way to go! Claire Cruickshanks 82 game shot and also for the
ladies Gayle Maxwell with an 81 takeout. HOWEVER top finish goes to Alan McMaster with a 97 kill shot done
in two darts, reason for this is Alan plays pool but entered in memory of Jan now that’s the way to play it well done.
Fast games and these need to be 20 darts or less
so it’s a 25 per dart average, And fastest went to, Andy Thomson with a superb 12 darter followed by -15-16-18-18 darters,
Darren Beautiman with 14 & 3x 15 darters, Andy Fallon 14&17& 19 darters, Colin Robertson firing in 15-15-18-18-19
darters, Jim Mitchell 15-16-18-19 darters, Lewis Lyle 15 and brace of 18 dart games, James Graham 15-15-18- 19 darters, John
Brogan 16&19 dart games, Alan Gardener 16&17 dart games, Scott Baillie 17-17-18-19 -19-19 dart games, Peter Hastings
17& 19 darters, Wullie Laird 18 darter, Gordon Bruce 2x18 dart games, John Miln’s 2 x19 dart
games, Chris Forsyth 19 darter.
Now the Jan Legget Memorial Ladies champion crowned
on the day was Claire Cruickshanks who edged out another top lady player Gayle Maxwell in the final by 5 games to 2, these
two ladies played superbly well and received for their efforts on the day £200 to Claire Cruickshanks from Perth, Gayle
Maxwell from Stirling £100, and the two ladies who lost out in the semi finals Amanda Millar from Kirknewton and Margaret
Fergusson from New Cumnock in Ayrshire each receiving £75 each.
The Men’s title went to a man who shows
that age is only a number, at 65 years young James Graham from Shott’s claimed the title of Jan Legget Men’s Champion
for 2018 and received £300 for his superb performances on the ockies all day, but to make cracking final we need a runner
up and it saw Broxburn’s Colin Robertson have to settle for the consolation of £200 for just losing out 3-5 in
the grand final of the Jan Legget Memorial Men’s competition. Semi finalist’s receiving £100 each were,
Andy Fallon and Scott Baillie, quarter finalists for the men picked up £30 a piece and they were. Andy Thomson, John
Miln’s, Gordon Bruce and William Harraughty, hopefully this is right as memory not quite as good as it once was! On
the day the combined competitions paid out a superb amount of money and it was £1,326, Now that is because of a few
very special people, Mr Stuart Legget who sponsored this event to the sum of £500, Mr Malky Cowan who put £200
in the pot and of course entries and raffle monies and a special mention to Mr Ronnie Sharp from Ayrshire and former Scotland
stat of the ocky who bid £75 for a bottle of Brandy which was a bargain as it retails at £160 a bottle this was
also put up by Stuart for auction to everyone from the bar staff the sponsors and of course the players who travelled to enter
this fabulous competition in memory of a lovely lady THANK YOU ALL.
Jan Legget Memorial Ladies Champion for
2018 Claire Cruickshanks, r/up Gayle Maxwell.
Jan Legget Memorial Men’s Champion for 2018 James Graham, r/up Colin Robertson.
23rd Nov, Darts report from
the New Cumnock darts league,
Jnrs 3-6 New Cumnock B.C. Craighead 2-7 W.M.C. Mauchline 7-2 Bridgend Bar B, Glenmuir 0-9 Brewery bar, Coach House 5-4 Bridgend
Top action from the ockies on Friday night
saw, Jill Jamieson 1x180, Derek Murray 1 x180, Davie Findlater 1 x180 Fast games recorded had, Linsay Wylie 16 dart game,
Richard Dalzell 17 darter, Pail Ross 17 dart game, Cammy Menzies 18 darter, Scott McPheators 19 darter, Paul Bryden finishing
in 19 & 20 darts, Rab Kane 19 darter, Top finishes saw players finishing on, Michael Fergusson doing the double on 135
game shots cracking arrows, Peter Smith 117 take out, Just one point less was Lee Nisbet with a 116 take out, G Cook with
a tidy 102 game shot, Jim Mitchell 100 game shot. Top doubles match reported saw the partnership of Tom Wilson and Owen McNiven
firing in rock solid 19 dart leg.
League meeting Wednesday 28 November at
7.30pm in W.M.C.
Friday the 30th November matches are, N.C.B.C. v Craighead, W.M.C. v Bridgend B, Brewery
Bar v Cumnock Jnrs, Coach House v Glenmuir and Bridgend A v Mauchline.
23rd Nov, Bathgate Friday night
league results, Old Wine Store 2-7 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Coppies (A) 8-1 Corrie bar, Cross Tavern 5-4 Lammies (B) Report
from this match up saw some local players showing the flock board who was boss and we start with, I am Will ok William Harraughty with a
maximum 180, Ian Stevenson 114 game shot followed by a tidy 102 kill shot, Stuart Russell who hails
from the land that time forgot (Addiewell) think the gate must have been left open! Cracking 16 darter, John Brogan doing
what he did all last season playing solid darts another 17 dart game, couple of good double matches which had the pairing
of Callum Wilkinson the Alloa bumble bee (sorry wasp) and M Brady firing in a 16 dart game, Alan &Patrick McDonald of
the infamous McDonald brothers notoriety fame firing in a rock solid 17 darter.
Next Friday the 30th Nov, will see the Geordie Murphy Doubles take place in the Glen Mavis
Bowling Club in Bathgate
HOME AT LAST!
Another one ticked off the bucket list, what can I say, SUPERB
Company with the likes of, the one and only Mr & Mrs Ian and Luba Butler, Sandra, Paul, Andy, Big Joe, Sam, Jock, Burney
and let’s not forget Sweetie Pie! (You know who you are and so do we!) And of course our good friends from Cyprus (nice
to meet up again) Dimitri and the younger man and lady you were with cant remember their names sorry!
Prague is a beautiful perhaps I should say wonderful city
to visit full of bridges, castles, and churches, and one or two public houses that we may have just inadvertently entered
and of course the famous or is that infamous SHED! As for the darts mixed results good run on the Friday board final but then
well beat by a young Hungarian lad, and it saw Ryan Hogarth from the Borders just edging out Ross Montgomery in the final
about 2 am way past my bedtime! absolutely nothing to report from Saturdays outing on the ocky, Sunday
saw the doubles and it saw myself and Gary Higgins win our board and the following board as well some tough matches winning
4-1,4-0, 4-2,4-2,4-3 before being put to the sword in the last 16. However as this competition has had a tick put next to
it, I wont be back, something not quite right, a category 1 BDO ranked event, and as many will realise dress codes etc have
to be respected black trousers, shoes etc, But not here, quite simply anything goes and I mean anything, sandals, shorts,
jeans, hats, think you get my drift, as some will know Gillian and myself had just come back from another overseas competition
in Crete a few weeks ago and quite simply put they were the more professional ones, so seen it done it wont be back, while
I am sure other players will say it was superb just not for us, on that note there was one very well turned out operative
there the man they call the PUP, yes Greater Glasgow’s very own master of ceremonies who did a superb job keeping the
action going on the final stage, and getting the crowd motivated, just a shame about his beard! Reason I say that the Jacobites
had some pretty fancy facial hair if I do say so myself, Joe with tash and goatee different coulours, Ian with his usual handle
bar mustachio in full panoramic techno colour fire red, Andy with a very touching shade of blue! And myself with a nice fancy
pink shade of red!
19th Nov, Dreghorn & District league results,
Alton (A) 7-3 Towerlands (B) some top action from this match up
and it saw Graeme Mcconnell with a 20 darter and a maximum 180, Robert Hammond with a classy 100 take out, and Stevie Hogg
in 19 darts.
Three Craws 1-9 Sports bar,
Jamie Curran 20 dart game, Kevin McInrue jnr 18 darter plus a maximum 180.
R&A Sports Bar 3-7 Irvine Parks B.C.
Towerlands (A) 2-8 Alton (B) Brian Johnstone rock solid 20 darter, Wullie Laird 19&20 dart games, Jim
Law maximum 180 for the Towerlands team, after that it was all Alton players making the headlines with, Kevin McKinney with
15&16 darters along with a classy 101 take out and a brace of maximum 180’s, Jim Reid 2x18 darters, and a maximum
180, Robert Thornton 106 game shot and a 15 darter.
0-10 Crown Inn, David Millar with the top shot of the night a superb 177 score, Dean McQuarrie though did score 3 more an
excellent 180 recorded.
Top game this season so
far a fabulous 12 darter by Jim Reid, most maximums has Kevin McKinney jnr with 5x180’s and Davie Tennant with 4 x180’s
in second place, Top finish recorded 157 by Bernard Price holding that honour at the present moment in time.
19th Nov, W.C.D.D.L.
In the Premier league it saw
Highway Men 4-5 Loganlea Colliers,
Pirates 9-0 Central bar Rebels,
Railroaders 0-9 Stirrup Stane Wanderers,
Inn Nomad’s 9-0 Doo Club Flyers.
league results went like this,
Innkeepers 5-4 Cawburn Steamers
Club Fanciers 0-9 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies
bar Knights 5-4 Commercial Inn Juniors.
Stane Indians 6-3 Letham Bowlers
Special Mentions and starting of with Maximum hitters we have, Gary Cheshire for the Tower bar Knights with a 190 score, Callum
Cockburn also on the maximum trail with a 180, John Miln’s a brace of 180’s to add to his tally for the year,
Scott Baker also recording a maximum 180 for the Nomads of West Calder, Top finishes and once again it saw Knights player
Gary Cheshire with a solid 90 take out, Craig Agnew rock solid 85 game shot, team mate Gary Christie with an 82 kill shot,
though it was the man from the hill Rab Dick playing for the Nomads with the highest finish of the evenings action a tidy
116 take out, Fast games and it saw a few 18 darters being recorded starting with Rab Dick, Bunny Forrest both for the Commercial
Inn Nomads, the league Mascot Gary Melman Christie with a 19 darter, Gordon Bruce & John Miln’s recording 20 dart
games, double matches which saw fast games had the pairings off, John Miln’s & Gordon Bruce 18 darts, as were Gary
Christie & Arran Edwards, Scott Baker & Jamie Fleming with 19 & 20 dart games.
16th Nov, Bathgate Friday night league results
that I know off!
Coppies B 6-3 Cross
Tavern, with Kevin McMahon firing out a cracking 105 game shot.
Glen Mavis B.C (A) 8-1 Coppies (A) Billy Meikle with a 19 darter and a solid 86 take out,
William Borland 16 darter fastest game recorded, Andy Thomson
18 dart game, Marc Campbell with maximum 180 and Scott Baillie nice 76 take out.
Andy Thomson & Scott Baillie firing out a fast doubles game finished
in 20 darts.
Lammies (B) 5-4
Old Wine Store, Stevie Glover top finish from this match with a 90 take out on the bull’s eye.
16th Nov, Report from the New Cumnock Friday night
league, which reads like this, Craighead 4-5 Bridgend, top scores from this match up going to Bert Ross with a maximum 180,
and Robert Parker firing in a rock solid 20 darter.
Coach House 3-6
Mauchline, Players firing in quick games saw, Paul Bryden with a 18 dart game, Cammy Menzies 18 & 21 darters, Stephen
Thom with a 19 dart game and top finish coming by way off John Barcley snr with a solid 100 take out.
W.M.C. 8-1 Cumnock Jnrs, players on form in this match had, Michael Bennet with a 19 dart game, M McClelland
a maximum 180 and a classy shanghai on the twenties for a 120 game shot, S Dunlop was also peppering the red lipstick recording
a maximum 180 as well for the Cumnock Jnrs.
New Cumnock Bowling
Club 9-0 Glenmuir, few good scores recorded in this match with Drew Callary leading the way with a solid 21 dart game, George
Collumb snr going two darts better recording a 19 darter, Andrew Callary almost getting the fastest leg of the nights play
firing in 16 & 21 darts, however it saw the old man still going strong yes Wullie Laird showing age is only a number recording
a classy 15 darter along with a tidy 107 take out, he then partnered up with Sammy Stephens to record a
17 dart doubles leg, A Blackwood also getting on the fast games table with a 21 dart game.
Brewery Bar 8 -1
Bridgend A, and it was the younger George Collumb this time doing the damage firing in 19 & 21 darters,
Tom Wilson & Owen McNiven were the team to beat in the doubles finishing their match in 19 & 20 darts for an excellent
25 + dart average.
Next weeks games
are, Friday 23 November Bridgend A v Coach House, Craighead v W.M.C, Cumnock Jnrs v N.C.B.C., Glenmuir v Brewery Bar and Mauchline
v Bridgend B.
14th Nov, Late report just winging it's way through the good old Scottish blustery
weather has just seen the poor pigeon deliver some Monday night news! here is the updates then thanks to J.S. for sending
Ian Stevenson nice 180 score are they not all nice when a maximum
is recorded, Paul Weir firing out a 110 game shot, Grant Lyle along with John Sandison recording 20 darters and John also
had a rock solid 84 take out , and hopefully the league tables are now updated
with all relevant info on them, however if not send them in and they will be added in due course, cheers Jim .M.
12th Nov, Action from the West Calder & District
dart leagues starting with the Premier League,
5-4 Loganlea Colliers, John Brogan on target with a brace of 19 dart games for the Colliers, Ross Burnside for the Pirates
of Craigshill with a 73 take out.
Stirrup Stane Wanderers
6-3 Commercial Inn Nomads, Graeme Bird leading the way in this match with some superb accurately thrown arrows finishing his
games in 18&20 darters which contained two excellent finishes of 170 & 98, Davie Aitken with 14 & 19 dart games
for the Nomads, John Miln’s for the Wanderers also on target with a 14 dart Craig Agnew 20 darter, and Gordon Bruce
filling up the red lipstick for a maximum 180,
Central bar Rebels
0-9 Volunteer Highway Men.
Doo Club Flyers 3-6 Cawburn Railroaders.
Championship League action is as follows,
Deans B.C. Golden
Oldies 6-3 Kirknewton Innkeepers, William Millar with a classy 75 take out on the bull’s eye for the Innkeepers,
Doo Club Fanciers 0-9 Commercial Inn Juniors, Jim Purse leading the way with a superb 171 score on the treble
nineteen’s, Brian Mairs 19 darter.
1-8 Murray bar Crofters.
Letham B.C. 5-4 Tower bar Knights.
12th Nov, Action from the Dreghorn & District
darts league (sponsored by Getfed Takeaway Irvine)
Alton (B) 7-3 R&A
Sports bar, top action from this match up had seasons best game a superb 12 darter hit recorded by Jim Reid with a new set
of arrows after losing his old ones he also threw in a maximum 180 for good measure! Kevin McKinney jnr on target with a 15
darter, John Hall with a rock solid 18 darter, and on the maximum trail it had Peter McGuiness with a 180, Ian McCudden firing
in 19&21 dart games.
Sports bar 7-3 Alton (A) Jamie Curran two superb legs of darts
firing in 13 & 19 darters, Graham Fergusson 18 darter and a cracking 110 game shot, going one better in the finishing
stakes was Robert Stevely with a 111 take out, and a man who peppered the red lipstick in style was Davie Tennant with a brace
of maximum 180’s,
Irvine Parks B.C. 10-0 Irvine Water Sports Club.
Towerlands (B) 3-7 Towerlands (A) just a couple of mentions from this match up Craig Parker with a 19 darter,
and in the doubles it saw Jim Mitchell & Wullie Laird also with a 19 darter helped along with a maximum on the nineteen’s
for Mitchell with a 171 score.
Crown Inn 0-0 Three Craws. No result as of yet!
9th Nov, Action from the New Cumnock Friday night
league saw some excellent arrows thrown at the good old flock board! Results went like this,
New Cumnock B.C. 5-4 Bridgend (A), top games coming by way of, Ronnie Sharp rolling back
the years firing in a superb 15 darter along with a maximum 180, for the Bowling Club, a more sedate 20 darter for Jim Mitchell
also for the Bowling Club, the Bridgend players had some superb shots with Jamie Dempster 20 darter, Robert Dean maximum 180
score, and best of the night in the pairs it saw Alex Govan & Jamie Dempster fire in a cracking 13 dart leg for the Bridgend
Glenmuir 3-6 Working Men’s Club, Players on form from this match
up were Richard Dalzell with a maximum 180 and two cracking legs finished in 14 & 20 arrows, A Salisbury with a 20 dart
Cumnock Juniors 9-0 Bridgend (B) Bryan Neil with a 19 darter the best
for this match up and just two darts further back was Kenny Murray with a 21 darter.
Mauchline 6-3 Craighead, Tony Pendleton firing in a maximum 180 and Callum Thom finishing in style with a
superb 156 game shot.
Coach House 3-6 Brewery Bar, Lots of top action from this
match up and it saw Jim McCutcheon firing in a maximum 180 , top finish came from Rab Kane with a rock solid 124 take out
and a 18 darter, George Collumb jnr with the fastest game of the evenings play a 16 darter, Couple of players recording 19
dart games and these were Owen McNiven and Rab Kerr, three players with 20 dart games saw Paul Bryden, S Hamilton and Paul
Ross recording these games Ross also with a 21 darter as well.
Next weeks matches
16th Nov, N.C.B.C. v Glenmuir, W.M.C. v Cumnock Jnrs, Bridgend B v Craighead, Brewery Bar v Bridgend A and Coach House v Mauchline.
9th Nov, Bathgate & District D Pryde 301 Singles, Held in the Glen Mavis Bowling Club.
Saw William Borland defeating Micky Burke in a cracking final, no other information is known at the moment.
5th Nov, W.C.D.D.L.
The annual triple team competition was run which not so long ago had up to 33 three person teams entering think that was the
most that ever entered! Only now instead of one champion we have three champion winning teams,
In the Premier league it saw the Stirrup Stane Wanderers team
of John Miln’s, Mick Burke, and Gordon Bruce, defeating the Commercial Inn Nomads of West Calder who were Graeme Bird,
Rab Dick and Bunny Forrest.
The Championship league saw the Murray bar Crofters from Polbeth which were Ryan Jack, Calvin Fleming and Josh Jack
who defeated the Cawburn Steamers team of Ian Baker, Sandy Lee and S Young in the final.
The Ladies competition had only three teams entering on the
night so I believe that one team may have got a bye into the final!
But the winning team were the East Calder Doo Club Fanciers team of Daisy
Heeps, Denise Bird, and Kathy Henderson, taking the runners up position was the Kirknewton Innkeepers team of Mary Clark,
Amanda Miller and Jessica Campbell.
Couple of wee mentions from the nights play think there might be more but only these ones were written down!
Graeme Bird 16 darter, Craig Agnew two darts better with a cracking 14 darter, and Jamie Fleming firing
in a maximum 180.
5th Nov, Dreghorn & District darts results and report from Wullie Burns.
I.W.S.C 1-9 Three Craws, It saw Tricia Winton Queen doing it again, taking the solitary point against the Craws for the Ladies of the league.
Alton (A) 8-2 Crown Inn, Alton players on form saw Davie Tennant 17 & 19 darts, Brian Wallace with a brace of 18 darters, Graeme Mcconnell 108 check out, and for the crown Jamie jordan Curran 19 darts and Liam Dean 20 darts.
R&A Sports bar 5-5 Towerlands
(B) players from the R&A rattling in cracking scores were John McLauchlan 15 darts 100 game shot and a cracking maximum 180, Eric Pick 19 darter, Paul Stephen getting in on the action with a 19 darter, for the Towerlands(B) Jim Knox had a 114 check out.
B.C. 4-6 Alton (B) Stewart Lusby 18 darts for the Parks, Kevin McKinney Jnr 15 darts for the visitors.
(A) 1-9 Sports Bar, Jim Law 20 darts for the hosts, and that was as good as it got for the home team as the visitors then ran a mock missing very little
with some excellent arrows being thrown at the good old flock board! Wullie Burns 19 darter plus a maximum 180, Ian Gunion Jnr. 15 darts and a superb 156 kill shot, Jim McEwan 180, Kevin McInrue Jnr 180.
Late Update to maximum scorers, Railroaders player Callum
Cockburn rattling the red lipstick last Monday (29th Oct) to record a cracking 180 score.
4th Nov, Local open competition in Newmilns sponsored by the Louden Arms, this is
a comp with a difference, £50 to the winner with the pub putting up the money and winner takes all, and its free to
enter, format old fashioned 301 best of 3 until the final and it saw the old feller Jim Mitchell taking the final 3-1.
3rd Nov, Wow ! ,,, just wow ! Report from the Chairman of Greater Glasgow
What a performance from " the crew " today against the reigning South of Scotland champions Borders
,,, to win 17-11 was just fantastic for us all ,,, who could have predicted the drama unfolding the way it did against this
extremely talented Borders outfit ,,, first credit of the day goes to our women's B who got a very credible 2-2 draw thanks
to victories from Voni Duff and Yvonne Quinn,, on to the men's B and first game on was young Dean Fitch against Robert Hay ,,,Dean put in some shift for us winning 3-0 with a 25.9 average and a 12 dart final leg ,, Stevie Smith
winning our only other set in the men's B in a disappointing 4-2 defeat ,, up step the women's A to gain a credible
3-3 draw ,, a special mention for Lorna Macphee who was up first , in her very first county game , and got us off to a great
start with a fantastic 3-1 victory ,,, a warm welcome to you Lorna from all of us " crew " members ,, your darting
ability and nutty personality means you will fit in just fine with us at Greater Glasgow ,,, great to see Laura Grant finding a bit of form with a splendid 3-0 win over Jackie Purves and then up steps the Scotland's number one women's
player Susanna McGimpsey to record a superb 3-1 victory for us with a 18.29 average and a cracking 130 out shot on the bull to win the set ,,
Then it was on to the men's A ,,, the 12 guys that played in this 10-2 victory were ALL absolutely superb ,,, even
the two players that lost had 23.13 and 24.30 averages ,,, first blood went to Borders with a 4-0 victory for the excellent
Ewan Hyslop ,,, set 2 and who could ever bet against the excellent Michael Sheehan ? 4-1 victor with a 25.22 ,, set 3 and a welcome return of John Williamson to record 4-2 win over Barry Dalglish with a 26.65 ,, set 4 and a 4-0 win for Andy Callary with 25.69 ,, set 5 and John Mccallums first home game for us results in a 4-2 win and hitting almost 24 ,, set 6 and in my opinion the player of the day George Collumb recording a 4-3 victory over Mike Veitch to put us 5-1 up with a 26 average ,,, set 7 and as usual the Mr reliable Drew Callary grinds out a 4-3 win hitting 3 180s in the process ,, set 8 and its Ronnie Sharp time ,,, he must be one of the most difficult players I know to beat as he never gives up , a 4-3 victory for Ronnie to put
us 7-1 up ,,, set 9 and the same guy that gave us the win last month v Renfrewshire gave us the victory this month by putting
us 8-1 up and assuring us the victory we so much deserved today ,, well done to Darren Beautiman for digging out his 4-3 win ,, set 10 and William Laird having a difficult game against the Lakeside bound Ryan Hogarth ,,, 5 missed darts at doubles in the 5 th leg unfortunately
cost Wullie the set ,, 8-2 now and set 11 sees Brian Tennant race into a 2 leg lead with 2 sub 18 dart legs and eventually wins his set 4-1 to take us 9-2 into the lead ,,, the final
set sees Jim Mitchell scoring 2 maximums in his victory and hitting a 23.86 ,,, but what an average Jim could have had , had it not have been for
15 missed darts at double 8 in the final leg ,, all right on the wire ,,,
Congratulations for all involved today
Many thanks to Andy Callary for purchasing the counties very own Laptop and for setting the whole thing up for us ,,, to
Craig Abernethy for collecting all the funds in as normal and to Duncy Tracey Wyper for refereeing throughout most of the day
Thanks again everybody for making all those many memories more memorable
Mon the crew
2nd Nov, Friday Night darts in the New Cumnock darts league,
New Cumnock B.C. 6-3 Coach House, some top action from the ocky saw Andrew Callary firing in 20 & 18
darters for a 25+ dart average, George Collumb snr with a rock solid 20 darter, Maximum hitters were Willie Laird & Jim
Mitchell both for the Bowling club, However player of the night has to be Cammy Menzies for the Coach House firing in 3x180’s
and a cracking 177 score in one leg it saw Cammy with double 2 left after 9 darts this young feller may just have a huge future
in this sport of ours, oh yes he went out in 16&17 darts few missed doubles! Doubles saw Paul Bryden & Stewart Angus
with a cracking 17 darter in the pairs, but going one better were Rab Kane & Jim McCutcheon with a 16 dart game.
W.M.C. 5-4 Bridgend (A) a tight game by all accounts and it saw a few maximum’s recorded with Richard
Dalzell firing in a brace of 180’s, as was Jamie Dempster also with 2 x180’s, Michael Fergusson also on target
with a maximum 180, fast games saw A Salisbury firing in a 19 darter, Roy Harris one dart better with a 18 dart game and a
cracking shanghai on the twenties for a 120 take out.
6-3 Bridgend (B)
Craighead 2-7 Cumnock Jnrs, Sammy Tonner with
a maximum 180 and an 18 dart game.
Brewery Bar 7-2 Mauchline
and once again maximum scores being recorded by Peter Malone with a brace of them, and also with a brace of 18 darters for
a 26+ dart average and a cracking 108 take out just for good measure, Owen McNiven getting in on the action with a tidy 17
darter, Rab Kerr 19 dart game.
Next weeks action will see
Bridgend (A) v New Cumnock B.C. Glenmuir v W.M.C. Cumnock jnr’s v Bridgend (B) Mauchline v Craighead,
Coach House v Brewery Bar.
2nd Nov, Bathgate Friday night league results in and it saw The
Cross Tavern from Whitburn just edging out the Glen Mavis B.C (B) by the Taverner’s from Whitburn.
Kirknewton Innkeepers hosted the travelling Coppies team
from Armadale and continued their good season with a fine 6-3 victory.
Glen Mavis B.C. (A) once again did not miss much with a superb 8-1 win over the Corrie bar from Armadale,
some excellent games in this match up with Billy Meikle firing in a 19 darter, Marc Campbell also on target with a 19 dart
game, Andy Thomson jnr two cracking legs games recording a 28+ dart average, Scott Baillie also with a couple of crackers
18&19 darters along with a classy 95 take out and a maximum 180. And in the doubles it saw Andy Thomson & Scott Baillie
fire in a rock solid 15 darter.
A darting tale,
To my faithful reader, my apologies
for a web site which was not updated for a week or so! However there was a good reason which was, my good lady and myself
went off to sunnier climates which would not be a hard thing to do as we listen to the rain battering down outside at the
moment, We went of to Crete for the Masters competition with four days of darts and the sun beating down it was paradise,
now the man who had the idea of this fabulous event is Michael Vlassis and this man knows his stuff, fabulous venue 32 boards,
and very well organised, he had players from throughout the Mediterranean entering along with players from main land Europe
and of course the British Isles, so many top players and the one thing they all had in common was friendship, when someone
made a good shot or checked out there were fist pumps and hand shakes, this without a doubt is the friendliest darts competition
I have ever had the pleasure of playing in, and I will be back, The people we met were so friendly from the first night in
Billy’s bar (6 dart boards) to the main event, a special mention must go to our friends Denise & Wayne Halliwell
who are from Cyprus who introduced us to so many people and I can honestly say there were a few REAL characters amongst them,
so if you get a chance to go to this tournament then I for one would be pencilling it in for next year, it is just to good
West Lothian Inter-Town League,
This event started last year and was a cracking tournament, with teams -players from all points of the compass
taking part with a different format as well just to spice things up, unfortunately I am no longer living in the county and
wont be able to take part, HOWEVER Mr John Somerville is more than willing to get this league organised for the forth
coming season so if your interested then contact John on, firstname.lastname@example.org Hopefully players from last season will wish to return and new players are always welcome.
31st Oct Heating up in the Greater Glasgow Premier league which is held in Fairfeild's
Social Club in Govan every second Thursday,
ten teams in the league, and the
format being 16 x 501 with every leg worth a point and after five weeks of intense match play we have a tie at the top of
no fewer than five yes five teams sitting with 45 points now that
is one hard fought league, no quarter asked and certainly none given, cracking standard of darts,
This week top man has to be Wullie Laird with a brace of 17 dart 601 legs for a 35.3 dart average not bad at all
for an old feller!
31st Oct, And yes back from my travels it see’s
the web site getting back up to date, so here ais the nes from the league matches for the past couple of weeks,
Players with maximum scores to record are, John Crossley,
Colin Hamilton, Rex Brady, John Charleston all for the Volunteer Highway Men, Gordon Bruce with a brace of maximum scores
for the Stirrup Stane Wanderers of Craigshill, Scott Bryson of the Almondale Pirates and team mate Kirk Gordon getting in
on the action with a cracking 174 score recorded, From two weeks ago we have Craig Agnew and John Milns
firing in maximum 180 scores.
Fast games from the past two weeks action on the ockies has
seen players firing in some pretty fast games and top of these are, East Calders Paul Weir with a cracking 14 dart game, John
Crossley 15 darter, Scott Cameron with a brace of good legs finishing in 17&20 deadly arrows,John Charleston 18 dart game
nice to hear that John is back playing in the league again after a couple of seasons out, John Brogan 18 dart game for the
Loganlea Colliers, John Milns and Paul Weir both with 19 dart games.
Top finishing has had, Loganlee player Stuart Russell from
the land that time forgot firing out on a cracking 105 game shot, Davie Black playing for the Commercial Juniors of West Calder
cracking 98 take out, Gordon Bruce finishing a tidy 96 game shot, Alan McDonald of the dastardly infamous McDonald brothers
with a 93 take out, Nice to hear that Brian Tosh McIntyre is playing well with a the Letham Bowlers finishing in style with
a 93 game shot, Kirknewton Innkeepers player Jay Millar witha 87 kill shot, Scott Cameron for the Pirates of Craigshill with
a rock solid 84 game shot as did Alan Gardener also with a 84 take out, F Lyle 82 take out on the bulls eye, And showing age
is no barrier it has seen Stevie Duncan roll back the seasond finishing in style with an 82 game shot, Jack Stirling from
the Inn on the hill Kirknewton rock solid 80 game shot, Peter Hastings 76 game shot for the Highway Men, Stevie Morton getting
in on the action for the Flyers of East Calder with a 76 game shot.
Now some top doubles matches recorded saw the pairings of,
John Crossley & Graeame Borland firing in two fast games of 15&17 darts, Colin Hamilton & John Charleston also
with a 15 dart game, John Brogan & B Waters with a 20 darter for the Colliers of Loganlea.
League results for the last two league Monday nights have
seen these results!
3-6 Doo Club Flyers, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 2-7 Volunteer Highway Men, Commercial Inn Nomads 9-0 Central bar Rebels, Loganlea
Colliers 5-4 Cawburn Railroaders, Loganlea Colliers 3-6 Stirrup Stanme Wanderers, Volunteer Highway Men 4-5 Commercial Inn
Nomads, Doo Club Flyers 7-2 Central bar Rebels, Cawburn Railroaders 3-6 Almondale Pirates, And that is the results for the
past two Mondays in the Premier League of the West Calder & District Darts League.
Now the Championship League Results go like this, Kirknewton
Innkeepers 6-3 Commercial Inn Juniors, Doo Club Fanciers 2-7 Letham Bowlers, Murray bar Crofters 5-4 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies,
Tower bar Knights 5-4 Stirrup Stane Indians, Letham Bowlers 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Stirrup Stane Indians 7-2 Doo Club
Fanciers, Commercial Inn Juniors 3-6 Murray bar Crofters, Deans B.C. Go;lden Oldies 5-4 Cawburn Steamers.
Bathgate Friday night league results from last Friday saw these scores on
Glen Mavis B.C. (B) 5-4 Old Wine Store,
top game coming from Mark Grimley with 17&19 dart legs.
Glen Mavis B.C. (A) 5-4 Kirknewton Innkeepers, few cracking games in this match up with, three players on
the 180 trail and they were Andy Thomson, Scott Baillie and William Borland, fast legs came by way off, Andy Thomson 17 darter,
Scott Baillie 17&19 darters.
bar Fauldhouse 3-6 Coppies bar Armadale.
This weeks matches have been rescheduled and it is league action with the singles comp now a week later, and the matches
Old Wine Store v Coppies B, Coppies A
v Kirknewton Innkeepers, Cross Tavern v Glen Mavis B, Glen Mavis A v Corrie bar, Lammies A v Lammies B.
21st Oct, News from around the ockies,
The Inaugural Geordie Bird Memorial Trophy which was held in East Calder was won by Darren Beveridge from
Broxburn. Winning in Irvine saw Kevin McKinney jnr taking the title at the Three Craws pub.
Also in the money this week end were four
players from Ayrshire picking up cash prizes in the Turkish Open, Wullie Laird, Wullie Burns for the men, and for the Ladies
it saw Margaret Fergusson and Karen Cruikshanks, well done to all these players.
19th Oct, And Friday night news from the ockies
in the Bathgate League,
Coppies A 6-3 Coppies
Glen Mavis A 9-0 Lammies
With players racking up some teriffic
scores and these were, Andy Thomson 15&20 darters, Darren Beveridge 15 dart game, Billy Meikle 17&18 dart legs, Scott
Baillie 18 darter, Top finishes had Darren Beveridge with a 101 take out, Andy Thomson 94 game shot, Billy Meikle only player
on the maximum trail with a crackinh 180 score. In the doubles it saw Brian Donaldson & Rikki Brown with a rock solid
19 dart game.
Kirknewton Innkeepers were on form with
a fine 8-1 score line over the travelling Corrie bar from Armadale, players recording top scores from their throws were, Davie
Aitken 2x180’s, John Milns and Graeme Bird both recording 1x180, Graeme Bird 110 game shot, Gary Christie 86 take out,
Davie Aitken 17 darter, and top doubles saw the husband and wife team of Denise & Graem Bird firing in a 20 dart game.
Just for a wee info , the past few weeks there has been hardly
no internet or broadband for the web site to be updated as often as I would like but all sorted now, and just in case you
think I have not been playing well just a little, recording 153-120-110 game shots in matches and a few fast games 17&19
in 501 leagues and 17&19 darters in the 601 league, so still life in the old fella yet! Oh and a couple of maximums as
Results from the Dreghorn & District Monday night league
which is sponsored by the Getfed takeaway in Irvine,
Crown Inn 3-7 Towerlands A, Alton B 10-0 Water Sports Club, Three Craws 1-9 Alton A, Towerlands B 4-6 Parks
Brian Wallace with a 110 game shot,
for the Alton A, Brian Wallace 18 darts, Chris Kirkpatrick 20 darts,
Dean McQuarrie 16 darter, Jamie Curran jnr 18 darts,
K McKinney 15-20 darts, P McGuiness 21
darts, J hall 19 darts.
15th Oct, And a Monday night report with a difference, the West Calder
& District league now runs three competitions where there used to be just one, with Premier, Championship and Ladies all
having their very own titles to play for, Hope the Treasurer has deep pockets as they now need three lots of winners and r/up
trophies to buy! Unless it has become a money league! But if this helps bring players into the venue it’s a great idea
as one thing all leagues need to do is keep the sponsor happy and so to the winners and runners up!
Premier League saw the Wanderers of Craigshill defeating
the Volunteer Highway Men in their grand final, Champions Gordon Bruce, Gary Christie, John Miln’s and Mick Burke, Runners
up were the team of John Crossley, Peter Hastings, Rex Brady and Graham Borland.
Championship league saw the Crofters from Polbeth defeating their other team in the grand final in an A
V B match up, Champions Craig Jack, Ryan Jack, Josh Jack and Ben Hart, runners up were, Calvin Fleming, R Craig, D Oswald
and J Smith.
Ladies competition was also a one team
final with the ladies of the Doo Club in East Calder toeing the ocky against each other, and it saw Leona Stewart, Daisy Heeps,
Denise Bird and Kathy Henderson just edging out Babs Baillie, Karen Heeps, Avril Bird and Fiona Clark, to give the Doo Club
a one two place in this the first running of this new competition.
Special mentions from the evening action on the ockies saw, Five players firing in maximum 180’s R
Laurie, G Bird, C Agnew, G Christie, and G Bruce with a brace of 180’s,
Now here is a cracker not just one but three players on target with 170 finishes this
must be a first in any league with R Dick, D Aitken, B Forrest all rattling in the score called the Big Fish cracking game
shots, a more modest game shot saw John Brogan with a an almost sedate 90 take out.
Thanks to League secretary for the information much appreciated.
13th Oct, And the start of the Scottish darts Inter-counties and this season I was
very privilidged to be asked to sign for Greater Glasgow and was also selected to play straight away (thank you), and our
first match was away to Renfrewshire and the venue the Horse Shoe Bar, and the scores are as follows Ladies B, with the Renfrewshire
team names first,
I Irvine 2-0 L Ross,
J Anderson 2-0 M Anderson, K McKinnon 2-0 V Duff, C Hepburn 2-0 Y Quinn, and so Renfrewshire sweeping the board in this match
4 games to 0,
Next up the men’s
B and this is a 6 players match up with 5 x501 the format,
B Hewitt 3-1 G Collumb, M Brown 3-0 C Coyle, L Docherty 2-3 C Abernathy, M Bruce 1-3 B Mccuaig, D Campbell 2-3 P
McPherson, I Fruer 2-3 S Smith and so a 2-4 victory for the Wee Crew of Greater Glasgow,
The Ladies A match was a superb advert for Ladies darts with so many top
players toeing the ocky once again the home team names first, J Casey 3-1 K Tierney, L Hepburn 3-1 L Cowan, L McDonald 3-0
J McNally, D McBride 0-3 M Fergusson, K Gray 0-3 L Grant, M McShane 0-3 S McGimpsey, and a hard fought draw 3-3 with both
teams settling for a point cracking match.
so to the men’s A, format 7x501, Gerry Dee 4-3 J McCallum, G Hewitt 0-4 A Callary, G Dee jnr 4-0 D Fitch, R Deas 1-4
G Collumb, R Grithins 0-4 J Mitchell, M Brown 0-4 R Sharp, B Maleyn 2-4 B Tennant, J Ward 1-4 W Laird, S Gormely 2-4 D Callary,
D Allan 1-4 D beautiman, L Grierson 3-4 D Irvine, G Watt 3-4 M Sheehan, and so a a very hard win final score 3-9 to the visitors
to give the final score combined of the day Renfrewshire 12-16 Greater Glasgow. Here is a report from the Chairman of Greater Glasgow (his words) copied from F.B.
Well done " The Crew " today ,,, what
an amazing fight back from loosing the first 6 sets to winning 16-12 against a very good Renfrewshire team ,,, my personal
memories are of Craig Abernethy grinding out a 3-2 win to get our first point on the board ,, young Brian Mccuaig winning 3-1 on his first outing for us ,, big Peter McPherson grinding out his 3-2 win then Stevie Smith doing exactly the same to bring us back to 6-4 down ,,, then in the ladies A at
3-0 down in sets Margaret Ferguson steps up to the mark with a cool 90 checkout on the bull to start the fight back once again for us ,, followed up by Laura Grant and Susanna McGimpsey wins to get us right back in the mix at 9-7 down ,,, and who will forget John Mccallum s first game for us ? ,, what a cracker ! ,, unfortunately John loosing out 4-3 to his former team-mate Garry Dee snr ,,,
then at 11-8 down we had George Collumb grinding out his 4-1 victory ,,, Jim Mitchell s 153 checkout in his 4-0 victory ,,, Drew Callary,, our player of the day with 24.80 , and his 4-2 victory over Stevie Gormley to put us 13-12 in the lead ,,, big Darren Beautiman winning 4-1 in his first game back ,,, then Davie Irvine literally grinding out a 4-3 victory in his first ever game on a
county stage and last but not least Michael Sheehan,,, 4-3 winner ,,, asking me while he was loosing 2-1 " how am I behind in this game " ,,, but as usual Mick just
does what Mick usually does and comes from behind to win ,,,, but I have to say a massive thank you to ALL the players who
came along today for Greater Glasgow ,,, whether you played or not you are ALL a very important part of this county ,,,, and
on a side note can I just remind all of you that any decisions that are made by myself or any other committee member are for
the greater good of Greater Glasgow Darts ,,, on my part there is NEVER anything personal between decisions that have to be
made ,, it's all for the good of our county
Thanks again everybody for such a memorable day
Mon The Crew
12th Oct, Scores from the Friday night Bathgate
league for your perusal!
Glen Mavis (B)
4-5 Coppies (A)
Lammies Bar 3 -6
Glen Mavis B.C.
(A) 9-0 Coppies (B)
Top shots recorded
saw, Players on the maximum trail being, Alan McDonald, Gary Christie, John Miln’s, and Scott Baillie all recording
Fast games and
these need to be 20 darts or less for a 25+ dart average or better, Alan McDonald 15 darter, also Andy Thomson firing in a
15 dart game, Graeme Bird 17 dart game, Gary Christie 18 darter, Rab Dick & Billy Meikle both with 19 darters, four players
all with 20 darters and they are Stuart Russell, Marc Campbell, John Miln’s, Andy Thomson with a 20 darter to add to
Good finishers from the nights action
saw, Andy Wardlaw with a classy 116 take out, Graeme Bird 97 take out, Jamie Banks jnr with an 84 take out, Rab dick 82 kill
And only doubles recorded of note was
Andy Thomson jnr & Scott Baillie with an 18 dart game.
11th Oct, And action from the Greater Glasgow Premier league these matches are from four person teams and each player
plays all the players in the opposing team so the format is 16 x 601 all legs to be played as each leg is worth a point! So
with ten teams in the league here are last nights scores once the chalk dust had settled, and there were some real tough battles
on the ocky as only 5 points separated the top five teams,
Pockets 4-12 Neil’s, Ashfield 6-10
Joe McWoods, Eagle 7-9 Hello, Fairfield’s 10-6 Wee Crew, W.D’S 140 10-6 Bridge.
League Tables are on the
Glasgow Premier League page.
8th Oct, Dreghorn Monday night league results,
Water Sports Club 0-10 Alton ‘A’, Towerlands ‘A’
4-6 Three Craws,
R& A Sports Club 6-4 Crown Inn, Irvine Bowling Club 3-7 Sports Bar,
Alton ‘B’ 9-1 Towerlands ‘B’.
from the ockies of the league saw players firing in maximums and they were, Liam Dean, Kevin McInrue all with 180’s,
players fifing in a brace of 180’s were Jamie Curran, Kevin McKinney jnr also with a brace of maximums, Also joining
them with 2x180’s G Coulter,
Fast legs saw, Saw a 14 darter from G Coulter he also fired
in a rock solid 21 darter for good measure, Jamie Curran with the second fastest recorded game of the night a cracking 15
dart game, Kevin McKinney jnr one dart more with a 16 & 21 dart games, John Hall with a 16 darter, Jim Law 17 darter,
Bernard Price & Ronnie Sharp 18 darter, John McLauchlan & Andy Stewart both with 19 dart legs, Jim Thomson 20 dart
game, Jim Mitchell 20 darter, William Laird 20 darter, Ian McCudden 20 darter, Kevin McInrue 20 dart game, and last but not
least Robert Thornton with a 20 darter,
Top finishing power had Bernard Price with a superb 157 take out, Jamie
Curran 106 game shot, G Coulter 102 take out.
8th Oct, Results from the W.C.D.D.L.
Premier league matches went like this,
Central bar Rebels from West Calder losing
out to the travelling Loganlea Colliers by 3 games to 6, Rebellious players on target were reigning champion of champions
winner from last season Scott Baker with 15&19 dart games and cracking 116 take out, However Martin Balfour was in even
better checking out form with two crackers of 116& 142 and a superb 15 dart game, From the land that time forgot it saw
the Addiewell wizard Stuart Russell firing in a maximum 180 and 19 dart game for the Colliers.
Inn Nomads from West Calder defeating the Cawburn Railroaders 6-3, Some top action from the Nomads with
the evergreen Bunny Forrest firing in a cracking 112 game shot, Jamie Fleming was also in top form with a cracking 171 score
and games finished in 20&19 deadly arrows, Railroaders were also getting in on the action with Wullie Wilson also firing
in a cracking 171 score on the treble nineteen’s and a tidy 88 kill shot, couple of maximum 180’s scores coming
from John Sandison & Christopher Mitchell.
From Craigshill it saw the Stirrup Stane Wanderers winning
by a white wash over last years Championship winners the Doo Club Flyers by 9-0, couple of mentions which have just got to
me (Friday) are The old man of Armadale firing in a superb 170 game shot along with a 17 darter, Gary Christie with an 18
dart game, as was John Miln's, couple of doubles which were to notch saw Arran Edwards & John Miln's with an excellent
15 darter, and perhaps the oldest pairing in the league by far it saw Big Daffy Frank Begley & Mick Burke knocking in
a 20 darter not bad for a couple of oldies!
Pirates putting one over on the champions of last season the Volunteer Highway Men in the Premier league by the odd leg in
nine a fine win for the Pirates 5 games to 4.
8th Oct, Championship league results went like this,
Doo Club Fanciers of East
Calder 2-7 Tower bar Knights from Craigshill, Couple of special mentions from the Knights of Craigshill with the man with
a sting in his tail Stevie (the Scorpion) Duncan a superb 171 score, and Jim Galloway also in top form with a cracking maximum
Kirknewton Innkeepers with a cracking victory with a 8-1 result over the Indians of Craigshill who play out
of the Stirrup Stane, Leading the way for the Innkeepers was Jack Stirling with a maximum 180, and then his father showed
him how to finish in style with a superb 122 game shot on the bulls eye,
bar Crofters from Polbeth keeping their excellent run going winning 7-2 over the new team in the league the Letham Bowlers,
The Jack family were in excellent form for the Crofters with Craig Jack snr finishing on 83 only to be usurped by Ryan Jack
who went out on a classy 114 game shot, and then there was Josh Jack who should that finishing power is not the only darting
skill of the family when he rattled the red lipstick with a brilliant maximum 180, One of the leagues elder statesmen John
Grant for the Letham Bowlers was also on target with a cracking maximum 180 as well.
Steamers from Pumpherston found an in form team in their guests for the night the Commercial Inn Juniors of West Calder who
triumphed by 2-7 to claim the points on offer, Derek Yule firing in a 17 dart game and a rock solid 94 game shot, Ian Campbell
also getting in on the action with an 18 darter for the Juniors.
Shot of the week think it
has to be shared to three players, Martin Balfour for a superb 142 game shot for the Rebellious ones of West Calder, Billy
Stirling for a classy 122 out on the Bulls eye up there on the hill of Kirknewton, and to a young man who played in the youth
organisation a few years ago Josh Jack for I believe his first maximum 180 in an official league match! For the Polbeth Crofters.
7th Oct, Saw the Mick McMoran memorial singles which
was held in Dreghorn at the Crown Inn which saw some top darting talent on show who came to try and win this prestige’s
title with players from the top echelons of both the BDO & PDC in action however there can be only one winner and it was
the man they call the X Factor Mr Andy Boulton who took the title from Graham Fergusson in a cracking final, in the Ladies
competition it saw Tricia Winton Queen just losing out in a cracking final by the odd leg in five with Hannah Bell taking
the title with a 3-2 win, Congratulations to all four finalists but especially to Hannah and Andy who did what no other person
did all day they hit more doubles!
Millar from Kirknewton was in action with the Scotland team down in England for the Deaf darts championships, where it saw
England top the group with 25 points, Scotland 22 points and Wales with 15 points, Jay did both his team and himself proud
over the week ends competitions with a record of playing 21 matches winning a superb 18 of them, The top
team from the week end saw Reading the defending and obviously reigning champions defeating Pontypridd from Wales in the Grand Final by 5 games to 2
7th Oct, William Borland winning in the New Pheasant
open singles in Haddington, John Miln’s making it through to the semi finals, however no other information is available
at this time!
6th Oct, it saw the start of the New Cumnock league
in Ayrshire and it saw Margaret Fergusson keeping Jim Mitchell firing in a rock solid 17 dart game in their league match.
5th Oct, And action from the Friday night Bathgate
& District darts league saw some excellent performances from the leagues top darts stars, the Newly crowned Glen Mavis
Bowling club A team were up against there team mates the Glen Mavis B team, and it saw the A winning convincingly by a score
line of 8 games to 1. Top action saw William Borland finishing his match in 18&20 arrows, Darren Beveridge got in on the
action with 17&19 darts plus a cracking 174 score, Andy Thomson jnr also on fire with two excellent legs finished in 17
& 14 which was the fastest recorded in the league on Friday night, Maximum hitters from the match up saw Jamie Banks jnr
& Scott Baillie both fire in 180’s. In the doubles it had Callum Cockburn & Darren Beveridge fire in a rock
solid 19 dart game, Scott Baillie & Andy Thomson just one dart further back with a 20 darter.
The Corrie B team saw the travelling Coppies B team just a tad
to hot to handle and fell 3 games to 6, top scores from this match up saw the old man of Armadale darts the evergreen Micky
Burke firing in a solid 20 dart game with a 85 take out, Big Andy Pagget getting in on the action with a an excellent 85 take
out, Stevie Glover in with a 74 game shot, another player in top form was John Brogan recording
a maximum 180 and 19 dart game,
Innkeepers hosted the travelling Coppies A team but it was the home side who claimed the points with a fine display of good
team play winning 7 games to 2, getting in on the action were, Gary Christie with a maximum 180, Ian, Ian Fairley with a 174
score, in the doubles it saw John Miln’s keeping his good form of late going when he partnered up
with Gary Christie recording 18&16 darters, Rab Dick & Graeme Bird went even better firing in a cracking 15 darter
the fastest recorded doubles match from the league on the night.
5th Oct, Wishing Jay Millar
from the Kirknewton Innkeepers team all the very best for this week end, when he plays in the International Deaf Darts competitions
down South of the border in Bicester in Oxfordshire, enjoy and do your self proud.
4th Oct, Sad news indeed,
have heard that one of our own Michael Conway known by many as the nickname of the Craigshill Jacket, has sadly passed away,
Michael played in the league for many seasons and will be sadly missed by his friends and team mates, the funeral is on 11th
October at the Livingston Crematorium at 4pm, then back to the Tower , and hopefully there will be a good few glasses raised
in Michaels memory, sad news indeed.
Darting news from the past week or so, with
a new house move on the cards, web site had to take a back seat for a bit, However here we are back on line and fingers crossed
everything of news updated,
Last Monday it saw
action from the Championship league in the West Calder & District darts league, results were, Deans B.C Golden
Oldies 4-5 Tower bar Knights in a cracking shoot out with only that single point the difference but points going the way of
the Knights of Craigshill, Commercial Inn Juniors also in a thriller with the Stirrup Stane Indians and another 5-4 score
liner with the home side taking the points, Cawburn Steamers collecting their first points of the season with a fine 6-3 win
over the Doo Club Fanciers, Murray bar Crofters keep their good run going with a another nail biter of a match and a
5-4 score line giving the home side the points over the travelling Kirknewton Innkeepers.
The Dreghorn Monday night league which is sponsored by Getfed Takeaway in Irvine, saw a plethora of maximum 180’s being
hit with no fewer than nine (9) players rattling the red lipstick, Graeme McConnell , Jim Mitchell , Robert Povah, Jim Reid,
Peter McGuiness, Robert Thornton, William Gemmell, Paul Kelly, Ian Gunion jnr, all these players on the maximum
trail, Fast Games saw Ronnie Sharp with a 15 darter as was Wullie Laird and also with a 15 darter was Graham Fergusson,
, , David Millar with a 19 darter, William Gemmell and Graeme Mcconnell 17 dart games, Kevin McInrue 18 darter, Wullie
Burns 18 dart game, John McLauchlan 19 darter, Jim Law rock solid 21 darter, Top finish recorded goes to one of the
top ladies in the league Margaret Fergusson with a cracking 105 take out via 57-16-32.
Results saw, Crown Inn 5-5 Towerlands (B) Alton (A) 6-4 Parks Bowling Club, Towerlands (A)
9-1 R&A Sports bar, Three Craws 0-10 Alton (B), Sports Bar 10-0 Water Sports Club.
There are still tickets for the Tony O'Shea exhibition in the Three Craws on Sunday 14th October,
tickets are £12.50 and are available from the Bar or WulBur Darts Promotions on :07772 615652.
28th Sept, And the Bathgate Friday night league started their
season with the Annual K.O. Cup competition, and it saw the Glen Mavis Bowling Club from Bathgate claiming the first silver
wear of the season, Defeating Coppie's bar of Armadale in the grand final.
25th Sept, And here is a player worth mentioning, playing in
the Ballroom Tuesday night league where the format is 10x501 all legs to be played it saw Andrew Davidson firing in 5x180's,
along with game shots of 145-118-108 and games finished in double quick time 12-14-15-15 darts excellent marksmanship from
this Edinburgh player.
Monday night and some terrific action on the ockies around the
league, many players strutting their stuff and here for those that may be interested are our maximum hitters, Scott Baker
for the Rebellious ones of West Calder with a brace of 180’s excellent shooting from the reigning league Champion of
Champions, From the Knights out of the Tower bar of Craigshill we have J Gallaway rattling the treble twenty bed for a maximum
180, Up on the hill it has William Millar on target with a 180 score for the Innkeepers of Kirknewton, Commercial Inn Nomads
player Rab Dick also on target with a 180, a new name to the league list of big hitters is John Crossley for the Highway Men
with a maximum 180, Jason Rae of the Commercial Inn Juniors rattling the red lipstick with a maximum 180, And lets not forget
Old Man Mick Burke of the Wanderers who play out of the Stirrup Stane on target also recording a 180, John Gardener from the
Innkeepers on target with a superb 177 score to get into the Maximum hitters league table, remembering readers any score from
171-180 counts a maximum!
Finishing in style last
night we had, Graeme Bird and Bunny Forrest both ton plus finishes for the Nomads of West Calder the Bird man with a 116 take
out and Bunny with a rock solid 100 game shot, Wullie Jack for the Almondale Pirates with a 76 take out, two players from
the Tower bar Knights with rock solid finishes were Joe Devlin 80 game shot and Stevie Duncan with a 90 kill shot, Golden
Oldies player the man with impeccable taste in linen/gingham wear oops I mean shirts yes Matt Purdie getting in on the action
with 103 & 78 take outs always nice to hear about the old guys still finishing well!
Fast games and we have, John Crossley with 17&19 darters for the Highway Men of Uphall, William Millar
and John Sandison both recording 19 darters, and Brian Mairs the quiet man of the league with a solid 20 darter, now there
must have been more but that is all that has been reported so far, However some top doubles action and firing in fast games
were, John Crossley & Colin Hamilton 17 darter, Roy Anderson & Bunny Forrest with a 18 darter, Derek Carmichael &
Wullie Jack 18 dart game, Stevie Scott & Colin Robertson 20 darter.
League results are as follows,
Premier League, Volunteer Highway Men 8-1 Doo Club Flyers,
Loganlea Colliers 1-8 Commercial Inn Nomads, Almondale Pirates 3-6 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Central bar Rebels 5-4 Railroaders.
Championship League Results are, Tower bar Knights 5-4
Kirknewton Innkeepers, Stirrup Stane Indians 1-8 Murray bar Crofters, Letham B.C. Bowlers 6-3 Cawburn Steamers, Commercial
Inn Juniors 5-4 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies.
22nd Sept, And all roads led to
the very last running of a long established competition which was held in the OLD OAK in Rutherglen, once again it saw Katie
Monaghan & John Jamieson at the helm and you can tell what a great job they do, with players down South playing in the
British Open and Masters and also a P.D.C event happening down South of Hadrian’s wall, Katie & John still
had players from Ayrshire, West Lothian, Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow attending, there were Internation’s,
Semi Professionals, county players and of course good old fashioned pub players in the mix, the event was played over the
best of 5x501 up until the semi final and final which then became 7x501 and 9x501,
The last 4 players left toeing the ocky after some four hours
of intense match play saw, saw some tremendous darting talent toeing the ocky, Andy Boulton bt Evander Stevenson, Kris Jamieson
bt Jim Brown, and then there were 2, and it saw Kris throw just about everything apart from the kitchen sink at Andy but to
no avail as Andy Boulton who has played at the highest level had answers and it saw the champion crowned, Andy Boulton 5-1
Kris Jamieson, Kris in the semi final had been absolutely superb taking out bull finishes twice and ton plus check outs not
giving Jim Brown another PDC player a shot at a double, however on the day the high scoring power of Andy was just to strong
for the chasing pack, congratulations to both players who did what no other player on the day , they hit more doubles!
Also early doors it saw the spectators holding
their breaths as Richard Baillie fired in 6 consecutive treble twenties however his next dart a single 5 brought the usual
booing from the on looking spectators! But he did go out in 11 deadly arrows twice in that match superb throwing ask his opponent
Mr John Jamieson!!!!
Just a snippet from myself,
using a brand new set up thanks to Ted McMillan for getting these for me, a brand new set of Leighton Rees 27 gram darts,
now they are almost identical to the originals but they have the Winmau stamp on them instead of Leighton’s signature,
and they are just a slight bit thinner not much just a finger nail thinner, now for those that know I always like trying something
new and for the past 6 months have been using L style flights and stems, however they don’t quite fit on these arrows
just a slight ridge where barrel and stem meet! But if used with the Prism stems that they come with they are as smooth as
anything and you would not know there was a join between barrel and stem! So think I might just stick with these for a wee
while anyway on the day couple decent shots with them couple of 15 darters a tidy 91 out in two arrows and a nice wee shanghai
finish on the twenties, Jim Brown punishing me in the quarters 1-0 up and wiring the double 16 was half way past the ocky
before realising it was not in (damn) and in stead of regrouping went straight at the 8’s and got punished for it, but
all in all managed to get through three rounds so these might just do for the foreseeable future, lovely set of arrows cheers
hard lines to Wullie Laird of Irvine just losing out in the third round of the British Open down in Bridlington by 3 games
to 2 from International player Richard Venstra, who went on to take the title 6-5 over Wesley Harms.
17th Sept, Start of the W.C.D.D.L.
Monday night league and some real tough tussles on the ockies of the league venues and here are some of the scores, that have
been reported by your league secretary Connie Bamburry.
Steamers under Gerry Hughes leadership just losing out in a close encounter to the Stirrup Stane Indians of Craigshill by
the odd game in 9 score 4-5 to The Fat Controller Fred Hamilton’s Indian Braves who I am sure will
still be dancing round the camp fires celebrating their Winning victory dance.
Murray bar Crofters from Polbeth hosted the travelling Tower bar Knights of Craigshill and once again almost
nothing between the two teams with only the odd game in nine separating these stalwart teams of the Monday night league 5-4
to the Polbeth Crofters, nice to see the Crofters back in the league after their venue shut last season no one wants a pub/shop
to close, best wishes for the season to come.
on the hill of Kirknewton it saw the Innkeepers firing out their intentions for the coming season under the leadership of
Stevie Edwards with a cracking 7-2 win over the Doo Club Fanciers of East Calder.
Letham Bowling club a new team in the league and it looks like they have
been christened the Bowler’s, v the Golden Oldies from the Deans Bowling club this tussle between the Bowling clubs
go the way of the Golden Oldies from Deans who came away with a 7-2 victory, top game from this match up saw Big Geordie Dryburgh
with a superb 15 darter.
17th Sept, Last season the Wanderers
from Craigshill who ply their trade from the Stirrup Stane had struggled as they were sometimes down to just 4 or 5 players
and with them being former league champions this was surprising , but their team captain Big Daddy Frank Begley did a magnificent
job of keeping them going even when they were down to just 4 players he never let them fold another team captain might have
just said lets forget it but not Big Frank, and it looks like he has a full team for this season recording a superb victory
over the very dangerous team from the Central bar in West Calder the Rebellious ones from the Central bar in West Calder.
Some top action from the ocky in this game saw, Gordon Bruce with a 15 dart game, Craig Agnew & Mick Burke both firing
in 17 dart games, Mick Burke also rattling the red lipstick firing in a maximum 180, Also getting in on the action was league
mascot Gary Melman Christie with a rock solid 20 darter, The Rebellious ones had some top games as well with Scott Baker &
Ryan Little both firing in 18 dart games.
Premier league defending champions the Volunteer Highway Men were drawn away the Railroaders
for their first match of the season and it seems it was a close encounter with the score 3-3 after the singles but the Highway
Men have always been good doubles players and the final score 6-3, Sandy Coulter for the home team fired in a maximum 180,
but then it seemed to go the Highway Men’s way with, Peter Hastings hitting a superb 164 game shot, the man they call
cool hand Rex Brady showing just why with a cracking 171 score a 100 take out and a rock solid 20 dart game, in the doubles
it saw Colin Robertson & Graham Borland firing in a 18 darter, Rex Brady & Peter Hastings also firing in an other
top finish with a 124 kill shot in the doubles.
weeks K.O. Champions the Commercial Inn Nomads certainly gave the travelling Almondale Pirates a torrid time of it running
out 8-1 winners, Graeme Bird getting in on the action with an 18 darter and a 82 kill shot, the man they call the Polbeth
Hit-Man Davie Aitken on target with a 19 darter and a maximum 180 as was the man who is called Turpin! Rab Dick also firing
in a maximum 180, Harthill’s top arrow smith on target with a classy 106 take out, and in the doubles it saw the pairing
of Jamie Banks jnr & Davie Aitken recording 17&18 dart games. The Almondale Pirates put in some top shots as well
and it saw Derek Carmichael firing in a maximum 180 and then teaming up with Big Wullie Jack they fired in a classy 16 dart
The Doo Club Flyers last years Championship winning
team found a hot reception awaiting them to the Premier league when they welcomed the Loganlea Colliers to their venue in
the Doo Club, the Colliers doing a number and winning by 6 games to 3, Though the result may not have gone the way of the
Flyers there were some excellent arrows thrown by them with Paul Weir firing in 18&19 dart games and a cracking 110 game
shot, Kevin Murphy one of the leagues most improved players on target with a maximum 180, Stevie Morrans a rock solid 20 darter,
For the Colliers of Loganlea we had B Watterson finishing on a solid 86 game shot, Team captain Alan Wilson with two cracking
finishes of 114&93 take outs. Also another couple of top shots from this cracking match up had Stevie Morton firing in
scores of 137 & 139, And without a doubt I believe both these teams are going to have a huge say in who comes out on top
of the Premier league this season!
17th Sept, Dreghorn & District
league saw Monday night action taking place across the area and it saw the two, Alton teams fighting out a 5-5 draw in a match
which swung one way then the other! David Tennant with a cracking 14 darter and adding a maximum 180 for good measure, also
with fast games were Kevin McKinney jnr two fast games with rock solid 17&21 dart legs, Robert Steveley also with another
quick game recording a 19darter.
‘B’ were up against the 3 Craws and it went down the wire but it was the Craws team who claimed the victory with
a last doubles win to record a 6-4 win.
Park B.C. Hosted the travelling Towerlands ‘A’ and it was the visitors who took to the ocky running with a 6 -1
lead in the singles the doubles then saw the Bowlers rally taking the first two matches and unlucky not to take the third
so final score 7-3 to the Towerlands ‘A’ some top shots from the nights action saw, Stuart Lusby with a cracking
17 darter, Ronnie Sharp with a brace of fast legs finishing in 18&19 darts, Jim Mitchell with 18&20 darters, Big Neilie
Campbell with the top finish of the night with a 114 game shot.
Water Sports Club v R & A Sports bar, and it saw the R&A Sports bar taking a 5-2 lead in the singles
which had Tricia Winton Queen & Janice Spoors winning for the home team, the R&A making sure of
the points with the first two doubles matches final score was Water Sports Club 2 R&A Sports bar 8.
Sports bar v The Crown, and some tremendous arrows thrown
in this league match, with Jim McEwan leading the way with a cracking 13 darter plus a wee maximum 180 as well, Andy Stewart
firing in a 16 dart game, and then there were a brace of 17 darters from Graham Fergusson and Jamie Curran, Kevin McInrue
jnr with a solid 18 darter and Jamie Curran also with a 20 darter to follow his 17 dart game, Stephan Baird and Sid Curran
taking singles matches fro the travelling Crown team, however the Sports bar did the treble in the doubles! And came away
with a cracking 8-2 victory.
16th Sept, And all roads led to the Glen Mavis Bowling club in Bathgate for an open Men’s & Ladies darts singles competition,
Now this event was jointly organised by obviously the Glen Mavis B.C. & Darts Scotland Mr Ted McMillan, and master of
ceremonies for the day saw the one and only Liz McLean at the control desk, and with three dart boards in use in the function
suite for the men it saw some tremendous arrows being thrown, now there can be only one winner and it saw Broxburn’s
big hitter Darren Beveridge turning on the style and defeating East Calder’s William Borland in a superb final with
Darren winning 6 games to 2, just losing out in the semi finals were Darren Gray & John Miln’s from Livingston,
all four players receiving prize monies, the Ladies event which was played separately in the Lounge bar in a round robin event
which saw some excellent arrows thrown and it came down to the final match before a winner could be crowned,
and it was Mary Clark of Kirknewton who edged out Gillian Mitchell from Livingston in a high scoring match up which saw Mary
taking the title, both ladies receiving monetary prizes for their endeavour’s, couple of snippets from the days action
that I know off were, Fastest game a cracking 13 darter by Chris McCall (there may have been better but
no one told me!) John Miln’s perhaps the best three throws of the day, with a maximum 180 and then game shot followed
by another maximum 180 to start the next leg nice throwing, now these events can not happen with out a lot of hard work and
the Thomson family of Senior & Junior did an excellent job of setting up the venue and putting up the match boards also
to the staff behind the bar for keeping everyone supplied with the amber nectar and of course the Ted & Liz for their
hard work, and to all who turned up and there were many local and not so ,local players in the draw, fingers crossed will
see you all at the ocky in the near future! Or perhaps the bar?
13th Sept, Well start of a brand new league campaign for my-self last night in the Greater Glasgow Premier league, under the
watchful eye of Jim Duncan who must be one of the hardest working committee men in the country, in early mornings setting
up boards and putting ockies down a committee persons work is never done! And with Our Wullie otherwise known as William Laird
taking pity on me and letting me join his team of the Fairfield, and last night it saw Willie Laird, Katie Tierney , Graham
Fergusson and myself up against the team of Joe McWoods, these league matches are 4 person teams with every one playing the
everyone else in the opposing team, so 16 legs of 601 are played and every leg won is a point, last night it saw Joe McWoods
make a superb start and at 1-5 down it looked bleak for the Fairfield team however things can change and in the end
a 7-9 loss was perhaps better than it looked early doors, have put out the top matches from the nights actions on the ockies
and there are five boards in use throughout the night, Some tremendous dart thrown but without a doubt Gerry Greenwood’s
fabulous 14 darter will take some beating scores of 95-140-180-140-46 g.s. now that's a game of arrows!
Facts and stats from last nights games in Glasgow are on the brand new
Greater Glasgoe Premier league page!
Sept, And so it begins, YES the start of another season of top darting action from the West Calder & District darts
league on a Monday night, and as usual it was the 7 person K.O. Cup that kicks starts the season, and as I am now a neutral
observer here is what I have been told!
The final of the Cup was played between the top two teams from the league
last season and this time the placings were reversed as the Nomads from the Commercial Inn of West Calder notoriety under
the leadership of John Bruton took the title for the second consecutive season from last seasons Premier league champions
the Volunteer Highway Men from Uphall, So first blood of the season goes to the Commercial Inn Nomads congratulations winning
the event twice is no mean feat, also congratulations to the runners up cant have a final without two cracking teams in it
so I am sure the Highway Men will be out for revenge once the league season gets under way, should be some cracking tussles
between these two great rivals, and let us not forget the other teams in the league some tremendous dart players out there
amongst a lot of very good teams.
Some statistics from the evenings entertainment saw, Maximum scores being
recorded by none other than, Stuart Russell from the land that time almost forgot Loganlea/Addiewell with a brace of 180’s,
Sandy Coulter & Bunny Forrest both rattling the red lipstick as well recording 180’s,
Top finishes came by way
of, Commercial Inn Nomads players Jamie Fleming and Graeme Bird both with superb 144 game shots, Stuart Russell from the Loganlea
Colliers showing its just not maximum 180 he can hit firing out on a 111 game shot, and joining them on the ton plus finishes
was the old man from Armadale Mickey Burke with a rock solid 104 take out, (wonder what time he had to be back in for, before
his carer got worried!)And put out an AWOL on him!
So Champions Commercial Inn Nomads, J Bruton, J Fleming, G Bird, R Dick,
B Forrest, J Brett, J Quinn, R Anderson.
Runners/ Up Volunteer Highway Men, S Scott, M Deegan, C Robertson, C Hamilton,
R Brady, P Hastings, G Borland, J Charleston.
10th Sept, and from the other
side of the country (well almost) over in Ayrshire it saw Old Man Mitchell playing with a new team the Towerlands Sports club
from Irvine in the Dreghorn & District dart league, This was the 4 Person team event playing with Wullie, Sammy, Neilie,
and myself, Losing out in the q/f, The matches were played in the 3 Craws public house with 5 dart boards in use, and the format is 4 x501
singles the 2x601 doubles and if needed a team shoot out of 701, and once the chalk dust had settled we had two teams
left standing which were the, Alton team of Peter McGuiness, John Hall, Jim Reid & Kevin McKinney Jnr, who would toe the ocky against the Sports Bar team of Graham Ferguson, Andy Stewart, Jamie Curran & Jim McEwan. Some great darts thrown by both sides but there can only be one winner and the Sports Bar took the title. Very grateful
to be put into the team straight away and on the night for the Towerlands team and managed to get into
a wee rhythm with a 15 & 17 dart games and a wee maximum 180 my first of the season in this new adventure with a new team.
Champions the Sports Bar, Runners Up the
8th Sept Kirknewton’s Jay Millar who will represent Scotland later on in the year was in action yesterday
in the Deaf association darts competitions which were held in Edinburgh, In the Triples Jay and his team of Graham Duff &
Scott Reid lost out in the semi finals and it was also the same in the singles competition for Jay, though he was on fire
rattling the red lipstick with ease and recording 3x180’s along with some excellent finishing power with game shots
of 103-117-125 and a 127, cracking darts in any competition, In the Grand Final of the triples it saw The team from Fife defeat
Glasgow A in the final, and in the singles it was Charlie Keith from Aberdeen who defeated Glasgow’s Steven McGeouch
in the final.
8th Sept, And on Saturday the Kirknewton Inn held a Open Doubles competition and players from central Scotland
all converged at the Inn on the hill, From North Berwick in East Lothian, Whitburn in the West and from Stirling in the North,
some top double partnerships made the journey to try and annex the title, Once the quarter finals were in place we had William
Wilson & John Miln’s bt Andrew Davidson & Darren Gray, Stevie Scott & Jim Mitchell bt Ian Stevenson &
Stevie Morrans, William Borland & Andy Thomson bt Gayle Maxwell & Lewis Lyle, Ian Butler & Gary Higgins bt Arron
Russell & George Caruthers, and so to the semi finals and with the four remaining teams all with an eye on the main prize
there were some superb arrows thrown and the format the best of 11x501, The first semi final saw William Borland & Andy
Thomson 6-0 Ian Butler & Gary Higgins, Stevie Scott & Jim Mitchell 6-3 William Wilson & John Miln’s, and
so to the grand final which was a best of 13x501 encounter, and what a match this was with all 13 legs being played the eventual
winners were William Borland & Andy Thomson who in this intense encounter only took the lead on one occasion and that
was when they finished on double 8 to take the title from Stevie Scott & Jim Mitchell who had missed two darts at a double
to win it themselves, Superb match 7-6 the final score, William And Andy between them have a combined age of 44, while there
opponents Stevie & Jim are a tad older with a combined age of 118, which goes to show that in this fabulous sport of ours
age does not matter, as long as you have the commitment and drive to keep on competing! Now couple of special mentions must
go to master of ceremonies Mr Rab Dick of Kirknewton who masterminded this event, Mr Stevie Edwards who marked both semi finals
and final which was much appreciated, and let us not forget our celebrity caller. Referee for the final Mr Andrew Davidson
of Edinburgh, and once again the main sponsors the Kirknewton Inn & local joinery company Graham Piercy Joinery, many
Break down of the prize fund went like this, Champions £180,
R/up £120, S/f £50, Q/f £20
6th Sept, Report from the
Glasgow Premier league Chairman (Neilie Campbell) which held an £500 tournament in the Fairfield club in Govan on Thursday
night, superb turn out from Greater Glasgow county players and Premier league players, this event was sponsored by Jim Duncan,
tonight was probably the most evenly contested singles tournament I have seen in many years and the
standard was exceptionally high and it certainly gives me great encouragement for the coming county season to see so many
established players and potential county players showing off their skills tonight, good luck everybody for the coming season
and thank you, not only for turning out tonight, but for making it a fantastic night of wonderful darts and great sportsmanship,
the two semi finals were closely contested by Jim Mitchell v Darren Wilson which Darren ran out a 3-1 winner , the other semi
final was between Brian Tennant and George the Czech with Brian running out a 3-1 winner also, the final was played on the
county stage and turned out to be a cracker, against the darts Darren took the first leg in 21 darts then Brian took the lead
by throwing back to back 17 darters , Darren came back level with a 17 hitting a 177 in that leg then Brian took the lead
with an 18 darter only for Darren to level it at 3-3 with another 18 dart leg, Brian took control of the final leg with scores
of 100,95,140 then a 134 to leave his favourite double 16, Brian finished this leg in 18 darts with Darren not far behind,
a first class final to round off a brilliant night of darts, congratulations BT, a worthy winner, Brian Tennant 28.62
dart average, Darren Wilson 28.34 dart average. And from myself (Jim M) cracking night of darts and when I first went in found
the very hard working Jim Duncan setting up boards etc, and he made me very welcome, and even escorted me to the bar for a
pint much appreciated, the only thing I never quite got the hang of was the person who was singing the shark song!!! Can’t
remember anyone putting the juke box on! And yes Willie Laird had an official carer with him to make sure he got home safely!
4th Sept, And the final Summer league has finished, George Carruthers (Podge) who has been running the Ballroom Open Singles
league on a Tuesday night has held its finals night, and what a night it was, players collecting prize monies saw the three
division champions receiving £80 each and these were, Ryan Murray, Greg Ritchie and Jim Mitchell, the runners up in
these leagues receiving £40 each were Paul Campbell, Andrew Wheelan’s and Gary Higgins, Most 180’s award
£40 went to Ryan Murray and also the highest finish a superb 170 take out which also netted him a £40 envelope,
Old Man Mitchell just stopping his full house who just managed to sneak the fastest leg an 11 darter which was worth £50,
However on the finals night two competitions were held and it saw William Wheelans edging out Josh Callaghan the Bravo Final,
in the Alpha league final it was that man again Ryan Murray who got the better of Andrew Wheelans in a cracking final by 5
legs to 3, all the finalists from the quarter finals receiving envelopes with a few pounds in them which I know can be exchanged
over the bar for beer tokens if one is so inclined! Once again many thanks to George (Podge)Carruthers and
of course the Ballroom at Jocks Lodge in Auld Reekie for sponsoring this event, thank you.
3rd Sept, And a brand new adventure started last night for Jim & Gillian Mitchell, as they have joined the Towerlands Sports
club in Irvine for darts on a Monday night, And making us very welcome was the one and only Mr William Laird and his carer
for the evening Katie! as did the rest of the team once we were introduced, Unfortunately we did not get quite of to a winning
start but it was close! K.O. Cup format , 7 singles best of 3x501 in each match and two boards on the go at the same time,
so Neil Campbell & Brian Johnston both lost 2-1 after both being 1-0 up, however William Laird & Jim Mitchell then
levelled the score both winning 2-0, so now only three games remaining, and things were getting hot! Ronnie Sharp then put
us ahead, but Margaret Ferguson lost out in tight game 2-1 , and so it was last game decider and it saw Neil Barr losing out
by 2 games to 1, so a loss 3-4 but a good match played in good spirit and handshakes all round afterwards they way it should
be, so the Alton team went on to win the title, and with Gillian now talked into signing along with myself it has a good mix
with Katie, Margaret and Gillian in the team to keep us guys on the straight and narrow (some hope) looking forward to the
season ahead. See you at the ocky next week or perhaps the bar!
31st Nov,Jan Leggat Open on the 24th November this year still has places available, also
if your name is down on the list of players and you cant make it could you please let me know if you are attending or if not
available, this event is capped at 64 Men players, Ladies entry is still open, Just let leave a message in the guest book
and I will amend entry forms! cheers.
30th Aug, Wow what a way to finish the Thursday night Doubles League which was sponsored by the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston,
A superb night of darting action across the ockies, and with the championship still not quite settled
as there were matches which could change where the title would go! But apart from that here are some facts from last night’s
games, receiving monetary awards saw envelopes being handed out to William Borland of East Calder with the highest game shot
a superb 157 take out, Fastest singles game and there were numerous 15 & 16 darters but only one 14 darter and that went
to Scott Baillie from Armadale, In the doubles category it was the team of Gordon Bruce & John Miln’s with a superb
12 darter who picked up an envelope! And then there were some special mentions and first up it saw two
ladies who certainly made their mark winning many games for their respective doubles partners, Amanda Millar & Jessica
Campbell who were given a standing ovation by the rest of the league players,
Now the top four teams all received prize money, and here are the teams and their points gained from the 13
matches each team had to play,
Champions Andy Thomson & Scott
Baillie £140 (89 points) runners up William Borland & Jamie Banks £90 (83 points) third place Gordon Bruce
& John Miln’s £50 (82 points) fourth place Rex Brady & Graham Borland £30 (78 points) and to the
rest of the league and with every leg won in each match worth a point there were no teams with out points!
William Wilson & Stevie Duncan (71 points) John Sandison & Grant Lyle (69 points) Kirk
Gordon & Paul Gausden ( 55 points) Billy Stirling & Jack Stirling (49 points) Amanda Millar & William Millar (49
points)Ian Baker & Jimbo McMillan (36 points) Mark Lee & Gerry Hughes (31 points)Jessica Campbell & Jay Millar
(28 points)Mark Hopkinson & Ronan or Gillian! Substitute (16 points) and one with draw. And that ladies and gents is the
final league placings,
Now on the night some top scores recorded
by Jay Millar rock solid 102 game shot, Gerry Hughes with a classy 109 game shot, Scott Baillie 120 take
out, William Wilson nice maximum on the treble nineteen’s a cracking 171 score, Scott Baillie maximum 180 to add to
his collection! Couple of fast doubles games and it saw Stevie Duncan & William Wilson with a terrific 13 darter, Scott
Baillie & Andy Thomson 15 darter Scott also with 19 darter in the singles,
So with this being my penultimate darts competition that I am running in the area can I say many thanks to
all who have taken the time to thank me personally and also to our sponsor Malky Cowan who has been sponsoring darts in the
area for a good while now and it is much appreciated Thank you.
28th Aug, Well the annual A.G.M. of the West Calder & District dart league has now come and gone! And
with a brand new committee, Jim Mitchell after 18 years has stood down as chairman/treasurer and is upping sticks and
going of to pastures new with Gillian down Ayrshire way, and just in case anyone wonders YES still playing darts have three
teams to go to, on a Monday in Irvine-Friday New Cumnock and every second Thursday in Glasgow, now last night the committee
for the new season ahead is, Chairman Mr James Banks from West Calder, Vice chairman Mr Billy Weir of Bathgate, and your two
excellent League & Match secretaries Mr John McDonald and Mrs Connie Bamburry who have been running the competitions superbly
well for a few seasons now, I wish all four of them the very best for the season ahead and I look forward to hearing of the
darting exploits of the players and teams within the league structure, as many will be aware I have a web site Jim’s
Dart’s Diary, which has been on the go for some ten years now and I will continue to write up reports about you all
as and when I receive them, remember I’m only a email away! And its a hobby to try and GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE,
So folks on that note hopefully see you on the ocky at a comp somewhere or if not the ocky perhaps the bar mine's a pint!
and on a last note many thanks to all who have wished Gillian and myself good fortune in our new adventure much appreciated,
Snippets from last week end, William Borland wins East Calder Open, Steven Robertson wins Ally Forrester
23rd Aug, And what a night on the ocky at the Cawburn Sports board J&G Doubles league, with teams all making their move for
the top spot, and it saw partnerships dropping and some jumping places, and we have Scott Baillie and his partner in crime
Andy Thomson back on top with last weeks league leaders dropping to third and moving up into contention has the pairing of
East & West that being Jamie Banks jnr (West)and William Borland (East) and with Bruce & Miln’s v Banks &
Borland next week it could leave the title open to our leaders Baillie & Thomson, though Rex Brady & Graham Borland
could depending on the tussle above them also move into the monetary positions, so lot’s to play for and once again
this format which is totally different from anything else that has been played in the Open season! With every leg worth a
point has all the teams with points on the board simply put a leg dropped is a point to your opposition, boy has it been exciting
and there are only two teams who have not tasted defeat yet, but both have had draws! So no one can be
complacent can they! Now some excellent shooting from the night’s action and here is what has been written down,
Scott Baillie from one of Armadale’s top teams the Corrie Bar recording 3
x180’s, Ian Baker of the Grand Central Railroaders getting in on the action with a maximum 180 of
his own, Bathgate’s Andy Thomson who is playing for the Glen Mavis bowling club this season coming
firing in a cracking 177 score, Top finishes and there were a few, Andy Thomson leading the way with a
cracking 126 via 19-57-bulls eye and a more modest 98 take out, William Borland getting in on the action as was Kirk Gordon
both with a 111 kill shot’s, Scott Baillie with a rock solid 78 take out, Kirknewton’s Jay Millar who will be
representing Scotland in the Deaf British championships later in September against the Auld enemy those folk from South of
the Border, firing in two classy finishes of 78&75,
games in the singles matches had, Andy Thomson missing very little with games finished in 16-17-17 deadly arrows, Gordon (THE)
Bruce with 17 & 19 dart games, not bad for an oldie! Jack Stirling from Kirknewton showing his old man how it should be
done with a solid 17 dart game, William Borland 18 darts and that game was all over, John Sandison 19 darter to add to his
tally for the season, Mr Cool Hand himself otherwise known as Rex Brady tidy 20 darter,
And then to the doubles matches and this is where the matches are being won! And out terrible twosome
who sit top of the league have certainly been producing the goods when it comes to doubles play! Thomson & Baillie firing
in games of 17-17-17-18-19-20-20 excellent doubles play, Gordon Bruce & John Miln’s who have
the fastest recorded doubles game a superb 12 darter showing their not slowing down firing in three fast legs finished in
19-20-20 arrows, John Grant & Grant Lyle a brace of excellent 19 darters , Jamie Banks & William Borland also with
a 19 dart game, But in this format of playing 2 x 501 doubles legs, 2x501 legs of singles , 2 legs of doubles,
then the last 2 singles games it has seen some cracking matches and last night it saw Jessica partner of Jay Millar finishing
three of her teams matches with some excellent check outs and considering this is probably Jessica’s first time
out in a league out with her own pub, it shows how much she has improved and that ladies and gents is what this doubles league
was all about giving players the opportunity to not only improve but to ENJOY themselves, and by the roar of the watching
players when Jessica checked out in her last match it saw Mr 69 Gerry Hughes fall to the floor in homage. Great sportsmanship
and well played everyone!
S Baillie & A Thomson
J Banks & W Borland
G Bruce & J Miln’s
R Brady & G Borland
J Sandison & G Lyle
B Stirling & J
W Wilson & S Duncan
K Gordon & P Gausden
Amanda & William
I Baker & J McMillan
M Lee & G Hughes
Jessica & Jay
Ronan & M Hopkinson
R Dick & G Bird
20th Aug, And so to the Grand Finale of the West Calder Summer league which was sponsored and held in the Commercial Inn, in
West Calder, This final weeks matches saw the top 8 players from the two leagues being entered into a K.O. singles event,
and here are the results from the last 16 to the last 2 players left standing,
Jim Mitchell 3-0 John Bruton, Jim Quinn 3-1 Derek Yule, David Aitken 3-1 Scott Aitken, Bunny Forrest 3-1 Craig
Forrest, Jamie Banks 3-0 Michael Meek, Roy Anderson 3-2 Jim Purse, Jamie Fleming 3-1 John Brett, Scott Baker 3-0 John Somerville,
and so to the quarter finals and format now the best of 7 x 501,
Mitchell 4-0 Jim Quinn, David Aitken 4-2 Bunny Forrest, Jamie Banks 4-3 Roy Anderson, Scott Baker 4-1 Jamie Fleming, and now
we were down to the last four players left toeing the ocky and all four had their eye on the title and it was now best of
Jim Mitchell 5-0 David Aitken, Scott Baker
5-3 Jamie Banks, and so after almost three hours of intense match play there were two protagonists left standing both wanting
the title and in this last match of the evening it saw Jim Mitchell claim the title with a 5-0 victory over Scott Baker who
missed a couple of doubles Mitchell did not! West Calder Summer league singles Champion for 2018 Jim Mitchell,
runner up Scott Baker. All finalists received monies back also Jim Quinn received the most 180's recorded prize fund,
Jim Mitchell highest game shot prize fund, On the night some top shots recorded and top of these has to be Jim Mitchell’s
170 take out followed by a 117 and a tidy 116 take out these finishes coming at crucial times with David Aitken and Scott
Baker and Jim Quinn all sitting on finishes, Jamie Banks had a excellent 136 game shot, David Aitken a rock solid 99 take
out, Scott Baker 95 kill shot, Jamie Fleming a 83 game shot, Maximum scores from the night saw only two recorded which is
unusual as the quality of play was excellent through out the nights proceedings! fast games
had Jim Mitchell 15-15-17-17-19 darters recorded, David Aitken 16-18 dart games, Jim Quinn 16 darter, Scott Baker 17
dart game, now there will have been more but if you don’t tell your master of ceremonies then they
don’t get written down do they! Now on that note a HUGE thank you to the Commercial Inn for sponsoring this event and
especially to our favourite bar-maid Mel who kept the amber nectar flowing almost before you had to ask for it! Oh and of
course to her underling who took over when Mel was playing arrows, yes Jamie Fleming is ok but he sure is no Mel? And let
us not forget the hard working committee who run these events and keep the games going updating league tables and selling
football cards etc, and let us not forget a very helpful man who marked more boards than anyone else Colin Hamilton (unpaid)
and so many thanks from all the dart players to Mr James Banks snr & Mr John Bruton, cheers guys.
20th Aug, URGENT APPEAL PLEASE
Players in the Thursday night league, we have only two weeks left to go, and a small problem has arisen, One team
has had to pull out so adjustments have been made to the league tables, also one other team can not make the last/ final week,
so If you can be in the venue early I will get matches going a.s.a.p. simple folks lots of games to get though and your help
is needed, I did say at the beginning of this short 6 week league if you missed one match not a problem catch ups could be
played however missing two weeks causes a serious back log, So players if at all possible PLEASE CAN YOU TURN UP EARLY
SO WE CAN TRY AND START SOME MATCHES AT 7PM, Other wise the final week may take us into the early hours of the morning to
get this league finished, and none of us want that do we!
18th Aug, And the trail for the lonesome
dart player was head West my son! As one of the longest running dart competitions in the country was played in Irvine-Ayrshire
the Marymass Open Singles which I believe is in its 43 consecutive year of being run, this was held in the Towerlands Sports
complex, This event was under the watchful eye of Mr Willie Burns of Wulber Darts promotions and his partner in crime Mr Willie
Laird, and once again this event brought out some top players entering from the West Coast and Greater Glasgow, and a lonesome
old fella from West Lothian! The Ladies open singles saw the last four ladies toeing the ocky being losing semi finalists
Mary McKinnon & Hannah Bell, runner up was Kelly McKinnon and the Marymass Ladies singles champion Lynsey McDonald,
The men’s event was played over the best of 7x501 up
to the final which then became 9x501, once the chalk dust had settled it saw Andy Boulton and Mark Barilli both players who
have graced the t.v. screens and both who ply their trade in the PDC circuit also joining them was Jim McEwan who is now sponsored
by 'One80' Darts, and that left the old fella Jim Mitchell, the two who dropped out at this stage were
the two Jim’s McEwan & Mitchell (for the second consecutive year) but what a final it saw Andy Boulton and Mark
Barilli give the spectators a glimpse of what the big boys can do when there in full flight, at 2-2 it looked like Mark just
might be getting the upper hand but a superb 160 take out by Andy gave him the impetus to charge on and with hardly a game
over 15 deadly arrows it saw Andy Boulton take the title by 5 games to 2, Andy receiving £300, Mark £150, the
two Jim’s £50 each, and of course the old fella Mitchell’s prize monies disappeared into the amazing bag
of Gillians probably never to be seen again as most of his winnings go! Another cracking darts comp, and a superb venue with
5 boards in use, and a cracking bar! A pint for a lot less than £3 is very rare these days indeed, did my best to try
and drink as much as I could but think their cellar is just to big for me to handle! Nice to meet a few friends when Gillian
and I walked in and was made to feel very welcome, also nice to see old mixed doubles partner Irene McInnes who had popped
in from Armadale for the week end, hopefully see you all at the ocky or the bar sooner rather than later.
Old man Mitchell on the day firing in a few good scores with
a 146 & 100 check outs, brace on maximum 180’s, and fastest game a tidy 14 darter next best 15 darts, but truth
be told Boulton and Barilli were in a different class and deserved to be in the final superb final almost worth the price
of an admission ticket!
17th Aug, And Friday saw the finals night for the Bathgate Summer league singles which was held in Coppies bar Armadale, The
last four players left standing saw, Mick Burke defeating Colin Maxwell in the first semi final, second semi final saw John
McKie (Nodge) ending the hopes of Willie Wilson, and so to the grand final and it saw Mick Burke coming away with a 5-2 win
over John McKie in a cracking final, On the night Colin Maxwell a former West Lothian county ‘A’
player had the privilidge of picking up £25 for the fastest game of the league a superb 12 darter, and
once again finishing in style it saw John Miln’s who has been consistently finishing on the big numbers this season
receiving £25 for a cracking 153 take out the highest finish in the league, Willie Wilson & Colin
Maxwell received £50 each for their run to the semi finals, John McKie receiving £100 for the runners up position
and Mick Burke who had been quiet on the ocky of late reclaiming his place as Armadale’s number one top arrow smith
picking up a cool £150 for winning the competition and becoming Bathgate Summer League Champion for 2018. Players who
lost out in the quarter finals also receiving prize monies were, Rab Nelson, Peter Laverty, Kevin McMahon and Scott Baillie.
Many thanks to John Watson for providing sponsorship for this event to take place and to the committee of Danny Kirkland,
Colin Maxwell and Stevie Duncan for running this event.
16th Aug, Exciting or what! Well after another Thursday night we have a real tight league
and with 8 points available per match, it has 6 teams all within 11 points of each other which means that when these teams
meet and they will, lots of places will change, now John Miln’s & Gordon Bruce still lead but only just sitting
on 54 points, then the pairings of Scott Baillie & Andy Thomson along with Rex Brady & Graham Borland who are in joint
second with 52 points, Jamie Banks & William Borland along with Rab Dick & Graeme Bird are both on 45 points, so some
real tough matches to come in the final two weeks of competition this certainly is one hard league with the format being so
Last night saw some top scores recorded by none other than
Stevie Duncan, Willie Wilson, Graham Borland, and Andy Thomson who had two! Yes all these players firing in maximum 180’s,
Some excellent finishing power from quite a few players saw, Willie Wilson with a 107 game shot, Andy Thomson with a 94 check
out, Kirk Gordon 86 take out, Graham Borland 80 game shot, Scott Baillie rock solid 76 take out, BUT the player with the highest
finish of the night with a superb 157 kill shot was none other than East Calder’s William Borland with a superb 157
game shot, Some fast games recorded and it saw Rex Brady 17 darter, Andy Thomson 17 dart game, Grant Lyle 18 dart game, in
the doubles matches it had Gordon Bruce & John Miln’s once again with the fastest of the evenings play firing out
games finished in 16 & 19 darts, Scott Baillie & Andy Thomson with 18 & 19 darters, Grant Lyle & John Sandison
of the highlights of the night was when Jessica Campbell partner of Jay Millar checked out to give her team a fine 5-3 victory
in the final match of the night, another lady playing superbly well was Amanda Millar helping her better half!! Over the winning
line with a cracking 7-1 victory just a few minutes earlier these two ladies certainly putting a few of their male counter
parts in their place!!!.
13th Aug, Congratulations to Gordon (THE) Bruce on winning the Stirrup
Stane Summer league, defeating John Miln’s in the grand final, Quarter final scores went like this, Colin Kelly 5-3
Brian McIntyre, Gary Christie 5-4 Frank Begley, Gordon Bruce 5-0 Craig Agnew, John Miln’s 5-2 Sandy Coulter, and so
to the final four and results went like this, John Miln’s 6-1 Gary Christie, Gordon Bruce 6-1 Colin Kelly, and in the
last match of the summer league held in the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill it saw Gordon Bruce claiming the title by a score
line of 7-2 over John Miln’s. Some top action from the evenings play saw, Gary Christie fire in a brace of maximum 180’s,
and a 18 darter, John Miln’s 1x180, 85 take out and three fast games of 16-16-19 darts, Gordon Bruce though missed very
little and fired in 8 sub 20 dart games these being 16-16-17-17-18-18-19-20 and a couple of rock solid finishes of 106 &
78. Champion Gordon Bruce, r/up John Miln’s.
13th Aug, Friday the 17th August will see the Grand Final of the
Coppies bar Summer league take place in Coppies bar-Armadale, players in the hunt for the title are none other than, couple
of play-offs first and these are John Miln’s v Mick Burke, Colin Maxwell v Russell Morton, the winners will join Peter
Laverty, Wullie Wilson, Kevin McMahon, Rab Nelson, Scott Baillie, Nodge other wise known as Mr John McKie ( this web sites
sponsor with out this man the web site would have disappeared so for those that read this site you owe him a debt of gratitude)
Play commencing at 7-30 pm.
13th Aug, Commercial Inn West Calder held there last
qualifying games before the Grand Finals next Monday (could all players be in the Commercial for 7-30pm at latest if at all
possible so James Banks snr & John Bruton can get the draw done and games started on time T.Y.) Last night a flyer was
held and it saw Old Man Mitchell manage to cross the winning line for the second week in succession, but it was a hard fought
victory! Beating last weeks other finalist Scott Baker the W.C.D.D.L. Champion of Champions in the first round 3-1, then the
man who holds the highest finish in the summer league at the moment Jamie Fleming in the next round 3-0, then an old adversary
Davie Aitken a two time W.C.D.D.L. Singles champion and here was a cracker of a match 3-2 to Jim with Jim finishing in 14
& 15 darts to go 2 up it looked good but back came the Polbeth Hit-Man with a classy 89 game shot on the bulls eye and
then annexing the next leg as well however the Old fella got over the line by the tightest of margins, and so to the final
and it saw Jamie Banks jnr last season W.C.D.D.L. Delegates champion waiting on the ocky, and missed chances let Mitchell
in to pinch the leg, the next leg saw both players firing in high scoring trebles Jamie 60-57-57 but back came Mitchell with
a maximum 180 and 2-0 the score line, last leg was pretty even but Mitchell claimed the winners purse with
a tidy 113 game shot via 57-20-36, another good comp organised by John Bruton & James Banks and sponsored by the Commercial
Inn, Losing semi finalists were Davie Aitken and John Bruton, Grand Finals next week wishing everyone involved all the very
best may your arrows do the talking! HOWEVER top shot of the evening had to go to Gillian Mitchell who fired in a maximum
180 her fourth in competitions which puts her joint with Gayle Maxwell and just one behind East Calder’s Denise Bird
who has 5 x 180’s to her credit, Other top shots saw Mitchell 14-14-15-16-18-19 darters a maximum 180 and a 113 game
shot, Jamie Banks 174 score excellent darts via 60-57-57, Scott Baker 17 darter, Jim Quinn a brace of maximum 180’s
recorded on the night, Davie Aitken 89 take out, there will have been more but that’s all I can recall for the moment
anyone help with more info drop me a line cheers.
10th Aug, Other news of interest saw Graeme Bird from East Calder rattling in three excellent finishes
in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh with game shots of 140-131-129 and a cracking 12 darter as well.
9th Aug, Action from the Thursday night Doubles league held in the Cawburn Sports
bar saw changes afoot as Gordon Bruce and John Miln’s leaped into first place with 43 points,last weeks leaders relegated
to second place though Scott Baillie and Andy Thomson do have a game in hand, but they are joined in second place by Grant
Lyle and John Sandison who also sit on 39 points, and to say it is getting congested at the top of the leader board is an
understatement as Jamie Banks and William Borland are just one point adrift of them with 38 points, So
at the half way stage of the league this league is wide open with the chasing pack all within catching distance of the leading
four teams, This competition when it has finished will have seen a massive 729,456 points scored with 1456 games of 501 having
Some top scores from the evenings action
on the ockies saw, Paul Gausden firing in a maximum 180, as did Graham Borland, Big finishes came by way of, Kirk Gordon with
two superb finishes of 130 & 92 game shots, William Borland 122 take out, Gordon Bruce showing his first game shot of
118 was no fluke by doing it again one game later a brace of excellent 118 finishes, Rex Brady 104 take out, Stevie Duncan
a more modest 82 take out as was Graham Borland also with a 82 kill shot, Jamie Banks rock solid with a 76 take out, Couple
of fast games recorded saw, Rex Brady cracking 15 darter, Grant Lyle 19 darter, John Sandison & Grant Lyle with a 19 dart
doubles game, William Borland & Jamie Banks a tidy 15 dart doubles game.
G Bruce & J Miln’s
S Baillie & A Thomson
J Sandison & G Lyle
R Brady & G Borland
J Banks & W Borland
W Wilson & S Duncan
R Dick & G Bird
K Gordon & P Gausden
& J Stirling
I Baker & J McMillan
Amanda & William
M Lee & G Hughes
Ronan & M Hopkinson
Jessica & Jay
Action from the Cawburn Sports bar Summer league doubles
event, continued to be very impressive as lots of players are finding the format challenging and they are really trying to
strut their stuff on the ockies! With the different league format being used!
Maximum hitters on the night were, Gerry Hughes from the Paraffin Lamp Oilers with a maximum 180, William Borland
from East Calder also on the 180 trail, Armadale’s Scott Baillie with a maximum 180, Graham Borland from Fauldhouse
hitting the red lipstick with ease for a maximum 180, Kirk Gordon from the Highlanders dart team firing in a cracking 171
via the nineteen’s route,
outs and there were lots of players finishing in style, However top finish of the night goes to John Sandison with a superb
142 take out, Andy Thomson showing that getting engaged last week has not dulled his darting talent with 110-90-76 game shots,
William Borland back from his trip to the Granite city open where he annexed the Mixed doubles title with Sophie McKinlay
on target with 103 & 100 game shots, Grant Lyle with a brace of 100 kill shots, Scott Baillie 89 & 82 take outs, Stevie
Duncan the man nicknamed the Scorpion showing he still has a sting in his tail even at his advanced age (only player there
older than Jim Mitchell!) with a 89 take out, Gordon Bruce 88 take out, Gerry Hughes nice solid two dart kill on 87,
Fast games from the singles matches saw, Scott Baillie with a cracking 14 darter and a more sedate 20 dart game,
John Sandison 18 darter, William Borland 18 darter, Gordon Bruce firing in 19&20 dart games, John Miln’s 19 darter,
Double matches saw some impressive games
and these were recorded by none other than, Gordon Bruce & John Miln’s firing in a excellent 14 darter just two
darts more than their 12 darter last week, Scott Baillie & And Thomson with 16-17-19-19-20 dart games, Jamie Banks jnr
& William Borland 16 darter, Grant Lyle & John Sandison 19-19-20 dart games,
week two of the Summer Doubles league there are no teams without points as every leg played is worth a point, and we have
the partnership of Scott Baillie & Andy Thomson from Armadale and Bathgate respectively topping the table with 39 points,
Livingston pairing of John Miln’s & Gordon Bruce are in second place with 29 points but have a game in hand, only four
points then separate the next three teams with Jamie Banks & William Borland 27 points, John Sandison
& Grant Lyle 26 points, Rex Brady & Graham Borland 23 points, last weeks league leaders Graeme Bird & Rab Dick
have dropped to sixth place but they have 3 games in hand on the leaders so all can change very quickly in this cut throat
league format! Would tell them all to hold on to their hats but I think im the only one with one!
reminder players from the Commercial Inn Summer league in West Calder, Next Monday is the final qualifying night for
matches before the Grand Final the following week so if you have outstanding games could you please try and be there
as the organiser James Banks is trying to finalise the league placings t.y.
Monday night saw a flyer held after the games played saw Jim Mitchell beating Scott Baker 3-1 in the final,
losing s/f were Craig Forrest and John Bruton.
5th Aug, Earl of Zetland in Grangemouth held another Open Singles
tournament, which was run under the watchful eye of Willie Lyndsey from Falkirk, and players taking part came from East Stirlingshire
and it also saw former West Lothian county players in attendance, The final saw two East Stirlingshire county
'A' players toeing the ocky against each other, John Donaldson v William Borland, and it was East
Stirlingshire's Elder Statesman who took the title, Champion on the day John Donaldson, r/up William Borland,
Update from the Earl of Zetland from Willie Lyndsey, All matches 7x501, John Donaldson 4x 180’s, plus
a cracking 132 game shot in the final, William Borland also on target with 4 x 180’s, Robert Hamilton a brace of maximum
180’s, Billy Martin also with firing in 2x 180’s, Rab Nelson 1 x180 and Jim Kennedy with a cracking 171 score
on the treble nineteens.
Aug, (Old Fella wins in the Borders) Saw the first running of the Pebbles Open Shoot Out £600 competition which
is sponsored by the Rugby club, and what a cracking venue yes the darts were played in a Marquis next to the Rugby pitch by
Gytes leisure centre in the Heart of Peebles, wooden floorboards as well so while the rugby was being played outside the darts
were ongoing inside! The quarter final line up saw, T Craig (Peebles) bt K Clark (Peebles), J Mitchell (Livingston) bt E Stewart(Peebles),
A Scanlon (Musselburgh) bt G Carruthers(Edinburgh), G Logue (Peebles)bt I Butler (Edinburgh) and so to the semi finals and
with all four players now with an eye on the money purse it saw the matches 9x501, the first semi final saw Gary Logue beating
Andy Scanlon 5-1, Jim Mitchell beating Tam Craig 5-1, and so here we had the Grand Final still the best of 9x501, and what
a match, Gary firing out a superb 152 game shot in the first leg, Mitchell than came back to take a 3-1 lead however Gary
Logue pulled it back to 3-3 Mitchell then went 4-3 up and had double 4 left only to watch as Gary finished a 102 game shot
via 20-bull-32, so after three hours play one leg would decide where the title and the main money purse would go! Both players
started slowly Gary 55 Mitchell 57, then over drive kicked in Mitchell firing in 140-140-140-double 12 for a 13 dart game
with Gary sitting on 68 and so Jim Mitchell 5-4 Gary Logue, an absolute belter of a match Mitchell with 1x180 in the final
along with 8x140’s and he was being out scored at times! The organisers did a superb job of the setting up of this competition
with a full bar service and a B.B.Q. for hot food wonderful setting and hopefully this event will continue for many years
to come, after the singles here was a bit of fun with a blind draw doubles competition held and it saw the final the
best of 5 x501 and it was Jim Mitchell & Ally Campbell v Ken Clark & Colin Murray and it saw Clark & Murray go
2-0 up but back came Mitchell & Campbell to level the match and once again a last leg decider would determine the victors
and it was Jim Mitchell & Ally Campbell who took the match by the tightest of margins with Ally Campbell finding the double
10 to take the match 3-2, Once Again many thanks to the organisers great day was had by all who took part, Some stats
from the days action, Mitchell on the day firing in a tidy 13 darter along with a few other fast games and 6x180’s
top finish from the Old Fella was a 119 under pressure, In the doubles another fast game with a 14 darter from Campbell &
Mitchell which went 180-100-140-69-12, However top finishes from the days action came from Gary Logue with a sublime 152 to
take the first leg of the final and Ewan Stewart with a cracking 126 game shot. Gary Logue also firing in at least the very
least 4x180’s, Ian Butler also on the maximum trail and a quick game of 14 deadly arrows. There will have been more
but if there not reported not a lot can be done so folks if you have more stats send them in and they will be added, Cheers.
30th July, Action from the Commercial Inn of West Calder, saw some
cracking action taking place on the match boards, Maximum hitters had, Harthill’s Jim Quinn firing in two excellent
maximum scores of 180 and following that up with a 177 score top shooting from Harthill’s top arrow smith,
The Man from Breich John Somerville rattling the red lipstick with a maximum 180, West Calder’s Scott Baker the
W.C.D.D.L. Monday nights league Champion of Champion winner firing in a maximum 180, Polbeths Hit-Man Davie Aitken two cracking
scores of 180 & 177, Big Finishes and leading the way with a superb 140 take out is Jamie Fleming via 60-60-20 hard one
to beat so it may well be the check out of the league come end of the season! Scott Baker 91 game shot, Jamie Banks jnr 87
take out and John Somerville rock solid two dart 80 take out, Fast games which need to be 20 darts or less saw David Aitken
with four excellent games of 16 and a three 19 dart games, Jim Mitchell 16 7 17 dart games, Jim Quinn 17-19-20 darters, Jamie
Banks 17 darter, Craig Forrest 18 darter.
yes it happened commentators curse did strike as Bunny Forrest who had not dropped a leg in the previous four weeks of action
lost out to Jamie Fleming though I do think the 140 kill shot of Jamie’s may have had something to do with it!
30th July, Stirrup Stane action from Big Daddy Frank Begley’s
summer league has seen the chasing pack all making head way towards the top of the league with only 5 points between the top
four players, this week we had Gordon (THE) Bruce firing out a brace of maximum 180’s to keep himself still at the top
of the league by one point with Gary Christie just that solitary point adrift, Frank Begley cracking 171 score, the Outlaw
Colin Kelly with top finish of the evenings play with a 102 take out, and once again John Miln’s with yet another 100
finish think that’s his fifth in the summer league! Gordon with a 17 dart game and a 20 darter plus a tidy 76 take out,
Gary Christie 18 & 19 darters, Craig (CAPA) Agnew also with 18 & 19 darters, John Miln’s 19 darter.
behalf of the local dart players in the area I would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to Andy & Laura on their engagement,
Photo was taken earlier at their engagement party in Armadale, smashing couple and I know from all of us in the league we
wish them a wonderful journey in life together.
27th July, Well what more could the organisers Gillian
(Maw) Mitchell and her better half Jim? ask for a full house of players for the first ever running of the Cawburn Sports bar
Summer league Doubles competition, this is an event that will run for only 6 weeks so there are a lot of matches to be played
and this league will be run as a straight league format the more points your team can accumulate the more chance to be top
at the end of the season, all matches are 8 legs of 501, which are played in this brand new format, 2 legs of doubles, then
two legs of singles, then two double legs and then finally the two players who did not play in the first singles going head
to head so 8 points available in each match.
who hit the ocky running if you can excuse the pun saw, Grant Lyle and Scott Baillie both firing in a brace of maximum 180’s
apiece for their respective teams, William Borland landed a cracking 177 score, But when it came to big finishes it saw, A
man perhaps with a claim now to Armadales' top arrow smith Scott Baillie finishing with a superb 136 take out which was
followed by a rock solid 88 game shot, John Miln’s a new player to the local scene who has been in tremendous form on
the big finishes in the summer leagues was at it again firing in a 111 game shot, The man they call (Cool Hand) Rex Brady
a 103 take out, Grant( Papa) Lyle 92 kill shot , Gordon (THE) Bruce getting in on the action with a 88 take out, Fast games
had a few players flexing their dart arms and top of these was, The Hihway man Rab Dick from Kirknewton on target with a 15
darter, Gordon Bruce 15 dart game, East Calder’s (Bird-Man) Graeme Bird 18 darter, John Sandison rock solid 18 dart
game as well, Grant Lyle a brace of 18 dart games Then there were the doubles matches and it saw a superb game being thrown
by the team of Bruce & Miln’s a fabulous 12 dart game which will take some beating if at all! They also recorded
a more subdued 17 dart game as well, other teams firing in good doubles games were, Rab Dick and Graeme Bird with a 19 darter,
Grant Lyle and John Sandison were taking no prisoners firing out three fast games finished in 18-20-20 darts.
League table updated on the Summer league tables page!
26th July, the Ballroom Tuesday night league has now been updated by George (Podge) Carruthers, and the league tables adjusted
as one or two players have dropped out! Bit of work there for our organiser as we are into the 6th week I believe, anyway
they are now on the Summer league page table for your perusal if you are so inclined!
Ryan Murray sits top of his league with a very impressive record played 11 won 11 and with every leg having
to be played he has won 102 and lost only 8 superb marksmanship, Paul Campbell sits in second place with 11 points though
he does have 4 games in hand but it looks like major catastrophe would have to happen for Ryan to lose
Greg Ritchie sits proudly on top of his
league with 8 wins from 8 matches played and also has a top legs for advantage having won 63 and lost only 17, Andrew Wheelans
is in second place with 14 points but has played one more match and Ian Butler another 2 points behind in third place with
League 3 has Jim Mitchell won 9 lost 1 with a leg difference
of won 92 lost 8, but right behind him only one point adrift is George Carruthers who sits on 17 points, and though only with
12 points Garry Higgins is on 12 points but he has games in hand so lots can change in this league as well,
Top finish in the league so far goes to that man Murray again with a fantastic 170 take out, just
behind him are two players with 160 game shots, Kenny Murray and Josh Callaghan, Top of the maximum scores is Ryan Murray
with 20 x180’s recorded, Greg Ritchie with 9 x 180’s and then rest of us mortals tag along behind with sixes and
Fastest game recorded so far is a tidy 11 darter from Jim
Mitchell, though just one arrow behind are Gary Higgins and Ryan Murray who have both registered 12 darters, lots of 13 through
to 15 dart games from the chasing pack, but lots still to play for before this league season ends, see you next week on the
25th July, The evergreen Bunny Forrest from Ratho who plays for John Bruton's Commercial Inn-Nomads from West Calder is now the
only undefeated player from the Summer leagues that are ongoing through out the area, hopefully this is not the infamous (commentators
23rd July, Stirrup Stane action from the summer league which is held
up in the hill of Craigshill Livingston under the watchful eye of Big Daddy Frank Begley, and it saw Gary Christie and Sandy
Coulter hitting the maximum 180 trail both registering 180’s, the man called the Outlaw yes Colin Kelly getting in on
the action with a cracking 171 score, Fast games coming by way of Arran Edwards with a superb 14 darter followed by a 19 darter,
Gary Christie with 15 & 17 dart games, John Miln’s with a brace of 17 darters, Craig Agnew 17 darter, Sandy Coulter
18 dart game, Top finishing was recorded by Craig Agnew with a 83 game shot, Arran Edwards with an 82 take out, John Miln’s
rock solid 76 game shot.
the league has two players now opening up a from the chasing pack and it has Gordon Bruce with 31 points &
Gary Christie sitting in second place with 28 points, Arran Edwards and John Miln’s both sit on 23
points though Arran Edwards does have a couple of games in hand so all could change next week once the action recommences
on the ockies at the Stirrup Stane.
23rd July, And action from the Commercial Inn which
is run under the watchful eyes of James Banks snr & John Bruton, who between them keep the games moving along on three
dart boards with hardly an interruption! And last night we saw players on the maximum trail being, Harthill’s top arrow
smith Jim Quinn firing in a brace of 180’s, John Brett, Jamie Banks jnr and Craig Forrest also on the maximum trail
with a 180 a piece, joining them was the evergreen Bunny Forrest who fired in a cracking 171 score to join them on the maximum
Top finishes came by way off,
Jamie Fleming with a 115 take out and joining him on the ton plus finishes was Derek Yule with a rock solid 100 kill shot,
other players finishing well saw Gillian Mitchell with a classy two dart 94 game shot though I don’t know of many men
players who would go 60-34! This giving Gillian yet another draw to go with her draw from last week’s action as well,
Roy Anderson and Craig Forrest were not hanging about when it came to game shots either with Roy finishing a classy 89 game
shot and Craig a rock solid 83 take out, Fast games which need to be 20 darts or less saw, Mitchell with 16 & 18
darters, David Aitken 18 darter, Jim Quinn 20 dart game, there was probably more hit but if you don’t tell the master
of ceremonies James Banks then they cant be written down can they? Also a special mention to Mel Fleming our barmaid who in-between
pouring pints is also giving some of her opponents a run for their money taking a leg of seasoned league player John Somerville,
the ladies in the area are with out a doubt improving and no one can take them for granted once they step up to the ocky!
16th July, Report from
the hill of Craigshill, with Big Daddy has the Stirrup Stane summer league in full flight, On the maximum trail it saw Gary
Christie firing in a brace of 180’s , Gordon Bruce also with a brace of maximums and joining them was Frank Crook who
also rattled the treble twenty bed in style with a 180, Also with a huge score was John Mil’s with a cracking 177 score
which joins the maximum league table as we treat any score from 171-180 as a maximum, Fastest game of the night a cracking
14 darter from our League Mascot Melman ok Gary Christie for those who did not realize we had a mascot!, Gordon Bruce firing
in four fast games which were 16-16-17-18 darts, John Miln’s 16 & 20 dart games, and joining
him with a 16 darter was Sandy Coulter, Top finish of the night went to that man again John Miln‘s with a rock solid
100 take out which joins his other two superb ton plus finishes from last week on the high check out stats for the leagues.
16th July, Monday night report by James Banks snr, from
the Commercial Inn of West Calder, Maximum hitters from the evenings matches had Scott Baker of West Calder,
Bunny Forrest of Ratho infamy!, both firing in maximum 180’s Jim Mitchell from Livingston on target with a 171 via the
nineteen’s route, Players with top finishing power were none other than, Jamie Fleming
with a rock solid 101 take out, Jim Purse 87 kill shot, Scott Baker 85 take out, Jim Mitchell 84 game shot, Jamie Banks 80
& 74 take outs, Some fast games and recording these were, Scott Baker with a cracking 15 darter, David Aitken from Polbeth
16 darter, Roy Anderson two fast games of 18 & 20 arrows, Jamie Banks firing in a 17 darter, Mitchell with 19 & 20
14th July, Bo’Ness and the Crown Inn , this was a venue for the Red Dragon Open qualifier Singles event, players having to
register with Red Dragon before entering and with the winner on the day heading down to Cardiff for the
Grand Final later in the year, this competition attracted top players from all over Scotland and was run the old fashioned
way best of 3x501 just like the News of the World competition many years ago, you really need to be on your game from the
first arrow thrown to win these events, and it saw professional played from the P.D.C. Robert Thornton from Ayrshire take
the title on the day and the opportunity to now go to Cardiff and win the main event. Local players doing well were, Scott
Baillie from Armadale who just fell at the semi final stage, Andy Thomson from Bathgate losing out in the quarter
finals to Scott Bailie, William Borland losing out one stage further back in the last 16 to the eventual champion on the day
10th July, News just in, The Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh it saw a Charity singles competition held
with funds going to S.I.M.B.A. And once again local players doing exceptionally well, William Borland from East Calder winning
the tournament beating Rab Dick from Kirknewton in the grand final, Graeme Bird from East Calder going out in the semi final
as did Scott Baillie from Armadale, and it saw West Calder’s Jamie Banks losing out in the quarter final. All in all
a great week end for West Lothian darters.
5th July, The Tuesday night league held in the Ballroom AT Jock’s Lodge in Edinburgh league tables now updated, few call
off’s on Tuesday night but with the start of the holiday fairs it was to be expected, however George Carruthers our
master of ceromonies got as many games as possible played so fingers crossed he will be inundated with players next week,
league table are now updated, along with fast games checkouts etc.
|East Stirlingshire down South in Barnsley
|Champions Cup team 2018
2nd July, Summer league
being held in the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill saw some top finishing from the players participating, Craig
Agnew leading the way with two cracking finishes of 100 & 84 take outs, Brian Tosh McIntyre rock solid 88 game shot, Colin
Kelly also in on the action with 90 & 72 game shots, firing in fast games were, Arry Edwards with 16-17-18 darters, Gordon
Bruce also on target 15-17-18-19 dart games, Stevie Scott 19 darter, couple of top scores and these belonged to Gordon Bruce
with a maximum 180 and Stevie Scott with a cracking 171 on the nineteen’s.
1st July, Down South of the Border in Barnsley it saw the Crown bar from Bo’Ness taking part in the BDO Champions cup,
another competition which is played in group stages and with 78 dart boards in use this had players from across the united
kingdom all toeing the ocky, each match is nine players all playing at the same time on nine boards so you really have to
concentrate on your own match as the other games are also on at the same time! with players playing 7x501
in the Crown’s section were Merseyside, Clwyd, Lincolnshire and to say matches were tight was an understatement if ever
there was one, Crown losing 4-5 in the first match, then winning 5-4 in the second and then agonisingly losing 4-5 in their
third and final match, so with Internationals, World champions, Masters champions etc get my drift the boys did well, but
there are no easy games at this level, and also what a venue 78 dart boards all with solid ockies, four bars food hall etc
etc, this could become the home of B.D.O. darts it is that good. On a plus side in the Gold Cup singles on Saturday it saw
Gary Stone playing superbly well and making it to the grand final up against him on the stage was the new England captain
Scott Mitchell from Dorset with the match the best of 11x501 and what a match! with a crowd of in excess of a thousand dart
players watching these two superb players gave us a match of fabulous entertainment, Gary at 4-4 had two darts to go 5-4 up,
but a miss at double tops left the door open for Scott Mitchell and he took it, and in the end it saw Scott crowned B.D.O.
Gold cup champion for 2018 with a 6-4 victory , Gary had a 31.34 dart average, Scott a 33.3 dart average, winner receiving
£3000.00 R/up £2000.00. GREAT GAME OF DARTS.
30th June, News form Saturday tournament held in the Cairn in Alva, Few local league players making their
way to this tournament, which is played in group stages then to K.O. if your lucky enough to have made
it to the last 16, Jamie Banks from West Calder went out in the group rounds where you have to play all the players in your
section then the top 2 go to final, Armadale’s’ Scott Baillie leaving the comp at the last
16 stage, One of Whitburn’s favourite darting son’s Callum Wilkinson falling in the last 8,
and Our last man standing was Bathgate’s Andy Thomson jnr who lost out to John Goldie in the grand final 1-5. Andy on
the day was playing superbly well firing in 4x180’s along with 10 games finished in 18 darts or less with three of them
being 15 darters, along with a couple of excellent game shots of 80 & 108. If anyone has other scores of note please drop
me a line and they will be updated cheers Jim M.
26th June, Results from the Ballroom League AT Jocks Lodge in Auld Reekie with George Carruthers presiding!
go like this,
R Murray 9-1 R Ronaldson, R Murray 8-2 D Mackie, D Mackie 6-4 R Ronaldson, J Callaghan 8-2 J Hindle,
G Carruthers 6-4 D McNair, J Mitchell 9-1 G Higgins, G Carruthers 6-4 J Hindle, G Higgins 9-1 K Murray, A Wheelans 8-2 E Ness,
I Butler 10-0 A Russell, W Wheelans 6-4 M Lamb, G Ritchie 9-1 A Russell, Top scores from the evenings play saw Ryan
Murray firing in 3x180’s, and no less than six other players all with 1 x180 a piece these being Andrew
Wheelans, William Wheelans, Jim Callaghan, George (Podge) Carruthers, Jim Mitchell,
Ian Butler, Top finishing action came from a few players but without a shadow of a doubt it was William Wheelans who
fired in three superb finishes off 125-120 and a 111 for good measure, Fastest game of the night saw Jim
Mitchell with an 11 darter via 85-140-180-96 out followed by a tidy 14 darter and that ladies and gents is all we have to
report, see you next Tuesday on the ocky!
25th June, And yes the Summer leagues have started to
be played, with the leagues just under way there are no league tables as of yet but some top scores being recorded none the
less, up in Craigshill the Stirrup Stane league run by Big Daddy Frank Begley has seen Brian Tosh McIntyre firing in a maximum
180 along with a rock solid 84 take out, Frank Begley with a 109 game shot, fast games belonged to Gordon Bruce with 14-15-15-19
darters, other players with 19 dart games had John Miln’s with 19 & 20 dart games, Gary Christie 19 & 20 dart
games, Craig Agnew 19 darter, Down in Bo’Ness Graeme Bird was finishing on a cracking 150 game shot to claim the highest
finish of the evening.
24th June, The Inter-Town league
which was a brand new venture this season saw players converge on Sunday to Lammies bar in Fauldhouse for their first running
of their annual singles competition, and after four hours play we had our four semi finalists and what a cracking four players
they were, all having played county darts at some stage in their darting careers, first semi final saw Spencer McDonald getting
the better of Gordon Bruce by 3 games to 1, the second semi final saw Jim Mitchell winning by the same
score line over Callum Wilkinson, The final saw Jim Mitchell winning 3-1 over Spencer McDonald, Jim firing
in legs won in 13-19-14 darts and Spencer with an 18 darter, all four players were in the prize monies, their stats for the
day went like this, Gordon Bruce with the highest finish of the day 135 which gave him the prize for highest game shot along
with 93 and 70 take outs he also fired in 1x180 and a rock solid 18 darter, Spencer McDonald was on target with 79 & 75
game shots along with games finished in 16-16-17-18 darts, Billy Byrn on target with a a maximum 180 and 80 game shot, Ricky
McDonald solid 16 darter, However it was Jim Mitchell who won the competition who fired in games finished in 13 darts which
won the fastest game prize he also on the day rattled in games finished in 14-15-16-17-17-18-18-19-19 darters along with a
brace of maximum 180’s, and two 100 finishes both the same way 20-48-32 and a more modest 72 take out. Many thanks to
Lammies Bar for running this tournament and for the excellent buffet which went down well with all the players, a warm welcome
and some great patter was had on the day, many thanks and see you all again on the ocky sooner rather than later!
23rd June, Yellow bar in Cumbernauld
held an open singles competition and it saw East Calder’s Graeme Bird losing out in the semi final to P.D.C. Player
and semi professional Andy Boulton, it saw Andy Boulton going on to win the competition beating Davie Kirwin the grand final.
Congratulations, Once again we held the annual Presentation night for the Monday night West Calder
& District Darts league, and looks like we are starting to buck the trend as roughly 60+ players and supporters
came along to cheer on their champions excellent turn out as numbers had started to dwindle in past seasons.
Here are a list of our players/teams picking up silverware.
Premier League Champions
Volunteer Highway Men-Uphall
Premier League r/up
Inn Nomads-West Calder
Doo Club Flyers-East
Championship League r/up
Grand Central Railroaders- Carmon dean
K.O. Cup win
Commercial Inn Nomads-West Calder
Almondale Pirates- Craigshill
Inter town League Champions
South Murray bar- Polbeth
League Fours Champions
Commercial Inn Nomads-West Calder
League Fours r/up
Jocky Watson 4’s r/up
Stirrup Stane Wanderers- Craigshill
Highway Men- Uphall
Loganlea Colliers- Addiewell
Match Play Doubles Champions
Grand Central Railroaders, A Thomson & J Sandison- Carmon dean
Match Play Doubles r/up
Almondale Pirates, S Cameron & S Duncan- Craigshill
League Doubles Champions
Kirknewton Innkeepers, G Bird & W Borland- Kirknewton
League Doubles r/up
Doo Club Flyers, P Weir & C Wilkinson- East Calder
Ladies Doubles Champion
Doo Club Fanciers, G Mitchell & D Bird- East Calder
Ladies Doubles r/up
Doo Club Fanciers, D Heeps & L Stewart- East Calder
Christmas Singles Champion
Kirknewton Innkeepers, William Borland- Kirknewton
Christmas Singles r/up
Volunteer Highway Men, Jim Mitchell- Uphall
301 Double start Singles Champion
Volunteer Highway Men, Jim Mitchell- Uphall
301 Double start Singles r/up
Colliers, Stuart Russell- Addiewell
of Champion Champion
Rebels, Scott Baker- West Calder
of Champion r/up
Wanderers, Gary Christie- Craigshill
Men, Jim Mitchell- Uphall
Kirknewton Innkeepers, Rab Dick- Kirknewton
Ladies Singles Champion
Doo Club Fanciers, Denise Bird- East Calder
Ladies Singles r/up
Club Fanciers, Gillian Mitchell- East Calder
League Singles Champion
Wanderers, Gordon Bruce- Craigshill
League Singles Champion r/up
Inn Nomads, Davie Aitken- West Calder
League Singles s/f
Men, Jim Mitchell- Uphall
League Singles s/f
John Brogan- Addiewell
20th June, The Edinburgh Darts Association held their last competition of the season and it was the Match Play singles, this
event was played over 7 x501 legs of darts however you must win by 2 clear legs should the match go to 5-5 then a sudden death
leg of darts would decide the winner, and after three and a half hours of intense match play we were down to the final four
players it saw the two players just missing out on the final being Stuart Ironsides one of the top players in the Lothians
and William Campbell who must be one of the most improved players in the Premier league and a very dangerous opponent, they
both just lost out in the semi finals, so the men left standing were West of Edinburgh player Joe Bata and Livingston’s
Jim Mitchell, and what a match up this was with Joe taking an early lead it saw the scores go like this with Joe first, 1-0,
1-1,2-1, 3-1,3-2,3-3 4-3,4-4,5-4,5-5, and here it was a last leg decider and with Joe having won the bull up the was slightly
in his favour but there was absolutely nothing between the two protagonists, With Joe sitting on 178 after 12 darts and Jim
on 187 after 12 darts , it saw Joe fire in a superb 138 lay up to leave double twenty, Jim replied with a ton to leave 87
but Joe Bata made no mistakes taking out the double tops to claim the Edinburgh Darts Association Match Play singles title
with a 6-5 victory over Livingston’s Jim Mitchell, excellent game of darts which was appreciated by all who watched
the grand final, and on that note I would like to say a huge thanks to the committee of the E.D.A. they run a superb organisation
for dart players on a Wednesday night with four leagues going on at the same time, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, they also
run a doubles league on a Monday night, So though this was my last match in the league as I have decided to cut back slightly
on my darting nights (old age catches up!) I would like to say a huge thanks to Iain Lyon, Alan White, Daine McDiarmid, and
Stevie Bachelor for all their hard work, cheers guys. Mitchell on the night fired in some pretty fast games with 2x16-15-14-13-12
and the 12 going like this 100-140-180-81 game shot, he also rattled in 3x180’s and a tidy 146 take out, however Joe
Bata did what no one else did he hit one more double! Match -Play Champion for 2018 Joe Bata. Runner up Jim Mitchell.
19th June, Ballroom news from George Carruthers Tuesday night league has seen some top arrows
thrown and leading the way with maximum scores is Ryan Murray with 9x180’s to his credit, Gary Higgins with 5x180’s,
Davie Ness also with 5x180’s, Paul Campbell and Greg Ritchie both with 3x180’s and three players
with a brace of maximums are Jim Mitchell, George Carruthers, Andrew Wheelins, other players with maximum 180’s to their
credit are William Borland, Chris Gray, William Wheelins, Davie McNair,
Top finishes are shared by
J Callaghan and K Murray both with cracking 160 take outs, George Carruthers with a 155 game shot, T Black 139 game shot,
R Murrray 129 finish, W Borland 127 take out, G Higgins 121 game shot, M Lamb 116 finish, Mitchell 111
take out, I Butler 108 game shot.
Fastest games recorded has Gary Higgins and Ryan Murray with 12 darters,
Andrew Wheelins 13 dart game, Mitchell 14 darter, William Borland and Paul Campbell both with 15 darters.
League tables are also updated from Podge, left hand side of the page !!!!
18th June, And the end was
in sight, yes the last week of the West Calder & District Dart league, after 24 league matches and 11 nights of competition
we were down to the final two competitions , the Delegates and the Champion of Champions, and what a night of action we had
on the six boards which were all in action under the supervision of Connie Bamburry and John MacDonald our League and Match
secretaries, The C.O.C. competition saw some of the league finest taking to the ocky to try and annex the title and what match
ups we had, from the quarter finals we had a who’s who of top league players in action, and here are the results, Scott
Baker bt Craig Forrest, Liam Corbett bt William Millar, Gary Christie bt Jamie Fleming, Davie Aitken bt Scott Cameron, and
so to the semi final, Scott Baker from the Central bar Rebels in West Calder defeating Stirrup Stanes Indian Player Liam Corbett
who is one of the players who is certainly coming to prominence in the league in the past couple of seasons this was a high
scoring encounter but it was Scott Baker who claimed his place in the final, The defending champion Davie Aitken from the
Commercial Inn Nomads from West Calder was up against another Stirrup Stane player though this was Gary
Christie who plays for the Wanderers, and a superb battle on the ocky ensued and it was Gary Christie who claimed his place
in the final after a superb match up with Davie Aitken which could have gone either way, and so to the Grand Final and who
ever won it was going to be a new name being engraved on the trophy, in this best of 7x501 encounter it saw Scott Baker playing
superb darts and Gary Christie matching him but it was Scott who came away with the championship he did what no one else did
he hit more doubles, so congratulations go to Champion of Champion for 2018 who is Scott Baker from the Central bar Rebels
in West Calder, to a gallant runner up from the Stirrup Stane Wanderers Gary Christie congratulations to both finalists who
player superbly well all night long. And just to say as you all who read this web site I like to give credit where credit
is due! Scott Baker I have said for many seasons now has been one of the most under rated dart players in the league well
if they did not know who he was then they most certainly do now! And for our Favourite well our only league mascot the man
they call Melman what can I say couple of seasons ago he was in the doldrums his right arm was not behaving properly so what
did he do he switched to being left handed and what a difference, this season he has been in tremendous form and his game
is now without question one of the finest in the league as his record for the season goes with 12 x 180’s recorded cracking
achievement from this ambidextrous Giraffe player!
18th June, And to the Delegates
championship and once again we had some superb match ups, the teams left standing at the quarter final stage saw, Almondale
Pirates bt Commercial Inn Juniors, Kirknewton Innkeepers bt Grand Central Steamers, Volunteer Highway Men bt Grand Central
Railroaders, Volunteer Highway Men bt Stirrup Stane Wanderers, and so to the semi finals, Kirknewton Innkeepers bt Almondale
Pirates, Highway Men bt Highway Men!! Remembering that the committee also get to play along side all the delegates as they
do go to meetings as well! And so to the grand final and it saw Rab Dick from the Innkeepers up against Jim Mitchell of the
Highway Men, and it went the way of Jim who managed to cross the line and add his twelfth Delegates singles title to his c.v.
However Rab missed darts at doubles or things could have been different?
Action from the nights play which has been recorded
goes like this, Scott Baker 1x177 and games finished in 17 & 18 darts, Gary Christie 3x180’s and finishes of 117&107,
Jim Mitchell 6 sub 18 dart games 5x17 & 1x18 darters, Rab Dick 1x180 along with finishes of 110 & 96 and a brace of
20 darters and 16 darter, John Sandison 1x180 also 18&19 darters, Craig Forrest 19 darter, Jamie Fleming 1x180 and a 92
game shot, Davie Aitken 16 darter, Peter Hastings 1x180 and a tidy 19 darter, Highest finish of the night goes to Kirknewton
Barkeepers player William Millar with a cracking 129 take out, and that is all that was written down so if you have anything
to add please drop me a line and it will be, cheers Jim M.
Well the league is now finished and what a season
we had, some terrific matches and not one of our 18 teams going undefeated , quite simply put there are so many great players
in the league and they play for lots of different teams, not one team has the advantage over anyone else which makes for a
great nights of darts. I do believe we have players/teams from no fewer than ten teams picking up silverware on Saturday at
the presentation in the home of our league sponsor THE CAWBURN SPORTS BAR in Pumpherston 7.30pm for 8pm.
16th June, A brand new venue on the darting circuit
and a great set up, the venue T.J’s in Motherwell, four dart boards all fixed to the wall, solid ockies, and plenty
of room between boards so no waiting for players to get out the way, a superb place for competitions and I for one look forward
to returning again, The organisers/owners certainly have taken darts to their heart and though they have many pool tables
the dart set up is second to none, plenty of seating, TV’s on the walls with sporting action being shown, and plenty
of choice behind the bar for even the most discerning taste buds, Yester day it saw W Borland winning the event, runner up
was S Longshanks, with semi finals being A Jamieson & F McDonald, a well run competition by the organiser Spencer MacDonald
and a good turn out of 32 players which always helps when doing the draw! See you at the next one!
15th June, Report just in,
Report just in from Wigan and our man on the ground Mr Stephan Colthart who has sent in the action from last
week end when some of our top players were doing what they do best playing darts! The action was over Saturday & Sunday
with four competitions being played under the P.D.C. rules.
Calder’s Jamie Banks won 4-3 in his first round match then went down fighting with 0-4, 2-4, 1-4
and on the fourth match up he was up against the World Youth Champion Dimitri van Den Bergh, Jamie firing in match
shots of, 2x180, 111 & 80 & 78 game shots,
Craigshill man Arran Edwards was in cracking form, with a 4-0 win following that with a 4-1 win, 3-4 loss,
2-4 loss, won 4-2, won 4-2, won 4-3, lost 2-4, won 4-2, won 4-2, won 4-3, lost 2-4, lost 1-4, but over the week end he rattled
in some terrific scores here are what is reported, game shots of 120-116-105-90 some top finishing from
the Craigshill man, maximum scores saw him fire in 9x180’s and he finished games played in 1x13, 1x14,2x16, 1x17, 2x18,
5x19, 2 x21 14 superb legs of darts.
star Scott Baillie was in action Scott this season winning 7 from 7 in the Scottish Inter Counties a superb performance from
any player, Scott losing 2-4, 2-4, 2-4, 0-4, though he did fire in 2x180, and a couple of fast games finished
in 17 and 19 darts,
Now quite simply put
this competition is for the rising stars of darts and with world champions and multiple champions in the mix there are no
easy matches, and my hat is doffed to these young players who have put their own money where their mouths are and are doing
their utmost to make a mark in this fantastic sport of ours, and they are doing it the hard way in one of the toughest darting
schools on the International circuit, well done to all of them and many thanks to our roving reporter Stephan Colthart (unpaid)
13th June, And the final matches
were played in the Edinburgh Darts Association dart league last night in the Premier league it saw the defending champion
Andrew Davidson retain his title with some superb action on the ocky, his last match was against Jim Mitchell, Jim firing
in 14x100’s, 9 x 140’s, 1 x 180 and a dart average of 84+ in most matches this would have been enought to secure
a victory BUT not tonight as Andrew Davidson fired out a tremendous 12x100’s, 4x 140’s and 5 x 180’s and
with a finishing dart average of 93+, this was a superb way for the champion to sign off for the season, Platinum league Champion
for 2018 Andrew Davidson well deserved.
There was a flyer for the players not in league action last night and it saw East Calders Graeme Bird playing superbly
well as he has for many months now defeating Alan White in the their final 5 games to 1, on the night Graeme fired in 6x180’s
and finished the final with a 72+ dart average which would have been higher except for a few of those drated doubles which
some times keep moving!!!
On a personnel note
nice to have a natter with the man they call Fatcat John McCafferty, John has been suffering with the dredit dartitis but
has stuck the season out and is slowly getting his game back, which I can tell you is some game as he is one of the Lothians
top players when he has his game face on, look forward to meeting up again real soon.
12th June, And some of the
players firing out the big scores in this Ballroom Tuesday night league organised by George Carruthers has seen, Ryan Murray
with 8x180’s, Gary Higgins 4x180’s, Davie Ness 4x180’s,George Carruthers 2x180’s, Greg Ritchie 2 x180’s,
Paul Campbell 2x180’s, Jim Mitchell 2x180’s, Andrew Wheelins 2x180’s, D McNair, Chris Gray, William Botland,
William Wheelins all with 1 x180 to their name at the moment!
Fast check outs have seen some excellent finishes with K Murray leading the way with a superb 160 game shot,
other high finishes have come from, G Carruthers 155, T Black 139, R Murray 129, W Borland 127, G Higgins 121, M Lamb 116,
I Butler 108, Mitchell 104.
Top games so far in
the league read like this, G Higgins 12 darter, R Murray 12 darter, Andrew Wheelins 13 darter, Mitchell 14 darter, W Borland
15 darter, Paul Campbell 15 darter.
For clarification of the W.C.D.D.L. Rules,
a copy of the rules applying to last nights meeting have been published on the left hand column for you perhaps to understand
them better, These rules apply to all our players, no one is exempt. J Mitchell Chairman W.C.D.D.L. 2000-18
11th June, The penultimate
night of action from the W.C.D.D.L. saw two competitions being played , In the ladies singles competition it saw some superb
action and it saw Connie Bamburry and Abby Sclater losing out in the semi finals , and so the grand final which saw the two
ladies who made history earlier in the season when they teamed up and won the inaugural Ladies doubles which was played for
the first time, Denise Bird versus Gillian Mitchell and it was East Calder’s Denise Bird who came away with the title
in a cracking encounter winning 3-0 over Gillian Mitchell , this now puts Denise out there as one of the leagues top lady
winners having won the title on four occasions and joining Lydia Barrowman as the most successful
lady player in the leagues history. Denise has had a superb year on the ocky having played herself into the East Stirlingshire
county 'A' team and winning lady of the match performances along the way, so congratulations to Denise Bird Ladies
singles champion 2018, commiserations to Gillian Mitchell r/up.
11th June, The men’s
title was a superb advert for darts as many of the leagues finest worked their way through the field and the last 16 was a
who’s who of darting excellence, J Brogan bt G Bird, G Christie bt J Bruton, D Aitken bt C Mitchell, G Lyle bt C Wilkinson,
A Thomson bt C Hamilton, J Mitchell bt K Gordon, W Millar bt A Wilson, G Bruce bt S Clow, and so to the quarter finals, J Brogan bt G Christie, D Aitken bt G Lyle, J Mitchell bt A Thomson, G Bruce bt
W Millar, and here we were at the semi final stages with three players having won the title before G Bruce, D Aitken, J Mitchell
and a man who has been in tremendous form this season John Brogan from Addiewell, the first semi final saw the defending champion
Davie Aitken edging out John Brogan in a high scoring encounter and the second semi final was much the same as Gordon Bruce
hit his doubles with deadly accuracy, and so here we had a final match up with both players having won the singles twice before,
the best of 7x501 encounter was a classic way to finish any competition with both players firing out the big scores however
the turning point was a superb 116 game shot by Gordon Bruce which gave him the edge and the final score saw Gordon Bruce
4 Davie Aitken 2, so Men’s champion for 2018 Gordon (the) Bruce, commiserations to Davie Aitken who almost made it back to back wins, a superb performance from the defending champion.
Once again the leagues top players strutted
their stuff on the ockies and here are just some of the scores recorded,
Andy Thomson 3 x 19 dart games, Jamie Fleming 18 darter, Ian Stevenson 18 darter, Gary Christie 18 darter,
Mitchell 18 & 19 darters, John Bruton 19 darter, John Brogan 18 dart game, William Millar 17 darter, top games from our
finalists saw Davie Aitken firing in 6 sub 20 dart games with 4 of them being 18 darters, Gordon Bruce on target with 6 fast
games fastest a cracking 15 darter in the final, However the fastest recorded game of the night goes to the man from the land
that time forgot Stuart Russell the Addiewell wizard with a fabulous 13 darter,
Top finishes from the night saw Cawburn Highlander
player Kirk Gordon finishing on a superb 160 the highest of the evenings finishes he also added a tidy 80 take out as well,
Gary Christie 117 take out, our man from the Principality John Bruton a cracking 110 game shot via 60-bulls eye, Kirknewton’s
William Millar 102 game shot, John Brogan 94 game shot, David Aitken with 90 and 76 take outs, Jamie Fleming 86 game shot,
Maximum scores think
there may have been more but if there not written down then cant report them! Davie Aitken a brace of maximum scores 2x180’s,
Gordon Bruce 1x180, Scott Baker from the Rebellious ones of the Central bar in West Calder 1X180, Stuart Russell 1 x180, Grant
Lyle a man who had a great season not losing a singles league match also with a maximum 180. So once again
a cracking night of darting action but as the old saying goes there can be only one and this years Men’s Champion Gordon
Bruce of the Stirrup Stane Wanderers, R/up Davie Aitken from the Commercial Inn Nomad’s.
9th June, And once again Haddington
was the place to be on East side of the country the sun was shining and the beer was flowing (rather well) down in the Gardeners
Arms as they held another top quality dart competition, players from the Borders, East Lothian, Lothian and West Lothian made
the trip for their annual pilgrimage to the competitions run by Michael our host and with a prize pot of £300 up for
the taking, it saw some superb action taking place on the ockies, the last four players left standing and in the money round
were, Andrew Wheelans who edged out Big Darren Beveridge in a cracking match which was played over the best of 9x501 final
score 5-3 to Andrew to book his place in the grand final, Jim Mitchell was up against Angus county player Steven Lewis! And
got over the line by 5 games to 2, and so we had two players from the Ballroom Tuesday night league toeing off against each
other in the final in a best of 11x501 match up, and it was a superb match with top scores being fired in by both men, the
match went the way of the old fella with Jim getting the better of young Andrew Wheelans by 6 games to 3, excellent round
of applause for both players once the chalk dust had settled this truly was a cracking finally to an excellent days darting
action, Mitchell on the day firing in 5 x 180’s and a tidy 1x177 score and somewhere in the region of 10 sub 19 dart
games However fastest game of the day I do believe goes to the beaten finalist Andrew who rattled in a superb 12 darter. This
was old man Mitchell’s sixth singles title since the start of the year just goes to show us old guys can still hack
it with the youngsters, (well just about everyone is younger than me these days!) Once again many thanks to the Gardeners
Arms for their hospitality and of course for running these tournaments, see you in July for the next round of action on the
|Finalists of the Gardeners Arms
|Jim Mitchell & Andrew Wheelans
9th June, Action from around
the country as local players took part in the PDC Development tour down in Wigan, Greg Ritchie from Edinburgh reaching the
last 16 in development tour number 8, William Borland losing out in the last 32, Andy Davidson going one better in competition
number 10 reaching the quarter finals, as information gets to me more info will follow!
5th June, Ballroom Tuesday
night darts league action from the ocky with matches being 10x501 all legs to be played.
League 1/ R Murray 9-1 D Ness, J Ness 3-7 Shoony,
D Mackie 1-9 R Murray.
League 2/ K Murray
6-4 D McNair, J Callaghan 4-6 G Higgins, S Parry 1-9 D McNair.
League 3/ T Black 8-2 C Gray, G Carruthers 7-3 J Hindle, J Mitchell 10-0 C Gray
League4/ A Russell 1-9 W Borland, G Ritchie
9-1 I Butler, A Wheelans 7-3 A Lamb, E Ness 7-3 W Wheelans.
Few good scores on the night maximum hitters saw, Ryan Murray 1x180, George Carruthers 1x180, William Borland
1x180 However top maximum hitter was Gary Higgins with 3x180’s
Top Finishes and there were a few leading the way was our man Podge yes George Carruthers with a cracking
155 take out via 60-57-38, Tam Black with a 139 game shot via 57-50-32, Ryan Murray 129 take out, William Borland 127 game
shot, Jim Mitchell more modest 104 game.
Fastest recorded game going to, Jim Mitchell with a tidy 14 darter, William Borland just one dart behind with a 15 darter.
4th June, W.C.D.D.L.
Yes after the curse of the dart playing public work has ended
and I can now update you my faithful reader with Monday and Tuesday nights action from the ockies of Central Scotland!
In the Premier league in the West Calder & District league
5-4 Cawburn Highlanders
5-4 Central bar Rebels
Top shots from this
match up had East Calder’s man on form Graeme Bird firing in a maximum 180 and finishing in an excellent 15 darts, For
the home team it was Scott Baker & Sean Hanlon who were in top form with a cracking 17 dart doubles game.
Volunteer Highway Men 5-4 Almondale Pirates
Once again the Premier league Champions were pushed all the
way by the Pirates of Craigshill in a match which saw the home side move 3-0 out in front but only to be pulled back and after
the singles were played it was all square3-3, however the deciding doubles were the very slight difference and with very little
between these teams it saw the Home side come away with a win just the odd game in nine the difference, Top games/ shots coming
from Stevie Duncan of the Pirates with a rock solid 20 darter, Jim Mitchell for the home side with 17 & 19 dart games
and a tidy 82 take out, Stevie Scott a classy 18 dart game and last but not least it saw the Highway men’s front man
Peter Hastings going through the season unbeaten with a record off played 22 won 22 he also for good measure rattled the treble
twenty bed on the night with a superb brace of maximum 180’s.
Commercial Inn Nomads 6-3 Stirrup Stane Wanderers
Jamie Banks for the Nomads firing in a maximum 180, their only score written down and reported from this
match (find that hard to believe) as both these teams are filled with excellent dart players! Special mention has to go to
Big Daddy Frank Begley captain of the Wanderers who last season were the League champions, this year with players 6leaving
because of work commitment’s and travelling problems he did a fantastic job of keeping his remaining players together,
most weeks playing with only 5 players and being 0-2 down before firing a dart, that was a superb effort by a team captain
to keep his merry band of brothers coming back every week!
G.C. Railroaders 5-4 Commercial Inn Juniors
Once again it saw some excellent arrows throw at the flock
board and it was Willie Wilson for the Railroaders with a maximum 180 and a rock solid 19 darter getting on the team sheet
first, Grant Lyle who has hardly not been on the top shots reported this season at it again with two excellent legs of darts
16 & 19 dart games for a 28.62 dart average, Grant is also a player with a great league record this season with no losses
to his score card winning all his league matches, John Sandison who has been making a name for himself on the ocky one member
of the Match Play doubles champions with a maximum 180, Paul McCaig & Grant Lyle firing in 18 dart doubles match.
Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 9-0 Murray bar Crofters
Golden Oldies from Ye Old Deans Village probably the oldest
team in the league NO they will be the oldest average aged team in the league, nice to see them stay the course many of their
players are past champions and dedicated darters from seasons in the past, look forward to meeting them in the league next
season always good for a natter and a reminisce of old times!
Kirknewton Barkeepers 4-5 G.C. Steamers
Another close match with only the odd game the deciding factor, Special mention to Jay Millar for winning his sixth
match in succession in the league , Also remembering Jay has been selected to represent Scotland in a forth coming International
against the Old Enemy later in the year in the Deaf Darts Association championship.
Tower bar Knights 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers
Knights of Craigshill signing off with a fine win their top shot from the night saw Rodger Barron with a excellent 113 take
out, but let us not for get the Fanciers they are the only all ladies team in the league and once again have played all their
matches coming close on a couple of occasions but just not quite crossing the line! These are a dedicated group of ladies
and they have given quite a few men in the league a scare last night it once again saw Denise Bird taking out a rock solid
68 game shot, so fingers crossed we will see the ladies next season once again on the ocky.
3rd June, Congratulations to East Calder's William Borland on reaching
the last 16 of the BDO World Darts Trophy, competition down in Preston. Defeating Conan Whitehead 6-1 in the last 32,
before just losing out to Jim Williams from Wales in the last 16, Also well done to Ryan Hogarth from the Borders and Ross
Montgomery, unlucky that both these players had to meet in the last 16, So I am sure on behalf of all of us Scots we will
be wishing Ross all the very best for the rest of the tournament.
3rd June, Competition in the Old Oak in Rutherglen saw
a top field of players turning out to play in this competition run by Kate Monaghan and Big John Jamieson, One of Whitburn’s
favourite darting son’s Micky Rice falling in the last 16, the old man Jim Mitchell from Livingston went as far as the
semi finals before losing to George Lynsey who got the better of the old guy by hitting those dastardly doubles which kept
moving! George winning 4 games to 2, Winner on the day was John McCallum who edged out George Lynsey in
the final, semi finalists were Jim Mitchell & Jocky Craig. All four picking up monies for there endeavours which helped
as the beer was going down rather well, not only hot on the ockies but one hot day all told, cracking venue which makes you
very welcome but also sells excellent ales! Which I can confirm as tried my best to drink a barrel of it by my self!
29th May, Tuesday night saw the Ballroom Premier league start under
the leadership of George Carruthers guiding hand, and there were some excellent match ups and a few good games and scores
recorded, Firing in maximum 180’s were no fewer than 7 players these were,
A Whellins with 2x180’s, Paul Campbell 2 x180’s, W Whellins 1 x180 , G Carruthers 1 x180, Jim
Mitchell 1x180, Chris Gray 1x180, David Ness 1x180,
Top finish of the night saw the man with the Tache! Mr Ian Butler with a rock solid 108 game shot, Mitchell with 96
& 80 game shots,
Fastest game was
an excellent 13 darter by A Whellins, Paul Campbell was only two darts behind firing in a cracking 15 darter,
Mitchell with a more sedate 16 dart game, I am sure there were more and once they start getting reported they will appear
on this site!
Some results from the nights action on
the ocky saw, P Campbell 7-3 J Ness, David Mackie 6-4 Ryan Ronaldson, Paul Campbell 6-4 David Ness, S Parry 7-3 D Ronaldson,
Gary Higgins 8-2 K Murray, J Callaghan 8-2 D McNair, Jim Mitchell 8-2 Tam Black, George Carruthers 9-1 Chris Gray, Ian Butler
6-4 Elliot Ness, A Whellins 9-1 W Whellins,
Once I get to know everyone’s first names they will appear so sorry if you only have an Initial!!!
28th May, W.C.D.D.L.
The winners are now announced with the Doo Club Flyers winning
the Championship league Pennant and it was certainly a hard fought battle from the beginning of the league
as the Flyers and the Railroaders who came a distinguished second with only one match the difference between them and though
there is still a match to go for the Railroaders they can not catch the Champions so congratulations to the team from the
East Calder Homing Society (The Flyers),
The Premier league has the Volunteer Arms from Uphall waving the Title Pennant though the Highway
Men still have two matches remaining they can not be caught, However second place is still in the hands of the darting gods,
John Bruton’s Nomads from the Commercial Inn look like it is signed sealed and delivered but you can never take it for
granted until the I’s are dotted and the T’s crossed, the Colliers under the leadership of Alan Wilson are right
on their tail but it would need a dramatic twist for the Nomads to lose second place,
Once again the strength in depth of both leagues
is superb with no team having won all their matches and with twists and turn from the start of the league there have been
some dramatic nights of action on the ockies from the start, to the final few matches of the league.
And with still three competitions still to play, there are
chances for other team’s players to make their mark on this season’s league, at the moment we have no less than,
nine players/teams picking up trophies for their endeavours at the seasons presentation, and as I have just stated there are
another three competitions to go.
27th May, Competition in the Kirknewton Inn saw Arran Edwards
from Craigshill beat East Calder's Graeme Bird in the final,
Top action on the ocky came by way off, William Millar rock solid 18 dart game, Rab
Dick firing in 4 sub 18 dart games with a brace of 16’s and another brace of 17’s also on target with a maximum
180, Graeme Bird on target as usual these days with some excellent games recording 14-15-17 dart games a shanghai on the twenties
for a 120 take out and a maximum 180, Champion on the night saw Arran Edwards fire in 2x13 darters along with 2x15 dart games
and 4 x 180’s and a nice rock solid 100 game shot, However probably the shot of the evening has to be Livingston man
Ian Stevenson with a superb clearance of 164 via 57-57-bulls eye and a cracking 15 dart leg, 21 entries excellent
turn out on a Sunday night for this top darting venue. Well done to Rab Dick who organised and ran the event & Lawrence
the publican who sponsored the tournament, just imagine if all the publicans in the area did this we could almost go back
to good old day's when there were comps every week in the area, now that is a thought!
23rd May, and
report from the Premier League which takes place in the Murrayfield Sports bar in Edinburgh goes like this, Graeme Bird keeping
his good form going with an excellent 9-4 win over Davie Sharp to keep Graeme in second place in the Premier league with 26
points the Bird man having played 16 won 12 drawn 2 lost 2 and fired in over 265 ton plus scores with 16 of them maximum 180’s
he also has the fastest leg of darts played a cracking 11 darter and the top finish of 170,
Steve Bachelor was up against Ross MacDonald and it saw a cracking match up Ratho
player Stevie firing in 5x140’s and a maximum 180 however it was not to be as Ross hit though all so important doubles
and came away a worthy 8-4 winner, as Bobby George used to say Scoring for show, Doubles for dough!
In the Bronze league it saw both our lady players Gillian Mitchell and Denise Bird losing to Josh
Deans and Thomas Arnot respectively.
Rab Dick from Kirknewton went down
fighting in a back and forth match which saw Stuart Ironsides winning 9-6 Rab sitting in seventh place on 19 points at the
moment, Rab has played 15 games won 8 drawn 3 and lost 4, with a 188 ton plus scores recorded which includes last nights 177
score and has registered 12 maximum 180’s and has a 12 dart fastest game Rab also fired in 126-102-94 game shots last
night and hit 4 sub 19 dart games,
Jim Mitchell lost
last night to Alan White 4-9, but still remains at the top of the league for the moment with 28 points having played 16 matches
winning 13 drawn 2 and lost 1, with 249 ton plus scores 17 of which were 180’s and his fastest game
a 13 darter, last night the best Mitchell could do was a brace of 18 darters,
However Andrew Davidson who was not playing last night has possibly the best chance of winning the league title
as he sits on 21 points and has 5 games in hand one of which is against Ian Butler the man with the Tache to be feared, who
has been right on form of late this could alter things dramatically should the match go Ian’s way, as the title race
could go right down the wire to the very last match as Andrew and Jim have yet to play! Which is Jim Mitchell’s last
match! Could be a nail biter that night, but with some players nearly finished their league matches and others with catch
up games all could change in the league in just one night of action! On the ocky, time will tell.
22nd May, Monday night results
are now in from the action on the ockies! Here is what has been reported,
Doo Club Flyers 9-0 Murray bar Crofters
Report from last week just in Callum Wilkinson of the Flyers with a shanghai finish on the twenties for a
120 game shot.
G.C. Railroaders 8-1
Grant Lyle keeping
his good form going with a maximum 180 and a 19 dart game, Couple of excellent doubles matches from the Railroaders with the
pairing up of John Sandison & Andy Pagget firing in a 19 dart game, Grant Lyle & Paul McCaig with 18 & 21 dart
games which included a nice 102 take out for a dart average of 25. 69. For the Steamers it saw Ian Baker of the infamous Baker
brothers on target with a cracking maximum 180 score.
Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 6-3 Doo Club Fanciers
It had A Menzies for the Golden Oldies with a cracking 136 game shot and an 18 darter the top match from
this league game.
4-5 Tower bar Knights
Kirknewton Innkeepers 3-6 Commercial Inn
Bunny Forrest with
the quickest game in this match up a cracking 16 darter, Top finishing from the home side had C Halliday with a rock solid
88 game shot, Graeme Bird also a 88 game shot, Rab Dick 91 take out, John Gardiner hitting the ton finish though with a excellent
100 game shot.
Stirrup Stane Indians
2-7 Almondale Pirates
Stevie Duncan for
the Pirates of Craigshill firing in a 19 darter and a tidy 70 take out.
Loganlea Colliers 4-5 Central bar Rebels
Volunteer Highway Men 8-1 Stirrup Stane Wanderers
17 darters being the favourite of the Highway Men on the night with Colin Robertson, Jim Mitchell and Martin
Deegan all recording one! Mitchell with a solid 100 game shot.
|Colourful or what? Charity time again on the ocky!
|Ian Butler Martin Deegan and myself!
|Girls and Boys enjpying the day at the darts
|Finalists of the Ballroom Open
|Eddie Main & Jim Mitchell
19th-20th May, Well what a week end of outstanding
darts for our local West Calder & District Monday night darts league, with players from both ends of the age spectrum
doing what they do best, William Borland adding yet another Scottish Title to his ever growing C.V. with out a doubt one of
the men in form on the Scottish darts circuit Masters and Singles title in the same season an absolutely fantastic achievement,
and for the slightly older generation it saw Old Man Mitchell winning his fifth Open competition of the year since January,
just goes to show in the sport of darts age is no barrier, Yesterday it saw the Ballroom Open in Edinburgh take place run
and organised by none other than Mr George (Podge) Caruthers, and players from East Lothian, Edinburgh and the Posse from
West Lothian were all in attendance, with the matches best of 5 x501 in early rounds before going to 7x501 in the semi finals
and 9x501 in the grand final, The players making it into the last 16 were and sorry if I don’t have your proper non
de plum but this is what was written down by Podge (blame him!) Darren bt Gary Higgins, Eddie Main bt Elliot Ness, M Kerr
bt Bod, J Thomson bt Andy Main, Jim Mitchell bt Adam Crosbie, Martin Deegan bt Steve Murray, George Caruthers bt Peter Wheelans,
Paul Burrows bt Hammy!, and so to the quarter finals, Eddie Main bt Darren, Mick Kerr bt Jim Thomson, Jim Mitchell bt Martin
Deegan, Paul Burrows bt George Caruthers, and now to the money round the last four players left standing and the best of 7
x 501, Jim Mitchell 4-1 Paul Burrows, Eddie Main 4-1 Mick Kerr, and so after four hours of action on the ocky we had the final
first to win 5 legs the champion, and it saw Jim Mitchell take the title with 5 doubles hit with only 6 darts thrown at them,That
however does not tell the story of the final Eddie Main firing in a brace of maximums only double trouble stopping him from
claiming at least two of the legs played, however that was Eddie’s sixth maximum of the competition and his 26th
maximum hit on the day in between matches there were four dart boards for practise and Eddie was firing in 180’s for
fun he actually just missed a 9 darter by not hitting the double 12 with his ninth arrow in one session, However on the day
it was the Old Fella Jim Mitchell who did what no one else did he hit more doubles, so Champion Jim Mitchell, Runner up Eddie
Main, this is an absolute excellent venue to play darts in a BIG room dedicated to darts with four boards set by it self and
also four other boards in the main hall, which also has 16 + Pool tables and a Snooker room and a restaurant, I do believe
darts is going places with venues like the Ballroom taking darts into a new era, excellent venue and congratulations to George
for organizing this event, also what an amount of raffle prizes with proceeds going to the Help Sam Higgins appeal, once again
dart players did what they do best digging deep for an excellent cause, long may it continue.
On the day some stats from the West Lothian Posse, Martin Deegan 17 & 19 darters, and a maximum 180,
Graeme Bird maximum 180 and a 17 & 18 darters, Rab Dick 17 darter, Jim Mitchell 2x180’s and 10 sub 19 dart games
fastest being a tidy 13 dart game but could have been less on 32 left after 9! Oh that damn double 16 took 4 darts to hit
16th May, and the Posse was
back in action in Auld Reekie after a wee sabbatical (Hearts were at home!) Anyway some excellent action on the ocky from
Kirknewton’s Rab Dick (Turpin) with an excellent win over Paul Wyllie by 9 games to 2, Rab firing in 5 fast legs of
arrows these being 15-16-17-18-19 darters, he also rattled the treble beds with a cracking 177 score and some excellent finishing
power with 3 top finishes off 120-102-81.
East Calder’s Bird Man Graeme Bird was up against Kenny Smith and though no report from the match as yet it ended
in a hard fought draw 8-8 for a share of the points going to both players.
Denise Bird and Gillian Mitchell went toe to toe on the ocky and these ladies who are the newly crowned Ladies
Pairs Champions of the West Calder & District Monday night darts league had a excellent match but when it came to finishing
power it was Denise who showed why she is a East Stirlingshire County ‘A’ player winning comfortably by 7 games
Jim Mitchell was up against his good friend
Ian Butler and this turned into a real slug fest as both players continued to break each others throw, however it saw Jim
cross the line by the score of 9 games to 6, Jims fastest game a solid 15 darter which was finished via 54-14-bull for a 118
game shot he also fired in a 86 take out via 18-36-32 Jim with 15x100’s 5x140’s and 1x180 his tally for the match,
However Ian Butler was in excellent form on the big scores 21x100’s 6x140’s and a maximum 180 and best four darts
of the match, Jim fired in his maximum 180, to leave a finish, Ian went even better following that maximum with one of his
own then a double 10 finish for 200 scored in 4 darts super stuff from the man with the extremely long whiskers, Sunday at
the Ballroom should see a few looks of concern on peoples faces as both Ian and Jim are having a re-dye of their facial hair
now Ian has already told Jim what his colour scheme will be, BUT I think Jim has a somewhat different colour scheme in mind,
should turn a few heads! Photo’s to follow!
Ratho player Stevie Bachelor was up against Neil Tomlinson and it saw a good high scoring encounter between these two
darters who are both starting to come into form to wards the end of the season, but it was Neil who crossed the winning line
coming away a worthy winner with a 8-4 victory, Stevie did fire in 13 x100’s with three of them 140’s but it was
Neil who found those decisive doubles which in the end is what counts.
15th May, W.C.D.D.L. Monday
night results from the ockies!
G.C. Steamers 1-8 Doo Club Flyers
Report to follow!
Stirrup Stane Wanderers
3-6 Loganlea Colliers
Gordon Bruce of the
Wanderers firing in a maximum 180 and a cracking 14 dart game, John Brogan for the Colliers with a rock solid 17 dart game,
James Graham going two darts better with a cracking 15 dart game, top double game came by way off Gordon (THE) Bruce and our
league mascot Gary (Melman) Christie with a 16 dart pairs game, Top shot of the night though I would have to say was from
Craig Agnew of the home team with a superb 152 game shot excellent finishing power from this Wanderers player.
Doo Club Fanciers 0-9 G.C. Railroaders
The ladies of the Doo Club were up against one of the top
teams in the Championship league and it found the Railroaders in excellent form firing in some top games with John Sandison
knocking in a 18 darter, Grant Lyle 20 & 19 dart games for a rock solid 25.92 dart average and a 84 take out in his match,
Andy Thomson & John Sandison the reigning Match Play doubles champions were on song firing in 19 darter.
Almondale Pirates 5-4 Cawburn Highlanders
Ross Burnside rock solid 76 game shot Derek Carmichael also
finishing in style with 85 take out, and Stevie Duncan with a maximum 180 for the Pirates, Highlander player
Shaun Clow firing in a 19 darter and a 85 take out.
Murray bar Crofters 4-5 Commercial Inn
J Jack for the Crofters
firing in a cracking 177 score, however it was the Juniors with some superb finishing power that just edged this match up,
Craig Forrest with a cracking 127 take out and Davie Black getting in on the action with a 112 game shot.
Commercial Inn Nomads 1-8 Volunteer Highway Men
Top two teams in the Premier league went head to head and
though the score does not show it the matches were all close and only the doubling out the difference in this match, both
teams having beating each other once before this league match took place,
Highway Men, had Peter Hastings finishing on a nice two darter on 96 game shot, Peter also finishing in 20
and 18 darts for a hard fought 2-1 win, Martin Deegan 112 game shot and 18 darter, Graham Borland fastest game with a cracking
14 dart game, Mitchell not quite on the league tables but a tidy 74 take out via 9-15-bull not quite the way intended!!
Tower Bar Knights 4-5 Deans .B.C. Golden
Another tight match
up in the Championship league and top score recorded came by way of Brian (Tosh) McIntyre with acracking 116 take out.
Central bar Rebels 6-3 Stirrup Stane Indians
Scott Baker for the Rebellious ones on target with two cracking
finishes 122 & 117 along with a 18 dart game, Liam Corbett for the Indians with a 92 game shot.
11th May, Bathgate League held an open
singles event and it saw Armadale’s Mick Burke from the Corrie bar in Armadale just edging out Kirknewton Innkeeper’s
Rab Dick in a seven leg thriller by 4 games to 3, semi finalists were Ricky McDonald from Lammies in Fauldhouse
and Colin Maxwell from Lammies bar in Armadale. Once again another enjoyable season of darts which is run by the Bathgate
committee of, Danny Kirkland (chairman) Big G MacMillan (secretary) Spencer McDonald (Match secretary) I do believe that the
chairman has played in the league for somewhere in the area of 50+ years now that ladies and gents is dedication, superb achievement.
Congratulations must go to William Borland who has qualified for the BDO World Trophy competition later in May, William
had to fight off stiff opposition from players from through out the United Kingdom but along with another Scot Ryan Hogarth
from the Borders he has claimed his spot in the last 32 and will be on the t.v. (live) at the Preston Guild Hall in England.
7th May, And it saw the West
Calder & District dart league hold their annual Three Person Team Competition, this is played with all three players playing
1x501, then a double of 1x501 and if the score is tied 2-2 then a triple of 1001 will decide the outcome, Some excellent match
ups on the night saw at least five matches have to play the deciding 1001 game three of them from the semi
final and the final its self, the quarter final line up saw six teams from the league toeing the ocky the Volunteer Highway
Men and the Loganlea Colliers had two teams making the quarter finals, the results went like this, Grand Central Railroaders
bt Loganlea (1) Volunteer Highway Men (A) bt Cawburn Highlanders, Commercial Inn Nomads bt Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Loganlea
Colliers (A) bt Volunteer Highway Men (1)
|J Mitchell-M Deegan-C Robertson
|A Hobbit between two giants!
And so we had four teams left standing and all
must have fancied their chances, the Volunteer and the Grand Central went down the wire with both teams having darts to win
but it was the Highway Men who came away with a very hard fought win 3 games to 2, Loganlea also had a tough battle on their
hands and once again it saw the match go the distance and it was the Loganlea Colliers who took their place in the grand final
at the expense of the Commercial Inn Nomads, and so the final was once again almost to close to call as both teams did their
utmost to try and claim the title, Jim Mitchell bt Boris Mackie so first tick to the Highlanders, but Stuart Russell then
edged out Martin Deegan so 1-1, next up saw Colin Robertson getting past John Brogan, so 2-1 to the Highway Men, but back
came the Colliers with Stuart Russell and John Brogan taking the doubles match, and here after three hours of match play it
was one leg of a 1001 to see where the title would go, and with absolutely nothing between the two teams it saw the title
go to the Highway Men the difference in the whole match was the bull up at the beginning of the match as the Colliers were
sitting on an two dart finish when Martin Deegan checked the winning double so 3-2 the final outcome, Champions the Volunteer
Highway Men (Jim Mitchell-Martin Deegan-Colin Robertson), runners up the Loganlea Colliers ( John Brogan-Stuart Russell-Boris
Mackie) congratulations to both teams who had to fight extremely hard to make it to the Grand Final.
Few top scores from the evenings action saw
Andy Thomson perhaps taking the plaudits for player of the night with a superb 13 darter and a cracking 116 game shot, Colin
Robertson with a classy 15 dart game and a classic 120 game shot on shanghai on twenties, Jim Mitchell 16 darter and a 105
game shot, Rex Brady firing in a maximum 180 along with a tidy 17 darter and a 104 take out, also with
17 dart games were Jamie Banks and Jim Quinn from the Nomads of West Calder, Graham Borland 18 darter with a 76 game shot,
Peter Hastings a 19 darter, Martin Deegan rock solid 76 take out, and the only player on the night to hit
a brace of maximums was West Calder’s Jamie Banks for the Commercial Inn Nomads.
5th May, Darting action this
week end does not stop as the Volunteer Arms in Uphall held a open tournament organised by our man they call Penfold Martin
Deegan from Dechmont, and top players from West Lothian and the Central area were in attendance, the last 16 matches went
like this, Pete Hastings bt Lewis Lyle, Jim Mitchell bt William Harraughty, Scott Baillie bt Davie Nisbet, Ian Baker bt Sparky
Forsyth, Micky Rice bt Shaun Robertson, Rex Brady bt Jimmy McMillan, Scott Baker bt Andrew Davidson, Gordon Bruce bt Chris
Forsyth, and then there were 8 left standing and the matches that followed went like this, with Monday night team mates Jim
Mitchell v Peter Hastings and it was Jim that went through, Scott Baillie from Armadale bt Ian Baker and it was nice to see
Ian again he was not well a wee while back so good to see him back on the ocky however it was Scott who went through to the
next round, Rex Brady and Micky Rice had a real tussle and it was only the final leg in this best of seven encounter that
separated these two darters, Two of the local leagues top arrow smiths went head to head in the form of Gordon Bruce from
the Wanderers who play out of the Stirrup Stane in Craigshill and Scott Baker who represents the Rebellious one’s from
the Central bar in West Calder and it was Gordon who took his place in the semi finals after a real tough battle on the ocky,
so to the last four players left standing who all had an eye on making the grand final and the matches now played over 9x501,
and it saw Rex (Cool Hand) a man who you would not want to play for money at on the green baize! just getting the better of
one of the counties top old guard players who back in the day played at the highest level Gordon(THE)Bruce to claim his spot
in the final, the second semi finals was old v young ok ancient v youth, Jim Mitchell who just seems to keep going did the
same just edging past Scott Baillie in a tight match up as you would expect at this stage of the competition with both players
rattling the treble twenty bed but it was the Old Fella who went through in a real tough match, so here we had it the Grand
Final both players represent the Volunteer Arms on a Monday night in the West Calder & District darts league and the final
was a best of 11 affair and it saw Jim and Rex both finding the trebles but it was Jim who did the damage on the doubling
out so congratulations to both players for making it through some extremely tough matches, final saw Jim Mitchell 6 (champion)
Rex Brady 1 (Runner up) Once again many thanks to Martin Deegan for organizing this event and master of ceremonies on the
day Colin Robertson for keeping the matches going and of course the Volunteer Arms for promoting this event thanks to everyone
who was involved ,fingers crossed see you at the next one or at the bar if that’s first! And if Sparky Forsyth gets
his trusty camera photos to me I will update a.s.a.p.
Oh and here are some
states from the days action, Jim Mitchell 4x180’s,Lewis Lyle 3x180’s Gary Scott 1x180, Scott Baillie 1x180, William
Harraughty 1x180, Gordon Bruce 1x180, Peter Hastings 1 x180,
Fast Games that were
reported, Jim Mitchell 14-14-15-18-18-18-19, Scott Baillie with 15-16-17-17-17-19-20 dart games, Peter Hastings firing in
16-17-17-18 dart games, Out for the day William Harraughty from Longridge, with out his carer! (must have escaped)17-18-20
darters just realised Callum Wilkinson was there to make sure he did not get into any trouble talk about out the frying pan
and into the fire, just as well Micky Rice was getting them home safe and sound! Andrew Davidson 17 darter, Davie Nisbet 18
& 19 dart games, Scott Baker 19 & 20 dart games, Grant Lyle 18 darter, Gordon Bruce 20 darter,
Top Finishes and there were a few top game shot of the day went to Jim Mitchell with a 150 via 57-57-36 he
also fired in 98 & 80 game shots, Lewis Lyle with 114 & 98 take outs for this Central County darts player another
top young player making his mark on the tournament circuit, one of the old guard Davie Nisbet showing age has not caught up
with him just yet finishing with a rock solid 107 take out, Chris Forsyth and who can forget Mr Forsyth who used to write
a report for the web site called the Rant from the Cab report back in the day! Firing out a classy 96 game shot via single
20 double18 double 20, Peter Hastings a solid 80 game shot, Armadale’s top arrow smith with a rock solid Scott
Baillie 75 take out. And that folks is all that was written down so if you have information missing drop me a line and it
will be added t.y.
4th May, And here we are again
for another top darting event this time further North than the river Towe, this time the banks of the mighty river Forth yes
this was the Crown Inn in Bo’Ness for an event run by Alan Kerr, and there was a formidable field of players gathered
for this tournament, it saw the local Posse of players who usually travel to Edinburgh for a Wednesday night show down in
attendance and they did themselves proud with Rab Dick (Turpin) from Kirknewton just bowing out in the quarter finals along
with the Old Fella Jim Mitchell who also fell at the same stage however East Calder’s Bird man went one step better
just losing out in the semi finals as did John Donaldson all four of the semi finalists play for the East Stirlingshire county
in the Scottish Inter Counties North section, all three of the Posse collecting monies for their endeavour’s,
but it was former International player Gary Stone who took the title just edging out his team mate East Stirlingshire county
team ‘A’ player Jason (Jaggie) Norwood in the grand final, once again another top competition
sponsored by the Crown Inn there is no doubt that Alan Kerr gets some of Scotland’s top arrow smiths entering his competitions
long may it continue.
| Jay Millar in action down in Wales, Selected also
|to play for Scotland v England in October (superb)
4th May, And it has Jason
(Jay) Millar from Kirknewton travelling down to the Principality of Wales Swansea to be precise by the river Towe, the event
the Deaf Darts Association championship, and did young Jay do well YES he did making it through to the Semi finals of the
singles event when he just got edged out 5 games to 3, he also had an excellent run in the doubles making it to the quarter
finals, not only did he do himself and his family proud but the Scotland selectors were there, and Jason has been asked to
represent Scotland in the forth coming international against the one and only Auld Enemy, well done to this Kirknewton man
who is certainly making his name known in the darting circle long may it continue, and once I receive some photos they will
be published as will his exploits in the forth coming International, I reckon Amanda & William his mum and dad haven’t
stopped smiling yet, superb stuff.
1st May, Couple of special mentions which go to Mr Ian Butler for winning
the Ballroom Singles League in Edinburgh at Jocks Lodge end of London Road, and to Adam Crosbie for winning the Haddington League Singles, both these players have supported our competitions
in West Lothian and always nice to give Credit where Credit is Due, and lets not forget George Caruthers who picked up
two runners up in places in both leagues.
3Oth April W.C.D.D.L. Results.
Stirrup Stane Indians 3-6 Stirrup Stane Wanderers,
This Darby match up saw the two captains Franks Hamilton
the man they call the Fat Controller and Frank Big Daddy Begley go head to head and it was the Wanderer who took the points
on offer, highlights from this match saw Frank Begley with a cracking 108 game shot, Craig Agnew with a rock solid 20 dart
game and Gary Christie keeping his good run of form going with a maximum 180 and also a 20 dart game.
Doo Club Flyers 9-0 Doo Club Fanciers,
Another home Darby match up and it saw the Flyers show no
mercy to their Lady opponents who are the only full ladies team in the league, Flyers had Kevin Murphy firing in a 17 darter
and he also rattled in some top scores in his match with a brace of 140’s and 125 score, Callum Wilkinson 20 dart game
and a maximum 180 followed by 135 score, Paul the Ranger Weir just missing out on a maximum this week and having to settle
for a 140 top score, Ian Stevenson also just missing out on a maximum score with a 140 as well though he did have the top
finish with 111 game shot and an excellent 18 dart game, Christine MacIntosh for the ladies had a superb top score of 159
perhaps a slightly different way than you would imaging though 57-51-51 cracking score from the lady Called Nana.
Loganlea Colliers 5-4 Commercial Inn Nomads,
No special mentions reported yet but will update a.s.a.p.
Grand Central Railroaders 9-0 Tower bar Knights,
Grant Lyle the man on form in this rout of the Knights who
have been playing well recently! Grant recording a maximum 180 and a 98 take out and a couple of good legs 21 & 23 darts,
top game though was a doubles with Willie Wilson and Grant teaming up for a cracking 16 dart game, The man they call Tosh
Brian McIntyre who fired in a 16 darter for the Knights fastest single game recorded.
Cawburn Highlander 4-5 Central bar Rebels,
Sean Hanlon in top form with a 100 take out and a classy
18 dart game for the Rebellious ones from West Calder, other top finishes all came from the home team with former league singles
champion (twice) John Kirk firing out a 105 game shot, also finishing well was Kirk Gordon with 85 & 75 game shots.
Commercial Inn Juniors 6-3 Grand Central Steamers,
Top score recorded in this match up goes to Jason Rae with a cracking
174 score to be added to the maximum league table.
B.C. Golden Oldies 3-6 Kirknewton Barkeepers,
again no mentions yet but will update a.s.a.p.
Highway Men 7-2 Kirknewton Innkeepers,
Hastings with a 106 take out for the home side, Jim Mitchell 19 darter, top doubles saw Mitchell and Colin Robertson teaming
up for a rock solid 19 dart game, But fastest game of the evening was Graham Borland with a 16 darter, getting on the score
for the visiting team were Chris (name please) and Rab Dick for the Innkeepers with the only maximum's 180 scores
|Tiger Marshall 1981 Scottish Singles Champion
|with William Borland Scottish Master 2018
29th April, And the venue for this afternoons darting competition was
the Glen Mavis Bowling Club in Bathgate, and ladies and gentlemen, what a cracking set up, this event was put on by the Glen
Mavis committee, Ted McMillan from Darts Scotland & Winmau and Billy Weir who was master of ceremonies keeping the event
running to schedule and two people who certainly need mentioned Mr Andy Thomson snr & Andy Thomson jnr, these two made
and put up the playing boards and they did an exceptional job to be honest three of the best standing boards I have ever had
the pleasure of playing on, hardly a movement from them you would think they were on a main wall, to be truthful the other
darts committees could have a look at this set up and see how it puts some of their set ups to shame!! Anyway I digress away
from the main event the arrows thrown, some terrific talent on show with county players from around the central belt taking
to the ockies, the Final saw William Borland just edging out his uncle Graeme Bird in a real tense final by the odd leg in
9, 5-4 to William, Armadale’s Scott Baillie and Jim Mitchell from Livingston having to settle for a semi final places,
the standard on the day was top drawer stuff and here are what Billy Weir our master of ceremonies has been given, Maximum
hitters and there were 12 recorded, Jim Mitchell x4, William Borland x3, Graeme Bird x2, William Harraughty x1, Scott Baillie
x1, Wullie Wilson x1, Top finishing came from players finishing on scores from 75 and above, William Borland 105-116-130-131
take outs superb finishing power from the East Calder man, Graeme Bird 82-116 game shots, Callum Wilkinson 77 game shot, Fast
games and these must be finished in 20 darts or less to be added to the league tables and there were plenty! Graeme Bird with
the most recorded 10 excellent thrown games of 17-18-18-18-18-18-18-19-20-20 deadly darters, Jim Mitchell with 7 sub 20 dart
games done in 13-15-15-15-19-19-20 darts, William Borland with 6 and these were finished in 14-16-17-18-18-18 darters, John
Sandison 17 darter, Callum Wilkinson of man called the Busy Bumble bee oops mean the Angry Wasp from Alloa who now resides
in Whitburn with a brace of 20 darters, Ian Stevenson also with a 20 dart game, William Harraughty from Longridge was allowed
out for the afternoon with his carer the kind hearted Fiona making sure he kept out of trouble William firing in 19 and 20
dart games and if his finishing power had been there! He may well have got a lot further than he did? Gordon Bruce with 4
x 17 dart games rock solid play from this Livingston player, Scott Baillie 5 fast games finished in 16-17-19-19-20 darts Scott
has just finished the Inter –County season with a superb record of played 7 won 7 for the season
that takes some doing by the way, Andy Thomson 17-19-20 darters and once again can I just say Andy Snr and Andy jnr did a
superb job in putting up the boards and the lighting set up 10/10, So the first Glen Mavis Open sponsored by Winmau and Darts
Scotland has been won by William Borland, congratulations must also go to both our the losing finalist Graeme Bird, these
two players did what no one else did they finished by hitting more double than anyone else! Well done the Glen Mavis Bowling
club, And I for one cant wait for the next tournament, they put on a cracking venue with excellent bar staff and to their
hard working committee who made this tournament happen (thank you).
Can I just say what a pleasure to meet an old darting great from the West Lothian area the man they called Tiger! yes
Davie Marshall was in the club, what a player this man was back in the late 1970’s and into the 80’s this was
with out a doubt one of the most feared dart players in Scotland on the circuit back then the 1981 Scottish Single Champion.
25th April, The Posse were back
in action in the Premier league in Edinburgh which is run by the Edinburgh Darts Association in the Murrayfield Sports bar,
and the posse were in excellent form, First up saw Graeme Bird v Tommy Houliston and it saw the Bird Man from East Calder
turning on the style and coming away with a excellent 9-3 win which included games of 13 & 15 darts plus a tidy 101 game
shot and a maximum 180, Denise Bird, this is Graeme’s better half for those who don’t know! Keeps him on the straight
and narrow, and that takes some doing I can vouch for that as have shared a couple of drinks with Birdy from time to time!
Denise was also in action though losing her first match to Josh Deans 7-4 it saw her bounce back to win 7-5 against Grant
Hawkins with some top finishing keeping her excellent form going which has seen her winning ladies singles events in the not
so distant past and having just finished an excellent county season for East Stirlingshire which saw her securing a place
in the county ‘A’ team, Gillian Mitchell lost by 7 games to 2 against Chris MacMahon in a game where she had chances
but we all know you have to take them when they come a calling, The old fella Jim Mitchell played Paul Wyllie in his first
match of the night and came away with a 9-2 win which saw 4 sub 20 dart games enough to get over the winning line though Paul
did rattle in a brace of maximum 180’s, However Jim’s second match of the night was against the man from the hill
Rab Dick (Turpin) of Kirknewton and this was a superb advert for the sport of darts as no fewer than 53 ton plus scores were
recorded between them, Rab firing out 1x180, 1x171 (treble nineteen’s) 6x140’s, 19x100+ scores and a superb 128
take out on the bulls eye for a 12 darter via 18-60-bull, Jim though was not hanging around and fired in reply 2x180’s
8x140’s, 15x100+ scores along with a more sedate 88 take out Jims fastest game a 14 darter, this match had nothing between
them as they battered each other with top scores and make no mistake if one of them made a mistake (missed a double) the other
did not, and in the end it came down to a single break of throw which went to Jim in the final leg of this captivating 16
leg match, final score Jim 9 Rab 7, a cracker of a heavyweight battle. To tell the truth this was such a battle royal I broke
a custom I never take a drink of anything during a match not till after its all over last night I did as my mouth had dried
up with the tension of this match was actually getting to me!
So at the moment I believe that Jim Mitchell and Graeme Bird sit at the top of the Platinum league in first
and second place with Rab Dick just a few places back in fifth place, looks like the Posse is doing good (for the moment)
|Mr Butler promoting a new style of head wear!
25th April, Well just back from
the trophy shop in Edinburgh with John McDonald and Billy Weir, and fingers crossed between us we have ticked all the boxes
for this seasons presentation night, took us just over an hour and a half of deliberating and choosing then thinking about
it again, but we finally agreed , so that’s a another job done, all we need now is for players and teams to bring the
annual/perpetual trophies back for the next meeting in May, would help as we have to then take them back to the shop for engraving,
your help would be much appreciated, thanks.
24th April, Took a trip into Jock’s
Lodge in Edinburgh tonight to have a gander at the Ballroom club which used to be called the New Yorker when it was a Riley’s
club, what a difference, 8 dart boards, a restaurant, must be 16 pool tables, snooker table, and two function rooms, and the
venue for the Tuesday night darts league run by George Carruthers in extremely good with it’s own private room which
is closed of with glass sound proof doors, plenty of room, and you even get Pizza’s delivered into it for the players
(free) just after 9pm. The only down side was the lady in the head scarf who tried to pick me up! Did not quite hide the moustache
did it, Don’t think she realised I was with my good lady wife who was watching from the wings! Mr Butler what are you
23rd April, And the league results are in, from the W.C.D.D.L.
Doo Club Fanciers 0-9 Commercial Inn Juniors
Commercial Inn Nomads 9-0 Stirrup Stane Indians
Kirknewton Innkeepers 3-6 Loganlea Colliers
Kirknewton Barkeepers 0-9 Grand Central Railroaders
Stirrup Stane Wanderers 4-5 Cawburn Highlanders
Tower bar Knights 1-8 Doo Club Flyers
Grand Central Steamers 5-4 Murray bar Crofters
Central bar Rebels 5-4 Almondale Pirates
worthy of a mention this week saw quite a few players firing in the big finishes and top scores here are what has been reported! Maximum hitters remembering 171-180 is recorded as a maximum in the league tables, Gary (Melman) Christie
keeps his excellent run going with yet another 180 score for the Wanderers of Craigshill, from the Doo Club Flyers it saw
two players firing in maximum scores Paul (the Ranger) Weir and team mate Ian ( Just back from Holiday) Stevenson both firing
now we have some absolutely top finishing from many of the leagues finest arrow smiths, I will start with the highest first
from the nights action, John Brogan from the Loganlea Colliers with not one but two superb game shots of 155 & 146 superb
finishing power from the Loganlea player who has been playing excellent darts from the start of the season, Showing that age
has nothing to do with ability one of the league players who was a top man years ago and still is it saw Ratho man Bunny Forrest
taking out a cracking 140 kill shot for the Nomads of West Calder, John Brett also from the Nomads under the leadership of
John Bruton at the Commercial Inn finishing on the bulls eye with a cracking 127 game shot, Callum Wilkinson from Whitburn
who plays for the Doo Club Flyers in on the action with a 115 take out via 60-15 bulls eye for a 115 game shot, John Grant
rock solid 92 finish in his game for the Nomads think their team captain must have had the big stick out last night as their
whole team was in superb form, the Highlanders from the Cawburn Sports bar had Kirk Gordon finishing with a brace of rock
solid take outs of 88 & 78 in their win over the Wanderers
Now for fast games recorded ant there are two both very fast legs and they go to, and they go to West
Calder man Jamie Banks with a 14 dart game cracking stuff from this young player who also picked up money in the PDC Development
tour recently, also Paul Weir a 14 darter recorded for this East Calder darter who plays for the Doo Club Flyers, John Brogan
with two excellent legs of darts finishing in 15 & 18 arrows finishing with a 30+ dart average, William
Borland 16 darter for the Innkeepers on the Hill, Stuart Russell from the land that time forgot Addiewell with a brace of
18 darters, Ian Stevenson with two fast games of 16 & 19 darts for a 28+ dart average, Callum Wilkinson 17 & 20 darters
for a 27+ dart average, Graeme Bird 19 darter game also for the Kirknewton Innkeepers, and the only doubles match written
down saw Kevin Murphy & Ian Stevenson firing in a rock solid 18 dart game for the Flyers of East Calder. If there are
stats missing drop me a line and they will be added a.s.a.p. Thanks Jim M.
22nd April, And the venue was
the Haddington Bowling Club in Haddington, and the reason for this event was to support a Charity Open darts competition which
was being held to help raise money for the Sam Higgins Charity, and what a great turn out as dart players from the East Coast,
Edinburgh and West Lothian all made the effort to come and support this superb cause, On the day over 45 players took part
in the darts competition, there was also a quick fire bowling event as well, And with many people putting a lot of work into
the event, here are just a few people to mention, Peter Wheelans from Darts N Arts who put on an auction of some absolutely
superb darts memorabilia, George Carruthers who sold raffles through out the day, and can I just say what an amount of raffle
prizes donated by so many people from local Hotels, Golf Clubs, Hairdressers, and an abundance of local businesses from the
area who all got involved and donated many items, and the amount of work put in by the Haddington Bowling club was awesome,
on the day just over £3800.00 was raised that is a tremendous achievement, and puts the charity on to
a fabulous footing as they are trying to raise £8000, which is needed to buy the lifting equipment
for this local man, This just shows what a great family dart players are with so many people trying to help out in this excellent
cause. So once again many thanks to the Haddington B.C. for hosting this event and to each and everyone of you who either
attended or helped out with raffles, and also to the gentle man who decide on the day to sponsor all the maximum scores recorded
and ton plus finishes, that must have cost him a few pounds! Oh and well done to all the finalists who to a man gave their
winnings back to the charity, Sportsmen to the very end, William from East Calder won it beating Harry a local man in the
Bathgate Consolation Team Cup, this event is for all the teams who did not finish first or second in the league, and it saw
the Coppies A team from Armadale edging out The Old Wine Store from Shott’s in a superb final, highlight was William
Cunningham with a brace of maximum 180s in the final, also on the maximum trail was Andy Thomson from the Glen Mavis Bowling
Club in Bathgate
OOPS Almost Forgot a wee Spanish report, Well the sun did shine but perhaps
not the way I would have liked it to on the dartboard, managed to win a couple of matches, but fell short of the money rounds,
myself and Wullie Laird along with Kathy Henderson did win a couple of mixed triples games before losing out to Paul Hogan
and his merry band, However on the bright side met up with a few good people, Need to say this quietly one of them is English
I know I can hear you all gasp (English) but he Ain’t a bad lad he hails from a place called Leek!!!! Anyway it was
nice to meet up with Del again and fingers crossed we might just have a cross border match in the near future, more about
that later on the web site, Wullie and Jean were there along with Wilbur promotions man Willie Burns from the West (Ayrshire)
from East Stirlingshire we had Alan and family our hosts from the Crown Inn (Bo’Ness) Lewis Coult and his good lady
Claire who we will probably meet up with in Inverurie this week end with at the counties!, and of course our very own Irene
and Shug from Armadale and all places in-between as we know Irene is now classified as a Globe Trotter, as she has been known
to head off to sunnier climates down under on a few occasions, and can I say a pleasure to partner up with Wayne & Denise
Halliwell from Cyprus now there is a bit of globe trotting for a game of darts. And from just across a
wee bit of water at the Isle of Man the team of Wayne & Mandy, Wayne with the biggest hands I have
ever seen Now I do believe that a few of us might just meet up in Prague later on in the year so look forward to meeting up
with you all again, Now if I have left anyone out it’s not intentional , and hopefully will meet up again somewhere
on the darting circuit in the near future, Up North to Inverurie this week end on Saturday for the Inter-Counties
then down the East Coast on Sunday for the Haddington Charity Open competition (so if you like supporting good causes lets
see you there, you can read about it on the web site?)so for all you dart playing globe trotting darters
out there, stay safe, see you at the bar sooner rather than later!
17th April, Hot from the press we are happy to add another player to the Maximum League Table,
Callum Cockburn playing for the Grand Central Railroaders secured his first maximum 180 in the league last night, congratulations
and now you have broken the duck let's see you fire in a few more, welcome to the Maximum League Table.
16th April, Monday night action from the W.C.D.D.L.
& Premier league results go like this,
Grand Central Railroaders 8-1 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies
Stirrup Stane Indians 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers
Doo Club Flyers 7-2 Kirknewton
Commercial Inn Juniors 6-3 Tower bar Knights
Pirates 5-4 Stirrup Stane Wanderers
Murray bar Crofters 8-1 Doo Club Fanciers
Cawburn Highlanders 3-6 Commercial Inn Nomads
Mentions of note have maximum scorers being, William Millar from Kirknewton, Gordon Bruce for the Wanderers,
Ross Burnside of the Pirates all with 180’s,
High finishes saw Liam Corbett 90 take out
for the Indians of Craigshill, Davie Yule 80 game shot for the Juniors of West Calder, Matt Purdie 84 game shot, Calvin Fleming 87 take out, Bunny Forrest rock solid 76
game shot for the Nomads, But top finishes from the nights play saw Callum Wilkinson with a cracking 138 game shot, but this
was not the best as Kevin Murphy from East Calder with a superb 160 take out. And for the Ladies Karen Heeps for the Doo Club
Ladies was in top form with a superb 98 take out.
Fast Games had, Jamie Banks firing in the
fastest game of the nights play with a 15 darter for the Nomads of West Calder, David Yule 16 dart game, Davie Aitken 16 darter,
John Sandison 19 darter, Gordon Bruce 19 darter, other top scores from the night play had Grant Lyle 72 game shot, Kevin Murphy
firing in scores of 121&125 to go with his 160 take out, William Millar 140 score, only doubles match reported John Sandison
& Andy Thomson with a 20 darter from our Match Play doubles champions.
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