Schofield and Priestley aiming for the top in pool and darts

Matt Schofield (left) and Joshua Priestley (right) are pictured with Damien Mulheran from the Royal George
Matt Schofield (left) and Joshua Priestley (right) are pictured with Damien Mulheran from the Royal George

Rising stars Matt Schofield and Joshua Priestley have received a helping hand in their efforts to reach the top in their chosen sports.

Pool player Schofield and darts ace Priestley, both 21 and from Todmorden, have received backing from Damien Mulheran, licensee of the Royal George pub in the town.

Schofield is spending this week playing at the IPA Blackball Lakeside World Championships in Surrey.

He was up against players from Malta, Ghana, Morocco, Hungary, Ireland, France and South Africa, plus a strong contingent from every corner of the United Kingdom.

They included ex-world champions Gareth Potts and Jason Twist.

Priestley spent last week in Wigan at the PDC qualifying school. He achieved PDPA membership status which means he can play in 16 PDC tour events, each offering £10,000 in prize money.

Mulheran said: “I’m proud to sponsor Matt and Josh and hope they can achieve all they want to throughout their careers.

“Pool and darts seem to have been on the decline locally with less teams entering each year. Hopefully, with Matt and Josh going so far, it will inspire others to play.

“They are both great social games and the more people that get involved, the more chance we have of finding more local talent.”

Meanwhile, professional darts player and Sky Sports commentator Wayne Mardle, nicknamed Hawaii 5.0.1, will put on a darts exhibition at the Royal George on Sunday, March 2 (7.30).

Ticket (£8) are available from 01706814814.

TODMORDEN WINTER POOL LEAGUE

A Division: No fixtures.

P W D L

Weavers A 6 4 26 34

Rope & Anchor 6 4 25 33

Walsden CBC 6 4 24 32

Woodpecker 6 4 21 29

Duke of York A 6 3 21 27

Todmorden Cath 6 2 18 22

Weavers B 6 2 16 20

Hare & Hounds A 6 1 14 16

B Division: Shannon 1 Todmorden WMSC A 6, Hare & Hounds B 4 Duke Of York B 3, Cross Keys 6 Royal George 1, Todmorden WMSC B 1 Pockets 6.

P W D L

Pockets 7 7 37 51

Cross Keys 7 4 32 40

Hare & Hounds B 7 5 28 38

Todmorden CC 7 4 25 33

Duke of York B 7 3 24 30

Shannon 7 4 19 27

Todmorden WM A 7 2 20 24

Royal George 7 1 18 20

Todmorden WM B 6 1 14 16

Fixtures for January 27

A Division: No fixtures.

B Division: Todmorden CC v Shannon, Todmorden WMSC A v Cross Keys, Royal George v Todmorden WMSC B, Pockets v Hare & Hounds B. Open date: Duke of York B

TODMORDEN DARTS LEAGUE

Results: Hare and Hounds 8 Shannon A 13, Royal George B 8 Cornholme Waggon 13, Shannon B 14 Todmorden CC 7, Weavers 12 USC 9, Glen View 5 Royal George A 16, Rope & Anchor 11 York 10.

High check out: L Gill 106, K Hamer 9 & C Inman 108. 180s: J M Staz x 2, L Gill, P Hallinan, S Walker & N Jennings.

January 7 result: Shannon 1 16 Cornholme Waggon 5. 180: J Halley.

January 28 fixtures: Glen View v York, Hare & Hounds v Cornholme Waggon, Weavers v Rope & Anchor, Shannon B v Royal George B, Royal George A v Todmorden CC, USC v Shannon A.

P W L F Ag Pts

Shannon A 8 8 0 114 54 16

Royal George A 8 8 0 123 45 16

Shannon B 8 7 1 106 62 14

Cornholme W 8 5 3 77 68 10

Rope & Anchor 7 4 3 82 64 8

Hare & Hounds 7 4 3 79 68 8

Glen View Inn 8 3 5 77 91 6

York 7 3 4 70 77 6

Royal George B 8 2 6 66 102 4

WeaversArms 8 2 6 66 103 4

USC 8 0 8 54 104 0

TodmordenCC 7 0 7 41 106 0