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The inter-college Pool, Darts and Dominos leagues have reached the half way point, and as the weeks have passed by it is now becoming clear who are the main contenders for this year’s leagues.
The mens A league has seen Lonsdale maintain their undefeated record most recently beating Furness 6-3. Graduate, their closest challengers, recently slipped up to both Lonsdale and Fylde losing 5-4 in both games. Lonsdale are 17 points clear of Graduate in second, who have a game in hand, meaning that a lot could come down to the contest between Lonsdale and Graduate at Lonsdale bar. If Lonsdale were to win this encounter it would be their league to lose.
The mens B league is a close contest with a mere seven points separating the top five; Bowland, Lonsdale, Pendle, Fylde and Cartmel respectively. Bowland have a four point barrier at the top having most recently beaten Cartmel 5-4. Fylde have a game in hand over the top three but suffered defeat in the closing week of term to Graduate 6-3. This league remains wide open and is likely to go down to the wire.
With regards to womens pool, Bowland sit nine points clear ahead of Cartmel and Lonsdale sit a further five points behind the top two. Bowland have most recently defeated challengers Cartmel 6-3. Lonsdale have a game in hand over the top two and in the final week of term defeated County 7-2. Bowland will have to maintain the consistency from first term to remain at the top until the end.
The mens league sees the trio of Graduate, Lonsdale and Bowland separated by a mere five points. Graduate have a game in hand and look like the team to beat, having recorded several large winning margins and had only one defeat 5-4 to Furness. Lonsdale are a mere three points off the top but would need some big victories and Graduate to suffer further defeat in order to take top spot.
In the womens league Pendle, who are yet to suffer defeat, sit at the top with a nine point advantage over Bowland and Cartmel sit a further two points behind. Pendle’s last game was against County with a 5-2 victory; their biggest challengers battled it out against each other in the final week with Cartmel defeating Bowland 4-3. This league currently has a clear favourite and it is down to Bowland and Cartmel to attempt to close the gap in the final term.
Bowland sit at the top with a five point lead in the Dominos league, with Fylde and Furness in second and third respectively. Fylde have the opportunity to close the gap by having a game in hand, who in the final week defeated Graduate 2-1, similarly leaders Bowland defeated Cartmel 2-1. Both Fylde and Bowland have only suffered one defeat from eight and will be battling it out until the end.
In summary, Bowland sit at the top of three of the six leagues; mens B pool, womens pool and Dominos and along with Lonsdale are close behind Graduate in a close mens darts league. Pendle have a distinct advantage in the womens darts league and if consistency is maintained should see them through to the end. The mens A pool league sees the biggest gap at the top with Lonsdale having a 17 point advantage over Graduate, it would be a major shock if they still were not at the top in the final week. No team is thinking of celebrating just yet, with most of the leagues remaining close and with still eigth games to play next term the leagues could change significantly. Bowland have to maintain the form they did last term before they can celebrate another George Wyatt victory, as Lonsdale sit close behind them for the title.
Note: This article originally stated that Bowland Women’s darts had beaten Cartmel 4-3. This has now been corrected to show that it was Cartmel who won the match 4-3.