Defending Fosters super league champions the Harp Bar came through once again this season as they retained their title in a dramatic final at the Groves on Monday night last.
The evening at the Groves opened with both semifinals of the Fosters super league and the Joshua Tree and Groves semifinal saw the Blackpool team edge the Blarney Street boys 4-3 while at the other end of the Lounge it was the Harp who were edging out the Tower Bar again here on a 4-3 scoreline.
The opening game in the final saw possibly two of the most consistent players operating in the Cork Darts Organisation Fosters leagues at the moment , Groves Dean Forde and Harp Bar player Radek Szaganski, and they certainly delivered to the large attendance at the final.
Forde took the first leg after top hands of 96, 100 and 134 only for Szaganski to level after top scores of 81, 100 and 140 and in a nail-bitter of a deciding leg it was Forde who took it helped by 140 in his last but one throw.
Groves continued with the good start that Forde had given the team as their number two on the night Robbie O’Donovan completed a 2-0 win over Gregg Byrne, but the following two games saw the Harp recover strongly as first Richie McGrath, who hit 100×3 plus a 140 in his first leg, had a 2-1 win over Jerry Coughlan and Ciarán Teehan , playing in his first ever senior team final, overcame the challenge of David O’Donovan 2-0 to bring this final all square going into the break.
The resumption saw the Groves regain the advantage once more as their number five Blaine Meighan had a very exciting 2-1 win over Gary Halpin but it was yet again all square as Jason O’Donovan scored a 2-0 win over Martin Dineen.
The seventh and final game then would decide the outcome of the Fosters super league and it was Billy Fitzgerald who stepped in for the Groves and in his first leg a 180 helped him to take it but Fitzgeralds opponent Kevin McDonnell wasn’t going away and he struck back to level and then hit a marvellous 96 checkout in the third and deciding leg for the win.
Fixtures for Monday night.
Fosters 1st, division semifinals and final at Glenryan, Gallows v Baker Street and Riverstown Inn v Gerald Griffin at 8.30.
Fosters 2nd, division semifinals and final at the Local, Ma Dullea’s 1 v Red Cove, and Cow v Old Reliable at 8.30.
Fosters junior league final at the River Lane, St, Vincent’s v Ma Dullea’s 2 at 9.30.