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Article: A Look Back In Time - 1st September 2010

A Look Back In Time - 1st September 2010

West Midlands, newly promoted to division one of the Rileys BDO Inter County Championships will kick off their 2010 – 2011 campaign with a home tie against Middlesex, who finished in a mid table position in division one last season.

Players signed at the time of going to print are, Men:- Martin Angell, Nicky Bache, Ray Benton, Matt Dicken, Peter Edmonds, Andrew Forrester, Lol Frazer, Viv Gould, Lance Hackett, Ian Hartland, Chris Hickman, Jamie Hughes, Mark Lloyd. Greg Parkes, Richard Platt, Neil Pointen, Eddie Price, Paul Price, Shane Price, Mark Rollinson, Jack Routledge, Avtar Singh, Chris Stanley, Ian Stanton, Dean Stewart, Matt Tedstone, Daryl Thorpe, Mark Watkiss, Paul Wright, Peter Wyse, Women:- Liz Arnold, Lisa Astbury, Jayne Breakspear, Tammy Chance, Jenna Couch, Tina Harris, Natalie Harrison, Leanne Jennings, Jemma Poole, Sarah Robbins, Jacqueline Simmons.

Players also expected to sign are, for the men, Trevor Carter, Danny Coyle, Stephen Farmer, Jason Gilbert, Frank Johnson, Gareth David Johnson, Ian Jones Chris Plumpton, and for the women, Kim Fellows, Claire Ford, Claire Hobbs, Katherine Jenkins, Jane Stubbs, Diane Tolley, Heather Wright.

This seasons executive committee is made up of, Robert MacDougall (Chairman), Rod Harvey (Treasurer / Vice Chairman), Vic Lloyd (Secretary), and the committee will comprise of Paul Dicken (Assistant Secretary), John Jones (Player Rep), Vic Lloyd (Men’s Manager), Diane Tolley (Women’s Manager) and Paul Simmons (Stage Manager).

Here’s wishing all of the squad and officials an enjoyable and successful season.

The Glebe Farm Community Centre was the setting for The 2010 Glebe Farm Darts Open which was held on Saturday 24th July 2010. An impressive turn-out of 67 players attended for an all money in - all money out event which was promoted and hosted by TD Events. Players were attracted from Oxfordshire, Cheshire, North Wales, East Midlands and many locally from Birmingham and the surrounding areas. In addition to quantity, the playing field was also complimented by quality, with a number of BDO, PDC and local pub-team superstars in the mix. Some super darts were thrown all day with three players sharing the £20 pot for highest finish - Pat Pace, Louie Almay and Nick Fulwell all checking out on 161.

Winner Mick Todd picked up the title and £200 after beating West Midlands based PDC player Nick Fulwell 6-5 in a very close and memorable final. Nick was presented with £100 as this year’s runner-up. Losing semi finalists were Nigel Heydon and Fred Smith who each received £50, while the losing quarter finalists Mark Hylton, Nick Harvey, Jon Smith and Pat Pace picked up £20 for their efforts.

During the day a number of fundraising scratch cards were ran with a total of £55 being raised for The Sports Argus charity event on Friday 20th August 2010 at The Pint Pot in Sutton Coldfield.

Full results:Group One:Last Sixteen:- Graham Jenkins 0 Pat Pace 4, Tom Fitzpatrick 1 John Burdett 4, Mark Whates 4 Josh Lewis 2, Tom Martin 4 Dale Pickett 0, Ray Gregory 0 Arron Taylor 4, Mick Todd 4 Neil Parsonage 3, Mark O’Donnell 0 Trevor Frost 4, Kevin Bambrick 4 Mark Catley 2, Quarter Finals:- Pat Pace 4 John Burdett 1, Mark Whates 1 Tom Martin 4, Arron Taylor 0 Mick Todd 4, Trevor Frost 4 Kevin Bambrick 3, Semi Finals:- Pat Pace 4 Tom Martin 0, Mick Todd 4 Trevor Frost 3, Final:- Pat Pace 4 Mick Todd 5, Group Two:Preliminary Round:- Dean Bond 4 Kevin Smith 3, Last Sixteen:- Ian McFarlane 4 Dean Bond 2, Robbie

Earle 0 Nigel Heydon 4, Nick Garbett 0 Simon Jones 4, Dave Honey 4 Mick Hoult 2, Tony Comerford 3 Kris Green 4, Lee Russell 1 Andy Brown 4, Paul Lilly 3 Vicky Martin 4, Ryan Herrington 0 Mark Hylton 4, Quarter Finals:- Ian McFarlane 1 Nigel Heydon 4, Simon Jones 4 Dave Honey 1, Kris Green 0 Andy Brown 4, Vicky

Martin 0 Mark Hylton 4, Semi Finals:- Nigel Heydon 4 Simon Jones 2, Andy Brown 3 Mark Hylton 4, Final:- Nigel Heydon 5 Mark Hylton 2, Group Three:Preliminary Round:- Brendon Lysaght 0 Kirk Shepherd 4, Last Sixteen:- John Speed 3 Kirk Shepherd 4, Ali Hickinbottom 2 Matt Gallett 4, Ashley Pickett 0 Jon Smith 4, Stephen Wright 3 Matt Westwood 4, Nick Fulwell 4 Andy Richardson 1, Darren Estley 1 Callum Harris 4, Neil Wild 2 Ronny Goethals 4, Stewart Richie 4 Paul Wilkes 1, Quarter Finals:- Kirk Shepherd 2 Matt Gallett 4, Jon Smith 4 Matt Westwood 2, Nick Fulwell 4 Callum Harris 0, Ronny Goethals 4 Stewart Richie 3, Semi Finals:- Matt Gallett 3 Jon Smith 4, Nick Fulwell 4 Ronny Goethals 3, Final:- Jon Smith 1 Nick Fulwell 5, Group Four:Preliminary Round:- Martir Yates 4 Adam Whitehouse 0, Last Sixteen:- Dalwyn Lee 4 Martir Yates 0, Sam Moore 0 Louie Almay 4, Stuart Skidmore 4 James Thompson 3, Adam Gallett 4 Jason Evans 1, Nathan Clarke 0 Nick Harvey 4, Lee Martin 4 Peter Fisher 3, Luke Woodhouse 4 Carl Whitfield 0, Quarter Finals:- Dalwyn Lee 4 Luoie Almay 1, Fred Smith 4 Stuart Skidmore 1, Adam Gallett 3 Nick Harvey 4, Lee Martin 4 Luke Woodhouse 2, Semi Finals:- Dalwyn Lee 0 Fred Smith 4, Nick Harvey 4 Lee Martin 3, Final:- Fred Smith 5 Nick Harvey 0, Semi Finals:- Mick Todd 5 Nigel Heydon 3, Nick Fulwell 5 Fred Smith 1, Final:- Mick Todd 6 Nick Fulwell 5.

Another TD Events extravaganza was staged at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, an exhibition evening with former World Champion Bob ‘the limestone cowboy’ Anderson. Anderson played in front of audience members who were fresh from the Warwickshire Bear’s Twenty20 victory over local rivals Worcestershire. The event which saw 14 darts enthusiasts try their hardest to beat the former World Champion all failed with the exception of one – Anthony West, aged 13 from Shropshire, who earlier in the evening during the exhibition interval, had recorded an 87 average whilst defeating another up and rising star, Luis Barberan aged 11 from Birmingham.

Local charity Cure Leukaemia benefited from funds raised during the evening with various items being raffled off. Lucky audience members won hospitality packages at Edgbaston, the signed match board, signed Bob Anderson shirt and caps, signed ‘We Love Darts’ t-shirts and other darts related items kindly donated by Once Bob had finished demonstrating his skills at the oche, the darts legend joined the evenings MC Paul Booth on the microphone for an open questions and answers session.

In last months edition I mentioned the sportsdale .com Christmas Open, further details have now been released and it is now known that the event will be staged at The Festival Inn, Ilkeston Road, Trowell, Nottinghamshire, NG9 3PX on Sunday 12th December.

There will be a limited entry of 256 on a first come basis and players can register their entry on

Entry to the men’s competition will be £10, or £112 on the day and prize money, subject to entries will be £1,000 for the winner, £400 runner up, losing semi finalists £125 each, quarter finalists £50 each and £25 for players reaching the last sixteen.

For the ladies, the entry fee will be £5 (£6 on the day) and should there not be a minimum of sixteen entries they will be invited to enter the men’s competition and the lady who progresses the furthest will receive £50. However, should there be more than sixteen entries all money in will be paid out in prize money with £50 added from

The Small Heath League have played off their Charity Knockout Competition and taking the honours was Devils representative John McCaffrey. McCaffrey beat Emerald Club player Joe Fox in the final. Losing semi finalists were Custard House duo Dave Brown and Paul Brown. Also on the agenda was the Cricket Knockout Competition and the winners of this event were the Pirate Darts Team comprising of Brendan Lysaght, Clive Austin, John Franklin, Graham Blakeman and Liam Fox. Losing finalists were the Norfolk and Chance Team of Paul Brown, Ray Fisher, Peter Hopkins, Eddie Bullock and Mark Fisher.

The Gulp League have played off their Doubles Knockout and taking the honours were Martin Cooper and Ross Macken who had a final straight 2-0 win over Pete Yardley and Mick O’Sullivan. Losing semi finalists were P and N McCrave plus John O’Connor and Roy Cooper.

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