Cahir House Hotel hosted this year’s Tipperary Cup, where 26 teams took part. A lot of players and teams were worried before hand how the new system of playing the best of 25 single legs was going to pan out, but by the end of play all were in agreement that it was a very successful format and players were looking forward to playing under these rules in the future.
There was some great performances in round one, where some of the stand out games were Poulmucka defeating the Tipperary Ladies A team while Morrisseys of Cahir were very unlucky when a couple of bounce outs probably cost them victory against one of the tournament favourites Ambys.
Tipperary Ladies B caused a shock when they knocked out the Shamrock B team. One of the performances of this round came from Youth player Evan Shine who took the scalps of County players Gerry O’Hara and Willie McGarry of the local team, these two players are among the top players in the county, well done Evan.
Rounds Two and Three produced some brilliant darts and all games went more or less as expected. One of the best games in these rounds was Murphys of Templemore versus Tipperary Youths - this was a ding dong battle all the way, with the scores still tied at nine all, when Billy Fogarty (Templemore) and his younger brother Bodien (Tipperary youths) were drawn to play each other. This game was tight all the way until Billy produced a bit of magic when he took out a 167 finish to win.
The Semi Finals were contested by the Local Bar v Murphys and Ambys v The Auld Murry Inn. Like most Semi Finals these games were tense and victory and a path into the final was what was required. Wins for the Local and Ambys was to put two of the favourites in the Final, where the Local proved too strong for their opponents and ran out 13 - 4 winners. Paul Prout accepted the cup on behalf of the winners and thanked his team and all who made it a great day for Tipperary Darts.
Well done to the Local on their win and they have put down a serious marker for the remainder of the year that if they are to be toppled it is going to take a team playing at the top of their game to overcome them.
The County Board would like to thank Cahir House for all their help on the day, to Mick Smith who as usual was there early morning setting up the venue, most of this work goes unseen, to all others who helped make the day a success. They would also like to thank Andy and Mary from L.D.C darts who are one of the sponsors of Tipperary Darts, and would encourage players to support them when possible, they can be contacted on 087-6343760.
Dates to remember:
Next Sunday Youths Trials take place in Barrons, New Inn, darts away at 3pm sharp. We ask all Youth players to attend, as this is a ranking event towards the forthcoming Munsters and All Ireland.