Assassins winless in Western Domino League
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:The troubles of Assassins, the defending J. Wray & Nephew Western Domino Premier League champions, just keep mounting as they suffered yet another blow to their title defence, slumping to a seven-point defeat at the hands of Deeside last week.
With already three rounds accounted for, Assassins have failed to log a single win so far this season and are in the cross hairs of clubs seeking revenge from the Market Street, Falmouth-based domino club, which put in a dominant display last season.
Deeside, on the other hand, were rebounding from their 31-point (300-269) loss the previous week to Dynasty.
The champions actually rallied in the second half of the clash, but Deeside held on for a deserved victory and condemned Assassins to a loss in front of their home crowd.
OTHERS IN WINNERS' CIRCLE
Unity Strikers were also in the winners' circle, when they tagged Tuff Gong 300-285, while Dynasty continue to show good form with back-to-back wins by defeating Cool Wave 300-288 in a tense battle. There were also victories for Intouch, who beat Long Bay 300-281, while B52 Bomb Squad provided the surprise of the round with a 12-point win over the previously unbeaten Sandy Bay Giants, 300-288.
In Division One, there were strong performances from Western Stars, who kept Grange Hill Alliance winless after four rounds in an entertaining clash that saw the Retrieve-based Stars winning by a mere six points, 300-294.
Hawkeye Stingers kept their eye on the ultimate prize after turning back Uptown 300-275, and Star International made light work of Tornado, winning 300-275.
Rainbow moved even clearer out front in Division Two on 12 points, after a concise win, 300-244 over Glendevon CDC All-Stars, while Wakefield kept pace with another win, this time a 300-290 victory over Venus.
There were also wins for Dallas over Perry Strikers 300-294 and Broadway kept Tatch winless this season, with a 300-288 margin. Peace and Love had the better of Small Axe 300-287.
The leagues will continue tomorrow across all three divisions. All matches start at 1 p.m. with Strike Force taking on Dynasty and Assassins versus Cool Wave in the top premier league matches. Three matches are set for Division One, while Rainbow seek another win in the Division Two with a clash against Wakefield.