21 January 2018Golf Club win Royal Cup
The KDDL cup games continued last week when Orkney Golf Club beat the Legion in the final of the Royal Cup in a very close final.
It went right down to the team game one leg 601 decider after the match was even after the singles and doubles. 10 teams entered the competition, held in the Kirkwall Legion.
High finishes on the night were Gary Wilson 108, Robbie Norquoy 114, Trevor Shearer 119, Kevin Gray 125, Ian Findlay 132.
2 180’s were scored by Billy Ward.
Not a KDDL competition, however, very much supported by Legion and league members, Leigh Shearer & Robert Stanger beat Gary Wilson & Brian Moar in the Kirkwall Legion doubles final.
Robbie won the singles the week before, beating Steven Linklater in the final. Duncan Cameron & Ella Scollie ran the competition and presented the trophies.
Ranking points Cup
This Friday, Jan 26, the ranking points fixtures which are spread throughout the season to gain points for qualification to get into the team to face Shetland in Lerwick in April gets back underway.
The ER&T Craigie Cup is held in the Tankerness Hall, Names by 7.30pm.
League fixtures week beginning January 29.
Quoyburray B v Commodores, Shapinsay v Quoyburray, Untouchables v Untouchables A, Warriors v OGC, Legion v Legion Arrows, Sanday v Wanderers.
Nomads v Young Loons, Murray Arms v Sands, Sanday B v Muppets, Streamline v Ale Stars, Vikings v Tankerness, Bilco Boys – No Game.
The B league ranking points competition, the Albyn Singles the takes place on Friday, February 2 in the Masonic Club. Names by 7.30pm.
15 January 2018Swanney Cup win for Commodores
Nine teams entered the Swanney Cup for 'A' and 'B' teams last Monday night and there were some good darts thrown despite the subdued atmosphere that resulted from the news that Legion player, and KDDL legend, Jimmy Miller had unexpectedly passed away earlier that evening. (See tribute on seperate page).
The preliminary round saw the Ale Stars pitted against Sanday, and in spite of a plucky display from the young 'B' side it was Sanday who progressed to the quarters.
Defending champions Shapinsay were brushed aside 3-0 by Commodores, whilst the other three matches between Nomads v Quovburray, Wanderers v Tankerness and Orkney Golf Club v Sanday all went the distance and were settled by the nominated players, namely Davy Henderson Quoyburray), Brian Moar (Wanderers) and Ivan Leslie (Sanday).
The first semi between Commodores and Quoyburray was a pretty one sided affair, with
Commodores triumphing four nil. The other semi was far closer, not to mention far more scrappy with Ivan Leslie eventually trumping Brian Moar in the nominated player leg to put Sanday through.
The final began with a rip-roaring tie between Ivan Leslie and Robbie Stanger, with the Commodores captain eventually coming out on top. Leigh Shearer put them two up before Billy Ward sealed the victory against Michael Muir. Freddie Tait and Sanday debutant Colin Cruden played out the final leg which the newcomer won, making the final result Commodores 3, Sanday 1.
Freddie Tait accepted the trophy on behalf of the Commodores and league vice-president Robbie Stanger made a short speech about how much Jimmy Miller would be missed.
The evening finished off with several elder statesmen of the leagues recanting many of Jimmy's darting exploits and attics both at and away from the oche over the years. It seemed a fitting way to mark the passing of a man who was so full of fun.
Ivan Leslie and Colin Cruden both nailed 13 dart legs during the course of the competition.
This Friday is the Legion doubles, at 7.30pm. It's not a KDDL competition, but one which is very much supported by players in the league who are also members of the Kirkwall Legion.
The following Friday sees the fifth ranking competition of the season, the E.R & T. Craigie cup, which will take place in the Tankerness Hall, names by 7.30pm.
180s this week were hit by Davy Henderson, Robbie Norquoy and Stuart Thomson.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Keith Brumpton 105 and Ali Flett 112
Swanney Cup: Semi Finals: Commodores 4, Quoyburray 0
Sanday 3, Wanderers 2. Final: Commodores 3, Sanday 1
Week beginning Monday, January 22
Quoyburray v Commodores
Wanderers v Quoyburray 'B'
Legion Arrows v Sanday
OGC v Legion
Untouchables 'A' v Warriors
Untouchables v Shapinsay
Sands v Young Loons
Tankerness v Bilco Boys
Ale Stars v Vikings
Muppets v Streamline
Sanday 'B' v Murray Arms
Nomads - No game
Friday, January 26, E.R & T. Craigie Cup (Ranking competition), Tankerness Hall, names by 7.30pm.
05 January 2018January fixtures
A reminder that the darts restart on Monday night, Jan 8, with the Swanney Cup. It is for A & B teams, and will be held in the Masonic at 7.30pm.
The format is teams of 4, 4 singles, best of three, 501 straight start, with one pre-nominated singles leg of 701 if required for a decider.
You can bring extra players in during the competition but they have to be named and paid for prior to the start of the competition.
Friday, January 12, is not a KDDL competition, but is the Legion Singles. Names by 7.30pm and you have to be a fully paid up member to play.
Monday Jan 15 is the Royal Cup, again for A & B teams, held in the Legion with a 7.30pm start.
The format is a team of four, 4 singles and 2 doubles, one leg 601 straight start, with one 601 leg team game as a decider if required.
Again, you can bring extra players in during the competition, but they have to be named and paid for prior to the start of the competition.
Friday, Jan 19, is the date for the Legion Doubles, again, only open to paid up members of the Kirkwall Legion, and not a KDDL event.
The league then re-starts on the week of Jan 22, with the first ranking points competition of the year – the ER&T Craigie Singles – held in the Tankerness Hall on Friday January 26. Names by 7.30pm.
Fixtures should be up in all venues, and posted on the 'Orkney Darts' Facebook page as well as here, on the main website.
27 December 2017Second half fixtures
18 December 2017Legion and Tankerness top at Christmas break
The KDDL leagues, sponsored by Williamsons Butchers, have now reached the halfway stage at the Christmas break barring two outstanding A league fixtures.
The Legion extend their lead at the top to 9 points following an 8-4 win over Untouchables A, despite the best efforts of Trevor Shearer who scored three maximums against them. The Golf Club could reduce that to just 7 points if they win their game on hand against Sanday.
The Untouchables currently occupy second following a hard fought 7-5 win against the Warriors. Shapinsay caught up on two games this week, and will feel somewhat
hard done by as both the Commodores and Sanday both just pipped them 7-5.
A terrific game of darts took place between the Wanderers and last placed Quyburray, with the Wanderers coming out on top 8-4 having almost filled the back of the card. Simon Parry in particular was in tremendous form. However, the Wanderers were well beaten by the Commodores a few nights later in the Orkney Hotel, with the home side coming away 9-3 victors.
Results between the bottom four teams will play a huge part in who beats the drop this year, and one such match took place between the Legion Arrows and Ouoyburray B. The Arrows had just a little more firepower and took the match 8-4, moving them five points clear of the drop zone and leaving both Quoyburray teams in there at the halfway stage.
Down in the B' league 7-5 scores were the order of the day, with all but one match ending in that scoreline.
It is Tankerness who have the Christmas number one place, narrowly beating previous
leader the Nomads to go one point clear of them.
Murray Arms held onto third place but the Young Loons made them sweat to get the narrow victory. The Vikings and Muppets had another real tussle but the Vikings plundered the points and Sanday 'B' were inspired by captain Pattie Sinclair to yet another close win over Streamline.
The final result was slightly Iess close, with the whitewashing of the Ale Stars by the Bilco Boys.
180s this week were hit by: Robbie Stanger, Leigh Shearer, Billy Ward, Craig Taylor, Colin Ross, Davy Henderson, Kevin Gray, Graham Louttit, Mark Shearer, Brian Murray, Patrick Sinclair, Gordon Rendall (Sanday B'), Matthew Wylie, Erlend Lennie, Jamie Marwick (two), Simon Parry (two), Stuart Thomson (two). Brian Moar (two) and Trevor Shearer (three). There were also scores of 171 from Ian Munro and Neil Drever.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Robbie Stanger 100, Clive Hewison 101, Brian Murray 102, Leigh Shearer 107, Simon Parry 110, Billy Ward 116, Patrick Sinclair 122, Neil Croy 136, Jamie Drever 138 and Martin Peace (113 & 120).
Untouchables 7, Warriors 5; Untouchables A 4, Legion 8; Legion Arrows 8, Quoyburray B 4;
Wanderers 8, Quoyburray 4; Shapinsay 5. Commodores 7; Commodores 9, Wanderers 3;
Sanday 7 Shapinsay 5.
Sanday B 7, Streamline 5; Vikings 7, Muppets 5; Ale Stars 0, Bilco Boys 12;
Tankerness 7, Nomads 5; Murray Arms 7, Young Loons 5.
The next cup fixture is on Monday Jan 8, it’s the Swannay Cup in the Masonic at 7.30pm.
Full second half cup and league fixtures will be posted on the Orkney Darts Facebook page soon, as well as on here, and displayed in all venues before New Year.
15 December 2017The loss of Jim Scollie
A sad day in the history of darts in Orkney, and the end of an era, with the loss of our good friend and league secretary Jim Scollie.
A full appreciation can be found by clicking on the link below.
11 December 2017Andrew Sinclair Ltd sponsor The Untouchables
The Untouchables darts team is pictured being presented with new team shirts by their sponsor Andrew Sinclair Ltd Civil and Building Contractor.
Bruce Sinclair from the company is pictured presenting the shirts to team captain Ben Hogan.
Pictured from left are, Ian Linklater, Ben Hogan, Iain Wilkie, Bruce Sinclair, Jim Hamilton, Craig Taylor and Brett Dickinson.
The team members would like to very much thank the company for generously supporting them.
(Pic: Paul Firth)
11 December 2017Festive Singles win for Kevin Gray
Pictured from left are, runner up Derek Firth, league president Craig Taylor, league secretary Jim Scollie, and Festive Singles winner Kevin Gray.
The last KDDL ranking points competition of the year took place on Friday with a great entry of 60 players for the festive open singles, an entry which would have been even higher if it had not been for the winter weather.
League secretary Jim Scollie, who has not been well recently, was warmly welcomed by all at the darts in the Masonic, having been taken to the darts by his sister Evelyn.
With those all important ranking points up for grabs there were some great matches on the night, which saw a total of 20 180’s being scored and 10 finishes of over 100.
Reigning Festive Singles champion Robbie Stanger was in Tenerife, missing the chance to compete for a hat-trick of festive wins in a row, but with Storm Caroline hitting Orkney the day before, followed by a day of snow and ice, who could blame him!
A great 158 checkout by Steven Low in the very first round looked to be the top finish of the night, but two rounds later he met Jim Hamilton, who hit the highest checkout possible in darts, a 170, which was great to see, as they don’t come along that often.
In the top half of the draw Brain Moar met Stevie Linklater in the quarters, with Stevie going through with the help of a 100 checkout. Derek Firth progressed by beating Trevor Shearer, with Derek hitting a 180 in the match.
Despite Stevie hitting two 180’s in the semi that followed, on form Derek, helped by a 15 dart leg and clinical finishing, won through to the final by a 4-1 scoreline.
In the lower half, a 180 by Kevin Gray in his match against Ben Hogan helped him win through, while Ivan Leslie progressed by taking out Steven Low, ending his great run the competition.
In the top quality semi, Kevin and Ivan hit a 180 each, with Kevin going on to seal the win by 4 legs to 1 with a fantastic 121 checkout.
Despite the late hour, it was really good to see so many players and spectators staying to watch the final.
It was Kevin who took the title, beating Derek 5-2 in a match which saw some great darts by both players. Averages were 82.46 Kevin and 78.35 Derek. As winner Kevin picked up a nice Christmas bonus of the £100 prize money, Derek winning £50.
League president Craig Taylor thanked everyone for making it such a good night, adding it was super to see Jim along enjoying the darts and making the presentation that followed.
The big festive drinks raffle also took place, a vital fundraiser for the league. Marie Walker agreed to pull out the winning tickets from the tombola, with Maureen Firth winning first prize, Thorfinn Eunson second. There were also various other individual winners.
Many thanks to all who bought and sold tickets.
The penultimate round of first half fixtures in the Williamsons Butchers ‘A’ league saw first play second as the Legion maintained their unbeaten run with a 10-2 win over Untouchables in a high quality match by all accounts.
Orkney Golf Club took advantage of the Untouchables failure by beating Quoyburray ‘B’ 11-1, moving the Golf Club into second place but seven points adrift of the leaders.
Recent season’s results would suggest that large a gap to be insurmountable but nothing is certain in this league.
Another crunch match took place in the bottom half of the table and Graham Firth played superbly to seal a 7-5 win for the Arrows over Quoyburray, which once more moves them out of the relegation zone.
Indeed Graham was once again on form later in the week, hitting a 13 dart leg but was unable to prevent Wanderers beating the Arrows 8-4 in an extremely hard fought game. Unfortunately for Quoyburray their week was only to get worse as Sanday overturned them 10-2 and they remain rooted to the bottom with a solitary point.
Another hard fought match in the bottom half saw Warriors and Shapinsay draw 6-6, which was also the result between Sanday and Untouchables A.
For the first time this season there was no change in the top two places in the ‘B’ league. Top played bottom with Nomads having a comfortable 10-2 win over the Ale Stars, while second placed Tankerness had an 8-4 triumph over the Sands. Third place is now occupied once again by Murray Arms, who conquered Streamline 9-3 while the Bilco Boys moved exactly even on points and game difference with the Muppets by defeating them 9-3.
Also on the same points but marginally better off on game difference are the Vikings who could only muster a draw against a stubborn Sanday ‘B’ side. 9 games in and the top six are merely separated by six points in what has been one of the best contested leagues for many a year.
180s this week were hit by: Eddie Drever, Colin Leslie, Roy Foubister, Jim Hamilton, Graham Firth, Andrew Clouston, John Garson, Mark Shearer, Steven Low, Ben Hogan, Ian Findlay, Michael Moodie, Brian Murray, Stuart Thomson, Craig Moar, Patrick Sinclair, Keith Bain, Toby Penwarden, Erlend Lennie, Gary Wilson, Darryl Robertson (two), Stevie Linklater (two), Derek Firth (two), Ivan Leslie (three), Leigh Shearer (three), Davy Henderson (three) and Kevin Gray (five). Kevin Gray and John Thomson both also scored 171.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Brett Dickinson 100, John Garson 103, Graham Louttit 104, Ivan Leslie 104, Colin Leslie 112, Ben Hogan 112, Davy Henderson 116, Wayne Small 119, Kevin Gray 121, Derrick Firth 125, Robbie Norqouy 128, Gary Wilson 130, Andrew Moar 130, Bruce Moar 132, Steven Low 158, Stevie Linklater (100 & 100), Derek Firth (100, 100, 116 & 116) and Jim Hamilton pulled a Christmas cracker at the Festive singles, nailing a maximum 170 checkout.
A league: Quoyburray 5, Legion Arrows; Quoyburray ‘B’ 1, OGC 11; Sanday 6, Untouchables ‘A’ 6; Legion 10, Untouchables 2; Warriors 6, Shapinsay 6; Wanderers 8, Legion Arrows 4;
Quoyburray 2, Sanday 10.
Sands 4, Tankerness 8; Nomads 10, Ale Stars 2; Bilco Boys 9, Muppets 3; Vikings 6, Sanday ‘B’ 6; Streamline 3, Murray Arms 9.
There are a number of outstanding games still to be played, and teams are urged to have these games complete as soon as possible, before the second half commences in the New Year.
The next cup fixture is on Monday Jan 8, it’s the Swannay Cup in the Masonic at 7.30pm.
Full second half cup and league fixtures will be posted on the Orkney Darts Facebook page soon, and displayed in all venues before New Year.
03 December 2017Moar and Manson win B Doubles
Andrew Moar and Derek Manson won the B league doubles after beating Nicol Gray and Steven Low 5-4 in a very close final. 19 pairs entered the competition. League treasurer David Henderson presented the cup.
Still no change at the top of the Williamsons Butchers A League this week. The Untouchables had a good 9-3 win at home to Sanday, with Ivan Leslie posting a 12 dart leg for the Isles men, but the Legion maintained their six point advantage with a win by the same scoreline over the Warriors, who they failed to beat at two attempts last season. The Golf Club remain third after a comprehensive 10-2 win over bottom placed Quoyburray, while Untouchables ‘A’ pounded Quoyburray ‘B’ 11-1. The Legion Arrows drew for the third week in succession, once more taking points off some of the big hitters, with the Commodores having to share the points this week. The Shapinsay v Wanderers game was postponed.
Down in the B league, the Muppets obviously thought the top of the table wasn’t exciting enough, so they duly drew with leaders Nomads just to bring everyone else in the top 6 back into contention. Meanwhile Tankerness scraped a 7-5 win over Young Loons to leap from fourth into second, just two points shy of the Nomads. The Young Loons had some better fortune later in the week as they duked it out with the other young team, the Ale stars, with the Loons coming away the victors by 9 games to 3. The Ale stars had fared better against Sands earlier in the week but lost out 5-7. The Vikings kept themselves within touching distance of the promotion places, winning all 8 singles in a 9-3 win over Streamline. Two points further back are the Bilco Boys in sixth who had a pretty comfortable looking 10-2 win over Sanday ‘B’.
This Friday sees the fourth ranking competition of the season, the Festive Singles, which is an open competition. Only KDDL registered players receive ranking points, and there will be plenty looking to pick some up with both the main and ‘B’ ranking tables being pretty close at present.
180s this week were hit by: Ben Hogan, Alan Gray, Steven Moar, Wayne Monkman, Ian Findlay, Cammy Scott, Graham Firth, Freddie Tait, Gordon Rendall (OGC), Keith Brumpton, Davy Henderson, Robbie Norquoy, Daniel Drever, Derrick Firth, Mark Shearer, Erlend Eunson and Ivan Leslie (two). Alan Gray and Gary Wilson both scored 177 as well.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Trevor Shearer 100, Erlend Lennie 104, Bruce Moar 104, Colin Kirkpatrick 106, Billy Ward 108, Mark Shearer 108, Craig Taylor 110, Colin Barnett 120 and Leigh Shearer (115 & 150).
27 November 2017School darts club now established
Following a donation of darts equipment earlier in the year a darts club has now been established at Kirkwall Grammar School.
KGS Darts Club now meets weekly during lunchtimes and is regularly attended by about ten to fifteen students, mainly S1-S3, and also a few senior pupils attending.
Teacher Paul Casey, who runs the darts at the school said: "We have some more experienced players who play competitively against one another, and some newer players who are learning the ropes.
"We have been very fortunate to have been gifted a wide array of equipment from the Kirkwall and District Darts League, to whom we are very grateful. We hope to be establishing a new KGS Darts Club League before the end of the year."
If any pupils are interested in joining the Darts Club please speak to Mr Casey at the school.
Craig Taylor, president of the KDDL, said that he was very grateful to so many league players, and players from elsewhere, who recently donated sets of darts and other equipment which he handed over at the school. The league also donated another free-standing board which was given to them by league player Ali Flett.
This was in addition to the free-standing board set ups the league also gave to the school back in August.
He said that at the moment there are 23 teams in the KDDL set up, from Kirkwall, Shapinsay and all over the East Mainland, including Burray and St Margaret's Hope, meaning that well over 100 people (over 18) are playing on a regular basis throughout the winter months.
He hopes that the young players enjoy playing darts at the school, and hopes to see them coming through into the league in the years to come.
He also said that youth darts had proved to be very successful in Caithness, and there is no reason why it can't be the same here.
He also thanked Mr Casey and KGS headteacher Don Hawkins for their support and allowing the introduction of darts at the school.
27 November 2017Legion continue their darts dominance
Yet another busy week in the KDDL leagues, sponsored by Williamsons Butchers.
The Legion continued their dominance at the top of the A league with a sound 11-1 win over Shapinsay.
The Orkney Golf Club returned to form with two 9-3 victories over close rivals Commodores and Untouchables ‘A’.
Quoyburray ‘B’ crashed 4-8 to the Untouchables as they continued to keep a firm grasp on second spot.
However, later in the week, the Quoyburray ‘B’ lads just edged Shapinsay in a 7-5 thriller that lifted them out of the drop zone at the expense of Legion Arrows, whose match with Wanderers was postponed.
Meanwhile, over in the Masonic, Sanday comprehensively took apart the Warriors 10-2, with more ruthless finishing being the key.
For once there was no change at the top of the B league, with the Nomads keeping a tight hold of the number one slot, although Sanday ‘B’ made them work hard for a 7-5 win.
The Murray Arms and the Vikings played out a 6-6 draw, which keeps both teams in the promotion race but doesn’t really help either in the chase for the title.
The Muppets took advantage of Tankerness having the week off and overtook them in third spot with a solid 10-2 victory over Sands.
And finally the Bilco Boys leapfrogged Streamline in mid table by virtue of beating them 8-4.
This Friday, December 1, the B league doubles, a B league ranking competition, takes place in the Masonic, names by 7.30pm.
The following Friday, December 8, is the Festive Singles, which is set to take place in the Masonic, names by 7.30pm. It is also the night of the league prize draw, so please have all those tickets retured, sold or unsold.
180s this week were hit by: Craig Taylor, Raymie Rendall, Andrew Rendall, Hamish Baillie, Robbie Stanger, Colin Leslie, Colin Barnett, Roy Griffiths, Neil Drever, Brian Murray, Jamie Drever, Gary Wilson, Ryan Wilkie, Robbie Norquoy, Michael Muir, Simon Parry, Ian Findlay, Erlend Lennie, Ivan Leslie (two), Ben Hogan (two), Alan Gray (two), Neil Croy (two), Derek Firth (two), Jim Brown (two) and Kevin Gray (six). Ivan Leslie also had a 177.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Graham Rendall 100, Kevin Gray 101, Davy Henderson 104, Ben Hogan 108, Trevor Shearer 110, Gary Norquoy 115, Colin Leslie 121, Ryan Tulloch 121, Keith Bain 123, Allan Brown 124, Brian Moar 124, Bruce Moar 128, Colin Kirkpatrick 130, Gordon Rendall (OGC) 140, Brett Dickinson 140, Ivan Leslie (100 & 120), Stevie Linklater (106 & 113) and Leigh Shearer (109, 111 & 147).
Commodores 3, OGC 9; Quoyburray 4, Untouchables ‘A’ 8; Quoyburray ‘B’ 4, Untouchables 8; Sanday 10, Warriors 2; Legion 11, Shapinsay 1; Quoyburray ‘B’ 7, Shapinsay 5; OGC 9, Untouchables ‘A’ 3.
Sands 2, Muppets 10; Nomads 7, Sanday ‘B’ 5; Bilco Boys 8, Streamline 4; Vikings 6, Murray Arms 6.
Week beginning Monday, December 4
Commodores v Wanderers; Quoyburray v Legion Arrows; Quoyburray ‘B’ v OGC; Sanday v Untouchables ‘A’; Legion v Untouchables; Warriors v Shapinsay.
Sands v Tankerness; Nomads v Ale Stars; Bilco Boys v Muppets; Vikings v Sanday ‘B’;
Streamline v Murray Arms; Young Loons – no game.
Friday December 1, B league doubles (B ranking), Masonic, names by 7.30pm.
Friday December 8, Festive Singles (Ranking), Masonic, names by 7.30pm.
26 November 2017Ivan Leslie wins Jim Scollie Masters
The latest KDDL ranking points competition took place in the Kirkwall Legion on Friday night, with 39 players taking part in the Jim Scollie Masters, the competition named in honour of the man who has served the league for over 50 years.
Before the competition took place, the players who gathered gave Jim Scollie a big round of applause, delighted that he was able to attend after a long period in hospital.
There was a very high standard of darts played throughout the night by numerous players all keen to gain those all important ranking points.
By semi—final stage it was Brian Moar v Kevin Gray, with 13 and 14 dart legs by Kevin sealing the match 4-1 to take him into the final of the competition he won last year.
In the other semi, it was Ivan Leslie taking on Leigh Shearer, with on form Ivan taking the match 4-0, making the final line up the same as last year.
The final was a very close affair, the score was even a number of times at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4. Kevin had a shot at bull with his last dart of his throw, but just missed, leaving himself on 25, before Ivan took the last leg, checking out 52, to win the title and the 12 ranking points.
Three darts averages in the final saw 77.49 for Ivan, 73.33 for Kevin.
As winner Ivan picked up prize money of £100 kindly donated by Jim, with Kevin receiving £50.
There were 12 180's, on the night, with Kevin Gray scoring 4 of them. There were 10 ton plus finishes, the top two being a great 147 by Leigh Shearer, and a 140 by Brett Dickinson. There were also at least 6 finishes on the bull.
Everyone was delighted to see Jim and his family at the competition, with all present wishing him well.
20 November 2017Jim Scollie Masters takes place this Friday
A busy week saw all KDDL league fixtures played, as well as a previously unfulfilled fixture.
League leaders the Legion maintained their advantage with a solid 8-4 win over Sanday. The Commodores played away to Untouchables ‘A’ and, after some impressive darts from all involved, came away from the Ola with a narrow 7-5 victory.
However, the other Untouchables team had a more ruthless 10-2 win at home to Quoyburray, which saw them leapfrog the Commodores into second place on game difference.
Orkney Golf Club played host to Wanderers and for the second week in a row the golf boys had to settle for a share of the points, which allowed Untouchables ‘A’ to overtake them later in the week as they punished the Wanderers 8-4.
After a slow start to the season the Warriors are starting to find their range and won 8-4 over Quoyburray B.
Down near the drop zone, Shapinsay played Legion Arrows and both sides seemed content with a share of the spoils in a match more noted for Allan Brown and Jamie Marwick’s madhouse marathon than anything else!
It wouldn’t be a normal week in the ‘B’ league without a change at the top of the table and this week was no different.
Tankerness drop from top to third following a narrow 5-7 defeat away to Murray Arms.Nomads took advantage of Tankerness’s slip by pummelling the Streamline boys 10-2 to move one point clear in pole position.
Some joy at last for the Sands team as they beat Sanday ‘B’ 7-5 to record their first win of the season.
A close encounter was expected between Vikings and Bilco Boys and so it transpired, with the Vikings winning 7-5 and staying in close contention behind the leading pack at the top of the table.
The Muppets also remain close behind but lost an opportunity to close the gap as they were held to a draw by the Young Loons.
This Friday sees the third ranking competition of the season, the Jim Scollie Masters, take place in the Legion, names to be in by 7.30pm.
Then the following Friday its the first of the big ‘B’ ranking points cups, the ‘B’ doubles in the Masonic, names also by 7.30pm.
Points from the three ‘B’ranking competitions get added to any gained in the main ranking events and the top twelve boys are selected for the East ‘B’ side later in the season.
180s this week were hit by: Roy Foubister, Billy Ward, Robbie Stanger, Des Gillespie, Alan Gray, Brian Moar, Aaron Mitchell, Gordon Rendall (OGC), Ian Linklater, Davy Henderson, Graham Firth, Olly Bethwaite, Lee MacPherson, Keith Bain, George Low, Gordon Rendall (Sanday ‘B’), Patrick Sinclair, Brett Dickinson (two), James Flett (two), Ian Findlay (two), Trevor Shearer (two) and Ryan Tulloch (three). Stevie Linklater also hit a 171.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Trevor Shearer 100, Stevie Linklater 103, Robbie Norquoy 106, Kevin Gray 113, Freddie Tait 114, Colin Kirkpatrick 114, Ben Hogan 114, Derek Firth 120, Brian Moar 120, Leigh Shearer 128 and Neil Drever 148.
Legion 8, Sanday 4; Warriors 8, Quoyburray ‘B’ 4; Untouchables 10, Quoyburray 2; Untouchables ‘A’ 5, Commodores 7; OGC 6, Wanderers 6; Shapinsay 6, Legion Arrows 6.
Wanderers 4, Untouchables ‘A’ 8.
Vikings 7, Bilco Boys 5; Streamline 2, Nomads 10; Sanday ‘B’ 5, Sands 7; Muppets 6, Young Loons 6; Murray Arms 7, Tankerness 5.
Week beginning Monday November 27
Warriors v Legion; Untouchables v Sanday; Untouchables ‘A’ v Quoyburray ‘B’; OGC v Quoyburray; Legion Arrows v Commodores; Shapinsay v Wanderers.
Streamline v Vikings; Sanday ‘B’ v Bilco Boys; Muppets v Nomads; Ale Stars v Sands;
Tankerness v Young Loons; Murray Arms – no game.
Friday, November 24, Jim Scollie Masters (ranking competition), Legion, names by 7.30pm
Friday, December 1, ‘B’ league doubles (‘B’ ranking competition), Masonic, names by 7.30pm
13 November 2017Ivan Leslie wins Pit Stop Cup
Orkney Golf Club was the venue for the latest KDDL ranking points competition, which saw 37 players enter the Pit Stop Singles on Friday night.
There was a good mixture of A and B players entered, and as always, players were all keen to win those ranking points which go towards making the team to play against Shetland, and the East V West later in the season.
At the semi-final stage, Robbie Stanger beat Derek Firth to book his place into the final, while Ivan Leslie beat Leigh Shearer to progress.
The final was a classic and very close encounter with Ivan throwing to victory by a -5-4 scoreline in the best of 9 leg match which could not have been closer.
It was also good to see so many players staying behind to watch the match.
Five ton plus finishes during the night by Ivan, including two in the final undoubtedly helped him along the way.
The next ranking points competition is set to be held in the Legion on Friday, November 24, with the Jim Scollie Masters.
The leagues are now just over quarter of the way through the season and already the Legion have given themselves a bit of breathing space in the Williamsons ‘A’ league, opening up a six point lead at the top following a resounding 11-1 win away to Quoyburray ‘B’.
The Commodores moved clear into second on game difference by winning both games they played this week. Firstly by a victory over the Untouchables by 8 games to 4, and later in the week narrowly defeated the Warriors 7-5.
This was also the Warriors second appearance of the week, having already overcome Quoyburray 10-2 on the Monday night.
Result of the week surely goes to the Legion Arrows, with Cammy Scott leading his side to a terrific point against the much-fancied Orkney Golf Club. It goes to prove the point that when all members of any team all click at the same time, any result is possible in this league.
Despite being only their first point of the season, it was enough to lift the Arrows out of the relegation zone, if only by virtue of having won more games while level on game difference.
The two Quoyburray teams now sit in the drop zone, with the Quoyburray two games worse off on game difference than both Quoyburray ‘B’ and Legion Arrows.
The top of the ‘B’ league continues to shuffle more than a pack of cards! Tankerness moved from third to pole position with a decent 9-3 win over bottom placed Ale Stars, who continue their hunt for that elusive first point.
The dastardly Bilco Boys continue to wreak havoc with both ends of the table.
Having drawn with sides at the top and bottom in recent weeks, they decided to upset the apple cart once more and scraped out a narrow 7-5 win over Murray Arms, who had been top at the end of the previous week.
The Nomads squeezed into second place with an 8-4 win over promotion chasing rivals the Vikings, while at the bottom end of the table, Sanday ‘B’ just edged the Young Loons 7-5 in yet another close result for the youngsters.
Streamline maintained their mid table spot in the league with a 9-3 victory over Sands, and now appear to also be an outside contender for a promotion spot. It really is anyone’s guess as to how this league will turn out by the halfway point of the season.
180s this week were hit by: Graham Firth, Allan Brown, Keith Brumpton, Andrew Rendall, Raymie Rendall, Colin Kirkpatrick, Derek Firth, Gary Chalmers, Erlend Lennie, Craig Moar, Neil Drever, Robbie Norquoy, George Low, Robbie Stanger, Nicol Gray, Gary Wilson, Leigh Shearer, Eddie Drever (two), Brett Dickinson (two), Kevin Gray (two) and Stevie Moar (three). Craig Moar also hit a 171 while Freddie Tait had a 177.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Gary Wilson 100, Gary Chalmers 100, Steven Low 102, Eddie Drever 106, Derek Ward 107, Allan Brown 114, Lee MacPherson 115, Brian Moar 118, Ian Linklater 120, Freddie Tait 124, Kevin Gray (101, 101 & 118), Robbie Stanger (116, 116, 117 & 121) and Ivan Leslie (101, 117, 119, 130 & 139).
A league: Commodores 8, Untouchables 4; Quoyburray 2, Warriors 10; Quoyburray 1, v Legion 11; Legion Arrows 6, OGC 6; Warriors 5, Commodores 7.
B League: Young Loons 5, Sanday ‘B’ 7; Sands 3, Streamline 9; Nomads 8, Vikings 4; Bilco Boys 7, Murray Arms 5; Tankerness 9, Ale Stars 3.
Week beginning Monday 20th November 20
A League: Commodores v OGC; Quoyburray v Untouchables ‘A’; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Untouchables; Sanday v Warriors; Legion v Shapinsay; Wanderers v Legion Arrows.
B League: Young Loons v Ale Stars; Sands v Muppets; Nomads v Sanday ‘B’; Bilco Boys v Streamline; Vikings v Murray Arms; Tankerness – No Game.
Friday, November, 24
Jim Scollie Masters (Ranking), Legion, names by 7.30pm
06 November 2017£1000 raised for RNLI and Fishermen's Mission
An amazing £1000 was raised to be split between the RNLI and the Fishermen's Mission on Saturday when the KDDL held the annual Davy Cooper Memorial Darts competition.
49 men and lady players entered the open singles event which took place in the Kirkwall Masonic Club.
In the main event, by semi-final time, Stuart Thomson beat Andrew Skea to reach the final, while Kevin Gray put an end to Craig Taylor's hopes of reaching the final for the second year in a row.
On to the final, and Kevin continued his good form by taking the title for the third time with a 4-0 win over Stuart.
Money was raised on the day from a bottle stall, a coin push, and prize boards. The KDDL as always, donated all the entry money to the charities as well.
On behalf of the committee, league president Craig Taylor said that a huge thank you goes to everyone who took part in the event and generously donated the numerous prizes on the day.
The RNLI and the Fishermen's Mission are just two of the charities which the league supports, and a cheque presentation will be arranged later in the season.
Week 5 of the Williamson’s Butchers KDDL ‘A’ and ‘B’ leagues came and went, with the resulting league tables proving just how close and competitive both leagues are.
The Legion remain top of the ‘A’ league and maintained their 100% record with a thumping 11-1 win over Quoyburray.
Untouchables held onto second spot with a narrow but deserved 7-5 win over Wanderers, who had previously been in third.
Despite the Arrows’ Graham Firth posting more big scores on their card yet again this week, it wasn’t quite enough to match the firepower of Trevor Shearer and Roy Foubister as Untouchables ‘A’ won 10-2.
The Golf Club also won 10-2 in a rescheduled and reversed fixture against Shapinsay, while Sanday overcame Quoyburray ‘B’ 8-4 with Sanday skipper Michael Muir nailing a 12 dart leg.
With only 6 points separating first from sixth, and only game difference coming into play between third and sixth it shows just how close it is in the top half this year.
It is also worth bearing in mind that the Commodores still have a game in hand and will no doubt be hoping to be in that mix before too long. The bottom half is equally as tight with only three points between the bottom five clubs.
And for all that the top league may appear close, the ‘B’ league boys seem intent on being even more competitive, with three teams now on 12 points at the top and a further two teams within three points of that.
The Bilco Boys drew with previous bottom team Sands last week, and this week they held the second placed Nomads to a draw.
Despite Nomads Gary Wilson scoring yet another 180 to sit top of the KDDL 180 leaderboard on 9, John Thomson managed to post an impressive 13 dart leg for the visitors.
The Muppets came from 4-2 down at half-time to previous leaders Tankerness to win 7-5, with Darryl Robertson and Derrick Firth playing great darts for the Muppets. That result saw Muppets leapfrog Tankerness into second place by virtue of game difference.
Murray Arms once more sit top of the pile courtesy of a huge game difference, helped in no small part by an 11-1 victory over Ale Stars, with Murray’s Grant Harrold hitting the highest finish of the KDDL season so far with a 156 checkout.
Elsewhere the Vikings kept themselves in serious contention with an 11-1 win at home to the Sands to sit fifth but with a game in hand.
Streamline had a reasonably comfortable 8-4 win over the Young Loons to put themselves in the mid table spot.
On Friday the next ranking points competition takes place in the Orkney Golf Club, it is the Pit Stop Cup with names due in by 7.30pm on the night.
180s this week were hit by: Derek Firth, Brett Dickinson, Simon Parry, Alan Gray, Michael Muir, Roy Foubister, Keith Brumpton, Jamie Drever, Robbie Norquoy, Ali Flett, Nicol Gray, Gary Wilson, Kevin Gray (two), Trevor Shearer (two), Graham Firth (two) and Darryl Robertson (two).
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Ian Stevenson 102, Malcolm Coghill 103, Roy Foubister 108, Bruce Moar 112, Gary Brown 115, Matthew Wylie 115, Davy Henderson 115, Alan Gray 118, Trevor Shearer 124, Ryan Wilkie 130, Stuart Thomson 135, Graham Firth 145, Grant Harrold 156, Derrick Firth 118 & 108 and Kevin Gray 119 & 119.
A league: Sanday 8, Quoyburray ‘B’ 4; Legion 11, Quoyburray 1; Untouchables 7, Wanderers 5; Untouchables ‘A’ 10, Legion Arrows 2; OGC 10, Shapinsay 2.
B League: Nomads 6, Bilco Boys 6; Vikings 11 Sands 1; Streamline 8, Young Loons 4;
Muppets 7, Tankerness 5; Murray Arms 11, Ale stars 1.
Week beginning Monday, November 13.
A League: Legion v Sanday; Warriors v Quoyburray ‘B’; Untouchables v Quoyburray; Untouchables ‘A’ v Commodores; OGC v Wanderers; Shapinsay v Legion Arrows.
B League: Vikings v Bilco Boys; Streamline v Nomads; Sanday ‘B’ v Sands; Muppets v Young Loons; Murray Arms v Tankerness; Ale Stars – No game.
Friday November 10, Pit Stop Cup (ranking competition), Orkney Golf Club, names by 7.30pm.
30 October 2017Postponed games are played
Despite having the week off for cup games, a couple of previously postponed league games took place.
In the ‘A’ League the Untouchables ‘A’ moved into the top half of the table with a resounding 9-3 victory over Shapinsay.
Tankerness moved clear into pole position in the ‘B’ league, inspired by in-form captain Robbie Norquoy gobbling up another brace of 180s as they narrowly defeated the Vikings 7-5.
The Davy Cooper singles takes place this Saturday afternoon in the Masonic, with all money raised donated evenly between the RNLI and Fisherman’s Mission. Names by 1.30pm.
Donations for the raffle etc are very welcome, please take them along on the day or contact Craig Taylor on 07802 440068.
Then next Friday evening sees the second of our ranking competitions, the Pitstop Cup, take place in the Orkney Golf Club.
180s this week were hit by: Jamie Marwick, Colin Barnett, Gary Wilson, Trevor Shearer (two) and Robbie Norquoy (two).
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Derek Manson 100, Brett Dickinson 101, Alistair Rendall 101, Neil Drever 105, Mark Shearer 110, Freddie Tait 110, Ian Linklater 113 and Robbie Stanger 125 & 101.
Shapinsay 3, Untouchables ‘A’ 9
Tankerness 7, Vikings 5
Week beginning Monday, November 6
Commodores v Untouchables
Quoyburray v Warriors
Quoyburray B v Legion
Sanday v Shapinsay
Legion Arrows v OGC
Wanderers v Untouchables ‘A’
Young Loons v Sanday ‘B’
Sands v Streamline
Nomads v Vikings
Bilco Boys v Murray Arms
Tankerness v Ale Stars
Muppets – no game
Saturday, November 4, Davy Cooper Singles, Masonic, names by 1.30pm
Friday, November 10, Pitstop Singles (Ranking), Golf Club, names by 7.30pm
28 October 2017Fundraising darts for Fishermen's Mission and RNLI
Saturday, November 4, Davy Cooper Singles, Masonic, names by 1.30pm.
Donations for raffle prizes very welcome, money raised will be donated to the RNLI and Fishermen’s Mission. If you would like to donate please contact Craig Taylor on 07802 440068 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them along on the day. Thanks.
28 October 2017Week of 301 Cups
It was a week of 301 cups in the KDDL this week.
On Monday the A league 301 Challenge cup took place in the Legion which was won by The Untouchables, who beat the Commodores 4-0 in the final. Committee member Stevie Linklater is pictured presenting the cup.
On Tuesday the B league 301 Cup was held in the Masonic. In a very close final the Nomads took the title with a 4-3 win over the Vikings. Committee member Brett Dickinson is pictured making the presentation.
The Tom Notman Memorial Singles took place back in the Kirkwall Legion on Friday night, with Martin Peace beating Paul Firth 2-1 in a very close final. Tom was a very much respected founding member of the KDDL, serving as president and secretary over the years. Pictured is league president Craig Taylor with winner Martin Peace and runner up Paul Firth.
28 October 2017Close at the top of the B league
Although the school holidays halved the number of games played in the Williamsons Butchers ‘A’ League this week, the ‘B’ league managed to complete all their fixtures. Four weeks in and only games difference separates the Murray Arms, Nomads, Muppets and Tankerness at the top of the ‘B’ league, albeit with Nomads and Tankerness having played a game less than the other two thus far.
The Nomads just barely edged Murray Arms 7-5 in their encounter while there was an even closer battle between Sands and the Bilco Boys, which resulted in a share of the points. Robbie Norquoy scored a hat-trick of maximums for Tankerness in their 8-4 win over Sanday ‘B’, a scoreline replicated by the Vikings over the Young Loons. The first whitewash of the season was recorded in the rugby club where the Muppets used their extra experience to overpower the young Ale Stars team, although three of the first four games went the distance.
A close match was anticipated between last years top two in the ‘A’ league, but this time out the Legion beat their hosts the Commodores by a reasonably comfortable 9-3 margin. The game was obviously not short of quality though with the Commodores posting four 180s between them, although that was matched solely by Kevin Gray, who also checked out on 100. The Untouchables are sitting second in the league at present and look ready to mount a title challenge this year as Brett Dickinson posted yet another brace of 180s to help Untouchables beat the Legion Arrows 8-4. The Arrows remain rooted to bottom spot just now, but Graham Firth’s performance on the night sent a loud and clear message to the rest of the league that they certainly won’t go down without trying hard to stay in the top flight. Meanwhile over on the other Legion boards the Wanderers only just got the better of the Warriors in a great game of darts, with seven different players all posting big stuff on the back of the card, highlight of which was Stuart Thomson’s obligatory 180s in the midst of a flurry of twenty-something scores! The Wanderers currently sit third behind the Untouchables on games difference, in what has been their best start to a season for several years. The Warriors are perhaps suffering somewhat from Second Season Syndrome after a great first season in the top flight, but with all their defeats being marginal so far, it shouldn’t be long before they find themselves picking up points.
180s this week were hit by: Robbie Stanger, Leigh Shearer, Wayne Monkman, Graham Firth, Brian Moar, Eddie Drever, George Coltherd, Patrick Sinclair, Gary Wilson, Andrew Moar, Grant Harrold, Brian Stevenson, Billy Ward (two), Stuart Thomson (two), Brett Dickinson (two), Erlend Lennie (two), Robbie Norquoy (three) and Kevin Gray (four).
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Kevin Gray 100, John Hamilton 100, Simon Parry 100, Martin Peace 100, Ryan Wilkie 114 and Graham Firth 110 & 101.
A league: Commodores 3, Legion 9
Legion Arrows 4, Untouchables 8
Wanderers 8, Warriors 4
B League: Young Loons 4, Vikings 8
Sands 6, Bilco Boys 6
Nomads 7, Murray Arms 5
Ale Stars 0, Muppets 12
Tankerness 8, Sanday B 4
Fixtures: Week beginning Monday, October 30
Sanday v Quoyburray B
Legion v Quoyburray
Warriors v Commodores
Untouchables v Wanderers
Untouchables A v Legion Arrows
Shapinsay v OGC
Nomads v Bilco Boys
Vikings v Sands
Streamline v Young Loons
Muppets v Tankerness
Murray Arms v Ale Stars
Sanday B – no game
Saturday, November 4, Davy Cooper Singles, Masonic, names by 1.30pm.
Donations for raffle prizes very welcome, money raised will be donated to the RNLI and Fishermen’s Mission. If you would like to donate please contact Craig Taylor on 07802 440068 or bring them along on the day.
19 October 2017Derek Firth wins Loutitt Singles
Derek Firth won the Loutitt Singles with Ian Linklater runner-up, they are pictured receiving their trophies from league President Craig Taylor & Vice President Robert Stanger. 45 players entered. Thanks to the Legion and all players who entered.
The Williamson’s A and B leagues rolled into week 3 and there were some tremendous individual as well as team performances. Keith Brumpton stole the show with three high finishes for the golf club as they narrowly overcame the Untouchables in a game which also saw the Linklater brothers make multiple marks on the card for either side. The Legion proved too clinical for the Wanderers as they turned them over 9-3. Davie Henderson hit form on Monday night in the Quoyburray Derby as it ended up all square, but that was to pale in comparison to his two 180s and three high checkouts the following night as they lost 4-8 to Shapinsay. Shapinsay’s Jamie Marwick wasn’t too shy in hitting the big stuff that night himself. Sanday produced this week’s shock result, defeating the Commodores 8-4.
In the B league on Tuesday night Gary Wilson continued the big hitting madness for the week, hitting a hat trick of 180s as the Nomads steamrolled the Sands 11-1. The Murrays continued their drive for league success with a 10-2 demolition of the Muppets. The Young Loons put in another impressive display but just fell short, losing 7-5 to the Bilco Boys. The Vikings finally got their season off to a start, beating the Ale Stars 10-2, with the Ale Stars also losing 8-4 to Sanday B earlier in the week. In the final B fixture of the week Tankerness proved worthy adversaries for the Streamline team and the Tankerness crew took yet another close game 7-5.
However, it was in the A league on Wednesday evening that Eddie Drever decided to save the best for last, hitting an astounding five 180s as well as a 120 checkout for the Warriors in what looks to have been a really good game with the Legion Arrows. A tremendous effort from Eddie, although it falls slightly short of what is believed to be the record of six in a match, coming in the same season several years ago from firstly Iain Wilkie and shortly after Kevin Gray, who achieved it with a set of pub darts!
46 players entered the Loutitt Singles, the first ranking points competition of the season.
Held in the Kirkwall Legion on Friday night, players were all keen to earn early points which go towards qualifying to play against Shetland in April.
Among those watching the proceedings was league secretary Jim ‘Tattie Bogle’ Scollie, who was greeted by the players after a spell of being ‘off the beat’ due to illness. It was grand to see him back at the darts, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Back to the darts, and as can often happen some big names can fall early on.
In the quarter-finals Stevie Linklater beat James Flett to progress, Derek Firth beat Stuart Thomson, while Brett Dickinson over came Steven Low, and Ian Linklater put out Simon Parry.
In the semi-finals Derek stopped Stevie’s run in a tight 4-3 match. Stevie’s brother Ian played team-mate Brett, ending Brett’s good run in the competition by the score of 4-2, despite Brett checking out a 128.
This was the third year in a row that Ian had reached the final, but it was not to prove third time lucky, as on form Derek took the title and the 12 ranking points with a 5-2 scoreline, hitting a 180 and checking out 126 in the final.
There is a break from league fixtures next week when the 301 cups are held, Monday in the Legion at 7.30pm for the A teams. Tuesday in the Masonic at 7.30pm for the B.
Then on Friday the Tom Notman Singles Cup takes place in the Legion, 7.30pm.
Advance notice: Sat Nov 4. D. Cooper Singles, Masonic 1.30pm., which also funds for the RNLI and Fishermen’s Mission.
180s this week were hit by: Stuart Thomson, Brian Murray, Craig Moar, Derek Firth, Derrick Firth, Simon Parry, Allan Brown, Cammy Scott, Robbie Norquoy (2), Jamie Marwick (2), Ian Linklater (2), Leigh Shearer (2), Raymie Rendall (2), Gary Wilson (3), Stevie Linklater (4), Davie Henderson (4) and 5 from Eddie Drever.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Ivan Leslie 100, Andrew Moar 102, Patrick O’Neil 103, Erland Eunson 104, Graham Reid 105, Keith Bain 108, Erlend Lennie 111, Stephen Griffiths 115, Simon Parry 116, Eddie Drever 120, Stevie Linklater 124, Derek Firth 126, Brett Dickinson 128, Jamie Marwick 129, Ryan Tulloch 133, Ian Linklater 138 & 118, Brian Moar 118, 110 & 100, Keith Brumpton 122, 114 & 112 and Davie Henderson 130, 102 & 102.
A league: Legion 9, Wanderers 3
Untouchables 5, OGC 7
Quoyburray B 6, Quoyburray 6
Sanday 8, Commodores 4
Warriors 8, Legion Arrows 4
Quoyburray 4, Shapinsay 8
B League: Bilco Boys 7, Young Loons 5
Sanday B 8, Ale Stars 4,
Murray Arms 10, Muppets 2
Nomads 11, Sands 1
Streamline 5, Tankerness 7
Vikings 10, Ale Stars 2
Week beginning Monday October 23
Monday 23: A League 301 Cup Legion 7.30pm
Tuesday 24: B League 301 Cup Masonic 7.30pm
Friday 27: Tom Notman Singles Cup, Legion 7.30pm
Advance notice: Sat, Nov 4, D. Cooper Singles, Masonic 1.30pm
19 October 2017Leagues continue
Week two of the Williamsons Butchers A league saw yet more close games and even the first big upset.
The Commodores are looking like they mean business as they sit top of the shop following their second successive 11-1 win, this time over Quoyburray B. Small Consolation perhaps for the tankerness side but their solitary point came from an impressive win for Graham Reid over Commodores skipper Robbie Stanger, not an easy feat by any means. The Untouchables sealed a close 7-5 win over Untouchables A to sit joint second, along with the Legion who defeated the Arrows 10-2 in a mid week game. Once more the back of their card was pretty full, with all four Legion players making a mark or two. The Orkney Golf Club team played host to the Warriors, a tie that last year almost provided a shock result. This time however, the hosts were in a less generous mood and sealed an 8-4 victory, with Stevie Linklater once more posting notable scores and finishes. A poor weather forecast saw the match between Quoyburray and Shapinsay postponed to a later date. The first real shock scoreline of the season was posted by the Wanderers who had a surprising 8-4 victory over Sanday, with Wanderers Skipper Jimic Flett leading by example, winning all four points he was involved in. The Wanderers currently occupy fourth position in the league, but that could soon change with a string of tough fixtures in the coming weeks. Next weeks fixtures throw up some meaty tussles, with the pick of the bunch being the Commodores v Legion in what could be a telling result for who may top the table by Christmas. Likewise the result of Quoyburray B v Shapinsay may play a part in who occupies the positions at the tail end of the league. Wanderers v Warriors always has a bit of edge to it and there will undoubtedly be a tough game between the Golf Club and Untoucables A.
Into the B league and the Murray Arms are in pole position following an 11-1 turnover of neighbours the Sands, with both Jamie Drever and Keith Bain in fine form. Although level at half-time, the Muppets ran out 8-4 victors over Sanday B to sit second. A fine start to the season for them, and all the more impressive given key player Mark Shearer has yet to play a league game. Streamline bounced back from defeat last week to beat the new side from the rugby club, the Ale Stars, 8-4. Although a defeat, the youngsters should take plenty encouragement considering the vast gulf in experience between the sides. Following a bye week in round one, the Nomads kicked off their campaign with a solid 10-2 win over the Young Loons. The recent A league experience of new signing Erlend Lennie, combined with the potential of exciting young prospect Ryan Wilkie, could perhaps see the Nomads push harder for promotion this year. They host the Murray Arms next week in what should be a very close match.
180s this week were hit by: Freddie Tait, Ryan Tulloch, Brett Dickinson, Kevin Gray, Derek Firth, Ian Findlay, Jim Brown, Stevie Linklater, Andrew Watson, Jamie Drever, Keith Bain, Brian Stevenson, Erland Lennie and Gary Wilson.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Jamie Drever 100, Kevin Gray 101, Stevie Linklater 104, Keith Bain 104, Sam Caithness 110, Ivan Leslie 110, Ryan Tulloch 110, Derek Firth 110, Neil Croy 111, Colin Kirkpatrick 125, James Flett 131, Archie Yule 112 & 104 and Jim Hamilton 123 & 118.
A league: Commodores 11, QBB 1
Untouchbles A 5, Untouchables 7
OGC 8, Warriors 4
Legion Arrows 2, Legion 10
Wanderers 8, Sanday 4
Quoyburray v Shapinsay – postponed
B League: Young Loons 2, Nomads 10
Sands 1, Murray Arms 11
Muppets 8, Sanday B 4
Ale stars 4, Streamline 8
Tankerness v Vikings - postponed
Fixtures: Week beginning Monday 16th October
A League: Commodores v Legion
Quoyburray v Sanday
Quoyburray B v Shapinsay
OGC v Untouchables A
Legion Arrows v Untouchables
Wanderers v Warriors
B League: Young Loons v Vikings
Sands v Bilco Boys
Nomads v Murray Arms
Ale Stars v Muppets
Tankerness v Sanday B
Streamline – no game
Friday 13th October Louttit Singles (ranking singles), Legion, names by 7.30pm
04 October 2017Leagues get underway
After beginning the season with early cup fixtures, the action in the KDDL’s 51st season finally swung round to the leagues last week, and there were some great darts thrown, considering it is so early in the season.
In the Williamson’s A League the Legion kick started the defence of their title with an 8-4 win over last seasons 3rd place Orkney Golf Club, with Legion skipper Derek Firth hitting three big finishes during the match.
The addition of recent county debutant Iain Findlay has further strengthened the depth of the Legion squad and they will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with again this year. Last years runners up the Commodores got off to a flying start against newly promoted Quoyburray, posting an 11-1 win.
Also winning 11-1 were the Untouchables against current B league champions Shapinsay, despite Shapinsay’s Jamie Marwick posting some terrific scoring and finishing. Bolstered by new signing Brett Dickinson, the Untouchables will be hoping to improve on last season’s performance and finish in the top half this time around.
Sanday produced a typically solid display against Legion Arrows, convincingly winning 9-3. Elsewhere in the Tankerness hall the Wanderers recorded the same result over Quoyburray B. With Simon Parry returning to the Wanderers fold this season, they will be hoping to have a more fruitful season than last year.
The game of the night took place between the Warriors and Untouchables A, with the visitors walking home with a narrow 7-5 victory in a match with plenty on the back of the card. New Untouchables A signing Ryan Tulloch made an instant impression and hopes will be high for them to be amongst the challengers this time out.
The B league was a close affair last year and it appears from the first week’s results that this year will be no different, with very little between most of the teams.
The Murray Arms showed no sign of letting narrowly missing out on promotion last year affect them as they put away new boys Sanday B 9-3, with recent signing Jamie Drever returning from a two year stint in the A league to win both his singles.
Nicol Gray rallied his troops from last season and a change in team name saw a change in their fortunes, with the Young Loons winning their first game 8-4 over the Sands, helped by a terrific 147 finish from Logan Peace.
Streamline entered a team this season for the first time in quite a few years but they fell short, losing 8-4 to the Muppets, helped in no small part by winning all four pairs games. Meanwhile in the Golf Club a close encounter was expected between the Bilco Boys and Tankerness with both having been in promotion contention for much of last season. This time around however, the visitors managed to come out on top 8-4.
A week on Friday sees the start of this season’s Ranking points competition, with the Legion hosting the Louttit Singles, names to be in by 7.30pm.
Competition will be hot this year for a chance to get into the team to face Shetland in April and the opportunity to try to help complete a record breaking 8 year win streak. Any points earned by B league players will also go towards their separate ranking points system used to select the B team for the annual East v West fixture later in the season.
180s this week were hit by: Robbie Stanger, Billy Ward, Andrew Rendall, Derek Firth, Stevie Linklater, Alan Gray, Graham Firth, Stuart Thomson, Stephen Griffiths and Jamie Marwick (2).
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Simon Parry 100, Ian Eunson 100, Graham Rendall 103, Jamie Marwick 105, Robbie Stanger 105, Andrew Moar 110, Michael Muir 111, Raymie Rendall 114, Trevor Shearer 115, Des Gillespie 120, Stevie Moar 121, Ian Stevenson 123, Kevin Gray 129, Ryan Tulloch 140, Logan Peace 147, Eddie Drever 151 and Derek Firth 118, 101 & 100.
Commodores 11 v 1 Quoyburray
Legion 8 v 4 OGC
Warriors 5 v 7 Untouchables A
Sanday 9 v 3 Legion Arrows
Shapinsay 1 v 11 Untouchables
Quoyburray B 3 v 9 Wanderers
Young Loons 8 v 4 Sands
Streamline 4 v 8 Muppets
Murray Arms 9 v 3 Sanday B
Bilco Boys 4 v 8 Tankerness
Vikings v Ale Stars - postponed
Week beginning Monday 9th October
Quoyburray B v Quoyburray
Sanday v Commodores
Legion v Wanderers
Warriors v Legion Arrows
Untouchables v OGC
Shapinsay v Untouchables A
Nomads v Sands
Bilco Boys v Young Loons
Streamline v Tankerness
Sanday B v Ale Stars
Murray Arms v Muppets
Vikings – no game
Friday 13th October
Louttit Singles (ranking singles), Legion, names by 7.30pm
25 September 2017Cricket Cup week
Lynnfield cricket cup winners were the Legion. From left are Ian Findlay, Kevin Gray, Wayne Monkman and Neil Croy.
Bilco Boys players Andrew Moar and Derek Manson pictured with league representative Robbie Norquoy after winning the B League Cricket Cup.
Pictured are the trophy winners from the Cricket singles and doubles, with Kelly Harcus from the Kirkwall Legion which hosted the competition. From left, doubles winners Stuart Thomson and Brian Moar, Kelly Harcus, singles winner Stevie Linklater who also lost in the final of the doubles, with partner Kevin Peace. Missing from the picture is singles runner up Kevin Gray.
The cup fixtures continued last week, with a week of Cricket Cups.
On Monday night in the Legion, seven teams entered the A League Lynnfield cricket cup. The Legion came out on top beating Untouchables A in the final 3-1.
Wayne Monkman hit a 180 for the Legion with Shapinsay's Colin Leslie hitting 3 bulls on the night.
On Tuesday night, it was well done to the Bilco Boys on winning B league 301 Cricket Cup beating the Muppets in the final. A good entry of 18 teams entered.
On Friday night the Cricket singles and doubles took place in the Legion.
Doubles winners were Stuart Thomson and Brian Moar who beat Stevie Linklater and Kevin Peace 2-0 in the final. Singles winner was Stevie Linklater who beat Kevin Gray 2-0 in the final.
There were 180's on the night from Gary Wilson, Kevin Peace, Jim Brown and Brian Moar. 24 players entered the singles, 12 pairs in the doubles.
With the league set to start this week can all teams make sure that they post a clear readable picture of the scorecards (front and back) after the games and post them on the Orkney Darts Facebook page. That way the league tables can be updated and posted online. ALL cards can then be left at the Kirkwall Legion by Noon on Saturday where they will be collected.
There is no cup fixture this Friday. The next one is Friday October 13, with the first of the ranking points competitions, the Loutitt Singles, played in the Legion. Names by 7.30pm.
Fixtures, week beginning Oct 2
Commodores v Quoyburray B, Quoyburray v Shapinsay, Untouchables A v Untouchables,
OGC v Warriors, Legion Arrows v Legion, Wanderers v Sanday.
Young Loons v Nomads, Sands v Murray Arms, Muppets v Sanday B, Ale Stars v Streamline, Tankerness v Vikings, Bilco Boys – No Game.
18 September 2017Spiers cup win for Untouchables A
Untouchables A were winners of the Spiers Cup. Pictured from left are Roy Foubister, Ryan Tulloch, Colin Barnett and Trevor Shearer.
Eleven teams entered the Spiers Cup last Monday night, with the high standard of darts on display a talking point, especially so early in the season.
This, the second cup competition of the season saw 13 180's scored and 7 ton plus check outs. The highest finish of the night was a 129 scored by Stevie Linklater, with Billy Ward hitting two 180's on the night.
This is the first year that the competition was switched from 1 leg 0f 601 to best of three 501, with the new format seemingly proving popular, and certainly taking out some quality darts in the Kirkwall Masonic.
It was unfortunate that in the first round of the competition that the Legion team had to withdraw due to illness. However, making their way to the semi-finals, in the top half of the draw were the Commodores - chasing their second cup of the season - against the Orkney Golf Club.
It was the Commodores proved too strong and ran out 4-1 winners.
In the lower half of the draw Untouchables A beat Sanday by the same scoreline, booking their place in the final.
And what a final it was, after the four singles and two doubles it was all even at 3-3 with the game going down to the one leg 601 decider. It could not have been closer.
As the scores quickly came down Commodores Robbie Stanger just missed double 11 for a 99 check to take the title, but up stepped Roy Foubister to check out an impressive 120 and win the cup for Untouchables A.
180's: B Ward x 2, L Shearer x 2 , M Shearer, B Stevenson, T Shearer, I Leslie, S Linklater, I Wilkie, G Rendall, R. Tulloch, R Stanger
High finishes: 129 S Linklater, C Barnett 128, R Foubsiter 120, 100 R Stanger, 117 R Tulloch, F Tait 116, 114 M Shearer.
Monday, Sept 18, the Lynnfield Cup takes place in the Legion for A teams, and the Foubsiter Cup is held in the Masonic the following night for the B league. Team names in by 7.30pm.
This Friday, Sept 22, Cricket Singles and Doubles, Kirkwall Legion. Names by 7.30pm.
League fixtures, week starting Monday September 25
Commodores v Quoyburray; Quoyburray B v Wanderers; Sanday v Legion Arrows; Legion v OGC; Warriors v Untouchables A ; Shapinsay v Untouchables.
B League fixtures
Young Loons v Sands; Bilco Boys v Tankerness; Vikings v Ale Stars; Streamline v Muppets;
Murray Arms v Sanday B.
Nomads - No Game
06 September 2017Cup wins for Commodores and Nomads
Commodores players Billy Ward, Leigh Shearer and Robbie Stanger are pictured with the Allied Hotels Cup. The Nomads, below, were the winners of the St Ola Cup, pictured are, from left, Erlend Lennie, Matthew Wylie, Ryan Wilkie, Clive Hewison, Gary Wilson and Paul Firth.
The KDDL darts season got underway last week with two competitions taking place on Monday and Tuesday of last week.
Despite the summer break, the darts were anything but rusty, and some close highly competitive matches took place.
On Monday in the Legion, it was the Commodores who claimed the silverware in the first cup competition of the new darts season, the 3 a side Allied Hotels Cup, beating the Legion A team in the final.
Being a 3 man cup, 10 teams entered on the night, including two from the Legion and two from The Wanderers.
There were 7 180's scored on the night, the first of the season was by Stevie Linklater.
There were 6 ton plus finishes, with a table topping 152 from The Commodores Leigh Shearer.
On Tuesday the darts action switched to the Masonic Club for the B league St Ola Cup.
The cup was very well supported with ten teams also taking part.
In the final it was the Nomads who claimed the cup, beating the Bilco Boys in the final.
There were also two 180s thrown on the night.
180's: S.Linklater, G.Rendall, P.O'Neill, I. Wilkie, G. Wilson, T.Shearer, K.Gray, B.Ward, R. Stanger
High finishes: L. Shearer 152, R. Stanger 150, Bri Moar 115, E. Eunson 115, R. Stanger 100, W. Monkman 100.
Next week the A & B League compete together in the Spiers Cup, a team of four event, which is set to be played in the Masonic. Names by 7.30pm sharp.
The format is 4 singles, 2 doubles, 501 best of 3 legs. One leg 601 team game decider if required.
29 August 2017New season cup games about to begin
The 51st season of the KDDL is about to get underway when two cup games are set to be played.
On Monday night, September 4, the Allied Hotels Cup takes place in the Legion which is open to teams of three players.
The format is best of three legs 501, three singles and a team game. Nominated singles if a decider is required.
On Tuesday night, September 5, it is the turn of the B league to get underway when the St Ola Cup is held in the Masonic for teams of four.
The format is best of three, 501, Nominated singles if a decider is required.
As with all cup games, team names have to be in by 7.30pm. No late entries accepted.
Although not a KDDL competition, we are happy to mention the Shapinsay Open which takes place on Saturday, September 9th.
Names have to be in by 12.15pm with £5 entry fee. The ferry departs Kirkwall at 11.30am, returning from Shapinsay at 8pm, as well as ferries running throughout the day.
There are £100 top men's and ladies cash prizes up for grabs as well as runners-up prizes of £50, as well as the usual other prizes, fun boards etc.
There is also a BBQ in aid of RNLI funds so head to Shapinsay for a great day of darts.
29 August 2017Darts introduced at Orkney school
Craig Taylor, left, and David Henderson, right, from Kirkwall and District Darts League are pictured handing over the darts equipment to KGS teacher Paul Casey. It is hoped that pupils will take an interest in taking up the sport.
Pupils at the biggest school in Orkney are to be introduced to darts following a donation of equipment from the Kirkwall and District Darts League (KDDL Orkney).
Talks on the possibility to introducing the opportunity to play darts at Kirkwall Grammar School took place shortly before the summer holidays.
Now, with the new term beginning, league president Craig Taylor and treasurer David Henderson recently presented class teacher Paul Casey with two free-standing darts set-ups, including stands, boards, surrounds and mats, as well as darts and other equipment.
The presentation of darts equipment from the league was also backed by league secretary Jim Scollie who kindly donated two sets of brand new tungsten darts to the school.
Darts manufacturer Unicorn also kindly donated darts, flights and shafts, after being happy to support the initiative when contacted by Craig.
Mr Casey now plans to start running weekly darts sessions at KGS, and hopes that there will be a great deal of interest from pupils in playing the sport.
In turn, KDDL Orkney eventually hope to see younger players coming through to play the leagues as they get older, as at the moment only those over 18 can play in the venues.
The idea for approaching the school came after a friend of Craig's in Wick, Hugh Duncan, told him how youth darts is now booming in Caithness having been introduced in high schools in both Thurso and Wick.
As well as being popular in the two schools, Hugh and his wife Lynne now also both coach youngsters involved in the Caithness Youth Darts set-up which they established, some of whom have been very successful in competitions further south against top opposition.
On behalf of the league Craig thanked the school and Paul in particular in showing such an interest in darts, and hopes that the venture is a success, adding that with so many darts competitions on TV these days, the sport has seen a huge growth in popularity in recent years.
21 August 2017Darts season about to get underway
23 teams will compete in the Kirkwall and District Darts League this coming season.
With new teams in the mix and a few changes in team line-ups, the future looks bright for a highly competitive season ahead.
16 players attended the AGM on Sunday night in the Legion, marking the start of the 51st season for the organisation, following the successful celebrations making the 50th anniversary earlier this year.
Team representatives picked up most of the schedules, score cards and contact sheets, while the others were to be delivered over the following days. Please pin them up in venues.
The season begins for A players on Monday Sept 4 and the B the following night.
For A teams, the Allied Hotels Cup will be held in the Legion at 7.30 pm, while the B players will play for the St Ola Cup in the Masonic, with the same 7.30 pm start time.
With several cups to be played for, the league season then gets underway the week beginning September 25.
Thanks to Ally Flett at Williamson's Butchers for sponsoring the leagues once again, the support is very much appreciated by the players and committee.
The new committee were put in post at the AGM.
The 2017-18 committee is: president Craig Taylor; vice-president Robbie Stanger; treasurer Davie Henderson; secretary Jim Scollie. Committee members: Stevie Linklater, Brett Dickenson, Ian Linklater, Robbie Norquoy and Iain Wilkie.
Jim has been on the committee since the league began back in 1967, while Craig is beginning his 23rd year on the committee.
Brian Moar stood down from committee, being replaced by Iain Wilkie. Brian has however kindly agreed that he will continue to update the league tables throughout the season.
The committee is grateful to Brian for his support once again.
One change this year to note, the AGM agreed that the league doubles will no longer be a ranking points competition, however it will still be played as it is one of the leagues most prestigious trophies to win, with the winners qualifying to play in the Orkney doubles championship.
As a replacement ranking points cup, league presi
dent Craig Taylor is to kindly donate a brand new cup to be played as a singles raking competition, which along with the other six major singles will count towards qualification to be part of the team which is set to take on Shetland in the annual clash between the two sides.
Further details and updates can be found on the Orkney Darts Facebook page.
18 August 2017AGM takes place
16 players attended the AGM. Team representatives picked up most of the schedules and score cards, the others will be delivered over the next couple of days. Please pin them up in venues.
Season begins for A players on Sept 4 and the B the following night. Thanks to Ally Flett at Williamson's Butchers for sponsoring the leagues once again.
One change this year to note, the AGM agreed that the league doubles will no longer be a ranking competition, however it will still be played. Instead as a ranking competition Craig Taylor will be donating a brand new singles cup.
Full report to follow.
25 July 2017Time running out for entries
URGENT: Time is running out quick for teams to enter the new season of the Kirkwall District Darts League.
The closing date is next Thursday, August 3, at 8pm, when the committee of last year will meet to draw up the league fixtures for the 51st season. Secretary Jim Scollie can be contacted on 875740.
At present only 14 teams have entered, and that includes the three new teams from last year — Sanday ‘B’, Masonic, and Streamline, — so there are are still 11 teams from last year to register with only a week to go.
With some of last year’s committee standing down, names for the new committee are required in writing, along with items for the AGM agenda, also in writing.
These must be with the secretary, also by Thursday, August 3, as the committee meet at 8pm in the Masonic that night to help prepare for the new season ahead.
The AGM then takes place on Thursday, August 17, in the Legion at 8pm. All welcome.
Also, some of the teams who have entered are still to announce their home venues, and captains are requested to put their phone numbers on the registration slip. Remember only four players are required to form a team.
15 June 2017NOTICE OF AGM
NOTICE OF AGM
The Kirkwall and District Darts League AGM is set to take place in the Kirkwall Royal British Legion at 8pm on Thursday, August 17th.
Names standing for committee, and ALL items proposed for the AGM agenda should be with the secretary, Jim Scollie, in writing by 6pm on Thursday, August 3rd. Jim's address is 29a Eunson Kloss, Kirkwall. Tel 875740.
August 3rd is also the deadline for all teams to be registered and entered for the 2016/17 season, as the outgoing committee have a meeting that night to draw up the leagues so that fixture lists can be handed out at the AGM.
Only teams who have returned their books and paid their fees of £40 per team to Jim will be entered into the leagues.
15 June 2017Kirkwall darts league donates over £2000 to charities
Charity cheque presentation
Three good causes have been given donations totalling well over £2000 by the Kirkwall & District Darts League, with money raised over the past season.
The Fishermen's Mission in Orkney and Kirkwall RNLI are annually supported from the KDDL with money raised at the Davie Cooper Memorial Darts, with Roy Norquoy from the Mission and Marcus Vile of Kirkwall Lifeboat being presented with cheques for £350 each.
The league also supports another local charity each year. This year the recently formed Orkney Deaf Childrens Society's Pat Robinson was presented with a cheque for £1515 raised at the Steven Flett Memorial Darts, the May weekend Charity Doubles Darts in the Masonic, where Charlie Tulloch, Carole Celli and helpers also run a bottle stall, and the Mintlaw team always come up and support, and the Tattie Bogle Charity Darts, the last fixture of the season.
Many thanks to all players and supporters for supporting these good causes throughout the darts season.
05 June 2017Darts league celebrates 50th anniversary
The committee of the Kirkwall & District Darts league celebrating their 50th anniversary are pictured with their special guests who held an exhibition night in the Kirkwall Legion on Saturday.
Pictured back row from left are, Ian Linklater, Brett Dickinson, Brian Moar, professional player Terry Jenkins, Jim Scollie, professional player Alan Norris, top television commentator John Gwynne, and Craig Taylor. Front row from left, Robbie Norquoy, David Henderson, Stevie Linklater and Robbie Stanger.
Terry Jenkins and Alan Norris in an end of night picture with the players who took them on during the evening in a series of challenge matches.
Pictured are KDDL secretary and founding member of the KDDL Jim Scollie, professional player Alan Norris, founding member and past president Jimmy Miller, professional Terry Jenkins, TV sports commentator John Gwynne who was master of ceremonies on the night, and league president Craig Taylor.
Professional darts players Terry Jenkins and Alan Norris pictured on stage in front of the near capacity crowd on Saturday June 3rd 2017.
29 May 2017Darts professionals head for Orkney
Three big names in darts are set to visit Kirkwall at the weekend when Terry 'The Bull' Jenkins, ranked 21st in the world, Alan 'Chuck' Norris, world number 18, and top TV commentator and well known voice of darts John Gwynne are to appear at the Kirkwall Royal British Legion Club on Saturday.
The visit to Orkney has been arranged by the Kirkwall & District Darts League at starts at 7pm, with doors open at 6.30pm.
The darts league celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and the event has been arranged to mark the occasion, although it is open to the public for anyone who wants to come along to enjoy what promises to be a great night of darts and laughs.
The professional players will take on various local players on the night, including a number of players selected at random from the crowd on the night itself.
The 200 capacity venue is well on the way to being a sell out, but there are still around 40 tickets available priced at only £10 each left. They can be purchased from behind the bar at the Legion Club, or from darts league president Craig Taylor (Tel: 07802 440068) or from KDDL committee members.
There may also be tickets on sale on the door on the night if there are any left by the end of the week. Updates can be found on the Orkney Darts Facebook group page.
MC John Gwynne, who has visited Orkney previously with top players said that both he and the professionals are looking forward to their visit.
Speaking ahead of the visit John said: "I am looking forward to my second visit to Orkney and, especially, to your beautiful capital, Kirkwall.
"I loved my visit to Orkney with the Modus team a few years ago. We were accommodated some way out of Kirkwall, which added to the sense of adventure.
"We crossed an area of water where there were sunken boats and a small Italian Chapel. I liked Kirkwall, especially the wonderful St Magnus Cathedral. I spent a good hour in there and could still have stayed longer.
"Terry Jenkins and Alan Norris are both great lads and good friends of mine. Alan, who comes from Yeovil but who lives in Boness, near Edinburgh, is a big Man City fan, just like me! I had a big part in Terry's nickname, calling him the Herefordshire Bull when he first appeared on TV. I think 'The Bull' has served him well.
"I believe the exhibition will be very enjoyable, the best of darting action combining with good humour. Roll on June 3rd."
25 May 2017Limited tickets left for darts pros visit
The KDDL committee have arranged for PDC world ranked No18 Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris and world No. 20 Terry ‘The Bull’ Jenkins, with top TV commentator John Gwynne as MC, to come to Orkney to mark the 50th anniversary of the league.
The exhibition takes place in the Kirkwall Legion, Sat, June 3rd at 7pm. The players will play a number of challenge games on the night, a selection of A & B players as listed here (who qualified through our ranking competitions and selection process) should they wish to buy a ticket for the event.
Terry and Alan will also take on a number of players selected at random from a prize draw held on the night from those at the exhibition.
Tickets are on sale from the bar at the Kirkwall Legion or from Craig Taylor and other committee members.
23 May 2017Darts league 50th anniversary celebrated
The 50th anniversary of the Kirkwall & District Darts League league was marked at the weekend, where tributes were paid to those who founded the organisation five decades ago.
Both the ladies and gents Kirkwall & District Darts Leagues held their annual presentation of trophies at the Kirkwall Masonic Club on Saturday night.
League president Craig Taylor paid tribute to the all the founding members of the league who back in 1967 formed a committee and the KDDL was born.
The first ever committee were Archie Clarke, Alastair Muir, JB Wylie, Jimmy Miller, Tom Notman, Jim Scollie and Dan Davey.
Craig paid tribute in particular to two of those founding members still involved, current league secretary Jim Scollie, who was the league president of the organisation for the first year, and has been secretary for the past 49 years.
In thanking Jim, also known as 'Tattie Bogle' for his much appreciated hard work over the decades, he also praised the commitment to the league of Jimmy Miller, the only player in the league to have played in every one of those 50 years.
Jimmy is also past president of the organisation, and still plays at the top level of the sport, winning the league with the Legion team once more this season.
Craig said that he felt that the 50 years service to the league of the pair has to be a record of some kind on a national level.
He highlighted the fact that both Jim and Jimmy are widely respected in darting circles here in Orkney, and outwith the county, including in both the darting communities of Shetland and Caithness.
On behalf of the league membership Jim and Jimmy were also presented with gifts marking their 50 years service.
Craig also paid tribute to the late Tom Notman, founding member of the league, who was the secretary for the first year, and went on to serve as president for many years after.
He said that he felt it is right that his contribution to the darts league is remembered and recognised through the annual Tom Notman memorial cup which is played for each year, with the 301 double start format, the original format of the league.
Craig went on to say: "In the 50 years of existence, the KDDL has only had nine presidents, Jim Scollie, Tom Notman, Boyo Norquoy, Donnie Sutherland, Jimmy Miller, Derek Sutherland, Albert Scollie, Dennis Sutherland and myself.
"I feel privileged to have been on the committee for the last 22 years, and president for 13 years, which have not always been easy times, but with a good committee who share the workload the work is a lot easier, but is still a big commitment.
"I would also like to pay tribute to all those I have served with over the years. It takes a lot of work and dedication in organising everything each year to ensure our competitions and fixtures go smoothly."
He added: "Nowadays the league has great support from so many people and businesses. We would also like to especially thank all the pubs and clubs we play out of each season.
"Many thanks also to our league sponsors, Williamson Butchers, county team shirt sponsors The Brig Larder, all the various cup sponsors, and Tennent's and J.W. Gray for supporting our highly successful Kirkwall Open Singles Darts.
"All that valuable support is very much appreciated by us all, and long may it continue."
To mark the anniversary a cake made by league player and baker Keith Brumpton was cut by Jim and Jimmy. A sketch of the original league badge by local artist Lorraine Bruce was also presented to Jim.
The cake was later donated to the residents of Eunson Kloss sheltered housing complex.
The final event of the darts season this year is the visit to Kirkwall by the professional players Terry 'The Bull' Jenkins and Alan 'Chuck' Norris, along with top TV commentator John Gwynne.
They will take on a number of local players on the night, including some selected from the floor on the evening itself, so come along for a great night of darts to round off the season. Tickets, priced at £10 available from committee members and from the Kirkwall Legion.
Finally, team registration books for next season are now available from the secretary, Jim Scollie. He can be contacted on 875740.
16 May 2017Tattie Bogle darts won by Brian and Vanessa
Not a great turnout for the last of the charity events, the Tattie Bogle Shield.
Only 13 ladies and nine gents put their names forward — some of of the top players were in Aberdeen for the Premier League darts but their absence didn’t distract from the top darts played.
With more ladies than gents, some of the gents got two bites of the cherries and, as often happens, two of them made the final, along with their partners.
The winners were Vanessa Robertson and Brian Stevenson, 3-0 over Senga Taylor and Erlend Lennie, but nobody were losers as most people won something in the raffle.
Special prizes for high and low scores on the special boards was won by Katy Croy, Erlend Lennie, Craig Taylor and Noreen Bain. £271 was raised for charity.
With the playing season now over it’s only the presentation of trophies and the exhibition left.
The trophy presentation takes place this Saturday in the Masonic at 7.30pm.
There will also be mixed doubles darts, names out of the hat, on the night, so no need to enter with a partner. It's one leg 701, and a fun night which worked well last year.
Tickets for the exhibition, which featured Terry Jerkins, Alan Norris, and top commentator John Gwynne are on sale from Craig Taylor and from the bar at the Kirkwall Legion.
Tattie Bogle Charity Shield Final
Vanessa Robertson and Brian Stevenson 3, Senga Taylor and Erlend Lennie 0.
Saturday, May 20
Presentation of Trophies and mixed doubles darts, Masonic, 7.30pm.
Saturday, June 3
Exhibition — Legion, 7pm.
11 May 2017Orkney Darts Championship
The Orkney Championship Play-offs ended the playing side of the 2016/17 season. It’s the champions of the KDDL and the West Mainland.
It is played on the home ground of the league champions which this year was the Legion, in fact, the Legion were defending champions and has been for seven years but for some reason they didn’t start well and at half-time found themselves 4-2 down.
The other trophies are played for during the break and this year there was a new cup for mixed doubles and the Kirkwall winner Kevin and Shona Gray had no problems in winning 3 nil against Frances Ballantyne and Lynn Findlay. Shona was in great form finishing two of the three legs.
The doubles was a big disappointment for the Kirkwall pair of Ivan Leslie and Michael Moodie as they never got into the game and went down 3-1.
Last up was the singles between two of the counties best players, Robbie Stanger for Kirkwall and Erlend Ritch for the West.
Erlend was the only player in Orkney to hit a nine dart 501 and for Robbie it was 22 years since he last won the cup and the game certainly lived up to its billing as both players hit top form with the game swinging one way then the next.
Robbie won the first leg, Erlend the second, and the third went to Robbie with a 86 finish on the bull but Erlend wasn’t finished as he made it 2-2 so all on one leg, and Erlend stormed into the lead and was on a two dart finish with Robbie on 130, but that was within a finish and Robbie took it out with another bull finish to become 2017 Orkney singles champion.
It was Robbie’s third win; his first was away back in 1989 when he was playing in the West Mainland.
So, it was back to the team game and the Legion set out to overcome the 4-2 score for the Merkister.
A far better show from the Legion saw them overhaul the Merkister and so in to the lead at 6-5 but the west has Paul Foubister on the last leg and he made it 6-6.
It was on to the dreaded “Gallon” sudden death, one-leg.
The Merkister shot into an early lead but both teams got to within finishing range about the same time.
A miss for the Merkister allowed the Legion a shot but missed and up Jock Coghill and wham, the shield belonged to the Merkister. Well done Mal and his boys.
Just for the record, the Legion have won the shield 12 times in the last 15 seasons, a record one I think will not be broken.
180’s from Neil Croy, Robbie Brass and two from Paul Foubister and Kevin Gray.
High checkouts of a 108 from Derek Firth and a 130 from Robbie Stanger.
This Friday it’s the Tattie Bogle shield in the Legion. Its mixed doubles names out of hat. Then on the 20th May it is the trophy presentation night in the Masonic at 7.30pm and don’t forgot the exhibition on the 3rd June. Tickets, which are selling out fast, for the exhibition, will be on sale at the Tattie Bogle darts and at the Darts Do.
Orkney Championship Play-offs
Team: Kirkwall Legion 6, Merkister 7
Mixed Doubles: Kevin Gray and Shona Gray 3, Frances Ballantyne and Lynn Findlay 0
Doubles: Ivan Leslie and Michael Moodie 1, Paul Foubister and John Munson 3
Singles: Robbie Stanger 3, Erlend Ritch 2.
Tattie Bogle Shield. Mixed doubles (names out of a hat) this Friday, May 12, 7.30pm Legion.
Men and Ladies trophy presentation and mixed doubles darts. Saturday, May 20th, 7.30pm Masonic.
Terry Jenkins, Alan Norris & John Gwynne KDDL 50th anniversary exibition. Saturday June 3rd in the Kirkwall Legion 7pm. Limited number of tickets still on sale.
04 May 2017Orkney Darts play off's.
Friday night see's the annual Orkney Darts play-offs, contested between the winners of the West Mainland and Kirkwall Darts Leagues, as well as the singles and doubles winners competing for the title of Orkney Champions 2017. The Mixed Doubles title will also be contested for the very first time.
The darts start in the Kirkwall Legion at 7.30pm.
* The following Friday the Tattie Bogle Charity mixed doubles darts takes place, again in the Legion.
27 April 2017Charity darts this weekend
27 April 2017Seven wins in a row against Shetland!
KDDL Orkney beat Shetland 11-7 to clinch a record equalling 7 wins in a row.
Steve Linklater & Iris Anderson win the Anniversary Shields.
Full details on the Inter-County page.
19 April 2017Thanks to The Brig Larder for the support and sponsorship
Huge thanks to The Brig Larder for the support once more.
18 April 2017Kevin and Shona retain Steven Flett Shield
There was a great turnout for the first of three charity darts events.
The Steven Flett Memorial Shield attracted 21 pairs to the Legion on Friday night. It’s a great fun event as it attracts players who don’t play all the time although they were a bit thin on the ground.
From the start it was obvious that the holders Kevin and Shona Gray had no intention of giving up their crown as they stormed into the semi-final. Going strong in the top half were Gary Wilson and Katy Croy as they made the final.
The final was as one-sided as the score suggests. It’s title number six for the Gray’s — can anyone stop them? Kevin scored five 180s over the five legs played.
It’s onto the big one on Friday at the Masonic with the game against Shetland. The Orkney boys will be going for seven-in-a-row and Shetland will be all out to stop them. It’s in the Masonic at 7pm.
Saturday sees the Anniversary Shields being played for in the Legion with a 1.30pm start. It’s an open singles event and there’s gents and ladies shields to play for.
The ladies will be playing Lerwick Ladies Thursday night in the Legion.
Next charity event is next Friday, April 28, in the Masonic with a separate ladies and gents competition. Mintlaw, from Aberdeenshire, will be up for their annual game.
Steven Flett Mixed Doubles Final
Kevin Gray and Shona Gray 4, Gary Wilson and Katy Croy 0.
Friday, April 21
KDDL (Orkney) v Shetland
Saturday, April 22
Friday, April 28
Charity Doubles — ladies and gents
18 April 2017Legion and Shapinsay are champions!
It was a week of joy for some but disappointment for others, as both Williamsons Darts Leagues finished for the season.
In the ‘A’ League the Legion duly maintained the crown they have held since the 2009/10 season.
They beat Quoyburray ‘B’ 10-2 to win the title by six points, after the Commodores crashed to an 8-4 defeat against the Wanderers
OGC secured third spot with a 7-5 victory over Sanday, while Warriors finished in fifth in their first season in the ‘A’ League with a 7-5 victory over the Legion Arrows.
It’s not so good for the Arrows as that defeat means they join the Sands ‘2’ in the ‘B’ League next year. The Sands lost out to the Untouchables 8-4 in a game played a couple of weeks ago.
Congratulations to Shapinsay and Quoyburray as both returned to the ‘A’ League — the former as ‘B’ League champions.
Quoyburray pipped the Nomads to the final promotion spot after beating them 8-4. Too many draws for the Nomads with 12 points dropped, but have a thought for the St Ola ‘B’ boys who, in their first season in the league, did not get even one point and went down to a 12-0 whitewash to the Murray Arms who finish in fourth place.
Tankerness finished strongly with a 9-3 win over the St Ola who had to settle for fifth place. The Muppets take eighth after defeating the Motorhoose 7-5 and they finish second bottom.
180s: Allan Brown, Grant Harrold, Brett Dickinson, Gary Wilson, Freddie Tait, Martin Peace, Eddie Drever, Raymie Rendall, Stevie Linklater, Graham Firth, Ian Eunson, two from Alan Gray, Robbie Stanger, Keith Brumpton, Michael Muir, Jim Brown and Leigh Shearer, and four from Jamie Marwick.
High checkouts: 100 from Leigh Shearer, Davy Henderson, Mark Shearer and two from Graham Louttit, 100 and 102 Keith Bain, 102 Alan Gray, 103 Matthew Wylie, 105 Freddie Tait, 107 Michael Muir, 110 Martin Peace and Lee Macpherson, 114 Derrick Firth, 117 Ian Stevenson, 119 Eddie Drever and Graham Rendall, 143 Billy Ward, 151 Keith Brumpton, and 153 Colin Leslie.
Ian Eunson hit a 171, there was a 12-dart leg from Raymie Rendall, a doubles 14-dart leg from Keith Bain and Grant Harrold, and further 14-dart legs from Jim Brown and Stevie Linklater.
It's the big one on Friday when Shetland comes visiting; it’s in the Masonic at 7pm. Then it’s the anniversary singles on Saturday in the Legion. Names in by 1.30 pm and it’s open to any player.
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Untouchables 8, Sands ‘2’ 4; Warriors 9, Legion Arrows 3; Quoyburray ‘B’ 2, Legion 10; Commodores 4, Wanderers 8; OGC v Sanday – no card; no game – Untouchables ‘A’.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Nomads 4, Quoyburray 8; St Ola 3, Tankerness 9; Murray Arms 12, St Ola ‘B’ 0; Motorhoose 5, Muppets 7; Shapinsay 8; Vikings 4; no game – Bilco Boys.
Friday, April 21
KDDL Orkney v SDA Shetland
Saturday, April 22
Anniversary Shield Open Singles
Kirkwall Legion, 1.30pm.
09 April 2017East teams do the double in annual encounter
West v East 5-13
West ‘B’ v East ‘B’ 9-11
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday v Commodores – no card; Wanderers 9, Quoyburray ‘B’ 3; Legion 6, Warriors 6; Legion Arrows 5, Untouchables 7; Untouchables ‘A’ 3, OGC 9; Quoyburray ‘B’ 3, Warriors 9; no game – Sands 2.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings 8, Motorhoose 4; Muppets 3, Murray Arms 9; Bilco Boys 6, Nomads 6; Quoyburray 6, Shapinsay 6; St Ola ‘B’ 2, St Ola 10; no game – Tankerness.
Friday, April 14: Steven Flett mixed Doubles – Legion, 7.30pm
What a great night up in the Stromness Golf Club as both East teams defended their titles won last year. The ‘A’ boys, with a few reserves in the team, didn’t start very well as the West boys held them to three all in the doubles but that was it as the East team won the singles 10-2 for an overall score 13-5 win. The West boys have not won this century and have to go back to 1998/99 for their last success, in fact, since this was started in 1974, the West have only won on seven occasions, overall score 36-7. The East ‘B’ team didn’t get off to the best start either, dropping the first two doubles, then the East won the next four so going into the singles it was 4-2 for the East and very soon it was 7-3 for the East but the West were far from finished and four wins on the trot made it 7-7. The next two wins for the East and only needing two for the win, the West made sure it was going all the way by making the score 9-9 with both teams two games going into the 4-a-side. The East made sure the cup was going back on the bus by winning both the first two 4-a-side games so the winning score was 11-9 for the East.
In the Williamsons ‘A’ League it isn’t quite over yet, the Legion got their point as the Warriors held them to a six all draw. Once again it should have been enough for the Legion with one game to go but the Commodores who have two games to play could equal the Legions points. There was no score from Sanday v Commodores game so it could all come down to games difference. At the bottom the Legion Arrows look like they could be returning to the ‘B’ league after going down 7-5 to the Untouchables who have finished their league games. Who goes down in second bottom spot will go to the last game as Quoyburray ‘B’ lost out twice both by 9-3 to the Warriors and Wanderers. The Golf Club had a 9-3 win over Untouchables ‘A’ so everything is down to the last games.
The Williamsons ‘B’ League is also going down to the last week of the league as last week’s game between the top two, Shapinsay and Quoyburray ended up in a 6-6 draw so Shapinsay take the two point lead into the last game. The Nomads who drew six all with the Bilco Boys could still snatch second spot as they play Quoyburray in their last game but it would be on game difference as there are three between them to Quoyburrays advantage. The battle at the Ola was won 10-2 for the St Ola over the ‘B’ team who have still to gain a point. The Murray Arms had a good 9-3 win over the Muppets and the Vikings last year’s wooden spoon winners have had a good season and beat the Motorhoose 8-4 and should finished in about sixth place.
180’s from Cammy Scott, Gordon Rendall, Keith Brumpton, Jim Brown, Raymie Rendall, John Hamilton, Des Gillespie, Eddie Drever, Alan Pirie, Davy Henderson, two from Gary Wilson, and three from Stevie Linklater.
High checkouts of 100 Craig Taylor, 100, 110 and 112 Ian Linklater, 103 Lee Macpherson, 109 Gary Wilson, 111, 117 and 126 Raymie Rendall, 114 Jim Hamilton, 115 Wayne Small and Derek Ward snr, 120 Hamish Baillie, 126 Colin Leslie, 143 Ian Findlay and 152 Colin Kirkpatrick. 171 score from Jamie Rendall and a 14 dart leg from Raymie Rendall.
The first charity event is next Friday, April 14, the Steven Flett Memorial Shield in the Legion at 7.30. It’s an open event and players can enter as a pair or single.
26 March 2017Teams v Shetland and West selected
KDDL Orkney team to play Shetland on April 21 here in Orkney is as follows:
Captain: Craig Taylor
The same team will take on the West next Friday, bus leaves Kirkwall Legion 7pm sharp. Any players who can not make the fixtures please inform team captain as soon as possible.
B League East team to play the west next Friday.
Captain: Jim Scollie (Tel: 875740).
26 March 2017Robbie wins League Singles
Well done to both finalists in the league singles. Robbie Stanger beat Ivan Leslie 5-2. Both players have had a great season. It's 22 years since Robbie last won the trophy. Rob averaged 78.12 Ivan 76.15. 48 players entered with 16 180's scored.
The last of the ranking point events was a great success as 48 players contested the League Singles. All the main contenders were there and with points vital to many players there were the usual upsets.
By the quarter-finals there were six ‘A’ players and two ‘B’ players, who beat some of the top ‘A’ players en-route.
The cup holder, Derek Firth, went down to Robbie Stanger in the semi-final having missed nine darts at a finish, setting up a Robbie v Ivan Leslie final.
It was fitting that the two players who had dominated the singles and doubles events all season should clash in the final and it was a classic between the two on-form players.
The score of 5-2 for Robbie gives the impression that it was one-sided, however the averages say different with Robbie on 78.12 and Ivan on 76.15. Sixteen 180s were scored.
It’s now on to the annual East v West game which is Friday night in the Stromness Golf Club. The bus leaves the Kirkwall Legion at 7pm and returns at 11.45pm.
Champions-elect the Legion require only one point from two games after beating the Untouchables 9-3. The Commodores are the only side that can still win the title as they beat the Golf Club 7-5, a result which sees the Golf boys drop to fourth. Sanday moved up to third with a 10-2 defeat of relegation-threatened Quoyburray ‘B’, who are level on points with the Sands ‘2’. The Legion Arrows are one point better off.
The Wanderers played twice, taking a point of the Untouchables in a 6-6 draw but going down 9-3 to the Warriors who have done well in their first season in the ‘A’ League.
Have Quoyburray blown their chances in the Williamsons ‘B’ League? They lost 8-4 to the Bilco Boys but they did end Tankerness's chances with a 9-3 win but the team to catch is Shapinsay. A win against the Quoyburray would seal the title.
They beat the Motorhoose 8-4 and my apologies to the Nomads — I have them the wrong points total last week — they are very much in the hunt for at least runner-up spot after a 8-4 defeat of Tankerness.
The Vikings put an end to the Murray Arms’ hope with a 8-4 win out in the ‘Hope. There were very good points for the St Ola boys with an 8-4 win over the Muppets. The Motorhoose defeat gives them second bottom spot behind the St Ola ‘B’.
180s: Gary Wilson, Sean Griffiths, Daryl Robertson, Neil Drever, Ross Howe, Allan Brown, Derek Firth, Ian Linklater, Craig Taylor, Ian Wilkie, Wayne Monkman, James Flett, Raymie Rendall, Eddie Drever, Kevin Peace, Bruce Moar, Billy Ward, Hamish Baillie, Davy Henderson, Ryan Tulloch, two from Jamie Marwick and Brian Moar, three from Ivan Leslie, Kevin Gray, Robbie Norquoy and Stevie Linklater, four from Robbie Stanger and Davy Henderson. That’s 44 and equals the total for one week.
High checkouts: 100 from Craig Taylor, 107 Raymie Rendall, 114 Bruce Moar, 115 Colin Kirkpatrick, 117 Ian Linklater, 119 Graham Louttit, Andrew Rendall and Gordon Rendall, 120 Ian Wilkie, 123 Trevor Shearer, 126 Kevin Gray, 128 Davy Henderson, 129 Derek Firth, 144 Ben Hogan and 170 Robert Gatt. 14-dart legs from Davy Henderson, Robbie Stanger and Derek Firth. A 15-darter from Brian Moar and Brett Dickinson scored a 177.
Ranking points total: Robbie Stanger, 56; Kevin Gray, 47; Ivan Leslie, 37; Derek Firth, 27; Stevie Linklater, 25; Ian Linklater, 24; Ryan Tulloch, 19; Alan Gray, 18; Ian Findlay, 18; Stevie Moar, 17; Bruce Moar, 15; Andrew Moar, 15; Craig Taylor, 15.
‘B’ Ranking: Brett Dickinson, 34; Jamie Marwick, 26; Andrew Moar, 24; Davy Henderson, 23; Brian Murray, 19; Matthew Wylie, 15; Robbie Norquoy, 15; Derrick Firth, 12; Derek Manson, 11; Gary Wilson, 10; Mark Shearer, 9; Allan Brown, 8.
Following the selection meeting, the KDDL Orkney team to play Shetland on April 21 here in Orkney is as follows. This is also the East A team:
Captain: Craig Taylor, Robbie Stanger, Kevin Gray, Ivan Leslie, Derek Firth, Stevie Linklater, Ian Linklater, Ryan Tulloch, Alan Gray, Ian Findlay, Bruce Moar, Jim Brown,
Brian Moar. Reserves 1.Stevie Moar 2.Leigh Shearer 3.David Henderson 4.Wayne Monkman.
B League East team: Captain: Jim Scollie (Tel: 875740). Brett Dickinson, Andrew Moar,
David Henderson, Jamie Marwick, Gary Wilson, Brian Murray, Matthew Wylie, Robbie Norquoy, Derrick Firth, Derek Manson, Mark Shearer, Nicol Gray, Reserves, 1.Allan Brown
2.Steven Low 3.Wayne Small 4.Graham Rendall
There have already been some notifications of players unavailiable for the East v West already. Please inform captains so that reserves can be brought in.
Robbie Stanger 5, Ivan Leslie 2
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Untouchables ‘A’ 6, Sands ‘2’ 6; Untouchables 3, Legion 9; Warriors 9, Wanderers 3; Quoyburray ‘B’ 2, Sanday 10; OGC 5, Commodores 7; Wanderers 6, Untouchables 6; no game – Legion Arrows.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Nomads 8, Tankerness 4; Quoyburray 4, Bilco Boys 8; St Ola 8, Muppets 4; Murray Arms 4, Vikings 8; Shapinsay 8, Motorhoose 4; Tankerness 3, Quoyburray 9; no game – St Ola ‘B’.
Friday, March 31
East ‘A’ and ‘B’ v West ‘A’ and ‘B’
Stromness Golf Club, bus from Kirkwall Legion at 7pm
Monday, April 3
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Warriors v Legion Arrows; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Legion; Commodores v Wanderers; OGC v Sanday; no game – Untouchables ‘A’.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Nomads v Quoyburray; St Ola v Tankerness; Murray Arms v St Ola ‘B’; Motorhoose v Muppets; Shapinsay v Vikings; no game – Bilco Boys.
22 March 2017Tom Notman Cup win for Wilkie
Iain Wilkie beat Robbie Norquoy 2-0 to win the Tom Notman Cup
Only 17 players — nine ‘A’, seven ‘B’ and one non-registered — entered the Tom Notman Memorial Singles Cup.
Plenty of the top league players were missing, while the defending champion Derek Firth went out in the first round. The final was between Iain Wilkie and Robbie Norqoy, with Iain winning 2-0.
With the Legion having their ‘no game’ week, the chasing pack had the chance to close the gap and the Commodore led the way by securing the league’s second whitewash of the season, beating Quoyburray ‘B’ 12-0. This leaves the Commodores five points behind the Legion, with three games left.
The Golf Club, the only other team in with a slender chance, beat the Sands ‘2’ 9-3, and the Sands also went down 8-4 to the Untouchables. It looks like it will be the Sands side who will drop to the ‘B’ League, however if they win their last game, the drop could be avoided.
The Legion Arrows, the other team facing the drop did their chances a lot of good by holding the Untouchables ‘A’ to a 6-6 draw. Sanday had a good win over the Warriors. The Wanderers game was postponed.
In the Williamsons ‘B’ League it’s still between three teams, but the only way Tankerness can win is if both Shapinsay and Quoyburray to lose all their remaining games. There was no score in from the Tankerness v Quoyburray game so as it stands Shapinsay took over the top spot after a 7-5 win over the Bilco Boys.
Quoyburray are in second spot and they play Shapinsay next week — a result which could decide the title and promotion to the ‘A’ league. The St Ola ‘B’ boys have already won the wooden spoon, with The Motorhoose now in second bottom spot after losing out 9-3 to the Murray Arms. St Ola stayed up in third bottom spot with a good draw six all with the Vikings.
180s: Ben Hogan, Gordon Rendall, Jamie Drever, Robbie Stanger, Freddie Tait, Erlend Lennie, Kenny Gillespie, Eddie Drever, Ian Munro, Keith Bain, Grant Harrold, Derek Ward Jnr, Brett Dickinson, two from Jim Brown and Ian Findlay had three.
High checkouts: 100, 103 and 122 from Stevie Linklater, 101 and 106 Erlend Lennie, 102 Robbie Norquoy, 104 Michael Muir, 105 Colin Findlay, 112 Wayne Small, 114 Ben Hogan and Ian Wilkie, 115 Aaron Edwardson, 118 Kevin Gray, 120 Keith Bain, 122 Craig Moar, 125 Graham Reid, 147 Leigh Shearer and 156 Ross Groundwater.
The last ranking points event, the League Singles is this Friday. Held in the Legion, names are to be in for 7.30pm and it’s for registered players only.
Tom Notman Singles Final
Ian Wilkie 2, Robbie Norquoy 0
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday 7, Warriors 5; Wanderers v Untouchables – postponed; Legion Arrows 6, Untouchables ‘A’ 6; Sands ‘2’ 3, OGC 9; Commodores 12, Quoyburray ‘B’ 0; Untouchables 8, Sands ‘2’ 4; no game – Legion.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings 6, St Ola 6; St Ola ‘B’ 3, Nomads 9; Tankerness v Quoyburray – no card; Bilco Boys 5, Shapinsay 7; Motorhoose 3, Murray Arms 9.
Friday, March 24
League Singles (ranking)
Friday, March 31
East v West Stromness Golf Club
Monday, March 27
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday v Commodores; Wanderers v Quoyburray ‘B’; Legion v Warriors; Legion Arrows v Untouchables; Untouchables ‘A’ v OGC; no game – Sands ‘2’.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings v Motorhoose; Muppets v Murray Arms; Bilco Boys v Nomads; Quoyburray v Shapinsay; St Ola ‘B’ v St Ola; no game – Tankerness.
14 March 2017Doubles title for Leslie and Moodie
There was another great turnout this time for the League Doubles as 56 players, 28 pairs, entered for the second last ranking points event of the season.
The holders Kevin Gray and Derek Firth made the semi-finals, only to go down to the very strong pairing of Stevie Linklater and Robbie Stanger.
Kirkwall Open champion Ivan Leslie and Michael Moodie were carving up everyone, beating Stevie Moar and Raymie Rendall to book their spot in the final.
A big crowd witnessed four players turn on the style, with Ivan in devestating mood. Leading 3-2, Stevie and Robbie seemed to lose their way, as Ivan and Michael took the next three for a great 5-3 win. Ivan hit two 180s and a 174 and was well backed up by Michael who had a couple of telling finishes.
Points table: Robbie Stanger, 44; Kevin Gray, 42; Ivan Leslie, 28; Stevie Linklater, 25; Ian Linklater, 21; Derek Firth, 20; Alan Gray, 18; Ian Findlay, 18; Ryan Tulloch, 16; Leigh Shearer, 14; Stevie Moar, 14; Billy Ward 13 and Michael Moodie, 13.
The Williamsons ‘A’ League is still up for grabs as the Legion dropped two points after being held to a 6-6 draw by the Untouchables ‘A’.
The Legion still require four points from three matches, with the Commodores eight points and game in hand behind. The Golf Club now only have a very slim chance of winning the title, while Sanday are out of the running to finish in the top three despite beating Untouchables 10-2.
Three teams are trying to avoid relegation. Sands ‘2’ beat the Legion Arrows 7-5 to leave them in 10th, one point above the Arrows and one point behind Quoyburray ‘B’.
Three teams have a chance of title glory in the Williamsons ‘B’ League, with Quoyburray leading the way after a 9-3 defeat of St Ola ‘B’. Shapinsay beat the Murray Arms 8-4 to keep on Quoyburray’s tail, while Tankerness lost ground, losing 8-4 to the Bilco Boys.
St Ola ‘B’ look favourites for the wooden spoon, while Motorhoose and St Ola have a straight fight between the second bottom spot.
180s: Ryan Tulloch in a 14-dart leg, Robert Gatt, Erlend Lennie, Jimmy Miller, Derek Firth, Trevor Shearer, Neil Croy, Billy Ward, Robbie Stanger, Freddie Tait, Jim Brown, Martin Peace, Wayne Small, Robbie Norquoy, Colin Ross, Gary Wilson, Brett Dickinson, Patrick o’ Neill, Aaron Edwardson; two from Keith Bain, Davy Henderson, Ivan Leslie and Kevin Gray; three from Stevie Moar, who also had a 14-dart leg.
High checkouts: Craig Moar 104, Jim Hamilton 105, Gary Wilson 106, Alan Gray 106 and 120, Ivan Leslie 107, Trevor Shearer 108, Robbie Stanger 110, Eddie Drever and Neil Croy 111, Brian Murray 114, Davy Henderson 116, Jamie Drever 121, Graham Firth 137, Paul Firth 151, Derek Firth and Robert Gatt 160.
Jimmy Miller also scored a 177 and Ivan Leslie a 174. There was a 12-dart leg from Derek Firth and a 13-dart leg from Robbie Norquoy.
This Friday it’s the Tom Notman Memorial Singles Cup, it’s for any player who has ever played in the KDDL. Tom was a founder member of the league and was the president for ten years.
Next Friday, March 24, is the big one — the League Singles. It is also the last ranking points event and with points very close, there should be a big entry.
League Doubles Final
Ivan Leslie and Michael Moodie 5, Stevie Linklater and Robbie Stanger 3.
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sands ‘2’ 7, Legion Arrows 5; Untouchables ‘A’ 6, Legion 6; Untouchables 2, Sanday 10; Warriors 4, Commodores 8; OGC 11, Quoyburray ‘B’ 1; no game — Wanderers.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Bilco Boys 8, Tankerness 4; Quoyburray 9, St Ola ‘B’ 3; Nomads 9, Muppets 3; St Ola 9, Motorhoose 3; Shapinsay 8, Murray Arms 4; St Ola ‘B’ 3, Bilco Boys 9; no game — Vikings.
Friday, March 17
Tom Notman Singles Cup
Monday, March 20
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Untouchables ‘A’ v Sands 2; Untouchables v Legion; Warriors v Wanderers; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Sanday; OGC v Commodores; no game — Legion Arrows.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Quoyburray v Bilco Boys; Nomads v Tankerness; St Ola v Muppets; Murray Arms v Vikings; Shapinsay v Motorhoose; no game — St Ola ‘B’.
Friday March 24
League Singles (ranking)
06 March 2017Ivan is JW Gray & Co Tennent's Kirkwall Open Darts Singles Champion
Silverware and £500 for Ivan Leslie as he wins, for the second time, the JW Gray & Co Tennent's Kirkwall Open Darts Singles, organised by the KDDL.
Kirkwall Open prizewinners. Pictured back row from left are Kevin Gray, quarter finalist, Kelly Harcus, furthest progressing lady, and Jamie Marwick, furthest progressing KDDL B-player. Missing from back row are quarter finalists Ryan Tulloch, Stevie Linklater and Paul Foubister and highest lady finish winner Noreen Bain (108).
Pictured in the front row from left, are Peter Craig, semi- finalist & highest checkout winner with 161, Craig Taylor KDDL president, Ian Linklater, runner-up, Ivan Leslie, winner of the JW Gray Tennants Kirkwall Open, Jim Scollie, KDDL secretary, and Roger Irvine, semi-finalist.
The Tennent's JW Gray Kirkwall Open just gets better and better as 107 people put their names down for the ninth open tournament.
Twenty-one ladies entered, with Shona Gray and Nicky Laird making the last 32, but the star lady was Kelly Harcus, who beat two male players to make the last 16 and scoop the top lady prize of £100.
Kelly’s run was ended by the star player from the Borders, Peter Craig, one of five players who travelled for the tournament. There were also players from Western Isles and Shetland.
Defending champion Kevin Gray lost out in the quarter finals to Ivan Leslie, who was joined in the last four by Peter Craig, Roger Irvine from Shetland, and Orkney’s Ian Linklater.
Ivan’s 4-0 victory over Roger and Ian’s 4-1 win against Peter ensured that it would be two KDDL players who would compete in the showpiece, with the cup guaranteed to remain in Kirkwall, as it has done for the eight years previous.
The final itself, wouldn’t have looked out of place on television. The score of 5-2 to Ivan looks one-sided, but it was far from it — Ivan just seemed to have the first dart at a double and he wasn’t missing anything.
Ivan picked up the £500 first prize courtesy of the sponsors, with Ian winning £200 as runner up.
Peter Craig from the Borders took the top checkout prize with a 161. The top ‘B’ player and £100 winner was Jamie Marwick, who beat Derek Ward jnr in a play-off.
In total well over £1000 was won on the day by players reaching various stages of the competition.
The next big competition is this Friday with the second last ranking points event, the league doubles. It’s in the Masonic and is for registered players only, names in by 7.30pm.
In the Williamsons ‘A’ League, the Legion looks odds on to retain the title after beating the Sands ‘2’ 8-4 and now only need five points from their next four games. Only the OGC and the Commodores can stop them.
The Williamsons ‘B’ League title is still very much up for grabs as the top teams take turns to drop points. Quoyburray dropped two points in a 6-6 draw with the Muppets, however fellow title-chasers Tankerness crashed to a 9-3 defeat to Shapinsay. Shapinsay still have t play Quoyburray in what could potentially be a league decider.
180s: Robbie Stanger, Craig Taylor, Ian Linklater, Noreen Bain, Gareth McRitchie, Gordon Peters, Brett Dickinson, Colin Leslie, Keith Bain, Colin Barnett, Roy Foubister, Brian Moar, Trevor Shearer, Ian Findlay, Stuart Thomson, Derek Firth, Neil Croy, Jimmy Craib, Graham Firth, Stevie Linklater, Kevin Gray, Erlend Lennie, Ollie Bethwaite and Bruce Moar. Two from Jamie Marwick, Davy Henderson and Ian Munro; three from Ryan Tulloch and Ivan Leslie; four from Iain Wilkie.
High checkouts: 100 from Michael Scollie, 100, 116 and 160 Robbie Stanger, 102 Brett Dickinson, 106 Bruce Moar, 110 and 116 Kevin Gray, 110 Gary Wilson and Graham Firth, 111 Ivan Leslie, 118 and 156 Stevie Linklater, 116 Derek Firth, 120 Aaron Edwardson, 122 Ryan Tulloch, 138 Kevin Peace, 143 Alan Gray and 160 Ian Wilkie.
There were 13-dart legs, two from Kevin Gray, one being alongside Derek Firth in a double game.
27 February 2017Tennent's Kirkwall Open draws near
The biggest prize money in Orkney darts is up for grabs on Saturday, over £1000 in prizes! £500 first prize, cash for furthest lady, furthest B player etc.
Huge thanks to our sponsors for supporting us once again.
Look forward to seeing you all there! (Donations for the raffle & bottle stall very welcome! Star prize MVG replica shirt).
27 February 2017B Singles win for Brett as Kevin and Shona win mixed-doubles
Brett Dickinson won the KDDL B league singles beating Brian Murray in the final 5-1.
Kevin and Shona Gray, right, won the Kirkwall men's and ladies darts leagues mixed doubles competition, with Michael Muir and Irene Thomson runners up. KDDL vice-president Robbie Stanger presented the trophies.
The first ever KDDL / L-KDDL mixed doubles competition was played on Saturday night in the Masonic Club in Kirkwall.
The winners of the competition were Kevin and Shona Gray, who beat Michael Muir and Irene Thomson in the final.
As well as winning the title, they will go on to play the winners of the West Mainland Darts League mixed-doubles competition later in the year, competing for the title of Orkney mixed-doubles champions.
A good turnout of 30 ‘B’ players entered to contest the ‘B’ league singles, the last of the ‘B’ ranking points events, that is about 50% of the registered players.
All the top players were there and some didn’t make the points level and by the quarter final times, it was a fair mix of team still in contention.
There were three from Nomads and one each from the Vikings, Bilco Boys, Shapinsay, Muppets and St Ola ‘B’.
In to the semi-finals marched Brett Dickinson and Matthew Wylie from the Nomads, Brian Murray of the Vikings along with Jamie Marwick of Shapinsay.
After two very good semi-final games, Brian Murray and Brett Dickinson faced off for the final and it was Brett who came out as the champion with a 5-1 scoreline.
At present, Brett is nearly untouchable, so the ‘B’ ranking table is Brett Dickinson, 29 points; Jamie Marwick, 20; Brian Murray, 19; Derrick Firth, 12; Derek Manson, 11; Matthew Wylie, 10; Gary Wilson, 10; Davy Henderson, 9; Robbie Norquoy, 9; Mark Shearer, 9; Andrew Moar, 9 and Allan Brown, 8. These points are only from three ‘B’ ranking points events, other points gained in ‘A’ and ‘B’ ranking points are still to be added and this year the ‘B’ East v West games will be with 12 players each side, up until now, it has been eight-a-side.
Are any team going to get near the Legion in the Williamsons ‘A’ League?
They are now ten points clear of the Commodores after a 10-2 win over the Legion Arrows and another three wins in the remaining matches will make sure. The Commodores do have a game in hand after their no game week. Another of the challengers are the Golf Club are now out of contention after going down 7-5 to the Warriors who have done very well in their first season in the top league. Sanday who were expected to be one of the contenders won 11-1 away to the Untouchables ‘A’ but cannot now get enough points so it’s really down to one team. Quoyburray ‘B’ have found it hard going in the ‘A’ league but they did pick up one point by holding Sands 2 to a six all draw in a postponed game but went down 10-2 to the Untouchables. The Sands also had a second game but came unstuck against the Wanderers to the tune of nine games to three, which that score should keep Wanderers safe for another year. I think the fight for the wooden spoon is down to the Sands and Legion Arrows and they play each other next week.
It’s too close to call in Williamsons ‘B’ League as all three contenders had big wins. Leading the way, Tankerness kept their top spot with an 11-1 win over the pointless St Ola ‘B’ boys. Level at the top, Quoyburray, ended the Vikings hopes with 8-4 win and Shapinsay completed the trio by beating St Ola 9-3 but all three have still to play each other so it’s far from over. The St Ola team will be battling out with the Motorhoose for the second bottom spot but no result from the Nomads game. The Bilco Boys had to share the points as the Muppets held them to a six all draw.
180’s from Kenny Gillespie, Robert Gatt, Stuart Thomson, Jim Hamilton, Malcolm Coghill, Graham Reid, Ross Groundwater, Brett Dickinson, Gary Wilson, Thorfinn Eunson, Roy Griffiths, Colin Leslie and Jamie Marwick, two from Andrew Moar, Raymie Rendall and Ian Wilkie.
High checkouts of a 100 from Graham Firth and Brian Murray, also a 108 from Brian, 101 Derek Manson, 102 Robert Gatt, 105 Derrick Firth, 106 Trevor Shearer, 108 Gordon Rendall, 110 Ryan Tulloch also 112, 116 Trevor Shearer, 118 Neil Drever, 120 Jamie Drever, 122 Ian Wilkie, 124 Derek Firth, 132 Kenny Gillespie and 150 Eddie Drever. John Thomson scored a 171 and there was a 13 dart leg from Ian Linklater, with 14 darts legs from Stuart Thomson and James Flett in a doubles game and Andrew Moar had a 14 dart leg.
It’s the big one this Saturday with the KDDL holding the JW Gray Tennent's Kirkwall Open. It’s in the Masonic with names in by 1.30pm. Players from Shetland and south are expected with £1,000 on offer, and there are special prizes for the top lady and top ‘B’ player registered with the KDDL.
Next Friday its back to ranking points with the league doubles in the Masonic, names in by 7.30pm.
Saturday, March 4: JW Gray Tennent's Kirkwall Open, Masonic, 1.30pm.
Friday, March 10: League Doubles (Ranking), Masonic, 7.30pm.
Monday, March 6
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sands 2 v Legion Arrows; Untouchables ‘A’ v Legion; Untouchables v Sanday; Warriors v Commodores; OGC v Quoyburray ‘B’; no game – Wanderers.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Bilco Boys v Tankerness; Quoyburray v St Ola ‘B’; Nomads v Muppets; St Ola v Motorhoose; Shapinsay v Murray Arms; no game – Vikings.
‘B’ League Singles Final: Brett Dickinson beat Brian Murray 5-1.
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Legion Arrows 2, Legion 10; Sands 2 3, Wanderers 9; Untouchables ‘A’ 1, Sanday 11; Untouchables 10, Quoyburray ‘B’ 2; OGC 5, Warriors 7; Quoyburray ‘B’ 6, Sands 2 6; no game – Commodores.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Tankerness 11, St Ola ‘B’ 1; Bilco Boys 6, Muppets 6; Quoyburray 8, Vikings 4; Nomads v Motorhoose – no score; Shapinsay 9, St Ola 3; no game – Murray Arms.
22 February 2017Lennie takes the U30 title
A pretty poor turnout of only 23 players entered for the Under 30’s Open Singles. Last year the entry was 35 and this year no lady entries. Of course some of last year’s players could now be too old; maybe it’s time to raise the age limit?
Anyway, there was splendid darts played and none more than Erlend Lennie as he stormed into the final taking out the holder Michael Moodie and Brett Dickinson on the way and playing in his first season in the KDDL, Steven Low also made the final. It was as one sided as the score of 5 - 0 suggested as Steven never got going, while Erlend was finishing everything he left.
The high checkout prize went to Matthew Wylie with a 107. It’s on to this Friday with a big day for the ‘B’ singles and the last ‘B’ ranking point’s event. It’s in the Masonic, names in by 7.30pm.
What’s going on in the Williamsons ‘A’ League?
Last week the league leaders the Legion dropped points allowing their challengers to close the gap but this week a surprise loss for the Commodores 7-5 to Untouchables ‘A’ allowed the Legion to increase their lead to seven points as they beat the Golf Club 9-3.
That defeat puts the Golf boys 11 points of the top and I think out of the as far as the title is concerned.
Sanday got back on the winning trail beating Sands 2 9-3. The Untouchables ‘A’ also had a second good win 8-4 over Quoyburray ‘B’ in a postponed game, and the other Untouchbales did well to beat the Warriors 7-5 but they are too far of the top to have any chance, but that’s not to say they could still effect the top by beating the top teams they still have to play.
It is hard to know what to think of the Wanderers as they take points of the top teams then crash to the team second bottom, the Legion Arrows, the score 9-3.
It is very close in the Williamsons ‘B’ League with five teams in with a shout of the title at present. Quoyburray and Tankerness share top spot after good wins.
Quoyburray beat the Motorhoose 8-4 and Tankerness took out the Muppets also 8-4.
Top score went to Shapinsay 11-1 over St Ola ‘B’ - still no points for them.
The Vikings kept in contention with an 8-4 win over the Bilco Boys and the Nomads stopped the Murray Arms in their tracks with an 8-4 win out in the Hope.
The St Ola ‘B’ boys lost out 8-4 to the Muppets in a postponed game.
180s from Gary Wilson, Gavin Linklater, Jamie Marwick, Derek Firth, Robbie Norquoy, Andrew Moar, Ian Munro, Roy Foubister, Gary Norquoy, Billy Ward, Leigh Shearer, Wayne Monkman, Derrick Firth, Stevie Linklater, Jim Brown, Andrew Clouston, Graham Firth, Kenny Gillespie, Erlend Lennie, two from Kevin Gray, Ian Wilkie, Trevor Shearer and Ian Findlay, three from Robbie Stanger and Ivan leslie and five from Brett Dickinson including two back to back.
High checkouts of 100 from Colin Barnett, 100, 102 and 103 Trevor Shearer, 101 Paddy Kirkpatrick, 103 Graham Rendall, 104 Billy Ward, 104 and 112 Des Gillespie, 106 Neil Drever, 112 James Flett, 113 Kenny Gillespie, 110 and 121 Wayne Monkman, 110 Davy Henderson, 116 Neil Croy, 120 John Thomson, 136 Aaron Edwardson and 149 Andrew Moar.
12 dart leg from Derek Firth, 13 Stevie Linklater, 14 darter from Kevin Gray, Graham Firth, James Flett and Aaron Mitchell and a 15 darter from Kenny Gillespie.
It’s only two weeks until the big one, the JW Gray & Co Tennent's Kirkwall Open, which carries prize money of £1,080 plus a big raffle.
There are also special prizes for top lady and top ‘B’ player registered with the KDDL – date Saturday, March 4 in the Masonic.
But before that, this week is the first ever Mixed Doubles competition for registered KDDL and L-KDDL players.
It takes place in the Masonic on Saturday, names by 7.30pm. The winners will go on to face the west league mixed doubles winners.
Under 30s Open Singles final: Erlend Lennie beat Steven Low 5-0.
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday 9, Sands 2 3; Wanderers 3, Legion Arrows 9; Legion 9, OGC 3; Warriors 5, Untouchables 7; Commdores 5, Untouchables ‘A’ 7; Untouchables ‘A’ 8, Quoyburray ‘B’ 4.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings 8, Bilco Boys 4; Muppets 4, Tankerness 8; St Ola ‘B’ 1, Shapinsay 11; Murray Arms 4, Nomads 8; Motorhoose 4, Quoyburray 8; St Ola ‘B’ 4, Muppets 8; no game – St Ola.
Friday, February 24: ‘B’ Singles (Ranking), Legion, 7.30pm.
Saturday February 25: Mixed Doubles, Masonic, 7.30pm (registered players only)
Saturday, March 4: Kirkwall Open, Masonic, 1.30pm.
Monday, February 27
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Wanderers v Untouchables ‘A’; Legion v Sands2; Legion Arrows v OGC; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Warriors; Commodores v Untouchables; no game – Sanday.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings v Nomads; Muppets v Quoyburray; St Ola ‘B’ v Bilco Boys; Tankerness v Shapinsay; Murray Arms v St Ola; no game – Motorhoose.
16 February 2017Stanger wins Gold Cup marking league 50th anniversary
Prizewinners on the day of the KDDL 50th Anniversary Golden Singles. Back row from left, Derek Firth, Derek Ward, Linda Seatter, Stuart Thomson, Erlend Lennie. Front row, from left, Wilfie Tulloch, league secretary Jim Scollie, winner Robbie Stanger, runner-up Ian Linklater, league honorary president Jimmy Miller, league president Craig Taylor, and Colin Kirkpatrick.
Would you believe it, 50 years ago four young men met in a Kirkwall Bakehouse and decided to form a Kirkwall Darts League, later changed to Kirkwall District Darts League when St Ola parish wanted to enter.
Now 50 years on the league held the 50 Years Anniversary Golden Singles, and you guessed it, 50 players entered, 40 gents and 10 young ladies. Only one of the ladies won a game, so Linda Seatter won the best lady prize. Quite a few of the top players were absent but it wasn’t noticed as the players turned on the style.
The 301 double start , like it used to be, caught some of them out but by the time they changed back to the 501 game, it was a very good line up.
None of the three old boys who had entered made it and out of the 16 left six were ‘B’ players but only Derek Ward Snr made the money round and that was his lot and in the semi-finals Wilfie Tulloch lined up against Ian Linklater with Robbie Stanger taking on Paddy Kirkpatrick.
Scores were 4-1 for both Ian and Robbie. In the final the score of 5-1 to Robbie looked very one sided but it was Robbie’s great finishing that carried the day and a great 156 finish did finish it, but I think darts all round won the day and it turned out to be a very remarkable fun day for the players. A big thank you to the Legion Club for joining in the fun with a lovely poster. Here's to the next 50!
What’s going on in the Williamsons Darts Leagues, as the Legion dropped points once again as third bottom Wanderers held them to a six all draw.
They still lead the Williamsons ‘A’ League, but the Commodores closed the gap to four points after an 8-4 defeat of the Sands 2 but the Golf Club lost ground going down 7-5 to the Untouchables.
The Sanday v Legion Arrows game was postponed so the Arrows played a postponed game and went down 7-5 To Quoyburray ‘B’. The Untouchables ‘A’ v Quoyburray ‘B’ game there was no score card.
It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen in the Williamsons ‘B’ League as there are so many teams who could still win it.
Top contenders are Tankerness, Quoyburray and Shapinsay. Tankerness had a very good and important win over the Vikings 7-5 and keeps them level in the top spot with Quoyburray who beat Murray Arms 9-3, but the Hope boys are only two points of the top. The Nomads had a good 9-3 win over St Ola. No score from the other St Ola team.
The Bilco Boys after an 8-4 defeat of the Motorhoose are only seven points of the top two.
180’s from Ryan Tulloch, Gordon Rendall, Ian Wilkie, Ian Linklater, Erlend Lennie, Derek Ward Jnr, Colin Ross, Brett Dickinson and Gary Wilson, two from Robbie Stanger and four from Kevin Gray.
High checkouts of 101, 114 & 156 from Robbie Stanger, 108 Gary Norquoy, 109, 120 & 131 Ian Linklater, 108 Gordon Rendall, 111 & 114 James Flett, 111 & 115 Stuart Thomson, 112 Billy Ward, 114 Neil Drever, 116 Brian Murray, 117 John Thomson, 118 Ryan Tulloch and 161 Andrew Moar. Ian Linklater scored a 177 and a 12 darter from Kevin Gray and Derek Firth.
It’s the young players turn this Saturday with the under 30's open singles being held in the Masonic, names in by 1.30pm.
As the titles states for any player male or female who is under 30 years of age. Then the following Friday it is back to ranking points for the ‘B’ players with the ‘B’ singles in the Legion.
There will be a committee meeting on Wednesday, February 22 in the Masonic at 8pm.
50th Anniversary Golden Singles Final: Robbie Stanger beat Ian Linklater 5-1
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Legion 6, Wanderers 6; Legion Arrows v Sanday – postponed; Sands 2 4, Commodores 8; Untouchables ‘A’ v Quoyburray ‘B’ – no card; OGC 5, Untouchables 7; Legion Arrows 5, Quoyburray ‘B’ 7; no game – Warriors.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
St Ola ‘B’ v Muppets – no card; Tankerness 7, Muppets 5; Bilco Boys 8, Motorhoose 4; Quoyburray 9, Murray Arms 3; Nomads 9, St Ola 3; no game – Shapinsay.
Saturday, February 18: 18-30 Open Singles, Masonic at 1.30pm
Friday, February 24: ‘B’ Singles (Ranking), Legion at 7.30pm
Monday, February 20
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Legion Arrows v Legion; Sands 2 v Wanderers; Untouchables ‘A’ v Sanday; Untouchables v Quoyburray ‘B’; OGC v Warriors; no game – Commodores.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Tankerness v St Ola ‘B’; Bilco Boys v Muppets; Quoyburray v Vikings; Nomads v Motorhoose; Shapinsay v St Ola; no game – Murray Arms.
09 February 2017Brett claims Albyn title
Albyn ‘B’ Singles Shield Final
Brett Dickinson beat Jamie Marwick 5-2
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday 4, Legion 8; Wanderers 5, OGC 7; Warriors 5, Untouchables ‘A’ 7; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Sands 2 – no score; Commodores 7, Legion Arrows 5; no game – Untouchables.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings 11, St Ola ‘B’ 1; Muppets 6, Shapinsay 6; St Ola 3, Quoyburray 9; Murrays Arms v Bilco Boys – no score; Motorhoose 2, Tankerness 10; no game – Nomads.
Saturday, February 11: Golden Singles, Legion at 1.30pm
Saturday, February 18: Under 30 Open Singles, Masonic at 1.30pm
Monday, February 13
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday v Sands 2; Wanderers v Legion Arrows; Legion v OGC; Warriors v Untouchables; Commodores v Untouchables ‘A’; no game – Quoyburray ‘B’.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings v Bilco Boys; Muppets v Tankerness; St Ola ‘B’ v Shapinsay; Murray Arms v Nomads; Motorhoose v Quoyburray; no game – St Ola.
What a great night of darts as 32 ‘B’ players put their names down for the Albyn Video Games singles shield with most of the top players there.
As it was a B ranking points event, some of them never made the points section.
The defending champion and birthday boy Mark Shearer, started his defence with a win over Robbie Norquoy followed by a defeat of Colin Findlay, however he then ran up against the brick wall called Brett Dickinson who was playing like a hero.
Brett made it into the semi-final to play Brian Murray and what a game as it went the whole distance with Brett taking it 3-2.
In the bottom half, Shapinsays, Jamie Marwick was carving everyone up as he made the final and it was the final everyone was wanting.
To begin with it looked like it would go the distance but at 2-2, Brett changed up a gear and Jamie dropped a gear and three games later, Brett was the new champion at 5-2. Nine 180’s was scored – a new record for a ‘B’ competition.
There’s no change at the top of the Williamsons ‘A’ League as all three contenders recorded wins. The Legion maintains their six point lead over the Commodores as they beat Sanday 8-4.
The Commodores are still in second spot but nearly came unstuck against Legion Arrows who they beat 7-5. That was also the score for the golf club over Wanderers who remain down near the relegation area. There was a very good win for Untouchbales ‘A’ 7-5 over the strong Warriors which put them out of contention for the title. No result from Quoyburray ‘B’ v Sands 2 game.
Three teams now share the lead in the Williamsons ‘B’ League. All except Shapinsay were held to a six all draw by the Muppets.
Quoyburray share the lead after a 9-3 win over the St Ola and Tankerness are also joint leaders with a 10-2 defeat of the Motorhoose but top score goes to the Vikings 11-1 win over St Ola ‘B’. The Vikings are only three points off the top spot. No score from the Murray Arms v Bilco Boys.
180’s from Kevin Gray, Kevin Peace, Jim Brown, Stevie Linklater, Raymie Rendall, Billy Ward, Leigh Shearer, Daniel Drever, Gary Wilson, Mark Shearer, Jamie Marwick, Andrew Rendall, Allan Brown and Erlend Eunson; two from Patrick O’ Neill, Brian Murray, Graham Firth and Brett Dickinson.
High checkouts of 100 from Billy Ward, Kevin Peace, Ivan Leslie and Kevin Gray, 101 Gordon Rendall, 104 Sean Shearer, Mark Shearer and Wayne Small, 107 Ian Stevenson and Brian Moar, 108 Robbie Norquoy, 126 Allan Brown and 130 Brian Murray, Daryl Robertson scored 177 and Ivan Leslie had an 11 dart leg.
It’s all go this weekend with the first of the 50 years events, it’s the Golden Singles and it is a real gold cup (plated anyway!) and it’s in the Legion on Saturday, names in by 1.30pm. It is an open competition for any player, male or female, who has played for a league team in Kirkwall over the past 50 years.
The competition has been split in two, with the first rounds a 301 double start, best of three legs as it was long ago, then from 16 down it will be five legs of 501 as played now. There will be cash prizes as well as a raffle maybe later on. It is hoped to get a top player up. The following Saturday it’s the turn of the under 30s. It is in the Masonic and it is open to any player, male or female, under 30 years old.
02 February 2017Craigie Cup win for Stanger
Robbie Stanger beat Kevin Gray 5-2 to win the ER&T Craigie Butchers Singles. The Tankerness Hall was the new venue for the ranking points competition. A huge thank you to the sponsors Eddie and Thorfinn Craigie for their generous support once again. A big thank you from the darts league also goes to all the Tankerness lads who put the venue together for darts and ran the bar. An excellent venue! High finishes were a 167 by Kevin & 148 by Graham Reid.
The new venue for the E R & T Craigie singles proved very popular as 34 top players made their way to the Tankerness Hall for the ranking points event.
Of course with most of the top contenders present, some big names didn’t make the points region, and of the nine ‘B’ players who entered, only one made the mark with Robbie Norquoy getting three points.
But it was the other Robbie who was making all the headway, with Robbie Stanger storming into the final.
The defending champion, Kevin Gray, wasn’t at his best but he still made the final, and in the final not many would have bet against him as took the first two legs, one with a great 167 checkout.
He then just fell off the rails as his usual big scoring deserted him which allowed Robbie to take the next five legs for a well deserving 5-2 win.
With so many players failing to score points, its wide open in the table. In fact, Robbie and Kevin are the only two players sure of a place in the team, but with 18 points still up for grabs, a dozen players are still in with a chance.
The table is: Robbie Stanger, 39 points; Kevin Gray, 38, Ivan Leslie, 22; Ian Linklater, 21; Stevie Linklater, 20; Alan Gray, 18; Ian Findlay, 18; Derek Firth, 16; Ryan Tulloch, 13; Bruce Moar, 12; Craig Taylor, 12; Leigh Shearer, 11; Jim Brown, 11; another 21 players have points ranking from 10 to three.
Next ranking event, the league doubles in the 10 March, but before then the ‘B’ boys have their own ranking point’s event on Friday night in the Legion with the Albyn Shield singles. Names in by 7.30pm.
Also it's Saturday, February 11 all the players should be looking out for as the KDDL hold the first of their 50 year anniversary celebrations with the Golden Singles in the Legion. Names in by 1.30pm and its open any player, male or female, who has played for a league team in Kirkwall over the 50 years.
Both the Williamsons dart leagues got underway after the break and the top game in the ‘A’ league matched the top two, and it was the Legion who increased their lead with a 9-3 defeat of the Commodores.
That was the top score along with Sanday who beat the Wanderers 9-3. That left the Wanderers just above the relegation zone.
Both the Untouchable teams shared the points as they drew 6-6, and good for the Warriors 8-4 out at the Sands – it keeps them up near the top of the ‘A’ league. No score from Legion Arrows and Quoyburray ‘B’ game.
It’s very close at the top of the Williamsons ‘B’ league as the top teams all played each other.
Shapinsay the league leaders were held to a 6-6 draw by the Nomads and it was the same score in the Tankerness v Murray Arms game, so no change at the top.
The Vikings moved a little closer with a 8-4 defeat of the Muppets and very welcomed points for the Motorhoose 9-3 over the St Ola ‘B’ who still to get a point. The other St Ola team lost out 7-5 to the Bilco Boys.
180s from Alan Gray, Graham Louttit, Derek Firth, Leigh Shearer, Stevie Moar, Colin Barnett, Wayne Small, and two from Jamie Marwick, Gary Wilson, Ian Linklater, Ryan Tulloch, Neil Croy, Kevin Gray and Robbie Stanger. Three from Brett Dickinson and four from Ian Wilkie.
High checkouts of a 101 Raymie Rendall and Andrew Moar, 108 Ian Wilkie, 114 Colin Leslie, Gary Wilson and James Flett, 115 Stevie Moar, 119 Brian Moar, 121 Colin Barnett, 148 Graham Reid, 154 Trevor Shearer, 160 Ivan Leslie and 167 Kevin Gray.
E R & T Craigie singles cup final: Robbie Stanger beat Kevin Gray 5-2
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday 9, Wanderers 3; Legion 9, Commodores 3; Legion Arrows v Quoyburray ‘B’ – no score; Sands 2 4, Warriors 8; Untouchables ‘A’ 6, Untouchables 6; no game – OGC.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Shapinsay 6, Nomands 6; St Ola ‘B’ 3, Motorhoose 9; Vikings 8, Muppets 4; Tankerness 6, Murray Arms 6; Bilco Boys 7, St Ola 5; no game – Quoyburray.
Friday, February 3: Albyn Shield singles (B), Legion at 7.30pm
Saturday, February 11: 50 Year Golden singles, Legion at 1.30pm
Monday, February 6
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Legion v Wanderers; Legion Arrows v Sanday; Sands 2 v Commodores; Untouchables ‘A’ v Quoyburray ‘B’; OGC v Untouchables; no game – Warriors.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
St Ola ‘B’ v Muppets; Tankerness v Vikings; Bilco Boys v Motorhoose; Quoyburray v Murray Arms; Nomads v St Ola; no game – Shapinsay.
25 January 2017Mixed doubles next month
25 January 2017Cup wins for Shapinsay and Untochables A
There were very good entries for the latest of the domestic cups in the KDDL as eight out of the 11 ‘A’ teams came forward for the 301 Challenge Cup.
It wasn’t a good night for the holders the Untouchables as they crashed out 4-0 to the Golf Club, who went on to defeat the Legion also 4-0 to make the final.
In the bottom half, the Untouchables A found themselves in the final with win over the Commodores and Legion Arrows. A lot of the games had ended up with the play-off game which the Untouchables ‘A’ won to make the score 4-3 in their favour.
The ‘B’ cup for the 301 double start trophy also attracted eight of the 11 teams and as the ‘A’ cup, the holders Tankerness went out in the first round 4-3 to the Nomads who then lost 4-3 to Shapinsay, which put the isles boys into the final.
Also into the final was the team from the other end of the islands, the Murray Arms, and it took the play-off game to decide the winners, it was Shapinsay, with a scoreline of 4-3.
180’s from Derek Firth, Keith Brumpton, Brian Moar and Mark Shearer.
High Checkouts of a 110 Gary Wilson, 116 Kenny Gillespie and 148 Gordon Rendall.
It’s back to the important ranking point’s event starting onn Friday night with the E R & T Craigie singles and it’s in the new venue of the Tankerness Hall - names in by 7.30pm.
Then the following Friday, February 3, it’s the B boys turn to earn some ranking points with the Albyn Shield Singles in the Legion. The ‘B’ ranking points help the committee to choose the East ‘B’ team for the annual East v West game.
301 Challenge Cup (A) final: Untouchables ‘A’ beat OGC 4-3
301 Challenge Cup (B) final: Shapinsay beat Murray Arms 4-3
Friday, January 27: E R & T Craigie singles (Ranking), Tankerness Hall at 7.30pm
Friday, February 3: Albyn Shield singles (B), Legion at 7.30pm
Saturday, February 11: 50 Year Golden singles, Legion at 1.30pm
Monday, January 30
Williamsons ‘A’ League
Sanday v Legion; Wanderers v OGC; Warriors v Untouchables ‘A’; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Sands 2; Commodores v Legion Arrows; no game – Untouchables.
Williamsons ‘B’ League
Vikings v St Ola ‘B’; Muppets v Shapinsay; St Ola v Quoyburray; Murray Arms v Bilco Boys; Motorhoose v Tankerness; no game – Nomads.