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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

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

Men’s Team

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.

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

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

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


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


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


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

Josh Rock 5-2 Rodney Kane

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

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