ALL eyes where on the Glenrothes ‘oche’ last weekend when current World BDO Champion – Scott Waites was among some of the biggest names in the world of darts came to the town to participate in a prestigious competition.
The 34th BDO British Internationals saw the youth, ladies’ and men’s national sides from England, Scotland and Wales battle it out on the dartboard as more than 500 spectators packed into every nook and cranny of the town’s CISWO club.
The England side boasted many of the superstars of the sport including three times Lakeside champion Martin Adams, nine times ladies world champion Trina Gulliver, three-time finalist Tony O’shea, John Walton and Martin Atkins and the aforementioned current BDO world Champion Scott ‘Too Hotty’ Waites.
While a strong Scotland men’s side, captained by Lakeside regular Ross Montgomery included the likes of Alan Soutar and Lochgelly’s Colin Feeley.
But the biggest cheer of the weekend was reserved for local Kirkcaldy favourite and 2012 Scottish Champion Alan Small who was being capped for his country for the first time.
Master of Ceremonies for the weekend was none other than TV darts legend Martin Fitzmaurice who kept fans happy with his famous match introduction of “Are you ready … let’s play darts!”
It’s the first time that Fife had been given the honour of hosting the internationally recognised three day event and it was the first time in four years that it had been held in Scotland.
Moira Murray from Fife Darts Association who organised the event was delighted by how well the weekend had be received by both players and fans.
“It ‘s been a huge honour to have the chance to host such a high-profile event in Fife and to have it in my home town is a dream come true.
“More than anything it’s fantastic for local fans and players of the sport to have the big names come and play right on their doorstep.
“We’ve been planning the competition for over six months and it’s took a lot of hard work but it’s been well worth it and goes to show that we can put on successful events like this here in Fife.”
Players themselves were quick to praise the hospitality and organisation, England’s Tony O’shea saying the atmosphere on the Sunday was amongst the best he’s witnessed anywhere.
“I play in Scotland a lot but I must say this weekend has been first class.
“Fife has a long history of darts, especially with Jocky Wilson being a local hero, but it also goes to prove that the sport is healthy at the grass roots level too, the interest in darts in Scotland is certainly there, the place is packed out”, added Tony.
While putting Glenrothes in the sporting spotlight,the event also provided a boost for local traders, hotels in the area were fully booked and it proved the newly refurbished CISWO club could also handle a major sporting occasion of this kind - the first of several planned for this year.