Rose­town rock­ets up

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

Rose­town Rock­ets’ chances of win­ning the Te Awa­mutu Darts cham­pi­onship sky­rock­eted after they scraped home 12-11 for the third con­sec­u­tive week and l¯ast year’s cham­pi­ons Ohaupo¯ suf­fered a rare sec­ond loss.

The com­pe­ti­tion is now Rose­town Rock­ets’ to lose.

They are the only un­beaten team with nine wins, sit­ting com­fort­ably ahead of their near­est ri­vals O¯ haupo¯ and WMC Hunters who are in joint sec­ond place with six wins.

Rose­town Rock­ets’ three re­main­ing matches are against bot­tom of the ta­ble Rose­town Rebels,¯ lowly placed War­riors and Ohaupo¯ .

WMC Hunters won a nail­bit­ing con­test against Ohaupo 12-11. The match went down to the wire after the triples were halved 1-1, O¯ haupo¯ won the pairs 2-1 and WMC Hunters hit the lead, 6-5, after tak­ing out the first leg of sin­gles 4-2.

Try as they might, Ohaupo¯ ¯ were un­able to re­gain the as­cen­dancy with hon­ours over the re­main­ing 12 sin­gles be­ing shared 6-6.

O¯ haupo¯ ’s David Bow­ers was the only player on ei­ther team to win all five of his matches. Team­mate Tahi Bid­ios threw a 180.

Misfits, with only three wins un­der their belt, went per­ilously close to caus­ing a boilover ex­tend­ing Rose­town Rock­ets to 12-11.

The un­der­dogs hit the lead tem­po­rar­ily, 9-8, after win­ning the sec­ond leg of sin­gles 4-2 be­fore the op­po­si­tion took con­trol over the last six sin­gles, outscor­ing the op­po­si­tion 4-2. David Scott (Rose­town Rock­ets) threw his third 180 of the cham­pi­onship.

Tung­stens re­main fourth after scor­ing a de­ci­sive 16-7 win over the War­riors.

Ben Rap­son, Daryl Wheeler and Matt Veen all recorded five wins for the Tung­stens.

In di­vi­sion two, WMC Dragons con­tin­ued on to cham­pi­onship glory with an em­phatic 14-1 win over Rose­town Thorns.

Paul Cleaver led by ex­am­ple at No. l for the Dragons, throw­ing his fourth 180 for the cham­pi­onship.

Joint sec­ond placed teams RSA All­sorts and O¯ haupo¯ Tigers both reg­is­tered wins, ac­count­ing for WMC Raiders 8-7 and RSA Bombers 11-4 re­spec­tively.

David Scott throws his third 180 of the cham­pi­onship round.

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