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Tourney gets Royal stamp of approval! DARTS.

THE 27th Royal Mail Darts Championships took to the oche at Newcastle's Britannia Airport Hotel.

There was a tremendous turnout from around the country, with 162 players taking part.

The singles events were played on the first day of two days of competition, followed by the team championships on day two.

There were 65 entries for the men's singles and 21 for the ladies.

The eventual winner in the women's competition was Valerie Emm from Southampton with a 3-0 victory over Melanie Armitage from Mold, North Wales.

In the men's singles, Paul Davies from London took the honours with a 3-1 win over Paul Boyce from Southampton.

The ladies' pairs event featured 13 teams which broke down into two groups of four and one of five.

Featured in the ranks was current world No 1 Deta Hedman.

The winners of each group plus the highest-placed runner-up would qualify for the semi-finals.

In the men's team (four aide) there were 18 teams split into four groups with the winners of each group going through to the semis.

The ladies final saw Essex's Hedman and Linda Andrews from Belfast up against Tracy Martin and Val Emm.

With the experience of Hedman and Andrews, it was no surprise they ran out 2-0 winners.

In the men's semi-finals Manchester Postal faced Watford and North East Manchester took on Ealing.

Postal ran out comfortable 4-0 winners while North East Manchester endured a much tighter affair before winning the match 4-3. In the final it was Postal who took the honours by four legs to one.

It rounded off an excellent tournament for the team, who lost only two legs at the oche all day.

The presentation dinner was attended by 162 people including the Lord Mayor of Newcastle Coun Margaret Wood and her consort for the evening, her husband Coun David Wood.

All the prizes were presented by Deta Hedman.

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Deta Hedman hands over trophies to men's singles winner Paul Davies (above left) and (left) women's singles champion Valerie Emm

Deta Hedman congratulates men's team winners Manchester Postal (above) and (right) Hedman and Linda Andrews receive the women's team award
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Apr 23, 2014
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