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Sunday, January 31, 2010

#darts - BDO rejects PDC £2million offer

Seventeen years is not enough to heal the wounds of darts' divide

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Following a meeting of the county directors, the British Darts Organisation (BDO) has today formally rejected the £2million offer from Barry Hearn's Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) to take control of the game. Responding to the news, a particularly chirpy Hearn told ITV4 that he was disappointed, but that at least he'd saved a couple of million quid.
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#darts #bdo At a Full Council meeting of the BDO held today 31st January, a vote by County delegates agreed by majority decision to turn down an offer by the PDC to buy the BDO.

No further details are available at this time.

bbcsport The British Darts Organisation (BDO) rejects a buy-out offer from the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

Friday, January 29, 2010

#Darts Dartoid's World - Tuesday, January 29, 2010



The plan would be ambitions under any circumstance. Most would call it impossible, even absurd.

Not so in The People s Republic of China.

The Chinese have an old proverb: Si ma dang huo ma yi. (Try to save the dead horse as if it is still alive.) Do the impossible is what it means.

And that s exactly what they are doing.

Click here for the rest of this column.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Evening Mail darts entries

ENTRIES are now being taken for the 2010 Evening Mail Darts competition (sponsored by The Cemetery Cottages Club).


The men's winner of the competition, now in its 60th year for men, and 37th year for women, will receive a trophy and a cheque for £300, and the runner-up will receive a trophy and £100.

The ladies winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £250, and the runner-up a trophy and £100. Losing semi-finalists will receive £20.

Reigning champions are Dave Pratt and Dee Bateman.

Entry forms, published on page seven of tonight's Mail, are to be sent to the Evening Mail offices in either Abbey Road, Barrow; Wellington Street, Millom; or Market Street, Ulverston. Closing date is Tuesday, January 19.

Story By: North West Evening Mail

Date : 14-01-2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cleveland Dart Extravaganza 33 -2010 $13,000

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Airport Marriott April 30 - May 2, 2010 For more info go to

from the email stack... dart competition in pismo beach

Calling all shooters: weekly steel tip dart shoot on Thursday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Boardroom pub in Pismo Beach (map link) is starting a weekly steel tip dart shoot on Thursday beginning at 7:00 p.m. Right now they are playing cricket singles, either double elimination or round robin depending on the number of players that sign up. So far there is no entry fee and they have been giving gift cards for use at the pub as prizes to the top 2. The Boardroom is located on the south side of the parking lot by the Pismo Beach pier; 160 Hinds Ave, Pismo Beach; (805) 295-8222. Check out their web page at:

Please help me to spread the word. We are trying to get darts going again in San Luis Obispo County and the guys at the Boardroom are enthusiastic to help. They will have a flyer soon which I will forward.


Gary A. Bixler

also have some good dart news for you from santa maria .

Dart Tournaments At Billiard Lounge (map link)

1931 South Thornburg Street
Santa Maria, CA 93458-7728
(805) 925-3780

We have 6 Dart boards and have had over 20 people at the last two tournaments. We are doing 2 tournaments a month. The tournaments are blind draw doubles and a singles after if there is time and people who want to play.It is 301 501 or cricket you shoot the bull and the winning team picks the game every game. And you can play the same game all three if you want. If you win the bull shoot.

We have had 3 tournaments so far and all have been a great success. People from Lompoc to Nipomo have been showing up and we hope to increase that. Number. Here is the dates and times of upcoming tournaments.

February 6th 2010 Sign ups at 2:00 PM and start at 3:00 PM

February 20nd 2010 Sign ups at 2:00 PM and start at 3:00 PM

March 6th 2010 Sign ups at 2:00 PM and start at 3:00 PM

March 20th 2010 Sign ups at 2:00 PM and start at 3:00 PM

April 3rd 2010 Sign ups at 2:00 PM and start at 3:00 PM

April 17th 2010 Sign ups at 2:00 PM and start at 3:00 PM

Call Kenny at Computerworks for any questions at 805-347-1076

Queen Mary Classic VIII Feb 13th - 14th, 2010.

This year's Queen Mary Classic is again on the Presidents Day weekend, February 13th and 14th, 2010.

The events will be the same as last year, Blind Draw Doubles, Men's and Ladies Singles, Draw Mixed Trios and Men's and Ladies Doubles. Payouts are the same too, guaranteed $5,000.00.

The event is a part of the Scottish Festival which is held annually on the ship and to get around the entry fee to the festival, we are again able to offer free passes for those that sign up ahead of time, either at The Dart Shop or by mail.

Event parking is $15.00 each day.

We will again have event shirts. Anyone planning to purchase one can make our life a little easier by ordering ahead of time with size, color and type of shirt preferred. We can then estimate how many to order without going overboard (excuse the pun).

Entries by mail require a stamped addressed envelope for the return of the passes or you will have to pay at the gate.

For those planning to stay in Long Beach for the weekend, there are dozens of hotels/motels in the vicinity. It is a busy weekend in Long Beach so don't leave it to the last minute to book a room. It can always be cancelled closer to the time if your plans change. You can also go to or, do as I often do and go to and check out what they come up with.
The Queen Mary gets booked up early and is quite expensive but it is certainly an experience if you get the chance to stay on board, ghosts and all.
Anyone having trouble finding accommodation just let me know and I will make some calls for you.

We will again have a steel tip blind draw at The Dolphin Lounge in Anaheim on the Friday evening (13th). It will be a guaranteed payout of $400.00 and $10.00 entry. There will also be a guaranteed payout soft-tip shoot on the Saturday Night the 14th at The Dolphin Lounge, $10 entry $500.00 payback.

Any questions please either e-mail me or call the Dart Shop at 714-995-1993
Please let me know if anyone is wanting a flier sent to them by mail. (click here for flier link)

Look forward to seeing you all once again,


Try and support this event if you can, we don't get too many steel-tip tournaments on the west coast and we need to support those that we have so as not to lose them.

Whitlock Shares AGP Openers SIMON WHITLOCK made a winning start to the 2010 Australian Grand Prix with victory in one of the weekend's two opening events.

Whitlock Shares AGP Openers
25 Jan 2010 Enter here to WIN a BANDIT PLUS Dartboard from

1 person will win a Bandit Plus Dartboard shipped to them free (in the United States)!

UniBoffin 25th January 2010 in UniBlog: Lowe Resolution

Now the New Year is traditionally a time for resolutions, so I guess it’s appropriate I begin this one by resolving some issues left over from my last uniBlog of 2009. Future offerings can then happily revert to my more customary fare of new darts technology, old flight dynamic theory, and appalling puns. Bet you can’t wait! (click to read more...)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sometimes even Phil Taylor is beaten...

Deta Hedman Beats Phil Taylor

Posted on January 22nd, 2010

deta-beats-taylorDETA IS A WORLD BEATER!

Hedman defeats legend Taylor in 13-dart finish.

It was the icing on the cake for darts fans packed into Rileys, Cowley, for the opening of a new Darts Zone. World champion Phil Taylor had been entertaining the crowd with a series of exhibition matches against local players when up stepped surprise late entrant Deta Hedman.

from the email stack... Camellia Classic 2010

SUBJECT: Camellia Classic 34 Room Resv.

Only 1 week to get your resv for the Camellia Classic!

The Red Lion offers a darters rate of $83.99 for Single or
Double room. You get a FREE breakfast buffet($10 value) with
a Friday & Saturday stay.This value equals a double
occupancy stay per night of $32 per person (plus tax).
People staying at the Red Lion paying full rack price do not
get the FREE Breakfast buffet.

Buddy up & save some money!

are you on twitter?

Just wondering how many folks are on and how do you follow?

I'm @darttalker

my darts follow list is @darttalker/darts

Bobby George's darts masterclass

Sunday, January 24, 2010

from the email stack... San Francisco Dart Association

The San Francisco Dart Association.

Subject: The Beggining of SFDA's Spring 2010 Season!!!

"See: San Francisco City and County....Coming up this Wed (1/27/10) - Capt. Meeting and buy-in Blind Draw doubles Cricket @ Eagles Drift In-$6 - 7:30pm Capt. Meeting, 8pm Tourney, All welcome!...Week #1 of play for Spring'10 is Feb3rd'10! Be There as we are expanding back into D League (A,B,C & D) with new nifty bars and lots of fun new peeps looking to beveragize and shoot pointy things at the walls! Good luck to everyone this season!"

from the email stack... Info on Old Timer's Dart Shoot

Update email:

Info on Old Timer's Dart Shoot - Check it out and contact Dusie ASAP Thanks

Subject: Dart reunion...May 22, 2010

It's on and you must respond to Dusie with a yay or nay so he can make an accurate estimate to determine the size & location for the venue.....


Could you please send the following message out to your distribution list of old-timers again? Just want to make sure anyone who hasn't responded has another chance. plans are moving forward. Message is below.


Dear old-timers:

Initial response to the idea of an old-timers dart reunion has been good enough that it will happen.

It will be on Sat., May 22. Time TBD

I'm not on Facebook, nor is Sandi, so we don't see those conversations about this reunion. So, if you'd like to attend but have not yet replied to me directly, please just drop me a line at dusie32"at"gmail"dot"com and give it a thumbs-up. That will give me a better head count to use for estimating food and adult beverages we need to have on hand.

Please reply by Feb. 10! Thanks.


Friday, January 22, 2010

from the email stack... Della Fleetwood Memorial

Della tribute

There are special people in this world and then there are really special people. Della Fleetwood was one of the latter. She left us far too soon, passing away suddenly on Jan. 6 at age 66.

There also aren’t too many people who meant more to the sport of darts. Della quit her teaching job to devote her time to darts with Tom. She was there when the Southern California Darts Association began in the late 1960s. She was there to launch the American Darts Organization in the early ‘70s and she was there to help the World Darts Federation get off the ground in the mid-‘70s. She conducted so many tournaments in her lifetime that it would take a roomful of people to equal her effort.

She stuck with it through good times and bad times. She stuck with it when it grew and when it didn’t. She stuck with it when it was a global community of friends—and when it wasn’t--and she always did it with a smile. People were drawn to Della like a magnet. And she never forgot a face. Those of us who worked closely with her saw that time and again. A dart player would approach the stage at the North American Open in the midst of an event with more than 600 entries and Della would be able to call that person by name, ask about his/her family and recall the last time that player had come to the tournament. For years, I tried to match that skill, but couldn’t even come close.

After Tom passed away in 2004, she stuck with the WDF, taking over for him as treasurer and tackling it with the same attention to detail she brought to every task. She also continued their work on behalf of children and families with the Exchange Club in Downey where they lived. She cared passionately for the sport and its people and continued the Las Vegas Open under Triple Crown Productions in Tom’s memory. The remaining Triple Crown crew members had that in mind when they went on with this year’s event just three weeks after her death. They knew she’d want that.

Della made people feel welcome and included no matter where they were, no matter when. She so dearly loved her family and Tom’s family and their Exchange family that eventually they all melded into just Tom and Della’s family. I met her in 1972 when I was a newbie tournament committee member in Cleveland. She made it a point to come by and commend us on the job we were doing. And in a strange turn of events (especially for those who don’t know that Della once was a good player) we both ended up in the semi-finals of the ladies’ singles that year. We were friends from that year forward.

We counted on her for everything—phone numbers, addresses, a shoulder when we were down, an ear when we needed advice. She was simply one of those people who loved life and everything in it. I was proud to call her my friend and can’t even comprehend all the ways she will be missed.

If Della was here right now, she likely would tell us she’ll be fine and that we shouldn’t worry about her, but instead we should move on and do the ‘right thing’ for the sport and its people. It was always so like her to put everyone else first.

Somewhere up there in darters’ heaven, she and Tom and a host of dart friends we’ve lost over the years will be watching to see what will happen next. Without Tom and Della Fleetwood, there may never have been a national darts organization in the U.S.A. She leaves a legacy of high standards and expectations to the rest of us here on earth. I hope we can all make her proud.

Sandi Cain, past president, American Darts Organization.

Please join with fanily and friends to
Remember, Celebrate and Honor
the life of Della Ann Fleetwood

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Barbara J. Riley Community Center
7810 Quill Dr.
Downey, Ca 90242

for questions, directions oor additional information
please contact Georganne Bruce
(562) 904-9590
Memorial Service .PDF flier link:

2010-01-22 - Della Fleetwood
Condolence cards and notes may be sent c/o the American Darts Organization, 230 N. Crescent Way, Suite K, Anaheim CA 92801 Those wishing to make a contribution in Della's memory might choose between the two charities she was passionate about: The ADO Memorial Scholarship Fund, at the same address as above (it is a separate fund for youth scholarships administered by trustees chosen by the ADO board). Or ... Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center of Downey Inc. 8320 Iowa St. Downey, CA 90241 Footnote: The organizing committee of the Las Vegas Open darts tournament have today decided that the Las Vegas Open, scheduled for 29-31 January will go ahead as planned. The committee are certain that this would be in accordance with Della’s wishes.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Andy Relf's diary of a darts player... 1-21-2010

Andy overcomes his cabin fever to get back to competitive darts

In the Cracker League, we have had a couple of good wins, and my own game has been going well. We have enrolled the Weaver family into our team en masse, as due to other commitments and the bad weather we have been struggling to get a full team. A good couple of signings in the form of Ant and Hughie Weaver have seen them prove unbeaten so far in their appearances.

Last Sunday saw a few of us head off to Rileys in Brighton, where a singles competition was taking place...
(source link...)

from the email stack... old-time dart players reunion:

Info on Old Timer's Dart Shoot - Check it out and contact Dusie ASAP Thanks
Subject: Dart reunion...May 22, 2010

It's on and you must respond to Dusie with a yay or nay so he can make an accurate estimate to determine the size & location for the venue.....


Could you please send the following message out to your distribution list of old-timers again? Just want to make sure anyone who hasn't responded has another chance. plans are moving forward. Message is below.


Dear old-timers:

Initial response to the idea of an old-timers dart reunion has been good enough that it will happen.

It will be on Sat., May 22. Time TBD

I’m not on Facebook, nor is Sandi, so we don’t see those conversations about this reunion. So, if you’d like to attend but have not yet replied to me directly, please just drop me a line at dusie32"at"gmail"dot"com and give it a thumbs-up. That will give me a better head count to use for estimating food and adult beverages we need to have on hand.

Please reply by Feb. 10! Thanks.


To our fellow old-time dart players (original post link):

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tahoe Biltmore Amateur Chicago Singles Tournament

2010 Tahoe Biltmore Amateur Chicago Singles Tournament
March 12-13-14, 2010

$3500.00 Prize fund if 48 people sign-up

Entry Fee: $200.00, Includes Hotel room for Friday & Saturday
Tournament Only ( no Room ) $110,00

This is our 59th Round Robin style Steel-Tip Dart Tournament
You are guaranteed to play 29 games against 10 Opponents

This year we are allowing players to have Up To 50 ADO points (2008,2009) to
Men , Women, Soft Tip Players ( up to $200.00 Winnings in Singles events )

Flier in PDF Format at:
Information: Bob & Maggie Martell 925-685-2405
Print a Flier and share it with some friends!

Monday, January 18, 2010

There's another App for that

Another iphone Darts App Cricket and '01

Bachelorofdarts... darts podcast

Lighten up the most depressing day of the year by listening to new episode of The Wrong Bed, still #darts finest podcast

Prime Minister Congratulates Phil Taylor

Prime Minister Congratulates Phil Taylor for 15th World Championship win:,,10180~1936188,00.html

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Play Darts - League Now Forming (St. Paul and Minneapolis)

Play Darts - League Now Forming (St. Paul and Minneapolis - click this link)

Date: 2010-01-13, 4:05PM CST
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Like playing darts? A steel tip dart league is now forming in the Twin Cities, sponsored by the Twin City Darts Association. League play for the spring season will begin in late January and run until mid-April.

Play will be weekly at McMahon's Irish Pub on 30th and Lake in Minneapolis on Sunday evenings
The Hat Trick Lounge on 5th and Robert in St. Paul on Wednesday evenings

The game is Cricket. Teams of two (up to four on a roster). All skill levels welcome.

If you already have a team in mind or if you are looking for a team mate and would like to sign up, please contact or reply to this post. If you would rather inquire by phone, please call 651-895-9428 and ask for Shea (like the stadium).

For more information about the Twin City Darts Association visit their website at

from the email stack... 501? theres and App for that

Hi Darters,

Andrew Stanevicius, a fellow darter, developed a iPhone App to use for Steel Tip 01 outs. He used my (Charles Bradish) outchart in the App calculations, to give the user outshot selections. If you look up any outshot, the preferred outshot method is listed first, along with an alternate shot if you must hit the out or need to play it safe. There are also listed other possible combinations, if you do not wish to go that particular route. I suggest that you look at Andrew’s explanation on the website for a bit more information.

Please check out the App if you have an iPhone. You can locate it on the Apple App Store, by searching for X01OutChart, or go to Andrew’s location at . If you have an iPhone or iTouch, you can use this promotional code to download the App: NLW7KP9NPTPM. Please leave feedback on the App for Andrew.


Andrew Stanevicius

Charles Bradish

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

from the email stack... To our fellow old-time dart players:

To our fellow old-time dart players:

We’ve been dropping like flies lately and if somebody doesn’t have an old timers’ reunion soon it seems like there will only be half a dozen people left that qualify for one. One of the most common comments overheard at funerals of past dart players recently is “Gee, it seems like the only time we see each other anymore is at some one’s funeral.” On Jan. 7, we lost Della Fleetwood—one of the people who hoped to organize a reunion but just didn’t get to it. The Las Vegas Open will go on Jan. 29-31 --- but that still leaves a darters reunion undone.

So, let’s start thinking about it. I’m suggesting a couple of potential reunion dates for old timers dart league members and tournament players from the last century. May 1st or May 22nd, 2010. (Short-timers from the new millennium are NOT invited unless they are the spouse, child or grandchild of a qualified old-timer).Old timer refers to an era, not a person’s age.

Seems we first need to figure out how many are interested. If only 30 people would show up, 1 very large garage or average size home would do. If 300 people responded positively to such a reunion, 1 large trophy house or small mansion would be needed. Other possibilities could be a Moose or Elks Lodge, a union hall or private club with its own liquor license or a large dart friendly bar. Location should be in central L.A. basin or northern/central Orange County.

Photo I.D.’s are not required, but an old dart related picture showing you with hair, or before it turned gray would be amusing to see. Also, all old dart shirts that are wearable would be considered appropriate.

Please forward this to anybody and everybody who might be interested in attending and/or hosting. These people can reply to Dusie at dusie32"at" by mid-February and I’ll happily supply all those names/emails/phone numbers to whoever wants to organize it or host it! My house doesn’t qualify either by size or location as party central.


Premier League Hits Jackpot

Lewis hits Premier Jackpot

SkySports - ‎4 hours ago‎
Adrian Lewis has been named as the second Sky Sports Wildcard for the 2010 Premier League Darts. The announcement of Lewis' return to Premier League Darts ...

ADRIAN LEWIS is the second Sky Sports Wildcard for the 2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts.

The announcement of Lewis' return to Premier League Darts sees the 24-year-old, recently named as the PDC Young Player of the Year, complete the eight-player field for the tournament, which begins at The O2 in London on February 11.

World number seven Lewis previously competed in Premier League Darts in 2007 and 2008, reaching the semi-finals two years ago before losing to Stoke rival and former practice partner Phil Taylor. (full article...)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Players Championship Draw

PHIL TAYLOR will face Peter Manley in the first round of the Players Championship on Thursday January 28.

The £250,000 event will be played from January 28-31 at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex, and features the leading 32 players from the 2009 Players Championship Order of Merit. (full article link...)

First Round Draw
Phil Taylor (1) v Peter Manley (32)
Mark Walsh (2) v Steve Hine (31)
Colin Osborne (3) v Co Stompe (30)
Adrian Lewis (4) v Brendan Dolan (29)
Steve Beaton (5) v Tony Eccles (28)
Wes Newton (6) v Peter Wright (27)
Gary Anderson (7) v Jelle Klaasen (26)
Colin Lloyd (8) v Denis Ovens (25)
Robert Thornton (9) v Kevin Painter (24)
James Wade (10) v Mervyn King (23)
Ronnie Baxter (11) v Mark Dudbridge (22)
Dennis Priestley (12) v Paul Nicholson (21)
Alan Tabern (13) v Andy Hamilton (20)
Jamie Caven (14) v Michael van Gerwen (19)
Wayne Jones (15) v Andy Smith (18)
Terry Jenkins (16) v Vincent van der Voort (17)

Darren Daulton Celebrity Dart Tournament at McFadden’s

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, January 12, 2010 10:57 AM (source link...)

On Thursday January 28th, Darren Daulton will host a Celebrity Dart Night with former Phillies Gary Maddox, John Kruk, Larry Anderson and many other VIP guests at McFadden’s Ballpark. The festivities begin at 7pm with an open bar package and buffet dinner. Michael Barkann from Comcast Sportsnet will serve as the emcee. At 8pm the Dart Tournament will begin, each participant who enters the Tournament will have the opportunity to throw darts with each of the celebrity guests (including our own Pat Gallen!).

This is a unique way for Phillies fans to get to interact with their favorite personalities from the past, and to raise money for a great cause! Check the flyer for more event information (clickable link).

BDO chief Olly Croft is 'working on' PDC's takeover bid

British Darts Organisation chief Olly Croft says he is "working on" a takeover offer from rival organisation the Professional Darts Corporation.

PDC head Barry Hearn had an offer of £1m plus a further £1m to invest in the game rejected by Croft in October.
(full story)

Dartoid's World - Tuesday, January 11, 2010


The doubles were flowin' for me like a frickin' fire hydrant on crack recently at the Greater Nashville Darting Association's annual Music City Classic. But damn it, they just weren't producin' the dough!

Click here for the rest of this column.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mark McGwire has admitted taking steroids

Mark McGwire has admitted taking steroids in 1998 when he broke Roger Maris' home run record.

"I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize," McGwire said in his statement. "I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 off season and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again. I used them on occasion throughout the nineties, including during the 1998 season. I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.

Read more:

source link

DRA: Mr Jenkins' original 24 month suspension begins...

DRA Statement
11 Jan 2010
THE DRA have released the following statement following the latest meeting of their Disciplinary Committee.

Darts Regulation Authority Disciplinary Committee Hearing
Monday January 4 2010

The Disciplinary Committee made determinations that:-
Colin Lloyd, at the Nuland Players Championship event in October 2009, failed to mark his game in accordance with the rules of the tournament.
Mr Lloyd was fined £100.

John Part at the Nuland Players Championship event in October 2009 failed to mark his game in accordance with the rules of the tournament.
Mr Part was fined £100.

Ted Hankey at the Grand Slam of Darts, Wolverhampton in November 2009 behaved in a manner likely to bring the game of darts into disrepute.
Mr Hankey was fined £250.

Andy Jenkins. The DRA considered the circumstances of an appeal made by Andy Jenkins relating to the findings of the DRA Disciplinary Hearing on November 26 2009. The appeal is now discontinued.
Mr Jenkins' original 24 month suspension begins on January 4 2010 and will end at midnight on 3rd January 2012.
As 20 months of this ban is suspended the active element of Mr Jenkins' ban will end at midnight on May 3 2010.
The player is eligible to play in any DRA sanctioned tournament from May 4 2010 onwards.
The original fine of £500 is now effective.
Appeal costs of £800 were incurred which are to be paid by the player to the DRA.

Anyone affected by a determination of the DRA Disciplinary Committee has a Right of Appeal in accordance with Rule 6.8 of the DRA Official Rule Book.

All money raised from players' fines is used to support the DRA Drug Testing Programme.

Saturday, January 09, 2010



9th January 2010
By Richard Lewis

DARTS legend Bobby George believes Dave Chisnall could become the sport’s new superstar – and give Phil Taylor a run for his money.

Chisnall, 29, meets BDO world No.1 Tony O’Shea in the semi-finals of the Lakeside Championships this afternoon after a stunning fightback to knock out defending champion Ted Hankey.

BBC commentator and double world runner-up George tipped ‘Chizzy’ to go all the way before the start of the tournament.

And Chisnall produced some amazing darts to snatch a shock 5-4 win, despite trailing 4-1 against ‘The Count’.

George said: “If he could start a match like he finished against Ted, then no-one can beat him.

“He could even beat Phil Taylor. He has the bottle, he doesn’t care.

“People ask me all the time about Phil Taylor and I say he is a once in a lifetime player, it’s just a shame he came along in my lifetime.

“But Dave could be the second. He was averaging 121 against Ted. That’s 11 and 12-dart finishes in every leg of 501.”

Taylor won the first of his 15 world titles at Lakeside in 1990 as a BDO player, when he was also 29, and he has since gone on to dominate the sport.

The Power is now the dominating force of the PDC show and Chisnall could be one of those to join their ranks in the future.

Chisnall, who is making only his second appearance at the World Championships, won last year’s BDO British Open and George said: “Three weeks ago I said I fancied him as a dark horse.

“People laughed at me when they saw the draw come out but they are not laughing now.”

It has not been a good week for Hankey, though.

Along with losing at Lakeside, he has also been fined £250 by the Darts Regulation Authority for swearing on camera while on stage at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton. source)

Pacquiao camp shifts focus to Clottey

With his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. all but off, Manny Pacquiao has instead agreed to fight Joshua Clottey (click for more about Clottey) on March 13, Pacquiao's camp said Friday.

Clottey's manager told's Dan Rafael that he spoke to Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank's Bob Arum, on Friday about the fight's details but would only confirm a "seven-figure" purse.

Pacquiao-Clottey Texas bout a done deal, says Arum - Roy Luarca - ‎1 hour ago‎
ESPN's Dan Rafael further substantiated the Pacquiao-Clottey encounter in the studio in Friday Night Fight, according to ...
Reuters -

Friday, January 08, 2010

from the email stack... Della Fleetwood

It is with a heavy heart that I have to pass on information that Della Fleetwood, the organizer of the Las Vegas Open and also the WDF Treasurer has passed away at the age of 66.

Della is known to most of you as the person who is calling the matches at the Las Vegas Open in recent years after taking over from her husband Tom who passed away in 2001.

Della will be greatly missed in the darting community for her continued support of darts and her strong commitment to making the Vegas Open what it was.

It was announced today that the committee for the Vegas Open will still carry out the Vegas Open for this year as that is how she would have like it. But any future Vegas Opens may be up in the air.

I sure hope you all make it to this years event!


DARTS fan fell through an ice covered lake and drowned

A DARTS fan fell through an ice covered lake and drowned in the freezing waters after cheering on his idols at the World Darts Championships at the Lakeside Country Club today.

The married man in his 40s had been drinking into the early hours with pals after the televised matches finished and decided to walk back to his hotel after being advised not to drive.

It is believed he lost his bearings in the freezing conditions and wandered on to the lake not realising it was iced over and covered in snow and fell through after 20 yards.

His wife woke in the morning at the world famous country club in Frimley Green, Surrey, and when she realised he had not returned raised the alarm and the grounds were searched.


The man was spotted under the ice close to the bank and fire crews and police raced to the scene and recovered the body and paramedics tried to revive him on the way to hospital.

However waiting doctors pronounced the tragic darts fan dead.

It is understood the husband regularly visited the World Darts Championships which are currently being televised on BBC with a group of pub pals and their wives.

His body was found in the frozen ornamental lake nine hours after he was last seen alive at 2am walking back.

A Lakeside Country Club source said: "The lake is only about 20 yards away from the door and he must have walked out and straight on to the lake thinking that he was walking on land.

"He walked in an arc shape judging by the footprints and was nearly back on dry land when he went through. The ice must have given away and in those temperatures you won't survive long.

"It must have been about -8C to -10C last night and drink had been taken and tragically he could not get out."

Fire Brigade Watch Manager Karl Bowen said he was told the victim had been drinking while watching the darts.

He said: "Apparently he had been told not to drive his car which was parked and had then gone to walk it instead and the last time that anyone recalls seeing him alive was at about 2am.

"The body was so close to the side of the lake that police had already pulled him out - all we could do was help put him on a stretcher and get him into an ambulance for him to be worked on.

"The man had taken a walk and may have not known there is a lake there because it was frozen and covered in snow.

"It is about 20 yards from the back of the venue where the darts are held."

The victim, who has not yet been named, was rushed to Frimley Park Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Lakeside Professional World Darts Championships spokesman Robert Holmes confirmed the man was a fan enjoying the world famous tournament and added: "It is tragic and the weather played a big part.

"He was a darts fan but that's all I know - I have no details of name age or anything."

The man had been watching the televised second round matches — four of which were played yesterday evening.

During the evening, Martin Phillips beat Paul Carter 4-2, Martin Adams beat Daryl Gurney 4-1, Garry Thompson beat Martin McCloskey 4-1 and Scott Waites beat John Henderson 4-1.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said an investigation into the tragedy was under way.

He added: "Surrey Police can confirm that the body of a man has been recovered from the lake at Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green after we were alerted to the discovery at about 10.45am Thursday."

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Manny Pacquiao - Floyd Mayweather fight is off

'The fight is off': Arum blames Mayweather for failed mediation

USA Today - Bob Velin - ‎13 hours ago‎
"Floyd Mayweather walked away," Arum said by phone late Wednesday night. "The fight's off. Our guy was agreeable, Mayweather wasn't. The fight's off. ...
Toronto Star -

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

from the email stack... Las Vegas Open 2010

Subject: FINAL LVO Reminder - Tuscany Booking Deadline

Hi Everyone,

Just a final reminder…………….the Las Vegas Open is coming up soon. The Special Darters’ Rate is $75 / night + tax.

The deadline to reserve a room from our Darters’ block at the Tuscany, is: Friday Jan. 8th, 2010 . I need your help to ‘spread the word’ about this deadline!!

To book a room, call: 1-877-887-2261

To get the Special Darters’ Rate, use the code: LV OPEN DARTS

Thanks for your help. I look forward to seeing you at the Tuscany, January 29 - 30 - 31, 2010

The attached flyer (link) has all the necessary tournament info.

Happy New Year and Thanks Again!!

Della :>)))

Della A. Fleetwood, Owner / Director


Monday, January 04, 2010

PDC World Championship 1-3-2010

Third-Fourth Place Play-Off
Mark Webster 10-8 Raymond van Barneveld

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Legs Against Throw

Phil Taylor 7-3 Simon Whitlock
Match Stats

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Friday, January 01, 2010

World Championship 1-1-2010 Quarter - Finals

Friday January 1
Co Stompe 3-5 Mark Webster
Simon Whitlock 5-3 James Wade

Raymond van Barneveld 5-0 Ronnie Baxter
9.30pm Phil Taylor 5-0 Adrian Lewis
Best of nine sets, best of five legs per set

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