The Grand Trolley Boys confirmed their status as the Goldfields premier 8Ball Team after defeating the Workers Club Bridesmaids 9-8 in a thrilling Summer 8Ball Grand final held last weekend.
With expectations high based around the two best rated teams playing off in the Grand Final, the big crowd on hand were not disappointed as players from both sides cleared tables with regular ease.
With nothing more than 2 frames separating the sides all afternoon, scores were eventually locked at 8 games each. In the final match that could have gone either way, it was eventually the Trolley Boys that came out victorious and lift the premiership cup.
The victory gave the Trolley Boys both the Summer and Winter premierships while the Bridemaids performance of making the Grand final of the back of their 2nd Division winter victory was also full of merit.
8 Ball now goes into recess until the winter season kicks off on the 26th March.
Grand Trolley Boys :
B Conroy ( Capt )
SUMMER 8 BALL GRAND FINAL TONIGHT
All 8 Ball roads will lead to the Grand Boulder this afternoon when top sides the Workers Club Bridesmaids and the Grand Trolley boys clash in the Summer Grand Final.
The Bridesmaids progressed to the big dance with a hard fought 9-6 victory over the Grand Voodoo while the Trolley boys clinched a nail-biting 9-8 win over a gallant Workers Club Diamonds.
The Bridesmaids and the Trolley boys have been the form teams over the last 12 months, with the Bridesmaids having won the 2nd Division winter Grand Final while the Trolley boys lifted the cup in the first division.
Both teams enjoyed dominant summers with the Bridesmaids only defeat coming at the hands of the Trolley Boys while the Trolley boys themselves only dropped 2 matches on their way to today’s final.
Most 8Ball experts believe the final has the makings on an epic with both sides having players with explosive ability.
With both sides entering the Grand final with a winning mindset, selecting a winner is a virtual guess.
While the Bridemaids will enter the match as slight favourites, the Trolley Boys extra incentive of claiming last seasons winter 1st division and summer flags might just be enough to tip the scale in their favour.
The Grand final will commence at 4pm with the association’s summer awards to follow after the completion of the match.
Workers Club Bridesmaids v Grand Trolley Boys
8 BALL COUNTRY WEEK MEETING TONIGHT
The Goldfields 8 Ball Association will be holding a meeting tonight at the Grand Boulder for all players that are interested in attending this years Country Week titles that will be held over the long weekend in June.
The Goldfields took down 8 teams last year with mixed results, the best placing being a 2nd in the First Division.
With the bulk of the top echelon of players within the Goldfields being available for selection this year, expectations will again be high for all grades attending the titles.
The meeting is scheduled for 6.30pm
PERSELLO / CONROY MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Megan Persello and Brody Conroy became the inaugural mixed double champions after defeating Caroline Slater and Briant Richdale in last weekend’s final.
Persello and Conroy were unstoppable all tournament only dropping one individual frame while Slater and Richdale were equally impressive in reaching their maiden 8Ball final.
Meanwhile grand final spots are up for grabs tonight when the Summer prelimary fnals are held.
In last weeks elimination finals, Grand Voodoo brushed aside the Tower Misfits while the Workers Club Diamonds proved too strong for the Criterion Chalkers.
In tonights first final, premiership favourites Workers Club Bridemaids will put their season on the line when they host the Grand Voodoo’s. The Bridesmaids have enjoyed a stellar 12 months having won the 2nd division premiership last winter.
The Bridesmaids have been the form team of the competition having dropped only the one game on their way to claiming the minor premiership while the Voodoo’s also enjoyed a successful season sitting in the top 4 for the majority of the season.
While the Voodoo’s will enter the clash quietly confident of causing an upset, most good judges expect the Bridesmaids to progress to next weeks big dance.
In the second final, the Trolley boys will be looking at the Winter / Summer premiership double when they host the Diamonds who are riding on the crest of a wave.
The trolley boys also enjoyed a solid summer occupying 2nd spot the whole season while the Diamonds were the form side in the 2nd half of the season after some mid-season recruiting.
While injuries and player unavailability have hurt the Trolley boys later in the season, the added incentive of a summer and winter title along with an edge in experience may just be enough to see them progress to the grand final.
WORKERS CLUB BRIDESMAID V GRAND VOODOO
GRAND TROLLEY BOYS V WORKERS CLUB DIAMONDS
8 BALL FINALS CONTINUE TONIGHT
Tonight see’s the continuation of the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations Summer finals action.
In last weeks opening week of finals, top sides Workers Club Bridesmaids and Grand Trolley Boys earned themselves a week’s rest with victories over the Diamonds and Voodoo’s respectively while the Criterion Chalkers and Tower Misfits put an end to the Country Club Clubbers and Gala’s seasons in the knockout finals.
In tonights first elimination final, the Diamonds will get a chance to re-ignite their premiership hopes when they host the Criterion.
While defeated 9-7 last week by the Bridesmaids, the Diamonds will take a lot of positives from the result in a match that they could easily have won, while the Criterion’s record in finals over the last few years has been impeccable and will tackle the match full of confidence.
After a mid-season recruiting drive, the Diamonds have been one of the better performed sides in the latter half of the season while the Criterion side have finals experience on their side.
Most experts expect this to go to the wire with an ounce of luck maybe being the difference on who will progress onto the following week.
In the second elimination final, Grand Voodoo will oppose the Tower Misfits in another match that can go either way. While the Voodoo’s performance in last weeks final was disappointing, the Tower looked impressive in their come from behind win against Gala.
When the teams clashed in their home and away match, the Voodoo prevailed 10-7.
While the Voodoo will enter the clash confident they can get back into the winners circles, Tower’s overall finals experience may be just enough to see them cause a minor upset and continue their march onto Summer success.
This Saturday afternoon sees the inaugural holding of the Associations Mixed Doubles, with pairs to consist of a male and female player.
The event will be held at the Workers Club in Boulder. Nominations will be taken from 2.30pm with matches to commence at 3pm sharp.
The associations Summer presentation night will be held on Saturday 22nd February.
6th February 2020
1st Semi Final
Workers Club Diamonds v Criterion Chalkers
2nd Semi Final
Grand Voodoo v Tower Misfits
SUMMER 8 BALL FINALS TO COMMENCE
Tonight sees the opening round of Summer 8 Ball finals with the top 8 sides set to battle it out for premiership glory over the next month.
At the end of the qualifying matches, last season’s winter 2nd division premiers the Workers Club Bridesmaids finished as Minor Premiers ahead of last years winter 1st Division premiers Grand Trolley Boys.
In tonight’s first double chance final, stablemates Workers Club Bridesmaids will clash with Workers Club Diamonds in a Boulder Derby. The Bridesmaids were the stand-out team only dropping the one match while the Diamonds finished the season full of running having won their last 6 matches.
In their clash earlier in the season, the Bridesmaids flexed their muscles in a 14-3 whitewash and while the teams make up have changed significantly, the Bridesmaids are expected to win and earn themselves a week rest.
In the other double chance final, combatants Grand Trolley Boys and Grand Voodoo will lock horns in another Boulder Derby.
The Trolley Boys also enjoyed a successful season occupying second spot for most of the season while the Voodoo’s sat in the top 4 during the entire home and away matches.
While the home and away match produced a comfortable win for the Trolley boys, most experts expect this one to go down to the wire.
But it would be a brave judge to tip against the Trolley boys and recent form suggests they should do enough to get the points.
In the first elimination final, Criterion Chalkers will lock horns with the Country Club Clubbers.
Criterion occupied the top 4 for nearly the whole season only falling out in the final match of the season, while the 8th finish doesn’t do the Clubbers season any justice.
While a close match is expected, Criterions overall finals experience over the last few seasons may just be enough to tip the scales in their favour.
Last but not least, renown summer heavy weights Tower will host the Gala in an elimination final.
Ironically the sides clashed in the last round of the season, with the Gala coming from behind in securing a thrilling 9-8 victory.
With both sides filled with players having tasted finals success over the years, selecting a winner here is a complete guess.
But having the home ground advantage, the Tower may just be able to win enough games to extend their season for at least another week.
Workers Club Bridesmaids v Workers Club Diamonds
Grand Trolley Boys v Grand Voodoo
Criterion Chalkers v Country Club Clubbers
Tower Misfits v Gala