We are still up early Thursday, we have to be at Radio
Oasis Fm to do a live interview to promote the big event at 10am, Roscoe
the radio DJ is on good form, his opinions are on a high and the listeners
are hanging on the end of the speakers, and clutching their phones, the
interview runs smoothly, we meet all the staff and leave around 11am,
with only a little over 24 hours to show time we decide we should put
in an hour or two practise, I have spoken before about my new found darts
bar in Los Cristianos, so I guess you now know all about: The Beer Engine
and itís Coventry born owner Loz, since I last visited he has fixed a
small camera onto the darts light up stairs, now when they play league
games the matches can be viewed on all the TVís in the bar, to make the
Beer Engine even more special the dart board is a Unicorn Eclipse Pro,
simply: the best.
We have a good session on the board even though we were distracted by
Europe playing America in the Ryder cup, (or should I say Europe thrashing
America) after the darts we head off to visit another favourite of mine:
The Fortuna restaurant, the home of the slow cooked Lamb.
Eric and Heidi were more than impressed with the Fortuna and itís fine
food and were even more impressed with the bill, now we have been fed
and watered and it is almost midnight so we call it a day, tomorrow is
the big day, the biggest day of darts the Island has ever witnessed.
Itís Friday and we are up quite early, I walk down town to open my email,
best wishes from Janet May and Ray to both of us is the first to be opened,
many more follow, it seems the news about the match is well known, after
a light lunch Eric and myself head off for the Beer Engine and a few hours
practise, the girls join us around 6pm, taxiís are ordered for 7-45 and
we set of in numbers for the venue.
The La Hacienda Exit Palace, venue for the match has a real buzz about
it when we arrive, many people are busy getting the bars ready, the lighting
man is running up and down ladders fixing the spots, Chris Elkington,
the Oasis Fm owner is checking the walk on music and making sure the cameras
are correctly positioned (heís a perfectionist) to show the darts and
the players on the two big screens, the only people that do not seem fazed
by the occasion are Eric and myself, well I guess we have been there many
times, but we do know the nerves will appear when Roscoe calls: Show Time.
At this time we are not aware that Chris has put together an amazing
introduction for the big match, we think it is just walk on music with
the girls, what a surprise we are in for, first itís the audience participation,
Eric takes on two people drawn out from the ticket sales, then he plays
three league players of good standing over matches of 501 best of three,
he is undefeated.
I take the stage and play a lady, a young lady, to say she was not very
good at darts would be an understatement but she was dressed in way that
would distract the best, it did not work, not for the lack of trying on
my behalf, she just could not play, and I tell everyone darts is an easy
After a couple more matches itís time for the match the Island has been
waiting for, the rematch between Callum Mcorie, the Island champion and
myself, Callum beat me at the league presentation night in May, I was
convinced tonight would be my night, the local bookmaker was offering
3/1 on Callum, I tried to get him to give me 2/1 on myself, no luck, I
was 1 / 2 on.
The match was to be played over the best of 11 legs 501, I win the bull
and take the first leg in 15 darts, I take the second in 14, Callum then
produces the first 180 of the night, two throws later and I follow him
with a maximum, Callum wins the leg, I then go into a 5 legs to 1 lead,
only one leg needed to win the match, Callum hits another 180 and wins
the 7th leg, I step up a gear knowing he senses he can pull the match
back, 140 followed by another 140, 135, and 86 finish is good enough and
the match score is 6 Ė 2. Hand shakes follow and congratulations from
both of us, I know Callum is capable of getting better, much better, Callum
also knows that and instantly reminds me, itís now one match each, I guess
thatís a challenge I cannot resist.
We have a break from the darts while George King entertains the audience
with his own brand of humour.
Ití midnight and the big match is about to begin, Eric and
myself are standing at the entrance to the auditorium a walk on girl on
either arm, we await our own individual music, mine: ďSmoke on the WaterĒ,
Ericís ďRocking all over the WorldĒ, then we get the surprise of our lives,
the room lights go down and the sound goes up, for the next few minutes
a presentation on both screens is shown, Chris has put together an amazing
pro-mo for the match, I cannot describe it, so click here and enjoy it
We take the stage to a standing ovation; Roscoe can just be seen amidst
the smoke from the dry ice machine, we hear him call out ďLet the Battle
CommenceĒ itís game on and I come out of the blocks like lightening, 140ís,
100ís, 180ís I am on good form and I know it, Eric kicks back and the
match is level at 3-3, I go up a gear like I did against Callum and real
off 5 games in a row, Eric hits back again but itís to no avail, this
challenge and the massive trophy that goes with it belongs to me, 10-5
is the final result.
Roscoe introduces us to the audience and Eric first and then myself take
the microphone, itís 1am and time for the last part of the night, the
Wild Boyz take over and itís party time for the next hour, we head home
to a night cap and a wind down, a job well done, we sit and reflect over
the whole promotion, how professional Chris, Roscoe and the team from
Oasis Fm have been throughout, how well the people of the island responded
to the event in numbers, the venue was packed, this was the first darts
event of such magnitude ever staged on Tenerife, the next one will be
eagerly awaited by everyone.
From Eric and myself a Big Big thank you to everyone who made September
the 22nd a special night to remember."
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