Youth darts champions

Jamie Roy (left) senior champion; Jamie Buchan, chairperson Arbroath Round Table; and John Gallazzi, junior champion.
Jamie Roy (left) senior champion; Jamie Buchan, chairperson Arbroath Round Table; and John Gallazzi, junior champion.

Angus Darts Academy held its annual youth singles championships supported by Arbroath and district Round Table - at Seaton House.

Almost 50 youngsters registered for the event which was split evenly between juniors and seniors.

In the junior event, 24 players were in the draw for the chance to be crowned champion.

All competitors showed a great attitude and played the championship in the correct spirit.

After negotiating the tricky opening rounds, Lee Paterson, Sean Green, Dylan Ross, Logan Guthrie, Steven Dell, John Gallazzi, Robbie McDonald and Kyle Petrie made it to the quarter-finals.

In the semi-finals there were comfortable wins for Dylan Ross who beat Lee Paterson 3-1 and John Gallazzi who defeated Kyle Petrie 3-0.

At the start of the day, John Gallazzi was the favourite on paper and was the number one ranked player in the juniors at the darts academy. His supremacy told as he cruised to victory 3-0 in the final over Dylan Ross.

The senior event also had 24 entrants.

The early rounds proved to be a tough place for some of the top players and there were a few early unexpected casualties. Two of the youngest players in the seniors made it to the quarter-finals and the only girl in the competition, Rebecca Graham, was one of them.

Quarter-final results - Danny Willox beat Rebecca Graham 3-0; Graeme Hamilton beat Leslie Moore 3-0; Jamie Roy beat Leon Gibson 3-0; and Kyale Ross beat Craig Johnston 3-1.

The semi-finals were very close but the two favourites to make the final did just that as Danny beat Graeme 3-1 and Jamie beat Kyale 3-2.

The final was a bit one sided as Jamie brushed Danny aside 4-0 to be crowned Angus Champion.

Academy coach Alan Soutar said: “The Angus Darts Academy has had an incredible year so far and the youngsters just keep surprising the coaches and parents with their talent.

“I would also like to thank Arbroath Round Table for the continued support of this event and must say that the trophy winners were delighted with the impressive keepsakes.”

Jamie Buchan, chairperson of the Arbroath Round Table commented: “We Tablers are delighted to have supported Angus Darts Academy for the second year and it is great to see the levels of dedication being given to the sport from the kids.”