Round 1 of the Seymour District Darts Association winter competition kicked off on Monday night. With the addition of a couple of new teams to the league, it was decided to have one large competition so the first cab off the rank was one of our new teams, the Avenel Assassins, taking on one of our oldest teams in the Royal Rascals.
With a bit of an unknown quantity about them, there was a bit of interest in how this match would unfold. It turned out to be a ripper with the result being decided in the third leg of final game of the night as the Assassins put a cherry on top of their debut match with a 6-5 win.
The highlights for the Assassins included a 105 to Jasmine Reed and Noel Whitling snagged a match high peg of 90.
The Rascals’ Belinda Reid was the only player to register a recordable score after nailing a ton.
Second game of the night pitted the POW Kings against the Pyalong Tigers. With both teams picking up some handy recruits in the short off season, both teams will be looking to work their way up the ladder this season.
This match was a lot closer than the final scoreline suggests, with over half of the singles matches going down to a third leg, but the Kings got the result they wanted after posting a 9-2 victory, thanks in large to their newest recruit Adam Lynch, who finished his night with five tons, two 140s to go with high pegs of 96 and 76 in a more than handy debut.
The Kings’ captain Terran Crispin was unstoppable after steering in 7 tons, a 125 and the match high peg of 115. Jarrod Duggin hammered in 5 tons and Jeff Rhue chipped in with a 140 of his own.
The Tigers’ captain Jack Stephens led from the front, smashing in three tons, a 110, 116 and a high peg of 62. Robert Parkinson returned to the team and speared in a 101, 123 and team high peg of 92.
Third game of the night was between the Golf Club Aces and the R.C.C. Mighty Ducks in a baptism of fire for the league’s newest players as the Aces looked to bounce back after missing the grand final for the first time in two years.
And bounce back they did as they powered away to an almost flawless 11-0 victory on the back of some power scoring from the Aces’ Dan Raynor, who closed the night with six tons, a 125 and a 140. Emily Wills chipped in with three tons, a 121 and a 135 and Frank Roberts smashed in two tons, a 121 and two 140s.
The Mighty Ducks’ Aaron Peacock was the only player to snag a recordable score. He slipped in a 101 and Robert Leggo hit the night’s highest peg after navigating through an impressive finish of 90.
The R.C.C. 26ers and the R.C.C. Titans went toe to toe in the next match up of the evening. With the 26ers holding an unblemished record against their ‘‘little brother’’, it was hard to see this result going any other way.
The Titans battled hard all night but they couldn’t keep with the reigning premier’s scoring abilities as the 26ers continued their domination, running away with a 9-2 victory.
Torin Helmore returned to the 26ers but was slightly off his best yet finished the night with two tons, a 117, three 140s as well as a high peg of 100.
The 26ers’ captain Steve Ash nailed four tons and a 140. Rob Welsh pounded in seven tons & a 140 and Shannon Jackson chipped in with a 117.
The highlights for the Titans included two tons for Mitch McGuinness. Hayden Crilly snagged a ton and a 101 and young gun Ayden Ballantyne pounded in four tons. Captain Lauren Washington snuck in a 104 to close out the highlights for game 4.
The next clash had a bit of heat in it, with the Lions taking on the Broadford Vikings. After the Lions knocked the Vikings out in last season’s preliminary final, the Broadford team was hunting some redemption.
But it has to wait until the next time they meet as the Lions dispatched the Vikings with a convincing 8-3 victory.
The Lions’ were well served by their newest recruits. Jason Barus finished the night with four tons, a 137, three 140s as well as high pegs of 78 and 105. The other new recruit was Zac Ipancic and he pounded in five tons, a 135, 140 and a 180. Well done, Zac!
Dennis Soncum was in fine touch. He nailed five tons and a 160 as well as high pegs of 66 and 80 and Gary Power was back to his best. After a quiet finals series, he chucked seven tons, a 121 and the round high peg of 141. Well done, Gaz!
The highlights for the Vikings included four tons, two 125s and two 140s for Mark Robinson. Vikings’ captain Mark Jones had a good night on the oche. He slipped in seven tons and a 160 as well as a high peg of 78.
Darren Withoos was on song as well, smacking in three tons and a 117, but Peter Myles was off his best, throwing just the two tons.
The sixth game of the round was held at the Commercial Hotel in Broadford with the Top Guns taking on the POW Rebels. With last season’s Division 2 runners-up going in as the hot favourites, the Rebels team had nothing to lose as they went in hard and toppled the home team with a 7-4 win.
The Top Guns captain Tammy Kilroy battled hard and threw a ton, a 105 and a 140 in an effort to get her team across the line. Kellie Harris snuck in a 104 and a 121. Alan Sharp was quiet, finishing his night with a 125 and Greg Holcombe chipped in with a 134.
The Rebels’ Steve Reed was the man to beat with 5 pegs, a ton and a 134 to his name and the Rebels’ captain Helen Roscoe nailed a 103.
The final game of the round was a Division 2 qualifying final rematch, with the Bottom Pub Pirates hosting the POW Renegades at the Broadford Hotel.
The reigning Division 2 premiers got off to a flying start, winning the match 8-3 and sending the ’Gades’ home empty handed.
The Pirates’ Steve Kilroy started his season with a bang, throwing eight tons, two 121s and a 125 to go with high pegs of 60 and 72. The Pirates’ newest addition Seth Kilroy made his debut one to remember after nailing 6 pegs and followed up with three tons, a 121, 140, plus high peg of 67 and a bullseye finish.
Andrew ‘Harry’ Harrison was in scintillating form, nailing a ton, a 105, 122 and a 140. Drew Grantham made a return to the team, finishing with a single ton.
The Renegades’ Jayne Robinson was sensational for the visitors. She hit two tons plus a high peg of 72 and Chrystal Turnbull was the only other player to hit a mentionable score. She snagged a ton and 140.
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