Round nine marked the halfway point in the winter darts season and as the weather starts to warm up, so do the matches as teams jostle for a top-four spot, with the lure of a premiership on offer.
In the first match of the round Broadford Vikings hosted the Golf Club Aces; two teams that have produced quality darts all season and neither strayed from that theme on Monday night.
The Vikings proved to be the better team on the night with a 7-4 victory, with highlights that included a ton to Jayde Pearson, five tons to Mark Ruddick to set a new personal best, two tons and a 125 to Craig Thorpe, Peter Myles threw a ton, 140, two 121s and a high peg of 52.
Captain Mark Jones had his eye in with three tons, two 140s and a round-high peg of 108.
The Golf Club’s Frank Roberts chucked two tons and a team high peg of 53, Emily Wills threw two tons and a 112, Adrian Blacker had a ton and a 120 and captain Steve Raynor battled hard and finished with a 101, two 140s and his first 180 for the season. Well done Steve.
Next up was the POW Misfits against the POW Kings, in another display of quality darts.
The Misfits took home the honours, coming away with a 7-4 win that keeps them in touch of the top-four.
Misfits’ Brian Forge snuck in a ton, Beau Maggs threw three tons, Geoff Maggs had four tons and Noel Whitling had three tons and a 140.
The Kings’ highlights included two tons to Jarrod Duggin and Robert Leggo threw two tons.
Shane Rhue was welcomed back with two 114s and finally Terran Crispin chimed in with three tons, a 121 and team-high peg of 40 to finish game two.
Game three had the POW Rebels going head-to-head with ladder-leaders Avenel Steeltips, that turned into a one-sided event with the Rebels going down 10-1 in a disappointing night.
Only Kaye Tennant managed to get her name on the winners’ list.
Trisha Stuart managed to get herself a 124 and debutant Julie Huskic also threw a ton for the Rebels ladies.
Avenel’s Liz Henzell finished with a 101, 105 and high peg of 54, Adam Lynch threw two 140s, Rick Wylie threw two tons, two 140s and a 134 and Rob Walden continued his stellar form with six tons, a 128 and high peg of 67.
Game four had the Railway Renegades facing off against top-four smokies the POW 26ers in the clash of the round with the result being decided in the third leg of the final game.
The Renegades jumped out of the gate taking a 3-1 lead which slipped to 5-2 before Jess Louise settled in against her old teammates winning both singles matches to turn the game in their favour.
The 26ers captain Shannon Jackson held his nerve in the final leg to lead his team to a come-from-behind 6-5 victory.
The Gades’ John Porter followed on with last week’s form, throwing five tons, a 114 and a high peg of 43, Scott Oakley two tons and a 121, Shannon Jackson threw four tons and a 103, and Steve Ash chipped in with a single ton and a 107.
Final game of the round had the Royal Rascals throwing down the gauntlet to the Bottom Pub Pirates.
With plenty of banter between the two teams in the lead up to the match, it was the Rascals that came away with the bragging rights after a 7-4 victory.
John Crockett led from the front for the Rascals, finishing the night with two tons and a 121, and he was well supported by Brendan Rogers who threw a 114 and 117 accompanying a team high 54 peg.
The Pirates’ Dan Kilroy managed to score a ton, 105, 130 and 119, Steve Kilroy battled hard with a ton, 101, two 105s and a 140.
Debutant Tammy Kilroy thought she’d missed some glory by busting on 110, but followed it up in the next leg with a 106 to give herself her first ton in her short career.
Drew Grantham warmed into the match finishing the night with a ton, 116, 133 and game high peg of 70.
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