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CDO World darts throwing record still standing

The players who put up a world record, standing from left; President CDO Michael O’Connell, James Corcoran, Craig Sproat RIP, Jason Kavanagh, Martin Cotter, Kevin McDonnell, Stephen Coveney, Seated, Pat McSweeney, Damien O’Driscoll and John O’Shea.        Picture: Frank Goulding

The second series of games were played on Monday last in the men’s shield competitions and the Joshua Tree were the big winners in the Premier division with a 4-1 home win over Quinlans 2.

Quinlans only winner on the night was William Fouhy who took the opening game but it was a Joshua Tree romp after that as they reeled off the following four games through impressive performances from William Goulding, Trevor Keating, John Kennifick and Eddie Keating.

Groves 1 scored a 3-2 home win against the Cow and it was a double for the Groves as their second squad were 3-2 winners on the road against the Top of the Hill while Quinlans 1 also won 3-2 in their home clash against Ma Dullea’s.

Division one shield saw both Gallows teams earn wins with the first team hitting the River Lane 4-1 away while the second team had a 3-2 home win over the Residence.

Old Reliable were 4-1 winners at home to the Joshua Tree and O’Cionnaigh’s were in top form as they accounted for Aunties 4-1.

Red Cove Inn travelled to the Muskerry Arms and returned with a 3-2 result in their favour in division two shield while the Gallows 3 completed a 3-2 home win against the Cotton Ball and Carrigaline GAA were winners in their away game against the Maple Leaf,

Residence were the only team to score a whitewash on Monday night last as they hit Jack Fords big time 5-0 in their third division shield meeting at the Residence, Tower were 3-2 winners in their away meeting with Ma Dullea’s as were River Lane in their meeting with Walsh’s Sports Bar.

Today Monday marks the 13th, anniversary of the setting of a Guinness World record by eight members of a Cork Darts Organisation selected team at St, Vincent’s Hurling and Football club pavilion.

Saturday March 20 at 5pm exactly saw the late CDO Chairman Roy O’Donovan blow on a whistle as the attack on the standing record of 21, 944 scored in a one hour non-stop throwing format commenced to what was a packed Vincent’s pavilion.

The idea was born through it’s coordinator Michelle O’Toole who approached the CDO committee with her thoughts in regards to challenging the record and it immediately became very clear that it certainly was a no-brainer to take on this challenge with the darting talent that was available to the CDO.

A team of players was then selected to participate and on the day the current standing record was smashed as the players put up a total score of 35,087 when Chairman Roy O’Donovan once again blew his whistle at 6pm to end the attempt.

The entire one hour long attempt was filmed entirely by three video cameras all which had to be verified by Guinness World records and, indeed soon were with all of the players who had been successful being awarded framed certificates.

Frank Goulding.

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