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PDC Belgian Darts Championship continues today

The Belgian Darts Championship culminates today with some great games coming up.

Sunday March 1
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)
Third Round


Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith

MVG seems to have the upper hand on Michael Smith of late and I see no difference here. In a game of first to 6 though you can never count Smith out as when he starts hitting hes so dangerous. But even with his 9 dart leg at the Premier League I cant see him being any different to his modus operandi and will take a few legs to get going, but by that stage against Mighty Mike, that will be too much to claw back. Unless MVG is on his C game MVG wins this.


Mervyn King v Martijn Kleermaker

Merv King plays really really well when hes on, when hes off, he blames sciatica and injuries and anything else he can think off. King is no doubt a better player than Kleermaker, but not always the best player wins. King to win in a struggle.


Peter Wright v Danny Noppert

If the Peter Wright that turned up in Dublin turns up here today, he gets mugged by Noppy. Going with Noppert. 6-5 in a last leg decider.


Krzysztof Ratajski v Rob Cross

Somehow I think Ratajski wins this game and it’s about time he took floor game to stage game. Cross is not really doing anything of late, is this his chance to get back into the last 4 of a competition? Always seems to crop up again and again after going missing for a while. He looks to be getting use to his weight loss. Polish Eagle to win 6-4.


Dirk van Duijvenbode v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Two Dutch men pair off for this last 16 tie and it would be a brave man to be betting on either. Really this one is a coin toss. I’ll go with Dirk just because.


James Wade v Nathan Aspinall

James Wade has been on a downward trajectory in the rankings and unless he goes well over this year, will be losing a lot more than money, will be losing his ranking and therefore automatic qualification for a lot of tournaments…he has to knuckle down now. Aspinall is riding on a crest of a wave, beating the World Champ during the week at the PL in Dublin. Aspinall to win 6-3.


Gerwyn Price v Jamie Hughes

This game looks like being a great game if form from yesterday has anything to go by. Hughes has been quietly going about his business and in complete opposite Price has been as loud as ever in his matches and confident in his interviews. Is it time for a 100+ average game from Tiptons Jamie Hughes. Going with Price 6-4.


Mensur Suljovic v Steve West

Last up we have the Austrian Mensur Suljovic versus Steve Simply West. Steve West is such a consistent scorer in the trebles but we all know his doubles let him down a bagful at times. He should have won some competitions in the PDC already but for double trouble taking him out of games he should be winning. Suljovic is the opposite, winning games with big checkouts and stealing games whilst players are an out, he bangs in 100+ checkouts and is so dangerous on D14. So who wins this one? Going with Westie to get through this round. 6-4.

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 GMT)
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final

Format
All games up to, and including, the quarter-finals, are the best of 11 legs. The semi-finals are the best of 13 legs and the final is the best of 15 legs.

Celtic Challenge schedule

The Celtic Challenge team events start today.

The live stream is here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Ajn_TeFbw

Celtic Challenge Darts – Schedule 22nd – 23rd February 2020


Saturday 22nd February 2020:
10:00am Players and official’s accreditation provided and practice area open to players only
11:00am Doors to general public open

12:00pm Wales v Scotland (Ladies)
WALES v SCOTLAND
KAYE HALES v CHELSEA MCMAHON
ALANNAH WATERS-EVANS v SUSANNA MCGIMPSEY
RHIAN O’SULLIVAN v LORRAINE HYDE
CHRIS SAVVERY v LYNSEY WARD
KATIE BELLERBY v STEPH GILMOUR
ANN-MARIE POTTS v LOUISE HEPBURN


1:45pm Scotland v Northern Ireland (Men)
MATT GOLDIE v JOSH ROCK
CRAIG OWENS v CHRIS GILLILAND
ALEC JEFFREY v ANDREW COULTER
COLIN MILLAR v DAVID FINLEY
SCOTT ROBERTSON v JASON LOCKHART
ALAN SOUTAR v DANIEL MCDONALD
JIM MCEWAN v NEIL DUFF
ROSS MONTGOMERY v RAYMOND WILLIAMSON
BRUCE MONTGOMERY v KYLE MCKINSTERY
ALAN SMALL v PATRICK MCGINNIS
CAMERON MENZIES v GARY ELLIOTT
EUAN CALLANDER v SIMON DUNN

5:45pm Northern Ireland v Wales (Ladies)
GRACE CRANE v KATIE BELLERBY
ELAINE MORAN v ALANNAH WATERS-EVANS
HELEN DUNN v ANN-MARIE POTTS
JACKIE O’NEIL v RHIAN O’SULLIVAN
KAYLEIGH O’NEILL v CHRIS SAVVERY
SHEILA HAMILL v KAYE HALES


6:45pm Concludes Play
8:00pm Bar close main Hall
Saturday night
8:30pm to 1:00 Entertainment


Sunday 23rd February 2020
09:00am Players and official’s accreditation provided and practice area open to players only
10:00am Doors to general public open

11:00am Northern Ireland v Wales (Men)
NEIL DUFF v MARK BLANDFORD
ANDREW COULTER v ANDY ALKER
SIMON DUNN v DAVID ROGERS
CHRIS GILLILAND v CAVAN PHILLIPS
JASON LOCKHART v LLOYD BROWNING
JOSH ROCK v MICHAEL WARBURTON
KYLE MCKINSTERY v JOHN WILLIAMS-JONES
DANIEL MCDONALD v JIM WILLIAMS
GARY ELLIOTT v WAYNE DAVIES
DAVID FINLAY v GARETH GRIFFITHS
RAYMOND WILLIAMSON v MARK LAYTON
PATRICK MCGINNIS v DALE HUGHES

3:00pm Scotland v Northern Ireland (Ladies)
4:45pm Wales v Scotland (Men)
8:00pm Presentations
8:30pm Bar close Main Hall
The Celtic Challenge Trophy was devised to fill a gap in the calendar as several of the Home Nations were not attending the 2017 World Cup in Japan.


The inaugural event was held in the CISWO Club, Glenrothes and host nation Scotland won both the Mens and Ladies titles with Wales runners-up in both and Northern Ireland in third spot. It was such a popular event that it was decided to continue the championship for an initial three years, thus giving players the chance of extra International caps for their home nations.
The following year Northern Ireland were hosts and the event was held in Newry. This year again the host nation won the Mens title with Wales taking the Ladies event.
In 2019 Scotland and Northern Ireland travelled to Merthyr to contest the event and true to form the Mens title went to the host nation as Wales lifted the trophy. The Ladies event was won by Scotland, taking their second title in this challenge.

This year the event returns to the CISWO Club on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February and it is hoped that home advantage will play a great part in the outcome of both titles. The SDA hope that a large home support will give the players a fantastic atmosphere to play in and that the spectators will have the chance to see the best of Scottish darts up-close.
Tickets are £15 for the weekend or £10 for each single day and can be obtained by contacting the Scottish Darts Association.

Northern Ireland Darts Open 2020

The NI Open is back on this year at Bellinis in Newry 16th to the 18th October.

This event will attract the best throwers locally, the UK and Ireland and Internationally. Last year notable players such as Paul Hogan, Kyle Mckinstry, Jim Williams, Laura Turner, Keane Barry and Kirsty Hutchinson were at the business end of the competitions, along with some local players such as Neil Duff for instance.

This year the competition on Saturday (Open) and Sunday (Matchplay) will attract Silver ranking points for WDF ranking.

Come along for a great run competition and a fantastic venue, supported by Bellinis Complex, Winmau and NIDO. Live streaming will be available from McEvoy Darts Streaming. Mens, Ladies, Youths and Pairs competitions, so should be a fantastic weekend of darts.

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 www.nidarts.co.uk/nido

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


Final
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


Final
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

Semi
Sean Kearns lost to Travis Baur
Johnny Stewart beat Jason Canning


Final
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)