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03/08/2009

DARTS FANS have been racing in record numbers to secure tickets for the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

 

The world's richest darts tournament will be held from December 18-January 3 at Alexandra Palace in London, with 70 players competing for the first £1 million prize fund.

 

The World Championship's popularity has continued to grow in the two years since the move to Ally Pally, and ticket sales have soared since being released in June.

 

Over £500,000 in ticket sales have been received so far, which is three months ahead of reaching the same figure for the 2009 tournament.

 

Sales of hospitality tickets for Alexandra Palace have also proven hugely popular, with packages ranging in price from £100-£200 for the tournament.

 

"For tickets to be selling so well for the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at this stage is a huge boost, especially when you consider we are going through a recession," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

 

"The decision to move the sport's flagship event to Alexandra Palace was a bold one but is proving once again to be the correct decision with such great demand from fans.

 

"For ticket sales to be three months ahead of the equivalent figure last year shows that the popularity of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship continues to grow.

 

"It's a special place to play darts and a special venue to watch the world's best players in."

 

Ticket prices start from just £15, and tickets can be purchased from SeeTickets on 0871 220 0260 or via www.seetickets.com/darts.

 

Hospitality packages are available via 08712 501 180.

 

For full details visit the Tickets section of www.pdc.tv.

20/07/2009TAKEN FROM – REDDITCH STANDARD


THERE was double delight for Redditch teenage darts sensation Zoe Jones when she captured two gold medals at the 20th Europe Youth Cup in Holland last weekend, The 16-year-old was making her second international appearance for the England Youth Darts team and she was right on target to become the European girls singles champion and also capture the Pairs Championship with partner Lauren Hitchens, The event in Veldhoven was hosted by the Netherlands Dart Bond and 16 teams made up of four U18 boys and two U18 girls represented their countries from all over Europe, Zoe arrived on Thursday morning and her first game was later that day in the round-robin pairs KO with her England team-mate Hitchens, Zoe and Lauren breezed through their opening games, beating Sweden 3-1, Wales 3-0 and Finland 3-0, On Friday they started slowly by losing 3-0 to Russia but soon got back to winning ways in beating Turkey 3-0 and Germany 3-0, When all the points were added up England emerged as group winners and had reached the semi-final stages where they would face Hungary on finals day, With all the doubles matches completed it was the start of the singles round-robin matches and Zoe was in group 2 of 4. Her first game was against Kimberley Lewis of Wales, the 2007 champion and 2007 World Masters champion, but this did not faze Zoe as she won 3-0 with 15, 18 and 17-dart legs, Zoe’s next game was against Adrien Vegso of Hungary and she won 3-0 before being beaten 3-2 by Thea Kaaijk of the Netherlands in her only blip of the day, Zoe was soon back to winning ways by beating Kristtin-Elise Schou of Norway 3-0 and Anna Maria Schulze of Germany 3-0, All the points were added up and Zoe had again emerged as group winner and went through to the knockout stages and the final 16 players,


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Zoe’s first game in the knockout stages was against Gemma Bowen of Wales and again Zoe made light work of the game and won 3-0, With only one more game to go to reach the stage semi-finals Zoe had to play the reigning Winmau World Champion and 2008 Europe Cup runner-up Linda Odén of Sweden, Again Zoe was off to a flying start, winning the first two legs in 15 and 16 darts. Linda then won the third leg in 21 darts only for Zoe to win the fourth leg and the match 3-1 and go through to her second semi-final of the day to be played on Saturday, On finals day Zoe was on the practice board at 8am preparing to play Hitchens in the first stage semi-finals at 10am, In a nervous start by both girls, Zoe lost the first leg but soon levelled and then started to find her range and took the third leg in 15 darts with a 130-game shot. Now only one leg away from the final, Zoe continued to find the scores and took the fourth leg to win the match 3-1 and book her place in the final with a 22.84 average, With only a ten-minute break Zoe had to return to the stage for her pair’s semi-final against Hungary and in a hard fought match Zoe and Lauren ran out 3-2 winners, Zoe played Finland’s Aliisa Koskivirta in the girls’ singles final. She won the toss and started the first leg scoring well and only needed one dart at double top to secure the first leg, Aliisa started the second leg strongly but Zoe played excellently with 2x100 scores and a 137 to leave double top which she finished in two darts, The third leg was as close as can be with Aliisa having 57 left and Zoe 31. Again Zoe was the coolest and finished 31 in two darts with single 15 and double 8, With the championship already in mind Zoe rushed through the last leg and finished 59, again in two darts, while Aliisa was at 174. Zoe won 4-0 recording a 24.89 average and an overall championship average of 22.74 - the highest ever recorded in the 20 years history of the competition,


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When the winning double went in Zoe went down on her knees and let all the emotion and tension of the last days out - a very emotional moment from the deserved winner, After winning the singles final Zoe could not go out and party as she had another final to play together with her friend Hitchens against neighbours Wales (Kimberley Lewis and Gemma Bowen), In the first leg Zoe continued to show the great form she was in and hit double top to go one leg up. The second leg gave Wales the opportunity to get back in the game but the double was missed and that gave Zoe the chance to wrap up the leg, This proved crucial as the England pair relaxed and eased to a fully deserved 4-0 victory, Zoe’s Dutch success is no flash in the pan though as in her two years of competition play so far she has won many tournaments, The ‘Pink Panther’ as she is known, who can be seen practising most days at Redditch Trades & Labour Club from which she has received tremendous support, plays for Warwickshire youth team and the Worcestershire senior side, At Youth level since January of this year Zoe has won many tournaments. She is the current Scottish Open Youth champion, Eastbourne England Classic champion where Zoe was the only girl to enter and saw off the other 53 U18 boys, England Open Youth champion, Walton Youth champion, German Open Youth champion and now the European Youth Champion 2009,


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In seven months Zoe has gained six converted Winmau places which means she will play in the Winmau World Youth Masters in Bridlington in September, At senior level Zoe has been making a name for her herself on the BDO international circuit where she picks up valuable ranking points, Zoe is currently ranked 13th in the world at senior level. In Germany this year Zoe knocked out the Welsh international Julie Gore to reach the last eight, In the Welsh Classic Zoe went one better and reached the semi-final of the senior ladies event and also won the Northants Ladies Open this year, beating Deta Headman in the quarter-finals, Zoe also won the Sportsdale Ladies Open in Long Eaton earlier this year, Zoe has also started to do exhibitions and held a very successful one at Redditch Trades & Labour recently. She would like to thank the committee and all the members of the club who have again sponsored her to the tune of £3,000, Without this continued support none of the above would have been possible. The club is an excellent darts venue with a fantastic stage which the club have built for Zoe to practice at with her practice partner Graham Evans who has given up valuable time to practice with Zoe, Zoe has been selected to go to America in September to play in the World Cup which will be attended by 36 countries. Each senior darts team takes one youth boy and one youth girl and Zoe will be joined by Shaun Griffiths, Lisa Ashton, Trina Gulliver, Martin Adams, Tony O’Shea, Darryl Fitton and John ‘Boy’ Walton, There is now only a small amount of time to raise funds for Zoe to be able to live this dream. If anyone would like to contribute towards Zoe’s trip please contact her on her website - http://www.zoejones.co.uk - or on 01527 61183.
14/07/2009Darts: MANLEY LAYS HIS CARDS ON THE TABLE AFTER FAILING TO MAKE BLACKPOOL PDC darts star Peter Manley, will not be resting on his laurels after failing to qualify for the one of the worlds leading darts tournaments - the Stan James Matchplay, for the first time in his colourful career. Manley, who recently signed a sponsorship deal with online gaming firm 180bets will be spending time on the poker table, whilst his contemporaries will be battling it out on the oche. The good news for darts fans is that anyone playing online at www.180bets.com can win cash prizes for knocking out the larger than life star. Manley who will be playing under the alias 'One Dart' will be online from 7pm on Weds 15th July. For a 1 euro entry fee, anyone lucky enough to knock Manley out of the competition will win themselves a 200 euro bounty, as well as be part of an overall minimum tournament prize pot of 300 euros. Other darts stars such as Andy Fordham, Andy Jenkins and Paul Nicholson will also be playing.
12/07/2009

European Girls Single Final (Best of 7 legs)

 
Congratulations to Red Dragon Darts Zoe Jones from England who beat against Finland’s Aliisa Koskivirta to win the European Girls Single Title, and then went on to win the Girls Doubles Finals where Zoe and Lauren Hitchens beat Wales Kimberley Lewis and Gemma Bowen.

In the singles Zoe won the title with a 24+ average and played superbly throughout the best of 7 legs final. When Zoe’s last dart hit the double she went down to her knees in a great show of emotion that showed just how much she wanted this title, to add to her ever impressive collection.

Zoe won the trophy for the most Valuable Player recording an average of 22.84 over the whole tournament, which was 3 points higher than any other girl in the 20 year history of the European Youth Girls Event.

10/07/2009
Home > News > RILEYS HIT DARTS DOUBLE!
RILEYS HIT DARTS DOUBLE!

Rileys, the UK's top pool and snooker operator, today (Friday July 10) continues its march into the world of darts with a ‘double tops' package:

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BULLSEYE!Rileys have agreed a one-year deal with the British Darts Organisation (BDO) to sponsor the British Inter-County Darts Championships (BICC)

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BULLSEYE!Rileys are opening top quality darts zones at another nine clubs nationwide

The sponsorship package with the BDO starts in October at the beginning of the 2009/2010 BICC season.

Olly Croft, OBE, Managing Director of BDO Enterprises Ltd said: "We are delighted to welcome Rileys on board as our new BICC sponsors. It represents a major step forward in our plans to work closely with top companies, and there is a perfect fit between Rileys established activities in pool and snooker and BDO darts.

"I'm sure that all of our counties and their players will be looking forward to Rileys becoming part of the darts landscape throughout the UK."

Rileys Chief Executive Officer Maurice Kelly said: "We are thrilled to be sponsoring the British Inter-County Championships, and are very much looking forward to building a strong relationship with the BDO.

"This sponsorship will coincide with the arrival of nine new darts zones at our clubs, including those in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Hull and Wolverhampton.

"We are serious about darts and will continue to open dart zones in Rileys clubs across the United Kingdom.

"With pubs closing almost every day, we hope that local players and teams will come and use our outstanding facilities."

The first-ever Rileys darts zone was opened at their Croydon club in South London of April this year.

Rileys' darts zones feature state-of-the-art facilities, including championship standard dart boards and electronic scoring in the playing areas.

For more information on Rileys, please visit

www.rileys.co.uk

Date : 10-07-2009

28/06/2009

DUTCH trio Jelle Klaasen, Vincent van der Voort and Co Stompe were amongst the first six qualifiers for the PartyPoker.net Las Vegas Desert Classic on Sunday.

Almost 200 players travelled to the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas in a bid to win the 12 qualifying places in the main Desert Classic event, which begins on Wednesday.

Three of the first six players will join Raymond van Barneveld as Dutch representatives in the Desert Classic, with Klaasen, van der Voort and Stompe all winning through a tough field on Sunday.

Klaasen had to take on former World Champion Mark Webster in the first round, winning 5-2, and later edged out James Barton 5-4 before seeing off Smith in his deciding game, taking out 146 and 149 in the final two legs to seal the narrowest of victories.

Van der Voort was a 5-3 winner against Tony Eccles in his final match, having previously overcome Louis Blundell, Ian Jopling and Ken MacNeil.

Stompe qualified for a second successive year with a whitewash of Nick Fullwell in his decider.

He was a narrow 5-4 winner against Michael van Gerwen in his semi-final, and also produced two earlier 5-0 wins in a strong performance on the day.

Lowestoft's Peter Wright, who has climbed into the world's top 100 this year, defeated Andy Smith 5-3 to earn his Desert Classic debut.

Simon Whitlock celebrated his return to the PDC circuit by qualifying for the Desert Classic, winning his first three games without dropping a leg before defeating Mark Dudbridge and Barrie Bates to earn his spot.

The Queenslander is undefeated on the DartPlayers Australia circuit this season and maintained that form to earn a place in the main Desert Classic.

Jamie Caven's recent run of form continued as he defeated Ireland's Shane O'Connor 5-4 in his final match, hitting winning legs of 14, 11 and 13 darts to come from 4-2 down and sneak victory.

Sunday's losing players will return on Monday for the second qualifier, which will produce the final six players for the main event.

The PDC's top 16 and four North Americans have pre-qualified for the Desert Classic, with the televised stages beginning on Wednesday and screened live on Sky Sports in the UK.

26/06/2009
DARTS: Aubrey's new target after BDO win

Teenager Chris Aubrey says he would "love to go all the way" in darts after he scooped his biggest title to date.

The 17-year-old Swindon thrower bagged the youth singles title at the BDO International Open, prompting talk of a move onto the bigger stage.

Aubrey sealed a 3-0 win over Gwent's Nick Kenny in the final at Brean Sands, Pontin's, having also beaten defending champion Santino Broer on the way.

And the youngster admitted of the championship win: "It's a big one.

"I've been at quite a high level with football and cricket but I'd love to go all the way with the darts - even getting started and becoming a well-known name on the BDO (circuit).

"I enjoy it which is the main part of it. You've got to put the hours in, it's not just going to come, you've got to practice."

Aubrey is a multi-talented sportsman having played at a high level in cricket and football, but has been described as a darts "natural" by Wiltshire captain Mark Thomson.

"If I was in his shoes I'd pick the darts," said Thomson.

"When he's ready to make a living out of darts it will be a good living."

The singles title at Pontin's was Aubrey's third triumph this season, and sees him qualify for the Winmau World Masters at Bridlington, leaving Thomson to wonder why his protégé was ignored for selection for the Europe Cup Youth, due to be held in Holland at the beginning of July.

"The gutting bit is he just missed out on a place to play in Holland next month, which really we feel is an injustice to Chris, because of the way he's played all season," said Thomson.

"His averages are higher than some of those who have been picked. It's his third win this year and he still doesn't get any recognition for it."

Aubrey started playing darts regularly two years ago and has the highest average for Wiltshire under 18s this season.

The teenager has also qualified for the BDO World Cup at Lakeside after he made it through with hastily-arranged pairs partner Mark Scully at the county play-offs.

 

Story By: Swindon Advertiser

Date : 26-06-2009

26/06/2009
Darts: PDC Media Release

Third-Fourth Place Play-Off Introduced

A Third-Fourth place play-off will be introduced at the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

The battle between the losing semi-finalists at Alexandra Palace will be the pre-cursor to the £1 million event's final on Sunday January 3.

Four previous third-fourth place play-offs have previously been held between 1994 and 1998, and the concept will return next January.

The two players will be battling for a £100,000 total in prize money, with the winner picking up £60,000 and the loser £40,000.

"The Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship is already the sport's biggest ever event but the third-fourth place play-off will add even further to the spectacle at Alexandra Palace," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

"After 12 days of play across Christmas and New Year, the tournament will now culminate with these two high profile fixtures - the final and the third-fourth place play-off on January 3.

"Our aim is to give fans the best possible value for their money at all PDC tournaments and creating an experience they will never forget, and this certainly does that.

"For the stars involved it will also be a huge occasion, especially so as the game could also be the deciding factor for players battling for a Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts place."

The 2010 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts will feature the top six players in the PDC Order of Merit following the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship, to be joined by two wildcard selections.

Tickets for the 2010 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship are now on sale, with prices starting at £15. To book, call 0871 220 0260.

Hospitality Packages start from £100 and can be booked on 08712 501 180.

Date : 26-06-2009

18/06/2009

DARTS: 25 WONDERFUL LAKESIDE YEARS

The 2010 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships proudly celebrate the 25th Anniversary Year of Lakeside as the host venue.

The most famous and prestigious Championships in World Darts have been staged here at Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey – recognised as ‘the home of World Darts’ since 1986, and Lakeside has been the main title sponsor since 2004.

The BDO’s WORLD PROFESSIONAL DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS have been played annually since 1978 and televised every year by BBC TV.

The Men’s World Professional Championship has been played from 1978 to the present day. The Women’s World Professional was introduced in 2001 and has been played annually ever since.

TELEVISION COVERAGE

·        BBC-1 and BBC-2 – Live and recorded transmissions daily for nine consecutive days – afternoon/evening and late evening/early morning

·        BBCi Live transmissions daily of every dart thrown for digital viewers by pressing red-button on remote-control.

·        BBC WORLDWIDE – The World Pro is sold around the globe to over 70 countries.

·        SBS-6 (Netherlands): Present at Lakeside since 1998.

·        EUROSPORT ASIA has a three-year contract with BBC Worldwide. This means that Lakeside World Darts will be available to new audiences, not only across Europe, but also Asia until 2011.

·        Collectively this produces the largest TV audience for darts anywhere in the world.

ALL MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED ON THE WINMAU BLADE III DARTBOARD

Winmau Dartboards are endorsed by The British Darts Organisation and used in all of their tournaments – including the BBC televised Winmau World Masters and BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships. www.winmau.com

The World Professional Darts Championships are staged and promoted by the British Darts Organisation and sponsored by Lakeside Country Club – the home of World Darts.

  
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