Round four of the Irish Darts Championship took place last weekend in Ballykisteen Hotel, where over 100 players took part in the three different competitions, mens, ladies and youths. A large number of Tipperary players competed in the men’s and youths - in the youths we had eight players but sadly none of them played up to their usual standard and all went out in the early rounds. This was won by Liam Gallagher from Galway who beat Dean Finn from Waterford 3-1.
The Ladies was contested by 16 players from around the country and some great darts were thrown all day, this was won by Kay O Carroll (Cork) who defeated Theresa Maher (Galway) 4-2.
It is a pity that some of our Tipperary players did not take advantage of playing against some of the top players seeing that it was a local venue and would have been a great experience with the All Irelands only a few weeks away.
Over fifty players took part in the men’s event and again Tipperary had a large presence in this competition. While things did not go well for most of these players, Donie Ryan and Gerry O’Hara played very well and reached quarter and semi-finals on their boards, while Roy Cashin reached the final on his board.
The standard in this event was very high and a lot of players who are playing in the International P.D.C events on television were in attendance. Players of the calibre of Jacko Barry (Dublin), Mick McGowan (Westmeath) Paddy Meaney (Kilkenny) and Limerick pair Willie O’Connor and Connie Finnan were some of the big names who took part. The final was contested by Phil Grace (Wexford) and Jacko Barry and after eight brilliant games Phil won 6-2.
Tipperary Darts would like to wish the Limerick pair Willie and Connie all the best this weekend when they will represent Ireland in the world cup of darts.
Dates to remember this Sunday the next round of the Tipperary Masters takes place in Thurles
Men’s and Ladies All-Irelands take place in The West County Hotel, Ennis on the weekend February 9/10 and any support would be great.
Youths Munster Championships take place in Limerick on February 24.
Youths All- Irelands take place on the weekend March 9/10 in the West County, Ennis.
Anyone wishing to sponor any of our County teams should contact any member of the County Board.