Teams bat­tle it out in quest for glory

Pilbara News - - Sport - Rob Skin­ner

It’s fi­nals time for the Kar­ratha Districts Eight­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, with four fi­nals played last Wed­nes­day night.

There were two fi­nals in both grades with the A-grade qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal de­ter­min­ing the team that will go straight into, and host, the grand fi­nal and the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

In the A-grade, Mon­grels looked like fin­ish­ing on top of the lad­der but poor form at the end of the sea­son cost them the mi­nor pre­mier­ship by the small­est pos­si­ble mar­gin to War­riors.

In a ner­vous start to the night, Mon­grels won the first two games and looked like they could break open the match early but War­riors weren’t about to let that hap­pen and while they took the two of the next three games, Mon­grels fin­ished the first round 3–2 up.

While most games went to the wire, Mon­grels got the bet­ter of the fin­ishes to have a 7–3 lead go­ing into the last round.

War­riors needed a clean sweep in the last round to take the match and while they got the first game, Mon­grels took the match 8–4 in the race to eight.

In the A-grade elim­i­na­tion fi­nal, Wreck­ers hosted the Tam­brey Tav­ern­ers and came up with a good re­sult.

Tav­ern­ers dom­i­nated af­ter los­ing the first two games of the match to fin­ish 8–3 winners.

They will meet War­riors at Point Sam­son in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

In the B-grade qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal, it was An­i­mals who had the bet­ter of Rec­a­holics, 8–5.

An­i­mals looked set for the wooden spoon but a late flurry of wins put them into the B-grade qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal just ahead of Pu­n­ish­ers, who were far too good for Slay­ers in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal, 8-2.

Pic­ture: Kevin Skin­ner

War­riors’ Craig Ni­cholas.

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