THE WAY TO DO IT! By BOBBY
busy weeks coming up as the League of Legends tour comes to
an end on consecutive Friday’s throughout August on
a happy night for me in Birmingham!
I got back my pride with some proper darts and I just hope
August shines on me in more ways than one.
be in Reading on August 1st, Bridllington Spa on the 8th,
Stoke-on-Trent on the 15th and the very final date of the
eight tournament series is the grand finale at the Circus
Tavern on August 22nd . All of them live and exclusive on
really looking forward to playing in the new look Spa at Bridlington
following its £20million re-furb. It was re-opened by
‘F Word’ star Gordon Ramsey recently and now boasts
to be the top venue in East Yorkshire.
certainly become Yorkshire’s favourite darts venue because
from now right through to December it will host three major
is The League of Legends on August 8th, then comes the final
leg of the enjoyable and competitive BDO International Grand
Prix, when the BDO British Open is played at The Spa on September
in December comes the big one – the Winmau World Masters
from the 5th to the 7th.
Play-Offs for Lakeside will take place on December 4th (I’ll
be trying again!) and BBC Sport will be showing live coverage
on Saturday and Sunday (6th & 7th) with ‘yours truly’
presenting all the action with Ray Stubbs. It’s a tough
one, but someone has to do it!
of course. I love it!
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more learned among you, I was featured in the prestigious
Times Education Supplement at the end of June. There was a
big colour photo of me exchanging the blackboard for the dartboard
at Langley School for Boys in Beckenham.
been going into schools teaching kids maths on the dartboard
for over twenty years now, and I still love it! For all those
snobs who continually fail to recognise the educational qualities
of our sport, the Langley School visit and the maths masterclass
that followed was a shining example of how kids react when
learning is fun.
about 100 kids from Year 9 (age 14) and their Maths teachers
(see photos) in the main assembly hall, and I was told that
there had never been such a large after-school attendance.
impressed me most (and made me a bit nervous to begin with)
was the way in which everyone watched and listened as I taught
them how to count on the dartboard.
teachers, who told me afterwards that they had never seen
maths presented in such an interesting and valuable way (the
photo shows me with L to R: Ras Nagra, Head of Maths, Dave
Evans, who contacted me originally, Kelvin Smith and Simon
praise indeed to my old earholes, because I was never what
you might call academic, honest! But the dartboard was like
my own passport into the world of numbers as a boy –
and I always enjoy passing on my knowledge to youngsters who
are keen to learn.
like everyone else I explain it to, the kids and teachers
were amazed when I told them about the power of the number
6 on the dartboard.
if you start playing Shanghai at number one, single, double
and treble add up to 6.
to number two and the total of single, double and treble is
12; the number three combination is 18. In other words, the
combinations increase by 6 every time.
The mathematical combinations on a dartboard are extraordinary,
and there isn’t any other sport that uses all disciplines
of Maths – addition, subtraction, division and multiplication
– and, as we all know, everything has to be done in
arithmetic as we used to call it at school – no calculators!
School I was throwing darts, and letting the kids throw darts
(the Maths teachers didn’t fancy it because they didn’t
want to make fools of themselves!) for over an hour and can
honestly say that I enjoyed it as much as they did.
rewarding for me to show them just how special counting is
in a sport like darts, and for them (and their teachers) to
me Professor George from now on!
the message of Maths on The Dartboard across, I not only showed
them combinations and outshots, but also stretched their minds
with a question that I would like to share with my readers.
a good one for a pub quiz:
just six outshots that can only be finished in one combination
on the dartboard. Starting at the top, the two highest 3-dart
outshots that can only be done in one way are 170 and 167.
Can you work out the other four?
are at the end of this column.
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the fun part this month – now for the sad part. We have
had to say goodbye to a dear friend recently: Top darts lady
Lil Coombes, who passed away at the good age of 85.
was a darts legend in the truest sense. She was a former No.1
in the women’s game – despite the fact that she
only started playing at the age of 55. By the time she was
in her 60s she was runner-up in the Winmau World Masters and
became the No.1 lady player in the world – surely a
record that will never be beaten?
think of it she showed the world something very special –
no matter how old you are you can not only play darts, but
also play darts well.
many happy memories of Lil, because she was quite a character
and great fun to be with, but here’s one that will make
going to play in the Canadian Open and there weren’t
enough rooms in the hotel for the players. I was at reception
with Lil and they were telling me that there was only one
room remaining that had a double bed and out of the blue Lil
suggested that we share it!
darling!! And cheeky with it!! Can you Adam and Eve it, she
was in her 70s then and we shared a bed together!! She called
me her Toyboy and loved telling people all about it!!!
sure Lil was on the pill mind you!
many other stories I could tell, but my biggest disappointment
for Lil was that, despite her success on the oche, she was
never once picked to play for England. It was something that
she really wanted to do and really deserved to do on merit
as her playing ability demanded an England place, somehow
it never happened. The selectors at that time felt she was
this, she was a much loved character and something of a darts
globetrotter – enjoying success in the Los Angeles Open
and the Golden Gate Classic in San Francisco – and had
darts friends all over the world.
lady she was, and we will all miss her. My condolences to
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to home there was great sadness at George Hall when our eldest
dog Dosh died on Father’s Day at the grand old canine
age of 15.
thought losing a dog could be so painful, but Dosh played
such an important part in our lives that it has been like
losing a member of the family. It hit me hard personally because
I was the one who had to take him to the vet and hear that
there was nothing more that could be done for him.
now gone, but will never be forgotten. God Bless, Dosh.
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to the American connection with dear Lil Coombes, I had to
laugh when there was yet another upset about air-conditioning
during a recent televised darts tournament.
wanted it OFF, because he claimed it was causing his darts
to fly all over the place, and the other wanted it ON because
it didn’t bother him and he was getting too hot on the
played our darts in America all those years ago, there was
no argument at all – the air conditioning was always
ON and we just got on with playing darts.
I always won over there, so I never complained!
thing about this latest story is that the venue concerned
doesn’t have air-conditioning anyway. The wind ‘problem’
was caused by a more basic form or air conditioning –
someone had left a door open!!
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The four remaining outshots that can only be done in one way
are: 153, 156, 3 and 2).
I close here’s a PS to Pro-Life: I’m a legend
in my own ‘Lunchbox’ mate! Get it right!!
it for yet another month so remember to be lucky and enjoy
your darts. It’s a sport you can count on – in
more ways than one!
is clever!! Hasta la vista!!!!!