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 8Ball 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.