Pi­rates walk the plank

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

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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