Our FSSP Sports Club hosted its inaugural darts competition at The Grasshopper off the Green on Wednesday, October 24th. Members initially gathered ‘round the bar ordering pints of Guinness and Harp, to calm their nerves and shaky hands before darts could fly after a long day spent at the office. Tall tales were being told of home dart boards and personal dart collections that were accidentally left at home, when in walked member Lou Timney holding a titanium briefcase filled with foam-molded slots for his ultra-light darts, and the rest of us quickly realized our A game would be needed. The classic game of Cricket would be played, ground rules and teams of two were established, and teams would alternate between the heavy and light darts at each dart board. Team S&M (Steve and Matt we think) had a strong start, beating Lou and Carl who’d succeeded in closing out all but the elusive bullseye far in advance of the competition, leaving the door open and ending with a loud exclamation “Yeah kidddddd!”. S&M started off hot going 3-0 through the first hour looking unstoppable like Shane Spencer in his first month in the majors, but Steve Koyce couldn’t make the transition back from the heavy darts to the light ones, and looked like Shane Spencer in his second month in the majors when every manager realized he couldn’t hit the curve.
Over on the other board, new member Steve Ford teamed up with Josh O’Neill against Gina and Patty and played their first game that went on for (what felt like) hours, finally ending in a sudden-death, highest points single inning tie break. The boys eeked out the win, but walked away bruised and tired from the whole ordeal. Carl and Lou then made quick work of Steve and Josh (whose arm was beginning to cramp up), with Lou starting off the game hitting the double bulls, and putting a few extra nails in the coffin by hitting not one but TWO bulls in his final throws.
Mike “Monuments” Keown showed up to just hang out and not throw any darts, but insisted on having darts thrown at him.
The final matchup of the evening was Lou and Steve Ford vs. Swens and Josh who played “501” where you start off with 501 points with the objective of ending at 0by subtracting the total number of points thrown each inning (WITHOUT a calculator). Josh threw a triple 19, a 1 and a 5 and took 5 minutes to figure out what that meant. Lou kept adding his score instead of subtracting, Matt strategically hit round numbers each inning to make the math easier, and Steve found his groove hitting a few bulls. Lou once again threw the final darts with 10 points left and hitting a double 5, ending the games but not the evening as everyone stuck around to hang out a bit longer.
Good times! We hope to see you at the next FSSP Sports Club event!
JOSH O'NEILL AND MICHAEL KEOWN
FOR THE WRITE UP AND PICTURES
THANKS TO OUR VP BRIAN CARROLL
FOR ORGANIZING THIS EVENT
AND MANY OTHERS TO FOLLOW