‘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