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
Shile 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

Nathan Aspinall wins Players Championship 2

Stockport’ Nathan Aspinall has won the second Players Championship event of the season after defeating Wales’ Gerwyn Price in the final.

Aspinall averaged 101.3 in the final against a dangerous opponent in Gerwyn Price with an 8-3 scoreline.

His best performance of the day came in the Quarter-Finals; where he showed himself to be a force to be reckoned with today with a 117.5 average to dispel Peter Wright 6-4. It was revealed as the highest ever combined average in Players Championship history as Snakebite also hit a 113.7 average in defeat.

There was also brilliant wins over Gabriel Clemens 7-0 and Keegan Brown 6-5 (103 average); as well as the impressive Jason Lowe 6-3.

Great run again from Northern Irelands Mickey Mansell who fell 6-0 to Gerwyn Price at the quarter final stage. Great weekend for Dolan and Mansell this weekend.

PC1 & PC2 – Combined Prize Money

£ 11.500 Aspinall
£ 10.000 Anderson G.
£ 7.500 Smith J.
£ 7.000 Price
£ 4.500 Wright

£ 4.000 Dolan
£ 4.000 Lewis A.
£ 4.000 van Duijvenbode
£ 3.750 Mansell
£ 3.750 Smith R.

Quarter-Finals
Gabriel Clemens 6 | 2 Jamie Hughes
Nathan Aspinall 6 | 4 Peter Wright
Ross Smith 4 | 6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price 6 | 0 Mickey Mansell

Semi-Finals
Gabriel Clemens 0 | 7 Nathan Aspinall
Dirk van Duijvenbode 4 | 7 Gerwyn Price

Final
Nathan Aspinall 8 | 3 Gerwyn Price

Gary Anderson wins PDC Players Championship 1 today

Gary Anderson claimed victory in the first Players Championship of the year. The Flying Scotsman defeated Canada’s Jeff Smith 8-4 in the final.

Anderson, who threw four 100+ averages in his seven games today, led 2-1 and eventually 3-2, before he claimed three legs in a row to streak ahead 6-2 up. The Silencer Jeff Smith was able to nab two legs back to go 6-4 down but Anderson wrapped the victory 8-4 with a deserved win.

The Flying Scotsman beat Adrian Lewis, Joe Cullen, Rob Cross and Gerwyn Price on his way to the final to claim his 49th PDC ranking title.

Great runs by Brendan Dolan and Mickey Mansell today. Mansell hit the first 9 dart leg in the Players Championship today in the first round and kicked on to reach the last 16, going down to the evergreen Steve Beaton. Brendan Dolan beat MVG 6-4 in the last 32 and went on to the semi finals going out to finalist Jeff Smith.

Last 16

Brendan Dolan 6 | 5 Ross Smith
Maik Kuivenhoven 6 | 3 Steve Brown
Peter Wright 6 | 3 Conan Whitehead
Jeff Smith 6 | 5 Nathan Aspinall
Adrian Lewis 6 | 1 Darren Webster
Steve Beaton 6 | 1 Mickey Mansell
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Rob Cross
Joe Cullen 6 | 1 Nick Kenny

Quarter-Finals

Brendan Dolan 6 | 3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Jeff Smith 6 | 5 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 6 | 3 Steve Beaton
Gary Anderson 6 | 2 Joe Cullen

Semi-Finals

Jeff Smith 7 | 2 Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson 7 | 3 Adrian Lewis

Final

Gary Anderson 8 | 4 Jeff Smith

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

Final
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.

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