Premier League Round 17 Full Ladder
Imports 8 vs Peeping Toms 12 Match Stats
Both sides paying for pride and it was Imports who started brightest and eased to a 4-2 lead early on before the Toms went up a gear taking each of the last three rounds of singles 3-1. The doubles were shared and the two points saw the Toms catch Raptors on the ladder and actually finish ahead of them on legs difference.
All Imports chipped in with Nev and Shane winning 3 each and Andy and James two each. Shane banged in a nice 110 peg as well.
Ross finished the year with another haul of 6 from 6 including two 18 darters and Sam won 5 times and hit a 180.
Raptors 7 vs Dragoffs 13 Match Stats
Another plucky short-handed effort from the Raptors but in the end going down 13-7 to finals bound Dragoffs.
Corey reliable as ever with 4 wins and 5 140s with Liam winning 3 times. Alex and Rod both picked up 5 wins from Dragoffs.
Scorpions 12 vs Stray Darters 8 Match Stats
A dress rehearsal for the finals saw the Strays pull away and open up 7-4 lead only for the Scorps to hit top form and swept the next round of singles. In this run of four games to nil the Scorpions hit 8 140s and a 180 in nine legs of 501. The result was still in the balance with the doubles to come but Brian and Pat closed the door with a 17 dart leg of doubles to get their team over the line. This was a good quality encounter with 34 140’s, 5 180s, 5 low games and one ton-plus peg.
Glen the pick for Scorpions with 5 wins, 3 140s, a 180 and a 17 darter, with Brian adding a quadrella of 3 140s, a 180, a 106 peg and 3 low games (15, 16 and 17 darters). BA also won 3 times and hit 2 140s and a 180.
For Strays Dave won 4 and hit 4 140s, with Frosty (4 140s) and Banz (2 140s and a 180) adding two wins each. Ciaran added a 16 darter to the honour roll.
Red Scorpions 11 vs Aha Gotcha 0 Match Stats
A forfeit win for the Reds.
A bye for the We’re On.
A GRADE Preliminary Finals
(1) Scorpions “B” vs (4) Pinoy Darters
The dangerous 4th place qualifiers looked on paper like a potential banana skin for the B’s. This was still the case when the Pinoys were poised at 3-2 down despite being swept in the doubles. From there the minor premiers demonstrated why they finished on top of the ladder with a ruthless performance that saw them take 8 of the last 9 games to secure a place in the grand final with a victory by 11 games to 4.
Hilly, Tristan and Darryl unbeaten in three with Grant hitting a 16 darter. Mel won his two singles and hit an 18 darter with circles also for Roger and Bob.
(2) Javelins Vs (3) Nek Minit
The two previous meetings between these two teams had been close with Javs winning 12-9 at the start of November after Nek Minit had taken the previous match 11-10 back in July. Despite the closeness of the earlier meetings the Javs were too strong on the night this time. An early 2-1 was stretched to 4-1 and the home team never looked back from there.
NM stopped the bleeding in the second round of singles by sharing the six games but they really needed to make inroads into the Javs’ three-game cushion. With the score at 9-6 Bryan and Hugh won their games and put the Javelins into the final by a margin of 11 games to 6.
The wins were spread around for NM with Mar (4 tons) and Blain (4 tons) winning once together in the doubles and once each individually in the singles. Top Javelin was Bryan with 4 tons and 4 wins from 4 with Pete winning both his singles and Hugh winning in the doubles and two from three in the singles.
President’s Shield: First Leg
Mustangs Vs Tossers
A new format for The President’s Shield with the two finalists playing home and away. The first leg was at Mitchelton and things were tight with two of the three doubles games going to a decider. Happily for the visitors they were able to convert their chances and went out to a healthy 3-0 lead. Three-nil soon became five-nil and from here on in the Mustangs gave as good as they got, sharing the last ten games of singles five each.
In the end the home team’s slow start cost them but the format of the final means there’s still everything to play for in the second leg. Great twin-win efforts from skipper Graham with 6 tons, two of which were over 130 and Chris who hit two tons of his own. Daniel taking the honours for the visitors with 3 wins and 2 tons but mentions to the rest of the team who were all two-time winners: Rob (7 tons), Pat (3 tons and a 140), Kiana (1 ton) and Tracy.