04 October 2017Leagues get underway
After beginning the season with early cup fixtures, the action in the KDDL’s 51st season finally swung round to the leagues last week, and there were some great darts thrown, considering it is so early in the season.
In the Williamson’s A League the Legion kick started the defence of their title with an 8-4 win over last seasons 3rd place Orkney Golf Club, with Legion skipper Derek Firth hitting three big finishes during the match.
The addition of recent county debutant Iain Findlay has further strengthened the depth of the Legion squad and they will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with again this year. Last years runners up the Commodores got off to a flying start against newly promoted Quoyburray, posting an 11-1 win.
Also winning 11-1 were the Untouchables against current B league champions Shapinsay, despite Shapinsay’s Jamie Marwick posting some terrific scoring and finishing. Bolstered by new signing Brett Dickinson, the Untouchables will be hoping to improve on last season’s performance and finish in the top half this time around.
Sanday produced a typically solid display against Legion Arrows, convincingly winning 9-3. Elsewhere in the Tankerness hall the Wanderers recorded the same result over Quoyburray B. With Simon Parry returning to the Wanderers fold this season, they will be hoping to have a more fruitful season than last year.
The game of the night took place between the Warriors and Untouchables A, with the visitors walking home with a narrow 7-5 victory in a match with plenty on the back of the card. New Untouchables A signing Ryan Tulloch made an instant impression and hopes will be high for them to be amongst the challengers this time out.
The B league was a close affair last year and it appears from the first week’s results that this year will be no different, with very little between most of the teams.
The Murray Arms showed no sign of letting narrowly missing out on promotion last year affect them as they put away new boys Sanday B 9-3, with recent signing Jamie Drever returning from a two year stint in the A league to win both his singles.
Nicol Gray rallied his troops from last season and a change in team name saw a change in their fortunes, with the Young Loons winning their first game 8-4 over the Sands, helped by a terrific 147 finish from Logan Peace.
Streamline entered a team this season for the first time in quite a few years but they fell short, losing 8-4 to the Muppets, helped in no small part by winning all four pairs games. Meanwhile in the Golf Club a close encounter was expected between the Bilco Boys and Tankerness with both having been in promotion contention for much of last season. This time around however, the visitors managed to come out on top 8-4.
A week on Friday sees the start of this season’s Ranking points competition, with the Legion hosting the Louttit Singles, names to be in by 7.30pm.
Competition will be hot this year for a chance to get into the team to face Shetland in April and the opportunity to try to help complete a record breaking 8 year win streak. Any points earned by B league players will also go towards their separate ranking points system used to select the B team for the annual East v West fixture later in the season.
180s this week were hit by: Robbie Stanger, Billy Ward, Andrew Rendall, Derek Firth, Stevie Linklater, Alan Gray, Graham Firth, Stuart Thomson, Stephen Griffiths and Jamie Marwick (2).
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Simon Parry 100, Ian Eunson 100, Graham Rendall 103, Jamie Marwick 105, Robbie Stanger 105, Andrew Moar 110, Michael Muir 111, Raymie Rendall 114, Trevor Shearer 115, Des Gillespie 120, Stevie Moar 121, Ian Stevenson 123, Kevin Gray 129, Ryan Tulloch 140, Logan Peace 147, Eddie Drever 151 and Derek Firth 118, 101 & 100.
Commodores 11 v 1 Quoyburray
Legion 8 v 4 OGC
Warriors 5 v 7 Untouchables A
Sanday 9 v 3 Legion Arrows
Shapinsay 1 v 11 Untouchables
Quoyburray B 3 v 9 Wanderers
Young Loons 8 v 4 Sands
Streamline 4 v 8 Muppets
Murray Arms 9 v 3 Sanday B
Bilco Boys 4 v 8 Tankerness
Vikings v Ale Stars - postponed
Week beginning Monday 9th October
Quoyburray B v Quoyburray
Sanday v Commodores
Legion v Wanderers
Warriors v Legion Arrows
Untouchables v OGC
Shapinsay v Untouchables A
Nomads v Sands
Bilco Boys v Young Loons
Streamline v Tankerness
Sanday B v Ale Stars
Murray Arms v Muppets
Vikings – no game
Friday 13th October
Louttit Singles (ranking singles), Legion, names by 7.30pm
25 September 2017Cricket Cup week
Lynnfield cricket cup winners were the Legion. From left are Ian Findlay, Kevin Gray, Wayne Monkman and Neil Croy.
Bilco Boys players Andrew Moar and Derek Manson pictured with league representative Robbie Norquoy after winning the B League Cricket Cup.
Pictured are the trophy winners from the Cricket singles and doubles, with Kelly Harcus from the Kirkwall Legion which hosted the competition. From left, doubles winners Stuart Thomson and Brian Moar, Kelly Harcus, singles winner Stevie Linklater who also lost in the final of the doubles, with partner Kevin Peace. Missing from the picture is singles runner up Kevin Gray.
The cup fixtures continued last week, with a week of Cricket Cups.
On Monday night in the Legion, seven teams entered the A League Lynnfield cricket cup. The Legion came out on top beating Untouchables A in the final 3-1.
Wayne Monkman hit a 180 for the Legion with Shapinsay's Colin Leslie hitting 3 bulls on the night.
On Tuesday night, it was well done to the Bilco Boys on winning B league 301 Cricket Cup beating the Muppets in the final. A good entry of 18 teams entered.
On Friday night the Cricket singles and doubles took place in the Legion.
Doubles winners were Stuart Thomson and Brian Moar who beat Stevie Linklater and Kevin Peace 2-0 in the final. Singles winner was Stevie Linklater who beat Kevin Gray 2-0 in the final.
There were 180's on the night from Gary Wilson, Kevin Peace, Jim Brown and Brian Moar. 24 players entered the singles, 12 pairs in the doubles.
With the league set to start this week can all teams make sure that they post a clear readable picture of the scorecards (front and back) after the games and post them on the Orkney Darts Facebook page. That way the league tables can be updated and posted online. ALL cards can then be left at the Kirkwall Legion by Noon on Saturday where they will be collected.
There is no cup fixture this Friday. The next one is Friday October 13, with the first of the ranking points competitions, the Loutitt Singles, played in the Legion. Names by 7.30pm.
Fixtures, week beginning Oct 2
Commodores v Quoyburray B, Quoyburray v Shapinsay, Untouchables A v Untouchables,
OGC v Warriors, Legion Arrows v Legion, Wanderers v Sanday.
Young Loons v Nomads, Sands v Murray Arms, Muppets v Sanday B, Ale Stars v Streamline, Tankerness v Vikings, Bilco Boys – No Game.
18 September 2017Spiers cup win for Untouchables A
Untouchables A were winners of the Spiers Cup. Pictured from left are Roy Foubister, Ryan Tulloch, Colin Barnett and Trevor Shearer.
Eleven teams entered the Spiers Cup last Monday night, with the high standard of darts on display a talking point, especially so early in the season.
This, the second cup competition of the season saw 13 180's scored and 7 ton plus check outs. The highest finish of the night was a 129 scored by Stevie Linklater, with Billy Ward hitting two 180's on the night.
This is the first year that the competition was switched from 1 leg 0f 601 to best of three 501, with the new format seemingly proving popular, and certainly taking out some quality darts in the Kirkwall Masonic.
It was unfortunate that in the first round of the competition that the Legion team had to withdraw due to illness. However, making their way to the semi-finals, in the top half of the draw were the Commodores - chasing their second cup of the season - against the Orkney Golf Club.
It was the Commodores proved too strong and ran out 4-1 winners.
In the lower half of the draw Untouchables A beat Sanday by the same scoreline, booking their place in the final.
And what a final it was, after the four singles and two doubles it was all even at 3-3 with the game going down to the one leg 601 decider. It could not have been closer.
As the scores quickly came down Commodores Robbie Stanger just missed double 11 for a 99 check to take the title, but up stepped Roy Foubister to check out an impressive 120 and win the cup for Untouchables A.
180's: B Ward x 2, L Shearer x 2 , M Shearer, B Stevenson, T Shearer, I Leslie, S Linklater, I Wilkie, G Rendall, R. Tulloch, R Stanger
High finishes: 129 S Linklater, C Barnett 128, R Foubsiter 120, 100 R Stanger, 117 R Tulloch, F Tait 116, 114 M Shearer.
Monday, Sept 18, the Lynnfield Cup takes place in the Legion for A teams, and the Foubsiter Cup is held in the Masonic the following night for the B league. Team names in by 7.30pm.
This Friday, Sept 22, Cricket Singles and Doubles, Kirkwall Legion. Names by 7.30pm.
League fixtures, week starting Monday September 25
Commodores v Quoyburray; Quoyburray B v Wanderers; Sanday v Legion Arrows; Legion v OGC; Warriors v Untouchables A ; Shapinsay v Untouchables.
B League fixtures
Young Loons v Sands; Bilco Boys v Tankerness; Vikings v Ale Stars; Streamline v Muppets;
Murray Arms v Sanday B.
Nomads - No Game
06 September 2017Cup wins for Commodores and Nomads
Commodores players Billy Ward, Leigh Shearer and Robbie Stanger are pictured with the Allied Hotels Cup. The Nomads, below, were the winners of the St Ola Cup, pictured are, from left, Erlend Lennie, Matthew Wylie, Ryan Wilkie, Clive Hewison, Gary Wilson and Paul Firth.
The KDDL darts season got underway last week with two competitions taking place on Monday and Tuesday of last week.
Despite the summer break, the darts were anything but rusty, and some close highly competitive matches took place.
On Monday in the Legion, it was the Commodores who claimed the silverware in the first cup competition of the new darts season, the 3 a side Allied Hotels Cup, beating the Legion A team in the final.
Being a 3 man cup, 10 teams entered on the night, including two from the Legion and two from The Wanderers.
There were 7 180's scored on the night, the first of the season was by Stevie Linklater.
There were 6 ton plus finishes, with a table topping 152 from The Commodores Leigh Shearer.
On Tuesday the darts action switched to the Masonic Club for the B league St Ola Cup.
The cup was very well supported with ten teams also taking part.
In the final it was the Nomads who claimed the cup, beating the Bilco Boys in the final.
There were also two 180s thrown on the night.
180's: S.Linklater, G.Rendall, P.O'Neill, I. Wilkie, G. Wilson, T.Shearer, K.Gray, B.Ward, R. Stanger
High finishes: L. Shearer 152, R. Stanger 150, Bri Moar 115, E. Eunson 115, R. Stanger 100, W. Monkman 100.
Next week the A & B League compete together in the Spiers Cup, a team of four event, which is set to be played in the Masonic. Names by 7.30pm sharp.
The format is 4 singles, 2 doubles, 501 best of 3 legs. One leg 601 team game decider if required.
29 August 2017New season cup games about to begin
The 51st season of the KDDL is about to get underway when two cup games are set to be played.
On Monday night, September 4, the Allied Hotels Cup takes place in the Legion which is open to teams of three players.
The format is best of three legs 501, three singles and a team game. Nominated singles if a decider is required.
On Tuesday night, September 5, it is the turn of the B league to get underway when the St Ola Cup is held in the Masonic for teams of four.
The format is best of three, 501, Nominated singles if a decider is required.
As with all cup games, team names have to be in by 7.30pm. No late entries accepted.
Although not a KDDL competition, we are happy to mention the Shapinsay Open which takes place on Saturday, September 9th.
Names have to be in by 12.15pm with £5 entry fee. The ferry departs Kirkwall at 11.30am, returning from Shapinsay at 8pm, as well as ferries running throughout the day.
There are £100 top men's and ladies cash prizes up for grabs as well as runners-up prizes of £50, as well as the usual other prizes, fun boards etc.
There is also a BBQ in aid of RNLI funds so head to Shapinsay for a great day of darts.
29 August 2017Darts introduced at Orkney school
Craig Taylor, left, and David Henderson, right, from Kirkwall and District Darts League are pictured handing over the darts equipment to KGS teacher Paul Casey. It is hoped that pupils will take an interest in taking up the sport.
Pupils at the biggest school in Orkney are to be introduced to darts following a donation of equipment from the Kirkwall and District Darts League (KDDL Orkney).
Talks on the possibility to introducing the opportunity to play darts at Kirkwall Grammar School took place shortly before the summer holidays.
Now, with the new term beginning, league president Craig Taylor and treasurer David Henderson recently presented class teacher Paul Casey with two free-standing darts set-ups, including stands, boards, surrounds and mats, as well as darts and other equipment.
The presentation of darts equipment from the league was also backed by league secretary Jim Scollie who kindly donated two sets of brand new tungsten darts to the school.
Darts manufacturer Unicorn also kindly donated darts, flights and shafts, after being happy to support the initiative when contacted by Craig.
Mr Casey now plans to start running weekly darts sessions at KGS, and hopes that there will be a great deal of interest from pupils in playing the sport.
In turn, KDDL Orkney eventually hope to see younger players coming through to play the leagues as they get older, as at the moment only those over 18 can play in the venues.
The idea for approaching the school came after a friend of Craig's in Wick, Hugh Duncan, told him how youth darts is now booming in Caithness having been introduced in high schools in both Thurso and Wick.
As well as being popular in the two schools, Hugh and his wife Lynne now also both coach youngsters involved in the Caithness Youth Darts set-up which they established, some of whom have been very successful in competitions further south against top opposition.
On behalf of the league Craig thanked the school and Paul in particular in showing such an interest in darts, and hopes that the venture is a success, adding that with so many darts competitions on TV these days, the sport has seen a huge growth in popularity in recent years.
21 August 2017Darts season about to get underway
23 teams will compete in the Kirkwall and District Darts League this coming season.
With new teams in the mix and a few changes in team line-ups, the future looks bright for a highly competitive season ahead.
16 players attended the AGM on Sunday night in the Legion, marking the start of the 51st season for the organisation, following the successful celebrations making the 50th anniversary earlier this year.
Team representatives picked up most of the schedules, score cards and contact sheets, while the others were to be delivered over the following days. Please pin them up in venues.
The season begins for A players on Monday Sept 4 and the B the following night.
For A teams, the Allied Hotels Cup will be held in the Legion at 7.30 pm, while the B players will play for the St Ola Cup in the Masonic, with the same 7.30 pm start time.
With several cups to be played for, the league season then gets underway the week beginning September 25.
Thanks to Ally Flett at Williamson's Butchers for sponsoring the leagues once again, the support is very much appreciated by the players and committee.
The new committee were put in post at the AGM.
The 2017-18 committee is: president Craig Taylor; vice-president Robbie Stanger; treasurer Davie Henderson; secretary Jim Scollie. Committee members: Stevie Linklater, Brett Dickenson, Ian Linklater, Robbie Norquoy and Iain Wilkie.
Jim has been on the committee since the league began back in 1967, while Craig is beginning his 23rd year on the committee.
Brian Moar stood down from committee, being replaced by Iain Wilkie. Brian has however kindly agreed that he will continue to update the league tables throughout the season.
The committee is grateful to Brian for his support once again.
One change this year to note, the AGM agreed that the league doubles will no longer be a ranking points competition, however it will still be played as it is one of the leagues most prestigious trophies to win, with the winners qualifying to play in the Orkney doubles championship.
As a replacement ranking points cup, league presi
dent Craig Taylor is to kindly donate a brand new cup to be played as a singles raking competition, which along with the other six major singles will count towards qualification to be part of the team which is set to take on Shetland in the annual clash between the two sides.
Further details and updates can be found on the Orkney Darts Facebook page.
18 August 2017AGM takes place
16 players attended the AGM. Team representatives picked up most of the schedules and score cards, the others will be delivered over the next couple of days. Please pin them up in venues.
Season begins for A players on Sept 4 and the B the following night. Thanks to Ally Flett at Williamson's Butchers for sponsoring the leagues once again.
One change this year to note, the AGM agreed that the league doubles will no longer be a ranking competition, however it will still be played. Instead as a ranking competition Craig Taylor will be donating a brand new singles cup.
Full report to follow.
25 July 2017Time running out for entries
URGENT: Time is running out quick for teams to enter the new season of the Kirkwall District Darts League.
The closing date is next Thursday, August 3, at 8pm, when the committee of last year will meet to draw up the league fixtures for the 51st season. Secretary Jim Scollie can be contacted on 875740.
At present only 14 teams have entered, and that includes the three new teams from last year — Sanday ‘B’, Masonic, and Streamline, — so there are are still 11 teams from last year to register with only a week to go.
With some of last year’s committee standing down, names for the new committee are required in writing, along with items for the AGM agenda, also in writing.
These must be with the secretary, also by Thursday, August 3, as the committee meet at 8pm in the Masonic that night to help prepare for the new season ahead.
The AGM then takes place on Thursday, August 17, in the Legion at 8pm. All welcome.
Also, some of the teams who have entered are still to announce their home venues, and captains are requested to put their phone numbers on the registration slip. Remember only four players are required to form a team.
15 June 2017NOTICE OF AGM
NOTICE OF AGM
The Kirkwall and District Darts League AGM is set to take place in the Kirkwall Royal British Legion at 8pm on Thursday, August 17th.
Names standing for committee, and ALL items proposed for the AGM agenda should be with the secretary, Jim Scollie, in writing by 6pm on Thursday, August 3rd. Jim's address is 29a Eunson Kloss, Kirkwall. Tel 875740.
August 3rd is also the deadline for all teams to be registered and entered for the 2016/17 season, as the outgoing committee have a meeting that night to draw up the leagues so that fixture lists can be handed out at the AGM.
Only teams who have returned their books and paid their fees of £40 per team to Jim will be entered into the leagues.
15 June 2017Kirkwall darts league donates over £2000 to charities
Charity cheque presentation
Three good causes have been given donations totalling well over £2000 by the Kirkwall & District Darts League, with money raised over the past season.
The Fishermen's Mission in Orkney and Kirkwall RNLI are annually supported from the KDDL with money raised at the Davie Cooper Memorial Darts, with Roy Norquoy from the Mission and Marcus Vile of Kirkwall Lifeboat being presented with cheques for £350 each.
The league also supports another local charity each year. This year the recently formed Orkney Deaf Childrens Society's Pat Robinson was presented with a cheque for £1515 raised at the Steven Flett Memorial Darts, the May weekend Charity Doubles Darts in the Masonic, where Charlie Tulloch, Carole Celli and helpers also run a bottle stall, and the Mintlaw team always come up and support, and the Tattie Bogle Charity Darts, the last fixture of the season.
Many thanks to all players and supporters for supporting these good causes throughout the darts season.
05 June 2017Darts league celebrates 50th anniversary
The committee of the Kirkwall & District Darts league celebrating their 50th anniversary are pictured with their special guests who held an exhibition night in the Kirkwall Legion on Saturday.
Pictured back row from left are, Ian Linklater, Brett Dickinson, Brian Moar, professional player Terry Jenkins, Jim Scollie, professional player Alan Norris, top television commentator John Gwynne, and Craig Taylor. Front row from left, Robbie Norquoy, David Henderson, Stevie Linklater and Robbie Stanger.
Terry Jenkins and Alan Norris in an end of night picture with the players who took them on during the evening in a series of challenge matches.
Pictured are KDDL secretary and founding member of the KDDL Jim Scollie, professional player Alan Norris, founding member and past president Jimmy Miller, professional Terry Jenkins, TV sports commentator John Gwynne who was master of ceremonies on the night, and league president Craig Taylor.
Professional darts players Terry Jenkins and Alan Norris pictured on stage in front of the near capacity crowd on Saturday June 3rd 2017.
29 May 2017Darts professionals head for Orkney
Three big names in darts are set to visit Kirkwall at the weekend when Terry 'The Bull' Jenkins, ranked 21st in the world, Alan 'Chuck' Norris, world number 18, and top TV commentator and well known voice of darts John Gwynne are to appear at the Kirkwall Royal British Legion Club on Saturday.
The visit to Orkney has been arranged by the Kirkwall & District Darts League at starts at 7pm, with doors open at 6.30pm.
The darts league celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and the event has been arranged to mark the occasion, although it is open to the public for anyone who wants to come along to enjoy what promises to be a great night of darts and laughs.
The professional players will take on various local players on the night, including a number of players selected at random from the crowd on the night itself.
The 200 capacity venue is well on the way to being a sell out, but there are still around 40 tickets available priced at only £10 each left. They can be purchased from behind the bar at the Legion Club, or from darts league president Craig Taylor (Tel: 07802 440068) or from KDDL committee members.
There may also be tickets on sale on the door on the night if there are any left by the end of the week. Updates can be found on the Orkney Darts Facebook group page.
MC John Gwynne, who has visited Orkney previously with top players said that both he and the professionals are looking forward to their visit.
Speaking ahead of the visit John said: "I am looking forward to my second visit to Orkney and, especially, to your beautiful capital, Kirkwall.
"I loved my visit to Orkney with the Modus team a few years ago. We were accommodated some way out of Kirkwall, which added to the sense of adventure.
"We crossed an area of water where there were sunken boats and a small Italian Chapel. I liked Kirkwall, especially the wonderful St Magnus Cathedral. I spent a good hour in there and could still have stayed longer.
"Terry Jenkins and Alan Norris are both great lads and good friends of mine. Alan, who comes from Yeovil but who lives in Boness, near Edinburgh, is a big Man City fan, just like me! I had a big part in Terry's nickname, calling him the Herefordshire Bull when he first appeared on TV. I think 'The Bull' has served him well.
"I believe the exhibition will be very enjoyable, the best of darting action combining with good humour. Roll on June 3rd."
25 May 2017Limited tickets left for darts pros visit
The KDDL committee have arranged for PDC world ranked No18 Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris and world No. 20 Terry ‘The Bull’ Jenkins, with top TV commentator John Gwynne as MC, to come to Orkney to mark the 50th anniversary of the league.
The exhibition takes place in the Kirkwall Legion, Sat, June 3rd at 7pm. The players will play a number of challenge games on the night, a selection of A & B players as listed here (who qualified through our ranking competitions and selection process) should they wish to buy a ticket for the event.
Terry and Alan will also take on a number of players selected at random from a prize draw held on the night from those at the exhibition.
Tickets are on sale from the bar at the Kirkwall Legion or from Craig Taylor and other committee members.
23 May 2017Darts league 50th anniversary celebrated
The 50th anniversary of the Kirkwall & District Darts League league was marked at the weekend, where tributes were paid to those who founded the organisation five decades ago.
Both the ladies and gents Kirkwall & District Darts Leagues held their annual presentation of trophies at the Kirkwall Masonic Club on Saturday night.
League president Craig Taylor paid tribute to the all the founding members of the league who back in 1967 formed a committee and the KDDL was born.
The first ever committee were Archie Clarke, Alastair Muir, JB Wylie, Jimmy Miller, Tom Notman, Jim Scollie and Dan Davey.
Craig paid tribute in particular to two of those founding members still involved, current league secretary Jim Scollie, who was the league president of the organisation for the first year, and has been secretary for the past 49 years.
In thanking Jim, also known as 'Tattie Bogle' for his much appreciated hard work over the decades, he also praised the commitment to the league of Jimmy Miller, the only player in the league to have played in every one of those 50 years.
Jimmy is also past president of the organisation, and still plays at the top level of the sport, winning the league with the Legion team once more this season.
Craig said that he felt that the 50 years service to the league of the pair has to be a record of some kind on a national level.
He highlighted the fact that both Jim and Jimmy are widely respected in darting circles here in Orkney, and outwith the county, including in both the darting communities of Shetland and Caithness.
On behalf of the league membership Jim and Jimmy were also presented with gifts marking their 50 years service.
Craig also paid tribute to the late Tom Notman, founding member of the league, who was the secretary for the first year, and went on to serve as president for many years after.
He said that he felt it is right that his contribution to the darts league is remembered and recognised through the annual Tom Notman memorial cup which is played for each year, with the 301 double start format, the original format of the league.
Craig went on to say: "In the 50 years of existence, the KDDL has only had nine presidents, Jim Scollie, Tom Notman, Boyo Norquoy, Donnie Sutherland, Jimmy Miller, Derek Sutherland, Albert Scollie, Dennis Sutherland and myself.
"I feel privileged to have been on the committee for the last 22 years, and president for 13 years, which have not always been easy times, but with a good committee who share the workload the work is a lot easier, but is still a big commitment.
"I would also like to pay tribute to all those I have served with over the years. It takes a lot of work and dedication in organising everything each year to ensure our competitions and fixtures go smoothly."
He added: "Nowadays the league has great support from so many people and businesses. We would also like to especially thank all the pubs and clubs we play out of each season.
"Many thanks also to our league sponsors, Williamson Butchers, county team shirt sponsors The Brig Larder, all the various cup sponsors, and Tennent's and J.W. Gray for supporting our highly successful Kirkwall Open Singles Darts.
"All that valuable support is very much appreciated by us all, and long may it continue."
To mark the anniversary a cake made by league player and baker Keith Brumpton was cut by Jim and Jimmy. A sketch of the original league badge by local artist Lorraine Bruce was also presented to Jim.
The cake was later donated to the residents of Eunson Kloss sheltered housing complex.
The final event of the darts season this year is the visit to Kirkwall by the professional players Terry 'The Bull' Jenkins and Alan 'Chuck' Norris, along with top TV commentator John Gwynne.
They will take on a number of local players on the night, including some selected from the floor on the evening itself, so come along for a great night of darts to round off the season. Tickets, priced at £10 available from committee members and from the Kirkwall Legion.
Finally, team registration books for next season are now available from the secretary, Jim Scollie. He can be contacted on 875740.
16 May 2017Tattie Bogle darts won by Brian and Vanessa
Not a great turnout for the last of the charity events, the Tattie Bogle Shield.
Only 13 ladies and nine gents put their names forward — some of of the top players were in Aberdeen for the Premier League darts but their absence didn’t distract from the top darts played.
With more ladies than gents, some of the gents got two bites of the cherries and, as often happens, two of them made the final, along with their partners.
The winners were Vanessa Robertson and Brian Stevenson, 3-0 over Senga Taylor and Erlend Lennie, but nobody were losers as most people won something in the raffle.
Special prizes for high and low scores on the special boards was won by Katy Croy, Erlend Lennie, Craig Taylor and Noreen Bain. £271 was raised for charity.
With the playing season now over it’s only the presentation of trophies and the exhibition left.
The trophy presentation takes place this Saturday in the Masonic at 7.30pm.
There will also be mixed doubles darts, names out of the hat, on the night, so no need to enter with a partner. It's one leg 701, and a fun night which worked well last year.
Tickets for the exhibition, which featured Terry Jerkins, Alan Norris, and top commentator John Gwynne are on sale from Craig Taylor and from the bar at the Kirkwall Legion.
Tattie Bogle Charity Shield Final
Vanessa Robertson and Brian Stevenson 3, Senga Taylor and Erlend Lennie 0.
Saturday, May 20
Presentation of Trophies and mixed doubles darts, Masonic, 7.30pm.
Saturday, June 3
Exhibition — Legion, 7pm.
11 May 2017Orkney Darts Championship
The Orkney Championship Play-offs ended the playing side of the 2016/17 season. It’s the champions of the KDDL and the West Mainland.
It is played on the home ground of the league champions which this year was the Legion, in fact, the Legion were defending champions and has been for seven years but for some reason they didn’t start well and at half-time found themselves 4-2 down.
The other trophies are played for during the break and this year there was a new cup for mixed doubles and the Kirkwall winner Kevin and Shona Gray had no problems in winning 3 nil against Frances Ballantyne and Lynn Findlay. Shona was in great form finishing two of the three legs.
The doubles was a big disappointment for the Kirkwall pair of Ivan Leslie and Michael Moodie as they never got into the game and went down 3-1.
Last up was the singles between two of the counties best players, Robbie Stanger for Kirkwall and Erlend Ritch for the West.
Erlend was the only player in Orkney to hit a nine dart 501 and for Robbie it was 22 years since he last won the cup and the game certainly lived up to its billing as both players hit top form with the game swinging one way then the next.
Robbie won the first leg, Erlend the second, and the third went to Robbie with a 86 finish on the bull but Erlend wasn’t finished as he made it 2-2 so all on one leg, and Erlend stormed into the lead and was on a two dart finish with Robbie on 130, but that was within a finish and Robbie took it out with another bull finish to become 2017 Orkney singles champion.
It was Robbie’s third win; his first was away back in 1989 when he was playing in the West Mainland.
So, it was back to the team game and the Legion set out to overcome the 4-2 score for the Merkister.
A far better show from the Legion saw them overhaul the Merkister and so in to the lead at 6-5 but the west has Paul Foubister on the last leg and he made it 6-6.
It was on to the dreaded “Gallon” sudden death, one-leg.
The Merkister shot into an early lead but both teams got to within finishing range about the same time.
A miss for the Merkister allowed the Legion a shot but missed and up Jock Coghill and wham, the shield belonged to the Merkister. Well done Mal and his boys.
Just for the record, the Legion have won the shield 12 times in the last 15 seasons, a record one I think will not be broken.
180’s from Neil Croy, Robbie Brass and two from Paul Foubister and Kevin Gray.
High checkouts of a 108 from Derek Firth and a 130 from Robbie Stanger.
This Friday it’s the Tattie Bogle shield in the Legion. Its mixed doubles names out of hat. Then on the 20th May it is the trophy presentation night in the Masonic at 7.30pm and don’t forgot the exhibition on the 3rd June. Tickets, which are selling out fast, for the exhibition, will be on sale at the Tattie Bogle darts and at the Darts Do.
Orkney Championship Play-offs
Team: Kirkwall Legion 6, Merkister 7
Mixed Doubles: Kevin Gray and Shona Gray 3, Frances Ballantyne and Lynn Findlay 0
Doubles: Ivan Leslie and Michael Moodie 1, Paul Foubister and John Munson 3
Singles: Robbie Stanger 3, Erlend Ritch 2.
Tattie Bogle Shield. Mixed doubles (names out of a hat) this Friday, May 12, 7.30pm Legion.
Men and Ladies trophy presentation and mixed doubles darts. Saturday, May 20th, 7.30pm Masonic.
Terry Jenkins, Alan Norris & John Gwynne KDDL 50th anniversary exibition. Saturday June 3rd in the Kirkwall Legion 7pm. Limited number of tickets still on sale.
04 May 2017Orkney Darts play off's.
Friday night see's the annual Orkney Darts play-offs, contested between the winners of the West Mainland and Kirkwall Darts Leagues, as well as the singles and doubles winners competing for the title of Orkney Champions 2017. The Mixed Doubles title will also be contested for the very first time.
The darts start in the Kirkwall Legion at 7.30pm.
* The following Friday the Tattie Bogle Charity mixed doubles darts takes place, again in the Legion.
27 April 2017Charity darts this weekend
27 April 2017Seven wins in a row against Shetland!
KDDL Orkney beat Shetland 11-7 to clinch a record equalling 7 wins in a row.
Steve Linklater & Iris Anderson win the Anniversary Shields.
Full details on the Inter-County page.
19 April 2017Thanks to The Brig Larder for the support and sponsorship
Huge thanks to The Brig Larder for the support once more.
18 April 2017Kevin and Shona retain Steven Flett Shield
There was a great turnout for the first of three charity darts events.
The Steven Flett Memorial Shield attracted 21 pairs to the Legion on Friday night. It’s a great fun event as it attracts players who don’t play all the time although they were a bit thin on the ground.
From the start it was obvious that the holders Kevin and Shona Gray had no intention of giving up their crown as they stormed into the semi-final. Going strong in the top half were Gary Wilson and Katy Croy as they made the final.
The final was as one-sided as the score suggests. It’s title number six for the Gray’s — can anyone stop them? Kevin scored five 180s over the five legs played.
It’s onto the big one on Friday at the Masonic with the game against Shetland. The Orkney boys will be going for seven-in-a-row and Shetland will be all out to stop them. It’s in the Masonic at 7pm.
Saturday sees the Anniversary Shields being played for in the Legion with a 1.30pm start. It’s an open singles event and there’s gents and ladies shields to play for.
The ladies will be playing Lerwick Ladies Thursday night in the Legion.
Next charity event is next Friday, April 28, in the Masonic with a separate ladies and gents competition. Mintlaw, from Aberdeenshire, will be up for their annual game.
Steven Flett Mixed Doubles Final
Kevin Gray and Shona Gray 4, Gary Wilson and Katy Croy 0.
Friday, April 21
KDDL (Orkney) v Shetland
Saturday, April 22
Friday, April 28
Charity Doubles — ladies and gents
18 April 2017Legion and Shapinsay are champions!
It was a week of joy for some but disappointment for others, as both Williamsons Darts Leagues finished for the season.
In the ‘A’ League the Legion duly maintained the crown they have held since the 2009/10 season.
They beat Quoyburray ‘B’ 10-2 to win the title by six points, after the Commodores crashed to an 8-4 defeat against the Wanderers
OGC secured third spot with a 7-5 victory over Sanday, while Warriors finished in fifth in their first season in the ‘A’ League with a 7-5 victory over the Legion Arrows.
It’s not so good for the Arrows as that defeat means they join the Sands ‘2’ in the ‘B’ League next year. The Sands lost out to the Untouchables 8-4 in a game played a couple of weeks ago.
Congratulations to Shapinsay and Quoyburray as both returned to the ‘A’ League — the former as ‘B’ League champions.
Quoyburray pipped the Nomads to the final promotion spot after beating them 8-4. Too many draws for the Nomads with 12 points dropped, but have a thought for the St Ola ‘B’ boys who, in their first season in the league, did not get even one point and went down to a 12-0 whitewash to the Murray Arms who finish in fourth place.
Tankerness finished strongly with a 9-3 win over the St Ola who had to settle for fifth place. The Muppets take eighth after defeating the Motorhoose 7-5 and they finish second bottom.
180s: Allan Brown, Grant Harrold, Brett Dickinson, Gary Wilson, Freddie Tait, Martin Peace, Eddie Drever, Raymie Rendall, Stevie Linklater, Graham Firth, Ian Eunson, two from Alan Gray, Robbie Stanger, Keith Brumpton, Michael Muir, Jim Brown and Leigh Shearer, and four from Jamie Marwick.
High checkouts: 100 from Leigh Shearer, Davy Henderson, Mark Shearer and two from Graham Louttit, 100 and 102 Keith Bain, 102 Alan Gray, 103 Matthew Wylie, 105 Freddie Tait, 107 Michael Muir, 110 Martin Peace and Lee Macpherson, 114 Derrick Firth, 117 Ian Stevenson, 119 Eddie Drever and Graham Rendall, 143 Billy Ward, 151 Keith Brumpton, and 153 Colin Leslie.
Ian Eunson hit a 171, there was a 12-dart leg from Raymie Rendall, a doubles 14-dart leg from Keith Bain and Grant Harrold, and further 14-dart legs from Jim Brown and Stevie Linklater.
It's the big one on Friday when Shetland comes visiting; it’s in the Masonic at 7pm. Then it’s the anniversary singles on Saturday in the Legion. Names in by 1.30 pm and it’s open to any player.
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Untouchables 8, Sands ‘2’ 4; Warriors 9, Legion Arrows 3; Quoyburray ‘B’ 2, Legion 10; Commodores 4, Wanderers 8; OGC v Sanday – no card; no game – Untouchables ‘A’.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Nomads 4, Quoyburray 8; St Ola 3, Tankerness 9; Murray Arms 12, St Ola ‘B’ 0; Motorhoose 5, Muppets 7; Shapinsay 8; Vikings 4; no game – Bilco Boys.
Friday, April 21
KDDL Orkney v SDA Shetland
Saturday, April 22
Anniversary Shield Open Singles
Kirkwall Legion, 1.30pm.
09 April 2017East teams do the double in annual encounter
West v East 5-13
West ‘B’ v East ‘B’ 9-11
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday v Commodores – no card; Wanderers 9, Quoyburray ‘B’ 3; Legion 6, Warriors 6; Legion Arrows 5, Untouchables 7; Untouchables ‘A’ 3, OGC 9; Quoyburray ‘B’ 3, Warriors 9; no game – Sands 2.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings 8, Motorhoose 4; Muppets 3, Murray Arms 9; Bilco Boys 6, Nomads 6; Quoyburray 6, Shapinsay 6; St Ola ‘B’ 2, St Ola 10; no game – Tankerness.
Friday, April 14: Steven Flett mixed Doubles – Legion, 7.30pm
What a great night up in the Stromness Golf Club as both East teams defended their titles won last year. The ‘A’ boys, with a few reserves in the team, didn’t start very well as the West boys held them to three all in the doubles but that was it as the East team won the singles 10-2 for an overall score 13-5 win. The West boys have not won this century and have to go back to 1998/99 for their last success, in fact, since this was started in 1974, the West have only won on seven occasions, overall score 36-7. The East ‘B’ team didn’t get off to the best start either, dropping the first two doubles, then the East won the next four so going into the singles it was 4-2 for the East and very soon it was 7-3 for the East but the West were far from finished and four wins on the trot made it 7-7. The next two wins for the East and only needing two for the win, the West made sure it was going all the way by making the score 9-9 with both teams two games going into the 4-a-side. The East made sure the cup was going back on the bus by winning both the first two 4-a-side games so the winning score was 11-9 for the East.
In the Williamsons ‘A’ League it isn’t quite over yet, the Legion got their point as the Warriors held them to a six all draw. Once again it should have been enough for the Legion with one game to go but the Commodores who have two games to play could equal the Legions points. There was no score from Sanday v Commodores game so it could all come down to games difference. At the bottom the Legion Arrows look like they could be returning to the ‘B’ league after going down 7-5 to the Untouchables who have finished their league games. Who goes down in second bottom spot will go to the last game as Quoyburray ‘B’ lost out twice both by 9-3 to the Warriors and Wanderers. The Golf Club had a 9-3 win over Untouchables ‘A’ so everything is down to the last games.
The Williamsons ‘B’ League is also going down to the last week of the league as last week’s game between the top two, Shapinsay and Quoyburray ended up in a 6-6 draw so Shapinsay take the two point lead into the last game. The Nomads who drew six all with the Bilco Boys could still snatch second spot as they play Quoyburray in their last game but it would be on game difference as there are three between them to Quoyburrays advantage. The battle at the Ola was won 10-2 for the St Ola over the ‘B’ team who have still to gain a point. The Murray Arms had a good 9-3 win over the Muppets and the Vikings last year’s wooden spoon winners have had a good season and beat the Motorhoose 8-4 and should finished in about sixth place.
180’s from Cammy Scott, Gordon Rendall, Keith Brumpton, Jim Brown, Raymie Rendall, John Hamilton, Des Gillespie, Eddie Drever, Alan Pirie, Davy Henderson, two from Gary Wilson, and three from Stevie Linklater.
High checkouts of 100 Craig Taylor, 100, 110 and 112 Ian Linklater, 103 Lee Macpherson, 109 Gary Wilson, 111, 117 and 126 Raymie Rendall, 114 Jim Hamilton, 115 Wayne Small and Derek Ward snr, 120 Hamish Baillie, 126 Colin Leslie, 143 Ian Findlay and 152 Colin Kirkpatrick. 171 score from Jamie Rendall and a 14 dart leg from Raymie Rendall.
The first charity event is next Friday, April 14, the Steven Flett Memorial Shield in the Legion at 7.30. It’s an open event and players can enter as a pair or single.
26 March 2017Teams v Shetland and West selected
KDDL Orkney team to play Shetland on April 21 here in Orkney is as follows:
Captain: Craig Taylor
The same team will take on the West next Friday, bus leaves Kirkwall Legion 7pm sharp. Any players who can not make the fixtures please inform team captain as soon as possible.
B League East team to play the west next Friday.
Captain: Jim Scollie (Tel: 875740).
26 March 2017Robbie wins League Singles
Well done to both finalists in the league singles. Robbie Stanger beat Ivan Leslie 5-2. Both players have had a great season. It's 22 years since Robbie last won the trophy. Rob averaged 78.12 Ivan 76.15. 48 players entered with 16 180's scored.
The last of the ranking point events was a great success as 48 players contested the League Singles. All the main contenders were there and with points vital to many players there were the usual upsets.
By the quarter-finals there were six ‘A’ players and two ‘B’ players, who beat some of the top ‘A’ players en-route.
The cup holder, Derek Firth, went down to Robbie Stanger in the semi-final having missed nine darts at a finish, setting up a Robbie v Ivan Leslie final.
It was fitting that the two players who had dominated the singles and doubles events all season should clash in the final and it was a classic between the two on-form players.
The score of 5-2 for Robbie gives the impression that it was one-sided, however the averages say different with Robbie on 78.12 and Ivan on 76.15. Sixteen 180s were scored.
It’s now on to the annual East v West game which is Friday night in the Stromness Golf Club. The bus leaves the Kirkwall Legion at 7pm and returns at 11.45pm.
Champions-elect the Legion require only one point from two games after beating the Untouchables 9-3. The Commodores are the only side that can still win the title as they beat the Golf Club 7-5, a result which sees the Golf boys drop to fourth. Sanday moved up to third with a 10-2 defeat of relegation-threatened Quoyburray ‘B’, who are level on points with the Sands ‘2’. The Legion Arrows are one point better off.
The Wanderers played twice, taking a point of the Untouchables in a 6-6 draw but going down 9-3 to the Warriors who have done well in their first season in the ‘A’ League.
Have Quoyburray blown their chances in the Williamsons ‘B’ League? They lost 8-4 to the Bilco Boys but they did end Tankerness's chances with a 9-3 win but the team to catch is Shapinsay. A win against the Quoyburray would seal the title.
They beat the Motorhoose 8-4 and my apologies to the Nomads — I have them the wrong points total last week — they are very much in the hunt for at least runner-up spot after a 8-4 defeat of Tankerness.
The Vikings put an end to the Murray Arms’ hope with a 8-4 win out in the ‘Hope. There were very good points for the St Ola boys with an 8-4 win over the Muppets. The Motorhoose defeat gives them second bottom spot behind the St Ola ‘B’.
180s: Gary Wilson, Sean Griffiths, Daryl Robertson, Neil Drever, Ross Howe, Allan Brown, Derek Firth, Ian Linklater, Craig Taylor, Ian Wilkie, Wayne Monkman, James Flett, Raymie Rendall, Eddie Drever, Kevin Peace, Bruce Moar, Billy Ward, Hamish Baillie, Davy Henderson, Ryan Tulloch, two from Jamie Marwick and Brian Moar, three from Ivan Leslie, Kevin Gray, Robbie Norquoy and Stevie Linklater, four from Robbie Stanger and Davy Henderson. That’s 44 and equals the total for one week.
High checkouts: 100 from Craig Taylor, 107 Raymie Rendall, 114 Bruce Moar, 115 Colin Kirkpatrick, 117 Ian Linklater, 119 Graham Louttit, Andrew Rendall and Gordon Rendall, 120 Ian Wilkie, 123 Trevor Shearer, 126 Kevin Gray, 128 Davy Henderson, 129 Derek Firth, 144 Ben Hogan and 170 Robert Gatt. 14-dart legs from Davy Henderson, Robbie Stanger and Derek Firth. A 15-darter from Brian Moar and Brett Dickinson scored a 177.
Ranking points total: Robbie Stanger, 56; Kevin Gray, 47; Ivan Leslie, 37; Derek Firth, 27; Stevie Linklater, 25; Ian Linklater, 24; Ryan Tulloch, 19; Alan Gray, 18; Ian Findlay, 18; Stevie Moar, 17; Bruce Moar, 15; Andrew Moar, 15; Craig Taylor, 15.
‘B’ Ranking: Brett Dickinson, 34; Jamie Marwick, 26; Andrew Moar, 24; Davy Henderson, 23; Brian Murray, 19; Matthew Wylie, 15; Robbie Norquoy, 15; Derrick Firth, 12; Derek Manson, 11; Gary Wilson, 10; Mark Shearer, 9; Allan Brown, 8.
Following the selection meeting, the KDDL Orkney team to play Shetland on April 21 here in Orkney is as follows. This is also the East A team:
Captain: Craig Taylor, Robbie Stanger, Kevin Gray, Ivan Leslie, Derek Firth, Stevie Linklater, Ian Linklater, Ryan Tulloch, Alan Gray, Ian Findlay, Bruce Moar, Jim Brown,
Brian Moar. Reserves 1.Stevie Moar 2.Leigh Shearer 3.David Henderson 4.Wayne Monkman.
B League East team: Captain: Jim Scollie (Tel: 875740). Brett Dickinson, Andrew Moar,
David Henderson, Jamie Marwick, Gary Wilson, Brian Murray, Matthew Wylie, Robbie Norquoy, Derrick Firth, Derek Manson, Mark Shearer, Nicol Gray, Reserves, 1.Allan Brown
2.Steven Low 3.Wayne Small 4.Graham Rendall
There have already been some notifications of players unavailiable for the East v West already. Please inform captains so that reserves can be brought in.
Robbie Stanger 5, Ivan Leslie 2
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Untouchables ‘A’ 6, Sands ‘2’ 6; Untouchables 3, Legion 9; Warriors 9, Wanderers 3; Quoyburray ‘B’ 2, Sanday 10; OGC 5, Commodores 7; Wanderers 6, Untouchables 6; no game – Legion Arrows.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Nomads 8, Tankerness 4; Quoyburray 4, Bilco Boys 8; St Ola 8, Muppets 4; Murray Arms 4, Vikings 8; Shapinsay 8, Motorhoose 4; Tankerness 3, Quoyburray 9; no game – St Ola ‘B’.
Friday, March 31
East ‘A’ and ‘B’ v West ‘A’ and ‘B’
Stromness Golf Club, bus from Kirkwall Legion at 7pm
Monday, April 3
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Warriors v Legion Arrows; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Legion; Commodores v Wanderers; OGC v Sanday; no game – Untouchables ‘A’.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Nomads v Quoyburray; St Ola v Tankerness; Murray Arms v St Ola ‘B’; Motorhoose v Muppets; Shapinsay v Vikings; no game – Bilco Boys.
22 March 2017Tom Notman Cup win for Wilkie
Iain Wilkie beat Robbie Norquoy 2-0 to win the Tom Notman Cup
Only 17 players — nine ‘A’, seven ‘B’ and one non-registered — entered the Tom Notman Memorial Singles Cup.
Plenty of the top league players were missing, while the defending champion Derek Firth went out in the first round. The final was between Iain Wilkie and Robbie Norqoy, with Iain winning 2-0.
With the Legion having their ‘no game’ week, the chasing pack had the chance to close the gap and the Commodore led the way by securing the league’s second whitewash of the season, beating Quoyburray ‘B’ 12-0. This leaves the Commodores five points behind the Legion, with three games left.
The Golf Club, the only other team in with a slender chance, beat the Sands ‘2’ 9-3, and the Sands also went down 8-4 to the Untouchables. It looks like it will be the Sands side who will drop to the ‘B’ League, however if they win their last game, the drop could be avoided.
The Legion Arrows, the other team facing the drop did their chances a lot of good by holding the Untouchables ‘A’ to a 6-6 draw. Sanday had a good win over the Warriors. The Wanderers game was postponed.
In the Williamsons ‘B’ League it’s still between three teams, but the only way Tankerness can win is if both Shapinsay and Quoyburray to lose all their remaining games. There was no score in from the Tankerness v Quoyburray game so as it stands Shapinsay took over the top spot after a 7-5 win over the Bilco Boys.
Quoyburray are in second spot and they play Shapinsay next week — a result which could decide the title and promotion to the ‘A’ league. The St Ola ‘B’ boys have already won the wooden spoon, with The Motorhoose now in second bottom spot after losing out 9-3 to the Murray Arms. St Ola stayed up in third bottom spot with a good draw six all with the Vikings.
180s: Ben Hogan, Gordon Rendall, Jamie Drever, Robbie Stanger, Freddie Tait, Erlend Lennie, Kenny Gillespie, Eddie Drever, Ian Munro, Keith Bain, Grant Harrold, Derek Ward Jnr, Brett Dickinson, two from Jim Brown and Ian Findlay had three.
High checkouts: 100, 103 and 122 from Stevie Linklater, 101 and 106 Erlend Lennie, 102 Robbie Norquoy, 104 Michael Muir, 105 Colin Findlay, 112 Wayne Small, 114 Ben Hogan and Ian Wilkie, 115 Aaron Edwardson, 118 Kevin Gray, 120 Keith Bain, 122 Craig Moar, 125 Graham Reid, 147 Leigh Shearer and 156 Ross Groundwater.
The last ranking points event, the League Singles is this Friday. Held in the Legion, names are to be in for 7.30pm and it’s for registered players only.
Tom Notman Singles Final
Ian Wilkie 2, Robbie Norquoy 0
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday 7, Warriors 5; Wanderers v Untouchables – postponed; Legion Arrows 6, Untouchables ‘A’ 6; Sands ‘2’ 3, OGC 9; Commodores 12, Quoyburray ‘B’ 0; Untouchables 8, Sands ‘2’ 4; no game – Legion.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings 6, St Ola 6; St Ola ‘B’ 3, Nomads 9; Tankerness v Quoyburray – no card; Bilco Boys 5, Shapinsay 7; Motorhoose 3, Murray Arms 9.
Friday, March 24
League Singles (ranking)
Friday, March 31
East v West Stromness Golf Club
Monday, March 27
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday v Commodores; Wanderers v Quoyburray ‘B’; Legion v Warriors; Legion Arrows v Untouchables; Untouchables ‘A’ v OGC; no game – Sands ‘2’.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings v Motorhoose; Muppets v Murray Arms; Bilco Boys v Nomads; Quoyburray v Shapinsay; St Ola ‘B’ v St Ola; no game – Tankerness.
14 March 2017Doubles title for Leslie and Moodie
There was another great turnout this time for the League Doubles as 56 players, 28 pairs, entered for the second last ranking points event of the season.
The holders Kevin Gray and Derek Firth made the semi-finals, only to go down to the very strong pairing of Stevie Linklater and Robbie Stanger.
Kirkwall Open champion Ivan Leslie and Michael Moodie were carving up everyone, beating Stevie Moar and Raymie Rendall to book their spot in the final.
A big crowd witnessed four players turn on the style, with Ivan in devestating mood. Leading 3-2, Stevie and Robbie seemed to lose their way, as Ivan and Michael took the next three for a great 5-3 win. Ivan hit two 180s and a 174 and was well backed up by Michael who had a couple of telling finishes.
Points table: Robbie Stanger, 44; Kevin Gray, 42; Ivan Leslie, 28; Stevie Linklater, 25; Ian Linklater, 21; Derek Firth, 20; Alan Gray, 18; Ian Findlay, 18; Ryan Tulloch, 16; Leigh Shearer, 14; Stevie Moar, 14; Billy Ward 13 and Michael Moodie, 13.
The Williamsons ‘A’ League is still up for grabs as the Legion dropped two points after being held to a 6-6 draw by the Untouchables ‘A’.
The Legion still require four points from three matches, with the Commodores eight points and game in hand behind. The Golf Club now only have a very slim chance of winning the title, while Sanday are out of the running to finish in the top three despite beating Untouchables 10-2.
Three teams are trying to avoid relegation. Sands ‘2’ beat the Legion Arrows 7-5 to leave them in 10th, one point above the Arrows and one point behind Quoyburray ‘B’.
Three teams have a chance of title glory in the Williamsons ‘B’ League, with Quoyburray leading the way after a 9-3 defeat of St Ola ‘B’. Shapinsay beat the Murray Arms 8-4 to keep on Quoyburray’s tail, while Tankerness lost ground, losing 8-4 to the Bilco Boys.
St Ola ‘B’ look favourites for the wooden spoon, while Motorhoose and St Ola have a straight fight between the second bottom spot.
180s: Ryan Tulloch in a 14-dart leg, Robert Gatt, Erlend Lennie, Jimmy Miller, Derek Firth, Trevor Shearer, Neil Croy, Billy Ward, Robbie Stanger, Freddie Tait, Jim Brown, Martin Peace, Wayne Small, Robbie Norquoy, Colin Ross, Gary Wilson, Brett Dickinson, Patrick o’ Neill, Aaron Edwardson; two from Keith Bain, Davy Henderson, Ivan Leslie and Kevin Gray; three from Stevie Moar, who also had a 14-dart leg.
High checkouts: Craig Moar 104, Jim Hamilton 105, Gary Wilson 106, Alan Gray 106 and 120, Ivan Leslie 107, Trevor Shearer 108, Robbie Stanger 110, Eddie Drever and Neil Croy 111, Brian Murray 114, Davy Henderson 116, Jamie Drever 121, Graham Firth 137, Paul Firth 151, Derek Firth and Robert Gatt 160.
Jimmy Miller also scored a 177 and Ivan Leslie a 174. There was a 12-dart leg from Derek Firth and a 13-dart leg from Robbie Norquoy.
This Friday it’s the Tom Notman Memorial Singles Cup, it’s for any player who has ever played in the KDDL. Tom was a founder member of the league and was the president for ten years.
Next Friday, March 24, is the big one — the League Singles. It is also the last ranking points event and with points very close, there should be a big entry.
League Doubles Final
Ivan Leslie and Michael Moodie 5, Stevie Linklater and Robbie Stanger 3.
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sands ‘2’ 7, Legion Arrows 5; Untouchables ‘A’ 6, Legion 6; Untouchables 2, Sanday 10; Warriors 4, Commodores 8; OGC 11, Quoyburray ‘B’ 1; no game — Wanderers.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Bilco Boys 8, Tankerness 4; Quoyburray 9, St Ola ‘B’ 3; Nomads 9, Muppets 3; St Ola 9, Motorhoose 3; Shapinsay 8, Murray Arms 4; St Ola ‘B’ 3, Bilco Boys 9; no game — Vikings.
Friday, March 17
Tom Notman Singles Cup
Monday, March 20
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Untouchables ‘A’ v Sands 2; Untouchables v Legion; Warriors v Wanderers; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Sanday; OGC v Commodores; no game — Legion Arrows.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Quoyburray v Bilco Boys; Nomads v Tankerness; St Ola v Muppets; Murray Arms v Vikings; Shapinsay v Motorhoose; no game — St Ola ‘B’.
Friday March 24
League Singles (ranking)
06 March 2017Ivan is JW Gray & Co Tennent's Kirkwall Open Darts Singles Champion
Silverware and £500 for Ivan Leslie as he wins, for the second time, the JW Gray & Co Tennent's Kirkwall Open Darts Singles, organised by the KDDL.
Kirkwall Open prizewinners. Pictured back row from left are Kevin Gray, quarter finalist, Kelly Harcus, furthest progressing lady, and Jamie Marwick, furthest progressing KDDL B-player. Missing from back row are quarter finalists Ryan Tulloch, Stevie Linklater and Paul Foubister and highest lady finish winner Noreen Bain (108).
Pictured in the front row from left, are Peter Craig, semi- finalist & highest checkout winner with 161, Craig Taylor KDDL president, Ian Linklater, runner-up, Ivan Leslie, winner of the JW Gray Tennants Kirkwall Open, Jim Scollie, KDDL secretary, and Roger Irvine, semi-finalist.
The Tennent's JW Gray Kirkwall Open just gets better and better as 107 people put their names down for the ninth open tournament.
Twenty-one ladies entered, with Shona Gray and Nicky Laird making the last 32, but the star lady was Kelly Harcus, who beat two male players to make the last 16 and scoop the top lady prize of £100.
Kelly’s run was ended by the star player from the Borders, Peter Craig, one of five players who travelled for the tournament. There were also players from Western Isles and Shetland.
Defending champion Kevin Gray lost out in the quarter finals to Ivan Leslie, who was joined in the last four by Peter Craig, Roger Irvine from Shetland, and Orkney’s Ian Linklater.
Ivan’s 4-0 victory over Roger and Ian’s 4-1 win against Peter ensured that it would be two KDDL players who would compete in the showpiece, with the cup guaranteed to remain in Kirkwall, as it has done for the eight years previous.
The final itself, wouldn’t have looked out of place on television. The score of 5-2 to Ivan looks one-sided, but it was far from it — Ivan just seemed to have the first dart at a double and he wasn’t missing anything.
Ivan picked up the £500 first prize courtesy of the sponsors, with Ian winning £200 as runner up.
Peter Craig from the Borders took the top checkout prize with a 161. The top ‘B’ player and £100 winner was Jamie Marwick, who beat Derek Ward jnr in a play-off.
In total well over £1000 was won on the day by players reaching various stages of the competition.
The next big competition is this Friday with the second last ranking points event, the league doubles. It’s in the Masonic and is for registered players only, names in by 7.30pm.
In the Williamsons ‘A’ League, the Legion looks odds on to retain the title after beating the Sands ‘2’ 8-4 and now only need five points from their next four games. Only the OGC and the Commodores can stop them.
The Williamsons ‘B’ League title is still very much up for grabs as the top teams take turns to drop points. Quoyburray dropped two points in a 6-6 draw with the Muppets, however fellow title-chasers Tankerness crashed to a 9-3 defeat to Shapinsay. Shapinsay still have t play Quoyburray in what could potentially be a league decider.
180s: Robbie Stanger, Craig Taylor, Ian Linklater, Noreen Bain, Gareth McRitchie, Gordon Peters, Brett Dickinson, Colin Leslie, Keith Bain, Colin Barnett, Roy Foubister, Brian Moar, Trevor Shearer, Ian Findlay, Stuart Thomson, Derek Firth, Neil Croy, Jimmy Craib, Graham Firth, Stevie Linklater, Kevin Gray, Erlend Lennie, Ollie Bethwaite and Bruce Moar. Two from Jamie Marwick, Davy Henderson and Ian Munro; three from Ryan Tulloch and Ivan Leslie; four from Iain Wilkie.
High checkouts: 100 from Michael Scollie, 100, 116 and 160 Robbie Stanger, 102 Brett Dickinson, 106 Bruce Moar, 110 and 116 Kevin Gray, 110 Gary Wilson and Graham Firth, 111 Ivan Leslie, 118 and 156 Stevie Linklater, 116 Derek Firth, 120 Aaron Edwardson, 122 Ryan Tulloch, 138 Kevin Peace, 143 Alan Gray and 160 Ian Wilkie.
There were 13-dart legs, two from Kevin Gray, one being alongside Derek Firth in a double game.
27 February 2017Tennent's Kirkwall Open draws near
The biggest prize money in Orkney darts is up for grabs on Saturday, over £1000 in prizes! £500 first prize, cash for furthest lady, furthest B player etc.
Huge thanks to our sponsors for supporting us once again.
Look forward to seeing you all there! (Donations for the raffle & bottle stall very welcome! Star prize MVG replica shirt).
27 February 2017B Singles win for Brett as Kevin and Shona win mixed-doubles
Brett Dickinson won the KDDL B league singles beating Brian Murray in the final 5-1.
Kevin and Shona Gray, right, won the Kirkwall men's and ladies darts leagues mixed doubles competition, with Michael Muir and Irene Thomson runners up. KDDL vice-president Robbie Stanger presented the trophies.
The first ever KDDL / L-KDDL mixed doubles competition was played on Saturday night in the Masonic Club in Kirkwall.
The winners of the competition were Kevin and Shona Gray, who beat Michael Muir and Irene Thomson in the final.
As well as winning the title, they will go on to play the winners of the West Mainland Darts League mixed-doubles competition later in the year, competing for the title of Orkney mixed-doubles champions.
A good turnout of 30 ‘B’ players entered to contest the ‘B’ league singles, the last of the ‘B’ ranking points events, that is about 50% of the registered players.
All the top players were there and some didn’t make the points level and by the quarter final times, it was a fair mix of team still in contention.
There were three from Nomads and one each from the Vikings, Bilco Boys, Shapinsay, Muppets and St Ola ‘B’.
In to the semi-finals marched Brett Dickinson and Matthew Wylie from the Nomads, Brian Murray of the Vikings along with Jamie Marwick of Shapinsay.
After two very good semi-final games, Brian Murray and Brett Dickinson faced off for the final and it was Brett who came out as the champion with a 5-1 scoreline.
At present, Brett is nearly untouchable, so the ‘B’ ranking table is Brett Dickinson, 29 points; Jamie Marwick, 20; Brian Murray, 19; Derrick Firth, 12; Derek Manson, 11; Matthew Wylie, 10; Gary Wilson, 10; Davy Henderson, 9; Robbie Norquoy, 9; Mark Shearer, 9; Andrew Moar, 9 and Allan Brown, 8. These points are only from three ‘B’ ranking points events, other points gained in ‘A’ and ‘B’ ranking points are still to be added and this year the ‘B’ East v West games will be with 12 players each side, up until now, it has been eight-a-side.
Are any team going to get near the Legion in the Williamsons ‘A’ League?
They are now ten points clear of the Commodores after a 10-2 win over the Legion Arrows and another three wins in the remaining matches will make sure. The Commodores do have a game in hand after their no game week. Another of the challengers are the Golf Club are now out of contention after going down 7-5 to the Warriors who have done very well in their first season in the top league. Sanday who were expected to be one of the contenders won 11-1 away to the Untouchables ‘A’ but cannot now get enough points so it’s really down to one team. Quoyburray ‘B’ have found it hard going in the ‘A’ league but they did pick up one point by holding Sands 2 to a six all draw in a postponed game but went down 10-2 to the Untouchables. The Sands also had a second game but came unstuck against the Wanderers to the tune of nine games to three, which that score should keep Wanderers safe for another year. I think the fight for the wooden spoon is down to the Sands and Legion Arrows and they play each other next week.
It’s too close to call in Williamsons ‘B’ League as all three contenders had big wins. Leading the way, Tankerness kept their top spot with an 11-1 win over the pointless St Ola ‘B’ boys. Level at the top, Quoyburray, ended the Vikings hopes with 8-4 win and Shapinsay completed the trio by beating St Ola 9-3 but all three have still to play each other so it’s far from over. The St Ola team will be battling out with the Motorhoose for the second bottom spot but no result from the Nomads game. The Bilco Boys had to share the points as the Muppets held them to a six all draw.
180’s from Kenny Gillespie, Robert Gatt, Stuart Thomson, Jim Hamilton, Malcolm Coghill, Graham Reid, Ross Groundwater, Brett Dickinson, Gary Wilson, Thorfinn Eunson, Roy Griffiths, Colin Leslie and Jamie Marwick, two from Andrew Moar, Raymie Rendall and Ian Wilkie.
High checkouts of a 100 from Graham Firth and Brian Murray, also a 108 from Brian, 101 Derek Manson, 102 Robert Gatt, 105 Derrick Firth, 106 Trevor Shearer, 108 Gordon Rendall, 110 Ryan Tulloch also 112, 116 Trevor Shearer, 118 Neil Drever, 120 Jamie Drever, 122 Ian Wilkie, 124 Derek Firth, 132 Kenny Gillespie and 150 Eddie Drever. John Thomson scored a 171 and there was a 13 dart leg from Ian Linklater, with 14 darts legs from Stuart Thomson and James Flett in a doubles game and Andrew Moar had a 14 dart leg.
It’s the big one this Saturday with the KDDL holding the JW Gray Tennent's Kirkwall Open. It’s in the Masonic with names in by 1.30pm. Players from Shetland and south are expected with £1,000 on offer, and there are special prizes for the top lady and top ‘B’ player registered with the KDDL.
Next Friday its back to ranking points with the league doubles in the Masonic, names in by 7.30pm.
Saturday, March 4: JW Gray Tennent's Kirkwall Open, Masonic, 1.30pm.
Friday, March 10: League Doubles (Ranking), Masonic, 7.30pm.
Monday, March 6
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sands 2 v Legion Arrows; Untouchables ‘A’ v Legion; Untouchables v Sanday; Warriors v Commodores; OGC v Quoyburray ‘B’; no game – Wanderers.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Bilco Boys v Tankerness; Quoyburray v St Ola ‘B’; Nomads v Muppets; St Ola v Motorhoose; Shapinsay v Murray Arms; no game – Vikings.
‘B’ League Singles Final: Brett Dickinson beat Brian Murray 5-1.
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Legion Arrows 2, Legion 10; Sands 2 3, Wanderers 9; Untouchables ‘A’ 1, Sanday 11; Untouchables 10, Quoyburray ‘B’ 2; OGC 5, Warriors 7; Quoyburray ‘B’ 6, Sands 2 6; no game – Commodores.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Tankerness 11, St Ola ‘B’ 1; Bilco Boys 6, Muppets 6; Quoyburray 8, Vikings 4; Nomads v Motorhoose – no score; Shapinsay 9, St Ola 3; no game – Murray Arms.
22 February 2017Lennie takes the U30 title
A pretty poor turnout of only 23 players entered for the Under 30’s Open Singles. Last year the entry was 35 and this year no lady entries. Of course some of last year’s players could now be too old; maybe it’s time to raise the age limit?
Anyway, there was splendid darts played and none more than Erlend Lennie as he stormed into the final taking out the holder Michael Moodie and Brett Dickinson on the way and playing in his first season in the KDDL, Steven Low also made the final. It was as one sided as the score of 5 - 0 suggested as Steven never got going, while Erlend was finishing everything he left.
The high checkout prize went to Matthew Wylie with a 107. It’s on to this Friday with a big day for the ‘B’ singles and the last ‘B’ ranking point’s event. It’s in the Masonic, names in by 7.30pm.
What’s going on in the Williamsons ‘A’ League?
Last week the league leaders the Legion dropped points allowing their challengers to close the gap but this week a surprise loss for the Commodores 7-5 to Untouchables ‘A’ allowed the Legion to increase their lead to seven points as they beat the Golf Club 9-3.
That defeat puts the Golf boys 11 points of the top and I think out of the as far as the title is concerned.
Sanday got back on the winning trail beating Sands 2 9-3. The Untouchables ‘A’ also had a second good win 8-4 over Quoyburray ‘B’ in a postponed game, and the other Untouchbales did well to beat the Warriors 7-5 but they are too far of the top to have any chance, but that’s not to say they could still effect the top by beating the top teams they still have to play.
It is hard to know what to think of the Wanderers as they take points of the top teams then crash to the team second bottom, the Legion Arrows, the score 9-3.
It is very close in the Williamsons ‘B’ League with five teams in with a shout of the title at present. Quoyburray and Tankerness share top spot after good wins.
Quoyburray beat the Motorhoose 8-4 and Tankerness took out the Muppets also 8-4.
Top score went to Shapinsay 11-1 over St Ola ‘B’ - still no points for them.
The Vikings kept in contention with an 8-4 win over the Bilco Boys and the Nomads stopped the Murray Arms in their tracks with an 8-4 win out in the Hope.
The St Ola ‘B’ boys lost out 8-4 to the Muppets in a postponed game.
180s from Gary Wilson, Gavin Linklater, Jamie Marwick, Derek Firth, Robbie Norquoy, Andrew Moar, Ian Munro, Roy Foubister, Gary Norquoy, Billy Ward, Leigh Shearer, Wayne Monkman, Derrick Firth, Stevie Linklater, Jim Brown, Andrew Clouston, Graham Firth, Kenny Gillespie, Erlend Lennie, two from Kevin Gray, Ian Wilkie, Trevor Shearer and Ian Findlay, three from Robbie Stanger and Ivan leslie and five from Brett Dickinson including two back to back.
High checkouts of 100 from Colin Barnett, 100, 102 and 103 Trevor Shearer, 101 Paddy Kirkpatrick, 103 Graham Rendall, 104 Billy Ward, 104 and 112 Des Gillespie, 106 Neil Drever, 112 James Flett, 113 Kenny Gillespie, 110 and 121 Wayne Monkman, 110 Davy Henderson, 116 Neil Croy, 120 John Thomson, 136 Aaron Edwardson and 149 Andrew Moar.
12 dart leg from Derek Firth, 13 Stevie Linklater, 14 darter from Kevin Gray, Graham Firth, James Flett and Aaron Mitchell and a 15 darter from Kenny Gillespie.
It’s only two weeks until the big one, the JW Gray & Co Tennent's Kirkwall Open, which carries prize money of £1,080 plus a big raffle.
There are also special prizes for top lady and top ‘B’ player registered with the KDDL – date Saturday, March 4 in the Masonic.
But before that, this week is the first ever Mixed Doubles competition for registered KDDL and L-KDDL players.
It takes place in the Masonic on Saturday, names by 7.30pm. The winners will go on to face the west league mixed doubles winners.
Under 30s Open Singles final: Erlend Lennie beat Steven Low 5-0.
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday 9, Sands 2 3; Wanderers 3, Legion Arrows 9; Legion 9, OGC 3; Warriors 5, Untouchables 7; Commdores 5, Untouchables ‘A’ 7; Untouchables ‘A’ 8, Quoyburray ‘B’ 4.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings 8, Bilco Boys 4; Muppets 4, Tankerness 8; St Ola ‘B’ 1, Shapinsay 11; Murray Arms 4, Nomads 8; Motorhoose 4, Quoyburray 8; St Ola ‘B’ 4, Muppets 8; no game – St Ola.
Friday, February 24: ‘B’ Singles (Ranking), Legion, 7.30pm.
Saturday February 25: Mixed Doubles, Masonic, 7.30pm (registered players only)
Saturday, March 4: Kirkwall Open, Masonic, 1.30pm.
Monday, February 27
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Wanderers v Untouchables ‘A’; Legion v Sands2; Legion Arrows v OGC; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Warriors; Commodores v Untouchables; no game – Sanday.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings v Nomads; Muppets v Quoyburray; St Ola ‘B’ v Bilco Boys; Tankerness v Shapinsay; Murray Arms v St Ola; no game – Motorhoose.
16 February 2017Stanger wins Gold Cup marking league 50th anniversary
Prizewinners on the day of the KDDL 50th Anniversary Golden Singles. Back row from left, Derek Firth, Derek Ward, Linda Seatter, Stuart Thomson, Erlend Lennie. Front row, from left, Wilfie Tulloch, league secretary Jim Scollie, winner Robbie Stanger, runner-up Ian Linklater, league honorary president Jimmy Miller, league president Craig Taylor, and Colin Kirkpatrick.
Would you believe it, 50 years ago four young men met in a Kirkwall Bakehouse and decided to form a Kirkwall Darts League, later changed to Kirkwall District Darts League when St Ola parish wanted to enter.
Now 50 years on the league held the 50 Years Anniversary Golden Singles, and you guessed it, 50 players entered, 40 gents and 10 young ladies. Only one of the ladies won a game, so Linda Seatter won the best lady prize. Quite a few of the top players were absent but it wasn’t noticed as the players turned on the style.
The 301 double start , like it used to be, caught some of them out but by the time they changed back to the 501 game, it was a very good line up.
None of the three old boys who had entered made it and out of the 16 left six were ‘B’ players but only Derek Ward Snr made the money round and that was his lot and in the semi-finals Wilfie Tulloch lined up against Ian Linklater with Robbie Stanger taking on Paddy Kirkpatrick.
Scores were 4-1 for both Ian and Robbie. In the final the score of 5-1 to Robbie looked very one sided but it was Robbie’s great finishing that carried the day and a great 156 finish did finish it, but I think darts all round won the day and it turned out to be a very remarkable fun day for the players. A big thank you to the Legion Club for joining in the fun with a lovely poster. Here's to the next 50!
What’s going on in the Williamsons Darts Leagues, as the Legion dropped points once again as third bottom Wanderers held them to a six all draw.
They still lead the Williamsons ‘A’ League, but the Commodores closed the gap to four points after an 8-4 defeat of the Sands 2 but the Golf Club lost ground going down 7-5 to the Untouchables.
The Sanday v Legion Arrows game was postponed so the Arrows played a postponed game and went down 7-5 To Quoyburray ‘B’. The Untouchables ‘A’ v Quoyburray ‘B’ game there was no score card.
It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen in the Williamsons ‘B’ League as there are so many teams who could still win it.
Top contenders are Tankerness, Quoyburray and Shapinsay. Tankerness had a very good and important win over the Vikings 7-5 and keeps them level in the top spot with Quoyburray who beat Murray Arms 9-3, but the Hope boys are only two points of the top. The Nomads had a good 9-3 win over St Ola. No score from the other St Ola team.
The Bilco Boys after an 8-4 defeat of the Motorhoose are only seven points of the top two.
180’s from Ryan Tulloch, Gordon Rendall, Ian Wilkie, Ian Linklater, Erlend Lennie, Derek Ward Jnr, Colin Ross, Brett Dickinson and Gary Wilson, two from Robbie Stanger and four from Kevin Gray.
High checkouts of 101, 114 & 156 from Robbie Stanger, 108 Gary Norquoy, 109, 120 & 131 Ian Linklater, 108 Gordon Rendall, 111 & 114 James Flett, 111 & 115 Stuart Thomson, 112 Billy Ward, 114 Neil Drever, 116 Brian Murray, 117 John Thomson, 118 Ryan Tulloch and 161 Andrew Moar. Ian Linklater scored a 177 and a 12 darter from Kevin Gray and Derek Firth.
It’s the young players turn this Saturday with the under 30's open singles being held in the Masonic, names in by 1.30pm.
As the titles states for any player male or female who is under 30 years of age. Then the following Friday it is back to ranking points for the ‘B’ players with the ‘B’ singles in the Legion.
There will be a committee meeting on Wednesday, February 22 in the Masonic at 8pm.
50th Anniversary Golden Singles Final: Robbie Stanger beat Ian Linklater 5-1
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Legion 6, Wanderers 6; Legion Arrows v Sanday – postponed; Sands 2 4, Commodores 8; Untouchables ‘A’ v Quoyburray ‘B’ – no card; OGC 5, Untouchables 7; Legion Arrows 5, Quoyburray ‘B’ 7; no game – Warriors.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
St Ola ‘B’ v Muppets – no card; Tankerness 7, Muppets 5; Bilco Boys 8, Motorhoose 4; Quoyburray 9, Murray Arms 3; Nomads 9, St Ola 3; no game – Shapinsay.
Saturday, February 18: 18-30 Open Singles, Masonic at 1.30pm
Friday, February 24: ‘B’ Singles (Ranking), Legion at 7.30pm
Monday, February 20
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Legion Arrows v Legion; Sands 2 v Wanderers; Untouchables ‘A’ v Sanday; Untouchables v Quoyburray ‘B’; OGC v Warriors; no game – Commodores.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Tankerness v St Ola ‘B’; Bilco Boys v Muppets; Quoyburray v Vikings; Nomads v Motorhoose; Shapinsay v St Ola; no game – Murray Arms.
09 February 2017Brett claims Albyn title
Albyn ‘B’ Singles Shield Final
Brett Dickinson beat Jamie Marwick 5-2
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday 4, Legion 8; Wanderers 5, OGC 7; Warriors 5, Untouchables ‘A’ 7; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Sands 2 – no score; Commodores 7, Legion Arrows 5; no game – Untouchables.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings 11, St Ola ‘B’ 1; Muppets 6, Shapinsay 6; St Ola 3, Quoyburray 9; Murrays Arms v Bilco Boys – no score; Motorhoose 2, Tankerness 10; no game – Nomads.
Saturday, February 11: Golden Singles, Legion at 1.30pm
Saturday, February 18: Under 30 Open Singles, Masonic at 1.30pm
Monday, February 13
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday v Sands 2; Wanderers v Legion Arrows; Legion v OGC; Warriors v Untouchables; Commodores v Untouchables ‘A’; no game – Quoyburray ‘B’.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings v Bilco Boys; Muppets v Tankerness; St Ola ‘B’ v Shapinsay; Murray Arms v Nomads; Motorhoose v Quoyburray; no game – St Ola.
What a great night of darts as 32 ‘B’ players put their names down for the Albyn Video Games singles shield with most of the top players there.
As it was a B ranking points event, some of them never made the points section.
The defending champion and birthday boy Mark Shearer, started his defence with a win over Robbie Norquoy followed by a defeat of Colin Findlay, however he then ran up against the brick wall called Brett Dickinson who was playing like a hero.
Brett made it into the semi-final to play Brian Murray and what a game as it went the whole distance with Brett taking it 3-2.
In the bottom half, Shapinsays, Jamie Marwick was carving everyone up as he made the final and it was the final everyone was wanting.
To begin with it looked like it would go the distance but at 2-2, Brett changed up a gear and Jamie dropped a gear and three games later, Brett was the new champion at 5-2. Nine 180’s was scored – a new record for a ‘B’ competition.
There’s no change at the top of the Williamsons ‘A’ League as all three contenders recorded wins. The Legion maintains their six point lead over the Commodores as they beat Sanday 8-4.
The Commodores are still in second spot but nearly came unstuck against Legion Arrows who they beat 7-5. That was also the score for the golf club over Wanderers who remain down near the relegation area. There was a very good win for Untouchbales ‘A’ 7-5 over the strong Warriors which put them out of contention for the title. No result from Quoyburray ‘B’ v Sands 2 game.
Three teams now share the lead in the Williamsons ‘B’ League. All except Shapinsay were held to a six all draw by the Muppets.
Quoyburray share the lead after a 9-3 win over the St Ola and Tankerness are also joint leaders with a 10-2 defeat of the Motorhoose but top score goes to the Vikings 11-1 win over St Ola ‘B’. The Vikings are only three points off the top spot. No score from the Murray Arms v Bilco Boys.
180’s from Kevin Gray, Kevin Peace, Jim Brown, Stevie Linklater, Raymie Rendall, Billy Ward, Leigh Shearer, Daniel Drever, Gary Wilson, Mark Shearer, Jamie Marwick, Andrew Rendall, Allan Brown and Erlend Eunson; two from Patrick O’ Neill, Brian Murray, Graham Firth and Brett Dickinson.
High checkouts of 100 from Billy Ward, Kevin Peace, Ivan Leslie and Kevin Gray, 101 Gordon Rendall, 104 Sean Shearer, Mark Shearer and Wayne Small, 107 Ian Stevenson and Brian Moar, 108 Robbie Norquoy, 126 Allan Brown and 130 Brian Murray, Daryl Robertson scored 177 and Ivan Leslie had an 11 dart leg.
It’s all go this weekend with the first of the 50 years events, it’s the Golden Singles and it is a real gold cup (plated anyway!) and it’s in the Legion on Saturday, names in by 1.30pm. It is an open competition for any player, male or female, who has played for a league team in Kirkwall over the past 50 years.
The competition has been split in two, with the first rounds a 301 double start, best of three legs as it was long ago, then from 16 down it will be five legs of 501 as played now. There will be cash prizes as well as a raffle maybe later on. It is hoped to get a top player up. The following Saturday it’s the turn of the under 30s. It is in the Masonic and it is open to any player, male or female, under 30 years old.
02 February 2017Craigie Cup win for Stanger
Robbie Stanger beat Kevin Gray 5-2 to win the ER&T Craigie Butchers Singles. The Tankerness Hall was the new venue for the ranking points competition. A huge thank you to the sponsors Eddie and Thorfinn Craigie for their generous support once again. A big thank you from the darts league also goes to all the Tankerness lads who put the venue together for darts and ran the bar. An excellent venue! High finishes were a 167 by Kevin & 148 by Graham Reid.
The new venue for the E R & T Craigie singles proved very popular as 34 top players made their way to the Tankerness Hall for the ranking points event.
Of course with most of the top contenders present, some big names didn’t make the points region, and of the nine ‘B’ players who entered, only one made the mark with Robbie Norquoy getting three points.
But it was the other Robbie who was making all the headway, with Robbie Stanger storming into the final.
The defending champion, Kevin Gray, wasn’t at his best but he still made the final, and in the final not many would have bet against him as took the first two legs, one with a great 167 checkout.
He then just fell off the rails as his usual big scoring deserted him which allowed Robbie to take the next five legs for a well deserving 5-2 win.
With so many players failing to score points, its wide open in the table. In fact, Robbie and Kevin are the only two players sure of a place in the team, but with 18 points still up for grabs, a dozen players are still in with a chance.
The table is: Robbie Stanger, 39 points; Kevin Gray, 38, Ivan Leslie, 22; Ian Linklater, 21; Stevie Linklater, 20; Alan Gray, 18; Ian Findlay, 18; Derek Firth, 16; Ryan Tulloch, 13; Bruce Moar, 12; Craig Taylor, 12; Leigh Shearer, 11; Jim Brown, 11; another 21 players have points ranking from 10 to three.
Next ranking event, the league doubles in the 10 March, but before then the ‘B’ boys have their own ranking point’s event on Friday night in the Legion with the Albyn Shield singles. Names in by 7.30pm.
Also it's Saturday, February 11 all the players should be looking out for as the KDDL hold the first of their 50 year anniversary celebrations with the Golden Singles in the Legion. Names in by 1.30pm and its open any player, male or female, who has played for a league team in Kirkwall over the 50 years.
Both the Williamsons dart leagues got underway after the break and the top game in the ‘A’ league matched the top two, and it was the Legion who increased their lead with a 9-3 defeat of the Commodores.
That was the top score along with Sanday who beat the Wanderers 9-3. That left the Wanderers just above the relegation zone.
Both the Untouchable teams shared the points as they drew 6-6, and good for the Warriors 8-4 out at the Sands – it keeps them up near the top of the ‘A’ league. No score from Legion Arrows and Quoyburray ‘B’ game.
It’s very close at the top of the Williamsons ‘B’ league as the top teams all played each other.
Shapinsay the league leaders were held to a 6-6 draw by the Nomads and it was the same score in the Tankerness v Murray Arms game, so no change at the top.
The Vikings moved a little closer with a 8-4 defeat of the Muppets and very welcomed points for the Motorhoose 9-3 over the St Ola ‘B’ who still to get a point. The other St Ola team lost out 7-5 to the Bilco Boys.
180s from Alan Gray, Graham Louttit, Derek Firth, Leigh Shearer, Stevie Moar, Colin Barnett, Wayne Small, and two from Jamie Marwick, Gary Wilson, Ian Linklater, Ryan Tulloch, Neil Croy, Kevin Gray and Robbie Stanger. Three from Brett Dickinson and four from Ian Wilkie.
High checkouts of a 101 Raymie Rendall and Andrew Moar, 108 Ian Wilkie, 114 Colin Leslie, Gary Wilson and James Flett, 115 Stevie Moar, 119 Brian Moar, 121 Colin Barnett, 148 Graham Reid, 154 Trevor Shearer, 160 Ivan Leslie and 167 Kevin Gray.
E R & T Craigie singles cup final: Robbie Stanger beat Kevin Gray 5-2
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday 9, Wanderers 3; Legion 9, Commodores 3; Legion Arrows v Quoyburray ‘B’ – no score; Sands 2 4, Warriors 8; Untouchables ‘A’ 6, Untouchables 6; no game – OGC.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Shapinsay 6, Nomands 6; St Ola ‘B’ 3, Motorhoose 9; Vikings 8, Muppets 4; Tankerness 6, Murray Arms 6; Bilco Boys 7, St Ola 5; no game – Quoyburray.
Friday, February 3: Albyn Shield singles (B), Legion at 7.30pm
Saturday, February 11: 50 Year Golden singles, Legion at 1.30pm
Monday, February 6
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Legion v Wanderers; Legion Arrows v Sanday; Sands 2 v Commodores; Untouchables ‘A’ v Quoyburray ‘B’; OGC v Untouchables; no game – Warriors.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
St Ola ‘B’ v Muppets; Tankerness v Vikings; Bilco Boys v Motorhoose; Quoyburray v Murray Arms; Nomads v St Ola; no game – Shapinsay.
25 January 2017Mixed doubles next month
25 January 2017Cup wins for Shapinsay and Untochables A
There were very good entries for the latest of the domestic cups in the KDDL as eight out of the 11 ‘A’ teams came forward for the 301 Challenge Cup.
It wasn’t a good night for the holders the Untouchables as they crashed out 4-0 to the Golf Club, who went on to defeat the Legion also 4-0 to make the final.
In the bottom half, the Untouchables A found themselves in the final with win over the Commodores and Legion Arrows. A lot of the games had ended up with the play-off game which the Untouchables ‘A’ won to make the score 4-3 in their favour.
The ‘B’ cup for the 301 double start trophy also attracted eight of the 11 teams and as the ‘A’ cup, the holders Tankerness went out in the first round 4-3 to the Nomads who then lost 4-3 to Shapinsay, which put the isles boys into the final.
Also into the final was the team from the other end of the islands, the Murray Arms, and it took the play-off game to decide the winners, it was Shapinsay, with a scoreline of 4-3.
180’s from Derek Firth, Keith Brumpton, Brian Moar and Mark Shearer.
High Checkouts of a 110 Gary Wilson, 116 Kenny Gillespie and 148 Gordon Rendall.
It’s back to the important ranking point’s event starting onn Friday night with the E R & T Craigie singles and it’s in the new venue of the Tankerness Hall - names in by 7.30pm.
Then the following Friday, February 3, it’s the B boys turn to earn some ranking points with the Albyn Shield Singles in the Legion. The ‘B’ ranking points help the committee to choose the East ‘B’ team for the annual East v West game.
301 Challenge Cup (A) final: Untouchables ‘A’ beat OGC 4-3
301 Challenge Cup (B) final: Shapinsay beat Murray Arms 4-3
Friday, January 27: E R & T Craigie singles (Ranking), Tankerness Hall at 7.30pm
Friday, February 3: Albyn Shield singles (B), Legion at 7.30pm
Saturday, February 11: 50 Year Golden singles, Legion at 1.30pm
Monday, January 30
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday v Legion; Wanderers v OGC; Warriors v Untouchables ‘A’; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Sands 2; Commodores v Legion Arrows; no game – Untouchables.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings v St Ola ‘B’; Muppets v Shapinsay; St Ola v Quoyburray; Murray Arms v Bilco Boys; Motorhoose v Tankerness; no game – Nomads.
18 January 2017Royal Cup win for Wanderers
Eight teams entered for the Royal Cup played for in the Legion, five ‘A’ teams and three ‘B’ teams made up the entry.
At one time this cup had to be played over two nights as all the teams used to play but those days are over, however, the standard of darts was is still as strong as ever.
Two of the ‘B’ teams clashed in the first round and was won by Shapinsay over the Tankerness boys. The other ‘B’ team, the Nomads, went down to the Wanderers.
Sanday the defending champs showed they had no intention of giving up the crown as they thumped the Legion 4-1.
Joining them in the semi-final was the Untouchables, winners over the Legion Arrows. Two cracking semi-finals saw the Wanderers win along with Sanday in the final.
In the final, the Wanderers proved too strong for Sanday as they ran out 4-2 winners.
180s from Aaron Mitchell and Gary Wilson.
It’s now back to league darts as both get underway on Monday with the reverse fixtures. In the Williamson ‘A’ league it looks like it’s down to only three teams who are within four points of each other as the Legion leads the Commodores by three points with the Golf Club a further one point adrift. Then there is a gap of seven points but that could all change as the Legion take on the Commodores in the first game.
At the other end it looks like a fight between three teams as only two points cover them. It’s also very tight in the Williamsons ‘B’ league as only three points cover the top four with Shapinsay in pole position. St Ola ‘B’ is the only team still to score a point.
It’s getting close now for the first of the 50 years celebrations and it’s on Saturday, February 11 with Golden singles and it’s for a gold cup. The event will take place in the Legion and it is open for any players, male or female, who have played for a league team in the Kirkwall leagues - names in by 1.30pm.
Royal Cup Final: Wanderers beat Sanday 4-2
Monday, January 23rd
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday v Wanderers; Legion v Commodores; Legion Arrows v Quoyburray ‘B’; Sands 2 v Warriors; Untouchables ‘A’ v Untouchables; no game – OGC.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Shapinsay v Nomads; St Ola ‘B’ v Motorhoose; Vikings v Muppets; Tankerness v Murray Arms; Bilco Boys v St Ola; no game – Quoyburray.
Friday, January 27th
E R & T Craigie Singles, Tankerness Hall. Names by 7.30pm
13 January 2017Cup games continue....
Darts continues next week with two cup games.
On Monday, it’s the 301 challenge cup in the Masonic and it’s for ‘A’ league teams of 4 to 6 players and as the title suggests, it’s a 301 double start event as it used to be played in the old league days.
Then on Tuesday, it’s the ‘B’ boys turn and it’s in the Legion and it is also a 301 double start cup.
Then it is on to the leagues with both starting on Monday, January 23, with the reverse fixtures of the last half os the season.
The first ranking points event of the New Year, it is E R & T Craigie singles on the 27th January in the new venue of the Tankerness Hall.
It’s the fifth of seven ranking points events, and with a home game versus Shetland in April, and with the points very close, there should be a big turnout.
There will be a committee meeting on Wednesday, January 18, in the Masonic at 8pm.
Monday, January 16.
301 Challenge Cup (A), Masonic, 7.30pm
Tuesday, January 17.
301 Challenge Cup (B), Legion, 7.30pm
04 January 2017New Year darts set to begin
After the short festive break, the KDDL players will toe the oche again on Monday, January 9th with the Royal Cup.
It’s an A and B league cup of 4 to 6 players and it’s in the Legion, team names in by 7.30pm.
Then the following Monday and Tuesday it is the two 301 doubles start cups, the A on Monday and the B Tuesday with the A in the Masonic, and B in the Legion.
Both Kirkwall Darts Leagues don’t get underway until the 23rd January.
Monday, January 9th: Royal Cup A and B Teams, Legion, 7.30pm
Monday, January 16th: 301 Challenge Cup (A), Masonic, 7.30pm
Tuesday, January 17th: 301 Challenge Cup (B), Legion, 7.30pm
16 December 2016Festive cheer for Stanger
Robbie Stanger retained the KDDL festive singles at the weekend, beating Wayne Monkman 5-1 in the final. Robbie won the title and £100, with Wayne £50. They are pictured in the front row along with KDDL president Craig Taylor, left, and league secretary Jim Scollie, right.
In the back row are semi-finalists Ian Findlay and Alan Gray, who won £20 each.
The last ranking points event of the first half of the 2016/17 season attracted the biggest entry of the season as 63 players came forward mostly from the KDDL but there were three brave young ladies and a few from the North Isles but none of them figured in the points section.
Some big names didn’t make the points. By the quarter final stage all 8 players were from the KDDL and included the defending champion, Robbie Stanger and he had no trouble making it into another final. In the top half, the Legions, Wayne Monkman was making short work of the opposition as he stormed into the final but Robbie had no intentions of giving up his title and retained it with a 5-1 win in a final rightly called a classic. The score looks very one sided but it was far from it. Robbie appeared to be one throw ahead each leg as his average throw was 84. Wayne was a little behind on 74.37 but great darts all night long.
The Legion are back on top of the Williamson’s ‘A’ League as they thumped Quoyburray ‘B’ 11-1, now two points clear with a game in hand. The big surprise of the week was the two points lost by The Commodores as the Wanderers held them to a 6 all draw. The surprises didn’t end there as there was a first win of the season for the Sands ‘2’ with a 8-4 defeat of the Untouchables. It didn’t take them out of the relegation position but must give them a boost. Level with the Sands at the bottom are the Legion Arrows who went down 8-4 to the Warriors. Sanday also lost more ground losing out 7-5 to the Golf Club.
In the Williamsons ‘B’ League , Tankerness arein top position after playing two games drawing 6-6 with the Nomads and beating St Ola 7-5 and they still have a game to play as does quite a few teams in both leagues. The Nomads also played twice and they drew the other game with Quoyburray who drop down to second spot. It was a good week for the Vikings as they drew with Shapinsay and beat St Ola 9-3. The only other game also ended as a draw 6-6 between the Muppets and The Motorhoose. No score in from the St Ola ‘B’ and the Murray Arms. Remember all the postponed games must be played by the end of December or the committee will decide the outcome.
Ranking points table: Kevin Gray, 29; Robbie Stanger, 27; Ian Linkleter, 21; Alan Gray, 18; Stevie Linklater, 17; Ivan Leslie, 17; Derek Firth, 16; Ian Findlay, 15; Ryan Tulloch, 13; Leigh Shearer, 11; Eddie Drever, 10; Billy Ward, 10; Andrew Moar, 10; Gary Wilson, 10.
180’s from Jim Hamilton, Craig Taylor, Malcolm Coghill, Ben Hogan, Eddie Drever, Des Gillespie, Kevin Gray, Michael Moodie, Bruce Moar, Jim Brown, Ivan Leslie, Billy Ward, Stuart Thomson, Brett Dickinson, Clive Hewison.
Two from Gary Wilson, Davy Henderson, Brian Moar, Neil Drever and Ian Findlay.
Three from Robbie Stanger, Robbie Norquoy, and Jamie Marwick.
High check-out of a 100, Jim Hamilton, 100 and 115, Robbie Stanger; 104, 120 and 152, Brett Dickinson; 105, Ian Munro, 106, Linda Harcus; 107, Kenny Gillespie; 108, Ryan Tulloch; 110, Neil Drever and Jimmy Miller; 111, Andrew Rendall; 110 ans 170, Gary Wilson; 112, Ali Flett; 115, Des Gillespie and Ian Findlay; 116, Ben Hogan, Wayne Monkman, Neil Croy, Brian Moar; 118, Stevie Linklater, Mathew Wylie, Billy Ward; 119 and 120, Alan Gray; 120, Aaron Mitchell, Raymie Rendall, Craig Taylor; 144, Jamie Drever; 147, Bruce Moar; 150, Stuart Thomson; 156, James Flett. Jamie Drever also hit 177 and Neil Drever had a 15 dart leg and Stevie Linklater and Jim Brown had a 12 dart doubles leg but top of the season, 170 from Gary Wilson.
That’s it for the first half of the 50 Season of the KDDL. Darts will resume on Monday, 9 January so may I wish all the committee and players a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.
Ben Hogan won first prize in the festive raffle. Derek Ward jnr won second and 20 other prizes were spread all over Orkney. A big thank you to all ticket buyers and sellers.
Festive Open Singles Final: Robbie Stanger 5 v Wayne Monkman 1.
Williamsons ‘A’ League:
Sands 2, 8 v Untouchables, 4; Legion Arrows, 4 v Warriors, 8; Legion, 11 v Quoyburray, 1; Legion, 11 v Quoyburray ‘B’, 1; Wanderers, 6 v Commodores, 6; Sanday, 5 v OGC, 7; No Game – Untouchables ‘A’.
Williamson’s ‘B’ League:
Quoyburray, 6 v Nomads, 6; Tankerness, 7 v St Ola, 5; St Ola ‘B’ v Murray Arms, No Score; Muppets, 6 v Motorhoose, 6; Vikings, 6 v Shapinsay, 6; Tankerness, 6 v Nomads, 6; St Ola, 3 v Vikings, 9; No Game – Bilco Boys.
06 December 2016Commodores go top
There’s a new name at the top of the Williamsons ‘A’ League as the Commodores took advantage of the Legions game being postponed by beating Sanday 7-5 to move up but only on game difference.
That defeat more or less puts all end to Sanday’s hopes of the title. I know it’s only half-way but Sanday are 8 points adrift and lots to catch up.
The only other team challenging are the Golf Club who beat the Untouchables ‘A’, 9-3. So it’s more or less a 3 way horse race at the half way mark.
Also postponed was the Quoyburray ‘B’ v Wanderers game all these postponed or cancelled games must be played by the end of December.
The Untouchables have put themselves well clear of the relegation zone with a good 7-5 win over the Legion Arrows who are very much in the relegation zone.
Things are very hot at the top of the Williamson’B’ league with only 3 points separating 5 teams. The Quoyburray Boys are still top but only by 2 points after losing 7-5 to Shapinsay. Also 2 points behind are the Murray Arms 7-5 winners over the Muppets. The other team 2 points off the top are Tankerness by beating the Vikings in a postponed game from week No 3. So they are still 2 games behind and undefeated.
The Bilco Boys lost out 10-2 to the Nomads but are still only 3 points off the top. Still no joy for the young boys of St Ola ‘B’ going down 9-3 to the St Ola. No score in from the Motorhoose.
180’s from Leigh Shearer, Alan Gray, Robbie Stanger, Erlend Lennie, Ian Linklater, Stevie Linklater, Roy Foubister, Daryl Robertson, Roy Griffiths, Clive Hewison, Andrew Moar, Archie Yule, Ian Munro, Erlend Eunson, Davy Henderson, Hamish Baillie.
High Checkouts of a 100 from Derek Ward snr, Andrew Moar, Leigh Shearer, 102 Bruce Moar, 106 Ian Munro. 111 and 120 Graham Firth, 112 Robbie Stanger, 116 Stevie Linklater, 118 Ali Flett, 120 Aaron Edwardson, Gary Wilson twice. 150 Ian Findlay, 153 David Mowat and 154 Alan Gray. Grant Harrold hit a 171 and there was a 13 dart leg from Stevie Linklater.
As the first half of the 50th Season of the K-DDL comes to an end, All eyes are now set on the Masonic on Friday, for the Festive Singles and Festive Raffle.
The singles is the 4th Ranking point event and its open to any player in Orkney and this year ladies are invited to take part but only registered players from the KDDL get ranking points. It’s names by 7.30pm and as it’s a ranking points event there’s no 100 start for the ladies as in other events.
Williamson’s ‘A’ League
Commodores 7, Sanday 5; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Wanderers – Postponed; Warriors v Legion – Postponed; Untouchables 7, Legion Arrows 5; OGC 9, Untouchables 3; no game – Sands ‘2’.
Williamson’s ‘B’ League
Motor Hoose v Vikings no score; Murray Arms 7, Muppets 5; Nomads 10, Bilco Boys 2; Shapinsay 7, Quoyburray 5; St Ola 9, St Ola ‘B’ 3; Vikings 4, Tankerness 8.
Fixtures, Friday, December 9
Festive Singles (ranking) Masonic, 7.30pm
05 December 2016Kevin wins Scollie Masters
At last a decent turnout for a ranking points event as 43 entered the Jim Scollie Masters Singles and that included 15 ‘B’ league players and the star was young Nicol Gray as he made the points section with wins against James Flett of the Wanderers and the Albyn Shield Singles champion before bowing out to the Legion captain Derek Firth.
It was a great competition with a lot of the top ranking point leaders going out with no points. Players like Robbie Stanger, Stevie Linklater and Ian Wilkie but nobody could look at Kevin Gray as he stormed his way into the final. Waiting there was Sandays Ivan Leslie but Kevin wasn’t giving up his title to anyone as he stormed to 5-2 win to top the ranking table with an average of 81.84, Ivan had 77.34 and that standard would be accepted in any league in Scotland.
Ranking table points: Kevin Gray, 26; Ian Linklater, 21; Stevie Linklater, 17; Ivan Leslie, 17; Robbie Stanger, 15; Derek Firth, 13; Alan Gray, 11; Billy Ward, 10; Andrew Moar, 10; Gary Wilson, 10; Ryan Tulloch, 10 and another 16 players have points ranging from 8 to 3.
Next and last ranking points event for the first half is the Festive Singles which is open to male and female players on Friday, December 9 in the Masonic. It’s also the night of the festive raffle so make sure all tickets are returned to the treasurer before then – don’t leave it to the last night.
With only a couple of games to go in the Williamsons Dart League, the Legion still lead the ‘A’ league by three points after maintaining their 100% record after a 9-3 defeat of the Untouchables and now in second spot on their own are the Commodore after a 8-4 win over the Golf Club. That defeat allowed the Untouchables ‘A’ and Sanday to close the gap on third place to two points. The Sanday boys beat Quoyburray ‘B’ 9-3 with the Untouchables ‘A’ going one better 10-2 out in Burray. A very good win for the Warriors as they piled the pressure for the Wanderers with a 7-5 win and that keeps the Wanderers down in equal second bottom spot.
No many results in from the Williamsons ‘B’ league, only two cards been handed in. The Muppets had a very good win over St Ola by a score of 9-3 but look out for the Murray Arms as are now in Second spot after a 8-4 defeat of the Vikings but there’s all to play for as many teams have games in hand – all games must be completed by December 9 or it might be up to the committee to decide results.
180s from Colin Barnett, Ian Findlay, Trevor Shearer, Brian Stevenson, Ben Hogan, Gary Wilson, Ivan Leslie, Colin Kirkpatrick, Freddie Tait, Jim Brown, Leigh Shearer, Grant Harrold, Derek Ward snr; Aaron Edwardson, Nicol Gray, two from Ryan Tulloch, James Flett and three from Billy Ward and Derek Firth, Robbie Stanger hit four and Kevin Gray six. High checkouts of 100 from Neil Croy, 104 Jamie Rendall, 101, 115 and 120 Kevin Gray, 108 Martin Peace, 108-125-127 Ian Wilkie, 111 Stevie Linklater, 106 Gary Norquoy, 112 Michael Muir and Gordon Rendall, 115 Ryan Tulloch, 118 Brett Dickinson, 116 and 119 Ivan Leslie, 154 Gary Chalmers and 171 twice from Daryl Robertson. Ivan Leslie had a 12 darter, Ryan Tulloch had a 14 and 15 dart legs.
Don’t’ forget to get these score cards into the Legion by 12 noon on the Saturday.
Jim Scollie Masters Singles Final: Kevin Gray beat Ivan Leslie 5-2
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sands 2 2, Untouchables ‘A’ 10; Legion 9, Untouchables 3; Wanderers 5, Warriors 7; Sanday 9, Quoyburray ‘B’ 3; Commdore 8, OGC 4; no game – Legion Arrows.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Bilco Boys v Quoyburray – postponed; Tankerness v Nomads – no card; Muppets 9, St Ola 3; Vikings 4, Murray Arms 8; Motorhoose v Shapinsay – no card; no game – St Ola ‘B’.
Friday, December 9: Festive Singles (ranking), Masonic, 7.30pm.
Monday, December 5
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sands 2 v Untouchables; Legion Arrows v Warriors; Legion v Quoyburray ‘B’; Wanderers v Commodore; Sanday v OGC; no game – Untouchables ‘A’.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Quoyburray v Nomads; Tankerness v St Ola; St Ola ‘B’ v Murray Arms; Muppets v Motorhoose; Vikings v Shapinsay; no game – Bilco Boys.
24 November 2016Henderson and Norquoy win B Doubles title
The first of the ‘B’ ranking points events, the ‘B’ League Doubles failed to attract a big entry as only 15 pairs came forward.
Players should understand that when the East teams to play the West is selected, only players with ranking points will be selected; there are no wild card entries for the ‘B’ select teams.
Anyway, as it turned out, it was a very good competition with some very good pairings. Only St Ola didn’t have any entries, and after some very good games, the final saw the Nomads pair of Brett Dickinson and Gary Wilson fare up to the new pairing of Quoyburray’s Davie Henderson and Robbie Norquoy of the Tankerness team, and it was the boys from the East who won at a canter five nil.
Things are hotting up in the Williamsons ‘A’ League as the Legion sat out their no game week, the rest took the chance to do some catching up and all three chasing teams did just that.
Leading the way and closing up to within their points was the Commodore as they whitewashed Quoyburray ‘B’ 12 nil which now gives them a better games difference than the Legion.
Level on points in second equal are the Golf Club, after an 8-4 win over Sands 2.
The same score for Sanday as they beat Warriors who have gone off the boil lately. Another great win for the Untouchables as they put eight past the Wanderers for the loss of only 4.
The other Untouchables team are still going strong with an 11-1 defeat of the Legion Arrows.
There is now only three points covering the top three, with the next two teams a further five points away.
At the other end, Sands 2 are three points behind the two second bottom teams, the Wanderers and Legion Arrows, also along with Quoyburray ‘B’ could be the four teams fighting of relegation, however some of these teams have to play each other.
Things are also hotting up in the Williamsons ‘B’ League as the only team with 100% record in the ‘B’ league crashed to Tankerness 7-5 they are Quoyburray but still lead by three points as the Bilco Boys also lost out to Shapinsay 8-4. Tankerness is five points behind and still undefeated but have two games in-hand which must be played before the festive break. The Murray Arms are still very much in the picture after an 11-1 defeat of the Motorhoose who have faded a bit of late. Also an 11-1 win for the Nomads over the young boys of St Ola ‘B’. The St Ola v Vikings game was postponed.
180’s from Jamie Drever, Jim Brown, Wilfie Tulloch, Colin Kirkpatrick, Colin Barnett, Cammy Scott, Trevor Shearer, Eddie Drever, Ivan Leslie, Alan Gray, Mark Shearer, Derek Firth, Craig Moar, Brett Dickinson, Robbie Norquoy, Davy Mowat and two from Davy Henderson, Willie Bremner and Ian Wilkie and three from Robbie Stanger.
High Checkouts of 100 from Aaron Edwardson, Derek Firth, 101 Brett Dickinson and Leigh Shearer, 111 Kenny Gilespie, 114 Michael Moodie, Ian Wilkie and Ryan Tulloch, 116, 120 and 120 Alan Gray, 118 Davy Henderson, 120 and 156 Robbie Stanger, 174 from Colin Ross and Ian Wilkie and Eddie Drever had a 14 dart leg, with Leigh Shearer hitting a 15 dart leg.
It’s back to ranking points again on Friday night with the Jim Scollie Masters Singles in the Legion, names in by 7.30pm and it is for registered players.
It’s the third of the seven ranking point events and with Shetland coming a calling next year for the 45th game between the old enemy, every player will be keen to get involved and you can only be if you enter the ranking points events.
The Orkney boys will be trying to make it seven in a row after winning the last six.
Time to get the raffle tickets back to the treasurer.
‘B’ League Doubles Final: Davy Henderson and Robbie Norquoy beat Brett Dickinson and Gary Wilson 5-0.
Williamsons ‘A’ League: Warriors 4, Sanday 8; Untouchables 8, Wanderers 4; Untouchables ‘A’ 11, Legion Arrows 1; OGC 8, Sands 2 4; Quoyburray ‘B’ 0, Commodores 12; no game – Legion.
Williamsons ‘B’ League: St Ola v Vikings – postponed; Nomads 11, St Ola ‘B’ 1; Quoyburray 5, Tankerness 7; Shapinsay 8, Bilco Boys 4; Murray Arms 11, Motorhoose 1; no game – Muppets.
Friday, November 25: Jim Scollie Masters (Ranking), Legion, 7.30pm.
Monday, November 28
Williamsons ‘A’ League: Commodore v Sanday; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Wanderers; Warriors v Legion; Untouchables v Legion Arrows; OGC v Untouchables ‘A’; no game – Sands 2.
Williamsons ‘B’ League: Motorhoose v Vikings; Murray Arms v Muppets; Nomads v Bilco Boys; Shapinsay v Quoyburray; St Ola v St Ola ‘B’; no game – Tankerness.
18 November 2016Steve wins Pit Stop Cup
Not a huge turnout for the Pit Stop Singles, the second of the ranking point’s events. Only 33 players, ten down on last year and 13 of them were ‘B’ players and one of them stole the headlines, he was Andrew Moar of the Bilco Boys, as he stormed his way into the semi-finals taking out two of the top players on the way. There he met the defending champ, Kevin Gray, and Kevin had to come from behind to win 4-3 but Andrew had plenty of darts to win it. In the top half, Stevie Linklater had a struggle to overcome Brother Ian in the semi-final but had won also 4-3. So it looked like the dream final with the top two players in the KDDL clashing as it turned out, it was a very interesting final with both players on top form but as the game reached the half way mark, Kevin’s darts started to fall a little and Stevie took full advantage and stormed to a 5-2 win. The averages were pretty good, Stevie’s 86.52 and Kevin’s 77.37.
Top positions in the ranking table are Stevie Linklater 17 points, Ian Linklater 16 points, Robbie Stanger 15 points, Kevin Gray 14 points, Andrew Moar 10 points, Alan Gray 8 points, Ivan Leslie 8 points, Bruce Moar 7 points, Eddie Drever 7 points, Neil Croy 6 points, Derek Firth 6 points and Craig Taylor 6 points. Another nine players have ranking from 5 to 3 points.
Up to 53 players have taken part in the two ranking events and the next one is just around the corner, it’s the Jim Scollie Masters on Friday, November 25 in the Legion Club but before all that there’s the little matter of a ranking points event Friday night, 18th, it’s the ‘B’ League Doubles in the Legion. Names in by 7.30pm, for ‘B’ registered players only. The ‘B’ ranking points is to help select a team to play in the annual East v West game later on.
In the Williamsons leagues coming close to the festive break, there’s no change at the top of the ‘A’ league as the Legion still lead by six points after getting a different game against the inform Untouchables ‘A’, 8-4 was the score but keeping pace with them are both the Commodore, 9-3 winners over the Warriors and the Golf Club, 10-2 winners over Quoyburray ‘B’ but Sanday lost ground as they went down 7-5 to the Untouchables for only their second win this season. There were welcoming points for the Legion Arrows with a 7-5 defeat of the Sands 2 which leaves them bottom of the league.
In the Williamsons ‘B’ League, it looks like a who can catch Quoyburray as they move clear at the top of the league with a 11-1 win over the new boys, St Ola ‘B’. Their main challengers are the Bilco Boys who crashed 7-5 to Tankerness. There was a first win for the St Ola boys 9-3 against the Motorhoose. The Nomads look like their hopes are gone as they lost more ground with only a 6 all draw against the Muppets and it was also all square out in the Hope as Shapinsay shared the points in a 6-6 draw against the Murray Arms but both are still in with a promotion shout.
180’s from Ian Findlay, Leigh Shearer, Ian Wilkie, Graham Firth, Erlend Lennie, Jamie Marwick, Jim Brown, two from Ivan Leslie, Ryan Tulloch, Andrew Moar, Bruce Moar, Stevie Linklater and six from Kevin Gray – he had one in every game he played in the Pit Stop Cup.
High checkouts of a 100 from Michael Muir, Jim Hamilton, Ian Linklater, 101 Michael Moodie, 101 and 129 Kevin Gray, 102 and 106 Robbie Stanger, 103, 108, 110, 136 and 145 Stevie Linklater, 106 Derek Ward Jnr, 107 Wilfie Tulloch, 108 Aaron Edwardson, 116 and 122 Andrew Moar, 119 Kenny Gillespie, 138 Leigh Shearer and a table topping 164 from Davy Henderson. Two x 14 leg darts from Stevie Linklater, also a 15 dart leg. Other 15 dart legs from Davy Henderson, Ian Linklater and Andrew Moar.
It’s time now to get the raffle tickets back, to the treasurer. It’s no good leaving it to the last day.
Pit Stop Singles Cup Final: Stevie Linklater beat Kevin Gray 5-2
Williamsons ‘A’ League: Legion Arrows 7, Sands 2 5; Legion 8, Untouchables ‘A’ 4; Sanday 5,
Untouchables 7; Commodores 9, Warriors 3; Quoyburray ‘B’ 2, OGC 10; no game – Wanderers.
Williamsons ‘B’ League: Tankerness 7, Bilco Boys 5; St Ola ‘B’ 1 v Quoyburray 11; Muppets 6,
Nomads 6; Motorhoose 3, St Ola 9; Murray Arms 6, Shapinsay 6; no game – Vikings.
Friday, November 18: ‘B’ League Doubles (Ranking), Legion, 7.30pm
Friday, November 25: Jim Scollie Masters (Ranking), Legion, 7.30pm
Monday, November 25
Williamsons ‘A’ League: Sands 2 v Untouchables ‘A’; Legion v Untouchables; Wanderers v Warriors;
Sanday v Quoyburray ‘B’; Commodores v OGC; no game – Legion Arrows.
Williamsons ‘B’ League: Bilco Boys v Quoyburray; Tankerness v Nomads; Muppets v St Ola; Vikings v
Murray Arms; Motorhoose v Shapinsay; no game – St Ola ‘B’.
10 November 2016Legion clear at the top
It's still catch up time in The Williamson's A League for some of the teams as the Legion hold a 6 point advantage. They played their game a couple of weeks ago an 11-1 rout of the Sands “2”.
The Commodore are the nearest challengers after a 11-1 defeat of the Untouchables and it's hard to fathom out what's happened to the Untouchables as they are now down in the relegation zone, the Golf Club could also be up alongside the Commodores but there is no score card in from them.
Keeping pace with the big boys are the Warriors with a 9-3 defeat of the Quoyburray “B”. Good win also for the Untouchables “A”, a 7-5 defeat of the Wanderers, help them up near the top but the Wanderers are near the other end of the table.
In the Williamson's B League, Quoyburray and the Bilco Boys are setting the pace both had good wins, Quoyburray 8-4 over the Muppets and the Bilco Boys the same score against St Ola “B”, but that was a good result for the young boys of St Ola.
The Vikings are also going well and more or less put all end to the Nomads hopes of a quick return to the top flight as they trail the top two by 8 points, the Vikings won 7-5 but let's not forget the boys from the Hope as the Murray Arms beat St Ola 10-2.
The weather won out in the Shapinsay v Tankerness game as the Isles boys didn't get in so that leaves Tankerness with a couple of catch up games.
180's from Trevor Shearer, Ross Groundwater, Eddie Drever, Graham Reid, Gary Chalmers, Colin Kirkpatrick, Ian Linklater, Leigh Shearer, Billy Ward, Freddie Tait, Gary Wilson, Craig Moar, Mark Shearer, Nicol Gray, Derek Ward snr and two from Stuart Thomson.
High checkouts of A 100 from Jamie Rendall, Leigh Shearer. 101 Ian Linklater, 102 and 130 Gary Wilson and 119 Steve Moar. A 13 dart leg from Brian Moar and a 14 dart leg Brian Murray.
Big game Friday night up in the Golf Club, it's the Pit Stop singles, the second of the ranking point's events and is for registered players only. Names in by 7.30pm.
It's time now to get the raffle tickets back to the treasurer, Davy Henderson at the Bank of Scotland, don't leave it to the last minute.
Williamson's A League:
Untouchables “A” 7, Wanderers 5; Sands “2” 1, Legion 11; OGC v Legion Arrows No Card; Warriors 9, Quoyburray “B” 3, Untouchables 1, Commodores 11; No Game Sanday.
Williamson's B League:
Nomads 5, Vikings 7; Quoyburray 8, Muppets 4; Bilco Boys 8, St Ola “B” 4; Shapinsay v Tankerness Postponed; St Ola 2, Murray Arms 10; No Game Motorhoose.
Friday, 11th November, 2016: Pit Stop Singles (ranking) Golf Club, 7.30pm.
Friday, 18th November, 2016: B League Doubles (ranking) Legion, 7.30pm.
Monday, 14th November, 2016: Williamson's A League: Warriors v Sanday; Untouchables v Wanderers; Untouchables v Legion Arrows; OGC v Sands “2”; Quoyburray “B” v Commodores; No Game Legion.
Williamson's B League: St Ola v Vikings; Nomads v St Ola “B”; Quoyburray v Tankerness; Shapinsay v Bilco Boys; Murray Arms v Motorhoose; No Game Muppets.
02 November 2016Over £600 raised for charity at darts event
These Shapinsay boys are at it again! They were one of the eleven teams who entered for the Swannie Cup which is for A and B teams, with four 'B' teams and seven 'A' teams and there was a shock right from the first bull-up with the Vikings, last years 'B' wooden spoon winners taking out the mighty Golf Club in the first round.
That was followed by the Shapinsay team getting past the Untouchables 'A' in the play-off game and they continued by taking out the Wanderers also on the play-off game.
That took them into the final and the only 'B' team still standing, were they going to make it two trophies in a row?
But waiting for them in the final was the Untouchables, soon the score stood at 2-2, so yet another play-off game, and once more it was up to Jamie Marwick against Ian Wilkie for the silverware, and for the third time, young Jamie hit the double to take the silverware across the water, and they did it by winning every game on the play-off game. They are also the first 'B' team this century to win an A and B trophy.
The first charity match of the season, the Davy Cooper Memorial Cup, failed to attracted many players as only 23 players turned up and included five young ladies but only three 'A league players, but two of them more or less dominated the event.
There were some terrific games and the ladies did alright, but they did have a ton lead per game.
At the end of the night, Craig Taylor lined up against team mate Iain Wilkie and after a very good final, Iain came out a 3-2 winner however Craig did have a throw to win it. Over £600 was raised for the Fishermen's Mission and RNLI on the day.
180's from Keith Brumpton, Craig Taylor, Stevie Moar, Michael Moodie and Brian Moar. High Checkouts of a 102 Craig Taylor, 112 Brett Dickinson and 137 Brian Stevenson.
Next big game is the Pit Stop Singles (Ranking) in the Golf Club on Friday, November 11.
Swannie Cup Final: Shapinsay beat Untouchables 3-2.
Davy Cooper Singles Cup Final: Ian Wilkie beat Craig Taylor 3-2.
Friday, November 11: Pit Stop Singles (Ranking), Golf Club, 7.30pm.
Monday, November 7
Williamsons 'A' League: Legion Arrows v Sands 2; Legion v Untouchables 'A'; Sanday v Untouchables; Commodore v Warriors; Quoyburray 'B' v OGC; no game - Wanderers.
Williamsons 'B' League: Tankerness v Bilco Boys; St Ola 'B' v Quoyburray; Muppets v Nomads; Motorhoose v St Ola; Murray Arms v Shapinsay; no game - Vikings.
02 November 2016Cricket cups
Iain Wilkie won the cricket singles, beating James Flett 2-0 in the final. Losing semi-finalists Ben Hogan and Brian Moar. Derek Firth & Neil Croy won the cricket doubles 2-0 over Jim Brown & Gary Wilson. Losing semi finalists Ian Munro & Brian Murray and Iain Wilkie & Ben Hogan.