Youth Pentathlon Competitions

As part of England Darts commitment to giving the youth players of England more opportunities to develop their skills and gain more experience, we are pleased to announce that a separate girls and boys Pentathlon competitions will be played on Saturday 7th December 2019.

We believe that it will be the first ever girls pentathlon event and the first boys event for several decades and as such will be exciting for the youngsters invited into the respective competitions, to hone their skills in the pentathlon format.

The youth pentathlons will be run along the lines of the ladies and men's pentathlons, which are run by England Darts at the respective Selsey Festivals. Whilst the senior pentathlons are open to twenty invited players, these youth pentathlons will be restricted to ten players in both the girls and boys. The points system used will be the same as the seniors, so in addition to each player playing the other nine players in two legs of 501, they will also play the 'special games' of 1001, 2001, Round the Board on Doubles, Shanghi and Halve-It. (Full details can be found by clicking on the Pentathlon Page, including the scoring system).

We are very pleased to welcome the New Trinity Club in Hull as the host of both the youth pentathlons, the club is already the host venue for the Humberside Youth teams and we would like to thank Carl South for his support in staging this unique day of darts for the invited youth players.

As a reward for their commitment to the England Darts system both the youth pentathlons will be competed by the top eight players in the respective England Youth rankings, plus one player as invited by England Darts and finally one player chosen by Carl and his team at the New Trinity Club.

As well as equal numbers of players, playing the same format we are also pleased to announce that a total of 1,480 will be equally split between the girls and boys competitions on the day. If anyone would like to add to the prize fund with some sponsorship, please contact bradley.kirk@englanddarts.co.uk

For anyone that wants to come along on 7th December to the New Trinity Club, we are pleased to confirm that entrance is free as we want as many people as possible to be there to support the youths, anyone who is a competent marker can also volunteer to help out on the day, it will be a great place to watch the undoubted skills of the players we hope will go onto being top players for many years to come.

As the players are confirmed and announced their photos and profiles will appear here, scroll down to see the players.

Introducing your 2019 Youth Pentathlon Participants!
     

Next up in the Boys Pentathlon is current George Lynch. The ferocious thrower who is a relative newcomer to the England Grand Prix circuit has had a consistent season resulting in him being 2nd seed for the GP Grand Finals later this month after finishing second in the Overall Grand Prix Tables. With these results it has also earned George a place in the 2019 Youth Flagship events the Boys Matchplay, GP Grand Finals as well as the England Boys Pentathlon.

A successful year which has seen George qualify from the Group Stages at every Youth Grand Prix Event that he’s participated in, which has seen 6 quarter finals in very consistent performances, but his highlight of the season was in Derbyshire in April where he reached the semi-finals. George will be desperate to convert these consistent performances into finals and titles in the near future and with his recent ferocious 170 Check Out on stream at the JDC World Championships shows this could be happening in the near future!

Good luck to George at the Pentathlon!

 
     

Next up in the Boys Pentathlon is Tavis Dudeney. One of the main threats on the Youth Grand Prix Circuit, Tavis has accrued an impressive CV of results in recent times, which has seen him stay in the top 3 of the England Youth Rankings for a significant amount of time, and is currently Number 2 in the England Boys Rankings. Tavis won the 2018 London Grand Prix Event with a win over Mitchell McCarthy in the final, and was runner up in the 2019 Hertfordshire Grand Prix Event losing to Brad Phillips in the final.

Winner of a JDC Tour Event in 2018, Tavis has also been very successful in other events at Youth Level, winning the Southern Youth Singles and Pairs Titles, he has also picked up the winners cheque at the South of England Open and 5 titles at the Mill Rythe Festival of Darts, with 3 at Under 14 level and 2 at Under 18 level. This prolific record at tournaments has helped him get selected for the Sussex Seniors County team last month winning his debut match.

His impressive record makes him a very likely candidate to be the first winner of the England Boys Pentathlon Title.

Good luck to Tavis at the Pentathlon!

 
     

Next up in the Boys Pentathlon is Nathan Potter. An important part of the Norfolk Senior County team since the age of 13, and currently playing for the Suffolk Youth County team. Nathan recently won his first Youth Grand Prix event in Newbury with victory over Lennon Craddock, his performances this season have seen him qualify for all of England Darts Youth flagship events, and goes into the Grand Prix Grand Finals in October as the Number 6 seed.

Nathans consistent performances have seen him reach the latter stages at events during the BDO Festival of Darts, including reaching the semi-final of the Under 18 Challenge Tour and the final of the 2019 British Teenage Championships. With his consistency Nathan has risen in the England Boys Rankings and currently sits comfortably in 4th position, with the chance to rise to 3rd in the near future.

Nathan will go into the event as one of the favourites based on his recent form and we wish him luck.

Good luck to Nathan at the Pentathlon!

 
     

Next up in the Boys Pentathlon is TJ Wells. As part of the Pentathlon idea and initiatives England Darts were proud to award the venue and one of the main sponsors and supporters of the event in Carl South at the Trinity Club the ability to pick one of the participants in each of the competitions. This was to thank Carl and his team for their support and create local interest in the events.

TJ is part of the Humberside County Youth team, and on his debut earlier this month won his first match with a Man of the Match performance and is currently 250th in the England Boys Rankings after the first event for him. We hope TJ turns up and performs to the best of his ability.

Good luck to TJ at the Pentathlon!

 
     

Next up in the Boys Pentathlon is Connor Arberry. One of the perennial players on the Grand prix circuit that always reaches the latter stages at events, he has reached 5 finals in the Grand Prix events including two wins in 2018 and two finals this year at Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. Connor achieved the notable double by winning the England Classic and England Open in 2018 which as an added bonus ensured his qualification to the 2018 & 2019 England Boys Matchplay events.

The Hertfordshire Youth player is also established in the Cambridgeshire Seniors County team and is destined to win more titles in the near future. Connors list of titles includes local open competitions at senior level, the Nottinghamshire Youth title and has won 2 events at the BDO Youth Festival of Darts. With this impressive darting CV Connor is capable of winning the Pentathlon.

Good luck to Connor at the Pentathlon!

 
     

Next up in the Boys Pentathlon is current England International, Mitchell McCarthy. He has over the last 18 months really developed his game after being introduced to darts by his older brothers Ryan and former England International Josh McCarthy and this year became a darts player fully in his own right after his first call up to the England Team.

The Bristol Youth player participated in the England Youth Grand Prix Events in 2018 in where he qualified for the grand finals, he took the title with impressive wins along the way, and his performances at England Events and County Youth matches earned Mitchell the England Youth Number 1 spot for a large portion of 2018. These achievements alone show the potential for Mitchell to walk away with title come December.

Good luck to Mitchell at the Pentathlon!

 
     

Second up in the Girls Pentathlon is Alexandra Dorney. One of the Youth Girls in the successful Buckinghamshire Youth Under 21 Girls team in the Northern Youth Darts Organisation, Alex’s game has come on leaps and bounds since first attending the England Youth Grand Prix Events last year. Recently Alex made her first Grand Prix Final by reaching the final at the England Classic event in Selsey, she also managed her first Quarter Final in the Mixed Event after defeating the current Boy who was second in the England Rankings in an impressive victory.

 
Her constantly improving game has caused her to be one of the favourites to pick up a title in the near future and is likely to do well at the pentathlon which could be her first of many titles!

Good luck to Alex at the Pentathlon!

 
     

Second up in the Boys Pentathlon is Jack Male. A first name on the team sheet for the Tyne & Wear Mens ‘A’ he has impressed in the last year or so and caught the eye of many officials and spectators with his performances. Jack recently took the British Teenage Open title which has been won by many emerging talents over the years. He has also taken 3 England Youth Grand Prix titles including 2 in the 2019 season.


Jack reached the final of the 2019 Boys Matchplay Competition, the first version with the extended amount of participants, and started in the preliminary round and was very impressive in his three victories coming through 2 of the top 5 in the England Boys Rankings in his first two matches. Jack could be one of the serious contenders for the first ever title!


Good luck to Jack at the Pentathlon!

 
     

First up in the Boys Pentathlon is current England International, Brad Phillips. Winner of the inaugural England Youth Grand Prix event in Worthing, Brad added a second title this year in his home county venue taking the honours at The Shamrock Club in Welwyn Garden City. Brad has also picked up 5 JDC titles including the impressive feat in winning the 2018 European Championship.

As well as his successful tournament wins Brad picked up the 2018 England Boys Matchplay title and has qualified for all of England Darts major youth events since. Having participated in the last two Europe Cup Youth competitions, he has amassed 3 Bronze and 2 Silver Medals and was part of the 2019 British Internationals winning Boys team. One of the favourites for the title given his pedigree Brad also has qualified for the Grand Prix Finals.


Good luck to Brad at the Pentathlon!

 
     

First up, taking her place in the first ever England Darts Girls Pentathlon competitions is County Durham's Lauren Stokoe! At 10 years old and one of the rising stars in the country Lauren has gained a lot of admirers from her performance in reaching the 2019 Girls Matchplay Final before taking a 2-0 lead, unfortunately losing the match 3-2.

Lauren has also hit the headlines in the darts world recently after becoming the youngest ever player to play in a Senior County match, she won her debut with a Lady of Match performance which would have been in keeping with any County Teams 'A' side! One definitely to look out for in the future and her performances in the England Grand Prix events this year has resulted in her taking her first Girls Title in Humberside and has recorded two quarter finals in the Mixed Events seeing her 2nd Seed in the GP Grand Finals!

Good luck to Lauren at the Pentathlon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Trinity Club, 261 Southcoates Lane, Hull. HU93TS

 

7th Deecember 2019