The Tuborg DDDL Premier Division has been putting the cream of Dundalk darts players on show but it has also attracted a number of players from across the border and south of the county.
One such Drogheda native is Ollie Thompson who was representing The Stag’s in a close game against Hamilton Archer from Jackie Murphy’s. Hamilton is the proprietor of The Morning Star coffee shop but it was Ollie who was shining star on the night with a 2-0 win. As good as that game was the best was to come from Dessie McGuinness and Martin Carvill in what can only be described as a game fit for TV.
The fourth game on the night saw Dessie start and he took the incentive from the off with some great scoring but Martin hit the double first with a 15 dart leg.
Dessie replied with a great leg that was finished with a 134 finish , Martin pushed on and won the decider . The final result of 5-1 did not truly reflect how close the game was, but that is the way games have being going lately as the Stags Red found against McEntaggart’s.
The men from the centre of town had been unbeaten at home going into the match and they planned to keep the trend going.
The Stags team started well before Wayne Fry and Mickey McMahon made it 2-1 to the home team. Silvio Malloca was next man up for the Stags Red and he ended Damian Smith’s unbeaten streak to level the game. McEntaggart’s finished the game with Garry Hillard taking on Paddy Gibney and Hillard pulled out all the stops to finish the game and ensure his team got there first home win.
In the First Division Courtneys were another team to secure their first win of the season against Kehoe’s.
Gerry ‘Jenko’ Conway threw excellent darts in his game against Tony Sheehy and he ensured his team got at least a draw before team captain Tony Kenna sealed the victory. The Punters hosted a First Division derby between the Dragons and the Sharks and it was always going to a fiery affair with a bit of a bite.
This game saw plenty of banter among the two teams but all throwers were given the height of respect and when Ray McKenna beat Robbie Durnin in a close game all the pressure was on Tony Reynolds to salvage a point for the Dragons. The game was a tense affair and every treble 20 was applauded. With Shane McArdle hot on his heels Tony had to be on form to secure the win. He weathered the storm of McArdle’s scoring enough to take out the double and get the results that all the neutrals in the venue agreed was a fair result.
Meanwhile across the street in the Second Division clash in the Commercial Club, the Commercial Hawks were taking on Johnny Masons and the game of the night took place between Paul Grimes from the Hawks and Joe Roddy from Masons.
This game was very intense with the treble 20 being hit in abundance and Joe soon took out the finish to go one ahead. It was here that Grimes stood up and showed why he is a positive signing for the Hawks by coming straight back and levelling the game. The third leg seemed to be going in favour of the home team when Grimes started with 100 but the man from Mason’s kept in touch and after both players missed darts at a double for the win Joe steadied himself and sealed the victory. This was the start of a good run for Masons who had Syl Matthews to thank for sealing a victory.