Pirates walk the plank
The Bottom Pub Pirates went toe to toe with the topof-the-table Lions in the opening game of Round 14.
With both teams’ ladder positions already decided, the result of the match meant little, but that didn’t deter either team from giving it their all with some exceptional darts thrown throughout the night.
The Lions got off to a good start and were never really troubled despite half the singles matches being forced to third leg deciders.
The final score 8-3 was in the visitors favour, sewing up the minor premiership that puts the cherry on top of a stellar season.
The Pirates were well served by their captain Dan Kilroy, who slammed in four tons and 125.
Jamie Dow-Rowan was in some fine scoring form, chucking a ton, 121 and 125.
Drew Grantham capped off a good season with 101 and 117 and Steve Kilroy speared in two tons plus an incredible two-dart peg of 104 with a bull’s eye finish — well done Steve.
The Lions’ highlights were dominated by Adam Lynch who finished off the night with seven tons and 125.
He was well backed up by Dave Kennett who smashed in five tons, 121 and 140.
Rick Wylie chipped in with two tons and the Lions captain Liz Henzell hammered in two tons and 140 to go with the team high peg of 58.
Game two had P.O.W. Misfits head down the Hume to Broadford Golf Club to take on Golf Club Aces.
While the first game of the round was a dead rubber, this one had a slight chance of shaping the top four, dependent on other results falling a certain way, but a win to the Aces would seal their place and lock in the teams that will compete in this season finals series.
With that in the back of their minds the Aces came out swinging, dispatching the Misfits easily with a convincing 9-2 victory that sees the reigning premier locked in for a chance at back-to-back titles.
The Aces welcome back star players Dan Raynor and Emily Wills to the side.
After a couple of weeks hiatus you could forgive Dan if he was a bit out of touch, but he showed no signs of rust and hammered in four tons, 120, two 121s and 125 to go with a game high peg of 90.
Aces captain Steve Raynor slipped in two tons, 140 and a high peg of 72; Emily Wills threw three tons and 140; and Frank Roberts hammered in a high peg of 89 as well as three tons.
The Misfits’ Aaron Ballantyne featured heavily in the visitors highlights after throwing two tons and four 140s; Brian Forge hit high scores of 100, 101 and 140; Geoff Maggs speared in 120 and 125; while Beau Maggs chipped in with 127; and their newest recruit Jayne Farnan nailed her first triple figure score as a Misfit, scoring 122.
The third and final game of the regular season for division one was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel with P.O.W. Kings toeing the line against second placed R.C.C. 26ers.
With the Aces winning their game against the Misfits, it closed the door on the slight chance the Kings had of sneaking into the finals, so the game was played only for pride.
The 26ers got off to a fast start, shooting out to a 4-0 lead before the Kings could land a blow, but the home side dragged the score back to 5-2 heading into the reverse singles.
But the damage was done, with the 26ers taking the four points home with a 7-4 win on the back of Andrew Meiselbach who was in the zone, scoring an incredible 13 tons, 140, 177 as well as high pegs of 70, 80 and 108 in an entertaining exhibition of darting ability.
Rob Welsh was the next best after slamming in four tons from limited opportunities; captain Steve Ash hit a ton, 120 and 140; Shannon Jackson threw a ton and 125; and Ben MacPherson capped off the visitors highlights with a single ton.
Jeff ‘King of Kings’ Rhue had a stellar night on the oche for the Kings, he scored three tons plus a high score of 174. Well done Jeff.
Jarrod Duggin was in good touch, slamming in four tons, 105 and 140.
Kings captain Terran Crispin was back to his high-scoring best after a couple of lean weeks, and finished the season off with six tons, 110, 121 and 140.
Shane Rhue rounded out the division one highlights and chipped in with 125.
The first game in division two was between the Railway Renegades and the POW Rebels, but due to some health issues the Rebels were unable to field a team, so were forced to forfeit to the Gades, 11-0. Get well soon ladies.
The second scheduled match of the round had the Royal Rascals locking horns with the Pyalong Tigers at the Royal Hotel.
A win for the Rascals would see them locked inside the top four all but closing the door on the Renegades finals hopes.
With several of the Pyalong players away on holiday, the depleted Tigers looked vulnerable on paper, but proved that even missing key players they are still a formidable side to come up against, taking care of the Rascals with an easy 8-3 victory.
The Rascals had a quiet night in regard to highlights, but Stuart Crockett managed to snag 115 and 134, John Crockett slipped in 134 and Brendan Rogers nailed 114.
Robert Parkinson was the pick of the bunch for the Tigers, he hammered in three tons, 134 and a high peg of 50; newcomer Brett Fowkes made a good debut after steering in 125 plus the game high peg of 57; Tim Hall was on song, not dropping a leg while throwing two tons; and finally Mitch Wittig chipped in with a single ton.
The final game of the round saw the Top Guns have one last crack at toppling the top side before finals.
With their previous meeting going in favour of the R.C.C. Titans by the narrowest of margins, the Broadford team were hoping to go one better this time around.
The home side scored a rare win in the quads game, thanks to some quality darts from young Gun Seth Kilroy who fired in 116 and 120 to give them a head start on pegging.
From there the Top Guns shot out to a 3-2 lead in a promising start to the night.
But the Titans rallied, like they have all season, winning the next five games on the trot to take home the chocolates with a 7-4 win that left the Guns pondering ‘‘what if’’ yet again.
The Top Guns’ Alan Sharp posted just the single high score for the match, hitting 105 and Seth Kilroy scored another ton.
The Titans Ayden Ballantyne was a cut above the rest, finishing the game with three tons and high pegs of 50 and 66; Mitch McGuinness threw a ton and 121; Robert Leggo lobbed in a single ton; and Hayden Crilly finished the night with a ton and a high peg of 57 from limited game time to wrap up Round 14.
Next Monday division one begin their finals campaigns, with the Lions going head to head with the R.C.C. 26ers and the Broadford Vikings doing battle with Golf Club Aces in a Grand Final rematch from last season.
In division two, the teams placed third to fifth have to win their final match of the year to ensure a finals berth — lose and risk missing out altogether, it all comes down to the final round of the year.
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