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2 weeks in 2011, Easter darts gala and Tom Lynch cup action

Monday 14 March 2011

The Joshua Tree were in great darting form in the first round of the Tom Lynch knockout cup on their own board on Monday night last as they scored a resounding 4-0 win over newcomers the Rebel Bar.

The Josh only dropped one leg of darts during the entire four games that were played with Pat McSweeney getting them underway with a 2-0 win over Flan O’Brien.

Jim Fowler followed at number two with another 2-0 win against Darren O’Sullivan, and Joshua Tree’s third player Nailus O’Mahony was in unstoppable form as he closed out his game on two double 16’s against Jamie Condon before Tom Hegarty wrapped up proceedings with a 2-1 win over Sean Walsh.

Muskerry Arms welcomed Ballincollig GAA to Blarney, also in the Tom Lynch knockout cup, and that’s where the hospitality ended as they ran out 4-0 winners through wins from William Fouhy, Mick McSweeney, John Grogan and Bart Murphy.

A real close game was fought out on Blarney Street as the High House done battle with Southside visitors the Gallows, also in the first round of the Tom Lynch cup.

Gregg Crinnion had the Gallows first on the scoreboard as he got the better of Ian O’Connor only for Pat Kerins to level with a win over Jamie Kelleher.

Timmy Dennehy and Niall Tynon then won the following two to put the Gallows 3-1 ahead at the break, but the High House rallied strongly to take the remaining four games through Pat Coughlan, Glen O’Driscoll and Timmy Forde to fashion a 4-3 success.

In the second round of the CDO Presidents challenge first leg cup the clash of the Tower Bar and Anglers Sports Lounge was a chance for the Tower to avenge their recent beamish cup semi-final defeat by the same opposition.

Anthony Kidney gave the Anglers a head start as he won the first game of this meeting from Steven Hill by 2-1 but John O’Shea, back from his darting exploits in Wigan over the weekend had matters all square as he scored a 2-1 win over Ian Gray.

Martin Cotter won the third game for the Tower, once more by 2-1 but matters were all square again as Thomas Murphy was a 2-1 winner over Tower Bar player Anthony Murray.

After the break the first game saw Anglers take first blood as Gerry Coughlan won from Eddie Cull, but it was the Tower who took control of the remaining two games as first John “Dinny Bobs” McCarthy, and then Sean Daly had wins over Martin Dineen and Kenneth Morrison respectively to leave this tie wide open for the second leg clash at the Anglers venue.

Fairfield Tavern scored a very impressive 4-3 win on their own board against the higher graded Brannigans with Brian O’Sullivan setting them on their way courtesy of a 2-1 win over Damian O’Driscoll.

John Paul Dowdall brought Brannigans level as he defeated Kevin Reynolds, but Fairfield then won the following two games as Liam O’Rourke and Dave Stanton scored wins over Jason Galway and Finbarr O’Brien for a 3-1 lead at the break.

Stephen O’Connor and Joe Long won to square the match for Brannigans but it was the Fairfield who had the final say as Paul mealy won against Mick Healy for what could be a vital lead going into next weeks return leg at Pine Street.

The Gallows meeting with the Carrigaline GAA club saw them emerge as 4-3 winners in this first leg clash at the Bandon Road venue.

Pat O’Mahony, Liam Good and Frank Leahy had the Gallows 3-0 to the good before the GAA club opened their account through Brendan Byrne, and another win quickly followed for the Gallows as Phillip Wilson won against Alan O’Driscoll.

Bernard McCarthy then took the sixth game for the Gallows with a 2-1 win over Ian Kelly, but the GAA club kept this tie alive as they won the final game with Tom O’Mahony winning against Vince Long.

Frank Goulding.

Monday 25 April 2011

Brian Kiely and William Fouhy pictured with CDO Chairman Roy O’Donovan, winners of the Cork Darts Organisation junior doubles at the CDO Easter darts gala on Monday last at St, Vincents’s GAA club pavilion

Martin Cotter and Robbie Hendrick of the Tower Bar completed their Easter as they joined forces to take the A division doubles title at the CDO Easter darts gala held on Monday at St, Vincent’s GAA club.

The junior doubles championship was also competed for at the venue on the day and it was the Muskerry Arms pairing of Brian Kiely and William Fouhy who took the honours.

The A division doubles had Cotter looking for his second successive major win in a few weeks after he had captured the Premier players individual league only very recently.

The Tower Bar pairing were looking very impressive in the opening rounds as they scored their way to the semi final where they came up against Steven Hill and Thomas Murphy.

A real nail-bitter of five legs of darts followed before Cotter/Hendrick emerged to book their spot in the final.

Their opponents in the final, John Harte and Martin Dineen of the Anglers Sports Lounge were equally as impressive, as they fought their way to the semi-final where they proceeded to meet and defeat hot favourites Damian O’Driscoll and John Paul Dowdall.

The best of five legs final saw the Cotter/Hendrick pairing first to throw and it was Cotter who returned with 85 from his visit, but the Anglers pairing bettered it, as Harte threw in a 140 with his first three darts at the board.

Further scores of 99 and 120 for the Tower Bar team saw them ease away to a double 10 finish as their opponents were finding it hard to register a worthy score in this opening leg of the final.

The second leg began with the Anglers Sports team throwing first, and a 33 was not very helpful to their cause as Cotter/Hendrick with a 140 on their first throw then followed  with hands of 100, 83, 74, 96 to leave a double 4 which Cotter promptly dispatched for a two legs lead.

Cotter had the throw advantage in the third leg and made good use of it as he returned with a 125 w23hich was answered by a 100 from Anglers player Harte.

However it again was the Tower Bar pairing who took this third leg by the scruff, as hands of 81, 100 and 125 saw them leave a double 4 once more on the scoreboard which this time saw Hendrick stick with his first dart to take the top prize back to the Tower Bar.

The junior doubles championship attracted an entry of 47 pairs and was indeed very competitive throughout the event with Jason Long and Brendan Long from the Island Tavern emerging as semi-finalists where they defeated Nial Horgan and Mark O’Sullivan.

The Muskerry Arms team of Brian Kiely and William Fouhy came through to defeat Pat Shaughnessy and Jason Roche of Sam’s Bar in Ballincollig by three legs to two in their semi-final.

The first leg in this junior final went to the boys from Blarney as scores of  85, 91, 100 and 140 saw then take it on a double eight but the Island Tavern team responded as they had the final all square with Jason Long taking out 64 for the second leg.

The Tavern then moved ahead as they won the third leg with Brendan Long taking it with a 52 finish, but it was again all square as the Muskerry pairing reeled it back with a double 7 checkout in the fourth leg to send it to the deciding lag.

A tense and final leg showed in the quality of the scoring by both sides as they struggled to attain a score which would take them away from their opponents, but to no avail.

It then came down to checkout doubles and it was here, where in always counts regardless of the scoring that the Blarney pair just about had the edge as Kiely with a double 8 saw the Muskerry Arms team over the line.

The youths singles championship was once again played out between some very skilful young darts players of both sexes with the following four emerging as semi-finalists, Kelvin Kieren playing and defeating Jamie O’Donovan by 2-1 and Jason Kelly getting the better of Dean Dumphy also by 2-1.

The resulting final between two very impressive youths saw Kieren take the winners prize by a 2-1 scoreline for his first win in youth’s competitions.

Frank Goulding.

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