Our final article on the 2011 Speedy Hire UK Open is Rileys own press release, Rileys are working hard both in the amateur and professional games, the UK Open being the point where the two overlap and the amateurs try their hand at giant killing. Why not head down to your local Rileys DartZone and it could be you next year!

Also extra kudos to Rileys for facilitating our competition and providing one lucky DartsMad winner with tickets to both final day sessions. Read on….

The Rileys 32 did themselves proud at the recent Speedy Hire UK Open.

The UK Open is known as the FA Cup of darts; it gives amateurs the chance to play against the big boys of the darts world on live television, and maybe cause a few upsets!

Thanks to Rileys, 32 amateur darts players got the chance to compete in this major tournament which is broadcast live on Sky Sports.  The Rileys UK Open Qualifiers competition ran in April at Rileys Darts Zones across the UK.  The competition was open to anyone, and the prize was a place in the Speedy Hire UK Open which took place 2-5 June at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

There were 32 places up for grabs at heats across the country.  The winners came from all walks of life including a sports coach, builder, cabinet maker, publican, gardener and salesman.

Out of the 32 qualifiers ten made it through to the money rounds, winning a collective £18,000 prize money between them!

Richard North, Sam Hill, Stuart Monaghan, Richie Howson, Graham Hollis and Paul Harvey all made it through to the third round, winning themselves £1,000 each.

Jo Murnan and Andrew Gilding progressed to the fourth round where they both bowed out with £2,000 prize money.

Two of the Rileys qualifiers brilliantly made it through to the last 16 of the tournament, causing a few surprises along the way.

John Bowles, a builder from Widnes and a former Widnes rugby league player, knocked out Peter Manley on the main stage live on Sky before going on to beat Devon Peterson, Justin Pipe, and knocking out the housewives favourite, Steve Beaton.

Bowles was eventually knocked out in the fifth round by Dave Chisnall by 9 games to 4, taking away £4,000 in prize money.  Not bad for a man with two metal plates in his throwing arm!

Hard Landscaper Andy Boulton, originally from Stoke but now living in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire also bagged himself £4,000.  Boulton beat Jimmy Mann in the first round then went on to knock out another of Rileys qualifiers Jon Bott, followed by Vincent van der Voort and Matthew Edgar before getting beaten 9 – 4 by Mark Webster in the fifth round.

Talking about the qualifiers competition, Maurice Kelly, CEO of Rileys said: “We introduced this competition to give the amateur darts player the chance to play in one of the biggest darts competitions around.  There’s a prize fund of £200,000 so it’s a great opportunity for the qualifiers and a chance for them to be seen in front of millions of viewers on live TV.”

Maurice adds: “It was a great tournament, excellently run and everyone enjoyed themselves.  I’m delighted for the qualifiers, particularly those who got through to the latter stages to come away with prize money!”

To keep up to date with news and competitions on Rileys visit www.Rileys.co.uk

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