The Arklow Darts League kick started the 2016/2017 with a bang this week.
In division 1, there is a familiar look at the top of the table as champions of The Harbour Bar B made a statement of intent in defence of their title with a devastating win of 8-0 over John Joe’s B.
However, the two other big guns of the Gallery A and Johns Joe’s Lads made impressive starts with respective 7-1 victories over the Brook A and John Joe’s A.
The Old Ship B finally earned the bragging rights in their derby clash with the Old Ship A team with their first ever win in the contest after 4 years of trying.
A newly revitalised Harbour Bar A team demonstrated why they belong in division 1 with a 5-3 victory over the newly promoted Gallery Boys who are itching to show their class in the division 1 pond. For
John Joe’s A, John Joe’s B and the Brook, neither team will be panicking yet as with 26 remaining the damage is minor in the overall context,
In division 2, the matches were generally fought out much more closely but when the dust settled after 4 matches it was last years shield runners up that had grabbed the most points and lead the way at the top after a 6-2 over the Gallery C.
Their ‘friendly’ new comer rivals of the Corner House B will be keeping a close eye on the leaders as they sit 1 back after a late night slug-fest against the Old Ship C who lost nothing in defeat with some good darts all round.
The young gun squad of the Gallery B notched up an eye catching win over the experienced Sally’s A team who may have fancied their chances in this contest considering their league standing from last year.
Sally’s B and the Gin Mill carved out the first draw of the new season, these 2 could hardly be separated last year and it looks like that rivalry is set to continue.
The Brook B sat out a free week and for the Gallery C, 2 points isn’t the worst start and plenty time to shake off the rust over the coming weeks.
Well done to the following sharp shooters this week who all found the 3 in bed treble 20 with maximums on the opening week.
Alan Nobbs for the Brook A
John Doyle for Gallery A
Matt Heaney for the Gin Mill.
James Cullen found the centre of the board for his 102 checkout and signature bull finish also for Mick Kennedy to win his doubles match on a 111 out.
We will leave the least word this week to the feature highlight which was Mick Costello’s fantastic 155 checkout in singles contest against the former champ John Kavanagh.