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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Darts Jack 12 Is Oxon Starlet (from Oxford Mail)

"DARTS: Jack, 12, is oxon starlet

Oxfordshire's youth team maintained their unbeaten record with an impressive 11-6 win over Middlesex.

o And it was 12-year-old Jack Lucas who stole the show.

The youngster won the man-of-the-match award for the Oxon under 18 side after finishing with a 19.82 average.

The 6-3 success for the under 18s was their first of the season.
Darts Jack 12 Is Oxon Starlet (from Oxford Mail)"

Planet Darts: Trio Book World Championship Spots

"Trio Book World Championship Spots

DENMARK'S Per Laursen, China's Shi Yongsheng and Japanese star Tetsuya Wada have all qualified to play at the 2007 World Darts Championship.

All three will be making their debuts at the Circus Tavern this December when they join 61 other players from around the world competing for £500,000 in prize money.
Planet Darts | TV Tournaments | World Championship | Trio Book World Championship Spots: "

Monday, October 30, 2006

Dartoids World - Federal Express Stole my Darts!

"Federal Express Stole my Darts!
# 275 11/01/2006

Some things make no sense. Take the price of gasoline in America.

Over the past year the price of a gallon of gasoline has spiked nearly a dollar to over three dollars a gallon. The reasons given: Chinese demand, Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, the prospect of another war in Iran, some problem with a leaky pipeline in Alaska and because George Bush is a monkey butt. A month ago it cost me roughly the same amount to fill up the tank of my lawnmower as it did to fill up my car in high school.

Then suddenly, despite that fact that all of these so-called reasons for the increase still exist and some have worsened, the price of gasoline gradually dropped thirty percent to about two dollars a gallon. It’s a mystery I tell you.
full article at.... Dartoids World -"Federal Express Stole my Darts!"

Electric 'Power' Looks To Flick Switch - Yahoo! Sport UK

"Electric 'Power' Looks To Flick Switch
Mon 30 Oct, 5:09 AM

Darts legend Phil Taylor believes there is still room for improvement despite claiming his seventh World Grand Prix title in Dublin last night.

'The Power' secured a hard-fought 7-4 victory over Terry Jenkins in the final of the Skybet-sponsored event - but he is already turning his attention to the World Championship, which starts in December.

Taylor, who will be hoping to win his 14th world title at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, revealed: 'I'm going to practice a little bit different this time.
Electric 'Power' Looks To Flick Switch - Yahoo! Sport UK: "

Unicorn - uniBlog: World Grand Prix

"Well, the format of the World Grand Prix has again come in for a bit of stick – especially from some of the players – but for me, it has to stay as it is.

The double-to-start has caught several of the darts stars out and quite a few have been heard around the venue demanding a change to the tournament format next year.
Unicorn - uniBlog - Stuart Pyke:"

Saturday, October 28, 2006

2006 SkyBet World Grand Prix

Semi-Finals - Saturday 28 October, 7pm
Terry Jenkins v Peter Manley
Phil Taylor v Dennis Priestley

Planet Darts: Today's Matches

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By Gavin Worley, PA Sport

Darts legend Dennis Priestley is relishing his semi-final showdown with defending champion Phil Taylor at the Skybet World Grand Prix in Dublin on Saturday night.

The 'Mexborough Menace' booked his place in the last four thanks to a 4-2 victory over rising star James Wade, while Taylor blitzed Dutchman Roland Scholten 4-0.

Taylor ended the Yorkshireman's title hopes at both the Las Vegas Desert Classic and the Stan James World Matchplay during the summer - but Priestley is ready to challenge the 13-time world champion again.

"I hope it will be a battle and I can find a little more form," said Priestley, who is guaranteed a place in next year's Holsten Premier League following a successful 2006.


Friday, October 27, 2006



DENNIS PRIESTLEY reached a second successive SkyBet World Grand Prix semi-final with a gritty 4-2 win over James Wade.

Priestley allowed a 3-1 lead to slip against Colin Lloyd in last year's semis, but will get the chance to avenge that on Saturday when he meets either Phil Taylor or Roland Scholten.

A sluggish start saw Priestley lose the opening set 3-1, with Wade beginning brightly with legs of 13, 14 and 15 darts.

The Yorkshireman battled through to take the second in a deciding leg, and then he stepped up a gear to race through the third 3-1 and move ahead.

Dennis PriestleyWade won the fourth without reply to level matters, but Priestley again responded, taking the fifth in a decider.
Planet Darts | TV Tournaments | SkyBet World Grand Prix | SkyBet World Grand Prix:"

Bob Jones write up of the All State Open - Grand Rapids, MI

I would like to thank Bob Jones for this write up of the All State Open. Please read and enjoy.....

The AllState Open was heralded by everyone I spoke with in Grand Rapids, MI, as "one of the most fun tournaments of the year!"...and after attending my first one last weekend, I would have to agree!

The venue is well lit, the boards were great, and the tournament was run very efficiently, although I did get involved in a slight "miscue" that proved interesting. Friday night went off without a hitch, as I got recycled in the mixed triples event and ended up finishing top 8 with Tina and Pam (Pam's first ever tournament - great job, and thanks for holding me up, Tina! Smile ) The Weakest Link event was unique in that only 10 people shot in it at a time, and they ran a bunch of them, so you could really have a shot at winning that 50 bucks! I ended up after a bit of controversy shooting with Jamie Mawson in the blind draw, though we got knocked out in the first round - I had fun shooting with Jamie, thanks!

Saturday's Men's Doubles Cricket started off rough as we ran into Greg Hall and Brian who played well and knocked us out first round. Next event is Men's Singles 501, and I drew Darin Young first round. I suppose the next time I'll have a better chance of throwing halfway decently, as I experienced a bit of "shooting against the big boys" nerves...that was my first ever singles match against a top-ranked shooter. Darin was gracious as always, and I look forward to shooting against him in the future.

Next event for me was Men's Doubles 501, and my doubles partner Monty Jones and I finally put a few games together and ended up finishing Top 8 - I was extremely pleased! Good shooting, Monty! Singles cricket was interesting as I started out shooting the best game of my life, only to get waxed on the 15's and subsequently losing the next game to Shaun - that kid played great!

Mixed doubles produced my first ever ADO 180 shot, which eased the pain of getting knocked out in the first round. Jenny, my wife and mixed doubles partner, gave it a great shot and we had fun losing to Rob Wade and Heather - they were great sports!
All in all it was a great tournament and I hope to be able to attend next year's event!
Bob Jones Very Happy



DENNIS PRIESTLEY held off a brave challenge from Adrian Lewis to book his spot in the quarter-finals of the SkyBet World Grand Prix - and secure his spot in the 2007 Holsten Premier League.

Priestley has been one of the form players of 2006, and continued that with an impressive display against Lewis.

Dennis PriestleyHe won six of the first seven legs to take a two-set lead in the match, hitting two 13-dart legs and pouncing on Lewis' misses.
Planet Darts | TV Tournaments | SkyBet World Grand Prix | SkyBet World Grand Prix - Night Four Reports:"


World champion Phil Taylor beat Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 in a high quality second-round match at the SkyBet Grand Prix in Dublin.

Taylor produced some scintillating play to take the opening two sets before quelling van Barneveld's comeback in the fourth set.

The opening set was a hard-fought affair with both men winning against the darts before Taylor took out the deciding leg with double four.
Link to full story.....

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Planet Darts - Anderson: "I'm Feeling Good"

"Anderson: 'I'm Feeling Good'

BOB ANDERSON insists he has nothing to fear as he prepares for Friday's quarter-final with Terry Jenkins at the SkyBet World Grand Prix.

Anderson has overcome Colin Lloyd and Irish qualifier Anto McCracken to reach the last eight of the double-start tournament for the first time.

He will meet Jenkins in Friday's quarter-finals, and is targeting a first appearance in a PDC major final.
Planet Darts | TV Tournaments | SkyBet World Grand Prix | Anderson: "I'm Feeling Good": "

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Unicorn - Competition


Nothing could be easier than entering this competition for the chance to win one of 10 sets of the new exciting Global Tungsten darts on offer. The reason for this is that all the answers can be found in the Unicorn website.

Simply answer three questions on the entry form below and the first 10 correct answers, chosen randomly, will win. At the same time, please give us the name and reference number of the exact Global darts you would like if you are lucky enough to win."



Dennis Priestley made light work of qualifier Geoffrey Matthews to romp into round two of the SkyBet World Grand Prix.

Priestley dropped just one leg against the Northern Irishman to march into round two with an impressive display."



LIONEL SAMS produced a brilliant comeback to win the opening game of the 2006 SkyBet World Grand Prix 2-1 against John Part. "

Monday, October 23, 2006

Planet Darts: World Championship | Teenager Wins Oceanic Masters - And Purfleet Place

"Teenager Wins Oceanic Masters - And Purfleet Place

TEENAGE wonderkid Mitchell Clegg, a 15-year-old from New South Wales, has won the 2006 Oceanic Masters and will play in the 2007 World Darts Championship.

Clegg, who turns 16 next month, will become the youngest ever player in a major PDC tournament when he appears at the Circus Tavern in December.

That will be his reward for battling through arguably the toughest event on the Australasian circuit this weekend.

Clegg started the Oceanic Masters in Saturday's qualifiers alongside 42 other hopefuls, with 12 players joining the top 16 Australians and four Kiwis in the main event.
Planet Darts: World Championship | Teenager Wins Oceanic Masters - And Purfleet Place:"

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sky Sports - Dennis 'The Menace' Priestley

"Sky Bet World Grand Prix
Live on Sky Sports October 23-29.

Dennis 'The Menace' Priestley has been in great form this year heading into the Sky Bet Grand Prix, and the veteran is looking for an Indian summer to end his career on a high.

56-year-old Priestley has enjoyed a renaissance this year and, as he is keen to point out, has amassed more ranking points than anyone else in 2006.
Sky Sports - The Best Sport Coverage From Around The World"

Friday, October 20, 2006

This problem can be resolved at... &

So you don't visit the SEWA darts forum???? Well that must be the case if you do not know about the "Unicorn Latinum Darts" give away. This problem can be resolved by reading this article and clicking the link below!

"Win a set of Unicorn Latinum Darts!

Darts & Stuff of InterestErik writes 'That's right, win a free set of Unicorn Latinum Darts!

Unicorn is giving us TEN sets of these new and innovative darts to play with and all you have to do is enter the competition in the forums.

Keep an eye out in the forums for the competitions and if you aren't a registered member yet, become one! This competition is only available to registered members.

The competition won't involve throwing darts, but rather a site scavenger hunt/trivia contest and some free raffle draws.

Erik' &"

Stacy "The Wish Granter" Bromberg - Stacy!

I've republished this post because I made an error when I posted the link so I have made the correction. Please enjoy Stacy's site!

Have you had a chance to vist Stacy's website? Did you know that Stacy had a website? Well no matter what the answer may be here is your chance to check it out!

Stacy!"Nick Name: The Wish Granter:

Date of Birth: July 27th 1956
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Home town: Las Vegas, Nevada
Affiliations: ADO, NDA, SNDA
Hobbies: Swimming, diving and American football (Go Raiders!)
Type of Dart Used: Custom darts by Winamau, 26 gram, center loaded

Stacy has been the US Women's number one player for the 13 of the last 16 years, the last 11 years consecutively. She was listed in the Sports Illustrated Millennium Issue when the top 50 sports persons for each state were announced.
Stacy was ranked #32 in the State of Nevada, putting her in the top 66% of individual sports people in the US, according to Sports Illustrated."

Yahoo! TV - More October Darts on TV!

Yahoo! TV - Search Results -- us:
"• Darts - 'Premier League'
VERSUS, Tue Oct 24 02:00pm PDT
• Darts - 'World Championship of Darts: UK Open'
FSW, Mon Oct 30 02:00am PST
• Darts - 'World Championship of Darts: UK Open'
FSW, Tue Oct 31 04:00pm PST"

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Planet Darts: Oceanic Hopefuls Head For Gosford

"Oceanic Hopefuls Head For Gosford

WHILST many eyes will be on events at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin this weekend, attention in Australia moves to the Oceanic Masters in Gosford.

The Oceanic Masters was won by New Zealand's Warren Parry 12 months ago, and he will be among 30 players travelling across the Tasman Sea for this weekend's event.

The tournament winner will emulate Parry and join Anthony Fleet and Warren French in representing Australasia in the 2007 World Darts Championship in December.
Planet Darts: Oceanic Hopefuls Head For Gosford"

News & Star: Darts - BECKHAMS OF THE BOARD


Published on 11/10/2006

CARLISLE’S Crissy Manley and her husband Peter have been dubbed the Posh and Becks of darts.

So AMANDA LITTLE popped round for a cuppa with Crissy to see how the former world number one women’s player and her other half, currently ranked fifth in the world, shape up to Victoria and David.

WHEN Crissy Manley first clapped eyes on her future husband, it could hardly have been described as love at first sight.

“I couldn’t stand him,” said Crissy, recalling the moment she first met Peter Manley, the bad-boy of British darts who fans love to hate.

'I thought he was really cocky and would never have thought I would end up married to him.' News & Star:"

Sport - Leamington Spa Today: Sportswoman of the Year!

"Leamington recurve archer Naomi Folkard took the sportswoman of the year trophy against stiff opposition from world darts champion Trina Gulliver and athlete Catrina Wootton.
Sport - Leamington Spa Today: Sportswoman of the Year!"

Darts News - Off The Wire: 2007 PDC Calendar

"Sept/Oct 2006 - V26.05W
Professional Darts Corporation
2007 PDC Calendar
From Dave Allen, Media Director, PDC

THE Professional Darts Corporation has announced the provisional 2007 calendar of tournaments.

The PDC are moving towards a minimum of 25 Pro Tour events to accompany the existing five televised ranking tournaments on the £2 million professional circuit next year.
Darts News - Off The Wire: 2007 PDC Calendar"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Dartoids World - Baseball Players are Wussies!

"The most impressive, albeit obvious, statistic in years however, has got to be the one recently published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) dealing with the rough and tumble sport of darts. During the 42-month period beginning January 1, 1987 and ending June 30, 2000, just 30 darts-related injuries were recorded -- an average of a minuscule 1.4 injuries per month. Hence the inescapable conclusion: the sport of darts is safe. Duh.

Dartoids World"

Flashback - back in a league

I posted this a while back, but the conversation has come up again about Insurance Rates and Darts....

Over the past several years I have noted the decline of dart league membership in the Southern California area. I think what has impacted this area is the increased enforcement of the driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as onslaught of soft-tip darts.

While I was in a league in the San Diego area a major darts vendor became the area distributor of soft-tip dart machines. As part of the introductions of soft-tip darts the vendor promoted to the bar owners the increased revenue stream that could be had from the machines. The clincher was the sham argument that insurance rates would increase for establishments that had steel tip darts. They were told that as several large judgments had been won against "dart bars back east" and the insurance rates were sure to increase. Several bars that sponsored teams held out and had both soft-tip and steel, but the soft-tip promoters came in and organized tournaments, leagues, promotions with lots of prizes and cash. Most of the bar owners gave more time and space to soft-tips and put in more pool tables. Steel tip dart boards were squeezed out, by arcade style darts (anyone got a quarter?). Several bars held out and keep steel darts sponsored teams in the steel-tip dart leagues, had cash tournaments, and recruited new players. But over time they did not compete well with soft-tip darts, and the number steel-tip teams / players decreased.

When some of the sympathetic bar owners in my area sold their bars I found myself at minimum 35 min away from the nearest steel tip bar in any direction. I was out of league darts..... I had gone from playing 3 nights a week league, and 2 nights a week "blind draw doubles" to nothing but the occasional "weekend tourney". This by no means says that steel-tip darts in the area are dead, but I must say that league membership is down and fewer bars have dartboards / league teams.

It's good to be back in a league.....

Now for a few more words on the topic of insurance.....

There is a venue in our league that does not allow anyone but league members to play darts. We "check out the boards" for league events then turn them in at the end of the event. A few months I asked why this was the case and the manager said; "If we leave them up for the general public or rates will go up." I tried to have a logical discussion about issue, but got no further than; "We can't afford the higher rates." I knew that this was not the case, but I had no proof to prove my point.

On the way home (we carpool and have a designated driver) I ranted to my teammates about how stupid "Insurance rate excuse" was, and how could they accept such rubbish as truth! Someone, who must of been tired of my rant, said prove it! My rant ended.

A couple days later I went into our home pub and asked the owner about his insurance rates and if they were affected by having dart boards. He responded that; "Insurance rates always go up!" But I wanted to know if it had anything to do with dartboards.

He said that he was with the same agent for the entire time that he had owned the bar, and his rates were lower than most other bars in the area. He also mentioned that his agent was more interested in having him install non-slip mats, and improving his storage area as employee injury claims in bars were on the rise.

So armed with the name and phone number of the agent I called the offending venue, and chatted with the manager sharing my research. A few weeks ago I spoke to the insurance agent, and the manager has yet to call.



By Jon Wilde, PA Sport

Tony David, winner of the Embassy World Championship in 2002, lost the chance to regain the Lakeside title in January when he fell at the first hurdle in qualifying on Thursday.

The 39-year-old Australian, a haemophiliac who cannot straighten his throwing arm, shocked the darts world when he beat Mervyn King in the final at Frimley Green four years ago.



By Jon Wilde, PA Sport

A heroic effort from 60-year-old Bobby George on Thursday was not quite enough to earn him a place at the Lakeside World Championship in January.

The player known as 'Mr Glitter', World Championship runner-up in 1980 and 1994, won four qualifying matches at the international play-offs in Bridlington but fell at the penultimate hurdle.

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By Jon Wilde, PA Sport

Paul Gibbs will miss Friday's draw for the 2007 Lakeside World Championship - but knows exactly who he would like to be paired with in the first round.

The Hampshire bricklayer, an emerging talent who was runner-up in this year's England Open, secured his Frimley Green debut in January by succeeding at the international play-offs in Bridlington.

Planet Darts - Clarys Set For Further Checks

"Clarys Set For Further Checks

ERIK CLARYS will have further tests in November to assess his recovery from the broken elbow which has left his career in doubt.
Planet Darts - Clarys Set For Further Checks"

Friday, October 13, 2006

Take some time and visit Roger Carter's (WSOD qualifer) Web Journal

"Colorado Open

Oh me. I have played darts in high altitude before, Lake Tahoe, but never took me this long to get used to it. (That is my story and I WILL stick to it.) Didn't play too well on Saturday other than the 501 doubles. I was
able to pick up a great partner, Dan Carroll, and we managed to get into the top 8. We played well together and I enjoyed every minute of it. He is definitley a great character and darts player.
Colorado Open" full write up: "

Thursday, October 12, 2006

BBC SPORT -Darts -George suffers Lakeside heartache

"George suffers Lakeside heartache
Darts legend Bobby George
BBC darts pundit George is a two-time world runner-up
Bobby George failed in his attempt to reach the Lakeside World Championship after falling in the penultimate round of qualifying in Bridlington.

The 60-year-old won four matches before losing to Denmark's Preben Krabben after taking the first five legs.

'I had my chances but missed a couple of doubles and you have to accept that,' said the two-time runner-up.
BBC SPORT - George suffers Lakeside heartache"

WSOD: Interview with Tim Darby - SUPERSTARS OF DARTS

"Q. However as with most business not everything is always
successful. I assume the PDC must be disappointed with ESPN's
decision to so quickly take 'The World Series of Darts' off US
prime time TV after a ratings decline?

TD: Disappointed is probably not the right word. I think, with
hindsight, the slot which the event was given was ambitious
scheduling and hence the expectations for its rating was
probably too high. But it is encouraging to see that since the
channel switch the ratings have been very good for that slot, so
ESPN have been heartened by this. We hope to be able to make an
announcement about next years event within the next 4 - 6 weeks.

Interview with Tim Darby - SUPERSTARS OF DARTS: "

BBC SPORT | Other Sport... | Darts | "It's a very different event"

"The Winmau World Masters Championship features in Grandstand on Saturday and Sunday.

The event in Bridlington is a prestige tournament for darts players all around the world and they know that if you are a World Master you are in the history books.

It's a very different event to what the top players are used to.
BBC SPORT - Darts | 'It's a very different event'"

Town set for huge weekend of sport

"Town set for huge weekend of sport
A BUMPER sporting weekend looks guaranteed as Bridlington prepares for a welcome invasion of hundreds of darts and athletics fans.
With the Spa closed for renovation, the town's Leisure World will be bursting at the seams with the 33rd Winmau World Masters Darts Championships and Bridlington Road Runners' Half Marathon and Family Fun Run doubling up to form a huge sporting gathering.
Sport - Bridlington Today: News, 33rd Winmau World Masters"

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Las Vegas Open for 2007

"Las Vegas Open for 2007:

Location: Tuscany Suites - 255 E. Flamingo (2 blocks off the strip)
Date: January 26th through 28th, 2007
Darters room rates: $85.00 night

More information and flyer to follow!"

Monday, October 09, 2006

Paul Williams Forums - September Answers 2006

The September Question of the Month has been selected over at the Paul Williams forums and answers are rolling in. You will have to log in or sign up to view this forum.

"When you are in a match, and losing....not so much because your opponent is on target(although he might be) but because you feel you are not throwing your best darts...what do you do to try and raise your game? - OC

answers posted as they arrive

paul williams - September Answers 2006"

darttournaments - The Triumphant Return of the San Francisco Open

You can find more on the SFO.....

"The Triumphant Return of the San Francisco Open

Let me start by thanking all the players that made the trip to San Francisco for our return to ADO tournament darts. The 2006 San Francisco Open was a rousing success.
darttournaments : Message: The Triumphant Return of the San Francisco Open"

BBC SPORT - Klaasen not seeded for Lakeside

"Klaasen not seeded for Lakeside
Jelle Klaasen
The Lakeside World Championship will use 16 seedings next year for the first time since 1981 - but champion Jelle Klaasen is not among them.

The list, doubled in length since 2006, also excludes ex-winner Andy Fordham.
Top 16 seeds: 1 Martin Adams (Eng) 2 Gary Anderson (Sco) 3 Michael Van Gerwen (Ned) 4 Tony Eccles (Eng) 5 Mervyn King (Eng) 6 Simon Whitlock (Aus) 7 Darryl Fitton (Eng) 8 Ted Hankey (Eng) 9 Vincent van der Voort (Ned) 10 Martin Atkins (Eng) 11 Niels de Ruiter (Ned) 12 Mike Veitch (Sco) 13 Shaun Greatbatch (Eng) 14 John Walton (Eng) 15 Paul Hanvidge (Sco) 16 Co Stompe (Ned)
BBC SPORT | Other Sport... | Darts | Klaasen not seeded for Lakeside"

Friday, October 06, 2006

Planet Darts - 2007 PDC Calendar

2007 PDC Calendar

THE Professional Darts Corporation have announced the provisional 2007 calendar of tournaments.

The PDC are moving towards a minimum of 25 Pro Tour events to accompany the existing five televised ranking tournaments on the £2 million professional circuit next year.
2007 PDC Calendar

Great Lakes Dart Challenge write up by Bobby Jones

So I'm at the Great Lakes Dart Challenge, two weekends after my first big tournament (Windy City Open) in over 17 years out of the sport of darts. My wife and I got back into it about four months ago, practicing diligently at home, playing in the local blind draws, and feeling pretty good about how well we've been shooting. Windy City was tough - did I mention that Windy City was TOUGH? I figured I could go head to head with the top shooters and at least hold my own. Boy, was I wrong! I forgot about "tournament nerves", but figured, "ok, now I'm shooting a big tournament in MY bar - I won't be nervous shooting against anyone!" Friday night I walk into Westwood at the Crossing, the venue for the GLDC, and take a look around - Steve Brown, Darin Young, Brad Wethington, Jim Simpson, Isen Veljic, Ray Carver. John Kuczynski, Joe Slivan, Gary Mawson, Ed (Bam-Bam)DeBanke, Dave DePriest - er, am I in Chicago again? Hello, big tournament nerves!!!!! Even Rocky Willis, my friend, asks me if I have my "Chicago Darts" with me this weekend - not a good sign! (By the way, thanks, Rocky, for my new nickname "Chicago Bob" - I noticed that really took those big shooters out of their game when they heard that! Smile) The weakest link went pretty well, though, as I got knocked out with a 32 instead of the 7 that took me out in Chicago, so I was feeling better already. In the blind draw I got Sue Little from Canada, who is an excellent shooter, and after some tense moments we managed to get past our first round. Then we run into Bill Trapp and Fireman Don and are promptly taken out. Hats off to Sue for shooting with me and helping me calm the tournament nerves! (Sue and her partner Marion Carli took 1st place in the Women's Doubles 501 - congrats, Sue and Marion!) I got into the second luck, drawing Ruthie from Kalamazoo, but it wasn't our night and we exited after the first round, so it's off to get some well deserved rest at home!

Saturday's first event was the Blind Draw Mixed Triples - an interesting format and a lot of fun. Fortunately for me, my nerves were overcome by two excellent partners - Ruthie from Kzoo again, and Neil Q from Novi, who really helped our team make it into the top sixteen! Hooray, my first big tournament money since the 17 year hiatus - I was really happy! I should mention that the team who beat us (Lori Kiley/Gary Mawson/Ed "Bam-Bam" DeBanke ended up taking 1st place in the Blind Draw mixed triples event - congrats!) Congratulations, also, to my wife Jenny, as she also finished in the top 16 of the mixed triples blind draw (although I never did get to shoot against her!) Next is open doubles 501, and Monte Jones and I struggled, to say the least, and were overcome in the first round by locals James Fleming and Church, who were on top form. Next up is single 501, and my most memorable match by far of the entire weekend. I drew Jim Askham, from Chicago - if you ever want to meet the nicest guy in darts, make sure you introduce yourself to Jim. He was a gracious player, and I managed to play decently enough to win, but it was absolutely one of the most fun matches I've ever played in my life. He complimented me on shots that weren't that great, but I was struggling and he knew it and his encouragement helped me to get past the nerves and actually find the triple twenty, in his words. I had a chance to chat with Jim later in the evening and we both agreed that sometimes the "fun" of darts is lost in these big competitions, and that our match was genuinely a "fun" match! I can only hope I represent the sport of darts as elegantly and graciously as Jim! My next draw, the famous Jon Douglas, was alas, not as much "fun" as Jon opened on my with a maximum, winning the first leg. In the next leg Jon was nice enough to give me at least 15 darts at the double two before sitting me down - nice darts, Jon!!

Now it's on to the mixed doubles event, where I'm shooting with the lovely and talented Jenny Jones, my wife. Things were running a bit behind at this point because two of our top local darters, Dawn Jones and Shellie Robinson, were battling it out in the finals of the ladies doubles cricket, which they barely lost to June Bug and Tina Muscare. Ed "Bam-Bam" DeBanke and June Bug are playing together in the mixed doubles event and we get them in the first round!! WOO HOO!! I'm hoping June Bug has thrown all her good darts in the preceding match, but I was dead wrong, and Ed was in top form as well, leaving Jenny and myself shaking our heads going "what just happened here? " We threw pretty horribly, but nevertheless, were devastated and went limping home. Are we having "fun" yet? Smile

Sunday morning awakes to a beautiful sunshiny day, and I'm thinking I should be backpacking or anything other than throwing darts in a big tournament. Home field advantage has not proven to be my ally, and the nerves are still there. Monte Jones and I proceed to draw Bill Trapp and Mark CoolCat in the first round of open doubles cricket, and we go down two legs straight. Now my only hope is open singles cricket, and as I'm warming up, I'm finally starting to relax a bit and get into a bit of a good rhythm. My first draw out of the chute? Gary Mawson! I was still feeling confident, and I gave him a couple of halfway decent games (he said I shot ok - I appreciate that, Gary!) yet I go down two straight, and that ends my tournament. Looking back, I learned a lot and now know I've got a lot more work to do before I'll be up on the finals stage, but I'm confident that next year I'll be standing up more than I'll be sitting down!!

The Hall Darts Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was incredible!! I was moved to the point of tears, literally, as the names and accomplishments were listed. A special congratulations goes out to Dave DePriest, who is not only an outstanding darter, but a fine young man who I'm proud to call my friend.

The Legends: Remembered and not Forgotten

When I say legends I mean living legends, Bristow, Lowe, Deller, George, Anderson, and more, yes a few more, but for now I mention the above names with a special interest.

Would you like to see Bristow v Lowe, Deller v George, on your TV ?

Read the details at John Lowe's site....

San Francisco Darts Association SF Open 2006 - Write up & Results

"Par Riihonen decided to come from Sweden as his aunt lives here. He's one whale of a player! In Friday's blind draw doubles I saw him put up 3 180's in two legs of a best of three. I expect him to be in the hunt today as I believe his doubles partner is a local named Don Campos who's at #102 in the current ADO ranking.

John Kramer is the husband of Anne Kramer (sleepykramer). I'm certain he has ice water in his veins. One cool character and as funny as they come! I defer to sleepykramer on this character as there is so much to him you'd need a book to get it all in! Though I must add that he's one lucky guy, as Anne is about as wonderful as they come! Surprisiningly her avatar really does represent who she is as a person. Happy, confident, fun and engaging! SEWA is blessed by her presence Wink

Curiously enough kids are drawn to powerful people as adults are and mine was just mesmerized by John during the cricket finals. Afterwards
we walked over to him and congratulated him on his win, and he offered
my boy a set of his darts. Pure old school class is the only way to describe John Kramer.

John Denich is SEWA's own ochekid, and he's the other half of that 11 dart
wonder yesterday. He's drinking the same 'kool aid' as John Kramer bring your poker face and prozac if you're gonna go up against this guy.
Lights out Darts, that sums up his game! Wish you well in Colorado next weekend John!

What I didn't know about ochekid is that he's Canadian by birth and so shares darting roots with Chris White (CW). For most of us in the Bay Area CW is THE local icon of the game, but ochekid showed his prowess against CW yesterday in an awesome way. The final member in the Canadian triumvirate here is David Fatum, who's living in Arizona these days, David is currently ranked at #29 in the ADO rankings and has one of the smoothest easisest strokes I've seen. Makes we want to video tape it, and keep it for reference.

Awesome players one and all. Source link - & "

"Results and info from the SF Open
Thanks to all who made this event possible and to all who attended!
Friday Night Results
Draw Doubles 501

First Place: Par Riihonen (Sweden) & Ron Colvard
Second Place: Don Campos & Chris White

Top 4 : Tim Cherven & David Woodman / Sammy Cruz & Steve Hall

Top Eight: David Fatum & Cyrille Buisson /Chris Plute & Greg Hursey
Mark McGuigan & Jim Kyne/Art Racelis & Les Swift
Saturday Results
Men's Doubles 501

First Place: John Kramer & John Denich
Second Place: Frank Hernandez & Chris Peake

Top Four: Chris White & David Fatum / Rick Bellotti & Tim Cherven

Top Eight: Dave Woodman & Lorenzo Guillermo / Alex Plachutin & Sammy Cruz Ron Colvard & Pat Howard / Scotty Burnett & Joey Burt

Saturday Results
Women's Doubles 501

First Place: Stacy Bromberg & Jennifer Daggy

Second Place: Jan Kidd & Anne Kramer

Top Four: Patricia Miller & Joanne Plachutin / Amy Newman & Allison Long

Saturday Results
Men's Singles Cricket

First Place: John Kramer

Second Place: Frank Hernandez

Top Four: John Denich / Chris White
Top Eight: Dave Woodman / David Hoag / Mark McGuigan / Don Campos

Saturday Results
Womens Singles Cricket

First Place: Stacy Bromberg

Second Place: Amy Newman

Top Four: Jeannie Vigil / Patricia Miller
Top Eight: Anne Farrell / Lois Downs / Jennifer Daggy / Mischelle Martell

Saturday Results
Draw Doubles Cricket

First Place: Phil Fried & Mike Hathaidharm

Second Place: John Ward & Mike G?

Tied for 3rd: Gan Bai & Chris Plute/Mike Schoshinksi & Robert Hurkman

Sunday Results
Men's Doubles Cricket

First Place: Scotty Burnett & Joey Burt

Second Place: John Kramer & John Denich

Top Four: Alex Plachutin & Sammy Cruz / George Van Etta & Jim Nolan
Top Eight:Dave Woodman & Lorenzo Guillermo / Rick Belotti & Tim Cherven Jesse Sechak & Mike Melenudo / Par Riihonen & Don Campos

Sunday Results
Womens Doubles Cricket

First Place: Stacy Bromberg & Jennifer Daggy

Second Place: Maggie Martell & Mischelle Martell
Top Four: Jeannie Vigil & Gretel Flores / Patricia Miller & Joanne Plachutin
Sunday Results
Men's Singles 501

First Place: Chris White

Second Place: Art Racelis

Top Four: Scotty Burnett / Jim Nolan
Top Eight: Gregor Sanderson / Chris Peake / Frank Lopez / Sammy Cruz
Sunday Results
Women's Singles 501

First Place: Mischelle Martell

Second Place: Gretel Flores

Top Four: Jeannie Vigil / Anne Kramer
Top Eight: Allison Long / Lois Downs / Joanne Plachutin / Patricia Miller
San Francisco Darts Association SF Open 2006"

Thursday, October 05, 2006

SEWA Member of the Month for October, Jeff Marinucci, known here as TheNoocH!

The following can be found on the front page of SEWA. Congrats to TheNoocH October Member of the Month

BlackHorse writes 'The SEWA Member of the Month Award was developed to recognize members of for their contribution to the darting community and the site. It was inspired by Dwalsh’s generosity and he was chosen as the first member. This month’s MOM was chosen from a list of outstanding candidates; a very difficult decision made easier only by the knowledge that the others nominated will be showcased in articles to come. Heading that list was an amazing feat by itself.

And so I present to you, the SEWA Member of the Month for October, Jeff Marinucci, known here as TheNoocH!" & article! & page article link!"

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Great Lakes Dart Classic write up by Dave DePriest

Great Lakes Dart Classic / NDHOF Induction Sept 28-Oct 1 2006

Its my birthday weekend, and as a special bonus the tournament is being held right in my backyard. But I guess to tell the full story I have to take you back to early April.

After qualifying for the World Series of Darts my press manager and local dart league president, Russ Schuiling, scheduled various media appearances and interviews. Our goal was to promote the sport and make darters out of a few of these media anchors and reporters. An idea of a pro/am charity event was hatched. Thursday night was the scheduled time and what a hectic process event promotion can be...

Full Story at Dan Carroll qualifies for an international dart tournament

County man headed to world dart competition
Monday, October 2, 2006
By JOHN SEABURN Repository sports writer

Dan Carroll at Primos has qualified for an international dart tournament in England.

Dan Carroll tagged along when a family friend offered to introduce him and his brother Chip to dart throwing 18 years ago.

“I knew nothing about darts,” Carroll said.

He does now.... Dan Carroll qualifies for an international dart tournament -full story

News: Let's play darts -

There has been talk about the PDC World Championship video game for PS2 and PC on several darts forums, but now some of the Gaming sites are starting to weigh in... Here's one of those sites....

"Let's play darts
Tuesday 3-Oct-2006 2:38 PM Oxygen Interactive hits the bullseye on PC and PS2. Have a look at what ya could 'ave won inside

PDC World Championship Darts is coming this Christmas and it'll feature all the heavyweight champions of the oche, a smokey room and warm bitter on tap.

Look out for arrow-lobbing legends including Phil Taylor, Dennis Priestly, Wayne Mardle, Mark Dudbridge and Raymond Van Barneveld.

Check out the screens below while we organise a special event with Oxygen to see how accurate its darts game really is. More soon.News: Let's play darts -"

The game will also get showcased at the week-long London Games Festival

LONDON--The week-long London Games Festival began today and will be the home until Sunday to events such as the Game Developers Conference London, the HMV Games Showcases, Game/Play, and the Artful Gaming Exhibition.
A number of events for gamers will take place throughout the week, including Games Showcases in HMV's Oxford Street store. Starting on Thursday, Pro Stroke Golf and PDC World Championship Darts will be playable.
The UK's new game expo started today with events for industry insiders and everyday gamers; BAFTA game awards coming later in the week.

Sport News - Blackpool Today: Darts - Looks so tough for Wes

"Looks so tough for Wes
FLEETWOOD darts ace Wes Newton must play Phil Taylor in the first round of the SkyBet World Grand Prix in Dublin.
Newton, now ranked 24 in the Professional Darts Corporation rankings, meets 'The Power' on the evening of October 24 in front of the Sky TV cameras.
Should he upset the odds and beat the man rated the greatest darts player of all time, then Newton would face the winner of the meeting between Alan Warriner-Little and Raymond van Barneveld in round two.
Sport News - Blackpool Today: Darts - Looks so tough for Wes 03 October 2006"

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Cumberland News

"By Stan Launder

PAUL McGimpsey, one of Scotland's four elite players selected for the Europe Cup tournament last weekend in Ireland, came away from the illustrious meeting with a coveted gold medal.

This remarkable achievement was due to Paul and his partner Paul Hanvidge winning the doubles tournament at the expense of the Finnish pair of Marko Kantele and Jarko Kommula by a convincing scoreline of 4-0.

This was a notable win for the two Pauls as they would start the event as Scotland's second most fancied pair as BDO world No 1 Gary Anderson and team captain Mike Veitch were thre other two players in the Scotland four.

Much earlier in the event Paul and Paul had put out the very highly rated Dutch pair of Co Stompe and Neils de Ruiter - again very powerfully - by 4-1. The Cumberland News: "

Dartoids World - Darts in the Secret City # 274

"Almost sixty-five years ago 75,000 Americans kept a secret.

It began to unfold in the isolated green hills and rolling valleys in the quiet Tennessee countryside where, just one year later in 1943, one of the legendary country and gospel music quartets of our time began harmonizing in church.

By then the infrastructure for one of the quickest and most monumental, and expensive, construction projects ever was well underway. Virtually overnight, shopping malls were etched into the hills along with schools, entertainment centers, a hospital and a newspaper.
Dartoids World - Darts in the Secret City # 274 Link to full story..."

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Planet Darts: Havenga was the champion in the two-stage event held in Johannesburg

"Happy Havenga Wins South African Masters

WYNAND HAVENGA will represent South Africa at the 2007 World Darts Championship after winning the Emperors Palace South African Masters.

Havenga was the champion in the two-stage event held in Johannesburg on Saturday, defeating Paul Meyer 4-1 in the final.

Almost 100 players travelled from across South Africa to enter the tournament, with each having four hours to throw their best leg of 501.
Havenga was the champion in the two-stage event held in Johannesburg - click here for the full story"

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