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McBrearty Becomes Local Hero

UNKNOWN Felix McBrearty became a local hero by taking victory in the Ireland Open Classic Players Championship with a 3-1 defeat of Chris Mason at the Dromore Leisure Complex.

McBrearty, who hails from Dromore, came through a qualifier just to win a place in the £20,000 PDC Pro Tour event, but swept through the field to claim the £5,000 first prize.

He overcame Tony Ayres, Kevin McDine, Colin Osborne and Michael van Gerwen to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament, before defeating Andy Hamilton 3-2.

He then defeated Colin Lloyd in straight sets, with all three sets ending 2-1, before meeting Mason in the decider.

Mason took the first set without reply, before the three-time Co Tyrone champion took six successive legs to sweep to the title.

Mason ended as runner-up in a Players Championship event for the third time this year, and included in-form Alan Tabern, Alex Roy and Mark Walsh among his victims in the tournament.

Lloyd won through to his first PDC Pro Tour semi-final since April^s Antwerp Darts Trophy with wins over Nigel Peden, Owen Caffrey, Mick McGowan and Robert Thornton.

Mark Walsh reached his second semi-final of the year to take a further step towards winning one of the qualification places in next month^s Sky Poker World Grand Prix.

The event saw qualifier Aodhean O^Neill overcome Roland Scholten and Colin Monk to reach the last 16, while Kevin Painter was a first round victim of Ireland^s Jacko Barry^s.

Ireland Open Classic Players Championship

Preliminary Round

Dave Honey 3-1 Campbell Jackson

Roy Baillie 3-1 Paul Mein

Jamie Caven 3-0 Sean McMurray

Andy Howarth 3-0 Steve Cusick

Paul Dillon 3-1 James Deery

Martyn Turner 3-0 Justin McGuigan

Shane Lennon 3-0 Mark Summerville

Andrew Davies 3-1 Daryl Gurney

Felix McBrearty 3-2 Tony Ayres

Ian Jopling 3-0 JR Docherty

John Quantock 3-2 Brian Cathcart


Welding 3-0 Brendan Dolan

Owen Caffrey 3-2 Dave Ladley

Peter Wright 3-0 Ian Branks

First Round

Denis Ovens 3-0 Declan Cunningham

Chris Thompson 3-0 Eamonn McGovern

Mark Walsh 3-1 Alan Caves

Dave Honey 3-2 Adrian Gray

Jacko Barry 3-2 Kevin Painter

Tony Eccles 3-0 Roy Baillie

Mervyn King 3-0 Jon Archer

Matt Clark 3-0 Jamie Caven

Alan Tabern 3-1 Ben Burton

Steve Maish 3-1 Andy Howarth

Chris Mason 3-0 Geoff Wylie

Wes Newton 3-0 Paul Dillon

Aodhean O^Neill 3-1 Roland Scholten

Colin Monk 3-2 Martyn Turner

Co Stompe 3-0 Andy Jenkins

Alex Roy 3-0 Shane Lennon

Andy Hamilton 3-1 Ray Farrell

Steve Brown 3-2 Martin Burchell

Andy Smith 3-0 Francis Mellor

Wayne Jones 3-0 Andrew Davies

Colin Osborne 3-0 Brendan Scullion

Felix McBrearty 3-1 Kevin McDine

Mark Dudbridge 3-1 Darren Johnson

Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Ian Jopling

Ronnie Baxter 3-0 Ricky Dunlop

John Quantock Bye (Alan Warriner-Little)

Robert Thornton 3-1 Vincent van der Voort


Welding 3-2 Steve Beaton

Colin Lloyd 3-0 Nigel Peden

Owen Caffrey 3-2 Lionel Sams

Barrie B

ates 3-0 Robert Watson-Lang

Mick McGowan 3-0 Peter Wright

Losers £75

Second Round

Denis Ovens 3-2 Chris Thompson

Mark Walsh 3-2 Dave Honey

Tony Eccles 3-2 Jacko Barry

Mervyn King 3-2 Matt Clark

Alan Tabern 3-0 Steve Maish

Chris Mason 3-2 Wes Newton

Aodhean O^Neill 3-1 Colin Monk

Alex Roy 3-0 Co Stompe

Andy Hamilton 3-1 Steve Brown

Wayne Jones 3-1 Andy Smith

Felix McBrearty 3-2 Colin Osborne

Michael van Gerwen 3-2 Mark Dudbridge

Ronnie Baxter 3-1 John Quantock

Robert Thornton 3-1 Gary Welding

Colin Lloyd 3-0 Owen Caffrey

Mick McGowan 3-0 Barrie Bates

Losers £150

Third Round

Mark Walsh 3-1 Denis Ovens

Mervyn King 3-1 Tony Eccles

Chris Mason 3-2 Alan Tabern

Alex Roy 3-1 Aodhean O^Neill

Andy Hamilton 3-2 Wayne Jones

Felix McBrearty 3-2 Michael van Gerwen

Robert Thornton 3-1 Ronnie Baxter

Colin Lloyd 3-2 Mick McGowan

Losers £300


Mark Walsh 3-0 Mervyn King

Chris Mason 3-1 Alex Roy

Felix McBrearty 3-2 Andy Hamilton

Colin Lloyd 3-2 Robert Thornton

Losers £600


Chris Mason 3-2 Mark Walsh (2-1, 1-2, 0-2, 2-0, 2-0)

Felix McBrearty 3-0 Colin Lloyd (2-1, 2-1, 2-1)

Losers £1,250


Felix McBrearty 3-1 Chris Mason (0-2, 2-0, 2-0, 2-0)

Winner £5,000

Runner-Up £2,500

News Updates

Preliminary Round

Andy Howarth overcomes Steve Cusick, a quarter-finalist in the Kitchener Open Players Championship last month, 3-0.

Andrew Davies defeats qualifier Daryl Gurney 3-1, the second time in a week the youngster has lost to a Welshman, after losing to Mark Webster in the Europpe Cup final.

Gary Welding opens up with a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland^s Brendan Dolan.

Ian Jopling^s win over JR Docherty sets up last 64 meeting with Michael van Gerwen.

First Round

Local qualifier Aodhean O^Neill defeats Roland Scholten 3-1.

Wins for Denis Ovens and Chris Thompson over qualifiers Declan Cunningham and Eamon McGovern mean they will meet in the last 32.

Mervyn King begins his challenge for a second Pro Tour win of the year with a 3-0 win over Jon Archer.

Andy Hamilton defeats Northern Ireland^s Ray Farrell 3-1, with Mark Dudbridge winning by the same scoreline against Darren Johnson.

Mark Walsh sees off Alan Caves 3-1 to move into last 32.


^s Jacko Barry defeats number eight seed Kevin Painter 3-2 to progress.

Matt Clark^s straight sets win over Jamie Caven earns him clash with King.

Chris Mason defeats Northern Irishman Geoff Wylie 3-0, while in-form Alan Tabern is 3-1 winner over Ben Burton.


^s Co Stompe defeats Andy Jenkins in straight sets, and meets Alex Roy in the last 32.

Steve Brown^s narrow win over Martin Burchell earns him a clash with Hamilton.

Colin Osborne, Andy Smith and Ronnie Baxter reach last 32 with 3-0 wins.

Robert Thornton produces some finishing of the highest order to see off Vincent van der Voort 3-1 - taking out finishes of 164, 161, 158 and 154 when the Dutchman was sat on a double.

Colin Lloyd defeats Nigel Peden 3-0, while Barrie Bates moves into second round with straight sets win over Robert Watson-Lang.

Dave Honey edges past Adrian Gray 3-2.

Qualifier Felix McBrearty defeats Kevin McDine 3-1.

Gary Welding is 3-2 winner over Steve Beaton, while Ireland^s Owen Caffrey defeats Lionel Sams in five sets.

Second Round

Denis Ovens defeats Chris Thompson in five sets to reach last 16.


^s Mick McGowan wins 3-0 against Barrie Bates.

Michael van Gerwen edges out Mark Dudbridge in five sets.

Ronnie Baxter and Robert Thornton set up third round meeting with 3-1 wins over John Quantock and Gary Welding respectively.

Andy Hamilton overcomes Steve Brown 3-1.

Mark Walsh edges past Dave Honey 3-2, with Chris Mason seeing off Wes Newton by the same scoreline.

Aodhean O^Neill reaches last 16 with 3-1 win over Colin Monk.

Qualifier Felix McBrearty continues his run with a 3-2 defeat of Colin Osborne.

Alex Roy sees off Co Stompe in straight sets.

Wayne Jones sets up meeting with Hamilton thanks to 3-1 win over Andy Smith.

Colin Lloyd defeats Owen Caffrey 3-0 to set up clash with another Irishman, Mick McGowan.

Third Round

Robert Thornton is first man into quarter-finals, following 3-1 win over Ronnie Baxter.

Colin Lloyd defeats Mick McGowan in a deciding set, and now meets Thornton in the last eight.

Felix McBrearty wins through to quarter-finals with 3-2 win over Michael van Gerwen.

Andy Hamilton will meet McBrearty for a place in the semis following his five-set win over Wayne Jones.

Alex Roy ends Aodhean O^Neill^s challenge with a 3-2 win.

Chris Mason defeats recent Peachtree Open Players Championship winner Alan Tabern in five sets.

Mervyn King reaches a second successive PDC Pro Tour quarter-final with 3-1 win over Tony Eccles.

Mark Walsh will meet King in the quarter-finals with 3-1 defeat of Denis Ovens.


Mark Walsh defeats Mervyn King in straight sets.

Colin Lloyd edges out Robert Thornton 3-2.

Felix McBrearty takes another big name with a narrow win over Andy Hamilton.

Chris Mason sets up semi-final with Walsh thanks to 3-1 defeat of Alex Roy.


Felix McBrearty, the current Co Tyrone champion and a local Dromore star, defeats Colin Lloyd in straight sets to reach the final.

He took all three sets 2-1, and included a pair of 11-darters in his success.

Chris Mason comes from 2-1 down to defeat Mark Walsh in five sets to reach his third Players Championship final of the year - taking the final four legs without reply.

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