CURRY / WASLEY DOUBLES KINGS
Dean Curry and Dax Wasley’s amazing run of success in the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations Doubles tournament continued last weekend when the duo overcame Workers Club team-mates Keenan Cigler and Dan Sinclair 5-4 in a thrilling final.
Curry and Wasley have made the event their own having won 9 of the last 11 titles and being beaten Grand finalists on the other 2 occasions, once being last year at the expense of Cigler and Sinclair.
In a battle of the top 2 seeded teams, the final lived up to expectations with Curry and Wasley skipping away to a 4-2 lead and having one hand on the trophy they call their own.
But not to be outdone, the Cigler-Sinclair showed why they were the defending champions by levelling the scores back up at 4 all before the Champions won a tense final game to again hold a loft the trophy.
Making up the top 4 were Brodie Conroy and Jeff Delbridge and the husband and wife pairing of Jeanette and Jason Dimer.
8Ball now goes into recess until the popular Summer season commences towards the end of October.
UNDERDOGS CLAIM 8 BALL TITLES
It was the day of the underdog at the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations Grand Final day when the Grand Prix and Workers Club Bridesmaid claimed premiership glory in the 1st and 2nd Division respectively.
In the 1st Division final, Grand Prix edged out the minor premiers Workers Club in a thrilling 13-12 result in a match many have described as the best final in years.
Going into the match as heavy underdogs, the Grand initially jumped the Workers and set up a 4-2 lead and held sway during the middle stages of the match leading at one point 9-6. But as good sides do, Workers Club picked up their intensity and reeled off the next 5 games and headed into the last round with a 11-9 lead. But to the Grands credit, they dug deep and levelled the scores at 12 all. In an absorbing last frame that had many twists and turns, it was finally the Grand who potted the last black claiming their second premiership in the last 3 years.
While disappointed in the defeat, the Workers Club were the clear stand-out team all season only falling short by the narrowest of margins and are expected to once again be the team to beat next Winter.
In the 2nd Division, the Workers Club Bridemaids finally shook off the “ Bridesmaids “ tag with a 9-7 victory over the previously undefeated Criterion.
After losing 8 of the last 10 Grand finals, the Bridesmaids tag was a fair assessment of where the team was at.
In a match-up of the 2 leading teams in the Division, games were traded with score at one stage being locked up at 6 each.
But slowly the Workers Club gained the accedency and lifted the premiership cup in a victory that no one would have begrudged them.
Like the Workers Club in the 1st Division, the Criterion were clearly the yard-stick having reached the Grand Final without a hiccup before succumbing to a Workers Club team that were clearly on a mission. With both teams expecting to hold onto the majority of their squads, both are once again expected to be front-runners heading into next season.
8 Ball action will continue this weekend when the prestigious Goldfields Open Doubles will be held at the Grand Boulder commencing at 3pm sharp with nominations to be taken from 2.30pm.
8 ball will then take a break until the Summer season commences in late October.