Penge Trades had a similar self-confidence going into the last match and this proved to be well founded as they emerged victorious, hitting 11 doubles and securing the championship in Bovill Road against the Nap B. In what was apparently a raucous night, with many regulars returning home with bleeding ears, the cheers rang out long and loud as the boys from the Royston enjoyed their victory to the max, turning it up to the eleven literally! Congratulations are due to Mark and his team for a well-deserved victory and a consistently good season. Nice bunch of lads too, (sickening isn't it?). The Nap B must have had different feelings as this result condemned them to the wooden spoon, but no doubt they have enjoyed the season with their customary verve, good humour and enthusiasm.
Meanwhile at a rather more subdued Bricklayers, the B side beat the Brock A by 9 - 4. On a momentous night for the Scots, John and Mark from Brockley were resplendent in kilts and England shirts and added to the end-of-term atmosphere hugely. Much predictable discussion of what was worn under the kilt followed their arrival in a night reminiscent of 'Carry on up the Khyber', but the 'devils in skirts' were unable to stop the Brick B grabbing runners-up place in the league. Congrats to Charlie Nicholas for leading his side to a keenly contested second place. It has been said, but not by me, that Charlie has been playing darts since Noah was a lad, but that is very far from the truth and quite unfair, although I did hear reports that he lost in the triples one year to Noah's sons Ham, Shem and Japeth....
The Brick A also won by 9 - 4 at the fourth placed Maple Tree, which is a very decent effort, they sadly missed out on drawing level with their B side by a solitary point. They can however look forward to the winter months with optimism, unlike Louis van Gaal, who must wait until January for any semblance of a defence to show up. It is possible to get away without any credible defence at all, just ask Oscar Pistorious. The Brick A to be honest would probably be able to manage 4 or 5 goals against the Mancs current line up of galacticos up front and omnishambles at the back.
The Fox's beat the Nap A by 8 - 5 in Kirkdale and so confirmed their status as top Division 2 team, so well done to Alan and the guys for that. The Nap A slid to fourth bottom as a result, but an honourable mention is due to Ian Moore, returning from injury, who hit 5 treble twenties in a row in his singles, only to lose out to a doggedly determined opponent in Al Aslett when the doubles proved as elusive to him as a Liverpool win or a Burnley goal.
Brock Soc B beat the Cat Cyphers 7 - 6 in SE4 in a close fought scrap like the Scottish Referendum with the result reflecting the proximity of the teams in the league. But whilst Alex Salmond returns to his local chippie for a bucket of deep fried Mars bars and an unhealthy retirement sticking pins into Alastair 'Zammo' Darling, after a decent season for both these sides, if I am any judge, they will not be throwing the towel in and we can look forward to playing them both again in the winter competition.
So, enjoy the break and try to hang on to your players for the winter season, to avoid having a 'Lampard' inflicted upon you.
Darts Pie and a Pint