Trina Gulliver shows the darting world that her game is well and truly back on track after taking the Gold Cup Singles in Lakeside. This is Trina’s third Gold Cup title after victories back in 2000 and 2003. Trina completed her days work with a semi final victory over Roz Bulmer of Norfolk and then went on to defeat Nikki Furse of Cornwall in the final.
Got to say that whilst it was a top weekend away the result we suffered was very dissapointing. A great start to the weekend with the Ladies B winning 4-2 which gave them runners up spot after Yorkshire won 5-1 thus giving them the title. But WELL DONE to all the Ladies that have gave their efforts in that B side. Mens B have had a mixed finale taking two 8-4 defeats which after the start we had and some other games didnt do us the justice. Too many missed doubles after being in control was the order of the day, but still we have shown we are a strength again which is great for the future. Again a big WELL DONE to all the Men that have played B darts this season. More to come next season of that we are sure. On to the Ladies A and when we consider some 10 years agao when we had probably the best A side in the whole BICC set up its is very frustrating to see where we are now. But we soldier on and look for that winning formula once again. A poor 6-0 defeat was inflicted on us over the weekend where we truly got what we deserved but know in our own hearts we are a lot better than that. Can I say a big WELL DONE to all the Ladies that have played A darts this year. We will get better again. Mens A is an enigma at times and we all sat frustrated that we couldnt get the result to get the scores closer on the Sunday. But again one of the most settled seasons we have had and with many opposing managers stating that we are on of the strongest A sides in the Premier Division. Possibility of having two England Internationals next season but we await that to be given the green light. But again a big WELL DONE to all the lads who have played A darts this season and a solid 3rd position in front of some of the Counties that have a bigger field to select from shows that there is something right at the County.
We now look forward to next season where we can consolidate our position amongst the elite and possibly finish in a higher overall position. Anyway can we as officials thank all that have played, officiated and helped the Bears to one of the highest positions that achieved in their existence.
The County have announced their series of dates for the end of season start of the new season AGMs.
Ladies Superleague AGM Friday 6th June 2014. 8pm Bishopsgate Club
All Teams from last season must be in attendance also any new prospective teams may attend with their intentions to join up for the new season. Any Proposals for the new season must be with the Secretary of the Ladies Superleague no later than Seven days prior to the date of the meeting. These must also be seconded and in written format.
Mens Superleague AGM Sunday 6th July 11am Bishopsgate Club.
All Teams from last season must be in attendance also any new prospective teams may attend with their intentions to join up for the new season. Any Proposals for the new season must be with the Secretary of the Mens Superleague no later than Seven days prior to the date of the meeting. These must also be seconded and in written format.
Warwickshire Darts Organisation AGM Sunday 17th August 11am Bishopsgate Club.
All Mens and Ladies Teams from last season must be in attendance also any new prospective teams may attend with their intentions to join up for the new season. Any Proposals for the new season must be with the Secretary of the County no later than Seven days prior to the date of the meeting. These must also be seconded and in written format.
Former Warwickshire player Billy Taylor has passed away today. Billy was a legend amongst the Warwickshire Bears during the 70s and early 80s before taking on a different role over at West Modlands where he was to become one of the great managers of the time. Deepest Sympathies are sent to all the faimily. RIP Billy.
27th May 2014. 11.45 Leaving House for Sandwell Crematorium Newton Road West Bromwich 12.15 Service.
Birmingham Reds tasted success for the first time in a few years with a win in the Warwickshire Mens KO Cup.
A superb night of darts that saw Reds overcome Erdington, Sutton Sports and Whitnash where they were to meet Coventry Bishopsgate in the final. They had battled through beating Castle Vale and Brandon. Reds eventually securing the Cup with a narrow 4-3 win with wins from:
Tommy Aldridge 3 Noel Grant 1
James Hykin 0 Mark Sidgwick 3
Dave Honey 3 Paul Deslandes 1
Dean Stewart 3 Dave Crossingham 0
Dickie Foster 0 Mark Carter 3
Ashley Hykin 3 Jaz Athwal 2
Jamie Hughes 2 Antony Allen 3.
Warwickshire Mens A side produced a stunning 9 3 win over their weekend opponents Essex to steer the County to an overall 20-16 victory. The weekend had got off to a great start with the Ladies B taking a super 4-2 win with wins from Melanie Hill, Marian Conway, Edwina Holdsworth and Lady of the match Lisa Whitmore. Mens B faced a tough challenge with Essex full of experience and class. Luke Kennedy hit form straight away on 1st and took the Match award with a 28.48 average, other wins came from Antony Allen, Paul Deslandes and Will Naylor. in an 8-4 loss which left us 10-8 down overnight. Sunday saw again a tough Essex Ladies side but a great battle from the Bears taking a 3-3 draw with the luck going their way at times for a change. Winners being Donna Pinch, Denise Keyte and Lady of the match Trina Gulliver. 23.37. Mens A kicked off well with Tommy Aldridge and Dave Harris winning convincingly to level scores overall, two losses from Steve Hine and Noel Grant put us back again but then a superb run followed with only one more loss off Mark Westgarth, great wins from Dean Stewart 29.00, Jamie Atkins 23.49 who took the sixth leg with a stunning 150 out, 57,57 d18. Dickie Foster, Nigel Heydon, Kevin Dowling and Mark Carter completed their wins to give the County a superb win that again sees them firmly placed in 3rd ready for their final fixture away in Kent at the End of May.
Trina Gulliver and Jamie Hughes both played their part in a super weekend for all the England Darts teams. All sections were won by England with Youth Girls, Boys, Ladies and the Men with some brilliant darts all the way through. Trina the England Captain took both her games with victories over Frances Lawson of Scotland where they won 5 games to 1, and also in another 5-1 win over Wales she overcame Julie Gore. Jamie took his match against Wales over Johnny Clayton with a 4-1 score and then in his match with Scotland he overcame Alan Soutar with a 4-0 score and a 30.83 average. Well Done both the County of Warwickshire are proud of their International players.
Warwickshire had the last six players on the weekend to thank as they snatched victory from a position that was not looking too clever. Ladies B had a steady 3-3 draw with Kat Spanswick having a superb 22.77 ave for LOM and also a first County win came from Ann Rodgers. Mens B hit the ground running again with a great 8-4 win with Carl Green taking the match award with a 27.52. Ladies A once again suffered and went down by a 5-1 scoreline, Angela Jones taking the only win. This hit the County hard with an overnight 11-7 lead turned into a 12 – 12 stalemate. First three games set the stall out again with Glamorgan hitting home a running average of 29+ on them to take a commanding lead. Dean Stewart briefly stopped the rot but two further losses left the County staring at a 13-17 scoreline. Dave Harris back on song of late then took a great win followed by Mark Carter, Steve Hine 28.42 MOM, Nigel Heydon, Tommy Aldridge and finally Rob Hawker to give the Bears a super victory. Consolidates 3rd position for the next home game when we entertain Essex..
Tommy Aldridge hammered home a brilliant 32.49 which saw the County leave Cambridgeshire with a hard earned 20-16 victory. The win has also pushed the County into third place in the BICC Premier Division. Ladies B had a great win on the Saturday with that being the first defeat for Cambridge B ladies. Angela Jones taking the Ladies award, other wins from Melanie Hill, Donna Pinch and Kat Spanswick. Mens B also had a great win with a vintage show from Tommy McGlone who smashed a 29.17 for the Mens award. Ladies A suffered a bad 5-1 defeat from a strong Cambs Ladies. Trina Gulliver the sole winner. Mens A were up against a very determined Cambs side with them hitting many maximums. 12 in total. But the show belonged to Aldridge who despite losing the first leg then reeled off 17-12-14 and 15 dart legs to record the highest average in the Premier Division. With this form we could and should be seeing Tommy taking his International spot once again.
Graham Hall continued his rich vein of form with a 3 legs to 1 victory over Dean Stewart to gain his place in the Lakeside International Play Offs to be held later this year. This is the second time these two players have done battle this season with scores now level. Hall had defeated Anthony Childs in his semi final whilst Stewart overcame Dave Sanders.