Breaking News,

Nice to see Susanna McGimpsey selected to play for Scotland and to be made captain of the Scottish Ladies team, from all of us at the Greater Glasgow county team we wish you the very best for the forth coming Internationals.

 

23rd Dec, Not quite the last competition of the year but pretty close!

The venue the Kadikoi in Kilmarnock for the annual running of the Brianmass Cup,

Top players were in attendance to say you could pick a top quality county team from the entrants would be an understatement,

County players in abundance along with champions like William Borland former Scottish Masters & Singles champion back in 2017,

All matches up to the semi final stages were played best of 5x501 with a bull up to decide who got to throw first (way it should be)

So once the last four players were in place we had Kilmarnock player Owen McNiven a county player and a player who has been in top form of late claiming his place in the semi finals, Also joining him in the last four was George Collumb Snr also from Kilmarnock and for those who are of a certain age George was a former Fife Classic champion and last season went through the inter county season unbeaten and played in the World Masters play offs this year, Old Man Mitchell from Newmilns was also in the mix the reigning Walter Abbot (Elgin) Singles champion, and last but not least the reigning Scottish Singles Champion the man they call Longshanks Steve Robertson from Catrine, and so to the semi finals which were now the best of 7x501, Steve Robertson and Owen McNiven had a high scoring encounter which had Steve edging it to take his place in the Grand Final, the other semi final saw George and Jim sharing the legs and with the match at 3-3 it saw Mitchell for the only time in the match take the lead and come away a 4-3 winner to go through to the final, and so after almost four hours of intense match play we had the final and it saw Steve Robertson take the title winning by 4 games to 2 from Old Man Mitchell,

On the night saw a good few top games and scores and here is what I can remember! (The amber liquid was going down well?) William Borland  maximum 180 along with a brace of 16 darters a 17 darter and a more modest 20 dart game, George Collumb Snr with three sub 18 dart games a 15 darter the best of them also throwing in a maximum 180 for good measure, Mitchell with the highest finish of the night that he saw! A tidy 149 take out via 57-60-32 and games finished in 15 darts along with a brace of 18 darters and a 20 dart game, but player of the night the champion Steve firing in some superb fast legs with 11&13 the best of them and goodness knows how many others along with at least 3 x180s I know off, good night at the darts and all four of the last players left standing receiving monetary prizes.

And it looks like the Fallon Sherrock effect has hit Kilmarnock as the battle of Rosie & Jim Gilmour saw Rose coming away with a terrific 3-0 victory just goes to show what the ladies can achieve with a bit of encouragement (stop it) well done to all who attended always good to see lot’s of players staying to watch the final and giving support to the combatants on the ocky, many thanks to the Kadikoi for hosting this event and to the committee for keeping the matches flowing smoothly all night long, Merry Christmas to you all.

 

21st Dec, Crown Inn – Dreghorn

This was a Double start competition and their were a some superb darters in attendance from as far away as the North of England and the width and breadth of Scotland, once the last eight players were left toeing the ocky all with their eye on the title it saw these results take place, Martin Brophy bt John Peacock, Kevin Mckinney bt Steven McBride, John Duncan bt Mick McDee, William Borland bt Graham Ferguson, and so to the semi finals and it had Kevin Mckinney bt Martin Brophy and William Borland bt John Duncan, and so the best two players on the day at hitting doubles both starting and finishing toed the ocky against each other and it saw Kevin Mckinney taking the title edging out William Borland, once again another top competition run by the Wullie Burns road show and of course our hosts for the day the Crown Inn who kept the players well watered with the amber liquid throughout the day.

 

20th Dec, New Cumnock & District Darts.

Well last night Friday saw the league holding it’s last competition of the season and it was all in the hat doubles, and their were some excellent pairings pulled out by the committee! At the Working Men’s Club in New Cumnock,

And after three hours play and the chalk dust had settles we had our four semi finalists and they were four extremely top quality pairs but someone has to lose at this stage and our two teams who fell at the penultimate round before the grand final were, Ronnie Sharp & Steven McBride who must have been one of the tournaments favourites at the start of the nights action, the other losing semi finalists saw champion for past four seasons Richard Dalzell and his partner Mike Ridgeway just failing to meet the grand final, and so the last two pairings and it had the man they call Hightower Kenny McVeigh & Dean McQuarrie who having played extremely well all night just fall at the final stage and have to settle for the runners up position,

However our two partners in crime who absolutely cooked the opposition on the ocky were none other than George (Le boulanger McLaughlan) and Hugh Carmichael who did what the chasing pack tried to do all night long they finished each match in style putting the icing on the cake so to speak, so Crowned Christmas Out the Hat Doubles Champions for 2019 were George McLaughlan & Hugh Carmichael, Once again another top run competition from our committee persons, Margaret, Carol, and Ronnie, so from the web site may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

 

20th Dec, Bathgate Darts News

The Out the Hat Doubles was played as usual just before the season takes a small break for the festivities and the finalists had Scott Baillie & John Miln’s edging out William Borland & Michael Banner in a thrilling encounter, once again another top night of darting action from the Bathgate Friday night league, wishing everyone involved a Merry Christmas.

 

17th Dec, Ayr & District Darts League

Wee report from the last league matches of 2019 and some terrific results which may well have changed the look of how the league standings are for the moment,

 

Glenburn 6-4 Black Bull, Home team had players firing in good games and these were David Murray with 20 dart game, A Taylor with a brace of top games finishing in 21&23 darts, Neil Jones also firing in a rock solid 21 darter, the visitors also had fast games recorded and it had Scottish International Jim McEwan with a brace of 22 darters, Alex Govan 21 dart game plus a maximum 180 score.

 

Anchor A 7-3 Pockets A, here was a match with players putting everything into it, maximums and lots of fast games, and to say there was a wee bit of testosterone in the air would be putting it lightly! Nothing bad just players wanting to win and when you get two excellent dart teams toeing the ocky against each other some times the red blood cells take over! Maximum hitters on the night were, Richard Dalzell with a brace of them, as was George Collumb Snr also firing in a brace of 180 scores,  George Collumb Jnr also on target filling up the  red lipstick with 180 score, Pockets player Big Steve Robertson also on target with a maximum score for the visitors, top finish of the night a wee ton check out by Old Man Mitchell with a100 take out, fast games where to start, so lets go to the away team first, Joe McLaughlan with 17&24 dart games, Steve Robertson even faster with games finished in 16 & 19 accurately thrown darts, Jim Auld with a tasty 18 dart game also for the visiting Pockets team, however the home side were also on target with games finished like this, George Collumb Jnr 17&20 darters, George Collumb Snr 16&19 dart games, Mitchell 18 darter, Richard Dalzell 19 darter, Steve McBride with games finished in 18&24 deadly arrows, Mark Muir with a classy 17 dart game, and so this time it saw the results reversed as Pockets had won the first match by the same score line on their home turf, cracking darts match.

Red Lion 4-6 TRYSTING Thorn,  couple of maximum 180s recorder in this league match with M Brengan for the Red Lion filling up the red lipstick and Joe Bell for the visiting Trysting Thorn team both recording maximum180’s, S Arrandale on target with a 23 darter for the home side, which was bettered by one dart with J Berry going out on 22 darts, Sammy Tonner for the Thorn team keeping his good run of form going with two fast games finished in 21&20 deadly arrows, Ritchie McBride with a cracking 18 dart game,  K Murray only a dart more finishing in style for a 19 darter, Joe Bell with match of the night finishing in 17& 20 cracking darts.

 

Martha’s 7-3 Anchor B, G Ross with the best game of the night in this match up firing in games finishing  in 19&23 excellently placed darts, good to see Raymond Saergant in the team sheet for the Anchor team along with John Doc Hollywood  who also plays for the Anchor as well, and as many will know by now there is a disability darts organisation here in Ayrshire and Ray & John are two  of our players who may well be in the running to wear the countries colours next year in Morcombe representing Scotland when the Home Internationals are played.

Pockets B 1-9 Ship, S teve Auld on target for the Pockets team recording the only maximum score of the night with a cracking 180 score, Owen McNiven once again showing his class with games finished in 17&19 well aimed arrows.

 

16th Dec, West Calder & District Darts League.

The annual Christmas Charity Singles was held in the Cawburn Sports bar, and some absolute terrific darts were aimed at the good old flock daret board, maximum hitters and there were 12 recorded along with a classy 174 score, players firing in these top shots were, John Miln’s 3x180, Brian McIntyre 2x180’s, Kevin Murphy 2 x180’s, players recording one maximum each were, John Kirk, Graeme Bird, John Sandison, Scott Baker and Rex Brady, Top set up shot goes to Joe Graham with a cracking 174 score.

Top finishes and remember they must be 75 or better! Ian Stevenson with a couple of tasty ton finishes going out on 100& 120 kill shots, John Miln’s 94 game shot, Frank Begley with a classic 92 take out, Arry Edwards with a solid 89 game shot, M Smart rock solid 83 game shot, and last but not least with a 76 kill shot the league mascot himseflf Gary Christie.

Fast games which must be 20 darts or lessto get on the league tables saw, John Miln’s once agin keeping his terrific run of form going  finishing a game in a superb 13 arrows which was the fastest of the night action, The evergreen Colin Robertson from the Highway Men firing in a with a tasty 14 dart game, Polbeth Hit-Man Davie Aitken getting in on the action with a rock solid 16 dart game, now quite a few players with 17 dart games but one player firing in a few more was Gary Christie with games finished in 17-17-18-19 deadly placed arrows, Arry Edwards and Rex Brady also finishing in 17 darts, as were Jamie Fleming and Scott Baker from the Commercial Inn Nomads, Brian McIntyre and John Brogan both just one dart behind finishing games in 18 deadly darts, John Sandison also getting in on the action with a tasty 19 dart game.

Now on the night their can be only one winner and it saw two of the leagues top darters take to the ocky Bunny Forrest one of West Lothians top arrowsmiths from the 1980’s and Arry Edwards who along with many other yougsters from the county was number one in Scotland in the youth ranks just a few years ago!, so congratulations to both players but there can be only one champion and it saw Arry Edwards take the title of Christmas Singles champion for 2019/20 this was Arrans second Christmas singles title as he also won it back in 2016/17 season

 

14th Dec, Once again another darts competition under the watchful eyes of Katie and No Nonsense at the helm!

On the day intrepid dart players toed the ocky to try and win the top prize this included professional player Robert Thornton, so to say their was a classy entry is an understatement, players descended upon the County Inn in Cambuslang from across the central belt of Scotland, format was best of 7x501, and once the chalk dust had settled we had eight top arrow smiths left toeing the ocky all with their eye on the first prize of £300,

So picking up £15 each for their efforts but unfortunately bowing out in the last eight were, Robert Thornton, Robert Baird, Wullie Hays, Kristopher Jamieson, now the semi finals is a bad place for any player to lose out in but someone has to fall in that round and it saw Neil Orr and Chris Coyle just losing out however they received £60 each to help soften the blow!

And so to the Grand Final which saw Andy Davidson taking the runners up position and receiving £180 for his hard work on the ocky through out the day, and Champion receiving £300 was none other than Garry Flannigan who did what no other player did on the day he finished better by hitting more doubles than anyone else! congratulations to our Champion Garry Flannigan, Next event being held in the County Inn will be one of the,( Not the Scottish Opens )which I know are held in many establishments throughout the country for those who don’t wish to attend the event at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew.  So once again many thanks to our organisers on the day Katie & John and of course the County Inn for hosting this event, wishing all off you a very Merry Christmas see you in the New Year if the darting Gods so will it !!!

 

13th Dec, New Cumnock & District Darts League.

New Cumnock B.C. 4-5 New Cumnock W.M.C. Here was a match with many a twist and turn or should that be missed doubles or bounce/fall outs! Kenny McVeigh once again top player for the home side with a rock solid 20 dart game, for the visiting Workies! Richard Dalzell was in excellent form firing out winning games in 18&20 darts, Steve McBride in on the action with a 20 darter, Big Michael Ferguson joining him also going out in 20 steady arrows, Alan Salisbury with a 18 darter, top doubles saw Ronnie Sharp&Old Man Mitchell finishing in 18 darts but sadly not enough as Rab Marshall&Harry Carmichael took the last leg in 21 darts to seal a win for the Working Men’s club, Wullie Laird & Drew Callary Snr then had the match of the night going out in 14&20 darts, and so to the final score line Margaret’s Gang having to feel defeat for the second time in the season but this match could have gone either way just a few missed darts at the wrong time, good match with both teams getting in on the action as in supporting their players the way it should be in any match.

 

Glenmuir 0-9 Mauchline Club, Ritchie McBride on target with a maximum 180 for the Glenmuir and Dave Hainning with 19 dart game best for the home team, J Weir with a 21 darter for the visitors the best of their endeavours also Jacqui also taking out a cracking 111 game shot.

 

Brig End 1-8 Cumnock Juniors, Sammy Toner with the highest game shot of the night with a tidy 104 take out,

 

Brewery bar 9-0 Brig End B, the high flying Brewery bar from Catrine were giving nothing away in this match so no festive cheer here for the visiting Ladies team, George Collumb Jnr on target with a maximum 180 and a solid 21 dart game, the ever present Steve Robertson on target with 17&20 darters and a maximum 180 (again!) Robert Kerr joining them with a maximum 180 and an excellent 18 darter, in the doubles it saw the fastest game of the evenings festivities witch had a 14 darter fired in by J Dalziel & Steve Robertson for the Brewery Bar.

 

13th Dec, Wee Report from the Bathgate Friday Night League in West Lothian.

Corrie bar (Armadale) 5-4 Lammies bar (Fauldhouse) Few mentions from this game which once again see’s John Miln’s name appearing this time for two solid games of arrows finishing in 15&18 deadly darts, Old man of Armadale yes Mick Burke with a stready 82 take out, J McKie think that may be Nodge! Finishing also with a rock solid 76 game shot, Graham Landels with a game shot of 84, highest of the nights play once again saw a McDonald brother taking centre stage with a cracking 119 take out and also firing in a maximum 180 and going out in another leg in 16 accuratly placed darts yes Alan McDonald once again getting on the wanted poster in style oops I mean special mentions page!

Glen Mavis A 8-1 Glen Mavis B, well looks like the A team gave out no Christmas pressie to their B team this week end as they came away with an excellent display on the good old sisal board, Derek Cunningham with a brace of 17 darters, Scott Baillie finishing in 20 darts and checking out on a rock solid 96 game shot, Andy Thomson also going out with a 20 darter, in the doubles it saw the very consistant pairing of Andy Thomson & Scott Baillie do what they do very well firing out another top game taking just 20 deadly arrows to finish up with.

 

12th Dec, Premier League in Glasgow held their League Triples and it saw the Bay Horse take the title with a 5-4 victory over the Ashfield, This was the first competition held in the the leagues new venue, to say it is a bit of a tight fit is perhaps a slight understatement, and as much as I have enjoyed playing darts in this league some absolute superb players take part in the league, Can I just say I wont be back venue is just a tad pricey for my pocket pint of Lager, btl New Castle Brown, Pint of squishy coke (cheap stuff) two wee bottles of coke cola the princely sum of £14.40p basically I have been priced out, I am an old time dart player and like a few beers, talking of beers they don’t sell draught beer lot’s of Lager and Cider so not for my pallet, but I wish everyone all the best for the rest of the season shame I wont be able to toe the ocky with you for the rest of the season because the standard of darts is quite superb, as you would expect, with some of the finest exponents of darts I have come across in leagues for many a year, Jim M.

 

9th Dec, Report from Mr Wulber Burns, this from the Singles competition held at the Crown Inn Dreghorn, Which was the John Muir Memorial Trophy, good turn out especially at this time of year

44 players took part in this singles competition and the winner was none other than one of our two professional players in the man they call the X Factor Mr Andy Boulton this being Andy's first singles trophy since joining our league at the start of our season, but will probably not be his last. The Quarter finals saw, Ian Gunion bt Craig Parker, David Millar bt Liam Dean, Sammy Stephan’s bt David Connelly, Andy Boulton bt Kevin McKinney Jnr, and in the last four it had David Millar bt Ian Gunion Jnr, Andy Boulton bt Sammy Stephan’s, the Grand Final saw Andy Boulton bt David Millar, congratulations to all the quarter finalists who did what the rest of the chasing pack did not they hit more doubles! Andy has been preparing for the PDC World Championships at the Ally Pally in London where he faces Danny Baggish from the USA in his first round match and we all wish him well, Also thanks go to the Crown staff for keeping everyone refreshed.

 

10th Dec, Ayr & District Darts League.

Pockets B 3-7 Red Stone, Steve Auld with a solid 24 dart game fastest recorded in this match up.

 

Glenburn 5-5 Trysting Thorn, points shared in this match with both teams getting a share of the points on offer, Neil Jones with a 21 darter and team mate Davie Cross with a 24 dart game for the home side, Kenny Murray with a 22 darter for the visitors.

 

Anchor B 3-7 The Ship, sounds like the visiting Ship team were not about to let the Anchor of the hook! In this league match, three maximum 180’s in this match with G Dobbie for the Anchor filling up the red lipstick, for the Ship we had D Martin and Own McNiven on target with maximum 180’s, D Martin also finishing in fast games with 18&24 dart games, K O’Neil with a 21 darter, but it was Owen O’Neil with games finished in 17&18 accurate arrows, F Alexander on target for the home team with 24 dart game.

 

Red Lion 4-6 Pockets A, D McIntyre on target with a maximum 180 for the Red Lion and B Thorrat with a game finished in 23 rock solid darts, but the visiting team were not missing much as Joe Devlin fired in 20&21 darters fro the Pockets team, and it then saw J Reid firing out two excellent games of darts a superb 13 darter followed by a 21 darter with the help of a maximum 180 score, John Gaffney going out in 23 darts , and team mate Craig Agnew one dart less finishing in 22 darts.

 

Martha’s 1-9 Anchor A, K Craig with a 20 dart game for the home side, J Milliken also on target for the home side with a 24 dart game, for the visiting Anchor team we had George Collumb Snr firing in a 24 dart game, however George Collumb Jnr was in cracking form as he fired in a brace of 21 dart games, Old Man Mitchell finishing with 18&24 darters and the help of a tidy 104 take out, Adam Currie on target with a maximum 180, Mark Muir finishing with a 22 darter, Graeme Ferguson one dart more taking 23 darts, George Collumb Snr & Mitchell with a 17 dart doubles game.

 

9th Dec, West Calder & Districr Darts League.

Volunteer Highway Men 6-3 Kirknewton Innkeepers, couple of top games from this league match both for the home team with Peter Hastings fifring in a tidy 19 darter and team mate Arry Edwards one dart more going out in 20 solidly thrown arrows.

Oak Bank Flyers 4-5 Central bar Colliers, another very close match with only one point the difference, Flyers players Ian Stevenson and Kevin Murphy both recording 20 dart5 games, and the man they call the Ranger Paul Weir with a tidy 86 game shot, the visiting Colliers from West Calder had Alan Gardener on target with a maximum 180, Colin Hamilton getting in on the top check out page again with a classy 98 take out, Colin then teamed up with John Brogan to record a tasty 20 dart doubles game.

Tower bar Damsels 1-8 Commercial Inn Juniors.

Rabs bar Golden Oldies 4-5 Letham Bowlers,  Nice to report an old doubles partner of mine Big Geordie Dryburgh firing out a rock solid 20 dart game life in the old dog yet!

Commercial Inn Nomads 8-1 Tower bar Knights, West Calders Nomads were in excellent form in this match with Graeme Bird leading the charge rattling in a brace of maximum 180’s plus a neatly taken out 90 game shot, SAcott Baker on form finishing in 19 deadly darts, Bunny Forrest with a 160 take out always good to hear of players I played along side must be over thirty years ago still firing out the big shot’s.

Stirrup Stane Indians 4-5 Cawburn Railroaders, John Miln’s playing solid arrows firing in a 19 darter in this match.

 

Cawburn Clansmen 0-9 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, John Sandison the only notable game shot in this match with a solid 76 take out and an 18 dart game, Mick Burke had a 137 take out nice finishing from this elder statesman!

 

Fri 6th Dec, New Cumnock & District Darts League.

Glenmuir 3-6 Brig End, Top game from this Friday night match up saw Gilbert Grozier firing in a tidy 19 dart game for the visitors.

 

Mauchline Club 3-6 New Cumnock W.M.C. The visitors in control of this match taking a 4-2 lead in the singles before securing the points on offer in the doubles, top game coming from the ever present Richard Dalzell on the special mentions column with a cracking 16 dart game.

 

Craighead 1-8 Brewery bar, no report of special mentions hit the airwaves as off yet!

 

Brig End B 0-9 New Cumnock B.C. Margaret Ferguson had her troops on fire in this match with Ronnie Sharp, Sammy Stephan’s and Old Man Mitchell all recording maximum 180’s, however top game was a superb match up between Pam Hind with Ronnie just edging though it took a 12 dart game to shake Pam of his tail! Other top games had the man they call Hightower Kenny McVeigh firing in an 18 dart game, Sammy Stephan’s one dart further back with a 19 dart game, top doubles action saw the pairing off Ronnie Sharp & Mitchell firing in 16 & 18 darters.

 

Cumnock Juniors 5-4 Coach House, here was a match that went down the wire and not until the last doubles was played did anyone know where the points would go! Top finish saw D Armstrong with a tidy 100 take out and finishing in 21 darts, as did team mate Joe Bell also with a 21 darter, Cameron Menzies on target for the Coach House with a classy 16 dart game.

 

6th Dec, Bathgate Friday night League Results.

GlenmavisA 5-4 Coppies A, a tough match to call as both teams are full of top quality players from through out the county, Marc Campbell with a excellent 16 dart game, Willie Stallard one dart more going out in 17 deadly arrows, Scott Baillie though taking the top shot of the nights action with a tremendous 160 take out, and teaming up with his pairs partner Andy Thomson they fired out a cracking 15 dart game in the doubles.

Corrie bar 7-2 Cross Tavern, couple of top finishes in this match with John Miln’s firing out on a superb 129 take out, Mick Burke tidy 103 kill shot, fast games saw Marc Cunningham with a 15 darter leading the way, Mick Burk a brace of good games finishing in 18&19 darts you just cant keep this old man of West Lothian arrows out of the special mentions column he just keeps showing the youngsters how it should be done!

Lammie bar 8-1 Glenmavis B, two of the irrepresable McDonald brothers getting in on the action with Alan McDonald firing in a cracking 16 darter along with a maximum 180 score, Ricky McDonald not wanting to let his younger brother have all the lime light fired out a cracking game shot of 114, A man even older than myself yes Stevie Duncan showing his eye sight is still as sharp as ever rattling the red lipstick for a maximum 180 score, and mentioning old players (if it is my old team captain?) John Bruton getting in on the action with a solid 86 take out.

Coppies B 1-8 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Visiting team not missing much in this game with Graeme Bird knocking in a maximum 180 score and going out in a tidy 15 deadly arrows, in the doubles it had Gordon Bruce & Rab Dick finishing in 17 accuaratley placed darts.

 

3rd Dec, Ayr & District Darts League.

Martha’s 2-8 Ship, Looks like the Ship had all their gun ports open as they fired out a salvo of top games, K O’Neil with a 22 darter, K Murphy with a brace of top games finishing in 22&23 deadly arrows, Owen McNiven on target with a cracking 18 darter and a more modest 20 dart game, S O’Neil finishing in 23 darts and recording a classy 180 score.

Black Bull 10-0 Pockets B, Dean McQuarrie recording a rock solid 23 darter, Alex Govan also finishing in style with a 20 dart game, but the ever present Cameron Menzies on fire rattling in games finished in 14 & 17 accurately placed arrows.

RedStone 6-4 Anchor B, Raymond Sargeant on target recording a superb 177 score, A Collins with a 24 dart games both these for the visiting Anchor team, however the home side were in excellent form with, T Pendleton firing  out a 19 and a 22 dart games and filling up the red lipstick for a maximum 180 score, D Paterson also with a 22 darter, J Barclay Snr with a 21 dart game a cracking 128 take out  for top finish of the night, J Barclay Jnr going one dart better recording a 20 dart game and like Ray Sargeant earlier in the match aslo recording a cracking 177 score.

Anchor A 6-4 Red Lion, some quality action from this league match with George Collumb Jnr firing out a maximum 180 score, George Collumb Snr on target with a solid 17 dart game, Old Man Mitchell with a brace of 23 darters, Mark Muir was in excellent form firing out games finished in 17 & 21 precisley thrown arrows, Tim Bradbury ( think name is correct?) on target with 19&23 well plced darts. Richard Dalzell fiting in a maximum 180 in thew doubles as did George Collumb Jnr for his second maximum of the nights play, and teaming up with Mark Muir recorded a tasty 19 dart game in the doubles, S Annandale was also getting in on the action recording a maximum 180 for the visting team of Lions.

Pockets A 8-2 Glenburn, Pockets keeping up their excellent league record with Joe Devlin 17&24 darters, John Reid 22 dart game, John McLachlan with a 23 dart game, James Auld with a brace of fast games finished in 18&20 darts, John Gaffrey with 20&22 darters.

 

2nd Dec, Dreghorn & District Darts League.

Match of the Season So Far, as the top two teams in the Dreghorn and district darts league went toe to toe on the ocky, Alton B 7-3 Lounge Lizards, Maximum hitters form this match saw, Kevin McKinney Jnr, Peter Winton, Steve Robertson all on target on the red lipstick with Steve recording a brace of them, fast games and there were plenty saw, Kevin McKinney Jnr 14 darter,  the leagues resident devil Graham Ferguson firing in a 15 darter, Steve Robertson finishing in 15 deadly arrows, Andy Stewart 16 dart game,  Andy Boulton also with  solid 16 darter, Jim McEwan 18 dart game,  Robert Thornton 16&21 darters, the doubles saw Jim McEwan & Andy Stewart finishing in 15 arrows, Kevin McKinney Jnr & Steve Robertson also on target with a 15 darter in the doubles,

 Irvine Parks Ladies 1-9, Crown Inn, Top game from this match was in the doubles with David Millar & Carol Hume recording an excellent 18 dart game.

 

Alton A 9-1 R & A Sports bar, John McLauchlan with a brace of 21 darters and a maximum 180 also thrown in to the mix, Robert Povah also finishing in 21 darts, Eric Pick with the fastest game of the night a rock solid 19 dart game, top finish coming from Hannah Bell with a classic shanghai finish on the twenties for a cracking 120 kill shot.

Towerlands B 2-8 Towerlands A, home Darby match up, and it saw the visitors! On target with Kenny McVeigh firing out a tasty 20 darter, Big Drew Callary going one better finishing in 19 darts, Ronnie Sharp once again showing he has recovered well from his recent set back also finishing in 19 darts, Top game of the night has to be Wullie Laird firing out a superb 14 dart game, HOWEVER once again perhaps shot of the nights action once again goes to our top player of the season so far Margaret Ferguson with the only maximum score of the night a cracking 180 score.

Parks Men played their Dreghorn Open singles qualifier and going through to the finals are Stewart Lusby & Stephan Baird.

 

2nd Dec, West Calder & District Darts League.

Oak Bank Flyers 1-8 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Gordon Bruce once again in on the top action from the evenings play firing in a tasty 17 dart game, however he was overshadowed by team mate Gary Christie who was on target with 17&20 dart games and also throw in a maximum 180 just for good measure, Kevin Murphy once again finishing well for the Flyers with a classic shanghai on the twenties for an excellent game shot of 120.

 

Commercial Inn Juniors 2-7 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Looks like the visitors were on form in this league match up, however no special mentions were mentioned!

 

Central bar Colliers 9-0 Cawburn Clansmen, The Colliers of West Calder keeping their great run of form going again this week, and they had the Wizard from Stoneyburn Stuart Russell firing out some magical arrows in his match recording a 180 along with a cracking 128 game shot and games finished in18&20 deadly accurate arrows, Colin Hamilton keeping his good form in finishing going with a solid 76 take out, Alan Gardener on target with a 180 and a cracking 17 darter.

 

Tower bar Damsels 0-9 Volunteer Highway Men, Looks like the Highway men of Uphall had very little festive cheer for the ladies of the Tower bar, with Arran Edwards a solid 22 dart game, Rex Brady and Martin Deegan also finishing well with 22 dart games.

 

Cawburn Railroaders 6-3 Letham Bowlers, the ever present John Miln’s once again on the report card! Firing in a maximum 180 score for the home team.

 

Almondale Pirates 1-8 Commercial Inn Nomads, Looks like the Pirates of Craigshill were caught in broadside of deadly arrows from the Nomads of West Calder, Bunny Forrest top scorer in this match up firing out a maximum 180 score, the man they call the Polbeth Hit-Man Davie Aitken with a tasty 19 dart game and a 98 take out best of the night.

 

Stirrup Stane Indians 6-3 Rab’s Bar Golden Oldies.

 

30th Nov, The Wee Crew Report from our Own Wordsmith Mr Neilie Campbell – Area Organsier.

Fantastic response to our Borders blip a few weeks ago! Well done to all involved, you guys make my job so simple and pleasurable!
I would like to start by paying tribute to our ladies B! This season they have all been terrific for us so far and yesterday's 4-0 whitewash of Lothian was absolutely brilliant! Yvonne Quinn, Gillian Mitchell, June McCallum and Voni Duff, thank you ladies
Men's B, well! Normal service was resumed! a few changes from our blip at the Borders, George Collumb Jnr, was back and scoring for fun but a wee bit troubled on doubles, 3-0, Dean Fitch Jnr 3-1 after a tentative start Dean threw everything at his opponent, Chris Coyle, a well deserved first victory for Chris for GG with a 25.47, look out A guys! Marc Wilkie another well deserved win on his GG debut, Birthday boy Brian McCuaig having an unusual off day yesterday (he’s allowed that after his recent superb form) and then a fighting display from Dunky Tracey Wyper coming back from 0-2 down to having 3 darts at a double on the final leg to win, unlucky Dunky, so a superb 4-2 win for the Men’s B,


Ladies A we're back with a bang
Jordon McNally a superb 3-1 win for Jordan, the sublime Susanna McGimpsey with a 22-10 and 3-0 win, the wonderful reliable Laura Grant with a 3-1 victory, an off form Debbie McBride grinding out a 3-1, Lynn Cowan had a tough task losing out 1-3 against the superb Caroline McGinn , and the ever increasing determined Margaret Ferguson showing us all exactly why she's so valuable to us all with a 3-2 win over Fran Lawson, a wonderful show from all our ladies !


Men's A, once again showing absolute class!
Darren Beautiman off form against the excellent Kevin Phaup 3-4, Big Drew Callary was in a battle but 4-3 was nothing more than we expect from the big man Old Fella Jim Mitchell once again ground out a 4-3 win, Brian Tennant was in absolutely terrific form 4-3 and a 27-38, Andrew Broll destroyed Davie Sharp 4-1 , Ronnie Sharp was growling at the board as he went down 2-4 but had a 25-20 dart ave, missed doubles in leg 2 cost Ronnie ,  John McCallum 4-1 victory was terrific once again and had our highest average 27-74,  John Williamson was absolutely superb, until he reached a double, still won 4-3,  Andy Callary Jnr lost out to their player of the day 2-4 Callum Smith, and what an impact Grant McCauley has made this season! 3 out of 3, and a 4-1 (27-39) over deputy dog, I have absolutely no idea how William Laird lost 2-4! Sometimes darts can be cruel! And well done to anchor man Michael McCloskey for his 4-1 and a rock solid 23-89 win.
Thank you so much to you all for bouncing back so strongly from The Blip!
Mon the Crew
Ps, can I just point out an observation!
Some of our "over 60 gang” have shown us recently exactly how bloody determined (and not short of talent) they are!
They are showing us all just how to win games through sheer determination and bloody mindedness! An excellent quality to rub off on the rest of us.

 

29th Nov, New Cumnock Darts League,

New Cumnock B.C (Margaret’s Gang) 8-1 Craighead, top shots from this match saw Big Drew Callary with a tremendous 12 dart game finishing in style with a 57-48-bulls eye take out, Roy Harris with a 19 darter also recording a cracking 174 score, Old Man Mitchell 20&21 darters plus a maximum 180 score, Ronnie Sharp with a 21 dart game as well and also recording a maximum 180.

Coach House 5-4 Glenmuir,  another tight match up with the evergreen Jim McCutcheon firing in a 19 dart game, Francis Fleming with a 21 dart game and a cracking 115 take out, Cameron Menzies with two rock solid games of 18721 deadly arrows, in the doubles it saw Ritchie McBride & Willie Bell recording two excellent doubles games finishing in 19& 21 darts.

New Cumnock W.M.C. 9-0 Bridgend B.

Brig end A 4-5 Mauchline Club, Dean McQuarrie and George McLauchlan both with 21 dart games in this match, Alex Govan with the best of the night with a tidy 19 darter for the visitors.

Brewery Bar 7-2 Cumnock Juniors, once again the Brewery players were in top form with Peter Malone going out in 21 darts with a cracking 130 take out, Big Hitting Steve Robertson with a maximum 180 and games finished in 17&18 deadly arrows, George Collumb Jnr one dart more recording a 19 dart game, Robert Kerr with a rock slid 20 dart game, in the doubles it had Steve Robertson and A Carmichael recording a brace of 15 dart games along with a 111 game shot plus a maximum 180 score, Peter Malone and P Ross with a shanghai finish on 120 , Sammy Tonner & S Dunlop with a 107 take out.

 

29th Nov, Bathgate League competition which had the George Murphy 301 Double start double finish competition up for grabs, and it was the pairing of William Borland & Derek Cunningham who took the title defeating John Miln’s & Steve Redman in a pulsating grand final.

 

26th Nov, the Black Bull in Ayr was the venue for a 301 Doubles start double finish competition, and it saw the Anchor A team of Richard Dalzell & Steve McBride defeating Jim Berry & Dave Harvey in the grand final.

 

25th Nov, Dreghorn & District Dart League Standings.

Alton B 8-2 Irvine Park Men’s,  top game of the season so far equalled with Greg Coulter a superb 12 dart leg also a slightly more sedate 21 darter firing in a cracking 112 game shot and a maximum 180 score,  Kevin McKinney with a brace of excellent 18 dart games, Jim Reid and John Hall both recording 21 darters, Andy Boulton firing in games finished in 16&19 darts,  Greg Coulter then paired up with Peter McGuiness to record a 19 darter in the doubles, Bernard Price fired in a tidy 20 darter for the visitors and Stuart Lusby on target with a maximum 180.

Irvine Park Ladies 2-8 R&A Sports Bar, always nice to see the ladies claiming victory in some of the matches, top game by way of Ian McCudden with a rock solid 19 dart game.

Crown Inn 2-8 Alton ‘A’, Dave Tennant with a 20 darter, Christopher Kilpatrick with a 21 dart game, Hannah Bell also with a 21 darter, Robert Povah with a brace of tidy 20 dart games, David Millar on target with games finished in 17&19 deadly arrows for the home team, Dean McQuarrie also on target with a 19 darter.

Towerlands (T.I.T.s) 4-6 Lounge Lizards, Lizards came back from a 4-1 deficit to grind out a fighting win by taking the last five games, Kenny McVeigh with a 20 dart game for the home side, Towerlands top player all season long Margaret Ferguson finishing in one dart better for a classy 19 darter, Ronnie Sharp getting back to his best with a tasty 18 dart game, the Lounge Lizards had William Gemmell firing in a maximum 180 score, the Devil once again with a brace of top games finishing in 19&21 darts, Jim McEwan with 20 & 21 dart games, in the doubles they certainly showed their strength with Kevin McInrue & Ian Gunion Jnr recording 20&21 dart games, Jim McEwan & Andy Stewart with a classy 16 dart game then going even better with a cracking 14 darter.

 

SHOCK HORROR NEWS, well a new one for me as last night a team-mate went off on one and he was my doubles partner so I thought never realised someone did not want to partner up with me that badly! BUT he did have a point I have been struggling of late and our best player was left sitting out Margaret Ferguson, who has been in tremendous form all season in every league she plays in and is one of the top ladies in form in Scotland at the moment, and she was left on the side lines, but for my team mate to walk out and then for the captain to put his coat on and say f**k it and leave with still a match to go, well folks it makes  the rest of us wonder do we still have a team next week fingers crossed we do, but a new captain or  manager! is needed to take charge when you consider in our team of twelve players we have two former Scottish Internationals and we also boast at least eight either current or former so called county ‘A ‘players in it, we are going to need someone who is very strong willed to keep everyone in line ( Captain’s decision/pick has to be honoured) so next week should be interesting, I do believe this saga may have more to it, and last night at 4-1 up for us to fold to an 4-6 loss takes a bit of doing, Perhaps a new strategy is needed when picking the team or we could just bull up there’s an idea! (Not)  it has been suggested that a new name change is needed and it should be Towerland's 'A'  T.I.Ts (Team in Transformation) not as some have said (Team in Tatters) don't we just love Monday nights at the arrows never a dull moment?

 

25th Nov, West Calder & District Darts League.

Tower bar Knights 4-5 Cawburn Railroaders, cracking match with hardly anything between these protagonists, Mr Andy Pagget in tremendous form firing out a maximum 180 along with rock solid 82 take out in this match for player of the night.

 

Commercial Inn Nomads 8-1 Stirrup Stane Indians, no special mentions put into league sheet but it looks like John Bruton has his boys in tip top match fitness , Fred Hamilton’s team of Indians have been playing well of late!

 

Letham Bowlers 4 -5 Almondale Pirates, another close fought match, Sandy Coulter the leagues Candy Man firing in a 18 dart game as did his team mates Wullie Jack & Derek Carmichael in the pairs also with an 18 dart game.

 

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 8-1 Commercial Inn Juniors, looks like the reigning league champions are in top form with a reasonably comfortable win in this match while on home turf, Gordon Bruce with a classy 16 darter, also the top finisher on the night with a classic 100 kill shot, and Gordon teaming up Armadale’s elder statesman  Mick Burke firing in an 18 darter.

 

Cawburn Clansmen 7-2 Tower bar Damsels, always good to report on the ladies taking games from the men, and I know their are some top quality lady players in the league and if you give them any chance at all they will do you over.

 

Volunteer Highway Men 5-4 Oak bank Flyers, looks like another tough match up with some top scores being fired in by both teams, Peter Hastings with 16&20 darters and a maximum 180 for the home side, and there you go told everyone that age is no barrier Dechmont’s favourite Womble Penfold Martin Deegan getting in on the action recording a classic maximum 180, and in the pairs it had Peter Hastings & Cool Hand Rex Brady with two cracking games finishing in 17&19 deadly arrows, the visiting players were also involved in the top action from the night with Steve Morrans firing out a maximum 180 score, and perhaps the leagues most improved player in the past four or five seasons Kevin Murphy with two excellent kill shots of 80&82 rock solid finishing power.

 

Kirknewton Innkeepers 1-8 Central bar Colliers, the Colliers from West Calder have been in top form of late and nothing changed last night as Colin Hamilton kept his good run of form going with 120 take out and a 18 darter, John Brogan with a solid 20 dart game.

 

23rd Nov, Sportsman bar in Rutherglen held a competition and what a cracking turn out with 64 entries from the East and West of the country all descending upon the Sportsman, once again Michele and Katie did  a superb job of keeping the action going on the four match boards, and can I just say what a difference they have made in this venue all four boards well lit and solid ockies and room between the boards excellent darting venue, now on the day monies were paid out down to the quarter finalists, losing out in the last eight saw, Mark Hatley, Robert Baird, Callum Johnston, and Davy Dickson, losing s/f were Andy Davidson and Peg Brown, and it saw Tom Hamilton having to settle for the runners up place after playing some tremendous darts, but there can be only one champion and the title went to Greater Glasgow player Michael McCloskey, congratulations to all the finalists there was some top talent on show and anyone making the money rounds certainly earned it!

 

22nd Nov, Bathgate & District Darts League,

Corrie bar 5-4 Coppies bar B, another tight match up in this very competitive league, Armadale’s if not number one player but most certainly one of their senior players Mick Burke getting in on the action with a brace of 21 darters life in this old dog yet! Nodge also on target with a brace of 21 dart games rock solid throwing from this stalwart of the Corrie bar, John Miln’s though had the fastest game of the evening with a tasty 18 darter and a cracking 118 game shot.

 

Coppies A 6-3 Lammies bar. Scott McLeod with 17&18 dart games and a classic 121 take out top game from this match up.

  

Glenmavis A 7-2 Old Wine Store, Big Willie yes William Borland on fire with a cracking 12 darter and a super 107 kill shot and a excellent 174 score, Andy Thomson with a solid 20 dart game, Scott Baillie going even better recording a classy 17 dart game, in the doubles it saw William Borland & Angus Walker going out in 20 darts, Scott Baillie & Jamie Banks Jnr also firing in a 20 darter.

 

22nd Nov, New Cumnock &District Darts League,

 

Cumnock Juniors 2-7 New Cumnock B.C. Big Drew Callary with a cracking 135 game shot, the team’s youngster!!! Robert Dean with a 122 take out and the Ayrshire leg-end Ronnie Sharp back on the board firing in a 21 darter with a tidy 116 game shot, Drew Callary & Sammy Stephens 21 darts in doubles.

 

Craighead 2-7 New Cumnock W.M.C.Bert Ross with a ton plus finish of 101, Steven McBride with a brace of quality games finishing in 20&21 darts, A. Salisbury going even better with a tidy 19 darter, Richard Dalzell once again firing out the big shots with yet another maximum 180 score.

 

 Mauchline 7-2 Brig end B, George McLaughlan with a rock solid 19 dart game as was Alex Govan,
Top game shot came from Linsay Wylie with a cracking 124 take out.


Glenmuir 0 Brewery Bar 9, White wash on the cards for the home side as the high flying Brewery bar turned on the style, George Collumb Jnr with a brace of 18 dart games leading the way, Paul Ross also with an 18 dart game, Tom Wilson also firing in a fast game of 19 deadly arrows, however top game of the night saw Big Steve Robertson with two excellent 17 dart games, in the doubles it had the pairing of  Steve Robertson & A. Carmichael firing in a 19 darter.

Bridgend A 2-7 Coach House, Coach House back to winning ways with once again youngster Lee Frew firing out another excellent game finishing in 21 darts, and a slightly older hand at darts Jim McCutcheon with 19 darter, but it was Cameron Menzies who was in tremendous form recording a superb 11 dart game now there is a game of arrows anyone would be proud off, you know that Cammy guy might just have a chance at making the big time !!!

 

No mercy for an old fella! lol

Last night in O’Shannon’s in Kilmarnock, Myself and George Collumb snr got together to have a couple hours practise and was not a bad night at all, would like to claim I won  but did not quite work out like that! George 5x180’s, Old fella 4x180’s, then I thought ah ha got him with 116-118-129 take outs but no the spoil sport went and finished a superb 160 game shot, so next up cricket now here’s a game I play quite well set a target of 276 alas got caught and defeat was on the cards so 1001 was next and though a 33 dart leg was the best by myself went down 2-3 longest game 38 darts so good averages, then it was 301 double start and at last I managed to somehow sneak a wee win by the odd leg in nine, excellent game of arrows 301-1001-cricket plus finishes etc, and apart from scoring the 1001 games all done in our heads, think he let me off the hook in the last leg of the night , he heard me whisper to my better half remember if George win’s this don’t put stamp on his Christmas card! lol

 

19th Nov, Ayr & District darts report,

Glenburn 3-7 Anchor A, Richard Dalzell on fire in this match rattling in 17&16 darters with the help of a 180 and a superb 177 score, The player we call senior yes George Collumb finishing in 18&20 accurately thrown darts along with a tidy 100 take out, Adam Currie with a rock solid 23 dart game also for the visitors, the home side had Willie Cross recording a 21 darter and team mate Davie Harvie just one dart more with a 22 darter.

 

Red Lion 6-4 Martha’s, Tim Bradbury without a doubt the man of the match here with a superb 153 game shot.

 

Anchor B 4-6 Black Bull, Ian McLauchlan firing in a 180 for the home side R Baker with a 21 darter and B Wedlock with a rock solid 23 darter also for the Anchor team, but player of the night has to be William Borland with a brace of 17 darters and a cracking 171 score, Robert Dean also bagged a brace of good games with two 24 darters, Alex Govan also on target with a 24 darter as well for the visiting Bull’s.

 

Ship 8-2 Redstone, the Ship gave a salvo of top games to the visiting Redstone players in this match with, Kyle O’Neil firing in a 22 dart game, Owen McNiven then got in on the action with 23 & 24 dart games, Kevin Hainey going even better with a 21 dart game, Kieran Murray with a 23 darter, Neil Hunter on target with a 21 dart game, the visiting team had Tony Pendleton firing out a brace of quick games finishing in 21 & 24 deadly arrows, R Fraser also with a quick game for the visitors finishing in 21 deadly darts.

 

Pockets B 0-10 Trysting Thorn, visiting team were in good form with B Neil recording a maximum 180 score along with a 22 darter, D Lawrie one dart less going out in 21 rock solid arrows, P Malone though was the man with the fastest games a cracking 18 darter for the visiting team.

 

Wee report from my self! (My observations only) Last week we were told that the Fairfield club in Govan would no longer support the Premier league which is held there on a Thursday night, Jim Duncan who is our organiser has managed to get another venue the Ballroom down the South side, now my good lady and myself took a trip there on Sunday and parking may be a problem on a lazy Sunday afternoon there were a few spaces available in the surrounding streets (don’t think there will be to many on a Thursday night once folk are back home from work!) nice enough venue the three boards that were lit up were all blade fives with lights and chalk boards / ockies etc, and yes there were other boards as well just not lit up, however my main concern is this asked for a pint of John Smiths (we don’t have that) ok pint of Belhaven Best (we don’t have that) ok Caley Best (we don’t have that) thought I know what pint or can of Tartan Special(we don’t have that) all we have is what you see lots of Lager and Cider now that’s not what I sup, but thought ok pint of cider and an Irn Bru for my better half had a fiver out but changed it for a tenner which is just as well £5.95 for a Cider and a soft drink, nice place but a tad pricey only my thoughts, HOWEVER I have just sent them an e-mail as they have loyalty card system in place and if you purchase one then discounts on pool/snooker/food/alcohol can be used so I am awaiting a reply, I used to play in a darts league in Edinburgh at the Ballroom/ Meadowbank on a Tuesday night and we got a discount on beer prices so it might be a way forward will update a.s.a.p.

 

18th Nov, Ayr darts league update remembering this is just an update there are still scored to be added,

Pockets A 11 Points, Black Bull 11 Points, Ship Inn 11 Points, Anchor A 10 Points, Trysting Thorn 7 Points, Martha’s 6 Points, Anchor B 6 Points, Glenburn 6 Points, Redstone 4 Points, Red Lion 4 Points, Pockets B 0 Points.

As stated few results still to be filled in!

 

18th Nov, West Calder & District Darts League.

Commercial Inn Nomads 6-3 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, battle of the big boys here with John Boy Bruton captain of the Nomads and Big Daddy Frank Begley boss of the Wanderers and it was the home side who came out on top in this clash of the big guns, top mentions from the night had, Jamie Fleming with a 93 take out for the Nomads of West Calder and John Sandison for the Wanderers of Craigshill with a bull finish at the end of a 78 take out.

 

Rab’s Bar Golden Oldies 5-4 Cawburn Clansmen, tight match with very little between them however top shot must go to the Clansmen’s lady player Jo Jo Gallagher with a superb 98 take out that’s the way to show the men how to finish well done Jo Jo.

 

Letham Bowlers 4-5 Volunteer Highway Men, another game with very little in it the visitors just taking the points by the tightest of margins, Tosh Brian McIntyre top player in this match firing in a maximum 180 and a brace of 18 dart games plus a tidy 76 take out shot.

 

Cawburn Railroaders 6-3 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Looks like the Railroaders were on a roll as they rumbled on down the line! With some excellent special mentions, J Martin 19 dart game, John Miln’s with a brace of top games finishing in 18&20 arrows and finishing on a tidy 84 game shot, and then we had Willie Wilson also getting in on the action with a tasty 97 kill shot.

 

Stirrup Stane Indians 4-5 Commercial Inn Juniors, another close match with almost nothing between the protagonists top mention going to Liam Corbett with a maximum 180 and I believe the only one recorded this week very unusual for that to happen.

 

Almondale Pirates 8-1 Tower bar Damsels, a doubles match the best of the night’s action from this league match with Wullie Jack and Derek Carmichael firing out a cracking 17 dart doubles game.

 

 

18th Nov, Dreghorn & District Darts Round Up

 League standings with last nights league results added think correctly remember this is only my observations and not the league committee’s fingers crossed its right!

Lounge Lizards 13 Points, Alton A 9 Points, Alton B 12 Points, Irvine Parks Men 10 Points, Crown Inn 4 Points, Towerlands B 3 Points, R&A Sports Bar 2 Points, Irvine  Park Ladies 0 Points,

R&A Sports bar 7-3 Towerlands B.

Alton A 4-6 Lounge Lizards, cracking match up at the Alton and the home side were 4-3 up after the singles but the visiting Lounge Lizards saw their team captain  Wullie Burns getting the doubles right taking all three of the matches to claim a very hard fought two points and keep his Lizards lounging at the top of the league, top games from the nights action had Kevin McInrue firing out a rock solid 21 dart game which was bettered by Jim McEwan who bagged a brace of 21 darters in his match but Top game though saw Willie Gemmell firing out a cracking 15 darter, he then teamed up with the leagues one and only the man known as the Devil - Graeme Ferguson to fire in another 15 darter cracking doubles game.

Crown Inn 1-9 Alton B, the visitors hit the ground running in this match with Kevin McKinney leading the way with two excellent games finishing in 15&16 deadly aimed arrows, Peter McGuiness then followed this with another two cracking legs of arrows finishing in 19&21 well placed darts, Robert Thornton back from television duties where he played superbly well got straight back into league action firing in a tidy 17 darter, but the best was yet to come as another player used to the bright lights of the television the man they call the X Factor Andy Boulton who fired in a superb 12 darter and then a more sedate 15 dart game cracking darts, there were a few maximum scores recorded in this match and it had Andy Boulton recording a brace of them, Peter McGuiness and Kevin McKinney also filling up the red lipstick in style, Top finish though belonged to the home teams Mary Pendleton with a superb ton plus finish of 115 best of the night, and going out in 21 darts, Liam Dean was not hanging about either firing in a cracking 16 darter for the home side as well.

 

Irvine Park Ladies 0-10 Irvine Park Men, Stuart Lusby the player in form firing out a cracking 109 game shot and finishing in 18&20 darts.

 

Qualifying out of the Towerlands A team in house qualifiers (their free week)for the Dreghorn competition saw Drew Callary snr and Neil Campbell power their way through to the grand finals which will be held later on in the season, in the doubles qualifiers it saw Neil Barr and Drew Callary snr  qualifying making this a double celebration for Drew, the other doubles which somehow got through were perhaps the oldest pairing the evergreen Ronnie Sharp & Old Man Mitchell who just managed to stop Neil Campbell from making both finals with his partner in crime Sammy Stephan’s, Top score from the night I believe must go to Brian Johnstone who was on fire on the treble nineteen’s firing out a 171 and at least four scores of 133 just missing with his last arrow each time just a few missed doubles costing him dear!

 

15th Nov, New Cumnock Darts League Report,

Working Men’s Club 6-3 Cumnock Juniors, Neil Hunter with a superb 14 dart game which included a maximum 180 score, S McBride with a brace of fast games finishing in 20&21 arrows, K Murray for the visitors with an 18 darter and team mate Jocky Bell firing in a 21 darter also for the visitors.

Brig-End 4-5 Craighead, close as it gets with only one point between these two teams sounds like it was a real close encounter!

Coach House 4-5 Mauchline Club, another tight match with only the one point separating them, once again Lee Frew on the maximum trail with a 180, Jim McCutheon firing in a brace of 20 dart games rock solid stuff once again from this league stalwart, Francis Fleming also with a 20 dart game.

New Cumnock B.C 8-1 Glenmuir Arms, Drew Callary and Wullie Laird both with 21 darters for the home side and Richie McBride also with a 21 darter for the visitors, top doubles match went to Roy Harris and Sammy Stephan’s firing in 20&21 dart games, Once again it was the other Mitchell saving the family's blushes YES Maw Mitchell showing the old fella where the double's are! all I want to know is when did they get put on the outside of the board lol 

Brewery Bar 9-0 Brig-End A, Home team gave nothing away in this match, Peter Malone getting them started with a 19 darter, Steve Robertson a classy 17 dart game, and R Kerr with a 21 dart game saw the home side ease through to a comprehensive 9-0 victory on home turf.

 

15th Nov, Bathgate report,

Coppies bar A (Armadale) 6-3 Cross Tavern (Whitburn)

Glenmavis A (Bathgate) 7-2 Kirknewton Innkeepers (Kirknewton)

Some top games from this match, Billy Meikle firing in a 18 darter along with a classic 93 check out, Andy Thomson rock solid 19 dart game, Derek Cunningham with a brace of cracking games finishing in 16&20 deadly darts, Wullie Stallard with an 18 darter and two excellent finishes of 110&116 cracking way to finish games, Marc Campbell with a maximum 180, TOP game though belonging to William Borland with a superb 12 dart game and a maximum 180 in there as well, and it did not end there as the doubles were finished in tremendous style as well, Scott Baillie & Andy Thomson with a 19 darter, Marc Campbell & William Borland also with a 19 dart game, Derek Cunningham & Wullie Stallard going one better finishing in 18 accurate thrown arrows.

Lammies bar (Armadale) 5-4 Old Wine Store (Shott’s) Stevie Glover with a 19 darter and once again another McDonald brother getting in on the action firing out a maximum 180.

 

12th Nov, Results in from the Ayr & District Darts league.

 

Black Bull 4-6 Ship, by all accounts some tremendous games in this league match,  two players recording maximum scores W McEwan and D Martin with 180’s, W McEwan also firing in a tidy 18 dart game, Stuart O’Neil with a tidy 19 dart game, Own McNiven with a brace of 18 dart games and a classy 104 take out.

 

Coylton 6-4 Anchor B, Sammy Tonner on form for the home side firing in two 24 dart games, Neil Boyle one dart less going out in 23 darts, K Murray 17 deadly darts thrown and a rock solid 94 game shot.

 

Red Lion 3-7 Glenburn, J Berry with the fastest game a superb 15 darter S Arrandale firing in a 21 dart game, top scorer though was B Mitchell with a superb 174 score, A Taylor fired in a 19 dart game for the visitor’s but it had team mate D Murphy going one dart better recording a 18 dart game.

 

Martha’s 6-4 Redstone, G Ross with 23&19 dart games for the home side, J Skilky also with a 23 dart game for the home side, D Paterson with two fast games which included a cracking 177 score going out in 23 & 21 deadly arrows, T Pendleton and J Barclay Snr both on target with 24 dart games.

 

Pockets A 8-2 Pockets B, home Darby match and it had the A team taking the points, Jake Gaffney with a 21 darter for the home side almost the fastest game of the nights action but team mate John Reid went one dart better finishing with a rock solid 20 darts.

 

11th Nov, Action from the West Calder & District Darts League,

 

Kirknewton Innkeepers 4-5 Stirrup Stane Indians, Close fought battle on the ocky in this league match up, with only one single point between these two league stalwarts.

 

Commercial Inn Juniors 3-6 Almondale Pirates, visiting Pirates of Craigshill taking the points on offer in this league match.

 

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 8-1 Rab’s bar Golden Oldies, Big Daddy Frank Begley had his players up for this match with Mick Burke and Brian Mairs firing in 20 dart games only to be bettered in the doubles when the pairing of John Sandison and Gordon Bruce went out in a cracking 17 darts.

Big Geordie Dryburgh for the visitors was their man on form with a tidy 75 take out.

 

Oak Bank Flyers 3-6 Commercial Inn Nomads, some excellent darts thrown in this encounter with Ian Stevenson for the home side firing out a 20 dart game along with 102 game shot and  just missing out on a maximum and having to settle for a 140 score, the ever consistent Paul Weir with a maximum 180 and almost making it two! But having to settle for a 140 as well, the Nomads had East Calder’s Bird Man Graeme Bird showing everyone how to finish in style with game shots of 134-90-83 now that is some tremendous finishing power, Davie Aitken the Polbeth Hit Man firing in a maximum 180 and going out in 18 accurate arrows, Graeme Bird and Roy Anderson teaming up in the doubles and recording a classic 15 dart game.

 

Volunteer Highway Men 8-Cawburn Railroaders, Home side were in cracking form this week with Colin Robertson leading the way with a solid 18 dart game, Peter Hastings going one arrow better going out in 17 deadly darts, and our resident Womble from Dechmont yes Martin Deegan firing in a 18 dart game with a classy bulls eye finish just shows age is no barrier at this great sport of ours! Also Wullie Wilson for the Railroaders with 18 dart game as well.

 

Central bar Colliers 8-1 Tower bar Knights, the Colliers were in superb form with Colin Hamilton recording a brace of 180’s along with a 17 dart game and a very tidy 93 take out, Alan Gardiner getting in on the action with 19 darter, and then going two darts better were John Brogan and Stuart Russell both finishing in 17 darts, and I believe Alan Wilson took out a cracking 152 kill shot now that is finishing of the highest calibre.

 

Cawburn Clansmen 3-6 Letham Bowlers, though they lost the Clansmen had some top finishing power in some of their matches with J Paterson going out on a classy ton plus 114 kill shot, the evergreen Gerry 69 Hughes with a classic 92 take out and S Long with a solid 70 game shot.

 

 

11th Nov, Dreghorn & District dart league,

Team competition time and it saw two venues for this event with matches being the good old fashioned 301 double start double finish, the William Purdie Memorial which is sponsored by the Purdie Family, Some real close encounters from both venues.

Crown Inn 4-5 Irvine Parks B.C Men. Towerlands B 5-4 R&A Sports bar.

Irvine Parks Men 3-5 Alton A. Towerlands B 5-4 Alton A.

Lounge Lizards 5-4 Towerlands A. Alton b 5-0 Irvine Parks Ladies.

Alton B 5-4 Lounge Lizards.

So the Grand Final will have Alton B v Towerlands B.

 

Some tremendous darting talent on show with P.D.C. semi professionals toeing the ocky along side international’s  and Scottish singles champions, plus a plethora of Scottish Inter-County players without a doubt there are some tremendous players in this league and if you take your eye of the target for just one moment the game is up!  Special mention once again to Margaret Ferguson showing us all how to start a 301 doubles match with a tremendous 152 kick as did her opponent Andy Stewart but it was once again Margaret who finished in style without a doubt one of the players on form in the league at the moment.

 

8th Nov, New Cumnock & District Dart League, Special mention nice to see the one and only Ayrshire Leg-End back toeing the ocky Ronnie Sharp making a welcome return to his team and winning always a bonus on a return!

 

Cumnock Juniors 9-0 Bridgend Ladies, No mercy shown to the ladies in this match up however shot of the night has to go to lady player M Burnett with a magnificent 148 take out super finish, D Armstrong the only player registering a maximum score in this match a classic 180 score.

 

Coach House 2-7 Brewery bar, Three players registering maximum 180 scores in this match, and from twos ides of the age spectrum for the Coach House with Lee Frew and Jim McCutcheon firing in 180’s for the Coach House and Steve Robertson for the Brewery bar, Jim McCutcheon ao target with a cracking 124 kill shot the best finish from this match up.

 

Mauchline Club 7-2 Craighead, and top game coming from Jacqui Weir with a cracking 14 darter, Stephan Thom with a brace of ton plus finishes of 105 & 100, T Crawford recorded a cracking 177 score.

 

Glenmuir 2-7 W.M.C. maximum 180 hitters had M Ferguson and F Devine rattling the red lipstick for the maximum scores, Richard Dalzell with the fastest game a tidy 19 darter, couple of 21 dart games which had F Devine and M Ferguson recording these.

 

Bridgend 1-8 New Cumnock B.C, Some fast games from this encounter and it was the evergreen Wullie Laird with a tasty 15 dart game the fastest recorded, Big Drew Callary Snr 18 darts, Kenny McVeigh getting in on the act with a rock solid 21 dart game, Maximum scorer saw Old Man Mitchell finding the treble twenty bed to record the only 180 of this encounter.

 

8th Nov, Bathgate Friday night league action, In this all Armadale encounter it saw Coppies A 4-5 Corrie Bar, John Miln’s recording a maximum 180 and the one and only Old Man of Armadale darts Mr Mick Burke recording a superb 161 kill shot.

Kirknewton Innkeepers 8-1 Lammies bar from Fauldhouse.

 

5th Nov, Ayr & District Darts League,

Ship 5-5 Trysting Thorn, Some top games from this fighting draw, which saw Dean Lawrie with 18&22 dart games, Jocky Bell 18&21 darters, Kenny Murray a brace of 24 dart games, Stuart O’Neil with 21&23 darters, Dylan Martin 24 dart game, Kieran Murphy with 18&21 darters and a maximum 180 score.

 

Red Stone 3-7 Black Bull, J Barclay filling in the red lipstick in this match recording a 180, fast games had W McEwan with 20 darter, Robert Dean 22 darter, as was Stephan Thom also with 22 darts, R Fraser a cracking 17 dart game and a maximum 180 recorded as well.

 

Anchor B 3-7 Pockets A, J Reid with a 20 dart game and J Gaffney with a brace of fast games finished in 20&23 deadly arrows.

 

Glenburn 4-6 Martha’s, top games came by way off, D Murphy 20 dart game, A Graham 22&23 darters, G Ross 24 dart leg.

 

Pockets B 0-10 Anchor A, visitors missing very little in this match up, with Old Man Mitchell 19&23 dart games, Mick Ferguson firing in 17 & 23 darters, Mark Muir on target with a classy 19 dart game, Alan McKinnon a brace of good games finishing in 20&23 deadly arrows, George Collumb Jnr with 20 and 24 darters, top finish was a 118 game shot in the doubles from Old Man Mitchell.

 

 

Three SPECIAL MENTIONS A Huge Happy Birthday shout out to Connie Bamburry the match secretary of West Calder & District Monday night darts league, we all wish the happiest of days for your ‘# birthday cant reveal a ladies age now can we!

 

To My good friend Wayne Halliwell on just losing out in the Hungarian Open singles superb achievement getting to any final but a major one like this is absolutely SUPERB, I am sure your manageress is still celebrating her winnings oops I mean your winnings lol

 

And to my better half(I think) my good lady Gillian Mitchell winning playing for Greater Glasgow in the inter-counties her second appearance for the Crew it saw Gillian record a win well done first of many I am sure! at least one Mitchell won on the day!

 

4th Nov, West Calder & District darts league three person team event, Can I say what a wonderful thing to do, to call the Triples competition after a young player who was taken to soon from our darting ranks, yes the brand new name for the triples is the Calvin Fleming Trophy well done the league committee and all involved in the renaming of this prestige’s competition.

Champions were the Stirrup Stane Wanderers team of the Old man of Armadale darts Mr Mick Burke, and his fellow conspirators were Gary MELMAN Christie and the man who put Baseball boots to the fore in trendy foot wear Gordon THE Bruce

The gallant runners up were the Central Bar Colliers team from West Calder which had the Stoneyburn Wizard Stuart Russell leading his coven of players John Brogan one of the leagues most consistent players in the past couple of seasons and Jamie Banks Jnr who is starting to put his mark on to league trophies as one of the leagues younger generation as it should be in any league got to have youth in it, well done to both teams for claiming their places in the Grand Final well played.

Special mentions from the evenings action had John Miln’s and S Hamilton both recording maximum 180’s, top finishes saw Murray Smart with a tasty 109 kill shot, Paul the Ranger Weir with a solid 82 take out, Ian Stevenson yes every league should have one a cyclists yes us drivers just love them! With a rock solid 75 take out, best of the night though went to John Brogan with a classy 121 kill shot, but game of the night 701 doubles match with John Brogan, Stuart Russell turning in a superb 21 dart game great arrows for a hundred average excellent arrows in any league anywhere.

 

4th Nov Dreghorn & District darts league, and perhaps the dream has ended as Jim Laws Towerlands team were put to the sword by the Alton team Big Jim who was so proud to tell people he was captain of the table toppers might just have to find a new pre match talk to inspire his boys and girls to pick themselves up for next weeks battles on the ocky.

Alton A 6-4 Towerlands A, top games coming from Dave Tennant with a classy 14 darter and a maximum 180 score, and Brian Stevely on target with a classic 18 dart game for the home side, for the visitors it had Old Man Mitchell with a 16 darter and a maximum 180 score, once again showing the men how to finish in style was Margaret Ferguson with a tasty 101 take out, big mention though to the double act of the two Neil’s yes Campbell & Barr at least giving our captain something to cheer on with a last match winning double! Well done the Alton far superior finishing power than the travelling Towerlands!

 

Irvine Parks B.C. Men, 8-2 Crown Inn, Stuart Lusby without a doubt the top arrow-smith in this match up finishing in with a superb 155 take out for a class 12 dart game great darts.

 

R&A Sports bar 1-9 Alton B, Peter McGuiness with the top finish a ton plus 110 game shot, fast games had, Greg Coulter and Kevin McKinney both firing out 18 dart games but fastest match went to Dougie Kerr with a 16 dart game.

 

Lounge Lizards 9-1 Towerlands B, Wullie Burns team of Lounge Lizards were in top form as players recorded fast games, Kevin McInrue Jnr with 20&21 darters which also included a maximum 180 score, Ian Gunion 18 darter, as did Andy Stewart also finishing in 18 deadly arrows with a classic 100 take out, the Devil was also in on the action Graham Ferguson finishing in 18&21 accurately thrown darts, Stevie Hogg for the Towerlands with a rock solid 19 dart game.

League standings are, Lounge Lizards 9pts, Towerlands Drifters A 9pts, Alton A 9 pts, Alton B 8pts, Irvine Parks B.C. Men’s 6 pts, Crown Inn Royals 4pts, Towerlands Bowlers B 3 pts, R&A Sports bar 0 pts, Irvine Parks Damsels 0 pts

 

3rd Nov, Message from Greater Glasgow co-ordinator Mr Neil Campbell, Firstly I'd like the thank every single one of our players for making the 3 hr trip to Kelso to represent Greater Glasgow, it's very much appreciated
Secondly I'd like to apologise to all the players that were on the bus for the appalling behaviour of the Coach company and their equally appalling behaviour of their driver, hope everyone got home safely?
On to the game
Firstly congratulations to our ladies B who were a real shining light for us and achieved a superb 2-2 draw for us, 
The men's B is ever so slightly different!
We were resoundingly bad! We were that bad that none of us can complain if a completely different 6 players were selected for our next county game v Lothian on November 30th, personally I feel the men's B let our County down yesterday and I am sure the six of us feel exactly the same
Up next was our ladies A who were unfortunate to lose 2-4, on another day we could have won this game if hitting doubles had not eluded us, then on to our reliable men's A
Those guys are the backbone of our county and completely refuse to buckle as a unit, 7-5 winners against a very talented Borders men's A, a 17-11 defeat was unjust and we should have done so much better
Now unfortunately we were forced to leave the venue before our last 2 players played due to the bus driver informing myself that he would call the police to have me charged with endangering the lives of my fellow passengers on the bus, this is due to the 15 hrs he is allowed to work and he had to be back in Airdrie by 10pm after starting at 7am and it's now the hirers duty not to hold a driver back so he doesn't exceed his lawful hours, if the hirer knowingly holds back the driver then the hirer (me) can be charged with endangering public life, I looked this up and this is correct! But, the Coach company has a duty of care and MUST deliver their passengers to a pre determined drop off point or the collection point, Mick ( my lawyer) has sited Millers this morning with this point and many other points of their lawful obligations to their passengers which they broke last night, measures were taken to ensure the safe delivery home of our players from Airdrie, I have to thank Frank Clancy and Leanne for giving Grant Mccauley a lift home after we had to depart as the 10 th Set came to an end ,, so sorry we all weren't there to support you guys at the bitter end ,, thanks also to Katie Tierney collecting us from Airdrie at such short notice,, onwards and upwards for our next game v Lothian,, no doubt in my mind that we will vastly improve as we have so much talent on show every county game, unfortunately some of us hid this talent yesterday but we win as a team and lose as a team and we are definitely still in this championship race, I for one believe in you all
Mon the Crew

 

1st Nov, New Cumnock & District darts league,

New Cumnock B.C. 6-3 Coach House, some excellent arrows thrown in this league match which had Kenny McVeigh firing in a maximum 180 in the doubles and a very tasty 17 darter in his singles match up, Willie Laird excellent 18 dart game finishing with a Keith Dellar shot yeas 138 via 60-54-24 cracking game shot, Cameron Menzies though went just a bit further though finishing on 147 via 60-51-36 in the doubles which he and his partner in crime Jack Frew finished in 15 excellent arrows Cameron also firing in 19 darter in his singles match.

 

Working Men’s Club 7-2 Bridgend, Richard Dalzell finishing in 19 red hot darts, as did Steven McBride, Hugh Carmichael went a dart better recoding a brace of 18 darters and finishing on a 124 game shot, Gilbert Grozier was also on target with an 18 dart game as well.

 

Bridgend B 7-2 Glenmuir, top game from this match up saw Pam Hind firing in a rock solid 21 darter.

 

Craighead 1-8 Cumnock Juniors.

 

Brewery bar 4-5 Mauchline, some top games from this very tight match with Peter Malone firing in a 20 darter, Greg Crook with a 21 dart game, Big Steve Robertson in top form with games finished in 15 & 19 deadly arrows rattling in a maximum 180 along the way, Tom Wilson getting in on the action with a 20 darter, Jamie Curran also finishing in 21 darts, Alex Govan firing in a 17 darter with a maximum 180 thrown in for good measure, in the doubles matches it had Steve Robertson recording a brace of maximum 180 scores bringing his tally for the night to 3 excellent aimed arrows.

 

1st Nov, News from the Bathgate Friday night league which held their annual  Dougie Pryde 301 singles championship, and it saw Scott Baillie from Armadale taking the plaudits as he took this prestige’s league singles title, Gordon Bruce of Livingston having to settle for the runners up place, and the semi finalists were the evergreen old man of Bathgate darts Mick Burke and Alan McDonald of the infamous McDonald brothers of West Lothian!

 

29th Oct, With the K.O. Cup final being played in the Ayr & District league it saw the Black Bull take the silverware on offer defeating the Pockets A team in a cracking match up by 6 games to 4.

In one league match which was played it saw the Red Lion 7-3 Red Stone.

 

28th Oct, Dreghorn & District Darts League

Irvine Parks B.C. Men’s 7-3 Towerlands B, couple of maximum hitters in this match up with Bryan King and Tony Crancher the men on target with 180’s, Stewart Lusby keeping his good run of form going with a cracking 15 darter, Craig Parker with a brace of top games finishing in 17&19 deadly arrows, Stephan Hogg on target with a rock solid 20 dart game.

 

Towerlands A 8-2 Crown Inn, Robert Dean with the fastest game of the night a rock solid 17 darter, Stephan Thom for the visitors on target with a 20 darter and a maximum 180 score, but with out a doubt top set of the night once again goes to Margaret Ferguson firing in 20&21 dart games for the Towerlands.

 

Alton A 10-0 Irvine Parks Ladies, no mercy here for the ladies team as Christopher Kilpatrick fires in a 18 dart game, John McLauchlan one dart more with an 19 darter, Robert Povah though was the quickest on the night with a 17 dart game and a maximum 180 score.

 

Wullie Burn’s team of Lounge Lizards 9-1 R&A Sports bar, Kevin McInrue with a classy 130 take out and an 18 darter, Jamie Curran 16&17 deadly darts along with a maximum 180 score, Andy Stewart 17 darter, the man they call the Devil Graham Ferguson finishing in 17&21 deadly arrows, but top game from the ocky was in the doubles as the partnership of Paul Kelly & Graham Ferguson fired in a superb 14 dart game.

 

28th Oct, Results from the West Calder & District Monday night darts league,

Almondale Pirates 6-3 Kirknewton Innkeepers, the Pirates had players missing little as Kirk (captain) Gordon fired in a cracking 19 darter, however that was overshadowed as the Candy Man rattled in a magnificent 14 dart game finishing with an 80 take out, Former league singles champion John Kirk showing age has not caught up with him just yet! Also getting in on the action with a 88 kill shot

 

Oak Bank Flyers 6-3 Rab’s bar Golden Oldies.

 

Letham Bowlers 5-4 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, this was the first defeat in a while for the reigning league champions think Big Daddy will be having his players back on the practise board this week, top shots from this encounter had the man they call Two Hands John Hanlon finishing in style for the Bowlers with a cracking 130 kill shot, two players filling up the red lipstick for the Wanderers were Craig Agnew and Brian Mairs both with 180’s.

 

Tower bar Knights 9-0 Tower bar Damsels, no quarter given by the Knights in this match up as they put the Damsels to the sword, Stuart Mitchell on target with a solid 80 take out top finish in this match.

Commercial Inn Nomads 5-4 Central bar Colliers, yet another close match up with very little between these two top protagonists.

 

Cawburn Railroaders 7-2 Cawburn Clansmen, John Miln’s firing in a 180 along with a solid 19 dart game for the home side.

Stirrup Stane Indians 1-8 Volunteer Highway Men, only team captain Colin Robertson getting on the special mentions page in this match with a classy 96 take out.

 

25th Oct, New Cumnock & District Darts League,

Brewery Bar in Catrine certainly gave their visitors a torrid time on the ocky with the home side winning convincingly by 6 games to 3, couple of top matches which saw Steve Robertson firing in 15 &16 darters, S O’Neil with a solid 19 dart game, Old Man Mitchell a 17 darter, maximum hitters saw Peter Malone with a maximum as were Paul Ross and Mitchell.

 

Mauchline Club 6-3 Cumnock Juniors, some cracking game shots in this match up with Lynsay Wylie firing out a superb 142 game shot, Jacqui Weir also on getting on the ton plus finishes report with a cracking 104 kill shot, Lynsay Wylie firing in a rock solid 21 darter Craig Nicol one arrow less going out in 20 darts, in the doubles it had Stephan Thom & Craig Nicol finishing in 21 arrows, as did Dean McQuarrie & Jamie Curran also with a 21 darter.

 

Bridgend A 7-2 Bridgend B, home Darby and it saw the A coming away with a cracking win, Jock Dunsmore rattling the red lipstick for a maximum 180, and Moira Murray firing in a cracking 21 dart game finishing with a flourish on a 114 take out.

 

Coach House 4-5 Working Men’s Club, Top games from this match had Jim McCutcheon with a 21 darter, Cameron Menzies on form with games finished in 14&18 deadly arrows, in the doubles it saw the pairing of Lee Frew & Cameron Menzies finishing in 20 arrows, top game shot went to Jim McCutcheon with a cracking 110 take out.

Glenmuir 3-6 Craighead

This weeks fixtures on the 1st Nov,  N.C.B.C. v Coach House, W.M.C. v Bridgend A, Bridgend B v Glenmuir, Craighead v Cumnock Jnrs and Brewery Bar v Mauchline

 

Couple of reports that I have found for the Bathgate Friday night league, always nice to write about this league as I played in it for a good few seasons, some top blokes in there!

Coppies B 1-8 Glenmavis A, William Borland on fire with 15&16 dart games and a maximum 180 thrown into the mix as well, Andy Thomson with a solid 19 dart game, in the doubles it saw Andy Thomson & Scott Baillie with 18&19 dart games, William Borland and Jamie Banks with a 20 dart game, as were Paul McCaig and Wullie Stallard who also went out in 20 rock solid arrows.

Glenmavis B 1-8 Coppies A
Glenmavis A 9-0 Lammies bar, Billy Meikle with a tidy 19 darter and a 96 take out, William Borland 20 dart game, Marc Campbell on form firing in 14 & 20 darters along with a classy 80 take out, Derek Cunningham 19&20 dart games, Paul McCuaig 88 take out, Doubles had Callum Cockburn & Paul Mccuaig with two excellent games of arrows finishing in 15&17 deadly arrows.

Glenmavis A 9 Lammies 0

 

23rd Oct, Back from a wee jaunt abroad and starting to pick up results from the past couple of weeks so here goes, West Calder & District Dart League, results for two Monday night league sessions!

 

Tower bar Knights  4-5  Kirknewton Innkeepers, Commercial Inn Nomads 8-1 Commercial Inn Juniors, Rab’s Bar Golden Oldies 8-1 Tower bar Damsels, Letham Bowlers 0-9 Central bar Colliers, Cawburn Railroaders 4-5 Oak Bank Flyers, Stirrup Stane Indians 1-Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Almondale Pirates 6- Cawburn Clansmen, Commercial Inn Juniors 5-4 Tower bar Knights, Tower bar Damsels 0-9 Commercial Inn Nomads, Central bar Colliers 7-2 Rab’s bar Golden Oldies, Oak Bank Flyers 6-3 Letham Bowlers, Stirrup Stane Wanderers 5-4 Cawburn Railroaders, Cawburn Clansmen 7-2 Stirrup Stane Indians, Volunteer Highway Men 8-1 Almondale Pirates.

Special mentions from the past two weeks of action has had some cracking shots and fast games recorded hope I have not forgotten anyone!

For the Ladies we have Denise Bird a East Stirlingshire county A player firing in a rock solid 23 dart game for the Damsels of Craigshill, other top games came by way off, Rab Dick of the Nomads in West Calder with a tasty 18 dart game, team mate Jamie Flemming taking 21 darts for a solid game of arrows, Graeme Bird also on the score sheet with a 20 darter, for the Flyers out of the Oak Bank club we had Paul THE Ranger Weir firing out a classy 17 dart game, Kevin Murphy going one dart better with a superb 16 dart game, Wanderers player on target was Brian Mairs with a 18 dart game, for the Cawburn Railroaders the ever present John Miln’s rattling in games finished in 17 & 2x20 darts games hardly ever a week goes by now that John is not on the special mentions report long may it last, for the Colliers out of the Central bar in West Calder we have John Brogan firing out a cracking 18 darter along with a 20 darter,, Stuart Russell just behind him with a 20 darter, showing age has done nothing to affect his dart arm it saw Big Geordie Dryburgh for the Golden Oldies on target with an 18 dart game, S Lee also firing in a quick game for the Oldies of Deans Village with a 20 darter as well, for the Highway men of Uphall Cool Hand Rex Brady was on target with 18 dart game,

Maximum scorers remember any score above 171 to 180 counts for this to be classed as a maximum, Rab Dick 1 x180 for the Nomads, Gordon Bruce on fire with a maximum 180 for the Wanderers, Pirates player Wullie Jack recording a maximum 180, and the man they call the Fat Controller captain of the Stirrup Stane Indians Fred Hamilton rattling the red Lipstick for a maximum 180 score, Oak Bank Flyers has Paul Weir recording a brace of maximum 180 scores and joining him also for the Flyers was Stevie Morton also with a maximum 180,

Some top finishing in the past couple of weeks and these top finishes go to, Paul Weir with game shots of 94&82, Brian Speirs with a tasty 93 kill shot, Rex Brady on target with a 82 take out, and team mate Stevie Scott on target with an 88 kill shot, for the Wanderers Craig Agnew on target with a 100 take out via 20-tops-tops nice finish, Gary Christie a cracking 138 take out nice one from the league mascot Mr Melman, Graeme Bird with a rock solid 76 game shot,

Some nice doubles partnerships and they saw, Paul Weir & Ian Stevenson firing in  18 dart game, then they went even better with a superb 15 dart doubles game playing for the Oak Bank Flyers from East Calder, Craig Forrest & Graeme Bird also with a cracking doubles game finished in 15 deadly arrows for the Nomads of West Calder, couple of players recording top scores saw Brian Tosh McIntyre recording 137&132 scores for the Bowlers of Letham and Davie Smith also on target with a tasty 140, as was A Bernard also firing in a cracking 140 score just missing the magical maximum!

 

22nd Oct, Results in from the Ayr & District darts league matches,

Coylton 4-6 Redstone, Sammy Tonner keeping his good run of form going with 2 x 24 dart games, Peter Malone also with a brace of good games finishing in 20 & 24 deadly arrows, Redstone player J Barclay Jnr with 22 dart game, D Patterson firing in 20& 21 dart games for the Redstone as did J Barclay snr also with a 21 dart game, T Pendleton on target recording a maximum 180.

 

Martha’s 2-8 Black Bull, the Black Bull team in super form with three players rattling the red lipstick for 180 scores they were Robert Dean, Stephan Thom, Alex Govan, a couple of ton finishes in this match which has Cameron Menzies and Jamie Curran finishing with 110 take outs, Fast games saw Robert Dean with a 19 darter, Jamie Curran 17& 21 dart legs, Dean McQuarrie solid 24 dart game, Cameron Menzies with games finished in 18&20 arrows, Alex Govan 24 darter.

 

Pockets A 6-4 Ship, close fought match with some top games from both teams, S O’Neil with a cracking 114 game shot the top finish, John McLaughlan also finishing with a ton plus game shot of 108.

 

Red Lion 9-1 Pockets B, without a doubt Steve Arrandale top player here with a tremendous 136 take out.

 

Anchor A 8-2 Anchor B, home derby and some good matches here but the A team were best at doubling out and so the score reflects the result.

 

21st Oct, Dreghorn & District Darts League, Big Jim Law leads his troops to a 10-0 win over the Parks B.C. Ladies,

Robert Dean firing in a 20 darter then teaming up with Margaret Ferguson it has them 17&20 darters in the pairs.

 

Crown Inn hosted the R & A Sports bar and came away with a 8-2 victory; top games from this match had Stephan Thom firing in a 21 dart game and Wullie Wilson with a cracking 18 darter.

 

Parks Men B.C. suffered the same fate as their ladies losing 0-10 to Wullie Burns team of Lounge Lizards, lots of top action from this match up with Kevin McInrue on fire with a brace of 15 dart games which included 2x180’s and a tidy 104 take out, the man they call the Devil Graeme Ferguson on target with a rock solid 20 darter, Paul Kelly a ton plus game shot of 102, Matt Kirkland firing in a cracking 17 dart leg for the home side.

 

Alton B 9-1 Towerlands B, the home side were in terrific form as they strutted their stuff on the ocky, Jim Reid firing in a superb 13 dart game, Kevin McKinney Jnr 16 darter and a maximum 180 score, Robert T5hornton 18&19 dart games and a maximum 180, Peter McGuiness with an 18 darter, John Hall a 21 dart game, Andy Boulton with a brace of fast games finishing with 16& 17 dart games.

Champions again 2018 & 2019 Crete Fours Winners
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Myself, George, Wayne, Michael.
Relaxing with good friends
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Wayne & Denise
Finalists of the Four's
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Well just back from the Mediterranean sea and the fabulous island of Crete, and once again a great week spent playing darts in the Crete Masters and meeting some new friends and catching up with some old friends, the atmosphere is absolutely superb at this event with our host Michael Vlassis making sure everything runs superbly well from the start to the final presentation his team of hard working officials are a credit to the sport of darts, as for my self I had the great pleasure of teaming up again with Wayne, George, and Michael and we managed to defend our Four Person team title defeating teams from Greece, Germany, Crete, and Crete & England to retain out title as champions for 2019,  some superb arrows thrown throughout the four days of action and it saw one of our company the wonderful names Kermitt or otherwise known as Kevin Meritt making the final of the masters comp with the help of some very good Scottish flights lol (passport on its way next week!) yes the Trotters as we are named were having a ball, Jason & Claire, Kevin & Venetia, Wayne & Denise, Steve & Eileen, and of course myself & Gillian, also a few new friends made Ray Brown a former P.D.C. Scorer who now lives in a sunnier climate at the bottom of Italy and Willie Burksfield, as for myself did not do that much in the three singles tournament though did fire in a few half decent games, with finishes of 100-100-110-111-112, and some reasonably fast legs 13 done in 19 or better with 12 & 14 being the fastest, however once again a first class tournament and a great week amongst friend what more could one ask for (nothing really) cant wait to meet up again at the ocky or perhaps the bar who knows!

 

GOOD NEWS, Nice to hear that Ronnie Sharp is home and recovering well with nurse Margaret keeping the key for the fridge hidden! Perhaps see him on Friday at the darts, I know I speak for a tremendous amount of people take care Ronnie and get well soon, we miss the jokes, (think that's what you call them lol)

Great news, fabulous  two page spread in the local paper for the Disability Darts Ayrshire Branch Open Day which was held in Kilmarnock in the pedestrian area with members of the public coming along and meeting the branch members and having a throw at the boards if they so wished.

 

11th Oct, Let the battles on the ocky commence as the New Cumnock and District Friday night league commences, Last seasons champions the New Cumnock B.C. hosted the Mauchline club, and it saw the home side come away with a fighting 6-3 victory, some excellent arrows thrown in this match up as one would expect, Drew Callary Snr with a brace of 16 darters leading the way, Old man Mitchell 19 darter, Sammy Stephan’s rock solid 20 dart game, in the doubles it saw Sammy Stephan’s & Drew Callary Snr fire in a superb 14 darter which had a ton plus finish of 100, Kenny McVeigh and Mitchell with a tidy 18 dart leg, Lynsay Wylie & Alex Govan with a 20 darter also in the doubles, only two maximum’s recorded and they were fired in by Willie Laird and Old Man Mitchell.

W.MC. 1-8 Brewery bar, the visitors were on fire in this match up with Paul Malone leading the way with 21&18 dart games and a cracking 130 take out, Big Steve Robertson with a brace of 20 darters, Owen McNiven on target with a excellent 17 darter, Paul Ross with a rock solid 21 dart game, Rab Marshall for the home side firing in 17&21 darters, maximum hitters in this match up had Owen McNiven with a 180 and Steve Robertson firing in a brace of them.

Cumnock Juniors 9-0 Glenmuir, full house recorded by the Juniors with K Murray firing in a 17 dart game, D Armstrong with a 19 dart game and J Bell with a solid 18 dart game which also included a maximum 180 score, in the doubles it saw K Murray & Jocky Bell firing in an 18 dart game as did their team mates B Neil & N Boyle also with an 18 darter.

Bridgend B 1-8 Coach House,Ricky Menzies 16 darts Jim McCutcheon 19 darts (coach house).
Craighead 5 -4 Bridgend A, 4 Frank Ferguson 20 darter.

 

 

11th Oct, Bathgate and District darts league action saw Armadale’s Coppies A team defeating the Old Wine Store from Shott’s in match which was full of banter and good games man ship by 7 games to 2.

Glen Mavis B.C. ‘A’ from Bathgate 8-1 Whitburn’s Cross Tavern, some superb arrows thrown in this match from the home side, William Borland kept his superb form of late going with games finished in 12 and 18 deadly arrows also recording a maximum 180 and a superb 144 kill shot, Andy Thomson perhaps showing why he may be Armadale’s number one player! firing in 17 & 19 deadly arrows, Marc Campbell who was back in his day one of the top youth players in the country getting back into top action with a rock solid 20 dart game, and Former Scottish International Derek Cunningham with a 19 dart game and recording a maximum 180, in the doubles it saw the pairing of Andy Thomson Jnr & William Borland record a tidy 17 dart game.

Coppies ‘B’ team from Armadale 7-2 winners over Lammies bar from Fauldhouse with William McCue recording a maximum 180 score.

 

10th Oct, Tower bar in Livingston continues with their Thursday night opens, and the darts standard is top class from the first foot toeing the ockies, this week we had some regular names making the semi finals, the Bird Man from East Calder Graeme Bird defeating his good friend Gary Melman Christie by 4 games to 1 in the first semi final, second semi final had the same score line and it was Big Willie also from East Calder yes William Borland defeating one of the leagues most consistent players John Brogan 4-1,  the grand final played as a best of 9x501 saw William Borland running out a 5-1 winner over his uncle Graeme Bird in a pulsating match, top scores on the night coming by way off, John Brogan with 17&20 dart games, Gary Christie rattling in a solid 18 dart game with a solid 80 take out, Graeme Bird fired in a brace of top finishes with 120 and a 113 game shots and a very nice 15 dart leg, but no stopping Big Willie though as he recorded 4x180’s along with a tidy 100 take out and had games finished in 15-16-16-17-6x18 and a more sedate 20 darter, excellent darts in any company.

 

9th Oct Only for information as you know I like a wee game of arrows and on Wednesday night had a practise session with none other than Steve Longshanks Robertson and what a thumping I got, but cracking game of arrows three hours non stop and not a drop of alcohol passed my lips (driving) Gillian on a night off, too good to that wife of mine I am lol, Steve’s scores first 7 x180’s- Jim 5 x 180’s + 1 x171 on the nineteen’s, Steve 21x140’s Jim 12 x 140’s, Steve 51+ x 100+s Jim 24+ x 100+s, Steve fastest games 14 darts though he did miss bull for a 10 darter, Jim 15 darters  all winning legs for both players 18 darts average however cant remember anyone beating me up 36-8 before though I did miss quite a few doubles ( alcohol may be needed to get the gears in my arm working properly) cracking session of arrows and looking forward to the next one in two weeks time once back from holiday’s, and this time I will be ready for the onslaught, cant have these people from South of Hadrian’s wall coming up here and beating up the locals! Ouch Gillian is from South of the border think I’m outnumbered, Steve’s finishing power was quite superb and if not for both of us missing many shots of a double the scores could have been closer or perhaps worse (help)

 

 

8th Oct, Ayr darts league results saw, Red Lion 1-9 The Ship, top games from this league match had Owen McNiven with a 19 darter and S O’Neil with a rock solid 20 dart game,

Martha’s 3-7 Trysting Thorn, fast games from this match had G Ross firing in a 21 darter for the home side, Sammy Tonner  keeping his good run going firing in an 18 dart game, J Kennedy with 22 and 24 darters, P Malone with the fastest game of the match a cracking 16 dart game followed by a 24 darter, J Bell also on target with a 20 dart game.

Glen burn 9-1 Anchor B, Neil Jones had the fastest game from this match a solid 24 dart game for the home side.

Anchor A 8-2  Redstone, D Patterson for the visitors firing in a tidy 17 dart game, for the Anchor A George Collumb Snr with 21 and 22 dart games, George Collumb Jnr also firing in quick games with 19 and 24 dart games, Old Man Mitchell with 19 and 21 darters.

Pockets A 5-5 Black Bull, The Pockets A team from Maybole and the Black Bull from Ayr, had a superb battle with the honours shared, some excellent arrows thrown by both teams, top games being , John Reid solid 22 darter, Joe  Devlin with two absolute crackers 14 and 15 dart games and a superb 174 score thrown into the mix as well, James Auld with two fast legs going out in 21 and 20 rock solid arrows for the home side,  for the Black Bull we had Steven Thom with a 21 darter, Jim McEwan a brace of 19 dart legs, Jamie Curran with a cracking 15 dart game, Alex Govan with a brace of 24 darters, J Reid also recording a maximum 180 for the home side.

 

7th Oct, Dreghorn & District dart league, this week saw the balloted doubles with names put in the hat and partnerships chosen at random! 46 players entered this league competition which saw some top pairings get pulled out in the mix, the last eight saw, Robert Stevely & Stephan Baird defeating Hannah Bell & Jim Thomson, Jim Reid & Peter McGuiness beat Kevin McInrue Jnr & Charlie Campbell, Graham Ferguson & Wullie Burns beat Jim Knox & Brian Wallace, Andy Stewart & Graeme McConnell beat Dean McQuarrie & Liam Dean, and so to the semi finals, Peter McGuiness & Jim Reid 3-2 Stephan Baird & Robert Stevely, and the second semi final winners were, Andy Stewart & Graeme McConnell 3-1 Graham Ferguson & Willie Burns, and so to the last two pairs who had swept all before them on the night by hitting more doubles than any one else, the final was a close fought affair with McConnell and Stewart wining by the tightest of scores 3 games to 2 over Reid and McGuiness, congratulations to all four players who battled hard all night to claim their final places and who played superbly well in the grand final with the match going all the way to the very last leg of darts on the night.

 

7th Oct, West Calder & District Dart League, Last night saw the annual Jocky Watson Four Person Team event taking place in the leagues sponsors venue the Cawburn Sports Bar in Pumpherston,

Big Daddy Frank Begley really does have his players on top form (must be feeding them red meat raw!) they continue their superb form as reigning Premier league champions every team has them in their gun sights but the Wanderers have been fending off their opposition in the league and also once again have successfully retained another top league trophy for the second consecutive season, The Jocky Watson Four’s, in the final they defeated the Welsh Wizard John Bruton’s team  the Nomads who play out of the  Commercial Inn from West Calder.

So Champions for the second consecutive seasons the Stirrup Stane Wanderers team off, Gordon (THE) Bruce, Gary (Melman) Christie, Brian (Quiet Man) Mairs, Mick (The Elder) Burke,

Runners up saw the team of Nomads being, Graeme (Bird Man) Bird, Rab( Rigger) Dick, Davie ( Polbeth Hit-Man) Aitken, Scott ( It’s in the Oven) Baker and of course one of the most respected team captains that I personally have known for well over four decades John Bruton.

Some top shots from the night’s action saw, Paul (Ranger) Weir, Pete Hastings, Gordon (The )Bruce all recording maximum 180 scores, top game shots and a couple of ton finishes reported nice to see Arry Edwards still has top finishing power Arry who a few years ago now was one of Scotland’s top youth players nice to see him back at the ocky at firing out big shots cracking 126 take out for him, Colin (The Mod) Hamilton with a nice  ton plus 104 kill shot,

Quick games saw the East Calder Bird Man Graeme Bird with a superb 13 darter, Arry Edwards with an 18 darter and Big Willie William Borland rock solid 20 dart game.

 

 

4th Oct, Bathgate K.O. Cup team final saw the Glen Mavis B.C. from Bathgate defeating the Cross Tavern from Whitburn in the leagues opening competition.

 

4th Oct, Sammy Tonner wins Open competition at the Brig End in New Cumnock, in the first semi final it saw Sammy defeating Greater Glasgow county A player George Collumb Snr 3-0, the second semi final saw George Column Jnr defeating Richard Dalzell by a score line of 3-0, and so to the grand final a best of 5x501 match up, George Jnr went 1-0 up but then Sammy started to play as he had done all night long and ran out a very worthy 3-1 winner, many thanks again to the Brig-End for helping sponsor this event.

 

3rd Oct, Tower bar Singles from Craigshill in Livingston report, First s/f result saw Gordon Bruce just edging out John Miln’s in an absolute thriller by 4 games to 3, second semi final had William Borland just to hot to handle as he defeated Jimbo McMillan by 4 games to 0, the final played as a best of 9x501 saw Big Willie Borland winning by 5 games to 1 over Gordon Bruce, top scores and shots from the nights action saw John Miln’s firing in a maximum 180 score along with 15 & 18 dart games, Rex Brady also on target with a maximum 180 and a tidy 19 darter, but the night certainly belonged to the two finalists as they battered the board in style, Gordon Bruce with a maximum 180 followed by 14-15-15-17-19 dart games and a rock solid 75 take out, William Borland fired out a brace of maximum 180’s and had games finished in 16-16-17-18-18-18-18-19-20-20 absolute deadly arrows along with a very nice shanghai on the twenties for a 120 take out, some superb arrows being thrown on a Thursday night anyone making the final four has to be playing well, long may it continue.

 

1st Oct, Ayr & District darts league, This was semi final night for the K.O. Cup and it saw the Pockets A Team of J Gaffney, J Reid, J Devlin, L Mooney, J Auld and J McLauchlan defeating the High Society team of J Clowes, B Finlay, C Agnew, J Moore, R Boyd and J McDougall by 6 games to 3 in the first semi final, the second semi final saw, the Black Bull winning 6-2 over the Glenburn, Black Bull players were, D McQuarrie, S Thom, J McEwan, J Curran, A Govan, C Thom, Glen burn players being  G Kerr, M Jones, A Watson, D Murphy, D Harvey and D Cross, so the grand final will have the Black Bull from Ayr v Pockets A from Maybole should be a cracker with both team having tremendous line ups of darting talent.  

Final two players left standing
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Billy Saunders & Old Man Mitchell

 

1st Oct, As the Knock out cup semi finals were being played in Martha’s bar in Ayr, the Anchor in Ayr held one of their team singles the William Fisher Singles or as it is known more commonly the Billy the Fish Trophy, this competition is slightly different as there is one golden rule you can not throw for twenties, and let me tell you it takes a bit of thinking out once the finishing line comes in sight, example try not to leave shots like 59 etc get my drift, now 16 players from both A & B teams took to the ocky with a cutthroat format of 3 x501 remember no twenties and their were a few who forgot! Once the last four were reached the format became 5 x501, and it saw Billy Saunders getting the better of Neil Hunter by 3 games to 1 to claim his place in the final, the second semi final saw Ritchie take a 2-0 lead over Old Man Mitchell but darts is a funny old game at times and it saw Mitchell take the next two legs to even the score, and though Ritchie had chances in all four legs played it was Mitchell who took the vital fifth leg to claim a 3-2 win and his place in the final, and what a cracking match up it was Jim Mitchell taking the advantage with some good scoring early in the legs only to see Billy pulling it all back at the tail end of the legs, however Old Man Mitchell had found his range on the double 16 & 8 and though Billy was on finishes of his own it was Jim who came away the winner by 3 games to 0, both Billy and Jim recording maximum 171 scores on the night, this competition had serious darts and some funny moments as players forgot at times and went for a twenty which of course did not count, well done to the Anchor bar for holding this memorial trophy competition for one of their past players always nice when players remember past members, so well done to both finalists the did what no one else did they checked out better!

George Collumb Snr Singles Champ
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301 D/S D.I.D.O. Championship

 

30th Sept, The Kilmarnock league held their first singles competition of the season and it was the DIDO 301 Singles event which took place in the Tartan suite in Kilmarnock and with 76 dedicated arrow smiths in the mix there were some tremendous match ups, and once the chalk dust had settled we had Gorge Collumb Snr v Dean Lawrie in a seven leg thrill which had the supporters of both teams on the edge of their respective seats, Dean put the first chalk on the board, but then George Snr took his A game to the ocky and secured the next three legs to need only one to be crowned champion, However Dean had other idea’s and annexed the next two legs to even the scores on the board to 3-3, and so a one leg of 301 to decide who would be crowned champion, Dean with throw started superbly well with a cracking 105 check in but this was over shadowed as George Snr went off like a train with a magnificent 160 away and he was not to be denied and was out in three throws to claim the title of 301 Singles Champion, another top competition and superbly well run by the committee and of course the sponsor the Tartan Suite, so congratulations must go to both players George Collumb Snr champion and Dean Lawrie r/up, both players having played superbly well all night and for putting on a fantastic grand final.

 

30th Sept, Report from the Kilmarnock Monday night league first up and played the week before 23rd September, which saw the final of the Summer Cup, which saw the Murray Bar reigning champions of the Kilmarnock league defeating Blacks bar by 7 games to 1, in a match where the Murray bar missed very little however lots of these matches were close fought affairs just those dastardly doubles the difference!

 

30th Oct, Dreghorn & District darts news,

The Russell Cowan Four person team event was held in the R 7 A Sports bar in Irvine,

Format was 4 x 501 singles  then 2x601 doubles and if a draw was on the cards a 1x701 team event to decide the winner, 17 teams took part and when all said and done the semi finals looked like this,

Irvine Pars B.C. team of Bryan King, Stewart Lusby, Stephan Baird and David Connelly defeating the Alton team of Dougie King, John Hall, William Hays and Ronnie Bacon in the first semi final,

The second semi-final was between the Alton "B" with Andy Boulton, Kevin McKinney, Jim Reid and Douglas King putting the Towerlands team to the sword who were William Laird, Brian Johnstone, Neilie Campbell and Old Man Mitchell, the final saw the Alton team winning comfortably by 4 games to nil over the Irvine Parks B.C. but well done to both teams as they put the rest to bed by hitting more doubles than anyone else.

 

30th Sept, West Calder & District Darts League,

Many thanks to Connie for keeping the news coming in much appreciated,

The Volunteer Highway Men bounced back with a vengeance after losing out last week defeating the Tower bar Knights 9-0, leading the way was Big Willie Borland firing out a fine 17 darter, in the doubles once again it saw William Borland and old hand Colin Robertson finishing 15 excellent darts, other notable scores saw Colin Robertson showing he still has the accuracy to rattle those treble nineteen’s firing in a 171 score, the man they call Cool Hand Rex Brady on target with a maximum 180, and one of the older generation yes Davie Nisbet finishing games in style with a superb 134 take out and a more modest 96 game shot.

 

Commercial Inn Juniors 3-6 Rab’s bar Golden Oldies, once again shows age is no barrier in this great sport of ours with Big Geordie Dryburgh finishing on a classy tops tops for an 80 kill shot, for the Juniors of West Calder Jim Purse was firing in a big score a cracking 174, M Smart with the fastest game of this match up a rock solid 18 darter.

Tower bar Damsels 2-7 Letham Bowlers, couple of top scores from this match up and it saw B McFee firing in a brace of 23 dart games which included a tasty 69 game shot, C Cameron though was on fire as he finished with a top class game shot on 125 that’s good finishing in any league.

 

Central bar Colliers 7-2 Cawburn Railroaders, the Stoneyburn Wizard Stuart Russell once again on target with an excellent 17 darter for the home team, and a man who is certainly making his mark on the darting circuit these days John Brogan with a rock solid 76 take out, another top player who is very much on form these days saw John Miln’s firing out a 17 dart game for the Railroaders.                               

 

Oak Bank Flyers 8-1 Stirrup Stane Indians, some top scores coming from the home side as the East Calder players put  the visitors under a baptism of fire as they took the points on offer, Ian Stevenson on target with a 20 dart game and a solid 80 game shot, Ian then partnering up with Paul Weir and firing in a cracking doubles game finished in 16 deadly arrows,  Stephan Morrans just missing out a couple of maximums and had to settle for a brace of 140’s, also with 140 scores were Kevin Murphy and A Barnard, and Paul Weir with a cracking 134 score, For the visiting team from Craigshill it had team captain the man they call the Fat Controller Fred Hamilton with a brace of 140’s for the Indians.

                               

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 5-4 Almondale Pirates, tight match up here with only the one game between these two protagonists, Big Daddy Frank Begley would be happy with his boys as they came back from a free week and he saw them rattle in scores of note with, the Old Man from Armadale Mick Burke finishing in 20 arrows and recording a tasty 86 game shot (hope they got him back to his ward before curfew!) the ever present  on these special mentions reports Gordon Bruce with a 82 take out, the leagues favourite mascot yes Melman or otherwise known as Gary Christie with a great finish of 132 to finish in 18 deadly darts, now I only have Mick for the next game shot so I believe it could be Mick Burke again with a 92 take out is there no stopping this old timer (doesn’t look like it lol)

 

Late result just reaching me, Kirknewton Innkeepers 1-8 Commercial Inn Nomads, John Bruton's travelling Nomads on fire in this match up.

 

28th Sept, Once again the Crown Inn in Dreghorn was the venue for the annual Mick McMoran Memorial Trophy,

And with players from Greater Glasgow , Lothian, and from across the width and breadth of Ayrshire in attendance 46 men and 9 ladies there was top action from across the four boards in use, once all the action had been finished to get down to the last four it had Kevin McKinney Jnr who put out the two time and defending champion Andy Boulton by 4 games to 1 in the first semi final, the second semi final had William Kirkwood defeating George Dempsey by 4 games to 0, the Grand Final saw William Kirkwood take a 3-0 lead in the race to 4 however Kevin McKinney was not for giving up and a superb fight back was on the cards as he annexed the next four games to claim the title of Mick McMoran singles champion for 2019, but respect to both players takes two great players to play in such a superb final,

The Ladies last four had some very serious talent toeing the ockies, last years Champion Hannah Bell defeating Cheryl McBride 3-0 in the first semi final match, the next match went right down the wire with Janice Spoors edging a 5 game thrill over Debbie McBride by 3 games to 2, and so to the Ladies Grand Final and once again all the legs were used as Hanna Bell claimed and retained the title of Mick McMoran Ladies singles champion by just edging out Janice Spoors in a real thrill with only the doubles the difference in this superb final.

Let’s not forget the master of ceremonies on the day Mr Willie Burns who kept all four boards in constant use and kept matches going all day long where we would be without those hard working and dedicated organisers!

 

27th Sept, The start of the new season in one of Scotland’s most established league’s and it must be one of the longest running the Bathgate & District which once again has Mr Danny Kirkland at the helm Danny must be one of the longest serving committee men in any league with lets just say he was in the league a lot more than 50 years service that’s dedication, now as per usual it starts with the K.O. Cup and the venue for this seasons competitions Coppies bar in Armadale, now the final four teams which will contest the Grand Final next week are, Cross Tavern from Whitburn v Coppies B from Armadale,  the second semi final will have Armadale’s Corrie Bar v Glen Mavis B.C A team, best of luck to all the teams involved, there will be some tremendous darters in the mix between these four protagonists should be a great night of darts.

 

27th Sept, Brig end in New Cumnock saw some local arrow smiths take to the ocky for a flyer with the pub matching the entry fee to make up a healthy wee prize pot, couple of special mentions with two players rattling the red lipstick, Ronnie Sharp who needed his maximum 180 to get past the very dangerous Margaret Ferguson in a real thriller of a match, Rab Marshall on target with a maximum score getting past Richard Dalzell in another tough match up, Old Man Mitchell and Ronnie Sharp had a belter of agame with 10 x 120+ scores between them not counting the tons! Ronnie with 5 x 140’s, however with the match sitting at 2-2 it saw Ronnie do what Rod Harrington always says? Don’t miss a big number and sitting on 44 it saw Ronnie miss the big 4 and that was enough to break his concentration and the chance that Mitchell needed to nip in and claim the tie of the round, the final a best of 5x501 saw Rab Marshall miss very little in the first two legs with more scores with a circle round them than not, but the old fell managed to win the next and two and once again another tight match with Rab missing double 12 from 97 left and Mitchell with one dart at tops hit it plumb centre to perhaps pick Rab’s Pocket by 3 games to 2, Rab with a 15 darter and Mitchell a 16 darter, prize fund was paid down to the last four, there were more good games but if there not written down then they don’t count lol.

 

26th Sept, Action from the Tower bar in Craigshill in Livingston saw some excellent play throughout the night but once the final four places were in place we had, Gordon Bruce winning 4-0 over Gary Christie, the second semi final had John Miln’s defeating John Brogan by 4 games to 2, and the final a close fought affair with Gordon Bruce just edging this thriller by 5 games to 4 over John Miln’s, cracking final by two of the county of West Lothian’s top players,

On the night it had Gordon Bruce and John Miln’s both recording a brace of maximum 180’s also on the maximum trail was Graeme Bird with a 180 score,  fast games had John Miln’s firing in 5 sub 20 dart games which were 16-17-19-19-20 darters, Gordon Bruce also with 5 fast games finished in 15-17-18-18-19 deadly arrows, and John Brogan with a 19 darter, rock solid kill shots came by way of this weeks champion Gordon Bruce with take outs of 80-90-97, once again many thanks to John Sandison for the report, appreciated, Jim M.

 

24th Sept, Ayr & District Dart League,

Coylton 1-8 Pockets A, Few good scores in this match for the home side we had Sammy Tonner and  Dean Lawrie both recording maximum 180 scores, Fast games had D Lawrie and J Lawrie recording 21 dart games for the home side, the visitors though were in tremendous form with J Gaffney fired in 17 & 22 darters, L Mooney with 21 & 22 dart games, J Reid on target with 18 & 22 darters, J Devlin solid 22 dart game, J Auld 20 & 22 darters, M McLelland 23 dart game solid games from the visiting Pockets team.

 

Pockets B 2-8 Marthas, J Skilky with the fastest game recorded in this match up a 19 darter.

 

Anchor B 5-5 High Society, hard fought draw here for both teams with the match going right down to the wire, fast games recorded by R Wedlock with a 23 darter and a classy ton plus finish of 103 for the home side, J Cloude and J McMillan both on target with 22 dart games for the High Society from Maybole.

 

Ship 7-3 Glenburn, D Martin with a tasty 16 darter the fastest game for the home side, team mates K O’Neil with a 24 darter as was K Hainey Owen McNiven finishing in 19 deadly arrows and last but not least K Murphy firing in solid 22 dart game.

 

Black Bull 3-7 Anchor A, Jim McEwan the man on form in this match up for the home side firing in 15 & 19 darters along with I believe to be 3 x180’s on the night, Jamie Curran also finishing fast with a 22 dart game, other players recording maximum scores were Alex Govan and Old Man Mitchell.

 

 

23rd Sept, The Irvine & District Darts League with a report by the one and only Mr Willie Burns otherwise known to us darters as (Wulber) other names I cant repeat as there may be children reading this! lol,  

The Jim Tennant Memorial Cup, and the Venue and format for this event was the Towerlands club and the format is played as 7 matches of 3x501, this event is sponsored by Wullie and Janice Spoors,

9 teams toed the ockies and the results go like this,

with the Lounge Lizards defeating an under strength Crown Inn team 4-1, and so to the quarter finals which saw Alton"A" beat the R&A Sports Bar 4-2, Towerlands "A" beat the Parks Men 4-1, Towerlands "B" beat the Park Ladies 4-0 and the Lounge Lizards defeating the Alton "B" by 4-1.

So to the Semi-Finals with the four remaining protagonists all eyeing the title,  Towerlands "A" beat the Alton "A" 4-1, Lounge Lizards beat Towerlands "B" 4-2. This then set up a fantastic final between two old rivals,

First chalk went to Towerlands player Robert Dean who got the final underway defeating Graham Ferguson putting the Towerlands one up, Jamie Curran then levelled the match with a top quality display against Margaret Ferguson who has been in tremendous form of late, match three was a cracker with Old Man Mitchell getting one over on international player Scottish International Jim McEwan to take the Towerlands two-one up. William Laird made it three-one up against Andy Stewart with some fine finishing. Kevin McInrue Jnr got one back for the Lizards beating Ronnie Sharp in an exciting game and then it saw Willie Gemmell got the game back to 3-3 by beating Sammy Stephens, So here we were after four hours of top darting action it was down to the two captains to decide where the Cup went with the man they call the Jugg yes Jim Law for the Towerlands up against the rejuvenated Wullie (Wulber) Burns captain of the Lounge Lizards, and it was  a close match which went down to the doubles and it was Willie Burns who’s finishing power was just the better on the night to claim the first silverware of the season for his team of the Lounge Lizards final score 4-3 , also a superb amount of money on the night was raised for the raffle which raised £205 for North Ayrshire Darts Academy's Cash for Kids appeal. Superb to all who dug deep and bout raffle tickets well done all of you.

 

23rd Sept, Action from the West Calder&Distict darts league on a Monday night

John McDonalds team from the with a record a full house Tower bar Knights 9-0 Clansmen, John Bruton’s team the Commercial Inn Nomads on top form as they inflicted a defeat on Colin Robertson’s Volunteer Highway Men by 6 games to 3, Rab’s Bar Golden Oldies 6-3 Kirknewton Innkeepers, another tight match up saw the Letham Bowlers just edging out the Commercial Inn Juniors by 5 games to 4, Cawburn Railroaders 6-3 Tower bar Damsels nice to see the ladies taking games from the men these are the only female team in the league and they have some absolutely cracking players in their midst, Fred Hamilton’s Indians suffering heavy defeat as the Stirrup Stane Indians lost out to the Central bar Colliers under the leadership of Alan Wilson by 2 games to 7, Almondale Pirates 6-3 Oak Bank Flyers. Last seasons League champions the Stirrup Stane Wanderers having a free week.

 

Some excellent special mentions this week and we start with the Denise Bird a East Stirlingshire county A player with a tasty 85 take out for the Damsels who play out of the Tower bar in Craigshill,

The Pirates of Craigshill had Scott Cameron keeping his good form of late going with a cracking 15 darter and a tidy 96 take out, the ever present John Kirk with a rock solid 19 dart game, and Sandy Coulter the man they call the Candy Man filling up the red lipstick for a maximum 180,

Cawburn Railroaders had three players making the special mentions page and they were, Grant Lyle with an 18 dart game and a tidy 80 take out, John Miln’s a very tasty 16 darter, Andy Pagget with a classic 82 kill shot,

The Tower bar Knights had one of the few players I know is older than myself yes Stevie Duncan showing even at his aging years his eyes still work cracking ton plus finish of 105 for the Knights,

Letham Bowlers player C Cameron with a classic 100 game shot,

Volunteer Highway Men had the ever present William Borland on the special mentions page Big Willie with two fast games finished in 18 & 20 darts,

Commercial Inn Nomad’s player Graeme Bird with another fast game finished in 16 deadly darts,

Central bar Colliers had team captain the man they call ZOKO (Alan Wilson) firing in a maximum 180, Stuart Russell with a solid 86 take out, John Brogan once again with a fast game this time 18 darter,

Kirknewton Innkeepers had two players finishing well, Willie Millar with a nice ton plus take out of 105, joining him on the good finishes was Abbi Sclater with a rock solid 95 take out always nice to here that the ladies are playing well.

 

 

20th Sept, And a good few dart players from the Ayrshire coast made their way down to sunny Bridlington for the annual pilgrimage to the British Open, Top of the tree from our local desperadoes had to be the man they call the JUGG, yes Jim Law firing in 3 x 180’s along with a superb 160 game shot and a more sedate 125 kill shot, Jugg playing in the Windsor Hotel open just around the corner from the Bridlington Spa was in tremendous form however it was just one game to many as he had to settle for the runner’s up place, but superb darts from the big fella all night long, other players firing in a few good shots from the week ends action were Old Man Mitchell 3 x180, and 3 fast games under 17 darts, The evergreen Ayrshire Leg-End himself Mr Ronnie Sharp with two ton plus finishes of 102 & 111, Big Neil Campbell in good form early doors with a cracking 158 take out shot, but once again it was Margaret Ferguson who led the ladies in last weeks county match who was playing superbly well Margaret losing out to Lorraine Winstanley in the money rounds of the Ladies British Open Margaret firing out finishes off 79 & 109 along with yet another maximum 180 scorer (becoming a habit now these maximum scores!) well played, Also Debbie McBride another top Greater Glasgow lady player rattling the treble twenty bed to record a maximum 180 score.

Always great to meet up with good friends from around the country and the man they call Kermitt yes Kevin Merritt was in tremendous form keeping us all laughing and smiling and great company to be in, and let us not forget the BAIRN himself Steve Bestwick who turned 60 at the week end as I said just a young thingy! Lol and of course his good lady Eileen who kept a weather eye on us all, and now think we were all in shock when we heard about Thomas Cook going defunct, as in three weeks time we all head to the sunny Island of Crete for a week of sunshine and of course darts lol, however my hard working secretary Gillian has managed to find alternative flights a wee bit South from out original departure point but Newcastle not that far away so looks like their will be roughly 14 of us for Denise & Wayne Halliwell to look after (good luck with that) see you there!

 

19th Sept, Tower Bar Thursday night Open competition, and once again the action from the ockies was top notch the semi finals saw John Sandison defeating Rex Brady by 4 games to 2, second semi final had William Borland taking out Gordon Bruce by 4 games to 1, and the grand final saw Big Willie William Borland just a bit to hot to handle as he defeated John Sandison by 5 games to 0, however on the night both these players had did what no one else had they finished better! And that’s what it is all about!

Top scoring power belonged to William Borland with 5 x180’s recorded, Rex Brady also on target with a maximum 180 score as well,

Top finishes and once again it was Big Willie with 2x 114 take outs and a massive 161 kill shot, fast games saw John Sandison with a rock solid 20 darter, Rex Brady 16 & 20 darters, Gordon Bruce 17 darter plus 3 x 20 dart games, but no stopping William Borland with 11 games finished in 20 darts or les the best being 11 & 12 deadly darters along with 14-15-16 2x18-3x19 top shooting in any darting league.

 

17th Sept, The Ayr & District dart league which is played on a Tuesday night, High Society 3-7 The Ship, few good games in this match up with J Moore recording a solid 21 dart game, Jake McDougall with a fast 17 dart game, J Clouse with a 23 darter all for the home team, the visitors had Stuart O’Neil with a 23 dart game, Owen McNiven tidy 18 dart game, Kieran Murphy with a 22 darter for the Ship,

Anchor A 6-4 Trysting Thorn, Close fought match with only a few doubles the difference in this match up, George Collumb Jnr firing in a 20 darter for the home side as did Old Man Mitchell who also fired in a maximum 180, Sammy Tonner for the Thorn also firing in a maximum 180 as well as 21 darter with a cracking 118 take out, Bobby Neil with a maximum 180 as well, Paul Malone recording a 20 darter, D Lawrie on target with a brace of solid 22 dart games, J Bell also rattling the treble twenty bed to record yet another maximum 180 on the night.

Red Lion 3-7 Black Bull, Jim McEwan firing in two solid games of darts finishing in 23 & 24 darts, Jamie Curran with 18 & 20 darters, Alex Govan with a brace of good games as well with 20 & 22 darters.

Pockets B 0-10 Anchor B, full house for the visiting team in this match up, R Baker the top player in this match firing in a superb 15 dart game along with two superb scores of 180 & 177 top shooting from this Anchor player, I McLaughlan  with 22 & 24 darters also for the visitors.

 

17th Sept, And the Monday night leagues have started in earnest with the first results in from the West Calder & District darts league under the chairmanship of James Banks Snr and of course the ever present John McDonald, Colin Hamilton and our very unpaid reporter for this web site Connie Bamburry.

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 7-2 Tower bar Knights, Clansmen 0-9 Commercial Inn Nomads, Volunteer Highway Men 9-0 Rab’s bar Golden Oldies, Kirknewton Innkeepers 2-Letham Bowlers, Commercial Inn Juniors 3-6 Cawburn Railroaders, Tower bar Ladies 3-6 Stirrup Stane Indians, Central bar Colliers 8-1 Almondale Pirates.

 

Top shots of players getting onto the special mentions page are, from the Stirrup Stane Indians Rab O’Flaherty with a solid 88 game shot, For the Colliers who now play out of the Central bar in West Calder we John Brogan firing in a rock steady 19 dart game, the man they call the Stoneyburn Wizard Stuart Russell showing age has not dented his eyesight rattling the red lipstick filling up the treble twenty for a classic maximum 180, and Jamie Banks Jnr with a tasty 82 kill shot,

 the Pirates of Craigshill had a couple of players finishing well which saw Kirk Gordon taking out a classic shanghai on the twenties for a 120 game shot, joining him on the top finishes was John Kirk a former twice league singles champion with a rock steady 84 kill shot,

The Volunteer Highway Men (my old squad) really got into the action quickly with just about all the team getting in on the action, Colin Robertson firing out games finished in 12 & 17 deadly arrows along with a trade mark 171 score on the nineteen’s, Pete Hastings with a 18 darter and a maximum 180 score, William Borland also firing in a maximum 180 and finishing in 18 darts, the evergreen one and only Davie Nisbet recording a maximum 180 score life in this old dog yet!  Cool Hand Rex Brady with a classic 120 take out, Graham Borland recording a solid 89 kill shot, in the doubles it saw some top action as well with the pairing of William Borland & Colin Robertson firing out games finished in 17 & 20 darts, Rex Brady & Pete Hastings on target with a 19 darter, 

16th Sept, New arrivals information just received, for special mentions etc and from the newly crowned league K.O. champions we had Craig Agnew with an 82 take out, John Sandison 92 kill shot, Mick Burke getting better with age! 120 take out, Tower bar Knights player Stuart Mitchell with a tidy 94 take out, Commercial Juniors had Derek Yule with 89 game shot, and for the Railroaders we have Grant Lyle firing out a brace of fast games finished in 19 & 20 arrows.

Thanks again to Connie your match secretary for the information much appreciated Jim M.

 

17th Sept, The Dreghorn & District league action saw plenty of top shots from the ockies of the league which is sponsored by the Getfed Takeaway in Irvine, by here are your league results first, Crown Inn 5-5 Towerlands, Irvine Parks B.C. Ladies 0-10 Alton B, Towerlands A 9-1 R & A Sports bar, Alton A 7-3 Irvine Parks B.C. Men,

  

Players firing out top scores had, Liam Dean for the Crown Inn recording a maximum 180, the ever present on these top shots reports Kevin McKinney with a maximum 180 for the Alton B as was Jim Reid who  also firied in a maximum 180 for the Alton B team as well, Towerlands A team had two maximum scorers Sammy Stephan’s with a 180 and Old Man Mitchell with a brace of maximum 180’s, the Alton A team had maximum score recorded by John McLauchlan and for the Irvine Parks men we had Stuart Lusby getting in on the action with a maximum 180 score,

Top Finishes came by way off, Craig Parker with a tasty 119 game shot and team mate Stephan Hogg finishing on a classy 107 game shot, The ever present old man of Ayrshire darts Ronnie Sharp with a classic 132 kill shot via 25-57-bulls eye not bad for an old fella!, However top finish of the nights action belongs to Stewart Lusby with a superb 135 kill shot and is at the moment the top finish in the league for the present time!

Fast Games and they were a few to say the least, Top game of the night had Stuart Lusby with a classic 15 dart game, Kevin McKinney with two classy legs of arrows going out in 16 & 20 deadly arrows, Jim Reid 16 dart game, Christopher Kilpatrick with 17 & 18 darters,  Lots of players finishing in 18 darts Dave Tennant, Liam Dean with a 18 darter as were David Millar, Stephan Hogg, John Hall, Old Man Mitchell with 18 & 19 dart games, John McLauchlan with a brace of fast games finished in 19 & 20 darts, Ian McCudden for the R&A Sports bar with a 19 darter, Robert Dean had a rock solid 20 darter for the Towerlands A, Graham McConnell also finishing in a rock steady 20 darts for the Alton A team, Brian Wallace just one arrow more with a 21 darter.

 

14th Sept, And a few words from our esteemed Greater Glasgow Area Organiser Mr Neil Campbell,

Here we go again! This fabulous journey continues!
Thank you all so much for your time and effort in keeping Greater Glasgow where we belong, the journey to 2 in a row started superbly today, Susanna McGimpsey you would have been so proud of our ladies today with the way those 10 ladies performed against a very strong Renfrewshire ladies teams, an unusual nervous June Mccallum got us off to a flyer throwing a 16.07 and a 2-0 win in her first outing against her old team mates,, Gillian Mitchell was up next and a 0-2 loss was due to Gill just not finding her rhythm on the day, her cakes were delicious though, as usual!
Laura Ross also found it difficult to find her normally solid performance as she went down 0-2 also, Yvonne Quinn though dug very deep to earn our ladies B a well deserved 2-2 draw against last years B champions.
Gerry Mourinho Greenwood, got us off to a flyer in the men's B with a 3-1 victory and the ever improving Dean Fitch Jr. Was totally in control of his game in a 3-0 win, George John Collumb lost out 2-3 due to double trouble and Dunky Tracey Wyper played very well but lost out to Michael Brown who threw a 27-50 average to bring the match back to 2-2, Brian Mccuaig then played very ordinary compared to his usual standard but ran out a 3-1 winner, a 4-2 victory was confirmed when Owen McNiven gave a nervy performance but managed to dig out a 3-0 victory with a bit of classy finishing and piles of determination,
Ladies A got off to a great start with
Laura Grant pulling back from 1-2 down to win 3-2 and the wonderful Margaret Ferguson blew away her opponent with a 21.17 and 3-0 victory, Debbie McBride can be very proud of her debut with a 17.85 but unfortunately loosing out to Louise Hepburn, Voni Duff also had a tough game and lost out to Kelly McKinnon, Lynn Cowan then showed her class putting us ahead with a solid 17.48 and 3-0 victory, Jordan McNally then found the going tough against Lindsey McDonald in a 0-3 loss, 3-3 draw was superb ladies.
Our men's A was slow off the mark as an off form
Darren Beautiman lost out 2-4, Grant Mccauley, making his first county appearance for us in 37 years, he last played for Glasgow in 1982, then got us level despite wee Scot Gethins trying all sorts to put grant off, 25.52 and a 4-3 win should give Grant a lot of confidence to make another appearance soon, a sublime 26.20 and a 4-1 win was nothing more than we expect from Andy Callary despite 7 no scoring darts at doubles in leg 1, William Laird showed his class again with. 4-2 win and, a subdued John Mccallum ground out a 4-2 victory, men's player of the day Jim Mitchell was extremely methodical in beating Murdo 4-1 with 27.18 to give us a 5-1 lead, John Williamson came up against an in form Mick Malone with Mick who hit a marvellous 28+ average, Andrew Broll then gave his opponent a two leg advantage before hitting top gear and grinding out a 4-3 win ,wasn't it just wonderful to hear HELLO 4 times as George Collumb said goodbye to yet another county player and keep his tremendous run of victories going, Brian Tennant quietly went about his business and ground down Ritchie Baillie 4-2, the same score line applied to Drew Callary Snr as he eased his way to victory over Jamie Ward, Ronnie Sharp was then involved in a quite flat last set with Steve Gormley winning the last leg for Renfrew with a 23.47 dart ave, but for the men’s A to run out 9-3 victors against a classy Renfrewshire team speaks volumes, an overall 18-10 result was just superb for us and once again proves our winning mentality and camaraderie is such a potent mix for anybody to break down, you are all winners and your surrounded by winners and this leads to being Champions ! Yes its true were going for two! Mon the Crew
. Few notes that I made on the day maximum hitters saw Margaret Ferguson rattling the red lipstick with consummate ease Margaret also finishing in style with 78 & 100 kill shots, Other ladies playing well saw June McCallum firing in 121 & 140 scores in her win, Debbie McBride recorded scores of 100-100-105-121, but what about the lady with top scoring power was Laura Grant who recorded eight ton plus scores off 100-100-101-113-120-121-138-140 superb scoring power, few men to mention who followed Margaret Ferguson’s advice and recording  maximum scores all with 180’ were, Grant McCauley, Andrew Callary Jnr, couple of oldies now the almost as old as me William Laird, and the evergreen old man of Ayrshire darts Mr Ronnie Sharp, couple of top finishes saw Drew Callary Snr with a classic shanghai 120 take out, and John McCallum with a superb 145 kill shot, now I realise there will have been more top shots sorry if I missed those ones but at the bar they were selling MALT Whisky at the knockdown price of £2 a shot and not wee measures ! in my element I was, so please forgive me if I missed you out lol, But game of the day for myself has to go to lady player Margaret Ferguson with a superb last five darts to win her county A match 60-60-60-60-tops. Need I say more!

 

13th Sept, Mauchline Summer league finals night where the top eight players from each league would battle it out to be crowned champion, with the formats being first to 6 in the last 16, first to 7 in the quarter finals and then first o 8 in the semi finals and as you would expect first o 9 in the Grand Final, so results going like this, Jim Mitchell 6-5 Alex Govan, Lynsay Wyllie 6-2 Stephan Thom, Jim McCutcheon 6-2 George Collumb Jnr, Sammy Tonner 6-5 Richard Dalzell, Steve Robertson 6-0 Dean McQuarrie, Cameron Menzies 6-1 Craig Nicol, Rab Marshall 6-2 Ricky Menzies, Roy Harris 6-1 Ronnie Sharp, and so the last eight and what a line up we had, Jim Mitchell 7-5 Lynsay Wyllie, Jim McCutcheon 7-6 Sammy Tonner, Cameron Menzies 7-6 Steve Robertson, Rab Marshall 7-5 Roy Harris, And then their were four, and it saw Jim McCutcheon 8-6 Jim Mitchell, Cameron Menzies 8-5 Rab Marshall, and so here we were after 12 weeks of top darting action it saw Cameron Menzies taking the title but not without a tremendous fight from Jim McCutcheon, Cameron coming away with a fighting 9-6 victory to claim the championship, congratulations to both finalists who fired out more finishing doubles than the rest of the chasing pack! All finalists receiving monetary awards for their endeavours over the summer weeks of action with the last 16 all receiving £50 and obviously the money progressively got bigger as the rounds got longer.

 

12th Sept, Once again another action packed night of arrows from the Tower bar in Craigshill-Livingston, Semi final line up had four players who have all made this stage before, the first semi final saw Gordon Bruce making no mistake in defeating Craig Agnew 4-0 in the first semi final, William Borland took the second semi final with a fine 4-1 victory over Scott Cameron, the grand final saw Big Willie Borland take the main prize with a 5-2 win over Gordon The Bruce, some stats from the evenings play, William Borland 5x180’s, John Miln’s 2x180’s, Gordon Bruce 1 x180, Fast games had Graeme Bird with a tasty 18 dart game, Scott Cameron firing in a rock steady 20 darter, John Miln’s also getting in on the action with a tidy 17 darter,

Gordon Bruce with four fast games finished in 14-17-19-19 darts, William Borland with nine top games a superb 11 darter, followed by 14-3x15-16-17-2x18 deadly darts, Top game shots saw William Borland firing out finishes off 86-102 and a cracking 147 take out.

 

10th Sept, Ayr & District darts league, Black Bull 9-1 Glenburn, couple of big hitters in this match with the Jamie Curran and Alex Govan both filling up the red lipstick for maximum 180 scores, fast games also coming by way of Alex Govan with games finished in 16 & 23 darts, Jamie Curran using 18 & 21 arrows and J Weir with a brace of 22 darters for the home side.

 

Ship 6-4 Pockets B, Owen McNiven leading the way in this match up firing in 15 & 24 dart games, Stuart O’Neil with a solid 19 dart game both for the home team.

 

Trysting Thorn 6-4 Red Lion, Peter Malone the only maximum hitter rattling in a 180 for the home side along with a cracking 17 darter, J Bell going two darts better finishing with 15 & 23 arrows, Dean Lawrie with 22 & 23 darter games for the home side, S Annandale firing in a solid 24 dart game for the visitors.

 

Redstone 5-5 High Society, looks like this was a cracking match up with both teams firing out fast games, K Winning 24 darter, T Pendleton 18 & 20 darters, J Barclay Snr 19 dart games these all for the home side, the visitors fired out a good few fast games themselves these being from J Cowes with 24 & 26 dart games, John Moore 19 & 26 darters, Jake McDougal 22 & 23 darters, Craig Agnew 18 dart game.

 

Pockets A 6-4 Anchor A, some tremendous finishing going on in this match up, top shot though must go to George Collumb Jnr with a superb take out on 160 especially with the opponents on a double,  J Reid for Pockets started the match off with a superb 15 dart game culminating in a 143 game shot, Joe Devlin also on the ton plus finishes with a cracking 106 finishing on the bulls eye,  fast games a plenty with J auld and L Mooney both recording 20 darters, Steve Robertson finishing with 17 & 24 dart games, D Coffney solid 119 darter, Joe Devlin 21 darter, George Collumb Snr with a 20 dart game, George Collumb Jnr on target with games finished in 17 7 21 darts, Big Mick Ferguson firing in two massive scores of 180’s, but when it came to finishing power it was Pockets who held the upper hand.

 

Anchor B 6-4 Martha’s, R Baker on target for the Anchor with 20 & 23 dart games, D Fallon with a cracking 18 darter also for the home side, R Garret with a rock solid 20 dart game for the visitors.  

 

9th Sept, Action from the Gedfed Takeaway in Irvine sponsored Dreghorn & District Monday night league saw,

Towerlands B 1-9 Alton A, Stevie Hogg with the only maximum 180 score of the night for the home side, two top finishes for the visitors saw both Hannah Bell and Robert Povah finishing with classy 111 take outs, fastest recorded game a 19 darter from John McLaughlan for the visitors.

 

Alton B 5-5 Towerlands A, another tight match up with both teams taking a share of the spoils, John Hall for the home side with a brace of top games finishing in 17 & 18 deadly arrows, top finish Old Man Mitchell with a 109 take out, fastest game of the evening though was in the doubles with the evergreen Ronnie Sharp and the old fella firing in a tidy 16 darter, and only the one maximum 180  hitter each for both teams and they were G Coulter for the Alton and another old feller this time Wullie Laird still showing he knows where the treble twenty is! For the Towerlands.

 

Lounge Lizards 10-0 Irvine Parks B.C. Ladies, the Lounge Lizards back on form as they looked to bounce back after dropping a point last week! Top games coming from, Jamie Curran with a cracking 14 dart game and William Gemmell with a rock solid 19 darter.

 

Irvine Park’s B.C. Men 6-4 R&A Sports bar, Ian McCudden the player on form in this match up with a superb 114 take out.

 

9th Sept, And the West Calder & District darts league was back in action, and it saw the action take place in the leagues sponsor venue the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston, once again it had the league teams toeing the ocky to participate in the K.O. Cup, and it saw Big Daddy Frank Begley’s team start the Stirrup Stane Wanderers start where they left off! Last seasons champions taking the title defeating the Central Bar Colliers in the grand final, Wanderers team were,

Mick (Ancient Mariner) Burke, Craig (C.A.P.A.) Agnew, Colin (Outlaw) Kelly, Gordon (THE) Bruce, John (Sandy-Man) Sandison, Gary (Melman) Christie, Brian (Quiet Man) Mairs, Frank (Big Daddy) Begley.

Runners up, were the Central bar Colliers, Stuart (Wizard) Russell, James (Junior) Banks, Colin (the Mod) Hamilton, Alan McDonald, Boris (What is his last name lol), John (The Rock) Brogan, Alan (ZOKO) Wilson.

Only a couple of special mentions and it shows that even at his age Mick Burke can still find the board (well done lol) nice solid 80 game shot, M Smart with the top finish of the nights action with a cracking 117 kill shot, maximum hitters had Scott Cameron, Craig Agnew and Brian Mairs all peppering the red Lipstick to record 180’s.

 

6th Sept, Final week of qualification for the Mauchline Summer league with the top 8 players making it through from each league from an original 36 players,

 

Mauchline Summer Alpha League

Points

Mauchline Summer Bravo League

Points

Jim Mitchell

126

Steve Robertson

129

Roy Harris

102

Richard Dalzell

108

Jim McCutcheon

101

Lynsay Wylie

91

Cameron Menzies

101

Rab Marshall

82

Ricky Menzies

91

George Collumb Jnr

81

Stephan Thom

90

Craig Nicol

81

Sammy Toner

78

Ronnie Sharp

80

Dean McQuarrie

70

Alex Govan

79

Rab Kane

61

Robert Dean

65

Kelly McKinnon

57

Francis Fleming

64

Jack Frew

50

George McLaughlan

52

Peter Smith

45

Margaret Ferguson

51

Julie Ward

39

Jacqui Weir

48

Dougie Imrie

24

Lee Frew

43

Sheena Govan

20

Andy McCulloch

39

Richie McBride

20

Ian Laverty

33

Gillian Mitchell

16

Mick Searle

19

Graham Lavery

5

Ian Hart

1

 

Draw for the final’s goes like this,

Jim Mitchell v Alex Govan

Lynsay Wylie v Stephan Thom

Jim McCutcheon v George Collumb Jnr

Richard Dalzell v Sammy Toner

Steve Robertson v Dean McQuarrie

Craig Nicol v Cameron Menzies

Ricky Menzies v Rab Marshall

Roy Harris v Ronnie Sharp

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Sept, Thursday night action from the Tower bar in Craigshill-Livingston saw some cracking arrows thrown, the first semi final had Gordon Bruce edging out Scott Cameron in a thriller by 3 games to 2, the second semi final I believe had two players in it who had not been in the last four before, and it saw Rex Brady getting the better of Jimbo McMillan by a score off 3-0, the final had a score of 4-1 in favour of Gordon (The) Bruce who managed to get the better of the man they call (Cool Hand) Rex Brady, on the night it saw Rex lead the way in the maximum scores recording 3x180’s, Gordon Bruce 1 x180, Gordon though led the way in fast games with a superb 13 darter accompanied by 14 and 19 dart games, Rex Brady with 16 and 18 darters to his credit, Scott Cameron also with a rock solid 16 dart game,  only a couple of top finishes this week and it had John Sandison with an 84 take out and joining him was Stephan Colthart with a solid 79 kill shot, once again thanks for the update please keep them coming.

 

5th Sept, Once again the Premier Thursday night darts league got into action in the Fairfield club in Govan, with 10 teams in action and the format 16x601 legs so each player plays four games,  and every game is worth a point, results saw Wullie Lairds defending champions Fairfield’s get of to a win with Grant McCauley coming into the team as Graham Ferguson has had to pull out due to work commitments, Ashfield 6-10 Fairfield’s, Bay Horse 9-7 Hello, Celtic Arrows 6-10 Wee Crew, Neil’s 13-3 Elders, W.D.140’S 15-1 Bridge Inn.

Top matches from the night had Gerry Greenwood with an 35.35 dart ave, then their were four games with dart averages of 33.39 and they were, Andrew Callary x 2 , Paul Carruthers, Andy Bryan, two players then recorded 31.63 dart averages and it saw Andy Callary on target yet again for the third time on the night also with a 31.63 ave was Andy Bryan.

 

3rd Sept, and it was Tuesday night action from the ockies of the Ayr & District darts league, and it was the Jack Thom team K.O. Cup trophy action, format first to 6, with the matches being 6 singles, 3 doubles, a triple, and if the scores are tied it is an all in team event, so with some preliminary matches and first round ties here is what I have hope there are no mistakes as my first report from this new venture playing on a Tuesday night!

 

Glenburn 6-5 Ship, some top games from both teams with Andy Taylor firing in a maximum 180 along with a brace of 20 darters, Stuart O’Neil with an 18 dart game as was Owen McNiven, Kieran Murphy with a solid 23 dart game.

 

High Society 6-1 Anchor B, some close matches but the High Society players were quickest once the finishing line was in sight in this match, Alex Collins with the only win for the Anchor B also firing in a tidy 21 dart game.

 

Ship 6-0 Pockets B, the home side were in excellent form from the start of this match up with lead man Stuart O’Neil firing out a superb 156 kill shot in the first match of the night and going out in 21 tidy arrows, Kevin Hainey also finishing with a rock solid 23 darter, Owen McNiven though was in top form rattling the red lipstick for a maximum 180 and going out in 15 & 21 deadly arrows.

 

Martha’s 6v3 Trysting Thorn, some top action from this match up, for the home side we had John Milken with 20 darter, Graham Ross firing in a 23 dart game, Andy Graham with a 21 dart game, for the visiting team there was also fast games and high scores, Brian Neil with a 21 darter, Sammy Tonner with 24 darter, N Boyle with a maximum 180 hit and a classy 19 dart game, Peter Malone also with a 19 dart game.

 

Redstone 4v6 Black Bull, Tony Pentilton on target for the home side with 15 & 20 dart games, Couple of maximum hitters for the home side with K Winning and R Fraser both recording 180 scores,  Stephan Thom for the Black Bull with a brace of fast games going out in 22 & 24 darts and a tidy 130 kill shot, Jamie Curran was the player with the fastest game a solid 15 darter along with a nice take out of 115.

 

Pockets A 6v2 Martha’s, Home team on form with J Reid rattling in a brace of maximum 180’s and a nice 19 darter, M McLelland finishing in 21 darts as did his team mate Jake Gaffrey also going out in 21 darts.

 

Anchor A 3V 7 Black Bull, Fastest legs for the home side saw Mark Hughes with a18 darter, Old Mn Mitchell 20 darter, for the visitors it was Jim McEwan with games finished in 20&24 darts, this was a match of some good scoring only the finishing stopping more fast games being recorded.

 

Glenburn 6-5 Ship, some top games from both teams with Andy Taylor firing in a maximum 180 along with a brace of 20 darters, Stuart O’Neil with an 18 dart game as was Owen McNiven, Kieran Murphy with a solid 23 dart game.

 

Red Lion 4v6 High Society, S Arrandale with a solid 24 darter for the home team also for the home side it saw D Harvey firing out a brace of quick games finished in 21 & 24 darters also finishing with a classy ton game shot,  the visitors though were in fine form with K Mathews finishing in 22 & 24 darts, W Doyle finishing even quicker with 19 & 24 darts which also included a cracking 144 kill shot, J Moore also on target for the visitors with a brace of 23 dart games.

 

2nd Sept, Yes it seems like just yesterday the darts season ended, but here we all are toeing the ocky once again for hopefully another eventful new season, so Monday night darts were back and the shock waves were reverberating around the Dreghorn & district dart league the champions for the past few seasons who had not dropped a point in over four yes four seasons were at their brand new home after many seasons at the R&A Sports bar in Irvine they have moved to the Crown Inn at Dreghorn and now go under the new title of the Lounge Lizards, and this week they had a Darby match as they played the Crown Inn, and shock horror they were 3-0 down but then they started to pull it together and a fighting 5-5 draw was recorded, top action from the nights play saw Liam Dean firing in a maximum 180 and a tidy 18 dart game, Kevin McInrue was rock steady with a fine 20 dart game, but game of the nights went to David Millar with a classy 15 darter.

Another Darby match had last seasons second and third placed teams go head to head the Alton A up against the Alton B, and once again the points were shared with a 5-5 result recorded, and there was plenty of top action on show as Dougie King fired in a rock solid 18 darter, Kevin McKinney was in excellent form firing in games finished in 14 & 18 darters also peppering the red lipstick for a maximum 180 score, the Alton B had a new signing and did he not play well firing in games finished in 16 & 18 deadly arrows you would not expect anything else form none other than the man they call the X Factor Mr Andy Boulton who at the week end claimed the highly rated Ally Forrester trophy in the County Inn in Cambuslang, Davie Tennant was also on target firing in a maximum 180, but fastest game recorded was a superb 13 darter fired in by John McLauchlan.

The Towerlands A were at home to the Irvine Parks Men and it saw the home team take the points on offer with a fighting 7-3 score line which sent their new team captain home with a smile on his face and a good nights sleep! Top game saw Willie Laird with a solid 19 dart game and for the visitors it was Stewart Lusby with one dart faster going out in 18 arrows.

Last season the Ladies of the league played out of the Irvine Water Sports Club but they have moved premises and now play out of the Irvine Parks B.C. and they hosted the Towerlands B team, and though they went down eventually by 3 games to 7, with Bobbie Feenie player of the match firing in a superb 16 dart game which included a cracking maximum 180 score.

 

7th Sept, Weather permitting their will be a open day at Kilmarnock Cross (Pedestrian area) between 11am-2pm for people who may wish to find out more about disability darts. On the day the Ayrshire branch members will be in attendance along with Mr Ted McMillan the organiser for Scotlands Disability darts, who will be able to answer any questions you may have, there will also be a stall with Winmau products, and as many will now know Winmau are the proud sponsors of Disability darts in Scotland, Hopefully in attendace will be former Scotland captain the one and only Mr Ronnie Sharp we will also have the reigning Scottish singles champion Mr Steve Robertson, alongside Big Willie rising PDC star and former Scottish Masters and Singles champion William Borland, and if you so wish why not come along and get your photo taken or if you like try your hand against them with wee game of darts!

 

31st Aug, And the place to be the County Inn public house in Cambuslang for the second running of the now annual Ally Forrester darts tournament this event is under the Kate Monaghan banner and did she not do well with her partner in crime No-Nonsense keeping the matches going on all five boards who needs a microphone when No-Nonsense calls you to the board its must be like the army when they say jump how high is the reply! And with 64 top quality players in attendance the standard was superb on all five boards which were in use, few special mentions must go out to the referee and scorer for the grand final Antony Dundas & Kristopher Jamieson who was keeping a weather eye on his mum (Angela) as John was keeping the tournament running smoothly! And always good to have a chat with one of the areas darting leg-ends Mr Danny Donnelly a former Great Britian player way back in the day still a few of us older players who remember those days! lol and of course to the sponsors from the County Inn , Steven, David, Scott, without their support where would we be! Now the payout went down to the final eight players losing out in the quarters were Paul Haig, Old Man Mitchell, Jim Simpson, and Jim Brown who recieved £15 each, the semi finals saw Kevin McKinney and Gary Flannigan both recieve £50 for their efforts on the day, However the final saw the defending champion Steve Robertson trying to keep the title however his opponent Andy Boulton had other ideas and it saw Andy Boulton put his name

onto the Ally Forrester Annual Trophy, Steve for his sterling performance on the day recieving £150 to help soften the defeat in the final, but the man who hit more doubles than anyone else and the new Ally Forrester tournament champion Andy Boulton recieving £300 first prize and of course the annual trophy to keep for a year, Ladies singles competition saw Kayleigh Brown take the title recieving £50 with Natasha Calleja recieving £30 for the the runners place,

But lets remember folks these events dont just happen it takes time and effort from the organisers and of course sponsors to get these events onto the darting callender, when I got into the venue at mid-day it saw Kate Monaghan moving furnitire, setting up boards, getting pens/chalk etc so everything was in place for us dart players, and lets not forgret her right hand man John Jamieson, well done another sucsessful day of darts, see you at the next one or the bar which ever comes first!

 

30th Aug, Bathgate the place to be and in the Glen Mavis B.C. they held a tournament to raise money for a very worthwhile cause Autism Awareness darts competition, and it saw William Borland defeating Scott Baillie in the grand final by 3 games to 1, on the night a marvellous £350 was raised for this fantastic cause, and special mention must go to Jockey Fradley for sponsoring the trophy and bottles for the final.

 

29th Aug, Once again some top action from the Tower bar in Craigshill in Livingston at their weekly darts tournament, and always good to see different players making the latter stages, once the chalk-dust had settled we had the last four protagonists left toeing the ocky and it saw John Sandison getting the better of Craig Agnew by 4 games to 1 in the first semi final of the night, Scott Cameron also winning by the same score line over Jamie Banks Jnr 4-1, and so to the grand final and it was Scott Cameron who came out on top with a 4-1 win over John Sandison, some top scoring from the nights action had John Miln’s rattling in a brace of 180 scores, John Sandison also peppering the red lipstick for a maximum 180 as well, fast games which have to be 20 darts or less saw John Sandison with 19 & 20 dart games, Scott Cameron 19 darter, Craig Agnew with a brace of 19 darters, and Jamie Banks firing in 16 & 20 dart games, finishing power was from the top drawer of dart finishing and leading the way was Jamie Banks Jnr with a superb 153 kill shot, Gary Christie 94 take out, John Sandison 91 game shot, and two players with a 90 take out and they were Gordon Bruce and Scott Cameron, sounds like a good night of action from the hills of Craigshill.

For those intrepid dart players who are starting their respective leagues this week or next, wish you all the best, for those just finishing off Summer leagues, hope you had fun! and for those intrepid dart players who are off entering tournaments this week end, why not drop me a line always nice to report on different comps and off course to Give Credit Where Credit is Due, hope to hear from you, cheers Jim M.

Final two players left standing.
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Fergie & Wullie, R&A Sports bar final.

 

26th Aug, Last night of action from the R & A Sports bar in Irvine after some 12 weeks of intense action on the ockies with different formats being played each week from handicaps, 301 doubles and of course 501, it saw Graeme Ferguson take the final singles tournament with some sizzling arrows defeating Wullie Laird in the final Fergies final leg a cracking 13 darter, Willie on the night rattling the treble twenty bed with 3x180’s and a superb 12 darter which was finished with a 116 kill shot, losing semi finalists were Willie Spoors and Old Man Mitchell all four players receiving monies £35 for s/f, £70 for r/up, £140 Winners purse,so after 12 weeks of action on the board without a doubt top player was the man they call the Devil Graeme Ferguson with no fewer than 6 weekly victories which included the final singles and the doubles the week before, Old Man Mitchell with 4 singles wins, Willie Laird with 1 singles victory and I believe 3 r/p placings, Craig Parker also with a weekly title to his credit, however biggest cheer for any player was in the Doubles which were picked at random and it saw Big Andy Stewart teaming up with Maw Gillian Mitchell who though they did not win the final it saw Gillian helping her partner to get to the Grand Final, and receiving prize monies, well back to league business next week so much for the summer, hope to hear from all the players who read this wee site of mine always looking for news if your playing well or if you know of someone who is firing out big scores etc drop me a line always good to give credit where credit is due!

 

22nd Aug, News from the Hill in Livingston (Craigshill) the weekly Thursday night competition report by (John Sandison) held in the Tower bar home of the Tower bar Knights saw some superb action on the ocky this past week,

The last four players left standing were all in superb form, however only two can progress to the grand final and they were William Borland otherwise known as Big Willie! Who got the better of West Calder’s star Jamie Banks Jnr who a few years ago was playing superbly well but it looks like that he may well be starting to find that form again final score Willie 3-1 Jamie, the Bird Man of East Calder Graeme Bird getting the better of Scott Cameron who has been making the final four for a while now score was Graeme 3-0 Scott, and so to the Grand Final and it was Big Willie Borland who got the better this week of Graeme Bird by 4 games to 1, both these players are playing superbly well in this Thursday night tournament hardly a week going by without one of them in the final excellent form from both players, top shots from this weeks action had 5 maximum 180’s recorded Jamie Banks and William Borland with a brace of maximum’s a piece, Graeme Bird also on the big hitters trail recording a maximum as well, top finishes saw Sandy Coulter with a rock solid 92 take out, John Sandison with the top finish of the night a classy 124 take out, fast games a plenty, Jamie Banks with 18 & 20 darters, Scott Cameron solid 17 dart game, Graeme Bird 18 dart game, but the man on form William Borland with no less than 11 quick games done in 14-3x15-2x16-17-18-2x19-20 deadly arrows.

 

17th Aug, Towerlands B.C. the venue for the Marymass Open Men’s & Ladies darts competition, The final of the Men’s competition saw Neil Duff defeating Grant McCauley in the grand final, with 40+ men in action there were some excellent matches taking place and here are the results from the quarter final’s,  J Law bt J Ward, G McCauley bt R Sharp, N Duff bt K McKinney, J McCallum bt J Craig, all the losing quarter finalists receiving £25 a piece, the semi finals saw G McCauley bt J Law, and  N Duff bt J McCallum, losing semi finalists receiving £50 for their endeavours on the day, the final saw Grant McCauley  Receiving  £150 for the runners up position, Neil Duff receiving £300 winners prize.

The Ladies tournament saw some superb players in the mix with at least four either current or past Scottish Internationalists in the mix, the quarter finals line up looking like this, Chloe O’Brien bt Lorraine Winton, Hanna Bell bt Trish McQueen, Louise Hepburn bt M McShane, Lynsey ? bt Susanna McGimpsey, semi finals saw Chloe O’Brien bt Hanna Bell, Louise Hepburn bt Lynsey? and in the grand final it saw both of the ladies having represented Scotland battle it out in a very close match up, but it saw Chloe who  defeated Louise Hepburn in a cracking final match, ladies prize fund saw the semi finalists picking up prize monies, the runner up £50 and the champion receiving £100 . My apologies if spelling of names is wrong sometimes they only put down first names or nick names so fingers crossed got most correct, cheers Jim M.

 

15th Aug, Action from the weekly tournament held in the Tower bar in Craigshill in Livingston, the Semi finals saw Graeme Bird defeating Craig Agnew by 4 games to 0, the other semi finals saw Gordon Bruce winning 4-1 over John Miln’s, and so to the Grand Final and it was a close fought affair as only the one leg in seven separated the final score line, Graeme Bird 4-3 Gordon Bruce, on the night Gordon Bruce fired in games finished in 15-16-18 darts, Graeme Bird 19 darter quiet night for the East Calder Bird Man though he did what no one else did hit more finishing doubles!. Craig Agnew 18 darter, only maximum hitter Gordon Bruce with 1x180,

Saturday will see the first of hopefully three Grand Prix Double tournaments begin, the first one is in  Logan, the second which is on October the 5th will be in the Kilmarnock supporters club in Mauchline, and the Third and final will be held in the R & A Sports bar in Irvine on the 1st December, Now for those that may be interested these are K.O. Competitions format best of 7x501 straight start, now there will be a couple of FUN competitions for those that may not be lucky enough to make the money rounds and the thought of BLIND KILLER comes to mind with a bottle of spirits going to the winners one for the Disability dart players and one for the able bodied players, Just a wee treat for you all to look forward to! and yes there will be no cheating as I will be holding the doubles that are blind lol, hope to see as many there as can make it, Dougie the publican of the Glen-Muir Arms in Logan was and is the first landlord to offer to support this Grand Prix venture and a good turn out would certainly put the Ayrshire Disability darts organisation on the map for these competitions, MORE INFO ON DISABILITY DARTS PAGE left hand column.

Report just in from,

Bathgate’s Glen Mavis B.C. Finals night of Summer league action, and with the last eight protagonists all top players there were some terrific matches played out, William Borland 5-0 Graeme Bird, Derek Cunningham 5-1 Billy Meikle, Marc Campbell 5-3 Andy Thomson Jnr, John Brogan 5-3 Scott Baillie, and so to the last four players left standing, Marc Campbell defeating John Brogan 6-1, William Borland 6-3 Derek Cunningham, and so to the grand final and it was William Borland who defeated Marc Campbell by 7 games to 1,

Five players on the night rattled in maximum 180’s and they were, with 1 x180 a piece Andy Thomson Jnr, John Brogan, Derek Cunningham, recording a brace of maximums was Marc Campbell and the champion on the night William Borland going even better with three x 180’s recorded, Top finishes came by way off, Derek Cunningham with 130-90-83 take outs,  William Borland with 116-102-82-80 game shots, Marc Campbell 96-92-80 game shots, Andy Thomson with a 98 take out, Some tremendous fast games and with 15 yes 15 games finished in 20 darts or less it was the champion Big Willie Borland who led the way with 14,6x15,17,5x18,2x20 darters, Marc Campbell with 7 fast legs finished in 17-3x18-192x20 deadly arrows, Derek Cunningham with the fastest recorded game of the finals a superb 12 darter followed by games finished in 15-16-17-20 darts, John Brogan with 15 7 16 darters, Andy Thomson 18 darter, Scott Baillie rock solid 20 dart game.

 

12th Aug, Result from the 501 Double start open tournament in Kilmarnock, Which saw George Collumb Snr take the title by the tightest of score lines 3 games to 2 against the defending champion Dean Lawrie in the grand final, to say this was a close fought out battle would be an understatement as George found himself 1-2 down and had to dig deep to win the next two legs to close the championship out congratulations to both players who hit more doubles to start and finish than the rest of the chasing pack, Dean was also very unlucky in one match he was on a nine darter and only the width of the wire the difference!

Final eight players left standing saw, G Collumb Snr bt M Ferguson, D Wright bt P Ross, A Porter bt A Salisbury, D Lawrie bt D Swan, and the two losing semi finalist were D Wright and A Porter. Once again congratulations go to the two finalists who played superbly well through out the competition.

 

11th Aug, once again it saw Big Willie -William Borland take the title in Peebles beating the evergreen Jim McGuigan in the final so once again just like last year it saw both titles on offer this week end going to the same player, last year it was old man as in Mitchell this year a younger man there again most players are younger than the old fella!! Lol well done to Big Willie cracking arrows would have loved to defend this title but the weather was a tad wet so decided to have a day indoors!

 

10th Aug, No stopping him yes William Borland taking the title at the Royal British Legion in Penicuik defeating Stuart Wares in the final, this event is organised and run by Scotty Mckenzie and for the second time of running it has seen the title go west to West Lothian, cracking club, well run tournament, and very friendly folk, what more can you ask for, I for one will be back next year, Few scores of note which will be added to the league tables later, Graeme Bird two cracking finishes of 107 and 92 game shots along with a maximum 180, Gordon Bruce 19 darter, Gary Melman Christie with three maximum 180’s a tidy 93 take out and 17 & 18 dart games, However it was Big Willie Borland who was on fire firing out games concluded in a superb 11 darter along with 15-15-16-17-18-18-18-18-18, and a 91 take out plus a 118 game shot and three maximum 180’s, cracking arrows.

There will be more to add but awaiting info!

 

9th Aug, and it saw the Grand final of the Glen-Mavis B.C. summer league, and it was William Borland who claimed the title with a 7 games to 1 victory over Marc Campbell in the final. More info to follow!

 

8th Aug, Once again some top action from the ockies at the Tower bar in Craigshill Livingston, this weekly tournament is getting more popular and all the local top players are mow in attendance, semi final action saw, Gordon Bruce 3-2 John Brogan, and the next semi final was also a nail biter with Graeme Bird 3-2 William Borland, and so to the final and there was no stopping him the Bird man from East Calder was flying high defeating Gordon (THE) Bruce by 4 games to 1, top action from the evenings play saw, Graeme Bird 2x180’s , William Borland 1x180, fast games and there were a few saw Graeme Bird with 6 fast games and these were 14-16-17-17-18-18 darters, William Borland was also firing in some excellent games going out in 15-15-18-18 darts, Gordon Bruce 15 & 18 darters, John Brogan 18 & 19 dart games, Jamie Banks Jnr with 18 darter, thanks again to John the Sandi Man for the report.

 

6th Aug, The Anchor bar in Ayr held their final night of the summer league, and the action with the 16 qualifiers all taking to the ocky to try and annex the title was absolutely superb with top games being fired in by everyone involved, and in this the Ian Welsh 301 double start competition there has to be a winner and runner up and once the last two protagonists toed the ocky after some superb battles in the early rounds it was Steven McCluskey who ended the dreams of Brian Neil in the grand final with a 4-1 victory, congratulations has to go to both men Steven McCluskey & Brian Neil who did what no one else did all night they hit more doubles,  Steve McCluskey also fired out the fastest games of the night with some superb accuracy remembering its 301 double start he recorded 7&8 darters cracking shooting from the champion, losing semi finalists Steven Longshanks Robertson and Old Man Mitchell, top finish from the night action saw Old Man Mitchell with 153 and a more modest 126 take outs. Many thanks to the Anchor bar for hosting this event which was well attended and every one had a great time good patter good friends both on and off the ocky along with good ale, what a winning combination! Thanks to George Jnr for the report much appreciated keep them coming in cheers Jim M.

 

5th Aug, First one is the final night from Kilmarnock at the Kadi- Koi summer league, this competition once the last dart was thrown had a sort of family feeling to it as last years champion George Collumb Jnr went out in the first round even though he did fire in a magnificent 156 game shot however his opponent was no slouch him self as Paul Ross had a kill shot of shanghai on the treble twenties for a 120,he also recorded the quickest leg of the night a rock solid 15 dart game, George Collumb Snr also firing out a tidy ton plus finish with a 118 take out, now I did say there was a family feel about this tournament as it saw George Collumb Snr take the title and it was Paul Ross who he defeated in the grand final Paul went two nil up in a race to four however George senior was now finding his range and he annexed the next four legs to claim the title of Kadi-Koi summer league champion 2019 so as it was  George Collumb Jnr 2018 champion now a year later in 2019 it was George Collumb Snr’ s time to take the title.

 

5th Aug, Double report from the R&A Sports bar in Irvine, from two Mondays ago it saw the competition take place with the format 7x301 the man they call Devil and he certainly was saw as he roasted his opponents on the way to claiming his third single win of the summer league, Graeme Ferguson defeating Willie Gemell in the grand final, on the night it saw Graeme fire in a maximum 180 as did Willie Gemell, Graeme also finish in style with a cracking 136 take out though Stevie Hogg did better that by 2 points with a 138 game shot, however the champion on the night fired in remembering its a double start games finished in 9-10-12 deadly arrows, also with a 12 darter was D Connelly many thanks to Wulber  Burns for the update and the running of the tournament.

5th Aug, This Monday saw Jim Mitchell defeating Big Andy Stewart in the weekly single final of the R&A Sports bar summer league with only the finishing the difference between these two players in the final, the format this week was 9x501 from start to finish, Wuber Burns with the top finish with a classy 129 take out and a maximum 180, Andy Stewart with a rock solid 18 darter, Ian Douglas (may be wrong last name) with a couple of tidy ton plus finishes of 102 and 116 take outs. Old Man Mitchell couple of good games with 2x13, 2x16, 18-19 darts.

 

3rd August, Congratulations go to Brian Mccuaig from Greater Glasgow who defeated West Lothian’s Graeme Bird in the final of the Lammies Bar Open in Fauldhouse, good turn out by all accounts so well done to both finalists.

 

Wee update,Couple of good shots to report, Just in, Ronnie Sharp finishing in style with 57-tops-tops nice 137 take out, William Laird on target with a brace of maximum 180’s and a classy 177 score. From the Granite City Open.

 

26th July, Final of the summer league from Coppies bar in Armadale saw, Rab Nelson taking the title at the expense of his good friend Mick Burke, players who just dropped out at the semi final stages were John Miln’s and Peter Laverty.

 

25th July, Action from the Tower bar in Livingston on a very warm night saw some very hot tungsten thrown, Semi finals saw Scott Cameron defeating Jimbo McMillan in a five leg thriller, 3-2 the final score as close as it gets!, the second semi final was just as close as all five legs were played and it was Graeme Bird who just edged out John Miln’s in another top match, Final saw Graeme Bird coming away with a 3-0 victory over Scott Cameron, some top scores recorded had, Graeme Bird 1x177,

Graeme also firing in 14 and 15 darters along with a solid 82 game shot, Scott Cameron with a classy 90 take out, Jimbo McMillan finishing on a rock solid 79 take out.

 

22nd July, Once again another singles competition held in the R&A Sports bar in Irvine with Wullie Burns at the controls, saw some excellent arrows thrown on the night, and it was Graham Ferguson who took the title with some superb arrows recording 4x180’s and fast games finished in 14-16-17-17 deadly arrows, Andy Stuart who had to settle for the runners up place was no slouch either firing in 4x180’s along with games finished in 14-15 darts and a superb 156 take out, Eric Pick also finishing well with a ton plus game shot of 109 along with a 18 darter, William Laird 19 darter, Stevie Hume 118 game shot plus two rock solid 18 darters, Our master of ceremonies was not hanging about either when it came to top finishing power Willie Burns taking out a cracking 127 game shot, Old Man Mitchell 14 darter with a 110 finish, Ian also with a couple of good games going out in 18 and 19 darts, Craig 17 darter, and that’s all so far for this week, (anyone know of comps this week end , drop me a line as not heading North to Granite City Open!) cheers.

 

1st August, And action from the ockies at the home of the Tower bar Knights in Craigshill Livingston, once again their open singles competition which is held on a Thursday night saw some terrific action, semi final action saw Big Willie otherwise known as William Borland defeating Scott Cameron 3-0 in the first semi-final, second semi final had the Bird man of East Calder Graeme Bird defeating West Calder’s Jamie Banks Jnr also with a score line of 3-0, and so to the grand final which was the best of 7x501, and it was William Borland who took the top prize on offer, with Graeme having to settle for the runners up position this week! Score 4-1 to Big Willie, on the night it saw William Borland firing in some superb stuff with 3x180’s along with a cracking 177 score he also had a tidy 109 take out along with games finished in 12-14-16-2x17-2x18 and a 19 dart game, Graeme Bird 17 darter and a maximum 180 .thanks to John for the update keep them coming much appreciated.

 

19th July, Glenmavis Bowing Club in Bathgate saw some excellent matches in their summer league, with many players playing multiple matches there was wins and losses for quite a few players,

League one results, William Borland 4-1 Jamie Banks, Gus Walker 4-1 Jo Jo Gallagher, Jim McMillan 4-3 Jamie Banks, William Borland 4-0 Gordon Smith, Billy Meikle 4-0 John Brogan, William Borland 4-0 Andy Thomson Snr, Jamie Banks 4-0 Gordon Smith, William Borland 4-1Andy Thomson Jnr, Jamie Banks 4-0 Jo Jo Gallagher.

League two results, Graeme Bird 4-3 Mark Grimley, Scott Baillie 4-0 Denise Bird, Callum Cockburn 4-0 Stephan Strickland, Derek Cunningham 4-1 Graeme Bird, Marc Campbell 4-0 Denise Bird, Scott Baillie 4-0 Paul McCaig, Graeme Bird 4-0 Stephan Strickland, Derek Cunningham 4-0 Denise Bird,

Top dart averages had William Borland returning a cracking 80.16 dart average, Maximum scorers saw William Borland 3x180, Derek Cunningham 2x180’s, Graeme Bird, Mark Grimley, Callum Cockburn all firing in 1 x180 score, quite a few fast games which have to be 20 darts or less and we saw, Graeme Bird 15-17-20-20 dart games, Marc Campbell 15 darter, William Borland on target with 16-17-17-17-18-19-20 darters, Derek Cunningham with 17-18-18-19-19 solid darts used in finishing his games, Scott Baillie firing out a brace of 18 darters and a 20 dart game, Jamie Banks 19 and 20 darters, Billy Meikle 20 dart game, top finishes and it saw one of Armadale’s top arrow-smiths Scott Baillie firing out two superb game shots of 145 & 140 excellent game shots, Graeme Bird tidy ton plus finish of 115, Marc Campbell solid 96 take out, William Borland three solid finishes of 86-83-80 kill shots.

 

 

18th July, And action from the Tower bar in Craigshill Livingston saw Thursday night action on the ockies, and with an excellent turn out there were some superb arrows thrown at the round object which stands 5ft 8in from the bulls eye to the floor, once it came to semi final time it had William Boland turning on the heat and coming away with a3-0 win over Jamie Banks Jnr, Gordon Bruce was in a 5 leg thriller just edging out Gary Christie by that odd leg in five, and so to the grand final, and it was Big Willie (Borland) who came away with a fine 3-1 win over Gordon (THE) Bruce, both these finalists were in top form through out the night with William Borland firing out 1x180 along with game shots of 158 & 80 game shots, William also finishing games in 14-16-18-18 deadly darts Gordon Bruce on target with 1x180 along with games finished in 14-18-19-19 darts, Jamie Banks finishing games in 18 & 20 darts, and firing out a rock solid 82 game shot, Gary Christie solid 20 darter, once again thanks to John Sandison for the report keep it coming cheers.

This Weeks Finalists at the R&A Sports bar Irvine
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Stevie Hogg r/up, William Laird Winner.

  15th July, The venue the R&A Sports bar in Irvine, and it saw the Summer league add another name to their winners list this summer with William Laird taking the title after a couple of near misses when he had to settle for a runners up place’s but this week he made no mistake defeating Steve Hogg 4 games to 2 in the final, Semi finals saw William Lard beating Wulber Burns, and the second semi final saw Steve Hogg beating Jim Mitchell, Top games from the night saw William Laird a 20 darter and a 80 game shot and two maximum 180's, , Graham Ferguson 1x180, S Baird 1x180, Jim Mitchell with a brace of 180’s, fast games saw Old Man Mitchell with 14-15-16-18 darters, Old Man also finishing with a neat 100 take out and a 89 game shot, Steve Hogg 16 darter.






 

11th July, Thursday night competition at the home of the Tower bar Knights the Tower bar Craigshill in Livingston saw some superb arrows thrown as the final four players made their way to the semi final positions, The man they call the Bird man from East Calder Graeme Bird defeating John Sandison by 3 games to 1, Gordon Bruce also returning the same score line in the second semi final taking out his team mate John Miln’s 3 games to 1, and so to a final which had both protagonists firing on all cylinders, however as the old saying goes there can be only one! And it saw Gordon THE Bruce come away with a 4-1 victory over the East Calder Bird Man in a cracking final, Games and shot’s of note from the semi final and final saw, Graeme Bird 4x180’s, a brace of 18 darters plus a 20 dart game, Gordon Bruce firing out games finished in 3 x 16 darters plus 17 and 20 dart games, along with game shots of 100 and 113, superb arrows thrown by two of the areas top dartists, thanks again to John Sandison for the update, keep them coming cheers J.

 

8th July Yes the final of Big Daddy’s Stirrup Stane Summer league was held and it saw 16 players battling it out to try and annex the title, the quarter final score lines went like this, Craig (CAPA) Agnew 4-1 Colin ( The Outlaw) Kelly, John(Why aye, man) Miln’s 4-0 Gary ( Melman) Christie, Gordon (THE) Bruce 4-0 John (Sandy Man) Sandison, Jim Martin 4-2 Brian (Tosh) McIntyre, the losing quarter finalists each receiving £20 for their efforts in reaching the last eight, and so to the last four players left standing, Gordon Bruce 5-1 John Miln’s, Jim Martin 5-3 Craig Agnew, and the losing semi finalists receiving  £50 a piece, and so after many weeks of top class action on the boards we had two men left standing both looking to take the crown and it saw the final the best of 13x501, there was no stopping the man who made Baseball boots almost a trendy item of casual wear! Yes Gordon Bruce in superb form defeating Jim Martin by 7 games to 1 to secure the title, congratulations to both players as they survived weeks of league action and of course made their way through to the grand final of the finals night, also big thanks must go to Big Daddy Frank Begley who organised and ran the event.

From the nights action on the boards we had some terrific scoring and top shots here are what was reported, Check outs saw Brian McIntyre 76 take out, John Sandison 93 game shot, Craig Agnew 111 & 83 game shots, Jim Martin 116 take out, Gary Christie 126 kill shot, Gordon Bruce had kill shots on his way to taking the title with take outs of 2x76, 94, 100 game shots, Top games and these need to finished in 20 darts or less, Craig Agnew 15 & 20 darters, John Miln’s 16 darter, Gordon Bruce 14,2x15, 2x17 dart games, there will have been more but can only report on the ones written down! Maximum scores saw Jim Martin 1x180 in the grand final, John Miln’s firing in a brace of maximum 180’s, and of course Gordon Bruce with a maximum 180 score, well done to all who took part, enjoy the rest of your summer.

 

Age is No Barrier Ladies and Gentlemen of the ocky just remember in our great sport of darts look what can happen when you keep turning up at the ocky!

On Monday night there was a confidence boosting win for the Irvine leg-end they call the Jugg known on the team sheets as Jim Law in the Cunninhame & District Summer league. After a demoralising 3-0 defeat to pdc tour card/ challenge tour player Davie Patterson last week, He was determined to look with a more positive attitude this week. Round one, missed doubles cost him early on despite scoring well it found him 2-1 down, but with confidence coming back it saw a cracking take out of 125 on the bull for a classy check out and it was then 2-2- an opening score of 135 away followed by a 140 put the Jugg in a good position to finally secure a 3 - 2 win on Double 10, And so to the next round, and it was the champion of last week Davie Patterson who was his next obstacle, but determined to have a good run in this tournament it saw Jugg open up with a cracking 13 darter, Which set up lovely 3-0 win. And so to the Semi final against an on fire Sammy McNicol who missed absolutely nothing in going 2-0 up. However by keeping on plugging and a tidy 15 darter and a 119 game shot it saw the match soon level at 2-2-and with the next leg won it saw the Jugg march into the grand final, and waiting for the old man of Irvine darts was none other than Ralph Sharp who has been in the final for the last four weeks, and with the help of a 115 kill shot it saw the match score stand at 2-2 and so it was now do or die! One leg to decide the champion and a solid 16 dart which had the help of a brace of 140’s (they always help) in it and it saw the Jugg alias Jim Law cross the winning line and pick up the prize money, just goes to show age is no barrier as I stated at the beginning of this report. Well done the Juggernaut!

R & A Finalists
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Howie & Jim

 

8th July, The R&A Sports bar in Irvine saw a small but  top quality field take to the ocky under the watchful eyes of Wulber, and with the format best of 7x501 from start to finish and also a handicap system in play you might think that some players would jump at the chance of taking full advantage of a wee start but not Gillian Mitchell needing a finish of 136 it saw Gillian fire in a cracking score of 137  back to the maths class I think for her!,  top scores recorded on the night had three players recording maximum’s William Laird with a brace of 180’s, Alan Cowan and Old Man Mitchell with one maximum a piece, top finishes saw Craig Parker with a cracking 118 take out, Old Man Mitchell with 109-90-81 game shots, fast games and it saw Mitchell’s 13 the fastest on the night he also fired in games finished in 16-17-17-18 darters, William Laird also with a 16 darter, Alan Cowan 18 dart game, and so to the last four players left toeing the ocky and it saw Howie just edging out our master of ceremonies Wulber Burns by the odd leg in seven 4-3 victory to Howie, Mitchell winning 4-2 in a highly competitive match against Alan Cowan both players firing out maximum scores in this match, and so to the final and it saw Jim Mitchell 4-0 Howie, not quite a true reflection of the match as they matched each other on the scoring only the doubles the difference! All four players who made the semi final stages receiving prize monies.

 

4th July News report just in last Thursday saw the Tower bar in Craigshill Livingston hold their Thursday night Open competition, and it saw some excellent arrows thrown , and it was John Miln’s who took the plaudits for the second consecutive week defeating Graeme Bird in the final by a score line of 3-1, the players who just fell short of the grand final at the semi final stage  were John Sandison and Ryan Kelly, on the night top games were recorded by John Miln’s with 17 & 19 darters, Graeme Bird solid 20 dart game,, John Miln’s finishing well with game shots of 108 7 80 take outs, Ryan Kelly finishing on a rock solid 84 take out, only maximum score recorded once again it was that man John Miln’s with a 180 maximum score.

 

6th July, The Venue the Sportsman Bar in Rutherglen, with Michele and Katie at the control desk, and what a turn out 46 top quality protagonists, players from the very hard P.D.C. development and Challenge tours in attendance along with top inter-county players all in the mix their were some superb darts thrown on the three match boards all which had brand new lighting the round thingy’s which were without a doubt a massive improvement since the last time I had the pleasure to play a tournament in the Sportsman bar, difference , when it came down to the business end of matters four players were left standing, and they were William Kirkwood, Greg Ritchie. Darren Beautiman, and Andrew Davidson, and it saw William Kirkwood and Greg Ritchie bow out in the semi finals but both receiving £50 for their valiant efforts this was a top quality field and they certainly earned it, so to the grand final and it saw Andy Davidson just doing enough to edge out Darren Beautiman in the final both players played superbly well all day and deserved their final places, Darren alias (Wullie Laird II) Beautiman £100, and the champion on the day Andrew Davidson £200.

Next up for Katie’s road show is the County Inn on the 31st Aug, see you there if not at a bar somewhere before that! Lol.

 

5th July, And the venue the Bowling club in Lanark for an open doubles tournament, and it saw the pairing of (Will I Am) and the man they call the (Alloa Bumble Bee) otherwise known as William Harraughty and Callum Wilkinson in terrific form as they made their way through the early rounds with out dropping a leg to any of their opponents, and nothing changed as they did the exact same thing in the grand final defeating a top Lanarkshire county pairing of Jim McGeary and Graham Anderson in the final 3-0, I do believe this is the third time that Will I Am has won this event, couple of times with the old fella! (me) and he now has an even younger carer to look after him on his adventures Callum with to L’s who im sure will do a excellent job of pointing him in the right direction when its his time to toe the ocky! Well done guys, miss the patter, LOL.

 

5th July, Bathgate’s Glenmavis Summer league results from Friday night, league one saw, and it saw nice one two for the Thomson family as both senior and junior! Took valuable points in the league title race, Andy Thomson Jnr 4-0 Jo Jo Gallagher, Andy Thomson Snr 4-2 Gordon Smith, John Brogan keeping his good run of form going with a 4-0 win over Gus Walker, League leader William Borland 4-0 win over Jimmy MacMillan, Billy Meikle 4-0 Jo Jo Gallagher the guys don’t seem to be giving JoJo any lee way but well done to her as she is one of two ladies who have entered the summer league, League two had Graeme Bird moving up the placings with a 4-2 win over Paul McCaig, Marc Campbell once again keeps a clean sheet with his sixth straight win in the league defeating Callum Cockburn 4-2, at last a victory for the ladies as Denise Bird from East Calder defeats William Crawford 4-1, Derek Cunningham keeps the pressure on at the top of the league with his fifth straight win beating Stephan Strickland 4-0, Marc Campbell gives Paul McCaig his second defeat of the night with Marc squeezing out a fighting 4-2 victory, Highest dart average this week saw Big Willie or to give him his Sunday name William Borland an excellent 80.16 dart average, Four players firing out maximum scores with William Borland, Marc Campbell, Callum Cockburn, and Derek Cunningham all rattling the red lipstick, Fast games remembering these need to be 20 darts or less and it saw Andy Thomson Jnr leading the way with 16 & 19 darters, William Borland 16-18-20 darters, Derek Cunningham on target with games finished in 16-20 darts, Marc Campbell going out in 17-18-19 deadly arrows, Graeme Bird 18 darter, John Brogan with a 20 dart game, Excellent finishing power from Marc Campbell with two ton plus game shots of 132 and 105 take outs,  Billy Meikle with a handy ton finish of 100 game shot, Derek Cunningham 94 take out, Graeme Bird solid 90 game shot, Paul McCaig 89 kill shot, Andy Thomson finishing on an 81 game shot.

 

1st July, The R&A sports bar holding their weekly summer K.O competition saw some tremendous arrows thrown at the good old flock dart board, fast games were being hit on all three boards which were in use, top games came from that man they call the Devil, Graham Ferguson who was in tremendous form recording games finished in 13-15-16-17 deadly darts, Stevie Hogg rattling in games finished in 14-16-18-18 darts, Master of ceromonies Kevin McInrue Jnr on target with games finished in 15-17 darts, William Laird and Old Man Mitchell both with 15 darters, Stephan Baird rock solid 19 dart game, maximum hitters had Kevin McInrue peppering the treble twenty bed recording a brace of maximum 180’s, also on target on the red lipstick were Stevie Hogg and D.C both with maximum 180 scores, game shots of note saw Old Man Mitchell with a 146 kill shot 57-57-32, Kevin McInrue with a classy 122 take out. And to the results from the quarter finals, S Hogg bt Howie, Scott Walker bt D.C. Graeme Ferguson bt Willie Laird, Kevin McInrue bt Duke!, so to the last four players left standing and it had Stevie Hogg beating Scott Walker to claim his grand final place, Graeme Ferguson defeating Kevin McInrue to also claim his place in the grand final,  and as the old saying goes there can be only one and it was the man who was in tremendous form through out the nights action Graeme Ferguson who claimed the title , both Steve and Graeme were in top form through out the night and were deservedly finalists congratulations to both players. Prize fund saw Graeme Ferguson £45, Stevie Hogg £20, Kevin McInrue& Scott Walker £10 each.

 

28th June, Bathgate summer league results now in from the Glenmavis B.C. with two leagues of ten players there were players changing positions in each of the leagues, League One-Andy Thomson Jnr 4-0 Jo Jo Gallagher, Jamie Banks Jnr 4-0 Gus Walker, Andy Thomson 4-1 Jimmy McMillan, Billy Meikle 4-0 Gordon Smith, and John Brogan 4-0 Jo Jo Gallagher

League 2- Stephan Strickland 4-0 William Crawford, Graeme Bird 4-2 Callum Cockburn, Derek Cunningham 4-2 Scott Baillie, Mark Grimley 4-0 Denise Bird, Mark Grimley 4-0 William Crawford.

Top set averages saw former Scottish International and Masters champion Derek Cunningham record a handy 81.28 dart average, top games and there were a few had Andy Thomson firing in 12-17-20 dart games, Derek Cunningham with 13-15-18 darters, Scott Baillie 16-20 dart games, Mark Grimley with a brace of fast legs which were 18-20 darters, Billy Meikle with two 20 darters, also on target with a 20 darter was East Calder’s Graeme Bird, One of West Lothian’s top arrow-smiths from yester year Jimmy McMillan showing he can still finish with the best of them firing out a classy ton plus game shot of 107, also on target on the big check outs was John Brogan with a solid 100 take out, Andy Thomson 81 game shot, Mark Grimley solid 78 take out, Derek Cunningham with a 77 kill shot.

 

Always nice to meet a good darting friend when your away and what can I say the Trotter family were out in force, Del Boy, Uncle Albert and even Maw was there, only wee Sis and Rodney who were sunning it in the Mediterranean sun not in attendance, see you all in Crete. LOL

 

A wee report! Saw a few friends of the ocky doing well this past week,

Graham Bird winning the Kirknewton Inn Open beating Chris McCall I believe 5-4 in a cracking final,

Andrew Davidson just edging out Andy Wheelans, down on the East coast in Haddington.

William Borland winning Ballroom singles edging out Andy Davidson in a thriller on Tuesday night.

 

29th June, Well a wee trip down across the border into the home of the English! It saw a motley crew of Greater Glasgow players heading to Rotherham for the British Gold Cup, would be nice to say with lots of success however that might just be exaggerating the truth a tad! All going out in the early rounds, Margaret Ferguson 0-4, Laura Grant 2-4, Neilie Campbell 0-4 Neilie recording a maximum 180 and playing well firing in ton plus scores on the bounce but double trouble the problem!, Jim Mitchell 2-4 the Old man also with a 180 and a tidy 14 darter but a bust shot on 77 57-30 don't go lol to make it 3-3 and well the rest is history, Ronnie Sharp 0-4, and when it came to the doubles the same results, BUT a good time was had by all with a few old sea stories getting told well Ronnie was there was he not! And as he had a captive audience well we were not playing darts after the first round why would we not listen, mind you this might be a cracking big/huge venue but in the middle of England and in Yorkshire, there was no draught beer no John Smiths, no Boddingtons, no Tetley, so if your a lager drinker or cider suppose that’s o.k. at least the company was good, And biggest news story of the week end though was that Gillian Mitchell actually had a few lagers , well two to be precise, now that is news worthy!

 

27th June, Greater Glasgow premier league singles competition which was held after the league presentations saw the top players all trying to annex the singles title  however once the early rounds were all done and dusted it had four of the leagues top arrow-smiths left standing and these were, Michael Sheehan and David Irvine, bowing out in the last four, and so it was down to the final two players which were Andrew Callary Jnr and Paul Carruthers to battle it out to be crowned champion, and it was Andy Callary who took the title, congratulations to both players they did what no one else did hit more doubles! Well done to both finalists.

 

27th June, And action from the hills of Craigshill in Livingston saw a brand new competition starting on a Thursday night under the watchful eyes of John McDonald. Just £1 to enter yes £1 with £30 going to the winner on the night and the runner up receiving £10 not bad for a quid is it (great value)

Last nights semi finalists saw John Miln’s beat Graham Bird 3-1 and the second semi final had Gary Christie defeating Ryan Kelly 3-0, and to the Grand Final which saw some terrific arrows being thrown,  which included a 13, 15 and 19 darters and it saw John Miln’s winning 3 games to 1 over Gary Christie. Top shots from the nights action had the champion John Miln’s rattling in games finished in 13-15-18-19 dart legs, along with a cracking maximum 180 (aren’t they all!) Gary Christie with a brace of good games 19-20 darters, as did Graham Bird also with 19-20 dart games, John Sandison rock solid 20 darter and a tidy 83 kill shot, but perhaps it was the champion on the night John Miln’s finishing power that was the difference finishing games with check outs of 92-103 and a classy shanghai on the twenties for a 120 kill shot.

 

24th June,  Stirrup Stane summer league action with Big Daddy Frank Begley at the helm saw the final 16 players who made the cut for the Grand Final K.O. competition and these were, Gordon Bruce 36pts, John Miln’s 35 pts, Brian Mairs 33pts, Craig Agnew 32 pts, Gary Christie 32 pts, Brian McIntyre 31 pts, Sandy Coulter 27 pts, Jim Martin 26 pts, Colin Kelly 25 pts, John Sandison 25 pts, John Hanlon 23pts, Willie Wilson 21 pts, Frank Begley 20pts, Rodger Barron 17 pts, Jimbo McMillan 15 pts, Colin Campbell 14 pts,  Top games recorded on the last night of league action had, Gordon Bruce firing out games finished in 17-17-20 arrows, Brian McIntyre 17 dart game, Sandy Coulter 19 darter, Rodger Barron the only maximum hitter on the night rattling the red lipstick for a maximum 180 score, some good finishing had Gerry Hughes with a rock solid 75 game shot, however man of the night when it came to finishing had to be Brian Mairs with finishes of 94 and 98 take outs he also had a cracking 18 darter to add to his tally for the league matches.

Monday nights finalists at the R&A Sports bar
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Old and older comes to mind!

 

24th June, The venue the R&A Sports bar in Irvine for a summer league singles event, format best of 7x501 from start to finish, quarter finals saw Graeme Ferguson beating Kevin McInrue, William Laird beating Steven Hogg, Howie beating Stuart McBride, Jim Mitchell beating Eric Pick, and so to the semi finals, and it was Willie Laird and Jim Mitchell who made it through to the final match of the evenings play,  and it was Old Man Mitchell who took the first prize of £50 just doing enough when it came to the doubles so Willie Laird taking the r/up prize £20 for the second consecutive week, third time lucky! top shots saw Graeme Ferguson finishing in style with a cracking 156 and a 124 game he also rattled the treble twenty bed for a magical maximum180, Willie Laird on target with a brace of 17 darters plus an 18 dart game and 2 x180’s, Stevie Hogg  excellent shanghai on the twenties for a 120 kill shot, Mitchell a wee 15 darter and a couple of games finished in 16-19-20 darts.

 

22nd June, West Lothian Inter-Town  Super League saw action as the Pumpherston ‘A’ hosted the travelling Fauldhouse ‘B’ to the Cawburn Sports bar in Pumpherston, The scores remembering in this format are 1 point for a Doubles win, 2 points for a Triples win and 3 points for a Singles victory, it saw the home side take a 3-0 lead after the doubles matches winning all three ties, the triples was a tied affair with both teams securing 2 points so before the all important singles were played it saw the Pumpherston team hold a slight advantage of 5 points to 2, however the Fauldhouse team then secured the first singles match and so at 5-5 it was all to play for, it saw the home side then go back in front but back came the visitors winning the next two matches to go 8-11 in front so to say pressure was on the final single matches is a slight understatement it saw John Sandison and Grant Lyle secure the victory and those all important points for the home side so a fighting 14-11 score line to the Pumpherston ‘A’  commiserations to Fauldhouse ‘B’ who gave it their all, some excellent arrows thrown on the day, Davie Crawford on target with a maximum 180 score, John Sandison with the the top game shot on the day a rock solid 100 take out, Tam Abernathy with a fast 17 darter, but top game was perhaps one of the first doubles when John Sandison & Grant Lyle teamed up and recorded a cracking 601 game finished in 21 darts for a 28.6 dart average.

 

17th June, Top action from the Hill’s of Craigshill in Livingston has seen some movers and shakers in the two leagues, in the Cowboy league it has Gary Christie one of the original cowboys from the Stirrup Stane sitting proudly in pole position, however only 6 points between the top 5 players means lots can happen as every leg won is worth a point, wonder if the man with the fancy taste in foot wear Gordon (The) Bruce can stomp all over Gary’s cowboy boots or will the rough rider the man from South of Hadrian’s wall John Miln’s be making a move to the top of the leader board time will tell,

Now in the league of Indians , it still has Craig CAPA Agnew leading the way, 4 points clear of his nearest rival John Sandison on 25 points, andthe Quiet Man Brian Mairs sitting on 24 points does have a game in hand, Sandy Coulter also sits on 24 points and so nothing is clear who will be top of the league once the final league format is finished also good to see the man called Two Hands John Hanlon in the mix just one point behind on 23 points John as many will know can play with either hand and play extremely well with both dangerous man and as in the cowboy league all can change on the night as there are 5 points available in every match played!

Results from Monday nights action saw these results recorded, Willie Wilson 5-0 Gerry Hughes (oh Gerry what has happened!) Gary Christie 3-2 John Miln’s, Brian Tosh McIntyre 5-0 Craig Campbell, Jim Martin 5-0 Gerry Hughes (OH Gerry I repeat what has happened!) Gary Christie 4-1 Jim Martin, Sandy Coulter 3-2 John Hanlon, Frank Begley 3-2 Colin Kelly, John Hanlon 3-2 John Sandison, Craig Agnew 4-1 Colin Kelly, John Sandison 3-2 Kevin Jameson.

Top shot’s recorded, saw Wullie Wilson once again rattling the treble beds for yet another superb 171 score on the treble nineteen’s, John Sandison and Colin Kelly both on target rattling in maximum 180’s, some excellent finishing power on show with J Martin firing out on a cracking 121 kill shot, Brian Tosh McIntyre with a shanghai on the twenties for a 120 take out, Two Hands John Hanlon with a brace of top finishes these being 89 & 76 game shots, couple of 70 finishes saw John Miln’s and Gary Christie firing those in, Fast games John Miln’s with a cracking 14 dart leg leading the way, John Sandison the next best on the night with a tidy 17 darter.

 

Wee Thank You, to the Dart Players from the Masons Arms in Galston for their hospitality on Sunday, good fun and a cracking bunch of dart players even the good lady got involved, but playing the lowest score game Gillian really got the game down to a tee, 126 it was lowest score Gillian!

17th June, Action from the R&A Sports bar in Irvine saw a handicap singles the order of the nights play with master of ceremonies Mr Kevin McInrue deciding who and what the handicap would be! As for my self think it was my arm did not do what I wanted it to do! Lol, the semi final line up after some tough matches saw Wullie Laird 4-0 Rick? And Craig Parker 4-1 Steve Hogg, and so the top two protagonists of the night, players who showed the rest of us where the doubles were on the board, Craig Parker & Wullie Laird, and it was Craig who got the better of Wullie by 4 games to 1 in the grand final both players picking up beer coupons for their efforts on the night £40 & £20 respectively. Highlights from the action on the ockies saw, some classy finishes Old Man Mitchell with 116 & 80 take outs, Stevie Hogg with a 112 kill shot, Stephan Baird rock solid 90 game shot, David Connelly getting in on the action with a 85 take out, Strange as it may seem not one solitary maximum score recorded however some fast games were on recorded, Stevie Hogg with the fastest of the evenings action a cracking 15 darter as was Wullie Laird who fired in 15-18-19-19 darters, Kevin McInrue one dart behind with a 16 dart game, Craig Parker with 3x17 dart games, Old Man Mitchell a brace of 19 darters.

 

 

14th June, Action from Bathgate in the Glenmavis B.C. Summer league saw league positions changing as each match finished with some top games being reported from the ockies, League One results went like this, William Borland keeping his record of played 4 won 4 in tact with a 4-0 win over Gus Walker, Jimmy McMillan getting the better of Andy Thomson Snr by 4 games to 2 which has Jimmy Mc moving up three places in the league standings, the rock solid John Brogan a 4-0 victor over Gordon Smith to keep John in second place, William Borland winning 4-0 Billy Meikle , Andy Thomson Jnr 4-0 Gus Walker, Andy keeping in touch with the top two in the league with this win so with only 4 points between the top 4 lots of changes could happen in the weeks to follow as they play each other lets see what happens once the chalk dust settles!

League two, Results went like this, first of a seven leg thriller as Graeme Bird wins 4-3 over Scott Baillie, Marc Campbell4-0 Mark Grimley this win keeps Marc at the top of the league by two points and a record of played 4 won 4, Paul McCaig 4-0 William Crawford this win keeps Paul within touching distance of the top three, Stephan Strickland 4-2 Denise Bird, Derek Cunningham 4-1 Callum Cockburn, Scott Baillie 4-1 Mark Grimley.

Top average came by way of William Borland with a tidy 78.08 per throw, Maximum hitters saw, Marc Campbell, Andy Thomson, Mark Grimley all rattling the red lipstick,

Top games remembering must be finished in 20 deadly darts or less, Callum Cockburn tidy 16 dart leg, Graeme Bird with a brace of 17 darters and a solid 20 dart game, William Borland 17 and 3x19 darters plus a rock solid 20 darter, John Brogan with a brace of top games 17 & 20 darters,   Former Scotland star Derek Cunningham with 18-19-20 dart games,  Andy Thomson Jnr 17 and 19 darters, Scott Baillie getting in on the action with 19 & 20 darters,

Check outs had Andy Thomson Jnr with a 96 take out and Scott Baillie with an 86 kill shot.

Kevin & Jim Premier League Doubles winners 2019
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Brian & Willie Greater Glasgow Doubles r/up 2019
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13th June, The Fairfield Club in Govan home of the Greater Glasgow Premier League Darts, saw the league doubles being held with the format being  5x501 and then from the semi finals 7x501, There were some exceptional doubles partnerships on the ocky and quite simply put there were matches that would have graced any final in the land early doors, the first s/f saw  The Double G’s  partnership of George Collumb Snr & George McLauchlan  race into a 2-0 lead over Kevin McInrue & Jim Mitchell with George Snr taking out a superb 139 game shot in the second leg via 60-39-40, and then it became a war of attrition as Kev and the old Man pulled it back to 2-2 then the double G’s(sounds like a western  film)went ahead 3-2 only for it to soon be 3-3, and with both pairs sitting on finishes in the final leg of this seven leg thriller it saw George McLauchlan just clipping the double twenty wire from a shot at 86 to let Kevin in with a shot at 48 which he hit, and so the only time the winning pair were in front was after the last dart went in the board! 4-3 to Kevin & Old Man wonder if that should be Old Man and the Kid!, in the other s/f  it had Brian Mccuaig & Willie Stanhope up against Paul Carruthers & Big Neilie Campbell and once again another top match with players firing in the big scores Paul & Neilie in the earlier rounds having fought back from 0-2 down to win 3-2 showed they were not going down with out giving a real hard time to their opponents, however not this time as Brian Mccuaig who has been in tremendous form of late being in the money stages of quite a few tournament’s and winning them as well just did enough with his partner in crime for the night Willie Stanhope to claim their well deserved place in the grand final, and so in a best of 7x501 match up it saw Kevin McInrue & Jim Mitchell v Brian Mccuaig  & Willie Stanhope battle it out to see who would be crowned champions of the Greater Glasgow Premier league doubles tournament, Very little in the scoring between both partnerships however when it came to finishing it saw the partnership of Kevin & Jim not missing much and a 4-0 score line not really giving the true reflection of the match, Congratulations to both teams for making it through to the final both had to be on top form as there were some tremendous partnerships looking on at the end and thinking just that missed dart at a double or it could have been us on the ocky in the final! Once again well done to Mr Jim Duncan and Willie Laird for organising this event and who can forget our master of ceremonies on the night Mr Duncan Wyper who only got one thing wrong it’s not Jim’s daughter but it might be Gillian’s son! Lol

 

10th June, Results from the Hill, that is the Craigshill in Livingston in the Stirrup Stane Summer league, Frank Begley 3-2 John Hanlon, Sandy Coulter 3-2 John Sandison, Kevin Jameson 3-2 Scott Begley, John Hanlon 3-2 Craig Agnew, Brian Mairs 5-0 Kevin Jameson,

John Miln’s 4-1 Jim Martin, Brian McIntyre 4-1 Gary Christie, Gordon Bruce 5-0 Jim McMillan, Wullie Wilson 5-0 Joe Graham, Jim McMillan 3-2 Craig Campbell.

Couple of special mentions, fast games saw Gordon Bruce rattling in games finished in 16-17-19 darts he was also on target with the only maximum 180 score of the night and a very tidy 110 game shot, Brian Mairs on target with a cracking 16 darter, John Miln’s 18 darter and a solid 80 kill shot, Wullie Wilson with a brace of top finishes 96 & 80 take outs, Kevin Jameson also finishing well with a 81 game shot.

 

10th June, And that’s it folks the official start to Summer if you can dodge the rain clouds, and the thunderstorms and lets not forget the good old Scottish Midgies! YES summer is officially here as the summer leagues are now ongoing through out the country. In Irvine last night in the R&A Sports bar there was a quiet turn out but hopefully things will pick up in the next couple of weeks , so under the watchful eye of master of ceremonies Mr Kevin McInrue a singles comp was organised the format best of 7x501 right through, last eight players left standing saw Kevin bt Sean, Lairdy bt Burney, Mitchell bt D.C. Craig bt Steven, so four player left standing and what a two semi finals we had with every leg being used in two cracking 7 leg thrillers right down the wire both matches went, Kevin McInrue bt Willie Laird 4-3 and that took a bit of doing as Willie had been on fire in his previous matches recording a brace of 12 darters and a 15 darter plus 3x180’s along with a couple of top class finishes 120-124-138 cracking finishing power,  the other s/f saw Old Man Mitchell just edge out Craig Parker and Craig must be wondering how he did not win as he fired in 15,17,18 dart games a 113 game shot and a maximum 180, but Mitchell was not doing to badly either with a tidy 14 darter thrown in along with a last leg 18 dart game, so to the final and it saw the old fella winning 4-0 over Kevin nothing in the scoring just when Mitchell got to a finish he tried very hard not to give Kevin a shot Mitchell on the night firing in finishes of 92-93-100 and 14-17-18 dart games and so a good wee game of darts was had by all with some top scoring which I know I have not got all the top shots but if you have any and you send them in to me I will add asap, cheers Jim M.

Special Mentions, Congratulations to Mr Andy Thomson Snr playing in the Glen Mavis Summer league now on the high check outs page, could there be a race on here with Junior 'T' , also to John Hollywood from Kilmarnock now on the maximum league table with a tidy 180 recorded yesterday in the Cawburn Sports bar.

 

14th June,  The action continued in the second week of Mauchline summer league, results were are as follows in league 1/Alpha,  Jack Frew 6-4 Dougie Imrie, Kelly McKinnon 6-4 Dean McQuarrie, Jim Mitchell 6-4 Sammy Toner, Gillian Mitchell 5-5 Sheena Govan, Cameron Menzies 5-5 Jim McCutcheon, Stephan Thom 8-2 Rab Kane, Cameron Menzies 10-0 Jack Frew. League 2/Bravo, saw George Collumb 7-3 Francis Fleming, Richard Dalzell 10-0 Jacqui Weir, Margaret Ferguson 6-4 Alex Govan, Ronnie Sharp 6-4 George McLauchlan, Lee Frew 7-3 Mick Searle, Robert Dean 7-3 Lynsay Wylie, Craig Nicol 6-4 Francis Fleming, George McLauchlan 5-5 George Collumb Jnr, Lynsay Wylie 5-5- Craig Nicol.

Top scorers saw, George Collumb Jnr in superb scoring form as he fired in four cracking scores of 180-177-174-171, then we had two players rattling the red lipstick in style both firing in three maximum 180’s a piece and they were Stephan Thom as did Cameron Menzies, Jim McCutheon with a brace of 180’s, George McLauchlan with a maximum 180, for the ladies Sheena recording a cracking 174 score.

Top finishes saw a magnificent 160 take out followed by a 106  from Richard Dalzell, Robert Dean also with a brace of ton plus finishes of 125 & 100 take outs, Cameron Menzies also on target with ton plus finishes of 110 and 104 kill shots, Stephan Thom a tidy 105 take out, Craig Nicol with a tidy 100 game shot.

Quick games and there were lots of players firing in quick games, player with the most the very impressive Cameron Menzies firing in seven games finished in 16 deadly darts or less, and they were 3x14, 2x15, 2x16 cracking games of darts, Craig Nicol finishing with four fast legs done in 23-20-20-16 darters, George Collumb Jnr games finished in 21-16-14 the 14 being the joint fastest of the nights action, Richard Dalzell also with four fast games these being 21-21-21-17 darts, Jim Mitchell 20-19-14 dart games, Stephan Thom rattling in fast legs of 19-18-15 darts, Alex Govan with games finished in 21-17-15 darts, Jim McCutcheon a brace of 16 darters, Robert Dean games finished in 19-17 darts, Margaret Ferguson 21 and 18 darters, George McLauchlan 17 dart game, Sammy Toner solid 17 dart game,  Ronnie Sharp 17 darter, Rab Kane finishing on 18 darts, Linsay Wylie solid 20 darter,

 

7th June, And the Glen Mavis Summer league was into it’s second week of action on the boards Results from League One went like this, Jamie Banks 0 -4 John Brogan, Andy Thomson 4 -1Gordon Smith, Billy Meikle 4 -1Jimmy MacMillan, Jamie Banks 2-4 Andy Thomson Snr.

League Two results went like this, Scott Baillie 4-0 Stephen Strickland, Marc Campbell 4 -0 William Crawford, Denise Bird 0-4 Paul McCaig, Graeme Bird 1 -4 Marc Campbell, Callum Cockburn 1 -4 Scott Baillie, Scott Baillie 2-4 Marc Campbell.

Highest Average recorded on the night went to Marc Campbell with a solid 75.70 score per throw, only a couple of maximum’s recorded and they went to Marc Campbell and Callum Cockburn both on target on the red lipstick.

Fast games came by way off, Marc Campbell rattling in games finished in 15-16-17-18-19-19-19-20 deadly arrows, John Brogan recording a classy 15 dart game, Andy Thomson Jnr with a tidy 17 darter, Perhaps Armadale’s top dartist though there might be a few players laying claim to that number one spot lol saw Scott Baillie firing in a brace of 19 darters, Paul McCaig also on target with a 19 dart game.

Checkouts saw Andy Thomson Snr getting in on the action with a solid 98 take out, Marc Campbell 105 and a rock solid 76 take out, John Brogan also on target with a 76 kill shot.

 

7th June, And Mauchline the place to be if your a dart player down here in Ayrshire with the start of Stephan Thom’s Summer League getting underway, the venue Mauchline Kilmarnock Supporters Club, and 38 hardy dart players entered so two leagues of 19, and the format a formidable 10x501 with every leg worth a point so all to play for!

Top finishes recorded on the night saw Ricky Menzies showing that age is no deterrent at his tender years with a cracking 136 take out showing the youngsters how to do it! Next up with the second highest finish of the night’s action saw a man they call Slim! firing out a cracking 130 game shot, Robert Dean was in top finishing form with a brace of ton plus finishes a cracking 125 and a tidy 100 take out, and nice to see one of the younger players showing he can be very dangerous firing out a ton plus finish Jack Frew with a rock solid 106 take out.

Maximum scorers saw, Richard Dalzell firing in 2 x180’s, Craig Nicol also rattling the treble twenty bed bagging a brace of maximums as well, Newly crowned Scottish Singles champion Steve Robertson on top form with a maximum 180 and a cracking 177 score, Dean McQuarrie, Mick Searle, Rab Kane, Ricky Menzies, Andy McCullock all on target with maximum scores,

Fast games and these were 21 darts or less, Steve Robertson firing in 14-15-17-17-19 deadly arrows, Slim getting in on the action with games finished in 15-18-21-21 darts,

Alex Govan with a 15 darter, Lynsay Wylie with not one but 3x16 dart games and following those with 17-20 darts, The very dangerous Robert Dean finishing 6 fast games which were done in 16-17-18-19-20-20 darts, Cameron Menzies rattling in some fast legs and these were 16-16-17-20-21 darts, the evergreen Ronnie Sharp recording 16-17-18-21 darters,  Old Man Mitchell with 16-18-19-21-21-21-21dart games, Robert Dalzell with a triple of games finished in 17 darts and an 18 darter, Ian Laverty finishing with 18-18-20-21 darts, Julie Ward rattling in some fast legs for the ladies finishing with 19 and 20 darters, also for the ladies Kelly McKinnon firing in a tasty 19 dart game, Jim McCutcheon on target with a brace on nineteen darters followed by a brace of 21 darters rock solid finishing power, Craig Nicol finishing with solid games done in 19-20-20-21-21 darts, Roy Harris 19 darter, Jack Frew rock solid 20 dart game, George McCullock also with a 20 dart game, Mick Searle finishing with a rock solid 20 darts, Andy McCullock with a 21 dart game.

(Fingers crossed my reader and I know who you are one of the George’s,  and no it’s not George Snr or Jnr so looks like I’m hoping Geordie McLauchlan will keep me right on any names I have got wrong! cheers)

There are two leagues and these are the participants, League 1/  Dean McQuarrie, Mark Steven, Jack Frew, Kelly McKinnon, Dougie Imrie, Owen McNiven, Peter Smith, Paul Bryden, Julie Ward, Jim Mitchell, Sammy Tonner, Roy Harris, Ricky Menzies, Rab Kane, Stephan Thom, Cameron Menzies, Jim McCutcheon,  Sheena Govan,  Gillian Mitchell.

League 2/ Mick Searle, Ronnie Sharp, Robert Dean, Lee Frew, Graham Laverty, Lynsay Wylie, George McLauchlan, Alex Govan, Steve Robertson, Margaret Ferguson, Ian Laverty, Andy McCulloch, Rab Marshall,  George Collumb Jnr, Francis Flemming, Jacqui Weir, Craig Nicol, Ian Hart, Richard Dalzell.

League  1  Results, Dean McQuarrie 6v4 Jack Frew, Kelly McKinnon 8v2 Dougie Imrie, Peter smith 1v9 Julie ward, Jim Mitchell 9v1 Roy Harris, Ricky Menzies 6v4 Rab Kane, Stephen Thom 4v6 Cammy Menzies, Jim McCutcheon 10 v0 Sheena Govan, Gillian Mitchell 1v9 Kelly McKinnon,

 

League  2 Results, Mick Searle 2v8 Ronnie sharp, Rab Dean 9v1 lee Frew, Graham Laverty 2v8 Linsay Wyllie, George McLauchlan 6v4 Alex Govan,

Steve Robertson 8v2 Margaret Ferguson, Ian Laverty 6v4 Andy McCulloch,  Craig Nicol 2v8 Richard Dalzell, Jacqui Weir 0 v10 Linsay Wylie,

Rab Dean 6v4 Craig Nicol

 

 3rd June, Top action this week had, that master of the treble nineteen’s Wullie Wilson firing in a cracking 171 score, Fast games saw the man with a fab taste in footwear yes Gordon Bruce firing in 18&19 dart games along with a solid 77 game shot, the quiet man Brian Mairs with a rock solid 19 dart game, John Sandison getting in on the action with a brace of 18 darters, John Miln’s nice 81 kill shot, and last but not least Kevin Jameson with a solid 76 take out.

 

31st May, And it saw the New Cumnock & District hols their presentation night, and there was  a good turn out as teams came along to collect their prize monies, after wards a singles competition was held and it saw many of the leagues top arrow smiths take to the ockies, it saw the first three rounds being a tough test for all as best of 3x501 was the format but once the last four were in place it saw the format move up to 5x501, just losing out in the semi finals were, Ronnie Sharp & Paul Dalzell, runners up was Richard Dalzell and the winner on the night Old Man Mitchell, all four players receiving monetary awards!

 

31st May, and it saw the start of the Bathgate Summer League held in the Glenmavis  Bowling club in Bathgate the venue, and with two leagues up and running there were some superb arrows to report, from  League One the results went like this,

Jimmy MacMillan 0-4 John Brogan, Andy Thomson Jnr 3-4 Billy Meikle, Gordon Smith 3-4 Gus Walker, JoJo Gallagher 0-4 William Borland,4 William Borland 4-1 John Brogan,

League Two results saw, Mark Grimley 1-4 Derek Cunningham, Denise Bird 0-4 Graeme Bird, William Crawford 0-4 Derek Cunningham, Stephen Strickland 4-1 Paul McCaig, William Crawford 0-4 Callum Cockburn,

 Top darts average recorded on the night saw former Scotland star and Masters champion Derek Cunningham turn in a cracking 92.49 dart ave, Maximum hitters on the night saw,  Derek Cunningham with 3x180’s, William Borland firing in a brace of 180’s,  Andy Thomson Jnr also getting in on the act with a maximum 180.  Highest game shots belonged to  Billy Meikle with a 116 take out, William Borland a brace of tidy check outs 96 & 91 to his credit, Andy Thomson Jnr with a solid  93 take out, John Brogan 85 game shot, Derek Cunningham with a rock solid 80 kill shot, Fast legs remembering these must be 20 darts or less and it was the man on form Derek Cunningham who fired in 15-15 17-18 -19-19-19 dart games, William Borland was also rattling in fast games finishing in 14-15-18-19-19 -20 darters, John Brogan with a brace of fast games finishing in 16 & 18 darts, Billy Meikle 18 darter,  Andy Thomson Jnr 20 dart game.

 

Darting News, Greater Glasgow pairing of Susanna McGimpsey and George Collumb Snr will be playing in the World Masters and the World Championships play off’s, both players having played superbly well in the Scottish Inter County league from last season with both players having superb winning records all victories and no defeats.

Greater Glasgow Premier League triples, saw Neil Campbell, Drew Callary Snr and Andrew Callary Jnr winning the title, edging out George Collumb Snr George Collumb Jnr and Geordie in the grand final.

 DISABILITY DARTS SCOTLAND....

Next week’s tournament folks, we are delighted to be donating our raffle money to the pulmonary fibrosis trust. Christel Pass will also be selling the Trust bands on the day. I ask you to give generously in memory of her late husband, Tony the Tiger Pass. Who was a fantastic player in the Disability Darts family. Thank you.

 

27th May, Stirrup Stane Summer League, And top shots from the past two Mondays has seen, Maximum hitters being Gordon Bruce 1x180, Colin Kelly 1x180, John Miln’s 1x180, John Sandison 1x180, Top finishing power also came from John Sandison with a 80 take out and then a superb 141 game shot, John Martin with a classy shanghai on the twenties for a 120 kill shot, Brian Mairs getting in on the action with two solid finishes of 84 & 76 take outs, Wullie Wilson rock solid with a 89 game shot, Fast games reported so far are, Wullie Wilson don’t come much classier than a solid 15 dart game of arrows, Gordon Bruce with 2x17 & 18 dart games, John Sandison 17 dart game, Craig Agnew with a brace of 18 darters, John Miln’s 17 &18 darter, Brian Mairs 20 darter,  Hopefully have not missed anyone out if I have please drop me a line and it will be rectified cheers Jim M.

 

25th May, League placings in the West Lothian Inter-Town league stand like this, Fauldhouse ‘B’ 97 Points,  Pumpherston ‘A’ 96 Points,  Polbeth 95 Points,  Fauldhouse ‘A’ 78 Points, Pumpherston Ladies 9 points, Latest results remembering there are 25 points on offer in each match, Fauldhouse ‘A’ 18-7 Fauldhouse ‘B’,  Pumpherston ‘A’ 16-9 Polbeth,

Top shots came by way off, Jamie Bishop 1x180, Kevin McMahon 1x180,  John Miln’s 1x180,

Top finishes saw, David Allan with a rock solid 90 take out, Graham Landels firing in a 80 game shot, however top finish came from perhaps one of the elder statesmen of West Lothian darts the one and only Micky Burke with a 111 kill shot, Mick also finishing in a classy 15 darts, couple of other solid games came by way of  John Sandison and Callum Wilkinson both recording 20 darters.

 

24th May, The venue the Glenmuir Arms in Logan where the New Cumnock & District darts league Singles title was up for grabs! And with 49 players taking to the ocky there were some terrific matches played on the night, the players who made it through to the semi final stages were out of the top drawer of local darting talent, from the Coach House it had two players in action in the last four, Cameron Menzies and Jim McCutcheon, representing the Mauchline was Linsay Wylie, and making up the final four was the evergreen Ronnie Sharp for the New Cumnock Bowling Club, and once the semi finals were played out it had Cameron Menzies and Ronnie Sharp the final two arrow smiths left standing and there was nothing in the final match just fabulous arrows from both players which saw Cameron Menzies claiming the title by the tightest of margins 3 games to 2, congratulations to all four semi finalists who were in tremendous form through out the night play,

Some stats from the night play saw Cameron Menzies firing in a superb 12 dart game with a magical 170 game shot, George Collumb Snr was also on target with a 12 darter this time the finish being a 121 game shot, Jim Mitchell also finishing games in 13 darts along with a brace of 15 darters, Maximum scorers recorded saw Ronnie Sharp with 5x180’s on the night, Robert Dean firing in a brace of 180’s, Mitchell 1x171 on the treble nineteen’s and a 1x180 and a tidy 124 game shot, D Hanning and Linsay Wylie both on target on the red lipstick recording maximum 180’s, Lynsay also firing in a rock solid 19 darter, Ronnie Sharp with a 16 dart game, there will have been more but if you don’t tell the committee they cant write them down can they!, Once again an excellent run comp with all three boards in constant use so many thanks to Margaret Ferguson on keeping everything running smoothly and of course the hosts the Glenmuir Arms.

 

Late News, Last Saturday there was a Ladies Open held in the Sports Bar in Irvine, and once again it was the lady who has been in fabulous form or recent months who took the £200 first prize Margaret Ferguson, the competition was played in groups which saw rounds robin formats taking place with the top two players making it to the final stages and on the day it saw Margaret winning all her matches from group stages to the grand final it’s self.

Update from last weeks action in the New Cumnock doubles championship, the pairing of George Collumb & Wullie Laird firing in games finished in 17-17-19 darts and on the maximum trail it had Kenny Murray from the Cumnock Jnrs rattling the red lipstick with ease the only other maximum hitter recorded Old Man Mitchell.

 

 

17th May, The place to be and it was a full house at the County Inn in Cambuslang in a competition which was pre enter only and there was a waiting list for players to take anyone’s place who may not have been able to make it, so 64 players toed the ocky in group stages with 16 groups each with four players so no matter what everyone had three matches to play with the format 4x501 yes you could get a draw, 1 point for a draw 2 points for a win, and with some absolutely top games taking place it really was a battle royal before the semi final line up was in place, and you could have not asked for four more talented players to make that line up, William Borland, Jim Brown, Grant McCauley and Mark Barilli, and it saw two very talented players who have either played or are playing in the very tough P.D.C. Challenge tour who made their way to the ocky in the Grand Final, and it saw East Stirlingshire county player William Borland edging out Jim Brown of Lanarkshire in a cracking final by a score line of 5 games to 3, once again a superb competition, with lot’s of money being raised for charity and everyone getting at least 3 matches on the day, the work that Chris Roy put into the running of this tournament was unbelievable, setting up boards doing the draw collecting in the money raising raffle prizes etc etc, all I can say is I DOFF MY HAT TO YOU, well done sir. Few mentions from yesterday, always nice to bump into some good friends from the ocky, No-Nonsense and Angela were there obviously Angela was keeping John under control! George & Heather Dempsey and also nice to see Sandra Callary looking better than she did in Elgin obviously Drew must be looking after her, Andy Thomson and William Borland along with Callum  Cockburn and Jamie Banks Jnr from West Lothian, and of course Lairdy  who I play with in three local leagues down in Ayrshire,  Davie Kirwan and big Steve who I last bumped into down in Wales just last week, who said we were not globe trotters even at our age! Lol

 

17th May, And action from the New Cumnock darts league saw the League doubles being held in the Working Men’s Club in New Cumnock, and with plenty of the leagues top arrow smiths in the field there were many top games being played on the three boards in use, format for this comp was best of 5 x 501, once the chalk dust had settled it saw four pairs left standing who all had their eye’s on the title, just losing out in the semi finals were, Stephan Thom & Derek Murray from the Mauchline club, and  from the New Cumnock B. C. It saw William Laird & George Collumb also losing out at this stage, and so the grand final and it was Ronnie & Jim (perhaps with the oldest combined age in the tournament) who went on to lift the title from Chuss & Ritchie from the Cumnock Jnrs in the final, the old guys on the night fired in games finished in 13-14-15-15-16 darts on the way to winning the title, once again another well run tournament under the watchful eyes of the committee Margaret & Carol who kept everything running smoothly as usual, and of course the W.M.C. for their hospitality.

Ronnie & Jim. Champions
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New CumnockLeague Doubles 2019
Chuss & Ritchie R/up
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New Cumnock league Doubles 2019
William & George s/f
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New Cumnock Doubles 2019
Richard & Derek s/f
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New Cumnock Doubles 2019

 

17th May Pleased to mention a cracking dart player from South of Hadrian’s wall Kevin (Kermit)  Merritt who has qualified in the Berkshire Gold Cup play-offs, and will be in Rotherham in June later on in the year wearing his county shirt with pride  (had a great laugh with this excellent dart player in Athens earlier in year) when we teamed up in the doubles.

 

17th May, Final league placings for the Thursday night Greater Glasgow Premier league held in the Fairfield club Govan, Fairfield club 169 pts, Hello 148 pts, Neil’s 147 pts, Wee Crew 137 pts,  W.D.140 122 pts, Joe McWoods 118 pts, Bridge 115 pts, Ashfield 110 pts, Pockets 82 pts, remembering every leg won was a point in this league which was played over 16x601 in every match and there was not one team who went unbeaten in this very tough league so congratulations to Wullie Lairds team of  what was it they were nick named (dinosaurs) or was it  Wullie Laird and the time travellers! Lol

 

16TH May, Congratulations to Andy Callary Jnr winning the singles title in the Fairfield club on Thursday, ( more info to follow)

 

Well nice to meet up with England Disability darts player Paul Hampton, and hopefully see him shortly at the Cawburn Open in June, when Ted McMillan will be hosting a Disability Darts Open with players coming from around the United Kingdom and perhaps abroad to play on the Sunday however there will be a get together and a flier I believe on the Saturday night, looking forward to bringing players from the Ayrshire league to this event.

 

13th May, Stirrup Stane Summer League in Livingston league update,

Craig Agnew 4-1 John Sandison, Jimbo McMillan 4-1 Gerry Hughes, Frank Begley 3-2 K Jameson, Craig Agnew 5-0 Scot Begley, Wullie Wilson 3-2 Brian McIntyre, John Miln’s 5-0  C Campbell, Gordon Bruce 3-2 Gary Christie, John Hanlon 4-1 Rodger Barron, Brian Mairs 3-2 Sandy Coulter, J Martin 4-1 Jimbo McMillan, Brian McIntyre 5-0 J Graham.

Top shots came by way off, John Sandison with a maximum 180  as did Gordon Bruce and John Miln’s, , Wullie Wilson on target on the nineteen’s rattling a cracking 171 score, fastest game recorded went to the league mascot Gary Melman Christie with a cracking 15 darter, John Miln’s firing in a brace of 16 darters, Brian McIntyre and Gordon Bruce both recording 18 dart games, check outs had Brian McIntyre with 83 & 78 game shots, Gordon Bruce an 80 kill shot, John Miln’s also getting in on the action with a solid 78 game shot.

 

Other top news from this week end just gone saw the Fereneze Inn Darts Open and it was Greater Glasgow’s John Mccallum who took the title defeating Steven Tees in the grand final.

Another Greater Glasgow player taking top honours this week end at the B.M.C. in Camelon near Falkirk and it was Brian Mccuaig who took the title of champion on the day, well played to both these Greater Glasgow players.

Also playing superb arrows this week end in the PDC Challenge tour it saw Big Darren Beveridge from Broxburn in West Lothian and Cameron Menzies from Muirkirk in Ayrshire taking the two titles on offer.

And what about a good friend of mine, Mr Ian Butler coming back from Lithuania with the Blind Doubles championship trophy in his possessions his partner being Jeffery Sparidaans well done again.

Congratulations must go to John Sandison joining an elite band of brothers & sisters of the ocky, landing the Big Fish a superb 170 take out in the Stirrup Stane Summer league on Monday night.

 

6th May,  YES believe it or not it’s Summer League time, and Big Frank Begley has one now on the go at Craigshill in  Livingston in the Stirrup Stane, so here are results from the first league games of the season, Frank Begley 2-3 Craig Agnew, Jimbo McMillan 1-4 Brian (Tosh) McIntyre, Gordon (The) Bruce 5-0 Colin Campbell, Rodger (Sir) Barron 2-3 Colin (Outlaw) Kelly, Gary (Melman)Christie 4-1 Wullie (Oor) Wilson, John (Two Hands) Hanlon 3-1 Scott Begley, John Miln’s 4-1 Gerry (69)Hughes, Sandy Coulter 5-0 K Jamieson, J Martin 5-0 J Graham, John Sandison 2-3 Brian(Quiet man) Mairs.

Top shots saw Brian Mairs with the only maximum 180 on the night, fast games saw, Gary Christie 15&17 dart games, Brian Mairs with 16&20 darters, John Miln’s 16 darter, John Sandison 17&20 dart legs, Gordon Bruce 18 darter, Brian McIntyre 20 dart game, some good finishing power but without question the top kill shot goes to John Sandison with a superb 170 take out,  we also had Brian McIntyre with a classy ton plus finish of 108 take out, J Martin two cracking finishes of 105 & 80, Gary Christie rock solid 90 game shot, John Miln’s with a brace of 80 kill shots.

 

 6th May, The Crown Inn was the place to be in the Dreghorn & District darts league as the Alex Mitchell Trophy was being played for with the format the proper way to play darts 5x301 double start a format that really puts the pressure on as those vital double to start are all so important, this event is  sponsored by the league Chairman Jim Richmond, the Trophy was won by Jamie Curran from the Sports Bar who defeated his team-mate Graham Ferguson in the final, both these players did what no one else on the night did they hit those vital winning doubles,  so congratulations to both players for making it through a tough field of 45 players who entered the competition, and of course to the Crown Inn for hosting the event, Champion Jamie Curran, r/up Graham Ferguson.

 

5th May, Fife Open Doubles saw the pairing of William Borland & Cammy Menzies winning the prestiges doubles title.

 

4th May, Nice to report on  darting friend Andy Davidson taking the title on offer at the New Pheasant in Haddington coming out a 6-2 winner over Ross Black who had led 2-0 in the grand final, well done to both players.

 

3rd May, New Cumnock & District Darts League, the Brig –end was the place to be as the prestige’s Champion of Champions competition was being played out on three match boards, and what a night, top players from the league all made their way to the venue to try and claim the title, but their can be only one and taking the title of Champion of Champions was a man who was on superb form all night long Richard Dalzell who’s scoring power was without question out of the top drawer it was almost as if he could just place them in the red lipstick the treble twenty bed, just losing out in the grand final was Alex Govern so congratulations to both players they did what no one else did on the night they hit more doubles well done.

 

2nd May, And the last league match of the season of the Glasgow Premier league, and though Willie Lairds team of ancient’s had already got over the winning line, the battle was on for second place and as every leg counts in this best of 16x601 league it really was a battle royal going on as Big Neilie Campbell’s team had set the pace early on in their match, and came out 10-6 winners on the night, however George Collumb’s team were not giving up either and at 10-5 up it was down to the last leg of darts on the night to see if they could claim second place by that one vital point and once again they had the right player on last, hitting double tops for the second time within a week to claim victory for her team mates was Margaret Ferguson claiming the all important double to help her (HELLO) team mates into second place in this very hard league, with so many top players scattered through out the teams there were no undefeated teams in the league, everyone had tasted defeat and that ladies and gents make for some absolute fantastic darts on match Thursdays! Fairfield team of Willie Laird (Capt.) Ronnie Sharp, Graham Ferguson, Jim Mitchell were crowned champions and on the night in their last match it was tough going and with the score at 8-7 for Willie Lairds team it saw old man Mitchell take the last leg for a fighting 9-7 victory with a 164 take out via 57-57-bull, and with the team captain rattling a maximum 180 just goes to show age is no barrier in the great sport of darts, (wonder what their combined age would be) So still competitions to play for and I am sure the other teams in the league will be looking to take the scalps of the champions who I am sure will be wanting to add to their league winners title, look forward to the next few weeks with relish Are you!

 

29th April, Dreghorn & District Darts League, and there was a brand new competition , (Jim Richmond Shield) being held  in the Towerlands Club in Irvine under the watchful eye of  Mr Wulber Burns, who kept the four boards in constant use through out the nights play, the format was 3x501 with a double start so getting away swiftly was a priority! With 40+ dedicated darters entering to try and get their names on the trophy this being the very first time it has been played for, this format perhaps suiting the Older generation with Old Man Mitchell taking the spoils from his team mate, the (just) slightly younger William Laird in the grand final, the semi-finals Jim beat Andy Stewart with William Laird beating Brian Wallace.
Next week sees the Alex Mitchell Trophy sponsored by Jim Richmond will take place in the Crown Inn and is 3x301 double start, roll call at 7.30pm.

 

26th April, New Cumnock & District Darts League.

And what a night of tension and apprehension as the last league match of the season was being played the New Cumnock B.C. who sat top of the league but only by a single point were away to the New Cumnock W.M.C.  and their closest rivals for the league title the Brewery Bar who being only one point behind were playing the Brig end bar , so a slip up for the league leaders would see the Brewery bar players crowned champions as they had the far superior leg difference, and with the New Cumnock B.C. looking like they were in serious trouble at 0-3 down then 1-4 it saw team captain Margaret Ferguson take that vital 6th match to still keep them in the match, so at 2-4 down it was not looking good for the league leaders, especially as the Brewery bar were doing everything right and winning leg after leg in their match up and with e-mail messages winging it back and forth it looked like the leaders just might slip up, so it was down to our captain Margaret Ferguson to put on her thinking cap for the doubles partnerships knowing that any slip up and all was lost! So on first were the Oldies the evergreen Ronnie Sharp & Jim Mitchell and with Ronnie closing out both legs it saw the deficit closed to 3-4, next up  Greater Glasgow’s Men’s A team Captain Wullie Laird and player of the season George Collumb and once again they did not disappoint and now the cat was really amongst the pigeons as 4-4 the score on the chalkboard, and up last was Big Drew Callary and Margaret Ferguson and it saw them lose the first leg but these New Cumnock B.C. players are made of strong stuff maybe liquid tungsten flows through their veins comes to mind and soon it was 1-1 and a single leg would decide where the league title would go, and what a captain we have in Margaret Ferguson as double top required and tops hit it saw the New Cumnock B.C. just get over the line winning the league the hard way, unlucky the W.M.C. who had chances, and of course to the Brewery bar who kept the pressure on all the way throughout the season, this is certainly one hard league to win as there are so many top players playing in many of the teams, Player of the match without a shadow of doubt team captain Margaret Ferguson.

 

New Cumnock & District Darts League.
Friday 26 April New Cumnock W.M.C. 4 -5 New Cumnock B.C. top games coming by way off, Richard Dalzell 21 darts and a cracking 180 maximum, Rab Marshall on target with 16 & 20 darters, George Collumb snr with a solid 20 dart game as was Ronnie Sharp also firing in a 20 darter, and Margaret Ferguson getting in on the action with a cracking 17 dart game.
Bridgend A 2-7 Cumnock Jnrs, on target was Robert Dean with a rock solid 21 dart game, Sammy Tonner going two better finishing in 19 darts.
Bridgend B 1 -8 Brewery Bar, two players rattling the red lipstick recording maximum 180’s were Owen McNiven & George Collumb Jnr, Paul Ross & Owen McNiven firing in 18 & 20 darters in the doubles.
Craighead 5 -4 Coach House, Bert Ross with the top score of the night a cracking maximum 180.
Mauchline 9 -0 Glenmuir.
Friday 3 May C of C singles in Bridgend B names in for 7.30 draw 7.45 start 8pm 4 players from each team.

 

27th April,  And another very successful day of darts at the Bar 147 as the Kate & John Road Show came to town (Kate Monaghan & John No Nonsense Jamieson) who kept the competition running smoothly all day, also let us not forget the sponsor  Sandra McLennan for sponsoring this event without sponsor ship these events could not take place! Once the chalk dust settled the last four players left toeing the ocky were William Borland Champion £200, Andrew Davidson r/up £100, S/F Robert Baird & Jim Brown who both received £50 for their efforts on the ocky.

Once again a top quality field of players with many of the players in attendance having a major go in the lucrative and very tough P.D.C. circuit, Katie and John certainly get the top players to attend these events, so many thanks to our organisers and of course once again the sponsors, where OH where would darts be without these dedicated sports people!

 

27th April, County Challenge match, The Gig in Blairgowrie,

Words from our area organiser Mr Neilie Campbell, Thank you all so much for giving us the absolutely wonderful season we had and for instilling this never say die and winning attitude into Greater Glasgow Darts, Although, as a united unit, we failed today, to reach our recent highs and for our ability to be so muted today and to be unjustly punished in some games was very difficult to accept and sore to us all.
There were some incredible performances from individuals but, am sure most of you will agree, our team performance was well below what we expect after setting the incredible standard of our 6 previous games, a bad day at the office!
Congratulations to Grampian for their well earned and deserved victory but make no mistake, we are currently a wounded animal and we will lick our wounds but we will be ferocious in our response for next season, it will take more than a bad day at the office to dent this teams confidence or commitment to doing what we do best , winning!
Thanks again to each and every one of you for playing your part on this wonderful journey we have shared recently and for showing each other that we are in fact ALL winners together
Mon the Crew

 

22nd April, Dreghorn & District Darts League Final league standings for 2018/19,

 Jim Reid & Grant Mccauley share the spoils for best game with 12 darts, Kevin McInrue Jnr gets the highest finish with the maximum finish possible the Big Fish it’s self a cracking170  take out, and Kevin Mckinney Jnr tops the 180 poll with an incredible 11 which took us to 99 scores of 180 this year. Thanks to all that took part,
Monday 29th April is the Jim Richmond Shield at the Towerlands Sports Club, singles event 5x501, 7.30pm start.

In a dramatic last league games the two Alton teams were trying to get second spot behind the Champions Sports Bar, The Alton "A" took the points 4-6 at the Towerlands "A" while the Alton "B" lost to the Champs 2-8 meaning that Alton "A" are second, one point in front of their "B" team. Other results from the last league matches of the season went like this,

Irvine Water Sports Club 0-10 Towerlands "B", Craig Parker with the fastest game of this league match with a solid 20 dart game.
R&A Sports Bar, 8-2 Three Craws, Ian McCudden hit rattling in a maximum 180 in this match,

 Irvine Parks B.C. 7-3 Crown Inn  in the battle for fifth place, Stewart Lusby with a superb 14 darter plus a maximum 180, Derek Jeffrey 18 darts, David Miller 108 c/out, Liam Dean also on target with a maximum180.
Towerlands "A" 4-6 Alton "A", Ronnie Sharp & Old man Mitchell both with 20 darters, Sammy Stephens rattling the red lipstick to record a cracking 180, B.Wallace 18 darter, Graeme Mcconnell 19 darts, Davie Tennant 17darts plus a maximum 180.


Alton "B" 2-8 Sports Bar, some superb games in this match up leading the way was Kevin Mckinney Jnr 18 & 21 darts and a brace of 180’s  along with a superb game shot of  140, Peter McGuiness Snr also firing in a 180,  Kevin McInrue Jnr 17 dart game, Andy Stewart with a nice ton finish going out in style on a classy 100 take out, Jamie Curran with a 16 darter, Graham Ferguson just one arrow behind finishing the season with a 17 dart game.

Monday 29th April is the Jim Richmond Shield at the Towerlands Sports Club, singles event 5x501, 7.30pm start.

Glen Mavis Open Champion 2019
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Gary Stone with Ted McMillan
Glen Mavis Open R/up 2019
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Jim Mitchell with Ted McMillan

 

GLENMAVIS BOWLING CLUB OPEN TOURNAMENT
SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2019 (Thanks to Liz McLean for report)

Well another great turnout, especially as it was Easter Sunday. There was some great darts thrown throughout the day. I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone for accepting and helping the players from Disability Darts Scotland.

Also massive thanks must go to the Bowling Club and Darts Scotland (Ted McMillan) for sponsoring the tournament, all the staff behind the bar and before I forget thanks to Andy Thomson (Jnr) for setting the room up.

With so many top players in action you really don’t know where to start but here is a wee report of the action from the ockies that I have written down.

Top finish from the days action was a superb 160 game shot by Darren Beveridge, Andy Thomson 105 game shot, John Brogan rock solid 82 take out, Maximum scorers saw, Andy Thomson Jnr 1x180, Micky Rice 1x180, John McCallum 1x180, Rab Dick 1x180 & 1x177, Gary Christie 1 x180, Top games and these must be 20 darts or less saw, John McCallum 15&18 darters, Rab Dick 15&16 dart games, Graeme Bird 16 darter, Andy Thomson Jnr 16&18 dart games, John Brogan 18 darter, However the two finalists hit few top scores as well, Old Man Mitchell firing in 2x180’s, along with finishes of 95-90-87-81-80-78 and few good legs finished in 14-15-15-16-18-18, but the man of the tournament has to be Gary Stone who rattled in not one but two absolute top games finishing in ten darts (twice) and more games finished in under 18 darts than you can count on if you used your fingers and toes! Brilliant marksmanship, from the champion all day long, and a very worthy champion of the tournament. And for the ladies who entered Jo-Anne Gallagher just missing out on a maximum on the treble nineteens firing in a cracking 133 score.

However there was a wee battle royal going on as well as many local players will know that Andy Thomson Jnr has just won the Blue Ribbon event the Bathgate league singles, and he and his good lady have just moved to Armadale, now for many seasons the top arrow smith in Armadale was without a question the old mystro himself Mick Burke, now it was hard enough trying to keep Scott Baillie from taking the top spot in the Armadale rankings but now Andy has come onto the scene the question is can Mick hold off these young upstarts and what about Scott Baillie can he cope with the pressure as Mick Burke wont be giving up his crown easily and Andy Thomson with the Bathgate league title now on his C.V. will might just be thinking he should be top of the pecking order!!! Oh and let us not forget Colin Maxwell who might be thinking he should be up there as well LOL.

Winner
Gary Stone

Runner-Up
Jim Mitchell

Losing Semi-finalists
Chris Coyle and Andrew Callary

Losing Quarter-finalists
Graeme Bird, Darren Beveridge, William McCue and John Miln’s

 

20th April, Volunteer Arms Open Singles in Uphall.

Once again the Volly put up a cool £100 to add to the prize pot, and with Martin Deegan at the controls it saw some top local players take to the ocky, but once the chalk dust had settled it saw team mates but this time protagonists toe the ocky against each other, Rab (the Highway Man) from the Kirknewton Innkeepers up on the hill! And facing off against him was all the way from South of Hadrian’s Wall John ( Howay Man) Miln’s, and it was a close run affair with Rab Dick coming away with a very hard victory winning 5 games to 3, Congratulations to both players who did what no one else did they hit more doubles,  losing s/f players were Martin Deegan who lost out to the eventual champion Rab Dick 5-0, and Darren Gray who went down in a cliff hanger by 5 games to 4 to John Miln’s, and well done to tournament organiser Martin Deegan and the Volunteer Arms for sponsorship there would be no competitions without sponsors and someone willing to run them (would there) for info , Rab Dick fired in 4 x 180’s & 1 x177 on his way to picking up the winners purse, John Miln’s not to far behind with 3x180’s and a tidy 104 take out.

Champion of Champions Doubles New Cumnock&District
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Ronnie Sharp & Jim Mitchell
New Cumnock C.O.C Runners Up 2019
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Steve McBride & Alan Salisbury

 

19th April, New Cumnock & District Darts League.

New Cumnock Darts (Report by Roving reporter Carol Gibson) unpaid!
Friday 19 April C of C doubles winners Ronnie Sharp & Jim Mitchell (n.c.b.c.) runners up Steven Mc Bride & Alan Salisbury (w.m.c.) semi S. Mc Pheators & Robert Parker (Craighead) and Paul Bryden & Cammy Menzies (coach house) Ronnie Sharp 108 checkout Jim Mitchell 180 Ronnie & Jim 14 darts (n.c.b.c.) Sammy Tonner 180 118 checkouts (Cumnock Jnrs).
Friday 26 April W.M.C. v N.C.B.C., Bridgend B v Brewery Bar, Craighead v Coach House, Bridgend A v Cumnock Jnrs and Mauchline v Glenmuir

And as it was the Champion Of Champions Doubles event, this has each team in the league allowed to put in three teams and there was plethora of top talent who converged on the Coach House in Muirkirk for this event and with the matches from start to finish the best of 5 x 501 straight start there were many top matches and with three boards in use there was no let up in action from the ockies, but once the final was reached it saw perhaps two of the oldest players combined age being very old! Winning the final by the closest of margins 3 games to 2, Champions Ronnie Sharp & Jim Mitchell, once again big thank you to the committee of Margaret Ferguson & Carol Gibson for running another very well run tournament. 

 

Darting snippets from the past week or so!

Congratulations to Kevin McKinney Jnr winning the Masters Singles and to Grant McCauley who was the runner up, this event was held in the R&A Sports bar, and was sponsored by Neil Barr Decorators.

The Jim Brawley Memorial Shield the Bacardi Shield saw David Millar from the Crown Inn edging out last years champion Craig Parker from the Towerlands ‘B’ in the grand final, this event is sponsored by S&S Taxis.

Willie Laird back from his travels abroad where he played in the Benidorm Open came back with a nice envelope which had his prize monies for reaching the quarter final stages.

Andy Thomson Jnr the newly crowned Bathgate Singles Champion for 2019 on his way to the final fired in some superb shots and these were, 3x180’s, along with game shots of 128 & 126 and finished in style winning with a 12 darter and a brace of 13 darters.  

Monday night in the Dreghorn & District dart league has the last league matches of the season taking place, the Sports Bar are Champions already with 17 wins from 17 outings, however the second place is still up for grabs as both the Alton A and the Alton B can claim the runners up place in the league depending on how results go, the Alton B have 27 points and the Alton A 26 points, so it could be a very close call indeed to see who gets the nod! should make for some nervous times at the ocky, isn't darts just great when it goes all the way to the final match of the season to see who ends up where in the league.

 

12th April,  Bathgate League Singles, this the blue ribbon event of any season the League Singles saw some superb performances on the ockies from the players of the Bathgate Friday night league, and once the chalk dust had settled it saw four of the leagues top protagonists still standing at the ocky all with one eye on the prestige’s trophy, the evergreen William Harraughty just shows darts has no age barrier!, Ian Stevenson, Jim Taylor and Andy Thomson Jnr, and once the semi finals were done and dusted two players were left toeing the ocky, Ian Stevenson & Andy Thomson Jnr,and it saw Andy Thomson Jnr claim the title of Bathgate League singles champion for 2019, congratulations to Andy and commiserations to Ian both players deserving their final placings as both did what no other player did! They hit more doubles, once again well done to all four semi finalists this is one tough trophy to get your name on and of course many thanks have to go to the hard working committee of the Bathgate league, I’m sure Danny Kirkland who has been in the league for more than 50 years and on the committee since before time was recorded very proud indeed to see a local man who plays for the Glen Mavis B.C. receive the title of Bathgate League Singles Champion for 2019 Andy Thomson Jnr.

 

12th April, Bridgend bar in New Cumnock held an open singles as there was no league matches scheduled , and with Stephan Thom doing his master of ceremonies it saw some tough action on the ockies as a terrific amount of talent was on show with some of the top players from the local area making the competition, once the last four were in place it saw, John Barclay edge out the evergreen Ronnie Sharp, Steve Robertson also edged past Richard Dalzell in another top quality semi final, and as there can be only one! It saw Steve Robertson take the First Prize with John Barclay having to settle for the runners up purse, HOWEVER top game of the night was a fabulous 10 darter fired in by John Barclay Snr via 180-115-180-26 absolutely superb and I had the pleasure of marking that match great darts, many thanks to Neil Stevenson for sponsoring the event and for the half time buffet much appreciated by all the protagonists.

 

8th April, Dreghorn & District darts league.

Sports bar 10-0 Three Craws, three maximum 180s recorded in this match up all for the Sports bar and it saw, Grant McCauley , Ian Gunion and Jamie Curran all on target with the maximums,  Graham Ferguson with 18 & 21 darters, Grant with a 19 darter, and Andy Stewart with 17 & 20 dart games.

Crown Inn 8-2 Irvine Water Sports Club, Mary Pendleton on target with an 18 dart game fastest recorded on the night, Davie Millar recording a maximum 180 score

Irvine Parks B.C. 6-4 R&A Sports bar,

Alton ‘B’ 8-2 Towerlands ‘A’, he home team took no prisoners putting the travelling Towerlands team to the sword, Kevin McKinney leading the way with 17&19 dart games and a maximum 180 score, Jim Reid 21 darter, G Coulter finishing in 18 & 19 arrows, Robert Thornton 18 & 21 darts, J Hall 17 darter plus a maximum 180, only the ever present Jim Law saving the visitors blushes with two wins on the night firing in a 18 darter in the singles and a tidy 17 darter in the doubles with Ronnie Sharp who also registered a maximum 180, lets not forget Big Neillie Campbell with a brace of tons  but that’s as good as it got for the visitors!

Towerlands ‘B’ 2-8 Alton ‘A’ the visiting Alton team winning this match with the same score line as their B team who recorded the same score line over the Towerlands A at their home venue, top games coming from C Parker for the home side with a 18 dart game, and B Stevely with a 19 dart game for the visitors.

 

5th-7th April, Walter Abbott darts Week-End (Elgin)

What can I say a superb week end of darts with fabulous company meeting old friends and making new ones (the way it should be) Elgin town hall is a superb venue and if you have not been it is well worth going here for the darts week end, well run plenty of room 16 boards for the men down in the main hall and 8 boards upstairs for the Ladies,

Players from the west coast of Scotland who are usually to be found around the competitions were here in abundance, Margaret Ferguson, Katie Monaghan, Sandra Callary, June McCallum, Margaret Phillips, Heather Dempsey, Gillian Mitchell, and making sure the ladies behaved there was, Ronnie Sharp, Drew Callary, George Dempsey, Robert McCallum and obviously me myself I, and it was not a bad hall of prize monies that made it’s way back down the road South once the presentation was all over and done, with Margaret Ferguson just losing out in the Ladies final to Lynne Shearer, missed doubles in the first leg proved costly as Lynn then went from strength to strength, however Margaret had the consolation of picking up £ 150 for the runners up prize, the evergreen Katie Monaghan teamed up with rising county star June McCallum to make it through to the Ladies doubles final but just lost out as well but they also picked up a nice consolation prize in the shape of £120.

In the Men’s doubles it saw Ronnie Sharp & Jim Mitchell falling at the semi final stage but received £100 for their efforts on the ocky to help soften the loss!

George Dempsey had a good run in the men’s singles making it to the last eight and received £75 for his efforts on the flock board, and he cant be to disappointed as he also won I believe three raffle prizes one of them being a cracking bottle of good Malt Whisky which I am more than happy to help him taste!

In the Men’s singles (141 entries) it saw the last two protagonists left toeing the ocky being  Ayrshire’s Jim Mitchell up against former Scottish International Alex Morrison from Stornaway in the grand final in a best of three sets each set being 5x501, Alex took control winning the first set 3-1 but the old man then took the second set with all the legs going with throw, so one set to decide the championship and the title of Walter Abbott Champion for 2019, and it was Mitchell who took a 2-0 lead in the final set thanks to a 125 game shot which just gave him the edge Alex then came back and with tops left he had to watch as Jim took out 69 to claim the title and the £1200 first prize along with the Championship Cup, Alex receiving £600, for runners up place.

Couple of notes from the players from the west of Scotland and only the ones that were written down there will be more of that I am sure, For the ladies we had Kate Monaghan firing in a maximum 180 along with a 174 score in the grand final on the main stage, George Dempsey with no fewer than 6x180’s along with games finished in 14-15-16-17-18 darts and a 106 game shot, Ronnie Sharp with 3x180’s and a cracking 13 darter, as for myself all that I can remember are 125-108-77 and quite a few doubles hit having to win 7 matches to claim the title a brace of maximum 180’s and somewhere in the region of 10 legs finished in 18 darts or less!, perhaps the best set of arrows from the week end was Margaret Ferguson in winning her s/f match on the Saturday to claim her place in the grand final Margaret averages a superb 105 dart average which would have been even higher should she have clocked the double 20 from a throw at 145! (Wow)

To the committee of the Walter Abbott event Thank You a tremendous set up and superbly run with not a glitch anywhere, and having the finalists Piped on what a great way to finish of a superb week end of arrows, see you next year If the darting gods allow!

 

5th April, The final league matches in the Bathgate & District darts league saw the Champions crowned, and it was Rab Dick from Kirknewton who led his troops to victory, with his team of Kirknewton Innkeepers just edging out the highly fancied team from the Glen Mavis B.C. in Bathgate in the final run in, Champions for 2019 Kirknewton Innkeepers, R/up Glen Mavis B.C.

 

Results from the action around the ockies saw the results from the night go like this,

Glen Mavis (Bathgate) 5-4 Cross Tavern (Whitburn), top shots coming by way off, Paul McCaig with an 18 darter plus a handy 94 take out, Scott Baillie rock solid with a 20 dart game, William Borland also finishing in 20 darts and producing the top finish of the night with a cracking 135 kill shot, William then teamed up with Jamie Banks Jnr and they slotted in a rock solid 20 dart doubles game.

Coppies bar (Armadale) 5-4 Old Wine Store (Shott’s).

 Kirknewton Innkeepers (Kirknewton) 9-0 Glen Mavis B.C.’B’ (Bathgate), top action from the league champions with the Polbeth Hit -Man Davie Aitken firing out an 18 darter, Graeme Bird just one dart more going out in 19 arrows and recording yet another maximum 180, also on target on the treble twenties was the Pheasant Plucker himself Stevie Duncan rattling the treble twenty bed to also fire in a maximum 180.

Lammies bar (Fauldhouse)7-2 Coppies ‘B’ (Armadale), Stevie Glover rock solid 93 take out, John Brogan with a 20 dart game and yes you just cant keep those McDonald brothers out of the action this time Ricky McDonald firing in a maximum 180.

 

5th April, New Cumnock Darts & District Darts League.

Results in the league going like this,

Bridgend ‘B’ 1 -8 New Cumnock B.C.  Wullie Laird leading the way with an 18 darter and a cracking ton plus finish of 118, George Collumb snr & Wullie Laird then paired up in the doubles to also record another tidy 18 darter for the visitors.

 

W.M.C. 8 -1 Mauchline, Dean Lawrie firing in a brace of 20 darters, A, Salisbury on target with a maximum 180 and an 18 dart game,  rock solid game from Steven McBride going out in 20 darts, Dean McQuarrie just one arrow more finishing in 21 darts.

Coach House 5 -4 Cumnock Jnrs, Paul Bryden with undoubtedly the best of the nights action a superb 14 dart game, the Menzies family were also on top form with Ricky Menzies going out in 20 rock solid arrows, Cammy Menzies then one better with an 19 darter followed by a 21 dart game, it then saw Ricky Menzies & Mark Hamilton partnering up for a cracking 18 dart doubles game.

 

Brewery Bar 8 -1 Craighead, George Collumb Jnr on target with a 21 darter, Peter Malone two fast games finishing in 20 & 21 arrows, Owen McNiven with the fastest though with an impressive 16 darter and recording a maximum 180 along the way, Paul Ross also getting in on the action with a classy 19 darts for the Brewery bar.

 

Bridgend ‘A’ 8 -1Glenmuir, top game from this match saw Mike Ridgeway with a 21 darter for the Glenmuir.

 

1st April, West Calder & District Darts League,

Well the end of another season and the final two competitions have now been played and we have a brand new Delegates Champion, and it was perhaps two of the leagues nicest players both gentlemen of the ockies who faced of against each other, however there can only be one champion crowned and it was Ian Stevenson from the Doo Club Flyers who claimed the title edging out Brian Tosh McIntyre from the Letham Bowling club in the grand final, On the night the new Delegates Champion fired in 1x180 along with finishes of 77 & 95 take outs and finishing games in 18-19-19-20 darts.

 

The Champion of Champions saw two of the leagues top protagonists go head to head in the grand final and it saw two former champions toeing the ocky to try and annex this prestige’s title, Gordon (The) Bruce who has won the title once before was going for his second, however standing in his way was none other than the Polbeth (Hit-Man) Davie Aitken who had claimed the title no fewer than four times before and it was the Hit-Man who has now made it five Champion of Champions awards, and is now the leagues second most decorated player with C.O.C. victories on his C.V.

There was no wonder both these players made it to the grand final as both were playing out standing darts on the night, Gordon Bruce firing in a brace of maximum 180’s, along with 14-14-18-20 dart games, However Davie Aitken was in even better form firing in no fewer than nine games finished in 20 darts or less with 14-14-15-16-17-17-17-20-20 darters along with some tremendous scoring power firing in 180 and 177 scores along the way to annexing the title.

 

Other players firing in top shots were, Colin Hamilton with an 82 take out, Paul Weir maximum 180 score, Wullie Wilson with a brace of good game shots of 85 & 82 take outs, The defending champion of last season Scott Baker was also on target with a 127 game shot.

 

1st April, Dreghorn & District Darts League,

Alton ‘A’ 4-6 Sports Bar, some excellent games in this match up with players firing in sub 20 darters, for the Alton it saw B Wallace and G McConnell both firing in 20 dart games, Jamie Curran was on target with 16 & 21 dart games for the Sports bar, Graeme Fergusson on target with a brace of 19 darters, but top game without a doubt was Grant McCauley firing in a superb 12 darter and a more modest  19 dart game and a classy finish of 128 game shot and a maximum 180 as well.

 

R & A Sports bar 1-9 Alton ‘B’, Kevin McKinney leading the way in this match with games finished in 19 & 21 darts, Rab Povah on target with a rock solid 20 darter, Peter McGuiness on target with a 19 dart game, Greg Coulter was on superb form firing in 14 & 15 dart games along with a classy 117 game shot and a maximum 180.

 

Three Craws 3-7 Crown Inn, Dave Millar top game from this match up with a solid 21 dart game.

 

Irvine Water Sports Club 1-9 Irvine Parks B.C.  W McCann firing in the top shot with a maximum 180 score.

 

Towerlands ‘A’ 9-1 Towerlands ‘B’, Home Darby and it saw the Towerlands winning!, top shots coming from Birthday boy the evergreen Ronnie Sharp firing out winning games in 16 & 19 deadly arrows, the only other fast game came by way of some one even older than Ronnie, Jim Mitchell with a 15 darter with a 138 game shot.

 

30th March, And the place to be for Greater Glasgow county team was the Fairfield club in Govan , there was no match for the team as they had played all their matches , but a lot was at stake as every one was listening or watching as other scores from around the country came through on phones and any other mobile device they could listen or watch at!, Greater Glasgow were top of the South section of the Inter-Counties , But they could be caught depending on the result of the Lanarkshire v Borders match, and with nerves on tender hooks there was a massive cheer from the assembled county players and supporters when they realised that the Borders team could no longer catch them in the cumulative tables, and it saw Greater Glasgow win the South section by 6 points final league table looking like this Greater Glasgow 141 pts, Borders 135 pts, and so now to a play off against the North section champions  which was Grampian, and I am led to believe that there will be a showdown on the 27th April in Blairgowrie to see which team can claim the bragging rights as Scottish Champions,(cant wait) Now on the day some special presentations were given out, and they were,  Player’s of the Season went to a man who recorded 6 wins from 6 outing a superb performance and that man was none other than the player who has a cracking game shot call of (HELLO) George Collumb snr, and for the Ladies it was  Scottish International  Susanna  McGimpsey, both players playing absolute superb darts from the start of the season right till the end, as for the team of players who came to each match what a team playing supporting each other right to the very end of each county match it was something special to be a part of and I for one am already looking forward to next season so on that note, can I just say what  about our committee who did a fantastic job of selecting  a very difficult job with so many cracking players all wanting to play, and keeping everyone onboard right until the last dart point hit the good old flock board! As for myself can I just say a special thanks to Mr Wullie Laird and to Mr Neilie Campbell who got me to sign and then gave me the opportunity to play straight into the ‘A’ team, and to all the players who supported me from my first match until the last one of the season, Thank You. ( I’ve waited a long time to be in a team winning the league, Played my first county match for West Lothian v Borders in the Cross keys hotel  in Kelso 1981-82 season, and boy am I chuffed that’s an understatement)

New Cumnock & District Two Person Team R/up
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Steven McBride & Dean Lawrie
New Cumnock & District Two Person Team S/f
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Old Man Mitchell & and Almost as old Ronnie Sharp
New Cumnock & District Two Person S/f
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Paul Ross & George Collumb Jnr
New Cumnock & District Two Person Team Champions
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Rab Kerr & Owen McNiven

 

 

29th March

, Friday Night in the New Cumnock & District Darts League, Saw the Two Person team event being held in the Bridgend Bar in New Cumnock, this event was two single legs of 601 and should it go to 1-1- then a doubles leg of 701 would decide the victor, some tremendous pairings were in attendance and the action was hard fought on the ockies, however once the money rounds were reached the two pairings who fell at the s/f stages were Ronnie Sharp & Jim Old Man Mitchell, also losing out in the other s/f was the pairing of  George Collumb Jnr & Paul Ross, the pairing who just fell one step short and had to settle for the runners up place were the team of Steven McBride & Dean Lawrie, and the pair who claimed the title of Two Person Team Champions were Owen McNiven & Rab Kerr who did what no other team managed on the night they hit more doubles, Congratulations to both finalists who had to fight tooth and nail to claim this real tough event, Few top scores recorded and they were, Jim Mitchell 180 (N.C.b.c.)  Linsay Wylie 112 & 104 checkouts (Mauchline)  Paul Ross 180 & George Collumb jnr 180 (Brewery bar) also well done to the organisers Margaret Fergusson and Carol Gibson who had a huge job of work on their hands as one of the match boards was out of action due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

 

 

29th March, Bathgate Friday night league, saw the annual doubles championship played out at the Glenmavis B.C. in Bathgate, and once again it was a cracking competition but once the chalk dust had settled it saw that man again Allan McDonald of the infamous McDonald brothers along with his partner in crime John Brogan who ply their darting trade from the Lammies bar in Fauldhouse take the title in style defeating the top pairing of Andy Thomson Jnr & Scott Baillie in the grand final, congratulations to both teams.

 

29th March, West Calder & District Darts League Final Placings for season 2018/19

Congratulations to the Wanderers of Craigshill who play out of the Stirrup Stane  under the leader ship of the man called Big Daddy Frank Begley clinching their second Premier League title in three years, runners up were the Commercial Inn Nomads under the leadership of John Buoy Bruton who were only two points adrift so a fabulous season for both of these teams who ended up quite a bit in front of their nearest place team last seasons Volunteer Highway men who had to settle for third place this time around.

The Murray bar Crofters from Polbeth with team captain Craig Jack at the helm kept his team out in front for the whole season and claimed the title from the Tower bar Knights of Craigshill by just two points third place saw three teams all on the same points, Kirknewton Innkeepers, Commercial Inn Juniors, Stirrup Stane Indians, so congratulations to the champions and also to the runners up who made it a battle royal right to the very end of the season well done all involved.

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Denise & Gillian with fetching eyewear!
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Girls on Tour
Practise session in the Red Lion Pub
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Slovakian, England, Scotland, in Greece
After darts Presentation Party
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ATHENS REPORT 2019 with pics!!!!

What can I say well lets start at the beginning, It is not every day you get to play darts with a star from the T.V. and Film, but that is just what happened to myself in Athens in the doubles YES Kermit from the Muppets was my partner, and can he play darts, otherwise known as Kevan Meritt, this is a cracking dart player and if you ever get the chance to partner up with him take it with open arms, on the Friday night we had some excellent matches defeating teams from  Greece 4-1, Bulgaria 4-3, and that was a class match at 2-0 down they were high fiving it fist pumping etc, but then 2-1, they became a wee bit quieter, then when they were 3-1 up they were still fist pumping etc, however at 3-2 they be came a wee bit quieter then at 3-3 there was no exuberance from them and once we won 4-3 I think they realised that they had put Kermit and myself backs up hands shaken and perhaps a bit of respect was then shown, our next match the Russians and with Anastasia Dobromyslova supporting them we knew this was going to be a tough one to overcome but once we broke their throw thanks to a superb 100 take out by Kevan via 20-40-40 it was enough to break their concentration and a 4-1 win was ours and into the last 16, HOWVER perhaps one or two more beers or maybe the hour and a half wait did us in we were finished at 10 pm and it was almost midnight before we were back on, ah but a great night with some super friends was had and the team that put us to bed were without a doubt the deserved winners of that match doing us like kippers 0-4.

In the singles the next day it saw my first match against a Greek player and a 4-0 win recorded, next up a French player and once again a 4-0 win, Following day I was sitting in company when the French manager came across to talk to us and he told me how I had upset one of his players, I asked what had happened to be told that once I had beaten him he went back and reported that he was beaten by an Old Man who scored on treble nineteen’s oops sorry about that was my reply! but then perhaps my best match I was put to bed by Cypriot player Robo who was exceptional I missed tops for an 15 darter never got back to board next leg on double 14 after 12 arrows missed with next turn and once again never got back to board so an 0-4 defeat but a cracking match!!! The next singles saw myself a tad disappointed got a walk over first round then lost to Jason Marriot 2-4 could have won 5-1 if you get my drift but so could have he, so no problem time to mark the board and support a good friend the man nick named Big Burd by his better half Denise Halliwell, yes Wayne Halliwell was on a run getting to the semi finals of the Greek Open, and a  superb run as he also made it to the semi finals of the doubles with Marios Georgiou. Έλληνας Λουκά on the Friday night. So many thanks to all our friends who made Gillian and myself feel so welcome, Kermit, Wayne, Denise, Dimitri, Dennis, Michael, Benjamin and all the others we made friends with, hopefully Steve will make it next time as well as the Crete Open beckons later in the year, so safe travels to all and see in the sun sooner rather than later take care, Gillian & Jim M.

 

West Lothian Inter-Town League Report. (Thanks to Mr John Somerville for report)

 

Polbeth were looking to record back to back wins, and welcomed the Fauldhouse A team under the stewardship of Ricky McDonald to the Murray bar in Polbeth. First up in the doubles it saw the pairing of Callum Wilkinson & Michael Brady getting the first point for the home team, Next up the pairing of Colin Hamilton & Jamie Banks were simply outstanding with games finished in 17 &18 darts with Colin finishing in superb style with checking 98&104 kill shots,. Ricky & Kevin managed to pull a point back for the travelling Fauldhouse A, and the score 2-1 after the doubles. Polbeth dominated the triples winning both chalks,  so 6-1 to Polbeth with the all important singles to come remembering the points for these matches are 1 point for a doubles victory, two points fro a triples win and in the all important single it is 3 points for a victory, Polbeth won the opening singles then Fauldhouse started there fight back winning the next 3 games to take a 9-10 lead, but the home side weren't finished and won the last 2 singles to take victory 15-10, top shots obviously Colin Hamilton with his two superb finishes but also on target was Jamie Banks Jnr with a cracking 15 dart game, and Whitburn’s favourite Bumble Bee ( oops Wasp) Callum Wilkinson on target with 17 dart game and rock solid game shot of 81.

 

W.C.D.D.L. League Singles, the Blue ribbon event of the season saw some top action from all the boards in use, and in the Ladies section it saw Mary Clark from the Kirknewton Innkeepers claim the title of champion for the second time, just edging out perhaps the leagues longest serving player Daisy Heeps of the Doo Club Fanciers in the Grand Final, congratulations to both ladies for making the final.

The Men’s final saw William Borland representing the Doo Club Flyers keeping his superb season going with a final win over Kirknewton Innkeepers Rab Dick in a cracking final, John Somerville just lost out in the semi finals (have no name for the other s/f player!!!)

Some excellent action on the boards through out the night play and here are what was recorded and written down, From Longridge we had William Harraughty with a trio of excellent games recording 17-18-20 darters, West Calder’s Jamie Fleming on Fire with games finished in 19 and a brace of 20 dart games, Ian Baker also on target with a 19 darter, John Somerville finishing in a solid 20 darts, Gary Christie with 17 dart game, another Wanderers player firing in fast games was Craig Agnew with 19-20-20 darters, and Wullie Wilson with a brace of good games going out in 18&19 darts,

Top scorers from the night saw, Jamie Fleming with a cracking 174 score, Colin Hamilton on target with a maximum 180, Gary Christie with a brace of maximum 180 scores,

Top finishing power came by way off, Jamie Fleming with a classy 100 take out, Ian Stevenson a 115 take out, Wullie Wilson on target with a 116 game shot, John Somerville with a couple of top check outs via a cracking 121 game shot and a more sedate 84 kill shot,

However their can be only one Champion and William Borland was in top form through out the evening firing out two superb game shots of 137 and a magical 164 kill shot on the bulls eye, along with 7 games finished in under 19 darts with 14 the fastest and 18 the longest excellent finishing power. So congratulations to both finalists Champion William Borland, R/UP Rab Dick.

 

West Calder & District Darts News Update.

League results from the Premier league went like this,

 

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 7-2 Cawburn Railroaders, With the Wanderers now Champions of the Premier league it still had then firing out the big shots and leading the way was the Old man of Armadale darting leg-end! Yes Mick Burke with 19 dart game, joining him was Craig Agnew with a brace of quick games finishing in 19 & 21 arrows, John Miln’s was much quicker though going out in a cracking 16 deadly arrows, just two arrows behind was the Quiet man Brian Mairs with a solid 18 dart game.

Loganlea Colliers 5-4 Volunteer Highway Men.

Doo Club Flyers 1-8 Commercial Inn Nomads, Graeme Bird in fine form as he has been all season firing out a superb 140 and a rock solid 20 dart game, John Brett also rattling in a 140 score as did trio of Flyers all with 140 scores to their names Paul Weir, Aldo Sinclair, Ian Stevenson, fastest recorded match of the evening went to Graeme Bird & Craig Forrest in the doubles with a excellent 15 darter which culminated in a 104 take out.

Championship league results saw,

The Cawburn Steamers 4-5 Kirknewton Innkeepers, John Sandison the man in form in this match up firing out finishes of 127 and 87 take outs, and for the visitors it was the evergreen Billy Stirling rattling the treble twenty bed for a maximum 180 score.

Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 6-3 Doo Club Fanciers.

Commercial Inn Juniors 3-6 Tower Bar Knights, Top shot coming by way off the Scorpion Stevie Duncan with an excellent bull’s eye game shot.

Letham Bowlers 2-7 Stirrup Stane Indians, Brian Wallace with a rock solid finish off 96 for the Indians of Craigshill, and Brian Tosh McIntyre for the Bowlers with a maximum 180 and a 20 dart game top shots form this match up.

 

Dreghorn & District Darting Round Up.

William Gemmell from the Sports Bar took the Peter Crawford Memorial Singles title by the odd leg against Gentleman Jim Reid from the Alton who was involved in all 3 finals last night. William beat Stephen Hogg Towerlands "B" & Jim beat William Laird Towerlands "A" in their respective semi-finals.
Last nights winners of the Dreghorn Open Pairs were Jim Reid & Peter McGuiness Snr from the Alton "B" who beat Graham Ferguson & Ian Gunion Jr. from the Sports Bar in an exciting final.

This years winner of the Dreghorn Open Singles was "Big Mak" Kevin Mckinney Jnr who beat none other than the finals man and team mate Jim Reid in another good game. Kevin beat Ronnie Sharp Towerlands "A" and Jim beat Jamie Curran Sports Bar in the semi-final.

Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to the staff at our new venue at the R&A Suite Rosemary & Alex

 

Bathgate Friday night league, only report that I could find!

Cross Tavern from Whitburn 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Graeme Bird with a cracking 16 dart game, Gordon Bruce also with a 16 darter, Gary Christie on the maximum trail with a 180,The man they call the Polbeth Hit-Man firing in a superb 13 darter along with a more sedate 19 darter, The Ranger Paul Weir also on target with a maximum 180 score.
 
 

 

22nd March, New Cumnock Darts Friday Night League Action.

Craighead 1-8 New Cumnock, B.C.  top action came by way of, Wullie Laird 15 darter and a superb 150 checkout,  Margaret Ferguson 18 darter and a classy ton plus finish of  106.

Bridgend A 5-4 Mauchline, Alex Govan firing in a maximum 180 for the Bridgend in this match up.

Glenmuir 2 -7 Coach House,  I Hume on target with a maximum  180 for the Glenmuir, Paul Bryden also on target with a 180 score, Stewart Angus recording a solid 21 dart game for the Coach House.

Cumnock Jnrs 4 -5 Brewery Bar,

Bridgend B 1 -8 W.M.C. Cracking brace of maximum scores recorded by Richard Dalzell 2 x 180’s and a superb 14 dart game, but even that great game was overshadowed in the doubles with the pairing of  Steven Mc Bride & Richard Dalzell went out in a sizzling 12 darts for the Working Men’s Club.

 

Friday 29 March 2 person team in Bridgend A names in for 7.30 draw 7.45 start 8pm.

 

 

18th March, Dreghorn & District Darts League Results.

Three Craws 8-2 Irvine Water Sports Club,  Mary Cobb & Tricia Queen on target for the ladies with Mary winning 2-0 and Tricia 2-1.

Sports Bar 6-4 Towerlands ‘A’, some superb marksmanship in this match and leading the way was Kevin McInrue Jnr with a superb 170 take out, Ian Gunnion firing out some tremendous scoring with 1x177 and a brace of maximums, Wullie Burns and Andy Stewart also hitting the red lipstick in style recording maximum 180’s as well, Graham Fergusson firing in a cracking 1x177 score,  Jamie Curran & Andy Stewart finishing quick games with 16 darters and Kevin McInrue Jnr going out in 18 deadly arrows, Ronnie Sharp also getting in on the action with a cracking brace of 18 dart games.

Alton ‘B’ 8-2 Irvine Parks B.C. Kevin McKinney firing in  the fastest game in this match up with a cracking 17 darter,  J McCulloch with a 20 dart game and P McCullen 21 dart game and J Hall firing in a maximum 180 score.

Towerlands ‘B’ 3-7 R&A Sports Bar, M Tracey for the Towerlands firing in a maximum 180, and fastest recorded game E Pick with a rock solid 20 darter.

Crown 7-3 Alton ‘A’, David Millar on target with a cracking 15 darter and a ton plus 112 game shot, B Wallace on target with a maximum 180 and a solid 20 darter.

 

16th March, And another tick done on my bucket list as Elders Bar in Glasgow was the destination for another well run tournament by the Kate and John Road show, Some top players taking to the ockies with four men’s boards in action and the games best of 7x501, there was also a ladies board as well for their own competition, this could turn out to be a very well supported venue, however there can be only one! And crowned champion on the day was John McCallum receiving £200, Runner up with a £100 for his efforts was Wullie Kirkwood, and semi finalist receiving £50 each were the man called No-Nonsense and our master of ceremonies on the day John Jamieson and Bob Baird, in the Ladies matches it saw a round robin event take place as their were only 5 ladies and it saw Debbie McBride winning the £35  first prize with June McCallum receiving £15 for her efforts on the day, as for myself enjoyed a few (perhaps couple more than that) beers and actually won a couple of matches and found my range on the twenties with can you believe it four hit, unfortunately in the quarters at 2-0 up somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, good game and just a few wires in it, all in all a good day out very enjoyable.

 

15th March, Action from the New Cumnock Friday night league,

And the league may have been wide open as the leaders the New Cumnock B.C. Were brought down to earth losing out 4-5 to the travelling players from the Cumnock Jnrs team who took the match by the tightest of margins, couple of top shots from this match up saw Andrew Callary Jnr with solid 21 dart game Willie Laird recording an 18 darter, Top player though with out question was Brian Neil finishing in 17 & 19 arrows, top finish was a solitary 110 game shot from Old Man Mitchell.

 

Working Men’s Club 8-1 Craighead, top finishes in this match had S McBride with a tasty 100 game shot, R Parker also with a ton plus finish a classy 113 kill shot.

 

Bridgend ‘A’ 3-6 Coach House, some excellent scores coming from this match up and leading the way with a superb finish was Alex Govern finishing on a 150 game shot, Paul Bryden 2 x180’s and a tidy 19 darter, Ricky Menzies also firing in a maximum 180 and games finished in 17 & 19 deadly arrows.

 

Brewery Bar 8-1 Glenmuir, top game here was T Wilson with a rock solid 19 darter.

 

15th March, Bathgate Friday night league results, Kirknewton Innkeepers 6-3 Old Wine Store, couple of special mentions here and topping them is Innkeepers captain Rab Dick with a superb 170 game shot and a more modest 84 take out along with games finished in 15 & 17 arrows, The Ranger Paul Weir was also on target rattling the treble twenty bed for a maximum 180 score.

 

Lammies Bar Fauldhouse 2-7 Cross Tavern Whitburn, and once again you just cant keep these McDonald brothers out of the top shots this time Ricky McDonald with a classy 92 game shot, M Brady firing in a maximum 180 along with a solid 18 dart game, D McIntyre also getting in on the action with a 20 dart game, top doubles action came from M Brady & Kenny Cochrane with a solid 20 dart game.

 

Corrie Bar Armadale 6-3 Coppies ‘A’ Armadale , top game here saw the Old Man of Armadale darts Mick Burke firing in a classy 16 dart game, life in this old arrow smith yet!

 

11th March, Action from the Dreghorn & District Darts League,

The venue for the nights action on the ockies was the Irvine Parks B.C. and the competition was the league triples which is played with 1 x701 triples, 1x601 doubles and 3x501 singles legs, and once the chalk dust had settled and the doubles were hit the champions crowned on the night were the team of Jim Reid, Peter McGuiness and Kevin McKinney Jnr, taking the title in style defeating William Lairds team of the two Jim’s Law & Mitchell in the grand final, with four boards in action it saw a well run competition once again under the master of ceremonies Mr Wullie Burns who kept the action going smoothly on all four boards.

 

11th March, West Calder & District Darts League,

This was the annual Doubles competition and there were some superb matches played through out the night’s competitions, and it was a double success for the East Calder as both champions play for the Doo Club in East Calder, In the Ladies final it saw Kathy Henderson & Denise Bird take the honours for the Doo Club Fanciers just edging out Kirknewton pairing of Amanda Millar & Mary Clark in a super final. The Men’s final could not have been closer with once again a team from the Doo Club in East Calder which were Paul (the Ranger) Weir & William Borland defeating the Volunteer Highway Men pairing of Rex (Cool Hand) Brady & Peter Hastings in the grand final,

Special mentions from the evening’s matches had, William Borland with a brace of maximum 180’s and a tidy 81 game shot, and with his partner in crime Paul Weir they also recorded 15 & 17 darters, Paul was also on target with a maximum 180 of his own, Rex Brady & Peter Hastings both recording rock steady game shots of 78, Rex & Pete also on target with 18 darter, John Sandison couple of good finishes with 79 & 84 take outs, Craig Agnew also firing in a maximum 180 score and with his partner John Miln’s they recorded a a cracking 17 dart game.

 

10th March, West Lothian Inter-Town Super League Result.

Thanks to Mr John Somerville for the report, Last seasons Inter-Town Champions Polbeth welcomed the Pumpherston ‘A’ team to the Murray bar who were under the captaincy of the one and only man affectionately known as Melman! Mr Gary Christie, Polbeth were looking to get back on track after suffering a rare defeat last time out, Both teams were missing a few regulars and a few hangovers were also noticeable after Saturdays antics at Kirknewton Open which was won by Alan McDonald, this format for league play is doubles played first then triples and lastly the singles matches which have the most points to be earned! It was the home side Polbeth who came out the traps quickly with Colin Hamilton & John Brogan winning 2-0 against a strong pairing in Paul Weir and John Miln’s. Next up it saw Jamie Banks Jnr & Davie Aitken who won 2-0 against Kevin Jamieson & John Martin, Pumpherston finally got a point on the board with Willie Wilson and Ian Baker winning 2-0 against John Somerville & John Brett, and so to the triples and it saw the honours shared with one win each so 4-3 to Polbeth with the all important singles still to play, and it was Pumpherston who started Quickly in the singles also by now  the hangovers had started to clear and they came out flying winning the first 3 singles, so staring defeat in the face it was all or nothing for Polbeth, and did they rally well knowing they couldn't afford to lose another chalk and they didn't disappoint with John Brett, John Brogan both winning it meant it was all down to the last singles game and the Polbeth Hit Man known locally as Davie Aitken who didn't falter as he won to give the home team a much needed victory, so final score a cracking match up and only one point between then teams 13-12 to Polbeth the score on the board.

Couple of special mentions and these go to, John Brogan 96 c/o, Paul Weir 90 c/o, John Brett 20 darts, Colin Hamilton 90 c/o 20 darts.

 

Snippet from Saturdays action in Kirknewton saw Bathgate’s Andy Thomson Jnr reaching the semi/ finals and on the way returning scores of 3x180’s 1x174 and game shots of 115 & 106 5 games finished in 16 darts or less superb marksmanship only John Donaldson stopping him from reaching the final by the odd leg in 7.

 

Snippets of information! Andrew Davidson just losing out in the P.D.C. Development tour in the s/f by the odd leg in 9 to the runner up in the comp Nathan Rafferty, winner was Ted Evetts.

Alan McDonald wins open competition at the Kirknewton Inn defeating John Donaldson in the grand final. Andy Boulton win Sportsman bar in Rutherglen. Mark Barilli won in Greenock. Keith O’Neil wins at the New Pheasant in Haddington

 

8th March, New Cumnock Friday league, and it was the 301 Double in Double out competition, this was held in the Cumnock Jnrs club, and with 52 entries the competition was tough, but once the chalk dust had settled the last two players left standing were, Ricky Menzies from the Coach House and George Collumb from the New Cumnock B.C. and in a superb final it saw George Collumb finishing in style and claiming the title with a majestic 170 game shot, congratulations to both players for making it through to the grand final they did what no one else did all night they hit more doubles!

8th March, WHAT can be said, Richie McBride on the night was going round the hall selling raffle tickets and an amazing £145 was raised, which will go to the Disability Darts Ayrshire branch, this was all down to Richie and his team mates who put up the prizes and then sold the raffles, so to all who contributed THANK YOU, it was a fantastic gesture and very much appreciated, Jim Mitchell (chairperson D.D.A.)

 

8th March, Bathgate in West Lothian Friday night league results,

Glen Mavis ‘A’ 7-2 Coppies ‘A’, Some excellent shooting in this match with Billy Meikle firing out a ton plus 102 game shot, Brian Donaldson finishing in 19&20 darts, Andy Thomson with even faster games going out in 18&19 deadly arrows, Marc Campbell also with two fast games finished in 19720 darts along with a solid 75 game shot, in the doubles it saw Andy Thomson & Brian Donaldson finishing in 19 arrows, Marc Campbell & Callum Cockburn went even faster with two cracking legs finished in 16&18 darts.

Old Wine Store 7-2 Lammies Bar, Wullie Cunningham  firing  in a superb 15 darter, and also throwing in a maximum 180 along the way, Billy Byrne finishing on a ton plus game shot of 107, in the doubles it had Jocky McLaren & Mark Storrie going out in 16 arrows, but man of the night had to be one of those dastardly McDonald brothers and it was Alan McDonald firing out a superb 14 darter and some top class scoring with 1x177 and 1x180 and a tidy 74 take out.

 

7th March, Premier League results from the Fairfield club in Govan,

Some cracking match ups, with the league now getting into the final quarter of the season it saw a top of the table clash between Willie Lairds Fairfield team and Big Neillie Campbell’s team and with every game worth a point there was very little between these two teams but it saw Willie Lairds boys just edge it  by 9 games to 7, with this match being so close it gave the Wee Crew and George Collumb’s team’s the chance to close the gap on the top two, and the league now looks like this scores now stand, Fairfield Club 135 pts, Neil’s 121 pts, The Wee Crew 110 pts, Hello 109 pts, Bridge 98 pts, W.D 140’S 98 PTS, Joe McWoods 84 pts, Ashfield 82 pts, Pockets 59 pts.

Results from the night were Fairfield 9-7 Neil’s, Pockets 3-13 Bridge, Hello 14-2 Ashfield, The Wee Crew 7-9 W.D.140’S, Joe McWoods free week.

 

4th March, Results from the West Calder & District league,

In the Premier League scores went like this,

Commercial Inn Nomads 3-6 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, some excellent games in this match with John Bruton’s  home side having Graeme Bird finishing a cracking 86 take out finishing on the bulls eye, David Aitken known as the Polbeth Hit-Man rattling in a maximum 180, and reigning Champion of Champion for the league Scott Baker on target with a solid 96 game shot, However it was the visiting team under Big Daddy Frank Begley’s leadership who took the points on offer, Micky Burke on target with cracking 110 game shot and a tidy 18 darter, Craig Agnew only one dart more finishing on 19 deadly arrows, and top game of the nights action coming by way of John Miln’s with a classy 17 darter.
Volunteer Highway Men 9-0 Central bar Rebels.

Cawburn Railroaders 5-4 Doo Club Flyers, J Martin for the home side on target with a solid 20 dart game, in the doubles it saw the pairing of Grant Lyle & Kevin Jamieson finishing in 16 darts, for the visitors it was Stephan Hume who fired in their top game a solid 20 darter.

Loganlea Colliers 4-5 Almondale Pirates, no report of any fast games but must have been tight as only one point separating both teams!

 

Championship League results read like this,

Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, another tough match to call with only on one point the difference in the end, Billy Stirling the man with the top finishing power in this match for the Innkeepers finishing on 72& 89 game shots.

Doo Club Fanciers 3-6 Commercial Inn Juniors, Top shot saw one of the leagues top lady players Kathy Henderson finishing on the bulls eye with a cracking 70 take out.

Murray bar Crofters 3-6 Cawburn Steamers, the visiting team may just have thrown a life line to the chasing pack in the Championship league as the Crofters falter a thing that has not happened many time so far this season, (is the pressure mounting) only time will tell, big Craig Jack will have his players all and ready for next weeks action of that I am sure!

Tower bar Knight 7-2 Letham Bowlers, two very valuable points for the Knights of Craigshill especially with the leaders crashing and burning at home, will this be enough though to catch the Crofters the next few weeks will tell!

 

4th March, Dreghorn & District darts league results,

Irvine Parks B.C. 5-5 Towerlands ‘B’.

Towerlands ‘A’ 6-4 Crown Inn, Margaret Ferguson leading the finishing stats in this match up with an excellent ton plus finish of 108, William Laird going out in a steady 17 dart game for the home side, for the visitors it saw David Millar firing in the quickest game of the evening a rock solid 16 darter, Dean McQuarrie on target with a 20 dart game.

Alton  ‘A’ 8-2 Three Craws, top games coming by way off, Davie Tennant with 19 darter, as was B Wallace also finishing in 19 darts, Graham McConnell two darts better going out in 17 & 20 arrows, Hannah Bell finishing in a rock steady 21 darts.

Irvine Water Sports Club 1-9 Alton’B’ top action from this league match had Robert Povah finishing in 17 deadly arrows.

R&A Sports bar 2-8 Sports bar, lots of top action in this match and leading the statistics was, John McLauchlan with 14 & 21 darts and a maximum 180 score as well, three players on target with 16 dart games and these were, Kevin McInrue Jnr, Graham Ferguson and Jamie Curran all with excellent 16 dart games, Grant McCauley solid 21 dart game, and on the maximum trail it had Andy Stewart rattling the red lipstick and recording a maximum 180.

 

3rd March, New Cumnock Darts League Results,

Glenmuir 1-8 New Cumnock B.C. on the ocky it was the travellers who hit the big shot’s, Big Drew Callary firing in 19 & 21 dart games along with a maximum 180, Ronnie Sharp finishing in 21 darts and Willie Laird hitting the treble twenties to record yet another maximum 180 in the league.

Cumnock Jnrs 3-6 W.M.C. Bryan Neil, Richard Dalzell and A Salisbury  all on target with 19 darters, Steven McBride the only player to rattle the twenty bed firing in a full house to record a maximum 180.

Bridgend ‘B’ 1-8 Craighead.

Bridgend ‘A’ 2-7 Brewery bar, Les Balfour firing in a maximum 180 along with a 18 darter, Owen McNiven with the fastest game recorded in the league a superb 13 dart game,

Mauchline 6-3 Coach House, fast games coming by way off, D Patterson with a 19 darter, Paul Bryden two quick games going out in 18 & 21 arrows and finishing on a cracking ton plus game shot of 129, Jim McCutcheon finishing in 20 darts and firing in a maximum 180 as well.

 

2nd March, Jay Millar who plays for the Kirknewton Innkeepers in the West Calder & District Monday night league was in action representing Aberdeen in the Scottish Deaf Darts Association competition held in Dundee this week end, Jay with partner Daniel Morrison had been on fire in the doubles competition recording some tremendous legs of arrows on their way to the grand final firing in 4x17 darters, 3x18 darters, 2x19 dart games, only just losing out to Glasgow in the Grand Final, in the four person team event they finished 2nd in the league, which had teams from Dundee A, Glasgow B, Fife B, and recording wins of 4-0 against Glasgow B and Fife A, the final saw an all Dundee affair with their A team defeating the B team 4-2.

 

2nd March, West Lothian Inter-town League (report from Mr John Somerville)

Only the one match this week and it saw a close encounter on the ocky with Fauldhouse ‘B’ just edging the match defeating Fauldhouse ’A’ by a solitary point 13-12, top action from the ocky came by way off, Kevin McMahon & Patrick McDonald firing in 23 dart legs of 601 for 26+ dart average in the doubles, Alan McDonald on target with a 20 darter in the singles which is a 501 game for a 25 dart average, Alex McPheat even faster finishing power rattling in a 18 dart game for a 27+ dart average, Jamie Bishop firing in the only maximum 180 score of the day,  other league matches are being played next week. So at the moment it has Fauldhouse ‘B’ 40 Points, Fauldhouse ‘A’ 38 Points, Polbeth 37 Points, Pumpherston ‘B’30 Points, Pumpherston ‘A’ 24 Points, And the Ladies on 6 Points.

 

2nd March, Greater Glasgow Co-Coordinator Mr Neilie Campbell with a few words from yesterday’s action in the Inter Counties South of Scotland area, Good morning everybody!
We required a no nonsense display against Clackmannanshire in our last county game of the season and boy did we get one!
What a fantastic bunch of people you lot are, a collection of winners, a collection of champions, no superstars and no pre Madonna’s just a collection of friends who have quickly grown together and moulded into a team that has so much strength and character and created this barrier that our opponents have found it impossible to penetrate this season, Clackmannan were no different than any other county and gave a solid performance against us but they, as other teams did, found us to be far to strong and resolute to be broken down.
Ladies ‘B’ Result, a struggling Yvonne Quinn got us off to a poor start in a 0-2 defeat but Laura Ross kick started our day with an inspiring 2-0 win to get us back level, then it was June time, June Mccallum once again delivered for the crew with a 2-0 win  and we are on our way to our ladies B first win of the season because Voni Duff was on last and she was not in the mood to lose and came through with a hard fought 2-0 victory, well done to our ladies ‘B’ 3-1 winners.

 Men’s ‘B’ Result, The Badger! A 24.64 ave and a 3-0 win, hold your head high Craig Abernethy who has had a fantastic season for us, next up its Dunky otherwise known as Tracey Wyper once again our chairman delivers with a solid 3-1 win, an off form David Park lost out to the classy fifer Connor Allan in a tight match, Gerry Mourinho Greenwood was  fourth man up for us and once again shows us all just how classy a player he is with an excellent 3-1 win, Brian Mccuaig showed us all yesterday just how much his game has improved with a superb 3-2 win over Davie Hanson and a 22.86 dart ave, and Dean Fitch does what Dean usually does and gets the job done with a comfortable win despite loosing 2 legs, Men’s ‘B’ 5-1 winners.

 Ladies ’A’ Result,  Once again a rather off form Laura Grant grinds out a 3-0 win as does Macphee Llornax who had to work  hard for her 3-0 victory, Lynn Cowan lost out to their best woman of the day Marion Scott by 1-3, but then Jordan McNally had a solid 3-0 win to get us back on track, Margaret Ferguson had an impressive 19.78 dart average in her 3-0 win and then it's Suzzy time a 23.86 dart average from Susana McGimpsey and 3-0 win making sure of Scotland's number 1 spot stays with Susanna, you are an absolute legend Susanna! No higher accolade Ladies ‘A’ 5-1 winners.

 Men's ‘A’ Result, this match got off to a flier with the rock solid Michael Sheehan winning  4-1 win with 24.91 ave, Brian Tennant up next and a superb 4-0 win who was extremely impressive in his first 2 legs, John Mccallum had an impressive 25.14 dart ave in his 4-1 victory, then it was without question the game of the day, Jim Mitchell grinding out a 4-3 victory over John Connal with an absolutely wonderful display of darts, fabulous scoring and finishing to die for, what a display from Jim to win the deciding leg with 14 darts and a 27.81 ave, breathtaking Mr Mitchell ( and to think wee Dunky had offered to help this old man on to the stage !)  then the reliable John Williamson steps up to record a 4-1 win to give us a 5-0 lead including a fabulous 127 out shot, Next up was Jnr yes George Collumb Jnr went off like a train and a cracking15 dart leg but Craig Baxter came back to win with a solid display, team captain William Laird had to dig deep to grind out a 4-2 win and a cracking 25.08 ave, the evergreen Ronnie Sharp  was involved in a cracker but a few loose darts in the last leg cost Ronnie the set, Andrew Callary Jnr was also involved in a cracker and at 2-3 down it was all or nothing and a superb revival and Andy wins 4-3 with a  24.22 dart average, then it's HELLO time as George Collumb Snr took to the ocky to record a 4-0 win with a 25.05 ave and a superb record of played 6 won 6 and off to the Masters he will go and in my opinion our player of the year, Andrew Broll was also involved in a cracker and a fighting  4-3 victory in a " win ugly " situation well done Andrew, Big Drew Callary had 9 darts on the floor in this match and a 3-4 defeat, but even with all those arrows on the floor he still kept grinding away, sums up this crew really, Men’s ‘A’ 9-3 winners.

 

Thank you each and every one of you for being part of this wonderful crew we have, I was part of " the crew " the last time we won this championship many years ago and although not certain of the championship outcome this season I know winners when I see them and believe me you people are winners, each and every one of you.
(Mon the Crew) Big Neillie Campbell.

 

1st March, Bathgate Friday night league at it was the J Boyle 5 person team event, and it saw Bathgate’s Glenmavis B.C. ‘A’ Edging out the Lammies team from Armadale in the grand final, William Borland only maximum 180 recorded or reported so far!

 

25th Feb, West Calder & District Darts League,

As February comes to a close it has the Crofters from Polbeth who play out of the Murray bar keep a tight grip on the top position in the Championship league, this week it saw the Crofters winning 8-1 against the leagues only lady team the Doo Club Fanciers.

 

Deans B.C. Golden Oldies losing out to Fred Hamilton’s team the Stirrup Stane Indians from Craigshill by 3 games to 6.

 

Commercial Inn Jnrs 5-4 Letham Bowlers from Craigshill looks like this was real tussle and the home side just edging it.

 

Cawburn Steamers and the Tower bar Knights fought out another tough one to call but it saw Gerry Hughes team just edging it 5-4 for a valuable two points

Couple of special mentions and these go to, Big Geordie Dryburgh from the Golden Oldies of Deans Village finishing on a tasty shanghai 120 game shot, John Sandison from the Steamers cracking ton plus finish of a 114 take out, Derek Yule for the Commercial inn Jnrs with a rock solid 84 game shot and team mate Jason Rae getting in on the action with a 75 take out, Jim Purse captain of the Commercial Inn Jnrs firing in a maximum 180 score,  and fast doubles game coming from the Crofters of Polbeth with Craig Jack & Ben Hart finishing in 19 darts.

 23rd Feb, And the Bob Hall Memorial competition was held in the Royal British Legion in Bathgate and 40+ dart players toed the ocky to try and win this memorial competition, the last eight players saw, John Kirk 3-2 John Davie, Andy Thomson Jnr 3-2 Darren Gray, Andy Davidson 3-0 John Sandison, Scott Baillie 3-1 Willie Wilson, and now there were four left to battle it out for the title, and the semi finals which were now the best of 7x501went like this, Andy Thomson Jnr 4-0 John Kirk, Andy Davidson 4-0 Scott Baillie, and here it was the two Andy’s toeing the ocky to try and annex this title which is played in memory of one of West Lothian’s top players from yester year, and in a superb final it saw Andy Davidson claim the title with a fighting 4-2 victory over Andy Thomson Jnr, it takes two make a great final and without a doubt these were the top two players on the day as they did what no one else did they hit more doubles! Also many thanks to the hard working committee of Liz McLean and William Wilson and of course the main sponsor for this event the Royal British Legion of Bathgate with out committee’s and sponsors these events can not take place, once again well done to all who attended this memorial event I am sure Bob would have been looking down and saying not the way I would have gone for that shot out, well done everyone., Only statistics I have are for the gallant runner up Andy T who fired in 4x180’s along with a cracking 177 score and finishes of 122& 101, John Sandison was in good form on the day firing in games finished in 17-18-20 darts, along with 92 & 76 game shots, I’m sure there are many more so if anyone has some stats they can send me please do (much appreciated)

 

22nd Feb, New Cumnock & District Darts League.

Bridgend ‘A’ 2-7 New Cumnock B.C’ Only a couple of games to report here and it saw a brace of 20 darters recorded by Big Drew Callary & Jim Mitchell.

 Craighead 7 -2 Mauchline, lot of hot action on the ocky in this match up and it had  Bert Ross finishing in 18 darts, Scott Mc Pheators only one dart more going out in 19 darts, Robert Parker then finishing in 20 darts, top doubles action saw the pairing of  Stephen Thom & Craig Nicol taking 17 darts.

W.M.C. 8 -1`Glenmuir, Richard Dalzell on target with a maximum 180,  A. Salisbury finishing a fast game with a 16 darter, Darren Findlater taking out a game in 18 darts, Michael Bennett solid game of arrows finishing in 21 darts.

Bridgend ‘B’ 0 -9 Cumnock Jnrs.

Next Friday March the 1st has, Glenmuir v N.C.B.C., Cumnock Jnrs v W.M.C, Bridgend ‘B’ v Craighead, Bridgend ‘A’ v Brewery Bar and Mauchline v Coach House.

 

22nd Feb, Bar Yellow in Cumbernauld had a superb entry for their open competition with 70+ entries, and it was Ryan Murray from Lothian who just edged out Brian Mccuaig in a cracking final.

 

22nd Feb, Couple of snippets to be added to league tables last Saturday N.T.S.O. saw Grant Lyle keeping his good form going firing in 15&18 darters along with a ton plus 106 game shot.

 

22nd Feb, Only result I have heard from the Bathgate league is Glenmavis ‘A’ 5-4 Corrie bar, some excellent shooting from players from both teams, Andy Thomson on target with a maximum 180 and a 20 darter, Marc Campbell also with identical matches with a maximum 180 and also finishing in 20 darts, Jamie Banks Jnr rock solid 97 take out, old man of Armadale darts saw Mick Burke finishing on a two rock steady game shots of 94 & 92, team mate Ian Battison also on target firing in a solid 92 game shot as well.

 

18th Feb, Local West Lothian players who play in the Airdrie dart leagues have just secured their place in the league Triples final to be played later in the season Scott Baillie, Andy Thomson Jnr and Thommo Smith, Andy with a maximum 180 and a 120 game shot and Thommo finishing on a rock solid 94 helping them along the way to secure a final place.

 

18th Feb, Dreghorn & District dart League results,

Crown Inn 8-2 R&A Sports Bar, top action from this match up had, Dean McQuarrie rattling in a 19 darter, John McLauchlan two darts better with a cracking 17 dart game, David Millar getting in on the action with a ton plus game shot of a 102, Only maximum 180 scorer was Liam Dean who rattled the treble twenty bed.

 

Alton ‘A’ 9-1 Irvine Water Sports Club, Dave Tennant with two fast games finishing in 20&21 darts, Graeme Mcconnell on target with a maximum 180 score, And for the ladies it saw Lorraine Winton giving the travelling ladies something to cheer with a cracking win.

 

Towerlands ‘B’ 3-7 Alton ‘B’ some excellent shot’s in this match with Stephan Hogg leading the way with a ton plus finish of 118 and also recording a maximum 180, Kevin McKinney was in superb form recording a brace of 171 scores along with the fastest recorded game an excellent 15 darter along with 108 take out.

 

Sports Bar 8-2 Irvine Parks B.C., Grant McCauley with the fastest game in this match a 16 dart game, Jamie Curran only one dart more going out on 17 deadly arrows also hitting the red lipstick with superb accuracy recording a maximum 180, Ian Gunion Jnr finishing in 18 darts, Wullie McCann ton plus game shot of 102 the top game shot recorded.

 

Three Craws 3-7 Towerlands ‘A’ Now the last time these two teams met the Three Craws turned the Towerlands team over, however this time it saw the travellers take the points on offer some very close matches only the doubles in the end the difference between the teams top games came from, Tony Crancher with a brace of fast games finishing with two 20 darters, Joe Balentyne also going out in 20 darts, as did Margaret Ferguson who was also on target with a rock solid 20 darter, One of the elder statesmen of the Ayrshire dart scene yes Ronnie Sharp showing age is nothing in this sport of ours finishing on a 106 ton plus game shot for the best out shot of the night, Now just for information the Towerlands team were missing their front man who was sunning himself in Portugal (thought you had to have a doctors line to miss a match) and though it is big shoes to fill? It saw Big Neillie Campbell step up to the ocky and get the visitors of to a great start, wonder if our missing player will be back next week or perhaps he has found a nice sunny location as in a step! To sit on LOL.

 

18th Feb, And action from the West Calder & District dart league which held their annual 301 singles competition which is played the good old fashioned way with a double start a real dart players game! On the night some superb performances from a lot of players, First up saw Denise Bird of East Calder just edging out Mary Clark of Kirknewton in the ladies singles final, Denise with the fastest ladies game with a superb 15 dart leg.

 

18th Feb, The W.C.D.D.L. Men’s Championship saw William Borland take the title beating the evergreen Gordon Bruce in a cracking final, This was William’s second title in three years, Now some superb scores recorded on the night and it saw William Borland firing in 2 x170’s along with a supporting set of finishes which were quite simply superb just by them selves and these were 141-136-124-101take outs, Gordon Bruce was no slouch himself recording a cracking 156 kill shot along with a 112 kill shot he also finished and remember these are 301 double starts matches games finished in 9 & 12 darts take outs, Also joining in on the big finishes was a former two times league singles champion John Kirk with a cracking 131 via 51-Top’s Top‘s, Ian Stevenson also with two excellent game shots of 120 & 96 take outs and 11&9 dart games, N (Jason) Rae with a shanghai on the twenties for a 120 game shot and also a 9 darter, Kirknewton’s William Millar with a rock solid 92 game shot, Boris from the Loganlea Colliers getting in on the action with a 10 darter, and the only maximum score recorded on the night went to Mark Lee with a 180 score.

 

17th Feb, Always nice to see a few old friends in attendance at the Scottish and of course meet a few new ones! But one person I must mention was Armadale’s Mick Burke, not quite sure how he managed to shake of his carer! Or perhaps he actually got a day release pass! Anyway if what I am hearing is true he may well have taken back the crown of Armadale’s number one dartist now there is a gauntlet thrown down to Scott Baillie, one waits with baited breath to see how the outcome of this challenge goes will the old evergreen Mick who just about has the power to project his arrows into the good old flock board (just) manage to hold onto the title or will young gun Scott Baillie be up to the challenge of taking the crown from the old man (lol)

 

17th Feb, Scottish Open Doubles, and it saw the pairing of Graham Morrison & Jim Mitchell getting a wee run going winning 3-0, 3-2, 3-0, 3-2 before losing out in the last 16 to international pairing of Chris Landman & Martjin Kleemaker And just for a wee bit of info it saw Graham and Jim firing in 6 sub 18 dart games on their wee run with 14 the best however it was at 2-2 with Chris & Martjin it saw the international pairing rattling in a fantastic 11 darter to put Jim & Graham‘s run to an end, on the day Morrison & Mitchell rattled in 14-16-16-17-17-18 darters not to shabby for a scratch pairing! And it saw the international pairing make it through to the grand final where they just lost out to Cody Harris & Diogo Portela, In the Men’s championship it saw Wesley Harms take the title defeating Cody Harris in the grand final and for the Ladies it was three time world champion Lisa Ashton who edged out Sharon Fallock in the grand final.

 

16th Feb, Scottish Open, ahh perhaps not a lot to report as most of us took early baths in the first couple of rounds!

 

16th Feb, Harleys Sky Bar in Rutherglen was the venue and under the watchful eyes of Kate Monaghan and ably assisted by John No Nonsense Jamieson they kept this tournament running smoothly and with an excellent turn out with 50+ it was once again another feather in Kate’s cap as she certainly keeps the competitions coming in the Rutherglen area, and it was James Simpson who claimed the title and the winners purse, losing out in the final was Tam Mcc and semi finalists had Stephan Carson & Colin Nicol receiving £50 for their efforts on the day.

 

16th Feb, Not the Scottish Open which was held in Pumpherston at the Cawburn Sports bar under master of ceremonies Mr Kirk Gordon it saw Graeme Bird take the title with a superb 6-5 victory over Colin Millar and when you consider Graeme Was 0-5 down in a race to 6 this was a tremendous achievement. In the Ladies final it saw Mary Clark of Kirknewton defeating Lynne Sybbald in another thrilling final.

 

15th Feb, Another top night of entertainment as the R&A Sports bar in Irvine under the banner of Wullie Burns darts promotions and of course his hard working committee, They had two excellent professionals on show, From the North of England there was Big Robbo the Pride of the Tyne Mr Gary Robson, and the one and only the man they call Silverback Mr Tony O’Shea, they mingled with the crowd posed for photos, played lots of players and quite simply they entertained in a cracking venue, well organised and two gentlemen of the ocky put on an excellent show and with a crowd of roughly a hundred in attendance a good night was had by all.

 

15th Feb, Bathgate Friday night league results.

Coppies ‘A’ 5-4 Lammies Bar ‘B’

Old Wine Store4-5 Glenmavis B.C. ‘B’

Kirknewton Innkeepers 7-2 Glenmavis ‘A’

Couple of top shots from the leagues action saw Wullie Wilson finishing a tidy 116 take out, another player finishing on a ton plus was Peter Laverty with a cracking 109 game shot, John Brogan with a brace of good take outs with 94 & 106 finishes John also firing in a rock solid 19 darter.

 

11th Feb, West Calder & District League Results.

Premier League,  Doo Club Flyers 5-4 Almondale Pirates, Sounds like this was a cracker jack of a match with everything going down the wire to the very last leg of the nights games, Top score coming by way of Aldo Sinclair  who registered his second league maximum 180 for the Doo Club Flyers.

Volunteer Highway Men 4-5 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Yet another match going the distance,  and some excellent scores being recorded for the home side it saw Jamie Banks on target with a maximum 180, also for the home side we had Graeme Borland firing in a superb 16 darter,  however it was the visitors who had more top scores and these came by way off, the evergreen Mick Burke from Armadale with a brace of 17 darters and recording a maximum 180, John Miln’s finishing even faster with a 15 dart game and a superb 125 game shot, Brian Mairs with a superb 174 score and a solid 18 dart game, Arron Edwards with a 20 darter for the Wanderers of Craigshill.

 

Cawburn Railroaders 4-5 Loganlea Colliers, déjà vu once again another cracking match up with only the one game between the teams, Top action from the ocky saw Willie Wilson with an 18 dart game, Grant Lyle just one arrow more finishing in 19 deadly darts, Colliers pairing of John Brogan & Alan McDonald finishing in a solid 20 darts in the pairs.

Central bar Rebels 0-9 Commercial Inn Nomads.

 

Championship League, Commercial Inn Juniors 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers, the innkeepers keeping up the pressure on the league leaders in this championship race with some hard won points.

Stirrup Stane Indians 6-3 Tower bar Knights, now this puts the cat amongst the pigeons as the Indians may just have put a dent in the Knights challenge for the title! Time will tell, Liam Corbett on target with an 18 dart game, for the Indians and the man they call the Fat Controller Fred Hamilton the long serving captain of the Indians finishing a classy 95 take out.

 

Letham Bowlers 7-2 Doo Club Fanciers, and the top shot from match has to be lady player Denise Bird with a majestic 151 game shot superb finishing power from this top lady county player who plays for East Stirlingshire in the inter counties, for the home side it had Brian Tosh McIntyre finishing a slightly more sedate 116 ton finish and going out in a solid 21 darter.

Deans B.C. Golden Oldies 4-5 Murray bar Crofters.

 

11th Feb, Dreghorn &District League Results.

Alton ‘B’ 9-1 Three Craws, Top action had Jim Reid firing in a superb 15 dart game and a cracking 140 take out, Robert Povah getting in on the action with a solid 21 dart game, Peter Peter Jnr 20 dart game, Greg Coulter a brace of maximum 180’s and a solid 21 dart game, visiting Three Craws players on target saw Tony Crancher with a maximum 180 as was team mate Joe Balentyne also firing in a 180 score.

 

R&A Sports Bar 1-9 Towerlands’ For the home team it had John McLauchlan on target with a maximum 180, for the visitors it saw two of theR teams (Besties) Big Jim Law going out in 17 & 18 arrows,  and the excellent Ronnie Sharp rattling in a 17 darter as well.

Irvine Parks B.C. 3-7 Alton ‘A’ top finish from this match had Logan Ferguson going out in style on a cracking 130 kill shot, Brian Wallace finishing in 17 & 20 darters, Dave Tennant on target with a excellent maximum 180 for the travelling Alton team.

 

Towerlands ’B’ 2-8 Crown Inn, Craig Parker firing in a superb 174 score, Stephan Bird nice ton plus game shot on a 111 take out along with a 19 dart game,  Dean McQuarrie two excellent legs of darts with 18 & 20 darters.

Irvine Water Sports Club 1-9 Sports bar, biggest cheer of the night was when lady players Wendy and Katie took their doubles match to put a chalk on the board for the ladies team, Brian Earle going out in 17 darts and recording a maximum 180, Jamie Curran solid game finished in 20 darts.

 

10th Feb, Inter-Town league action / West Lothian Super League.

Report sent in by Mr John Somerville

Home Darby match up saw Pumpherston ‘A’ 13 -12 Pumpherston ‘B’, and as the score line suggests this was a cracker of a match up, this was a fantastic match between two good teams that were out to claim the bragging rights, first report from this match had in the doubles, first up in doubles was
William Wilson & Finlay Lyle (youth) vs Rex Brady & Peter Hastings and  what a match with the young youth nailing double 15 to take the first leg but losing out 2-1 overall to the more experienced pairing. Finlay was also in action in the singles and was last man on and up against a seasoned campaigner Gerry (69) Hughes and once again young Finlay showing no fear and at 1-1 he looked in control only for Gerry to take out a superb 110 game shot, Other top shots from this match had John Miln’s finishing on a 115 game shot.  


Pumpherston Ladies 6-19 Fauldhouse ‘A’ The Ladies getting  points on the board after a tough start to there campaign 2 weeks ago, the ladies managing to collect some points against a very strong Fauldhouse team. Nothing to report but a good day was had.

 

Fauldhouse ‘B’ 13 -12 Polbeth, Yet another titanic tussle with last years Champions losing out by the tightest of margins. from what I have heard it went right down to the last singles game with both players having there chances but on this occasion it was the home team who to the spoils. Maximum hitter in this match was Marc Campbell with the only maximum 180 recorded.

 

10th Feb, Some terrific action been happening in the past week so here are top scores that have been noted down and I start with a young man from the Lyle clan young Finlay Lyle firing in his first maximum 180 well done, following in the family tradition as both his father Grant and his older brother Lewis Lyle are top players in their respective leagues.

Now on the other side of the age spectrum we have the evergreen Mr Ronnie Sharp who has been in superb for in the Premier league in Glasgow firing in 4 winning games with a dart average of 28.61 just show’s that darts has no age barrier hope for us mere mortals yet I believe!

Now other top games that have been noted are, Wullie Laird 17 darter, Neil Campbell 18 dart game, Jim Mitchell 16 & 19 darters, Sammy Stephens rock solid 19 darter, Ronnie Sharp 18 dart game, few maximum scores noted saw Jim Mitchell, Paul Bryden, Cammy Menzies all on the maximum trail, and then the top finishes and we start with Greater Glasgow Lady player Lynne Cowan firing out a cracking 110 game with 20-54-36 game shot in the inter counties, William Laird on target with a cracking 115 and an even more impressive 140 take out via 60-60-20, However top finish has to go to Brian Tennant with a fabulous 300 take out via 20-60-60-60-60-tops now that’s how to finish when you have 300 left and your opponent Jim Brown has just rattled in a maximum 180 to leave a two darter, cracking darts. And a week late but a maximum to be added to John Miln’s along with a 90 take out from last weeks action in the West Calder league action.

 

9th Feb, Report from Mr Neil Campbell Greater Glasgow (his words) Well well well !
The Crew have only gone and done it again!
What a wonderful group of people you are! Yet another county game and another victory.
I can't remember a group of dart players digging so deep to grind out yet another comprehensive and significant victory, a short journey to Motherwell to play an underrated and in my opinion, an under achieving Lanarkshire team.
Laura Ross started us off with an unfortunate 2-1 loss but with a commendable 16.26 average,, up next the fabulous birthday girl June Mccallum winning 2-0 with a superb 19.26 ,, the highest ladies average of the day and three wins out of 3, what a fantastic addition June has been to us, up next it was Voni Duff, once again Voni grinding out a 2-1 win to give us the lead in the women's ‘B’ unfortunately Sandra Callary had double trouble and lost out a close game 1-2, so a fighting 2-2 draw set us up nicely for the men's ‘B’
David Park only gave his opponent a one leg lead today rather than the normal two and coolly won 3-1, Stevie Smith forgot to turn up and lost out in his game, an off day for Stevie, an extremely focused and determined Tracey Wyper took to the stage and came from behind to win with some exceptional finishing, Brian Mccuaig did little wrong in his game but lost out to an excellent Tam Hamilton, A sublime George John Collumb Jnr completely destroyed his opponent with an almost 24 average, then Mr reliable Craig Abernethy gets us the victory with a superb performance and a 3-1 win, 4-2 victory for the men's ‘B’
Ladies A , and it's just fantastic to see Lynn Cowan returning to her normal self, a superb 110 out shot to win 3-0 with a 17.68, great to see the confidence returning Lynn, The majestic Susanna McGimpsey wins 3-0 and but for 5 throws at double 1 in the second leg her average would be well up to where it normally is, next up its Lorna Macphee, a 3-0 victory with a 16.34, so much more to come from Lorna and like June has been in absolutely fantastic addition to Greater Glasgow this season, Margaret Ferguson once again proved just why she was nominated for the Scotland team with a superb 3-1 win and an 18-04 average, an out of sorts Jordan McNally lost out to Jackie Shaw and an equally out of sorts Laura Grant lost out to Hannah Bell, a classy 4-2 victory for our ladies.
Men's ‘A’ were up next,
First game up was our Hello guy George Collumb Snr, once again securing a win for us with a 25-74 dart ave and grinding out a classy 4-3 win, George, so far must be one of the favourites for player of the year, another absolutely fantastic addition to Greater Glasgow this season has been Andrew Broll and what a way to kick off your ‘A’ team debut ! An incredible game against the experienced Peg Brown and to win 4-3 with a 26.41 shows the class and bottle of this young man, another absolutely fantastic signing this season has been John Mccallum, once again John ground out a 4-3 win in an exciting game against Willie Stallard with a 24.24 dart ave, fourth set and up pops George Collumb Jnr again to double his victory today with a 4-1 victory, Ronnie Sharp was absolutely superb today but a few missed doubles cost him a victory, Brian Tennant put us 5-1 up with an inspiring performance against Jim Brown, leg one and Brian with 300 left hit a 140 , Jim hit 180 to leave 72, Brian though as cool as you like then hits treble 20 treble 20 and double tops, a 160 checkout and goes on to win 4-2 with almost 25 average
Jim Mitchell must be cursing 6 missed darts at a double to go 2-0 up against Ross Montgomery, should have been a different score line from the 4-1 defeat, William Laird was up against the classy Willie Kirkwood and despite two terrific out-shot’s of 115 and 140 lost out 4-2 to Kirky, John Williamson is another superb addition since his return this season,, and a 24 average and a 4-2 win caps off another brilliant win for John, not much to say about set 10 apart from the word, oop’s as Big Neil had a slightly under par performance than usual!
Set 11 saw Drew Callary Snr race into a 3 leg lead only for Davie Dickson pull it back to 3-3 including a brilliant 167 out shot in leg 5, big Drew dug deep to over run Davie in the last leg to win the game for us, lastly Andy Callary Jnr was just superb in his 4-0 victory, he completely wiped the floor with Aaron Edwards to win in a 29-04  dart ave, a superb 8-4 victory
All of you deserve so much praise and we just need to step up to the mark once more at home to Clackmannanshire on March 2nd at Fairfield to grind out whatever result is required
Thank you all
Neil

 

 

8th Feb, New Cumnock & District Darts League, also a four person team was the competition on the night which was held in the Kilmarnock supporters club in Mauchline, and it saw Ricky Menzies leading his team of Cammy Menzies, Jim McCutcheon, and Paul Bryden from the Coach House in Muirkirk to the title at the expense of the New Cumnock B.C. team of Sammy Stephan’s, William Laird, Andrew Callary Jnr, Drew Callary Snr, in the grand final by 4 games to 2. Semi finalists were, Margaret Ferguson, Ronnie Sharp, Neil Campbell, Jim Mitchell from the New Cumnock B.C.  Richard Dalzell, Stephan McBride, Darren Findlater.

 

8th Feb, Bathgate & District Darts League, And it was the prestige’s Davy Ross Fours title that was up for the taking which was played in the Glen Mavis B.C. in Bathgate, and it was double celebrations for the Kirknewton Innkeepers who took not only the title but were also runners up, score I believe 4-3, Kirknewton players being Rab Dick, Paul Weir, Graeme Bird, Gary Christie, Davie Aitken, Stevie Morrans, Gordon Bruce and not quite sure who the last remaining player was! Any help out there!

 

News Worthy Items, Congratulations to Jim McEwan on his call up to the Scotland men’s team well deserved. Also congratulations to Andy Boulton for gaining his P.D.C. Tour card, well done to both players  no matter which organisation you play in to get a call up for your country and to also win a Tour card you have to be better than good, and as I have been on the receiving end of these players darts, I can certainly confirm they are damned good, Credit Where Credit is Due, WELL DONE Jim & Andy. 

 

4th Feb, Results, from the Dreghorn & District Darts League.                              

Alton ’A’   8-2 R & A Sports bar,  Fast games saw  Davie Tennant finishing in 18 darts,  B Wallace with two excellent games going out in 17 & 18 darts, Robert Stevely firing in an 18 darter, John McLauchlan on target with a rock solid 20 darter also on target on the red lipstick with a superb maximum 180.

 

Three Craws 3-7 Irvine Parks B.C. Sean McCulloch recording a maximum180, Bryan King also on the maximum trail as he to rattled the treble twenty bed to fire in a 180,                          

Sports Bar 7-3 Towerlands "B", Fast games a plenty in this match and it saw Jamie Curran on target with 16 & 18 dart games and firing in a maximum 180 for good measure, Grant Mccauley also on target with a 180 and going out in 17 darts, Graham Ferguson with the fastest recorded game a superb 15 darter, Paul Kelly top finish from this match up with a cracking ton plus finish a 103 take out, but perhaps player of the night would be none other than Mr Wullie Burns with not one but two superb maximum 180 scores superb marksmanship.

Crown Inn 3-7 Alton "B" Kevin McKinney with two cracking legs of darts finishing in 16 & 20 darts, Dean McQuarrie 19 dart game, and Robert Povah recording the only maximum 180 of the evenings play.

Towerlands ‘A’ 10-0 Irvine Water Sports Club, The result does not show how close some of these matches were as the ladies had shot’s at doubles and came mighty close at time! Fast game saw Wullie Laird with a 17 darter, Sammy Stephan’s just one dart more going out in 18 arrows and recording a excellent 105 take out., Top doubles saw Big Neillie Campbell and partner finishing in 18 darts.

 

4th Feb, West Calder & District Darts League.

And the League Doubles championship was on offer and there were some excellent pairing taking part all wanting to add their names to the league records as champions, Remembering this competition is played as a team event which has singles and doubles in the mix! However there can be only one Championship winning team and it saw the pairing from the East Calder Doo Club Flyers taking the title and they were Paul (the Ranger) Weir a former league Champion of Championship winner and his partner the high flying William Borland who has been in tremendous form of late, just losing out in the grand final were two of the leagues most experienced players the pairing of Alan (ZOKO) Wilson and the (Stoneyburn Wizard) Stuart Russell from the Loganlea Colliers,

In the Ladies championship it saw Daisy Heeps & Denise Bird taking the title edging out Karen Heeps & Kathy Henderson all four ladies playing for the Doo Club Fanciers in East Calder, And I do believe that Daisy may well be the longest serving dart player in the West Calder darts league, a fabulous achievement well played.

 

Now Special Mentions from the nights action had two players knocking in maximum 180’s and they were Gordon Bruce and S Halliday, Ian Stevenson firing in a tremendous 177 score, Peter Hastings on target with a superb 171 score, Top finishing power came by way off, William Borland 110 take out, Stuart Russell 96 game shot, Gordon Bruce with 81 & 76 game shots, Fast games had Peter Hastings with the fastest of the nights action a superb 13 darter, Craig Agnew with a brace of fast games and these were 18 & 19 darters, Ian Stevenson on target with an 18 darter as was Gordon Bruce also 18 deadly arrows, John Sandison one dart more going out in 19 darts, Top pairs game saw Grant Lyle & Keith Jamieson with a 19 darter.

2nd Feb, William Borland  keeps his great run going annexing the Men's singles title and Louise Hepburn winning the Ladies title at the Gensing Casino Open in Edinburgh.

 

1st Feb, New Cumnock & District Darts League.

Coach House 3 – 6 New Cumnock B.C. Cammy Menzies for the Coach House in tremendous form firing in a maximum 180 along with games finished in 15 & 18 darts, Paul Bryden 18 darts also for the home side firing in a cracking 18 darter, for the visitors it saw George Collumb Snr finishing his games in 18 & 19 arrows, Big Drew Callary going out in 19 darts, Wullie Laird another player finding the treble twenty bed rattling in a maximum 180 along with a 17 darter.

 

Bridgend ‘A’ 0 -9 W.M.C. Some terrific action from the Working Men’s club as Alex Govan, Richard Dalzell and Steven Mc Bride and Michael Ferguson all recorded maximum 180’s, Steven McBride on target with a cracking 124 take out and games finished in 20 & 21 arrows, A. Salisbury with a rock solid 19 darter, in the doubles it saw Barry Scade & A. Salisbury team up to fire in an excellent 16 dart game, Richard Dalzell & Darren Findlater were not to far behind either with a solid 19 dart game.

 

Bridgend ‘B’ 3-6 Glenmuir.

 

Cumnock Jnrs 5 -4 Craighead, Bryan Neil with the quickest match of this game a solid 21 darter, Neil Boyle on target with a cracking maximum 180 for the Cumnock Jnrs team.

 

Mauchline 1-8 Brewery Bar, This match up saw some of the leagues top action taking place and it saw Owen McNiven and Stephen Thom along with Peter Malone all firing in maximum 180 scores, Craig Nicol 21 darter, as was George Collumb Jnr and Paul Ross also finishing in 21 darts, Owen McNiven with the fastest game a superb 15 darter, S O’Neil finishing in a 18 solid darts, Fastest recorded doubles match had the pairing of Craig Nicol & Stephen Thom going out in 18 darts.

 

1st Feb, Results and top shots from the Bathgate Friday night league and we start with,

Corrie bar 1-8 Kirknewton Innkeepers.

Lammies bar 3-6 Glenmavis ‘A’ top action from this match up saw, One of the infamous McDonald brothers getting in on the action with Alan McDonald 120 c/o 15 darter, John brogan rock solid 19 dart  game, another McDonald this time Patrick McDonald with a 89 take out, Andy Thomson on target with a brace of maximum 180’s and two excellent games finished in 17 & 16 deadly arrows, also on the maximum trail was Marc Campbell with a 180, Scott Baillie also getting in on the action firing in a maximum as well, top finishing though saw Billy Meikle cracking 117 take out, and Jamie Banks Jnr with solid 96 take out.

Coppies ‘A’ 7-2 Coppies ‘B’ some excellent finishing power in this home Darby match with Jimmy Gibson taking out a majestic 160 game shot, Murray Smart a more modest but still a cracking ton plus finish 111 kill shot, Stewart Stirling with yet another ton plus finish this time a 102 take out, Rab Nelson rattling the treble twenties with ease to record a maximum 180, Stuart Boyd also on target with a maximum 180.

 

28th Jan, Dreghorn & District darts league results.

Alton "A" 6-4 Alton "B", top scores coming by way off, Davie Tennant with a 19 darter, Christopher Kilpatrick firing in 21 & 19 darters, Graeme McConnell finishing on a 114 game shot for a 21 dart game, International star Robert Thornton going out in 15 & 19 deadly arrows, and firing in a brace of maximum 180’s along the way, Ronnie Bacon finishing in 21 arrows,
 Peter McGuiness Snr 15 darts + 115 check out, Robert Povah 18 darter.
Crown Inn 1-9 Sports Bar, With Jamie Curran recording the fastest game of this match up with a 17 darter.
Towerlands "A" 9-1 Parks B.C. Ronnie Sharp firing in a cracking 16 darter and yet another maximum 180 keeping his fine run going with maximums recorded in every match for the past three weeks,  Old Man Mitchell tidy 19 darter and a maximum 180, Fastest double’s match saw the pairing of Brian Johnstone & Jim Mitchell recording a cracking 15 darter. 
Three Craws 6-4 Towerlands "B", Craig Park the man on form from this match firing in a brace of 18 darters.
R&A Sports Bar 9-1 Irvine Water Sports Club, John McLauchlan finishing in 16 & 21 arrows, For the Ladies of the Water Sports club it once again saw Tricia Winton Queen taking the only game for the visitors.

 

28th Jan, Results and top shot’s from the West Calder & District Darts League.

In the Championship League it saw the Kirknewton Innkeepers 4-5 Letham B.C. The Bowlers, looks like this was a tough one to call with only the one point between the two teams. 

Doo Club Fanciers 1-8 Stirrup Stane Indians, couple of good mentions from this match up and it saw the leagues Match secretary Connie Bamberry finishing a rock solid 72 game shot, Liam Corbett for the Indians with a 22 darter, and Bob Wallace with a 68 take out. 

Murray bar Crofters 4-5 Commercial Inn Juniors, Sounds like this was a tremendous match up as the current league leaders were just edged out of the points on offer by the odd game in nine, Craig Jack captain of the Crofters was on top form firing in a maximum 180 and a cracking 80 game shot via top’s top’s. 

Cawburn Steamers 3-6 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies, Looks like the elder statesmen of the league still have the bite and came away with a fine win over the Steamers.

So it looks like the Championship league is starting to look like a real race as the leaders the Murray bar Crofters sit two points clear of the second place Tower bar Knights who have a game in hand looks like a real test of character is coming if the chasing pack can put a string of wins under their respective belts this league is going to have a tremendous run in and I look forward to seeing just who will come out on top (super stuff)

 

Premier League results saw, 

Almondale Pirates 4-5 Cawburn Railroaders, another tough match up with only the one game the difference to where the points would go! 

Commercial Inn Nomads 7-2 Volunteer Highway Men, Scott Baker and Bunny Forrest both on target with maximum 180’s for the Nomads of West Calder, Scott was on good fettle as he also rattled in games finished in 17&18 darts, Bunny Forrest finishing on a solid 87 take out, in reply it saw Highway Man Colin Hamilton firing in a 177 score. 

Central bar Rebels 0-9 Doo Club Flyers.

Loganlea Miners 3-6 Stirrup Stane Wanderers.

 

26th Jan, And the start of the West Lothian Super League and here are the results of the first match ups of the season,

Fauldhouse ‘A’ 7-18 Pumpherston ‘B’, Top scores in this match came by way off, Kevin McMahon 1 x180, fastest game coming from Peter Hastings with a superb 14 darter, three top finishes and it saw Stevie Scott lead the way with 125 & 104 game shots leading the way, Davie (Jet) Allan former Bathgate league singles champion showing he still has top quality finishing power taking out a cracking 113 game shot.

Polbeth 25-0 Pumpherston Ladies, Looks like there was no quarter given to the ladies in this match and as every game won is worth a point you can understand why! Two of the areas old hands getting in on the action with William Harraughty of Whitburn notoriety firing in a maximum 180 nice to see his eyesight is still sharp at his age! And team mate the Alloa bumble bee (mean wasp) Callum Wilkinson firing in the fastest game of the day a solid 17 darter.

Fauldhouse ‘B’ 14-11 Pumpherston ‘A’ close encounter in this match looks like it went down the wire, so both teams picking up some very valuable points. Maximum hitters saw Jamie Bishop bagging a brace of them 2 x180’s also on the maximum trail was John Sandison with 1 x180, no fast games recorded but some excellent finishes and it was John Sandison with a 104 take out who led the way, David Crawford nice 101 kill shot, John Martin rock solid 95 game shot, and Grant Lyle also on target with a 93 take out.

So after week one it has last seasons team champions start of as they finished last season leading the way!

 

25th Jan, New Cumnock Darts Friday night League results,

New Cumnock B.C. 6-3 Brewery bar, this top of the table clash had it all top scores fast games high finishes and some nervous moments as well! Andrew Callary Jnr 1x174, and a cracking 17 darter, Drew Callary Snr on target with a cracking 15 dart game and a superb 116 game shot, Wullie Laird rock solid 20 dart game, Sammy Stephan’s finding the red lipstick with ease rattling in a maximum 180, Andrew Callary & Wullie Laird 16 darts in the doubles, Ronnie Sharp & Drew Callary 21 darter also in the doubles. 17 &18 darters along with a 103 & 96 game shot's were recorded by Stuart Neil for the Brewery bar superb arrows.

Cumnock Jnrs 6 -3 Mauchline, Top game from this match saw Bryan Neil firing in a solid 19 darter, A Dunlop on target with a cracking maximum 180.

 

W.M.C. 6-3 Coach House, Lots going on this match with, Richard Dalzell firing in a 17 dart game, Steven McBride 19 darter, Michael Ferguson two fast games finished in 20 & 21 arrows along with a superb 125 take out, A Salisbury 18 darter, Daren Findlater with a rock solid 21 darter, in the doubles it saw Richard Dalzell & Darren Findlater with two classy games finished in 19&21 arrows.

Craighead 5 -4 Glenmuir.

Bridgend ‘B’ 6-3 Bridgend ‘A’.

 

25th Jan, 3 Craws in Irvine Premier League Finals Night,

And with the top four players now playing for the title of Premier League Champion it saw the matches being the best of 19x501 in the semi finals, first s/f/ saw Kevin McKinney 10-2 Jim Law, the second s/f had Graeme Fergusson 10-7 John McLauchlan, and so to the Grand Final which was now the best of 21x501 legs and there was no stopping Kevin McKinney as he came out a 11-1 victor and on the way was on for the perfect leg of arrows with six perfect darts in the treble twenties before missing with the seventh! Cracking competition and excellent prize fund which saw Kevin McKinney - £205 – Champion, Graham Ferguson - £105 – R/up, John McLauchlan & Jim Law both receiving £50 – for their efforts to the semi finals, Kevin McInrue receiving £50 for the highest game shot in the league sections.

 

25th Jan, Results from matches in the Bathgate Friday night league go like this,

Corrie Bar 6 -3 Old Wine, top shooting coming from Mick Burke with an 19 darter, Andy Pagget rock solid 20 darter, Nodge firing in a cracking 17 dart game, and top doubles game finished in 18 arrows came from Mick Burke and Andy.


Kirknewton Innkeepers 6-3 Lammies ‘B’ some excellent arrows thrown in this match up with Graeme Bird leading the way with a cracking 15 darer which had a shanghai 120 finish on the twenties, John Miln’s and Davie Aitken both on target with 19 dart games, John Brogan on target with 19&20 darters and a solid 78 take out, in the doubles it saw the pairing of John Miln’s & Gary Christie firing in 16&18 dart games,

Coppies ‘A’ 8-1 Glenmavis ‘B’

Glenmavis ‘A’ 7-2 Coppies ‘B’ Only score recorded or written down a tidy 94 game shot from Billy Meikle, In the doubles though it saw Andy Thomson & Scott Baillie keep their cracking doubles record going with a 16 darter.

 

21st Jan, and in the R&A Sports bar in Irvine it saw the Dreghorn &District dart league hosting the Grand Finals of three competitions, and in the first final it saw the Towerlands ‘A’ v the Crown Inn, this was the final of the leagues 301 team event (W Purdie Memorial) which is played the good old fashioned way 6 singles 3 doubles and the format 3x301 double start, perhaps this is an aged competition and was in favour of the Towerlands team who may just have a bit of experience on their side!! And it saw the team of Margaret Ferguson, Ronnie Sharp, Jim Mitchell, William Laird, Brian Johnstone and Jim Law taking the title with Jim Law not needed as a 5-0 win was  recorded by the first five players all with 2-0 win’s, Crown Inn team were D Miller, Babs Rankin, Liam Dean, Mary Clark, Dean McQuarrie and Willie sorry don't know last name! Top score from this match saw the evergreen Ronnie Sharp firing in his second maximum 180 in his last two competitions looks like this former Scottish International has lost none of hi s sharpness!!

 

21st Jan, The Grand Final of the (David Ferguson Memorial Trophy) sponsored by DG Ferguson Fencing, was also between the same two league teams and this event played with the format of 7 singles each played as 3x501, the Crown Inn doing a little bit better only losing 4-1 in this one and so two finals and two wins for the Towerlands team. Commiserations to the gallant runners up the Crown Inn Dreghorn, truth be told if they had hit their doubles these matches would have been a lot closer especially in the double start competition where they missed a few vital doubles at the finish!

 

The Champions Cup competition sponsored by (William Laird Double Glazing) saw the Sports bar claim the tile over the Alton ‘A’ by the tightest of margins with the match going down the final match.

 

21st Jan, The John Muir Memorial Trophy, sponsored by (Mr Wullie Burns) was a singles event and the players who qualified for the quarter finals were without exception some of the cream of local darting talent,  Robert Thornton 3-2 Jamie Curran, Kevin McKinney 3-2 Graham Ferguson, Brian Wallace 3-1 Christopher Kilpatrick, Ian Gunion Jnr 3-2 David Millar, S/Final line up saw, Robert Thornton 3-2 Kevin Mckinney Jnr, Ian Gunion Jr. 3-2 Brian Wallace. And the Grand Final saw Robert Thornton claim the title with a 3-1 win over Ian Gunion Jnr, though Ian had to settle for the runners up position he did have the fastest game of the nights action a superb 10 darter fabulous arrows. Well done to "The Thorn" picking up his first Trophy since joining D.D.D.L. also to the staff of the R&A for keeping us all watered, and of course the Master of Ceremonies on the night Mr Wullie Burns.

 

21st Jan, West Calder & District dart league Four Person team competitions saw, the Highway Men from the Volunteer Arms in Uphall take the Premier league Fours title defeating the Stirrup Stane Wanderers in the grand final, winning team being Colin Robertson, Peter Hastings, Rex Brady and Graham Borland, Stirrup team who just lost out were the evergreen Gordon Bruce, John Miln’s, the league mascot himself the man who we affectionately call Melman Gary Christie, and lets not forget a player who makes Gordon Bruce look like a teenager yes out from the retirement home the one and only Mick Burke hope he had a pass and did not escape!

 

The league also had another Fours competition for teams in the Championship league and it saw two father and son combinations taking the title and they were William & Jay Millar along with Billy & Jack Stirling who play for the Kirknewton Innkeepers up on the hill who claimed the title on offer, Runners up saw the Deans Bowling Club Golden Oldies and they were, Geordie Dryburgh, Brian Speirs, Rab Smith, and of course let us not forget the man who’s taste in shirts is like watching  reruns of the Little House on the Prairie (well the curtains in the cabin windows actually!) yes Matt Purdie (brave man)

 Top scores from the ockies had Paul Weir from the Doo Club Flyers, Kevin Murphy also a flyers player, Gordon Bruce of the Stirrup Stane Wanderers, Jim Purse captain of the Commercial Inn Juniors, and William Borland also playing for the Flyers of East Calder all returning scores of maximum 180’s, Top class finishes coming by way off Paul the Ranger Weir with a superb 144 take out, Matt Purdie showing age is no barrier with a classy shanghai 120 take out, Gordon Bruce 94 game shot, Also firing in a rock solid game shot was John Sandison with an 82 game shot.

 

20th Jan, Inter-counties time again and this month it saw The Wee Crew otherwise known as Greater Glasgow play host to the travelling Ayrshire team, and what a match was served up by all four teams, starting of with the Ladies ‘B’ cracking match with the credits going to both teams a 2-2 draw the result from the first of the four matches, Men’s ‘B’ and once again honours shared a superb 3-3 draw, and absolutely nothing between either sides, and so to the Ladies’ A’ and this time there was a winning team it saw the travelling Ayrshire ladies taking the points on offer with a superb 4-2 victory but once again it was down to the very last match of this encounter before the match was won, and so to the Men’s ‘A’ and it looked like the Ayrshire team were going into a lead as they took the first couple of matches to go four games clear with the ladies matches in their favour however this match had twists and turns written all over it and at 5-5 it was crunch time and it went down the wire just like the ladies ‘A’ match before only this time it was the home team of Greater Glasgow who came away with a fighting 7-5 victory, so after 28 tough matches from the start of the day it saw both teams on 14 points each a superb advert for Scottish darts, congratulations to both teams for a cracking day of top darting action.

 

20th Jan, Sad News, tonight we say goodbye to the East Calder Homing Society Club in East Calder, after many years the Doo Club as it is known locally will close it’s doors, for many years this club was the West Calder & Districts home for all their finals and exhibition nights as well as inter counties for West Lothian, so on behalf of all who have played in your premises, wish you all the best for the future perhaps miracles happen and somehow the hard working committee can find a way to revive the clubs fortunes, only time will tell, the club stewards Fiona & George worked tirelessly to try and keep the club going as did the hard working committee, but such are the times we live in, (sad indeed) Take care and I wish both dart teams all the very best for the future where ever it may take you.

 

19th Jan, Bathgate Friday night league saw the action taking place in the Glenmavis Bowling club in Bathgate for the leagues Triples competition, and the Championship winning team were the Glenmavis ‘A’ who were Marc Campbell, Andy Thomson and Scott Baillie, commiserations to the gallant runners up who were from the team from the Corrie bar in Armadale who consisted of Mick Burke, Derek Walker and Graeme Robertson, once again many thanks to the league sponsors the Glenmavis B.C. and of course to the hard working committee of the Bathgate league.

N.C.B.C. Triples Winners 2019
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   19th Jan, New Cumnock darts league action and it was the Three person team event held in the New Cumnock Bowling club, matches were played over the format of 1x701 triples, 1x601 doubles and then 3x501 singles, the winning team saw the New Cumnock team of Ronnie Sharp, George Collumb and Jim Mitchell take the title, top game of the night had to be the triples which saw Ronnie, George and Jim finishing in a cracking 20 darter not to shabby for a 701 leg, Ronnie Sharp on the night firing in a maximum 180, Jim Mitchell on target with 3x180’s but perhaps the most important finish of the night a superb 121 take out by George Collumb in the final when the opposition had just wired a 117 take out of their own, Runners up were George Collumb jnr Rab Marshall and Paul Ross (Brewery bar) semi/ finalists Scott Mc Pheators Robert Parker and Bert Ross & Richard Dalzell Darren Findlater and Rab Marshall (w.m.c.) another player on target on the red lipstick was Peter Malone 180 (brewery bar).


 




 

17th Jan, And the postponed match up between the Murray  Innkeepers  was held and what a match with the Crofters leading the Championship title race they were severely tested  by the Innkeepers in a match that went the whole nine yards if you don’t mind me using that saying a fighting 5-4 victory for the Crofters see’s them still top the league and the team to beat, but some excellent finishing from the nights games saw William Millar for the Innkeepers finishing on 105, only to be bettered by captain of the Crofters Craig Jack with a cracking 121 take out, but now joining the league maximum 180 hitters is Jay Millar who recorded his first league maximum in this match, Jay has recorded maximums before and has represented Scotland in the International deaf championships, and with out a shadow of a doubt is perhaps the most improved player in the area in the past year, quite simply once he puts a foot to the ocky you may find yourself in a whole heap of trouble!

 

14th Jan, And it saw the Dreghorn & District dart league teams in action with all teams playing in two separate venues and with the winners from each venue left standing to play the final of this 7 x 501 singles event the David Fergusson Trophy, which is sponsored by Mr Graham Fergusson, the Grand Final will be held at the R&A Sports bar in Irvine next Monday, in the Crown Inn in Dreghorn it saw the Crown Inn defeat the Alton B by 4 games to 2 in their final match, and in the R&A Sports bar it saw the Towerlands A edge out the Sports bar by the odd game in seven 4 games to 3, so next Monday the Grand Final Towerlands A v Crown Inn, congratulations to both teams qualifying for the final.

 

14th Jan, West Calder & District Monday Night League.

In the Premier league it saw top action in East Calder as the Flyers hosted the Wanderers from Craigshill,  Doo Club Flyers 4-5 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, action from this cracking match up saw, Kevin Murphy for the home side rattling in a brace of 140’s and a tidy 20 dart game, William Borland on target with a maximum 180 plus just missing out another having to settle for a 140, William also finishing in 16 & 17 deadly thrown arrows, Ian Stevenson getting in on the action for the Flyers with 18 & 19 darts a 76 take out, for the visitors the team who top the league at the moment it had them working hard to collect the points and it had the evergreen Gordon Bruce on target with a 140 score and games finished in 19 & 21 darts, John Miln’s on target with a 19 darter with the help of a 140 score as well, Arron Edwards with the top finish a rock solid 90 take out.

Loganlea Colliers 9-0 Central bar Rebels.

Cawburn Railroaders 1-8 Commercial Inn Nomads, The visitors in control of this match up and it had Graeme Bird on target with a 19 darter, Rab Dick solid 78 game shot, in the doubles it saw the partnership of Graeme Bird & Roy Anderson firing in a brace of 19 dart games.

Volunteer Highway Men 7-2 Almondale Pirates, Graham Borland on target with a superb 154 take out along with a cracking 18 dart game for the home side.

 

14th Jan, Championship league action from the W.C.D.D.L. had these results,

Tower bar Knights keeping up the pressure on the league leaders with the,

 Knights 7-2 Doo Club Fanciers,

Stirrup Stane Indians 4-5 Kirknewton Innkeepers,

Commercial Inn Juniors 2-7 Cawburn Steamers,

Letham Bowlers 4-5 Murray bar Crofters, and the new team in the league giving it their all to the Championship league leaders some top action from this match up saw, Ben Hart firing in 18&20 dart games for the Crofters, Josh Jack rock solid 89 game shot also for the visitors, Rab Craig on target with 180 and 123 just missing out on two maximums by the closest of margins, Showing that age is nothing to a dart player it saw one of the leagues more senior players John Grant on target with a maximum 180 for the home side.

 12th Jan. And the venue the Towerlands Sports Club in Irvine, And the event was an open Ladies & Men’s singles, Sponsored by William Laird Double Glazing, the Towerlands had new fewer than five boards in use and all under the supervision of our Master of Ceremonies for the day Mr Wullie Burns who kept the tournaments running smoothly all day long,

13 ladies toed the ocky to try and annex the first prize of £100 and of course the title of Towerlands Ladies single champion for 2019, the quarter finals saw, M Fergusson bt J McCallum, D McBride bt L Hepburn, L McDonald bt G Mitchell, H Bell bt S Callary, and now with he ladies having reached the money rounds it saw Margaret Fergusson bt Debbie McBride, Lynsey McDonald bt Hannah Winton both losing semi finalist receiving £10 a piece, The Grand Final saw Lynsey McDonald defeating Margaret Fergusson , Margaret receiving £40, and Lynsey the title of Towerlands Ladies Singles Champion for 2019 and a £100 to go along with the title.

 

12th Jan, The men’s tournament was also played over the best of 5 x 501 and with some superb talent in the draw their were thrills and spills happening on every board, the last 16 saw D Low bt S Bob, S Smith bt A Currie, A Boulton bt B Mac, E Stevenson bt Lusby, R Baillie bt W Laird, J McCallum bt J Reid, M Malone bt P Bryden, J McEwan bt J Mitchell, and so to the quarter finals with player all now in the money rounds!, D Low bt S Smith, A Boulton bt E Stevenson, J McCallum bt R Baillie, M Malone bt J McEwan, losing quarter finalist’s receiving £15,

And so to the semi finals and it had Andy Boulton defeating Dougie Low, John McCallum defeating Mick Malone, Dougie and Mick receiving £50 for their efforts, and so to the final and it was a cracking match up but their can be only one winner and it was Andy Boulton who took the title of men’s singles champion and a cool £300 first prize, John who had played superbly well all day receiving £160 as a consolation prize, well done to both finalists who did what no one else did all day they hit more doubles!

Towerland's Open Ladies Singles Champion for 2019 Lynsey McDonald & Men's Singles Campion for 2019 Andy Boulton, once again many thanks to the Towerlands club and William Laird Double Glazing for their support and sponsorship. 

 

 

 

11th Jan, New Cumnock Friday Night Darts League.

Mauchline 2 -7 New Cumnock B.C. Top action from the ocky in this match up saw, John Barclay snr 18 darts, C. Nicol with a 20 dart game, John Barclay jnr 18 darter, Tony Pendleton 17&16 darts for the Mauchline club, Andrew Callary 19. &16 darts for the visiting New Cumnock team, Drew Callary 21 darts, Wullie Laird in with a 16 darter, Top doubles went to Sammy Stephens & Neil Campbell with a rock solid 18 darts.

 

Coach House 8 -1Bridgend, Top shooting coming by way of Paul Bryden with a brace of 21 dart games, International start Cammy Menzies firing in some tremendous arrows with games finished in 14 & 21 arrows along with a brace of maximum 180’s.

 

Craighead 4 -5 Bridgend A, Cracking match up with only one game the difference in this match, Robert Parker firing in a 21 darter, Bert Ross on target with a maximum 180, Alex Govan firing in a cracking 16 darter, Frank Ferguson 19 darter, and in the doubles it had Bert Ross & S. Mc Pheators rattling in a superb 16 darter for Craighead, another top doubles match saw Damo Armstrong & Alex Govan finishing in 19 darts.

 

Glenmuir 1-8 Cumnock Jnrs.

 

 

11th Jan, Bathgate Friday night league action saw,

Copies B 1-8 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Top scored recorded saw Graeme Bird with a cracking 13 darter and a maximum 180, Gordon Bruce rock solid 18 darter, Rab Dick maximum 180 and a shanghai 120 take out on the twenties.

 

Glenmavis A 7-2 Glenmavis B,  Top action from this derby match saw, William Borland firing in a maximum 180 a 83 take out and an 18 dart game, Marc Campbell finishing in 17 cracking darts,  Scott Baillie 90 take out, in the doubles it saw the pairing of Scott Baillie & Andy Thomson finishing in 18 darts.

 Cross Tavern 5-4 Coppies A, Jim Taylor the man in form in this match up firing in a brace of maximum 180’s.

 

Lammies Bar 5-4 Corrie Bar, John Brogan finishing in 18&17 darts and firing in a 106 game shot along the way, Alan McDonald of the infamous McDonald brothers rattling in a superb 16 darter, Some excellent finishing from other players and they were Davie Walker with a cracking 100 kill shot, J McKie 85 game shot and G Robertson with a rock solid 77 take out.


 

 

10th Jan, And action from the Glasgow Premier league saw  the league back at the ocky after the festive season, and it saw the league leaders the Fairfield team who at the half way stage once again looking down the barrel of a tungsten dart at 5-3 down it looked like they were heading for a defeat just like their last outing! However a rally then took place and eight straight wins saw them muster a fine 11-5 victory over the Ashfield team to perhaps keep them at the top of the league, as you will be aware these matches are the best of 16x601 and every leg is worth a point! Top scores saw the Fairfield team  saw Jim Mitchell firing in 4 wins from 4 games for a  26+ dart average with 19 darts the fastest game and a tidy 115 game shot, Graham Fergusson on target with two wins of 24&25 dart games for a cracking 24+ dart ave, former Scotland international Ronnie Sharp getting in on the action with 3 wins from 4 games with an excellent 25 dart game for a 24+ dart ave, and last but not least captain Willie Laird with two top games with of 25 and an excellent 22 dart last game for a 27+ dart ave, William McDonald for the Ashfield team with an excellent 28+ dart average  which had a top finish of 122 on the bulls eye, also three maximum scores recorded in this match up.

 

7th Jan, News from the West Calder & District dart league,

Doo Club Fanciers 1-8 Cawburn Steamers, top action from this match up had S Long firing in a 19 darter, Sandy Lee also on target with a 19 darter, and John Sandison firing in a maximum 180 and a rock solid 76 game shot.

Tower bar Knights 6-3 Deans B.C. Golden Oldies.

Stirrup Stane Indians 3-6 Commercial Inn Juniors player Bob Wallace on target with a cracking 116 game shot.

The match between the Kirknewton Innkeepers and the Murray bar Crofters was postponed due to the funeral of Calvin Fleming one of the areas top young players being taken to soon, at the funeral their was a superb turn out of at least two hundred people who knew Calvin from the local community of Polbeth and of course players form the league were also in attendance to say their final farewells to this young man taken to soon.

 

4th Jan, New Cumnock Friday night darts action.

New Cumnock B.C. 6-3 W.M.C. Top action from this league match saw Andrew Callary firing in a maximum 180 along with games finished in 18 & 17 darts which included a cracking 121 game shot in the 18 darter, Big Drew Callary going out in 21 & 18 darts, Jim Mitchell 17 darts and a tidy 90 game shot, in the doubles it saw the partnership of Andrew & Drew Callary going out in 18 darts. For the Working Men’s club it saw A Salisbury finishing in 18 darts along with a cracking 112 take out, 18 darts 112 checkout, Dean Lawrie 21 darter, and Richard Dalzell peppering the red lipstick with a maximum180.

 

Brewery Bar 9 -0 Bridgend B,  Top games coming from Peter Malone 21 darts and  Owen Mc Niven just one dart less recording a 20 darter, George Collumb jnr also firing in a 20 dart game, John Dalzell in on the action with a maximum 180 , Tom Wilson & John Dalzell 17 darts for the top doubles match.

 

Coach House 8 -1 Craighead,  Paul Bryden firing in a rock solid 20 darter, Cammy Menzies with a brace of maximum 180’s and games finished in 14 & 20 arrows.

 

Glenmuir 1-8 Mauchline, Players on top form from this match had Dean McQuarrie with an 18 darter, Peter Smith 20 darts.

 

Cumnock Jnrs 5 -4 Bridgend A,   Fastest game in this encounter saw Sammy Tonner with a superb 14 dart game, Jocky Bell a maximum 180 plus a brace of 20 dart games.

 

5th Jan, And Congratulations to the Sportsman bar in Rutherglen for putting on a competition with only something like two days notice so well done the Publican and of course the hard working committee, on the day I believe 34 players toed the ocky and with the competition 5x501 and up for the bull the way it should be (my opinion only) to see who has the honour of throwing in the odd legs, last 16 went like this, S Keith bt W Wilson, C Louden bt P Wynne, J Mitchell bt C McGuire, P Haig bt C Rooney, A Nicol bt A Pagget, C Johnstone bt S Taylor, B Baird bt Simmy, G Lynsay bt J Belton, and so to the quarter finals and it saw S Keith bt C Louden, J Mitchell bt P Haig, A Nicol bt C Johnstone, G Lynsay bt B Baird, and then there were four players left in the money rounds and it saw Steven Keith and Alex Nicol claim their places in the final by leaving Jim Mitchell and George Lynsay in the  semi final positions with George and Jim receiving £45 each for their efforts, in the final it saw the man who checked more doubles than anyone else on the day claim the title over Alex Nicol so Alex receiving £75 for r/up place and the champion Steven Keith claiming the £150 first prize good day out nice pub and I can recommend the Tenant’s 60 shilling excellent pint or two !

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