Week one of the finals saw the POW Kings sent straight through to the grand final after defeating the Avenel Steeltips 6-4.
The Golf Club Aces ended the POW 26ers’ maiden season with an impressive 6-4 win in the second semi, which books their spot in the preliminary final against last season’s grand finalist, the Avenel Steeltips.
The Quads’ Game started slowly with both teams throwing some nervous darts before the Aces’ Frank Roberts went up a gear, throwing 140, to ignite his team and put some heat on the Steeltips.
Rob Walden tried hard, slamming in a ton before Emily Wills put the Aces 1-0 up with an impressive 122 peg, getting them off to a perfect start.
The first doubles match saw Avenel’s Rob Walden and Liz Henzell pitted against the Aces’ big guns in Dan Raynor and Emily Wills. Both teams struggled to find the treble 20, with Dan Raynor throwing the only ton for the match, before Dan finished with a two dart peg of 39, Aces going 2-0 up and threatening to knock the Steeltips out in straight sets.
Avenel’s captain Rick Wylie teamed up with Adam Lynch in the next doubles match to try and steady the ship against Frank Roberts and Adrian Blacker.
The pressure was on after Frank Roberts slammed in a 125 to put the Steeltips on the back foot, but Rick Wylie returned fire with a 125 of his own and then followed up with an exceptional finish of 112 to get the Steeltips on the board and back in the game.
The first game of the single started with the Aces going in for the kill, putting their strongest players up first, with Dan Raynor lining up against the Steeltips’ Liz Henzell. Liz battled hard and made the only noteworthy score for the game, throwing a ton. But ultimately the game was decided by who was able to peg better and Dan was on his game finishing with pegs of 35 and 56.
Next up Rick Wylie faced off against Emily Wills in an entertaining hit out. Rick was determined to drag his team back into the game, throwing a ton and 140 and winning the first leg with a peg of eight.
Emily fought back in the second leg throwing a ton and 125 and forcing a decider after finishing with a peg of 14.
Rick started with a bang, chucking a 140 and putting the pressure on, but Emily rose to the occasion and took the point with a peg of 44, lifting the Aces to a comfortable 4-1 lead, two victories away from a grand final and a shot at the title.
Adam Lynch went head to head with Frank Roberts in the next singles match, with both players throwing everything they had at one another. Both contestants scored freely, with Lynchy throwing himself a ton and a 124, Frank steered in a couple of tons and a 125 and proved too strong on the night, taking the game two legs straight with pegs of 20 and 24 to put the Aces one win away from knocking the Steeltips out in straight sets.
They weren’t going to go down without a fight though, as Rob Walden lined up against Dave Ring and showed his class with two tons and a 137 in a dominant performance, taking the point with pegs of 20 and 36 to give his team a glimmer of hope.
Next game saw Liz Henzell going into bat against the Aces’ Frank Roberts. Liz tried hard and was in with a chance but for nervous pegging. Unfortunately for the Steeltips, Frank continued his good form from earlier in the night, throwing three tons and putting them to the sword, taking the game two legs straight with pegs of two and 24.
The Aces’ 6-2 victory sends them through to the grand final against the POW Kings in what is shaping up to be a cracker of a match between two highly skilled teams.
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— Daniel Kilroy