In last week’s write up we promised some match ups this week that had the potential to throw up some exciting games and boy oh boy were we on the money!
This week had the lot, high pegs, high score, upsets and narrow victories in an exciting week of darts.
First cab off the rank had the eighth placed Renegades hosting third place Broadford Vikings at the Railway Hotel in Seymour.
The Vikings went in as unbackable favourites for the match but the ’Gades didn’t buy into the hype and came out firing, skipping out to a 5-4 lead. With two games to play, it was looking like the home team could provide the biggest upset of the season so far.
But, it was not to be, with the Vikings’ captain Mark Jones steadying the ship and steering his side to consecutive come-from-behind victories, returning back to Broadford with a 6-5 win to go with the four points.
The ’Gades’ Ricky Kozlowski continued his good form from the previous week, finishing the night with a ton to go with a high peg of 80; Steve Bertucci nailed a ton as well as a game high peg of 83 and Scott Oakley was the other high scorer with a ton and a 140.
The visitors’ highlights included four tons and 140 for Peter Myles; Mark Ruddick slammed in a ton and 101; Jayde Pearson chipped in with three tons and 120; and Mark Jones threw five tons to wrap up a thrilling game one.
Next game of the round saw the ladder-leading Golf Club Aces travel to the Prince of Wales hotel to take on the POW Misfits, who are looking to solidify their spot in the top four.
As with all games involving the top teams, there were some amazing darts thrown, with a whopping 39 tons thrown between the two teams in a high scoring stoush.
The Aces got off to the perfect start, winning all the team games to build confidence early and deprived the Misfits of any chances from then on. The result blowing out to a 9-2 demolition of the home team, with the Aces asserting their dominance over yet another finals hopeful.
The Aces were well served by Emily Wills who has hit form heading into the right time of the season. She finished the night with seven tons, two 140s to go with high pegs of 82 and 78 in an impressive individual performance.
Aces’ captain Steve Raynor had his eye in and lobbed a ton, 101 and 150; Dave Ring battled hard and threw four tons and 120. Frank Roberts had a roller coaster night, throwing three tons, three 140s plus a high peg of 64, after doing battle with the double 1 on a few occasions throughout the evening.
The Misfits’ wonder kid Aaron Ballantyne returned to the side and looked in fine touch, scoring four tons, 120 and 140; Brian Forge was next best chucking two tons, 120 and 140. Geoff Maggs had a quiet night, only scoring two tons and 116 and Michelle Halfpenny chipped in with 104 and 105.
The Lions hosted the POW 26ers in Game 3, and with the fifth positioned 26ers nipping at the heels of the Misfits, they smelt an opportunity against an undermanned Lions to force their way into finals contention.
The Lions got off to a great start, winning two of the three team games to give themselves a buffer heading into the singles matches and looked to be taking control of the match until Ben ‘The Beard 2-B Feared’ MacPherson stepped up, throwing some incredible darts to get his team back into the race.
The lead changed hands throughout the night but in a terrific team effort with some PBs smashed, the 26ers came away with the chocolates, dealing the Lions a narrow 5-6 loss that sees the 26ers catapult into fourth position.
The Lions’ captain Liz Henzell battled hard for her team, finishing with 125; Rick Wylie scored a ton and high peg of 59; Rob Welsh was in fine form and slammed in four tons, 120 and 140 and Adam Lynch hit some form of old, nailing four tons to go with team high peg of 76.
The 26ers’ highlights included 112 and 125 to Ayden Ballantyne; Shannon Jackson had his eye in, scoring a ton and 140 to go with a round high peg of 84. Mitch McGuinness was solid, scoring four tons as well as a high peg of 59; Torin Helmore was sensational from limited opportunities, nailing three tons, 115, 120, 132, 136 and two 125s; and Ben MacPherson, playing the best game of his short darting career, finished with six tons plus 125 to go with two singles wins against quality opposition.
The Bottom Pub Pirates hosted the POW Kings at the Broadford Hotel in the next match up, and with the Kings winning their last meeting 7-4, it was going to be a good tussle with both teams battling to keep their season alive.
With the Pirates winning just their third quads game for the season, they were off to a good start and never looked challenged as they swept aside the reigning premiers and powered to a 9-2 victory led by Steve Kilroy who snagged a ton, three 121s, 138, 140 and high peg of 50.
He was well supported by younger brother Dan who threw three tons and140 as well as a high peg of 62, and Drew Grantham rediscovered some form in his best performance for the year, throwing a ton, 121, 125 and the match high peg of 67.
The visitors had a tough time at the oche, except for Robert Leggo who was the sole shining light, he speared in four tons, 101, 120, 125 as well as a high peg of 62.
Pauly Rhue with a solitary ton was the only other King to throw a notable score. Jeff Rhue managed to entertain the crowd with his Pirate impersonations as well as throwing a team high peg of 65.
The final game of the round placed the Royal Rascal at the Prince of Wales against the POW Rebels.
With the Rebels keen to break their duck and notch their first win of the season, they had to be on their A Game against a Rascals side looking to get their second win for the season.
The Rebels got off to a good start, winning the quads game and then stretching their lead to 5-4 it looked like their fortunes had finally changed. But to the Rascals’ credit they never gave in, with Stuart Crockett throwing the winning dart to deliver the Rascals their own come-from-behind 6-5 victory, leaving the Rebels wondering ‘‘if only’’ as they continue to hunt that elusive first win.
Geoff Dixon was the standout for the Rebels, he finished the night with a ton and 128 as well as a high peg of 52; Helen Roscoe battle hard in the last game even threw a 101 in a valiant effort.
The Rebels’ captain Tricia Stuart almost single handedly dragged her team across the finish line, winning both single as well as a high peg of 80, shooting a double-double 20 in an exhibition check out.
The Rascals’ Brendan Rogers was off the boil compared to his exploits last week and finished the night with a single ton.
Allan Solomon scored a 106 but the hero of the night was Stuart Crockett, who not only nailed the winning peg, he finished with two tons to wrap up a great week of darts.
With the Misfits going down to the Aces and the 26ers steamrolling the Lions it has thrown uncertainty into who is going to be occupying that fourth spot come finals time. It also leaves the door slightly ajar for the teams positioned in sixth and seventh positions.
Don’t forget the singles tournament this Sunday, which is open to all players who are interested in giving competitive darts a go. You can get more info at the website below.
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