Burness qualifies for PDC World Championship

Well done and congratulations to Northern Irelands Kevin Burness in winning his way through to the PDC World Championships in December.

Kevin Burness, picture courtesy of PDC

The Iron Man won through with some great averages all day in beating N. Zonnefeld 6-3, Reece Robinson 6-5 with a 100 average, Mario Robbe 6-5 and Robert Thornton 6-2 before beating Bradley Brooks 7-3 with a 95 average and to go to the PDC Worlds two years in a row.

If you remember he beat Paul Nicholson last year even with a timely power cut and then ran Gary Anderson close in a losing effort.

Might get an easier draw this time out. Good luck Kevin.

NIDO Gold Cup Results

What a day yesterday at the Nortel Social Club in Newtownabbey at the NIDO Gold Cup.

The drink was flowing and the food was going down well and we had Andy’s Darts Accessories on sale in the venue.

First off the chairman Geoff Wylie welcomed everyone to the new venue for the NIDO majors and wished everyone luck for the new season ahead. Then NIDO Gen Secretary Stephen Pinkerton got the tournament going proper.

Simon McIvor, Kevin Gregg, Andy McMahon and Johnny Cree in action

In the men’s there were a few notable victories along the way with Area 7’s Paddy Coyles taking out Marty Mooreland 4-0, before Tommy Millen took him out next round. Barry Copeland beat Johnny Cree 4-1 including an 115 checkout for the win, some standard to compete at. Area 1’s Hedgie Mckendry beat Area 2d’s Ashley Rainey before getting beat by Brian Cathcart in the board final. Kyle Mckinstry beat Nigel Cahoon including a 160 checkout in the quarter finals and Davy Glenn beat Barry Copeland in a great quarter final game but fell to Kyle in the semis.

But a surprise new finalist in the men’s with Simon Dunn beating Philip Carson in the quarters and Gary Elliott in the semis. In the final Kyle Mckinstry just had that extra gear and hit the right shots at the right time winning out 6-1 but it was closer than that sounds, but for doubles.

Nigel Cahoon, Barry Copeland, Kyle Mckinstry among others at the oche

In the ladies final, the ever impressive and winning much of everything in ladies darts in NI, Denise Cassidy beat Cookstown’s Kayleigh Oneill in a hard fought final. This win follows up from her win in this last year, so it’s two in a row…Some great ladies playing including Grace Crane, Valerie Rooney and Mags Coulter to name a few.

NIDO Gold Cup Winner Denise Cassidy

In the youths which was round robin format Area 10’s Travis Baur won the NIDO Gold Cup Youths. It’s been a great couple of weeks for Travis having won the Donegal Open Youths last week also. He is a star in the making if he keeps on the path he is setting for himself.

Had such a good day yesterday, the new venue was great, the service fantastic with hot food available and plenty of drink promos, boards and lighting up to standard and couldn’t say a bad word about it myself.

Big Slanty at the oche

Well done to the NIDO executive, sponsors Smithwicks, Indigo, Nortel Social Club, and supporters for the tournament. Next match on the agenda is the 2nd county game of the season on the 7th December.

Donegal Darts Open 2019 Results

A great day of darts yesterday at the Red Dragon Donegal Darts Open in Ballybofey County Donegal.

Mens winner was Gavin Carlin who beat Adrian Butch Devine 7-3 in a great final. Beaten semi finalists Stephen Harron and Daryl Loughery.

Gavin ‘The Cannon’ Carlin

In the ladies the ever impressive Denise Cassidy won through beating Valerie Rooney in the final. Beaten semi finalists Fiona Robert’s and Shannon Boyle.

Denise Cassidy wins Donegal Darts Open 2019

In the youths Travis Baur won the final 4-0 against Zack Mccarrigal and retained the trophy he won last year.

Travis Baur Youth Donegal Open Champion

Well done to all.

Gurney 5-2 Dolan

Result at the Grand Slam of Darts between the Northern Ireland World Cup pair goes to Daryl Gurney.

Picture from @TayLanningPix

Gurney who after drawing level at 2-2 pulled out a 101 finish to go ahead then followed that up with a 161 for 12 darter after Brendan had left 105 after 9 darts. 4-2 to Gurney and he came back for 52 after Brendan missed 76 on two missed clear darts at double 8. Gurney gladly accepted the gift and put it away with third dart in hand to send Dolan back home to Fermanagh.

Commiserations to Brendan must have thought he had a chance here, but the back to back 100+ checkouts won the game for Gurney.

Well played Daryl Gurney.

Mike Warburton does the Double

Mike Warburton has done the double and won both the Irish Open and the High Performance Roofing Open singles titles at the Killarney Darts Festival.

Johnny McEvoy, Mike Warburton and Ryan Hogarth

Mike beat Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth 7-6 after a last leg decider. Mike was 5-3 down and could have been more but for a missed double top by Ryan.

Mike got it back to 5-5 again for Ryan to put in a great leg and move to within one leg at 6-5 but Mike showed his resolve and slotted in double 16 for a 6-6. He then won the last leg in style after Ryan hit a 131 to set up 36, but Mike came back for 24 and ended up hitting double 6 for the double win weekend.

Well done Mike Warburton, and indeed as I said yesterday, he is a dark horse for the BDO worlds at the Indigo O2 in January.