PDC Premier League In Dublin

Quick preview of tonight’s matches at the PDC Premier League in Dublin.

Premier League Darts 2020 schedule

Night Four, Dublin

19:15 Glen Durrant vs Nathan Aspinall

Both debutants in the PL this season Durrant and Aspinall have been great so far. I think Durrant takes this one 7-5.


19:50 Rob Cross vs Gary Anderson

Hard to look past Anderson in this one. Ando to win 7-4.


20:25 Daryl Gurney vs Michael Smith

Gurney back in Dublin, where he won his first major, The World Grand Prix. Smith hasn’t really shone in Dublin before, but signs of his form are there or thereabouts. Going for a draw here.


21:00 Michael van Gerwen vs William O’Connor [challenger]

This weeks challenger is Limerick man William Oconnor versus MVG. Who would bet against MVG? Oconnor is a tough opponent, but will he let his head get in the way of the match in front of him. MVG near his A game should win this, but on his B game and Oconnor will have him. MVG to win 7-3.


21:35 Gerwyn Price vs Peter Wright

Last up is the repeat of the World Final, Snakebite vs Price. Going for a draw 6-6. Both playing near their peak at the moment. Could go either way.

Enjoy the darts!

Roy Bailie Wins WWMC Open

A great win yesterday by Roy Bailie winning the Whitehouse Working Men’s Club Darts Open yesterday beating Kevin Burness in the final.

An absolutely fantastic turnout for the darts yesterday with 99 throwers including Darnell McCrory, Davy Glenn, Ticky Taylor, Scott Withers, Johnny Cree, Mervyn Greer, Roy Baillie, Kevin Burness, Carter Guiney, Jonny Blair, Brian Van Doran, Tony Rimmer, Ryan Johnston, Barry Copeland, Ian Kitchen, Nigel Cahoon and Craig Orr to name a few.

Kevin Burness beat Darnell McCrory and Roy Bailie beat Craig Orr in the semi finals. But it was the more experienced darter in Roy that overcame Kevin in the final.

Thanks to everyone that supported and helped run the tournament organised by Ticky Taylor. Special thanks to all that contributed to the raffle and collections.

Beaten quarter finalists:

George Fleck
Davy Glenn
Jamie Serplus
Roy Montgomery

Semi finalists:

Darnell McCrory
Craig Orr

Runner Up:
Kevin Burness

Winner:
Roy Bailie

Celtic Challenge schedule

The Celtic Challenge team events start today.

The live stream is here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Ajn_TeFbw

Celtic Challenge Darts – Schedule 22nd – 23rd February 2020


Saturday 22nd February 2020:
10:00am Players and official’s accreditation provided and practice area open to players only
11:00am Doors to general public open

12:00pm Wales v Scotland (Ladies)
WALES v SCOTLAND
KAYE HALES v CHELSEA MCMAHON
ALANNAH WATERS-EVANS v SUSANNA MCGIMPSEY
RHIAN O’SULLIVAN v LORRAINE HYDE
CHRIS SAVVERY v LYNSEY WARD
KATIE BELLERBY v STEPH GILMOUR
ANN-MARIE POTTS v LOUISE HEPBURN


1:45pm Scotland v Northern Ireland (Men)
MATT GOLDIE v JOSH ROCK
CRAIG OWENS v CHRIS GILLILAND
ALEC JEFFREY v ANDREW COULTER
COLIN MILLAR v DAVID FINLEY
SCOTT ROBERTSON v JASON LOCKHART
ALAN SOUTAR v DANIEL MCDONALD
JIM MCEWAN v NEIL DUFF
ROSS MONTGOMERY v RAYMOND WILLIAMSON
BRUCE MONTGOMERY v KYLE MCKINSTERY
ALAN SMALL v PATRICK MCGINNIS
CAMERON MENZIES v GARY ELLIOTT
EUAN CALLANDER v SIMON DUNN

5:45pm Northern Ireland v Wales (Ladies)
GRACE CRANE v KATIE BELLERBY
ELAINE MORAN v ALANNAH WATERS-EVANS
HELEN DUNN v ANN-MARIE POTTS
JACKIE O’NEIL v RHIAN O’SULLIVAN
KAYLEIGH O’NEILL v CHRIS SAVVERY
SHEILA HAMILL v KAYE HALES


6:45pm Concludes Play
8:00pm Bar close main Hall
Saturday night
8:30pm to 1:00 Entertainment


Sunday 23rd February 2020
09:00am Players and official’s accreditation provided and practice area open to players only
10:00am Doors to general public open

11:00am Northern Ireland v Wales (Men)
NEIL DUFF v MARK BLANDFORD
ANDREW COULTER v ANDY ALKER
SIMON DUNN v DAVID ROGERS
CHRIS GILLILAND v CAVAN PHILLIPS
JASON LOCKHART v LLOYD BROWNING
JOSH ROCK v MICHAEL WARBURTON
KYLE MCKINSTERY v JOHN WILLIAMS-JONES
DANIEL MCDONALD v JIM WILLIAMS
GARY ELLIOTT v WAYNE DAVIES
DAVID FINLAY v GARETH GRIFFITHS
RAYMOND WILLIAMSON v MARK LAYTON
PATRICK MCGINNIS v DALE HUGHES

3:00pm Scotland v Northern Ireland (Ladies)
4:45pm Wales v Scotland (Men)
8:00pm Presentations
8:30pm Bar close Main Hall
The Celtic Challenge Trophy was devised to fill a gap in the calendar as several of the Home Nations were not attending the 2017 World Cup in Japan.


The inaugural event was held in the CISWO Club, Glenrothes and host nation Scotland won both the Mens and Ladies titles with Wales runners-up in both and Northern Ireland in third spot. It was such a popular event that it was decided to continue the championship for an initial three years, thus giving players the chance of extra International caps for their home nations.
The following year Northern Ireland were hosts and the event was held in Newry. This year again the host nation won the Mens title with Wales taking the Ladies event.
In 2019 Scotland and Northern Ireland travelled to Merthyr to contest the event and true to form the Mens title went to the host nation as Wales lifted the trophy. The Ladies event was won by Scotland, taking their second title in this challenge.

This year the event returns to the CISWO Club on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February and it is hoped that home advantage will play a great part in the outcome of both titles. The SDA hope that a large home support will give the players a fantastic atmosphere to play in and that the spectators will have the chance to see the best of Scottish darts up-close.
Tickets are £15 for the weekend or £10 for each single day and can be obtained by contacting the Scottish Darts Association.

PDC Premier League Preview

So the PDC Premier League is back on our screens on Sky Sports tonight, from Cardiff for this weeks action.

The challenger this week is Wales’ own Jonny Clayton, a player who is often underestimated. A dangerous player when the doubles go in.

My predictions for tonight.

Wright 5 – 7 Cross
Clayton 4 – 7 Smith
MVG 6 – 6 Aspinall
Gurney 4 – 7 Price
Durrant 4 – 7 Anderson

Good luck to all, but most of all to Daryl Gurney who is bottom of the table after two weeks action.

Northern Ireland Darts Open 2020

The NI Open is back on this year at Bellinis in Newry 16th to the 18th October.

This event will attract the best throwers locally, the UK and Ireland and Internationally. Last year notable players such as Paul Hogan, Kyle Mckinstry, Jim Williams, Laura Turner, Keane Barry and Kirsty Hutchinson were at the business end of the competitions, along with some local players such as Neil Duff for instance.

This year the competition on Saturday (Open) and Sunday (Matchplay) will attract Silver ranking points for WDF ranking.

Come along for a great run competition and a fantastic venue, supported by Bellinis Complex, Winmau and NIDO. Live streaming will be available from McEvoy Darts Streaming. Mens, Ladies, Youths and Pairs competitions, so should be a fantastic weekend of darts.

Northern Ireland Team for Celtic Challenge

So now that the Scottish Open is over (winners Jim Williams and Beau Greaves), we are onto the second weekend in a row in Scotland. This time in Glenrothes for the Celtic Challenge where Scotland host Northern Ireland and Wales in a hotly contested darts competition.

The Northern Ireland teams are:

Ladies team

PlayerCapsWins
Lorraine Brandon (Manager)20
Kayleigh O’Neill (Captain)4023
Grace Crane12060
Jackie O’Neill177
Elaine Moran31
Helen Dunn1912
Shiela Hamill31


Men’s Team

PlayerCapsWins
Gareth Chambers (Manager)00
Kyle McKinstry4028
Neil Duff7143
Chris Gilliland3416
Gary Elliott8142
Josh RockDebutDebut
Andy Coulter62
Daniel McDonald3112
David FinlayDebutDebut
Simon DunnDebutDebut
Paddy McGinnisDebutDebut
Raymie Williamson156
Jason LockhartDebutDebut

We would like to wish all the players the best of luck obviously, but most of all to our debutants on their appearances – hopefully the darts go where they are supposed to and Northern Ireland come out on top. We are more than capable of winning with this squad of players in the ladies and men’s. Come on Northern Ireland!

PDC Premier League Tonight’s Preview

The PDC Premier League is back in full swing and after the opening week last week, again the PDC Premier League has some great match up’s in Nottingham tonight.

First up we have Rob Cross versus Nathan Aspinall. Much has been said about Rob Cross being a one hit wonder – but he did win the Matchplay last year – so does that make him a two hit wonder?? The man is a class act and is so dangerous on the 100+ outshots – however he is in a dip of form and up against one of the youngsters who is on an upward trajectory. Cross has lost over two stone in weight and that will affect your game – I expect Cross to get his form back but Aspinall is riding on the crest of wave recently and I can see two wins on the bounce for The Asp. Aspinall to win 7-4.

Second match on the card is the Welsh juggernaut Gerwyn Price against Michael Smith. A tough one to call this. Michael Smith always seems to be there or thereabouts – but unable to cross the line. Gerwyn Price will be looking to pounce on a vunerable Smith in this one and I expect Price to win out 7-5.

The battle of the two Scotland World Cup Pair Gary Anderson versus Peter Wright. Ando beat Northern Ireland star Daryl Gurney last week in Aberdeen without too much trouble to be honest and that backed up a win in the first Pro Tour of the year. Wright meanwhile won the World Championship quite convincingly and followed that up with The Masters… A battle indeed but Anderson has more wins in the head to heads and I expect it to be really close between the pair. Draw 6-6.

Second to last match is Glen Durrant versus Fallon Sherrock. Well a lot has been made about this match during the week from the PDC press and news websites etc. But I really don’t think Sherrock is in Durrant’s league. If Durrant doesn’t win this I will be totally shocked. Sherrock whilst she won two games at Ally Pally, does not have a Tour card (like Lisa Ashton!) and isn’t playing these premier league players every week. Durrant is a class act, reaching two PDC major semi finals in 2019 and shot up the rankings inside the top 32 in less than one season on the circuit. I really can’t see anything but a Durrant win 7-3. Sherrock to hit most 180’s.

Last up we have Daryl Gurney against Michael Van Gerwen. Always a great game between these two and they love to one up each other. Daryl could be attributed with the slight downward trend of MVG winning everything on the calendar with his exploits in the Premier League and Players Championship in previous years. Players no longer fear playing MVG as he does have his B game (96-100) more often. Daryl on his A game is well capable of beating MVG and MVG knows that. MVG will be up for this game, but with the new darts from Winmau, is he ready for Daryl Gurney – time will tell. I’ll go with a 6-6 draw in this one.

2020 Unibet Premier League
Night Two
Thursday February 13

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
Glen Durrant v Fallon Sherrock
Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen