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Deadly Davidson does double

Andy Davidson was celebrating at the double after successfully defending his Edinburgh Darts Association’s Premier League crown.


The Blackford ace once again proved the cream of the crop as he swept all before him to land back-to-back titles at the Murrayfield Sports Bar in the Capital.


David Sharp was runner-up but while disappointed not to come out on top, he gained some form of compensation when teaming up with Stuart Ironside (pictured) to be crowned the Edinburgh League Cup pairs champions.


Their victory was all the more special as they got the better of last season’s dream team of Gary Logue and Callum Stewart to take the title.


Their opponents came into the competition with a fierce reputation having won everything last season but they couldn’t repeat their magic this time around and had to settle for the runners-up berth.


One of the city’s most promising darts stars, Jay Thorburn, was also among the winners.


The 16-year-old became the EDA’s youngest ‘major’ winner when he took the EDA Grand Prix.


“Congratulations to all our winners,” said EDA secretary Iain Lyon.


“There were some terrific darts thrown throughout a very competitive season.”

Upgrade is the tops for EDA

The Murrayfield Sports Bar has underlined its stature as one of Scotland’s top darts venues with a comprehensive upgrade of its facilities.


The headquarters of the Edinburgh Darts Association, the revamp has seen the number of match boards double to 12, with accompanying electric scoreboards and state-of-the-art lighting much to the players’ delight.


With the support of the popular bar, the EDA has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2015.


Membership has grown each year with league matches for pairs staged on a Monday, and a Wednesday attracting up to 80 players for the Premier League singles tournament.


The recent overhaul is evidence of the sports bar’s commitment to darts in the city and EDA secretary Iain Lyon said: “The new amended darts area is looking fantastic and is quite a transformation for all of us.


“We want to keep raising the bar on what we can provide players.


“With an improving venue we now have more opportunity to improve what we offer in terms of darts. This gives us scope to increase numbers but the main objective remains to preserve what we have and build only what we can sustain.”


Iain added: “We’ve always wanted to create a darts family for all levels and it’s not about increasing numbers all the time but instead making sure we’ve got the best deal for everyone involved.


“Our original aim has not changed and every season we’ve taken on board comments and implemented changes so we are always evolving.”


Owner Stephen said: "The EDA has been very professional since launching and has attracted a large number of players which has been very encouraging.


"I am delighted to have them based at the sports bar and gelt it important to provide them with the best facilities possible."



Butler on call to deliver win

Ian Butler threw some of his best darts to claim the Edinburgh Darts Association’s Grand Slam Singles title at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.


The Craigentinny ace was on form from the start and upset the form book to capture his first EDA major.


A semi-final victory over one of the pre-tournament favourites Davie Sharp was followed by another fine performance against Calum Smith, Butler running out a 5-1 winner.


On a busy afternoon at Edinburgh’s leading darts venue, the Grand Slam Pairs crown was claimed by the Peebles duo of Gary Logue and Callum Stewart.


They have been in consistently good form this season and proved too hot to handle for final opponents Dane McDiarmid and Alan White, the 5-1 margin of victory telling its own story.


Meanwhile, applications for the new EDA season which is set to begin in January are currently being taken, with organisers anticipating another busy campaign ahead.


The EDA committee hopes to make a few tweaks to how things are run in the new season, with a vote on the changes taking place at the annual general meeting.


Our picture shows Grand Slam singles champion Ian (right) with beaten finalist Calum.


Scoreboard bullseye

The Edinburgh Darts Association has underlined its growing influence on the Capital’s sports scene by securing a partnership with the renowned electronics manufacturer Toshiba Medical Visualization Services (TMVS).


Based in Leith, TMVS is responsible for the design and development of cutting edge products and technology for use in medical imaging equipment.


Their products are well known throughout the medical world but the tie-up with the EDA has helped benefit a cause much closer to home, the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, formerly known as the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.


TMVS became aware that the popular darts organisation was in need of new equipment to help increase the number of electronic boards at the their Murrayfield Sports Bar base.


Toshiba duly obliged with the provision of reconditioned monitors and laptops, on the understanding the EDA would, in return, stage a fund-raising event in aid of its preferred charity, the ECHC.


Iain Lyon, secretary of the Edinburgh Darts Association, was delighted with the partnership, saying: “Last year we maybe had four electronic boards in use but now, thanks to the generosity of TMVS, on busy competition nights we can have 10 boards with electronic scoring.


“That’s been a huge boost for us and helps all the players who are really enjoying another improvement in the facilities on offer at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.


“One of our members works for Toshiba and made the initial approach on our behalf. It isn’t easy to get expensive equipment such as reliable laptops and to receive such a contribution from the guys at TMVS was superb.


“We were more than happy to stage the fund-raiser as agreed and it was great that it was a local charity which is close to our hearts.” 


Nearly £200 was raised on the day, with EDA chairman Alan White (pictured left with trophy) winning the event.


President of Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Ken Sutherland said: “The team at Toshiba Medical in Edinburgh is very keen to help fund-raise for the Sick Kids in any way we can - the more creative the better!


“We develop software for healthcare and so helping people is part of our culture and the new sick kids hospital is a very welcome addition to the facilities available to the people of Edinburgh.”



Borland lifts singles title

The latest final in the Edinburgh Darts Association’s season saw William Borland crowned the Grand Prix Singles champion.


William defeated last year’s EDA Singles champion and Premier League winner Andrew Davidson 6-2 to take the honours at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.


It was a well-deserved triumph for the 20-year-old from East Calder who stormed through the group stages and knockout phase with just five legs conceded.


With Andrew also having captured the Matchplay and Grand Slam titles last season, the final was expected to be a close affair but William’s consistent arrows saw him pull away to clinch a comfortable success in the end.


The Grand Prix was run on Wednesday nights with 64 hopefuls competing for the title.   


EDA Chairman Alan White said: “The Grand Prix was another terrific tournament and congratulations to both William and Andrew, two quality youth players from the east of Scotland. They produced a final of outstanding quality with William a worthy winner on the night.”


The EDA, meanwhile, continues to go from strength to strength, with this season’s numbers having almost doubled from last year.


The increase in players has seen the Murrayfield Sports Bar double the number of match boards to meet the demand with Alan adding: “We could not be more pleased with the way in which the EDA has grown.


“We are very grateful to the Murrayfield Sports Bar for its continuing support, and it has quickly established itself as the No. 1 darts venue in Edinburgh.”


Our picture shows EDA Chairman Alan White (left) with Grand Prix Singles champion William Borland.


Photo courtesy of the EDA.


Peebles pair crowned champs

Callum Stewart and Gary Logue from Peebles have been crowned the Edinburgh Darts Association’s Grand Prix Pairs champions.


The Borders pairing enjoyed a titanic struggle against Steven Murray and David Sharp at the Murrayfield Sports Bar with the title in the balance right to the end.


The duo held their nerves, however, to come out on top 6-5 in the recent best-of-11 final.


“Many congratulations to Gary and Callum,” said EDA secretary Iain Lyon.


“It was a thrilling final and well played to everyone for making it such a success.”


He added: “We have a number of players from the Peebles who have joined the EDA and that just goes to show how well we are doing, how we are expanding and how highly regarded the Murrayfield Sports Bar is as a darts venue.”


Our picture shows Callum (left) and Gary (right) with EDA Chairman Alan White.

Handy Andy no match for Stu

Andy Davidson turned on the style to win the Edinburgh Darts Association’s Matchplay title, thrashing Stuart Ironside 7-1 in the final at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.
Played over two consecutive Mondays, the final major of the EDA season saw 32 players battling it out for glory, with Davidson continuing a memorable year with his impressive victory over the reigning Grand Prix champion.
The Blackford ace defeated the same opponent to capture the Grand Slam earlier in the season.
The recently established EDA, meanwhile, continues to go from strength to strength, with darts players from across the Lothians and Fife keen to be part of the impressive set-up at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of all involved, membership has more than quadrupled since its formation some 15 months ago,
The new Premier League tournament is already fully subscribed with 72 players having registered and entries will shortly be closing for the Edinburgh League Cup Pairs.
Pictured are Matchplay champion Andy Davidson (left) and EDA Marketing Director Lee Caithness.
Pic: Alan White.

Coult shows his class

Lewis Coult held his nerve to be crowned the inaugural Carling Open darts champion.


The Clermiston ace opened up a 4-0 lead over Stuart Ironside only to lose five games in a row at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.


However, just when it seemed the momentum had switched dramatically, Coult clawed his way back into the best-of-11 shoot-out by levelling things at 5-5 before going on to clinch the deciding leg and secure the £400 winner's cheque.


Friendships were put to one side on the day as the two men – EDA Edinburgh League Cup Pairs partners – went toe-to-toe for the honours.


Players from throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife comprised a strong field for the first event of its kind, with the tournament set-up receiving great feedback from all those involved.


The Carling Open was the latest in a line of events organised by the Edinburgh Darts Association, which recently celebrated its first anniversary.


2017 seems set to be another successful year for the new organisation, with places in its League Cup and Premier League competitions in high demand.


Our picture shows champion Lewis with EDA chairman Alan White.


Pic: Creative Sparks Photography.

All set for Carling Open 

Darts players from across the Lothians and Fife will be battling for a £400 jackpot at the inaugural Carling Open this weekend.
The tournament on Saturday, October 29 has attracted a capacity field to the Murrayfield Sports Bar.
Staged in association with the Edinburgh Darts Association, demand to play in the first event of its kind was huge with competitors quick to register for one of the 64 spaces available.
The action gets under way with the first arrows thrown at 1pm.
EDA secretary Iain Lyon said: “With a full field of players, there is a prize pot of £900 up for grabs.
“We’re really looking forward to what will be a cracking day of competitive darts. This is the first Carling Open to be staged at the Murrayfield Sports Bar and once again underlines the venue as the No. 1 place for darts in Edinburgh.”

Andrew's Grand triumph

Some ace arrows saw Andrew Davidson hold his nerve to be crowned the Edinburgh Darts Association’s first Grand Slam winner.
Andrew took on favourite Stuart Ironside in the final at the Murrayfield Sports Bar but made light of the odds to emerge a 7-5 victor on the night.
The EDA’s second ‘Major’, the Slam involved 48 players competing over three weeks of round robin matches, with 16 eventually advancing to the knockout stages.
Some of the top seeds faltered in the early rounds but it was current EDA Grand Prix winner and leading Order of Merit Player Stuart who took on young gun Andrew in a fantastic final.
His win takes Andrew up to fourth in the Order of Merit, with Stuart maintaining his No. 1 position despite his defeat.
EDA Chairman Alan White said: "This has proved to be another successful EDA Major, offering players something different from the normal Monday night leagues.
“Congratulations to Andy on his outstanding performance, a very worthy winner of the Grand Slam.
“Many thanks to everyone involved in the event and a special thanks to our host venue the Murrayfield Sports Bar."
With the Grand Slam over, it’s back to Edinburgh League Cup business at the Capital’s No. 1 darts venue.
Our photograph shows Alan White (left) with Grand Slam winner Andrew.

Exhibition success

Darts fans young and old had a day to remember when they took part in the Robert Thornton Exhibition at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.
Organised by the Edinburgh Darts Association, the event saw ‘The Thorn’ take to the oche for an afternoon of fun.
The banter was flying as fast as the arrows as the World Grand Prix winner entertained an appreciative crowd.
The Ayrshire ace took on a host of challengers in single-leg matches, including precocious seven-year-old Shaun Taylor, whose one-liners had the PDC star in stitches!
“It was an absolutely brilliant day and everyone was treated to an afternoon of fun,” said Iain Lyon, of organisers EDA.
“The EDA’s Alan White came up with the idea and it was great to see all those who turned up have such a great time in what is a marvellous darts venue.
“The feedback afterwards was very positive. I’m sure we’ll be looking to organise another exhibition at some point in the future.”
Robert is pictured with the EDA’s Alan White, and seven-year-old Shaun Taylor.

William the conqueror

There was a tense finish to the Murrayfield Sports Bar’s Premier League of Darts, with East Calder’s William Borland crowned champion after a superb shoot-out.


William and Jim Mitchell, from Livingston, had battled their way to the latter stages and the final didn’t disappoint as the pair went toe-to-toe for the title. 

There was little to separate the two men throughout the best of 13 finale, with William edging it 7-6.


The outcome could have gone either way but William was delighted to come out on top by the narrowest of margins.


“It was a great game,” he said.


Winner William (left) is pictured with organiser Alan White.

All set for finals fling

The Murrayfield Sports Bar’s Premier League of Darts Finals night takes to the oche on Wednesday.


Thirty two players will be throwing for glory, defending champion Scott Gardiner looking for back-to-back successes after his win in the inaugural tournament last year.


The shoot-out is the culmination of 26 weeks of competition at the Capital’s premier darts venue.


The format on the night will be the best of nine legs, with the semi-finals the best off 11 and the final the best of 13.


Competition promises to be fierce.


William Borland goes into action boasting the highest number of maximums this season in the Premier League to date - 26. Stuart Ironside will also be full of confidence with a highest checkout of 170 to his name while both Stuart and Jim Mitchell are tied for the fastest leg of 11 darts.


Organiser Andy McCardle said: “It’s been a terrific battle by everyone to get to this stage and the finals night will be no different. The facilities at the Murrayfield Sports Bar are second to none and we are all looking forward to a cracking evening of darts."

Lewis leads the way

Lewis Coult was the latest competitor to battle his way through to the lucrative tournament when he won the final qualifier staged at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.


Lewis came out on top 5-3 against James Taylor Jnr in a hard fought contest and will now take his place on the oche next month at the Cawburn Sports Bar in West Lothian where there is a £6000 jackpot on offer. 


The Murrayfield Sports Bar proved a popular venue for four of the Edinburgh qualifiers, with Lewis joining Greg Ritchie, Alan Small and Ryan Murray on the roll of honour. 


The shoot-out goes ahead over the weekend of May 21-22.


Lewis is pictured with organiser Alan White.


Young gun Greg on target

Greg Ritchie has his eyes on the £6000 jackpot in the tournament after coming out on top in the latest qualifier at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.
The young lad was in top form as he swept to victory, defeating Gordon Bruce in the final to book his ticket to the event, which takes place in the Cawburn Sports Bar in West Lothian next month.
Greg joins fellow qualifiers from the MSB Alan Small and Ryan Murray in the eagerly awaited contest, with one last qualifier to take place in the bar.
Another highlight of the evening was the huge success of the new TV cameras, which beamed the semi-finals and final onto the big screen televisions for the first time, to the appreciation of all in attendance. Roll on the final qualifier! 
Organiser Andy McCardle is photographed with Greg after his win.
Pic: Sparky Forsyth.

Murray makes his mark

Murrayfield Sports Bar played host to its latest qualifier for the prestigious finals day with another great evening of arrows on offer.


Ryan Murray showed his class to come through on the night, beating Ross Black in the final.


Ryan will now be among the hopefuls throwing for glory at the Cawburn Sports Bar in West Lothian in May.


There is a cash pot of £15,000 for the event in Livingston, with a first prize jackpot of £6000 up for grabs.


Our photo shows event organiser at the MSB, Andy McCardle (right), with Ryan after his victory.

Delight for duo

Darting duo Paul Wyllie and John Scott were crowned Edinburgh League Cup winners as the curtain came down on the inaugural EDA season at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.


The pair saw off the challenge of Alan White and Dane McDiarmid to emerge 3-1 victors in a keenly contested showdown.

Alan and Dane had arguably been the most consistent pairing throughout the season but on this occasion came off second best to their opponents, for whom John managed to record an impressive 145 checkout.

The contest had been held over from last week’s finals night and saw the season end on a high for the winners, who only came together as a partnership at the start of the campaign.

Roll on season number two, details of which will be confirmed in due course.

Pictured are Paul Wyllie (left) and John Scott with their trophies.

Photo courtesy of Sparky Forsyth.

Super Stu at the double

Stu Ironside showed his mettle to be crowned the inaugural Edinburgh Darts Association’s Singles champion at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.


The No. 3 seed was clinical with his finishing as he swept aside EDA Order of Merit winner Alan White 5-2 in the final.


The contest was closer than the scoreline suggests but Stu’s unerring accuracy on the doubles proved the difference.


Despite registering a 160 check out and a stunning 10-dart leg, EDA Chairman Alan came off second best on the night.


Ironside had started the evening in top form, partnering Stuart Pratt to Pairs glory with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Andy McArdle and Lewis Coult.


“Both both finals were played in great spirit and I'd like to thank everyone who helped mark the games,” said Iain Lyon, EDA secretary.


Stu is pictured being presented with his trophy by Iain.


Photo courtesy of Mark (Sparky) Forsyth.

Fantastic finals night in store

Edinburgh Darts Association’s inaugural season comes to a thrilling climax this evening with three finals being decided at the Murrayfield Sports Bar.
First trophy up for grabs is the Edinburgh League Play-off Final with Alan White and Dane McDiarmid lining up against Paul Wyllie and John Scott.
The League Pairs Final follows with Andy McCardle and Lewis Coult throwing for glory against Stu Ironside and Stuart Pratt.
The curtain comes down on the finals night with the eagerly anticipated League Singles Final, with Alan White and Stu Ironside going head-to-head for the coveted title.
The first arrows are thrown at 7.30pm.
It has been a tremendous first season for the EDA.


Sixteen players made up the new league at its inception and the finals night sees eight different people in with a chance of winning something.

9-dart delight

Rising local darts star Willie Borland underlined his promise with a stunning nine-darter at the weekend.


The 18-year-old, who plays in the Murrayfield Sports Bar’s Premier League of Darts, produced the perfect leg at the Plough Inn, Tranent, en route to claiming the £200 first prize in Saturday’s competition.


His success continued his recent impressive form on the oche, with the teenager leading his group in the Premier League and also sitting proudly on top of the 180s’ chart with nine maximums to his name so far.


On the same day, there was another good showing from one of the Murrayfield Sports Bar’s in-form regulars, with Stuart Ironside just being pipped for glory in Ayrshire.


Stuart battled his way through a quality field in Kilwinning only to find PDC player Mark Barilli too strong in the final. 


Still, it was a terrific effort from Stuart, who was also runner-up in the Murrayfield Sports Bar's Premier League of Darts a couple of months ago.


Well done to both lads!


Willie is pictured with the legendary Michael van Gerwen.

Fare deal for EDA!

Edinburgh's newest darts league has hit the bulls eye with a major sponsor, local taxi firm Capital Cars supporting the venture.

The Edinburgh Darts Association, which is based at the Murrayfield Sports Bar, threw its first arrows in early October and is delighted with the deal, details of which remain undisclosed.
"Getting this kind of sponsorship for our new association is a major coup," said EDA secretary Iain Lyon.

"We are delighted to have the support of Capital Cars and their backing will help continue to promote and develop the sport in Edinburgh.

"It's an ideal partnership as far as we are concerned and will assist us in our aim of attracting more local players to the sport." 

Situated in Westfield Road, the refurbished Murrayfield Sports Bar has established itself as the No. 1 darts venue in the Capital, with the new Monday night pairs league joining the well-established Edinburgh West Darts League at the MSB.

"The facilities are without doubt the best in Edinburgh and players of all standards are welcomed through the door," added Iain.

"Capital Cars has recognised that with its sponsorship and hopefully this is just the beginning of a successful partnership.

"The new league is well under way and we look forward to seeing some great darts over the coming months as the season unfolds."

The new Monday night league sees two singles, two reverse singles and pairs take to the oche, with every game the best of five legs.

"The format is great," said Iain, "and gives everyone the chance of quite a few games every Monday, which is important for people wanting to develop and improve."

Stephen Rose of Capital Cars said: "We are delighted to team up with the Edinburgh Darts Association and support them in their new venture."
Anyone wishing more information about the EDA can email, call vice-chairman Alan White on 07522083987 or follow on twitter @EdinDartsAssoc.

Our picture shows John Stewart, Capital Cars' Marketing Manager and Alan White, vice-chairman of the EDA, outside the Murrayfield Sports Bar.

Photo courtesy of Jordan Burnett.


King of the oche

Scott Gardiner was crowned the King of the Oche when he won Murrayfield Sports Bar’s Premier League of Darts.The refurbished Edinburgh hostelry has quickly established itself as the top venue for darts in the Capital and a big crowd turned out to watch Scott see off his rivals with some excellent arrows.

PDC professional Gary Stone was a special guest on the night and presented Scott with his trophy.

The victory was the culmination of four months of keen competition, with a total of 32 players vying for honours.

Our photo shows Scott and Gary with the trophy.

Pic: Mick Burgess 











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