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Doubles and charity shield singles prove a big success

Charity shield winner Dean Forde with CARA house representative Patricia Whelan and second picture is runner-up Stephen Coveney and also included is Paul McGarry Secretary CDO.

CDO Fosters doubles champions Jason O’Donovan and Ciarán Teehan of the Harp with CDO Secretary Paul McGarry.

Second picture: CDO Fosters plate champions, Kyle Hosford and Chris O’Rourke of the Top of the Hill with Mark Farrell CDO.

St, Vincent’s was the venue on the October Bank Holiday Monday for the annual Cork Darts Organisation Fosters sponsored men’s doubles championship and plate competitions.

Forty-two teams entered into the Fosters doubles with the twenty one preliminary and first round losers being entered into the Fosters plate.

There were some surprise exits from the main competition in the early stages and last season’s winners, John Paul Dowdall and Damien O’Driscoll had to concentrate on the plate event as they went down to Stephen O’Connor and Kevin McDonnell  of the Tower/Harp early on.

Throwing really steady all through the championship were Ciaran Teehan and Jason O’Donovan representing the Harp  and they caused a real upset as they accounted for another strong pairing from the Harp in Radek Szaganski and Richie McGrath and also defeating Chris Scannell and Tim Marshall from the Gerald Griffin in the semifinal.

Also making progress at the other end of the draw were David O’Donovan and Dean Forde of the Groves and they accounted for another Groves pairing in their semifinal, brothers Blaine and Dean Meighan to book their spot in the stage final against the Harp team.

The final proved to be a little bit of an anti-climax as the Groves pairing never brought their A game to the oche, but that said they really were throwing under pressure at all times from Teehan/ O’Donovan who really lit up the treble 20 on numerous occasions  to run out 3-0 winners and deservedly so.

The plate competition was once again very well received by all present at the Blarney Road venue, and after a what was a very long day at the office for the organisers the plate final saw the Top of the Hill pairing of Kyle Hosford and Chris O’Rourke take the title on a 2-0 scoreline against red hot favourites and

perennial doubles winners  John Paul Dowdall and Damien O’Driscoll from the Joshua Tree.

The Joshua Tree was the venue on Friday night last for the final fundraiser for the CDO members nominated charity which included a singles competition for the Cork Darts Organisation charity shield.

After a night of intensive darts playing the final two players remaining, Dean Forde representing the Groves and Stephen Coveney flying the flag of the Joshua Tree fought out a marvellous battle with Forde claiming the honours.

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