Well done to Ballyclare man Gary Elliott for topping the Northern Ireland Darts Organisation overall men’s rankings.
Gary finished top of the rankings due to collecting hefty points tallies in each of the NIDO majors. Gary won the division 2 classic which pipped Neil Duff to the post, as Neil was beat in the division 1 classic final by Alan McKnight. Gary played in all five of the majors and played consistently well all season.
Neil missed the Masters, even though he won the Pairs with Mark Currans. Neil won all 5 of his inter county games. If Neil had played in the Masters it may have been different.
In third place was Kyle Mckinstry who won the Individuals beating Larne’s Colin Mcgarry. But no points in the Gold Cup possibly cost him a higher ranking. Kyle won all 5 of his inter county games.
In fourth was Philip Carson who won the NIDO Masters and and a quarter final at the division 1 classic – he won 4 out of 5 inter county games. A first NIDO Major win for Philip and back into the International team, it has been a good year at the darts for Philip.
In fifth was Chris Gilliland who was runner up in the Pairs with Andy Martin and a semi finalist at the Individuals.
Kells man Paul McDonald finished sixth overall after a steady season in the averages, winning all 5 of his Inter county games and semi finalist at the division 2 Classic.
Coleraine’s Rodney Kane playing for Area 4b helped them win the Divsion 1 title and in doing so won 4 out 5 inter county games. He placed hefty points in all of the NIDO majors, showing that consistency moves you up the rankings.
Daniel McDonald finished 8th overall after winning 3 out of 5 inter area county matches. He made the quarter finals at the Individuals and division 1 Classic. More to come from this dangerous power scorer.
9th overall was Ron ‘The Rocket’ Seddon who playing for Belfast Area 12 won all 5 of his Inter county matches. He made the quarter finals at the Individuals and semi final of the division 2 classic.
Rounding out the top ten in 10th place is Roy Bailie playing for Area 4b helping them win the Division One league. He won all 5 of his Inter county matches and was consistently in the top ten averages throughout the year.
Other Major ranking winners were Colin Mcgarry (Gold Cup), Alan McKnight (Classic division 1) and Chris Gracey (Classic division 3).
Overall a fantastic season in the NIDO all around. Some great performances average wise from Neil Duff, Kyle Mckinstry, Chris Gilliland, Kevin Magill (Area2b) and Jamie Boreland(Area7).
Darren Clifford continues to play in both the NIDO and BDO, a credit to the game with his determination.
Area 10 lost Gavin Carlin to the PDC but everyone wishes him well in in his pursuits in England and Europe – fantastic achievement to win his PDC tour card.
There were some debuts on the International team panels for men, youths and the ladies and all have done well and with the six nations and international friendlies coming up, it’s looking great for Northern Irish darts.