Teams vie for fi­nals spots

Pilbara News - - Sport - Rob Skinner

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.

Pic­ture: Rob Skinner

Slam­i­nars player Danny Davies in ac­tion.

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