Jim Mitchell, Web Master.
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Jim Mitchell can be reached by email
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If anyone wonders what has happened to all the reports from the past year 2019, just click on the left hand side of the main page and you will see it has now been archived under News from 2019!

 

Here is a tough wee quiz for those that have time on their hands, you may well have to dig deep to find the answers but they are out there, if you know where to look, so how many of you so called dart players know about the history of the sport !

On the left hand side of the page just click on the quiz page if your brave enough LOL 

 

Now for something completely different!

AS MANY WILL REALISE I LIKE REPORTING ON DART MATCHES BUT HERE IS ONE OR TWO YOU MAY NOT KNOW OFF!

Back in the murky mists of times ok not that long ago but certainly not yesterday there were lots of different competitions to enter, one of which was the Lord Taverner’s Seven Dart Tournament, this competition was played as it suggests you got seven darts to score as many points as you could and in 1966-67 over one million players from around forty thousand pubs up and down the country entered, one player almost managed the fabulous feat of the maximum score of 420 a the time just missing out by scoring 414, remember readers back then big brass bombers and mostly feathered flights or canes with hand made paper ones! Once all the preliminary rounds had been played around the country the Grand Final was held in Criterion restaurant in Mayfair London, in the summer month of May 1967 the top ten players left standing came from across the country and they were, the best of the best, Alwyn Mullins - Doncaster, Bill Duddy- Frimley-Green Surrey, A.W.Pepper - Leicester, , J Thomson - Caenby Corner Lincoln,  F Whitehead - Doncaster, W.J. Heather - Bermonsdey, R Phipps Windsor, D Waters - Ludford Lincolnshire, J McGilloway - Euston, C Lucas - Manchester,  but the player who took the title was the former 1957 News of the World Champion Mr Alwyn Mullins Alwyn on the day he fired in a score of 285 with his seven arrows, next with a score of 250 was also a News of the World Champion in waiting 1968 Bill Duddy his championship winning year, and their prizes were for the day champion and his publican landlord both received brand new cars, the runner up received a free flight for two to Istanbul, all finalists received prizes most were free flights around the globe! with the last two players getting Televisions,  remember folks old dart boards with big round wires and thick barrel darts took a bit of doing to get to the grand final!

ANOTHER perhaps long forgotten tournament was the Player’s No 6 tournament, this event ran from 1966-1970, and players had six darts to hit as many sixes as you could so trebles would help, the most ever recorded in the grand final saw John Cordon from Nottinghamshire Bridge Inn, fire out no fewer than 14 sixes with his six darts by my reckoning that must have been 4 trebles and two singles bloody good shooting , only player to have won the News of the World 1962  and the Players No 6 tournament 1969 was the legendary Eddie Brown from the Magpie Inn Stowmarket Suffolk.

 

30th March, Challenge Match John Miln’s v Cory Wallace, and the result went like this, John 5-0 Cory, looks like John was on top form firing in 1x180, 5x140’s, 2x100’s with a cracking fast leg of 14 deadly darts, and with an average of just over 18 darts for the five games played, dart average was a cracking 82.58 per throw, his opponent Cory fired in 3 x100 scores and a solid and respectable 55+ dart average.

 

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

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

 

The continuing saga of Jim the human versus the horrible computer continues, though I do believe that fatigue may be setting in you cant stop it doing what ever it wants dropping a dart playing slow or fast it does not pay any attention to what ever you get up to! but tomorrow is another day might have to get serious ?

 

Jim Be-Bad Mitchell

 

 

Computer

Level 8

 

Games Won

68

V

Games Won

86

Scores 60+

300

V

Scores 60+

293

Tons

137

V

Tons

160

140’s

42

V

140’s

64

180’s

9

V

180’s

8

Best 3 finishes

157/150/106

V

Best 3 finishes

109/95/92

Fastest  3 games

15/16/17

V

Fastest 3 games

11/13/16

Single Dart Average

22.59

V

Single Dart Average

25.18

Three dart average

67.77

 

Three dart average

75.55

 

Few challenge matches going on at the moment on line, so if I hear about them I will update and let readers know who is doing what to whom!

Nice to see players taking advantage off their spare time and playing a few legs of arrows, Here we have The one and only Podge or otherwise known as George Carruthers from Auld Reekie Up against a much younger player (that would not be hard to find!) in Andrew Tulley hope have first name correct? George 50- 35 Andrew, maximums hit saw Podge firing in 3 x180s and Andy 1x180, some top quality finishing power with both players firing in three ton plus finishes with Podge finishing three e ton plus kill shots of 135, 121, 114, Andrew getting in on the action with ton plus finishes as well these being 112,106,105 take outs, Andrew also with the fastest game of the day a superb 14 darter while Old George just one arrow behind going out in 15 cracking darts.

 

Wee challenge match down in Ayrshire saw Kilmarnock’s George Collumb Jnr 6-1 Lee Frew from Muirkirk,  George with 7 tons 1x140 and 1 x180, Lee in answer firing in 3x100, 1x180, best game came from George with a tasty 16 darter. George also having a very healthy 76.58 dart average, Young Gun Lee with a respectable 55.15 dart average.

 

Tues 24th March, in these uncertain times!

Well readers if you are still out there! No need to tell you about dart leagues that are now suspended is there, HOWEVER dart players are very resilient and dare I say quite clever, News from the Disability darts Scotland is quite upbeat if we dare say such a thing in these days of trepidation and uncertainty, the news coming through the airwaves is that Big John from the Kingdom of Fife  has been a busy busy boy, helping to set up a disability dart league, which will be played online, which I think is absolutely fantastic, and there will be league tables etc all for your perusal in the near future, also players have been asked if they wish to give themselves nick names just to add a bit of colour to the undertaking, now I was invited to participate however as some may be aware the web site I run is self taught and the only mechanical thingy I probably ever used to good effect before that was the pencil sharpener in primary school, and that was not yesterday?

But after painting the sitting room, then the wee dining room  (ceiling as well) have been busy in the garden digging in 4 bags topsoil, 3 bags of grow bag, planting over 6dz bedding plants, 3 Hebe bushes, and lets not forget two lots of sunflower seeds, then there is the peas, carrots and broad beans aha and the fun has not stopped there, have counted the daffodils that are now open in the garden 197 of them with still a few more to open! So next job is lets give them all names (don’t think so) decided after a good week with out throwing a pointy object it was time to start a practise session on ye good old flock or should that be sisal board, so after purchasing a Russ Bray official game scorer of we went, decided as it has ten yes a mighty ten settings would give number eight (8) a go in a first to ten, here are the scores on the door, Jim 10 computer 5, Jim scorers 37x60+ 18x100’s, 5x140’s, 1x180 and a tidy 150 game shot, dart average not that great 69.6 or 23.2 per dart thrown, computer hit 38x60+, 13x100’s, 9x140’s, And so full of good old optimism I went straight to the top number Old Man Mitchell versus number ten, oh how to set yourself up for a fall! it quickly defeated me 0 computer 10, myself with 15x60+, 7x100’s, 4x140’s 1x180, got soundly stuffed with the computer firing in 11x60’s, 17x100’s, 9x140’s, 2x180’s and though my dart average went up slightly to 72.5 or 24.15 a dart I was soundly stuffed as (IT)  the new name for this contraption fired in a 108.1 dart average, So now action needs to be taken and NO I am not throwing the computer thingy into a drawer it is time for a declaration of war so practise practise is called for and the infamy of a 0-10 defeat shall be avenged WATCH THIS SPACE!

Not that I am getting stir crazy or anything, but starting to think that movie about a Hotel that was shut for the season does come to mind, THE SHINING. I will say no more, but watch this space more ramblings coming shortly, on a more upbeat item looking forward to reporting on the Disability dart league and I wish all of them the very best enjoy it sounds like a lot of fun, and the practise will do everyone good, can I also say if any of my darting family are doing the same sort of thing as in setting up leagues etc drop me a line and It will let me spread the word of your endeavours dart players never stop playing be it in matches or practise, the only upside is after our quarantine we should all be better players for our practise will have paid off, even if it sort of forced upon us!. Take care out there folks and see you on the other side (of what I don’t know but the other-side sounds like a plan to look forward to)

Jim M

 

Darts that have been cancelled that I have heard off!

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

 

Monday 16th March, West Calder & District darting news.

 

Cawburn Railroaders 5-4 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, tight match made even harder for the visitors as they were a player short I am led to believe, John Miln’s from the Railroaders firing in a tidy 20 dart game and a magical maximum 180 score, Gordon Bruce for the Wanderers of Craigshill was on target with a 19 darter but it was the man they call the Quiet Man Brian Mairs who was setting the dart board alight firing in games finished in 15&20 well thrown arrows along with a maximum 180.

Commercial Inn Nomads 8-1 West End Colliers, Nomads keeping their lead in the title race with an excellent home win, Rab Dick top player in this match with a tasty 72 kill shot on the bulls eye and 19 darter thrown in just for good measure. 

Oak Bank Flyers 6-3 Letham Bowlers, Paul the Ranger Weir on target for the Flyers with a maximum 180 and finishing in 15 deadly arrows, Brian Tosh McIntyre for the visiting team also filling up the red lipstick to record a maximum 180.

Volunteer Highway Men 8-1 Cawburn Pirates, Peter Hastings with an 18 darter for the home side and Rex Brady filling up the treble beds recording a cracking 171 score also for the Highway Men of Uphall, John Kirk for the Pirates was on target with a maximum 180 and a solid 84 take out also for the Pirates was Kenny Wilson with 84 take out as well.

Stirrup Stane Indians 7-2 Tower bar Damsels, Fred Hamilton’s Indians were in excellent form as they entertained the leagues only ladies team at their camp fire! And it saw couple of top scores from the Indians as Rab O’Flaherty checked a rock solid 77 kill shot, and top score of the night came from Bob Wallace with a 160 score.

Kirknewton Innkeepers 3-6 Commercial Inn Juniors, the visiting team were in good form as they claimed the points at the home of the Innkeepers, William Millar for the home side was in great form firing in a maximum 180 and a tidy 20 dart game.

Cawburn Clansmen 4-5 Rab’s Bar Golden Oldies, looks like a very close match up with only the one game the difference in this league match, top shot for the Clansmen saw Ronnie Lappage firing in a nice 138 score.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fri 13th March, New Cumnock & District Darts League,

 

New Cumnock B.C. 7-2 Cumnock Juniors,  this was a cracking match up with some top action on the ocky from both teams, Kenny Hightower McVeigh was in top form firing in a 18 darter, team mate the Ayrshire Leg-End Mr Ronnie Sharp went even better going out in 16 deadly arrows, then it was the man with the new radar vision Sammy Stephan’s who fired in a tasty 20 dart game and a maximum 180 score, He then paired up with a another golden oldie Wullie Laird and they fired in a excellent 19 darter in the doubles, the away team were fighting hard and it saw Jocky Bell filling up the red lipstick recording a maximum 180 score, Neil Boyd finishing on a classic 100 game shot, and in the doubles it saw the partnership of T Walker & Neil Boyd along with Kenny Murray & Jocky Bell firing in rock steady 21 dart games.

 

Bridgend B 1-8 Mauchline Club, for the ladies of the Brig end we had Claire Ballantyne finishing in style with a tasty ton plus game shot of 101, the Mauchline team had Craig Nicol finishing 21 darts, Alex Govan one arrow less with a 20 darter, Lynsay Wylie recording the only maximum of the night a cracking 180 score, perhaps best game of the night saw Stephan Thom & Lynsay Wylie teaming up and firing out a tasty 18 darter in the doubles.

 

New Cumnock W.M.C. 8-1 Craighead, Richard Dalzell going out in 21 rock steady arrows, Rab Marshall with a 21 darter as well but also firing in a maximum 180 along the way, player of the night though was Alan Salisbury with games finished in 14& 18 well thrown arrows.

 

Brewery Bar 9-0 Glenmuir Arms,

  

Coach House 5 -4 Bridgend A   S, Angus with the top finish of the night a tasty ton plus game shot of 110, and a man even older than myself the one and only Ricky Menzies filling up the e treble twenty bed for a superb 180 (aren’t they all!)

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

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

 

Monday 9th March, The Dreghorn & District Darts League.

With the finishing line for the league matches getting ever closer it saw the teams sitting in these positions with their points, , Alton B 24pts, Lounge Lizards 23pts, Towerlands A 21 pts, Alton a 19pts, Irvine Parks B.C. 11 pts, Towerlands B 9pts, Crown Inn 8 pts, R&A Sports bar 4pts, Irvine Parks Ladies 0 pts.

Results and scores from this weeks action went like this,

Alton B 9-1 R&A Sports bar,

Crown Inn 4-6 Irvine Parks B.C top game for the home side had Dave Millar firing in a excellent 17 dart game for the Crown Inn, Stuart Lusby was on target with a 20 darter for the visitors and also for the Parks team we had Bernard Price rattling the red lipstick to record a maximum 180 score.

Towerlands B 0-10 Lounge Lizards, Wulber Burns had his men on top form as they took all games in this match up, Craig Parker fired in a tasty 19 dart leg for the home team but it was the visiting Lizards who were missing very little with the man they call the Devil Graham Ferguson on target with a cracking brace of 17 darters, Ian Gunion Jnr was also missing very little as he fired in the only maximum score of the night a tasty (aren’t they always) maximum 180 score.

Towerlands A 7-3 Alton B, perhaps match of the night saw two of the top four teams go head to head with the home side just edging it on the finishing stakes! Robert Dean got the home team of to a cracking start firing in a rock solid 20&21 dart games, Willie Laird going even better with two cracking legs of arrows firing in 17&19 darters, Brian Wallace for the Alton was on target with games finished in 19&20 accurately thrown arrows, maximum hitters on the night had three players filling up the red lipstick and they were The man with bionic vision (just had his eyes replaced!!) Sammy Stephan’s, Big Drew Callary and Brian Wallace, Top doubles had the Ayrshire Leg-End Mr Ronnie Sharp and his partner in crime this week the one and only Lairdy Mr William Laird firing in two superb doubles games finishing in 19&20 deadly arrows.

 

Mon 9th March, West Calder & District Darts League.

Lot’s of top action from tis weeks league matches with a some new and some old dart players all firing in top shots fast games, Maximums and of course cracking kill shots!

First off here are the scores on the door!

Volunteer Highway Men 4-5 Commercial Inn Nomads, looks like this was a cracker of a match between two of the leagues top teams, for the home team it had Arran Edwards in excellent form firing in two quick games finished in 18&20 darts along the way recording a top score off 174, Peter Hastings also with a quick game going out in 17 tasty arrows, now the Nomads from West Calder under the leadership ofone of the most respected captains I for one have ever known the Bouy from the county of Wales Mr John Bruton and his boys were ceretainly up for a top of the table clash with Graeme Bird from East Calder firing in games done in 16& 19 accurately thrown arrows, the Polbeth Hit-Man Davie Aitken was in excellent form recording a cracking 13 darter and throwing in a maximum 180 for good measure, also nice to see a man who may be even older than myself but then again perhaps not! One of my old team mates from the early 198’s Bunny Forrest showing his skill on the treble twenties has not diminished with age firing in a 180 .Tower bar Damsels 0-10 Tower bar Knights, Looks like the Knghts were not acting in a Knightly manner with no chivalours behaviour when taking on the damsels this week and claiming all the games played Frank Crook a name I have not heard of on the special mentions report for some time firing in the most clinical game shot of the night a tasty 95 kill shot.

Cawburn Pirates 3-Cawburn Railroaders, Home darby match remembering the Cawburn has 6 match boards and so can easily have three teams at home on a Monday night! The player they call the Candy Man or to give him his real nondeplum Sandy Coulter with a rock solid 94 take out for the Pirates, and for the Railroaders a man who will represent Scotland in the home Internationals this week end coming our very own Wullie Wilson firing in a tasty 17 dart game, John Miln’s who is hardly ever of the special comments report getting in on the action with a excellent 171 score on the nineteen’s and going out in 18 well aimed arrows.

Rab’s bar Golden Oldies 3- Kirknewton Innkeepers, the travelling Innkeepers were just a bit to hot to handle on the night for the Oldies from Old Deans Village with top shots coming from C Halliday with a cracking maximum 180 score, and Billy Stirling firing in a rock solid 92 take out, for the home team it had Rab Smith showing he still has some top finishing power taking out a fine 101 kill shot.

Central bar Colliers 5-4 Oak Bank Flyers, tight match up in this battle on the ocky with only one game the difference, for the home team of the Colliers it had Colin Hamilton with a rock steady 77 kill shot and joining him with a tasty 93 take out was John Brogan also for the Colliers, now always nice to report on a lady playing well and it had Babs from the Flyers scoring a cracking ton plus score of 111, nice shooting Babs, A Barnard also on target with a big score fact being none higher a magical maximum 180 for the Flyers.

Cawburn Clansmen 3-6 Stirrup Stane Indians, so not nice to see! Indians of Craigshill under the leadership of the man they call the Fat Controller Mr Fred Hamilton had his warriors scalping the Clansmen in this match, suppose there would be much partying and dancing around the campfires of Craigshill after this victory! But I am sure the Clansmen will regroup and come back rearing to go next week!

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 6-3 Letham Bowlers, Big Daddy’s otherwise known as Frank Begley had his men in top form this week with almost all of them on the special mentions page, so lets start with a real golden oldie the man from Armadale Mick Burke once again out with I hope the proper paper work to say it was ok for him to be out this late on a school night unsupervised! Mick firing in a tasty 18 dart game, the one and only Gordon Bruce with a brace of ggod games finishing in 19&20 deadly darts, the man they call the league mascot the one and only (Melman) yes Gary Christie on target with a rock solid 20 dart game, and then the absolute opposite of the three players mentioned above the man they call the Quiet Man Mr Brian Mairs who lets his arrows do the talking finishing in 21 darts, for the Bowlers it was Brain Tosh McIntyre with a 20 darter the fastest for the visiting side.

 

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

 

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

 

Saturday 7th March, Ayrshire branch of Disability Darts were once again in action toeing the ocky in their round robin singles league, action from the day went like this,

Richie McBride 3-0 Steve Haining, John Hollywood 3-0 Murrie Robertson, Neil Hunter 2-1 Stevie Haining, Rose Gilmour 2-1 Steve Haining, Raymond Sergeant 2-1 Andy Allan, Neil Hunter 3-0 Ritchie McBride, Ben Edwards 2-1 Richie McBride, Andy Allan 3-0 Tony McLuskey, Raymond Sergeant 2-1 Brian Fotheringham, John Hollywood 2-1 Richie McBride, Raymond Sergeant 2-1 Rose Gilmour, Brian Fotheringham 2-1 John Hollywood.

Next league match will be on the fourth April, and I would like to wish all the Ayrshire players who are travelling down to Morcambe for the home internationals all the very best may the darting gods smile down upon your endeavours.

Players

Games pl

Won

lost

Legs won

Legs lost

Attendance Points

Total Points

Andy Allan

10

8

2

23

7

21

44

Neil Hunter

10

6

4

21

7

21

42

Brian Fotheringham

9

7

2

19

8

18

37

Doc Hollywood

10

5

5

16

14

21

37

Ben Edwards

8

6

2

15

9

21

36

Rose Gilmour

11

3

8

11

22

21

32

Richie McBride

7

4

3

12

9

18

30

Aarron Buckley

5

5

0

13

2

15

28

Ray Sergeant

7

5

2

13

8

15

28

Tony McLuskey

7

2

5

7

14

21

28

Stevie Haining

6

2

4

7

11

18

25

Murrie Robertson

6

1

5

5

13

18

23

Craig Fritzgerald

1

1

0

3

0

9

12

John Auld

13

0

13

0

39

9

9

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

 

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

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

 

Friday 6th March, Result from the West Lothian Bathgate league, saw the final of the Jimmy Boyle five person team event which saw the Glenmavis A team from Bathgate defeating the Innkeepers from Kirknewton in the grand final.

 

Thursday 5th March, Premier League in Glasgow,

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

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

Teams

Pl

won

Draw

Lost

Legs For

Leg AG

Dif +/-

Points

Fairfield’s

9

8

1

0

96

48

48

96

Hello

9

5

1

3

86

58

28

86

Elders

9

6

1

2

81

63

18

81

Bay Horse

6

5

1

3

77

67

10

77

W.D.140’S

8

5

1

2

76

52

24

76

Joe McWoods

9

4

0

5

75

69

6

75

Ashfield

9

4

1

4

75

69

6

75

Wee Crew

9

2

1

6

61

83

-22

61

Bridge Inn

9

1

1

7

50

94

-44

50

Celtic Arrows

8

0

0

8

27

101

-74

27

 

Tue 3rd March, Report from the Ayr & District Darts League,

With the league now past the half way stage and all the top teams within striking distance of each other, none of them want to drop any points so every point is vital in the run in,

Pockets A 9-1 Anchor B, top games from the home team saw James Auld firing in 16&18 dart games, other Pockets playing well saw Craig Agnew and Jim Reid both recording 22 dart games, J McDougall with a 24 dart game, Allan Collins from the Anchor winning the sixth single to stop the Pockets team from picking up all six singles games.

 

Anchor A 10-0 Pockets B, some top artistry from the home side on the night with George Collumb Jnr firing in two rock solid 24 dart games, Adam Currie with a cracking 22 dart game, Richard Dalzell once again playing some rock solid darts going out twice with a brace of 21 dart games, George Collumb Snr getting in on the action with games finished in 24 &18 darts, Alan McKinnon playing a captains part and going out in 24 solid arrows, Old Man Mitchell firing in two games finished in 15&22 darts and throwing in a maximum 180 to help along the way!

 

Trysting Thorn 6-4 Ship Inn, top action saw Dean Lawrie with a brace of top games finishing in 19&21 arrows and also filling up the treble twenty for a maximum 180 score for the Coylton team, the visiting Ship from Ayr fired in some excellent games with S O’Neil recording a tasty 19 darter, Kevin Murphy with a 21 dart game, K O’Neil with two solid games of

Arrows going out in 21&23 darters and though the Ship took the singles by 4 games to 2 it was the home team who came out all guns blazing to take all three doubles and the triples to claim the points on offer.

 

Black Bull 6-4 Red Stone, Robert Dean claiming the first point of the nights action with a 110 take out for the home side, Cameron Menzies with a cracking 18 darter which was followed by Alex Govan with a 20 dart game and Stephan Thom just one dart more going out in 21 deadly arrows all for the Black Bull, and at 4-2 up in the singles it saw the Black Bull claim the first two doubles to put the match beyond the reach of the travelling Red Stone team.

 

Red Lion v Marthas , no score as of yet!

 

Mon 2nd Mar, Dreghorn & District darts League,

R&A Sports bar 2-8 Lounge Lizards, Jamie Curran the player on form in this league match up firing in games finished in 16&18 deadly darts which included scores of 174&180.

Irvine Park Ladies 0-10 Alton A, Christopher Kilpatrick with the top game of the night, with a superb 16 darter for the Alton A team.

Towerlands B 5-5 Irvine Parks B.C. best game recorded in the league this week saw a superb 14 darter fired in by Craig Parker from the Towerlands B team.

Crown Inn 1-9 Towerlands A, For the home team it had Willie Wilson filling up the red lipstick and recording a maximum 180 he also had a cracking 90 take out with 18-36-36 rock solid finish, The evergreen Ronnie Sharp also firing in a maximum 180 score, and it saw Big Drew Callary with a brace of 20 dart games.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mon 2nd March, Kilmarnock Excelsior Darts League,

Having spoken to one of the committee (Adam), have been given the green light to proceed, here are a few mentions from Monday just past! So please accept my apologies now as I will off course spell players names wrong to start with as I may not know who they are!

Smugglers 5-7 Blacks bar, Willie McEwan firing in a maximum 180 score for the Smugglers, S Gilbert and A Gilbert both recording 22 dart games also for the Smugglers team, however the visiting team from Blacks bar were in excellent form with just all their players firing out fast games or big shots! George Collumb Jnr with two 22 dart games and firing in a maximum 180, G Cooke using just one arrow more recording a 23 darter, G Mclauchlan with superb 17 dart game which was quickly followed by a 19 dart game from K Murphy, perhaps man of the moment who has been in tremendous form of late Owen McNiven recording another two excellent games of darts finishing in 18&22 darts, Dean Lawrie also with a brace of good games all done in 20&23 arrows.

 

 Burns Inn 8-4 Masons, some top shooting going on in this league match for the Burns team there was P O’Neil with a 22 darter, D Parks with a 24 dart game, and E Canaan using only 18 arrows, E Williamson for the visitors firing in a 23 dart game and team mate Ian Stewart going out in 24 darts for the visitors.

 

Saltire 10-2 Tartan Sheep,

Clansman 5-7 Crown Inn,

 

O’Shannon’s A 7-5 Kay Park Tavern, Andy Allan going out in 19 accurately thrown arrows for the home side, and it then saw Jamie Curran rattling the treble twenty bed to record a maximum 180 score, K O’Neil got in on the action also for the home team with 23 dart game, the visiting team were not hanging about either with B Smith firing in a maximum 180 and going out in 21 darts, R Lusk cracking 19 dart game, J Young with a couple of excellent games using 20&24 darts.

 

Rock Hard 4-8 O’Shannon’s B, the visiting team from O’Shannon’s taking a 6-2 lead in the singles a lead which then became a winning score when they took the second doubles match and the points on offer.

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Fri 29th Feb, Round up from the New Cumnock & District darts league.

Glenmuir Arms 2-7 New Cumnock B.C, The Player they call Hightower firing in a brace of 19 dart games which could have been quicker! He also fired in a superb 177 score as well, Wullie Laird going one dart better with a cracking 18 dart game a magnificent game shot of 158 the classy way 54-54-bulls eye.

Cumnock Jnrs 5-4 New Cumnock W.M.C. the home team were in excellent form as they hosted the Working men’s club from New Cumnock, with Bryan Neil firing in a solid 20 darter only to see his team mate Darren Armstrong going out in a classy 18 darts which included a 121 game shot, Alan Dunlop with a 20 dart game which included a maximum 180 score and joining him with a maximum 180 was Jocky Bell who also finished in style going out in 19 well placed arrows, the visitors themselves were in excellent form with Richard Dalzell going out in 19 arrows, Steven McBride using one dart more to record a 20 darter, Rab Marshall was in good form firing in a tasty 17 dart game and following him with two cracking legs of darts was Alan Salisbury with games finished in 16&19 deadly darts Alan also filling up the red lipstick to record a 180 score.

Mauchline Club 6-3 Coach House, top game from this match up was in the doubles with the pairing off George McLaughlan and his partner in crime Craig Nicol firing in two excellent 15 dart games for the home team, and once again it was that man Jim McCutheon for the Coach House who was their top protagonist firing in a 180 score and finishing in a rock steady 21 arrows.

Bridgend A 0-9 Brewery Bar, Looks like the league leaders are not about to let anything slip as they gave nothing away in this weeks match, and it saw George Collumb Jnr firing in a 21 dart game,  Big Steve Robertson was once again in great form registering yet another maximum 180 score along with a game finished in 18 darts, but player of the match was a man who has been in top form throughout the season yes Owen McNiven once again in tremendous form firing in 15 darter then going even better and using only 14 darts this time and throwing in a maximum 180 just for good measure.

Craighead 6-3 Bridgend B, best game from this match up had Bert Ross on target and going out in a solid 20 arrows.

Next week all roads lead to the Bridgend in New Cumnock for the 301 double start double finish competition, please register for 7-30-7-45 toe ocky 8pm.

 

Tue 25th Feb, Ayr & District Darts League,

Ship 4-6 Pockets A, Owen McNiven with a 22 darter the best for the crew of the Ship, the pockets team though were in scintillating form which saw John McLauchlan firing in a 17 darter, John Reid with a brace of good games finishing in 18&22 darts plus firing in a maximum 180, Steve Robertson also on target with a maximum 180 score, but to no advantage as he went down 2-1 to Owen McNiven, Joe Devlin on target with a22 dart game, Liam Mooney with two excellent games finishing in 19&21 darts, James Auld though the best of the night with a cracking 15 darter and a tidy 116 take out.

Black Bull 7-3 Martha’s, Robert Dean with a rock solid 23 dart game for the home side, Cameron Menzies with two quick games going out in 15 & 20 arrows with a classy ton plus finish off 128, Alex Govan also on target with a tasty 18 dart game, couple of maximum 180 scorers and they were Stephan Thom and Alex Govan for the Black Bull, and if my information is correct they both paired up in the doubles and recorded a superb 13 dart game.

Pockets B 3-7 Red Lion, M Branigan for the visitors was in tremendous form firing in 16&23 darters, S Arrandale with a 21 darter and a classy finish off 110, D McIntyre with a 20 darter and last but not least Joe Berry with a 21 dart game for the visiting Red Lion team.

Anchor B 1-9 Anchor A, home Darby match up, and some good banter going on in this match up as one would expect! Tommy Walker giving Richard Dalzell a fright in the first match but it saw Richard come away with a fine 2-1 win with a 20 dart game to seal it, George Collumb Jnr on target with 19&21 darters, George Collumb Snr then went out in 19&23 darts but these included not one but two maximum 180 scores, Adam Currie with 16&24 dart games which made it 4-0 to the visiting A team, then perhaps shot of the night or make that mistake of the night Doc Hollywood with tops left went for the bull and it cost him dear as Billy Saunders made no mistakes and came away with a solid 2-0 victory, Big Michael Ferguson then made it a clean sweep in the singles with a fine display of arrows and winning 2-0, the doubles then went the same way as the singles with the A team taking a 9-0 lead, However it saw the Anchor B team of R Baker, A Collins and T Walker take the triples match in style,

 

 

 Mon 24th Feb, West Calder & District darts results,

Commercial Inn Nomads 7-2 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, top quality match up here with two of the leagues most  experienced teams fighting it out on the ocky, for the home team we had, Scott Baker firing out a 142 game shot, John Brett with a classic 130 take out, Davie Aitken with a brace of excellent 17 dart games, Bunny Forrest firing out games finished in 17&18 well thrown arrows, But match of the night a superb 11 darter fired in by the Bird Man of East Calder  Graeme Bird he also had a more modest 18 dart game just for good measure!  Graeme also fired in a 180 & 177, Bunny Forrest also filling up the red lipstick for a maximum 180 as well and getting in on the action as well was John Brett also a maximum 180 hitter, and it did not finish there as Davie Aitken & Jamie Fleming fired in a superb 13 dart doubles game, John Brett & Bunny Forrest also playing well in the doubles using only 18 darts, for the Nomads of West Calder, Now the visiting Wanderers from Craigshill were not hanging about either with Mick Burke and Gordon Bruce both firing in a maximum 180 scores, Gordon Bruce on target with a 15 darter and team mate Brian Mairs firing in a 19 dart game, cracking game of darts at the Commercial Inn last Monday might have bought a ticket to watch that battle on the ocky!

                        

Letham Bowlers 3-6 Volunteer Highway Men, Brian Tosh McIntyre firing in a 180 for the bowlers, and one of the leagues most senior players! John Grant showing he can still turn on the style finishing with a flourish with a classic shanghai 120 kill shot, the visiting Highway Men had Peter Hastings on target with a 110 take out and a 18 darter, but top shot has to go to the man they call cool hand Rex Brady a superb 152 take out, in the doubles it saw Arran Edwards and Chris Forsyth going out in 20 rock solid arrows.

 

Oak Bank Flyers 3-6 Cawburn Pirates, Sandy Coulter for the Pirates firing out a broadside and recording a maximum 180 score, and Wullie Jack finishing on a classy ton plus game shot of 106,

 

Cawburn Railroaders 3-6 Central bar Colliers, John Brogan for the Colliers going out in 17 well thrown arrows, and the Wizard from the land that time forgot Addiewell yes showing he can still do magic on the dart board Stuart Russell finishing a flourish with a tasty 116 take out,

Stirrup Stane Indians 3-6 Commercial inn Jnrs,

 

Tower bar Knights 6-3 Rab’s Bar Golden Oldies, Sandy Lee for the Golden Oldies finishing with 18 deadly arrows for the visiting team from Rab’s Bar,

 

Kirknewton Innkeepers 6-3 Tower bar Damsels, Billy Stirling on target with two excellent game shots of 80 & 90 for the Innkeepers of Kirknewton also finishing with a 74 take out was C Halliday also for the home team of Innkeepers.

 

Mon 24th Feb, Results from the Dreghorn & District dart league,

Irvine Parks Ladies 1-9 Towerlands A,

Lounge Lizards 9-1 Irvine Parks Men,

R&A Sports Bar 5-5 Crown Inn,

Towerlands B 2-6 Alton B, not sure of finish?

Report to follow.

Stevie Hogg with a tasty 17 dart game for the Towerlands B, Andy Boulton with an 18 dart game and a maximum 180 as was G Coulter for the visitors, Ronnie Sharp shows even in his advanced years top finishing is still part of his game a tasty 118 kill shot from the Ayrshire Leg-End!  Robert Dan firing in a classy 16 darter for the Towerlands A, talk about old guys cant get much older than these two who both recorded 20 dart games Wullie Laird and Mitchell also for the Towerlands A, Lairdy also firing in a maximum 180 score for good measure, Kevin McInrue Jnr firing out a cracking 140 kill shot along with a 18 dart game for the Lounge Lizards also on target for Wullie Burns Lounge Lizard team were, Jamie Curran going out in 19 darts, Ian Gunion using 21 darts for his match but fastest of the all was the man they call the Devil Graeme Ferguson going out in 14 accurately placed arrows, Stuart Lusby for the Parks men on target with a 20 dart game and a cracking 177 score, Jamie Curran firing in a maximum 180 in the doubles for the Lizards. Ian McCudden for the R& A Sports bard with a brace of excellent games finishing in 15& 20 arrows, Dean McQuarrie for the visitors with the highest game shot of the night in this match up a tasty 113 take out and finishing in 21 darts.

 

 

 

Fri, 21st Feb, Results from the New Cumnock & District darts league,

Craighead 5-4 Mauchline,

N.C.B.C. 9-0 Bridgend A,

Bridgend B 1-8 Cumnock Jnrs

W.M.C. 9-0 Glenmuir,

Brewery bar 7-2 Coach House,

Top games had Big Steve Robertson recording a classic 15 darter for the Brewery bar, Also going out in 15 accurately thrown arrows was the Coach House player Lee Frew with a classy 15 dart game, Rab Kerr going out in 16& 20 well thrown arrows, Owen McNiven on target with a brace of good games going out in 18&19 deadly arrows, Big Drew Callary on target with games finished in 18&19 darts, Bert Ross firing out an 18 darter for the Craighead team, Old man Mitchell with a 18 darter,  Francis Fleming using 18 darts in a rock solid game, Kenny Murray also using just 18 darts in his match as well, George Collumb Jnr with a 20 darter,

Maximum hitters filling up the red lipstick were, Stephan Thom, Steve Robertson, and Rab Kerr,

Top check outs saw Old Man Mitchell with a shanghai on the twenties for a 120 take out, Lee Frew with a classy 117 kill shot, Steve Robertson with a 106 take out.

 

Thur 20th Feb, Action from the Tower bar in Craigshill Livingston,

Once again it saw top quality action as this Thursday night open singles tournament got under way,

Once the group sections were finished we had eight top darters left toeing the ocky and the results went like this, John Brogan 3-2 John Sandison, John Miln’s 3-0 Jimbo McMillan, Gordon Bruce 3-1 William Borland, Colin Hamilton 3-2 Jamie Banks Jnr, and so to the semi finals matches still the best off 5x501, John Miln’s just edging out John Brogan in a five leg thriller by the odd leg in five 3-2, Gordon Bruce doing a number on Colin Hamilton which was surprising as Colin has been on top form of late in the league Gordon 3-0, and so to the Grand Final which was now the best of 7x501, and it was the man with the tasty wear in footwear Gordon The Bruce who came out in a tough contest by 4 games to 2 over John Miln’s,

Maximum hitters on the night had John Miln’s, William Borland and John Brogan all filling up the red lipstick for 180 scores,

Top finishes saw William Borland with a classic 130 take out, John Brogan tasty ton plus finish off 116, and John Sandison with a 98 kill shot,

Fast games once again aw William Borland with the quickest a cracking 13 darter followed by a more modest 15 dart game, John Brogan firing out in 15 and 17 well thrown arrows, John Sandison with a brace of tasty 17 dart games.

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

 

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

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Sat 22nd Feb, Ayrshire branch of Disability darts held one of their weekly league matches , this competition is run as a round robin event with all protagonists playing everyone else in the league, PLUS THERE ARE bonus points for being in attendance, (EVERYONE gets 21 points to start with and if they turn up at all the weeks of the tournament they keep those points, HOWEVER should they miss a week 3 yes three points are deducted from the bonus points, so it’s worth being in the venue, remembering it is the grand sum of £1.50p per week to play, and the prize fund is £120 to the eventual champion, £80 for second place, £40 for third, £20 for fourth, so every point is vital! In the run in, Now there were a few movers and shakers this week as last seasons champion Andy Allan from Dalmellington reclaimed the top spot from Neil Hunter of Kilmarnock who had led but now drops down one place to second, but biggest mover of the week has to be Brian Fotheringham from Kilwinning who moves from 10pts to joint third with Ben Edwards, Doc Hollywood and Aarron Buckley are just slightly adrift sitting on 31 points a piece, our one lady player Rose Gilmour is on 29 points, so results from this weeks action on the ocky has seen these results posted remembering it is 3 x501 with every leg worth a point, Aarron Buckley 2-1 Neil Hunter, Ben Edwards 2-1 Rose Gilmour, Stevie Haining 2-1 Murrie Robertson, Brian Fotheringham 3-0 Murrie Robertson, Andy Allan 3-0 Rose Gilmour, Brian Fotheringham 3-0 Tony McLuskey, Andy Allan 3-0 Doc Hollywood, Neil Hunter 3-0 Tony McLuskey, Brian Fotheringham 2-1 Ben Edwards, Doc Hollywood 3-0 Stevie Haining, Aarron Buckley 3-0 Rose Gilmour, Ben Edwards 2-1 Neil Hunter, Andy Allan 3-0 Murrie Robertson,

However the burning question that is being asked is where is newly capped Scotland player’s, Richie McBride &  Raymond Sergeant, with the home internationals just under a month away you might think that all match practise would be important! For our forth coming battle royal with our auld enemy from South of the border and of course our Celtic buddies in arms the Welsh and our brethren from across the Irish sea!

Players

Games pl

Won

lost

Legs won

Legs lost

Attendance Points

Total Points

Andy Allan

8

7

1

19

5

21

40

Neil Hunter

8

4

4

16

6

21

37

Ben Edwards

7

5

2

13

8

21

34

Brian Fotheringham

7

6

1

16

5

18

34

Doc Hollywood

7

3

4

10

11

21

31

Aarron Buckley

5

5

0

13

2

18

31

Rose Gilmour

9

2

7

8

19

21

29

Tony McLuskey

6

2

4

7

11

21

28

Richie McBride

3

3

0

7

2

18

25

Murrie Robertson

5

1

4

5

10

18

23

Stevie Haining

3

2

1

5

4

18

23

Ray Sergeant

4

2

2

7

5

15

22

Craig Fritzgerald

1

1

0

3

0

12

15

John Auld

13

0

13

0

39

12

12

 

Sat 22nd Feb, The Royal British Legion in Bathgate held the annual Bob Hall Memorial competition, and what a great turn out in memory of one of West Lothian’s top players,44 players toed the ocky to try and annex this title, when the last eight were in place the results went like this, Scott Baillie 3-0 John Forrest, Graeme Bird 3-2 Rab Sutherland, John Kirk 3-2 Mark Grimley, Jamie Clark 3-0 Alan McDonald, and so to the semi finals and four top players all with their eyes on the title of Bob Hall memorial champion for 2020, Scott Baillie from Armadale defeating East Calder’s Graeme Bird by 3 games to 1, Jamie Clark from Fife then got past Livingston’s John Kirk by the same score line 3 games to 1, and so to the grand final and it was Jamie Clark who came away with a superb 4-0 victory over Scot Baillie to claim the title of champion for 2020.

 

Thursday 20th Feb, Report from the Premier League in Glasgow.

Teams

Pl

won

Draw

Lost

Legs For

Leg AG

Dif +/-

Points

Fairfield’s

8

7

1

0

86

42

44

86

Hello

9

5

1

3

86

58

28

86

Elders

9

6

1

2

81

63

18

81

W.D.140’S

8

5

1

2

76

52

24

76

Joe McWoods

9

4

0

5

75

69

6

75

Ashfield

9

4

1

4

75

69

6

75

Bay Horse

5

5

1

2

71

57

14

71

Wee Crew

9

2

1

6

61

83

-22

61

Bridge Inn

9

1

1

7

50

94

-44

50

Celtic Arrows

8

0

0

8

27

101

-74

27

 

Thurs 20th Feb, Results from the Greater Glasgow Premier League which was held in Elders bar saw these results recorded, Bay Horse 6-10 Ashfield, Bridge Inn 10-6 Celtic Arrows, Elders 10-6 Joe McWoods, Hello 10-6 Wee Crew, W.D.140’S 8-8 Fairfield’s,

So last seasons champions Willie Lairds Fairfield’s team who were top of the league going into last nights fixtures are now joint top sharing top billing with George Collumb Snr’s Hello team, however the Willie Lairds team do have a game in hand but in this league absolutely nothing can be taken for granted with every leg won a point for the team!

Top games last night saw George Collumb Jnr firing in a superb 17 dart 601 leg for a 35.35 dart ave, Old Man Mitchell with a 33.39 dart ave for an 18 dart game, the man they call the PUP Anthony Dundas only one dart more going out in 19 arrows for a 31.63 darting average, Robert Baird from Elders rattled in a 20 darter for 30.05 darting average, three players with 21 dart games last night for 28.62 d.a. were Billy McNab for the Ashfield team, Stephan McCormack also for the Ashfield, and just to keep it in the team! Brian Tennant also for the Ashfield with a 21 dart game, However top of the table with 42.93 dart averages which means 601 games finished in 14 deadly darts are Marc Wilkie and Andy Callary, which may take some beating! And just so I don’t forget good  old me! Been a while since I fires out two big finishes back to back 154 and a tidy 160 take out, may still be life in this old dog yet!

Greater Glasgow Men’s team to play Clackmannanshire on the 29th Feb in Sunny Alloa are as follows , this is from our county co-ordinator Mr Neillie Campbell,

Men’s A, Grant McCauley, Andrew Broll, Andy Callary, George Collumb Snr, Frank Clancy, Drew Callary Snr, Brian Tennant, John Williamson, Jim Mitchell, John McCallum, Michael McCloskey, Darren Beautiman, Men’s B team are, Chris Coyle, Dean Fitch Jnr, Dunky Wyper, Gerry Greenwood, Marc Wilkie, George Collumb Jnr, Subs are, Michael Sheehan, Brian McCuaig, Anthony Dundas, Andrew Park, David Park.

Reports from the County match on Saturday and Disability darts tournament on Sunday have been added to by the  esteemed  Mr Neil Campbell county co-ordinator for Greater Glasgow and our the computer whizz kid of Disability darts Liz McLean, so just scroll down and see their official reports cheers J.

 

Just for Information this week end will see the Bob Hall Memorial tournament and it is being held in the Bathgate Royal British Legion club register for 12 mid-day so I believe?

Also for the Ayrshire branch of Disability darts we are meeting in the O’Shannon’s bar in Kilmarnock to continue our Round Robin Singles League, so look forward to seeing the branch members there for 1pm.

 

Players

Games pl

Won

lost

Legs won

Legs lost

Attendance Points

Total Points

Neil Hunter

5

3

2

11

4

21

32

Andy Allan

5

4

1

10

5

21

31

Ben Edwards

4

3

1

8

4

21

29

Richie McBride

3

3

0

7

2

21

28

Rose Gilmour

6

2

4

7

11

21

28

Doc Hollywood

5

2

3

7

8

21

28

Tony McLuskey

4

2

2

7

5

21

28

Aarron Buckley

3

3

0

8

1

18

26

Brian Fotheringham

4

3

1

8

4

18

26

Ray Sergeant

4

2

2

7

5

18

25

Murrie Robertson

2

1

1

4

2

18

22

Craig Fritzgerald

1

1

0

3

0

15

18

Lewis Young

1

1

0

3

0

15

18

John Auld

13

0

13

0

39

15

15

 

Mon 17th Feb, West Calder & District darts league,

 

Tower bar Knights 8-1 Cawburn Clansmen,

Stirrup Stane Indians 2-7 Kirknewton Innkeepers,

Commercial Inn Juniors 8-1 Tower bar Damsels,

Letham Bowlers 4-5 Cawburn Pirates,

Central bar Colliers 8-1 Stirrup Stane Wanderers,

Volunteer Highway Men 7-2 Oak Bank Flyers,

Cawburn Railroaders 1-8 Commercial Inn Nomads,

Top shots this week saw some excellent finishing power with, top finish of the week going to S Mackie with a cracking 134 take out for the Colliers of West Calder, K Wilson for the Pirates  finishing on a tidy ton plus game shot of 102, John Miln’s firing in a brace of good kill shots these being 100 and 76 take outs, From the hills of Kirknewton it saw Billy Stirling taking out a tasty 97 game shot, Clansmen player S Long with a tasty 94 take out, Fast games and these must be 20 darts or less and it had the Highway man Colin Robertson showing how the highway men do it with games finished in 17&20 darts, Billy Stirling finishing in 17 well placed arrows for the Innkeepers of Kirknewton, John Miln’s with two excellent 18 dart games, William Millar on target with a classy 18 dart game for the Innkeepers, Scott Baker a former Champion of Champions winner firing in a brace of good games going out in 18&19 accurately thrown arrows for the Commercial Inn Nomads, Rex Brady on target with a 18 dart game also for the Highway Men of Uphall,  John Brogan with a rock solid 20 darter for the Colliers,  Maximum hitters and remember any score from 171-180 counts as far as I am concerned as there are darters out there who throw their designated arrows at the treble nineteen! Cool Hand Rex Brady on target with a maximum 180 score, Colin Robertson with a classic 171 score on the nineteen’s,

Couple of excellent doubles matches and once again it was the Highway Men from Uphall leading the way with Arran Edwards & Colin Robertson firing in a brace of cracking 19 darters,  but fastest recorded doubles match went to the pairing off John Two Hands Hanlon & Davie Smith with a cracking 18 dart game.

Nice bit of information the Jan Leggat Memorial competition will be run again this year on the 21st November in the Cawburn Sports bar, Jan was a lovely lady and is well remembered by all that knew her!

 

Mon 17th Feb, Dreghorn & District Darts League,

R&A Sports bar 2-8 Towerlands A,

Towerlands B 5-5 Crown Inn,

Irvine Parks B.C. 3-7 Alton A,

Alton B 10-0 Irvine Parks Ladies,

Some special mentions this week and maximum hitters saw, Stephan Thom from the Crown Inn at Dreghorn filling up the red lipstick for a maximum 180 score, Derek Jeffrey also on target recording a maximum 180, Davie Tennant and Brian Wallace both firing in 180 scores in their doubles match cracking arrows from a pairs team, Kevin McKinney  Jnr on target with  a brace of maximum 180 scores,  top games this week had, Once again it had Stewart Lusby from the Irvine Parks men on target with a couple of cracking dart games finishing in 15& 19 deadly arrows which included a superb 121 take out, Big Drew Callary on target for the Towerlands with a tasty 16 dart game, Graeme McConnell for the Alton on target with a 17 dart game, Also on target and using only 17 arrows was Willie Hay’s ,  Ian McCudden firing in a cracking 19 dart game as did the man they call Hightower Kenny McVeigh also with a 19 darter, William Laird ad Kenny McVeigh both recording 21 dart games also for the Towerlands A, John Hall also with a rock solid game finished in 21 darts, However fastest game of the week goes to a player who fired in a superb 13 dart game Kevin McKinney Jnr cracking arrows, Perhaps our top lady player it saw Margaret Ferguson finishing on a classy 97 game shot 57-Tops, Top doubles game had Winton Peter & Douglas finishing in a rock steady 20 darts,

Qualifying from the Lounge Lizards of Dreghorn for the two person team event saw the pairings of Andy Stewart & Graham Ferguson, along with Ian Gunion Jnr & Kevin McInrue Jnr, both teams qualifying for the finals of this tournament.

 

Mon 10th Feb, Dreghorn & District Darts League,

Irvine Park Ladies 0-10 Lounge Lizards, Brian Earle with a maximum 180 the top shot of the night’s action,

R&A Sports bar 5-5 Irvine Parks B.C. Men, some top arrows thrown in this match where the points were shared, in the doubles it had Peter McMillan & Stuart McBride firing in a tasty 21 darter, but going even better was the pairing of Brian King & Derek Jeffrey going out in a cracking game using only 17 deadly arrows, top singles saw Stewart Lusby firing in a rock solid 21 dart game.

Alton A 9-1 Towerlands B, Dave Tennant on target with a brace of good games finishing in 16&20 arrows also firing in a maximum 180, John McLauchlan with a steady 21 dart game, Brian Wallace with a classy 15 darter and a tasty 121 kill shot, also on the ton plus finishes was Craig Parker with a 100 take out, Robert Stevely on target using only 18 deadly arrows to win.

Towerlands A 4-6 Alton B, cracking game of arrows at the Towerlands B.C. for the home team there were some excellent games thrown with Robert Dean firing in the fastest a tasty 18 darter, the evergreen Willie Laird just one arrow more going out in 19 rock steady darts, Big Neil Campbell using 20 darts in one of his legs, maximum hitters had the Ayrshire leg-end Mr Ronnie Sharp filling up the red lipstick for a maximum 180, as did a player even older than Ronnie yes Sammy Stephan’s also showing age has not caught up with him just yet! Filling up the treble twenty for a maximum 180, in the doubles it had the pairing of Neil Campbell & Drew Callary firing in a cracking 16 dart game, Willie Laird & Ronnie Sharp using only 20 darts in one of their pairs legs,

However the visitors were not hanging around firing out some super shots of their own and they were recorded by, Andy Boulton with games finished in 15&21 darts plus a brace of 180 scores, Jim Reid with a 16 darter which could have been 13 just a few missed doubles making it 16 darts! Kevin McKinney on target with a tasty 17 dart game, young Dougie King Jnr with a rock solid 20 dart game Winton Peter on target firing in a maximum 180 and going out in 21 darts, in the pairs it had the team of Kevin McKinney & Andy Boulton going out in 16&18  deadly arrows.

And so the Alton B are top of the league by a solitary point with Wullie Burns team of Lounge Lizards hard on their heels, looks like an interesting few weeks ahead in the league as the two Alton teams and the defending champions battle it out for those all important league points!

Thanks to the man they call the PUP Mr Andrew Dundas here is the newest update from the Greater Glasgow Premier League, Thursday nights matches all updated, 

Teams

Pl

won

Draw

Lost

Legs For

Leg AG

Dif +/-

Points

Fairfield’s

7

7

0

0

78

34

44

78

Hello

8

4

1

3

76

52

24

76

Elders

8

5

1

2

71

57

14

71

Joe McWoods

8

4

0

4

69

59

10

69

W.D.140’S

7

5

0

2

68

44

24

68

Ashfield

8

3

1

4

65

63

2

65

Bay Horse

7

5

1

1

65

47

18

65

Wee Crew

8

2

1

5

56

72

-16

56

Bridge Inn

8

0

1

7

40

88

-48

40

Celtic Arrows

7

0

0

7

21

91

-70

21

 

Sun 9th Feb, Disability Darts Scotland,

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

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

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

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

 

AYRSHIRE DISABILITY DARTS AREA

WINMAU RANKING TOURNAMENT

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2020

 

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

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

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

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

Now for the results,

CLASSIC

Winner - Andrew Callary (Glasgow to Greenock)

Runner-Up - Grant Murray (Scottish Borders)

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

COMPRIS

Winner - Alex Lister (Central)

Runner-Up - Kyle Clarke (Scottish Borders)

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

LADIES

Winner - Sam Seaton (Fife)

Runner-up - Debbie McBride (Glasgow to Greenock)

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

 

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

 

 

Sat 8th Feb, Words from our county co-ordinator our esteemed colleague Mr Neillie Campbell so here they are, Here it is at last! so sorry for the delay folks
Saturday morning and we had the arrival of Lanarkshire to Fairfield for our annual tussle against one of our nearest neighbours ,, it's always a " toughie " against Lanarkshire especially their men's A who on paper look really really strong .
But it's our lassies who have been so reliable this season who stepped up to the mark once again
First on for the ladies B was our battler Voni Duff, 12 darts at double 8 in the first leg was the main reason Voni lost 1-2, the ever reliable ( birthday girl ) June Mccallum was up next with a 2-0 and a 16.70, superb stuff June and 5 out of 5 so far, a cold didn't stop Gillian Mitchell from digging out a 2-1 win especially the second leg and a superb 84 out shot, Laura Ross then produced a fine 2-0 victory with a nice wee 140 in the second leg, 3-1 to our ladies B
Men's B and we had the return of Oor Wullie, Brian Mccuaig was not his usual self as he went down 0-3 but Dean Fitch Jr, Got us back on track with a solid display and a 3-0 win, Gerry Mourinho Greenwood had another solid display once again with a 3-0 win including a cheeky wee 177 in leg 2, Darren Beautiman put us 3-1 up with an excellent 3-0, then, another battler Tracey Wyper Dunky secured our victory with a 3-1 " dug out " performance, well done Dunky, Chris Coyle was once again drawn against their top gun and despite hitting 2 maximums still went down 2-3, 4-2 to our guys B
Once again our ladies A hit the high spots !
Katie Tierney
made a return and for being a wee bit rusty at doubles could have been a different result against Hannah Brown 1-3, the wonderful Debbie McBride secured a 3-1 win with a solid display, 4 out of 5 so far for Debbie, Margaret Ferguson was back to her usual top standard and a 3-0 and 20.88, an off form Laura Grant then battled her way to a 3-0,, and great to see Lynn Cowan returning to form with a 3-2 over Jackie Shaw, last up and it was Susie Time ! A solid 3-0 and its 5-1 to our wonderful Ladies, 8-2 overall for our ladies, brilliant!
Men's A
We haven't heard " Hello" often enough this season but we heard it on leg one as George Collumb hit a maximum but unfortunately went down 1-4, John Williamson then put in a shift against Robert Baird but for some first class scoring and finishing from Boab then John had to settle for a 3-4 defeat, Brian Tennant then went down to the same score so 0-3 down and 4th up was Andrew Broll, 1-3 and he finally got his game going to record a hard fought 4-3, John Mccallum then came from behind to win 4-3 with a cracking 118 out shot to win, then old man Mitchell, Jim once again showed us all what passion and skill combined can lead to, 4 darts at doubles to win 4-0 including a 146 out shot a 77 out and a last leg 72 on the bull, and he threw in a maximum in leg 2, Frank Clancy then produces a cracking 4-3 win to put us ahead, Grant Mccauley then produced 2 maximums but lost his first game of this season to Dutch open champ Ross Montgomery, Dean then played his second game of the day but lost out to Jim Brown 1-4 despite throwing a wonderful 132 out shot in leg4, Andy Callary was then involved in an absolute cracker but lost out 3-4, Michael Mccloskey was also involved in a cracking 4-2 victory, methodical and ruthlessly wore his opponent down and a 27-56, Drew Callary then came up against the excellent Willie Kirkwood, Kirky running out an 11 darter and Drew going down 1-4, a 5-7 defeat for our men's A, first defeat in 4 years I think
To sum up its looking promising for us to retain Scotland South and for our men's A to do the same and if results go our way then our ladies A could be crowned Champions as well
Thank you all so much for what you have contributed this season so far and with just a little bit of luck and some hard graft we could actually improve on our wonderful season last year, the Greater Glasgow juggernaut rolls into Alloa on29th February so I propose we win !

 

Sat 8th Feb, and it was Inter Counties day as Greater Glasgow hosted the Lanarkshire county team at the Fairfield Club in Govan,

This is only my wee report I realise that our county co-ordinator will have his report out soon just what I saw and wrote down here are my ramblings!

Ladies B team up first Greater Glasgow names first, Yvonne Duff 1-2 Jillian Shaw, June McCallum once again in excellent form with a lady of the match performance winning 2-0 over Dorothy Montgomery, Gillian Mitchell 2-1 Cheryl McBride Gilliam with the top finish a tasty 84 take out, Laura Ross 2-0 Elizabeth McNiven, so a excellent start to the day a 3-1 victory for the home side.

Men’s B up next it saw Brian McCuaig losing out in the first match of the men’s B, but like the ladies before them it saw a good run of matches with Dean Fitch 3-0 A Walker, Dean firing in a cracking 23+ dart average, Gerry Greenwood 3-0 John Jamieson, Darren Beautiman 3-0 Jamie Banks Jnr, Duncan Wyper then made sure of the points for the home side with a victory over Paul Clivard, Last match for the men saw Chris Coyle somehow snatch defeat from the jaws of victory losing out 2-3 to Joe O’Neil in a superb match where Chris fired in a brace of maximum 180 scores, another excellent win for the home side 4-2

  

Ladies A, Katie Tierney 1-3 Hannah Bell a close encounter just Hannah finishing the better of the two ladies, Debbie McBride 3-1 K Thomson, and the ladies were on a roll! Margaret Ferguson with a lady of the match performance winning 3-0 M Jamieson, Margaret with a 20+ dart average, Laura Grant 3-1 K McNicol, Lynne Cowan 3-1 J Shaw, with Lynne’s win it was always going to be another team victory for the ladies and up last was Scotland captain Susanna McGimpsey who won 3-0 over Dorothy Montgomery to give the ladies a superb victory 5-1.

So to the Men’s A, and with some of the countries top talent on show we were in for a terrific tussle on the ocky, and it saw Lanarkshire get of to a superb start with defeats for George Collumb Snr, John Williamson, and Brian Tennant it had Lanarkshire up 3-0 with wins from Tam Hamilton, Rab Baird, and D.P winning the first 3 games, however the Wee Crew then fired back taking the next 4 matches with wins for, Andy Broll, John McCallum, Jim Mitchell and Frank Clancy, and so 4-3 to the home team however the it then saw some absolutely fantastic games of darts with the lowest average from any player in the next 5 games being a 24+ so here are the final results, Grant McCauley 26.86 2-4 Ross Montgomery 29.53, Dean Fitch 24.63 1-4 Jim Brown 27.44, Andrew Callary Jnr 25.38 3-4 Willie Stallard 26.18, and so Lanarkshire go 4-4 up and now the tension was rising, next to toe the ocky two of the Big men of both sides! Big Michael McLuskey 27.03 4-2 Big Steve Robertson 25.52, and down the ire we were going and it saw a great last match, Drew Callary 24.41 1-4 William Kirkwood 28.66, what a match this was a loss to the home side 5-7, but the visitors were superb with some absolutely wonderfully thrown arrows and doubles hit just when they need them most! So the final score of the day Greater Glasgow 17 – 11 Lanarkshire.

Few special mentions that I kept a wee note of and they were, Gerry Greenwood with a cracking set up score of 177, Chris Coyle a brace of maximum 180’s, Dean Fitch a tremendous take out of 132 via 25-57 bulls eye, Old Man Mitchell 146 take out via 57-57-32, Grant McCauley also with 2 x180s, Brian Tennant and Mitchell both with maximum 180’s, and for the Ladies Margaret Ferguson with a 20+ dart ave and of course our Maw yes Gillian Mitchell with an 84 take out, and it went like this treble 20 what’s left 24 says the referee Debbie, and you could see as Maw started and one side of the board and worked her way round to where the doubles was YES same place as always excellent game shot if I say so myself!

 

Fri 7th Feb, New Cumnock & District Friday night darts league,

And all roads led the players to the Brewery bar in Catrine for the League Four person team event this is played as 4 singles of 1 x501, 2 doubles of 1x701 and if needed a 1001 all in match, so once the last two teams were left toeing the ocky we had the Brewery Bar team of Owen McNiven, Paul Ross, Rab Kerr and George Collumb Jnr, and toeing the ocky against them were the New Cumnock Working Men’s Club of, Richard Dalzell, Steve McBride, Hugh Carmichael and Big Michael Ferguson, however as in all finals there has to be a winner crowned and it saw the Brewery bar edging out the Working men’s club in an excellent grand final, Champions for 2020 are the Brewery Bar.

 

Fri 7th Feb, Few results from the Friday night Bathgate & District dart league,

Glen Mavis A 7-2 Coppies B, Excellent game of darts in the Glen mavis B.C. AS lots of players were in top form, Marc Campbell on target for the home side firing in a cracking 18 darter plus a maximum 180, Andy Thomson with a 19 dart game, Scott Baillie with a maximum 180 and a tasty 88 game shot, Callum Cockburn in on the good finishes finishing on a classy 98 take out, best though was the doubles partnership off Callum Cockburn and Marc Campbell with a superb 11 darter super doubles game, William McCue and Stuart Boyd were also on target filling up the red lipstick to record 180 scores, Murray Smart with a classic 100 game shot and William McCue with a rock solid 20 dart game.

 

Kirknewton Innkeepers 7-2 Cross Tavern, another high scoring encounter with a good few players getting in on the special mentions report, Stuart Russell from the land that time forgot (Addiewell) firing in a solid 17 dart game, East Calder’s Graeme Bird also with a tasty 17 dart game, John Brogan a man who seems to be ever present these days on the special mentions page with a solid 20 dart game, Micky Rice from Whitburn showing he can still throw with the best of them on target with a 17 dart game, Darren Beveridge with a classy 129 take out the highest game shot of the night, and fastest game came in the doubles as Darren Beveridge & Brian fired in a classic 15 dart leg.

 

4th Feb, Ayr & District Darts League,

Trysting Thorn 6-4 Black Bull, all square after the singles matches and right up until the triples it was not a forgone conclusion to see if it would be a draw or a victory for the home team, top games coming by way of  B Neil 19 darter for the home side,  D Lawrie also on target with 19&24 darters for the home team, best for the Black Bull it was Cameron Menzies with games finished in 19&20 accurate darts.

 

Anchor A 9-1 Ship, well the Anchor team were able and willing to repel borders from the Ship who had inflicted a defeat on the Anchor team in the first half of the season, and it saw Billy Saunders have his team all fired up for this match with no fewer than 8 legs of darts finished in under 24 darts in the singles matches ,  top games coming from George Collumb Snr with a tasty 17 darter, George Collumb Jnr was also in terrific form firing in 16&23 dart games, Richard Dalzell on target with a 18 dart game, Adam Curry with a solid 20 darter, even the ship’s cook was in on the action with a 19 darter Mitchell, and last but not least night watchman Mark Muir firing in two excellent games all done in 17&19 well thrown arrows, so 5-1 after the singles, only maximum of the nights play saw Mitchell filling up the red lipstick, in the doubles it saw the pairing of two sexagenarian’s O.K. folk’s give you a clue folks who are in the prime of their lives yes their 60’s George Collumb Snr & Mitchell take the first double to secure those vital points with a tasty 18 dart game. This was then followed by the pairings of a few younger members of the crew! Who may have been but there again probably not shanghaied for their accuracy with pointed objects! George Collumb Jnr & Mark Muir, Adam Currie & Richard Dalzell, to take the score to 8-1, and the triples then going the same way and so to one match a piece and look forward to see how the third instalment of these two good teams turns out next time they meet!

 

Red Lion 8-2 Anchor B, R Thorrat on target with a solid 20 dart game for the home team, as was S Arrandale firing in two excellent 22 dart games, J Berry going one dart less firing in a 21 dart er,  for the Anchor they had T Walker with a tasty 116 game shot on the end of an 18 dart game, R Baker going out in 24 solid darts, and R Wedlock with the only maximum 180 of the nights action for the Anchor B.

 

Glenburn 7-3 Pockets B, top games from the Glenburn saw A Taylor with a 22 dart game which was followed by W Cross with a 23 darter, N Jones went even quicker going out in 21 darts, it saw two maximum 180 scores fired in the doubles by Pockets players their first doubles team think their names are J Clause and J Hess (not sure about spelling)sorry!

 

Pockets A 8-2 Red Stone, James Auld with two cracking legs of arrows finishing in 15&18 darts and firing in a maximum 180 along the way and finishing on a ton plus of 112, Liam Mooney in on the action with a 20 darter, J McLaughlan with a 19 dart game along with a maximum 180 score, Jake McDowell with two fast games finishing in 18&23 deadly arrows he also fired in a superb game shot of 157 cracking kill shot, for the visiting Red Stone team it had R Fraser firing in a 20 dart game, J Barclay Jnr 22 dart game, T Pendleton with a 20 darter and it had two maximum 180 hitters for the visitors and they were D Patterson and T Pendleton.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

3rd Feb Dreghorn & District Darts League.

Alton A 2 - 8 Alton B, a home Darby match and it saw the home side! Losing out to their other team! J McLaughlan for the A team firing in games finished in 15&18 excellently aimed arrows he also filled up the red lipstick with a maximum 180 , B Wallace also on target with a fast game finished in 18 rock solid darts for the home side, the away team were in superb form with Peter McGuiness firing in a cracking 14 dart game, Andy Boulton on target with games finished in 15&18 darts, Steve Robertson firing in a trade mark 16 darter, Dave King Snr on target with 18&21 darts.

 

Lounge Lizards 7-3 Crown Inn, Kevin McInrue on target with a 18 darter and filling up the treble twenty to record a maximum 180, Graham Ferguson on target with a tasty 17 dart game, Davy Millar for the Crown Inn with a superb 146 game shot and a 18 dart game.

 

Irvine Parks B.C. 3 -7 Towerlands A, the home team were in excellent finishing form in some of their legs played with M Kierland taking out a magnificent 161 game shot 60-51-bulls eye for a cracking 15 dart game,, he was joined by Stuart Lusby with a cracking 1660 kill shot 60-60-40,but it was the visiting Towerlands team who were taking the most doubles and it saw Ronnie Sharp with the quickest game all done in 15 arrows, much closer than the score line suggests with the Parks team winning 11 legs to the visiting Towerlands 15 legs.

 

Towerlands B 10-0 Irvine Parks Ladies, the home team coming away with a fine win but the ladies had five matches which went to the deciding leg! So bit closer that you might surmise, top finish of the night went to Steve Hogg with a ton plus 101 take out.

 

1st Feb, Disability Darts Singles league Ayrshire Branch.

 

Results went like this remembering each match is 3 legs of 501 and every leg is worth a point so if your 2-0 down you still playing for a point! And first of let’s say a Big Welcome to our newest member Murrie Roberts, results going like this,

Brian Fotheringham 2-1 Neil Hunter, Raymond Sergeant 2-1 Tony McLuskey, Brian Fotheringham 2-1 Rose Gilmour, Neil Hunter 3-0 Rose Gilmour, Ben Edwards 2-1 Raymond Sergeant, Tony McLuskey 2-1 Murrie Roberts, John Hollywood 3-0 Rose Gilmour, Andy Allan 2-1 Brian Fotheringham, Arron Buckley  3-0 John Hollywood, Andy Allan 2-1 Neil Hunter, Aarron Buckley 2-1 Raymond Sergeant.

And look folks WHAT I said may happen, every leg counts we have Neil Hunter sitting on top of the league by a solitary point so 3-0 or 2-1 it make s a HUGE difference, lots of weeks to go wonder if he can hold onto top spot or will the chasing pack catch him happy hunting.

 

Players

Games pl

Won

lost

Legs won

Legs lost

Attendance Points

Total Points

Neil Hunter

5

3

2

11

4

21

32

Andy Allan

5

4

1

10

5

21

31

Ben Edwards

4

3

1

8

4

21

29

Richie McBride

3

3

0

7

2

21

28

Rose Gilmour

6

2

4

7

11

21

28

Doc Hollywood

5

2

3

7

8

21

28

Tony McLuskey

4

2

2

7

5

21

28

Aarron Buckley

3

3

0

8

1

18

26

Brian Fotheringham

4

3

1

8

4

18

26

Ray Sergeant

4

2

2

7

5

18

25

Murrie Robertson

2

1

1

4

2

18

22

Craig Fritzgerald

1

1

0

3

0

15

18

Lewis Young

1

1

0

3

0

15

18

John Auld

13

0

13

0

39

15

15

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fri 31st Jan, New Cumnock & District Darts league.

Mauchline club 3-6 Brewery bar, the Brewery keep their superb run of form going with a victory over the Mauchline club who I believe may have been the only team to inflict a defeat on the Brewery so far this season, Alex Govan with a brace of 19 darters the best for the home side, P Malone with a 20 dart game for the Brewery and Big Steve Robertson on target with 17&19 darters, however it was that man again Owen McNiven with a superb 14 darter the fastest game of the night with the help of a maximum 180, in the doubles it had a tasty 20 darter recorded by Owen McNiven & George Collumb Jnr.

Brig end A 0-9 New Cumnock W.M.C. The visiting Working men’s club were on top form as they only dropped one leg of darts all night and that was in the doubles! Top action came by way off, Richard Dalzell with 18&20 dart games which also included one of his trade mark maximum 180’s, Rab Marshall and Big Michael Ferguson on target with solid 21 dart games, in the doubles it had the pairing of Steven McBride & Richard Dalzell firing in a 20 darter and it once again had Richard on target on the red lipstick with another maximum 180, Neil Hunter also on target in the doubles with a maximum 180.

 

Cumnock Jnrs 6-3 Craighead,

Glenmuir 6-3 Bridgend B

Coach House 6-3 New Cumnock B.C. The home side were in terrific form as they started of superbly well taking the firsts three games before old hand Willie Lairdy managed to stop the runaway Coach House team and it saw Ronnie Sharp also keep the visitors hopes alive however it was all in vain as the first double saw the points on offer stay with the home team.

 

Fri 31st Jan, New’s from the Bathgate &District Dart league.

Glenmavis A 9-0 Lammies bar.

Glenmavis team on fire with players firing in some excellent darts, Andy Thomson Jnr 17 darter, Scott Baillie with a tasty 16 dart game,  Former Scottish champion Derek Cunningham showing he has not lost his touch with games finished in 16&20 deadly darts, Willie Stallard on target with a classy 19 dart game, Angus Walker & Derek Cunningham finishing in the doubles on an 18 darter, Willie Stallard & Andy Thomson going out in 20 arrows.

Coppies B 0-9 Coppies A, looks like the A team turned on the style taking all none games on offer in this home Darby!

 

Corrie bar 3-6 Kirknewton Innkeepers, excellent game of arrows by all account with lots of top players toeing the ocky you would expect nothing less! Davie Aitken on target with an 15 darter, Darren Beveridge 20 dart game, Graeme Bird firing in 17&18 dart games, the ever improving John Brogan with a 18 darter along with a maximum 180 and a tidy 80 take out, not to be outdone it saw the evergreen Gordon Bruce with a 19 darter a maximum 180, mentioning old folk looks like Mick Burke has absolutely nothing wrong with his eyesight even at his age! Firing in a brace of maximum 180’s , Steve Redmond with rock solid 21 dart game, John Miln’s a player very seldom out of the special mentions page firing in 16&17 dart games along with a maximum 180.top doubles saw Gordon Bruce & Jamie Banks Jnr getting in on the action with a 21 darter.

 

Wed 29th Jan, Disability Darts Scotland.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Disability darts Top Shots from Camelon comp!

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

 

Tue 28th Jan, Ayr & District Darts League,

Ship 7-3 Red Lion, all square after the singles but the Ship just edged it in the doubles taking the three on offer and also the triples t record an excellent win and stay top of the league, Owen McNiven on target with games finished in 18& 20 darts the fastest for the ship other players firing in quick games were K O’Neil 24 darter, K Mooney with 21&24 darters, couple of top games from the Red Lion but cant quite make out their names but 17& 24 darters were recorded.

 

Anchor B 8-2 Glenburn, Anchor B team had this match almost won in the singles with only W Cross stopping the clean sweep of single matches.

 

Black Bull 2-8 Pockets A, some big guns out in this match and after the singles it had the visitors leading 4-2, and it was a lead they never relinquished as they took all three doubles and the triples, top games from the night saw, Cameron Menzies with 15 & 21 dart games and a tasty 110 game shot, J Reid & J McLaughlan both fired in maximum 180 scores, L Mooney with an 18 darter and J Gaffney with a 20 dart game the fastest of the nights action.

 

Trysting Thorn 5-5 Martha’s, fighting draw in this match with points shared, P Malone with a maximum 180 and a tasty 19 dart game fastest for the home side, team mate B Neil just one dart more recording a 20 dart game, J Milliken with a 20 dart game for the visiting Martha’s team and team mate J Skilky firing in a brace of 23 darters.

 

Red Stone 3-7 Anchor A, T Pendleton with a 23 darter for the home side, George Collumb Snr with two fast games finishing in 23 & 24 darts, Adam Currie with a rock solid 21 darter, Old Man Mitchell 23 darter with a 100 take out, in the doubles it saw a 19 darter being recorded by D Patterson & T Pendleton for the Red Stone, quick doubles for the visiting Anchor saw George Collumb Snr & Mitchell with a 20 darter, and Marc Muir & Billy Saunders with a 23 darter.

 

Mon 27th Jan, West Calder & District Darts League,

Commercial Inn Juniors 4-5 Central bar Colliers, looks like tough battle on the ocky in this league match with very little between the two protagonists, M Smart for the Juniors rattling the red lipstick to record the only maximum 180 score on the night, one of the leagues most consistant players in the past few seasons John Brogan with the best game shot of the nights action a solid 80 take out.

 

Oak Bank Flyers 9-0 Tower bar Damsels, looks like the Flyers did not take their foot of the pedal for this match up defeating the only all ladies team in the league, Once again it had Paul the Ranger Weir firing in one of his trademark maximum 180 scores along with a nice ton plus finish of 110, A Barnard also finishing in style with a tasty 83 game shot.

 

Kirknewton Innkeepers 5-4 Cawburn Clansmen, once again a tough one to call but it was the Innkeepers from Kirknewton who took the points in this very close encounter.

 

Stirrup Stane Wanderers 4-5 Volunteer Highway Men, here was yet another close encounter both these teams have had a lot of success in the league over the years and looks like they had the  big guns out in force for this match up, for the Wanderers on home turf it saw John Sandison with a cracking ton plus finish of 102 top finish of the night, the ever reliable Gordon THE Bruce firing in a 171 score and a classic 20 dart game, and the old fella Mick Burke with a maximum 180 all three of these players for Big Daddy’s team of Wanderers, the highway men were also in good form with their commander in chief Colin Robertson firing in a 98 game shot and a rock solid 20 darter, and then teaming up with Arran Edwards in the doubles and producing the top game of the night with a cracking 16 dart game.

 

Cawburn Railroaders 4-5 Cawburn Pirates, well once again very little between these two excellent teams the home side came down the railroad tracks with the most mentions as in top scores but it was the visiting Pirates who fired the most devastating broadsides and took the most matches and came away with valuable cargo the points! top shots for the Railroaders saw, Wullie Wilson throwing in a very nice 19 dart game, C Cameron also on target with a 19 darter, John Miln’s rattling the lipstick to record a maximum 180, and in the doubles it had Andy Paggett and John Miln’s bagging a brace of 20 dart games,  in reply it saw John Kirk with a 19 darter the fastest for the Pirates.

 

Letham Bowlers 1-9 Commercial Inn Nomads, John Grant one of the leagues more senior players firing on target for the Bowlers with a 19 dart game, Graeme Bird with a tasty 16 darter for the visitors and joining him on the fast games table was Scott Baker with a 20 darter.

 

Tower bar Knights 6-3 Rab’s bar Golden Oldies, Looks like the Knights of Craigshill charged through the ranks of the Golden Oldies in this match with Joe the Devil Devlin leading the charge firing in a 20 dart game on the way.

 

As many may realise by now I like darts, having run this wee web site for many years, and I really do like knowing that people log on to read my ramblings, However yesterday I was privilidge to be at the Central regions ranking tournament for Disability darts, And those people who did nothing but moan about the time it took or how it was run or to the person that was heard to say this is illegal, take a look at yourselves, the organisers give their time freely they don’t receive any payment either their only payment is the knowing that dart players are given the opportunity to strut their stuff on the ocky , does not matter the standard they play at as long as they enjoy it, so to all you detractors who mouth of  about this that and the next thing, WHY not get up of your 888 backsides and try helping out, it takes a lot of dedication to make these events run and YOURE help would be much appreciated , it takes a lot to build something up, but only takes one person to go round bad mouthing it to help tear it down. So if you don’t like the way it’s played, simple don’t bother turning up, sorted!! Chairman Ayrshire Disability darts  And the names Jim Mitchell,

 

Sun 26th Jan, Disability Darts Scotland,

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

Fri 24th Jan, New Cumnock & District Darts League.

Nice to see Carol Gibson back home after being in hospital and once again doing a fabulous job of keeping track of all the league action  

New Cumnock B.C. 4-5 Brewery Bar, some excellent dart thrown in this league clash with the Brewery bar keeping their excellent run of form going, top games saw for the home side, saw Wullie Laird with a 17 darter, Drew Callary firing in an 18 dart game, Ronnie Sharp finishing with 16&21 well placed arrows, for the visiting Brewery bar it had Big Steve Robertson firing in a 16 darter and a maximum 180, Owen McNiven went even better well almost? Firing in a brace of 180 scores, Robert Kerr on target with 16&21 dart games, Owen McNiven was like a whippet out of the traps chasing the rabbit, however 180-83-180 and looking like a  11 darter could be on the cards eh no! Think it well have been double trouble that saw a more modest 30+ dart game happen in stead, just shows how things can go slightly awry!

 

Craighead 5-4 Glenmuir,

 

New Cumnock Working Men’s Club 6-3 Coach House, Richard Dalzell on target with a maximum 180 and a solid 21 dart game, Steve McBride with a 19 darter, Hugh Carmichael on target with a game finished in 21 darts, Rab Kane also in form firing in a maximum 180 score, Jim McCutcheon a man who has been on form of late putting in a rock solid performance finishing in 21 darts, in the doubles it saw the pairing of Big Michael Ferguson & Allan Salisbury going out in 21 darts.

 

Cumnock Juniors 4-5 Mauchline Club, Michael Bryan finishing with a solid 21 dart game, and a tasty 100 game shot, Craig Nicol with the only maximum score a cracking 180 for the Mauchline club.


 Bridgend B 3 v 6 Bridgend A, Home Darby match and it looks like the ladies team gave their male counter parts a pretty good game 3-3 after the singles, only the doubles letting them down in the final annalaces1

Going back to the first report a Quote from Owen McNiven, After hitting 180, 83, 180, then 18 and two missed darts at tops ,, walks up to the Oche and says to himself "come on you fat fu##*n  m@@@g hit it " Owen eventually hit double 1 after 33 darts.

 

Fri 24th Jan, Bathgate League in West Lothian,

 

Coppies bar A (Armadale) 7-2 Old Wine Store (Shott’s)

 

Glen Mavis A (Bathgate) 7-2 Cross Tavern (Whitburn)

William Borland back in local league action after his sterling efforts in gaining a Tour Card in the P.D.C. and firing in a rock solid 19 dart game, Marc Campbell with a very testy 17 dart game, Derek Cunningham also on target with a 17 darter, Scott Baillie peppering the red lipstick for a maximum 180 score on his way to record a 19 dart game, in the doubles it had the pairing of Callum Cockburn & Marc Campbell record a rock solid 20 dart game.

 

Kirknewton Innkeepers 9-0 Glen Mavis B (walk over in this match!)

Lammies bar (Fauldhouse) 5-4 Coppies B (Armadale) Alan McDonald with a tasty 94 kill shot, Ian Campbell firing in a maximum 180 along with a 74 kill shot, Michael Banna with a ton plus game shot of 103, William McCue finishing on a solid 73 take out.

 

Thursday 23rd Jan, Report from the Premier League in Glasgow.

Teams

Pl

won

Draw

Lost

Legs For

Leg AG

Dif +/-

Points

W.D.140’S

7

5

0

2

68

44

24

68

Hello

7

3

1

3

67

45

22

67

Elders

7

5

1

1

66

46

20

66

Ashfield

8

3

1

4

65

63

2

65

Joe McWoods

7

4

0

3

62

50

12

62

Fairfield’s

5

5

0

0

58

22

36

58

Bay Horse

6

4

1

1

54

42

12

54

Wee Crew

7

2

1

4

51

61

-10

51

Bridge Inn

7

0

1

6

33

79

-46

33

Celtic Arrows

7

0

0

7

21

91

-70

21

Top games this week saw two superb 15 dart legs of 601 being recorded and they came from Graham Ferguson & Grant McCauley both with dart averages of 40. While playing for, the Fairfield’s team of Wullie Lairds, top games in the league this season are 14 dart games which were recorded by Andy Callary Jnr & Marc Wilkie.

 

Mon 20th Jan, Results from the West Calder & District Dart League,

Are as follows,

Tower bar Damsels 0-9 Central bar Colliers, some good games from the West Calder Colliers on Monday night with Colin Hamilton a tidy 24 darter, Stuart Russell though going even better with a rock steady 21 dart game, in the doubles it had the pairings of John Brogan & Stuart Russell firing in 23 dart game and Jamie Banks Jnr & Colin Hamilton with the fastest game of the nights action a tasty 19 darter.

 

Kirknewton Innkeepers 2-7 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, couple of steady throws in this match for the home team it had Willie Millar with a fine 98 take out, for the visitors it saw Gordon Bruce going out on a ton plus 107 game shot along with an 18 dart game, but fastest game of the night yes the old fella Mick Burke from Armadale with a very tasty 17 dart game.

 

Cawburn Clansmen 0-9 Volunteer Highway Men, only one player here to mention hitting the heights and it was Colin Robertson firing in a maximum 180 along with a tremendous 167 game shot now that’s the way to finish a game with superb.

 

Oak Bank Flyers 7-2 Commercial Inn Juniors, Ian Stevenson with a solid 96 take out, and the man they call the Ranger, Paul Weir also on target with a rock solid 78 game shot and a maximum 180 both players playing for the Flyers of East Calder.

 

Stirrup Stane Indians 1-Cawburn Pirates, for the home side it saw Big Ian Mitchell firing in a maximum 180, and S Cameron finishing with a classy 90 game shot, for the Pirates it had John Kirk with a classic shanghai 120 take out, and the Candy Man Sandy Coulter filling up the red lipstick to record a cracking 180 score.

 

Letham Bowlers 4-5 Tower bar Knights, tight match here as the score states, highest game shot of the night going to a man older than myself, yes Stevie Duncan the infamous Pheasant Plucker who plays for the Knights of Craigshill with a nice ton plus finish of 102.

 

Commercial Inn Nomads 8-1 Rab’s Bar Golden Oldies, Looks like the Nomads were not missing much in this match up, and it had the Bird Man from East Calder leading the way Graeme Bird with a 16 darter and a maximum 180 leading the way, The Polbeth Hit-Man Davie Aitken with a brace of 18 dart games and scores recorded of 174 & 180 helping along the way.

 

LOOK I TOLD YOU SO! SANTA DOES EXIST?

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


 

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

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

 

Just a couple of mentions that were witnessed by yours truly in the past few days! , Maximum hitters saw Susanna McGimpsey, Laura Grant all firing in maximum 180’s for the ladies of Greater Glasgow in the match against Ayrshire in the inter-counties last Saturday, but perhaps and only my thoughts June McCallum with a 190 left fired in a 130 score and completed the finish in her next turn at the ocky 190 out in two throws cracking darts,

Big Neilie Campbell takes out a classic game shot of 132 via bulls eye bulls eye double 16 now that’s a cracking kill shot in anyone’s language in the Monday night league in Irvine & District,Andy Boulton wins Irvine & District 301 double start competition in the Crown Inn Dreghorn on Monday night.

Cameron Menzies wins Ayr League Singles which was played in the Black Bull Ayr on Tuesday night.

 

SCOTTISH OPEN and as many will know by now there are a number of Not the Scottish Open’s taking place around the country on the 15th Feb, Not the Scottish Open’s, here is one that is it’s ninth year of running Cawburn Sports bar Pumpherston so why not if you don’t fancy the one in Renfrew, give it a try 6 boards and plenty of room to sit and have a blether! Register by 1pm, toe ocky 13-30, Excellent prize pot with £500 added by the Cawburn Sports bar, entry fee £7 per male player, £5 for Ladies.

Nearer the West side of the country, the County Inn Cambuslang is also having a tournament that day, toe the 2pm, £5 entry fee

 

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

1st Feb

Volunteer Arms Uphall

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

7th March

Commercial Inn West Calder

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

4th April

Tower bar Craigshill

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

2nd May

Kirknewton Inn Kirknewton

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

30th May

Stirrup Stane Craigshill

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

20th June

Cawburn Sports bar Pumpherston

Registration for 12-30 toe ocky 12-45

£5 entry

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

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

 

Fri 17th Jan, The New Cumnock & District held their annual Triples tournament the event being played in the Cumnock Jnrs club, champions crowned on the night saw the Working Men’s Club from New Cumnock taking the title of champions for 2020, Rab Marshall, Hugh Carmichael and Neil Hunter.

Fri 17th Jan, Bathgate & District held their annual Triples competition and it saw Glen Mavis A team from Bathgate defeat the Corrie bar from Armadale in the Grand Final

 

Tues 14th Jan, Ayr & District Darts League.

Glenburn 2-8 Ship, some cracking top games in this match for the home side we had, A Taylor with 16&23 dart games, D Harvie also on target with a rock solid 20 dart game,  D Murphy also firing in a 20 darter plus a cracking maximum 180 score,  for the Ship we had K Hainey with a tidy 23 dart game, D McNiven with a brace of quick games going out in 21&22 arrows,  in the doubles it saw Neil Hunter firing out two classy scores of 180&168 for the Ship.

Pockets A 6-4 Trysting Thorn, though Pockets had won 5 from 6 in the singles the Trysting Thorn came back at them in the doubles and triples, to make this a very close encounter, for the home team we had  Liam Mooney finishing with two solid games of arrows in 21 & 24 darts along with a superb 132 take out, Jake Gaffney also finishing with a 24 dart game as did HIS team  mate Jake McD also with a 24 darter, John Reid one dart less going out in 23 darts, John McLauchlan with an excellent 21 darter, Joe Devlin finishing in 23724 accurately placed arrows, Peter Malone for the visiting team with a brace of ton plus finishes of 125&113 at the end of games done in 21 and 24 darts, Andrew Dunlop with the fastest leg of the night a cracking 17 darter.

Anchor A 7-3 Black Bull, few good mentions in this match with, George Collumb Jnr leading the way with 17&20 dart games, Adam Currie with a solid 22 dart game, Mark Muir with a brace of rock solid 23 darters, Mitchell with 24 darter, Willie McEwan 19 darter for the Black Bull, also for the visitors it had Jim McEwan with 16& 21 darters, Cameron Menzies with 18&21 dart games and a top finish of the night a ton plus 114 take out, maximum hitters on the night Cameron Menzies with 1x180, Old Man Mitchell 2x180’s.

Red Lion 4-6 Red Stone, this match going all the way before the Red Stone got the victory with a fine triples win to take the match 6-4, S Arrandale with a 19 darter for the Red Lion and J Berry going out in 21 darts the best for the home team,  J Barclay Jnr and D Fallon both with 23 dart games for the visitors, J Barclay Snr with a fine 20 dart game fastest of the night for the visiting Red Lion, D Paterson also for the visitors firing in a 21 darter.

Martha’s 10-0 Pockets B, with the travelling  Pockets team from Maybole arriving with only 4 players due to the inclement weather, it saw Martha’s complete a clean sweep, G Ross with 18&22 darters , K Craig a solid 23 darter for the home side, only maximum of the night belonging to Pockets player  H Hamilton.

 

Mon 13th Jan, West Calder & District Darts results.

 

Volunteer Highway Men 8-1 Commercial Inn Juniors, No report of any special mentions from this match up but looks like the home side were in good form coming away with a cracking victory over the West Calder Juniors.

 

Rab’s bar Golden Oldies 6-3 Cawburn Railroaders, Good to see the Golden Oldies still firing out wins, used to play with some of these cracking players from a few seasons ago.

 

Stirrup Stane Indians 6-3 Letham Bowlers, Looks like the Fat Controller Fred Hamilton will be leading his warriors in a victory dance round the camp fire in Craigshill this week.

 

Central bar Colliers 3-6 Stirrup Stane Wanderers, John Sandison on target with a maximum 180 in this match up, Jamie Banks Jnr with the fastest game of the nights action a solid 17 darter.

 

Cawburn Clansmen 1-8 Oak Bank Flyers, that man again Kevin Murphy with another ton plus finish this time a cracking 107 take out.

 

Cawburn Pirates 8-1 Tower bar Knights, Though the Knights had some top special mentions looks like double trouble may have caused them to lose this match so heavily! Rodger Barron for the Knights with a superb 154 game shot, John McDonald on target with a maximum 180, also for the Knights of Craigshill.

Tower Bar Damsels Ladies 3 v 6 Kirknewton Innkeepers, Chris Halliday (Innkeepers) 81 c/o highest of the night.

 

Sat 11th Jan, William Kirkwood defeats Jim Brown in final of Towerlands Open singles sponsored by (William Laird Double Glazing) losing out in the semi final were Steve Robertson and Dougie Mills, looking at the list of entries this was a who’s who of darting talent from around the central belt of Scotland.

The ladies title went to Greater Glasgow’s Susanna McGimpsey, don’t know who the runner up is at moment but will add ASAP!

 

Sat 11th Jan, and it saw the Disability dart league start back in Kilmarnock Ayrshire, and with each leg played worth a point the old adage of never give up comes to mind, also remembering all players who make it on the day receive 3 bonus points,

 

First results from the new season saw Richie McBride 2-1 Rose Gilmour, Andy Allan 3-0 James Auld, last seasons Open singles champion getting off to a good start with a fighting win which saw Ben Edwards 2-1 John Hollywood, Richie McBride 2-1 Andy Allan this was Ritchie’s second win of the day and giving last seasons league singles champion a taste of defeat which was almost unheard of last season in the league format! Neil Hunter 3-0 John Hollywood, Rose Gilmour 2-1 Tony McLuskey, now we had a few players missing and so they will play catch up matches when we toe the ocky again on the 1sr February in O’Shannon’s bar in Kilmarnock.

Players

Games pl

Won

lost

Legs won

Legs lost

Attendance Points

Total Points

Andy Allan

3

2

1

6

3

21

27

Richie McBride

2

2

0

4

2

21

25

Rose Gilmour

2

1

1

3

3

21

24

Neil Hunter

1

1

0

3

0

21

24

Ben Edwards

2

1

1

3

3

21

24

Doc Hollywood

2

0

2

1

5

21

22

Tony McLuskey

1

0

1

1

2

21

22

Craig Fritzgerald

1

1

0

3

0

18

21

John Auld

2

0

2

0

6

18

18

Aarron Buckley

0

0

0

0

0

18

18

Ray Sergeant

0

0

0

0

0

18

18

Craig Agnew

0

0

0

0

0

18

18

Lewis Young

0

0

0

0

0

18

18

 

 

Fri 10th Jan, New Cumnock & District darts league.

 

Brig End 5-4 Craighead, P Ryder with the top singles game in this match up firing out games finished in 19&20 deadly darts, R Parker for the visitors also with a cracking 19 dart game and a maximum 180, in the doubles it saw the pairing of P Ryder & G Crozier firing in a superb 16 dart game for the home side.

 

Glenmuir2-7 Cumnock Juniors, top game from this match up saw Cumnock player B Neil firing out a rock solid 19 dart game.

 

Brewery bar 7-2 New Cumnock W.M.C.  the team from Catrine kept their good run of matches going with a excellent win over the Working Men’s club from New Cumnock, Big Steve Robertson firing in games finished in 16&18 darts, George Collumb Jnr getting in on the action with an 18 dart game, Owen McNiven using 21 darts and finishing in style with a cracking 124 kill shot, Richard Dalzell with a 20 darter for the visitor’s and Steve McBride going one dart better going out in 19 arrows.

 

Coach House 7-2 Brig End B, this match saw Julie Ward and Lisa Dunsmuir taking two of the men’s scalps in the singles, Lee Frew firing in a 19 darter, Ricky Menzies with a rock solid 20 dart game, and last but not least Cameron Menzies with games finished in 17&11 deadly darts along with a maximum 180 score.

Mauchline Club 3-6 New Cumnock B.C.  top action from the singles saw Alex Govan with a 17 darter and also firing out the only maximum 180 of the night, Kenny Hightower McVeigh firing out a solid 18 dart game, Drew Callary with a brace of good games finishing in 17&20 deadly arrows, Old Man Mitchell 17 darter, top finish of the night went to Lynsay Wylie with a tidy 116 clearance.

 

Fri 10th Jan, Reports in from the Bathgate & District darts league.

 

Glen mavis A 6-3 Corrie bar, top shots came by way off, William Borland with a tidy 19 dart game and a superb 150 take out in the next leg, William Stallard 17 darter and a maximum 180 score, Andy Pagget also in on the action with a magical maximum 180 score, however held the best to last as John Miln’s fired in a cracking 12 dart game with the help of a 180.

 

Kirknewton Innkeepers 6-3 Coppies A, Graham Bird firing in a superb 12 darter along with a maximum 180 and a classic 90 game shot, David Aitken rattling the treble twenty bed with a brace of 180’s,  John Brogan & Stuart with a cracking 16 darter in the doubles.

 

Lammies bar 5-4 Cross Tavern, close battle here on the ocky as both teams went for the win, top games had those dastardly McDonald brothers right in the middle of things again! Alan McDonald the younger so he say’s firing in a 180 score, Ricky McDonald the sensible one? Finishing in 20 rock solid arrows, but shot of the night belongs to Big G McMillan from the Cross Tavern with a fabulous 142 take out nice finish in any league anywhere.

 

Thurs 9th Jan, League standings in the Greater Glasgow Premier league.

 

Teams

Pl

won

Draw

Lost

Legs For

Leg AG

Dif +/-

Points

W.D.140’S

7

6

0

1

71

41

30

71

Hello

7

3

1

3

69

43

26

69

Neil’s

6

4

0

2

58

38

20

58

Elders

7

4

1

2

57

55

2

57

Fairfield’s

5

5

0

0

56

24

32

56

Joe McWoods

7

3

0

4

56

56

0

56

Bay Horse

6

4

1

1

54

42

12

54

Ashfield

7

2

1

4

54

58

-4

54

Wee Crew

6

1

1

4

41

55

-14

41