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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

2008 Make-A-Wish Maryland Open

Just a reminder to anyone within a few hours drive...

Holiday Inn Laurel West (Off I95 between Baltimore & Washington DC)

For flyer and all tournamment events & details go to the official tournament site

This is a $7,500 ADO sanctioned tournament (18th Year).

If you need a partner or want ot car pool from your area, see the website forum page.

Anyone planning on coming down from New Jersey or the Philly area?

See you there



College thwarted in runner-up bid

College Oak missed a chance to secure runners-up spot in Men's Section 1 of the Greene King ODDA when they lost 6-3 at home to Shelley Arms C.

Needing four points to take second spot, Oak started well when Michael Wilkes defeated Karl Smith, who threw a 160. (full story...)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Losper retains SA Open title

Charles Losper retained the Emperors Palace PDC South African Open title with a 4-1 win over Mark Jackson, a result that earns him a place in the World Darts Championship.

Losper confirmed his status as the leading darts player in South Africa by claiming the title in the two-stage tournament, held at the Emperors Palace Casino in Johannesburg for a second successive year.
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Taylor retains South Africa title

Phil Taylor defeated John Part 5-2 in Johannesburg on Sunday to take his second South African Masters title.

The 13-time World Champion reeled off three straight legs to retain the title he won in 2007.

Earlier 'The Power' beat South African Shawn Hogan 4-1 in the first round before beating Wayne Mardle 5-2 in the semi-final.

Taylor now moves on to the World Grand Prix in Dublin, where he is drawn to meet Ronnie Baxter in round one. (Story Source)

Champions Play Darts in Itaewon

It came as no surprise to many when scientists recently revealed darts to be the second laziest sport in the world behind baseball. For a long time now, the game has suffered from the image of being a dull, pointless game played by dull, pointless, overweight nerdy men boys.

But not all of this is true as some females also play now. The history of darts is both long and illustrious, the dart board allegedly the inspiration behind both the wheel and King Arthur's round table, while darts themselves where thrown for many millennia until some clever person thought of making them bigger in order to kill stuff.

The game's vocabulary has also influenced modern day culture with expressions such as ``bullseye" and ``three in a bed" now a part of everyday life.

For those who play it, darts provides an intoxicating cocktail of skill, nerve, courage, and alcohol. While the game itself is simple, throw the sharp pointy things at the round colored thingy on the wall, to become actually good involves practice and skills.

These skills include the ability to stand perfectly still and throw something forward. Sounds easy? Well it isn't, with most professional dart players revealing it can take weeks for someone to get ``really, really good like me."

The Itaewon International Dart League has been around forever, and for many, the Monday night pilgrimage to the ``Vegas of Asia" provides a bright light in an otherwise dull existence. There are four divisions; A being the best, B a close second, and C&D, well, a bit of a joke. Each team is sponsored by a bar, such as Scrooge Bar, blessed with team ``Eberhardt," one of the oldest and arguably most naturally skillful teams around.

As well as the league, there are a variety of tournaments played throughout the week, with the Friday night one at Dolca Vita bar, notable. If there, ask for Jim, the happy owner has played for over 50 years and is still yet to win a game.

With three seasons played a year, and new bars popping up like mosquito bites in the morning, there are lots of opportunities to join in the fun. New players are always welcome, regardless of sex, age, weight, looks, and skill.

For more information, go to


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Super. Smashing. Great. An audience with comic Jim Bowen

It’s 1983 and it’s Sunday teatime. Sausage, chips and beans. It’s cold outside and there’s school tomorrow but in the living room the curtains are closed, the fire is on and the telly is burning bright.

“It’s a Bullseye, and here's your host... Jiiiim Bowen!”

Life really doesn’t get much better than this. (Full Story...)

Villanueva, Lozada, Malag, Manangod win 4-Man Team title

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: It is always good to see two equally-matched titans in action in any sport, for such a clash ensures that there is no dearth of excitement until the final result, and this was the case on Friday at the Handball Gym of Kazma Sports Complex in Adailiya, when two outstanding teams — Snipers and Charging Pins — vied for the “4-Man Team” Title in the darts competition organised by Alpha Phi Omega Kuwait Alumni Association (APO-KAA153) with support from Xpress Money and Popeye’s Chicken. When the final dart was thrown, Snipers — Antonio “Tony” Villanueva, Joe Lozada, Michael Malag and Rudy Manangod — managed to take home the beacon when they outlasted Charging Pins — Chock Sovery, Ronnie Anastacio, Alvin Coronel and John Ferrer in the 3rd game and final game although it was not an easy task for the Snipers since all the matches went into the deciding leg for a final tally of 4-2 points.

APO-KAA 153 organizers had set up the event on a double round robin format with the preliminary play-offs of two singles events on the 501 best of 3 mode of play which equalled 1 point while two doubles were also counted as 1 point each with 701 best of 3 as the mode of game. For the team event 1001 was used as the mode of play in the best of 3 games and this brought 2 points but in the 2nd round the step-the-ladder setup was used.
The initial singles event of the final game saw Chock on top in the 1st set against Tony when he hit doubles 9 but Tony managed to level in the 2nd leg when he hit doubles 1 to push for the 3rd deciding set that favoured him when he managed a doubles 16 for the win.
However, Ronnie prevailed against Joe in a seesaw battle in the 2nd singles match when he got the perfect eye for doubles 2 in both the 1st and 3rd deciding sets while Joe clinched victory in the 2nd leg with a doubles 10.

When both teams were on level with 1-1 points, Snipers advanced initially in the doubles class with Joe and Tony having a mouth-watering clash before outlasting the tandem of Chock and John by taking the 1st set and 3rd sets with doubles 12 and 16 respectively while Chock and John triumphed in the 2nd set by hitting doubles 16.
Charging Pins manoeuvred the next doubles game into their favour through Ronnie and Alvin who edged Mike and Rudy.
The 1st set witnessed Ronnie and Alvin driven by passion and pressure to level their rivals and get a doubles 16 for victory but Mike and Rudy controlled the 2nd set with a doubles 6 to move the game into the 3rd deciding set which favoured Ronnie and Alvin when they managed a doubles 1.
Darts supporters were on the edge of their seats when the 4-Man Team event started because with both the sides level it was this matchup that would decide the fate of both teams but just like any other sport there could only be one winner and this time it was the Snipers.
It was, however, not an easy victory for Snipers although they had taken the 1st set by hitting their favourite number — doubles 16 — but their opponents proved that they were not an easy prey and fought back to clinch the 2nd set when they knocked doubles 1 to push the match into the 3rd deciding set.

Snipers soon collected their together and came up with a game plan that brought them the 1st 4-Man Championship crown as they pulled off a doubles 16 for the win in the final set.
Earlier that day, in Game 1 Snipers and Charging Pins put their best foot forward and levelled 3-3. Tony triumphed in the initial singles game against Chock when he finished the 1st and 3rd set by knocking doubles 1 while Chock ruled in the 2nd set by hitting doubles 14 while Snipers took the team event that brought them a total of 3 points.
On the other hand, Charging Pins had a hold in the 2nd singles game played by Ronnie as he brushed aside Joe in 2 easy sets striking doubles 20 and 16 respectively while Charging Pins also dominated both the doubles category that saw them reach 3 points.
In Game 2, Charging Pins were in full battle gear when they completed wins in both the singles and doubles class but it seemed that when Snipers combined their skills it brought them victory in the group category.

The awarding ceremony followed shortly, and the occasion seemed like a “reunion” for the brothers and sisters of APO-KAA 153 who had come to offer their full support for another successful competition in which they recognised all the winners — Bernadette Tarucan, Anelene Advincula, Ernie Enot, Amor Auro, George Enteria, Sonny Mariano, Nelson Santiago, Robin Dayao, Isabel Quipse, Jenny Fuentelar, Espie Gumia, Anthony Decena, Lenz Bayot, Deo and Noel Amador, Caloy Abesamis, and Vic Pine.

Awards winners
Champions — Snipers
Antonio Villanueva
Joe Lozada
Michael Malag
Rudy Manangod
1st runners-up — Charging Pins
Chock Sovery
Ronnie Anastacio
Alvin Coronel
John Ferrer
2nd runners-up — Dart Knights
Kennedy Salvador
Rey Ilarde
Billy Ramos
Ray Allan Sayoto
3rd runners-up — Lupin IV
Joselito Deza
Emil Cablar
Vhon Aznar
Bong Gaza
Special Awards
TON 80
Kennedy Salvador (twice)
Joe Lozada
Joselito Deza
Cherry Outing
Wally Bassig
Emil Cablar
Ronnie Anastacio

On the other hand, the other non-winners who joined the competition are El Caviteño — composed of Darwin Palacao, Wally Bassig, Jojo Bassig and Noel Amador while the 1 9 2 5 line-up was based Lindsey Bayot, Anthony Decena, Deo Amador and Nelson Santiago. However, with consistent practice these names can be on the next list of winners and since APO-KAA 153 are “cooking up ” various competitions, fun and excitement will surely never desert the arena.
APO-KAA 153 would like to offer special thanks to Bro. Nelson Santiago, Sis. Amor Auro, Bro. Deo Amador, Bro. Ernie Enot, and Bro. George Enteria.

APO-Darts organizers would like to extend their gratitude to Ramdas Nair of Xpress Money, Majed Al-Trabolsi of Musaad Alsaleh Travel Co. and Rudolf Arceo from Popeyes’ Chicken for the sponsorship of this event. APO KAA-153 organizers would like to invite all darts enthusiasts to join their upcoming “5th APO-Dart Tourney” entitled “1st Expressmoney-APO Founders” tournament, which will be held from 17th October to 19th December 2008. For details contact: Lenz Bayot -6905164, Anthony Decena - 5018672, Nilo Madrid – 9449634.

By Jose Gabriel
Special to the Arab Times (Source link...)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

... email for ADO Region II-2

Hello! Just a reminder for tomorrow's qualifier.

Have a great weekend!

Take care!!! Anne

Hello again everyone! We have confirmed 2 more dates for qualifiers to be held. Sunday, Sept. 28th and Saturday, Oct. 4th. See below for start times and additional info. These events are open to all players in the region.

There are also raffle tickets still available for sale for a chance to win your entry paid into the regional. If you would like a ticket and cannot make it to a qualifier, please let me know and we can make alternate arrangements. Men's and ladies draw will be separate.

Hope to see you all there!

Take care!!! Anne
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The P.D.A. is holding
A.D.O. Sanctioned Qualifiers For The National Cricket Singles
On the Following Dates
Sunday, September 28, 2008 start time 1pm
Saturday, October 4, 2008, start time 12noon
at The Dolphin Lounge
1274 S. Magnolia
Anaheim, Ca 92804

Entry is $10.00 per person
Round Robin Format
Regional Finals will be held in November
in San Diego
The National Finals will be held in January
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For further Information Please Call
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My favorite Dart Blogs to check in with...

The Dart Indoors

Friday, September 26, 2008

Best of 14: Mike Baxter

Tommo's Blog

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Chelmsford 4 - 6 Coach & Horses

Kevin's Blog

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Maui Waui

Friday, September 26, 2008

Deeping ace Adams goes out at the last eight stage

MARTIN Adams reached the quarter-finals of the BDO British Open – the final tournament in the inaugural BDO Grand Prix series – at the weekend.
The Market Deeping legend lost 2-0 to Dutch thrower Mareno Michels in the last eight at The Spa in Bridlington.

'Wolfie' Adams had come through seven previous matches to qualify for the televised stages of an event screened by Setanta Sports.

Adams results: Second round bt Adam Thompson 3-0; third round bt Les Hawksworth 3-0; fourth round bt Mick Lidgett 3-0; fifth round bt Joe Murnan 3-1; sixth round bt Roy Van Der Berg 3-1; last 16 bt Derek Cunningham 3-2; quarter-final lost to Mareno Michels 2-0.

THE Post Office Club plays host to a darts knockout tomorrow night.

Entry costs £3 with registration at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. There is a guaranteed £50 to the winner.

Published Date: 25 September 2008 (Story Source...)

DARTS ROUNDUP - Longshaw on form for Supporters

JOHN Longshaw with a 27 32 average led Caernarfon Town Football Supporters Club to a 6 – 2 away win over Dolgarrog Social Club to maintain their challenge at the top of the Gwynedd Mens Superleague.
Carwyn Moss Jones, Trefor Lloyd, Gethin Lewis, Steve Jones and Dylan Roberts were the other winners for the Town side, which sees them, two points behind leaders Foelas Arms who also won 6 – 2 away at the BRI Bangor.

David Griffiths and Ron Cox were the successful duo for the Dolgarrog club.

Reigning champions Penrhyn Arms and the Unicorn Dolgellau kept 100 per cent records they have made to their start of the season, with both recording 6 – 2 victories.

The Llandudno title holders inflicting the first defeat of campaign on Wynnes Arms thanks top average performances of Ian Gareth Jones 26.37 and Jim Dorenbos 25.47.

Wil Elphick was the top average man for the Unicorn with a 24.23 effort, as they cruised to a home win over basement side the Foresters, with Steven Lee Williams, Darren Bingham, Jacky Blanks, Keith Williams and Charlie Stimpson adding in their other wins.

Jon Aston with 112 finish and Dennis Williams were on the mark for the Harbourmen.

In other match on Sunday, Wellmans beat the Penrhynside 6 – 2.

THE Holland Arms sit at the top of the embryonic Windowtec Bangor darts league after week two, following their 18-0 victory over the Harp Inn.

Mostyn A lie in second following their bye, and the Union Inn are third following a 14-4 away win at Mostyn B.

Elsewhere, the Buckeley Arms were crushed 1-17 at home by the Bull Inn, and Albion Hotel lost to Bri Club 7-11. Finally, Penrhos Arms drew 9-9 at home to Ty Isaf, and Pant Yr Ardd beat Kings Head 14-4.
Published Date: 25 September 2008 (Story Source)

Mervyn King has his sights firmly set on

Mervyn King has his sights firmly set on a place in the top six in the world and the Premier League - starting with a good performance in his second World Grand Prix appearance in Dublin.

King has risen into the top 16 in the Order of Merit for the first time since his switch to the PDC 18 months ago, but he has much more lofty ambitions.

'The King' wants to move up another ten places and thereby qualify for the Premier League, shown live on Sky Sports - and now seen as the pinnacle of professional darts.

"I've just gone into the top 16, but I'm looking to try and get into the top six by the end of the year so I can get into the Premier League," King told

"It's a realistic goal for me but its not going to be an easy one with the players and the better performers I've got to beat and got to overtake, but that is my goal."


"I've got into the top 16 within 18 months so my next goal is to be in the top ten but by the end of the year I'm really hoping to be in the top six, but there's a lot of hard work to do between now and then.

"It's not just the venues of the Premier League, if you're playing in the Premier League and you're playing 14 weeks and every week you're playing the standard of players you play against then its got be good for your game.

"It's got to bring your own performance on so if you re playing the best you're going to become the best so it's good for you that way as well as financially."

First up for King is a return to Dublin and the CityWest Hotel with its own uniqueness in both the venue and the tournament structure.

The venue is one of the smaller and more intimate of those staging major events, while the double-in format means upsets are always on the cards.


"It was my first year last year I lost to Raymond van Barneveld in the second round," King recalls.

"It's a bit different with the double-in, I haven't played that since local league when I started playing probably 30 years ago around the Ipswich area around where I grew up, from what I can remember, so it's a bit of a shock to the system.

"You've got to get the double before you can start, so if it takes you six darts just to start then you're going to be struggling.

"Its very good, it's a hard venue because the spectators are so close to the stage it's very hot and it's very noisy but the actual venue itself is very good.

"They can move it up to what size the want with the partitions but as a venues go it's very good.

"It is small compared to the likes of the Ally Pally but it's more personal and the atmosphere seems to be better because with a big venue you can sometimes lose the atmosphere."

King admits his form has been patchy at times, but he has stepped up to the plate in terms of added practice and feels the benefits will soon be there for all to see.

"I'm not playing too bad, it's a bit up and down at the moment - some days I can't miss and other days I cant hit a thing - but it's tending to even itself out a bit more now.

"I'm playing a lot more consistently and I think it's the amount of practice I've put in over the last 18 months. I've upped my practice and I'm working hard at it and I think it's now paying dividends."

Colin Lloyd was talking at the RAC Everyman Track Day at Rockingham Motor Speedway. For more information on RAC's link-up with Everyman log on to

By Paul Higham Last updated: 25th September 2008 (Source link)

Pechera-Billote pair tops darts monthly tilt

Meloy Pechera of the Bacolod City Water District and Rodney Billote of Silay City outplayed the tandem of Melvin Adeva and Michael Dalapatan in the finals to bag the championship honors for the month of August in the monthly darts tournament organized by the Association of Negros Darters and Darts Clubs at The New Tops Millennium Plaza in Bacolod City.

Pechera and Billote racked up wins in the Classified Draw Doubles tournament format -- 501 best-of-three -- to stay unbeaten in the winners’ bracket and enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the finals.

Adeva and Dalapatan, on the other hand, had to dispose the pair of Diutay Divinagracia and Edwin Millan to earn the right to challenge Pechera and Billote for the title.

But the early leaders proved to be too classy for Adeva and Dalapatan who lost their bid for the title in two straight legs of the first set and settled for the first runner-up honors.

Divinagracia and Millan were named second runner-up while Rommel Bagotayao and Benzy Oñate placed fourth.

The winners received cash prizes and trophies from the organizers.

Meanwhile, local darters are encouraged to keep busy practicing for the 9th Masskaa Darts Invitational set October 11 and 12 at the New Tops Millennium Plaza.

Expected to join the tournament are darters from San Carlos, Dumaguete, IloiIo, Kalibo, Roxas, and Cebu cities.*NAB (Source Link...)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

4th Annual RB Dart Benefit Tournament

4th Annual RB Dart Benefit Tournament
Event Date: September 26th, 2008
Event Time: TBA - TBA
Location: TBA

Schedule of events: Friday, Mixed Trips at Whiskey River, Pierre, 7 p.m.; Saturday Team at Moose Lodge, Fort Pierre, 10 a.m.; and Sunday, Singles, Moose Lodge, Fort Pierre, 8 a.m. To insure that our team has a place in the tournament you must pre-register. To register or get more information, please call 605-730-1196 or 605-473-0130 or e-mail RBdartbenefit"at"

Darts season soon takes flight

The local darts season is slated to get underway soon and it promises to be very competitive.

Organizers say the tentative date is Wednesday 5 November at 7:30pm. The venue will be announced at a later date.

According to Cayman Darts Association president Arthur Ebanks the coming season should be a promising one.

“It’s going to be a dynamic season. We’re going to introduce more mini–tournaments and resurrect old competitions such as the ‘nationals’. (full article...)

Darts: Henson first into the 7-1 club

OLD Castle Jolliers had an uncompromising welcome to the Coors Bridgend & District Winter Darts League as the new season got under way.

League chairman Gerwyn Harris hit a maximum with the first throw of the night and that set the tone as the Railway Canteen A won the threes, pairs and seven of the singles for a comprehensive 12-1 victory.(full article...)

Sep 25 2008 by Ron Chalmers, Glamorgan Gazette

Dutch Ace Takes Group Six Win

VINCENT VAN DER VOORT booked his place in the Championship League Darts Winners Group with victory over Mark Walsh in the Group Six Final.

The Dutchman finished third in the Group Six table after the eight competitors met in a round-robin phase on Thursday, before defeating Adrian Lewis in the semi-finals and Walsh in the decider. (full article...)



Darts has truly gone global and Nuts TV is following the world's elite players on their latest tour, with exclusive coverage of the 2008 Emperors Palace South African Darts Masters. Legends of the game, like our own Phil Taylor, will be heading to the stunning and glamorous gaming and casino resort to mix it up with the best darts players South Africa has to offer!

Starting on 28 September, the Emperors Palace South African Darts Masters tournament pitches four of the world’s elite darts men against the four leading South African players. Joining Phil Taylor, the 13-time world champion, are current world champion John Part, world number three James Wade and the ever-entertaining Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle.

For the local darts players, it's the chance to test themselves against the world’s best in front of their home crowd, as well as securing a place in the World Darts Championships held in London over Christmas and the New Year. For the elite players, it's an opportunity to take their skills on tour and play in an all-new environment. The Emperors Palace is an enormous casino resort set in the stunning surrounds of Johannesburg that combines the excitement of darts with the glamour of high stakes gaming!

Coverage of this marquee event begins on Nuts TV at 8pm on Sky channel 196 and freeview channel 42. Don’t miss it!.

Family helps George meet his targets

The annual Vivian Rankine memorial darts tournament was as much about the sport as it was about a schoolboy.

George Rankine, son of the late Vivian Rankine, took centre stage at the competition held last weekend at Corner Pocket.

George, 14, would start the tournament as usual (full article...)

Torrevieja Ladies Darts Presentation Evening

Over 150 ladies and their partners turned up to Torrevieja Ladies Darts Organisation’s presentation of medals and trophies held at the Quesada Country Club on Saturday evening at which MC and Coordinator Pam Horton opened proceedings by extending a warm welcome to every one in attendance.

The presentations began with the Hot Shot Certificates for those Ladies scoring 100 or more. This was followed by a special presentation to new members, 43 of whom received Special Ladies League Badges.

Pride of place, however, went to The Wildcats who won the double of both the League Championship and the Diana Lloyd Memorial trophy. (Image 46) while the Players team of the Year went to Charlie’s Angels (Image 39). Of the other major presentations a special award was made by the Organising Committee to the Hot Rock Rockettes (Image 15) and seven ladies, Shirley Edwards, Barbara Warren, Elizabeth Brooks, Pat Rafferty, Margaret Boden, Julie Wilson and Christine Hunt all achieved a magnificent 180 maximum.

Other presentations took place as shown below:
Highest Checkout - Christine Hunt
Least Darts - Yvonne Mclntosh
Mixed pairs - 1st Chris Hunt & Brian Pitman, 2nd Val Roche & John Clarke, Joint 3rd Yvonne Mclntosh & Martin Johnson with Irene Russell & Paul Osborne
Ladies Pairs - 1st Chris Hunt & Shirley Stephenson, 2nd Irene Russell & Dizzy Fletcher, Joint 3rd Shirley Edwards & Margaret Boden together with Pat Rafferty & Val Daniels
Ladies Singles - 1st Pat Raffferty, 2nd Dulce Arija, Joint 3rd Shirley Stephenson and Chris Hunt
1/4 Finalists (Medals) - Ina Art, Liz Brooks, Irene Russell, Barbara Warren.
Diana Lloyd Memorial Trophy - Runners-Up Charlies Angels
League Runners-Up Abbey Habits, 3rd Place Clapton's Amigos, Wooden SpoonKelly's Heros

Please remember that the A.G.M. is on Tuesday 23rd May 2006 the venue for which will be the Black Dog. The meeting will be convened at 8.00pm for 8.30 as usual.

Congratulations and well done everyone.

By Kevin Reardon (
(Published: 14/05/2006 Edition No.: 106) (Source Link...)

1st edition Ladies Only

Sunday September 7th the first Ladies Only Dart tournament was played in Café Rendez Vous in Hilversum. 37 ladies entered this tournament, under which world Champion Jan Robbins.

The tournament was vere well organized. The tournament committee of Darts Union Rendez Vous took care of the management and the markers! Non of the ladies had to mark after a match, the committee arranged it all. And there was a great buffet. The ladies dart players were treated with that before the last 16 would play. We would like to thank Bill and Karin from Café Rendez Vous for this marvelous treatment.

Sky Poker World Grand Prix in Dublin - Colin Lloyd

Colin Lloyd says he is back to his old self and ready to claim another major title as he returns to the scene of his breakthrough victory - the Sky Poker World Grand Prix in Dublin.

'Jaws' gobbled up the Grand Prix title back in 2004 before then going on to add the World Matchplay the following year as Lloyd made his way to the world number one spot in darts.

A leaner spell has followed recently and with Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade and Terry Jenkins splitting major titles and finals with Phil Taylor, Lloyd has been squeezed down the rankings.

As the darts circuit again heads to the Emerald Isle for the Grand Prix at the CityWest Hotel in Dublin, Lloyd believes his fine form in Ireland will help him back to the top of the game.

"I enjoy playing at the CityWest, I was just chatting with the other half the other day and just looking at a few achievements and a few other things I've done overt the past few years and I've actually got a very, very good record in Ireland," Lloyd told at an RAC track day at Rockingham.


"I've won a lot of tournaments in Ireland, I was working out I've won about nine different tournaments in Ireland.

"I got a nine-darter to win the Irish Masters in 2006, also I'm obviously a former World Grand Prix winner so obviously the CityWest is a special place for me to go and play."

Whizzing around the Rockingham track is obviously a tad different for Lloyd from his day job, but the darts players also face a unique challenge in Dublin with the double-in format often providing big upsets in the early rounds.

"We play loads of different things around the world," Lloyd added.

"We play 301 and 501 and then there's the double-in in Ireland, but you just adapt to what's put in front of you.

"We've always known that the World Grand Prix is a double start so there's no excuses, if you're missing your doubles you are going to get punished but if you're hitting them you've got a fair chance, so it doesn't bother me one little bit - I like playing it when I'm there but not too often."


With the CityWest Hotel being much smaller than the huge arenas now being used for major darts events, Lloyd clearly enjoys the atmosphere.

"The great thing about the CityWest is the Irish folk," he said. "They create a great atmosphere.

"Although there's not as many of them in there as there is at the Ally Pally or the Premier League they always create a good vibe so it's always a pleasure to go and play there."

Lloyd plays Dutchman Vincent van der Voort in the first round.

"Vincent's a bit of a cagey fella, he's turned me over the last couple of times I've played him, he hadn't beaten me before then - not that will matter one little bit.

"I'm just going to get up there and try to get on top quickly and get through to look forward to the next one."


The reason Lloyd feels so upbeat heading to Dublin is a change in his mentality, which has led to much-improved performances in 2008 including three titles and a nine-darter.

A rise to number seven in the Order of Merit also means that a Premier League return is on the cards.

"This year I've got that oomph back, I'm enjoying the game again and the results are starting to come with that.

"It's a mental thing, I think I've gone back to my old mentality and that's why I'm enjoying myself and when I'm enjoying the game I know I can throw some good stuff so hopefully I can go over to the Grand Prix and have a good battle.

"I'm making a bit of a push to get back in to the Premier League, I'm up to seventh now but there's still a lot of hard work to be done.

"I've been fortunate enough to have played in three of them. It's a great experience, a lot of TV exposure - a lot more people get to see and know more about you.

"But it is tough and it makes your year a lot tougher but if you want to be a professional dart player you need to be prepared to make those sacrifices."

Colin Lloyd was talking at the RAC Everyman Track Day at Rockingham Motor Speedway. For more information on RAC's link-up with Everyman log on to

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Sky Poker World Grand Prix Draw

JAMES WADE will begin the defence of his Sky Poker World Grand Prix against Tony Eccles next month, while Phil Taylor meets Ronnie Baxter at the Citywest Hotel.

Wade defeated Terry Jenkins to claim the Dublin title last October, and will open up this year's event on Monday October 6 against qualifier Eccles, who will be making his debut in the double-start tournament. (full story...)

Teenagers in County squad

HERTFORDSHIRE started the new Inter-County season with the visit of Warwickshire to the Shamrock Club in Welwyn Garden City.

Manager Charlie Brownless gave debuts to Jonathan Creed, aged 19, and Daniel Ovens, aged 13 and the team faced a tough challenge against a side they had never beaten since the BDO (British Darts Organisation) was formed in 1973.

Daniel was drawn out first and lost the first two legs but won the third leg in 16 darts and then won the next two legs to win 3-2. John Blair, from St Albans, was also a winner for Herts, taking his match 3-2 with a 160 finish. The Herts team played very well but could not stop Warwickshire from winning 23-16.

The ladies did not start too well either, losing the first two games before Jill Theobald (Welwyn) won 3-1. Lady of the Match Lynne Taylor (3-0) took her match with a 21.17 average and Linda Reed (3-2) also claimed victory to secure a 3-3 draw.

On Sunday, against a very strong Warwickshire Ladies 'A' team, Herts lost 5-1 with only Jane Phillips (Watford) playing well to win 3-0 and take the match award with a 22.43 average.

The men's A team did play well but did not get the breaks and lost 7-5. Man of the Match was Steve Hartley who won 3-1 with a 26.95 average.
11:29 - 25 September 2008
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Dartoid's World - September 25, 2009


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you never quite know what to expect when you pick up a book about darts. We’ll, actually you pretty much do. That’s the frustrating thing. Most of them are boring!

Like mine.

But George Silberzahn’s first book, How to Master the Sport of Darts, was different. That’s why it was so wildly popular, quickly selling out two printings. Now, in just days, perhaps even hours, the Second Edition of Silberzahn’s masterpiece will be released...

Click here for the rest of this column.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

War of words has begun in dart comp

DARTS: It’s only a few weeks away from the start of the battle of the clubs and hotels, and there is already a war of words being waged in the streets of Wellington.

Hey everyone, it is only a game of darts. But I suppose this is about pride and bragging rights so I have been told.

The response to the darts competition has been overwhelming with the amount of teams already nominated to represent their club or hotel.

Unfortunately, the Wellington Hotel had to withdraw from the competition due to prior commitments which they have been doing for some time.

It would have been impossible to run a darts night, but I have been told not to forget them as they are looking at competing in future competitions.

A cry for help has been issued by the Grand Hotel.

They have had a run of bad luck forming their teams as work-related commitments have decimated the Grand’s nominations down to one part-time player and one full-time player.

I am sure there are plenty of darts players, male and female out there who would relish the chance of representing their favourite hotel. If so, ring or call into the grand and ask for Bob, he will open you with open arms.

If you are lucky, he may even give you a big hug (male or female).

On a serious note, the competition starts on October 7, but before we get started we need to hold a meeting with hopefully one delegate from each team to attend.

The meeting will be held at the bowling club at 7pm on September 30.

It is to discuss the running of the competition and to give out the draw sheets to each of the delegates.

Finally, I wish to thank everyone for the interest shown in seeing darts played again in Wellington. And all the best in your quest to be the best. (Source link...)

The Dart League King - Dartoid's World

Monday, September 8, 2008
Column 331
The Dart League King

In the history of time, at least in the English language (I am including British-speak as English, to be kind) there have been less than 75 books written about darts. Of course there are several about the old Dodge Dart and poison dart frogs but they don’t count.

Among the real darts books only six are novels (London Fields by Martin Amis, published in 1989; Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh penned fifty years earlier in 1939; Balling the Jack by Frank Baldwin and Wilson’s Island by Stephen Blanchard, from 1997; In and Out by Mat Coward, from 2001; and Cupid’s Dart by David Nobbs, published just last year). While the later few are fun reads, from a literary standpoint only the first two by Amis and Marsh are quality.

Now there is a third... (full article...)
Monday, September 8, 2008
Column 331

TV Coverage For South African Masters

THE South African Masters on Sunday 30 September will be screened live on Challenge TV in the UK as well as SuperSport in South Africa.

The tournament will feature the top four South Africans from Saturday's Emperors Palace PDC SA Open taking on Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade and Terry Jenkins. (full article...)

Stars Travel To South African Events

THE PDC's top four players will travel to the Emperors Palace Casino in Johannesburg this month for the biggest weekend in the sport's history in South Africa.

Phil Taylor, the 13-time World Champion, current World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, recent World Matchplay winner James Wade and world number four Terry Jenkins will play, live on SuperSport, in the South African Masters on Sunday 30 September against the best four home players. (full article...)

Marketing Profile: Barry Hearn chairman, Matchroom Sport

LONDON - Sports promoter Barry Hearn is nothing if not enthusiastic about his latest venture, the Prizefighter boxing tournament. 'This is the best thing that has happened to boxing since the introduction of the Queensbury rules,' he claims.

Hearn is not one for underselling a show, and has arguably done more to boost viewing figures for sport on TV than anyone else since the inception of Sky Sports in 1990.

TV viewers today have less patience and a wider selection of channels to choose from than ever before and Hearn has positioned himself to benefit from both trends.

'I originally went into boxing 25 years ago because I didn't think that the shows I was going to were giving me value for money,' he recalls. 'Boxing is too dominated by big names that don't have a competitive fight. I could tell you who was going to win 95% of fights before they began.'

Prizefighter, an eight-man tournament taking place over the course of an evening, is earthier than the world-title fights Hearn has promoted for boxers including Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Prince Naseem Hamed. In 1987, Hearn staged a memorable bout between British heavyweight Frank Bruno and veteran Joe Bugner, during one of his comebacks, at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane ground in front of more than 30,000 fans.

Prizefighter is very different affair, however. 'It's not about using the best in the world. Nobody has said to me that it was the best boxing they'd ever seen, but people have said it was the best night of boxing they've seen,' he enthuses.

The first tournament, held in Bethnal Green, East London, in April, was won by a 37-year-old taxi driver, while the latest show featured a contestant who had called off his honeymoon to prepare for the tournament in a caravan parked in his trainer's garden. The second of the new-format events took place earlier this month at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle and was broadcast live on Sky Sports. In typical style, Hearn arranged for the trophy to be carried down the River Tyne by the Royal Marines in a PR stunt for the TV cameras.

A third instalment in the series, which is due to be held on 24 October, will introduce a new weight category; the winner will take home a £25,000 prize.

You get the feeling Hearn would love a crack at the title himself, but, although he offers a brutal assessment of his own abilities as fighter in his youth, he turned his attention to other sports. 'I was shit at boxing, but I used to travel the world doing marathons,' he says. 'I did the London marathon four times, Brazil, New York and Hong Kong. My best time was three hours 21 minutes. I'm also pretty dangerous off 18 in golf.'

Fighting out of Dagenham, Essex, the entrepreneur today runs Matchroom Sport with his son and daughter, and is responsible for creating sporting brands such as Premier League Snooker, Poker Million and Premier League Darts, among other successful launches of recent years.

The nascent Premier League Darts format has helped make household names out of the likes of Phil 'The Power' Taylor, and scored a major coup in 2006 when Raymond 'The Man' Van Barneveld, world champion with the rival BDO organisation, joined the league. Anyone who has tried and failed to get tickets to a show in the three years since its launch will testify to just how successful Hearn's brand has been.

'Sport is a soap opera, and in soap operas you have great characters,' he says. 'In the 80s, we sat down with the snooker players and said: "We're not going to change you, but we can make the most of what you are." So we said to Steve Davis, "You are going to be boring; same tux, no drinking." We told Jimmy White that he was the Jack-the-lad character. We've done the same with darts now.'

Hearn and his team have fun sitting around inventing the elaborate nicknames for all their darts players. 'We've got a great one for a new player called David Frost. We've called him Frosty the Throwman,' he says. However, he is also honest enough to admit that the Midas touch has deserted him on occasion.

'You try things all the time, and if they fail, nobody notices. We've recently launched Premier League Bowls, so we'll see how that goes.'

One of the most remarkable sporting transformations in recent years has taken place in cricket. The abbreviated form of the game, Twenty20, has flourished, and much attention has been drawn to the announcement of the $100m Stanford Cup, which takes place later this year.

'The Stanford Cup is an immediate fix and an attention-seeker,' says Hearn. 'Our strategy is a bit more of slow burner. I think that Sir Allen Stanford [the billionaire financier and cricket enthusiast behind the Cup] could have achieved the same attention with just a £1m prize fund. Ultimately, if it's a poor tournament, then the money means nothing. The only thing that's important is if people have left with a smile on their faces.'

These days, Hearn seems more keen on putting on a show than making money. 'For years I couldn't say that,' he admits. 'I lost money for eight years on Premier League Snooker, but it makes money now. The money is quite nice, but for a time it was the be all and end all.'

He says the football club of which he is chairman, Leyton Orient, which plays at Matchroom Stadium, costs him £800,000 year, but through all the highs and low his investments paid off when, in 1999, he found himself and his family seated in the Royal Box at the old Wembley Stadium for the Third Division play-off final. Despite losing, it is a day he remembers fondly.

Hearn takes as much pride in his work today as he did in the early 70s when he began buying and selling snooker halls.

'We can just do our job, but we'll never get anywhere; you have to put on a show,' he argues. 'Sure, we all churn it out and go through the motions some days. But if you put on a show and people say "I got more value", that's worth a lot'.

Hearn is now nearing his 60th birthday, but he is not a man you can ever imagine merely going through the motions, let alone putting his feet up for a long retirement. 'I've maintained enthusiasm beyond belief. I've always been half-decent at sports. I'd struggle to get a bronze for ability, but I'd get a gold medal for enthusiasm.'
Inside work

* 1974-1982: Operating Luciana Snooker Clubs
* 1982-present: Chairman, Matchroom Sport
* 1987: Stages Frank Bruno vs Joe Bugner heavyweight bout
* 1995-present: Chairman, Leyton Orient FC
* 2000: Launches Poker Million
* 2001-present: Chairman, Professional Darts Corporation
* 2008: Launches Prizefighter boxing series

Outside work

* Family: Married, two children
* Hobbies: Golf, running, cricket, poker
* Football team: Chairman of Leyton Orient
* Phone: Blackberry Pearl
* Trivia: Hearn appeared in the video for the 1986 Chas & Dave hit Snooker Loopy

by Ed Kemp Marketing 23-Sep-08, 16:31
(Source link...)

Taylor: Don't write me off

THIS is the time of year when the focus of all darts players intensifies.

Ahead of us are major tournaments in the build-up to the World Championship at Christmas.

August and September have been pretty quiet on the circuit but that hasn’t stopped the hard work. We’ve had tournaments in Australia, Canada, America and Holland.
(full article...)

Prince rule top division in men's darts league

PRINCE of Wales are top of the Bridgwater & District Men’s Darts League first division after a second 7-2 win.

They beat The Jokers with the aid of two Dave Baker 180s, while Matt Patrick had with one for Jokers.

Crown Inn are second, heaving beaten Blake Riversiders 5-4, Martyn Loaring hitting a 180. They are followed by British Flag despite their 5-4 defeat by OVH Wanderers.

Champions Spuds-R-Us have withdrawn from the league after their 7-2 defeat by Squib, because they were struggling to raise enough players. That result is void, as is week one’s defeat by The Three Lions.

Paddy Vearncombe hit a new highest out, 167, for The Three Lions in a 5-4 win over the Hope for whom Jason Blackmore threw a 16-dart leg. In the other top-division match, Railway Club A’s Bob Wilson hit a 180 as they beat Malt Shovel 6-3.

Buccaneers and the Railway Club B remain joint top of Division Two after both won 8-1 for a second week. Railway beat No Hopers with the aid of an Alex Bird maximum. White Hart B are third, followed by Sportsman, who beat Withy Lions 5-4, despite Ricky Williams Jnr hitting a brilliant 158 out-shot, and White Hart A.

On Wednesday night, only one of the three seven-a-side preliminary matches was played after both The Spectres and the New Foresters were unable to field teams. First-division The Jokers beat second-division Railway B 4-3m with the winners’ Adam Ward hitting a 180 in a 14-dart leg.

4:50pm Monday 22nd September 2008 (full results and source link...)

Have you thought about sharpening your darts lately...

Well they don't really need to be sharp, just well maintained. Check out the following article...

Dart: Sharpening Darts Vs. Rounding Darts

You could really be good at throwing darts. You could have fantastic scores. It really wouldn’t matter though if your darts keep bouncing off the dartboard, if they won’t stick. After all, if they won’t stick, what’s the use, right?

Sharpening or rounding darts for sport or for competition is a good skill to develop, especially if you’re a player. The dart points aren’t actually meant to be sharp, even though they may be when you first buy them. Who woulda’ thought? Sharp dart points ruin a dartboard by nicking the wires, permanently damaging them. They will actually cause darts to bounce too often off the dartboard. Not a good thing at all. And the sharp points won’t stay sharp very long. The points will often bend or roll over upon impact.

Many times a burr will form on a sharp pointed dart after sticking. This very small, very thin wire coming off the tip will cause dartboard fibers to be wrenched free when you’re pulling them off the board. Burrs are very bad for dart boards. To check for a burr, hold the dart with the tip up. Run a fingernail up the side of the point. If there is a burr, your fingernail will catch on it. Should this happen, a dart sharpener, or sandpaper, can easily be used to remove the burr. Remember that it is a fingernail and not a finger tip to use. A burr is a hell of a splinter to have to remove.

So if you don’t want it sharp, then what? Straight up, the point of a dart should be rounded. Rounded just like a ballpoint pen. Rounded tips do not damage a dartboard. They will slide past the wires instead of cutting them. There is no cleaving and, thus no burr will form. Interestingly, rounded-tip darts will stick to a dartboard much more than will sharp-tip darts. How about that? Don’t fight it. That’s just how it goes. And when you loosen the dart, dartboard fibers will not be pulled free. Even better.

Some dart players believe that a dart point should not be sharp or round. They believe that they don’t even need to be maintained. Just play on! This is not good. Oh, no. An unmaintained dart tip will not stay round, it will become flat. This flat-tipped dart will simply bounce right off the dartboard, whether it strikes the wires or the board fibers. And because flat tips compress dartboard fibers upon impact, repeated use will ruin the dartboard, making it very difficult for darts to stick at all.

When the point of a dart begins to flatten, we only want to sharpen the tip enough to round it for use. There are hollow, cylindrical dart sharpening stones that may be used to sharpen the dart tip. These concave stones are very common sharpeners for darts. Small, flat rectangular sharpening stones for darts are also available. If all else is unavailable, use very coarse sandpaper. Simply wrap the sandpaper around the tip, pinch it firmly and rotate the tip until the dart becomes sharp.

Now that the tip is sharp, you’ll want to round it. Place the tip down on a sharpening stone or sand paper as though it were standing on end. Slowly spin the dart in place until the tip dulls just a little. Now tip the dart downward ever so slightly and spin it again just a handful of times. And now you’re done. If you don’t trust yourself to hold the dart still while spinning it, put the stone and dart—or your hand holding the dart—flush against a wall, or immobile solid structure, and then round the dart.

If your darts are dirty, clean them with water and a soft soap. Thoroughly dry them. Now they can be stored without worry of rust. But, if they do become rusty, sandpaper will easily do the trick. Lubricate the points with oil, wipe them as dry as possible and then store them. If cared for consistently, your darts, and not the flights, could last a lifetime.

Remember to keep your darts rounded. Not sharp, and definitely not flat. It’ll only take a couple of minutes of your time to keep them in their best condition. It may improve your scoring and will surely lengthen the life of your dartboard. Good luck!

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Sharpening Darts
How-To, and How NOT-To, Sharpen Darts Points!

A couple of years ago, in a British televised match, a highly ranked professional darter bounced 6 darts off of the dartboard's wires within just a few minutes of play.

Incredibly, he never appeared to pay any attention to the condition or shape of his points. Those possibly-winning throws ended up on the floor, perhaps costing him thousands in prize money. And all because he simply did not bother to keep his dart points shaped properly, so that they would slide off the wires and stick in the dartboard. (full article...)

The dart forums talk about dart sharpening as well

There is even a video on the topic...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Helston memorial darts tournament

Shortly before she died tireless Helston charity worker Angie Laity expressed a wish to hold a darts tournament to raise further funds for Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Sadly she was unable to organise the event in time, but now her wish has been fulfilled in a tournament dedicated to her memory. (full article...)

Darts: Ward plans a special night

Promoter Matt Ward is putting together a star-studded event that he says will be the biggest staged in Leicestershire.

Ward has brought many of darts' biggest stars to Ibstock including five-times world champions Ray van Barneveld and Eric Bristow, and is planning to stage the Fosse Invitational Trophy in the coming months.

He is currently finalising the line up for the eight-man event and expects to make an announcement in the next few weeks.

"This is going to be the biggest darts tournament held in Leicestershire," he said. "I'm just putting the finishing touches to it.

"We're going to have some of the sport's biggest names going head to head for a big-money prize. It's going to be a great night." (story source)

Monday, September 22, 2008

ADD Nationals at the Halloween Open - 9-12 October - Austin, TX

2008-10-09 thru 2008-10-12
Austin TX 3-1
Capital Area Darts Assn
Elaine Bohls 512-444-3278
Rita Stearns

Hey, everyone!
Just a reminder to make sure that you have your reservation for the Halloween Open - 9-12 October - Austin, TX
The Wyndham is filling up and the reservation cut-off is 29 September 2008. They are watching the block and adjusting as necessary.

If you cannot get in at the Wyndham, we have created an overflow block at the SpringHill Inn, on the Marriott Row, just to the south. Rate is $89.95 per night. For reservations call 800-314-5079 and request the "CADA Halloween Cup rate.

If you have any problem with SpringHill Inn or with Wyndham, you may contact me by e-mail or at 512-468-5508.

Also, please note that there will be an after-the-tournament blind draw at 300 Austin (formerly the Showplace Lanes) - 9500 block of N. IH 35. Entry fee is $5.00 per player and the bar is adding $3.00 per player. The bowling alley is on the westside of IH 35. Going north on IH35, take the Rundberg exit (it is the one just after the 183 northbound exit). Get into the far right lane of the access road - the third lane out. As you go past Henna Chevrolet, stay in that 3rd lane. It becomes the outside left turn lane. Take the left turn and go under IH 35. Take the right turn just after the Shell station. It should say entrance to Motel 6. There is a small road that leads into the 300 Austin parking lot.

We are all looking forward to seeing everyone, and we are ready for some great darts.
See you all in about 2 1/2 weeks.


Play like champs

A NEW competition will give amateur darts players the chance to play at the world championships and win £15,000 for charity.

Brewer John Smith’s is holding its first amateur tournament, with the two UK finalists playing before the crowd at the world championships in January.

Former world champion Ted “The Count” Hankey is coaching the Welsh regional finalists.

Ted said: “I am really excited about getting involved with the John Smith’s People’s Darts. It’s going to be great to see just how good some of these pub players are and will be brilliant for me to try to pass on some of my experience and tips to the regional winner on their way to the Lakeside.”

Entries must be in by October 28 and the regional final will be held on November 22. To enter see:

Sunday, September 21, 2008

British Darts Open final

John Henderson won three sets on the trot to beat Gary Anderson 4-2 in a gripping British Darts Open final on Saturday evening at the Spa in Bridlington.

It was a vintage final that swung both ways and had the Setanta Sports 2 viewers stuck to their seats.

Henderson showed real character after going 2-1 down to win 4-2, hitting a double-ten at the finish to earn a deserved success.

Henderson got to the final by virtue of an easy win over Mareno Michels. The Huntly native was never troubled and won 3-0.

In the other semi, Martin Atkins was just edged out of it by Anderson, who won by the odd set in five.
(Story source)

Women's Singles Final: (5 legs)

Trina Gulliver 3 v 1 Francis Hoenselaar

Men's Singles Quarter-Finals:
(3 sets 5 legs)

Gary Robson (30.76) 0 v 2 John Henderson (32.99)
Martin Adams (28.56) 0 v 2 Mareno Michels (28.50)
Martin Atkins (28.89) 2 v 1 John Walton (29.03)
Phill Nixon (26.14) 0 v 2 Gary Anderson (28.19)

Semi-Finals: (5 sets 5 legs)

John Henderson (29.27) 3 v 0 Mareno Michels (27.06)
Martin Atkins (28.98) 2 v 3 Gary Anderson (30.98)


John Henderson (31.83) 4 v 2 Gary Anderson (32.16)

(Full results link)

2008 Make-A-Wish Maryland Open

Oct. 24

The 2008 Make-A-Wish Maryland Open will attract over 150 of the regions top dart players, both amateur and professional and will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. The Tournament is sanctioned by the American Darts Organization and carries ADO Championship points towards the USA National Team representation. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Laurel West at 15101 Sweitzer Lane in Laurel. Registration will be on site or via email: billyv"at"marylandopendarts.

2008 Make-A-Wish Maryland Open-forum

2008 Make-A-Wish Maryland Open info page

The Colliers B darts team has been tossed out of the Cheslyn Hay Women's League

A LADIES darts team claim they were kicked out of a league because one of their players used to be a bloke.

Melanie Partlow joined the side two years ago after a sex op transformed her from a married forklift truck driver called Mick.

One-legged Melanie, 57, a double top specialist, became a star and helped win several cups.

But now Colliers B ladies have been axed from the Cheslyn Hay women’s league near Cannock, Staffs.

Officials say it is because team members have used foul and abusive language during matches.

But the players believe it is because opponents have complained about Melanie.

Captain Leanne Gardiner, 29, said: “They gave us no official reason, but it’s obviously prejudice against Melanie.

“They said there had been a vote by ten of the 12 teams in the league and they didn’t want us in it.

“Melanie is feeling awful as it’s pretty clear that it’s down to her.

“The other players often ignored her, but nothing was said to her face.

“We’re all behind Melanie - it’s disgusting what’s happened.”

Transsexual Melanie, from Cannock, had her sex-change op in Thailand after she and her then-wife Sue won £250,000 on the lottery — a story revealed by The Sun two years ago.

The redhead, who lost part of a leg after an illness, said joining the darts team was the only thing that kept her from a complete breakdown during bouts of depression.

She said: “They all know about me and I answer every question they ask, including the one most people are scared to ask.

“Most women are OK with me, but some refuse to shake my hand and won’t touch me.

“It’s daft because I feel as much of a woman as they are.”

A league spokesman said: “Some women do find her a bit off-putting, but it is the team’s language that was the problem.”

Saturday, September 20, 2008

San Diego Memorial Dart Tournament

  • November 8th, 2008 - the $5,000.00 Guaranteed
  • San Diego Memorial Dart Tournament.
  • The San Diego Memorial Dart Tournament and website is dedicated to a community of friends and competitors. This dart tournament and website is to honor and respect the memories of all who have passed.

    Flier link

    Ohio Dart events...

    The Columbus Darters Association will be hosting the Buckeye Open on
    November 21 and 22. (forum link...)

    and from First Capital Darters

    Friday, September 19, 2008

    Another title for Dee

    FORMER Cumbria player Dee Bateman captured another major title last weekend when she won the BDO Red Dragon British Classic, beating England international Clare Bywaters, from Warwickshire, in the final.

    Dee had beaten Staffordshire's Sherrie Dodd in their semi-final, while the runner-up had put out Debra Royal. Trina Gulliver had gone out in the quarter-finals. In-form Scot Gary Anderson won the men's event.

    (full article...)

    Vivian Rankine Memorial Dart Tournament

    Darts takes flight in Viv’s memory

    By Matthew Yates,

    Thursday 18th September, 2008 Posted: 16:15 CIT (21:15 GMT)

    A darts tournament this weekend will breathe life into the local scene.

    It’s the start of the Vivian Rankine Memorial Dart Tournament. Corner Pocket, Alissta Towers, a venue during league play, will be the site for all of the action.

    Darts will start flying from 2:30pm on Saturday and resume their flight at 1:30pm on Sunday.

    Play will consist of a round–robin format. Competitors will be counted and then evenly split into two groups. From there players will compete in single elimination games.

    Those that do well will be placed in division A while those that do not will end up in division B.

    Play will continue until the top six in each division are determined. Those darters will then take part in quarterfinals.

    The top two finishers from each division will then face off against one another for the overall championship plus second and third place trophies.

    The competition will result in overall male, female and doubles champions. In fact this year reportedly marks the first time that an overall women’s champion will be named.

    Though the format is essentially the same across all of those segments there will be a slight difference in the doubles action.

    Early registration for the tournament is recommended and can be done at the Corner Pocket during business hours.

    According to tournament director Martin Bodden, the element of surprise will be heightened as playing partners in the doubles section will be chosen at random. This will also allow more equal and fair competition.

    Though extensive the competition format is in place so that all competitors have a chance to earn a trophy of some sort. According to Bodden over 18 trophies and medals are up for grabs.

    In addition to trophies, participants are eligible to win gift certificates, shirts autographed by English darts legend John Lowe and medals for different accomplishments, such as most 180s and highest finish.

    The trophies are being sponsored in part by former Cayman Darts Association president Trevor Lloyd.

    The main sponsor of the tournament will once again be Cable & Wireless and they will provide complimentary T–shirts for all participants.

    Local dignitaries are expected to make a presence including the Minister of Youth and Sports Alden McLaughlin.

    The tournament will attract some of Cayman’s premier dart players. Among those expected to compete are Hank Ebanks, Earl Smith and newly re–elected Cayman Darts Association vice–president Philip Parsons.

    Parsons is the reigning champion of last year’s division A. He would advance into the playoffs before falling short against Frankie Martyr.

    Parsons says he looking forward to returning this time to defend his win and possibly do better.

    “I’m definitely looking forward to the tournament. It has always been exciting.

    “This time I will look to get revenge on Frankie and claim the A division again if not the whole thing.”

    The tournament will serve as entrée to the start of the local league. The next big tournament is slated to be the Pirates Week or Mickey Mouse Tournament in late October.

    The competition is in memory of the late Vivian Rankine who passed away in 1998. Rankine was an officer for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and was an avid sports enthusiast, especially with darts.

    Proceeds from the tournament go towards a scholarship fund set aside for Vivian’s son George. George was four years old when his father passed.

    George, 14, is said to also have a love for darts and the skills for it. He opened the tournament two years ago with a perfect “bull’s eye”.

    Bodden says the darts community takes pride in hosting the tournament to help out young George and honour Vivian.

    For Bodden the tournament is a way to not only boost darts in Cayman but keep a dear friend’s child on the right track.

    For more information contact Martin Bodden at 916–0509 or via e–mail at (source link)


    Friday 19th September 2008


    At last the Spa internet server is up and running as it should. You can find the draw on the links below.

    Men's Singles Women's Singles

    As usual we shall be updating frequently during the course of the event.

    Keema Klassic - Dart Tournament

    The Red Lion Hotel at Arden Fair in Sacramento is now taking resv's for
    the Keema Klassic on Oct 24th & 25th 2008.
    Rates are $79.99 for single or double occup. for first 30 resv.

    Information on the Keema Klassic is on WWW.SVDA.ORG
    Entries for ALL events is only $10!

    Contact: Terry Salgy at or call 916 806 1499

    Thursday, September 18, 2008

    darts this weekend....

    The Moonspinners Ladies (dart) Shoot (flier in pdf format) at the Dolphin Lounge in Anaheim
    The SCDA Fall Classic at the Moose Lodge in Reseda

    Flyers are attached for both!

    Also, it has not been confirmed, but I do believe that there will be another open cricket qualifier on Sunday, the 21st at the Dolphin Lounge. Start time will be 1pm for men's and ladies. If you would like to find out for sure before making the drive, please call me at (email for phone number)....but I will try to send another email out when I have confirmed the event for sure.

    Please forward the email on to anyone that might be interested in any of the events and hope to see you there!

    ... in today's email

    Found this email posted below on a site and thought I would pass along to remind everyone to get their entries in. This runs the same as the QM, so if you want to get free entry into the games, you must pre-register.

    Sadly, JK and I will be missing this inaugural event as we will be in Austin, Texas for the US Team Nationals. But I would like to encourage everyone to attend, as I have been working with the great gents in the Ventura league and this has been a long journey for them to get this going. I would hope that the great people of SoCal could step up and make this first effort for them a great success!

    Also, as an added note, last year JK and I took the Amtrak train to Santa Barbara and we noticed that Amtrak has a stop and the site for this event. So if you want to skip the driving, check out the train! It was $54 each round trip for us and well worth the price!

    Please pass this info along to anyone I may have missed! Thanks!

    Contact The VCDA for a
    chance to
    sponsor this event!

    email: Bryan Gosser

    Sponsorship information

    Press Release

    Link to the GOLD COAST SHOOTOUT Page

    Click to see the Seaside Highland Games "Gold Coast Shootout I" flier .jpg

    Click to see the Seaside Highland Games "Gold Coast Shootout I" flier .pdf

    Just a reminder that the Ventura Dart Association are hosting their very first ADO sanctioned dart tourney coming up on the weekend of October 11. There is a deadline for preregistration which will get you into the festival for free. The deadline for pre sign ups is Sept 30th so I strongly encourage you to go to our website at and click on “Tourneys” to download the flier for the event. You need to sign up for at least 2 events for both days to get a festival pass.

    I really hope to see a strong showing from the Santa Barbara Dart Association to show support to Ventura for putting on this event. There are sure to be the best players in Southern California at this event and it should be a great time for everyone.

    Take care!!! Anne
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    Wednesday, September 17, 2008

    Darts Diary, with Alan Towe

    THE group one title in the Sheldon and District Summer League was decided on the very last game of the season – and it was oh so close.

    Leaders Saltley Amateur Gardeners played at Olton RBL and returned with a convincing 7-1 victory. Second-placed Brook Meadow were also away, travelling to Shirley RBL, where they won 6-2. (full article...)

    Thorney Close Inn Premier Darts League

    Neil Hardy's unbeaten streak in the Thorney Close Inn Premier Darts League came to an end with a 5-0 hammering against Dave Lowthian.
    The league leader had legs in 15 and 19 darts twice to maintain his place at the top, inflicting the first defeat on Hardy after a ten-game unbeaten run.

    Lowthian still leads by two points from Eric Whitfield, who saw off Jordan Cook 5-2. (full article...)

    in todays email...

    Hey guys,

    Just a reminder that the Ventura Dart Association are hosting their very first ADO sanctioned dart tourney coming up on the weekend of October 11. There is a deadline for preregistration which will get you into the festival for free. The deadline for pre sign ups is Sept 30th so I strongly encourage you to go to our website at and click on “Tourneys” to download the flier for the event. You need to sign up for at least 2 events for both days to get a festival pass.

    I really hope to see a strong showing from the Santa Barbara Dart Association to show support to Ventura for putting on this event. There are sure to be the best players in Southern California at this event and it should be a great time for everyone.

    See you there!


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    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    Chetwynd couple finds silver lining

    For Brian George and his wife Anne Steeves, the journey to the B.C. Seniors Games darts event was was like no other they’d taken before, or would want to repeat.
    Their trip ran them through the gamut of emotions, from the time they qualified a week ago at a tournament in Mackenzie, to the last dart they threw Saturday in the basement of the Royal Canadian Legion.
    The saving grace was the people they met during the Games (full article...)

    Interest is on target for darts competition

    It’s been a decade since the last Wellington inter-club darts competition but the game is set to make a comeback next month.

    So far the Wellington Hotel, Grand Hotel, Club House Hotel, Federal Hotel and Wellington Bowling Club have all shown their interest. (full article...)

    Explosive start by Squib darts teams

    IT WAS a good first week in the Bridgwater Ladies’ Darts League for Squib-based teams as they all had big victories in Division One. (full article...)

    National Darts Team Reap Gold In Namibia...

    The Botswana Darts Association (BODA) has hailed the national team for its recent performance at the Zone VI Championships in Windhoek, Namibia.

    The team won 24 medals - six gold, five silver and 13 bronze.

    BODA spokesperson, Peter Sekgwama said that this is the best performance by the Botswana darts team, which finished third in the competition behind South Africa and Lesotho. (full article...)

    Sport for All: Darts Aims for the 2012 London Olympics

    Taylor argues that darts deserves a place at the "world's greatest sports show"because of its worldwide popularity as a spectator sport and also,significantly,for the fact that so many people play the game. "Darts links so many people together - and it would provide a great spectacle at the Olympics". (full article...)

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