Matthews, McFall retain Simpson Pairs


The Ballymena, Harryville and District Darts League held the annual Simpson Pairs competitions on Friday night.

Thank you to all who took part; and huge thanks to The Coach Bar, Ballymena for the use of their premises for a fantastic night of darts.


A total of 23 pairs took part, playing on 4 boards. Board 1’s final saw Leonard McKeegan Jnr and Gabe Kerr defeat Davy Martin and Ashley Rainey.

On Board 2, John Elder and Geoff Wylie defeated Alan Bamford and Geoff McIlveen in an all Drifters match. Board 3 witnessed Ryan Gault and Rodney McAleese beaten by Jarlath McGarry and Paddy Coyles. Board 4 saw Geoffrey Matthews and David McFall defeating Leonard McKeegan Snr and Pearse McGarry.

The semi-finals split the Drifters and Greenhills pairs up; Elder and Wylie defeated McKeegan and Kerr 3-0 to reach the final.

The other semi-final saw a repeat of last year’s final, with the exact same outcome. McGarry and Coyles led 2-0, before Geoffrey Matthews hit a 124 checkout to kick the Drifters team back into life and they went on to win 3-2.

An exciting an entertaining final went down to the final leg. At 1-1, needing 331 Geoffrey hit a 180, replied by John with a 180 from 301.

The pressure and standard were both rising and David McFall coolly checked out 151 to win the leg in 12 darts.

At 2-2, the game was finely balanced until David McFall turned up the pressure with 180 to leave 60. A fantastic match, well done Geoffrey and David; retaining the title with a 3-2 victory.


The Division Two event attracted 30 pairs.

Final of Board 1 saw Norman Kerr and Brian Hanna beat Graeme Leitch and Herbie Balmer. On Board 2, David McConaghie and Paul Rock defeated Frank McDowell and Alan Young.

Board 3 saw last years runners’ up John and Chris Greer defeat Rab Lynn and Roy Gilchrist. Board 4 saw Danny Balmer and Pete Stewart defeat Davy Logan and Derek Connor.

In the semi-finals, McConaghie and Rock overcame Kerr and Hanna 2-0.

In an all Spinning Mill matchup, John and Chris Greer reached their second successive final with a 2-1 win over Balmer and Stewart.

The final went to the deciding leg, courtesy of a 102 checkout in leg 2 from McConaghie.

However, this didn’t have any affect on the Greers as John started the final leg with successive 100s to help win the final 2-1.