Writeup Courtesy of Mark Stephenson (Punch Taverns)
George, Alnwick Team – Gordon Dobey / Arthur Dobey / Chris Dobey / Callan Rydz / John Young / Graham Shell / Ian Tate / Kev Fletcher
The 2018 Grand Finals of the Punch Darts Festival took place on Saturday 13th & 14th October at the Winter Gardens Arena Blackpool.
Over 250 Punch Pubs entered this year’s tournament which Started with the Knockout rounds in May and continued through June, July, August and September till we had the last 36 teams and the chance to play at, Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens.
The final 36 teams and their supporters from throughout the country travelled to Blackpool for what turned out to be a great weekend of darts, and was played in the spirit we have become accustomed to for the Punch festival of Darts grand finals.
The winners of this year’s team event were the George, Alnwick. The George have played in the competition for a number of years and finally managed to lift the trophy. Their opponents in the final were The Steam Waggon from Shrewsburywho were beaten 6-2in what by the score line appeared to be a fairly one sided affair, but in reality was only down to a few missed doubles and some great finishing by the George players. The George take the 1stprize of £1,000 the Punch Festival of Darts trophy, individual mementos, an exhibition with a Pro player in there Pub and the Money cant ‘buy’ prize of playing on stage at the World Matchplay in July 2019.
George, Alnwick 6-2 Steam Waggon, Shrewsbury
George, Alnwick 6-2 Brickmakers ‘D’ Brierley Hill
Steam Waggon, Shrewsbury 6-2 Brickmakers ‘B’ Brierley Hill
Brickmakers ‘E’ Brierley Hill 4-6 George, Alnwick
Brickmakers ‘D’ Brierley Hill 6-1 Windmill ‘B’ Ramsgate
Corporation ‘A’ Ashton-under-lyne 1-6 Steam Waggon, Shrewsbury
Anchor Bar ‘A’ Paisley 5-6 Brickmakers ‘B’ Brierley Hill
Prizes were presented by Punch Tavern’s Category Manager Steve Martin.
Once again a very successful tournament from the beginning, which was enjoyed by all that, participated. And thanks to our host the Arena @ the Winter Gardens Blackpool.