As the Tuborg Dundalk and District Darts league moves along at a steady pace and the Glyde and District edition does likewise, it was the turn of the county throwers to join with the players from the Duleek and District League and head for Ennis, Clare for the All Ireland Inter-Counties in February.
The team went down with a great confidence running through the camp with a good vibe being felt across the practice boards as they geared up for the competition which was to have 25 counties competing which meant seven groups of three with two progressing and one group of four with two progressing and of course Louth were drawn in the group of death with last years All Ireland champions Mayo, Galway and local rivals Meath.
The first game was against Mayo, the reigning champions and Louth started the game well and saw some strong performances from Gerry Rice, Joey Englishby, Pat Nulty and John Donnelly to claim four games but that was it for the Louth lads who saw missed doubles cost them in a fantastic game of darts.
The next game was against local rivals Meath and once again Gerry Rice was joined by the more experienced members of the panel with Trevor McGuirk and Owen Caffrey winning their games, Pat Nulty from Tallanstown had a great game to make it two wins out of two but it was still not enough to prevent a 6-6 draw.
Louth went into the last game needing to attack from the off and things were looking good as they took the first few games. John O’Brien from the Commercial Club had a good win to help his team but once again Louth were the bridesmaids and after a 7-5 loss they headed for the Shield competition.
The draw for the shield saw Louth face local rivals Monaghan and yet again it was a game where missed doubles cost the Wee County’s tungtsen team. Good wins by Stephen Gibney and Carl Thomas saw it go down to the last game where newcomer to the intercounty scene Raymond O’Brien was pipped at the post.
The selectors seen a lot of positives over the weekend and special mention had to be given to Owen Caffrey who reached the final of the Singles competition, beating former PDC player Mick McGowan and current international Terry McNulty en route to the final where he met a very determined player in David Concannon. Owen, who was involved with the organising of the Louth team, sadly came up short in the final but second out of a field of 298 is a great achievement in any competition.