At the Academy 1st May
As the Academy enters an important week with a visit from the PDC and a trip to the Essex Youth open there were more impressive performances at last week’s session. In the Juniors Charlotte Raynsford stood out in the singles and Aaron Wooltorton and Molly Dawkins were undefeated in the mixed pairs as were Kelly Paine and Kian Coffin. The seniors’ handicap singles had stand out performances from Gavin Howard and Gary Thorne while Connor Bestford and Harriet Raynsford enjoyed a successful night in the mixed pairs.
The Academy was delighted to welcome its party of VIP’s for a ‘Darts-Athlon’ evening. Dr Patrick Chaplin darts historian, PDC directors Rod Harrington and CEO Matt Porter and managing director of Unicorn Products Mr Edward Lowy enjoyed the company of both juniors and seniors.
Congratulations to Harriet Raynsford, Sian Monk and Connor Samways who picked up the Player of the month awards for February and to Conner Bevis, Danielle Hopper, Kelly Paine and Ryan Morgans who were voted top for March.
At the Academy 8th May
At the outshot clinic last week there were good performances from Amanda Paine and Harriet Raynsford for the Ladies, Oli Burgess, Hugo Candeias and Scott Burton Pye enjoyed good finishes on board 5. Billy Day topped board 2 including a 120 finish but the best check-out was recorded by Jordan Edmonds a superb 156.
Board 1 had Dan Read again in good form closely followed by Sean White and Daniel Miller. Read had the fastest leg a 7 dart 261 and a maximum.
Finally on board 3 Sam Pike enjoyed a successful evening along with the fast improving Jamie Tarrant.
In the junior section Shane Reidy won four from 4 and Luke Baird and Charlie Deavall both won two while Charlotte Raynsford won three from four in the girls section.
This weekend the Academy is on their travels again this time to the London School of Darts in Wandsworth.
Essex Youth Open – Walton on the Naze
The Academy endured a 16 hour, 380 mile round trip and some tough opposition to again come away laden with trophies. The excellently organised Essex Youth Open always attracts players of great potential and this year was no different so with several previous winners missing the Academy were looking to some new faces coming through the ranks. The Academy suffered early setbacks with the young ladies either eliminating each other or rueing missed doubles and Andover favourites Sean White and Arron Monk drawing each other in the first round with the latter prevailing on this occasion. White, however was to show real character to go on and win the plate without dropping another leg all day. Karl Brooks lost to the eventual runner up. Andover’s strength in depth lies in the seemingly endless talent and determination from the junior ranks and continuing on from last year’s domination produced 12 of the last 16 and 3 of the last 4 in the under 14’s event. Liam Deavall was to lose a tight semi to Ray Lockington who in turn lost a good final to the excellent Dan Read.
The senior boy’s event was also dominated by the black and whites again providing three of the last four. The first semi saw Gary Thorne unable to recapture his earlier excellent form and lost out to the consistent Conner Bevis. Arron Monk proved too strong for Ipswich’s Steve Turner in the second to set up another all Andover final. Bevis has been in fine form of late and stuck manfully to the task but had to cede to the talented Monk 3-1.
The presentations were concluded by MC Barry Gilbey and England International Viv Dundon but not before another two awards went Andover’s way; Monk collected the most maximums award and Dan Read celebrated the day’s highest checkout an admirable 141. The entire squad were again a credit to the Academy and their sponsors bringing a stream of compliments of their talent sportsmanship and professional attitude.
Ladies Squad: Harriet Raynsford, Christine Pike (Capt.), Danielle Hopper, Mel Oakley, Sam Pike. Juniors: James Hanson, Ryan Morgans, Ray Lockington, Regan Preston, Ryan Rowe, Liam Bowman, Charlotte Raynsford, Amy Thorne (Capt), Jamie Tarrant, Sian Monk, Ellie May, Kian Coffin, Liam Deavall, Chloe Baird and Luke Baird. Men’s Squad: Sean White (Capt.), Arron Monk, Adam Major, Gavin Howard (Vice), Karl Brooks, Conner Bevis, Gary Thorne, Jordan Edmonds, Conner Bestford, Craig Pike, Daniel Miller and Daniel Read.
Hayling Island Mill Rythe Youth Champion
Congratulations to Conner Bevis who won the Hayling Island Youth event last Saturday when defeating Craig Brown in the final from a field of over 30.
Back at the Academy:
It was Team-Week at the Academy and best individual performances in the 701 round-robin games came from Dan Miller who had top average 22.41, Conner Bevis had highest out of 68 and Sean White and Miller shared the fastest leg in 28 darts. In the 501 round robins; Jamie Tarrant had the best average in 18.4, Sam Pike the fastest leg 24 darts, Sam Ellis the most wins and Luke Goddard the highest check-out.
The 301 section saw good wins for Christine Pike, Hugo Candeias, Rhys Collins and Harriet Raynsford who also had the fastest leg. In the remaining matches Conner Bestford was tops with 4 wins from 4 followed by Craig Pike with 3 and Mel Oakley was best lady.
Happy 3rd Birthday for the Academy:
The Academy is 3 years-old this week and as it enters its fourth year planning continues for the 4th Open Youth Tournament which will be re-named the Jamie G Youth Memorial, the 4th Presentation and Celebration Evening and the Annual Fund Raising Darts Marathon. Membership has reached 117 since its inception with the recent signings of Brendan Pedge and Nathan Richards.
Back at the Academy:
The men’s 601 pairs’ round-robin resulted in a tie between Gary Thorne and his partner Jordan Edmonds and Dan Read and 11 year old debutant Nathan Richards with both pairings enjoying 4 wins.
Adam Major and Ray Lockington finished 3rd on three wins. Read and Richards enjoyed the fastest leg of the night a 23 darter while Conner Bevis recorded the night’s solitary maximum.
It was another tie in the 501 pairs’ round robin as Conner Bestford and Hugo Candeias tied with the improving Nick Chilton and Sam Pike.
Ellie May, Connor Samways, Charlotte Raynsford, Nathan Richards and Shane Reidy were Hangman champions.
Congratulations to Ray Lockington who had great success at the recent Overton League finals night. Ray, 13, made it to the last 8 of the singles before partnering Pete Nutley to the Random Pairs title.
More information can be found at the Andover Darts website.