Latest News & Round Up - NI, Jersey, Malta & Hayling
Well a really busy ten days for our players with some excellent results. Firstly Jake, Sam & Fallon made the trip to the BDO ranked Northern Ireland Open where there were mixed results all round. Jake progressed to the last 64 winning his first three games 3-0 3-1 3-0 before losing to Northern Ireland player John Bishorek 3-2. Sam lost in his board final of the singles and due to an early flight back did not play in the doubles.
Jake partnered Hampshire county player Ricky Williams where they reached the quarter final. Jake & Ricky won their first game 3-0 including a fantastic 16 dart 701 leg then beat Steve Bunting (Winmau World Masters Champ) and the useful Mick Connerton 3-0 eventually going out to John McGowan and partner 3-2 after having 5 darts to progress to the next round.
Jake paired with our own player Fallon in the mixed pairs and really did put some great darts together on the way to making the final they won 3-0 3-0 3-0 3-2 in the semi won 3-1 with legs of 12-16-17 in the final they came up against two top players Deta Hedman and Robbie Green only to lose 3-2 waiting on 60 while Robbie took out 59.
While the others were in Ireland and Jersey our young England youth star Casey Gallagher was making her first trip abroad to win the Ladies Malta Open 2012, quite a feat for someone of a tender age of 16. She showed maturity beyond her years playing steady darts all through the competition playing Jules Saldanha in the first round, Sussex county captain Rhonda West in the second round and then her pairs partner Stacey Thame in the board final to make it through to the quarter finals to be played Thurs Night. After confusion about an awol player, the organisers decided to remove her quarter final opponent therefore Casey was through to the Semis where she met Ann Chilton who Casey defeated 3-2. The final was Sweden v England. Casey held her nerve to win 4-1 taking the title and prize money of 350 Euros.
We would like to add that in the quarter final Casey’s opponent (Mel Henry) had not turned up a good 20 mins after being called, in which time her friends ahd contacted her where she had informed them she thought the starting time was 7pm and would not be ready for another 15 minutes. After a few complaints to the organisers, from other players & the designated chalker - NOT CASEY, the organisers had no other option as to award Casey the game. So for all those who were saying nasty things about Casey and claiming she claimed the game after waiting only 3 minutes we hope this puts your minds to rest.
Now we go onto Jersey open where there was two ranking tournaments Darts Corner singles being the first Jake Jones went out last 32 4-2 to Simon Roberts of Clwyd & Sam Head made the semi final after playing some magnificent darts on the day and making it through to the Quarter Finals which were played on the Saturday & streamed live via England Darts. Sam played Tony Martin (his pairs partner that week) in the quarter final game progressing 4-2 hitting 3 maximums in the process and going out to eventual champion Glen Durrent 4-1.
Another great achievement from Sam who is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.
In the second singles tournament in Jersey, sponsored by Target Darts, Sam reached the last 64 going out to excellent Dutch player Willy Van de Wiel 4-2. Jake made the last 32 going out to another Dutch player Ron Moulenkamp
In the ladies Target comp Fallon went out quite early to Rachel Brookes (yorkshire) 3-2 however she definitely made up for her previous early exit when in the Darts Corner Ladies Singles with some outstanding darts for someone so young. Fallon played and beat Lisa Ashton 3-1 (Lancashire) ave 88 Zoe Jones (Worcestershire) 3-0 ave 72 then she played the formidable Deta Hedman who she brushed aside 3-1
ave 82 and then in the final she cames up against 7 times world champion Trina Gulliver who was also treated to the Sherrock treatment 3-0 with a 83 ave.
A combined ave of 26+ Brilliant!!
At Hayling Island we had more success with Joe Davis winning the youth singles. On the way to taking the title he beat young Daniel Perry, who won the under 14s, and up and coming Hampshire star Nathan Street 2-1. Then came the final, Joe was up against Hampshires own Logan Barnecut who is realatively new to the sport of darts but who definitely has a future in the game. Joe continued his form and took the title and trophy with a 3-1 win.