29 January 2018
Gap closes at the top

The second half of the league season resumed last week and both league leaders suffered defeats.
The Orkney Golf Club managed to finally halt the Legion’s winning streak and in doing so closed the gap at the top to just four points.  
The Commodores seemed to smell blood in the air and pounced on the bottom side Quoyburray, devouring them 12-0.  
Shapinsay claimed what they will consider a bonus point against Untouchables, but with Quoyburray ‘B’ overturning the Wanderers, the islanders find themselves back in the relegation places.  
Untouchables ‘A’ narrowly defeated the Warriors, who will be busy looking over their shoulders, as they are now only 4 points clear of Shapinsay.

What can you say about the close competition in the ‘B’ league?
Every single week there is a new twist to the story unfolding and at close of play last week they are back in a six horse race to the title, with only 4 points separating first from sixth.
With so little between any of the sides, nobody seems able to open up any kind of breathing space.
Tankerness only just lost out to the Bilco Boys, but remain top by a solitary point.  Murray Arms were held by Sanday ‘B’ and in doing so lost their chance to climb to the top, instead remaining perfectly level with the Nomads, who have a game in hand.  
Vikings demolished the Ale stars 11-1 to tie with the other three teams on 23 points while the Muppets beat Streamline 8-4 to remain well within striking distance.  
Elsewhere, the Sands got revenge for an opening day defeat to the Young Loons, edging them 7-5 this time out.

180s this week were hit by: Keith Brumpton, Jamie Marwick, Ross Groundwater, Colin Kirkpatrick, Keith Bain, Ivan Leslie, Neil Croy, Stevie Linklater, Ian Linklater, Des Gillespie, Jim Brown, Erlend Lennie (two), Davy Henderson (two), Craig Taylor (two), Robbie Stanger (two), Stevie Moar (two) and Kevin Gray (three).

Stevie Linklater and Ian Munro both also scored 174, while Kevin Gray had two 177s.  Short legs were aplenty this week with Jim Brown having a 14 dart leg, as did Kevin Gray (twice). Robbie Stanger posted a 13 dart leg but Stevie Linklater hit three 13 darters.

Ton-plus checkouts came from:  Kevin Peace 100, Stuart Thomson 100, Craig Taylor 104, Kevin Gray 106, Jamie Drever 106, Des Gillespie 110, Stevie Moar 117, Trevor Shearer 120, Robbie Norquoy 120, Colin Kirpatrick 109 & 115 and Derek Firth 111 & 130.

This Friday the Albyn Singles, a  B League ranking competition takes place in the Masonic at 7.30pm.
The following week, February 9, a brand new ranking points competition takes place with a cup donated by league president Craig Taylor.

The Taylor Singles, which replaces the league doubles as a ranking fixture, takes place in the Legion starting at 7.30pm.


A League
Quoyburray 0, Commodores 12, Wanderers 5, Quoyburray ‘B’ 7, OGC 7, Legion 5,
Untouchables ‘A’ 7, Warriors 5, Untouchables 6, Shapinsay 6.
B League
Sands 7, Young Loons 5, Tankerness 5, Bilco Boys 7, Ale Stars 1, Vikings 11, Muppets 8, Streamline 4, Sanday ‘B’ 6, Murray Arms 6,
Week beginning Monday, February 5

A League
Quoyburray v Quoyburray ‘B’, Commodores v Sanday, Wanderers v Legion, Legion Arrows v Warriors, OGC v Untouchables, Untouchables ‘A’ v Shapinsay.
B League
Sands v Nomads, Young Loons v Bilco Boys, Tankerness v Streamline, Ale Stars v Sanday ‘B’, Muppets v Murray Arms, Vikings – No game.

Friday, February 2
Albyn Singles ( B League ranking competition) Masonic 7.30pm
Friday February 9
Taylor Singles (Ranking competition) Legion 7.30pm

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