Fishermans (2) appear invincible in darts league

Arbroath and District Men’s

Darts League

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FISHERMANS (2) are still top of the Premier Division of Arbroath and District Men’s Darts League and their 100 per cent record continues after they recorded a comprehensive 9-3 victory over Fishermans (1) on Monday.

Burns Bar (1) and Burns Bar (2) both won to keep second and third places with 12 and 10 points respectively.

There is only one change in the top three places in the First Division, where Commercial (L) was defeated by Cliffburn (1), allowing West Port Bar who beat Legion 9-3 to leapfrog them into third place. Abbey and Cliffburn (1) march on in first and second place respectively.

Bowlers recorded an emphatic 8-4 win over Cliffburn (2) to keep their promotion hopes on track. Pageant lost out to West Port Lounge and Lorne recorded a comfortable win over Bowlers (2) which meant drastic changes in the runners-up spots.

Premier Division

Results: Burns Bar (1) 12, Station (2) 0; Fishermans (1) 3, Fishermans (2) 9; Ram’s Heid (1) 4, Burns Bar (2) 8; Portcullis, bye.

P W D L F A Pts

Fishermans (2) 7 7 0 0 73 11 14

Burns Bar (1) 7 6 0 1 71 13 12

Burns Bar (2) 7 5 0 2 52 22 10

Station (2) 7 3 1 3 40 44 7

Fishermans (1) 7 2 1 4 34 50 5

Portcullis 7 2 0 5 34 50 4

Ram’s Heid (1) 7 1 2 4 32 52 4

First Division

Results: Abbey 7, Millgate 5; Legion 3, West Port Bar 9; Cliffburn (1) 7, Commercial (L) 5; Corner Bar 9, St. Thomas 3.

P W D L F A Pts

Abbey 7 6 1 0 55 29 13

Cliffburn (1) 7 5 0 2 50 34 10

West Port Bar 7 3 2 2 45 39 8

Commercial (L) 7 2 3 2 47 37 7

Corner Bar 7 3 1 3 47 37 7

Millgate 7 1 2 4 32 52 4

Legion 7 1 2 4 28 56 4

St. Thomas 7 0 3 4 32 52 3

Second Division

Results: Bowlers (1) 8, Cliffburn (2) 4; West Port Lounge 7, Pageant 5; Station (1) 7, Ram’s Heid (2) 5; Lorne 10, Bowlers (2) 2.

P W D L F A Pts

Bowlers (1) 7 6 1 0 58 26 13

Lorne 7 2 4 1 47 37 8

Cliffburn (2) 7 3 2 2 45 39 8

West Port Lounge 7 4 0 3 39 45 8

Pageant 7 2 3 2 45 39 7

Station (1) 7 3 1 3 45 39 7

Bowlers (2) 7 1 1 5 28 52 3

Ram’s Heid (2) 7 0 2 4 29 55 2

180 scorers: J. Cooper, A. Wood, S. McCormack, M. Shepherd, G. Will and R. Baker.

Low legs: 14 darts - G. Will and H. Gray (double); 16 darts - M. Jones and D. Cooper; 17 darts - J. Smith and S. Robertson.

High checkouts: 101 - S. Green; 108 - J. Bell; 122 - J. Barr; 148 - M. Thomson.

Cup competition fixtures

The Knock-out Cup quarter-finals will be played on Monday.

Ties are: West Port Bar v Commercial (L); Burns Bar (2) v Corner Bar; Abbey v Fishermans (2); Ram’s Heid (1) v Burns Bar (1).

Consolation Cup preliminary round matches to be played the same evening are: Cliffburn (1) v Bowlers (1); Millgate v Lorne; Legion v Cliffburn (2); Bowlers (2) v Ram’s Heid (2); Station (2) v Portcullis; St. Thomas v Pageant; Fishermans (1) v Station (1).

West Port Lounge has a bye through to the Consolation Cup first round.

Home captains are reminded to text the score to the Arbroath darts mobile on 07528 249922.

Christmas break

The fixtures of Monday, December 19, are the final games of the year. The Christmas break will last until league matches resume on January 9.

Additional signings

No additional signings will be accepted after December 31.

Debt suspended

The Burns Bar (2) and Ram’s Heid (2) teams are currently debt suspended due to failure to comply with football card rules laid down by the committee. Both teams failed to hand in football card fund-raiser money on Monday evening.

To be able to take part in the Knock-out Cup and Consolation Cup matches on Monday, team captains should ensure that money due is paid to committee member Davie Bruce prior to Monday night’s games.

Youth players

Due to licensing laws, Arbroath and District Men’s Darts League committee has decided to take the following action with regards to players under 18 years old;

Any player within the Arbroath League set up at the moment who is under the age of 16 will no longer be permitted to play. The Licensing Scotland Act 2005 prohibits ‘children’ being in licensed premises.

Players aged 16 and 17 are still permitted to play darts in local pubs, but only if the pubs’ operating plan allows ‘young persons’ to enter. Even with this the young players have to vacate the licensed premises by 9 p.m. to comply with the new law.

Pubs in Arbroath that these young people will not be allowed to play darts in at the moment are Abbey Inn, Burns Bar, Corner Bar, Lorne and St Thomas. These businesses operate a ‘no under-18s’ policy.

All other pubs should be ok but again it is up to the publican/bar staff on the night, so be prepared.

All players must be at least 18 years old to enter and play in the league competitions which include singles, doubles, Peem Pearson, Stevie Dall Trophy, 180 Competition, Captains’ Cup, Vice-Captains’ Cup and finals night.

This is completely out of the committee’s hands and it’s with regret that these measures have been brought in.

Youth darts

The first Angus youth competition will be played in the function suite at the Red Lion Holiday Park, Arbroath, on Saturday, January 7. Registration is at 11 a.m. and the competition will begin at 12 noon.

The event is open to boys and girls aged between 14 and 21 years from the Angus area.

Entry is free and there will be awards for the winner and runner-up. This is planned as an introduction to competition darts with the emphasis on good sportsmanship and having fun.

Alan Soutar, Angus Darts chairperson, stated: “Standard of play should not be a barrier to any young player as we are looking to encourage young players into the sport of darts.

“If this venture is well attended then a Youth Darts Academy is planned for 2012.”

Any parents or carers who would like any further information should contact Alan on 07967218790.