‘The Maverick’ Mark Henderson was crowned The Morg’s (Willington Quay Social) premier league champion for the second successive season after he saw off the challenge of his brother Carl and father Malcolm to seal the title again.
After 16 gruelling weeks of tungsten tension it was ‘The Magician’ Mala Henderson who finished top of the table, only losing once, and his reward was a semi-final against last year’s runner-up Micky ‘Sexy’ Mick Young.
It was Young who took the opening leg but that was all he could muster in the opening six legs as the Henderson blasted into a 5-1 lead at the interval with an array of brilliant darts.
An 18-dart leg from the veteran Henderson then put him further ahead as Young failed to match the high standards he had set in the league stage and the domination continued to see Mala win the game 10-2.
The other semi-final saw reigning champion Mark Henderson take on his brother Carl ‘The BritishBulldog180’ Henderson, who had recovered from a shaky start to finish third in the overall table and force his way into finals night.
The rest of the family including grandad George were impartial in their support of the two.
The Maverick sped into an emphatic 6-0 lead with his consistency on the double proving key to his success. Carl started the seventh leg with a great 180 and duly took it and the next two to reduce the deficit to 6-3.
Both players won a leg making it 7-4 and Carl looked on course to break his brother’s throw in the 12th, but with nine darts to win it from 100 he could not find the crucial double and was duly punished as the Maverick rattled off the next two to win the tie 10-4.
Before the final there was a game dubbed the biggest in the club’s history as eighth placed in the premier league ‘Dangerous’ Dale Johnson faced up against third in the second tier of club darts, Matty ‘The Assassin’ Adams in a game to decide who got the tenth and final spot in the next edition of the Morg Premier League.
And it was the premier league experience of Johnson that was key as he saw of the challenge to retain his place with a 7-3 win.
Up next was the final and the battle of the league’s top two, Mala and Mark Henderson.
Mark got off to an imperious start, crashing in a 150 checkout in the first leg and then a 112 in the second to lead early.
Mala hit a 180 in the next but it was to no avail as the Maverick pinched the leg and proceeded to romp into a surprise 6-0 lead at the interval.
A 96 finish made it 7-0 before Mala finally got on the board, winning two legs in a row to threaten what would of been an astonishing comeback, however, his failure to hit doubles saw the comeback put on hold as Mark ruthlessly took his chances and it was not long before he hit double four to add another premier league crown to his three Boxing Day Classic wins.
Another memorable finals night enjoyed by all, and credit went to everyone who took part in both leagues as the standard rose higher then it has ever been before.
Also thanked were Irene and everyone at the Morg for their efforts in hosting the event.
A total of £117 was raised for the British Heart Foundation as every 180 or ton plus checkout sees £1 go in the pot for charity, and with five months to go til the money is handed over, the total is certain to increase.