INDO Irish Classic Weekend 

The future is bright!!!

Yet another fantastic INDO weekend, this time at the Irish classic in the city north hotel county Meath. Starting on Saturday afternoon when the youths our stars of the future took part in what turned in to yet another cracking event. In the end it was Adam Ronan defeating Keenan Norris in a superb final. Crucial ranking points will be up for grabs in the years final ranking with Sean Cummins still leading the pack.

The men's and ladies Saturday event kicked off at 7pm where we were round robin for both games providing excellent value for money. Some tough groups were quickly narrowed down to our last 32, Dylan Powell who must have had 20 plus 180's this weekend was the player who caught many an eye in the group stages. The semi-finals saw Shane McGuirk defeat Mark Cullen in a high-quality affair while on the other board Ciaran Teahan defeated Keane Barry. A cracking final was then to take place where Ciaran was simply clinical, and it was the cork man who came out on top against Shane who was worthy runner up.

The ladies semis saw Katie Sheldon defeat Robyn Byrne and Linda Harte get the better of Ann Redmond. A super ladies final and despite Linda taking an early lead Katie regained composure and fought back very strongly to take the title and add another to her excellent year. An excellent evening of darts with so many last leg deciders adding to the drama. A superb few weeks for Ciaran and without doubt an awesome year for Katie and with the world cup and world masters just around the corner she is in flying form. The INDO would like to thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket on Saturday night where we gave out 5 prizes to the lucky winners. See our Facebook pages for the results.

Sunday was the classic, and without doubt did not disappoint. Some cracking early games in the men’s with probably the pick of those David Concannon’s excellent come back to beat Ronan Donnelly in a high scoring affair. Liam Gallagher and niall Culleton also players catching the eye in the early stages. The men rapidly came to the last 8 where Mark Clinton who had been in sparkling form all weekend defeated Mick Flynn, Clinton really came alive on the INDO scene this weekend. Our 2nd quarter saw a rematch of Saturdays semi, and this time it was Keane Barry coming out on top with a cracking victory over Ciaran Teehan a 154 check out on route. Declan Quinn defeated Niall Culleton in another quarter superb darts from the Donegal man to pip niall in a last leg decider. In the final quarter it was Cormac Foley taking on David Concannon, 2 form players and this was a titanic clash heavy scoring and quality finishing took us to the last leg, where David with an excellent bull finish secured a place In the last 4, David had multiple ton plus finishes and many of those on the bull throughout the weekend. A great effort by Cormac. 2 super semis with Keane defeating David despite a 156 from David, Keane proving to strong. Mark Clinton continued his super form with a good win over Declan Quinn to earn his place in the final. A cracking contest between the 2 Meath men with both players fighting hard for the title, however it was a crucial break of throw in the 9th leg that proved a huge turning point and Keane running out a super winner, great effort by Mark but Keane ensuring he will remain number 1 on top of the rankings heading to Ennis after an amazing first year on the men’s circuit. All to player for points heading to Ennis but the top 4 look be in a super position going into the final ranking.

The ladies event as always was of a serious standard and at times many of the ladies would be averaging right up there with the men. In 1 semis we had olive McIntyre defeating Caroline Breen by 4 legs 3. While on the other board we had a rematch from Saturday night with Robyn Byrne against Katie Sheldon, Katie took an early lead but this it was Robyn who fought back tenaciously to take the match and book her ticket in the final. A cracking game between Robyn and olive, it looked one sided early on with Robyn leading 4 0 in a race to 5 but olive showed sheer class and determination to level it up at 4 legs each and a tense last leg decider however Robyn regrouped and after a smashing last leg from both players it was Robyn who came out on top and was a truly deserving winner, it's great to see her back in the winners enclosure with the world cup and masters just around the corner.

Thanks to all the volunteer makers who were a fantastic help as always. Prize fund - over €3200.

Amazing all our winners this weekend are under 23, with 2 of those still in their teenage years, it is simply astonishing to see the talent lurking in Irish darts. We have no doubt success is only around the corner in the upcoming world cup and have high hopes for all our teams going to Romania.

Next up of course as you are all well aware in the Killarney darts festival 2019 with €28000 in prize money.