Monday 21 October 2019

Doubles bliss for Star pair


The Fosters Duleek & District League's recent Doubles Competition broke new records as 70 pairs - 140 players - took part in a high-standard day of action on the oche.

There were some absolutely fantastic games along the way, with no room for error or misjudgement. One mistake and you were in the plate competition for the first-round losers!

With 14 boards in operation, it wasn't long before the hard-working committee had it down to manageable numbers - ie the last eight pairs in the main competition and similar numbers in the Plate.

In the quarter-finals some big names made their exit, including Keith Rooney and Paddy Campbell of Carranstown and previous winners Paddy Kavanagh and Stephen Murtagh from the same team. Fancied Mariner pair Bryan Smith and Joe Murphy and Lantern's Paul Madden and Stuart Lanney also bowed out.

Both semi-finals were very exciting and tense and in one of them former Doubles winners Cormac Murtagh and Mark Rowan defeated Greyhound pair Keane Barry and Gary Flaherty 4-3 in a super game. In the other semi, Tullyallen pair John Andrews and David Andrews surprisingly took out top Lantern pair Mark Clinton (the Singles winner) and Stephen Andrews, again 4-3.

What a final it turned out to be, with absolutely nothing in it throughout. After some brilliant scoring and finishing the decider was deadlocked at 4-4, before John and David Andrews emerged victorious over the gallant partnership of Murtagh and Rowan when winning the final leg.

It had to be one of the best Doubles finals seen or played in this league in a long time, and it goes to show that the talent and standard of throwing is improving vastly as the league completes its 44th year in existence.

In the Plate competition Adam Dyas from the Thatch, Drogheda, proved victorious over Boyne Valley opponent Gary Faulkner. The beaten semi-finalists were Alan Floody (Fair Green Bar) and John Lane from the Boyne Valley.

•The Duleek & District League would like to thank all those who sponsored board signs and spot prizes for the charity raffle, which over two days raised some €1,000 which will be donated to local charities. Also a big thank-you to the management and staff of the top-class venue, the Westcourt Hotel, for hosting both events.

The league would like to also thank Fosters for their contined sponsorship and continued help and support around both the Singles and Doubles competition, and all the committee members and club delegates who helped out on both days.

Drogheda Independent