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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.

NIDO Averages and Tables Updated

The NIDO has released up to date averages for the mens inter area county divisions 1 and 2.

Top of the division 1 is Area 2 and division 2 is 2c.

Top of the average rankings is Kyle Mckinstry. With Gavin not able to qualify for the NI team due to having a PDC Tour Card young Josh Rock is technically number 5 on the rankings. A great showing this year after progressing through the NIDO youth system and moving on from Area 5 last season. He has settled with Area 2D and has some steady players to gain experience with in Paul Mcdonald, Davy Martin, Colin Reid, Ashley Rainey and his dad Paul Rock. Look forward to seeing if Josh can keep this up over the long season ahead.

  1. Kyle Mckinstry
  2. Chris Gilliland
  3. Gavin Carlin
  4. Gary Elliott
  5. Neil Duff
  6. Josh Rock
  7. Andy Coulter
  8. Daniel McDonald
  9. David Finlay
  10. Simon Dunn

Check out the full rankings list and tables here

McKinstry and Rafferty in the PDC UK Open

The Challenge Tour and Development Tour spots have been confirmed for the 2020 UK Open after the conclusion of Q-School and players being taken out as a result of winning Tour Cards.

Cameron Menzies heads the list of the Challenge Tour qualifiers and is joined by names such as Andy Jenkins, Barry van Peer, Cody Harris and Boris Koltzov. They are joined by Northern Ireland player and International Captain Kyle McKinstry. He will look to assert himself in the UK Open at Minehead.

He is joined by three Irish youngsters Keane Barry, Nathan Rafferty and Shane McGuirk who between them headed up the Development tour hierarchy at the end of the season. Each one of them are well capable of winning big time games. A great future ahead. I expect at least one of them to get through to the last 16 stage.

Good luck lads.

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)

NIDO Inter Area County Rd 3

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year break, but now it’s back to NIDO Inter Area County time this weekend.

The NIDO Counties start back up again for the men this weekend, with a number of good match ups. The tables for both divisions have been updated here

Division 1

Area 5 vs Area 12

Area 5 on the bottom of Division 1 and have no respite here against Area 12 who will be disappointed they got a draw last time out against Area 10. Area 12 are 3 points behind Area 2 and will be looking for a big win here to keep the pressure on Area 2 at the top of division.

Area 9 vs Area 7

Area 7 travelling away to Area 9 this Saturday and will be looking to get as many legs as they can in this one. I would not count Area 7 out of this tie as they have quite a good panel of players and with David Finlay winning up in Articlave and the ever impressive Daniel McDonald they have quite a good panel of steady and explosive players on their books. Area 9 will need to be on their toes as they lost their last game and cant afford anymore with Area 2 powering ahead.

Area 2B vs Area 2

Area 2B Stingers have won 1, lost 1 but they will be up for the game against a travelling Area 2 side who are looking to gather up as much points as they can. The Stingers are not to be underestimated with five players – Ray Bell, Kevin Magill, Scott Withers, John O’Toole and Alan Martin in the top 50 of the rankings averages, they can give anyone a game in the division.

Area 10 vs Area 4B

Area 10 are sitting mid table with 12 points (10 behind the leaders), but they have some impressive throwers in the ranking averages including Gavin Carlin, Simon Dunn, Cormac Begley, Sean McKinney and Dermot McGuinness to name a few. Area 4B the reigning Division 1 holders have a stellar squad including Gary Tipping, Rodney Kane, Andy Coulter, Mark Yeates, Peter Shaw, Craig Orr, Marty Mooreland, Roy Bailie and Brian Cathcart all in the top 50 average rankings. A bit of distance for the 4B lads to journey but they will be up to task. I think this will be a fantastic game between the two teams.

Division 2

Area 2D vs Area 1

Area 2D unbeaten so far (won 1, drew 1) will look to extend that run against Area 1 who are bottom of Division 2. Area 1 were a bit unlucky last time out in being 6-2 up and losing the last four legs to draw with Area 13 – but will be spurred on by William McKendry and Bugsy McKendry winning some comps over the Christmas break. Alan Boyd, James Walker and William McKendry all in the top 50 average rankings so they just need the rest to pull themselves up to get a win and start their way upwards. Area 2D have a good few quality throwers in Ashley Rainey, Josh Rock (who hit a 32.32 average last time!) and the evergreen Paul McDonald who gets better each season. This will be a close game as always between these teams.

Area 11 vs Area 4R

Next we have Area 11 hosting Area 4R who I thought played great in their first game against Area 1 but then lost out their last game – just shows that this Divison 2 will be a closely run division. Area 11 sitting one from bottom of the pile and will a tough test for 4R. It’s never easy going to Area 11, looking for a win. Too close to call on this one.

Area 9B vs 9C

The battle of the two Area 9 teams this weekend with 9C looking to get their first win and 9B looking to keep up the pressure on 2C at the top of the Division 2. Flip a coin on this one. Good luck to Johnny Stewart who is more than holding his own averaging 23+ in the last two games – great to see the youngsters mixing it with the mens – great experience for them.

Area 2C vs Area 13

Last up we have Area 2C hosting Area 13. A bit of a trip for Area 13 up to Larne for a day of darts. Colin McGarry has come back and is enjoying his arrows at his leisure. 2C are sitting top of Division 2 and will looking to cement that with a win here. They have some good throwers and will be looking for McGarry to show them the way to keep winning. Barry Holland and Dessie Adams are the only two of Area 13 to be in the top 100 average rankings wise, but that doesnt tell the whole story – averages dont win, setup play and outshots do, so Area 2C should not underestimate Area 13 in this one.

Go out and enjoy your darts lads.

Interview with Geoff Wylie

We have been lucky enough to gain an interview with Northern Ireland Darts Organisation Chairman and NI darts legend Geoff Wylie.

We know you are very experienced and have played many many international games and won the England Open and played in the PDC and BDO, but how did you start throwing darts? 

It was a bit of fun at the start but then I noticed there was something there so got on the board and practiced. I enjoyed the winning part, even league games.

Who have been your role models or inspiration – not necessarily in darts? 

A lot, but the one that stood out was out was Davy Rock, he was the best about in my early days and when asked to play pairs with him it was special – a hard master but great achievements are derived from that.  Eric Bristow is another, always had time when making my first internationals and a lifelong friend. I still have his number on my phone to this day and have great memories. The main one was and still is my wife Ann, as she had to put up with all the travelling and time away listening to highs and lows, the shoulds and could haves and still 100% behind me.

What was your first competition win that stands out and who was it against? 

Best that stands out was the England Open. I beat Roland Scholten in the last eight, Peter Manley in semi final and Raymond van Barneveld in the final. This got me my first full time sponsor plus the first player from here to win a BDO major. Then I started to room and played pairs with Mike Gregory for the next couple of years great memories.

Recently we have seen a lot of NI based players make the transition to the BDO and PDC, do you think the NIDO is increasing in standard and we are becoming more competitive to the BICC and PDC standard? 

Yes for sure. There are a lot of good players that can mix it with the best but only if you dedicate and put in the commitment on the board will you get results you deserve. You must be fully committed to come close, you can’t pick one or two tournaments and hope, you must give 100% to what you want.

Your role as Chairman of NIDO must be challenging at times, what one thing would you like to change in NIDO, given the opportunity?

Being chairman is never easy if something goes wrong, it’s lies with me. We have had a hard five years with some people working against the grain all the time, but last year I put an executive in place, five people plus myself. From there we have gained new sponsors – Indigo and Smithwicks just to name a couple. We have a hard working team with a new venue so things are on the up and looking good for the future. I now want to put some more effort towards the youth, as to me there is not enough for them and remember they are our future in the sport.   

The Celtic Challenge was from our perspective a great weekend of darts, will NIDO continue in this challenge with the other nations?

Yes for sure its guaranteed for the next couple of years and other teams already wanting in, so looks good for the present.

What darts do you use – flights, stems and barrel.

My darts are custom made, I always designed my own darts so they are made for me. With flights and stems I try different ones, but at present I am playing with cuesoul – thanks to Neil Duff.

What is your favourite double? 

I like 16 and tops but it’s a strong part of my game so I don’t mind – its getting to them now lol

Recently the NIDO tournaments moved to the Nortel Social Club, what did the executive think of the move, was it successful? 

Fantastic entry for our first day with over 174 entries in men. We were in a small room but this has now being sorted and will start and finish much earlier next time. Also the ladies and youth will have a bigger and better room. I think it’s a keeper.

Apart from the usual suspects, who should we look out for – new or returning players on the local ladies, mens and youth, circuit this season?

Too many to pick from and the standard is going up all the time. I think we are now in a good place to bring out the best going forward.

Wearing your Area 2 hat now, what do you think are Area 2s chances of winning the 1st division?

I have played for Area 2 for thirty plus years and will continue to do so till we don’t have a team. I don’t chase the glory as in Area 2 we have it already. I think we have a very good chance to regain the county’s championship as it was ours to win, but strange things happen in darts.  

We have noticed that the NIDO Pairs is jot on the calendar, is that correct or is it to be decided?

Hopefully it will be back with the new venue as it may attract more entries.

What do you think NIDO should do to increase the participation in the tournaments?

One of the main things was the change of venue. The members now need to support the tournaments. It looks good from here forward.

What is your favourite venue to play in Northern Ireland?

I love all the venues as every club put in a lot of time to make things right so I enjoy them all.

Will the NIDO be using Gladiator boards, in future?

If we have to we will but at present Winmau is the one board supplier that gives us help at present.

Who has been your favourite pairs partner? 

Few good ones here Martin Adams, Eric Bristow and Mike Gregory. Locally Davy Rock, George McDowell, John McGowan and big John elder all take a bow for putting up with me. All of them are all so special to me. 

Toughest person to beat in a darts game?

Now everyone lol. But there is a lot of class out there, so l respect them all and yourself Johnny when you have the dart head on.

Best finisher on the circuit?

Myself 15 years ago. Nowadays Kyle, Chris and Neil, but so so many to mention.

Most likely to hit a double double finish? 

Darnell McCrory would be the one to try it most hitting it ????

Most likely to get a bounce out?

Geoffrey Matthews gets a few of those, as does Chris Gilliland with his light throw.

Most likely to miss count? 

Freddie McMullan was always at it, and I am sure hasn’t changed lol.

Best marker on the circuit? 

Alan Brown or Tony Rimmer.

Biggest moaner on the circuit?

Come on now how long do you want the list to be and by the way for all the smart asses out there, I have changed! But Neil Duff and John Elder must be close contenders lol.

Would like to thank everyone for the great years in darts I have had so far, at home and all over the world and hopefully will live to enjoy a few more years in one of the best games ever played. Thanks so much Johnny you are doing a great job.