November 29th 2018 saw the 4th Jack Dowding Trophy hosted at Bitterne Park Social club.
As always the turn out was great with regular players from the SDS league and other dart leagues and friends of Jack coming from all over the county.
Everyone seemed in good spirits for what is becoming a regular and well-attended event on the local darts competition calendar.
As always with any SDS event, the competition was run flawlessly by the master of ceremonies and events organiser Stefen Evrard.
Angela ran a cracking raffle again, which was a great success with plenty to choose from including electrical goods, chocolates (which I think Ryan Cousins won all of) DVDs, games and plenty of booze! (which obviously went down well with the throwers)
There was also a GIANT teddy bear up for the raffle and two PDC signed sets of darts courtesy of Richard North and world champion Rob Cross.
The darts were won by Bishops Waltham player Dean Cole, both sets no less in a raffle draw! Dean kindly put one of the sets back in for a redraw.
A signed Micheal Van Gerwen shirt was also auctioned off which went for £102 to one lucky young fan!
Now to the darts.
As usual with these events the standard was very high, lots of 180s, lots of big outshots and fine finishing throughout.
You could say a few shocks along the way too with Richard North, Steve Perren among others going out at early stages.
The winner of the competition was Justin Bradshaw who beat Scott Walters in a thrilling final. A rather fitting winner of this trophy as he was a very close friend of Jacks. I know this would have meant a lot to him. Great stuff. A well-deserved winner and definitely the most consistent all through the night.
Social media went crazy to congratulate Justin knowing what it meant to him to win this event for his good friend.
The final grid can be seen below:
The total money raised on the night was £1040 which is an incredible achievement by all involved. All proceeds as always going to the JDRF.
Onto the next one!