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Moygashel man Kyle wants more

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

HAVING made both his village and country proud with a fantastic performance at the Red Dragon Six Nation's Championship, Moygashel man Kyle McKinstry is hungry for more success.

Kyle impressed at the tournament taking home the 2017 singles crown.

"The Six Nations was very good for me," he said. It can be a hard format to get used to, you don't play a lot of darts, but I seemed to take to it well. I was in a team of five members and we each only played one or two legs.

"But we played well and won a cup and I was awarded a shield for my performance."

It was twenty years ago that Kyle first started to play darts with his father but in the years that have passed the oche has become his life.

"I really enjoy playing darts, I play for two to three hours a day," says Kyle. "I started playing at home with my dad and about 14 years ago I started playing for a team in Tandragee called Baltimore.

"I play for them at league and national level and am doing well."

Last year Kyle was ranked second in Northern Ireland.

Rankings are determined based on the competitors average performance in county darts competitions. Kyle has been playing at county level for three years.

He is also now competing on the British Darts Organisation circuit.

"I play darts full time, it is both my passion. I have been to the Hal Masters in Holland and won it. I have won all the Northern Ireland based competitions and have been to Denmark, England Scotland and Wales thanks to darts."

Currently 15th in the world rankings, Kyle is hopeful that he will rank high enough to gain automatic entry to the Lakeside World Darts Championship in January.

"Hopefully I can keep my performance level high over the summer and by the end of September I will know if I qualify.

"It would round out a great year as I know I am going to the Finders Darts Masters in December. It will be televised event and I gained entry to it thanks my win in the Hal Masters.

"I believe I am the first person from Northern Ireland, let alone Mid-Ulster to compete in the event and I can't wait to get out there.

"Hopefully I will do well. I will give it a good go, it could be my only opportunity so I can only go and give it my best.

"I would like to my darts career to the next level. I have one sponsor at the moment who pays for my travel and accommodation and I can't thank them enough."

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