History of The LESDL
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At the start of 2011, two local dart players, Malc Marks and Richard Turgoose decided that the local leagues were not enough for their game. They were only playing best of 3 legs singles and a possibillity of a pairs game. All double starts. They thought that a longer format was needed in the same vein as the pros so that they could pit their skills and have a benchmark to work to.
A meeting was held and a few players invited to draw up a plan and a league was formed. We had enough players to field 2 divisions of 8 players. The Harrington Arms were very kind to offer their premises to be our venue and installed 2 match boards, lighting and oches. Thus the Long Eaton Singles Darts League was born and underway with an April start for the fixtures.
The Summer League was a great success and when completed a Winter League was organised. With some players not available during the winter, it was decided to keep the Summer and Winter Leagues separate so that players were not jeopardising their league positions. This was also a success in so, that at the end of the Winter of 2011/12 we registered a full complement of 30 players and now 3 divisions for the Summer League 2012.
As the Summer 0f 2012 was drawing to a close it became clear that with more players wanting to join us for the Winter 2012/13 a major change was needed. After much negotiations within the committee it was reluctantly decided that The Harrington was not big enough to accommodate us so a new venue was to be sought. The new venue was found and we installed a bank of 4 match boards,1 practice board, oches, lights and scoreboards, so as from October 3rd 2012 The Sportsman at Long Eaton has now become our new venue. We would like to express our thanks and best wishes for the future to Michelle, Dean and their staff for making us welcome and their support as without them the LESDL could not have been started.
The Winter 2012/13 season got underway on October 17th with a 4th division added. This now gives the LESDL a league of 4 divisions and a total of 40 players. The new venue has become a great hit with the players and it's showing in the performances thus far. A few tweaks here and there is making the league even better and not forgetting the hot food supplied by Amanda and Wayne. Unfortunately we lost 5 players during the season through various reasons so at the end of the season a slight re-jig in the divisions were made so there were a couple of unexpected promotions for the Summer Season. Much to their delight. It remains to be seen if it was deserved.
The presentation got underway straight after the Semi-Finals and Final of the League cup and what a night of darts it was with 180s going in and 14/15 dart legs for fun. The final scoring was transmitted to the big screen for all to see. All in all a great night to end a great Winter season.
The Summer Season got underway on May 8th staying with 4 divisions and 40 players. A great turn out with 10 new players trying for honours. Only 2 players dropping out along the way and didn't hinder the play at all. Another successful season with some great darts thrown. A 5th board has now been erected on the stage for competitions and also to ease any backlog. We also hope to stage exhibitions in the future.
Unfortunately we lost 2 members of the committee so i would like to thank Mark Limb and Richard Turgoose for their invaluable help they contributed. Richard is taking a season off so i look forward to seeing him more refreshed in the summer. So a warm welcome back to Mark Cowley and new committee member Mike Burton.
Prior to the start of the season a new computer program was written to generate the fixtures and also the league tables. This seems to be a great hit and works very well. One of the problems when moving from Windows to Mac. No descent dart programs available for mac.
November 6th saw the start of the Winter13/14 get underway with a full complement of 40 players. Unfortunately we lost 4 players after 6 weeks through illness and non commitment but hopefully with the healthy state of the leagues finances the prize monies will not alter.