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Local are up with the big guns next season.

The Joshua Tree on Blarney Street staged both semifinals and final of the Cork Darts Organisation Fosters sponsored first division cup and the night proved fruitful for the Local as they ran out convincing champions after a 4-0 win over the Gallows in the final.

Local came through in their semifinal against the Muskerry Arms on a 4-2 scoreline while the Gallows who at one stage were 2-0 down against the Gerald Griffin fought back to take their spot in the final by virtue of a 4-2 win.

The final certainly did not live up to expectations with most of the attendance expecting a close fought contest that would have gone the full distance, but while the games played were close with three going to a deciding leg, punters  felt a little cheated at the eventual scoreline.

Eric O’Donoghue took the opening  game from Steven Harrington 2-1, Garry O’Connor was a 2-1 winner over Aaron McGrath, George Dunne defeated Ray Glynn 2-1 and David O’Donoghue wasa 2-0 winner over Cian Harrington.

Final entries will be accepted at Tuesday nights delegate meeting at the Joshua Tree for the men’s Cork City individual championship sponsored by Jason Galway Painting and Decorating, which has now being deferred and will be played at the Joshua Tree on Friday March 30 at 8.30pm.

Monday night will see the opening salvos in the men’s trophy competitions being played and in the Crean and McGarry super trophy the playing format will be along the same lines as the previous cup competition.

Each player will play four legs of 501 or the best of four legs meaning either a 3-0 or a 3-1 win while both players also have the chance of securing a 2-2 draw.

Three points will be awarded for a win while each player will receive a point apiece if they play a 2-2 draw.

At the outset four named players from each side will have their names put into separate hats and drawn out  with each playing one another corresponding to the way they were drawn and following the completion of the first four games  a further three names from each team will then be drawn in the same fashion to complete all seven games.

Games in the first division will be played over three legs of 501 flying start with all seven games to be played and one point awarded for each game won.

All games in the second and junior divisions will be played over three legs of 301 double in and the mugs away rule will be in play in both the second and junior divisions..

Due to the adverse weather conditions of last Thursday night the annual Diane McCarthy memorial ladies singles championship which was due to be played at the Friars Walk Tavern has been rescheduled to Thursday Marc 22 with a venue to be decided.

Commiserations to both the Cork men’s and ladies teams who competed at the INDO national inter-county championships at the West County Hotel last weekend with the ladies being defeated in the final by Wexford  and the men going down to old rivals Donegal in the semifinal.

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