Teams vie for finals spots
At the start of this week’s matches, three teams were fighting for second position on the ladder and an opportunity for a grand final berth.
Wreckers were in the box seat, a match clear of Mongrels and Celts.
Wreckers could have all but dashed any of the other contenders’ chances with a good win over lowly ranked Punishers, but that was not to be.
Punishers took the first and second rounds 3–2, forcing Wreckers to have to come up with a 4–1 turn around. They couldn’t do it and Punishers prevailed 8–7.
Mongrels were expecting Wreckers to put Punishers to the sword and were also pushing for a percentage boosting win over Slaminars to stay in touch, but that wasn’t to be.
Mongrels won the first game of the match and then Slaminars won the next five.
At 5–1 down, Mongrels’ season looked precarious at best.
They then won three of the next four games in the second round but still trailed 6–4 going into the last round and also needed a 4–1 last round.
Mongrels won the first two games to make it 6-6 — it then went 7-7 and in a tight last game, Mongrels took the game and the match to set up a big showdown for second spot against Wreckers next week.
Mongrels and Wreckers sit level in second position, both with equal points and percentage so the winner of next week’s match between these two teams will get a finals berth.
In the other match, Celts’ opportunity to fight for a finals position was extinguished when they were beaten by Recaholics in another 8–7 result. Regardless of next week’s results, Warriors will finish minor premiers and host the summer competition grand final in their inaugural season, playing out of the newly established Rambla Bar in Wickham.
Slaminars player Danny Davies in action.