Both the Williamson’s darts leagues got off to a bright start on day one of the new season.
Leading the way in the ‘A’ league are the Wanderers, following their 11-1 win out in the Quoyburray over the ‘B’ team.
The top match saw last year’s top two clash at the Legion, with the Golf Club up against the defending champs, and it was the Legion who came out top with an 8-4 win.
It was their 68th win since they last tasted defeat in a league game. That was in the 2009-10 season, when they lost 8-4 to the Untouchables.
That same year, the Legion stroked up three by 12-0 wins, four by 11-1 wins, and four by 10-2 wins.
There was a good win for the Commodores (9-3 over the Untouchables ‘A’).
Both the promoted teams found the going tough. Shapinsay, last year’s ‘B’ champions, went down 8-4 to the Untouchables, and the Murray Arms lost 8-4 to Sanday.
Good points, too, for RBLM, after an 8-4 defeat of Quoyburray.
In the Williamson’s ‘B’ League, there were two whitewashes.
One earned the other a walkover, when the Bilco Boys couldn’t get a team to play the St Ola, so forfeited the game 12-0.
But the other one was a genuine whitewash, with the Nomads thumping the Sands 12-0.
There were good wins also for the Shore (10-2 over the Likely Lads), just behind the Legion Arrows’ 9-3 over Meadowbank.
Also Tankerness’s 8-4 over Deerness, and the other game saw the points shared by Sands ‘2’ and the Motorhoose in a six-all draw.
There were 180s from Billy Eunson, Ian Wilkie, Keith Bain, Alan Gray, Kevin Gray, Derek Firth, Colin Ross, Brian Murray, Michael Montgomery, and Paul Firth.
High checkouts: 101 from Robbie Stanger, and Paul Firth, 106 Derek Firth, and 111, also 111 from Bruce Moar, 114 and 154 from Ivan Leslie; 121 Ian Findlay; 140 Scott Walls, 145 Oli Bethwaite; and 156 from Leigh Shearer, who also scored a 177. Craig Taylor had a 14-dart leg.
It is the big one this Saturday, with the Caithness county team visiting.
t is a full ‘A’ and ‘B’ team event, in the Masonic Club, at 12.30 p.m.
Players are requested to be there by noon, and to wear county shirts.
There’s also a raffle. Any players or others with items, please being them along. The ladies will be playing also.
After the Caithness game, it’s on to the first of the ranking points events which, of course, selects the team to play Shetland.
It’s the Louttit Singles and it is in the Legion. Names by 7.30 p.m. on Friday, October 11.
Festive raffle tickets are now on sale from most players and committee members.
There is also a committee meeting on Wednesday, October 9, Masonic, 8 p.m.
Williamson’s ‘A’ League: Commodores 9, Untouchables ‘A’ 3, Quoyburray ‘B’, Wanderers 11; RBLM 8, Quoyburray 4; Murray Arms 4, Sanday 8; Legion 8, OGC 4; Untouchables 8, Shapinsay 4.
Williamson’s ‘B’ League: Shore 10, Likely Lads 2; Meadowbank 3, Legion Arrows 9; Tankerness 8, Deerness 4; Bilco Boys 0, St Ola 12 wo; Sands ‘2’ 6, Motorhoose 6; Nomads 12, Sands 0.
Saturday, October 5: K-DDL v Caithness, Masonic, 12.30 p.m.
Friday, October 11: Louttit Singles (ranking), Legion, 7.30 p.m.
Monday, October 14
Williamson’s ‘A’ League: Sanday v Untouchables ‘A’; OGC v Commodores; Shapinsay v Quoyburray; Quoyburray ‘B’ v Murray Arms; Untouchables v Legion; Wanderers v RBLM.
Williamson’s ‘B’ League: Shore v Nomads; Likely Lads v Tankerness; Meadowbank v Sands ‘2’; Deerness v Motorhoose; Legion Arrows v Bilco Boys; Sands v St Ola.