After an interesting first round of darts, the first match of Round 2 saw the POW Misfits host the Bottom Pub Pirates.
The last time these two teams met it was an absolute nail biter that went down to the third leg of the final game to decide the winner.
So, another cracking game was expected and they didn’t disappoint.
The Misfits started strongly, winning the team game and both doubles matches to start 3-0.
The Pirates turned on the heat in the singles and clawed their way back to 5-5 and in a déjà vu moment, the final game went to a third leg decider but this time it was the Misfits who took the points with a 6-5 victory, leaving the Pirates winless after two rounds.
The Misfits’ highlights included two tons and two 125s to the Misfits’ newest member, Aaron Ballyntyne. Brian Forge had a roller coaster night, registering a 105 as well as the season’s first zero score with 400+ remaining.
Geoff Maggs slammed in a ton and 140 as well as high pegs of 90 and 58 but Michelle Halfpenny held her nerve in the final game to deliver her team the victory and scored a single ton as well as high pegs of 52 and 99 in an impressive finish.
For the Pirates, Dale Trafford registered his first triple figure score for the season, nailing a ton and 128; Drew Grantham chipped in with two tons, 105 and 123.
Dan Kilroy led from the front and finished with two tons, 101 and 140 and Steve Kilroy battled hard through injury to finish the night with two tons and 117 as well as a high peg of 44.
Next game of the round had two of the league’s heavy weights go to town on each other, with the Broadford Vikings going toe to toe with the POW Kings in a juicy match up.
The Vikings were off to a dream start winning two of the first three team games to set themselves up, but unfortunately, the Kings had plans of their own and found another gear in the singles games winning three on the trot to level the scores three apiece.
Both teams battled hard with some exceptional darts thrown as they went into the final match 5 all, in a fitting end for two quality teams.
But it was the Kings who prevailed on the night, taking home the chocolates with a 6-5 win, after Jeff Rhue dispatched of Peter Myles in two straight legs to claim the victory and deliver the Kings their first win for the season.
The Vikings were well led by captain Mark Jones who finished the night with two tons and 140, Jayde Pearson chimed in the two tons and 120, Graeme Hogg was in form and threw three tons from limited opportunities.
Peter Myles was on song with five tons, 121, 125 and 140. Mark Ruddick continued his solid start to the year and smashed in a 101 and game high peg of 64.
The Kings were well served by Jeff Rhue who not only delivered the victory in the final game but smashed out the tons, finishing with a ton, 121, 125, 138 and 140 to go with a high peg of 50.
Terran Crispin was in good touch and contributed two 125s, 135 and two 140s as well as a high peg of 58.
Shane Rhue slammed in two tons oand Jarrod Duggin scored 140.
Next up, the Lions played host to the POW Rebels at the Royal Hotel.
The Lions went into the match as unbackable favourites but they didn’t have it all their own way with Helen Roscoe continue her winning ways this season to provide her team their solitary win for the night as the Lions steamrolled to a 10-1 victory.
Highlights for the Rebels included two tons for Darryl Reid and 133 for Helen Roscoe.
The Lions captain, Rick Wylie, continued his previous round form to register four tons, two 125s and 140 as well as a high peg of 54.
Adam Lynch bounced back and scored a ton and 125, Liz Henzell scored her first ton of the year throwing a 101 but it was Ray Maloney who stole the show with some exceptional pegging with 80 and 96 finishes as well as throwing three tons, 125 and the first 180 of the year. Congratulations Ray.
In the next game the POW 26ers start their season against the Renegades, who battled hard but were no match for the superior finishing of the 26ers who took to points with a 10-1 to get their season off to a flier.
The Gades’ only highlights went to Ricky Kozlowski who lobbed in 116 and 118. The 26ers were well led by Steve Ash who finished the night with a ton and 124 to go with a high peg of 94.
Ben McPherson was in a purple patch and scored three tons, 125, 134 and 135 as well as a high peg of 64.
Shannon Jackson was solid with three tons and a high peg of 80, Mitch McGuinness didn’t trouble the high scores but still managed to score high pegs of 50 and 55.
Final game of the round had the Golf Club Aces go head to head with the Royal Rascals that turned into a one sided affair, completing a hat-trick of 10-1 results for the round in another dominant display from last year’s grand finalists.
The Aces’ Frank Robert continues to cut through opponents like a hot knife through butter, carving four tons, two 140s and high peg of 71.
Dan Raynor backed up last week’s effort and nailed two tons, 101 and 125; Emily Wills slipped in two tons, 125 and 140, as well as a high peg of 50; Hayden Roberts scored two tons in his first outing of the year and Steve Raynor chipped in with a ton of his own.
The Rascals’ highlights were few and far between in a forgettable night.
Brendan Rogers was the pick of the Rascals, slipping in 114, 133, and he delivered the Rascals’ only win on the night.
John Crockett was the only other player to crack the magic triple figure score, nailing 126 to wrap up their night and finish off Round 2 of the summer competition.
There were some nail biters and white washes this week as we continue on to round 3 with some more exciting match ups to come.
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