After an exciting week of close games, high scores and high pegging we head into Round 4 with high hopes for more entertaining match ups.
With all the teams receiving brand new dart boards and lighting systems, there was a buzz of excitement from all members of the association for this round of darts.
First cab off the rank was the POW Misfits hosting the Broadford Vikings that turned into a ton-scoring feast with 37 tons thrown between the two teams.
The Vikings got off to the perfect start again, winning all three teams matches, which set them up for the rest of the night. They eventually ran away with a 7-4 victory that moves them into third place on the ladder.
For the home team, Michelle Halfpenny was influential throwing a ton, 121 and 140 as well as high pegs of 48 and 50 in a good captain’s knock.
New recruit Aaron Ballantyne hit his straps on Monday, throwing seven tons and 124; Brian Forge steered in two tons, 111 and 120 as well as a high peg of 52. Geoff Maggs had a quiet scoring night by his standards, finishing with two tons and 105 but managed a high peg of 86, the highest for the Misfits.
The Vikings were on song, with Peter Myles winning the quads game with a peg of 98 to set the tone for the rest of the night. He finished with eight tons, 121 and two 140s.
Vikings captain Mark Jones threw a ton, 120 and 140 as well as a peg of 50; Jayde Pearson snagged a ton and 125; and Mark Ruddick, who still hasn’t found his darts from last season, chipped in with a ton, 108 and 114.
Next game of the round saw the two undefeated teams lock horns with The Lions hosting the Golf Club Aces in a mouthwatering battle that ended with the narrowest of margins and a fitting result for two evenly match teams. The Aces walked away with a 6-5 win and continue to be the league pacesetters, sitting atop the ladder as the only undefeated team remaining this season.
Highlights for the Lions included two tons and two 125s to Adam Lynch as well as an impressive 102 finish, which was outdone in the very next game by Rob Walden who pegged 108 to go with his three tons and 140.
Raymond Maloney continues a hot streak of form, finishing with three tons, 129 and 140 as well as a high peg of 60, and former skipper Rick Wylie chimed in 3 tons of his own. The Aces were well served by boom recruit Hayden Roberts who finished the night with two tons, 125 plus a high peg of 69 in a performance that eclipsed his fathers. Frank Roberts slammed in two tons of his own as well as a high peg of 66, proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Emily Wills was solid with two tons and 140 and Dan Raynor was quiet by his standards, throwing a single ton and 108, but doing enough to get the job done and lead the team to victory.
The POW Rebels hosted their co-tenant, the POW 26ers, in what by all reports was a fun and enjoyable night for all involved, even though the 26ers took the points easily with a 10-1 victory.
The home team was well led by Trish Stuart who was their solitary winner for the night and threw herself two tons as well as an impressive high peg of 88.
Helen Roscoe continues to hit the high scores this season, she finished with a 104, 105 and 114.
The 26ers’ Mitch McGuinness was in fine touch and nailed a ton, 102, 122 and 133.
Steve Ash was subdued and only managed three tons and only one double one finish.
Shannon Jackson scored two tons and 140 to go with his high peg of 74 and Ben McPherson finished the night with two tons as well as his team’s high peg of 86.
Next match up of the round had the bottom of the table Renegades searching for their first victory against the POW Kings.
Unfortunately for them, the Kings had other ideas and dispatched of the ‘Gades with an 11-0 demolition as the reigning premier warms into the season.
Highlights for the ‘Gades were few, but a much-improved Ricky Kozlowski continues to score well, finishing with 101 and 112 and Rod Cameron scored two tons as well.
The Kings had a night out, but none more so than Terran Crispin who speared in four tons, 140 as well as a round high, and equal league high, peg of 160.
Partner in crime Jarrod Duggin was also in the high pegs, nailing a 104 finish to compliment his two tons and 116.
Jeff Rhue had a quiet night with the scores finishing with a single ton, while his son, Shane Rhue, finished with a high peg of 54.
Final game of the round pitted the Bottom Pub Pirates against the Royal Rascals in a game of trash talk and posturing as work mates went head to head.
With a night filled with laughs, it was the Pirates who had the last laugh, breaking their duck and scoring their first win for the year with a 7-4 victory.
The highlights for the Pirates included single tons to Dan Kilroy and Dale Trafford, Drew Grantham battled hard with borrowed darts and finished with 101 and 132; but Steve Kilroy was the pick of the litter, slamming in four tons and 105 to go with a hat-trick of high finishes — 48, 53 and 55.