An­i­mals out­class Mon­grels

Pilbara News - - Sport - Rob Skin­ner

In a ma­jor up­set on the verge of the fi­nals at the top of the lad­der, the Mon­grels were out­played by sev­en­th­placed An­i­mals.

At the end of the first round, the An­i­mals led 3-2, but by the start of the third and fi­nal round the scores were locked at five games apiece.

While in this po­si­tion it is of­ten the more ex­pe­ri­enced team that demon­strates the com­po­sure and steps up to the plate, that was not the case.

The An­i­mals reeled off four straight games be­fore the Mon­grels took the last as they went down 9-6.

The An­i­mals have shown great form lately, and with fi­nals loom­ing it could be per­ilous to dis­count them in the race for the B-grade pre­mier­ship.

The Mon­grels’ sec­ond straight loss now makes their top spot ex­tremely shaky and opens the pos­si­bil­ity they could face The War­riors on their own turf in the first week of the fi­nals.

The War­riors have the eas­ier run home, and while equal in pre­mier­ship points, trail by only three in­di­vid­ual games, which should not be too hard to make up over the last two weeks of com­pe­ti­tion if they con­tinue with their good form.

In other matches, Tav­ern­ers have tem­po­rar­ily ce­mented their place in fourth po­si­tion with a per­cent­age­boost­ing 12-3 win over the Slay­ers, while the War­riors beat the Rec­a­holics 10-5, and the third-placed Wreck­ers had the Pu­n­ish­ers’ mea­sure 9-6.

Pic­ture: Rob Skin­ner

An­i­mals Cap­tain Pen­nie Coven­try.

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