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Isle of Man Darts Festival Draw

The Pokerstars Isle of Man Darts Festival is ongoing ahead this weekend and the draws have been released, with a host of our players making the trip.

The event will kick off with the Isle of Man Classic on Thursday. The Masters and Open tournament will be played on Friday and Saturday. The finals of those three events will take place on Sunday.

Gary Tipping, Karl Frizzell, Barry Copeland, Neil Duff, Gareth Chambers, Nigel Peden, Allan Brown, Austin Thompson, Jamie Surplus, Marty Mooreland, Ryan Johnston, David Heasley, Alan Kerr, George Mcgivern among others for the men.

In the ladies we have Grace Crane, Denise Cassidy, Julie Leahy, Tammy Jo Grafton and Anna Madigan.

A host of international players have registered including Jim Williams, James Richardson, Ross Montgomery, Chris Landman, Wes Newton, Martin Adams, Ted Hankey, Dave Parletti, Paul Hogan and Richard Veenstra.

While Beau Greaves, Deta Hedman, Lorraine Winstanley, Aileen de Graaf, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Fallon Sherrock are among the female participants.

Draw 2020 Isle of Man Darts Festival

Isle of Man Classic (Thursday)

Men’s
Ladies

Isle of Man Masters (Friday)

Men’s
Ladies

Isle of Man Open (Saturday)

Men’s
Ladies

Good luck to all.

Daryl Gurney into final day at the PDC UK Open

Northern Irelands Daryl Gurney is into the final day of darting action in Minehead today at the UK Open.

Daryl came through some nail biting games against Keegan Brown and William O’Connor both in last leg deciders. Then came a bigger task the World Champion Peter Wright. Daryl won out 10-6 and took his chances when Snakebite missed his.

The 148 checkout of Daryl to go 8-5 kind of broke Snakebites heart and after that it was plain sailing for Superchin. Daryl finished off the game with another sublime finish of 108 to move into the quarter finals.

Daryl Gurney has been to the semi final stage before and will look to go one better this time out. He has won here in Minehead at the Players Championship so has the pedigree and experience to go all the way. He will have to get through Jelle Klaasen next who out finished Gary Anderson in the last 16 stage.

Sunday March 8
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)

Quarter-Finals
Main Stage
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney v Jelle Klaasen
Jamie Hughes v Jonny Clayton

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Semi-Finals & Final
Main Stage

Winmau Sponsor Sean Kearns

News incoming in the world of darts, teenage darts sensation Sean Kearns from Castledawson playing out of the Tumbledown Bar and Area 2 County Team has been sponsored by one of the biggest names in darts – Winmau.

Simon Hall from Winmau has sponsored Sean Kearns for the next year with a full accessory sponsorship with a possible long term deal at the end of the contract.

Geoff Wylie (NIDO Chairman) was introduced to Sean by his father and took him on to try and get the best possible out of Sean. It is obvious from watching Sean play he has bags of potential and it’s with that potential that Winmau have invested their time in supporting Sean. Also on board for Sean as a sponsor is David Heasley of Indigo Car and Van Hire locally here in Northern Ireland. David being a main NIDO sponsor asked to see if there was a young player he could sponsor and Sean fit the bill.

With a lot of competition play, and some majors across the water in the UK at WDF ranked events, a potential spot in the WDF Masters could be on the cards for Sean. No-one know how far anyone can get in the world of darts but we all know that Sean has the raw potential not seen very often. Practice and dedication is all that Sean needs to get to the next level, but with Winmau and Indigo on board he has all the support he needs.

Congratulations Sean on your sponsorships and all the best for the incoming year and years ahead.

PDC Premier League Night 5 Preview

So here we are again, this week off to Westpoint Arena in Exeter with local thrower and World Youth Champion Luke Humphries in action as this week’s challenger.

First up is Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney, winless in four attempts, taking on Rob Cross. Every week it’s a challenge for Daryl, but we all know he is more than capable but he is just not firing as yet in the Premier League. Rob Cross will look to pounce on any weakness that Daryl shows. Hopefully this is Daryl’s week and he gets off well and continues. I think this is a draw 6-6.

Second match Gerwyn Price the newly crowned Belgian Dart Champion takes on three time BDO winner Glen Durrant. Not hard to predict this one as Gerwyn seems to be on a crest of a wave and I can see no other result but a win for Price. Price 7-2.

Third match is Snakebite vs The Asp – which one will strike first? An intriguing game this one, Aspinall continues to race up the rankings and Snakebite is the newly crowned World Champion. Snakebite has been putting in some serious serious averages on the floor but then hasn’t totally shone at the Premier League. Is this the week the real Snakebite turns up, he will have to or Aspinall will have him. Snakebite to win 7-4.

Gary Anderson next against World Youth Champion Luke Humphries. I canno see anything other than a win for Anderson. Humphries is a real talent but he is not on the level that Anderson is, in my opinion. Anderson to win 7-3.

Last up tonight is Michael Smith versus Michael Van Gerwen. Two of the most talented guys in world darts. Michael Smith is undoubtedly capable of beating anyone, and I mean anyone on planet darts. MVG is the same but he does it on a more consistent basis. With that in mind MVG has not been the same invincible monster he was previously and is vulnerable nowadays. It’s a brave man to bet against MVG and it won’t be me this week. Very rarely does MVG get beat consecutively by the same person. He will be up for getting his revenge on Smith for knocking him out of the Belgian Darts Championship. MVG wins 7-4.

2020 Unibet Premier League
Night Five
Thursday March 5
Westpoint Exeter
Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price v Glen Durrant
Nathan Aspinall v Peter Wright
Gary Anderson v Luke Humphries
Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen

NIDO Individuals 21st March

Get your entry in for the NIDO Individuals on the 21st of March. To be played at the Nortel Social Club in Newtownabbey.

There will be men’s, ladies and youths competitions. Open to all NIDO county/registered players. Get in touch with your NIDO area representative to enter or contact Stephen Pinkerton the NIDO General Secretary for more information.

The entry fee is £10 for men’s and ladies and £5 for youths. Format is best of 7 till the quarters when it moves up to best of 9 and then best of 11 in the final.

Closing date for entries is the 18th March – so be quick to avoid non entry.

Come along and support – even if you don’t want to play you can come along and support and watch some top notch darting action. Players likely to be playing, Neil Duff, Kyle McKinstry, Davy Glenn, Geoff Wylie, Gary Elliott, Chris Gilliland, Philip Carson, Marty Mooreland, Grace Crane, Denise Cassidy, Helen Dunn, Sean Kearns, Travis Baur and Johnny Stewart etc etc.

PDC UK Open Preview

Here we are with our preview of the UK Open, on our screens on ITV this weekend and happily there are a number of Northern Ireland based players competing this weekend.

Kyle Mckinstry vs Fallon Sherrock

First up we have The Village Man Kyle McKinstry playing against Fallon Sherrock. That should be an interesting tie and will give Kyle his much deserved big break on the big stage in the PDC. Sherrock caused quite a storm at the PDC Worlds and is going to the World Series events also, so she will be looking to put on a show. Kyle on the other hand, will just knuckle down and treat as it is – a game of darts. I asked Kyle during the week if he had played Fallon before, the Celtic Challenge Cup and what his aims are for the weekend.

I have not played Fallon before but she was part off my three-a-side team at the Scottish Open two or three years ago alongside Darren Clifford – so I know her game and more importantly she knows mine. This weekend I would like to go and please myself and play to the standard I know I can play at and you never know what happens.

What are your thoughts on your recent win with the NI International team at the Celtic Challenge?

Yes the team was great from one to twelve and I would love to see our big win get people playing more and look to wear that shirt for our country more.

Can I give a big shout out to MDA Promotions, Ballymore Inn and Indigo Fleet whom sponsor and encourage me. And to all my family and friends for their support, and my to wee girls Cathlin and Molly who will be watching at home, and to my partner Danielle who will be with me at the UK Open.

Gavin Carlin vs Harry Ward

The Cannon Gavin Carlin has been in and around the business end of local competitions in Ireland and Northern Ireland this last 12 months or so and will be ready for this game against MDA backed ‘Big H’ Harry Ward. Harry won on the Pro Tour in 2019, so he knows how to string a few games together and more importantly winning. Gavin won his tour card on his first attempt and looking at his results against some players, his averages suggest he has the beating of Harry. Time will tell. Minehead and the multi stage format doesnt suit everyone and there are always surprises.

Nathan Rafferty vs Darren Beveridge

Youngster Rafferty another MDA backed player has all the talent in the world. I’ve been on the receiving end of it at The Dunleath Bar in Cookstown. I’m looking at tops for an out, and he takes out 146! Anyhow Rafferty now needs to step up with that talent and go on a run in one of these. He shows no fear at times and has the scalp of many a professional including Snakebite. I think Rafferty wins this against Beveridge who was on the BDO tour for a while and is dipping his toe in the PDC ranks of late.

Kevin Burness v Harald Leitinger

Kevin Burness has been warming up for the UK Open at home in Northern Ireland and reached the final of the WWMC Open in Newtownabbey. I briefly talked to Kevin while he was practicing and he seemed upbeat about the UK Open and said:

It’s all on the day. Some days you can get through with a 90 average and the very next game a 100+ average will get you beat 6-3. The Pro Tour is so competitive now, that sometimes it’s a lottery who you get and what form they are in. The UK Open is a great tournament and I’m looking forward to getting there and doing my best.

Harald Leitinger is an unknown quantity as I have not seen him on the PDC stream or PDC TV events as yet. However he did win his PDC Tour Card this year in the European event – so he must have something in his locker. I do expect a Kevin Burness win in this first round match though.

Mickey Mansell comes into the tournament in Round 3 and Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan in Round 4.

2020 Ladbrokes UK Open
Friday March 6
Afternoon Session (1100 GMT Start, 1200 GMT on Main Stage)
First, Second & Third Rounds 
Main Stage

Mike De Decker v Lisa Ashton (R1)
Damon Heta v Scott Waites (R1)
Kyle McKinstry v Fallon Sherrock (R1)
Scott Baker v Mark McGeeney (R2)
Jeff Smith v John Michael (R2)
David Pallett v Doets/Thompson (R2)
Heaver/Noguera v McKinstry/Sherrock (R2)
Luke Humphries v Kyle Anderson (R3)
Kim Huybrechts v Robert Thornton (R3)
Josh Payne v Luke Woodhouse (R3)

Stage Two
Cody Harris v Scott Taylor (R1)
Kai Fan Leung v Kelvin Self (R1)
Adam Hunt v Karel Sedlacek (R1)
Keane Barry v Alan Tabern (R1)
Andy Hamilton v Patrick Lynskey (R1)
Marko Kantele v Dirk van Duijvenbode (R2)
Heta/Waites v Geert Nentjes (R2)
Larsson/Meikle v De Decker/Ashton (R2)
Menzies/Brooks v Nick Kenny (R2)
Ryan Searle v Cristo Reyes (R3)
William O’Connor v Jan Dekker (R3)
Vincent van der Voort v Smith/Michael (R3)
Koltsov/Van Trijp/Davidson/Borland v Larsson/Meikle/De Decker/Ashton (R3)

Stage Three
Steffen Siepmann v Krzysztof Kciuk (R1)
Peter Jacques v Ciaran Teehan (R1)
Michael Barnard v Steve Brown (R1)
Daniel Larsson v Ryan Meikle (R1)
Harry Ward v Gavin Carlin (R2)
Kirk Shepherd v Leung/Self (R2)
Hunt/Sedlacek v Barrie Bates (R2)
Hayden/J Clark v Richardson/Penhall (R2)
Ron Meulenkamp v Richard North (R3)
Jones/Blades/Whitehead v Steve West (R3)
Devon Petersen v Menzies/Brooks/Kenny (R3)
Justin Smith/Jenkins/Beeney/Harms v Atkins/Murray/Bunse (R3)
Huckvale/Burton/Van der Meer v Heaver/Noguera/McKinstry/Sherrock (R3)

Stage Four
Jason Askew v Greg Ritchie (R1)
Jason Heaver v Jesus Noguera (R1)
Adam Smith-Neale v Ben Cheeseman (R1)
Darren Beveridge v Nathan Rafferty (R1)
Andy Boulton v Reece Robinson (R2)
Nathan Derry v Maik Kuivenhoven (R2)
Justin Smith/Jenkins v Beeney/Harms (R2)
Telnekes/Kleermaker v Madars Razma (R2)
Jamie Lewis v Ross Smith (R3)
Evetts/Van Peer/Roelofs v James Wilson (R3)
Steve Lennon v Barnard/Brown/Barry/Tabern (R3)
Mickey Mansell v Zonneveld/Hamilton/Lynskey (R3)

Stage Five
Adam Huckvale v Stephen Burton (R1)
Rhys Hayden v James Clark (R1)
Cameron Menzies v Bradley Brooks (R1)
Kevin Burness v Harald Leitinger (R1)
Jonathan Worsley v Matt Clark (R2)
Carl Wilkinson v Siepmann/Kciuk (R2)
Ted Evetts v Van Peer/Roelofs (R2)
Barnard/Brown v Barry/Tabern (R2)
Justin Pipe v Shepherd/Leung/Self (R3)
Ryan Joyce v Jacques/Teehan/Meeuwisse (R3)
Jose De Sousa v Williams/Owen/Gray (R3)
Van Duivenbode/Beveridge/Rafferty v Jamie Hughes (R3)

Stage Six
Aaron Beeney v Wesley Harms (R1)
Boris Koltsov v Danny van Trijp (R1)
Andrew Davidson v William Borland (R1)
Lewis Williams v Robert Owen (R1)
Harris/Taylor v Jason Lowe (R2)
Atkins/Murray v Christian Bunse (R2)
Mike van Duivenbode v Beveridge/Rafferty (R2)
Niels Zonneveld v Hamilton/Lynskey (R2)
Derry/Kuivenhoven v Gabriel Clemens (R3)
Darius Labanauskas v Kantele/Van Duijvenbode (R3)
Hayden/J Clark/Richardson/Penhall v Toni Alcinas (R3)
Matthew Edgar v Smith-Neale/Cheeseman/McGuirk/Rydz (R3)

Stage Seven
Martin Atkins v Ryan Murray (R1)
Shane McGuirk v Callan Rydz (R1)
Wayne Jones v Gary Blades (R1)
Berry van Peer v Owen Roelofs (R1)
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Askew/Ritchie (R2)
Jacques/Teehan v Yordi Meeuwisse (R2)
Williams/Owen v Adrian Gray (R2)
Burness/Leitinger v Joe Murnan (R2)
Martin Schindler v Benito van de Pas (R3)
Baker/McGeeney v Boulton/Robinson (R3)
Worsley/M Clark v Harris/Taylor/Lowe (R3)
Telnekes/Kleermaker/Razma v Heta/Waites/Nentjes (R3)

Stage Eight
Justin Smith v Andy Jenkins (R1)
Derk Telnekes v Martijn Kleermaker (R1)
James Richardson v Darren Penhall (R1)
Kevin Doets v Alfie Thompson (R1)
Huckvale/Burton v Vincent van der Meer (R2)
Jones/Blades v Conan Whitehead (R2)
Koltsov/Van Trijp v Davidson/Borland (R2)
Smith-Neale/Cheeseman v McGuirk/Rydz (R2)
Jelle Klaasen v Rodriguez/Askew/Ritchie (R3)
Ward/Carlin v Wilkinson/Siepmann/Kciuk (R3)
Pallett/Doets/Thompson v Simon Stevenson (R3)
Hunt/Sedlacek/Bates v Burness/Leitinger/Murnan (R3)

Schedule of Play
Friday March 6
Afternoon Session (1100 GMT start – 1200 GMT start on Main Stage)

First, Second & Third Rounds
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Fourth Round
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight

Saturday March 7 
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT start)
Fifth Round
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Four

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Sixth Round
Main Stage & Stage Two
* NB Session times for Saturday amended from one session to two sessions.

Sunday March 8
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)

Quarter-Finals
Main Stage

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Semi-Finals & Final
Main Stage

Format
First, Second & Third Rounds – Best of 11 legs
Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Rounds & Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals & Final – Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund
Winner – £100,000
Runner-Up – £40,000
Semi-Finalists – £20,000
Quarter-Finalists – £12,500
Sixth Round Losers – £7,500
Fifth Round Losers – £4,000
Fourth Round Losers – £2,000
Third Round Losers – £1,000
Total – £450,000