The standard of darts in the Tuborg DDDL has consistently improved over the season and it is reaching a crescendo as the league comes into the last month of fixtures.
“An amazing standard of darts a credit to both teams”, was the way the game between the Avenue Eagles and the Stag’s Head was described by Pat Brady, the landlord of the Avenue Inn. The standard of the game was so high that there were over 45 100 plus scores in just six games of darts.
The Eagles were in a very determined form and they went with all guns blazing, winning 4-0 thanks to victories from Graham Unwin, Owen Caffrey, John Donnelly and Daniel Dunn.
Each and every game was outstanding and Paddy Kearney of the Stag’s took the captains roll and won the fifth game. Ray Campbell could do no more in his attempt to win a second game but he met Joe Finnegan at his very best. A 5-1 victory but the result did not show how impressive the darts were on the night.
Seamus Rice was voted as man of the match for the Stags in a game of “TV” darts against Owen Caffrey.
Elsewhere in the top flight, the Commercial 1896 team travelled to the Stag’s Head to play Stag’s Red, a team captained by birthday boy Paddy Gibney. With the Commercial chasing second place, Paddy wanted to spoil their Party and make sure it was a happy birthday for him.
The game was nip and tuck all night with Simon Wykes showing his finishing ability against Ray Harte when he took out 80 to finish the first leg before going on to win. Alan McMahon was in good form against league chairman Brendan O’Rourke and ensured that his team got at least a draw with one game to go. Once again it came to the birthday boy Mr Gibney to take it home and he started in style with 180 in his first three darts. Brian Fitzpatrick fought hard for the Commercial but Paddy got the present of a well earned point for his team.
In the other game of the night, McEnteggart’s were out to make sure the Stag’s Black didn’t get much out of their night’s darts.
Despite Stephen Bailey winning the first game for the Stag’s, the home team took control in the middle of the match with three wins.
Gavin Hillard produced a strong performance against Wayne Fry to keep his team in it and made the final game between both captains the decider. Kieran Grimes took the ‘Vinegarman’s’ to a well earned win despite some strong darts by Andrew Mackin.
The top of the table cannot get any tighter with both Harry’s Bar and the Stag’s Green having exactly the same stats on the league table with only game difference separating them.
This fact must have been on the mind of the men from the Bridge Street venue when they travelled to Kehoe’s on the Quay. They went in with their shooting boots on and came out with a 6-0 win which saw Chris Lennon playing great darts which earned him the title of man of the match.
The Stag’s Green must have had a spy in the Quay Street venue because they made sure of a win against the Punter’s Dragons when Alan Quigley took out a checkout of 100 to win the game.
The Punters Sharks are not giving up on the title yet either and Hubert Smith had to scoring well against Conor Mackin in a great game against Courtney’s. The tale of the tape on this game was that every game on the card went to a 2-1 result and although Gerry Conway and Chris Kearney were the only winners for Courtney’s the result could have went the other way only for missed doubles.
The remaining game in Division One was a visit of the Oriel Active team to the Avenue Inn to play the Celtics. The first game of the night saw two of the most promising young players within the league play each other. Michael McAlester has been in great form all through the year but Stephen Smith has finally found the form he has been showing in practice. The victory was claimed by Smith in what was to be a close game which saw two county players take each other on.
Sean ‘Jabbamax’ Kavanagh did battle with Carl Thomas and this game was a ding dong affair with the treble being hit regularly.
The result favoured the Celtics man this time but it wasn’t enough to push his team to victory. Shane McDowell made sure of two points for the Oriel Team with a win over Finbarr Kelly.
Johnny Mason’s found themselves top of the table and unbeaten before last week’s round of games but the ‘Mighty White’ of the Stag’s Head had designs on being the first team to take Mason’s to the losers enclosure.
Derek Morgan was first man in and he got the Stag’s White off to the start they wanted with a 2-0 victory over Burt Reynolds. This was the score in the next two games as the Stag’s pushed on.
Syl Matthews gained a game back for Mason’s but team captain Paul McCourt secured a victory for the Stag’s that reopens the title race in Division two.
This result, added to drawn match between Castle Bar Knights and Ferguson’s of Gyles’ Quay has made sure that four teams are still in the running for at least a runners-up spot if not the title of divisional champions.
The other game in the division was the Malthouse Misfits against the Punters Tigers and despite being out of the title race both teams have been putting in good performance as the league nears its end.
A 5-1 win for the Misfits has kept their interest alive as they prepare for the upcoming Andrew McAlester Open Shield.