Arrows ace Wade a big hit with Loughgall fans

Irish League football favourite Kyle Neill Ileft) gets some tips from James Wade.INPT1516-410
Irish League football favourite Kyle Neill Ileft) gets some tips from James Wade.INPT1516-410

James Wade thrilled a capacity crowd of amateur throwers, fans, guests and sponsors in Loughgall on Friday with a special exhibition.

The PDC ace had been hit the previous night by Adrian Lewis’ nine-dart leg in Belfast at the Premier League meeting but remained in relaxed mood ahead of the Friday fun.

“Adrian played far better and deserved the win,” said Wade in relation to the first nine-darter recorded in the Premier League since 2012. “Tonight will, of course, be much more relaxed and entertaining for myself.

“You start every leg aiming for a nine-darter so, when it does happen, you’ve basically achieved what you set out to do and there is no difference losing a leg by nine or 19 darts.

“However, it is still a great achievement but a sign of the standard of the darts that it is not as special now.

“The atmosphere is flamboyant and full of energy in Northern Ireland, with the fans giving so much to us and it makes what we do so much easier.

“It is great to visit Loughgall and clubs like this remain the grassroots of the game.

“It is nice to be invited and to have the chance to give a little bit back.

“It is as enjoyable for me as everyone else and I will have fun surrounded by good, honest people.

“It is a bit of fun and I will make sure people get opportunities as it is not about me winning but about the people having a good time.”

Wade stepped up alongside amateurs from clubs in the area and proved a big hit.

Irish League football favourite Kyle Neill and motorcycling legend Ryan Farquhar also took on Wade.

Neil Anderson, the main organiser of the Lakeview Park showcase, offered his thanks to James for making it such an entertaining night.

“It was a brilliant night, superb from start to finish,” said Anderson. “A massive thanks to James and his wife, Sammie, plus the sponsors and helpers but, especially, those who picked up tickets to show support for the occasion.

“James was excellent on and off the oche, with just one highlight from the big night when he raised £800 for charity off a single leg.”

Thanks go to the following sponsors for such impressive backing: Robert Potts Haulage Ltd, The Hole in the Wall Bar (Armagh), Verner’s Inn Costcutter, MT Windows, David Blevins Transport, Loughgall Football Club, Colin Francis Cars, Orchard Guns, WJ & H Crozier, C & G Embroidery & Print, Hendren Flooring.