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Offaly host Leinster Darts championships

Thursday, 8 February 2018

2017 Inter County All Ireland and 2016/2017 Back to Back Leinster Champions Offaly had the privilige of hosting this year's Leinster Championship. 

The event took place in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Saturday & Sunday January 27 & 28 in association with Offaly County Darts, the Tullamore Court Hotel & Carling. 

Saturday saw 10 teams battle for the Leinster title in the Youths event with a strong Dublin team being crowned champions beating a great Westmeath team. The standard of darts from these young boys and girls was phenomonal. Offaly youths had three teams on the day with Offaly 1 narrowly missing out by being knocked out by Westmeath in the semi finals. 

Saturday evening they hosted an open singles event where 67 men took to the oche. There were some fantastic darts displayed all evening from players from throughout the country. Our winner on the night was Ireland's finest Steven Lennon beating Offaly's Stephen Rosney in an epic final.

Sunday was our main event with 14 men's teams and six ladies teams. Wexford were crowned the Ladies champions beating Carlow. Kilkenny were crowned men's champions beating Wexford.

Offaly had two men's teams in the main event, team 2 had a very tough group and were very unfortunate not to make it out of their group. Offaly 1 topped their group and went on the beat Carlow in a quarter final but were then unlucky to be knocked out in the semi finals against Wexford.

The Offaly committee have put in a huge amount of work over the last few months putting this event together and they were supported very well from local businesses which they are so grateful for. 

Their panel of men put in a massive amount of work guided by their fantastic manager Mark Guinan attending trials every month and competing in Invitationals and the standard of darts in Offaly is going from strength to strength. 

They had big hopes of retaining their Leinster title in Tullamore but unfortunately it wasn't to be but they are ready for the 'A' All Irelands in Ennis next month. They would just like to thank all their players for their dedication and committment to their organisation.

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