The final round of the winter competition kicked off with the top of the table Avenel Steeltips hosting the winless POW Rebels.
The Steeltips proving too strong on the night, defeating the Rebels 9-2 and delivering the Rebels another loss to close out the season without a solitary win to their name.
Avenel’s Adam Lynch scored two tons and two 123s, Liz Henzell threw two tons, 125, 138 and high peg of 66.
Captain Rick Wylie jagged himself a ton and Rob Walden capped off a stellar season with four tons, 120, 140 and high peg of 90.
Colleen Holley threw a ton for the Rebels as well as a team high peg of 48, Kaye Tennant chucked 112 and Trish Stuart scored herself 140.
Next up the Bottom Pub Pirates played off against the Royal Rascals, and the Pirates were up and about early, winning all the team games and putting the Rascals on the back foot.
The final score doesn’t give a true indication of the closeness of the two teams, with all but two games going to three legs in a tight tussle that ended with the Pirates taking home the chocolates 8-3.
The highlights for the home team included 115 to Andrew Harrison, a ton for Steve Kilroy, 109 for Dale Trafford, a ton, 140 and 48 peg for Dan Kilroy and Drew Grantham threw himself 125 and a high score of 177.
Well done Drew.
Brendan Rogers threw 102 and 117 for the visitors and John Crockett was the Rascals’ top scorer with a 140.
Third game of the round had the Golf Club Aces going head to head in a do-or-die clash against the Broadford Vikings.
The Vikings were desperate for the win as they fight it out for a finals spot. Flexing their muscles in a dominant display the Vikings dispatched the Aces 7-4 to keep them within a sniff of finals action.
The home team was well led by Dan Raynor, who slammed in four straight tons; Adrian Blacker chipped in with a ton.
Newcomer Dave Ring threw himself 140 and 109, Frank Roberts snagged two tons, 101 and high peg of 72; but Emily Wills stood out about the pack with two tons, 120, three 140s and high peg of 55 in an impressive individual performance.
Peter Myles led from the front for the Vikings, finishing his night with four tons, 121, 140 and a game high peg of 100.
Jayde Pearson chipped in with a ton and 121; Graeme Hogg threw two tons; Mark Jones scored himself two tons, 121 and high peg of 74; and Mark Ruddick was on song with a ton, 121, 123, 125 and high peg of 48.
The POW 26ers went head to head against the Railway Renegades in game four.
A win to the 26ers would put to bed the Vikings’ chance of consecutive finals appearances.
The ‘Gades gave it their best against the higher ranked team but were ultimately overcome by a much stronger and experienced 26ers side that is prepping itself for finals.
The 26ers won the game 7-4 which locks them in for their maiden finals appearance and ensures the Vikings have a long summer of ‘‘what ifs’’ and ‘‘maybes’’ to keep them company over the Christmas break.
The home team’s highlights included four tons, three 140s, two 180s and round high peg of 101 for Torin Helmore in another juggernaut performance.
Ben MacPherson scored 140 and 107 and captain Shannon Jackson was solid with 140 and high peg of 64.
The Renegades were well served by long-time SDDA servant, John Porter, who played his final game for the ‘Gades as well as the association, finishing with four tons and two 135s.
Scott Oakley finished off a fine season with two tons for the visitors.
Everyone involved with the Renegades and SDDA wish John and his family all the best for their future endeavours wherever they may take them — there will always be a Renegades shirt waiting for you.
The POW Kings hosted the POW Misfits in the final game of the round; the Kings dominating the contest and taking home the points with an 8-3 victory.
Highlights for the Kings included two tons and peg of 57 to Jarrod Duggin; three tons to Raymond Maloney; four tons and three 140s to Gary Power who returned to the team just in time for finals.
But the stand out for the game had to be the Kings’ captain Terran Crispin who set the tone for his team, throwing seven tons, 123 and 140 in a good captain’s performance, boosting the confidence for the upcoming finals series.
The Misfits’ Brian Forge was dangerous all night and finished with three 140s and team high peg of 98.
Geoff Maggs finished the season with a single ton and Noel Whitling returned to the team and finished with three tons and 140.
After an enthralling season of upsets, high pegs, PBs and an incredible number of tons thrown across the competition, the finalists for the winter competition are the POW 26ers and Golf Club Aces in the first Semi Final at the Royal Hotel, and the Avenel Steeltips who went up against the POW Kings in the second Semi Final at the Prince of Wales hotel on Monday, October 30.
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