Dartsman Steve beaten by the best on the Isle of Man

Steve Robertson with Kevin Nicoll of Willam Grants and Sons. Alongside him are Athletic Tavern teammates Wallace Shedden, captain Kevin Taylor and Steven Hopkins.

Steve Robertson with Kevin Nicoll of Willam Grants and Sons. Alongside him are Athletic Tavern teammates Wallace Shedden, captain Kevin Taylor and Steven Hopkins.

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Girvan darts player Steve Robertson was in the top flight when he reached the last eight of the prestigious Isle of Man championship.

The Athletic Tavern B star stormed through the tournament taking several big-name scalps before succumbing to England’s Tony O’Shea.

O’Shea, known as the Silverback, is one of the greats on the British Darts Organisation circuit and reached its world championship finals in 2009, 2012 and 2113.

The Isle of Man tournament is played over three days in the island’s capital, Douglas, and attracts some of the game’s key players from around the world.

Steve lost to O’Shea during their clash on Saturday.

It’s been an amazing four weeks for the William Grant and Sons distillery worker.

He won a Scotland-wide tournament when the draw consisted of the best 62 players in the country.

His current form of sitting top of the county rankings in Scotland saw him receive a call-up to the national squad for Scotland’s up-coming internationals.

Steve plays for West Ayrshire and has six wins from six county encounters so far this season.

His scalps in Douglas included former World Champion and World Masters Champion Andy The Viking Fordham and Paul Jennings who is rated World 20 and a winner of nine tour titles.

Steve also ousted Dean Reynolds the 2015 PDC Challenge winner.

Kevin Taylor of Grants told the Gazette: “Steve has had an amazing four weeks and on the Isle of Man was only beaten by Tony O’Shea, one of the darting greats.

“Let’s hope Steve can continue his fine vein of form and do Girvan and Scotland proud.”

Steve plays his local darts in the Girvan and District League.

The Isle of Man Darts Festival incorporates various competitions and is seen as one of the most iconic, eagerly anticipated and best attended events in the BDO calendar.

A spokesman said: “For three decades, hundreds of darts enthusiasts have been flocking to the island, not just to participate, not just lured by the guarantee of over £30,000 in prize money, but most uniquely, just to be part of what many consider to be the biggest party of the year.”