Boarhunters bag third win of year

The Northland Age - - Sport -

The fi­nal week (26) of the Far North Pool As­so­ci­a­tion’s reg­u­lar sea­son last Tues­day evening pro­duced some very close re­sults as teams took full ad­van­tage of the last chance to af­fect the fi­nal play-off spots.

In his re­view of the re­sults, lo­cal com­men­ta­tor Sharp­shooter noted that Awanui 8 Ball, se­cure in the fact they had nailed down third place on the lad­der and, thus, a home semi-fi­nal, found them­selves in trou­ble against ninth-placed All Hearts. The vis­i­tors from Col­lards were lead­ing 5-3 af­ter the sin­gles thanks to one or two strange shots played by the Awanui 8 Ballers but the hosts re­cov­ered be­fore it was too late and man­aged to record a draw.

The Col­lards Str8 Up vs Houhora Mar­lins and Rene­gades vs Rebels derby also ended as draws (with both games tied 4-4 af­ter the sin­gles).

Else­where, the other three matches all fin­ished as 7-5 re­sults (all 5-3 af­ter the sin­gles as well) with Ti­tans — hold­ing down the No 1 po­si­tion on the lad­der to claim the Mi­nor Premier­ship ti­tle for 2018 — “eas­ing up some” in a hard-out match against Awaz Tigers Two; All Day win­ning a doozy over the Awaz Tigers One; while the Herekino Boarhunters claimed their third win of the year over Waipap Gold.

FI­NAL STAND­INGS af­ter 26 weeks of play: Ti­tans 204 points, Rene­gades 191, Awanui 8 Ball 177, Col­lards Str8 Up 170, Mar­lins 158, Rebels 157, Ra­zor­backs 152, All Day 142, All Hearts 139, Tigers One 129, Tigers Two 129, Waipap Gold 117, Boarhunters 112.

The only game on tonight is Waipap Gold (12th place) vs Herekino Boarhunters (13th) at Waipa­pakauri Ho­tel.

“I’m pick­ing Waipap Gold as they will be try­ing to re­verse last week’s loss,” Sharp­shooter pre­dicted, adding that all the other teams get a week off to pre­pare for the up­com­ing two-week play-off se­ries.

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