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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Jim Boan, owner and founder of Atlanta Darts

2008-12-24 - Memorial Service for Jim Boan
Jim Boan, owner and founder of Atlanta Darts, passed away suddenly on December 23, 2008. The family is having a memorial service Friday December 26th at 1 pm at the Heritage Hill Baptist Church 2987 HWY 212 SW Conyers Ga. 30094. Everyone is welcome to attend this celebration of his life. There will opportunities for anyone to get up and say a few words about their connection to Jim. (

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JIMMIE RAY BOAN, 57, of Conyers died Tuesday. The body was cremated. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Friday, Heritage Hills Baptist Church; Scot H. Ward-Harry White Chapel. (source link...)







Obituary: Jim Boan
31 Dec 2008

THE Professional Darts Corporation sends its condolences to the family of American darts promoter Jim Boan, who passed away last Wednesday.

He died suddenly from a heart attack at his home in Georgia.

Boan was the president of Atlanta Darts, whose Peachtree Open has been ranked on the PDC Pro Tour for the past two years.

He also held the Atlanta qualifier for the 2006 World Series of Darts, which was won by Roger Carter

Jay Tomlinson, the PDC's North American Co-Ordinator and publisher of Bulls-Eye News magazine, said: "He will be sadly missed.

"Jim and I were very close friends and worked together at and on many tournaments."

Boan's death comes following the loss of another US darts official earlier in 2008, the Minute Man Dart League President Tom Sammarco.
(source link...)

PDC World Darts Championship - Third Round - Tuesday

Thursday January 1 2009

7.15pm - D Smith v Bates
9.15pm - Taylor v Stompe

Friday January 2
7.15pm - J Wade v P Nicholson
9.15pm - R van Barneveld v J Klaasen

Saturday January 3


Sunday January 4
(link to listing...)

PDC World Darts Championship
Third Round - Tuesday
Paul Nicholson 4-2 Dennis Priestley
Dennis Smith 1-4 Mervyn King
Wayne Mardle 0-4 Co Stompe

Evening Session
Jelle Klaasen 4-1 Andy Hamilton
Raymond van Barneveld 4-3 Ronnie Baxter
James Wade 4-0 Vincent van der Voort
(full results...)

PDC World Championship will be streaming live.,,12598,00.html

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DARTS: Gulliver faces battle to reclaim crown

Oxfordshire’s Trina Gulliver says she faces a real battle to win back her BDO Lakeside Women’s World Professional title at Frimley Green, starting this weekend.

Gulliver, 39, takes on debutant Lisa Ashton in the first round at 7.40pm on Saturday.

The seven-time world champion saw her run ended by Anastasia Dobromyslova in the 2008 final, but the Russian has now jumped ship to the rival PDC organisation. (full article...)

Home of British Darts!

Prestigious trophiesThe Lakeside Country Club - a leading entertainment hub in Surrey - is the home of British darts.

Established in 1972, the Club has been the host venue for the World Professional Darts Championships since 1986.

It is where men and women dart players from around the world compete for the prestigious Championship Trophy and a rich purse of prizes totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds sterling. (site link...)

Men Championships Link...

Women Champions Link...

Paul Nicholson beats hero Dennis Priestly

Paul Nicholson beats hero Dennis Priestly, United Kingdom - 18 hours ago
Paul Nicholson booked his place in the quarter-finals of the World Championships when he came from 2-0 down to defeat Dennis Priestley 4-2. ...
Nicholson ends Priestley's hopes
BBC Sport, UK - 22 hours ago
Paul Nicholson staged a comeback to beat Dennis Priestley 4-2 and reach the PDC World Championships quarter-finals. Nicholson went behind after missing one ...
Nicholson run goes on
SkySports - 23 hours ago
Paul Nicholson's World Championship odyssey rolls on into the quarter-finals after the Geordie-turned-Australian came from two sets down to beat Dennis ...
DAY NINE - LOOK WHO'S BACK, UK - Dec 30, 2008
1405: Quite a turnaround from Nicholson as he whitewashes Priestley to take the third set. Averages both around the 95-96 mark but Priestley looks to be ...
Phil Taylor's protege Adrian Lewis falls to unknown Australian, United Kingdom - Dec 29, 2008
Adrian Lewis, the No 6 seed and protégé of Phil Taylor, has been unexpectedly eliminated from the World Championships after losing a classic ...
Nicholson knocks out Lewis
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom - Dec 29, 2008
Paul Nicholson's pulled-off a shock at the World Darts Championship, by knocking out world number six Adrian Lewis in the second round. ...
Aussies sends Lewis packing
SkySports - Dec 29, 2008
By Paul Higham Last updated: 29th December 2008 Australian Geordie Paul Nicholson produced a stirring array of finishing to knock out sixth seed Adrian ...
BREAKING NEWS: Menace out of world champs
South Yorkshire Times, UK - Dec 30, 2008
DENNIS Priestley is out of the PDC World Darts Championship after squandering a 2-0 lead against Australian number one Paul Nicholson in the third round. ...
Mexborough Menace through to third round
South Yorkshire Times, UK - Dec 30, 2008
DENNIS Priestley survived the battle of the golden oldies to reach the third round of the PDC World Darts Championship. The Mexborough Menace saw off ...
Darts: Lewis's title bid over
Stoke & Staffordshire, UK - Dec 30, 2008
ADRIAN Lewis headed home to the Potteries today after his bid to conquer the world shattered after a thrilling shoot-out at Alexandra Palace. ...
Sunday Mirror, UK - Dec 29, 2008
By Mike Walters 30/12/2008 Cancer patient Dennis Priestley will settle for beating fair dinkum Geordie Paul Nicholson today while he waits to discover if he ...
Dennis is a gutsy guy
The Sun, UK - Dec 29, 2008
By ANDREW DILLON DENNIS PRIESTLEY won darts’ ‘old firm’ derby but revealed his biggest battle is yet to come. ‘The Menace’ is still fighting cancer but ...
Winner Priestley is still facing his biggest fight of all
Daily Mail, UK - Dec 29, 2008
By Sportsmail Reporter Dennis Priestley moved into the third round of the World Darts Championship yesterday and then revealed his most ...

Snipers hit 2008 target

Jimmy Aziz in action during the Snipers Darts Club tournament in Samabula+ Enlarge this image

Jimmy Aziz in action during the Snipers Darts Club tournament in Samabula

SNIPERS Dart Club ended the 2008 season year in style with its annual Snipers 40 Singles Championship on Sunday.

The Samubula-based club which is affiliated to Lami Dart Association and has been striving from past years to bring the sport to another level.

"The championship was a success and was sponsored by Singhs Curry House in conjunction with MH and Comsol,"he said.

"It (championship) was quite stiff and participants displayed a good game."

Meli Delai won the championship defeating Nilesh Chandra by 4-1 in the final.

"We are planning to organise more competitions to attract more clubs next year. We are also getting the support from many organisations around the country in process of reviving the sport,"Kumar said.

"Our motto is to raise awareness through dart to bring harmony amongst the people."

Wednesday, December 24, 2008
(story source...)

DARTS - Phillips in world title tilt

WELSH skipper and Gwynedd County Darts player Martin Phillips will take part in his eighth world championship in the New Year.
His first round opponent in the Lakeside BDO World Professional Championships on January 4, will be Scotland's Ross Montgomery.

Phillips was in action last week when he made the quarter-finals of the Zuiderduin Masters in the Netherlands. (full article...)

Wakey, wakey Webby! - WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Bobby Dazzler's alarm call for world darts champ
DARTS legend Bobby George is planning to buy alarm clocks for two of the sports biggest stars!

Bobby, twice a runner-up in the BDO World Championships on the famous Lakeside stage, has warned current world champ Mark Webster to "wake up" if he wants to repeat the success of 12 months ago.

Talking about the Webster's season since the Lakeside, Bobby said: "He hasn't done that well.
(full article...)

Van Barneveld wins thriller

Van Barneveld wins thriller
The Press Association - 4 hours ago
Raymond van Barneveld edged out Ronnie Baxter 4-3 in a sudden-death thriller to reach the last eight of World Darts Championship. ...
Line-up completed for WDC quarter-finals
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom - 5 hours ago
The quarter-final line-up for this year's PDC World Darts Championship has been completed. Five-times world champion Raymond van Barneveld edged into the ...
'Barney' secures last-16 spot
The Press Association - Dec 29, 2008
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld was at his irrepressible best as he stormed into the last 16 of the World Darts Championship at ...
Van Barneveld throws down gauntlet with last-16 place, UK - Dec 28, 2008
Raymond van Barneveld was at his best as he stormed into the last 16 of the world championship at Alexandra Palace with a 4-1 defeat of Wes Newton. ...
Van Barneveld crushes Newton to make last 16
Independent, UK - Dec 28, 2008
By Eric Mellor Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld was at his irrepressible best as he stormed into the last 16 of the World Championship at ...
Raymond van Barneveld shows clinical side to knock out Wes Newton
Times Online, UK - Dec 28, 2008
Raymond van Barneveld plans to visit Madame Tussauds today, and he produced a carbon copy last night of the ruthless form that he showed in winning five ...
Double top takes Barney through
Clubcall, UK - 4 hours ago
Former champion Raymond van Barneveld edged a 4-3 thriller against Ronnie Baxter to reach the PDC World Championship quarter-finals. ...
Barney gets out of trouble at Ally Pally
This is London, UK - 4 hours ago
Darts star Raymond Van Barneveld overcame a scare to reach the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace. ...
Van man finds extra gear in darts classic
Blackpool Gazette, UK - 5 hours ago
BLACKPOOL'S Ronnie Baxter lost out to Rayamond Van Barenveld in a sudden-death thriller in the World Darts Championship. ...
Barney hangs on as Baxter buckles and Mardle Stomped in check-out ...
Daily Mail, UK - 14 hours ago
By Ivan Speck Raymond van Barneveld survived a world championship scare at Alexandra Palace last night as he scraped into the quarter-finals. ...
Betting Choice, UK - 18 hours ago
What a tournament this is turning out to be! Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld are still leading the pack at the PDC World Darts Championship. ...
Daily Star, UK - Dec 30, 2008
By Richard Lewis DARTS king Raymond van Barneveld nearly quit the sport in the summer – because he was so down in the dumps with his game. ...
Newton's perfect Christmas present
Blackpool Gazette, UK - Dec 29, 2008
FLEETWOOD'S Wes Newton lost in the World Darts Championship – but he was still a winner in love. Newton was defeated by Raymond Van Barneveld ...
Ray shining again in bid for PDC title
The Sun, UK - Dec 28, 2008
Barney produced a superb display at the Alexandra Palace last night to beat Wes Newton 4-1 and book a third-round clash against Ronnie Baxter. ...
Barney rumbles on
TeleText, UK - Dec 28, 2008
Raymond Van Barneveld continued his fine form to secure straightforward passage to the last 16 of the World Championship. ...
Baxter roasts Ovens
TeleText, UK - Dec 28, 2008
Ronnie Baxter came from behind to claim a comfortable 4-1 victory over Denis Ovens in the second round of the World Championship. ...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Dolphin Lounge, Soft-tip Dart Tournament and Party

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1274 S. Magnolia
Anaheim, Ca 92804

Fans' Player of the Year Vote

FANS are being given their chance to vote for their PDC Player of the Year.

The Professional Darts Corporation will present a Fans' Player of the Year award at their annual awards dinner on January 7. (full article...)

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Moston Open 2009

The Moston Open 2009
Sunday 11th January 2009
Lightbowne Social Club
Kenyon Lane
M40 9JU
Last registration by 12.30pm draw to be made 12.40pm for 1.00pm start
Winner £250 + trophy Runner Up £100 Semis £40 and Quarters £12.50
Entry £6.00 in advance or £7.50 on the day (source link...)

Darts superstar Bobby George will kick off a weekend extravaganza as big time darts returns to Eastbourne

Darts superstar Bobby George will kick off a weekend extravaganza as big time darts returns to Eastbourne.
After an absence of three years, the Winter Garden will host The England Eastbourne Classic 2009 from Friday, January, 30 to Sunday, February, 1.

The Friday night special, hosted by Bobby George, will give fans a chance to take to 'the oche' and test their skills against 2002 world champ John 'Boy' Walton, 2007 world finalist Darryl 'Dazzler' Fitton and seven times women's world champion Trina Gulliver. There will also be a money in money out game.

On Saturday the men's singles BDO invitation event takes to the stage where players will battle for the £1,500 winners cheque.

Fans will also get to see the stars of the future as the youth players compete for the £100 winners prize.

On Sunday the Lady's singles will play for the £1000 top prize and the mixed triples event will see the winners pocket £300.

With more than £10,000 up for grabs, event organiser Harry Pope, of Eastbourne Leisure, is anticipating a weekend of top quality darts.

He said, "Bobby George is the ideal guy to get the weekend started. We have had a fantastic response to the event and we are sure the fans will get to see some great darts.

"We have worked together with Eastbourne Borough Council to bring an event that will be benefit the town and local businesses."

Admission for Friday night is £5 and doors open 7.30pm. Play begins on Saturday and Sunday at 10am and will play to a finish (approx 6pm). (source link...)

Soft-Tip Dart Tournament - The Dolphin Lounge - New Year's Day

The Dolphin Lounge
2009 drink New Year's Day 2009 drink
Soft-Tip Dart Tournament
2009 glasses Sign-Ups at 1.30 pm Starting at 2.00 pm 2009 hat
$10 entry 150% Payback

The Dolphin Lounge
1274 S. Magnolia
Anaheim, Ca 92804

PDC World Darts Championship - Second Round - Monday World Darts Championship
Second Round - Monday
Adrian Lewis 3-4 Paul Nicholson
Dennis Priestley 4-1 John MaGowan
Colin Osborne 1-4 Vincent van der Voort
(full results)
Evening Session
James Wade 4-1 Tony Eccles
Third Round
Phil Taylor 4-1 Kevin Painter
Barrie Bates 4-0 Mark Dudbridge
(full listing...)

PDC World Championship will be streaming live.,,12598,00.html

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Some require that you register, and some don't...
for you will need to go to and sign up....
you can't use a United States address... and download live tv sports

Sunday, December 28, 2008

World Championship Day Seven World Darts Championship
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Barrie Bates 4-2 Bill Davis
Ronnie Baxter3-1 Denis Ovens
Andy Hamilton 4-2 Tony Ayres
Evening Session (7pm)
Jelle Klaasen 4-0 Jan van der Rassel
Raymond van Barneveld 4-1 Wes Newton
Mervyn King 4-2 Mark Walsh
(full results...)

PDC World Championship will be streaming live.,,12598,00.html

This is a list of streams that you can check. NOT all of them are active, but at least you have a place to start your search...

Some require that you register, and some don't...
for you will need to go to and sign up....
you can't use a United States address... and download live tv sports

Saturday, December 27, 2008

World Championship - Second Round - Saturday December 27 World Darts Championship
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Dennis Smith 4-3 Kevin McDine
Co Stompe 4-1 Alan Tabern
Carlos Rodriguez 1-4 Kevin Painter
(full results...)

Second Round
Saturday December 27

Evening Session (7pm start)
Mark Dudbridge 4-1 Mensur Suljovic
Phil Taylor 4-0 Michael van Gerwen
Wayne Mardle 4-3 Robert Thornton
(full results...)

Sun 28 December 2008 - Afternoon Session
13:10 Round 2 Mervyn King v Mark Walsh
14:30 Round 2 Ronnie Baxter v Denis Ovens
15:50 Round 2 Andy Hamilton v Tony Ayres
Sun 28 December 2008 - Evening Session
19:10 Round 2 Jelle Klaasen v Jan van der Rassel
20:30 Round 2 Raymond Van Barneveld v Wes Newton
21:50 Round 2 Bill Davis v Barrie Bates

PDC World Championship will be streaming live.,,12598,00.html

This is a list of streams that you can check. NOT all of them are active, but at least you have a place to start your search...
for you will need to go to and sign up....
you can't use a United States address... and download live tv sports

Some require that you register, and some don't...

Ventura County Dart Assn. New Season!!


The Ventura County Dart Association will be starting a new league season on 1/19/2009. The VCDA is a team-oriented league looking for other people who enjoy a good game of darts. The League consists of two skill level brackets. The A Division is for the more seasoned dart players, and the B division for those interested in a more casual darting experience. The season will be played every Thursday night from 7:30 pm until about 10:30 pm. Teams consist of between 4 and 6 players competing in singles, doubles, and team events. The season typically runs about 16 weeks. You will find the team roster forms at the following link:
Forms page link

If you need information on "darts basics" dartboard setup and how to play you will find it at the following link Cyberdarts darts basic page

Here's a link to the venues where we play darts click here
If you have a venue that does not have dartboards and want to set them up please let us help you.
contact the Ventura County Dart Association (A singles dart league is possible if there is sufficient interest.) ... The VCDA email links.

Schedule Links

Sunday * Noon * 1/11/2009 Sunday VCDA Awards Banquet / Board Meeting

Team Sign up for Spring Team Season
Bench Warmer

Monday * 7:30pm * 1/19/2009 VCDA Captain's Meeting

1/22/2009 Thursday First Night of League Play


Awesome Taylor powers on

Taylor rolls over van Gerwen 4-0 at Ladbrokes World Darts Championship
The Canadian Press, England - 2 hours ago
LONDON, England — Phil Taylor of England stepped up his challenge in the World Darts Championship with a 4-0 defeat of Michael van Gerwen of ...
The Power is on, UK - 4 hours ago
Phil Taylor of England looks on during his second round match against Michael van Gerwen. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Phil "The Power" Taylor was ...
Taylor too strong for van Gerwen
BBC Sport, UK - 5 hours ago
Phil "The Power" Taylor crushed Dutch prodigy Michael van Gerwen 4-0 in the second round of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace. ...

Awesome Taylor powers on
SkySports - 41 minutes ago
Phil Taylor's charge towards a 14th World Championship remains well on course after he comprehensively beat Dutchman Michael van Gerwen 4-0 at Alexandra ...
TAYLOR POWERS THROUGH, UK - 53 minutes ago
Phil 'The Power' Taylor was in ominous form as he dismantled the challenge of Dutch prodigy Michael van Gerwen with a 4-0 victory at the World ...

Dennis Smith came from three sets down to claim a stunning 4-3 victory over Kevin McDine in the afternoon session of the World Championship at ...
Saint stunned by Stompe
SkySports - 3 hours ago
Co Stompe booked his place in round three of the World Championships with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Alan Tabern at Alexandra Palace. ...

Seeds of change?

The first round of the World Darts Championship saw thrills and spills by the bucket load, with a startling number of shocks already in the first part of the tournament.

With the game going global and with prize money going through the roof, darts is as popular as ever, and it seems that more people are taking it seriously in a bid for darting success.

Nowhere was this more clear than in the opening round of the tournament at the Alexandra Palace - and in fact in the opening match - when rising Spanish star Carlos Rodriguez took out established stalwart Roland Scholten. (full article...)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Phil Taylor starts new year with power surge

This time last year his power was fading, but Phil Taylor is back to his best and that is worrying news for anyone in his way. Thirteen times he has been crowned world champion, but his failure to reach the final last year, for the first time since 1994, was taken by some as a sign that age had caught up with him. How wrong they were.

He licked his wounds, assessed his mistakes, changed to heavier darts and returned to throw some untouchable arrows on the way to winning nearly every significant trophy on offer. He pulverised his main rivals, throwing an impressive average of about 110 against James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld in the Whyte & Mackay Premier League and Players Championship. Co Stompe showed the size of the task facing the other players when the Dutchman required an average of more than 107 to defeat Taylor in the German Darts Championship final last month.
(full article...)

Dart players enjoy atmosphere during league matches

At 22, David Frank (both photos) is the ADA's youngest player. By day, Frank drives a delivery truck for Dunlop Furniture, but on Thursdays evenings, however, he shoots darts for the Oak Monkeys.

Just stroll to one of several local venues on Thursday nights, and you can catch a glimpse of these fierce competitors hurling pointed steel instruments around the room for fun.

Dangerous? Only if you are standing in the way of their dartboard. From October through May, league members of the Amador Dart Association spend one night a week shooting darts at Sutter Creek's The Annex and Gold Country Lanes, as well as The Fargo in Jackson and the Buena Vista Saloon in Ione. (full article...)

Mexborough Menace through to second round

DENNIS Priestley is through to the second round of the World Darts Championship after a 3-0 win over New Zealand number one Warren French.
The Menace coasted through to the win but it was hardly a vintage performance from the veteran who would have likely fallen to a more accomplished opponent.

But Priestley will be pleased enough to reach the post-Christmas second round after falling at the first hurdle 12 months ago.

Kiwi French struggled through his preliminary round match against Japan's top thrower Akihiro Nakagawa on Friday night and it appeared that Priestley would have a simple time in seeing off the traveller at the Alexandra Palace.

(full article...)


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Could it be love at first flight for Helen and hero Wade?

James Wade has been firing Cupid's arrows on the oche - and his liaison with TV presenter Helen Chamberlain is the talk of Alexandra Palace.

Move over Posh and Becks, step aside Ashley and Cheryl Cole, make room Kevin Pietersen and Jessica Taylor.

Sport's latest, and some might say unlikeliest, alliance with showbiz has turned No.3 seed Wade into the crowd favourite at the world championship. Wade, 25, was coy about his relationship with Sky Sports' Soccer AM ladette Chamberlain, 41, after booking his second-round date with Tony Eccles with a 3-0 win over Brendan Dolan.
(full article...)

Have you visited Trina Gulliver's website?

About Trina

Trina was born in Warneford Hospital, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK and
grew up in Southam, Warwickshire. She has two sisters Denise and Jeanette,
and two brothers Steve and Andy. Her parents are Muriel and Geoff.

At 16 Trina went to college and became a fully qualified carpenter and joiner.

She started playing darts for Warwickshire County Youth at the age of 14
and turned professional in 1996. Trina took part in a darts roadshow
called 'Beauties & The Beast' with fellow player Kevin Painter and
Master of Ceremonies Martin Fitzmaurice. The roadshows became
very popular which in turn gave Trina the opportunity to turn professional.

... an old Trina interview that I found...


Peter Cross
Sunday, 8 August 1999

There can't be many full-time female darts players

I'm one of maybe four fully professional players. But there are women who take it very seriously, competing in tournaments at weekends, holding down normal jobs. This is what I did. I used to work as a self-employed carpenter and joiner sub-contracting for a joinery firm but I couldn't get as much time off as I needed to play darts. Ladies darts is bigger than ever but we get only a third of the prize money men receive. I make my money from exhibitions and sponsorship from Winmau, which manufactures darts boards.

I'm sure the people at Winmau will be delighted you've got a plug in so early. Can you tell me how you first became interested in darts?

My parents were in the pub trade. They'd play for darts teams to make up the numbers and my sister played as well. At 14 I used to watch the league games but wasn't allowed to play, but I would practise after they'd finished. I've always been a sporty person: football, cricket, tennis, table tennis and field sports like javelin. I was told I had a natural talent for darts and if I kept it up I would play for England one day. Playing for my country is my pride and joy; so far I've been selected 13 times. Every other year there is the World Cup. Two years ago it was held in Perth, Australia, and the next one is taking place in Durban, South Africa. In the years between there's a European event. Most of the time I compete as an individual in open tournaments here and on the Continent.

Which ones?

This weekend I'm playing in Belgium but we also play in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands as well as the home counties. But you hardly get to see any of these places - all you see is the hotel, venue, dartboard and the airport. You get ranking points from these events. I'm currently ladies number one.

So what does Mr Gulliver think of your work?

He's always been very supportive. He doesn't play darts himself. He used to be a rugby player and lived for it. But a virus that affects your nerve ends put a stop to that. He was bed-bound for six months and was unable to work for two-and-a-half years.

How do you prepare yourself for a competition?

I get up at seven, shower and have breakfast. Next I'll travel to the venue, which might be around the corner or a taxi ride away. You have to register yourself for the competition. Then I'll start practising. It's a long day so initially it's just throwing at the board and loosening your arm and wrist up. It's mentally very stressful; you need a lot of stamina and have to stay concentrated. It's very exhausting.

What happens at exhibitions?

I'm part of a show called "Beauties and the Beast". I partner Kevin Painter, who is ranked eight in the world, and there is Martin Fitzmaurice, a caller who brings in a lot of comedy. I get to play the locals. I take on the men. They expect to beat a woman and don't always like it when they don't. Funny things happen and Martin reacts to it. At exhibitions players do trick shots. Everyone has their own little thing: someone might throw darts from a kneeling position and others are able to throw a dart backwards and make it flip over in mid-air so it still hits the board point first. I can't do this to save my life.

So it's not all lager, beer bellies and fags then?

It's getting to be a bit of a myth, that old beer-belly thing. But the game did originate in pubs. A lot of darts players are slimmer and fitter than you'd expect, and many play a lot of other sports such as golf.

And finally I hear you're taking on the really good men?

That's right. Every year the top women players are entered for the qualifying rounds of the Embassy World Championships along with the men's county champions. It's a tall order. Women are closing the gap on men all the time but they are improving as well. We can get the same average as the men but we are not as consistent. Sooner or later a woman will break through and qualify for the finals. I hope it's me. (interview source...)

(prior Trina Gulliver posts...)

John MaGowan chasing special prize

When John MaGowan won Bullseye, he probably did not expect it would take another 21 years to make his mark on a bigger stage. He missed out on a holiday to Barbados when his gamble with Jim Bowen, the presenter, failed, but he will eclipse that feat if he can beat Dennis Priestley in the battle of the golden oldies in the PDC World Championship second round on Monday.

MaGowan had rarely troubled the scorers since he took up the sport as a teenager, but, at 67, he has been enjoying an Indian summer since retiring as a civil servant in Northern Ireland. He became the oldest player to record a nine-dart finish during a tournament in the Netherlands, in August, has progressed to the latter stages of two significant competitions and lost to Priestley during his first appearance in the World Championship three years ago.
(full article...)

MaGowan chasing special prize
Times Online, UK - 19 hours ago
When John MaGowan won Bullseye, he probably did not expect it would take another 21 years to make his mark on a bigger stage. He missed out on a holiday to ...
Bully boy John on the oche
The Sun, UK - 16 hours ago
By PAUL JIGGINS JOHN MaGOWAN is in super, smashing, great form at the World Championships — and no wonder. The 67-year-old oche veteran was ...
MaGowan’s chance to be
Daily Mail, UK - 18 hours ago
By Sportsmail Reporter Darts veteran John MaGowan, 67, will bid for glory at the World Championship - but is no stranger to pressure in front ...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Malaysian tops Pacquiao dartfest in General Santos

GENERAL SANTOS – Malaysian Tengku Hadzali overpowered the country’s top darters in the four-day Manny Pacquiao P2M International Darts Classic to pocket the P320,000 champion’s purse put up by world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

Hadzali, winner of the Malaysian Darts Open last July, outclassed all the local darters he faced en route to winning the men’s singles finals, 2-1, over unheralded Mark Palad from Cagayan de Oro, to pocket the richest purse put up in a local darts tournament.

“It was up and down in our finals match, he managed to come back after I took the first set, as I got a bit affected by his actions in the second set but in the third and deciding set, I felt it was time to come back,” said Hadzali, who banked on his vast international experience to sweep Palad in the third set for a 2-1 victory.

In the semifinals, Hadzali took the measure of veteran Dixie Ybanez, who had already won the four-man team and the classified draw triples events with his teammates before running into Hadzali, who won both sets, 4-2, 4-1, for a 2-0 victory.

Palad beat Baguio bet Arnel Orteza with a similar straight set victory to earn the other finals slot in the tournament sponsored by Robson Sportscraft and PCSO, supported by the city government of General Santos, the Mindanao Archipelago Dart Federation, the Association of General Santos City Darters, and organized by the National Darts Federation of the Philippines (NDFP ).

The women’s side had semi-retired and many-time national champion Jan-jan Hinojales coasting to an easy victory after top seeded Philippine International Darts Open (PIDO) champion Analiza Awitan got knocked out right in the first round. Hinojales, a native of Davao City, made short work of North Cotabato’s Jervie Curato in the finals, winning, 5-1 and earning an early Christmas gift of P40,000.

“ We had record turn-outs in practically all the categories contested and this is the first time in a long time that all of the country’s top darters, even those who are already working in the Middle East, have come together to be part of this historic tournament, this will definitely be a big boost in the popularity of the sport, “ said NDFP’s Tito Soncuya who had Solar Sports, DZSR - Sports Radio, and Manila Bulletin as media partners.

Other winners in the event were Long Longyopan and Bebot Mangle in the fixed doubles, youth champion Ronnie Mar Gellaga, Gale santos and Jepoy Adumduman in the classified draw doubles, while Ybanez teamed up with Noel Maturan and Ramil Diaz in the triples event and with Palad, Jun E

Espinola, and Alan Medroso in the 4 man team division. (story source...)

Updated December 18, 2008 12:00 AM

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Dart by Thundercheese.

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Dart Tournament in Wood

Dart Tournament in Wood

Karla's Last Kall (map link) in Wood (Wood, South Dakota (605) 452-3400)will be holding a Doubles Round Robin Dart Tournament this Saturday, December 27th at 4:00 P.M. The cost is just $ 20.00 and the tournament will payback one hundred percent of the money. Call 452-3400 for more details.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Chris Scutt, Georgetown - Dart player says ‘thanks’

Dart player says ‘thanks’
Monday December 22 2008

Dear editor,
Upon returning from the Winmau World Masters Dart tournament in England I just wanted to thank everyone for their support in getting me there.
Many thanks to Erwin and Carla See, Hunter Carroll and Andrew Jonkman who organized my successful fundraiser and all who attended and those who just wanted to help me out.
I had an amazing experience and it came down to my missed doubles that knocked me out after the second round. I have many tournaments ahead of me next year and will try and do my best to get another invitation next year.
Chris Scutt, Georgetown (source link...)

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