ACCRINGTON darter Jamie Guilfoyle didn’t finish on top on his first trip to the Lakeside - but he still felt he hit the bullseye.
The 26-year-old, who plays out of Sydney Street Working Men’s Club, got through to the quarter-finals of the John Smith’s People’s Darts championships - for amateur players across the country - where he got the chance to play on the big stage during the BDO World Championships last week.
And although he lost in the last eight to eventual winner Duncan Hastings, it was still an experience he enjoyed, especially the mentoring by Number One seed Tony O’Shea.
Stockport’s O’Shea was knocked out at the semi-final stage but he saw Guilfoyle hit a 180 on the big stage.
"Jamie played very well and was unlucky. He may see it as a missed opportunity but he shouldn’t be too disappointed. He looked like he enjoyed playing on the stage in front of the BBC cameras and a big crowd. He will always remember it."
Jamie, a distribution technician, got through to the last eight after winning the North West finals at King George’s Hall in Blackburn.
He there won £1000 to give to his chosen charity - the GP ward at Accrington’s Victoria Hospital.