21 August 2018
New darts season about to begin

The 2018-19 committee is: president Craig Taylor; vice-president Stevie Linklater; treasurer David Henderson; secretary Brian Moar. Committee members: Robbie Stanger, Brett Dickinson, Ian Linklater, Robbie Norquoy & Richard Polson.


Kirkwall and District Darts League held its annual general meeting in the Kirkwall Legion last Thursday.  
A slight improvement on numbers present from the previous year heard detailed reports from league president Craig Taylor, giving an overview of the 2017-18 season, while treasurer David Henderson supplied the facts and figures surrounding the financial status of the league.

Seven of the eight committee from the previous year had intimated their wish to stand again, and were duly elected unopposed.  With no formal requests having been received in writing for any new committee members, it was opened to the floor and Richard Polson agreed to stand.  
Retiring vice president Robbie Stanger later agreed after the meeting to stand again to make up the numbers needed.  Craig Taylor remains as president, while Stevie Linklater moved into the vice president role.  
With secretary for the past 50 years Jim Scollie having sadly passed away during the previous season, only Brian Moar had intimated his wish to fill the vacancy and this passed unopposed.

A few changes were made during the AGM which will come into effect. There will be a verbal any other business part to the AGM, although it was stressed that any major issues, especially concerning constitutional alterations or large scale reconstruction of league structure are to be in writing two weeks prior so they can be included in detail on the agenda.

It was proposed to have the league starting later and finishing earlier, and a draft fixture schedule including such changes were put forward and accepted.  
There was also a call for the mixed A & B cups to be scheduled for a Friday night where possible, and to trial plate competitions at these to give teams a guaranteed couple of games each night. This was also included and altered in a draft cup fixture schedule, subject to availability of the venues stated.

The main change was the proposal which was carried which will see the committee propose to their Shetland counterparts for a 'B' county match between players from the lower leagues in each organisation for a trial period of two seasons, with the KDDL side being selected from the current 'B' ranking point system already in place, with the one condition being that 'B' players wishing to be selected must also take part in at least four of the seven main ranking competitions. This can only go forward if agreed by Shetland Darts Association who have a meeting this week.

24 teams have entered the KDDL this season, 12 in each of the A and B leagues, with 2 up and 2 down at the end of the season as agreed at last years AGM.
A league:  Legion, Orkney Golf Club, Commodores, Untouchables, Wanderers, Sanday, Untouchables 'A', Legion Arrows, Quoyburray 'B', Warriors, Nomads and Bilco Boys.
B League:  Quoyburray, Shapinsay, Murray Arms, Sands, Muppets, Young Loons, Vikings, Sanday 'B', Tankerness, Tigers, Exiles and RBL2.

Cup games commence from Monday, September 3, with League matches scheduled to start on Monday, October 1.
As usual, updates on KDDL activity can also be found on the Orkney Darts Facebook page throughout the season.

Monday,  September 3: Allied Hotels Cup (A), Legion, 7.30pm
Tuesday, September 4, St.Ola cup (B), Masonic, 7.30pm

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