Brian Johnson was today announced as the BDO Official Personality of the year for 2014. Many know that Brian has been with the County of Warwickshire from its inception back in 1974, a full 40 years service within the County for which he has held position of Secretary for many years. Players and Officials alike name Brian as Mr Warwickshire for his hard work and dedication to its cause, so this award is very fitting for the man itself.
We all offer our sincere congratulations to Brian on a much deserved award.
The County put up a great fight to gain a draw or a possible win after losing out 11-7 on the Saturday. Ladies B stormed a great 4-2 win with some great darts along the way, Wendy Adams, Edwina Holdsworth, Caroline Pike and LOM Marian Conway (21.17) gave the B lads something to work on, however Cheshire had other ideas and promptly despatched the lads with a 9-3 victory, only winners for the Bears were Matt Edgar, Ashley Hykin and MOM Will Maylor (26.43). Plenty of work to do on the Sunday with Ladies A nearly pulling out a win but settling for the 3-3 draw, winners Melanie Hill on her A debut, Sue Gulliver who battled immensly after a traumatic week personally, Trina Gulliver (20.88) taking the match award. The A lads looked a good draw on paper and one that a good win can be achieved, but a battling Cheshire A kept us at bay during the whole match. Eventually a 7-5 win where winners were Noel Grant, Kevin Dowling, Mark Westgarth on his 50th appearance for the Bears , Dean Stewart, Mark Carter, Dave Harris and a MOM from Rob Hawker (27.69). Overall a 19-17 loss but a good comeback none the less. Onwards to our next match at home versus Lincolnshire at the end of November.
It is with sadness that I announce the news that Dee Cope passed away last weekend. Some of you older County players will remember Dee, who graced the county stage in the late 70’s and was still playing in Rugby till last month. Dee played in some of your charity mixed competitions in the last few years and enjoyed seeing some of her old buddies then. Dee will be laid to rest at Rainsbrook Crematorium (http://www.rainsbrookcrematorium.co.uk/…/documents_info.php…) on the 29th October at 11am, and the wake will follow at Rugby Workers Club. All who would like to pay their last respects are welcome.
The authors of this website would unreservedly like to pass on their apologies for the mis-information given regarding Peter Brotherton. This information was given to us and was relied upon as the people are close to the person in question. However an error in communication resulted in the information being incorrect. We would like to place on record our apologies and wish Peter the very best of health now and in the future.
Jamie Hughes finally succumbed to defeat as Martin Phillips won the title with a 7 sets to 3 victory. Jamie lived up to his six seeding with some stunning shows over the two days, and will most certainly hold him in good stead when he lines up in the Lakeside World Championships in January of next year.
Jamie Hughes lines up against Martin Phillips the Wales Captain in the final of the Winmau World Masters being played in Hull.
Hughes had earlier fought back from 2-0 down against Alan Norris in the quarters and then looked down and out after going 5-2 down in the Semi Finals against multi winner Martin Adams but some brilliant finishing saw him achieve his greatest point in the game.
Jamie Hughes this year seeded at number 6 for this years event has managed two great wins and goes in to Sundays quarter finals where he will be facing an also in form Alan Norris. Both players have excelled as seeds this year so the watching public will be up for a treat once again. Also former Bear Mark McGeeney has also qualified from the original entry and lines up against Martin Phillips the Welsh Captain.
Men’s Quarter Finals – Best of 5 sets 3 legs
14.00 Mark McGeeney-ENG v Martin Phillips-WAL (8)
14.30 Glen Durrant-ENG (5) v Scott Mitchell-ENG (4)
15.00 Alan Norris-ENG (3) v Jamie Hughes-ENG (6)
15.30 Gary Robson ENG (10) v Martin Adams – ENG (2)
The County came away from the latest BICC Fixture with a 22-14 win over newly promoted Cornwall at the Bishopsgate Club Coventry. A strong Ladies line up for the visitors saw them take both Games by a 4-2 scoreline. Winners for the Bears were Wendy Adams and Edwina Holdsworth for the B side and Trina Gulliver – Sue Gulliver both took great wins in the A match. The Mens B had two debutants in Ted Evetts and Michael Spencer, both took to the stage very well and won with great averages. Ted on at number one hit home a 4-2 win which included a 6th leg 9 dart attempt, two 180s to start the leg but missing with his next shot for the 141. Still a 13 dart leg ensued and his first win in the County shirt with a superb 28.08. Michael took his game with a 4-3 win also taking the final leg with a 13 darter and a 27.10 ave. Matt Edgar who had been unwell in the week prior raised the bar with a MOM and a 29+ave, not too far behind was Prakash Jiwa with a 28+. A 10-2 victory gave us an overnight lead of 12-6. After the Ladies loss the Men got down to business with an 8-4 win, looking on paper it was expected that a heavier result would be ours but some games that did not go our way made up for a 22-14 overall result, Dean Stewart taking the match award with a 28.76. The County make a great leap in the table sitting fourth and now are ready for the next challenge away at Cheshire.
Jamie Hughes along with partner Sam Hewson of Lincolnshire took the British Open Pairs title being held at the Spa Centre Bridlington. Jamie and Sam have made their mark on many of the Pairs events being held on the circuit and form a very effective partnership. The pairs event with more than 150 entries is a tough event to take but they done it in style defeating Garry Thompson and Scott Waites of Yorkshire in the quarter finals, Jamie Wilson of Yorks and Gary Robson of Cheshire, for the final they overcame Steve Robertson who plys his trade in Scotland and Ryan Hogarth of Lancashire by the scoreline of 4-3.
Picture courtesy of BDO.
The County came very close to hitting home a super win but lost out to a 20-16 scoreline. Weekend went off with a great start as Ladies B produced a stunning 5-1 over the Champions of the B division last term. Wendy Adams hitting a great 20.31 to take LOM also Caroline Pike firing in a top finish of 145. Mens B found doubles elusive and paid a heavy price suffering a poor 10-2 loss, Matt Edgar and MOM Tommy McGlone the only victors. Ladies A had a 3-3 draw Trina Gulliver with a 22.77 LOM and Kat Spanswick, Sue Gulliver who mirrored Caroline finish from the previous day to take her game 3-2. Mens A looked a great draw and all seemed set but a 6-2 lead evaporated into a 6-6 draw. Nigel Hitting home a brilliant 29+ ave for the MOM which he sealed with a majestic maximum 170 outshot. Other wins from Mark Westgarth, Dean Stewart, Noel Grant, Mark Strong and Rob Hawker.