Chris: Great to see more live Darts on Freeview – full details below. Front Runner is building up some great live sport, including British GT. The Darts coverage has been really good – with commentator John Gwynne being on board it gives the production great credibility too. Please do check out the coverage this weekend.
England Darts Organisation’s flagship international event the England Open is being televised LIVE on Front Runner this weekend – with some of the world’s best players competing for the coveted titles.
The 10th England Open will be broadcast live on Saturday (June 17) and Sunday (June 18) to 19 million homes across the UK and Northern Ireland on SKY ch469, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91.
On Saturday, Front Runner will air the National Singles Men’s and Ladies Finals from 4.30pm, and the main show will start on Sunday at 3pm with six hours of darts from The Men’s, Ladies and Youth stage finals.
Filming will take place at the Bunn Leisure Holiday Centre in Selsey, near Bognor Regis, in West Sussex – a venue which has become famous through hosting this popular annual event.
Players competing in the men’s categories include:-
World Champion Glen “Duzza” Durrant, who will return to defend the titles he won last year;
Northumberland’s Gary “Big Robbo” Robson, who will mark his 50th birthday attempting to retain his National Singles Title from last year and also win his second open title following his previous victory in 2011;
Wesley “Sparky” Harms who leads the Dutch invasion of players and will be bidding for his fourth title as the most successful player in the history of the event; and
Scotland’s Ross “The Boss” Montgomery who leads the invasion from the north in a bid to win his second title.
Players lined up for the women’s categories are:-
Deta “The Dark Destroyer” Hedman, who bids to retain both her Open and National Singles Titles from last year;
Anastasia “From Russia with Love” Dobromyslova, Russia’s former three-times world champion;
Trina “Golden Girl” Gulliver MBE, 10 times world champion; and
Lisa “The Lancashire Rose” Ashton, who is the current world champion and is attempting to win her first England Open title.
In the youth categories, Owen Maiden from the West Midlands and Yorkshire’s Beau Greaves will attempt to defend their previous titles.
Tommy Thompson, Chairman of the England Darts Organisation, said: “The England Darts Organisation is thrilled that Front Runner is transmitting our flagship event which celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.”
He added: “We hope this strengthens our current and future collaboration with the channel, which also broadcast The Isle of Man Open and British Internationals live from their respective venues earlier this year.”
Ross Ravago, from Front Runner, said: “We’re really pleased to be offering another weekend of live international darts on Front Runner. Be sure to tune in from 4.30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday for all the action at the England Open.”
Schedule of matches and times can be found on www.englanddarts.co.uk.
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Picture Caption IMAGE 1. Darts champions Glen Durrant (L) and Deta Hedman (R)
About Front Runner
Front Runner is the UK’s first and only free-to-air dedicated sports channel and leads the way in showcasing the best in action sports from across the globe. It offers the latest news from the worlds of motorsport, professional fighting and live sports. Along with adrenaline-fuelled action, there’s also darts, poker, comedy and chat. Updates are available through the Front Runner‘s Facebook page and Twitter feed. The channel is available on SKY ch469, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91.
About England Darts Organisation
The England Darts Organisation, was formed 10 years ago, and in this relatively short period of time have grown into the world’s second largest provider of International Ranking events, behind the PDC. Their National teams, representing Mens’, Ladies, Youth, have dominated the International scene, at all levels, during World Cups, Europe Cups, British Internationals, 6 Nations International Championships, throughout the last decade. The EDO has introduced many new trailblazing initiatives, including the transmission of all their events live on the internet platform. More information can be viewed through their website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and a members newsletter.