Darts Summary Report 2006-07

We believe we’ve had quite a reasonable season in the APFSCIL Darts League Divison 2. Hopefully when a final table is produced we should see SULSESC in a safe mid-table position, having followed the football club’s excellent example. We hold our collective breath…

We’ve managed to win half of our 10 league games this season although a stonking success against Gillingham in the first game promised more. Sadly we let things slip a little before a run of 4 victories secured safety. During this run we put in probably our best performance in the 8-3 defeat of champions elect Sunderland at their place. But for defeats in the last two games the team may even have been pushing for promotion to Division 1. We’ve also arranged one or two friendlies during the season which have helped to fill a few gaps in the fixture list. More are planned for later in the summer and the new season.

Our Cup “run” ended disappointingly in the first round, away to first division side Sheffield Wednesday when we scarcely managed to trouble the scorer.

Three players have been ever present this season (although no-one played in all the legs available) – Colin, Neil H and the Captain, and these three top the averages table. No-one managed an average of 50+ but Neil headed the list with a very respectable 48. He and Colin shared top spot for winning doubles (12 each) while Colin scored the most tons during the season (14, better than one a game). If there was a prize for the single highest finish of the season it would go to Andy Skeels for his 82 (T12, 6, D20) against Plymouth at the Blue Posts. Highest single scores of 140 each came from two irregulars – Chris Pettitt and Steve Plews, now plying his trade in the depths of the garden of England.

It was Steve P’s departure from the Arbitrager in the City that led to a search for a new home pub and our reunion with the lovely Claire, formerly barmaid at the Bricklayers and now Manageress of the Blue Posts in Newman Street, another Sam Smiths establishment. We’ve settled in quickly to our new surroundings; it’s almost like going home. Of course the cheaper beer has helped to oil the way in and the food has been good – it’s just a shame the landlady can’t play darts. We look forward to many happy seasons at our new venue.

Finally, thank you and well done to all who played for the team this season (13 people made an appearance of one sort or another). Although we all like to win, results come second to the social side which is the main purpose for the darts, after all. Now, if we could all concentrate a bit harder when it comes to the beer leg….

Captain Vaughan