Murphy takes aim for Players’ Championships

Martin Murphy is the only local representative in the grand finals of the 2007 Ireland Players’ Championships which comes to a conclusion this week with the grand finals in the Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny on Sunday, August 19th.             A very appetising prize fund of over €6,000 on the day will bring together some of the best players from the North and South with the winner picking up €2,000. There is also a chance of winning a brand new Peugot 307 for the first player to hit a perfect 9 dart leg on stage.             Roscommon County player Martin Murphy is the only representative from Roscommon to qualify for the last 32 of the Men’s Championship, having consistently picked up points during the earlier qualifying rounds. The last 32 will compromise of eight groups of four players with the top two in each group progressing to the next round. The format for the group stages is best of 9 x 501. Martin has been grouped with Peter Quinn, Benny Grace from Kilkenny, and the recent Boyle Darts Festival 9-dart-finish man, Limerick’s Connie Finnan.             There will be two different sections in the youth category, with Ballinaheglish brothers Gary and David Concannon representing the county yet again. The top eight qualified players will battle it out for the overall Irish Youth Championship title and eight more for the Irish Youth Plate. Gary will meet Kildare’s John McKenna in the last eight of the Championship Section. David will play Kevin Mullaly in the Plate section. All three players are wished every success on the day! Darts news can be viewed on RTE 2 teletext, page 421.