O’Shea Tops Remote Darts League Table.


The Reigning World Masters Champion John O’Shea moved top of the league on Monday Night as he secured 3 wins from three over Tony O’Shea, Larry Butler and Laura Turner.

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John O’Shea (BDO)

The opening game of the night saw the 1994 World Matchplay Champion Larry Butler take on 2020 BDO Women’s World Championship Quarter-Finalist and Sky Sports Darts Pundit Laura Turner.

The match kicked off with Butler firing in a first 180 in just his 2nd visit to the board before squandering 3 darts for the leg which allowed Turner to snatch it in 17 darts and break Butler’s throw.

The American then broke backfiring in a 2nd 180 and winning the leg in 25 darts. Butler then commanded the match from there on in, winning 5 straight legs which included a further 2 180’s and the winning legs in 15, 18, 17, 24 and 20 darts respectively and allowing Turner just 8 darts at the outer ring during that period to win the game 6-1and pick up a 5th win from 10 outings in the Remote Darts League.

The second game of the night saw the battle of the O’Shea’s as Englishman Tony O’Shea took on
Irishman John O’Shea. The match kicked off with Tony firing in a 1st 180 but squandering 4 darts at the
outer ring which allowed John to step in and take the leg in 16 darts to break the throw, which he then
backed it up with a 20 dart leg to move 2-0 ahead. Tony then picked up his 1st leg of the match in 19
darts, which ended up being his only leg won as John then rattled off 4 consecutive legs which included
2 180’s and winning legs in 16, 11, 20 and 14 darts respectively to take the match 6-1 and move 3 points
ahead of Tony in the league phase going into game 3 of the evening.

The third game of the night saw Tony O’Shea up against Larry Butler, with O’Shea looking to pick up his
first points of the evening and Butler hoping for back to back wins.

The match began with O’Shea pinninga 1st 180 and a 16-dart leg before back to back 18 darts legs from Butler including a 1st 180 saw him move 2-1 ahead. O’Shea then completed the same fate in winning back to back legs in 18 and 15 darts
respectively and a 180 in both of them.

Three consecutive holds of throw in legs 6,7 and 8 with Butler pinning a 19 dart leg to square the match at 3 apiece before both pinning 14 dart legs, firstly Tony then Larry to ensure the match will go all the way to a 10th and deciding leg. In the 9th leg, Butler broke with a 19-dart leg to go within one from back to back wins in the evening’s action thus far. Butler kicked off the deciding leg with a 3rd 180, which put O’Shea under slight pressure as he needed to fire back. A missed dart at tops for a 73 checkout and a 15-dart leg from Butler, allowed O’Shea back to the board on 116, which he took out brilliantly to earn his 1st point of the evening.

Game four pitted John O’Shea up against Laura Turner and at least a 6-2 win would see O’Shea move into the top 4 of the league phase for the time being. It is fair to say the match was onesided as O’Shea stormed into a 3-0 lead, winning legs in 17, 16 and 23 darts respectively as well as a 1st 180.

The match had a small interruption as O’Shea had some slight technical issues, but the match
resumed within 5 minutes. The interruption did not affect O’Shea though as he won 3 legs on the spin in
18, 16 and 17 darts respectively which included a 2nd 180 and a brilliant 140 checkout. The win meant
that O’Shea would only need a point in the last match of the night to ensure that he will end in the
evening in the top 4 of the league phase but a win would see him move top of the table.

The fifth featured John O’Shea and US veteran Larry Butler, with a point needed for O’Shea to
move into top 4 or a win to move top of the table and at least a 6-1 win or better from Butler to see him
move into top 4. The match began with an 18-dart break of throw from Butler before O’Shea rattled off 3
consecutive legs in 15, 20, and 14 darts respectively including 2 180s. Butler then won back to back legs
in 13 and 14 darts respectively and in both legs, fired in a 180. O’Shea then moved 4-3 ahead with a 15-
dart leg before missing 1 dart for a point in 8th leg of the match with Butler winning it in 17 darts to
ensure that the match will go all the way.

Back to back legs from O’Shea in 19 and 15 darts respectively gave him his 3rd win of the night and ensure that he will end Night 14 of the Remote Darts League, Top of the table following wins over Tony O’Shea, Laura Turner and now Larry Butler 6-4.

The evening’s finale saw Laura Turner take on Tony O’Shea, with both looking to pick up their
1st win of the evening. It’s fair to say the match was quite one-sided with O’Shea inflicting Turner to a
2nd whitewash defeat of the night in winning his 6 legs in 18, 14, 19, 17, 15 and 13 darts respectively
including 2 180’s. The win meant O’Shea finished the evening 8th in the league phase having picked up
13 points from his 12 encounters meaning he’ll need a strong night when he plays his 3 final group
games in the hope of finishing in the top 4 and qualifying for the Semi-Finals.


The Remote Darts League continues on Tuesday with England’s Paul Hogan being the headline act and
he is joined by Dutchman Richard Veenstra, Canada’s David Cameron and England’s Lorraine
Winstanley. The action begins at 9pm BST and the action will be streamed on Facebook and You Tube
on the Remote Darts League site/channel.


Words: Joe Williams (@joewillo180)

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O’Shea Claims Night 10 as ‘Remote Darts League’ Continues.

Stockport’s Tom O’Shea was the winner on Night 10 of the Remote Darts League as he picked up five
points from three games as he took on fellow pros David Cameron, Joe Charney and Tina Osborne.

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O Shea came through a tough night to claim his win. (PDC)


So, Night 10 began with America’s Joe Chaney and England’s Tony O’Shea starting proceedings.

It was a game of two halves really as Chaney stormed into a 5-0 lead including a first 180 pinned and a 158 checkout to secure a 12 darter to move 4-0 ahead. In the opening 5 legs, O’Shea was only allowed 4
darts at the outer ring with Chaney’s scoring providing too strong for the Stockport Thrower. In the 6th
leg, O’Shea picked up his first leg on Double 16 for a 17 darter then backed it up with two legs in 15 and
14 darts which included a first maximum and a 146 checkout. O’Shea sent the match to a last-leg
decider with a 17 darter with Chaney sat on tops.

The last leg began sluggish for O’Shea as he failed to land a score over a ton in his opening 4 visits to the board leaving Chaney with an opportunity to storm ahead which he did in kicking off with a maximum and leaving 90 after 12. Slight pressure on Chaney with O’Shea bagging in a crucial 140 and the pressure took its toll as Chaney squandered 5 missed match darts with O’Shea pinning 41 in 2 to pick up a very valuable point in the opening game of the night.

The second match of the evening saw two players competing with a time zone difference of 15 hours.
Canada’s David Cameron and New Zealand’s Tina Osborne with Osborne hoping to pick up her first set
of points in the league phase having suffered 6 defeats from her opening 6 encounters. The match
began with the Canadian Cameron storming into a 5-0 lead in double quick time pinning the 5 legs in
18,15,21,15 and 14 darts respectively as well as two maximums and a 126 checkout along the way. In
the 6th leg, Osborne picked up a first and solitary leg in 24 darts before Cameron closed out the match
with a 22-dart leg and condemn the New Zealander to a 7th straight defeat.

The third game of the evening saw two players from similar parts of the globe with a distance of close to
2000 miles from each other as David Cameron took on Joe Charney with Cameron looking to move into
the top 4 with at least a point but Charney needing a victory to complete the same fate. The match began
with Cameron taking the opening leg in 19 darts before the American rattled off 4 legs in a row which
included two maximums and a leg which took him 26 darts to complete. Cameron followed with back to
back legs including a 2nd 180 before a 16-dart leg from Charney took within one of a 1st victory of the
evening. A 19 dart leg from Cameron took the encounter all the way with Charney leaving 36 after 12 but
squandering 3 match darts to allow Cameron back to the board on 116 which pinned under pressure in
seal the leg in 15 darts and picking a very valuable point which saw him move into the top 4 of the
league phase for the time being.

The fourth game of the evening saw Tony O’Shea and Tina Osborne both return in their second matches
of the night with O’Shea hoping to pick up his first win of the evening where Osborne continued her quest
to pick up her first set of points in the Remote Darts League campaign. The Stockport man began the
match with back to back legs in 14 and 18 darts respectively before missing 6 darts at the outer ring to
move three ahead which allowed Osborne back to the board on 68 which she pinned in 2 to move 2-1
behind.

From then on, O’Shea coasted to victory with 4 consecutive legs in 15,16,18 and 21 darts
respectively which included a solitary 180 and a 124 checkout on the bull. The victory saw Tony move
onto 8 points from 8 matches in the league phase and a third win in total.

The penultimate game of the night saw Tina Osborne and Joe Charney take on each other in their third
and final game of the evening with Charney searching for a first win of the evening to move into the top 4
temporarily, with O’Shea v Cameron to follow. The match kicked off with Charney breaking with a 20-dart
leg which followed with a leg in 16 to move two ahead. Charney then squanded six darts at the outer ring
to move 3-0 up which saw Osborne then clinch the leg in 25 darts which was then followed by a 24 dart
leg by Charney, taking out the highest checkout of the match, 109.

Every leg for the remainder of the match went on throw, which saw Charney clinch victory with a 14-dart leg on 93 to condemn Tina Osborne to a third defeat of the evening and a ninth consecutive defeat in the league phase.

The final game of the night saw Tony O’Shea take on David Cameron, where the winner would end the
evening as the sort of ‘Night Winner’ but a draw would mean that both will end up picking up 4 points on
the night, the same total as Joe Charney.

The game began with the first three legs all going with throw as O’Shea landed two of the three legs both in 16 darts whereas Cameron won his in 20. In the fourth leg, O’Shea broke with a 17-dart leg before Cameron broke back, pinning a first 180 of the match and a 13-dart leg on Double 8.

O’Shea then broke back in 15 darts where he then won the final two legs of the match, both in 17 darts, and finishing with a 96 checkout and a 6-2 win.

The win saw him pick up five points out of a possible six on the night as Night 10 of the Remote Darts League came to a close.

NIGHT 11 WILL FEATURE 2020 WORLD FINALIST (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ) JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION.

The Remote Darts League continues on Thursday. Night 11 sees 2020 BDO World Championship
Finalist Jim Williams as the headline act. He is joined by Dutchman Richard Veenstra, Frenchman
Thibault Tricole and England’s Laura Turner, who has featured quite regularly in the last year as a pundit
in the Sky Sports Darts Team.


Thanks to Joe Williams for submitting this great summary of the Remote Darts League Action.

Darts World look forward to more of your work.

BDO

From The Archive: Around The Circuit.

During the Covid-19 difficulties we are publishing a series of articles, from various Issues, of Darts World Magazine. Often our most popular pieces are regular round ups from certain areas or with a special interest. Around the Circuit is one of those.


Liz Fletcher -Wright from late 2019 (Issue 564):

Masters Mayhem?

What a week it was at the World masters draws redraws seedings fictitious names you name it you could not have made it up, everyone blaming everyone else admitting they put in names in case they missed someone out how ridiculous, being held to ransom by 13/16 of the ladies seeds.

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The draw in my opinion was wrong and should only have had 8 seeds in the ladies, yes people and players are still talking about this issue today it really does leave the doors open to many events regarding putting in false names just to try and seed 16 players, does this really happen I would hope not, however if common-sense had prevailed to allow 16 seeds you would needed to have put in 129 names.

Anyone who has to do a draw at any big major tournament, and the World Masters is one of 3 majors, so it needs to do it correctly, each player and representative who entered into the World masters had to pay £20 to make sure they were registered, the BDO must have had all those names down and with those payment it gave a correct figure of how many players had entered. The correct monies sorted out beforehand to register (that should have been sufficient) the draw to be out within 72 hours of the event, for such a big event as the WM where there has never been such a turmoil in both the ladies and the men’s was really quite embarrassing for some.

I could go on, but I just know that whatever is said and whatever happened it was everyone else’s fault except the organisers of the tournament.

Now apart from that the last 16 men and the last 8 ladies who were on the television it went really well at the Circus Tavern, the darts were awesome, it was not as busy as expected however the support was superb for every player, the commentary was second to none and it made a change to watch some excellent darts from both the men and the ladies.

Congratulations to John O’Shea and Lisa Ashton on securing both World masters Titles, such a shame the Trophies they gave out were abysmal for such a major Tournament, I have given out better for my players player of the year. That’s all for now regarding the World Masters it has finished now but plenty of lessons learnt from this I hope, and someone should be accountable for the errors.

The Grand Slam 2019:

After the World Masters it was the Grand Slam of darts in Wolverhampton where they decided to allow 6 men and 2 ladies from the BDO to enter this tournament, it has always been 8 BDO men and it was refreshing to see this change, the last time the ladies were invited was in 2010 when Tricia Wright and our lovely friend Stacy Bromberg, who is no longer with us, both those ladies played in the very first PDC Women’s World Darts Championship and it has never been played since 2010, these ladies played superb against the men, shame it has taken so long to allow another two very talented ladies into the Grand Slam, let’s hope they will allow the ladies to compete every year in this tournament, as they do in the PDC worlds. Or maybe Barry Hearn will do something for the ladies along the lines as the men do, maybe have their own challenge tours etc, something to think about as I am sure that a lot of ladies would go this time to play in the PDC if a ladies event was announced.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG: LISA ASHTON IN ACTION

However, both Lisa Ashton the BDO World’s Number one and Mikuri Suzuki our BDO Ladies World Champion, those two ladies gave a great account of themselves and thoroughly deserved that chance, they I am sure will have learnt lessons from this great tournament, they both did themselves proud and even though they lost they can hold their heads up high. Onwards and upwards to them both in their next tournament.

I would like to mention our lady commentator of the week at the grand Slam, Laura Turner, what a credit to commentating she is and let’s hope she gets more of this in the future, she was very knowledgeable not just on the ladies playing but the men as well, I am pretty sure that anyone out there who was listening to her would love to have her as their permanent commentating partner, not just in darts but she came over as f she had been doing this for years, well done Laura and congratulations lets hope you will be doing the same at the 02 when you are not playing, we need more lady commentators within the darts and any other sporting events.

County:

Rhian Griffiths in action (pic:BDO)

Surrey travelled away to Gwent for their 3rd game of the season, where we were hoping to gain another win, however Gwent had other ideas, our ladies B lost 4-2 LOM was Marie Barthrop with a 15.49ave our men’s B lost 7-5 MOM was Gary Trodd with a 27.71ave, going in to Sundays A games our ladies were back to winning way Laura Hewitt on her debt A game won, the ladies won 2-4 overall, welcome back to winning ways for our LOM Laura Tuner who had a 23.86 ave. Onto our men’s A who lost 7-5 our MOM was Darryl Pilgrim with a very impressive 32.17, the result ended in a win for Gwent 20-16, I would just like to mention one of the ladies from Gwent, Rhian Griffiths what an awesome talent and so good to see her back o winning ways, her ladies A average beat most of the other players men included who played over the weekend it was an incredible 30.67ave well done Rhian keep it going for the rest of the season.

Surrey lets regroup for our last home game against Kent lets get that win before the Christmas and new year break.


I would at this time like to wish all our readers Darts World and those that help me by giving me things to write about during the year of 2019, thanks to Andy for putting up with me getting my column in just before the deadline thanks for your help and being patient with me.

That’s all for now, Liz


Liz Fletcher-Wright

BDO World Championship Review – Day 2.

After a successful first day the BDO World Championship looked to consolidate in its new home. The Indigo at O2 had made a good impression and despite a few tecjnical hitches the coverage looked to have potential. Would Day 2 prove as successful?

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Hedman was defeated by Laura Turner on Day 2.
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The afternoon session opened with a marathon contest, Wayne Warren and Justin Thompson taking us all the way into a deciding set. Welshman Warren was a quarter-finalist in 2018 and will be looking to replicate that run after a disjointed year on the tour. After an up and down match, ‘The Yank’ sealed glory with a spectacular 120 checkout. 

It was a similar story in the second match of the afternoon session as Ben Hazel was pegged back and pushed into a decider by Tennessee native Joe ‘Chainsaw’ Chaney. After originally building a 2-0 lead, Hazel surrendered the next two sets as we went into a decider. But the Hertfordshire showed his class, securing a win on debut at the o2 Indigo. 

In the final men’s match of an elongated afternoon session Michael Unterbuchner put pay to Willem Mandigers chances for a second year running. The German defeated Mandigers in the quarter-finals of last years event, but despite seeing the second 170 checkout of the tournament in set one from the Dutchman, ‘T-Rex’ stayed steady to secure victory. 

There were wins elsewhere for Aileen de Graaf and Laura Turner in the women’s section of the draw, de Graaf coming from a set down to defeat Kirsty Hutchinson on her World Championship debut. 

Turner secured her first victory on the World Championship stage in dramatic fashion against multiple time finalist Deta Hedman. After a nervy opening set, Turner found her scoring game in set two, punishing her experienced opponent on the outer ring to book her return to the Indigo later 
this week. 

Paul Hogan made headlines again with a 158 checkout and a good performance.

In arguably the performance of the day, veteran campaigner Paul Hogan defeated Belgium’s Brian Raman. British Isles qualifier Hogan nailed a 158 in a routine victory over the first time competitor. 

World Masters champion John O’Shea bowed out of the competition as he was far from his best against Andreas Harrysson of Sweden. Harrysson sprinted into a 2-0 advantage, but the Irishman showed tremendous grit to turn the tide and take the match to a decider. But it was not to be for ‘The Joker’ as Harrysson cleaned up in the final set to record a debut victory on the Indigo stage. 

Martijn Kleermaker brought the days action to an end with a magnificent scoring display, five maximums, and at one point six perfect darts blowing away fellow Dutchman Gino Vos as the pair made their maiden bows on the Indigo stage. 

‘The Dutch Giant’ ended the match with a 93.28 average, laying down a marker for all the title challenges, as he produced one of the standout performances of the tournament so far. 

Day 2 Results:

Wayne Warren 3-2 Justin Thompson 
Ben Hazel 3-2 Joe Chaney 
Aileen de Graaf 2-1 Kirsty Hutchinson 
Michael Unterbuchner 3-1 Willem Mandigers 

Andreas Harrysson 3-2 John O’Shea 
Laura Turner 2-0 Deta Hedman 
Paul Hogan 3-1 Brian Raman 
Martijn Kleermaker 3-0 Gino Vos

Bucks Stun Surrey in Season Opener.

Last years division three champions, Bucks, made a fantastic start in BICC Division 2 over the weekend, by defeating Surrey, who narrowly missed promotion last season, 21-15.

Division 3 Champions Bucks dart team(Lady A and Men A pictured below with team managers, picking up last season’s awards)

Bucks lady team manager Carol Hodgson saw her B team lose the opening 2 games, before fighting back brilliantly to win the next 4 games. Barbara Legge was player of the match, winning 3-1 with a good 18.09 average. Bucks other wins were through Courtney Amos, Anita Daly and Janet Weedon.

Men’s team manager Tony Hill then saw his B team continue the momentum by winning 7-5. Karl ‘Deekz’ Deacon was man-of-the-match winning 3-2 with a superb 27.92 average in 18,18 and 17 dart legs and 104 finish. Liam Maughan(180), Simon Parrott, Del Boy Pratley(148 finish), Henry Reddin, Kevin Locke and Mat Caste(180) also won, to make the score 11-7 to Bucks at the halfway stage.

Sunday saw the A teams get involved and the Bucks ladies showed why they were the best in Division 3, by completing a remarkable 6-0 whitewash against Surrey, who last season were unbeaten and the best lady A team in Division 2. Sarah-Louise Mallott(23.12 ave, 15 dart leg, 120 finish and 180) started the rout, followed by Fallon Sherrock(22.94 ave and 180) and Jane Sobey. Kirsty Gibbs(pictured below) then put in a fantastic player of the match performance with a 25.91 average, winning 3-0 in 18,15 and 24 darts, with 113 and 120 finishes, which was the highest average in the lady A division. Felicia Blay won and Ann Wakefield(22.38 ave) completed the rout with an incredible 160 finish in 15 darts, to win 3-2 against highly ranked Laura Turner, to make the score 17-7 to Bucks going into the final round of matches.

Adam Mould(180) won the opening game in the men A contest for Bucks, before Surrey rallied winning the next 4 games, led by a superb Jason Askew (30.37 ave, 13,20,18 and 15 dart legs) who beat Jack Neary (28.15 ave, 15 and 18 dart legs and 180) 4-2 in a highly entertaining contest. Jon Woodbridge then held his nerve to win 4-2 and seal Bucks the bonus 3 points for winning the match. Surrey then won another 4 games, before debutant Luke Smith (25.40 ave, 13 dart leg and 180) put in a fine man of the match performance to win 4-2. Bucks men captain Steve Reed(180) won the final game 4-3, to make the final score Bucks 21 Surrey 15.

After the first round of matches, Bucks are 3rd out of 10, with 24 points and areaway to local to rivals Berks on 12th and 13th October.

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