Last week there were some absolutely cracking games of darts, with high scores and high pegs — you would be forgiven for thinking that it couldn’t get much better than that. But, as we have seen time after time, the bar gets lifted another rung setting an even higher standard.
Our first game of the round highlighted this higher standard, as two of the league’s heavy weights went toe to toe — the Broadford Vikings taking on the undefeated Golf Club Aces.
The Vikings have held an exceptional record against the Aces — with the Vikings retaining the bragging rites from all of their previous encounters. They continued that streak on Monday as both teams threw their best at one another but the Vikings took home another set of bragging rites with a 6-5 win, delivering the Aces their first defeat of the season.
The Vikings were well led by captain Mark Jones who finished the night with six tons and 140, Jayde Pearson was on song with a ton, 101 and team high peg of 71.
Peter Myles continues to dominate the tons race, adding a whopping 10 tons and 105 to his total for the season, bringing his tally to 54. The Aces fought hard with Dan Raynor showing the way, throwing five tons, Frank Roberts wasn’t far behind finishing with three tons to go with his game high peg of 75.
Emily Wills had a quiet night of scoring by her standards, only managing a single ton and 140 as well as a peg of 60. Steve Raynor nailed three tons and Dave Ring chipped in a 125 as well as a high peg of 66.
Game 2 had the POW Misfits lining up against the POW 26ers, the Misfits out for revenge after the 26ers knocked them out of the top four with their victory against the Rascals.
The Misfits got off to a flying start in the teams games and from there had the result stitched up with two singles matches yet to play. To their credit the 26ers fought back, winning the last two to keep the result to a respectable 6-5 scoreline.
Aaron ‘The Rising Star’ Ballantyne was in the zone on Monday throwing six tons, 132 and 136 for the Misfits. He was well supported by Brian Forge who slammed in three tons and two 120s.
Michelle Halfpenny registered the high peg for the match, landing a peg of 62 and Geoff Maggs chipped in with a ton &and 125.
The 26ers captain Steve Ash continued his strong form, throwing two tons, 133, 140 plus a team high peg of 58.
Their new recruit, Ayden Ballantyne, was solid on debut slamming in a ton, 120 and 140.
Shannon Jackson nailed a ton and 140 and Ben MacPherson chimed in with a single ton to round out the highlights of game 2.
Third game of the Round pitted the POW Rebels against the POW Kings which turned into an interesting battle. Although the score line looks like a thrashing, five of the eight singles games went into a deciding leg, highlighting the closeness between the two opponents.
But it was the Kings who were on the favourable side of the ledger, taking home the chocolates with a 9-2 victory over a much improved Rebels outfit.
The Rebels highlights included 106 and 121 to Helen Roscoe who continues to impress.
Teresa Reid lobbed in a 104, Geoff Dixon slammed in a ton and Tricia Stuart speared in a 120. Kings captain Shane Rhue was instrumental in his side’s victory, nailing a ton, 120 and 135, while Jeff Rhue scored himself 115, 120 and 140.
Jarrod Duggin smashed in a 109 and Robert Leggo finished with a single ton.
The Renegades threw down the gauntlet against the Bottom Pub Pirates in the next match up, which turned into a closely fought game between the two teams that really match up well with one another.
With plenty of banter and some quality darts thrown every now and then, it was the Pirates that came up smelling like victory, with a 7-4 win against the Gades, which keeps them within touch of the top six.
The Gades were well served by Scott Oakley who steered in a ton and 116, the much-improved Ricky Kozlowski chipped in with 132, Rod Cameron scored 128 and Steve Bertucci nailed a ton for the home team.
The Pirates’ Steve Kilroy continues his purple patch of form, finishing with night with five tons to his name, captain Dan Kilroy wasn’t far behind with three tons and 120, and Dale Trafford was the other high scorer and finished with a single ton.
The final match up for the evening was between the Royal Hotel co-tenants, The Lions and the Royal Rascals.
The Lions went into the match as clear favourites to take the points easily, but like all the matches from this round the game was a lot closer than the average tipster would have guessed.
With top spot up for grabs after the Aces loss to the Vikings, The Lions held on to a 7-4 victory to move to the top of the table.
The Lions’ Adam Lynch hammered in three tons and 140, Rick Wylie chipped in with a ton of his own and Gary Power nailed four tons, two 140s as well as a high peg of 65 for the home team.
The Rascals’ Stuart Crockett was on his game and finished the night with a ton, 105 and 111.
Brendan Rogers scored a 133 and boom recruit Noel Whittling smashed in two tons and 125 to go with his round high peg of 110 in an impressive cameo appearance.
That wraps up another great round of darts, with Easter last weekend we paused for another week and as we near the halfway point of the season the ladder is starting to look a little congested.
With the top three teams locked on the same points and fourth position to sixth position separated only by legs won, the race for finals will be an interesting one.
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