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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rocket Fires To Vegas Win 01 Jul 2009

RONNIE BAXTER defeated Phil Taylor 6-2 to win the Las Vegas Players Championship.

Baxter picked up his first tournament win of 2009 with the £6,000 title at the Mandalay Bay Resort, condemning Taylor to only his second Players Championship loss of the year with a fine display.

Having been pushed all the way to a deciding leg by Japan's Morihiro Hashimoto in the first round, he then defeated Davis Snider, Wayne Mardle, Kevin Painter and John Part to reach the semi-finals.

Phil Taylor 6-2 Gary Anderson
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Peter Wright
Losers £1,500

Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Phil Taylor
Winner £6,000
Runner-Up £3,000
(full report...)

Desert Classic Monday Qualifier - 30 Jun 2009

FORMER champion Peter Manley was amongst the final six qualifiers for the Las Vegas Desert Classic on Monday.

Manley, the 2003 winner, had to enter the qualifiers at the Mandalay Bay Resort after dropping outside the world's top 16 recently.

However, he bounced back from the disappointment of a defeat to Shane O'Connor on Sunday by winning through 24 hours later.

His victories on Monday included a revenge win over O'Connor, at the semi-final stage, before he whitewashed Holland's Bryan de Hoog to win his place in the first round draw.

Wes Newton, twice a Desert Classic semi-finalist, booked his spot in this year's event with a 5-1 defeat of Roland Scholten in his deciding game.

Newton also saw off Graham Warburton, Mark Carter and Paul Lim on the day, with the latter pushing the Fleetwood ace all the way to a deciding leg.

Scotland's Gary Anderson secured a Desert Classic debut, overcoming Sam Rooney 5-1 in the final and also knocking out number four seed Mark Dudbridge.

Colin Monk bounced back from a second round exit on Sunday to win his first Desert Classic appearance with a 5-3 defeat of Canadian Ken MacNeil.

He also defeated John Murray, Kevin Dowling and Denis Ovens to earn his place in the main event, just weeks after hitting a nine-darter in a Players Championship in Barnsley.

New Zealander Phillip Hazel will make his first-ever televised appearance after condemning Barrie Bates to defeat in the final game for a second successive day.

Bates lost to Australian Simon Whitlock on Sunday and went down 5-2 to Hazel a day later, as the 53-year-old joiner from Napier progressed to the big stage.

Another player to ensure a first full appearance in front of the Sky Sports cameras is Chorley's Louis Blundell, whose only other televised event was the UK Open in Bolton last month.

Blundell was a 5-3 winner against Mark Lawrence in his deciding game to secure a spot in the Desert Classic.

Fifth Round
Peter Manley 5-0 Bryan de Hoog
Phillip Hazel 5-2 Barrie Bates
Colin Monk 5-3 Ken MacNeil
Gary Anderson 5-1 Sam Rooney
Wes Newton 5-1 Roland Scholten
Louis Blundell 5-3 Mark Lawrence
Winners - Place in Las Vegas Desert Classic
Losers £1,000

Peter Manley
Phillip Hazel
Colin Monk
Gary Anderson
Wes Newton
Louis Blundell Las Vegas Desert Classic - Complete Field
PDC Top 16 Qualifiers
Phil Taylor (seed 1)
James Wade (2)
Raymond van Barneveld (3)
John Part (4)
Terry Jenkins (5)
Mervyn King (6)
Adrian Lewis (7)
Alan Tabern (8)
Dennis Priestley
Ronnie Baxter
Colin Lloyd
Wayne Mardle
Colin Osborne
Kevin Painter
Andy Hamilton
Mark Walsh

North American Order of Merit Qualifiers
Darin Young
Scott Burnett
Chris White
Bill Davis

Gary Anderson
Louis Blundell
Jamie Caven
Phillip Hazel
Jelle Klaasen
Peter Manley
Colin Monk
Wes Newton
Co Stompe
Vincent van der Voort
Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright
(full report...)

Desert Classic Sunday Qualifier - 29 Jun 2009

DUTCH trio Jelle Klaasen, Vincent van der Voort and Co Stompe were amongst the first six qualifiers for the Las Vegas Desert Classic on Sunday.

Almost 200 players travelled to the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas in a bid to win the 12 qualifying places in the main Desert Classic event, which begins on Wednesday.

Three of the first six players will join Raymond van Barneveld as Dutch representatives in the Desert Classic, with Klaasen, van der Voort and Stompe all winning through a tough field on Sunday.

Jamie Caven
Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright
Simon Whitlock
Vincent van der Voort
Co Stompe
(full report...)

Monday, June 29, 2009

ADO Region II-2 correction to Men's regional date

Correction on the date for the next men's regional to Sunday August 2nd at 10am for signups, 11am start.
Sorry for the confusion.

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Dartoid's World - Sunday, June 28, 2009


I must begin this series by setting to rest the rumor that for months has rumbled about the darts community – that the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) is turning its back on the United States and this year's Desert Classic will be the last.

The rumor, Dartoid's World readers – all six of you – is unequivocally and resoundingly:

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from the email stack... ADO Region II-2... Regional locations...


Hello everyone, as I near the last 6 months of my term as ADO Regional Director, I wanted to say thanks to the many that helped out and supported the regionals in the last year and a half. It has been an interesting time for me, as well. I wish life was able to allow me the chance to do many of the things with this position that I had hoped to accomplish, but and work tend to call first and the loudest, and in these tough economic times, it is folks like me and you who are grateful to have the jobs we do and will do everything they can to ensure their success in them. This never means that darts and the game is not important, but just sometimes needs to take a back seat to the realities of life.

I would foremost like to thank the members of the GSDDA. Their constant and continued support for each and every regional event has been without fail. I commend all of you and I wish that all the leagues in the region had the same dedication to the regional events. GSDDA has without fail sent anywhere from 3-6 participants for each event, whether they be league qualifiers or players paying their own money to play. I thank you all for your support, as the regionals would never have been a success without it. In return for those efforts and in closing to my term as Regional Director, I have arranged for GSDDA to host the last two remaining regional events for this year.

The next regional is for the US Team where the winners will go on to compete at the National Playoffs in Denver, Colorado in October. The date for the mens regional is set for August 10th starting at 10am at the Fleet Reserve in Poway. I was advised that the management has arranged for food to be available that day, more than likely at their usual $5 a plate, to help support the event. Thanks much to Deb Pundt, GSDDA ADO Rep for arranging the event and for everything she has done to ensure GSDDA's continued strong participation at the regionals. The cricket regional dates are still pending.

Our women's regionals, while they started off with a pretty good bang and we sent quite a few women to compete in the last year and a half, which is more than what we have sent in quite a number of years, the participation seems to have waned, so I am still working on this and determining when and where we can have a regional event, or if there will even be any participants for it.

In conclusion, thanks to all of you for your continued support, your words of praise and your assistance when needed. It is teamwork that really makes these events happen and I could not have accomplished all of this without the help and support from the many of you out there.

As an added note, I wanted to also take a moment to advise you of an upcoming special event in this area called Baby Angel's Trust, which is an event to help assist a child who was brutally attacked by his father. Please click on the link below to go to the SCDV website that has all the information available for the event.

As an FYI....complete results for PacMania II are now listed on The Martell's website- link.

Thanks again everyone for everything and looking forward to seeing you at some darting events in the future.

Take care!!!

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Sunday, June 28, 2009 newsletter will be coming soon newsletter will be coming soon so keep watch here for links when it gets posted.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SEWA threads on Pacmania....

Pacmania Preview and review...
David Fatum posted a Pacmania blog here:

And John Lowe posted for me rather astonishing a preview here:

Might be some one is interested...
Pacmania Preview and review...

Post Pacmania II Questions

Why didn't you go to the Pacmania II $100,000.00 Steel Tip Tournament?

$100,000 Pacmania II, June 18-21, 2009

Bench Warmer "OH MY" July 4th Blind Draw Food Drive

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Starts at 2:00 pm sharp
Oh My Masters Independence Day 2009 Tournament
This will be a Food Share Food Drive Benefit
Entry Fee $10 plus 2 can's (non-perishable food items) of food
Rosie and Bob Cobb will have the grill fired up for hot dogs and hamburgers!

Bench Warmer - link

Hope to see you there!

Dennis Priestley - Pro Dart Exhibition in Ventura, Ca. June 25, 2009

Play darts against one of the World's top Professional Dart Players!

  • Thursday, 7:00pm, June 25, 2009 at the Bench Warmer
  • You can buy a ticket, win a raffle or win a Silent Auction to play Dennis Priestley
  • You can get tickets to play Dennis Priestley by...
  • ...buying from VCDA Board Members
  • ...winning them in a Silent Auction
  • ...winning a ticket in a Raffle
  • Tickets are limited so please contact us soon!

Event Details:

The 2009 Exhibition will be

June 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm

at the

Bench Warmer
1855 E Main St
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-4303
Driving Directions

Pictures from the 2006 event are now posted at this link!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Pacmania -II, Open Steel Tip Dart Tournament

L David Irete put up alot of the footage from the Pacmania II tournament at:
click on the "Clips" or "Archives" links to see what's on...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Greetings from Pacmania -2

The events are going great and  there are some of the most skilled players here for the USA and Canada!

at this next link you will find my friend Dave doing an update on pacmania:

please pass it on... I'll update more when I can...

.... on the road  --- DT

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Will you be at Pacmania II - Steel Tip Dart Tournament - $100k?

Here is a final reminder of the upcoming tournament. To help the tournament pay their bills, please let Michele Taruc (818-517-1826 or luvly242002"at" ) know if you are staying at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel. If there are enough people staying at the hotel, they do not have to pay for the hall and there is a greater chance that the tournament sponsor will not have to pay costs out of pocket.

British International Open, Brean Sands, UK

The fulls results can be found by clicking the links below (the links are PDF files...):

Mens Singles

Ladies Singles


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Walsh Completes 2009 Treble - 13 Jun 2009

MARK WALSH won his third PDC Pro Tour event of 2009 with victory over Jamie Caven in the final of Saturday's Players Championship.

Walsh followed up his victories in Coventry and Derby earlier this year with a battling display at the Barnsley Metrodome to claim the £6,000 title.

He edged out Andy Jenkins 6-5 in the quarter-finals before coming from 5-1 down to defeat Colin Lloyd in a deciding leg in the semis.
Mark Walsh 6-5 Colin Lloyd
Jamie Caven 6-5 Colin Osborne
Losers £1,500

Mark Walsh 6-4 Jamie Caven
Winner £6,000
Runner-Up £3,000
(full article...)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dartoid's World - Thursday, June 11, 2009


Yah y'betch yah!

There really is a Freddie Prinze Memorial Darts Tournament, named after the real live (well, not any more) star of Chico and the Man fame and it's in Nor'Dakoda. That's somewhere near Canada, which I am told is due to be recognized as a civilized country – just as soon as it stops bashing baby seals in the head.

Perhaps also someday they will give long overdue credit to John Part, one of their great sports heroes.

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Up in Barnsley for my birthday - DIARY OF A DART PLAYER - By Andy Relf

After a few weeks' break from PDC tournaments, this weekend sees us heading to Barnsley for two Players Championship competitions.
I'm looking forward to getting back into action again, as I feel that in my last few matches I had maybe put too much emphasis on trying to qualify for last week's UK Open tournament at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, and that it affected my normal game.

The downside of this tournament means that I've got to drive all the way to Yorkshire, leaving home at about 6.45 in the evening...and it's my birthday!

Oh well, the birthday dinner and cake can wait a day until we go out on Saturday evening in Barnsley. Hopefully I might have a win to celebrate by then as well. (full article...)

Priestley out in the last 16

- but it takes "The Power" to stop lawrence
Published Date: 11 June 2009
DENNIS Priestley's disappointments in the UK Open continued as he was dumped out in the last 16 by Kevin Painter.
But South Elmsall thrower Mark Lawrence proved to be the surprise package of the tournament at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton as he rocketed to the quarter finals before losing to eventual champion Phil Taylor who beat Colin Osbourn in Sunday's decider.

Lawrence stood at number 80 in the world prior to the 'FA Cup of Darts' but jumped up 16 places after picking up a £6000 haul for his efforts which brought him to the attention of the wider television audience for the first time. (full article...)

ROBERT MADOI: Battle of the sexes

Apparently, aside from Oxford and Cambridge, women have put men in the shade in academia issues ranging from grades to presence in high status subjects.
No, my male mates charged, women do not outnumber us in class. Toys were being thrown out of the pram. They weren’t the only ones doing that.

Before a single dart was tossed at the UK Open in Bolton, a host of men were up in arms. They were not pleased that a certain Russian woman, a one Anastasia Dobromyslova, was reigniting the clichéd battle of the sexes.

This was Dobromyslova’s second bite at the cherry. She didn’t fare well…again. A first round loss to unheralded Englishman, Andy Roberts didn’t portend well for the beautiful Russian. It dittoed the stumble she faced at the first hurdle of the men’s Professional Darts Confederation in December. (full article...)

Ranking boost for Grubb at UK Open - Thursday, June 11, 2009, 10:14

Radstock darts player Steve Grubb had his ranking pushed up to 78 in the Professional Darts Corporation's order of merit this week.

The rise came after he reached the last 32 at the Blue Square UK Open in Bolton, which earned him £2,000 in prize money.

As landlord of the Lamb Inn at Clandown, Grubb has his hands full juggling practice, running the pub and playing in regular weekend tournaments.

He is therefore thankful for the earnings – not only as it is this that determines rankings, but also as it pays for his travels to other major dart tournaments.

Thanks to the money, he can now take part in a tournament in Barnsley this weekend, followed by Germany the next.

He then flies to Las Vegas to play in two tournaments, from which he hopes to qualify for the Las Vegas Desert Classic. (full article...)

Exclusive - Darts1 interview - with Colin Osborne

Colin Osborne, no 13 of the PDC order of merit and runner up of the UK Open 2009, was available for this exclusive Darts1 interview, thanks a lot.

Colin Osborne was so kind and answered me some questions in between his quarterfinal and his semi-final match during the UK Open. It really was a pleasure to talk to him and I enjoyed it very much even though we ended more in a conversation then in a real interview…

Colin, you've played table tennis, yo-yo and snooker - have you got a special dexterity?

Pssst, don´t mention that!! Yes I did when I was a youth and I enjoyed it. And I think it really is a special skill and now it's something I can well use in darts. Can't one see it? (read the full interview...)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Colusa Casino Dart Tournament - July 17,18,19, 2009

Hi Darters,
Just a reminder of the next Dart Tournament.
Colusa Casino Dart Tournament
$5,000.00 ADO Sanctioned
July 17,18,19, 2009
Special entry Fee: $100. for 2 doubles - 2 singles - 2 draws
Robert Martell
EarthLink Revolves Around You.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Dartoid's World - Tuesday, June 8-9, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009



Darts in the Wilds of North Dakota

Dartoid vs. the Ladies of Thailand

A Year Ago in Darts – July, August, September, October, November & December

The Chicken COOP Open XXVIII Post Tournament Update

The NDA Team Darts Championship

World Cup XVII – Preview & On-site Reports

The Desert Classic – Preview & On-site Reports

The PDC World Championship – Preview and On-site Reports

A Review of Patrick Chaplin's “Darts in England – 1900-1939”

Darts Wax!

Darts in Ukfield, East Sussex

Darts in Qatar, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt and Morocco

A Three-word “in depth” Review of SEWA




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Monday, June 8, 2009


It seems that John Lowe is angling to publish as many books as he's won tournaments. His fifth book – The Art of Darts (Hodder and Stoughton) – hit the stands on May 28 to mixed reviews.

I beg to disagree.

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from the email stack... ADO Region II-2, East/West Allstars-501 National Championship Qualifer

Hello everyone! Just wanted to share with you the final results for our men’s regional for the East/West Allstars-501 National Championship. Once again, I have to give a huge thank you to the GSDDA for continuing to bring out great support for the regional events. The efforts are very much appreciated and it would be awesome if every league in this regional could have 5 representatives for each regional event. Then we could send on 2, or maybe even 3 players on to the National events. We had 9 men on Saturday and here are the results! Congratulations to Doug McDonough, who will go on to Connecticut to represent region II-2 at the East/West Allstars-501 National Championship event in August. Good luck Doug!

Doug McDonough (GSDDA) 17 legs won

Andrew Bennett (TDS) 15 legs won (playoff winner)

John Kramer (TDS) 15 legs won

Marvin Wentz (GSDDA) 13 legs won

JD Newman (GSDDA) 12 legs won

Bill Neel (VCDA) 12 legs won

Dan Jager (GSDDA) 11 legs won

Charles Bradish (GSDDA) 10 legs won

Allen Williams (PDA) 4 legs won

Sadly, there was not ladies regional event due to lack of interest so we will not be able to send a lady on to Connecticut to represent region II-2.

Thanks again everyone for your participation and looking forward to seeing all of you at PacMania II next weekend.

Take care!!!

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from the email stack... all from Jan Turner

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

UK Open - Bolton - Taylor Claims Bolton Hat-Trick - 08 Jun 2009

PHIL TAYLOR claimed a Blue Square UK Open hat-trick with an 11-6 victory over Colin Osborne in the final at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on Sunday night.

Taylor followed up his wins in the 2003 and 2005 events with a third victory, claiming the £40,000 winner's cheque in bouncing back strongly from his Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts semi-final loss a fortnight ago.

The 14-time World Champion dropped just six legs in his opening three games in the event, before whitewashing Mark Lawrence in the quarter-finals.

Match Stats

Colin Osborne


Phil Taylor

















High Finish



Legs Against Throw


(full article...)

UK Open - Semi-Finals

Semi-Finals (7pm)
Colin Osborne 10-7 Kevin Painter
Phil Taylor 10-6 Ronnie Baxter
Best of 19 legs

(full report...)

UK Open - Bolton


Kevin Painter 10-8 Alan Tabern
Colin Osborne 10-3 Jamie Caven
Ronnie Baxter 10-7 Terry Jenkins
Phil Taylor 10-0 Mark Lawrence
Best of 19 legs (full report...)

UK Open - Bolton

Fifth Round Results

Main Stage
Ronnie Baxter 9-4 Mark Walsh
Kevin Painter 9-3 Dennis Priestley
Colin Osborne 9-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor 9-2 Andy Smith

Board Two
Mark Lawrence 9-3 Colin Lloyd
Alex Roy 3-9 Jamie Caven
Mark Webster 7-9 Terry Jenkins
Wes Newton 8-9 Alan Tabern

Quarter-Final Draw & Order of Play (1pm Sunday)
Kevin Painter v Alan Tabern
Colin Osborne v Jamie Caven
Ronnie Baxter v Terry Jenkins
Mark Lawrence v Phil Taylor
(full report...)

Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Next PacMania Tournament - $100,000.00 USD - Steel-tip darts

PacMania Open II June 18-21, 2009: Steel-tip Dart Tournament

This is the biggest dart event to ever take place on the West Coast!
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Friday, June 05, 2009

UK Open - Friday Updates - 06 Jun 2009

DEFENDING champion James Wade was dumped out of the Blue Square UK Open with a 9-8 loss to Peter Manley on Friday night.

Wade had picked up the biggest pay-day of his career by winning £125,000 at the Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts play-offs just ten days ago - but leaves Bolton with just £1,000 after relinquishing his title.

Blue Square UK Open
Third Round Results
Board One
Michael van Gerwen 4-9 Andy Hamilton
Adrian Lewis 9-2 Robert Thornton
Lee Williams 1-9 Phil Taylor
Peter Manley 9-8 James Wade
Glen Durrant 1-9 Terry Jenkins

Board Two
Denis Ovens 3-9 Alan Tabern
Mark Walsh 9-2 Wayne Mardle
Colin Lloyd 9-8 John Part
Raymond van Barneveld 9-4 Ken Dobson

Board Three
Ronnie Baxter 9-7 Tony Eccles
Barrie Bates 3-9 Steve Grubb
Roland Scholten 9-6 Darren Johnson
Andy Roberts 9-7 Louis Blundell

Board Four
Gary Welding 9-5 Steve Hine
Ken Mather 9-7 Paul Nicholson
Kevin Painter 9-4 Dave Askew
Dennis Priestley 9-4 Colin Monk

Board Five
Mark Dudbridge 9-7 Johnny Haines
Co Stompe 6-9 Mark Frost
Dave Honey 5-9 Wes Newton
Mark Webster 9-6 Peter Wright

Board Six
Colin Osborne 9-2 Jason Clark
Alex Roy 9-5 Lionel Sams
Jan van der Rassel 7-9 Jelle Klaasen
Andy Smith 9-3 Chris Cooper

Board Seven
Steve Dolan 1-9 Jamie Caven
Andy Jenkins 9-5 Justin Pipe
Brendan Dolan 7-9 Kevin McDine
Mervyn King 8-9 Michael Barnard

Board Eight
Vincent van der Voort 6-9 Wayne Jones
Steve Brown 8-9 Mark Lawrence
Paul Rowley 1-9 Chris Thompson

Fourth Round Draw & Order of Play - 1pm Saturday
Board One
Peter Manley v Mark Webster
Andy Hamilton v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Ken Mather
Mark Walsh v Adrian Lewis

Board Two
Colin Osborne v Wayne Jones
Jamie Caven v Jelle Klaasen
Kevin McDine v Alan Tabern
Andy Jenkins v Terry Jenkins

Board Three
Michael Barnard v Andy Smith
Dennis Priestley v Mark Frost
Steve Grubb v Kevin Painter
Wes Newton v Roland Scholten

Board Four
Gary Welding v Ronnie Baxter
Alex Roy v Andy Roberts
Colin Lloyd v Chris Thompson
Mark Lawrence v Mark Dudbridge


Michael Barnard was left in tears after seeing off world number four Mervyn King 9-8 for arguably the biggest result of his career. The duo were locked together for much of the game, with Barnard missing one dart for a 9-7 win before landing double 18 in the decider.
(full article...)

UK Open - Night One - 05 Jun 2009

JAMES WADE will open the defence of his Blue Square UK Open title against Peter Manley on Friday night, while Phil Taylor takes on Lee Williams in 'The FA Cup of Darts'.

Wade, who followed up last year's Reebok Stadium triumph with victory in the Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts recently, faces three-time World Championship runner-up Manley in one of the pick of the third round games in Bolton.

World number one Taylor has drawn Manchester-based rookie Williams as he begins his challenge for a third UK Open win, while Raymond van Barneveld drew Middlesbrough's Ken Dobson.

Three-time World Champion John Part's reward for a second round win over Mick McGowan in Thursday's opening night was a clash with former World Matchplay champion Colin Lloyd.

Adrian Lewis faces Robert Thornton in another high-profile game, while in-form Mark Walsh drew Wayne Mardle.

Mardle had to come from 3-0 down to win against qualifier Les Fitton on his return from mumps before sealing a third round spot.

"I was disappointed with some of my performance but I got away with a win, and that's all that mattered," said Mardle. "I'm feeling better and I'm refreshed, and I feel good about my game."

Australian number one Paul Nicholson celebrated a new look with a 6-4 win over Scottish star Gary Anderson in the biggest game of the opening night.

Nicholson sported a waistcoat and tie for the contest, and came from behind before sealing victory with a bullseye finish for a 132 checkout against Anderson.

"It's a massive confidence boost for me," said Nicholson. "This is possibly the biggest win of my career and I can go on from this."

Six of the 31 amateur Holsten Qualifiers won through to the third round, including Salford's Ken Mather and Telford's Andy Roberts - who claimed the scalp of two former World Champions, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Steve Beaton.

Roberts now takes on Chorley newcomer Louis Blundell, while Swindon's Johnny Haines drew Mark Dudbridge, Middlesbrough's Glen Durrant meets world number six Terry Jenkins and Mather takes on Nicholson.

However, 2008 runner-up Gary Mawson failed in his bid to match that achievement when he lost in round two to Haines.

Roland Scholten, the 2004 champion who has been hampered for the past year by a shoulder problem, dropped just two legs in wins over Derek Williams and Ian Critchett. (full report...)

Possible TV streams....

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Eddy Cox Benefit Evening - 01 Jun 2009

PLAYERS, officials and fans of darts travelled to Tynemouth on Saturday for the Eddy Cox Benefit Evening.

Former PDC marker and players' marshall Eddy passed away suddenly in December 2008, with the Benefit Evening held in tribute and to raise funds for his family.

Eddy's brother Tommy Cox, the PDC Tournament Director, has written the following tribute:
On behalf of the family of the late Eddy Cox I would like to place on record our sincere and heartfelt appreciation of everyone who attended and made last Saturday's Benefit Evening such an unqualified success. (full article...)

Ana Aiming For Knock-Out Blow! - 02 Jun 2009

ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA has been warming up for the Blue Square UK Open with a stint in boxer Amir Khan's gym.

The Russian star, 24, will make her second UK Open appearance on Thursday, having drawn Holsten Qualifier Andy Roberts in round one.

Her preparation for the event has included a visit to Bolton for a training session in the gym used by Olympic silver medallist Khan, where she sparred with his younger brother Haroon Khan.
(full article...)

Nicholson Up For The Battle - 02 Jun 2009

PAUL NICHOLSON is eagerly anticipating his clash with Gary Anderson on the opening night of the Blue Square UK Open.

Nicholson, a quarter-finalist in the World Darts Championship at Christmas, has drawn Scottish star Anderson in the plum tie of Thursday's play at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton.

English-born Australian number one Nicholson made a big impression when he burst onto the televised scene last year at the Grand Slam of Darts - where he defeated Anderson 5-4 in the group stage.
(full article...)

Burnett Wins NADC

01 Jun 2009
SCOTT BURNETT has won the 2009 North American Darts Championship, defeating Darin Young 6-3 in the final.

Burnett, from Sacramento, wrestled the title from Young's grasp to claim the biggest title of his career.

Following a 6-1 win over Timothy Ebbs in round one, Burnett then overcame Brian Blake, Jim Widmayer and Tim Grossman in tight matches to reach the quarter-finals.

Scott Burnett 6-3 Chuck Pankow
Darin Young (3) 6-3 Jerry Van Loan
Losers $1,600

Scott Burnett 6-3 Darin Young (3)
Winner $6,000
Runner-Up $3,000 (full report...)

Dartoid's World - Tuesday, June 2, 2009


If April showers bring May flowers what do May flowers bring? Of course the answer was Pilgrims, but not this June.

The Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup 3-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Boston Celtics win their 17th NBA championship over the Los Angeles Lakers. In baseball, Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the sixth player in history to hit 600 home runs.

But who cares?

The big news in sports, at least early this month, is recorded at the Blue Square UK Open by American Gary Mawson...

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