Turning up the heat in race to finals
With three rounds left to play, things are really heating up as the POW 26ers and POW Misfits push their case for a finals berth.
With the top six teams going head-to-head in the final weeks it could come down to the last round and percentage to decide who has earned the rites to play off for the premiership.
The Misfits and 26ers need to win their remaining matches and either of the Vikings and Kings to lose at least two of their final games to be in with a chance.
But before we get ahead of ourselves round 16 had some exceptional scoring and pegging on display.
In the first game of the round Avenel Steeltips played host to Royal Rascals in what turned out to be a onesided match, the Steeltips taking the points 8-3 which will almost certainly have them finishing minor premiers.
Highlights for the home team included two tons and a 120 for Liz Henzell who returned to form after a quiet one last week. Captain Rick Wylie was in fine touch with three tons, a 121,125, 131 and 140, Rob Walden slammed in four tons and a high peg of 86 and Adam Lynch, with a broken thumb threw three tons, a match high peg of 91 and his second 180 for the season.
The Rascals battled hard and had some highlights of their own with Brendan Rogers throwing three tons, a 125, 127, 140 and team high peg of 78. John Crockett snagged himself two tons and Stuart Crockett managed a ton, 138 and a 140.
Game two was easily the match of the of the round with the Broadford Vikings going toe-to-toe with the POW 26ers, with the match in the balance until the last dart was thrown.
With over 40 tons thrown between the two teams it was in incredible night of darts, but it was the 26ers who kept their season alive with an unlikely 6-5 victory over the higher-ranked team.
The Vikings were well led by Mark Jones who battled hard and finished the night with five tons, a 137 and his third 180 for the season. He was well supported by Peter Myles who threw seven tons and a 140 and Bruce Cunningham chipped in with a ton and a game high peg of 60. 26ers highlights included a ton, 140 and 125 to captain Shannon Jackson, Mitch McGuinness got himself a ton, Ray Shultz threw a ton and 108 and Luke Shultz played well with two tons, a 120, 121, 125, 134 and 140.
Torin Helmore was an exception once again, dealing Poita Myles his first singles loss for the year, as well as scoring himself a ton, a 105, 115, 121, 125, 130, six 140s and a 174.
Game three was another heavyweight battle with the Golf Club Aces up against the POW Kings. With the lure of locking away a top four spot on offer, the Aces came all out guns blazing, taking the points with a convincing 7-4 victory leaving the Kings ruing a missed opportunity. The Aces’ Emily Wills was on her game with six tons and her first 180 for the season. Adrian Blacker had a 120 and high peg of 76, Frank Roberts slipped in three tons and Steve Raynor threw two tons, a 132, 140 and round high peg of 110.
The Kings’ Terran Crispin led from the front with six tons, a 125 and 140, Jarrod Duggin was in good touch with three tons, a 116, 121 and 140, Shane Rhue nabbed himself a couple of tons and Jeff Rhue on debut won his first singles match.
The next match-up was POW Misfits playing off against Railway Renegades, with the Misfits proving too strong, winning 7-4.
There were plenty of highlights for both teams with Misfits’ Brian Forge throwing five straight tons, Michelle Halfpenny had a ton and a 140, Geoff Maggs threw a ton and a 120 and Noel Whitling threw two tons, a 137 and two 125s. The Gades’ highlights included three tons and a 132 to John Porter, Tammy Kilroy threw a 121 and 140, Scott Oakley threw a ton.
The POW Rebels hosted the Bottom Pub Pirates, with the hosts still searching for their first win of the season. But the Pirates had other plans and extended the Rebels’ losing streak, winning 9-2.
For the Rebels, Helen Roscoe threw a 101 and Kelly Stuart battled hard with a 112. For the Pirates Dan Kilroy and Drew Grantham had tons, Andrew Harrison slotted himself a 132 and Steve Kilroy had two tons, a 120 and a 134.
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