Boys vs Dons - Darts 2018
On the night of Thursday 11 January, the boys clashed with the dons at the oche. The JCR was host to the first major fixture of the ‘Boys vs Dons’ sports competition of the year.
Over 100 spectators watched as the boys and dons competed for the hotly-contested trophy; not played for in several years. The first fixture was between Ned “the Notorious” Greville-Williams and undermaster, Richard “Greedo” Greed. “Greedo” put the Dons one up, thanks to a majestic double six.
Julius “the Emperor” de Watteville levelled the scores, after eventually securing a double one against Tim “the Jedi Master” Lawson. At the scores one-a-piece, Will “the Tyrant” Todd’s sublime checkout of double fourteen, at the first time of asking, defeated his opponent, and resident sub-tutor, Kyle “the Wizard” Willis-Stovold. At two-one up, the boys looked set for victory; however the result of Val “the Butcher” Brooke and Lee “the Viking” Ryan shook things up. With neither being able to checkout within nine darts, the game was decided by who could get the closest to the bull. “The Viking” threw a strong dart; however “the Butcher” would have sealed the victory for the boys with a game to spare if his dart had landed, instead of his dart bettering “the Viking’s” attempt and then dramatically falling off the board.
The match was left perfectly poised at two-all with one leg to play and the two top seeds remaining. Henry “the Real” McCoy arrived at the oche with a roar as he entered to the Test Match Special theme tune; however, he was soon outshone by the Warden’s entrance to Darkzy’s ‘One Dance.’
“The Real” McCoy showed that he could walk the walk after hitting two treble twenties in a row. However, again, the leg could not be finished with a double; therefore, the match was left down to ‘the closest to the bull.’ Unfortunately for 100 spectators and the Boys players (and fortunately for five spectators and the Dons players), John “the Vision” Moule came closest.
The evening was a brilliant showcase of not only the darts abilities of the boys and dons, but also the brilliant support of fellow boys and dons. Two things are for certain at the end of the match: the dons earn 3 points towards their tally in the ‘Boys vs Dons’ competition and no Radleians will be challenging Rob Cross and company to the World Darts Championship in 2018. A great thank you must also go to John “the Beast” Beasley, for so eloquently scoring and presenting the evening.
Report by Rory “The Rhetoric” Betley, E Social 6.2