Friday 17th December Afternoon Session 12.30pm – 1st game on Ryan Joyce vs Roman Benecky
Saturday 18th December Afternoon Session 12.30pm – 2nd game on Callan Rydz vs Yuki Yamada
Evening Session 7pm – 1st game on Adam Hunt vs Boris Krcmar
Tuesday 21st December Afternoon Session 12.30pm – 3rd Game on Joyce / Benecky vs Mervyn King
Evening Session 7pm – 1st game on Hunt / Krcmar vs Vincent Van der Voort
Wednesday 22nd December Afternoon Session 12.30pm – 2nd game on Glen Durrant vs Willie O’Connor / Danny Lauby Jnr Thursday 23rd December Evening Session 7pm – Last game on Chris Dobey vs Rusty-Jake Rodriguez / Benn Robb
Mission Darts are thrilled to announce the signing of Ryan ‘Relentless’ Joyce who is currently ranked number 38 in the world.
Darryl Fitton, Mission Darts Player Development Manager, is impressed by his performance and recent history: “Ryan reached the Quarter Finals in his debut appearance at the World Championship in 2019, taking out three seeded players on the way. This year he’s reached the last 16 of the Grand Slam, the last 64 of the UK Open, and the last 32 of the Players Championship Finals.”
“In July 2020, Ryan won his first PDC title at the Summer Series Pro Tour event, defeating Dave Chisnall in the final. In 2020 he also reached the last 32 of the World Matchplay, and the last 16 of the World Grand Prix.”
Ryan, who is from Newcastle, England, commented: “Joining Team Mission is simply the right choice for me. Mission are dedicated to creating great products and they’re a growing brand; I’m proud that we can take that journey together!”
Outside of the major tournaments Ryan has reached three BDO ranked event finals, the first was the 2013 Turkish Open, then the Isle of Man Open in 2016, and the Denmark Masters in 2016.
He won the Turkish open pairs in 2013, the Welsh open pairs 2015, and reached the final of the British open pairs in 2016. In 2017 he won the Scottish open pairs and the BDO Gold cup singles tournament.
We look forward to seeing what the future holds! #ForTheWin
The Sky Lounge is now a permanent fixture in the North East Darting scene, boasting one of the best setups around fuelled with an even better atmosphere.
Saturday 4th December saw 64 participants go head-to-head using the new Darts Atlas software. The software involved tablet scoring, with real-time scores and bracket updates for spectators. This new bit of kit will be used in all North East Darts Promotions events moving forward.
On the day we saw a mix of old and new faces, as well as some fantastic performances. Angela Kirkwood came from 3-1 down in her opening game to defeat County Durham A player, Jack Kirtland, 4-3.
Jock Lyons rolled back the years defeating in-form youngster, Jack Male by 4 legs to 1, registering an impressive 80 avg in the process.
As we edged into the later stages, Consett thrower, Andrew Heppell defeated one of the favourites, David Gradwell in the last 32.
Adam Hunt and Ryan Joyce both moved comfortably into the last 16, both only dropping 1 leg in the two opening rounds.
Joyce started to turn the screw in the last 16 as he brushed aside another in-form player in Paul Nesbitt. Nesbitt battled back in the middle of the game registering a 14-darter, but ‘Relentless’ held strong and to see out the game 4-1.
Hunt went up against WDF Lakeside qualifier, Dave Prins in the tie of the quarters, which proved to be a cracker. Going all the way down to a decider and Prins leaving 36 for the match and ‘The Hunter’ took out 113 to seal the victory.
Both Hunt and Joyce moved comfortably into the final, beating their opponents 5-0 and 5-1, respectively.
The final saw the two PDC pros go head-to-head once again in a Sky Lounge Open Final. Hunt registered 4x 180s in 7 legs and their averages were near on identical, but Joyce proved clinical in the finishing department and ran away with the win, 5-2.
As always, thank you to the Sky Lounge for their hospitality.
Thanks to Paul Lawson, Ali Patton, Stephen Mallams and Michelle for their support in setup, organising and support.
See everyone in 2022 for the next North East Darts Promotions Event.
Another fantastic competition on 6th November at Sky Lounge, Washington ran by North East Darts Promotions. A great turnout of 47 entries on a County weekend including a lot of new faces with many playing in their first competition.
Paul Williams took the title with a 5-4 win over Tony Wood.
Last 16 Results –
Ray Marshall 4-0 Scott Collingwood Tony Procter 4-1 Phil Borthwick James Forster 4-1 Geoff Murray Tony Wood 4-2 Paul Nesbitt Ian Gigzy Harrison 4-2 Jack Roddham Gary Miller 4-2 Scott Hunt Paul Williams 4-1 Paul Berriman Mala Foster 4-1 Kieron Ford
Last 8 Results –
Ray Marshall 5-1 Tony Procter Tony Wood 5-2 James Forster Gary Miller 5-0 Ian Gigzy Harrison Paul Williams 5-3 Mala Foster
Semi Finals –
Tony Wood 5-1 Ray Marshall Paul Williams 5-3 Gary Miller
Paul Williams 5-4 Tony Wood
________ 1st Richie Cutler Memorial – Navy Club, Darlington – Saturday 13th November
50 entries for the first competition in memory of Darlington thrower, Richie Cutler. A great day with Middlesbrough player, Jonny Gardner taking the title over Derek Lumley
Last 16 Results –
Eddie Mordica bt Shaun Matthews Derek Lumley bt Dave Nicholson Jonny Gardner bt Mike Gladstone Jack Kirtland bt Jamie Gardner Adam Jenkinson bt Phil Borthwick Carl Hamilton bt Karl Browning Gary Miller bt Jonny Maddison Scott Hunt bt Lee Morton
Last 8 Results –
Carl Hamilton bt Gary Miller Johnny Gardner bt Jack Kirtland Adam Jenkinson bt Eddie Mordica Derek Lumley bt Scott Hunt
Semi Finals –
Derek Lumley bt Carl Hamilton Jonny Gardner bt Adam Jenkinson
Jonny Gardner bt Derek Lumley
21st TJ Atkinson Memorial – Stanhope Sports & Social Club, Bishop Auckland – Sunday 14th November
One of the best competitions on the darting calendar, now into its 21st year. Starting way back in 2000 with Tony Wood taking the inaugural title followed by Keith Wright winning three off the belt in ’01, ’02, ’03. The trophy includes names of some of the greatest players to come out of our area including the late Phill Nixon and Davey Dodds, as well as ex-England International, Doug McCarthy. Most recently the likes of Adam Hunt & Ryan Joyce have engraved their names alongside the North East legends.
Another great turn out of 43 entries, over a busy weekend of darts, saw Adam Hunt claim the title for the third time in the last four competitions, defeating in form County Durham player, Ryan ‘Panda’ Anderson in the final.
Last 16 Results –
Alan Bell bt Ian Hambleton David Morris bt Keith Wright Adam Hunt bt Ste Addison Mark Wright bt Chris Dominey Billy Robson bt Gerry Grieve Ryan Anderson bt Chris Kitch Graeme Campbell bt Scott Hunt Shaun Matthews bt Ray Foreman
Last 8 Results –
Alan Bell bt David Morris Adam Hunt bt Mark Wright Ryan Anderson bt Billy Robson Shaun Matthews bt Graeme Campbell
Semi Finals –
Adam Hunt bt Alan Bell Ryan Anderson bt Shaun Matthews
We’re back at the Sky Lounge this coming Saturday. It is also County Weekend, therefore a better chance for beginners to get involved!
Doors Open at 10am for a 12.30pm start.
One of the best venues in the North East boasting 4 raised oche boards, multiple tvs for the live sport including the Manchester derby and multiple pool tables. There is 2x big money Pool matches on the day that will surely make for a great atmosphere.
Offering something different from the usual straight-start tournaments we’ve become accustomed to on the Nomads MAD circuit, last weekend saw the Consett Station Club organising a double-in Grand Prix tournament. With all games recorded on Dart Connect and live-streamed on YouTube, I strongly encourage all readers to have a look for themselves some of the standard on show in this double start tourney.
The prelims started with a trio of MAD casualties which saw Jack Male, Brian Barnett Jr. and Stephen Mallams all bowing out in last leg deciders. Notably, Brian Barnett went three-nil up in the first game of the day, but he would go on to ultimately lose 4-3 due to an impressive Andrew Heppell comeback.
Alongside Barnett, Stephen Mallams started strongly going two-nil up courtesy of a sumptuous 153 finish. Strong starting on double 16, however, was not enough to secure the win for Mallams and David Crawley, showing excellent bottle, stole the game with a tidy 16 darts.
A somewhat unfortunate draw for Male, coming up against MAD heavy-hitter Ray Marshall, resulted in a closely-ran affair which Marshall overcame.
With all players involved in the following round, the players set out to lay down strong markers for the rest of play. The biggest splash came from Paul Nesbitt in his 4-0 whitewash over Tony Proctor, landing seven 140s and a maximum on his way to an 83.50 average.
Elsewhere, Scott Hunt was on the receiving end of a whitewash from eventual finalist Tony Wood and an all-Ray encounter went to a decider following the throw, resulting in Ray Foreman going through to the round of 16 due to a blunder in getting started in the last leg from Ray Marshall.
Tournament winner Geoff Murray set himself as a favourite during his round of sixteen tie with MAD member Paul Lawson. Firing in a 160 finish en route to a four-nil victory, Geoff’s 75.15 average ensured he was on his board final without dropping a leg.
Consolidating his outstanding display in the prior round, Paul Nesbitt was also in the habit of dishing out donuts, and in not wanting to be bested by Geoff, matched his average exactly.
All producing 70+ averages, the quarter-final field was bolstered by Eddie Mordica, Phil Borthwick and Ray Foreman. With attention on the aforementioned displays, Tony Wood slipped somewhat under the radar in his concise 4-2 victory over Gary Miller.
On to the board finals, Tony Wood and Geoff Murray slipped through to the next round with relative ease, and Paul Nesbitt joined them after coming through a precarious last-leg decider in what could only be described as a modest performance considering his running average for the day. Ray Foreman put in the performance of the round, remaining solid whilst doubling in, during his victory over Eddie Brown.
The double-start format, coupled with the increased pressure of tournaments latter stages, was present in the first leg of this semi-final affair. Having both appeared so dominant thus far, Wood and Foreman began their semi-final efforts on shaky terrain with Foreman pinching a 24-darter after Wood failed to pin tops on a shanghai effort.
Clearly frustrated by this, Wood set out to burst into the kind of form which had helped him to this stage. An ensuing hattrick of 14, 15 and 17 dart legs left Foreman dizzy as he tried to recall what had just happened.
A comfortable brace of 21-darters on either side of another leg won by Foreman sealed the MAD players spot into the final, finishing in style with a 116 check-out.
With the first three legs going with throw in the second semi, it was difficult to separate the two players. Nesbitt, whilst arguably scoring better out of the two, broke in the fourth with an 18-darter finished on 107. However, he failed to hold his throw and Geoff broke back and then held his own throw courtesy of a 156 out shot to go with the 160 he had already taken out on the day.
With the impetus firmly in Murray’s hands he broke Nesbitt again to go 4-3 up but failed to get a match dart in the resulting leg and Nesbitt held steady on a crucial double 4 to send the game hurtling into a final leg.
Surprisingly, Geoff failed to get going in his first six darts of the final leg and it seemed like Nesbitt would take the match, but it somehow fell away from him in the latter stages of the final leg. Even though he looked certain to win, having had a match dart at tops with Geoff stranded on 235, he missed an excruciating nine match darts and allowed Geoff Murray to clean up 25 to secure his place in the final.
Despite Tony Wood hitting five 140s in the first three legs, he somehow found himself three-nil down as a result of Geoff Murray’s concise 17, 20 and 16 dart leg efforts.
Compelled by such strong scoring, Wood returned in kind, turning the screw with 17 and 14 dart legs, adding a further four 140s to his tally and bringing the score line to a more realistic 3-2.
At times on Saturday, Wood was unplayable. When he found the treble with one dart, it felt inevitable that another would likely follow.
Nevertheless, Geoff Murray proved to be more than an even opponent for Wood as his consistently solid game allowed him to build confidence in his ability to hit the double.
This became increasingly evident in the final two legs of the match where Geoff, in winning both, pinned tops for an 18-darter and followed this up with a 112 finish in the next to consummate a brilliant performance and the victory.
A massive thank you to those at Consett Station Club who organised the event and well done to all of the players.
Last 16 –
Joe Weldon 4-2 Neil Tiffen Tony Wood 4-2 Gary Miller Ray Foreman 4-1 Neville Reed Eddie Brown 4-3 John Purdy Paul Nesbitt 4-0 John Kippen Phil Borthwick 4-1 Jack Bell Eddie Mordica 4-1 Paul Dinning Geoff Murray 4-0 Paul Lawson
Last 8 –
Tony Wood 4-1 Joe Weldon Ray Foreman 4-2 Eddie Brown Paul Nesbitt 4-3 Phil Borthwick Geoff Murray 4-1 Eddie Mordica
Tony Wood 5-2 Ray Foreman Geoff Murray 5-4 Paul Nesbitt
Saturday 16th October saw forty-seven entrants into the Birtley Charity Open, a wonderful event organised and hosted by Ali Patton to raise money for the Young Lives vs Cancer charity. The field was bolstered by thirteen MAD members all eager to gain valuable ranking points. With several big names on show, the tightly packed players enjoyed a jovial atmosphere during the preliminary rounds of play. MAD certified Jack Male came through a difficult draw against PDC Q-school hopeful, Geoff Murray. After screaming to an early lead with help from a fourteen-darter which paced him 3-1 up, Geoff Murray somehow held on and stretched the game out to a deciding leg. Notably for Murray, cries of ‘He’s too good’ were heard as he accidentally hit two bulls with his first two darts when going for a 125 finish. In the end, having started with the throw, Male was too good for Murray on the day; a 180 in the final leg ensured he got to a finish first and he did not miss with the three darts he had on double 10. Not resting on this vein of good form, Jack rushed out of the gates in his board final against Lee Walton putting in a dominant 4-1 display and confirming his spot into the semi-finals.
Elsewhere, an early favourite for the tournament, Kevin McDine ran riot on his side of the draw. Amassing four 180s and a 4-1 win against the organiser Ali Patton, nobody could say Ali fixed the draw in his favour (although some hold their reservations around the football scratch-card he ran and managed to win). McDine backed up this performance with another solid game against John Purcell, who was a fraction of a millimetre away from sending the game to a deciding leg with a sumptuous 152 effort. Showing his minerals, McDine pinned tops in the next visit, sealing a 4-2 victory. A whitewash against Keith Cresser followed in the next round which confirmed a semi-final match up against Jack Male. As a result of consistently good scoring, Stephen Mallams was making a rather loud statement on board 3, reaching his board final and dropping only one leg in the process. This side of the draw also saw the ‘MAD members from the Northeast named Paul’ derby in a battle between Lawson and Nesbitt, with the latter proceeding to face off against Stephen Mallams in the board final. In what appeared an evenly contested match, Mallams ran Nesbitt close but could not capitalise on the rare chances offered by Nesbitt and received his marching order courtesy of a 4-2 victory. After pulling through a last-leg decider against Craige Nixon in the previous round, Ian Cullen ran into fellow mad member Scott Hunt in this round-of-sixteen tie. Hunt, feeling inspired from his Mad Dash victory at Felling CC the prior weekend, was in fine form and demonstrated this in a 4-2 victory. With three out of four semi-final positions occupied by MAD members, it was up to Scott Hunt to complete the perfect sweep. He did this was a 4-2 victory over Andrew Testo and in doing so; silenced the echoing cries of ‘How are you still in’. Unsurprising considering their strong early performances, Kevin McDine and Jack Male faced off in the first semi-final of the evening. It is often the case that semi-final games are better than the actual final and this line-up showed no indication of being an exception. Having gone blow for blow in the opening two legs, McDine having missed four darts at double already in the third, capitalised on two missed darts at tops from Male sealing the leg with last dart in hand. McDine proceeded his good scoring form by hitting two maximums in three visits in the fourth leg. However, showing some clear frailty on the double, McDine missed five more darts to win this leg allowing Male to steal the leg in fifteen darts. Back on throw, both players remained consistent enough on their legs to trade blows once again. Finally, with a degree of momentum swinging in his favour, Male broke the throw of McDine and left him literally questioning his darts as to why they won’t behave. With a near silent venue offering little comfort for the players, Male started with a 140 in what would prove to be the final leg of the match. Following the theme of the game, McDine missed two more, proving to be fatal, match darts. Paul Nesbitt steamed in front in the second semi and would’ve been three-nil up if it weren’t for Scott Hunt’s rallying efforts and success in nicking a scrappy third leg. With Hunt back in the room starting with a good tonne-forty, Nesbitt was staring down the barrel of a slight capitulation and the game moved into 2-2 without much fuss. Nesbitt, refusing to allow Scott to take the initiative, fired in his first maximum of the game after breaking Hunt’s throw. The leg ended with Hunt sat on 25 after wiring the bull on a 167 attempt and Nesbitt clearing up 18 to go within one of the final. Momentum ebbed and flowed so much in this game, and the seventh was no exception. With Nesbitt sat on a makeable shot for the title, Scott cast out his 5/10 circle hook and reeled in a roof raising, skin saving Goliath 170 check out. Despite these heroics and much to the disgust of the learned darts community, moments like these are seldom built upon and Hunt managed to follow up with a 26. Punishment ensued from Nesbitt who clinched the game with a twenty-three-dart leg.
Much to the surprise of everyone at Birtley this Saturday, the final was a one-sided display ending in a 6-0 drubbing. Congratulations to the winner Jack Male, a nineteen-year-old who plays the game with a maturity far beyond his years. Special mention goes to Tom Smith, veteran of the 1980s professional circuit who was also in attendance. Thank you for sharing some of your stories!
MAD STANDINGS: Jack Male 8th: 5 points to 69 points. Paul Nesbitt 5th: 68 points to 100 points. Kev McDine 3rd: 106 points to 122 points. Scott Hunt 11th: 32 points to 48 points.