Island Hoppers: No fishing wars just tungsten battles

By The Pearly King 03/06/2021

We begin with the not totally unexpected news that the WDF have taken the decision to cancel the World Cup and Europe Cup Youth for 2021. Although disappointing, the decision (taken in conjunction with the Danish and Hungarian governing bodies) is sensible given the uncertainty that still exists with regard to foreign travel.

Consequently, the Seniors of Jersey and Guernsey will have to wait another 12 months to pit themselves against the best in the amateur game at the 2022 Europe Cup in Spain while Hungary will be welcoming the cream of the continent’s youth talent. However, there is one competition definitely taking place in the autumn. The Herm Festival of Darts returns for a third year, taking place on the 14th to 16th October. It has quickly established its spot in the Channel Islands darting calendar, and the event was fully booked in March which reflects brilliantly on the local scene.

This year the contingent from Jersey return, together with Alderney darters and a small representation from the UK mainland for the first time after having to miss out last time around. Manor Farm Foods and Juggling King Rum have generously continued with their sponsorship. Meanwhile, Jersey remain in limbo, and it is hoped that the various leagues resume soon. Guernsey are back on the oche however, with the lifting of lockdown giving the four leagues the green light to resume. We conclude with some good news. Guernsey have been asked to contribute a rankings table for inclusion on a new website solely dedicated to the Ladies game, World Women’s Darts is the brainchild of Laura Turner, and will be at the forefront of promoting the Ladies game as it brings you all the latest news on a global basis. It is certainly well worth checking out!

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Guernsey League News
Division 1 of the GDL Individual League sees Leyton De La Mare at the head of affairs, with Carl Gauvain and Kyle Hutchinson leading the chasing pack. Will Konken and Gowain McCarthy are batting over the Division 2 Title, whilst Division Three sees Ryan Gontier in pole position. The Western Individual League is just as keenly contested. Ken Waters occupies top spot in Division One with Kyle Hutchinson, Michael Ogier and Alex Rosamond in a three-way tussle for second place.

Tony Le Patourel is currently the player to beat in Division Two, while current Herm Ladies Classic title holder Jo Fallaize is at the summit of Division Three and looking good for promotion to the higher tier.

Misfits are currently ruling the roost in Division One of the Herald League. Demon 5 and Bulls Up are not giving up the chase though. The other 4 sides are closely bunched as they look to evade the relegation trapdoor. Division Two will be going right down to the wire, with the top 4 teams separated by only 2 points. Ups and Downers are clinging on to first place, but Flight Club, Shamalamadingdong and Honeycombs are all in with a real shout of being Champions. The Triples League has a two-way fight for the Division One crown. The advantage currently lies with Guernsey Trade Windows, who hold a four-point advantage over Chumbawombas. At the other end of the table, it looks like Foresters and The Bull Bags will be spending next season at the lower level.

Barring a late-season collapse, Full of Bull look certainties to take the Division Two honours, with a commanding 17 point gap separating them from nearest rivals Dart Vaders. MCC and Discombulated are also in with a shout of promotion, as are Gerry and the Scoremakers, who will be hoping to take a ferry to Division One rather than across the Mersey.


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