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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."
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Coult was the latest competitor to battle his way through to the lucrative letsplaydarts.com 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 letsplaydarts.com shoot-out goes ahead over the weekend of May 21-22.
Lewis is pictured with organiser Alan White.
Murrayfield Sports Bar played host to its latest qualifier for the prestigious letsplaydarts.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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