Rowland Road Grand Final

The Final GF of the season and a trying year for BDP finally comes to an end. Falling attendances have been alarming especially over the second half of the season but after today a line can be drawn under it as we start again in 2016 under the old tried and trusted format. Still all to play for today with a strong field challenging for the final honour of being GF 4 Winner of 2015.

YOUTH FINAL

Tom Gurran 3-1 Jacob Gwynne

LADIES FINAL

Giffy Khasoi ( 23.12 ) 3-0 ( 14.95 ) Leah Wiltshire

A Grand Final win for the lady that has largely dominated the Ladies/Youth events this year as Giffy swept aside the challenge of Leah Wiltshire to cruise to a 3-0 victory with the result never looking in any doubt from the get go as Giffy rifled in a brilliant 16 darter and although she couldn’t maintain that standard over the next 2 legs with further 27 and 22 darters she still had far too much for Leah who couldn’t muster up any real challenge at all today. A Ton plus count of 6-0 in Giffy’s favour showed how dominant she was in this game and she will be the lady to beat in competitions next season for sure if she stays in the country for the most part.

ROUND 1

Craig Fisher      3-0 Peter Baker
Tommy Walsh       3-0 Alex Pride
Lewis Pride       3-0 Ray Long
Steve Hattersley  3-0 Mally Welsh
Rick Waite        3-1 John Clifford
Tony Darlow       3-1 Josh Scales
Dave Smith        3-1 Ray Heppinstall
Jordan Fisher     3-1 Mick Wiltshire
Stewart Ireland   3-0 Ian Holmes
Dave Peasgood     3-2 Josh Clough
Jonathan Hewitt   3-0 Les Delderfield
Tom Neal          3-1 Lance Milburn
Andy Ward         3-1 Trevor Tye
Steve Blower      3-0 Michael Townend
Willie Kershaw    3-1 Steve Silver

No doubt the stand out tie of the opening round the clash between current Grand Final Champ Jonathan Hewitt and inform Sir Les Delderfield, a 15 dart opening leg for Jonathan as he swept to a 3-0 win before Les could get into his stride. Former University Drama student Jordan Fisher brought the curtain down on Mick Wiltshire with a fine 3-1 victory as he continues to improve with every tournament. Wakefield player Rick Waite with an eye catching victory to knock out the dangerous John Clifford who has had a fine season at BDP this year and was definitely a dark horse contender to go far today. Elsewhere no real surprises as former GF Winners Tony Darlow and Willie Kershaw came through along with another favourite Dave Smith.

ROUND 2

Craig Fisher      4-2 Tommy Walsh
Lewis Pride       4-0 Steve Hattersley
Tony Darlow       4-2 Rick Waite
Dave Smith        4-0 Jordan Fisher
Stewart Ireland   4-0 Dave Peasgood
Jonathan Hewitt   4-2 Tom Neal
Andy Ward         4-2 Steve Blower
Willie Kershaw    4-1 Neil Sidebottom

Pudsey ace Andy Ward avenged his narrow defeat to Steve Blower last time out with a 4-2 win this time around and now only one step away from a first BDP Semi but a big hurdle in front of him as Willie Kershaw awaits after beating Neil Sidebottom 4-1. A potential Winner out at the top of the draw as Craig Fisher took out Tommy Walsh while strapping Rugby Union fan Lewis Pride blasted out Steve Hattersley 4-0. Durham star Stewart Ireland has made an impact after attending the last few Comps, a few years ago Stewart was always a major threat at BDP events and signs that those glory days could be returning for him as he put Dave Peasgood to the sword with a 4-0 victory.

QUARTER FINALS

Craig Fisher      4-1 Lewis Pride
Tony Darlow       4-3 Dave Smith
Jonathan Hewitt   4-0 Stewart Ireland
Willie Kershaw    4-2 Andy Ward

A monumental battle ended in victory for Tony Darlow as he edged out Dave Smith in the tie of the QF’s. Lewis Pride, Stewart Ireland and Andy Ward were all under dogs in their matches and despite their best efforts none could upset the form book as Craig Fisher, Jonathan Hewitt and Willie Kershaw swept into the Semi’s and all 4 contestants probably fancying their chances of winning the competition.

SEMI FINAL 1

Tony Darlow ( 28.14 ) 5-4 ( 26.58 ) Craig Fisher

A hard fought battle to decide the first Semi between South Yorkshire rivals Tony Darlow and Craig Fisher with Tony just shading it in the end after a nip and tuck contest all the way through. A slow start cost Craig the first couple of legs as Tony took them in 18 and 23 darts and the Sheffield Tiger looked like extending the lead with a 140, 180 start to leg 3 and ended up leaving 16 after 12 darts but Craig had responded well as he sprang to life with good scores of his own and took out a pressure 74 finish on the last dart in hand, would have been a long way back otherwise from 0-3 down and 2 breaks of throw, Tony went off the boil in leg 4 to allow Craig in for a 19 dart leveler and the game was back on throw but not for long as both players seemed to playing their best darts against the throw as the pace hotted up from here on in with every leg finished in 16 darts or under, firstly Tony with fantastic scoring to lead 3-2 with a 15 darter, then Craig firing back with a 16 darter despite a Maximum from Tony in that leg. Both players into their stride by this stage and hitting big scores, another 3 x Ton pluses from Tony in leg 7 as he forged in front again with a 16 darter but despite rifling in another 3 x Tons in the next leg he couldn’t shake Craig off, the Barnsley ace like a Ferret that just wouldn’t let go as he took out 96 this time to make it 4-4 going into the deciding leg, the advantage though with Tony as the previous 5 legs had all gone against the throw and he made it 6 in a row, a 140 to leave 38 proving to be the decisive shot with Craig unable to take out 120 with the next throw and Tony had no hesitation in going straight for the Double 19 to hit it with the first dart to claim a hard fought victory. A fine all round display from Tony as he hit 2 x 180’s, 16 x 100 pluses and 4 x 90’s shots. A solid effort from Craig too to stay in the game at times with a couple of pressure checkouts but just falling short in the last leg when one more big score might have made the difference for him but a good effort all the same with 11 x 100 pluses and 11 x 90’s shots as he covered superbly on 19’s throughout the game.

SEMI FINAL 2

Jonathan Hewitt ( 26.49 ) 5-4 ( 28.33 ) Willie Kershaw

Another titanic battle in the second Semi with Jonathan Hewitt battling back form 2-4 down to overhaul Willie Kershaw 5-4 in the end. The Woodbottom SL star will wonder how he lost it having played so well throughout the game and he will regret somehow ending up on a tricky Double 15 for the match in leg 8 with the fear of going inside and wasting a dart looming large, however he did have all 3 at the target and went inside with the last one which gave Jonathan a reprieve on Double 10 which he took first dart to set up a deciding leg. Earlier in the game a superb 14 darter from Willie gave him the crucial break it seemed for a 3-2 lead before that the match was evenly poised with Jonathan taking legs in 17 and 23 darts and Willie replying in 17 and then 18 darts when under real pressure to take out a 96 finish with Jonathan waiting on 32 after a brilliant 130 set up shot. The E/W Ardsley SL talisman then pulled some more great darts out of the bag in leg 7, with Willie closing in on victory the Harehills man rattled in a 140 followed by a 117 to leave 32 which he took out first dart with his opponent left on 16 after 15 darts. After Willie’s wasted chances on Double 15 to wrap up the match the advantage was with Jonathan in the decider as he fired in scores of 140, 100 and just missed a 102 effort on Double 16 for the match, however Willie couldn’t pressure the shot enough and Jonathan had another 3 clear darts to seal the deal but fluffed his lines to give Willie a shot at 64 which he probably thought he would never have but he couldn’t take the opportunity and Jonathan made no mistake this time to clinch it with his 5th match dart. A fine comeback from Jonathan as he hit a 177 score, 18 x 100 pluses and 3 x 90’s efforts. As for Willie a loser with a solid 85 average and a Maximum score plus 17 x 100 pluses and 6 x 90’s shots but Double 15 costing him victory in this one.

FINAL

Tony Darlow (27.12) 5-2 (28.54) Jonathan Hewitt

A 5-2 victory for Tony Darlow looks comprehensive but in reality it was anything but and on the balance of play could quite easily have been 5-2 the other way around. As it was Tony took his chances on doubles the better of the 2 players and ultimately that was the difference in the game. The opening leg was a prime example as Jonathan couldn’t finish 64 with 6 darts and Tony nipped in to steal. The Steelers SL and Yorkshire County ace then went further in front with a 20 dart break and then a 15 dart hold with a 106 finish to go 3-0 up. The 26 year old from Central Leeds responded in fine style to get on the board with 14 darter which included a 171 shot in mid leg but a disastrous start to leg 5 with a couple of Single 1’s and a bounce out for opening score of just 2 scuppered any chance of taking the next leg and a 1-4 deficit meant the Glass Firm Manager had it all to do to win the next 4 legs without reply to prevail and he made inroads with his second 14 darter of the game to spark hopes of a comeback but those hopes were soon dashed as battle hardened Tony played a faultless next leg with scores of 140,83,100,100 and a 78 finish in 2 darts for a 14 darter of his own and give Jonathan no chance despite a fine scoring leg from the Leeds man as he had just 70 left after 12 darts when Tony killed up and took the match. Once again brilliant match play darts from Tony who rode the big hits from Jonathan to time his own shots to perfection to make them count so clinically as he hit 1 x 180 and 15 x 100 pluses along with key finishes of 106 and 78. A good effort from Jonathan especially with those pair of 14 darters but coming out on the wrong end of the scoreline this time after hitting 1 x 180, 1 x 171, 10 x 100 pluses and 5 x 90’s efforts.

SUMMARY

A fine tournament victory for Tony Darlow always such a tough competitor and such a hard man to beat as he rarely gives anything away with that fluent, measured left handed throw that has served him so well down the years. After undergoing major knee surgery he has recovered superbly to be just as good as he was previously which is testament to his skill and dedication. His win rounds off a fairly forgettable year in BDP history in terms of attendances as the new format proved unpopular with regular players who stayed away this season, a painful lesson learnt and a return to the old format next season hopefully should see the numbers rise to what they were previously.

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