UKDA Get Busy Part I

By Alan Towe 31/05/2021

“It hits home just how important it was to preserve the biggest dart league in the world and I look forward with even more optimism to the UKDA National league starting and seeing that spirit the length and breadth of the country.” (Colin Savage)

The UKDA leadership has been busily putting in place the building blocks for a successful 2021/22 season. Catch up with Darts World:
 

Rules & Regs


February saw the UKDA affiliate with the Darts Regulation Authority to put in place another important piece of the jigsaw. This will ensure that all UKDA events are independently regulated by the DRA rulebook and players can be sure of a high standard of governance. “The DRA is keen to join up all darts organisations around the world under one set of rules. Today’s agreement with the UKDA is another excellent step down that road…” (Nigel Mawer QPM, DRA Chairman) UKDA Chairman Johnny Stefano was quick to lay credit, for the smooth agreement, at the door of chief disciplinary officer Stephen Greenwood who added: “I am absolutely delighted to have worked with the DRA…..and reached an agreement to allow UKDA to move forward under the DRA. I believe this an absolute must for any dart organisation”
 

Accommodation


The UKDA has contacted all National Teams regarding the forthcoming season and hotel bookings, issuing them with a brochure and saying, check out the ‘Recommended Partner Hotels’ for all National League teams: https:// ukdartsassociation.com/hotel-partners/ Our commercial team has worked on these deals for the past 5 months and you should find the best hotel deals around the areas. Most of these include breakfast, free room for coach driver (T&Cs apply), and free parking, and are quite flexible with payment terms, etc.

Please email your provisional bookings ASAP. hotel. bookings@ukdartsassociation.com Lainey Webb (H&T Sec. at Cheshire) responded:

“I would like to say a massive thank you to Claire Stamper at UKDA. At Cheshire Darts we have previously shopped around, looking finding hotels, constant emails, phone calls etc. This time, I browsed through the UKDA partner hotels list, and county venues, and could see that the hotels listed were at a good location. We had stopped in a few of the hotels previously, and have to say that we paid more than quoted by UKDA.”

Anyway, so long and short of it, we’ve booked our away hotels, through UKDA, for me was a single email to Claire to say what I wanted, and within 24 hours, I had quotes back. I fully recommend their partner program.

Let Play Commence


On the 5th March, the United Kingdom Darts Association re-launched the UKDA Challenge Lobby, (powered by DartConnect) in which members can SIGN UP for FREE and PLAY for FREE every Monday and Friday between 7 pm and 11 pm against teammates, fellow UKDA members, and affiliates. Would-be players can sign up to play in the lobby by visiting dartconnect.com.
 

Charity begins...


During lockdown and over the past couple of months the United Kingdom Darts Association have played two online charity matches the first of which saw a Johnny Stefano (Chairman) team take on a Colin Savage (Chief Executive Officer) team. Opening proceedings for the Stefano team was young Henry Coates who took leads of 1-0, 3-1, 4-2, and 5-3 to beat his Team Savage opponent Ray Marshall 5-3. Stefano’s lead was short-lived though as Mike Norton accounted for Micky Reed (5-1), Ian McFarlane beat John WilliamsJones (5-4) and McFarlane’s Warwickshire teammate Natalie Gilbert won to take the lead to 3-1. James Hurrell won 5-1 against Paul Hogan to extend the Team Savage lead to 4-1 before Team Stefano won three in a row to level at four each. Pete Allen kicked off the trio of wins when he with the last leg victory over namesake Anthony Allen won 5-4.
 

A touch of the nears...


Reducing the arrears even further with a fantastic 4-2 victory over Anastasia Dobromyslova was Rhian O’Sullivan. Dobromyslova apart from wins in the second and fifth legs, was never on par with her opponent who was in top form winning 4-2 in 17, 20, 21 and 14 darts for a superb 27.70 average. Rhian’s final leg saw her line herself up for a perfect nine darts leg as she kicked off with two magnificent consecutive maximums. Unfortunately, the 141 checkout was not to be and she eventually won the leg in 14 darts. Ritchie Howson restored parity in the eighth encounter, ‘The Owl’ was in outstanding form against Andy Alker. Howson’s superb performance gave him the best average of the match a tremendous 31.13 with Alker recording 29.45. With the overall score standing at 4-4 it was the Savage team that went ahead for a second time as Carl Hamilton won 5-3 against Daz Layden after Layden had won the opening leg, the lead was extended to 6-4 when, Darts World columnist, Laura Turner beat Donna Gleed.

David Wawrzeski (Team Savage) found himself 2-0 down to Paul Marsh after Marsh had won the first two legs in 21 and 20 darts. A 116 finish in the third leg helped Wawrzeski keep in the game and with a 13 darts leg in the fourth had fought back to level terms. Marsh opened up a second two-leg lead but he was unable to find the elusive fifth leg as Wawrzeski rounded off a 5-4 victory with three wins in a row to leave his team Stefano trailing by just one game with only one left to play. The final game was between Conan Whitehead (Stefano) and Dafydd Edwards (Savage). Whitehead went two up in 19 and 18 darts and although Edwards pulled one back in the third with a 13 darts leg it was Whitehead who got the 5-2 win adding 10 and 18 darts legs in the final two games to take the final score to six each.

The match raised the fantastic amount of £1,175 for the UKDA charity partners, Mind and the Ben Cohen Stand-Up Foundation. The gaffer sums it up Colin Savage (CEO) summed up the evening:

“Well where do I start? A fantastic….night of darts in aid of two fantastic charities…..A very fair result in the end and a fantastic standard all evening. We are very proud to have been able to bring this to you this evening, and huge credit must go to McEvoy Darts Streaming for making it possible.”

“A huge thank you to each and every player involved, for your efforts and your donations, to every member of the management team that was involved, and to everyone who watched honestly I can’t thank you all enough. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Away from the administrative side, arrows have been thrown in anger, well perhaps not quite, under the UKDA banner and the fixture lists for the 2021/22 season have been released see here for more: UKDA website

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Original article appears in Darts World magazine Issue 574
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With thanks to Rebecca Hoyland for her assistance with the preparation of County Lines/UKDA.

Alan Towe is supported by Red Dragon Darts

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