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The Weston Homes Community Stadium, which is the home of Colchester United Football Club, provided the impressive venue for the 2012 Winmau Essex Open and Essex Youth Open.

A field of over 320 players entered the Essex Open; amongst them were two players from the World Championships, an England International and players from as far afield as Devon and Northumberland. Meanwhile the Essex Youth Open had over 70 entrants who came mainly from the host and surrounding counties.In the Essex Open, the last 16 included Jodie Alligan from Hertfordshire who was the last lady in the event, as well as last year’s champion Steve Douglas, Lakeside competitor Clive Barden and an array of County players. The quality on the boards left no doubt in anyone’s mind of the competitive nature as well as that of the players.

In the last 8, it was two Superleague colleagues at the top of the draw who went head-to-head as Michael Wiles overcame his Rayleigh Cavaliers team mate Shaun Walsh. The second match was an all-Kent affair with Clive Barden just missing out to Ben Songhurst. In the bottom half of the draw Basildon’s Phil Halls overcame Hertfordshire’s John Creed, whilst Norfolk’s Darren Webster edged past Steve Douglas.

In the Open semi-finals, Michael Wiles comfortably beat an out-of-sorts Ben Songhurst 4-1, whilst in the second semi-final Darren Webster held his nerve to beat Phil Halls.

The 2012 Essex Open Final was an incredible game with both players scoring heavily and finishing clinically. It was Michael Wiles (30.11) who took an early lead with a 15 dart leg but Darren Webster (30.84) was having none of it as he replied in kind. However, it was the former Essex County Youth player Wiles who prevailed picking up a cheque for £1000 as well as the Essex Open Trophy.

The stage matches saw the Youth players semi-finals on first with Rhys Hayden overcoming his Essex teammate Jamie Ellis in the first match. The second semi saw Shaun Lovett from Rush Green beat last year’s...
RenFrew, Scotland - England's Tony Eccles saw off over 2000 competitors to win the Scottish Open by 5- 3 from Robbie Green in the final.

Tony rounded off his return to the BDO with a superb display that saw him edge past many top players including Stephen Bunting, Martin McCloskey and Barry Copeland.

"It was an extremely tough day as the standard was so high in every round, but I managed to keep my nerve and I’m delighted with the win," Eccles said. "With the slate wiped clean at the start of every year, it's great to be back in the BDO and I'm really looking forward to trying to qualify for the major events this year".

42 year old Eccles takes home a £2250.00 cheque with his 10th career BDO win and first major victory since the Norway Open in 2007.
During the PDC World Championship in the press marquee in Alexandra Palace you can always find a young man sitting in a shielded corner. Usually he’s already there when I come and he’s still there when I leave though I am always one of the last to leave.
He’s called the “radio man” and it looks he’s sometimes commentating matches live. From time to time he does an interview with some of the players.Till now I never talked to him so I can’t tell you more about him but I heard that he might be an employee of the sponsor and that he sells the products of his work to different radio stations.

The idea that one can transmit darts like other sports live on the radio might at first glance be disconcerting. But the longer I thought about it the surer I got it would work – at least with the adequate commentator. So I made some inquiries and found out how darts made it into the radio and that there really existed and still exists some kind of official radio coverage at least for the BDO World Championship by BBC radio.

The beginning was admittedly not really on radio but some kind of phone hotline a phone company established. John Gwynne – today one of the sky sport commentators on TV - worked for it at that time. Of course the purpose of the company was it to keep the people as long as possible on line and they could listen to all the tournament news, to interviews and the last legs of some matches commentated live.
Then, in 1990, John Gwynne sat as one of the BBC commentators in the Country Club in Lakeside, the first round of the World Championship brought a sensation: the number 1 of the world, Bob Anderson, was eliminated from the tournament by Jan Hoffmann from Denmark. John Gwynne had an idea. He rang Ian Payne, who was responsible for BBC Radio 5, and asked whether one couldn’t report about this on radio instead of a second rate snooker tournament which at the time was broadcasted live from Eastbourne. It was not easy to convince Payne but in the end he told...
Winmau and their Irish distributor Daricia are delighted to announce the signing of one of the biggest names in Irish darts - Willie O’Connor. Willie, currently playing on the PDC Pro Tour, will work closely with Winmau to promote his use of the 22g Winmau 90% tungsten Testament darts in the Irish market.Simon Hall, Head of Marketing for Winmau, is delighted to have Willie on board. He said: “Willie is one of the most high profile players in the Irish game at the moment, and it’s great to have such a young and hungry player with an amazing amount of drive and determination”.

Willie joins Winmau’s illustrious team of darts superstars (including Ted Hankey, Andy Fordham and Trina Gulliver) and said “I am really happy to have signed with Winmau, as I’ve played with a set of Winmau darts for years. I'm working really hard to qualify for the TV events and I'd love nothing more than to win my first major tournament as a Winmau sponsored player".

Willie will be working alongside Winmau’s Irish distributor Daricia to promote his use of the Testament range of darts feature that feature Winmau’s class leading technology in tungsten production. For further information on the Winmau range in the Irish market, please contact Daricia via telephone +353 145 11677 or email:
Photo courtesy of Chris Sargeant/PDPA.
When I don’t sit in Alexandra Palace – that’s in the moment between 10 and 17, I behave like a “normal” tourist. Not always I want to go into town – before Christmas it is like hell’s broken loose. Sometimes I seek for a quiet place and that one can find on Muswell Hill.

One of my walks brought me to a Pub which was called “Baird”. Contrary to John Gwynne, the Sky commentator the name meant nothing to me, but John seems to know more or less anything anyway…As John Logie Baird after whom the pub is named - which has no dartboard by the way-has something to do with dart though more that we can follow such tournaments like the World Championship on TV my article today deals with John Logie Baird and a German-Scottish cooperation.
Well at least with something like that as the German inventor Nipkow was already dead when John Logie Baird started with his experiments.

Baird is the inventor of the mechanic television. He was born in Helensburg in Scotland. As he didn’t intend to become a clergyman nor to go to sea and so his professional opportunities were bad in Scotland he moved as many young Scots to London.

To be able to survive he had to work though he only wanted to invent a “television” or a “televisor”. Already in the mid of the 19. century the idea of television – to see from the distance - turned up and Baird was enthusiastic to develop an apparatus by which pictures of events could be televised all over the world.
And at this point the German inventor Paul Nipkow appears on the scene. Nipkow had in 1840 developed a primitive televisor – the “elektrische Teleskop” which reflected when spun with the help of a stanced disc divers objects. Nipkow never had success with his invention, but Baird developed it further and after a lot of setbacks and always in need of money he in 1924 at Selfridges the big warehouse in London could present his televisor to the amazed crowd.
He developed the televisor further and further, worked for some time together with the...