Videos - click to view


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.


"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



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 "

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: "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


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 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:
Any double on the board
Any triple on the board
20,Any three in a bed

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!


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

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

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.

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


* Andy Fordham


* Trina Gulliver


* Ted Hankey


* John Lowe


* Peter Manley
* Wayne Mardle


* Kevin Painter

P cont.

* John Part


* Leighton Rees


* Phil Taylor


* Jocky Wilson"

[b][i]Players listed on 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[/b][/i]

Monday, October 03, 2005


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.

search this site or the web...