Press Release: BIM Sports Magazine – November 2015

MALTA NATIONAL DARTS LEAGUE – (8 a-side)

The 54th edition of the Malta national darts league commenced on Friday 9th October.

In the 1st division, pre-season indications point towards a three horse race for the title with the Floriana Ajax A, Kalkara St Joseph and Marsa St. Michaels battling out for the top honours with the remaining five teams in division one likely battling it out to avoid relegation but as we know in sports there are no sure things so expect an upset or two! After game-week two only Kalkara St Joseph are on maximum points followed by Marsa St. Michaels and Bormla Bocci Club A two points behind. Reigning champions Floriana Ajax A trail the leaders by 5 points with 1 draw and 1 loss in their opening two matches.

In the 2nd division, the newly formed team of Mosta Horseshoe bar look like a sure thing to win the division. Their team comprises of no less than 5 current or ex-national team players. Various teams will battle it out for the remaining promotion spot. Four teams have a perfect record after two games: Mosta Horseshoe Bar, Gudja POs Bar A, Floriana Ajax B and Zejtun Beland Bullseye.

MALTA DARTS OPEN 2015

The 29th edition of the Malta Darts Open will take place between Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th November at the Topaz Hotel in Bugibba. This tournament is on the BDO and WDF Darts calendars and carries ranki ng points. Historically some top players have taken part in this tournament to ensure they have enough ranking points to take part at the BDO World Darts Championship which take place at the historical Lakeside venue in January.

MALTA DARTS OPEN 2014 – OVERVIEW

Last year`s men`s edition was won by the 2001 World Champion, John “Boy” Walton which has already registered for this year`s tournament as he aims to retain his title. The women`s edition was won by Vibeke Solvik from Norway, the doubles men`s title by Karsten Kornath (Germany)/Greek No.1 ranked player John Michael and Women`s doubles title by Cheryl McLoughlin/Ann Chilton (England). Local player Albert “Grizzly Bear” Scerri kept our local hopes alive as he was eliminated at the semi-final stage in a close encounter against Kostas Pantelidis from Greece.

Players from 11 countries took part in this event last year (Malta, England, Italy, Holland, Scotland, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus and Switzerland). In the 2015 edition majority of these countries will re-feature and we have already confirmed players from (Turkey, Wales, Sweden and Estonia) as well.

Another record was broken during last year`s edition as a total of 255 players registered for this event which is an increase of 67 registration more than the 2013 Malta Open.

MALTA DARTS OPEN – MEN`s WINNERS / FINALISTS (2000 – to date)

Highlighted are local players. Note: Andy Keen now is eligible to represent Malta in tournaments abroad.

2015 ENTRANTS – PLAYERS PROFILE

JOHN “BOY” WALTON (ENG)

Current World Ranking: 133

Home Town: Sheffield, England

Best major results:

2001 BDO World Champion

2000 World Masters Champion

19 tour events Winner

Other information: During the 2007 World Championship, round of 16 match against Martin Phillips he completed a televised 9-darter. In his career he has completed this feat on 3 occasions.

 

DAVE PRINS (ENG)

Current World Ranking: 86

Nickname: The Badger

Best major results:

2014 BDO World Championship – Last 16 (4 appearances in the last 5 events)

2009, 2012 World Masters – Last 16

6 tour events Winner

Other information: Four months ago he won the Swiss open losing only two sets along the way.

Fun fact: Prins played with 40 year old darts handed down to him by his father although in the 2012 Worlds he played with new personalised darts.

 

KOSTAS PANTELIDIS (GRE)

Current World Ranking: 120

WDF Ranking: 21

Country: Greece

Best major results:

2011 Mediterranean Cup Winner

2011 Greek National Championship Winner

2007 WDF Singles World Cup – Last 16

Other information: Last year`s Malta open finalist and has qualified for the 2016 BDO World Darts Championship.

 

WILCO VERMEULEN (NED)

Current World Ranking: 82

WDF Ranking: 19

Country: Netherlands

Best major results:

2015 World Masters – Last 80

Official Website: http://www.wilcovermeulen.nl/

 

RAYMOND VAN DEN ENDE (NED)

Current World Ranking: 223

WDF Ranking: 70

Country: Netherlands

Best major results:

2015 German Open – Last 32

Other information: Features regularly on the WDF/BDO tour events.

 

ANDY KEEN (ENG)

Country: England

Other information:

Was ranked as high as 33 in the World on the PDC circuit.

Qualified to represent Malta in the 2015 Mediterranean cup.

Won the Malta Open on four occasions (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003).

Quote: “I want to see a Maltese player win the Malta Open”.

 

ALBERT SCERRI (MLT)

Country: Malta

Other information:

2014/15 Malta Player of the year.

Member of the 2014/15 Malta Darts League Champions.

2014 Malta Open semi-finalist.

2012 GDO Greek Open Finalist.

Qualified to represent Malta on numerous Mediterranean cup`s.

Quote: “I’m in the Malta Open to win it”.

 

CONCLUSION

On behalf of the Malta darts association I would like to thank everyone who is involved in making this tournament the highlight of the darting season in Malta….from players to committee members to helpers to fans and more.

Note: As an association we are always looking for sponsorship deals and we offer a variety of options/packages tailor made to suit your needs.

If interested please contact me on:

Tel: +356 7905 2942

Regards,

Andre Zammit | Public Relations Officer | Malta Darts Association