Tommy & David Dodds Memorial Darts Open this Saturday

This Saturday ‘The Legion’ in Craghead, Stanley will host the annual ‘Tommy & David Dodds Memorial Darts Open’.

Last year we welcomed just shy of 90 players in the main competition competing for the memorial winners trophy. Kev McDine won last year’s competition, with youngster Jack Male receiving the furthest youth prize. Welsh International, AnnMarie Potts claimed the Ladies title.

Once again the competition is sponsored by Bit of Bully Darts.

Main Competition – £600 Added (£50 Furthest Youth)
Ladies Competition – £150 Added (Subject to a minimum of 8 entries)

Doors Open at 11am – Reg 12.30pm – 1pm Start.

Address – Denewood Ct, Stanley DH9 6AN

Grand Slam Pairs II – Entry List

The second Grand Slam Pairs competition will take place on 1st June 2019 at Sky Lounge, Washington.

This year with a huge 48 pairs battling out for the £1650 prize fund on offer.

A Facebook Live draw will take place in the next week to determine the group stages.

There will be 8 Groups of 6, with each pair getting 5 games in the group stages. The top 2 from the groups qualify for the knockout stages and into the money.

North East players on Tour

There was quite a bit of action outside of the North East this weekend, with many players taking part in the PDC Challenge Tour, Welsh Open and even further afield in Germany for the PDC European Darts Grand Prix.

Kicking off the action on Friday was Chris Dobey, Glen Durrant and Dave Prins, who all qualified for the European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen, Germany.

Prins was narrowly defeated 6-4 by Vincent Van Der Voort in the first game of the evening session. Following straight after was ‘Hollywood’ Chris Dobey, who whitewashed Madars Razma 6-0 in fine fashion recording a 103 average.
The last game of the session was 3x Lakeside Champion, Glen Durrant vs Ryan Searle. Duzza was in complete control of the game but Ryan Searle took out finishes of 110, 119 and 112 to take the win 6-4.
On Saturday, Dobey faced Premier League player, Daryl Gurney in Round 2 and stormed to a 5-2 lead. However, missing many match darts, the North Irishman came back and nicked the win 6-5. Overall, good darts played by all North East lads and positive for Chris moving forward with his new setup.

Back here in England, the PDC Challenge Tour 5-8 was taking place in Wigan with a boat load of North East players in attendance. The stand out performer of the weekend, was youngster, Callan Rydz from Bedlington who threw some sublime darts and hit some ridiculous averages in the process.
The first tournament of the weekend was PDC Challenge Tour 5 and Rydz kicked off in some style, recording averages of 93, 95 and 110 in his opening encounters. In the latter stages of the tournament, he defeated Swedish Tour player, Dennis Nilsson in the quarter finals with a 97 average to setup an all North East tie against Andy ‘Charlie’ Chalmers.
Chalmers himself was in top form, who dropped only 5 legs in his first 5 matches of PDC Challenge Tour 5, with his whitewashing of Barry Lynn the highlight. In the quarter finals, he defeated Northern Irishman and BDO World Championship quarter finalist, Kyle McKinstry 5-2 to set up the match vs Rydz.
Chalmers took the first leg against Rydz in 17 darts before Rydz stormed to a 3-1 lead with 3x 14 darters. Chalmers fought back in 16 darts but Callan was too strong and took the win with a 12 and 18 darter, respectively.
Callan faced Scottishman, Darren Beveridge in the final, who is managed by Tommy Gilmour (Dunvegan Enterprises). It proved to be a fantastic game and unlucky for Callan, as he  left 32 after 9 in the 7th leg and didn’t get another shot. The Scot took the win 5-4 in the end but a great run for the youngster and valuable money added to his rankings.

A roundup of the weekend for Callan included a Final, a Quarter Final, last 16 and last 32. He picked up money in every tournament this weekend and now sits 10th in the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

Andy Chalmers had a great weekend as well, with Challenge Tour 5 his best run. He also cashed in 2 other tournaments that included a last 64 and in the last tournament of the weekend, a last 32 place. In Challenge Tour 8, the final tournament of the weekend, Chalmers had a very hard run to the last 32. He faced seasoned challenge Tour player, Lee Budgen in round one and defeated him 5-4. Next, he faced Welsh World Champion, Richie Burnett and despatched him 5-1. Carrying on his fine form, Kolstov was in his way, the Russian World Championship Qualifier and again he put in a great performance and another deciding leg win.
In the last 32, he arguably played his best darts of the weekend but was pipped to the post by Scott Taylor in a 5-4 thriller.

Chalmers added some valuable money to his rankings and now sits 24th in the rankings enabling him to enter the PDC European Qualifiers next month.

Dave Prins was another North East player who performed this weekend, notably in the final tournament of the weekend, Challenger Tour 8. He made the semi finals tonight and knocked out some great players en route, such as Nick Fullwell and Jimmy Hendriks. In the Quarter Finals, Prins was up against Paul Rowley, who’s a top player on his day. The tie was 4-4 with Rowley sitting on 25 for the match. ‘The Badger’  took out a huge 156 for a 12 darter to win and put himself into the semi finals. However, that was as far as he ran in the competition, but again, valuable money added to his rankings.

Prins secures himself in 9th position in Order of Merit, one place above Callan Rydz.

Also, not forgetting other players who performed this weekend……

Dave Stokell cashing in Challenge Tour 6 getting defeated by eventual Winner, Cameron Menzies 5-3 in the last 32. He also cashed in Challenge Tour 7 bowing out in the last 64.

Carl Hamilton & Craig Anderson also made the last 64 in Challenge Tour 7.


Concluding the weekends competitions, here is a quick roundup of the Welsh Open/Classic Results –

Mixed Pairs

Allan Edwards & Clare Stewart go out in last 16.
Eddie Mordica & Rhian Griffiths lose in board final.
Shaun Mathews & Zoe Holland lose in board final.

Mens Welsh Open

Gary Robson – Quarter Finals
Jacob Cooksey – Last 32

Ladies Welsh Open

Linda Ithurralde – Last 16 (narrowly defeated 4-3 by World Champion Mikuri Suzuki)

Mens Classic

Gary Robson – Last 16

North East Trio in Sindelfingen

This evening we see three North East players take to the stage in the PDC European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen, Germany.

First up is Dave ‘The Badger’ Prins who takes on the speedy dutchman, Vincent Van Der Voort. Following straight after will be ‘Hollywood’, Chris Dobey, who faces the Latvian, Madars Razma.

Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant will be the last game on this evening, facing fellow Englishman, Ryan Searle.

You can watch all games live on PDC.TV and selected betting sites.

PDC European Darts Grand Prix
Round 1 –

6.15pm – Dave Prins vs Vincent Van Der Voort
6.45pm (Approx) – Chris Dobey vs Madars Razma
9.45pm (Approx) – Glen Durrant vs Ryan Searle

Roundup of Early May Bank Holiday Competitions

Crook Hotel Open
Saturday 4th May
£500 Winner


Semis –

Adam Hunt bt Kev McDine
Ryan Joyce bt Alan Bell

Final –

Adam Hunt 4-1 Ryan Joyce

Teams Club Open
Monday 6th May

Another great day at the Teams Club with 103 men, 16 Youth & 20 Ladies entering the competitions.

Well done to Logan Lomas (11) who reached the Youth final along with the last 16 of the men! One to watch out for.

Youth Results – 16 Entries

Semis –
Logan Lomas bt George Ripley
Jack Male bt Joe Weldon

Final –
Jack Male bt Logan Lomas

Ladies Results – 20 Entries

Laura Patton bt Tasha Kennedy
AnnMarie Potts bt Debra Waugh

Final –
AnnMarie Potts bt Laura Patton

Mens Results – 103 Entries

Callan Rydz bt Rikki Oversby
Adam Hunt bt Gary Stone
Kev McDine bt Alan Jamieson
Ryan Joyce bt Ryan Hanratty

Callan Rydz bt Adam Hunt
Ryan Joyce bt Kev McDine

Ryan Joyce 5-4 Callan Rydz

Rydz wins PDC Development Tour 8

From PDC Site –

“Event Eight saw Rydz win his first PDC title, which he began in perfect style, conceding just one leg in his opening five matches en route to the quarter-finals where he edged out Kevin Doets 5-4.

The rising Newcastle star then defeated Mike de Decker 5-3, before a sensational 106.6 average saw him get the better of World Championship quarter-finalist Luke Humphries 5-2 in the final game of the day.”

Bank Holiday Competitions Roundup

After a busy Bank Holiday weekend, with several competitions on around the North East, here is the roundup of the winners and results.

Good Friday – April 19th – Northumberland Open Pairs, Whitehouse, Ashington

A great turn out with 52 pairs entered (104 players).

Winners – Adam Hunt & Ste Addison
Runners up – Dave Prins & Ryan Joyce

Full results HERE

Saturday- April 20th – Northumberland Open Singles, Whitehouse, Ashington

Local lad, Gav Kennedy produced some super darts to take the title, defeating Kev Thoburn in the final. Gav took out a huge 132 en route to winning…..Bull, Bull, D16.

Winner – Gav Kennedy
Runner up – Kev Thoburn

Full Results HERE

Bank Holiday Monday – April 22nd – Bit of Bull Open, Teams Club, Gateshead.

Another well supported and well ran competition, renamed to the ‘Bit of Bully Open’, with a field of 93 Men, 21 Ladies and 19 Youth.

Youth Champion – Jack Male

Ladies Champion – Ann Marie Potts

Mens Champion – Adam Hunt

Mens last 4 Results –

Ryan Joyce 4-0 Phil Borthwhick
Adam Hunt 4-3 Graham Ushers

Adam Hunt 5-4 Ryan Joyce