Joshua Tree and the Glenryan Tavern came through to take the Fosters sponsored Crean and McGarry super trophy and the Fosters junior division trophy on a very busy night of CDO darts action on Monday night last.
The Glenryan Tavern hosted the semifinals and final of the Crean and McGarry trophy and the Joshua Tree showed their intent early on as they routed the Groves by 4-0 in the semifinal with impressive performances from Pat McSweeney, Damien O’Driscoll, Jason Galway and Stephen Coveney.
The Harp Bar were winners in their semifinal against Hennessy’s despite losing the first game as Stephen Kearney took the opening game for Hennessy’s, but all luck then ran out for Hennessy’s as the following four games went the other way, albeit all on 2-1 scorelines to see the Harp into the final.
The following final was of the highest order and it was Richie McGrath who set the Harp into winning mode as he outgunned Joshua Tree number one on the night Jason Galway 2-1 and it was soon 2-0 to the Harp as Greg Byrne put in a scintillating performance culminating in a 154 checkout against Damien O’Driscoll for a 2-1 win to put his side 2-0 to the good.
Joshua Tree were back in the game through the good efforts of their number three Stepehen Coveney who hit top scoring form in his 2-0 win over Garry Halpin, but matters certainly did not look good for the Blarney Street outfit as Harp number three Radek Szaganski hit the front in his game against Pat McSweeney but the Joshua Tree player turned it around as he took the remaining two legs for a most exciting win.
Joshua Tree then went ahead for the first time in this final as John Paul Dowdall had a 2-1 win in what was yet again a top class affair against Jason “Goo” O’Donovan and the trophy was going to Blarney Street as William Goulding outfought Richie Barry 2-1 for an overall 4-2 win to the Joshua Tree.
The CDO challenge cup sponsored by councillor Kenneth Collins will commence on Monday May 14 with the playing of five preliminary games in the competition with the first round proper being played on Monday May 21.
The competition will be played over the best of seven games of 301 double in and the first team to win four games will advance to the following round, the mugs away rule will be in play in this competition.
Sympathy of the CDO is extended to the O’Flaherty family of the Gallows/Glenryan and also to the family of former CDO President Paddy Cotter