Northern Ireland Darts Open

November 5, 2008

Bellini’s on Merchants Quay, Newry will host the biggest darts tournament to be staged in Ireland, when over three days, beginning on Friday 7th November, the Northern Ireland Open will take place. Local hotels and bed and breakfasts have been fully booked for a number of weeks, even months to cope with the amount of overseas players making their way to Newry City.

Current World Champion Mark Webster, who recently appeared at Charley’s Bar in the City for a charity function will be appearing along with former World Champions Martin Adams, Andy Fordham and John Boy Walton, England’s Daryl Fritton, Tony O’Shea and Gary Robson and Tony West are also making the journey along with a host of other Internationals. Scotland’s Gary Anderson will be over to defend his men’s title he won on 2007. Dutch wonder kid Fabien Roosenbrand, who beat Anderson in the World Championships is also participating. Northern Ireland star Daryl Gurney who recently won two major tournaments in the South as well as reaching the Europe Cup Individual final, losing to Webster, will be strongly tipped on home ground. Lots of local darts talent have also entered the men’s individuals and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to play against some of the world’s great players especially as it’s an open draw.

The world’s top lady throwers will also be making their way to Newry, with seven times World Champion Trina Gulliver looking to go one better than last year when she lost in the final to Northern Ireland’s own Denise Cassidy. Jan Robbins and Julie Gore, who recently won the Danish Open, are travelling over along with current World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova from Russia.

A host of players from North and South of the border will all be trying their luck at winning the titles and there will no doubt be lots of shocks among the anticipated 500 expected over the weekend.

Action gets underway on Friday 7th at 9pm with the mixed pairs, Saturday sees the Men’s, Ladies and Youth individuals and Sunday will be Men’s and ladies pairs.The Merchants Quay venue will have an unprecedented 44 dartboards for the tournament making it one of the biggest tournaments in the World and what a brilliant opportunity for local sports enthusiasts to see such a huge event on their door step. Special praise must go to Bellini’s Michael McLaughlin and Newry’s Martin Carvill who have worked tirelessly with the Northern Ireland Darts Organisation over the past number of months and now are staging their second major tournament, in the space of two months, having successfully staged the Celtic Cup in September.