On Monday I attended a session of the Advanced Singles League. There were eight of us present and the format was a Round Robin with 2 games of SIDO 501 for each round. There was no "best of" component, we just all played 2 games against each other. As such, I played 14 games total, and won half. After an initial win to start off the evening, I lost 5 straight, and then won 6 straight, and then lost my last two. Here is the match by match:
My first opponent was Cornfed (I keep meaning to ask him how he chose that nickname). The first game was strong. I hot two tons and took out 20 for the win in short order. The second game was lackluster and he out shot me but not by much. I had one shot at an 80 out but blew it.
My second opponent was Brian. He was throwing some really nice looking Colonial reverse tapered darts. I should have won both of these but my finishing suffered tremendously and his was spot on. In the first game I opened with a 140 and followed that with a 92. My darts cooled down a bit after that and I ended up spending four rounds missing outs. He won. The second game was lackluster other than a single 118. I had one shot at a 56 out but didn't hit it. He took out a 79 to win.
My third opponent was Jeff. In these two games, which he won, I hit a serious slump. I hit only low scores and had over 200 points remaining in each game when he won. Very poor performance on my part. While I gave myself a shot at the out in both of my games against Brian and Cornfed, I did not in these two. They were almost demoralizing, but I kept my spirits up somehow.
My fourth opponent was Michael. This was the start of my 6 game winning streak. These two games were both wins for me, but it took me 34 and 32 darts, respectively. I hot a single ton between the two games and took out a 6, and then a 40 for the wins.
My fifth opponent was Tom. These two were my best games of the night. In the first game I went 85, 100, 81, 100, 71, and then spent 15 darts on finishing to eventually take out a 12. I felt strong. In the second game I hit three tons and missed taking out 120 by one or two millimeters. Then I spent two rounds finishing and took out a 4 for the win.
My sixth opponent was Ronny. I had no tonnage but hit maybe three triples between the two games. I won them both, taking out 32 and 16 for the wins.
My seventh (and last) opponent was Karim. I did worse in these games than I did against Jeff. I hit a single triple in each game and was otherwise a complete no-show. I didn't put up any sort of respectable fight, and had 289 and 254 points left respectively. Terrible way to end the evening. Karim on the other hand was impressively dominant. He threw an 18 darter and a 17 darter against me. However, I have beaten him a couple times before so while I recognize that he is a high caliber player, I maintain some expectation that I will win when I play him. All I have to do is hit my targets.
While my win-loss was 50% exactly, I feel like I had a decent evening. I was throwing the 24 gram One80 Revenges exclusively. I brought the Thunders with me but never broken them out. In total, I hit 1058 points in tonnage. Not bad!
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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