At the new venue of Northern Ireland Darts Organisation – the Nortel Social Club in Newtownabbey County Antrim, the NIDO Gold Cup (the 1st major tournament of the NIDO 19/20 season) kicked off to a huge number of entries. There were 175 men, 21 ladies and 15 youths in attendance not counting partners, supporters and fans alike.

The drink was flowing and the food was going down well and we had Andy’s Darts Accessories on sale in the venue.

First off the NIDO chairman Geoff Wylie (you may remember him from his tussles with Martin Adams in the BDO), welcomed everyone to the new venue for the NIDO majors and wished everyone luck for the new season ahead. Then NIDO Gen Secretary Stephen Pinkerton got the tournament going proper.

In the men’s there were a few notable victories along the way with Area 7’s Paddy Coyles taking out recent BDO World Masters qualifier Marty Mooreland 4-0, before Belfast man Tommy Millen (who plays for the famous H&W Welders Darts Team) took him out in the next round. Armagh’s ex NI International Barry Copeland beat Johnny Cree 4-1 including an 115 checkout for the win, some standard to compete at in the second round. Coleraine thrower and chairman of County Area 1, William H Mckendry beat Area 2d’s Ashley Rainey 4-2 before getting beat by Belfast man Brian Cathcart in the board final.

Ever present at the business end, Kyle Mckinstry, beat local man Nigel Cahoon 4-2 including a 160 check-out in the quarter finals to progress to play Ballycastle’s Davy Glenn, who beat the much fancied Barry Copeland in a great quarter final game.

But a surprise new finalist in the men’s with Area 10’s Simon Dunn beating NI International Philip Carson in the quarters and ranked #1 Gary Elliott in the semifinals.

In the final Kyle Mckinstry just had that extra gear and hit the right shots at the right time winning out 6-1 but it was closer than that sounds, but for doubles. Double trouble strikes again!

In the ladies final, the ever impressive and winning much of everything in ladies darts in NI, Denise Cassidy beat Cookstown’s Kayleigh O’Neill in a hard fought final. This win follows up from her win in this last year, so it’s two in a row…Some great ladies playing including Grace Crane, Valerie Rooney and Mags Coulter to name a few.

In the youths which was round robin format Area 10’s Travis Baur won the NIDO Gold Cup Youths. It’s been a great couple of weeks for Travis having won the Donegal Open Youths early on in November. He is a star in the making if he keeps on the path he is setting for himself. Snippet of info – Travis is the son of a BDO World Master semi finalist Paul Brown who plays on the BDO circuit – the talent must run in the family genes…Well done to the NIDO executive, sponsors Smithwicks, Indigo Car Hire, Ballymore Inn, Nortel Social Club, and supporters for the tournament. Next match on the agenda is the second county game of the season on the 7th December.

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