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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Sid's Diary

Unicorn - Links "GOBBING ON THE OCHE!:
31 December 2005

We start on a very, very serious note. What are the moral considerations of darts players “giving it lip” to each other during a vital match?

There is no doubt that Peter Manley said something to Adrian Lewis on the moment of release. This led to Lewis remonstrating with the ref Russ Bray and then leaving the stage."

Friday, December 30, 2005

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Quarter-Finals

"Quarter-Finals
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Gary Welding 0-5 Wayne Jones
Peter Manley 5-3 Adrian Lewis
Evening Session (7pm)
Wayne Mardle 5-0 Alan Warriner-Little
Phil Taylor 5-1 Kevin Painter"

Ladbrokes.com World Championship Lewis' Dream Ended By Manley

"Lewis' Dream Ended By Manley

PETER MANLEY 5-3 ADRIAN LEWIS
(3-0, 3-0, 1-3, 3-2, 1-3, 3-2, 1-3, 3-0)

PETER MANLEY edged a dramatic tension-filled battle with Adrian Lewis to move into the last four of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship."

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Taylor Makes A Statement!

"Taylor Makes A Statement!:

PHIL TAYLOR 5-1 KEVIN PAINTER
(3-0, 2-3, 3-0, 3-1, 3-0, 3-0)

PHIL TAYLOR'S charge towards a 13th World Championship title continued with a brilliant 5-1 defeat of Kevin Painter at the Circus Tavern."

Thursday, December 29, 2005

WORLD DARTS - A review of Darts on TV

Hmmm.... can't really say why it took me so long to post the link to this article, but OH well.....

OFF THE TELLY: Reviews/2005/World Darts: "Televised darts has taken a strange twist in the last decade, with the sport's infamous split into two pools taking what became the more glamorous half of the game onto satellite. Their coverage - while containing all the vileness which can go with an overblown, overhyped sporting event on Sky Sports - is technically impressive and extremely well planned. The PDC players are given documentary airtime, the venues are chosen for the benefit of the telly rather than despite it, and for some time now the looped introduction of the splendid Chase the Sun by Planet Funk has become a much hummed, wailed and sung theme tune for every player intro, commercial break and presentation ceremony.

Coverage by the BBC has remained refreshingly staid by comparison, contributing next to nothing to the natural glitterati of the event at the Lakeside Country Club, leaving that to the whims and policies of the tournament's organisers and the Masters of Ceremony - the chief of which, the klaxon-like Martin Fitzmaurice, whips up an already sizzled crowd into a proper frenzy with the simple, effective opening gambit: 'Let's! Play! Darts!'"

A funny video clip.....

This video has been floating around the Internet a gread deal lately, but just in case you have not seen it......

This clip is hosted by sbdarts.org

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Day Eight Round-Up

"Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Thursday 29 December:
Afternoon Session
Peter Manley 4-3 Dennis Smith
Roland Scholten 3-4 Adrian Lewis
Andy Smith 2-4 Alan Warriner-Little
Evening Session
Wayne Mardle 4-2 John Part
Phil Taylor 4-0 Andrew Hamilton
Kevin Painter 4-1 Mark Dudbridge"

View the matchup if bracket format

Part reaches third round

CJAD 800 : News - "Part reaches third round,: but Convery eliminated from world darts championship
Updated at 18:36 on December 28, 2005, EST.

LONDON (CP) - Former world champion John Part of Oshawa, Ont., advanced to the third round of the 500,000-pound ($1.01 million Cdn) Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on Wednesday.

.....

Part had to rally to dispatch Ireland's Chris Mason 4-3 (3-2, 0-3, 1-3, 3-2, 1-3, 3-1) to set up a third-round meeting with England's Wayne Mardle."

Youngster Lewis defeats Priestley

BBC Story: Lewis, the protégé of 12-times world champion Phil Taylor: "Youngster Lewis defeats Priestley

Despite being just 20 Lewis is being tipped as a potential finalist
Adrian Lewis gave further notice of his promise as he beat the veteran Dennis Priestley 4-2 in the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship.

Lewis, the protégé of 12-times world champion Phil Taylor, is making his debut in the tournament as 20th seed."

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Day Seven Round-Up

Day Seven Round-Up "Second Round:
Afternoon Session
Terry Jenkins 1-4 Andrew Hamilton
Ray Carver 3-4 Andy Smith
Alan Warriner-Little 4-0 Gerry Convery
Evening Session
Wayne Mardle 4-1 Erik Clarys
John Part 4-3 Chris Mason
Third Round
Gary Welding 4-2 John Kuczynski
Wayne Jones 4-1 Steve Alker"

Going to Las Vegas in March?

Subject: A LITTLE info. Re: Las Vegas Venues/Hotels for WSD/ADO Regional on March 10-12



To Whom It may Concern...............
March 10th, 11th, and 12th will be a weekend full of darts in Vegas. For anyone interested,
On FRI. NIGHT there will be a blind draw at:
Rum Runner D.I 3050 E. Dersert Inn Road

Starts- 8:30 PM Entry-$5.00/person--Dbl. Elim.
info- Grumpy (702) 732-7464 -OR-
Rum Runner (702) 732-7373
100% payout..............


On SAT. AFTERNOON the Southern Nev. Darts Asso. will be hosting the ADO Regional Qualifier for the World Masters'. The next step would be to compete in Houston in June at the Nationals and then to the World Masters' in Oct. 2006 in
Bridlington, England. Start time will be NOON-SHARP...CHECK IN AT 11:00 AM.

Format-all 501-Round Robin-3 games per round-
INFO- Stacy A1DARTR180"at"aol.com
ENTRY FEE- Must qualify thru ADO Asso. Qualifiers or $110.00/person.
THIS COMPETITION WILL BE AT CDs LOUNGE
3025 E. Desert Inn Rd. (see location info. below)


On SAT. NIGHT there will be another blind draw at:
CDs LOUNGE
3025 E. Desert Inn Rd.
Starts 8:00 PM
Entry-$5.00/person

and
------(optional)------

$1.00/mystery out
Dbl. Elim. Chicago Format
info-Rose Carrigan-(702) 454-2845
E mail Carrigandarts"at"cox.net
.
CDs Lounge Ph- (702) 737-1600


And, finally, on SUNDAY AFTERNOON there will be a World Series of Darts Qualifier at the
ORLEANS HOTEL
4500 W. Tropicana Blvd.
Lv, NV. 89103
CHECK IN AT 11:00 AM--------STARTS PROMPTLY AT NOON!!!


HOTEL HELP....
THIS WEEKEND IS ALSO 'NASCAR WEEKEND',
THUS MANY HOTELS ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT OR WILL ONLY SELL "NASCAR PACKAGES".


So......here are two hotels I can suggest......one is near the blind draws and ADO Regional and the other is near the Orleans Hotel and Casino. Otherwise, go on line and see if you can do better.......here it is...
Near the Blind draws and ADO Regional there is Motel 6
4125 Boulder Hwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Ph (702) 457-8051
M61337"at"motel6.com

Rates have been quoted to me at $69.00/night- double occupancy. (There is a discount for AARP members.) This motel is located next to Boulder Station, about 4 miles straight down the road from both Rum Runner and CDs Lounge dart bars.

Another option about 3 miles down the road from the ORLEANS is:
Emerald Suites
3890 Graphic Center Drive
LV, NV. (702) 507-9999

Rates at this location have been quoted to me as starting at $99.00/night for a Suite-which can be shared by 4 people at a reasonable rate. This is the best I could do.......
....and I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU MAKE RSERVATIONS NOW!!
You can always cancel them later, as I said, this is NASCAR weekend in Vegas.
Hope to see lots of people that weekend here in Vegas....Good Luck to all........

Stacy Bromberg

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Day Six Round-Up & Reports

"Second Round - Day Six
Afternoon Session
Denis Ovens 1-4 Steve Alker
Mark Walsh 0-4 Dennis Smith
Roland Scholten 4-2 Tomas Seyler
Evening Session
Dennis Priestley 2-4 Adrian Lewis
Kevin Painter 4-3 Wes Newton
Phil Taylor 4-1 Matt Clark
Mark Dudbridge 4-0 Alan Tabern

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Boxing Day Round-Up

"Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
Second Round -
: Boxing Day (6pm start)
John Kuczynski 4-3 Jan van der Rassel
Andy Jenkins 3-4 Wayne Jones
Gary Welding 4-1 Erwin Extercatte
Peter Manley 4-3 Jason Clark"

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Second Round Matches

"Second Round Matches:
Monday 26 December
John Kuczynski v Jan van der Rassel
Andy Jenkins v Wayne Jones
Gary Welding v Erwin Extercatte
Peter Manley v Jason Clark
Tuesday 27 December
Denis Ovens v Steve Alker
Mark Walsh v Dennis Smith
Roland Scholten v Tomas Seyler
Dennis Priestley v Adrian Lewis
Kevin Painter v Wes Newton
Phil Taylor v Matt Clark
Mark Dudbridge v Alan Tabern
Wednesday 28 December
Terry Jenkins v Andrew Hamilton
Ray Carver v Andy Smith
Alan Warriner-Little v Gerry Convery
Wayne Mardle v Erik Clarys
John Part v Chris Mason"

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Day Four

"Ladbrokes.com World Chamionship Day Four First Round Day Four Results
Jamie Harvey 0-3 Tomas Seyler
Erik Clarys 3-0 Winston Cadogan
Colin Monk 0-3 Andy Smith
Dave Askew 0-3 Gerry Convery
Alex Roy 2-3 Alan Tabern
Kevin Painter 3-1 Dale Newton
Chris Mason 3-1 Steve Hine
Alan Warriner-Little 3-0 Andree Welge"

bullseyenews.com also has posted World Series of Darts - Official Qualifier Event Schedule

World Series of Darts - Official Qualifier Event Schedule
"World Series of Darts Official Qualifier Event Schedule

PDC - Professional Darts CorporationFor Immediate release December, 19, 2005
From Bull’s-Eye Marketing, Inc.

The World Series of Darts qualifier event schedule is now complete! All locations, times and venues have been confirmed and are included in the official calendar below, along with the contact information for each event’s local area coordinator. Additional information about the qualifier events, such as formats, can be found in the “Official Rules & Regulations”"

Take a look: Darts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you have never taken a look at wikipedia.org for stuff about darts here's your chance!Darts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Darts is a game, or rather a variety of related games, in which darts are thrown at a circular target (dart board) hung on a wall. Though various different boards and games have been used in the past, the term 'darts' usually now refers to a standardized game involving a specific board design and set of rules.

As well as being a professional competitive sport, darts is a traditional pub game, commonly played in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian countries, the United States and elsewhere."

Cricket (darts): "Cricket is a dart game that uses the standard 20 number dartboard with the treble and double rings."

Nine dart finish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"A nine dart finish is the ultimate checkout in the game of darts, constituting a perfect game. It is notoriously difficult to achieve, even by the game's top professionals.

With each player starting from a score of 501, nine darts is the fewest number of throws necessary to finish the game. Although other methods are possible, the traditional way is to score maximum 180 tallies with each of the first two sets of three darts (a treble 20 per dart) thereby leaving a score of 141."

Bullseye (British game show): "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Bullseye was a British game show made by ATV and Central Television between 1981 and 1995, and hosted by Jim Bowen. In its prime, it was watched by around 15 million viewers on Sunday evenings."

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Day Three

"Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship First Round
Day Three -
- Afternoon Session
Denis Ovens 3-1 Geoff Wylie
Dennis Priestley 3-1 John Magowan
Terry Jenkins 3-2 Jimmy Mann
Matt Clark 3-0 Ken Woods
Evening Session
Bob Anderson 2-3 Andrew Hamilton
Wayne Mardle 3-1 Brian Roach
Mark Dudbridge 3-0 Darin Young
Ronnie Baxter 2-3 Ray Carver"

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Day Two

Darts Championship First Round
Second Day Results
"Second Day Results
Erwin Extercatte 3-2 Darren Webster
Mark Walsh 3-0 Warren Parry
Dennis Smith 3-2 Mark Salmon
John Kuczynski 3-0 Lionel Sams
Andy Jenkins 3-1 Patrick Bulen
Roland Scholten 3-1 Dave Whitcombe
Gary Welding 3-2 Colin Lloyd
Peter Manley 3-0 Kevin Spiolek"

Blackpool Today: Wes Newton stays on target for ....

Oh brother! Wes stays on target for nightmare match: "
FLEETWOOD darts player Wes Newton arrowed in on a Ladbrokes.com world championship showdown with brother Dale –and admitted he was viewing the prospect with dread.
Wes edged into the second round of the championship at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet with a crushing 3-0 win over Yasuhiko Matsunaga, of Japan – now he plays the winner of the match between his younger brother Dale and number one seed Kevin Painter in round two.
'It will be a nightmare if we do play each other!' Wes admitted.
'Mum and dad didn't want us to draw each other and I don't want to play him either to be honest.
'We've got quite a bit of rivalry anyway because we both play in the local leagues in Fleetwood and often face each other.
'It will be interesting if it happens!'"

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

BBC SPORT- Taylor cruises into second round

Taylor cruises into second round: "Darts legend Phil Taylor cruised through to the second round of the PDC World Championship, but 1996 Embassy champion Steve Beaton crashed out.

Taylor was not at his best at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, but still enjoyed a 3-0 win over David Platt.

Beaton lost by the"

World Series of Darts Update: American Dart Organization

American Dart Organization: "12/19/2005
WORLD SERIES OF DARTS
The World Series of Darts qualifier event schedule is now complete! All locations, times and venues have been confirmed and are included in the official calendar below, along with the contact information for each event’s local area coordinator.

Schedule - pdf file link...

Rules & Regs pdf file link...."

Monday, December 19, 2005

Planet Darts - Ladbrokes.com World Championship

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship - Day One:
"First Round Results
Steve Alker 3-1 Alan Caves
Jason Clark 3-2 Steve Maish
Adrian Lewis 3-0 Dave Honey
Wes Newton 3-0 Yasuhiko Matsunaga
John Part 3-0 Liu Cheng'An
Jan van der Rassel 3-0 Steve Beaton
Phil Taylor 3-0 David Platt
Wayne Jones 3-2 James Wade"

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Darts players get right to the point

A reporter to some time to do an article about the Metro East Dart Association, and spoke with members of the teams "Bull What and Damage Inc.." They covered league play, Michigan State '01 tourney, and the World Series of Darts:

"Members of Bull What and Damage Inc. expressed mixed feelings toward the World Series of Darts, which is slated to have 16 top-ranked players from around the world and 32 Americans, who will be chosen from various regional qualifying tournaments.

The regional tournament sites have not been determined.

'I think it would be like bowling,' said Warren resident James Turkowski, who plays on Bull What. 'I only think certain people would watch it. It wouldn't be a high interest.'Link to the full article....:"

Monday, December 12, 2005

PDC News: The Grand Finale - Budweiser UK Open Darts Chamionship

"The Wild Card Race Has Begun for LVDC V - The Road To Vegas in 2006!

The Wild Card Race for 3 American positions in the top 32 of the Las Vegas Desert Classic V began in August with the USA Dart Classic in Stamford, Connecticut. The same rules apply as did for the 2005 Wild Card Race.
The tournaments to be included in the 2006 Wild Card Race for Vegas are on theBull's Eye News Website.

December - Darts on TV - Yahoo! TV Listings

Yahoo Listings Darts on TV:

• Darts - "World Championships of Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic IV"
FOXW2, Tue Dec 13 04:00pm PST
• Darts - "World Championships of Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic IV"
FSW, Wed Dec 14 03:00pm PST
• Darts - "World Championships of Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic IV"
FSW, Fri Dec 16 11:00am PST
• Darts - "World Championships of Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic IV"
FOXW2, Fri Dec 16 05:00pm PST
• Darts - "World Championships of Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic IV"
FSW, Sun Dec 18 03:00pm PST
• Darts - "World Championships of Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic IV"
FOXW2, Tue Dec 20 04:00pm PST
• Darts - "World Championships of Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic IV"
FOXW2, Wed Dec 21 04:00pm PST
• Darts - "World Championships of Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic IV"
FSW, Fri Dec 23 11:00am PST

Sunday, December 11, 2005

More - World Series Of Darts-- Reposted

...at the Mohegan Sun Casino from 19-21 May: "World Series Of Darts

THE biggest prize in darts history will be on offer at the World Series of Darts, a major new PDC tournament to be staged in Connecticut, USA, in May 2006.

The World Series of Darts will give an American player the opportunity to take home a $1 million first prize should they be victorious in the 32-man knockout event.

If the winner of the tournament - staged at the Mohegan Sun Casino from 19-21 May - is a non-US citizen, they will win $100,000.

....
A series of qualifying tournaments will be held across the USA to provide 12 of the players, with the final four coming from a special event on Friday 19 May."



Another World Series of Darts Story (a pdf file)

Queer Eye for the Darts Guy?

I've never been a fan of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", but it seems they may be planning an episode that might be of interest to dart players.....

"The sport of Darts has been attracting a great deal of media attention lately, and now there is an opportunity for an ADO member to be a part of the media spotlight. The TV Show 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' is looking for a Dart Player to be the subject of one of their makeovers. This opportunity is for a player in the New York Metro area."
Full story on the American Dart Organization website

Dartoid also has a comment at Dartoid's World.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Practice routine "Make every Dart Count"

I found this practice routine on John Lowe's site, and I must say that it helps! Here's a bit of the routine, but you will have to go to his site to get the full article. Check it out and let us know if it helps you as well!



To begin the routine you throw at the treble twenty segment of the board, the aim is to score 100 or more, If you cannot score 100 after the second dart as been thrown you throw at double 1 with your last dart, continue this routine until you have scored 100 or more, if you hit the double 1 with your spare no scoring dart then go to double 2, once the 100 or more has been achieved you then go on to finishing beginning on 41, if 41 is finished in two darts the spare dart is used to carry on the sequence of doubles (1-2-3 etc.) proceed throwing at the twenty segment until three or more 100's have been hit, remember after each separate 100 or more has been hit you move to the finishing sequence of: 41.42.43, should you score 140 when throwing at the twenty segment you miss two scores on the finishing routine, i.e. 41 needed, 140 scored, 43 now needed, likewise should you score 180 on the twenty segment you miss five finishes, 41 needed, 180 scored, 46 now needed, at the same time any spare dart when the 100 is not achievable is used to carry on the doubles round the board sequence, you should now have the picture and be aware that you have three routines in one activated. Full article...

The Life: Phil The Power Taylor on tour - Inside Edge UK

With the World Championships upon us everyone must be thinking..... Will Phil take his 13th title? Phil is the man when it comes to darts and no one can imagine themselves becoming a world class player without giving some thought to what it would be like to face this man. To that end this artilce talks about a bit of his life on tour.....

"Power source
Phil Taylor is Britain's greatest living sportsman. Never in the history of sports betting has one athlete so utterly dominated his chosen field -12 world titles in 15 years speak for themselves.Full article....

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

From the American Dart Organization website!

American Dart Organization: "12/05/2005
The sport of Darts has been attracting a great deal of media attention lately, and now there is an opportunity for an ADO member to be a part of the media spotlight. The TV Show 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' is looking for a Dart Player to be the subject of one of their makeovers. This opportunity is for a player in the New York Metro area.
All of the details are here...."

Ladbrokes.com World Championship - Qualifiers

"World Championship Qualifiers

HISTORY will be made at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship, after Dale Newton joined brother Wes in the tournament when he came through the PDPA Qualifiers in Hull. full story....:"

Signups are in progress for the Winter 2006 Pacific Darts League

If you are interested in playing darts this season with the PDA please
signup online pacificdarts.com

..... the General Meeting is at Jak's Bistro on Thursday, Jan. 5. at
7:30 PM.

TAYLOR TEST FOR PLATT: Ladbrokes.com World Championship

"TAYLOR TEST FOR PLATT

Staffordshire qualifier David Platt was tonight given the unenviable task of being Phil 'The Power' Taylor's first-round opponent in the Ladbrokes.com World Championship, which starts on December 19. Full story....:"

texasdarters : Formation of new area; ADO region 3-5 (West Texas)

"Date: Mon Dec 5, 2005 9:22 pm
Subject: Formation of new area; ADO region 3-5 (West Texas)
Effective for the 2006 calender year region 3-2 will be split to
form a new region, 3-5 'West Texas'

The ADO-Texas is attempting to increase player participation by
making it easier for players to hold regionals closewr to home and
avoid the long drives associated with getting around in Texas.

The clubs that this directly effects have been queried about this
extensively over the last year and ALL of them were very happy to
see this step. Full post...."

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Big Guns Take Flight - Yahoo! Sport UK

"A field of 166 will battle it out in Hull including four former world champions, with Bristow and Lowe joined by Richie Burnett and Keith Deller. Other stars of yesteryear aiming to clinch an appearance at Purfleet's Circus Tavern are Rod Harrington, Dave Whitcombe and Cliff Lazarenko. Full story.."

LOWE FACING UNFAMILIAR CHALLENGE

"Oche legend John Lowe takes a step into the unknown today when for the first time he will try to qualify for the Ladbrokes.com World Championship.

The 60-year-old from Chesterfield, the only man to have won a world title in three separate decades, has eased into semi-retirement over the last 12 months and has consequently tumbled down the rankings more..."

Friday, December 02, 2005

World Darts Championship PDPA Qualifiers

"World Championship PDPA Qualifiers

BOARD ASSIGNMENTS for the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship PDPA Qualifiers, which take place at the New Walton Club in Hull on Saturday are shown at pdpa.co.uk

Three former World Champions - John Lowe, Eric Bristow and Richie Burnett - will be among the 166 players hoping to win one of 16 spots at the Circus Tavern."

2006 Las Vegas Open

Event flyer
Press Release

Thursday, December 01, 2005

More: Las Vegas Open - alt.sport.darts

Google Groups : alt.sport.darts


A PDF file of the release is available at:
http://vcda.org/PDFs/vegasopen.pdf


It's also listed in the Bulls Eye News:
http://www.bullseyenews.com/events-200601.html

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Press Release - Las Vegas Open

Let's really get behind this and give it all of our support!

For Immediate Release


Downey, CA
November 28, 2006



New Venue for 2006 Las Vegas Open


The 28th annual Las Vegas Open Darts Tournament WILL be staged January 27 - 29, 2006, in the Stations Sports Complex, on the grounds of the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102.


A limited block of newly renovated rooms has been reserved, January 26 thru January 29. Rates will range from $59 to $85 / night, plus tax and hotel service fee. Beginning on Thursday, December 1st, players may call 1-800-634-3101. Ask for "Special Darters' Rates" or use the Reservation ID: PCIDART. These rates will also apply to those wishing to extend their stay, provided there are rooms available, and you request the special rate.

This WDF Ranked, ADO Sanctioned event will be presented by DMI Darts, under the direction of Triple Crown Productions. All matches will be played on the popular 'BANDIT' boards, being supplied by PUMA Darts. The US$20,010 Prize Structure and Event Schedule will remain unchanged from prior years.


A brochure, with complete tournament information, is currently being designed. When completed, it will be distributed through e-mail, darts related websites, tournaments and dart shops. In addition, a mass mailing will go to past participants.


Plan now to come to Las Vegas, January 27 - 29, 2006. Lots of great food, fun and excitement await you, at the Palace Station --- the new home of the Las Vegas Open. See you there!!



Della A. Fleetwood, Owner / Director
TRIPLE CROWN PRODUCTIONS
10710 Richeon Avenue
Phone: 562-927-8995
Fax: 562-927-6558
E-Mail: dellafleetwood@yahoo.com

Sunday, November 27, 2005

DartPro Software update

DartPro Home (free download):
"DartPro is a program that will help you improve your game of darts. If you practice at home, DartPro can help you to keep track of your scores by saving them in a database. How is that going to improve your game? Because every time you play a game, you'll see your grand average of played games right in front of you, and you'll want to do better than yesterday, or last week, so you're trying harder. In a way, you're throwing against yourself. Believe me: it works! You will see how you improve your game over a period of time with absolute certainty instead of guessing. You can visualize your data in charts to see what part of your game needs improvement. Charts are always a big help in making data more readable.

.....


25-11-2005 - DartPro 2.7.1.0 is released

New in this release is a much requested improved support for sounds. After my request to you about a new set of (quality) sounds I've received a couple of sets, but I didn't get one that totally fit the bill. So I decided I could just as easily build support for sounds into the program and let you import the sounds you want to use yourselves. What is improved is that now all scores from 1 to 180 are supported instead of just the most common scores like 3, 26, 30, 41 etc. So what you can do now is copy your favorite set of sounds to the Media folder in the installation folder, and you're good to go. You can also import them through the File|Import Sounds menu in DartPro. You are then presented with a dialog to browse to a folder that holds your new set and DartPro will import them for you. The supported file type is .wav. There's no support for .mp3 (yet). The naming convention is as follows: for scores use 001.wav, 002.wav, 003.wav ... 180.wav. If you have files named 1.wav, 2.wav, 3.wav etc. DartPro will rename them for you.
There are 2 Game calls: gameshot.wav and gameon.wav. Make sure yours are named the same way or DartPro won't recognize them.

There's one Fix in this release: you can no longer enter bogus values like 159, 162, 163, 166 etc.

Have fun enjoying your new sounds! "

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Drug Testing in Darts

: "Darts Regulation Authority

An important announcement to all players who participate in competitions conducted under DRA Sanction

The DRA are pleased to announce that, after lengthy negotiation with UK Sport, the terms of drug resting regulations (called the “Anti-Doping Rules”) have now been agreed.

Drug testing will take place at tournament venues on an entirely random basis and will be conducted by authorised officers from UK Sport.
...

Alcohol, although included on the WADA banned substances list for certain sports is not prohibited in the sport of darts and testing will not take place for this substance. "

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Las Vegas Open every year is now gone! Maybe not!

I recently posted "What will become of the Las Vegas Open"
But not so fast! It looks like a new venue is in the works as we speak....


Yes, the Westward Ho has closed. While they NEVER sponsored the event, we will miss all that the hotel did to make darters comfortable during the Las Vegas Open. Since receiving word of the hotel sale, in late Sept., I have been searching for a suitable, affordable venue in Las Vegas.........with ballroom space available on January 27 - 29, 2006.

I hope to sign a contract, by the end of this week, with the Palace Station Hotel & Casino.......to stage the 2006 event in their new Sports Complex. As soon as the contract is signed, I will do an immediate Press Release, which will appear on the ADO and WDF websites. In addition, I will go to press with tournament flyers, which will be mailed to past participants, for whom we have a current address.

Please do NOT start calling the Palace Station for hotel rooms, yet. Once the contract is signed, a Darters' Rate Reservation Code will be made available and will be included in all tournament publicity.

I am sorry that players may have assumed this would be the end of the Las Vegas Open. It has been VERY difficult to find a new location, with only 3-4 months notice. Affordable ballroom space is at a premium, these days, in Las Vegas!!!

As one of the few large steel-tip events remaining, in the Western U.S., I feel an obligation to keep the event running, at least for the next few years. I will need as much player support, as possible, to "break even", this year --- but, if it goes well, I hope to be able to negotiate a better deal for 2007.

Thank you for spreading the word that the Las Vegas Open will still be played, January 27 - 28- 29, 2006. If you wish further tournament information, via e-mail, please contact me at: dellafleetwood@yahoo.com

Sincerely,
Della A. Fleetwood, Owner/Director
TRIPLE CROWN PRODUCTIONS

Let's all do our best to support The Las Vegas Open!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

World Series of Darts gets more news coverage - The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier Online!

Full article link: "Michael Davies, a producer who brought “Who Wants to Be Millionaire” to America.

...has signed on with ESPN to broadcast a darts championship as a World Series of Darts next summer. He says the game fits in with national pop culture, sports and regular lives."

Monday, November 21, 2005

Santa Cruz County Darts Association - Don Wilson

Link to the full response...

I'm wondering if the word "reality" is getting in the way here. As I see it the the tourney's would be no different than any other sport that is showcased for TV such as bowling and the World Poker Tour.


Darts & Reality Television

We at the S.C.C.D.A. have received a few e-mails concerning Don Wilson’s (a member of our organization) editorial comments concerning ESPN’s decision to create a reality show based on the game of darts. We have been asked to respond to the article published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on Sunday, November 13th.
As a member of the human race, a citizen of the United States, a member of the S.C.C.D.A. and a free person, Mr. Wilson has the right to his own viewpoint and to have it heard. We of the S.C.C.D.A. do not consider it our right or our duty to hinder the free thinking spirit of our members or anyone else.
We have been asked to distance ourselves from Don Wilson and his ‘one-sided’ comments. Mr. Wilson is a League member and also a friend, so we will not ‘leave him out in the cold’, so to speak.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

courant.com: Go For The Bull's-Eye - editorial

November 20 2005

If people will watch fishing, auto racing, bowling and poker on television, they are sure to watch darts, and this presents an opportunity for Connecticut.
...

Now's the time for the state's crack economic development team to swing into action to be sure the "World Series of Darts" lands at either Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun. Once the tournament has been secured, let's have some fun and celebrate the Connecticut darts scene. "

Link to the full article

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Dartoids World - on the World Series of Darts

"The World Series of Darts -- DETAILS!
# 201 11/11/2005



When we last left our discussion of the World Series of Darts the line between rumor and fact was about the width of the wire separating the little bitty triple twenty from the big fat triple one. Which reminds me: WHY exactly IS the triple one bigger than the triple twenty? This is wrong and should be changed!



But now, the wire is as thick as New Jersey’s Howie Dirk’s belly was before he got married and started doing crunches to become the slimmed down Adonis of a man he is today. He’d look wonderful on bar television screens across America, if only he could throw a dart.



Here are the FACTS as they stand on November 11, 2005.



This is a Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) event. "

Follow this link for the full article:

World Series of Darts - Don Wilson throws down....

First off let me say that I could not dissagree more strongly with his opinion!

November 13, 2005

Dart games on reality TV miss the mark, by a longshot

I would like to offer an argument against a dart tournament as Reality TV to succeed the World Series of Poker.

Joe Rhodes of the New York Times had an article in the Sentinel Page B2, Sunday, Oct. 23 in which he said that ESPN is going to hold a World Series of Darts sometime next spring and broadcast a series of eight hour-long episodes, probably in July.

This is a bad idea.

Before I go ahead and prove that it's a bad idea, maybe I should establish my bona fides. I am a dart player. I am a perpetual member of the Santa Cruz County Darts Association. I also have played for the local soft-tip dart league. I might be considered a dart fanatic. I play darts every week. Used to play darts every day, but a bum hip has cramped my style and I don't do it that often any more. I have written a handbook for dart players Don "Tiger" Wilson's Handy Handbook of Hot Tips for Playing Darts.

I once worked as scorekeeper for the American Darts Organization U.S. national championships.

I am not the greatest dart player on the local scene. I am mediocre enough that other dart players have been known to applaud when I enter a pub — in anticipation of finally having somebody they can beat.

But I know good dart entertainment when I see it, and international-champion-level darts is not it.

The American Dart Organization plays only one type of dart game. The proposed World Series of Darts would play only that same one game. It's called "501." In this game, a player starts out with 501 points. He or she then throws darts at a dart board, three darts per turn, to make points.

The dart board is divided into 20 numbered divisions, like a pie, with a bull's eye in the middle. The bull's eye is divided into a little round circle with another circle around it; the little round circle counts 50 points; the bigger circle counts 25 points. All the 20 pie-shaped pieces are divided so that there's a "double" ring around the outside edge and a "triple" ring somewhere around the middle. If a dart hits one of the two major parts of one of the divisions say, the 20 the player gets that number of points in this case, 20. If the dart hits the double ring, the player gets 40 points; the triple ring, 60 points. So it's possible to get 180 points by hitting the triple ring of the 20 division with all three darts. It's also possible to get only 3 points if you really goof it up and hit the single 1 three times.

These points are subtracted from the original 501 points. This continues until the player has exactly zero points.

Whoever gets there first wins the game.

What makes it difficult is that the dart that brings the total to zero has to hit a double of some number.

When people of my skill level play 501, it can be really thrilling, because I darn near never hit the number that I'm throwing at. This results in a constantly changing game strategy. The game stays exciting until somebody finally hits that crucial double number.

With championship-level dart players, it's different. While guys at my level rarely hit what they're throwing at with all three darts, guys at the championship level almost never miss.

You can't imagine how dull it can be to watch a couple of guys alternate in throwing three triple 20s all evening. And if they happen to miss the triple 20, they just throw a bull's eye to even things out and go on from there, throwing triple 20s again.

The one thing that might save the proposed world Series of Darts from utter boredom is a factor mentioned by Mr. Rhodes in his Times article.

It's watching the raucous, funny-looking, beer-drinking, loud-talking nature of the people who will be watching the dart tournaments. This might really be fun as a diversion from actually watching the guys throwing darts.

But I don't know how much of that any of us could take.
Source link
Don Wilson is a retired newspaper journalist who lives in Soquel.

If USA darts broadcast were tripple it would not be enough!

Podcasts - Will there be one about darts?

I had hoped that someday soon somebody would do a darts Podcast. There is a lot of information out there about how to do podcast, and some examples of how they are done. Here is information from a couple of guys that do Podcast that I listen to regularly:


Leo Laporte of The tech guy on KFI and Call for Help
Q:How do I make a podcast

A:You need three things:

1. A way to record
2. A site to host it
3. A way to publicize it.
Recording is simple. Any PC with a microphone can do it. I recommend a free program Audacity for Mac, windows, or Linux, for recording, editing, and mixing your show. Any headset mic will do - I recommend the USB headsets from Logitech and Plantronics. If you want more than one person on the show you’ll need a mixer.

Free podcast hosting is available from many sites including www.audioblog.com, www.typepad.com, www.libsyn.com, and www.blogger.com. These sites can usually automatically generate the appropriate RSS feed you’ll need for people to subscribe to your podcast, or use Feedburner to automatically generate an itunes compatible feed.

Finally, you need to promote it. I’d use the very effective technique used by the hosts of Skepticality - instead of promoting it on Podcast direcotries like www.podcastalley.com and www.podnova.com go to your natural audience. They posted messages on astronomy message boards.

Michael added:

Check out the Podcast About The Podcast. I posted this once before when people were looking for podcast equipment and recording guidance. Dennis made a comment about wanting more than just a basic setup - hopefully this will be helpful.

Scott added:
check out the Podsafe Music Network for music to use in your podcast Podsafemusicnetwork.

(vist the site to read the article as there are several links that lead to more information). Article source link.



The other guy I listen to is:
Adam Curry How to podcast links.

iPodder - A brief History

My name is Adam Curry, an always outdated bio is available here.

After leaving the US in 1999 for some rest and relaxation in Europe, I met with Dave Winer in New York just as the dotcom bubble was ready to burst. Neither of us had much faith in the utopian promises of endless bandwidth to the home that companies like Worldcomm were making.

I certainly saw several user experience problems with the available bandwidth speeds and using these to 'broadcast'.

My solution came in the form of what I coined The Last Yard. The theory was that it made more sense to treat these broadband connections to the home as an 'always on' situation. Meaning you leave your PC on and connected, so content that takes up large amounts of data and traffic, can be 'dripped in' and made available when ready. Notification to the user once the file is already completely loaded on the computer gives the user a true sense of broadband when you click and don't wait, but immediatley see the result in front of you.

Dave Winer left our meeting and created the enclosure element to the RSS distribution format he had developed earlier, allowing a file to be 'attached' to an rss entry by means of a url pointing to the file.

For the next 4 years we spent plenty of time evangelizing the enclosure element and it's promised power, but never really found the spark to get a movement going.

In september 2003 I was asked to do a one year stint hosting a morning radio talk/music show on Veronica Radio in the netherlands. It was good to be back in radio and extremely fun, but as I was winding down the show in august of 2004 I realized that I still wanted to continue doing some form of radio and that I would need something fun to do while I caught up on sleep and life post living life on the other side of my biological clock.

Earlier in the year when I attended BloggerCon, Dave was maintaining an RSS feed of enclosures containing mp3's of interviews Chris Lydon was recording. I had asked several developers if they would help me create a standalone application that would download these mp3 files and automatically store them on my iPod.

Little did I know then that asking a developer to make your software porgram is almost like asking someone to do your homework for them...

So I wound up learning how to program Applescript, Apple's built in scripting language for the mac operating system.

After about a month (and some extra time due to a motorcycle accident) my iPodder was ready. But it also really sucked, because I'm not a developer. Observing open source projects led me to believe that releasing my code would attract other developers who might consider fixing and/or contributing to my work.

To ensure maximum joy for anyone working on iPodder, I felt it was important to have a daily file that would be posted in a non-lab environment that developers could use to test their ipodder work with, that's how the Daily Source Code came to be. The name was ofcourse carefully chosen to attract developers...

This 'pied piper' approach worked better than I ever could have imagined! Not only did people start to improve my code, they started building ipodders of their own, which were also contributed to the public domain, all of which were vast improvements on the original program.

Once people started to figure out that it's fun to host and record your own radio show, a community was born.

The reason for this overnight success is attributable to the millions of portable mp3 players currently being used, with gigabytes of emprty storage space and the mp3 format itself, which is ubiquitous on all these portable players.

This article in the Inquirer also really helped in getting the word out.

As consumers, we've been trained to think the only way you can fill your mp3 player is by either ripping your cd collection to it, or by purchasing Music tracks from a few vendors. In reality you can fill up your mp3 players withaudio files that contain anything you can record. A show, lecture, weather report, love letter... just like weblogs there's no limit to your own creativity. And now, thanks to the iPodder developers, you too can enjoy broadcasting podcasting your audio to a potential audience of millions.

This is a community where Users and Developers party together, lets have fun!

Adam Curry Article source link



Podcasting is a blanket term used to describe a collection of technologies for automatically distributing audio and video programs over the internet via a publish and subscribe model. Podcasting enables independent producers to create self-published, syndicated "radio shows," and gives broadcast radio or television programs a new distribution method.

In the podcasting model, the publisher publishes a list of programs in a special format, known as a "feed", on the web. A user who wants to see or hear the podcast subscribes to the feed in special "podcatching" software (a type of aggregator), which periodically checks the feed and automatically downloads new programs as they become available. Typically, the podcatching software also transfers the program to a desktop or portable media player.Full article link

Visit the above sites to learn more about podcasting and find interesting podcast links.

This is more about podcasting than you might have wanted to know.

There are many topics and events related to darts that are worth podcasting! I hope one day there will be one done jointly from both sides of the "Pond" and worldwide.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

What will become of the Las Vegas Open?

Westward Ho will Close it's doors Nov. 17, 2005

An email I just read:

Hey everyone,



I have sad news to report. Our beloved Westward Ho, host to the Las Vegas Open every year is now gone! Today they began ripping it down!!!



So at this point there is no word on whether there will even be a Vegas Open next year. They have been trying to get a new venue but so far, no hotels are interested in sponsoring it. Regardless, it just won’t be the same not being at the Ho.



Long live the Megadog!!!



Phil

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

John Part - Interview link.....

For all the John Part fans out there:

Full interview click here!: "John ' Darth Maple ' Part"

When did you start playing darts? 1987

Why did you start playing darts? At Christmas 1987 John was given a dart board and a set of darts by his parents and soon he was practicing every day.

What is the least amount of darts you have used to finish 501? 9

Who is your favorite player? Bob Anderson

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Taylor - Again!

Planet Darts | News | Taylor Unstoppable In Holland: "Taylor Unstoppable In Holland

PHIL TAYLOR won an incredible fifth PDPA Players Championship of 2005 with a 3-0 whitewash of Steve Maish in Holland."

Saturday, November 12, 2005

November Darts on TV Dates

Next broadcast dates for darts I'm able to find are:
• Darts - 'World Championships of Darts: UK Open'
FSW, Wed Nov 16 03:00pm PST
• Darts - 'World Championships of Darts: Las Vegas Desert Classic'
FSW, Wed Nov 23 03:00pm PST

Check your local listings as broadcast dates may vary!
I use: http://tv.yahoo.com/

Get more darts on TV!
http://www.petitiononline.com/darts/
http://www.petitiononline.com/foxdarts/
http://msn.foxsports.com/feedback"

Friday, November 04, 2005

Some fun Dart facts

Along with the link to National Darts Hall of Fame (more on the NDHoF in a future post) I've gotten some good information and fun links that point to darts accomplishments and records. I hope that at some point these items get much more recognition. Granted that some items where not accomplished during sanctioned matches or tourneys, but it must be said that it's fun to see some of the ways that darts have been showcased!

Some fun Dart facts (from the dart dog site):
WORLD RECORDS

Most titles
Eric Bristow (born 25th April 1957)
World Professional Championship 5 times
News of the World
World Masters 5 times
World Cup singles 4 times
John lowe is the only other person to have won all four world titles
3 World titles, 2 World Masters, 2 World Cup singles, News of the World

World Cup
England hold the record of seven world titles
John Lowe and Eric Bristow played on all seven occasions

Record Prize
John Lowe won £102,000 for the first televised nine dart game on 13th October 1984 inSlough, England.

Speed Records
The fastest time for three legs of 301, finishing on doubles is 1min 38 sec by Ritchie Gardner on 12th Sept 1989

Scoring Records
24 Hour

Men (8 players) 1,722,249
Women (8 players) 744,439
Individual 566,175 Russell Locke
Bulls &25s (8 players) 526,750
10 Hour
Most Trebles 3056 Paul Taylor
Most Doubles 3265 Paul Taylor
Highest Score 465,919 Jon Archer
Bulls (individual) 1320 by John Lowe at the Unicorn Tavern, Chesterfield Derbys.
6 Hour
Men 210,172 Russel Locke
Women 99,725 Karen Knightly
Million and One Up
Men (8 players) 36,583 darts
Women (8 players) 70,019 darts "

More fun darts facts.....

One of the response that I got to the post about World records:
paul williams - darts world records: "Re: darts world records
Quote:
an interesting passage i came across

Subject: Darts World Records
From: sven@sdd.dart.se (Sven Silow)
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 15:26:34 GMT
Message-Id: <5jnu1h$ivj@epimetheus.algonet.se>
Newsgroups: alt.sport.darts

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
'Jeff Ash'
wrote:

>Does anyone know of a record/time for a group of throwers scoring 1,000,001
>points. We have a group of folks who are crazy enough to attempt it. Please
>respond if you have heard of a time.

As the WDF has no rules about world records, and as the WDF thus don't
approve any results as world records, there is no such thing as an
official world record whatsoever in darts!
From time to time - if one reads Darts World - one reads that a new
record has been set. And, also one now and the comes across 'world
Records' and also listings of those 'World Records'. But, as earlier
mentioned, these can't be claimed to be official world records in any
sense. There is a whole lot of possible and impossible 'records' being
beaten. First there is the number of players and second there is a
multitude of score achived in stipulated time, time to achieve a
stipulated score, number of darts to achieve a stipulated score and so
on...
For instance in the April -97 issue of Darts World there is reports
on new records for a ten men team going round the board on doubles 133
times in 12 hours, and also of an eight men (well one was a woman,
does that make it a different category, as eight men have made
883802?) team that made 417089 points in 24 hours.
The last publication of the 'Darts maraton world records' was
published in the June 1966 issue, and for a million and one there is
the following two records:
'Alan Powling and Eddie Davies completed the score in 48334 darts at
the"
END QUOTE

Thursday, November 03, 2005

A Better Dart Joke

Dart Jokes: "A man goes into a strange pub and starts chatting to some of the local darts players when they ask him if he wants a game. He says 'I have never played a game of darts before but I will give it a go if you tell me what to do.'

After playing for about an hour he has not lost a single game and has hit some fantastic shots. One of the players says to him 'I thought you had never played before?'

The man replies 'No I haven't, but there are a lot of flies in my flat and I have got some old darts which I throw at them and pin them to the wall.'

'No wonder you are so good then if you can do that. But doesn't it make a mess on the wall?'

'Not really' replies the man 'Because I only pin them by their back legs.'"

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Would you pay £24.99GBP ($44.11USD) per year?

Planet Darts launches PC dart viewing!: "WATCH EXCLUSIVE DARTS ACTION ON YOUR PC Only £24.99 a year.

Sign up to Darts.TV to get all the latest action on and off the oche. Our brand new channel brings you:

# Sky Bet Grand Prix highlights & commentary
# Tournaments
# Classics
# Interviews
# Upsets"


Hmmm..... for a mere £24.99GBP ($44.11USD) per year you can see the major darts tournaments as they happen on your PC. But I have to think about value of watching vs. the price. I'm not sure I would pay that much to watch darts when I don't know what's included in the package. There is an option that says £2.99GBP ($5.28USD) per month. I'm wondering how many darts events are covered each month? I may just have to check the lower priced option. What do you guys think? First I have to figure if it's available to the countries on this side of the pond, and what payment options are available.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Guinness World Records Day

I saw a guy on TV carve 48 Jack-o'-lanterns in an hour in an attempt to set a new world's record (the old record was 42), and not long ago on the same show there was a woman who crochets and knits really fast (crocheted a sweater in an 2 hours) and has set world records. These are individuals are shown between the shows feature segments. The show is ESPN's coldpizza which I think is rather entertaining and informative that does some quirky things form time to time geared to get the viewers attention. Well they got me thinking about world records and darts.

My first stop was Guinness World Records and I searched the word darts.... results were something about a Poison Dart Frog, Highest Ski Base Jump on Fillm and this guy:

Oldest Competitive Dominoes Player
Alf Hill,
born in 1908, is the world's oldest competitive dominoes player. He plays for the Jolly Carter pub team and has been a member of the Lowton and District Darts and Dominoes League, for over 25 years. Alf is a retired miner.
Guinness Site

Hardly what I had hoped for.

I then thought “would setting a darts related world record of some sort help promote the sport?” I mean really the average American loves world records they might pay more attention to the sport of darts if there was a darts related World Record. So then I thought it would be interesting to see how to go about getting a World Record recognized. So I looked further into the Guinness World Records site and found this:

Planning on breaking a record? Think you've got what it takes to become a record breaker? Hold that thought, why not join in on the biggest record breaking event of all time and attempt to smash a record on Wednesday 9th November - the first ever official Guinness World Records Day.

Hmmm.... could this be a message to dart players......
Should there be darts record of some type in the Guinness World Records Book?
What should the record be?
Most 180's in an hour?
Most low darts games of 501 in 8 hours?
Most double 1's in an hour?
All of the darts players around the world throw three darts at the bull at exactly
1200hrs GMT on November 9th and then post how many bulls they hit on a special website?
Well the ideas maybe endless.....
What do you think?

Monday, October 31, 2005

Even more Skybet

Taylor Targets Lucky 13


Taylor destroyed the world number one 7-1 to reclaim the crowd Lloyd won last year - and now says he is gunning for glory at Purfleet this Christmas.

"The World Championship is the next big one - I would really love to win a 13th title," he declared.

Skybet

"Phil Taylor undisputably stamped his authority in World Darts last night as he took Colin Lloyd apart in a devastating 7 sets to 1 victory at the World Grand Prix in Dublin."

Sunday, October 30, 2005

DARTS NEWS: WORLD DARTGALA

DARTS NEWS: "NEW DUTCH SUPER TOURNAMENT TAKES PLACE LATER THIS MONTH

On 25th & 26th November 2005 Raymond van Barneveld, Phil Taylor, Ted Hankey, Co Stompe, Andy Fordham and Darryl Fitton will play each other at the Hengelo Expo Center stage where earlier this year the Masters of Darts tournament was held in the first WORLD DARTGALA.

The 6 players will be slit up in two groups of three players. Number last of each group will be out, numbers 1 and 2 will play cross semi-finals.

No news yet about the prize money or any potential tv coverage. Further info at www.dartgala.nl "

Quote: ...the contracts have been signed for a brand new darts gala in Holland:
the World Dartgala. Phil the Power Taylor Forums


On 25th en 26th November 2005 Raymond van Barneveld, Phil Taylor, Ted Hankey, Co Stompe, Andy Fordham and Darryl Fitton will play each other at the Hengelo Expo Center stage where earlier this year the Masters of Darts tournament was held.

The 6 players will be slit up in two groups of three players. Number last of each group will be out, numbers 1 and 2 will play cross semi-finals.

No news yet about the prize money.SUPERSTARS OF DARTS forums

Skybet Final

Phil Taylor def Colin Lloyd 7-1

More Skybet

COLIN LLOYD 6-3 DENNIS PRIESTLEY: "(0-3, 0-3, 3-0, 2-3, 3-1, 3-2, 3-0, 3-1, 0-3, 3-1)
COLIN LLOYD came from behind to book a place in the final of the Sky Bet World Grand Prix for the second successive year. "

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Darts (FSW) on TV

"World Championships of Darts: UK Open" Episode #FSN1.
Fox Sports West
Date: Wednesday November 9, 2005
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sky Bet - Quarter-Finals

Sky Bet World Grand Prix Quarter-Finals:
"Colin Lloyd 4-3 Steve Beaton
Dennis Priestley 4-1 Wayne Mardle
Phil Taylor 4-0 Mark Dudbridge
Dennis Smith 4-0 John Magowan"

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Skybet - more Round Two

: "Thursday 27 October - Round Two

The second round concludes on Thursday

Peter Manley v John Magowan
Ronnie Baxter v Dennis Smith
Phil Taylor v Andy Jenkins
Kevin Painter v Mark Dudbridge. "

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Sky Bet World Grand Prix - Day Three

Second Round, best of five sets:
"Steve Beaton 3-1 Gary Welding
Dennis Priestley 3-2 Keith Rooney
Colin Lloyd 3-0 Wes Newton
Wayne Mardle 3-1 Alex Roy"

Phil The Power - News - Night With A Legend

PHIL'S News: "News
Night With A Legend

On Tuesday night I was down in Birmingham at the Holiday Inn hotel for an evening with the legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard."

Sky Bet World Grand Prix

Wednesday’s Schedule – Round Two (best of 5 sets)
6pm – Steve Beaton v Gary Welding
7.30pm – Dennis Priestley v Keith Rooney
8.45pm – Colin Lloyd v Wes Newton
10pm – Wayne Mardle v Alex Roy

DARTS NEWS

DARTS NEWS: "Phil Taylor 2 - 0 Joe Collins
PHIL TAYLOR saw off a brave challenge from Irish qualifier Joe Collins to reach round two of the Sky Bet World Grand Prix. "

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

DARTS NEWS - DENNIS PRIESTLEY

DARTS NEWS: "DENNIS PRIESTLEY 2-1 ROLAND SCHOLTEN
DENNIS PRIESTLEY produced a sensational comeback to dump Roland Scholten out of the Sky Bet World Grand Prix. Dutchman Scholten - the number four in the world rankings - went to within a leg of the match when he led 2-1 in the second set."

Monday, October 24, 2005

ESPN - Bull's Eye - TV's Next No-Limit Wager

Bull's-Eye: TV's Next No-Limit Wager - New York Times: "ESPN has signed a deal with Mr. Davies to broadcast a made-for-television darts championship next year as a World Series of Darts; there are to be eight hourlong episodes and the series is tentatively scheduled to begin in July. The invitational tournament will include the 16 top-ranked players in the world, most of whom live in Britain, and 32 Americans, who will be chosen through a series of regional qualifying tournaments. The top prize will be $100,000. 'Unless an American wins it,' Mr. Davies said. 'And then we'll add a zero. If an American wins, the prize will be $1 million.'"

If the NY Times article is no longer available you can click here to see Dartoid's article

BBC SPORT - Barney battles to Masters title

BBC - Barney battles to Masters title: "Barney battles to Masters title
Raymond van Barneveld looked to be in trouble early on but survived a major scare to win the Winmau World Masters final at Bridlington's Spa Hall."

PDPA Hat-Trick For Taylor

Taylor's Hat-Trick: "PHIL TAYLOR won a third successive PDPA Players Championship title with a 3-2 defeat of Bob Anderson at the Citywest Hotel in Ireland."

Irish Regional Final - Bud UK open

: "It was a 2-1 winning scoreline for Colin Lloyd when he won the Irish Regional Final for the Budweiser UK Open, defeating Andy Smith 2-1 at Dublin's Citywest Hotel."

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Got dart mail?

As I was checking my email this morning I noticed my spam folder, don't ask me why but I did, normally I don't pay much attention to the contents of this folder but today a few items did get my attention. Now I know that most everything in this blog is dart related but just give me this exception; onward with the story...

I had spent some time yesterday looking for printing products such as reams of paper, card stock and other items at various on line vendor's websites. So when I saw an item from quill.com in the folder I paused to think; “Did I ask them to send me information” and if I did "Why is it in the Spam folder?" Then a few items down another email form an on line printing company, and the answer was clear .... MORE SPAM! That's all it took for me to figure it out I would have to run a spyware scan because much of my spam was closely related to sites I had visited and searches I had done.

By the way I always use Spybot-S&D and Ad-Aware SE Personal edition
to do my spyware scans. If you really care I use AVG Free Edition to fight viruses. But I do digress... After my scans I discovered it had been a while since my last scan and several items of “spyware” were happily at work on my system and needed to be removed. That's when it hit me.....

Of all the spam I have gotten in all the years ........ and I search and visit sites about darts more than most, .......


.... THERE HAS NOT BEEN ONE ITEM OF SPAM RELATED TO DARTS! Now don't get me wrong I hate spam as much as anyone, but it gave me pause to think.... why don't spamers send dart related spam? OK let's be clear about some basics; in general you will fing that dart sites don't normally set a lot of spyware cookies /software, and most spyware software programs are put onto computers by sites that do use spyware cookies /software. Most cookies do nothing more than slow down your computer, and track your websurfing habbits so they can send spam. Many spyware cookies track your movements on competing sites so they can you "unsolicited" counter offers. There are some spyware items that are in the class of “malware” that will log keystrokes and steal your passwords and credit card numbers, but that's more than what my story is about; if you think you have a problem with “malware” visit Security Forums for help. But back to my story.

So I must pose the question: “If I visit sites about printing one day and the next my mailbox is full of printing spam, why isn't my mailbox full of darts spam after visiting darts sites?” I've already established that the spyware software was at work on my computer, and my spam folder did have items about printing. Is it that spamers don't see darters as a significant market worth targeting? Could it be that dart gear manufactures are not high profile enough for spamers to resale / redistribute their products (despite the fact that darts are a good selling recreation /sport item)? Is it that Darts won't help you find your “life mate?” I'm sure that there are those that would argue that theory see entry:Darts + Love = wedding. Or is it just not exciting enough to read “Get a complementary set of Laser / Unicorn Darts?” I mean really I might take time to read an email that says: “Your Unicorn Eclipse board is waiting for you to claim it!”

I don't know the answer to why darts has escaped being a subject for spamers, but now that it's breeched my awareness I'll have to ponder it.....

Hmmmm..... I wonder if spamers in the UK target darters?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

'01 Practice Routine - Phil The Power Taylor Forum

An interesting practice game posted in the Phil Taylor Forum

My wife and I have developed a twist on an old Burma Road game. After looking at several '01 out sheets that are on the internet, I have realized that the 9 most common target numbers for Triples and Doubles are the Bull, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 14, 12, and 8. 65% of all outs from 170 and down are of a combination of these numbers.

So we devised the following set up in our Burma Road games. List 8, 12, Double, 14, 16, Triple, 17, 18, 3 in a bed, 19, 20, and Bull down the chalkboard. Start at 50 points like the usual game. If you miss the target numbers then your score is cut in half. The kicker is that on Dbls, Trps, and 3 in a bed, you have to hit one of the target numbers instead of just any number.

By doing this for a couple of weeks my wife has improved in her 301 league from 26.7 points per round to 42.5 points per round.yeah

Could others give this a try and see if helps.


I'll have to give it a try first chance I get!
I normally play this game with cricket numbers as follows:
15,16
Any double on the board
17,18
Any triple on the board
19,20,
20,Any three in a bed
Bull

Now I will play both games practice, and I will change the "Any" to "use only the numbers in the list."

Monday, October 10, 2005

A bad darts joke...

Two darters at the Las Vegas open were warming up for a match when one accidentally tripped on the raised wooden oche, which caused a dart to fly out of his hand and into the forehead of his opponent. The opponent fell to the floor and did not move. Quickly getting his wits about him, the darter who tripped pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911.

The operator came on and said 'what is the nature of your emergency?' The darter replied 'I think I just accidentally killed someone! What do I do?'

The operator thought for a second and said, 'Goodness! Well go over and make sure he's really dead.'

Listening on the phone, the operator was startled by what sounded like two loud thumps followed by muffled moaning and then silence. In a few seconds the darter got back on the phone and said 'OK... now what do I do?'"

Heard any good ones lately? Most dart jokes seem to be bad ones, or old jokes with the words "darts player(s)" replacing the key subject(s)/ person(s) in the joke!

BOB ANDERSON CLASSIC - Results

Results:
"Quarter-Finals
Colin Lloyd 6-4 Steve Coote
Wayne Mardle 6-2 Roland Scholten
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Phil Taylor
Ronnie Baxter 6-4 Mark Dudbridge

Semi-Finals
Colin Lloyd 7-2 Wayne Mardle
Ronnie Baxter 7-6 Adrian Lewis

Final
Colin Lloyd 8-5 Ronnie Baxter"

Taylor goes out in quarter finals at the hands of Adrian Lewis (his protégé and practice partner). Colin Lloyd moves on to another great victory!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Category:Darts players - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Category:Darts players - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Articles in category 'Darts players'
There are 15 articles in this category.
B

* Raymond van Barneveld
* Ronnie Baxter
* Steve Beaton
* Eric Bristow

F

* Andy Fordham


G

* Trina Gulliver

H

* Ted Hankey

L

* John Lowe

M

* Peter Manley
* Wayne Mardle

P

* Kevin Painter


P cont.

* John Part

R

* Leighton Rees

T

* Phil Taylor

W

* Jocky Wilson"

[b][i]Players listed on wikipedia.org. It would be great to have a few of the American players listed[/b][/i]

Phil Taylor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Phil Taylor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Phil Taylor (born August 13, 1960) is a multi world champion darts player, considered by many to be the greatest ever. His nickname is The Power."

[b][i]I don't know if anybody is keeping track but there is now a Phil Taylor page on wikipedia.org[/b][/i]

Monday, October 03, 2005

DARREN WEBSTER WINS

Planetdarts : SNIPER SHOOTS DOWN STOMPE
DARREN WEBSTER won the Open Oost Nederland in Vroomshop, defeating Dutchman Co Stompe in Sunday's final.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

USA men's World Cup Results

In the singles John Kuczynski lost in the "last 8" (quarter finals) to Brazil's Mauricio Maia 2-4, and Ray Carver lost in the "last 16" to England's Andy Fordham 2-4.
In the pairs John K / Ray C lost to Rep. Ireland's O'Neill / Nolan 2-4 in the "last 32".

The men seem to have faced some very rough competition, but well done fellows!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Attitude is everything!

A great attitude is something that is truly underrated in many sports, and I must say I've enjoyed the overall great attitudes of steel-tip players. In our league (steel-tip) the “A” division teams regularly play the “B” division teams. Much of the time the “A” players have great attitudes and encourage the “B” player's, but on occasion I'll hear negative comments and excuses when they are beaten by a “B”player's. I think a lot of this comes from embarrassment about not having played their best darts, or maybe thinking they are stronger player's than they really are. Personally I know that any time you step to the line you can be beat; so always strive to bring your best game, and if you don't win at least be gracious and a good sport!

Darts World Cup 2005, Perth, Western Australia

See full results here!

Women’s Pairs Final
Trina Gulliver and Clare Bywaters (England) earned the Women’s Pairs World Cup Title. Defeating USA pairing of Stacey Bromberg and Marilyn Popp.

It's nice to see a strong showing by the women of the USA!

Men’s Singles
Dick van Dejk from the Netherlands became World Cup Singles Champion after he defeated Denmark’s Per Laursen 4 – 1.

Men’s Pairs
Raymond van Barneveld and Vincent van der Voort (Dutch) defeated Per Laursen and Brian Sorensen (Denmark)4 – 1 in the final.

Ladies Singles
Trina Gulliver (England) defending World Cup Ladies Singles Champion faced her Pairs partner in Clare Bywaters in the final. Bywaters won the match to become the new World Cup Ladies Singles Champion.


Youth Girl’s Singles
Carla Molema (Netherlands)face Tanya Thomas (South Africa) in the final. In the tiebreaking leg Molema hit a 116 out in 15 darts for the title.


Youth Boy’s Singles
Netherlands Jonny Nijs defeated England’s Ross Smith 3 – 1.

Youth Mixed Pairs
Jonny Nijs and Carla Molema (The Netherlands) played Roman Ariefdien and Tanya Thomas (South Africa). The Netherlands won the title with a 3 – 2 victory. Carla Molema hit a 16 out to win.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

World Cup Darts

:"The England Darts team jetted off to Australia yesterday heading for the Darts World Cup ....

The England team consists of Martin Adams (captain), Mervyn King, Tony O'Shea and Andy Fordham."

Aussie Darter Gets PDC World Championship Invite

Planetdarts : The Official Site of the Professional Darts Corporation Ltd.: "Brian Roach is the first nominated player from Australia to be invited to participate in the 2006 PDC World Championship.

....

Brian ended the season on 80 Points, 25 points ahead of Barry Jouannet."

Monday, September 26, 2005

BUDWEISER UK OPEN

Any dart player can enter the regional qualifiers.
Winners progress to one of four regional finals.
Eight players from each regional final will move on to the Budweiser UK Open

Dart news from down under....

Australian Darts ChampionshipsBarry Jouannet defeats Dave Methven for his first DFA Australian Singles title!

UK OPEN REGIONAL FINAL - NEWPORT - SEPTEMBER 2005

Mark Walsh beats Phil Taylor!: "The first of the Budweiser UK Open Regional Finals in Newport saw a repeat of the Bolton final but this time with Mark Walsh getting the better of The Power (Phil Taylor) with a 2-1 win.."

Our friend Dennis Priestly did reach the semi finals....

He has shown some strong performances of late. Can we expect another World Title soon?


Quarter-Finals
Colin Monk 5-2 Lionel Sams
Phil Taylor 5-1 Matt Clark
Mark Walsh 5-4 Peter Manley
Dennis Priestley 5-0 Adrian Lewis

Semi-Finals (best of three sets)
Phil Taylor 2-0 Colin Monk
Mark Walsh 2-0 Dennis Priestley

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Players Championship 2005

SECOND PDPA TITLE: "PHIL TAYLOR won his second PDPA Players Championship title of 2005"

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Katrina Recovery Effort: Pocatello Idaho State Journal: Weekend Highlights

Pocatello Idaho State Journal: Weekend Highlights: "- Rocky Watson will be at the Hoffbrau, 134 Warren Ave., Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Sept. 17, a dart tournament is planned as a benefit for hurricane victims."

Dart News from Saigon

"Saigon Darts Team Defeats Singapore Team in Johnnie Walker Grand Prix Open - Press Release

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (OPENPRESS) September 6, 2005 -- International darts history was made and an excellent time was had by all in Vietnam’s first ever international darts sporting event which was sponsored by Johnnie Walker and held at the Oscar Hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. International players made the trip for the two day event which included a match between a team from Ho Chi Minh City and a team from Singapore.

The meet took place over a two-day period with three competitions: a team event, a doubles event and a singles event. Saigon won the team event over Singapore with a score of 42-30. In the doubles tournament though the Singaporean team made up of Paul Morier and Richard Lionel Dason dominated the play, winning the final round by an impressive 4-0 score over Saigon’s Tran Thai Dung and UK’s Javed Sultan. Singaporean Paul Morier is on a roll after having just taken a second place trophy in an international singles event held in Kuala Lumpur only last month. Third place in the doubles event went to Blaine Karst and Charles Czarnecki over UK’s Tom Cummins and Percy Poon.

The singles final may well have been one of the most exciting matches of the tournament with Canadian Blaine Karst beating American Charles Czarnecki 4-2 in some really fast play. Third place in the single event went to Hong Konger Percy Poon over Vietnamese Tran Thai Dung.

“We really appreciated the Singaporean team coming here,” said Gary Dale Cearley, a co-organizer of the event, “we are doing our best to help grow darts in Vietnam and throughout the region and the support that we got from these good Singaporean darters was a giant leap for darts in Vietnam.” Cearley went on to say that this event provided a solid foundation to build on for next year’s repeat event, but the next level of Vietnam’s grow as a darts nation is to be able to take the league to outside international competitions as well. “I think we would all be happy to see Than Duc “Guppy” Liem and Tran Thai Dung and other good Vietnamese players winning matches in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur as well as in Ho Chi Minh City,” says Cearley, “then Vietnam’s darters will know they have arrived.”

“On behalf of the event I would like to thank Johnnie Walker for being so generous and making this darts international possible,” said Blaine Karst, the main organizer and singles winner, “our association with Johnnie Walker has really helped the sport to grow in Vietnam by leaps and bounds. We couldn’t have a better partner.”


For further information:

E-Mail: gary.dale@cearley.net / blaine_karst@hoanglongjoc.com.vn
Tel.: +84 8 827 5670
Fax: +84 8 827 5671
Related Website: http://www.vietnamdarts.org
Related Website: http://www.cyberdarts.com/assnSingapore.HTML

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Recovery Effort

Hello,
I'm sure that you have all had some time to think about the hardship and destruction that was caused by Hurricane Katrina, and maybe you have thought about what should be done about it. In our darts league we have started to discuss plans for a few benefit tourneys as well as brainstorm other ideas on how to help with the recovery effort in the Gulf Coast area of the United States.

So far some of the unaffiliated in-house leagues I'm in have donated funds from the monies that were to be used for banquets, prizes, and trophies. The bar that sponsors my team has set up collection jars so that patrons may contribute to the recovery effort as well. The organization that we have chosen to support in the recovery effort is Habitat for Humanity International.

I am certain that everyone has an organization that they would like to support in this effort so I will encourage you to contact them and make your desire to help known.


Habitat for Humanity issues emergency appeal for hurricane funds to aid families

Also be on the lookout for Aid Scams and only use reputable organizations. http://www.fema.gov/
has a list of ways to help.

Please support the Moorpark Billiards Tourney in any way you can!

DT

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

KATRINA - BENEFIT DART TOURNAMENT

BENEFIT DART TOURNAMENT FOR THE KATRINA VICTIMS
Date:
Saturday, October 1st at 1pm.

Location:
MOORPARK BILLIARDS

476 W. NEW LOS ANGELES AVE. #A-10
MOORPARK, CA (across from Carls Jr).

Entry:
$20 entry fee for tournament.

Payout:
One half of proceeds to prize fund, one half to benefit relief efforts due to Hurricane Katrina.

Format:
The tournament will be a two person blind draw, double elimination. Format will be Chicago – 501, Cricket and 301 for the tie breaker.

For more information call Jackie at 805-523-3088 or 805-231-6501.

Link to flyer:
Hurricane Katrina Victims PDF flyer link

Google Map:
Map link

Monday, September 12, 2005

Ireland Open Classic

Phil Taylor wins in Ireland!
PHIL TAYLOR has won the Ireland Open Classic, defeating Denis Ovens 7-1 in Sunday's final.

Chris Schenkel - Sports broadcasting icon dies after battling illness

IndyStar

Chris Schenkel 1923-2005
Sports broadcasting icon dies after battling illness


By Ted Green and Phil Richards
ted.green@indystar.com


Chris Schenkel, an Indiana icon and one of the founding fathers of sports broadcasting, died early Sunday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne after a long battle with emphysema. He was 82.

Schenkel's radio and television broadcasting career spanned more than 60 years and included virtually every major sports competition.">Sports broadcasting icon dies after battling illness: "September 12, 2005

Well I can't really say if Chris Schenkel ever did a darts broadcast, but he is a figure that I grew up with and his sports coverage of all types of sorts truly enlightened me. I must say that I'm disappointed that there has been little coverage on TV of his passing.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Darts - Wikipedia .......

Wikipedia has a lot of greart user contributed articles. This one is about darts. A wiki allows many to collaborate on any topic or series of topics. So if you think that you have something that should be shared about a topic here's your chance to jump in and give it a shot.

There is also a Clossary of Darts at this site.


Darts From Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia.


Darts is a game, or rather a variety of related games, in which darts are thrown at a circular target (dart board) hung on a wall. Though various different boards and games have been used in the past, the term 'darts' usually now refers to a standardized game involving a specific board design and set of rules."

Wikis offer a great option for launching a website (click this link to learn more...)


DT

Thursday, September 08, 2005

A good (darts) partner is:

The other day while browsing some dart forums the topic of “What makes a good dart partner” came up. I've played several years; and have partnered with the “Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” when it comes to darts. I won't focus on the negative for now, but these things come to mind when I think about what makes........

A good partner is:
Calm in the face of tough challenge
Confidence in him or herself
Confident that his or her partner will do their best
Not going to engage in a lot of complaining about the other team
Assertive when engaged in a debate about important issues
Able to avoid needless debate
Able to accept when they are not on their game without blaming others, or circumstances
Willing to do their best regardless of their partner's or opponent's abilities
Willing to accept appropriate feedback or instruction and discard the useless chatter
Able to celebrate success without gloating
Able to accept your reasons for taking a shot without a lot of second guessing
Is always optimistic
Is a good sport



I have rarely found all these qualities in one player; but I have found some partners that I truly enjoyed and each has demonstrated several of them, and they are the ones that inspired me to do my best in all levels of competition.


DT

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

World Grand Prix

DARTS NEWS: "News: IRISH QUALIFIERS FOR WORLD GRAND PRIX

John Magowan, Keith Rooney, Tom Kirby and Joe Collins have qualified through the Irish qualifiers for the World Grand Prix tournament taking place this October near Dublin."

KATRINA - Recovery Effort

KATRINA Recovery - From the Baltimore City English Dart League: "This page will be deticated for updates on Dana Webster's progress while she is in Mississippi helping out."

Hi, All,

I just wanted to let you know that I have been selected as a volunteer (through Johns Hopkins) to help the victims of Katrina. Right now, the word is that we leave tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be gone for 2 -3 weeks. So if you don't hear from me for awhile, know that everything is fine with my family and nothing major has occurred.more....

DARTS/Merdeka Invitational Tournament: MAS fly away with title

Malay Mail Online: "Twenty teams, including the Thai Airways Darts Club, took part in the two-day event which offered a RM3,000 top prize.

Jasvender, 36, who was the national darts champion in 1995 and represented Malaysia from 1993-1998, made five 180s on the way to the finals.
"

Saigon Darts Team Defeats Singapore Team in Johnnie Walker Grand Prix Open

Saigon Darts Team Defeats Singapore Team in Johnnie Walker Grand Prix Open: "
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – International darts history was made and an excellent time was had by all in Vietnam’s first ever international darts sporting event which was sponsored by Johnnie Walker and held at the Oscar Hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. International players made the trip for the two day event which included a match between a team from Ho Chi Minh City and a team from Singapore. "

Saturday, September 03, 2005

BDO's NEW SEASON VIEWPOINT by OLLY CROFT

NEW SEASON VIEWPOINT

by OLLY CROFT, OBE



What a very special Kaliber Inter-County season this is going to be for darts and all our players, officials and supporters! Our second consecutive season with our award-winning sponsors Kaliber alcohol-free lager, and our very first as a recognised sport!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Doreen Berry on Tour 2005

Doreen Berry on Tour 2005 - online journal

Doreen Berry, a top USA player, has been keeping an online journal of her tournament efforts this year. I've been keeping an eye on her progress, but for some reason I have not posted anything about it in this blog (I really thought I had), but now after checking in I see that she is going to reduce the amount of tournaments she participates in during 2006 siting spending more time with family. Click the link to see her journal.
DT

Botswana Relies On Youth in Regional Darts Tourney

Its not often that you hear a lot about darts in Africa, but I ran across this and thought this article is worth a look.


Botswana Relies On Youth in Regional Darts Tourney

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

August 30, 2005


Monkagedi Gaotlhobogwe

A 25-strong Botswana darts team left for Swaziland yesterday for the Zone VI tournament. Before departure, coach Kegolotswe Morutwa said that they hope to win medals, especially in the youth section.



Botswana will participate in doubles and singles for boys and girls; and men and women. The country hosted the tournament last year and finished fourth after the girls' doubles team of Refilwe Morutwa and Masego Kegorogile secured a silver medal.

..... coach Morutwa feels that the youth team is better equipped this year. "We have had coaching clinics twice a month in Mahalapye. We have also been fortunate that most of the players in the team are based in Francistown and so they could train together and bond unlike in the past,"
more....

DT

Monday, August 29, 2005

Darts! Sightings Report...

cyberdarts.com lists: Darts! Sightings Report...: "Darts is getting more publicity every day, as a Prop on TV shows, mentioned in the News, or as a theme for advertising in normally non-darts-related media.

Help document the growing popularity of Darts, and show the skeptics how popular our sport really is!"

Don't get too excited about this as it hasn't been updated in a while....

December 29, 1998 - T.V. Show, "Sanford and Son"
In 'Sanford and Son' On the outside of the house, directly to the left of the door. It looks like its one of those paper boards. Sighted by : ZamBoni

Is the most recent listing
DT

"World Professional Darts Championship" (1978)

IMDb - Internet Movie Database Lists a TV documentary about the darts championships. I really did not know that such a thing existed, but there it is. I wonder who out there has seen it and what they think it.

DT

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Youth Darts at USA Classic



13 YEAR OLD ASHLEY STEWART SETS USA RECORD:

Not only did she beat all the boys to win the Youth Singles, but she became the youngest ever winner of the youth event. As a reward for her splendid achievement she will be travelling to the Winmau World Masters in October where she will take on the best youth players in the World.


There is a need for more focus on development of youth players

DT

USA Classic 2005 Results

World Darts Federation page
MEN

  1. Darin Young USA
  2. Brad Wethington USA
  3. Jerry Van Loan USA


WOMEN

  1. Stacy Bromberg USA
  2. Terri Marcello USA
  3. Nicole Smith USA


DT

Monday, August 15, 2005

If you like dart pictures try Getty Images

Getty Images Editorial - Image Results

Click the link and you will get several pages of pictures of the Pros.

There are some archival pics here:
Getty Images Editorial - Image Results

DT

ADA News... National Championship Report

ADA site and complete story.: "ADA National Championship Report

The 14th ADA National Championship is now history! And an historic event it was as ESPN’s SportsCenter covered the Championship as a feature for the Nevada episode 50 States in 50 Days…..more on that later."

[b]The story is now posted with the promise of more to come[/b]
DT

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