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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.”

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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

PDC UK Open Preview

Here we are with our preview of the UK Open, on our screens on ITV this weekend and happily there are a number of Northern Ireland based players competing this weekend.

Kyle Mckinstry vs Fallon Sherrock

First up we have The Village Man Kyle McKinstry playing against Fallon Sherrock. That should be an interesting tie and will give Kyle his much deserved big break on the big stage in the PDC. Sherrock caused quite a storm at the PDC Worlds and is going to the World Series events also, so she will be looking to put on a show. Kyle on the other hand, will just knuckle down and treat as it is – a game of darts. I asked Kyle during the week if he had played Fallon before, the Celtic Challenge Cup and what his aims are for the weekend.

I have not played Fallon before but she was part off my three-a-side team at the Scottish Open two or three years ago alongside Darren Clifford – so I know her game and more importantly she knows mine. This weekend I would like to go and please myself and play to the standard I know I can play at and you never know what happens.

What are your thoughts on your recent win with the NI International team at the Celtic Challenge?

Yes the team was great from one to twelve and I would love to see our big win get people playing more and look to wear that shirt for our country more.

Can I give a big shout out to MDA Promotions, Ballymore Inn and Indigo Fleet whom sponsor and encourage me. And to all my family and friends for their support, and my to wee girls Cathlin and Molly who will be watching at home, and to my partner Danielle who will be with me at the UK Open.

Gavin Carlin vs Harry Ward

The Cannon Gavin Carlin has been in and around the business end of local competitions in Ireland and Northern Ireland this last 12 months or so and will be ready for this game against MDA backed ‘Big H’ Harry Ward. Harry won on the Pro Tour in 2019, so he knows how to string a few games together and more importantly winning. Gavin won his tour card on his first attempt and looking at his results against some players, his averages suggest he has the beating of Harry. Time will tell. Minehead and the multi stage format doesnt suit everyone and there are always surprises.

Nathan Rafferty vs Darren Beveridge

Youngster Rafferty another MDA backed player has all the talent in the world. I’ve been on the receiving end of it at The Dunleath Bar in Cookstown. I’m looking at tops for an out, and he takes out 146! Anyhow Rafferty now needs to step up with that talent and go on a run in one of these. He shows no fear at times and has the scalp of many a professional including Snakebite. I think Rafferty wins this against Beveridge who was on the BDO tour for a while and is dipping his toe in the PDC ranks of late.

Kevin Burness v Harald Leitinger

Kevin Burness has been warming up for the UK Open at home in Northern Ireland and reached the final of the WWMC Open in Newtownabbey. I briefly talked to Kevin while he was practicing and he seemed upbeat about the UK Open and said:

It’s all on the day. Some days you can get through with a 90 average and the very next game a 100+ average will get you beat 6-3. The Pro Tour is so competitive now, that sometimes it’s a lottery who you get and what form they are in. The UK Open is a great tournament and I’m looking forward to getting there and doing my best.

Harald Leitinger is an unknown quantity as I have not seen him on the PDC stream or PDC TV events as yet. However he did win his PDC Tour Card this year in the European event – so he must have something in his locker. I do expect a Kevin Burness win in this first round match though.

Mickey Mansell comes into the tournament in Round 3 and Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan in Round 4.

2020 Ladbrokes UK Open
Friday March 6
Afternoon Session (1100 GMT Start, 1200 GMT on Main Stage)
First, Second & Third Rounds 
Main Stage

Mike De Decker v Lisa Ashton (R1)
Damon Heta v Scott Waites (R1)
Kyle McKinstry v Fallon Sherrock (R1)
Scott Baker v Mark McGeeney (R2)
Jeff Smith v John Michael (R2)
David Pallett v Doets/Thompson (R2)
Heaver/Noguera v McKinstry/Sherrock (R2)
Luke Humphries v Kyle Anderson (R3)
Kim Huybrechts v Robert Thornton (R3)
Josh Payne v Luke Woodhouse (R3)

Stage Two
Cody Harris v Scott Taylor (R1)
Kai Fan Leung v Kelvin Self (R1)
Adam Hunt v Karel Sedlacek (R1)
Keane Barry v Alan Tabern (R1)
Andy Hamilton v Patrick Lynskey (R1)
Marko Kantele v Dirk van Duijvenbode (R2)
Heta/Waites v Geert Nentjes (R2)
Larsson/Meikle v De Decker/Ashton (R2)
Menzies/Brooks v Nick Kenny (R2)
Ryan Searle v Cristo Reyes (R3)
William O’Connor v Jan Dekker (R3)
Vincent van der Voort v Smith/Michael (R3)
Koltsov/Van Trijp/Davidson/Borland v Larsson/Meikle/De Decker/Ashton (R3)

Stage Three
Steffen Siepmann v Krzysztof Kciuk (R1)
Peter Jacques v Ciaran Teehan (R1)
Michael Barnard v Steve Brown (R1)
Daniel Larsson v Ryan Meikle (R1)
Harry Ward v Gavin Carlin (R2)
Kirk Shepherd v Leung/Self (R2)
Hunt/Sedlacek v Barrie Bates (R2)
Hayden/J Clark v Richardson/Penhall (R2)
Ron Meulenkamp v Richard North (R3)
Jones/Blades/Whitehead v Steve West (R3)
Devon Petersen v Menzies/Brooks/Kenny (R3)
Justin Smith/Jenkins/Beeney/Harms v Atkins/Murray/Bunse (R3)
Huckvale/Burton/Van der Meer v Heaver/Noguera/McKinstry/Sherrock (R3)

Stage Four
Jason Askew v Greg Ritchie (R1)
Jason Heaver v Jesus Noguera (R1)
Adam Smith-Neale v Ben Cheeseman (R1)
Darren Beveridge v Nathan Rafferty (R1)
Andy Boulton v Reece Robinson (R2)
Nathan Derry v Maik Kuivenhoven (R2)
Justin Smith/Jenkins v Beeney/Harms (R2)
Telnekes/Kleermaker v Madars Razma (R2)
Jamie Lewis v Ross Smith (R3)
Evetts/Van Peer/Roelofs v James Wilson (R3)
Steve Lennon v Barnard/Brown/Barry/Tabern (R3)
Mickey Mansell v Zonneveld/Hamilton/Lynskey (R3)

Stage Five
Adam Huckvale v Stephen Burton (R1)
Rhys Hayden v James Clark (R1)
Cameron Menzies v Bradley Brooks (R1)
Kevin Burness v Harald Leitinger (R1)
Jonathan Worsley v Matt Clark (R2)
Carl Wilkinson v Siepmann/Kciuk (R2)
Ted Evetts v Van Peer/Roelofs (R2)
Barnard/Brown v Barry/Tabern (R2)
Justin Pipe v Shepherd/Leung/Self (R3)
Ryan Joyce v Jacques/Teehan/Meeuwisse (R3)
Jose De Sousa v Williams/Owen/Gray (R3)
Van Duivenbode/Beveridge/Rafferty v Jamie Hughes (R3)

Stage Six
Aaron Beeney v Wesley Harms (R1)
Boris Koltsov v Danny van Trijp (R1)
Andrew Davidson v William Borland (R1)
Lewis Williams v Robert Owen (R1)
Harris/Taylor v Jason Lowe (R2)
Atkins/Murray v Christian Bunse (R2)
Mike van Duivenbode v Beveridge/Rafferty (R2)
Niels Zonneveld v Hamilton/Lynskey (R2)
Derry/Kuivenhoven v Gabriel Clemens (R3)
Darius Labanauskas v Kantele/Van Duijvenbode (R3)
Hayden/J Clark/Richardson/Penhall v Toni Alcinas (R3)
Matthew Edgar v Smith-Neale/Cheeseman/McGuirk/Rydz (R3)

Stage Seven
Martin Atkins v Ryan Murray (R1)
Shane McGuirk v Callan Rydz (R1)
Wayne Jones v Gary Blades (R1)
Berry van Peer v Owen Roelofs (R1)
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Askew/Ritchie (R2)
Jacques/Teehan v Yordi Meeuwisse (R2)
Williams/Owen v Adrian Gray (R2)
Burness/Leitinger v Joe Murnan (R2)
Martin Schindler v Benito van de Pas (R3)
Baker/McGeeney v Boulton/Robinson (R3)
Worsley/M Clark v Harris/Taylor/Lowe (R3)
Telnekes/Kleermaker/Razma v Heta/Waites/Nentjes (R3)

Stage Eight
Justin Smith v Andy Jenkins (R1)
Derk Telnekes v Martijn Kleermaker (R1)
James Richardson v Darren Penhall (R1)
Kevin Doets v Alfie Thompson (R1)
Huckvale/Burton v Vincent van der Meer (R2)
Jones/Blades v Conan Whitehead (R2)
Koltsov/Van Trijp v Davidson/Borland (R2)
Smith-Neale/Cheeseman v McGuirk/Rydz (R2)
Jelle Klaasen v Rodriguez/Askew/Ritchie (R3)
Ward/Carlin v Wilkinson/Siepmann/Kciuk (R3)
Pallett/Doets/Thompson v Simon Stevenson (R3)
Hunt/Sedlacek/Bates v Burness/Leitinger/Murnan (R3)

Schedule of Play
Friday March 6
Afternoon Session (1100 GMT start – 1200 GMT start on Main Stage)

First, Second & Third Rounds
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Fourth Round
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight

Saturday March 7 
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT start)
Fifth Round
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Four

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Sixth Round
Main Stage & Stage Two
* NB Session times for Saturday amended from one session to two sessions.

Sunday March 8
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT start)

Quarter-Finals
Main Stage

Evening Session (1900 GMT start)
Semi-Finals & Final
Main Stage

Format
First, Second & Third Rounds – Best of 11 legs
Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Rounds & Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals & Final – Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund
Winner – £100,000
Runner-Up – £40,000
Semi-Finalists – £20,000
Quarter-Finalists – £12,500
Sixth Round Losers – £7,500
Fifth Round Losers – £4,000
Fourth Round Losers – £2,000
Third Round Losers – £1,000
Total – £450,000

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!

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.

Kyle McKinstry wins Dunmurry Inn Competition on New Years Day

The New Year kicked off in style yesterday at the Dunmurry Inn with Area 9’s Kyle Mckinstry winning the competition.

Area 2’s Neil Duff was the runner up and took away £300 as a consolation prize. Kyle won £500 – just enough for his Q School Entry?

Over £1100 was paid out in prize funds, with 62 competitors it was a great day of darts.

Thanks to all at the Dunmurry Inn for running a successful day of darts and for the great service that was provided.