Friday night last at St, Vincent’s rounded off a very busy week of darts with the playing of the Pat Corcoran memorial singles championship and a worthy winner emerging in the guise of Brian Kiely of the Muskerry Arms ahead of young Robert Duke of Hennessy’s.
After the excitement of the ladies Evening Echo final on Thursday night it was back to the men to provide the excitement on Friday night at St, Vincent’s and they certainly did not leave down the many punters who showed up to view the occasion.
Kiely representing the Muskerry Arms opened with a game against Pat Wentz from Sheehan’s Local and followed with a win over Joshua Tree player Jim Fowler to then defeat Fairfield’s Martin Cronnin in the last 16.
Donal O’Donovan of the Gerald Griffin was Kiely’s victim in the quarter-finals and a semi-final against Mike Noonan saw Kiely book his place in the stage final.
Duke meanwhile was himself making steady progress against some of the vastly more experienced B and C grade players at his end of the draw with some very impressive wins on the way.
Former champion Peter Glavin of the Gerald Griffin was dispatched in the first round, and Willie Dwyer of the Joshua Tree then followed suit before Declan Gostel fell to Duke in the quarter-final, and it was another player in-form who fell to Duke in the semi final as Aunties player Robert Clarke-Hurley made way for Dukes place in the final.
Kiely had the throw in the final and a 100 saw him put the pressure on Duke immediately, but Duke responded well to take the first leg from 78 as a double 2 saw him out.
Kiely hit a maximum 180 along with a 100 as he squared in taking the second leg, but Duke was ahead once more as a double 15 won him leg three.
Kiely then upped his scoring rate in legs four and five as a double 20 and a double 10 saw him over the line.
Meanwhile in ladies competition, and in a second final played last week it was Hally’s who were crowned ladies B league champions when at the Gallows on Tuesday last they defeated the Maple Leaf in the final by three games to nil and so look forward to playing at the top table of darts come next season.
Both finalists secured their places in the final by virtue of 3-0 wins, Hally’s defeating Brown Derby and Maple leaf defeating Ma Dullea’s 2.
Disappointingly for the punters the final also resulted in a 3-0 victory as Hally’s were indeed to strong on the night for the Maple Leaf as Mary O’Shea got proceedings underway for the winners with a 2-0 win over Aileen Callanan.
Anna Dorgan Snr, followed her team-mate with a similar win over Hayley Collins and the coup-de-grace was applied by Hally’s number three, and lady of the match Helena O’Flynn, who got the better of Jane White in a really entertaining game by two legs to one.
Sympathy of the CDO is extended to the Nyhan family of the Shamrock Bar on a recent bereavement, and also to former CDO Secretary Tom Fenlon and his extended family on the passing of Toms wife Jeanie.