Wooden spoon spurs on teams
NEITHER Salmon Builders nor Budget Steel wish to be in the wooden spoon position, so pride brought the best out of the two lowest ranked teams during the last round of play.
In a tough four-setter, Builders’ Shannon Connor had too much petrol for Tom O’Brien, winning 9-2, 6-9, 9-7, 9-2.
Steels responded splendidly when Peter Elson overcame Grant “Elastic Man” Polley in a gruelling 10-9, 9-5, 7-9, 3-9, 9-5 win.
Dean Hogg restored the Builders’ lead by edging out Steels’ Neil Hughes 9-5, 9-6, 4-9, 9-4.
Jim Herbohn battled hard for the Steels in the final rubber but it was Craig Whittaker who fought above his weight to relegate Steels to wooden spoon position for now. Whittaker outlasted his rival 3-9, 9-6, 9-0, 7-9, 10-8.
At the top of the table, Gold City Steering continued its dominance beating Shepherds Retravision. Clayton Whincorp got Steering’s wheel rolling by nudging out Michael Taiaro 9-1, 5-9, 6-9, 9-6, 9-2.
Ralph Frankcom continued for Steering, blasting Luke Kidd 9-5, 9-2, 9-3.
Steering had a hiccup when Shepherd’s Matthew Robinson was flattened 5-9, 2-9, 0-9.
Steerings’ dominance was restored when Jerome Smith outgunned Marcel Delgado 1-7, 9-6, 9-0.
Fisherman’s Haul retained second place after playing case Accountants in a close one.
Ryan Gottke came back strongly for Fisherman’s first win.
Accountants replied with Gary Elson speeding up the game to down Kathy Paterson 4-9, 9-7, 9-4, 9-8.
Dave Lawless produced a masterful display to reverse the Accountants’ narrow lead when he soundly beat Casey Ison 9-4, 9-2, 9-1.
Though the fishermen held the advantage, the night was almost snatched from their grasp as Chris Kraak’s win over Bruce Pearce found the Accountants five points short of victory.
A battle for third place between Wide Bay Cabinets and Gympie Graphics ended the night.
Rhonda Keast kept her cool for Cabinets in beating an erratic Toby Kraak 9-1, 5-9, 9-4, 9-7.
Cabinets’ winning form continued as Tony Kerr got up over Bob Brook in a thumping five setter 9-7, 6-9, 7-9, 9-2, 9-3.
Cabinets were looking good as gun player Dennis Maher stepped on court however, did not reckon on Stephen-John Lahiff’s determination, taking his maiden win of the season 4-9, 9-5, 9-5, 9-5.
An unlikely Graphics’ comeback was completed when Tim Topalov struggled to stare off a fierce challenge by Aiden Gottke 9-2, 9-7, 9-4.
Rubbers even, Graphics scraped into third spot 9 games to 7.