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.
GRAND FINAL SPOTS UP FOR GRABS
8 Ball Grand final spots are up for grabs in both 1st and 2nd Division Winter pool as the Goldfields 8 Ball Association holds its Prelimary Finals night.
In 1st Division action, Workers Club Young Guns took a further stranglehold on the premiership with an emphatic 13-8 victory over a Gallant Grand Prix side while Tower Misfits won an absolute thriller 13-12 against a gallant Grand Blue.
Tonights Prelimary final will see Grand Prix host The Tower Misfits with the winner to advance to the Grand Final to face the Workers Club juggernaut.
Not much separated the sides during the home and away season with the Prix winning the first two clashes while in their last encounter, Tower came up trumps 17-8 With most 8 ball experts expecting this clash to go to the wire, Grand Prix’s more consistent overall season may just see them do enough to proceed to the bid dance on Saturday week.
In 2nd Division action, Gala Roos and Gala Warriors kept alive their premiership dreams by ending the seasons of both the Broken Hill and Country Club respectively.
In tonights first prelim final, the undefeated Criterion will put their season on the line when they host a Gala Roos side full of confidence.
While the Roos will take plenty out of their polished performance last week, it’s virtually impossible to tip against the Criterion.
In a re-match of last years Grand final, Workers Club Bridesmaids host the Gala Warriors in a match that has all the makings of an epic.
In their home and away matches during the season, the score-line was locked at 1 each.
While Workers Club will enter the match as firm favourites based on their home and away form, Warriors form over the last few years in big games cannot be ignored and with the extra incentive of trying to obtain a 3 peat of premierships, may just sneak across the line in a close one.
The Grand finals are scheduled for Saturday 17th August at the Grand Boulder with the 1st Division to commence at 3.30pm and the 2nd Division at 4pm.
The Association’s Blue Ribbon event the Goldfields Open Singles will be held this weekend at both the Grand Boulder and the Workers Club.
Players are asked to nominate at the Grand Boulder from 12.30pm with matches to commence at 1pm sharp.
Meanwhile in more news, Dax Wasley, Jasely Dimer and Neil J Dimer have qualified for the WA State Mens team that will compete in the National Championships in Albury NSW in October. This comes after Donna Marie also qualified for the Womens side to be played at the same time.
Grand Prix v Tower Misfits
Criterion Dark Horses v Gala Roos
Workers Club Bridesmaids v Gala Warriors
2ND 8 BALL FINALS CONTINUE TONIGHT
Tonight sees the continuation of the 2nd Division 8 Ball finals with Prelimary final spots up for grabs.
In last weeks opening round of finals, top sides Criterion Dark Horses and Workers Club Bridesmaids earned themselves a weeks rest with resounding wins over Country Club Clubbers and Gala Roos respectively while the Grand Gremlins and Albion Clothers premiership aspirations came to a halt after losing their sudden death finals against Broken Hill Bandits and Gala Warriors.
In the first of the qualifying finals, Gala Roos will be looking at keeping their season alive when they host the Broken Hill Bandits.
While disappointing in last weeks opening final, the Gala Roos have been one of the contenders for the majority of the season with most experts expecting them to bounce back to winning form.
In the second final, big improvers Country Club Clubbers will be looking to bounce back when they match up against defending premiers Gala Warriors.
While the Clubbers have held a top 4 spot for the majority of the season, Gala’s form has been up and down with the last month clearly being their best.
On paper the teams look evenly balance and tipping a winner looks a guess. But maybe Gala’s overall experience in big games over the last few seasons will be enough to see them continue onto next week.
Tonight sees the last of the 1st Division domestic matches with their finals series to commence next Monday evening.
Gala Roos v Broken Hill Bandits
Country Club Clubbers v Gala Warriors
8 BALL FINALS TO COMMENCE TONIGHT
8 Ball eyes will centre around the 2nd Division tonight when the finals series commenced.
After 18 rounds of domestic competition, the top 8 sides will battle it out for premiership glory.
In the 1st of the double chance finals, the undefeated and minor premiers Criterion will put their unblemished record on the line when they host Country Club Clubbers.
The Clubbers outstanding home and away season has been a talking point after years in the doldrums. While most expect a competitive performance, it’s virtually impossible to tip against the Criterion.
Winter heavyweights Workers Club Bridesmaids host the Gala Roos in the other qualifying final.
When the sides met earlier in the season, Workers Club took the points. However a fired up Gala outfit may just be able to defy the odds and record an away victory.
In the first of the elimination finals, defending premiers Gala Warriors put their season on the line when they host the Albion Hotel who will make their finals appearance. Gala’s form has improved dramatically over the past month and may be the sleeping Giant. Like the Clubbers, the Albion has been the divisions big improvers and won’t be a push-over however Gala’s wealth of experience should see them proceed into next week.
In what looks like an intriguing battle, Broken Hill Bandits host the Grand Gremlins in the last of the finals.
On paper nothing separates the sides with a stroke of luck likely to decide the outcome.
In their one and only match-up this season, the Bandits took the points and with the extra advantage of playing at home, they may scrape home in a close one.
This week sees the last of the 1st Divisions qualifying matches with their finals campaign set to commence next week.
The Grand final is set to be played on Saturday 17th August.
Criterion Dark Horses v Country Club Clubbers
Workers Bridemaids v Gala Roos
Gala Warriors v Albion Clovers
Broken Hill Bandits v Grand Gremlins
8 BALL FINALS RACE STILL WIDE OPEN
With only 3 domestic matches remaining in 1st Division 8 Ball, finals spots are still up for grabs with only percentage separating 3rd placed Grand Blue and 6th place Criterion Chalkers, with only the Workers Wolf Pack being out of finals contention.
With Workers Club Young Guns and Grand Prix having already cemented their positions in the 2nd Semi, all eyes will centre on whom will fill the bottom half of the 4 with the last 3 sets of matches set to take on a finals type atmosphere.
In 2nd Division action, the Country Club Clubbers have emerged as the dark horses having moved to 2nd position on the ladder after thumping premiership fancies Workers Club Bridesmaids 11-6.
With only tonights matches left to be played, finishing positions in both the top 4 and bottom 4 are still to be determined.
In tonights matches of the round, Criterion Chalkers and Grand Blue will be fighting for a finals spot when they clash while in 2nd Division action Country Club Clubbers rise to the top will be severely put to the test when they host premiership Favourites Criterion Chalkers in the last set of qualifying games.
Meanwhile in other news, Donna Marie has gained state selection after a successful weekend in Perth at the State Trials.
The National championships will be played in Albury NSW in October.
Please also note that the Mixed Doubles have been postponed to be played at the start of next seasons Summer competition.
FINALS SPOTS STILL UP FOR GRABS
Finals spots are still up for grabs in local 8 Ball as the season enters the last phase of matches.
With only 3 sets of matches remaining, plenty of interest still remains in regards to what teams will make up the top 4.
With the Workers Club having already secured the minor premiership and Grand Prix certain to run 2nd, all attention is focussed on the battle for positions 3rd and 4th.
Currently only one winning match separates 3rd placed Grand White and 6th placed Tower Misfits, with the Workers Wolf Pack being only one game further back.
In the second Division, Criterion continue to dominate proceedings having extended their unbeaten run to 14 after a close 9-8 victory last week. Workers Club Bridesmaids, Gala Roos and Country Club Clubbers occupy the double chance top 4 while Grand Gremlins make up the top 8, one game ahead of 9th placed Broken Hill 8 Ballers.
In tonights matches of the round, 1st and 2nd Division focus will be at the Workers Club when the Criterion visit hoping to keep their finals chances alive while the Bridemaids and Rebels face off in a Derby clash.
HAMILTON / SINCLAIR CLAIM 9 BALL TITLE
Malcolm Hamilton and Dan Sinclair were the toast of the Goldfields 8 Ball Association when they claimed the annual 9 Ball Doubles defeating Steve Cameron and Jason Dimer in the final.
While it was Sinclairs first victory in the event, Hamilton showed his liking for the event, claiming his 3rd title after previously being successful back in 2013 and 2014.
Cameron and Dimer’s performance was equally impressive over a night that was well supported.
Meanwhile in local domestic action, Workers Club, Grand White and Criterion all recorded 1st division wins while in 2nd division matches, Criterion earned outright premiership favouritism with a hard fought win over Workers Club Bridemaids. Other winners were Broken Hill Bandits, Gala Roos, Gala Warriors, Albion and Country Club Clubbers.
In tonights matches of the round, Grand Prix will be hoping to lock in a top 2 finish when they host premiership favourites Workers Club while it’s derby night at the Country Club when the Sticks and the Clubbers clash for bragging rights.
In other news, the Grand Final has been brought forward a week to now be played on August 17th.
DIMERS SCOTCH DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
It was literally a Family affair in last weekends 8 BALL Scotch Doubles final when the father and Son combination of Jason and Neil J Dimer defeated the Rico Brothers Stephan and Rombert in a hard fought match.
In the double elimination formatted event, the Dimers were supreme going through the event undefeated on the way to etching their names in 8 Ball History as the first father and son combination to lift the trophy.
The Rico Brothers were also superb all afternoon only falling short at the final hurdle.
Making up the top 4 were Brody Conroy and Jake Conduit and Megan Persello and Donna Marie.
In last weeks domestic fixtures, first division points were banked by the Workers Club and Grand Blue while 2nd Division winners were Criterion Dark Horses, Gala Warriors, Broken Hill Bandits, Country Club Sticks, Country Club Clubbers and Grand Gremlins.
The full-house sign is expected to be put up tonight at the Criterion when the home side host the Workers Club Bridemaids in 2nd Division action with the winner to hold the mantle of premiership favourites leading into next months finals while in the 1st Division, Grand Blues recent run of good form will be put to the test when they visit a red hot Workers Club side.
In other news, the Mixed Scotch Doubles that was initially scheduled for the 13th July, has now been re-scheduled to 27th July.
SCOTCH DOUBLES THIS SATURDAY
Doubles action will take centre stage this weekend at the Grand Boulder when the Goldfields 8 ball Association holds its annual Scotch Doubles tournament.
Last years final was taken out by Dax Wasley and Nat McConnell who defeated young guns Dan Sinclair and Keenan Cigler.
Nominations will be taken from 3pm with matches to commence at 3.30pm sharp.
Meanwhile in local competition, the Workers Club Young Guns juggernaut continued with a devastating win over Workers Wolf Pack while Grand White and Grand Blue also recorded victories.
In 2nd Division action Criterion Dark Horses extended their unbeaten run to 11 while Broken Hill Bandits, Albion Clovers, Gala Roos, Workers Club Bridesmaids and Workers Club Rebels had wins.
In tonight’s match of the round, it’s Derby night in Boulder when Grand Blue and Grand White clash while Country Club Clubbers and Albion will hold centre stage in the 2nd Division with the winner going a long way towards securing a finals spot.
CRITERION REMAIN UNDEFEATED IN 8 BALL
Criterion Dark Horses remain the only undefeated side in 2nd Division 8 Ball after 10 straight wins to open the winter season.
Known as one of the heavy-weight sides within the 2nd Division, Criterion were never out of second gear in defeating Workers Club Rebels last week.
Workers Club Bridesmaids also continued on their winning way defeating Broken Hill 8Ballers to have a 9-1 win / loss record while Gala Roos, Broken Hill Bandits, Country Club Clubbers and Gala Warriors also recorded wins.
In 1st Division action Criterion and Workers Club banked valuable points.
In tonights match of the round in 1st Division action, Grand White and Criterion clash in a match that could have bearings on a top 2 finish while in the 2nd division, Criterions undefeated run will be tested when they receive a visit from last years premiers Gala Warriors.
In other 8Ball news, the 9Ball tournament that was previously postponed will now be played on Wednesday 26th June at the Grand Boulder commencing at 7pm sharp.
DIMER AND MARIE HIGHLIGHT 8 BALL COUNTRY WEEK
The Goldfields 8 Ball Association has returned from the annual 8 Ball Country week with mixed results.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Country Week, expectations were high entering the championships but unfortunately team success eluded all divisions.
The 1st Division team were the pick of the bunch in finishing 2nd while all other teams generally struggled over the weekend.
The Goldfields did however claim the limelight in the singles tournament with Jasely Dimer and Donna Marie taking out the Mens and Womens singles championships respectively.
Dimer completed his outstanding weekend by heading the 1st Division averages alongside team-mate Keenan Cigler.
Meanwhile in last weeks round of 1st Division fixtures Tower Misfits, Grand Prix and Workers Club all recorded victories.
In 2nd Division action, Criterion Dark Horses extended their winning run while Bridesmaids, Albion Clovers and Broken Hill Bandits banked winning points.
In tonights matches of the round, Grand Blue and Criterion square off in the 1st Division while the Gala Roos will try and get their season back on track when they visit a fast improving Albion side.
CONDUIT 8 BALL CHAMPION
Jake Conduit etched his name into 8 Ball history last Saturday night after defeating Bob Wakefield in the Goldfields 8 Ball Association’s 2nd Division closed singles.
Conduit who represents the Workers Club Rebels, only took up competitive 8Ball this winter season, making his performance even more memorable. To top off an outstanding day, Conduit didn’t drop a single frame on his way to victory.
Wakefield’s performance was also of the highest quality only falling short at the final hurdle and will enter this weekend’s Country week titles in good form.
Making up the top 4 were Aidan Tansey and Steve Cameron.
8 sides will represent the region this weekend when the annual country week titles are held in Perth.
COUNTRY WEEK 8 BALL THIS WEEKEND
All 8 Ball country roads will be heading towards the city this weekend when the annual Country week tournament is held in Perth.
With this year being the 40th anniversary of Country week, expectations within the playing group were extremely high.
Goldfields 8Ball President Jeff Delbridge was very optimistic about the regions chances. “ With this being the 40th Anniversary of Country Week we made a real focus on success throughout the divisions and with 8 sides representing our region, I can’t see any reason why all divisions can’t be in the mix come Sunday Afternoon. All of our 1st Division players have either represented the State or Australia so hopefully they can lead the way and we can all follow “
The championships will be held at 8 Ball Headquarters in Queens Park on Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile in local competition, 1st Division winners were Workers Club, Workers Wolf Pack and Tower Misfits while Criterion, Workers Bridesmaids, Gala Warriors, Country Club Clubbers and Broken Hill Bandits also recorded wins in the 2nd Division.
Matches will be played tonight due to Country Week this weekend.
GRAND WHITE CONSOLIDATE TOP 4 SPOT
Grand White consolidated their position in the 1st Division top 4 when they defeated stablemates Grand Blue in last week-ends Grand Derby.
After an indifferent start to the season, Grand Whites performances of late has made them one of form teams in the competition.
Grand Prix cemented their position in second place with a hard fought victory over an undermanned Tower Heist while Workers Club never got out of second gear in dismantling Tower Misfits.
In 2nd Division action, Criterion Dark Horses and Gala Roos remain undefeated after 7 rounds while Grand Gremlins, Broken Hill Bandits, Workers Club Bridesmaids and Albion Clovers all recorded wins.
In tonights match of the round in 1st division action, Workers Club host Grand Prix while Gala Roos undefeated run will be tested when they receive a visit from the Workers Club Bridesmaids.
This Saturday afternoon will see the holding of the 2nd Division closed singles at the Grand Boulder. Nominations will be taken from 3pm with matches to commence at 3.30pm sharp.
The Association is gearing up for the following weekend when 8 teams will represent the Goldfields at the annual country weel tournament in Perth.
BRAHMA / RICO CELEBRITY 8BALL CHAMPIONS
Heddwyn Brahma and Rombert Rico joined an illustrious group last Saturday by taking out the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations Celebrity Doubles defeating Terry Miles and Bruce Hawkins in the final.
In an event that has grown in popularity over the years, teams were made up of a member of the 8ball Association and of the general public.
Heddwyn and Rico’s performance of going through the double chance event undefeated was an outstanding achievement while Miles and Hawkins effort of only falling short at the final hurdle was also a credit to both players.
In local 1st Domestic competition, Workers Club, Grand Blue and Criterion all bank points while in 2nd Division action Country Club Clubbers, Broken Hill 8Ballers, Criterion Dark Horses, Gala Roos and Workers Bridesmaids.
In further 8 Ball news, the 2nd Division closed singles that was originally scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until the following weekend.
CURRY CAPTURES 8 BALL CLOSED SINGLES
8 Ball veteran Dean Curry was rewarded for his consistency over a sustained period of time by taking out the 1st Division Closed singles last Saturday defeating Workers Club Team-mate Keenan Cigler in the final.
While Curry’s name has been a regular on the Doubles Board, having captured 8 of the last 10 titles with his partner Dax Wasley, individual success had until this stage avoided him so his victory was just reward.
Cigler’s performance to only stumble at the last hurdle was also an outstanding performance with him being a key player in the Goldfields bid to bring back the 1st Division title in next month’s Country Week championships in Perth.
The 2nd Division closed singles are scheduled for the 18th May.
Meanwhile in 1st Division action, Tower Misfits kept in touch with the top 4 with a hard fought victory over an undermanned Criterion, Grand Prix claimed outright second spot with an easy victory over Grand White while Grand Blue maintained their recent good form in defeating Tower Heist.
In second division action, Albion Hotel caused a boil-over knocking off the Gala Warriors while Gala Roos, Broken Hill 8Ballers, Criterion Dark Horses, Broken Hill Bandits and Workers Club Bridesmaids also recorded victories.
In tonights match of the round in the 1st Division, all eyes will be at the Grand Boulder when the Grand Blue put their recent good form on the line against Tower Misfits while in the 2nd Division, Broken Hill Bandits will be looking at closing in on the top 4 when they host Workers Club Bridesmaids
8 BALL TO RECOMMENCE TONIGHT
After a general bye last week to celebrate both Easter and Anzac day, winter 8 Ball recommences tonight.
In 1st Division action prior to the break, Grand Prix bounced back to winning form with an easy victory over Tower Misfits while Criterion and Workers Club banked points after defeating Grand Blue and Grand White respectively.
Second division winners were Criterion Dark Horses, Albion Clovers, Workers Club Bridesmaids and Country Club Sticks, while the Roos accounted for the Warriors in the Gala Derby.
In tonights highlight matches, it’s Derby night in both the 1st and 2nd Divisions when the Grand White take on the Grand Prix while the Bridesmaids and Rebels lock horns at the Workers Club.
This Saturday afternoon sees the holding on the annual 1st Division closed singles at the Grand Boulder.
Nominations will be taken from 1pm with matches to commence at 1.30pm sharp.
WORKERS CLUB TEAM TO BEAT
Workers Club’s early season form to start the Winter 8 Ball competition has further enhanced their reputation as the team to beat after cruising through the first 4 rounds of the season.
After only dropping one game throughout the 2018 season, further off-season recruiting has seen them firm into odds-on favourites to claim back to back premierships.
Excluding the run-away Workers Club, only one game separates the remaining 6 sides with Tower Heist and Grand White occupying equal 2nd spot on the ladder.
In 2nd Division action, 3 sides remain undefeated after the end of the 3rd round.
Surprise packets Country Club Clubbers head the top of the table on percentage alongside winter heavyweights Criterion Dark Horses and Gala Roos.
Victories last week were also recorded by Broken Hill 8Ballers,Gala Warriors and Workers Club Bridesmaids.
Tonight’s match of the round will surround the Criterion when the home side host Grand Blue whom recorded their first victory of the season last week and will head into town hoping to gather some early season momentum.
In second Division action, it’s Derby night at the Gala when the Roos and the Warriors clash with bragging rights up for grabs.
Meanwhile next weeks 9 Ball competition has been postponed with a date to be confirmed.
In other news a Goldfields team is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the WA Italian club next weekend for the yearly Anzac Weekend clash.
GRAND WHITE IN EARLY SEASON TOUCH
Grand White have served an early season notice that they will be one of the teams to beat in 1st Division 8 Ball after defeating Tower Misfits 13-12 in last weeks round of matches.
After winning 2 of their opening 3 matches, Grand White’s impressive start to the season sees them occupy equal 2nd spot on the ladder.
Last years summer premiers Criterion Chalkers tasted victory for the first time this winter with a thrilling 13-12 victory over Tower Heist.
In 2nd Division action, 4 sides remain unbeaten after the opening two rounds. Heavyweights Criterion Dark Horses and Gala Roos have made light work of their opposition in recording huge wins while surprise packets Star and Garter and Country Club Clubbers also sit undefeated at the top of the ladder.
This weeks 1st Division match of the round will centre around the Tower when the Heist and Misfits clash in the local derby while it’s also Derby time in the second division when the Sticks and the Clubbers clash at the Country Club.
8 Ball enthusiasts will be treated to a mouth-watering display of how to really play the game when multiple World Champion Mick Hill visits the region this Friday night at the Workers Club. Known and appreciated as the best player in the world, Hill will be giving an exhibition stating at 7pm.
All followers of the cue-ball sport are encouraged to attend.
TOWER HEIST ON CUE
After the opening two rounds of 1st Division 8 Ball, Tower Heist have emerged as one of the competitions form teams having recorded victories in both of their matches.
After disposing of Grand Prix in the season opener, Heist continued their winning form on Monday night defeating Grand White as part of this weeks double header.
Also recording victories were Workers Club Young Guns and Grand Prix.
In last weeks opening round matches for the 2nd Division, Workers Club Bridesmaids got revenge on last seasons premiers Gala Warriors 10-7 while Country Club Clubbers banked early points by defeating Albion Clovers 9-8 in a thriller.
Other winners included Star and Garter, Gala Roos, Criterion Dark Horses and Grand Gremlins.
In tonights match of the round, Criterion will host the undefeated Tower Heist while in the 2nd Division all eyes will be on the Broken Hill when the 8 Ballers and Bandits clash in the local derby.
WINTER 8 BALL TO COMMENCE TONIGHT
Tonight sees the opening round of fixtures for the much anticipated Winter 8 Ball season.
Coming off the back of a successful Summer season that saw the Criterion Chalkers lift the premiership cup, all focus shifts to the Associations main season.
7 teams will contest the 1st Division while 12 teams will do battle in the 2nd Division.
In tonights opening set of 1st Division fixtures, Workers Club will unveil last years premiership flag before setting to the task of defending their crown against the Tower Misfits while Grand Blue and Grand White will do battle in the Boulder Derby.
In 2nd Division action, Gala Warriors will quickly reflect on last years premiership success before hosting the Workers Club Bridemaids while new teams the Broken Hill Bandits and the Gala Roos will be looking to impress early when they clash at the Broken Hill.
The Associations first major event will be on April 24th when the annual 9Ball tournament will be held.