WEEK 8 in the Dundalk and District Darts league saw the second round of fixtures get underway and once again the quality in all three divisions was very evident. The Premier Division has been nip and tuck all season with MacNamees from Knockbridge and The Stags from the Stags Head Pub on Linenhall street leading the way.
The Stags Head has a total of five teams entered into the League this year which are spread well over the three divisions but it is The Stags that are leading the way within the pub.
They played this week against stablemates Stags Black with both teams boasting some great players who are well known in darting circles around Ireland .
The result on the night was 5-1 to Stags with the game of the night going to Ray Campbell who threw TV standard darts in beating Martin Carvill 2-0. The first leg of the game saw Ray score 140, 140, 100 and then finishing 121 on the Bullseye. This twelve dart leg was quickly followed by an 18 dart leg which was finished off with a 108 finish.
Harrisons from Blackrock gave MacNamees a surprise when they took a point off the league leaders. Mickey McMahon's win over Daniel Dunn had a major bearing on the contest . In other games in the division The Fairways Falcons kept in touch with the league Leaders by beating the Commercial Club 4-2 in a game that could easily have swung the other way. Stags Gold beat the Martlets with Kevin Harte showing some of his old form by beating Paul Connolly to ensure the victory.
In Division 1 it was Jim McQuillan's display that had people talking as Harrys Bar fought hard against the Avenue Inn. Steven O' Connor for the Avenue hit 140 , but Jim was not phased and hitstraight back with a 140 of his own. Jim is back enjoying his darts and that was evident when he took out a 116 finish which reminded people of his quality. Sadly it was not enough for his team who lost out 4 -2 to the Avenue Inn.
The Windmill made sure they stayed in the hunt for honours this year with a good win over Benny Bradys while the Stags Green pushed further ahead of the Square Bar by winning 5-1 against the league's new boys . The last clash in the division was between Gormleys A and O'Connells, which saw the men from the Quay come out on top 4-2.
In Division 2 Courtney's and Johnny Masons cruised to 6-0 wins over the Malthouse and Gormleys B respectively, while the Castle Bar maintained their lead in the table by beating the Shamrock Bar 4-2. The Commercial Club B team secured a good result against Stags White with Dean Enright paving the way for his team to win 5-1.
The Cream of the Dundalk league will join up with their compatriots from South of the County as the Louth County Darts Team host the North East Challenge Cup on the 9th of December in The Fairways Hotel.
Teams from Monaghan Cavan and Meath will come over and play for the title of North East Champions. First game will start at 12noon, all supporters welcome.