The Joshua Tree was the venue on Friday night last for what turned out to be a fantastic night not alone of darts but of much reminiscing and remembering our own “Dinny Bobs” the Darts, Rings, Pool, Soccer, Basketball star and specialist Monday club singer.
A jammed Josh turned out in extra large numbers to pay homage to a very special character who’s mold in this writers opinion was thrown away when he passed on and left us.
A memorial darts open doubles competition was played in loving remembrance of Dinny and was an outstanding success with over fifty pairs entering the event which will be played annually and was won on Friday last by Trevor Keating and Eric O’Donoghue with William Fouhy and John Wall beaten finalists.
Cork youth darts were on a winning streak once again after winning their 3rd county challenge cup in Limerick last weekend. CYD now have the Munster Cup & Shield, The Waterford, Cork, Laois and Limerick Challenge cups. The next major event for CYD will be the Carlow challenge cup in January.
In the Cork Darts Organisation Premier league the Top of the Hill played host to the Groves 2 and it was Steven Sheehan who was the point player for the Top of the Hill.
For the Groves it was John O’Callaghan and before the Groves player could find his line he was 2-0 in arrears.
However O’Callaghan upped his performance big time and he then took the following two legs to even the game but in what was a tight final leg which saw O’Callaghan miss with 2 darts to win, it was Sheehan who took it with a 58 checkout.
Chris O’Rourke was number two for the home side and his opponent was Craig Bowen who was playing in only his fourth senior match since his graduation from youths and being a very influential player on the Cork youth team that won the national inter-county championship in 2020.
O’Rourke opened with the scoring but he struggled with consistency a problem that Bowen did not have, with his accuracy bang on he took this second game on a 3-0 scoreline as he eased his way to the win to bring the match all square.
The third game brought home player Pierce Carmody and visiting player Mark Farrell to the throw and Farrell took the opening leg but Carmody took the following two legs to forge ahead and despite Farrell winning leg four with a 102 checkout, to square the game, it was Carmody who took the fifth leg for the win checking out 130.
Game four saw home player Ken O’Mahony take a 2-0 lead but Steven Casey fought back well and won three on the bounce for the win.
The final game of the night saw Groves Brendan Long open with a win against home player Alan Twomey but there was no stopping Twomey in the following three legs as he outshone his opponent to take it on a 3-1 scoreline and seal the team win.
Delegate meeting tomorrow night at the Residence.