Pilots choked by Mace as Royal Renegades continue charge into contention

Royal Renegades, the newest team in the Orange men’s darts competition, have what it takes to be a premiership contender.

Renown for putting in a big performance each and every week, the Renegades certainly didn’t disappoint in the last round, polishing off the Metro Pilots 6-5.

They are now only four points behind the Pilots in third place.

The Great Western Tigers lead the competition by 15 points, having recorded another resound win in their last start.

The Renegades have a secret weapon in Anthony Mace who hit five 100s, 140, 125 and 123, with the other big scores hit by Mick Kennedy (2x100), Luke Ezzy (100), Keith Hayward (140, 100) and Luke Pecoski (115).

The Pilots’ Jay Jordan with nine 100s put in his usual big effort with good backing from Will Owers (125, 100), Andrew Ryan (4x100), Kevin Owers (123, 100) and Rod Millar (2x100, 140, 120).

The Great Western Tigers had a 9-2 win over the Ophir Deviates in a match that strangely didn’t produce the usual string of high scores other than by Tiger Ken Kostitch, who racked up seven 100s, 140, 125 and 123.

Mitch Kennewell.

Mitch Kennewell.

Mitch Kennewell (121, 100, 112 peg out), Rob Puckeridge (2x100, 114) and Charles O’Neil (100) were the only other Tigers to hit 100 or more.

The Deviates always give their best and never stop trying with good games by Kevin Coleman (138, 123), Jason Fewings (121), Slade Anlezark (121) and Matt Caughlan (140, 121).

In division 2 the Metro Barbarians battled for their 6-5 win over the lowly-placed Hotel Orange Jokers, with Graeme Kelly the only big scorer hitting a 138, while Stuart Carolan hit three 100s for the Jokers.

The Ophir Nuggets hung on to their one-point competition lead with a 7-4 win over the Metro Old Boys. The top scorers were Rob Herbert (121, 100) and Terry McInness (101).

The Old Boys’ best were Troy Mavrak (100), Michael Birks (100) and Ray Allport (127).

The Royal B52’s, only one point behind the Nuggets, had an 8-3 win over the Great Western Cowboys with Wayne Wallace (134, 125) and Jason Drew (120) getting the big scores..

Troy Speechley (133, 100) and Zen Vlietman (100) tried hard for the Cowboys.