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Offaly crowned All Ireland darts champions in history making year

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Offaly crowned All Ireland darts champions in history making year thumbnailThe successful Offaly Darts team that won the All Ireland championship. MT24300BL

OFFALY Darts are celebrating more success as they recently travelled to Dublin for the All Ireland championships and came home with the big prize.
The eight man team consisting of Shane O Hara, James Landy, Trevor English, Patrick Barrett, Billy Keane, Willie McKenna, Charlie Ward, Aidan Cambell Jnr along with manager Mark Guinan and Secretary Leanne Holland travelled to the Regency Hotel in Dublin on June 3 and 4 to compete in the 24 team event.
Offaly were in a group with Tipperary Select, Down and G.W Area 2. After been defeated 4-3 by G.W Area 2, the Offaly men beat Tipperary Select 7-0 and Down 6-1 allowing them to finish top of our group on Saturday.
On Sunday Morning, they defeated O'Loughin's of Kilkenny 5-2 putting them into the quarter Finals. They came up against a strong Wexford outfit in the quarter final Quarter Final but Offaly Came out on top with a superb 4-0 victory.
The semi final saw Offaly continue their good form with as they beat another strong from Area 2 from Belfast 4-0.
The Final of the day was between Offaly and the Patriots from Dublin. Once again Offaly produced another scintillating performance beating the Patriots on a scoreline of 4-0 with incredible darts throughout the game. Offaly definitely were the worthy winners.
History has been made in Offaly Darts with A Leinster Title, All Ireland Inter Counties Title and All Ireland Championship title all won with Offaly the first county to achieve all titles in the same season.
Offaly Youths also travelled to the All Ireland Championship with the team consisting of Corey Buckley (captain), James O Connor, James Hayes, Noah Molloy, Dylan Slevin, Ben Hynes, Mark Griffin under the management of Christopher O Connor.
Offaly were in a group with Emeralds, Laois and YDA 2. They beat the Emeralds 4-1 in the first game, beat Laois 4-1 in second game and were defeated by YDA 2 on a scoreline of 3-2 in the final game of the day.
Offaly finished second in their group so would face Dublin in quarter finals on Sunday Morning. Unfortunately this was not to be and Offaly Youths were defeated by Dublin on a scoreline of 3-0.
Huge effort was put in by all youths over the weekend and the future of Offaly Darts is very bright.
Meanwhile, Dylan Slevin went on to win the Youths Singles Competition on Saturday Night.

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