Every team a finals chance as competition reaches halfway mark
Round six marks the halfway point of the SDDA Winter Competition.
With teams still jostling for position and the lower half of the ladders being decided by only a win or two, every team is still a chance to qualifying for the finals series in November.
One of those teams sitting just outside the top four is the Golf Club Aces, they went head-to-head with the ladder leading Badass in the opening match for the round at Broadford Golf Club.
The Aces got on the board early with a timely 180 to Mark Jones, but Broadford Badass hit back winning the next three games on the spin to heap the pressure on the homeside.
The Aces clawed their way back to 3-4 down to almost level the scores, but Badass lifted to another level in the reverse singles to power away to an 8-3 victory.
Along with his 180, Jones also scored four tons, two 120s, a 125 and a 140 for the Aces, Dan Raynor nailed the match’s highest finish, two pegs of 80, he also threw six straight tons.
Steve Raynor nailed two tons and Rob Parkinson chimed in with a 117.
Anthony Wallis was on song for Badass, he finished the night with 11 tons, a 134 and a high peg of 78.
Gary Power smacked in five finishes to go with seven tons, a 121 and a 125, Peter Myles hammered in five pegs, six tons, a 105 and a 140 and Wayne Cartner snuck in a 133.
The Snipers locked horns with the Top Guns at Broadford Hotel in the next match of the night, with Top Guns still searching for their first A-grade victory.
The Snipers went into this match as the unbackable favourite to win this one comfortably and they did not disappoint the pundits as they put the Top Guns to the sword to the tune of an 11-0 demolition.
Mark ‘Robbo’ Robinson was unstoppable, hammering in six pegs for the night including the all elusive 170 finish. Congrats Robbo.
He also hammered in six tons, a 135, a 140 and yet another 180, Jason Masters slammed in five finishes, three tons and a 180, Steve Ritchie nailed four tons and a 121 and Darren Withoos speared in two tons, a 120 and a 121.
Top Guns’ highlights for the night included two tons for captain Greg Holcombe, Daniel Chandler snagged a 110, Alan Sharp snuck in a ton and Ash Valkenburg slipped in a ton in her fill-in/debut for Top Guns.
The final A-grade game for the round took place at the Commercial Hotel, with the Pirates going toe-totoe with the Kings.
The Kings took control of the match early but some high finishing from the Pirates dragged them back into the match, and with the scores level at 4-4 with three games to play, this one looked like it was going to go the distance.
But the Kings found another gear in the reverse singles, winning the last three games on the trot to post a 7-4 victory.
The Pirates’ Zane Kilroy led the way for the homeside, closing his account with seven straight tons as well as a high peg of 114, captain Dan Kilroy was next best with six straight tons and a match high peg of 123.
Seth Kilroy was quiet by his standards, scoring just the three tons and a 135 and Steve Kilroy chipped in with a ton.
The Kings captain Terran ‘Tezza’ Crispin outscored and out pegged everyone on the night, finishing with six finishes as well as throwing four tons, a 121 and five 140s.
Adam Lynch scored four tons and a 116, Anthony Bohlmann snagged the team’s highest peg, a 78 finish, he also scored four straight tons.
The Royal Rebels were scheduled to play the Cobras in the first B-grade game of the round, but the match has been postponed and will be played at a later date.
The Ducks hosted the Pyalong
Tigers at the Railway Hotel in Seymour for the final match of the round, when these two teams met in round one the Tigers gave the Ducks an 11-0 drubbing.
With the Tigers winning the first six games straight, it was looking like this match up was going to follow that same script.
But credit to the Ducks, they never gave up the fight and went down swinging with the final score line reading 10-1 in the Tigers’ favour.
The Ducks Yolanda DeNavi scored the team’s only ‘W’, she also had the highest score and peg for the night, a 133 and 43 respectively.
The Tigers’ captain Jack Stephens nailed six pegs for the night and threw three tons, a 121 and a 125, his old man Craig Stephens had the high peg of the match with a 75 finish, he also hammered in two tons and a 101.
Dan Sporle was off the boil, finishing the night with just the two tons and a 110 to round out the highlights for round six.