Geoffrey lands first ‘major’ of NIDO season

Geoffrey Matthews with the NI Gold Cup Singles (Tommy Forsythe Memorial) trophy he won on Saturday.
Geoffrey Matthews with the NI Gold Cup Singles (Tommy Forsythe Memorial) trophy he won on Saturday.

Ballymena thrower Geoffrey Matthews claimed the first ‘major’ of the Northern Ireland Darts Organisation season at the weekend.

Up against the country’s best throwers at Tandragee Recreational Centre, the Drifters player won the Northern Ireland Gold Cup Singles (Tommy Forsythe Memorial) to land the much sought-after title.

Congratulations also to John Elder who made it to the semi final, where Geoffrey won the all Ballymena matchup; and to Darnell McCrory who was defeated by runner-up Barry Copeland in the quarter finals.

Meanwhile, there was a full programme of action in the Ballymena. Harryville & District Darts League, where the best individual performance of the week was a 14-dart leg by Paul McDonald.

Peter Stewart had the week’s best finish with a 158 checkout, followed by: 156 Andy McCaughern (Ballee I), 150 Darnell McCrory (Drifters), 120 Paul McDonald, 103 Sammy Balmer (both Buffs Club) and 108 Bobby Carson (Michelin)

Spinning Mill duo Peter Stewart and Danny Balmer both hit 180s.


Fountain Arrows 1, Drifters 7: Drifters claimed a strong victory, to sit proudly at the top of the table at the halfway point.

Well done Jonny Dougles (2-0) who helped Fountain Arrows avoid the whitewash in the last game. Drifters wins this week came from Brian Cathcart(2-0), Andy Martin (2-1), Geoff Wylie (2-0), Darnell McCrory (2-0), Geoff Matthews (2-0), Ryan Esler (2-0) and John Elder (2-0).

Star player - Jonny Douglas.

Greenhills 7, Thatch Inn 1: Greenhills try to keep pace with Drifters for their title with this strong victory. Well done Paul Rock (2-1) helping Thatch Inn avoid the whitewash. Greenhills gained the victory thanks to wins from Paddy Coyles (2-0), Jarlath McGarry (2-0), Gabe Kerr (2-0), Darren McNeill (2-0), Johnny Cree (2-1), Leonard McKeegan (Snr) (2-0) and Leonard McKeegan (Jnr) (2-0).

Star player - Paddy Coyles.

FLoaters 6, Spinning Mill 2: Floaters secured another strong victory to push themselves into a top 4 place in the table. Well done Peter Stewart (2-1) and Lee Balmer (2-1) with the points for Spinning Mill. Floaters winners this week were Glenn Gilmore (2-1), Davy Logan (2-1), Noel Craig (2-1), Ben Gilmore (2-0), Dean Balmer (2-0) and Derek Campbell (2-1).

Star player – Peter Stewart


Patton’s retained the leadership of Division Two of the Ballymena, Harryville & District League at the weekend - despite losing to Michelin.

Friday’s second division results were:

Buffs CLub 6, Ballee II 2: Buffs - Paul McDonald (2-0), Sandra Gilmore (2-1), Sammy Balmer (2-0), Rodney McCartney (2-0), Isobel Niklas (2-0) and Graham McCartney (2-0). Ballee - Paul Bell (2-1) and Bronwyn Hillis (2-0). STAR PLAYER – Paul McDonald

Michelin 5, Partton’s 3: Michelin - Herbie Dunlop (2-0), Bobby Carson (2-0), Henry Eagleson (2-1), Matthew Carson (2-1) and Brian Hanna (2-1). Patton’s - Mervyn Gage (2-1), Chris McDonald (2-1) and Hugh McFadden (2-0). STAR PLAYER – Bobby Carson

Cosy Corner 2, Village Inn 6: Village Inn - Lee Givens (2-1), James McKeown (2-0), Davy Dickey (2-0), Trevor McFall (2-0), Neil Marshall (2-0) and David McFall (2-0). Cosy - Stephen Purdon (2-0) and Tina McKenna (2-0). STAR PLAYER – Lee Givens

Ballee I 5, Fountain Bar 3: Ballee I - Andy McCaughern (2-0), Shane Hillis (2-0), Colin McCaughern (2-1), Billy Gay (2-0) and John Rankin (2-1). Fountain Bar - JamesGreer (2-0), Willie Russell (2-0) and Jonny Russell (2-0). STAR PLAYER – Andy McCaughern

Bowling Club 1, Wanderers 7: Bowling CLub - Annie Greer (2-0). Wanderers - Willy Bones (2-0), Alistair Craig (2-0), Jerome Carson (2-1), Ally Craig (2-0), Sammy McDowell (2-0), Davy Wilson (2-0) and Diane Johnston (2-0). STAR PLAYER – Annie Greer


Fixture for this Friday are:

Division One: Fountain Arrows v Greenhills; Floaters v The Coach; Drifters v Spinning Mill; Thatch Inn FREE WEEK

Division Two: Cosy Corner v Michelin; Buffs Club v Ballee I; Pattons v Bowling Club; Ballee 2 v Village Inn; Wanderers v Fountain Bar.


The next meeting of the BHDDL will be held on Monday 4th January @ 8.00 pm.