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Embleton and District Darts League Team Knockout 2013/14 season

To shake things up a bit the Embleton and District Darts League decided to experiment with a new format for the knockout competitions this season.

It was decided by the committee that all formats will be played on three individual nights with the team knockout being the first to be held at the Burnside Inn on Friday, December 13.

The draw for the preliminary round took place at Seahouses Club on Monday, December 5, pairing Seahouses Working Men’s Club with the Black Swan A and a derby match between the two sides from the Blink Bonny.

On the night itself, proceedings got under way and Seahouses Club and the Blink A progressed into the knockout proper with 2-0 victories.

The draw for the quarter-finals saw one of the two favourites, Burnside B, paired with the youngsters from the Black Swan B.

Despite being massive underdogs to reach the semi-finals, the Swan pulled off the first major upset of the night and ran out worthy 2-0 winners with a fine team performance.

The next tie saw the Burnside A against the Cottage and in a close game, the Burnside reach the semis with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

The third quarter-final was to be the scene of the second shock of the night with Seahouses Club overcoming the team league leaders and the pre-tournament favourites, the Horseshoes A 2-1, in a tense affair.

The last quarter-final saw The Horseshoes B ensuring that there would be one representative from the Shoes in the semis, running out 2-1 in yet another close encounter.

The draw for the semi-finals saw the host venues Burnside A against the new tournament favourites Seahouses Club, with the Club progressing from a game that was closer than the 2-0 scoreline suggested, with poor finishing preventing the game going into the final leg.

The other semi-final was a closer scoreline with the Horseshoes B team coming out victors with their second 2-1 victory of the evening.

The final was to be the best of five legs and was a superb game to round off what turned out to be a highly-entertaining and successful night of darts.

Seahouses Club emerged victorious after some tremendous legs of darts from both sides and, having progressed from the preliminary round, they were worthy winners of the first team knockout to be played on one night.

The committee thanked the Burnside Inn for the use of the venue as well as all the scorers and teams who helped make it a night to remember.

It also thanked the sponsors of the match boards for the evening for their support, without which the league would find it extremely difficult to function in the manner in which it has in previous years.