Friday night saw a return to action for the Coleraine & District Darts League for the start of the 2012/13 League season.
It is last year’s champions the Sperrin Flights who are setting the standard with an emphatic 7-1 victory over Kellys Inn as they start off the new season as they ended the last. The Thatch returning to the League this year may prove to be the biggest contender to the Sperrin as they came away from Bertha’s with a narrow win in a game that produced some of the best darts of the night while Floyds A will be looking to improve on last year’s performance after starting off with a tough win against Villa in their first game.
Social Club also look a tough opponent as they too started the season with a win over Floyds B with a team of young players who were throwing some good darts in their first year while Scotch House and Railway Arms fought out the only draw of the night.
There was no shortage of top quality darts on display with seven 180s recorded on the night as well as 18 legs of 21 darts or less the best being a 14 dart leg thrown by Francis Kelly (Villa) who also hit 2 x 180s.
The top performance of the week though has to go to Danny O’Neill (Thatch) who won his game in 15 and 20 darts as well as hitting 118 checkout. David Finlay (Berthas) was also on top form hitting a 180 and taking legs in 17 and 19 darts while Jason McNeill (Kellys Inn) recorded the highest checkout of the week with an excellent 135 (25, T20, Bull).
Best Individual Legs this week: 14 - Francis Kelly (Villa); 15 - Danny O’Neill (Thatch); 16 - Jimmy Elliott (Scotch House), James Walker (Sperrin Flights); 17 - David Finlay (Berthas), Alan McVicker, Steven Campbell (Social Club); 19 - David Finlay (Berthas), Barry McLaughlin, Sammy Bradley (Sperrin Flights); 20 - Jarlath McGarry x 2 (Villa), Aaron Hall (Railway Arms), Mervyn Greer (Scotch House), Andrew Allen (Social Club), Danny O’Neill (Thatch); 21 - Ronnie Elliott (Berthas), Stephen Collins (Floyds A).
Highest Checkouts this week: 135 - Jason McNeill (Kellys Inn); 120 - Stephen Collins (Floyds A); 118 - Danny O’Neill (Thatch); 96 - Aaron Hall (Railway Arms).
The seven 180s were hit by: Francis Kelly x 2 (Villa); David Finlay (Berthas); Jimmy Elliott (Scotch House); Alan McVicker, Steven Campbell (Social Club), Alan Boyd (Sperrin Flights)
Friday 14 September:
RAILWAY ARMS v VILLA SWIFTS
VILLA v SCOTCH HOUSE
THATCH v FLOYDS ‘A’
KELLYS INN v BERTHAS
FLOYDS ‘B’ v SPERRIN FLIGHTS
COOLEYS v SOCIAL CLUB