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Well its all over again for yet another year, all that preparation and in a flash Christmas has gone.

As we know it’s a time definitely for the kids but the old ones can still enjoy themselves, well illustrated by the 3000 plus expats down on La Zenia beach, Christmas day.

James Brown and Bliss Wright from Gogarty´s were there dishing out the bubbly to all and sundry which was very nice, thank you, whilst Gilly Kirby looked very fetching in her Chrissy outfit, escorted by crutch wielding hubby Terry, who unfortunately is still struggling after a knee operation last year. We wish him well.

The scene was relayed back to the UK via Ipod, the recipients begrudgingly saying how marvellous it all looked, as they shivered in sub-zero temperatures. Many of you would have witnessed the PDC World Championships on SKY TV at Ally Pally over the holiday and what an event it was. Actors, footballers, cricketers, boxers, snooker players, even Prince Harry was spotted phoning Grandma with the results. It was

great to witness all the celebrities absorbing the electric atmosphere of the 250K competition. Gary Anderson was one of my fancies, as was “jackpot” Adrian Lewis, but it was the Scotsman who came out on top with an outstanding performance against Phil the Power Taylor.

The preceding three plus Michael Van Gerwen will make for an interesting 2015 Premier League. Anderson, even with the World Championship belt around him will probably not start favourite, that accolade will more than likely go to Taylor, with the Dutchman second favourite. Exciting times for darts.

Back to us mere mortals of the Euronics League and the resumption of our Thursday night darts. Breakaways seem to have a stranglehold on Division 2 and remain unbeaten, despite dropping a home point to John Williams Evolution.

Biggest change in this division is Que Pasa Kestrels moving up to third after a fine away victory over the Jaguars who have now suffered consecutive losses. The Kestrels notched up their fifth victory of the season after never being behind against their tough opponents. Alan Preston´s D12 gave the Kestrels their first leg, which was immediately cancelled out by Wendy Hayward on D2 after a 95, Dee Green supporting well. Russell Lyness retrieved the lead for the visitors, dove tailing well with Preston who did most of the scoring.

Some tasty scores from Sharon Bugg and Hayward proved insufficient against the Kirbys, crutches and all. Terry did all the scoring, how I don’t know, wife Gilly completing the 601 on D7. Heath Hughes made it 4 for the Kestrels on D2, Preston once again helping out on the T20s. Angela Craggs and Hilda Wilkinson pulled one back for the hosts, the latter taking out D5 after both had scored well. Hughes made it 5 against a below par Pat Schofield, Hayward enjoying a fine 501 versus Lyness, eventually pegging out on D1 after some great scoring. Long John Silver ensured the draw for the visitors, the hosts having a strong trio remaining hoping to gain the draw and a point.

It started well with Simone de Lacy scoring heavily to leave 40, Chris miles behind. The confident de Lacy found D5 instead of the intended D20 but then a smart S10 was followed by D10 for a nice piece of showboating with just two legs required for the draw. Long John´s wife Gilly, spoilt it all by hitting D11 for the match after a nice 121 setting up the finish. Tracy Simpson made it 5 for the hosts on D19, taking out the in-form Preston.

Sporting Life entertained the Ale House who had several players influenced by the goings on at the Ally Pally. Ian Phillips obviously watched the most and was nominated man of the match scoring 4×100,120 and 85 proving he does miss occasionally.

He was well supported by Brandon Radford 85,95,100, Bernie Whipday 4×85 and Luke Yarnold´s numerous scores of 81-95. A fine effort and victory against Sonya Cooper´s Misfits.

The Tavern Drivers did their leg difference no harm at all by taking all 12 against the hung over Queens. The long journey from the Palace to the Villamartin venue of the Taverners took its toll. Ann O´Keefe, Lorraine Cox and Debbie Wright were the Queens top scorers in the first three triples but they were more than matched by the hosts who pegged out the 701s via Ian Brown D19, Stu Mitchell D4 and Rick Cox. Brown added a ton and double in the first pairs with the second looking to go the Royal family´s way after a 103 from Chris Cummins to leave 30 points. Despite the usual Royal barracking Justin Hepburn found D8 to make it 5 for the Tavern. Margaret Griffith and Lynn Fozzard outscored their opponents in the next scoring 565 points to leave 36, which then seemed to be beyond them.

The 601 proved just as difficult for the hosts, but eventually Paul Birtwhistle made it 6 up at half time on D2. Brown faced Marie Dunne in the first single after the break, both players scoring well to leave 36 apiece. With the match depending on the leg, Brown calmly took out D18 for both points. Birtwhistle D2 continued the rout Cox sitting on 44.

And so it continued, Queen Debbie was dethroned by Rick Cox as was Rachael Broadhead by Hepburn. Mitchell D9 made it 11, leaving Zack Green to face O´Keefe. The Royal one acquitted herself well scoring wise, but it was Green who made it to the double first, planting his second arrow in D9 for all 12 legs.

Despite Mark Filer missing from the Busters line up, the visitors must have expected a win after going 3 up playing the Porter House. Irene Russell D8, Henry Young D4 and Peter O´Rourke D10, the latter adding a ton, Babs Warren a 123, Ray Harvey a ton were the players doing all the damage. Brian Nash pulled one back in the first pair hitting 100,136 with partner Mike Newberry. Yvonne Rouffignac made it 2 for the home side on D7 after 2×100. Sid Cross made it all square at the break on D2 to add to his ton achieved in the triples. Porters took the lead for the first time courtesy of Newberry taking out O´Rourke 2-1 on a 62 out, despite the Busters three tons. Rouffignac made it 5 for the Porters, beating Bill Russell 2-0.

Nash was unlucky not to make it 6 after 2×100,140 and the middle leg on D14 against formidable opposition in Harvey whose lone ton plus D16 and D20 made it 5-4. Irene Russell made it all square after going one down to Ray Sanderson. Her D2,D8 and 2×125 too much for the Porters captain. Cross ensured at least a point for the hosts, winning 2-0 against Warren on D20,D9 and 100,121,125. The match rested on the 12th leg Young v. Sue Sanderson. The former came out on top, securing the draw and point on D10 and D2.

Gary Minor and Matt Cummins came to the Kings rescue once again winning both their singles 2-1 and 2-0 respectively. Unfortunately they were the only winning legs against second placed Hub Hyenas. Cummins 2×100 was eclipsed by Minor´s 2×100,125 and 2×140. Frankie Wieczorek contributed a 137. Spicy Nick Spicer who loves a vindaloo and doesn’t mind who knows it, won the match for the Hyenas against an out of sorts Ian Sleath, using D8 and D10.

His tally of 4×100 and 120 was supported by Joe Miller´s 3×100, Simon Williams 120,138 and exiled Meerkat John Eyre´s 100,121,140. Cummins won the last leg of the evening on D6 and D4 against old Bristolian Dave Lethaby, who really prefers a round at La Finca instead of finding the T20 on the dart board.

Meerkats remain top, Alex Nikolov securing the win on D10 for both points in the 12th leg. Another lack lustre performance from the champions who can´t seem to find their previous form, despite a reasonable tally of 18 tons or more. Lee Maiden was the Kats man of the match hitting 4×100,121 and 133. Steph Simpson was the Jackals man of the match consistently scoring 80 plus throughout the night and also taking the scalp of Dave Frew, former Essex champion.

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