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Northern Ireland Open

It was Northern Ireland Open 9/10/11th Nov held at Bellini^s in Newry was venue for the Bdo tour. Few were flying Bdo flag in the Grand Slam in Wolverhampton and still are. Not attended this one for a couple of years as it clashed with the Czech Open. Travel mates for this one were Hampshires Gary Stafford and Sam Head. The thing i like about this open is i can fly from Bournemouth International Airport which is just 5 minutes away. Landed in Dublin where we met up with Richie George my Red Dragon Team mate. Drove hire car north to Newry to our Hotel. While we were in bed Deta Hedman and Robbie Green were taking the mixed pairs title. Next morning was the singles Id had tough looking group i felt With Geoff Wylie,Mark Slmon and Winmau World Masters champ Stephen Bunting in my group.

I played well in 1st 2 matches winning 3-0,3-0 taking me into semi final of my group and a match with Stephen Bunting. After 2 attempts and my 2nd being a Bull i won bull up to start. The match went down to the wire. After 15 darts and level at 2-2 i had missed 1 dart at 40 to win match. The Bullet with 156 on the board wired 36 to take the match. With 3 darts to win i missed. So then 3 darts for Stephen and he missed. 1st dart i hit double 10 to take match 3=2.

The second semi final in the group saw Mark Salmon of Wales play Geoff Wylie of Northern Ireland with Salmon coming out on top. So final of group started with Salmon beating me on the bull up. !st leg Salmon missed a dart at 40 to win. I shot out 84 on the Bull to stel the leg and the drts. Won leg 2 to go 2 up. Mark held throw for leg 3 and leg 4 saw a 180 put me in command to win match 3-1.

That put me in th last 32. I waited for hour and a half for my next match. I have no idea of the Irish mans name but know he beat Darryl Fitton 1st round so it was gonna be tough. At 2-2 and with darts 140,100,140,89 i faced 32 for the match. Missed 3 darts and my opponent hit 140 to leave 56 and i missed 3 again at double 8 and the 56 was shot out and id lost the match. Disappointing as had i won the match id got to play Darryl Guerney who had turned me over last three times by the odd leg. Darryl^s inclusion in the draw was contriversial in itself as having qualified for the Ladbrokes World Champs at Ally Pally.

Darryl went on to win the Northern Ireland Open singles beating Willy Van Der Wiel in the final. Ladies was won by Deta HedMan beating England youngster Fallon Sherock in the final. Mens pairs was retained by Red Dragon team mate Ross Montgomery and Robbie Green. Ladies pairs was won by Deta Hedman crowned champion for the 3rd time on the weekend with Racheal Brookes beating Fallon to her 3rd runner up spot over the duration of the weekend. We flew home over our house to land back in B/mouth Airport. Sharon had seen the plane fly over and got the car out to come pick us up.

Next stop Jersey open on Wednesday and may get to Sunparks in Belgium on sunday depending on how events unfold in Jersey.

The draw for Dutch tv Tournement the Zuiderduin Masters played on Weekend Dec7th-9th. Iv got group with Dutch lads Brian De Hoog and Micheal van der Horst. Pick of the groups Darryl Fitton,Tony Oshea and Robbie Green. This year for the 1st time for the 9 Dart leg has a sponsor and they have put up a Hyundai Veloster car if the feat is achieved.

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