THIS year’s Ormskirk Pub Games Challenge is taking place this Saturday – March 23 – at the 22 Club in the town.
The challenge this year features five events – darts, pool, bowls, cards and dominoes.
The competition is in its fourth year and consists of players from four different darts teams from the local league. These are The Hayfield, The Railway, The Halton Castle and The Plough. What started off as ‘bragging rights’ to find the Darts League’s most accomplished ‘All-Rounder’ at different pub games has grown year-on-year with the quality of entrant increasing in that time.
This year’s Challenge will see the highest number of players to ever grace the competition, 14 in total. Included are the competition veterans, Mike Smith, Steve Woods and Gareth Kingsley and debutantes including Kev Christian, Andy Rawsthorn, Neil Adams and John Gregson.
With last year’s champion Mark Pickett, missing due to work commitments, the games is wide open for anybody to win. Favourite for the crown is Kingsley as he has proved to be the most consistent player over all five disciplines in previous years, closely followed by Smith, already a two-time champion of the challenge.
You cannot at this stage write-off the chances of Adams who is throwing the darts of his life right now nor that of Gregson, who has proven he is a force within the local dart league as well as being the only player taking part to play in the local pool league too. The format for the day will see every player having to compete in 13 gruelling matches of darts, six matches of pool, six matches of bowls and five games each of cards and dominoes lasting a minimum of 10 hours of intense pressure. The most intriguing aspect of the games is most of the people taking part have no idea how good each of their ‘rivals’ are at the different events.
The Ormskirk Pub Games Challenge will see fierce competition, high quality encounters and above all else, sporting excellence.