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Quick Catch Up with Kyle McKinstry

Quick catch up with Kyle McKinstry – Kyle despite not holding a PDC Tour Card reached the Last 16 in the UK Open recently.

McKinstry started his career in the BDO and still is battling it out on the NIDO circuit. On the main BDO circuit he did quite well winning the HAL and England Opens and also winning the British Pentathlon. In 2019 he reached the Quarter-Finals of the Lakeside World Championship losing out 5-2 to Glen Durrant and he recalls facing the now Premier League leader.

“I started off playing county darts for Armagh in Area 9 County team and doing a few BDO events and got a few wins; Gareth Chambers from Ballymore Inn and David Heasley from Indigo Fleet sponsored me and gave me the opportunity and I grasped it.”

“County level is a high standard and it gets you picked for the Northern Ireland team and three years in a row I finished top of the county averages,” he added.

“I won the Hal Masters (2017) in Holland the first time I went to it – I won the Northern Ireland Open twice and got beat in the final once.

“I’ve won the England Open which is a big one and three years in a row at Lakeside was a good experience.

“Winning the Northern Ireland Open in your own country is a big thing.”

“I made three Lakesides (BDO World Championships), lost out to Glen Durrant in the quarter-finals in 2019 then Matthew Ward from MDA Promotions came along and put me to Q (Qualifying) School and it snowballed from there.

“Coming up against Glen in the quarter-final on a Friday night at a packed Lakeside – the hair was standing on the back of my neck was standing up.”

“I played well, I could have went off 2-1 up at the break in sets but went off 2-1 and then Glen kicked on when we went back on stage.

“Growing up, the Lakeside was the one you’d gear up to watch ever year, I’d have always sat with my dad watching it and I always said to him I’ll be there one day.

“It was my dad that started me off playing darts in the house; he would have went to a few competitions with me, then I would throw myself into the deep end and go to all the big ones put the practice in and it has paid off.”

Switch to PDC

In terms of the PDC he made the decision to switch after the 2019 BDO World Championship and spoke of the difficulty of getting into Q-School.

“It didn’t matter what happened, whether I won it or went out in the first round I was going to the PDC; after the Lakeside I was home two days then I went to Q School.

“It was a big step up and it took me two or three days to adjust; because I had a good Lakeside I felt I had a target on my back. In the second round I played Jim Williams, averaged 97 and got beat 5-2 – it’s all in the luck of the draw.

“Last year I missed the first week of the challenge tour and the top two automatically get a tour card and a place at the Ally Pally (World Championship) and if I hadn’t missed the first weekend I’d have got it; I finished seventh and that got me into the UK Open.”

Facing Fallon Sherrock at UK Open

Speaking of facing Sherrock at the UK Open, he eased past ‘The Queen of the Palace’ and admitted nerves though beforehand despite not showing them on the stage.

“From (when) I saw the draw I was really nervous with the way she’d played at the Worlds and the way the crowd reacted. Where they going to give me hassle?

McKinstry drew the player that nobody would have wanted in the first round the ‘women of the moment’ Fallon Sherrock who’d created history by beating Ted Evetts and the big Austrian Mensur Suljovic at the World Championships in December.

However, the Moygashel man was well prepared for a female opponent as he practices with his 13-year-old daughter Cathlin Rea, who is already an accomplished thrower, having won three Northern Ireland youth events and has adopted the nickname the Village Woman.

“Even backstage before the match I was practising with Fallon and she was missing nothing, so I knew I’d have to be on the top of my game.

“Luckily I got on the stage and my finishing got me through it, I had six out of seven (6-1 victory) on the doubles and it is an experience I’ll not forget.”

Future ambitions

For the Northern Irishman after previously playing at Lakeside only one main dream remains for him at least in the near future.

“I had one dream to get to the Lakeside and I conquered it and the next dream now is the Ally Pally and a tour card.”

Credit: NewsLetter

UK Open 5th Round Preview

After a great day yesterday at the PDC UK Open we are now down to the last 32.

Two Northern Ireland based players are left Daryl Gurney and Kyle Mckinstry. Mckinstry came through Fallon Sherrock, Jason Heaver, Stephen Burton and Bradley Brookes. Daryl squeezed by Keegan Brown.

In the fourth round last 64, Gurney rode his luck with a 10-9 last leg decider against Keegan Brown and Mckinstry came back against Bradley Brookes after being 7-3 down, what a comeback.

Gurney will play William O’Connor who beat Dave Chisnall and Kyle will play Martin Schindler who crushed Justin Pipe 10-2.

Today sees the last 32 in action. Here is the draw.

UK Open Fifth Round Draw

Joe Cullen v Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen v Jason Lowe
Steve West v Jelle Klaasen
Martin Schindler v Kyle McKinstry
Jamie Hughes v Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Ricky Evans v Gerwyn Price
Alan Tabern v Stephen Bunting
Chris Dobey v Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith v Rob Cross
Dimitri van den Bergh v Matthew Edgar
Gabriel Clemens v Andy Boulton
Kim Huybrechts v James Wade
Mensur Suljovic v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Simon Stevenson v Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney v William O’Connor
Ian White v Peter Wright

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.

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.

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!