MAD Male: Jack Male triumphant at Birtley Charity Event

by Dan Cavanagh

(L-R Ali Patton, Jack Male, Scott Hunt)

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!

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.


Writeup from Danny McAtominey –

Where do you start, I’m bolloxed if I know, what a day.

Thanks to all darts players and supporters who turned out to make it a truly great day.

Special thanks to those who helped make it happen, Darren on the desk and much else, Jean Jeanie for her sterling fundraising, Maz Marie for the money draw, Jo for secretarial duties and to those looking after the groups, Scott Hunt for Board 1, Matty Hodgson board 3, and the un named soldier for board 2.

I’d personally like to thank some unsung heroes around the club, Lee and Gill Houghton, Tony Trotter and Tony Smith for all their hard work in transforming the club into what it is today during the dark days of lockdown. The bar staff Sharron, Debbie and Chris for keeping the beer moving and to you all for drinking copious amounts of it.

A brilliant competition, Adam Hunt setting the bar high early on with a 6 dart 301, some really hard fought matches throughout the day.

Both semi finals going to the final 301 leg followed by a terrific final, Tony Wood, Adam Hunt and Scott Hunt prevailing over John Kippen, Dave Stokell and Callum Stokell, results below. With a reduced turn out of 18 teams we still paid out £1000 in prize money, roll on Mad Dash 3, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming competitions with a twist.”

Lauren Stokoe signs for Mission Darts

Mission Darts are thrilled to announce the signing of 12-year old Lauren Stokoe.

Mission Darts Player Development Manager, Darryl Fitton, is on cloud nine that she has chosen to join the team!

“Lauren is on the England Youth Team, and is an England Girls Matchplay Finalist, an England darts youth grand prix winner (qualifying for the finals in October 2019), a Youth Diamond League Winner and 2021 Ladies Whitby Open Winner! She’s a wonderful addition to Team Mission!”

Daryl explains that she is also record breaker; “Lauren is the youngest player ever to play senior county darts, making her debut at the age of 10 for Durham County Ladies Super League (B team). She won her debut match 3-1 with her natural dart throwing talent and got the highest average in the division! She was also Durham County Youth Girls Player of the Season 2018/2019 and placed in the top 8 of the England Darts Grand Prix.”

“I’m really excited to join Team Mission! I look forward to working on my skills with Darryl and the other Mission players; and to beating them too!” says Lauren with a cheeky smile! 

Relentless does the double

It was a clean sweep for Ryan Joyce over the weekend as he took the titles at Turbinia, Newton Aycliffe and Teams Club, Gateshead.

(L-R Andy Parks (Runner-up), Ryan Joyce (Champion), Eddie Mordica (Organiser))

Turbinia, Newton Aycliffe Results

Last 16

Ryan Joyce 4-0 Matt Hodgson
Dean Norman 4-1 Tony Procter
Eddie Mordica 4-0 Tex Houghton
Ray Marshall 4-3 Neil Makepeace
Andy Parks 4-0 Mark Wright
Phil Borthwick 4-1 Marty Byrne
Lee Morton 4-0 Tony Wood
Craige Nixon 4-2 Kev Hanson


Ryan Joyce 4-1 Dean Norman
Ray Marshall 4-1 Eddie Mordica
Andy Parks 4-2 Phil Borthwick
Lee Morton 4-0 Craige Nixon


Ryan Joyce bt Ray Marshall
Andy Parks bt Lee Morton


Ryan Joyce 4-2 Andy Parks

Teams Club, Gateshead Results

Last 16

Scott Hunt 4-2 Gary Miller
Billy Robson 4-0 Mark Smith
Geoff Murray 4-0 Eddie Ashman
Kev McDine 4-3 Ian Whittaker
Ryan Joyce 4-0 Ray Marshall
Paul Knighton 4-0 Scott Robson
David Stokell 4-1 Andy Parks
Phil Borthwick 4-3 Craig Parks

Last 8

Billy Robson 4-2 Scott Hunt
Geoff Murray 4-3 Kev McDine
Ryan Joyce 4-0 Paul Knighton
David Stokell 4-3 Phil Borthwick


Billy Robson 5-4 Geoff Murray
Ryan Joyce 5-0 David Stokell


Ryan Joyce 5-1 Billy Robson

The Hunter wins the inaugural Northumberland Masters

(L-R) Adam Hunt & Wayne Scott

The first big event back for North East Darts Promotions at the newly revamped Shilbottle Sports & Social Club. Boasting 8 floor boards with raised oches and a stage setup to rival any competition in the UK, the club will certainly be a firm fixture in the darting calendar in the future.

A big thank you to Wayne & Kelly for their superb hospitality along with providing all avid darts players a fantastic experience.

Shilbottle Sports & Social Club

The Hunter saw off Andy Boulton in the last 8, before despatching fellow North East PDC Tour Card Holder, Callan Rydz, 5-2 in the semi finals.

The final was a clean sweep with Hunt beating ‘The Jackal’, Carl Hamilton by 6 legs to 0.

Last 16 –

Adam Hunt 4-1 Billy Robson

Andy Boulton 4-0 Chris Dominey

Callan Rydz 4-0 Jack O’Kane

Stephen Mallams 4-1 Dean Scott

Andy Allaker 4-2 William Borland

Ian Dawson 4-1 Tex Houghton

Paul Lawson 4-2 Phil Borthwick

Carl Hamilton 4-3 Steven Dunn

Last 8 –

Adam Hunt 5-2 Andy Boulton

Callan Rydz 5-0 Stephen Mallams

Andy Allaker 5-3 Ian Dawson

Carl Hamilton 5-4 Paul Lawson

Semis –

Adam Hunt 5-2 Callan Rydz

Carl Hamilton 5-4 Andy Allaker


Adam Hunt 6-0 Carl Hamilton

Hollywood takes the title

(L-R Ray Marshall, Chris Dobey, Daniel Gowens)

Report from Daniel Gowens –

” Absolutely fantastic night for finals night.

£970 paid out between 24 players.

Round 1 between weekly runners up and points qualifiers

Malcolm Cooper 1-4 Kieran Clements
Michael Tunstall 0-4 Ryan Anderson
Michael Tuck 1-4 Andy Goodfellow (including a missed dart for a 9 darter)
John Blackburn 0-4 Ian Cooper
Alistair Kerr 0-4 Chris Dobey
Lewis Mayes 4-0 Sara Gowens
Matty Holmes 0-4 Raymond Marshall
Scott North East Darts 4-2 Shaun Pomeroy

Round 2 weekly winners enter

A.Goodfellow 4-0 L.Mayes
Tony Procter 0-4 C.Dobey
R.Anderson 1-4 Adam Hunt
Reece Aitman 1-4 Ryan Joyce
Chris Harvey 4-3 Tony Wood (Cracking game)
R.Marshall 4-2 William Billythedwarf Robson
K.Clements 2-4 John Kippen
I.Cooper 4-3 S.Hunt

Quarter final

A.Hunt 5-0 R.Marshall
C.Dobey 5-1 C.Harvey
I.Cooper 5-4 J.Kippen
R.Joyce 5-3 A.Goodfellow

Semi final

R.Joyce 5-2 I.Cooper
C.Dobey 5-1 A.Hunt


C.Dobey 6-3 R.Joyce.

Thank you everyone for coming out tonight and the past 4 weeks.

Been great to see a great standard of darts, and a decent crowd for darts tonight.
Hopefully Prudhoe will become a hotbed of Darts in the future.

Also, massive thanks to Ray Marshall for helping me, and my team of glamorous assistants Sara Gowens, Sarah Higgins and Rebecca Best for doing the draws and helping me raise funds”

MAD Competitions in August

A total of 10 competitions in August throughout the North East are carrying MAD Ranking points.

Benefits of registering with MAD (£5 per player for the year) and climbing the MAD ranking system –

  • Top 10 Players in the North East invited to MAD Majors (£2,000+ prize fund) (Cut off dates TBC)
  • Top player in the North East will be invited to a National Playoff for a WORLD TITLE SHOT and an opportunity to gain a subsidised PDC QSchool spot
  • Top Player in the North East will gain free entry and accommodation to Winmau European Open in December. £30,000 prize fund.

Competition organisers – To register your event with MAD is completely free! Get in touch.

More opportunities to come….sign up today.

North East Darts TV is Live!

For many of us, as soon as the pubs shut due to COVID-19, we thought of all the competitions and leagues that we would be missing out on and more importantly the craic with your mates!

Ali Patton, an avid darts fan like myself, started a league as soon as the pubs closed, between a few mates that all play in a Friday night league in the Birtley/Chester-le-Street area. This kept everyone sane and playing competitively, as well as keeping in touch with everyone.

The idea of playing online was new to many of us, even though its been operating in the form of ‘Webcam Darts’ for many years. We all experimented with our set ups to hold our cameras in place, using shelves/fridges/light poles/selfie sticks…….even tons of board games piled up and your phone in your son’s footie boot to keep the phone straight (Gary Lomas).

I first started running online competitions on March 24th, the day after Lockdown officially started in the UK, with a 64 capped tournament, to be able to make sure things ran as smooth as possible. The main problem was defining the rules of the competition, including the timings, as trying to liaise with 64 people in their homes was the main stumbling block. I believe it was a big success and allowed me to move onto bigger and more interesting concepts.
From that first competition, I’ve ran several big competitions now with the help of a few friends, including a Four Man Team Knockout with the likes of Chris Dobey, Scott Waites, Adam Hunt, Callan Rydz and Leighton Bennett.

I believe I was the first to experiment with the Online Pairs concept with all four participants in a ‘four way video call’. This allowed me to introduce a pairs competition featuring the likes of Glen Durrant and Luke Humphries, as well as the rest of the North East professionals.

I had an idea to stream the live games direct to Facebook, as many players in USA/Iceland currently do (and very well I must say). Playing around with different ideas, the easiest and most effective way for myself was to ‘Share my screen’ and go live via Facebook.

This proved to be very popular, with people enjoying watch live competitive games from the comfort of their own home. Following on from this initial idea, I downloaded some software to allow me to stream properly via Facebook and YouTube. However, my laptop is a few years old now and wasn’t able to cope!

I had a chat with Matthew Hodgson regarding my problems with this and we chatted about the possibility of doing this together. He very much has the same interest in darts as myself and enjoys being involved in every aspect.
(Matthew has a top system that allows us to do everything we need to do and more!)

From this, we have created ‘North East Darts TV’ and can now officially announce our YouTube channel is LIVE.
We have covered many games so far over a fantastic launch weekend and will continue to do so in the coming weeks/months.

Our ideas will not stop after lockdown and are looking to bring live streaming direct to the local competitions and leagues, to allow the amateur players to be broadcasted! This is a huge step for local darts and I hope you will all support us in our journey.

Please subscribe to our channel, which is COMPLETELY FREE and stay tuned for some great content coming up!

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The Jackal wins at Wolsingham

Carl ‘The Jackal’ Hamilton defeated Graham Robertson in the final at the Wolsingham Open and scooped the £350 first prize.

Last 8 Results – 49 Entries

Billy Robson bt Gary Hutchinson
Graham Robertson bt Lee Morton
Chris Kitch bt Tony Wood
Carl Hamilton bt Will Thexton

Semis –

Graham Robertson bt Billy Robson
Carl Hamilton bt Chris Kitch

Final –

Carl Hamilton bt Graham Robertson