Tigers roar: the Western claims men's darts title

ANOTHER TITLE: Barry Wicks, a legend of the game, and his Tigers claimed another title. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

ANOTHER TITLE: Barry Wicks, a legend of the game, and his Tigers claimed another title. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The Great Western Tigers have roared again, winning the grand final of the men’s winter darts competition again, pushing their title-winning streak to almost a decade.

The Tigers toppled the Metro Pilots 6-2 in a toughly-fought match that resulted in top darts being thrown by both sides, the clash lived up to its battle royale expectations.

The teams are normally close, winning three round wins each throughout the competition but the Tigers were too strong in the grand final.

The win in the decider was the fourth the Tigers had over the Pilots and came a fortnight after their win in the major semi-final, while the latter side claimed three wins during the regular season.

The Tigers took a big 5-1 lead in the singles and lost the first doubles but Dave Whitmore and Ken Kostitch clinched the match after winning the second doubles.

Dave Whitmore (4x100, 2x140), Ken Kostitch (2x100, 140, 135), Barry Wicks (2x100), Mitch Kennewell (140, 100), Andy Whitmore (2x100,) and Michael Whitmore (100) all played top games for the premiership-winning Tigers as well, in a strong team showing.

The Pilots’ best were Justin Metcraft who hit a 180, 140, 133 and 100, Jay Jordan (3x125, 2x100, 140), Adam Dean (4x100, 140, 125), Mark Tilston (100) and Mark McKenzie (114).

In division two the Ophir Nuggets had a narrow 6-5 win over the Victoria Outcasts who put up a big effort with only five players.

The Nuggets’ Terry McInnes (132), Steve Ring (100) and Rob Herbert (100) were their side’s highest scorers in the victory while Peter Hamilton (108), Erich von Einhem (100), Aaron Goerss (105) and Chris Blackhall (100) tried hard for the Outcasts.

The singles championships will be played on December 7 and 14 with A grade at the Victoria and B grade at the Ophir.

Nominations to be in by 7pm.

Doubles will be played on January 4 and 11.

The next competition will start on January 18 with nominations in by January 8.

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