18 September 2023
Wayne Monkman takes Jimmy Miller Memorial Cup

Wayne Monkman beat Brian Moar in the Jimmy Miller Memorial Cup. Derek Allan and Eoin Miller are pictured presenting the cup on behalf of the Miller family. Also pictured is Craig Taylor from the KDDL committee who paid tribute to Jimmy, who was a founder member of the league and played for an amazing 50 years, winning numerous titles over the decades.

The Legion played host to the first of this season's open competitions on Friday evening, with an excellent entry of 47 players taking part in the Jimmy Miller Memorial Open Singles. With many of Jimmy's family and friends taking part, there was a real buzz in the venue all night.

Steady scoring and cool finishing saw Wayne Monkman emerge from the top half of the draw, which included defeating the in-form Josh Alexander in the semi-final. In the bottom half, Stevie Linklater was throwing some quality darts all night, but he lost out in the semi-final to Brian Moar, who himself was hitting some big finishes along the way, including the current season high 164 checkout.

Most who had entered the competition had remained to watch the final, and the place was in great spirits as the players toed the oche. In fairness, both players have scored a lot better than they did in the match, despite both registering a 180 apiece. Brian squandered his chances at finishes and Wayne was ruthless in dispatching any opportunity he got, deservedly running out the victor by 4 legs to 2. Another Legion teammate of Jimmy's would be getting their name etched on his trophy, something he would have been delighted to see. Derek Allan presented the trophies on behalf of the Miller family, thanking everyone for taking part and making it a great night.

Earlier in the week, a mixture of both 'A' and 'B' teams contested the Spiers cup with the Untouchables beating Orkney Golf Club in the final. 7 Teams entered, with the Untouchables beating Young Loons, Exiles and then Orkney Golf Club to take the title.

180s were scored by: Gordy Rendall, Stevie Moar, Stevie Garner, Kevin Sarling, Graeme Louttit, Ian Findlay, Brett Dickinson, Robbie Stanger, Brian Moar, Wayne Monkman, Stevie Linklater, Ian Linklater (two), Billy Ward (two) and Kevin Gray (two). Derek Firth also scored 174, with Stevie Linklater hitting 177.

High Finishes came from: Bruce Moar 100, Kenny Gunn 106, Robbie Stanger 107, Kevin Sarling 148, Josh Alexander (104, 104), Stevie Linklater (108, 118) and Brian Moar 114, 114, 164).

Short Legs (15 darts or less):

Bruce Moar (14), Josh Alexander (15), Brian Moar (15), Robbie Stanger (2 x 13) and Stevie Linklater (3 x 15).


Spiers Cup Final: Untouchables 4, Orkney Golf Club 2

Jimmy Miller Memorial Open Singles Final: Wayne Monkman 4, Brian Moar 2


Friday, September 22, Cricket Singles and Doubles, Legion, 7.30pm

Monday, September 25, 301 Challenge Cup (A), Legion, 7.30pm

Tuesday, September 26, 301 Double Start Cup (B), Masonic, 7.30pm

Friday, September 29, Royal Cup (A & B), Masonic, 7.30pm

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