The Pros Run The Show At The 5th Jack Dowding Darts Trophy

5th Jack Dowding Darts Comp

June 13th saw the 5th instalment on what is becoming a regular and thrilling event on the local darts calendar.

Thursday nights at Bitterne Park Social club is dart night.

That much is standard.

But this was a Jack Dowding Trophy night.

As usual, it was a cracking turnout from the regulars and some not so regular faces. The great thing about this tournament is it brings in not only Jack’s dart friends but also people from all around the county putting their fiver in the pot and having a chuck.

Some of the early arrivals supping a few light ales and having a practice.

Due to previous years raffle taking a little longer Angela done a sterling job on selling the tickets quick for this and dispatching the prizes before “Game On”

The 9 Dart Challenge!

Throughout the evening as per usual with this event there are often little side money raisers going on. This time saw the first and very popular 9 Dart Challenge, with a twist…..

The goal was to score as high as you can with all 9 darts, the winner receiving a unique trophy!

The twist though was they were 3 different sets of darts, and not really the usual weight that most players would be used to.

You had to throw a set of 5g darts, 15g and 45g!

Trust me, if you have never thrown a 5g dart before and think you are a handy player then give this a go. My efforts ended up nearer the 6 than the 20 – very hard!

The 15g gram set were not too bad but the 45g set was like throwing bricks at the board!

Amazingly, Mason Whitlock managed to score an amazing 289 with his go – smashing the rest of the entries out of the park.

A worthy first time winner, lets see if he can repeat that next time ūüôā

The Main Event

Onto the proper darts then, this tournament always gets good crowds due to just how well loved Jack and his family are. The darting family is a great one and this lot certainly know how to put on a show.

There were several pros who turned up to play including Simon Whitlock, Andy Jenkins, Andy Hamilton and Richard North.

I know I do not only speak for myself as a darts fan when I say its a real privilege to get up close to watch these guys play. For me, the standard across the room was excellent.

Without dismissing some great darts in the early rounds it actually ended up with the four I mentioned all making the semi-finals.

Simon “The Wizard” Whitlock edged out “The Hammer” Andy Hamilton 4-3 and the other match had the same scoreline with Andy Jenkins seeing off Richard North.

So, onto the final.

A final at Thursday darts at Bitterne can only mean ONE thing.

Frank Innes Productions….

How time has moved on, a tripod and everything. ūüôā

Frank Innes Productions

So once all that was set up the action started, a great final saw Simon take a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back with a cracking 96 with Simon sat on a double. Andy then went on to win with a stunning 104 outshot to claim a 4-3 victory.

Both gents were great enough to donate their prize money into the charity.

Great stuff and a worthy winner on the night.

Another Epic Clash!

The darts final wasn’t the only epic battle that took place on the night. Prior to this we had a stand off of a different kind.

This time in the auction arena!

Dan Davis went toe to toe with Trevor Carr in a bid to own an exlusive set of Michael Van Gerwen darts. A superb set and something any darts fan would want.

In what started as a slow auction, they soon kicked into life as both chaps did not want to let these slip.

A cracking amount was raised from the auction lots over the evening and some great prizes were up for grabs but this one topped the lot.

Relive the action here!

An amazing night was had by all with darts, Jack’s charity, banter, a few laughs, the staff at the club and great people being the real winners.

A total over £1300 was raised and will be sent to the JDRF.

Thanks again for your amazing support.

Until the next time.

Much love.

An Emotional Victory At The 4th Jack Dowding Trophy

Jack Dowding Trophy 4

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.

Jack Dowding Trophy 4

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!

signed van gerwen shirt

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.

justin bradshaw

Social media went crazy to congratulate Justin knowing what it meant to him to win this event for his good friend.

fitting tributes to Justin Bradshaw

The final grid can be seen below:

final grid from jack dowding trophy 4

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!


JDF Darts Tournament Part II – Get Ready For This!

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It’s back again!

The next JDF darts competition is being held on 7th December at Bitterne Park Social Club this year.

Last time the event was a tremendous success. The total raised on that night was over £2500. If we can achieve even half of that again that would be great.

For a taste of what’s to come check out this post on the last event!

There are plans for a raffle and an auction on the night too. The last event had some cracking prizes such as signed darts shirts, games consoles, days out plus much more!

If anyone has any prizes they would like to donate then please take them to the Bitterne Park Social club and see Trevor Carr.

You can also contact Loz Dowding on 07384238696

Raffle prizes can be brought down on the night, even if its a bottle of wine that is good enough!

So – lets do it again, grab your darts, leave the car at home and come down for a fun night in which we will raise lots of money for the JDRF in Jack’s Memory.

For further details please contact Stefen Evrard on 07470092481

JDF Darts Comp II

In his words: Let’s Get It On

Thrilling Night At The First JDF Darts Competition

Thursday 27th April marked the very first Jack Dowding Trophy. A darts competition that was played at the very venue where Jack used to play with many of his friends from the Southampton Darts Series.

The night was a great success and it was not only a feast of darts that was on offer, there was also a great raffle and many superb prizes that went up for auction.

First of all we would like to say thank you very much to everyone who came along to the event. It really was a fantastic turnout.

Big thanks to Stefen Evard from SDS darts for running the event. Always smooth and well organised.

We had 67 entries from all levels.

The darts competition was won overall by Waterlooville’s Charlie Jackson. He went on to beat former world PDC finalist Mark Dudbridge 4-3 in a thrilling final.

Both players donated their prize money totalling £140 into the charily pot! A massive gesture and a big thank you to them from us!

Semi Finalists were Millbrook’s Ben Paddington and Botley’s Dave Bonnett, winning ¬£15 a piece.

Losing quarter-finalists were Bridgemary’s Justin Bradshaw, Itchen’s Harry Wheeler, Winchester’s Chris Duff Junior and¬†Steve Perren from Hedge End.

Great to see so many top players wearing the Jack 20 logo!

Laurence also gave an award to young Ryan Cousins, the award being a commitment award. Ryan and Jack were good mates at SDS and both very determined with their darts.

It wasn’t all serious darting all night though! Ultimately charity was the winner and some players took it upon them selves to add a bit of fun to the evening.

Pete Broomfield, a regular at SDS played his games in his full fire suit. He actually won his first game playing like this. It also sparked off many more sub-raisers through the evening with people trying the costume on etc, providing they put a little something into the donation bucket of course!

It was like playing against Darth Vadar as he wore the full BA pack and everything. We let him get away with not wearing the gloves though!

Many thanks to Angela from the bar who ran a fantastic raffle Рeveryone loves a raffle. This alone raised over £600 so thanks for hassling everyone to buy more tickets! Great stuff. Arguably the prize of the night went to Conrad and his wife. Something i am sure the grand kids will be pleased with!

Mid way through the evening we also hosted an auction. Many great prizes went up for grabs including nights out, golf days, signed darts equipment, a Playstation 4 plus many more. One prize was a signed darts shirt that Mark Dudbridge played in and also hit a 9-darter whilst on tour.

The auction went great and another fantastic amount of money was raised.

The grand total for the evening which included over 300 wristbands sold came out to an incredible £2636 Рsomething each and every person can be proud of.

Jacks father Laurence said “This was fantastic evening organised in memory of a special son and grandson Jack Dowding. All of the family are so grateful to the Southampton Darts Series and¬†the team Bitterne Park Social Club to remember Jack in such a special way…”

Angela Humphreys who runs the bar said “What a fantastic night of darts and the darts family coming together to honour such a great lad in Jack. It was a privilege to host it at the club. We would like to thank everyone in the night and hope the next one will raise just as much again….”

We loved the shirt Angela….

And our chief darts organiser Stefan Evrard said “Tonight has demonstrated that harnessing the community spirit within the darts scene can do amazing things. Jack was¬†a very prominent figure in the SDS and the support for this competition just shows how appreciated he was. A truly herculean amount of money has been raised and I commend everybody involved and taking part for their support efforts”

Jack would have been immensely proud of all his friends for the efforts on this emotional and wonderful evening. This evening took our running total to just shy of £6000. The JDRF have been in touch thanking us for all the money we have donated through this site. All going to a great cause in helping others and to find a cure to type one diabetes.

This is what we do. This is what British people do, this is what a group of friends and a cracking darting community does.

Until the next time, the next fundraiser, the next dart event.

Thank you all. We love you.

Photo Credits: Richard Dowding