Some cracking darts matches

May 31, 2018

A total of 16 darts players registered to compete in the monthly singles tournament held at the Royals Cricket Club on Sunday. The competition was split into groups of four, with the top two from each in the round robin phase progressing to the knockout stages.

In another round of darts, some cracking matches were played throughout the competition. Round 14 opened with the POW Rebels hoping to ambush the Bottom Pub Pirates.

Their last meeting was a tight tussle with the Rebels winning the first five games straight, before the Pirates fought back to snatch the win from certain defeat.

Monday night’s game was looking like it could go down the same path with the Rebels making short work of the visitors in the quads game. But that was only the only game they won right up until the last game of the night, with Trish Stuart taking out the Pirates’ captain in a spirited final game, and the visitors taking home the points with a 9-2 win.

The Rebels’ highlights included 120 to Margaret Frances, Helen Roscoe scored herself 108 and Trish Stuart was on song with 105 and 115.

The Pirates’ Steve Kilroy was in good touch again, finishing the night with a ton and 140 from limited opportunities and Drew Grantham chipped in with 130 in an otherwise quiet night for him.

Captain Dan Kilroy managed to snag three tons for the night and Alan Sharp made a guest appearance and after a slow start, warmed into the match, finishing with two tons, 120 and the team’s high peg of 51 in a decent cameo for ‘Shooter’.

Game two of the round saw a couple of the league’s heavyweights go toe to toe, with the fourth-placed POW 26ers heading down the highway to Broadford to take on the third placed Vikings. With the Vikings hoping to move into the top two to secure a second chance in the upcoming finals series, there was a fair bit riding on the outcome of this match.

But as it turned out it was just one of those nights for the Vikings, who failed to really fire a shot in a high stakes match-up; the POW 26ers doing it easy in the end, taking home the chocolates with a 9-2 win.

The Vikings as a whole may have had a rough night but their captain Mark Jones had a night out on the oche, finishing with an impressive eight tons and three 140s in an impressive individual performance.

Debutant Jack Stephens was their next best, and when the nerves settled down he ended up spearing in two tons and 121 as well as a high peg of 60.

Jayde Pearson was unusually quiet, she only managed 123 and 125 and Mark Ruddick was in a similar boat; he managed just a single ton.

The highlights for the 26ers included two tons, 121, 132, 134 and 140 for their captain Steve Ash who bounces back after a quiet last week.

Torin Helmore was the only other high scorer and finished the night with the match-high peg off 88 to go with three tons, 120 and 140.

Shannon Jackson scored a high peg of 62 and Mitch McGuinness nailed a peg of 70.

The next match up pitted The Lions against the POW Kings at the Royal Hotel in Seymour. With their previous encounter being an 11 to nil whitewash in the Lions’ favour, the Kings were out for redemption albeit with an under-strength side.

The Lions got off to a fast start winning two of the three team games and had the result stitched up within the first seven games. But to the Kings’ credit, they never chucked the towel in, managing to win a couple back to only go down 8-3 in a much improved performance compared to the last time these two did battle.

The Lions were well led by Lizz Henzell who nailed a high peg of 74; Gary Power continues to take all comers, dominating with three tons, 102, 125 and two 140s; Adam Lynch had a night out on the oche, slamming in the round high peg of 116 as well as throwing three tons, 121 and 140.

Last but not least, Rick Wylie was sensational, finding the treble at ease and finished with six tons, 140 as well as his second 180 for the season.

Jeff ‘The King of Kings’ Rhue was the stand-out scorer for the visitors, spearing in two tons, 109, 125 and 140. Jarrod Duggan was next best with a ton, 121 and 140. Robert Leggo managed three tons for the night and stand-in captain Shane Rhue nailed a single ton as well as high pegs of 45 and 56.

Fourth game of the round had the ladder leading Golf Club Aces face off against the lowly placed Renegades.

As expected it was a one-sided affair with the Aces juggernaut winning 10-1, sending the visitors home empty handed. But it wasn’t all one-way traffic, with the plucky ’Gades pushing them in most games but falling over at the final hurdling.

The Renegades’ captain Tammy Kilroy continued her steady improvement, nailing the peg in her team’s solitary win as well as lobbing in a ton and 128. Jess Louise threw two 140s in her debut for the ’Gades in a promising start. Steve Bertucci was off the boil and finished with 128 tand Scott Oakley slipped in a single ton.

The home team’s highlights included four tons and 123 for Emily Wills; Dave Ring scored two tons, 112, 121 and 137; Frank Roberts nailed a high peg of 56 as well as 134 and 140; and Dan Raynor had four tons, 125 and two 140s as well as a game high peg of 63.

The final game of the round saw the POW Misfits host the Royal Rascals at the Prince of Wales Hotel, with the Misfits sitting a game and percentage behind the fourth placed POW 26ers, they could ill afford to drop this match against the eighth placed Rascals.

The Rascals battled hard throughout the night, pushing the Misfits at every turn, but the cream eventually always rises to the top, with the class of the home team shining through with an 8-3 victory to keep the top four within striking distance.

The Rascals’ Brendan Rogers was a shining light for the Rascals in an otherwise dark night of scoring, finishing with 121 and 140 as well as the match high peg of 81.

Stuart Crockett was the only other triple figure scorer, he smashed in a classy 132. Michelle Halfpenny led from the front, slipping in 101 and 117; Beau Maggs was in solid form and finished with three tons; Aaron Ballantyne chipped in with two tons; and Geoff Maggs returned to form with a ton, 135 and team high peg of 68 to round out yet another round of highlights of the S.D.D.A. Inc. summer competition.

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