Rileys v Rileys – Diary of a Darts Player with Andy Relf

OUR super league match last week was an all Rileys Club affair, with our Nomads at home to the Brighton Rileys.

With both teams playing out of the same venue this meant neither side had the home board advantage. I was drawn out second so was pretty soon into my match – without any chance to practice.

The first leg wasn’t overly impressive although I still won it, but I did manage a couple of good legs to take the win 3-0, and grab another man of the match award. I also have the most 180s in the county at the moment – that would be a good record to hold at the end of the season, as I have to miss two matches. Our team went on to win the match 5-4, so the Nomads are back to winning ways.

A very late night/early morning courtesy of going to see Guns N Roses at the 02 Arena left me absolutely frazzled on Friday... I don’t get to bed at 4am very much these days!

Friday night was the Rob Canning’s Memorial Cup, this year held at the Cross in Hand Inn. With in excess of 60 entrants, ranging from Rob’s friends and family to old team mates and people that now play in the Heathfield League, it was a fantastic evening, with all of the money raised being donated to the RNLI. The total at the end of the evening was in the region of £140, so that was a great gesture in Rob’s memory.

After a long night of darts which was superbly organised by Sheebo, we reached the semi-finals, with myself up against Warren Puxty. By this time I think I had reached the point of playing while asleep as Warren beat me quite easily.

The other semi-final was won by Darren Nowell who defeated John Baldock. The final was won by Warren who was a worthy winner on the night.

I’m back in action in Players Championship weekend in Birmingham 16/17 June.