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Josh Rock wins 1st Ballyclare Linfield FC Supporters Club Darts Comp

Area 2d dart thrower Josh Rock won the competition last weekend, beating Coleraines Rodney Kane 5-2 in the final.

A worthy winner by all accounts, playing superb darts all day. This win backs up Josh’s selection for the Celtic Challenge tro take place this month. Josh sitting 6th in the overall NIDO average rankings is playing superb darts at the minute. Great to see Josh step up from the youth system and thrive on the mens tour and comps around the country.

Hard luck to Rodney who remarked ‘Josh was nice enough to let me win a couple of legs’.

Richard Kitson with Rodney Kane

78 players and £1200 prize money on the day, it was a great day planned out by Richard Kitson and the club. Thanks to all the board sponsors and the bar staff.

Grace Crane
William B Mckendry
Darnell Mccrory

Quarter Finals
Rodney Kane bt Darnell McCrory
Josh rock bt Andy Coulter
Ian Kitchen bt William Mckendry
Marty Moorland bt Grace Crane

Semi final
Rodney Kane bt Marty moorland
Josh rock bt Ian Kitchen

Josh Rock 5-2 Rodney Kane

Prize money
First £500
2nd £250
Last 4 £125
Last 8 £50

PDC Premier League returns

The Premier League of Darts in the PDC starts back up again tomorrow 6th February, and it should be a great night of darts all on SkySports from 7pm from Aberdeen.

Night One – Thursday February 6

Michael Smith v Glen Durrant

Glen Durrant starts off in the Premier League proper against the Premier League runner up from 2019 Michael Smith. Glen has two semi finals in PDC majors under his belt and had he been ranked on 2019 money he would have been a top 16 player. The three time world champion excelled in his contender role last year, so I expect he will play his usual 95+ standard. Michael Smith on the other hand is an enigma, he again has lost another final, The Masters, against Snakebite, so I expect that will be on his mind, no matter what he says. Durrant to win this one 7-5.

Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney

Scotland World Cup winner Gary Anderson is back in the Premier League after a year out, and he comes against Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney. Anderson pulled out of the Premier League last season due to back injury, but he looks to be back on form. At the World Championship he showed glimpses of his true standard and at The Masters he played well against The Iceman going out thereafter. Daryl Gurney has went off the boil since his exploits half way during 2019 and will look to this Premier League to get his form back on track. Daryl is a better player than his recent showings and will be up for this to spoil the party in Aberdeen. But Anderson I fear will be very strong here in Scotland, with a fervent crowd on his side. A draw 6-6 here.

Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

World Championship runner up and world number one MVG is up against his victor Snakebite Wright. A repeat of the PDC Final where MVG didn’t have the usual clinical finishing and Snakebite didnt let up. MVG subsequently went on to sign a new deal with Winmau and is trying out new darts combinations to find his winning dart. On the other hand Peter Wright has found his winning dart and they are a lovely looking dart (have to stop myself buying them!). If Snakebite stays with these darts, he has a great chance of repeating his world final result and beating MVG. MVG is never really out of a game, but I dont think he will be consistent on his new darts for a while. Snakebite to win 7-5.

Nathan Aspinall v John Henderson

The Asp graces the Premier League again, this time as an actual player. He won the UK Open last year and had another semi final run in the world championship, so he deserves his entry into the PL. Again John Henderson is the local pick here in Aberdeen and who can forget his entrance last year. The crowd somehow spurred Hendo on to a 6-6 draw against MVG last year. I’m going with Hendo to win, I want him to win and I expect he will. Aspinall is still relatively young and wont have played in an atmosphere as Aberdeen will provide for him. Hendo 7-5.

Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross

Last up we have Gerwyn Price versus former world champion Rob Cross. So the 400 odd thousand has come off Cross’ order of merit ranking money but he is still the same player, a dangerous player who can hit any finish above 100. But with the recent two stone weight loss, he is running into a Gerwyn Price who is an animal at the moment. Price to win here 7-3.

Charlie Gaile Results

The Charlie Gaile and Charlie Wright Pairs kicked off yesterday at The Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly and they had some great players in attendance, including Tony Martin, Jim Williams and PDC Tour Card holder and Euro Tour Winner Jamie Hughes, among others including some great local talent.

Area 2 player and NIDO youth player Sean Kearns (pictured with NIDO chairman Geoff Wylie) lifted the Youth competition at the Charlie Gaile yesterday playing awesome darts again.

He was followed by his Area 2 team mates Neil Duff and Chris Gilliland who won the Charlie Wright Pairs in the afternoon.

Unfortunately for Neil Duff after beating Jim Williams on route to the final in the Singles, he came unstuck against Tipton’s Jamie Hughes, going down 5-4. Unlucky Neil, onto the next one.

Beaten semi finalists were Donegal’s Dean Gallagher beat by Hughes and Chris Gilliland beat by Duff.

A great day out for all involved and again shows the class darts of Northern Ireland at the moment.

NIDO Averages and Tables Updated

The NIDO has released up to date averages for the mens inter area county divisions 1 and 2.

Top of the division 1 is Area 2 and division 2 is 2c.

Top of the average rankings is Kyle Mckinstry. With Gavin not able to qualify for the NI team due to having a PDC Tour Card young Josh Rock is technically number 5 on the rankings. A great showing this year after progressing through the NIDO youth system and moving on from Area 5 last season. He has settled with Area 2D and has some steady players to gain experience with in Paul Mcdonald, Davy Martin, Colin Reid, Ashley Rainey and his dad Paul Rock. Look forward to seeing if Josh can keep this up over the long season ahead.

  1. Kyle Mckinstry
  2. Chris Gilliland
  3. Gavin Carlin
  4. Gary Elliott
  5. Neil Duff
  6. Josh Rock
  7. Andy Coulter
  8. Daniel McDonald
  9. David Finlay
  10. Simon Dunn

Check out the full rankings list and tables here

McKinstry and Rafferty in the PDC UK Open

The Challenge Tour and Development Tour spots have been confirmed for the 2020 UK Open after the conclusion of Q-School and players being taken out as a result of winning Tour Cards.

Cameron Menzies heads the list of the Challenge Tour qualifiers and is joined by names such as Andy Jenkins, Barry van Peer, Cody Harris and Boris Koltzov. They are joined by Northern Ireland player and International Captain Kyle McKinstry. He will look to assert himself in the UK Open at Minehead.

He is joined by three Irish youngsters Keane Barry, Nathan Rafferty and Shane McGuirk who between them headed up the Development tour hierarchy at the end of the season. Each one of them are well capable of winning big time games. A great future ahead. I expect at least one of them to get through to the last 16 stage.

Good luck lads.

NIDO Masters Results

Well last Saturday was the NIDO Masters in The Standard Nortel Club Belfast. Great darts again with some new faces in the quarter finals and semi finals. Great to see the standard on the rise in the ladies, youth and mens.

Another superb turn out for this competition, with 131 men, 18 ladies and 14 youth.

Before the darts started there was a presentation to Area 13’s Warren Penney for hitting the first ever nine dart leg at the NI OPEN back in October. Even MVG, Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld couldn’t do it at the NI Open. Well done Warren.

Warren Penney

Then it was start of all the competitions with the standard of darts being as good as ever. A hearty well done to the executive and the people setting up the rooms for all the players with the ladies and youth having their own space, it made for a better playing environment.

The last 16 of the men’s comp to the final results were:

Last 16
Gary Elliott 4 Nigel G Cahoon 1
Mark Yates 4 Roy Bailie 0 Paul McDonald 4 Andy Coulter 0
Simon Dunn 3 Stephen Moore 4
Jordan Moore 3 Christopher Gracey 4
Neil Withers 3 Rodney Kane 4
Gary Tipping 0 Josh Rock 4
Marty Moreland 2 Neil Duff 4

Quarter Finals
Gary Elliott 5 Mark Yates 2
Paul McDonald 5 Stephen Moore 3
Chris Gracey 5 Rodney Kane 4
Josh Rock 1 Neil Duff 5

Semi Finals
Gary Elliott 3 Paul McDonald 5
Chris Gracey 0 Neil Duff 5

Paul McDonald 1 Neil Duff 6. Well done to Area 2’s Neil Duff who seems to be hoovering up competitions this last while continuing on from his exploits over Christmas. Unlucky to Area 2D’s Paul McDonald who came up short in the final but the scoreline flattered Duff and should have been closer. Paul must take heart from this result and on another day it might have went his way.

Neil Duff with Stephen Pinkerton

Ladies comp was as competitive as always with a round robin being played to the Last 8.

Quarter Finals
Elaine Moran 4 Helen Dunn 2
Valerie Rooney 2 Anna Madigan 4
Grace Crane 4 Kelly Devlin 2
Jackie O’Neill 0 Denise Cassidy 4

Semi Finals
Elaine Moran 1 Anna Madigan 4
Grace Crane 0 Denise Cassidy 4

Anna Madigan 0 Denise Cassidy 5. What more can I say about Denise Cassisy, she is head and shoulders above everyone else locally in Northern Ireland at the minute. Didnt lose a leg from the quarter final stage, yes that’s 13 legs in a row… Talent always rises to the the top.

Denise with Lorraine Brandon

The youths played a round robin as well and here is the semi and final results

Sean Kearns lost to Travis Baur
Johnny Stewart beat Jason Canning

Travis Baur lost to Johnny Stewart. Well done to Johnny Stewart winning the NI Youth Masters, a great achievement and just shows him playing on the NIDO mens tour have given him the experience he needs to grind out results. Well done young man.

Travis (left) Alan Wallace and Johnny (right)

PDC Q School Entries so far

A provisional list of entries has been released via DartConnect showing the first participants to register for 2020 PDC UK Q-School.

Well-known players such as Jamie Caven, Robbie Green, Wes Newton, Dave Askew, Andrew Gilding, Alan Norris, Mark Webster and Kevin Painter are among the professionals trying to earn back their tour cards. Andy Hamilton was expected to join the entries also.

We are also seeing some BDO regulars in the line up including Dave Evans, Scott Mitchell, Jim Williams, Scott Waites, Tony ‘Silverback’ O’Shea and Gary Robson.

There are also entries for Fallon Sherrock, Deta Hedman and Japanese star Mikuru Suzuki.

From these shores we have Kevin Burness, Keane Barry, Trevor Vallely, Niall Culleton and BDO World Masters winner John O’Shea to name a few.

Notable names not on this list are Kyle McKinstry and Neil Duff – who have yet to register and what with the WDF and BDO controversies, it remains to be seen if they will or not. Closing date is midday 14th January. PDC Q School kicks off on the 16th and runs for four consecutive days.

Each day will see the last two players at the UK Qualifying School and the winner of the European Qualifying School secure an automatic Tour Card, with points being allocated to other players based on wins in each full round.

Further Tour Cards will then be awarded based on the respective Q School Orders of Merit, allocated per venue on a pro-rata basis from the numbers of competing players.

Players who do not win a Tour Card will become PDPA Associate Members and can compete on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour in 2020, with a sixth Challenge Tour weekend now being added to the circuit on September 19-20 in Wigan.

Provisional list of participants for 2020 PDC UK Q-School

Adams, Sean
Adshead, David
Airey, David
Allen, Devon
Anderson, Cameron
Ansell, Frankie
Argyle, Aaron
Asada, Seigo
Ashurst, Michael
Askew, Dave
Atkin, Steven
Atkins, Jamie
Atkins (Leeds), Martin
Atkins (Wigan), Martin
Aubrey, Chris
Baldock, Allen
Balfe, Donal
Ball, Alex
Barilli, Mark
Barnfather, Matthew
Barry, Keane
Barstow, Chas
Batchelor, Carl
Baughan, Tom
Baxter, Craig
Beck, Richard
Beeney, Aaron
Bent, Christopher
Bevan, Ben
Beveridge, Darren
Blades, Gary
Blyth, David
Boon, Nathan
Borland, William
Borthwick, Philip
Bowman, Adam
Brooks, Bradley
Brooks, Rachel
Brown, Darron
Burdett, Nathan
Burness, Kevin
Burness, William
Burton, Corey
Byrne, Shane
Calvert, David
Carr, David
Carter, Jake
Caven, Jamie
Chalmers, Andy
Chance, Ben
Cheeseman, Ben
Chubb, Kirsty
Clark, Jamie
Clark, Tony
Clarke, Ricky
Clarke, Tom
Clifton, James
Cocks, Nick
Colbourne, Stephen
Cole, Jarred
Collins, Robert
Comben, Robert
Cope, Aiden
Costigan, John
Coulson, Derek
Court, Gary
Court, John
Cowan, Martin
Cox, Daniel
Craddock, Ryan
Craven, Chris
Creed, Terry
Cressey, George
Crossley, John
Cullen, Jason
Culleton, Niall
Darbyshire, Scott
Davenport, Perry
Davey, John
Davidson, Andrew
Davies, Darren
Davies, Stuart
Davies (Crewe), Ben
Dawson, Tom
Day, Daniel
Delahunty, Jason
Dennant, Matthew
Denoon, Nicky
Derrick, Andy
Dolan, Jeremy
Dowling, Kevin
Doyle, Cameron
Ducklin, Kelvin
Dudbridge, Mark
Duncan, James
Duncan, Stuart
Duo, Dylan
Dutton, Stuart
Eastwood, Gary
Edhouse, Ritchie
Edwards, Dafydd
Edwards, David
Edwards, Martin
Ellis, Robbie
Emmett-Bowden, Owen
Evans, David
Evans, Kieran
Evans, Lee
Everett, Dale
Ewing, Sean
Farmer, Mark
Fathers, Jason
Finch, Matthew
Fitzpatrick, Glenn
Flitton, Mark
Forde, Dean
Forman, Andrew
Fowler, Martyn
Fox, Shaun
Francis, Callum
Frost, Mark
Furness, Ryan
Gallimore, Stephen
Garcia, Kevin
Geraghty, Keith
Getty, Luke
Gilding, Andrew
Gillet, Mike
Goode, Aled
Goodwin, Phillip
Graham, Mark
Grearson, Martin
Green, David
Green, Robbie
Greenaway, Ian
Gregory, Thomas
Griffin, Rhys
Grimes, Mark
Gwynne, Jacob
Habgood, Josh
Hall, Graham
Hall, Rees
Hallas, Brian
Harrington, Ryan
Harris, Lee
Harrison, Richard
Harrison, Wayne
Hawkins, Marcus
Hayward (Stafford), Edward
Hedman, Deta
Herewini, Darren
Heta, Damon
Heywood, Joseph
Hickey, Mark
Hine, Steve
Hodgson, Darrell
Hogg, Chris
Holgate, Ashley
Holloway, Paul
Hollyhead, Ellis
Hood, Justin
Hope, Ryan
Hope, Scott
Howarth, Joshua
Huckvale, Adam
Hudson, Brian
Hudson, Peter
Hunt, Adam
Hunt, Rory
Hunter, Sam
Huntington, Ben
Hurley, Conor
Hurrell, James
Jacques, Peter
Jenkinson, Adam
Jenkinson, Paul
Johnson, Darren
Jones, Christopher Paul
Jones, Dean
Jones, Stephen
Jones, Wayne
Jones-Swanson, Coby
Jopling, Ian
Kay, Danny
Kelling, Jamie
Kempster, James
Kippen, John
Kirk, Aden
Lacey, Chris
Ladley, David
Lammie, David
Lane, Kevin
Lauby, Daniel
Lawrence, Mark
Lawson, James
Layton, Mark
Lee, Daniel
Leung, Kai Fan
Lever, Ian
Lishman, Tommy
Long , Alex
Lovely, Eddie
Lovely, Thomas
Lowthorpe, Joshua
Lynch, George
Lynskey, Patrick
Main, Jack
Marshall, Ray
Mathers, Gordon
Mathews, Chris
Mawson, Gary
McDine, Kevin
McKinney, Kevin
McKirdy, Jimmy
Mccloskey, Michael
Meaker, Ian
Meaney, Michael
Meek, Liam
Mitchell, Liam
Mitchell, Peter
Modra, Robert
Momma, Taro
Morrison, Alexander
Morrison, Sandy
Morrison, Steven
Moston, Jim
Mold, Adam
Murphy, David
Murphy, Jason
Murphy, Russell
Murray, Geoffrey
Murray, Ryan
Nakanishi, Eikichi
Neads, David
Neary, Jack
Newton, Wes
Nicholson, David
Norris, Alan
O’Boyle, Martin
O’Shea, Anthony
O’Shea, John
O’Toole, William
Osborne, Colin
Owen, Robert
Owen, Tim
Painter, Kevin
Palmer, Ryan
Penhall, Darren
Penney, Danny
Phillips, Brad
Pick, Chris
Pilgrim, Darryl
Pink, Matthew
Place, Darren
Plumb, Ian
Poole, Michael
Portela, Diogo
Portela, Mario
Power, John
Preston, Simon
Price, Shane
Pride, Lewis
Prince, Dave
Procter, Tony
Puleo, Chuck
Quantock, Chris
Quenby, Ben
Quinn, Patrick
Rabadiya, Hitesh
Read, Dan
Redding, Dave
Rees, Robert
Reeves, Curtis
Richardson, James
Richardson, Tony
Ritchie, Greg
Roach, Terry
Robinson, Jamie
Robson, Gary
Rose, Daniel
Ryan, Sean
Sato, Kasumi
Savage, Stephen
Scutt, Connor
Selby-Rivas, Jaikob
Shaw, Matthew
Sherrock, Fallon
Singh Nagi, Coni
Slocombe, Keith
Smith, Dennis
Smith, Suzanne
Stafford, Gary
Stansbury, Robert
Stevenson, Evander
Stocker, Mark
Stubbs, Stuart
Suzuki, Mikuru
Tabern, Alan
Tate, Simon
Taylor, David
Taylor, Dom
Taylor, Scott
Thexton, William
Thomas, Martin
Thompson, James
Treadgold, Nathan
Tucker, Luke
Turle, Lee
Twell, Ross
Urmston-Toft, AJ
Usher, Graham
Vallely, Trevor
Van Der Mescht, Michael
Venables, Mark
Vincent, Jack
Waites, Scott
Ware, Chris
Weaver, Darren
Webster, Mark
West, Ben
White, Chris
White, Stuart
Whittaker , Grant
Whitworth, Lee
Whybrow, Brian
Williams, Derek
Williams, Jim
Williams, Lee
Williams, Lewis
Williams, Stephen
Wilson, Kevin
Wilson, Mark
Wilson, Stu
Wood, Adam
Wood, Tony
Woodhouse, James
Woods, Brian
Woolgar, Simon
Wynn, Jonathan
Yadav, Pranav
Yamada, Yuki
Yates, Luke
Young, James