After some serious teething issues, the new Tuborg Dundalk and District Darts League has finally got underway. The league has been divided into four divisions this year, meaning an introduction of additional venues and additional teams. A number of teams have also returned to the league after a year’s leave of absence The introduction of Fintan Callan’s and the re-emergence of Benny Brady’s and the Windmill from the shadows has given the Dundalk darts scene a great lift.
Another major plus is the emergence of the first ever all ladies darts team within the league. Benny Brady’s B, or ‘Benny’s Beauts’, as they are more affectionately known, have decided to take on the men and with Denise Coburn as their captain they will certainly cause a few surprises. Another lady to take on the male populous of the town league is Caroline Smith who has signed for McEnteggart’s Eagles in Division Three.
Caroline had a great first night in darts, winning her first league game against the Windmill on the same night that her newest grandson was born. The headline for that week should have read ‘Granny Smith has some bite’. The DDDL would like to congratulate Ian and Lorna on the birth of their baby boy. DDDL Round-Up
The Tuborg Dundalk and District Darts League is now into week four of the new season and the past month has seen some magnificent darts thrown.
In the Premier Division, the new look McEnteggart’s team have drafted Noel McMahon back into the team and he is showing the form that had him playing county darts a few years ago.
The Commercial 1896 team have taken in Hamilton Smith, who impressed with a 15 dart leg last week, and Kenneth Rogan who has been hitting 180s regularly over the last few weeks.
Harry’s Bar are new to the division, as are the Stag’s Green, but with Niall McQuillan of Harry’s Bar hitting 160 finishes and 157 checkouts, it shows they are well able to cause problems to teams. The Avenue Eagles and The Stag’s Head are leading the way in the Premier but the chasing back will be a lot closer this year. The Premier Division differs from last year in that its now a best of five competition for every game which is producing some fantastic darts.
The First Division has already been filled with drama and it looks like it will be just as tight as last year.
The Fane have returned to the league and are made up of players from the Oriel Active team of last year, joined with a selection of former Courtney’s players.
The Punters teams of last year are still involved and hope to do well in a tight division.
Courtney’s have brought back some of the team that has guided them to so much success in the past and they are hoping to cause upsets this year.
Each grade has its own great qualities and the battle is no less tough in the Third tier than it is in the Premier.
Division Two has the Ferguson’s team from last year going strong but the Mighty Stag’s White who have lost last year’s Divisional Singles champion are showing they are going well without him. Sally Grant has been doing a great job with the Commercial Hawks while standing in for captain Aaron Callan, more proof that the DDDL is definitely open to both genders and both ladies and gentlemen can excel in the league. Sponsors
The continued sponsorship of Tuborg is a welcome boost and the committee are working hard to make every darts night an enjoyable night for all players within the league.
It is a testament to all the players in the league that it has grown to the point where teams are travelling in from as far afield as Gyles Quay and willing to travel out to Fintan Callan’s to ensure a good night’s darts is had by all.
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