A Grade squash finals loom
WITH two rounds of fixtures remaining, the final two semi final berths are still undecided in A Grade Squash fixtures.
Juggernauts, Gold City Steering, continued their astounding unbeaten run after defeating Wide Bay Cabinets.
Cabinets began brightly when Dennis Maher showed his experience to beat Mark Goodcock 10-9, 1-4, 1-9, 1-4. Steering however responded immediately with Jerome Eveready Smith being just too good for Zac Lazarevski 9-7, 9-3, 1-9, 9-6 followed by an encore performance (with Smith and Lazza both playing up) seeing Smith delivering the goods a second time 10-8, 9-4, 9-5.
Despite a grand finale where Cabinets Tony Kerr stole the lime light from Ralph Frankcom in a five settler, Steering yet again finished ahead on the night 9 games to 7.
The match of the night came when second placed Fisherman's Haul were sunk by Salmon Builders. The competition's two top players Dave Lawless and Dean Hogg fought tooth and nail in an exhilarating exhibition of top class squash.
There were no easy points as it took five marathon games to decide the winner with Builder's Dean Hogg prevailing 9-7, 10-8, 4-9, 3-9, 9-6.
Such was the standard of squash that other matches were slightly delayed so players could view part of the spectacle.
Despite Builder's great start, Bruce Pearce refloated the Fishermen by downing Callum Slops (playing up) 9-7, 9-5, 9-0.
The Fishermen did not expect what was to follow as builders Grant Polley slammed Kathy Paterson 10-9, 9-4, 9-6 followed by Shannon Connor firing a broadside at Fisherman's Ryan Gottke to win in straight sets. Builders capsizing the Fishermen 3 rubbers to 1.
Shepherd's Retravision stay in the hunt after defeating Case Accountants. Matt Robinson for Shepherd's overcame Casey Ison's inconsistency 7-9, 9-1, 9-6, 9-0.
Accountant's Anthony Smerdon replied with a solid win over Marcel Delgado in a tough fiver 9-1, 7-9, 4-9, 9-7, 9-1.
It was the Shepherd's turn of the wheel when Michael Taiaroa downed Phil Morton 0-9, 10-8, 9-5, 9-4.
Despite Accountant's Gary Elson winning another epic match against Luke Kidd in five, it was Shepherd's who shined at the end of the night 10 games to 8.
Finally, Gympie Graphics hopes are all but dashed after giant killers Budget Steel celebrated only their second win of the season.
Steel's Neil Hughes showed no mercy against Stephen –John Lahiff 9-0, 9-0, 9-3. Tim Topalov for Graphics just scraped home against Jim Herbohn 9-0, 9-5, 3-9, 9-7.
The pendulum swung back to Steels when Tom O'Brien exploited Toby Kraak's weaknesses 9-5, 9-2, 2-9, 9-6.
Graphic's Bob Brook needed to win in three against Peter Elson and Brook did just that 9-4, 10-8, 9-7. With rubbers and games level, the cock-a-hoop Steels up on points with Graphics rueing missed opportunities.
Order of play tonight - 4, 3, 2 and 1.