Category Archives: DARTS

NI Men’s Team win The Celtic CHallenge Cup

It’s been over a week now since the NI Darts team managed to get back across the water from Scotland after winning the Celtic Challenge Cup in Glenrothes. What a win from the men’s team with great performances all around. Congratulations lads!

The Celtic Challenge Cup consists of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (men’s and ladies) playing each other in best of seven matches (12 matches in total against each country). The best team with most wins and/or legs won is determined the winner over the weekend.

The ladies team played well in places, but just didn’t have their double hitting boots on and faltered at the doubles when they had great chances – plenty to build on ladies. Grace Crane, Helen Dunn and Kayleigh O’Neill were outstanding at times. Beaten by Wales and Scotland but there were flashes of brilliance along the way. Onto the next one ladies.

However the men’s team played to the level we all know they can. Team captain Kyle Mckinstry was runner up in the Individuals on the Friday warm up session. Then on to the teams on Saturday where NI played Scotland First up on Saturday morning. A very tough game for the NI lads but we were well up for it. Josh Rock opened up his account with a 4-2 win on his debut, followed up by Chris Gilliland coming through a last leg decider hitting a 100 checkout after hitting a 180 to pressure Scotland’s throw. Scotland clawed the next three back to go ahead, then up stepped Daniel Mcdonald against Alan Soutar – taking his winning leg in 14 darts in style to draw NI level. For me it was the best game on Saturday. Next up Neil Duff showed his class with a 4-2 win, so now NI were ahead 4-3 overall. The Boss Ross Montgomery took out the next one to level again. Then Mckinstry and Gary Elliott showed their experience to wrap up their games convincingly leaving it to Simon Dunn in the last but Euan Callendar was too strong – so it ended 6-6 on the first day with Scotland managing to scrape a draw against us.

The lads knew they were all playing well and had plenty to go for against the Welsh team on Sunday, knowing that a good result would put the pressure on Scotland in the following match. So onto Sunday and our men’s team raced into a 5-0 lead with Duff, Coulter, Dunn, Lockhart and Gilliland racing through their games. Mike Warburton got Wales on the board for 5-1 with Kyle Mckinstry up next it looked good for NI. Kyle duly won his game 4-1 to make it 6-1 overall. Up next Jim Williams took the next for 6-2 only for Gary Elliott to win his game to win the game for NI 7-2 – but more legs were needed and Dave Finlay won the next for 8-2. Wales won the next two legs to finish up 8-4. A great result and put the pressure on Scotland to score heavy against Wales later.

It was a bridge too far for Scotland and whilst they showed promise early on, it was too much to ask as Wales seemed more upbeat in this game than against NI. Jim Williams had a great game against Ross Montgomery and sealed Scotlands fate.

Congratulations to Northern Ireland! Hearty thanks to the NIDO, Sponsors, Ballymore Inn, Indigo, Smithwicks and Stevie at Davison Coaches. The support from home and further afield has been fantastic and goes to show that NI darts is definitely on the up. We have so many many talented darters amongst us – some of the names not even at this tournament is scary! Now let’s defend this next year and support our ladies and men’s teams throughout the year. Well done everyone – managers Lorraine and Gareth are a credit to the team and the team couldn’t do it without you two. Special mention to the Ladies team who supported the men throughout – a true combined team effort. Congratulations!

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

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 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

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