Captains lose their way
On Amarilla Golf, at the Terrace Bar, both home team captains had been to drawn to play there, and, with home table advantage, they both had a decent chance. However they both fluffed their lines.
Finbarr was up first against Wilson, but he didn’t really get into the game and was soon out. Adi played okay against Jeff and fancied his chances, but he rattled a straight black to lose the first game. He then rattled his last red to leave Jeff with an easy yellow and black … and they were both out.
Roscoe was up next, against Ben, and he found the going tough as his opponent seemed to have luck on his side. Try as he might, Roscoe couldn’t make headway and he also fell by the wayside.
Paul Tregent then eased through his quarter-final and semi-final to face Wilson in the final after the latter had knocked out Ben.
And Paul played the better pool to win, progressing to finals night in the winners’ pot. Wilson is also there, but in the losers’ pot!
It was a tough line-up at Gaffers bar with two of the A team players on the table. Top Six Dave fell at the first hurdle, though, and Lee managed to reach the semi-finals before going out.
It was a hard group to come through and the level of pool on display was high. But, eventually it came down to Wayne against Geoff in the final.
Although they both were through to finals night, somebody still had to be a winner and Geoff drew strength from his Werther’s Originals to get one over on Wayne and emerge victorious.
In Yates Bar, Stevie managed to come through the first match, despite having spent the previous two hours in hospital.
That set him up a quarter-final against Craig, which he also won. Graeme and Wes also eased through to the semis, with Graeme up against Ralph and Wez against Stevie.
Graeme made short work of Ralph to get to the final, as did Stevie, but that was as good as his night got because Graeme beat him 2-1.
At Dreamers, it was another stiff draw as Gav and Tommy were both drawn at home. That would have made some final, but they drew each other in the quarters and Gav claimed bragging rights, eventually winning 2-1.
Kev, who was having a good night, raced through to the finals without dropping a set. He was joined by Alan, who had played just one game, thanks to an earlier bye.
With Kev having more games under his belt, he continued his fine form and again didn’t drop a frame, claiming his place in the winners’ pot on finals night.
Around the corner at Bluebell, it was another fierce draw and so difficult to predict a winner! Grandad and Mark looked favourites, but they met in the semis and Mark just got the better of his opponent to reach the final.
Ian had gone about his business quietly, taking the scalps of JT and Scott along the way, to secure his place alongside Mark.
But Ian, who was in good form, gave Mark no chance in the final, taking a 2-0 victory.
There were a few bodies down in Exiles, but the lads there didn’t let that dampen their spirits. Shammy and Mark came through the quarters, beating Ian and Macaroni respectively. Awaiting them in the semis were Blair and Fritzel. Mark eased past Blair, but Fritzel had to fight against Shammy to get to the final. Once there, though, he didn’t slow down and toppled Mark 2-0.
It really was an open field at James Place, the bookies having trouble deciding on a favourite. Early front-runners from the quarter-finals were Mal, Stash, Harry and Terry, and the semi-finals also looked tough to call.
Mal and Stash needed all three frames before the latter came out on top. but Harry took just two frames to ease past Terry.
This set up a Harry-Stash final, which looked a 50-50 shot. It was another three-frame clash, but Harry just got the better of his opponent and goes through to finals night as a winner.
There is still plenty of juice in the season, and on Tuesday it’s the PJ Electrical Services Cup and Plate. Amarilla Golf’s Terrace Bar again hosts what is always a well-supported night.
Our version of the FA Cup always throws up shocks, and no one could have predicted the finalists. Palms Elite are strong favourites, but they face a James Hammers C side who are looking for a historic double.
With the Division Two title safely tucked up in their top pocket, they have nothing to lose. Tony Macaroni and James are top-flight sticks, and, if they can make their mark, they have a big, big chance.
Palms Elite are a solid outfit, well-led by captain Jet, and they have enjoyed an excellent run recently. Wayne, Graeme and Harry are a superb backbone and they have support.
Yet they rarely dominate matches, and, if Hammers C can keep it tight, Palms have been known to fold. It’s set up wonderfully.
The same applies to the Plate final. Treehouse A finished the season in style, but fell apart on the final day.
Two wins would have seen them finish third but they were chinned by Dreamers and then thumped by Hammers A. Will that leave a mark?
Phoenix Potters have had an outstanding campaign. Tipped for a relegation battle, they have been top-six all season. They are well-seasoned, and you can see them holding their nerve. There would be no more popular winners, and maybe they have this in them.
Geoff is flying, and, if Elvis Dave can back him up, they can grab the spoils.
Whatever happens, it will be a night to enjoy on the two tables. Play gets underway at 8pm.
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