08 March 2016
Open win for Kevin Gray

The biggest prize money in Orkney darts was on offer at the weekend when the JW Gray & Co Tennent's 2016 Kirkwall Open took place in the Masonic Club in Kirkwall.

Organised and run by the KDDL the event has over £1000 in cash prizes awaiting the winners, plus numerous other prizes on offer throughout the day.

The 2016 Open attracted 108 entries, from Orkney, Shetland and the Scottish mainland and included 21 lady players.

Stevie Linklater had won the trophy two years in a row, and was aiming for the hat-tick, however his run in the competition was halted by team-mate Bruce Moar who knocked him out the round before the quarter-finals.

By semi-final time KDDL's Kevin Gray and Ivan Leslie met, with Kevin winning 4-2 to book his place in the final.

The other semi saw Shetland's Roger Irvine from Whalsay facing Jamie Marwick, from Rousay, who lives and plays his league darts in Aberdeenshire.

It was Jamie who made his way into his first ever Kirkwall Open final, beating Roger 4-1.

The final was an absolute classic and saw a tremendous standard of darts, with four 180's and a 120 check-out from Jamie, with two 180's from Kevin.

Despite the 180's advantage, it was Kevin who triumphed, beating Jamie 5-3 in the best of nine final. Kevin won the title and £500, with Jamie winning the runner-up prize of £200.

This is the second time that on-form Kevin has won the competition, also claiming the title back in 2012.

Other prizewinners on the day were semi-finalists Ivan Leslie and Roger Irvine who won £50 each. Quarter finalists were Paul Foubister, Bruce Moar, Frank Watt and Derek Firth who won £20 each.

Furthest B Player Davie Henderson won £100 as did furthest lady player Nicky Laird.

KDDL president Craig Taylor said that on behalf of himself and the league committee he wished to thank everyone who made the day such a success, especially the ladies who sold raffle tickets throughout the day, Charlie and the staff of the Masonic Club, John Craigie for his continued support, Mitzi for the meals, and to anyone who helped out in any way, including the volunteer markers and people who donated prizes.

The committee are extremely grateful to sponsors Tennent's and JW Gray & Co for their continued financial support which is greatly appreciated.

Thanks also go to Malcolm Coghill for donating the dartboard and shirt signed by the professionals who visited Orkney last year.

They were auctioned and won by Kay Peace and Karen and Bob Budge raising £220. The money will be donated from the KDDL to the British Heart Foundation and Fishermen's Mission.

Finally, thanks also go to league secretary Jim Scollie who generously donated is usual huge number of 'Tattie Bogle' special prizes, but could not be there on the day due to being unwell. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Craig also said that would also like to thank KDDL committee members, Robbie Stanger, Richard Polson, Stevie Linklater and Davie Henderson for all their work in making the day such a success and running smoothly.

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