Robinson & Gradwell Sky Lounge Robin Pairs Champs

Following on from their fantastic ‘Grand Slam Pairs’ victory in 2018, Harry Robinson & David Gradwell went all the way in the Pairs comp at Sky Lounge on Saturday.

The day consisted of 24 pairs split into 4 groups of 6. Each pair had 5 group games, with the top 2 qualifying for the knockout stages.

In the groups, Robinson & Gradwell won all 5 games only dropping 3 legs en route to the knockouts. They faced Runners up in Group C, McDine & Lawson in the quarters and defeated them 4-1.

Already proving to be the strongest pair on the day, they carried on their form into the semi finals, despatching Matthews & Craig Anderson before facing their group runners up In the final.

It proved to be a much tighter affair than the group game, however, they dug deep and defeated Shanks and Rydz to take the title and the £400 first prize.



Lastly, a big shout out to Matthew Hodgson who kept the competition running as smoothly as possible and supported me throughout the day.


Supa Mc wins at Sky Lounge

Another great competition was held at Sky Lounge in Washington on Saturday 30th March. With only 4 days notice, the competition attracted 51 players with some of the best talent in the region taking part.

Kev McDine was too strong on the day, as he despatched Craig Anderson in the quarters before beating Ryan Joyce 5-1 in the Semi Finals.

The final saw him up against Tony Wood. The tie went the distance, with McDine edging out Wood in the decider to take the win.


Last 8 Results –

Richie Archbold bt Yogi Young
Tony Wood bt Geoff Murray
Kev McDine bt Craig Anderson
Ryan Joyce bt Graham Dennison

Semis –

Tony Wood 5-2 Richie Archbold
Kev McDine 5-1 Ryan Joyce

Final –

KEV MCDINE 5-4 Tony Wood

Duzza crowned King of the north

On Tuesday 19th March we were treated to a fantastic night of darts, with the 32 Man Invitational Darts Event consisting of the finest talent in the region.

The event consisted of a straight knockout with the winner taking home £800 First Prize, Winners Trophy and title ‘King of the North’. The early rounds consisted of best of 9, with the final best of 11.

With just shy of 200 spectators there to witness the likes of Glen Durrant, Chris Dobey, Ryan Joyce and Adam Hunt battle if out in an FA Cup Style Draw knockout, to take the bragging rights of the best player in the North, it was a night to remember for everyone who attended Shotton Comrades Club.

Firstly, well done to all participants who accepted their invitation and put £50 on the line to compete. The field consisted of Professionals, County Players and players who have competed at the highest level over the years, making it a great show for those that attended.

Photo Credit(s) – Fergus Easton – For all your photography needs visit his page HERE.

The evening kicked off with a live draw and it certainly did not disappoint, as Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant was drawn out against World Number 35, Chris ‘Hollywood’ Dobey.

The magic of the FA Cup did not let us down!

As you can see with the picture below, it attracted quite a large crowd.

The darts the crowd witnessed were worthy of any TV competition, with both Chris and Glen producing great darts.

Glen took an early 3-0 lead in 13, 14 and 16 darts.

Chris battled back, but Glen was in fine form, breaking again with a 14 dart leg to take the lead 4-0.

Glen missed 2 match darts and Chris capitalised with 108 checkout to make it 4-1.

However, the 3x BDO champ prevailed, wrapping the match up in 16 darts. Duzza averaged just shy of 100 including 3x 180s.

First Round Results Below –

Chris Harvey 4 5 Kev Thoburn
Simon Tate 5 4 Barry Davies
Phil Borthwick 4 5 Dean Norman
Butch Knighton 2 5 Cam Anderson
Paul Williams 5 1 Craig Anderson
David Stokell 5 3 Andy Chalmers
Sean Jowers 4 5 Keith Wright
Ryan Joyce 5 0 Chris Vaughan
Ian Dawson 3 5 Geoff Murray
Chris Dobey 1 5 Glen Durrant
Terry Temple 5 2 Tony Wood
Shaun Matthews 2 5 Adam Hunt
Dave Prins 5 4 Carl Hamilton
David Crawley 2 5 Paul Jennings
Allan Edwards 5 4 Kev McDine
Jacob Cooksey 5 3 Chris Hornby


Moving into the last 16, with the losers picking up £50, therefore winning their money back, the draw certainly didn’t disappoint again, with Durrant facing Ryan ‘Relentless’ Joyce.

Again, this match attracted the crowds, but the match was a little closer, with Duzza edging out Joyce in a 5-4 thriller.

BDO Ranked Number 3, Allan ‘The Rock’ Edwards started off in fine form as he defeated Kev McDine first round before despatching Dave ‘The Badger’ Prins in Round 2.

Round 2 Results below – (Losers £50)


Adam Hunt 5 2 Dean Norman
Allan Edwards 5 2 Dave Prins
Paul Jennings 5 3 Cam Anderson
Jacob Cooksey 4 5 Simon Tate
Terry Temple 5 0 Keith Wright
David Stokell 4 5 Paul Williams
Kev Thoburn 5 4 Geoff Murray
Glen Durrant 5 4 Ryan Joyce


As we moved into the quarter finals, with a fair share of players qualifying under the radar as a handful of big hitters were dumped out early doors.

PDC player, Terry Temple only dropped 2 legs in his two opening games, against two great players in Tony Wood & Keith Wright. However, he was tested in the quarter finals as he faced UK Open Qualifier, Kev Thoburn. Another great game for the spectators, with Terry edging out Kev in a 9 leg thriller.

Glen faced another PDC Player in Adam Hunt, as he faced one of the hardest routes to this stage.

Both Glen and Adam held throw early doors, before Glen capitalised in leg 4, to break and lead 3-1. That early break proved to be clinical as he went onto win the game 5-2 and book himself in the semi finals.

Quarter Final Results below – (Losers £100)

1 Allan Edwards 5 2 Simon Tate
4 Paul Williams 3 5 Paul Jennings
3 Terry Temple 5 4 Kev Thoburn
2 Glen Durrant 5 2 Adam Hunt


As we neared the business end of the competition, the live draw again did not let us down as Durrant faced good friend Allan Edwards in the semi finals, but proved too strong for ‘The Rock’ and made sure in fine fashion.

In the other semi final, ‘The Terminator’, Terry Temple whitewashed Paul Jennings, 5-0.

Semi Final Results  (Losers £200)



Moving onto the stage for the Final, with Matthew Hodgson on the computer and MC Joe Goodison hosting the evening, both Glen and Terry were welcomed onto the stage with walk on music for the crowd.

Glen was joined by his young fan ‘Kai Tiffen’, who proved to be a big hit with all players and spectators, as seen below in the selected photos!
















The game got under way with Joe Goodison calling and both players produced great darts. En route to victory, Duzza took out 167 on the bull to get the crowd up on their feet.

Duzza again showed his class and steam rolled to victory, winning 6-1, with a 98.04avg to Terry’s 89.7avg



A fantastic night, with Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant crowned ‘King of the North’ and taking home the winners prize money of £800.



Lastly, a big shout to all those that helped make the night a success, to the organiser, Dave Prins, to those that marked on the evening, to those that helped raise a fantastic amount of money for the charity, ‘Little Treasures’ and helped with setup/takedown!

A huge success and we are all looking forward to King of the North 2020.


Scott Hunt.

Mordica wins in Wolsingham & Joyce victorious at Houghton Comrades

There were two competitions this weekend, with both over 50 entries. Saturday’s competition was held at Wolsingham WMC with Eddie Mordica carrying on his fine form to defeat Richie Archbold in the final.

On Sunday we were at Houghton Comrades Club with ‘Relentless’ Ryan Joyce defeating John Kippen in the final.

Wolsingham Open (50 Entries) –

Last 16 Results –

Kevin McDine defeated Tony Wood
Dave Prins defeated Phil Borthwick
Eddie Mordica defeated Scott Hunt
Robert Young defeated Scott Collingswood
Richie Archbold defeated David Dickson
Chris Kitch defeated Anthony wood
Gary Miller defeated Stephen Bainbridge
Ryan Anderson defeated Reg Savory

Last 8 Results –

Richie Archbold 3 Chris Kitch 0
Ryan Anderson 3 Gary Miller 2
Kevin McDine 1 Dave Prins 3

Report from last 4 from Andy Kelly –

Ryan Anderson 1 Richie Archbold 3
Dave Prins 1 Eddie Mordica 3…..can i just say this game could of went either way in my eyes I marked most of Dave Prins games all day and I’d like to say Davey had a 100% check out rate and I’ve not seen finishing like it in a lot of years but it just seemed to be when he came against Eddie he couldn’t buy a double but take nothing away from Eddie he played outstanding darts, prime example in 1 game Eddie went 180 100 140 and had the game took off him by the badger that was just some of the quality of the darts today so well done Eddie and unlucky Davey Prins as we move into the final…
Eddie Mordica takes on Richie Archbold both lads have done the hard work to get to the final and a few people had said that Richie had rode his luck all day but I don’t think that’s true because I played him in the 1st game and he beat me 3 – 2 don’t get me wrong he had to take out a 131 and 125 to beat me but in my eyes he played outstanding so the final is set as both men got to work Eddie was soon 1 – nil up in the 2nd game Eddie took out a 104 to make it 2 – nil in the 3rd game it was nip and took Richie could of and should of made it 2 – 1 but he never and Eddie was soon 3 – nil up, the 4th game Eddie opened up with a 134, 60 , 60, 106, 109 he missed 3 darts then hit home with 19 darts outstanding darts Eddie Mordica I cant take nothing away from you you played class mate Eddie Mordica is now the Wolsingham Champ you what beauty that our Eddie.”

Houghton Comrades Open (54 Entries) –

Great day at Houghton with big hitters in attendance. Good to see a good mixture of youngsters coming through and challenging the regulars on the circuit. Cracking venue for darts and superb hospitality, with free pizza for all attendees!

Last 16 Results –

Dan Mock beat Ian Whittaker
Ryan Joyce beat Adam Hunt
Andy Kelly beat Ben Smith
Kev McDine beat Scott Hunt
Michael McBain beat John Watson
Dave Prins beat Paul Williams
John Kippen beat D Morris
Dickie Young beat Matt Hodgson

Quarters –

Ryan Joyce beat Dan Mock
Kev McDine beat Andy Kelly
Dave Prins beat Michael McBain
John Kippen beat Dickie Young

Semis –

Ryan Joyce 5-3 Kev McDine
John Kippen 5-4 Dave Prins

Final –

Ryan Joyce 6-0 John Kippen
15, 14, 13, 18, 14, 21 darts.


Mordica wins the Joe Ewin Memorial


Report from Andy Kelly.

64 Entries.

“Here we go the Turbinia was our venue for Saturday, I normally like reporting on the last 16 but I only had the board finals sent over.

AK v E Mordica
C Hamilton v K Naunton
S Stokoe v P Gamble
K McDine v Mac Shahal

All the board finals were absolutely cracking games although I didn’t see a lot of them as I was playing myself I do know that Carl Hamilton had a cracking game against Kevin Naunton, I also had a cracking game against Eddie Mordica and in all fairness I do believe our game could of gone either way but take nothing away from Eddie I was beaten 4 – 2 he played world class in his last game as we move into the last 4.

C Hamilton v E Mordica
S Stokoe v K McDine

I had the pleasure of marking this game what can I say it went all the way to the wire and before I go any further I owe Carl Hamilton a massive apology for calling double 8 when it wasn’t in I felt bad all night sorry Carl like I say it went to the wire 3 – 3 Eddie pushed in front in this game, Eddie had the finish line in to take nothing away from Carl he hit a 180 to leave himself 59 Eddie missed his double with 3 and let Carl back in on 59, unfortunately Carl laid 2 across the line of double top and Eddie stepped back in and seen the game out. As we move into the final, Eddie Mordica takes on Kevin McDine. What can you say about the final Eddie kept his darts up and Kevin didn’t respond, Eddie took full advantage and before you know it the game was over with Eddie winning 4 – , congratulations Eddie Mordica. Summary of the day The Turbinia was a cracking venue for darts they had 4 boards up and every board was hammer and tong all day the tournament was well run and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back there. There is another tournament coming off very shortly so hopefully I can keep you all posted last but not least love darts me xx”

Scottish Open Round Up – NE Players

(Allan Edwards, Claire Stainsby, Barry Davies)
Scottish Open Round Up
North East Players
Mens Last 64 –
Shaun Matthews, Paul Berriman, Phil Borthwick
Mens Last 32 –
Carl Hamilton
Ladies Last 32 –
Claire Stainsby Stamper, Linda Ithurralde, AnnMarie Potts
Ladies Last 16 –
Angie McDonald, Julie Thompson
Ladies Quarters –
Kirsty Hutchinson
Mens Doubles –
Last 16 –
Simon Tate & Ryan Murray
Ladies Doubles –
Quarters –
Julie Thompson & Phonsawan Whillis
Semi Finalists –
AnnMarie Potts & Linda Ithurralde
Mixed Triples Champions –
Claire Stainsby Stamper, Barry Davies & Allan Edwards

‘The Hunter’ wins Total Resin Solutions Ranking Event 2.


Adam ‘The Hunter’ Hunt beat Phil ‘Philyerboots’ Borthwick in the Mens Final of Total Resin Solutions Ranking Event 2 yesterday afternoon at The Navy Club, Darlington.

Men’s Results – 67 Entries

Men’s Winner
Adam Hunt £300
Runner up
Phil Borthwick £150
Shaun Matthews/Eddie Mordica £75
Steven Scaife/Barry Davies/Paul Berriman/Dean Norman £20
Last 16
Joe Weldon/Richy Cutler/Mac Chahal/ Andy Chalmers/Carl Hamilton/Sean Jowers/Scott Hunt/Dave Prins £7

Total paid out £736
£67 added to prize pot for finals night.

Ladies Results – 22 Entries

Ladies Winner
AnnMarie Potts £100
Runner up
Claire Stainsby Stamper £50
Zoe Holland/Debbie Waugh Xfluffyx £20
Carla Boyes/Linda Ithurralde/Jacky Alderson/Kelly Curran £5

Total paid out £210
£22 added towards finals night

Youth Results – 11 Entries

George Ripley £40
Runner up
Joe Weldon £20
Natasha Kennedy/L Hayes £11

Total paid out £82
£11 Added towards finals night

£67.00 from raffle
£80.00 from blind cards

£75.30 from charity collection for Huntington’s disease

Thoburn qualifies for PDC UK Open

Northumberland’s Kev Thoburn has qualified for the PDC UK Open 2019. He battled his way through the Riley’s Nottingham qualifier defeating Ritchie ‘Madhouse’ Edhouse in the final. The UK Open will take place 1st-3rd March at Butlin’s Minehead, live on ITV Sport.

In the biggest move since the tournament was introduced in 2003, the PDC will be abolishing the UK Open Qualifiers for professional players which had previously been used to determine 96 qualifiers.

All 128 Tour Card Holders will now be invited straight into the UK Open from 2019 onwards, with the field complemented by 16 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers and 16 qualifiers from the 2018 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

‘Relentless’ Joyce in fine form

(Pictured – Jack Male & Ryan Joyce)
(Photographer – Fergus Easton)

Another fantastic day at the Sky Lounge in Washington. A venue that has it all for sports fans, with 22 TVs, snooker tables, pool tables and more importantly, a great darts setup!

After last year’s 118 entries, we brought in some new boards to make sure it ran as smoothly as possible. This year we had 116 entries and plenty of new faces travelling from afar to compete.

Kicking off the day, there was a tasty matchup in round one, with Kevin McDine defeating David Gradwell. Also, in round one we saw Stephen Mallams narrowly defeated by Alan Davie, but Mallams picked up the highest checkout  prize of £80 with a 160 checkout (best on the day).

Moving into the last 8 we saw the games heating up and the big hitters facing each other, with Ryan Joyce beating Kevin McDine 4-2. Tony Wood defeated fellow super league player Ste Addison 4-1 in another great match up. En route to the quarters, local lad Graham Dennison defeated some great players such as Dan Mock and James Forster before despatching Alan Davie 4-1 to set up a semi final against Ryan Joyce.

In the last 64, youngster Jack Male battled through a fantastic game with Ian Gleeson that had everyone glued to the board. Jack was in fine form on the day and knocked out some top players en route to the semi final. The young Tyne & Wear hitter faced Tony Wood, who has been in fine form as of late and the match didn’t disappoint. A best of 7 game that went the distance and Male produced some great darts to despatch Mr Wood and put him in the final against Ryan Joyce.

A short break before the final, the stage was set and still a load of people in the venue to witness Joyce v Male. ‘Relentless’ showed his class by beating ‘Maestro’ 5-0 and being crowned Sky Lounge Winter Open Champion 2019. Jack Male picked up both the runners up prize money and the furthest youth on the day, a great day all round for the young lad.

Thanks to David Castledene for calling the final and Andy Parks for marking it.

Darts is a great sport to unite people and yesterday proved that, with players and spectators travelling from far and wide to attend and was a great atmosphere the whole day.

Thank you to David Ball and Marc Farnsworth from the Sky Lounge for putting in £600 towards the prize pot, highest check out and furthest youth prize. Thank you to Jen and the Sky Lounge staff for the great service and lastly thank you to Andy Allaker, Stephen Bainbridge, Gerry Grieve, Scott Collingwood, Matt Hodgson, Marie Carline and Fergus Easton for their help yesterday (and today for takedown), without you lot, these competitions would not be a success.

We look forward to bringing more big competitions to the North East!

Results – (Last 16 onwards – Paid out from last 16)

Kevin McDine bt Mark Smith
Ryan Joyce bt Scott Collingwood
Graham Dennison bt James Forster
Alan Davie bt Billy Robson
Andrew Hepple bt Tim Embling
Jack Male bt Richie Gerry
Ste Addison bt Ray Foreman
Tony Wood bt Mal Foster


Ryan Joyce 4-2 Kevin McDine
Graham Dennison 4-1 Alan Davie
Jack Male 4-1 Andrew Hepple
Tony Wood 4-1 Ste Addison


Ryan Joyce 4-0 Graham Dennison
Jack Male 4-3 Tony Wood


Ryan Joyce 5-0 Jack Male

Durrant secures PDC Tour Card

by Tom Beresford – Original Article can be found HERE

Three-time BDO World Champion Glen Durrant secured his two-year PDC Tour Card on Sunday afternoon in Wigan. ‘Duzza’ secured the tour card as he saw off Paul Rowley in the last 32 on the final day of PDC Qualifying School, Durrant knew heading into the final day that he needed a last 32 minumum to finish in the top 11 places in the Q-School order of merit. But, it wasn’t at all straight forward to Durrant who had to survive three match darts in his last 128 match with Matthew Dennant who missed three darts for a 5-2 victory, but Durrant came firing back in typical ‘Duzza’ style as he fired in a sensational 11-dart leg en route to a 5-4 victory.

Durrant then saw off Paul Rowley 5-0 with a 104.4 average which was capped off with a 130 finish to all but secure his two-year PDC Tour Card. Joining Durrant in the top three in the PDC Q-School order of merit was Jonathan Worsley, Adrian Gray and Carl Wilkinson. The rest of the tour card winners are yet to be decided on Sunday afternoon, but it;s fantastic news for Durrant, just a week after winning his third consecutive BDO World Darts Championship title at Lakeside.