Local ‘postie’ and award winning fundraiser Graham Watson held the Ninth Annual Charity Darts Competition in aid of Breast Cancer Care on Saturday, (May 24) in the Hopeville Social Club Inverurie.
This was a new venue for the competition and it turned out to be well appreciated by the players and supporters of this event.
In the Men’s Competition there were 51 entrants with two times previous winner Scottish Internationalist Craig “Wheeler” Robertson entering to try and make it a third. It was not to be for Craig as he was knocked out in the first round.
Another Scottish Internationalist George Dalglish from Bonnyrigg, Midlothian beat Craig Quinn from Elgin in the semi-final and Scott Robertson beat Keith Robertson (both from Aberdeen) in the second semi-final.
George hit two 180’s in the final but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to deter Scott Robertson from taking the 2014 men’s title
In the ladies competition there were 22 entrants and local lass and two times winner Christine Hyde was looking to be the first person in the nine years of the this competition to get three titles.
In the semi-final Christine beat Caroleann Spiers to get through to the final and in the other semi-final Lisa Hurhangee beat Jelena Garencka to progress to the final where Christine was just too strong for Lisa and took the 2014 ladies title.
There was a first round losers competition which was eventually won by Nick Christie.
The event was originally planned to be a one-off, but due to the success the tenth competition is already in the early stages of planning, with some sponsors already signed up to help next years event.
A total of £1,500 was raised on the day and Grahams’ employers Royal Mail will add a further £200 so Breast Cancer Care will receive £1,700 from this years’ event.
Graham would like to thank all the sponsors for their continued support over the years and looks forward to having them on board again for 2015.
Graham said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hopeville staff and committee for their hard work on Saturday and look forward to coming back next year.
“I would also like to thank Ian Hyde and Gordon Strathdee for helping throughout the day and also a really big thank you to my wife Marlene for all her support for my fundraising over the years because if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be able to carry on, and last but not least thank you to everyone who came along again and supported the event without you guys there wouldn’t be a competition”.
Graham also has announced that the 10thh Anniversary competition will be a fancy dress affair so please get into the spirit of the event and come along in fancy dress next year.