New Plymouth darts league will enrich disabled

YOU often hear sportsmen say that they would like to “give something back to the sport” after their main careers are over, but in the case of one Plymouth darts player, he has gone above and beyond, despite major setbacks in his personal life. Snowy Dyson was a member of the Devonshire and Dorset regiment when, following an horrendous accident, in which two people were killed, he was medically discharged from a career he loved dearly. In October 2015, the 48-year-old had to have his left leg amputated due to progressive Type 2 Diabetes and he adapted well with the use of a prosthetic leg, to carry on playing the sport he so dearly loves. But in 2016, just weeks before he was due to take his

Bruce Harrison always had the ability to play at a higher level but family and business had to come

PLYMOUTH darts leagues have produced the likes of Cliff Inglis, John Goves, Simon Stevenson and more recently Keelan Kay who have all performed in major competitions around the world, but one Plymouth marksman who always had the ability to perform at a higher level and never did was Bruce Harrison. As a self-employed businessman and company director, work always had to take priority and Harrison would rarely be seen around the Plymouth boards on any other night than a Friday. He began playing darts in the Yelverton and District League at the age of 19, playing for the Glenholt Country Club and within the first two seasons had won his first individual title. Harrison then moved to The Herbert

Devon Youth win for Frankie at just 12-years of age

DEVON Youth moved to within five points of leaders Glamorgan after beating a depleted Cornwall side 12-3 in their latest Southern Counties Youth League fixture. Cliff Townsley (18.26) got the first point on the board for the under 18 side when he came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 before the youngest member of the team, 12-year-old Frankie Stout (19.27), doubled their lead with a 3-0 victory that began with an 18-darter. Owen Bates (21.78) also won in three straight legs before Keelan Kay (25.02) made it 4-0 when winning 3-1 in 19, 18 and 16. GOOD PERFORMER: Frankie Stout, who at just 12 years of age put in a good performance which began with an 18-dart leg before going on to a 3-0 victory, earni

Mid-season approaches with leaders 24 points ahead

BROOKSIDE’S inactivity in the penultimate week of the first half of the season was seized on by unbeaten Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League leaders Porters Patriots as they increased their advantage over the Honicknowle side to 24 points. Winning 9-2 at Compton Social Club, Malcolm Johns caught the eye when top scoring with 16 ton plus throws, which included two maximums and he was well supported by Andy Bates (100x15). Their stablemates Porters Pretenders secured maximum points against Duchy of Cornwall but in a much closer and well contested fixture, Maritime Musketeers defeated Fawn B. Five times the Keyham side led and five times their opponents Fawn B drew level, but Musketeers won

Maritime A defeat stablemates to open up 7-pt lead

MARITIME A increased their advantage to seven points at the top of the Monday Premier League after they took all but one of the 11 points that were on offer when playing their stablemates Maritime B. Dan Johnson (30.06) was their leading marksman when winning 3-0 in 14, 18 and 18 and was well supported by Scott Hutchinson who hit a 13-dart leg in a 3-1 singles success and Dan Scott and Billy Levans hit a 15-darter and two 16s respectively. Second placed Porters A dropped points against the league leaders but won 6-5 at Indian Inn A in a fixture that produced 104 scores of a ton or more including four maximums. Porters went from being 3-0 up to 4-3 down, only to win the next three on the boun

Second defeat in row for Maritime but top Super Lge

MARITIME lost by the narrowest of margins for the second match in a row when they were defeated at home by Exeter Eagles, but with second placed Winchester Warriors also losing by the same margin, they kept their four-point lead at the top of the premier division. The Eagles flew into a 4-0 nil with some impressive displays, none more so than by Matt Dickinson (29.34) before Neil White (26.99) halted the slide when winning 4-1. Glyn Wells (22.02) emerged a 4-0 winner followed by a 4-1 success for Mark Turner (21.36) but any hope of a surprise victory was dashed when the visitors won the ninth and decisive point before Billy Evans (23.03) won the last for Maritime in four straight legs. Porte

Three teams take maximum points but Porters stay top

THREE teams secured maximum points in the Plymouth City Super League with league leaders Porters B being one of them when defeating Hyde Park Social Club to increase their lead to five points. Maritime B also won 11-0 away at Clifton B, winning the six singles with the loss of a single leg while Dartsworld equalled that scoreline when hosting Cons B. Dartsworld hit no fewer than 68 throws of a ton or more led by Mark Turner (100x15), Lewis Dare (100x14) and Paul Palmer (100x13) but to be fair to the Plympton side, they played a lot better than the scoreline suggested, evident in the fact that four of the singles went the full five legs. HIGH CHECKOUT: Maritime's Phil Hoyle threw the week's h

Chasing pack still looking up to Patriots' huge lead

THE chasing pack are still looking up to Porters Patriots who sit at the top of the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League with a 15-point lead and a game in hand. Their credentials were tested though away at Maritime Misfits when, in week 16, the hosts came from 3-0 down to lose by the odd game of 11 in a high-scoring fixture that produced 133 scores of a ton or more. John Mann (100x16) was taken to a deciding leg by Dan Johnson before winning 3-2 and he was well supported by Antony Hayman who won 3-1 in 16, 14 and 17. Dan Scott (30.06) won 3-0 for Maritime in 16, 16 and 18 and Billy Evans hit two 15-darters in a 3-1 win before Scott Hutchinson (100x14) was also a 3-1 winner in 20, 17 and

Maria wins valuable ranking points at Scottish Open

MARIA O’Brien should be pleased with her achievements after picking up valuable ranking points, when she competed in the 2018 Scottish Open at the Normandy Cosmopolitan Hotel, Renfrew. This was a BDO Invitation Table Category B event for the Ladies and was open to all players who are eligible to play in the Winmau World Masters and the Lakeside World Professional Championships. O'Brien had a tricky opener in the ladies’ singles against Scotland’s Christine Hyde but came through 3-2, before ousting Northern Ireland’s Sandra Gilmore in straight legs. The Business Development Manager then again had to go the full distance before ending the hopes of Lancashire’s Jo Clements. VALUABLE: Maria O'Br

Cornwall still on track for promotion push despite draw

CORNWALL made a great recovery when hosting Oxfordshire in division one of the British Inter County Championships to take a share of the spoils and remain top. They are however, on level points with Gwent and the two table toppers have a three-point advantage over third-placed Essex. Cornwall’s Ladies’ B side had the perfect start and took all six points from their encounter with Claire Irons (20.14) taking the lady-of-the-match award when winning 3-1. Natasha Hancock (16.16) won in three straight legs while Teresa Brookshaw (19.57) and Jacqui Champion (16.20) both came from 2-0 down to win by the odd leg in five. PLAUDITS: Mike Jones earned the plaudits as Man of the Match as the Men's A si

The Mirrorman achieves top four finish in PDC event

PDC Tour Card holder Simon Stevenson produced his best performance in the Players Championships when he contested the first two events of the year at the Barnsley Metrodome. Each event boasts £75,000 in prizemoney and Stevenson earned his share of the spoils with an epic performance in Players Championship Two, competing on what was his 46th birthday. The previous day, he went out in the opening round of Players Championship One against Aaron Monk 6-4, despite achieving a 99.34 average, but bounced back in Players Championship Two which began with a 6-4 victory over Richard North. The Mirrorman led 3-2 after winning legs in 14, 15, 15 and although North came back to lead 4-3, Stevenson took

Still tight at the top despite 26-match unbeaten run

MARITIME A remain undefeated in the Monday Premier League after solid victories in weeks 25 and 26 but they can’t seem to shake Porters A off their backs who are only three points behind in second place. The league leaders won 10-1 away at Railway Inn and were prevented by taking maximum points when Rich Coombs defeated Dan Johnson 3-1, aided by a leg in 13. They followed that victory up with an 8-3 win over Indian Inn A. John Mann (100x15) was the talisman for Porters A in their week 25 victory against Prince Maurice when they won by a 9-2 margin. TOP AVERAGE: John Mann emerged a 3-0 winner in 15, 18 and 15, achieving a single dart average of 31.31. Glenn Halford was a lone winner for the h

Devon's premier division status hanging by a thread

THERE seems to be no quick fix to Devon’s poor run of form in the British Inter County Championships campaign after they suffered a disappointing 24-12 defeat away at Lincolnshire. Their premier division status hangs by a thread after their latest defeat keeps them at the foot of the table, no fewer than 15 points from safety. Devon’s Ladies’ B side battled well to achieve a 3-3 draw which started with Anna Johnson (16.68) emerging a 3-1 winner, aided by a checkout of 109. BOOST: Paul Palmer gave Devon a boost when winning 4-0, aided by a checkout of 115 . Chrissie Kinnaird (18.56) returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory while Jodie Hawton (15.79) earned her side a share of the spoils wh

Maritime still top despite Devon Super League defeat

MARITIME have suffered a second defeat in their Devon Super League campaign but, with a reduced lead of four points, still top the premier division. They were edged out 5-4 by Royal Anglers (Bideford), despite holding a 3-1 advantage. Dave Matthews (22.32) got the Plymouth side off to a good start when winning 4-1 and although the hosts levelled, Neil White (27.08) restored Maritime’s advantage when winning 4-0 in 18, 20, 16 and 20. Glyn Wells (25.25) added another victory when he emerged a 4-2 winner in 16, 21, 18 and 18 taking the last leg with an outshot of 120. 15-DARTER: Mike Pearce finished a 15-dart leg with a checkout of 139 for Maritime Social Club in their Devon County Super League

Third defeat for The Staddy . . . but still title favourites

THE Staddy lost for only the third time in 22 matches but despite being knocked back into second place, are still the favourites to lift the Plymouth City Super League title in June. They were defeated 7-4 by title rivals Porters B in an excellent fixture that produced 123 throws of a ton or more, five of which were maximums. Four of the six singles went the full distance and the victory has put Porters B back on top of the table but The Staddy have a game in hand. Plympton Cons A secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer when hosting Porters A, while Octagon Social Club went one better and whitewashed Clifton B with Fred Goldsmith (100x11) and Lee Hellings (100x11) as their le

Stunning Devon debut for 14-year-old darts player

DEVON went down 11-4 in their Southern Counties Youth fixture away at Gwent, their second defeat of the campaign, but there was an outstanding performance from Cleo Trelease. Making her debut, the 14-year-old was the only winner in the girl’s match, achieving a 3-0 victory with a 17.28 average and hitting a maximum 180. STUNNING: Cleo Trelease had a stunning start to her Devon Youth debut when she posted a 17.28 winning average. The Under 21s lost 5-0 but the Under 18’s gave a good account of themselves before being edged out 4-3. Owen Bates (20.31) won 3-1 while Keelan Kay emerged a 3-0 winner and achieved the highest average on the day with 26.37. Pacey Large (15.94) battled for a 3-2 succ

Disappointing defeat for O'Brien in Dutch Open

PLYMOUTH’S top lady darts player crashed out of the Bauhaus Dutch Open last night when she lost in the last eight, at De Bonte Wever in Assen. She did pick up vital ranking points, but it was still a disappointing start to her 2018 international campaign. Disappointing, because of the high standards that Maria O’Brien sets herself and would have expected to have gone further. The BDO World finalist had a brilliant start and dropped just a single leg in disposing of Priscilla Groeneweg (3-0), Cecile Hofkamp (3-1) and Jolanda Bosgoed (3-0). GULLIVER DEFEAT: Maria O'Brien defeated Trina Gulliver on her way to the last eight of the Dutch Open before being edged out by the narrowest of margins. T

The high standards continue in 501 Top 20 League

HIGH standards were achieved once again in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League with the 10 fixtures producing 25 maximum scores, 11 of which were scored by just five players. Heading the plaudits was Gary Phillips who hit no fewer than three, two of which came in a 3-0 singles success. Team mate Daren Collis also caught the eye when he took out a 14-darter before going on to a 3-0 win as Brookside took maximum points from their visit to Fawn A. One of the highest ever scoring fixtures came in Porters Patriots 8-3 win over Fawn B when the two teams recorded 128 throws of a ton or more. PLAUDITS: Gary Phillips earned the plaudits with three scores of 180, two of which came in a 3-0 sin

Outstanding show puts Stevenson in merit table top 10

TWELVE days after regaining his Tour Card at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan, Simon Stevenson returned to the same venue yesterday to contest the first qualifying round of the UK Open and produced another outstanding performance. Friday’s qualifier was the first of six £60,000 tournaments which will be held over the next two weekends as PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members compete for spots in the Coral UK Open. The top 96 players in the order of merit, based on prizemoney won from the six qualifiers, along with 32 grass roots players who will qualify through the various Rileys outlets around the country, will make up the 128-strong field that will contest the Coral UK Open a

Title contenders neck and neck at top of league table

THE two main title contenders are neck and neck at the top of the Monday Premier League, just one point away from the 200-point barrier. Maritime A won 7-4 against Prince Maurice in a fixture that produced 106 throws of a ton or more and had Dan Johnson winning 3-1 in 13, 20 and 20. They have now been joined on 199 points by Porters A who defeated Brookside A 8-3. Jon Matlock hit two maximums in a 3-0 win and John Mann (100x14) top scored whilst also winning his singles in three straight legs. STYLE: Mark Hatherley won in style for Firkin Scholar and emerged a 3-1 winner in 13, 16 and 19. Quinton Taylor hit a 15-dart leg before going on to a 3-0 singles victory, inspiring Steam Packet B to a

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