Snooker | Terry Longdon Memorial Trophy 2018
Draw March 13 week eight. At Club Lithgow Jiggers versus Tall Timbers and at The Workies Pockets versus Miscues and Red Sox versus Helmets.
In the topsy turvy scenario of first and second place battle Red Sox this week with an easy 6-1 win over Miscues takes the lead. Even though Helmets beat Tall Timbers 4-3 they fall back into second place and the intriguing situation this week Red Sox play Helmets and will the lead change again. Last year’s Grand Finalists played with the same result as Pockets pick themselves out of the basement to beat Jiggers 4–3.
Hunter Mining Methods Miscues versus C & W Printing Red Sox:
Brian Nightingale versus Jeff Stait: Nightingale had his usual loss last week and Stait had a rare loss and he had to give his opponent 30 start. Stait had to play well and with safety of which he did as he went about catching the lead and Nightingale did not help his cause by playing bad shots. Stait took the lead to win 65–50 and was singing like a Nightingale whilst Nightingale was making Graham Kennedy crow calls afterwards.
Ritchie Bilby versus John Lyons: Bilby had his first win last week and with having a 41 point start against his opponent he would need it as Lyons is in form having won his last three games. Bilby shot ahead further due to Lyons going in/off in his first two shots. Lyons settled down after that and was on song pulling back the deficit and even though Bilby was going well he was missing shots that helped Lyons cause. Lyons caught up and it was a black ball result which Bilby potted to scrape in a 63–56 win.
Matt Tattersall versus Peter Warner: Tattersall has not missed a game yet and is 50/50 with his results and he should have been fresher than Warner who has been missing two weeks in between his games. The time off had not dulled Warner in any way as he came out fighting potting some very good shots and Tattersall was on the ball from the start as well matching shots with Warner. Tattersall maintained the lead for most of the game but he faded at the end and Warner came home strong on the back of some well-timed shots to win 60–51.
Allan Piggott versus Garry Nolan: Piggott has been consistent this year as he plays every second week because he has not won a game and with Nolan you just don’t know week to week what you get. Piggott took the lead early and was looking good though Nolan took a while he came home with two breaks of 19 and 18 for a good 76–37 win leaving Piggott winless.
Brian Bonus versus Tom Gaynor: Both these players’ forms are opposite as Bonus has the one win and Gaynor has just the single loss and playing well. Gaynor had an early lead but with some good play Bonus caught and took the lead until the last five colours when Gaynor pounced. With a couple of snookers and potting the last three colours Gaynor won the game 61–43.
Garry Bender versus Leo Keeley: Both not the quickest players around but still entertaining to watch when both play well. Bender was in front most of the game and Keeley was keeping close to him. Keeley did what he does best kept patient, played safe and snookered Bender to the point that Keeley won on the last two colours 55–42. The players of the match were Garry Nolan and Ritchie Bilby.
Carpet One Tall Timbers versus Lithgow Valley Storage Helmets:
Maurie Smith versus Logan Spice: This was the battle of the midgets as they both looked like Hey Hey It’s Saturday Night ‘Dickie Knee’ character as they strolled around the snooker table. Smith was searching for his first win and Spice has been hot and cold and this week he went cold. They both went shot for shot early and it was Smith with his weeping eyes that were too strong for Spice 66–34.
Frank Wawn versus RW Farnsworth: Both can play the game very well and this game both played the game at opposite ends of the spectrum. Wawn must have run over a Chinaman on his way to snooker as all the luck he had was all bad whilst Farnsworth had the Midas touch. Wawn was terrible all he could accumulate was 12 points all game and Farnsworth went on a scoring spree. Farnsworth had scored 50 points in three breaks of 19, 17 and 14 as he belted Wawn out of the park and into the ‘100’ club to win 100–17.
Leon Rust versus Tom Drury: Another game of contrasting styles as Rust is like a whirlwind around the table and Drury likes to have a good look before he picks his shots. Drury gave first points away as he completely missed the pack from the break and shortly after gave more points away. Rust was given a leg up in the score but that was where it finished because Drury took complete control of the game. Rust was off his game big time and in the 16 points on his scoreboard most of that Drury gave him. Drury outclassed an inept performance from Rust 85–19.
Keith Morris versus Ian Miles: Morris has started this comp positively as he is winning more than he is losing and Miles has started well but now is fading away into the loss column. Both were potting well though making some fundamental errors and it was close until Morris took control at the end to win 63–48.
Michael McCosker versus Robert Farnsworth: McCosker has been in mixed form and Farnsworth has been very solid and playing well. A good game to watch as both were potting some good shots and Mitchsuvius was keeping his cool even when he fell behind a little bit. Farnsworth took a while but he brought the game home 66–42.
Aaron Vandermeer versus Dallas Thurlow: Vandermeer has a 50 per cent win/loss stat and was playing Thurlow who had the best start to a comp in ages. Vandermeer is playing a lot better safety now than he used to and this showed as he kept Thurlow from getting a flow on. Vandermeer only just did enough to keep Thurlow at bay 52–36. The players of the match were Tom Drury and Maurie Smith.
Williams and Sons Butchery Pockets versus Welch’s Highway Smash Repairs:
Kyal Furbank versus Wade Barrington: Furbank lost last time he played against his old team and was waiting for this moment as he was playing the new boy Barrington with only one win. This went as expected as Barrington was trying hard but Furbank had that little bit more experience as he cruised to a 52–22 win.
Shane Eagle versus Troy Clarke: Eagle had to give 29 start to Clarke and he is not used to chasing this amount so he really had to be on his game. Clarke can sometimes pot a good ball and if he did this Eagle could have been in trouble but there was no need to worry. Eagle hit the ground running potting everything in sight and was quickly catching the lead and Clarke potted some good balls and the ones he was missing were the ones Eagle potted. Eagle played one of his best games as not only caught the deficit he easily went on to win 97–56.
Brett Holt versus Wayne Lewis: These pair played each in the first round and Lewis was an easy winner and Lewis has kicked on only losing one game and Holt is not having a good comp. Holt was looking good early potting well and playing safe and Lewis was slow to get going missing a few shots. Suddenly for whatever reason Holt hit the wall missing some easy shots and Lewis stepped up the pace and hit form. Lewis was not really headed as Holt capitulated to lose easily 47–25.
Brad Preston versus Kyle Lewis: Preston started the comp on fire and now has hit the wall losing his last four and Lewis has been steady without setting the world on fire. Good game to watch though a bit long due to missed opportunities and with Lewis having 25 start that was enough to see him through to the end to win 70–56.
Dillon McBey versus Greg Sutton: McBey was making his Tuesday snooker debut but he has been playing snooker for a few years and goes pretty well. McBey was out of the blocks early and was potting some good shots and Sutton was all at sea missing some easy shots. Sutton had to adjust his game and focused on safety and it was working as McBey slowed up his scoring. Sutton had to pot the last three colours to win and he went about potting the blue and pink and the scores were even. Both had shot on the black and missed and Sutton went to play safe only to see the white go in the pocket giving McBey his first win 56–49.
Steve Hewitt versus Dave Adams: Both have mixed form though Adams has improved his snooker since he has retired. Hewitt was not at his best as it was Adams who maintained his lead and had the game won with two colours left. Hewitt was trying to get a snooker but Adams made it hard by setting up the balls over the pocket so Hewitt potted them to see Adams win 58–53. Players of the match, Kyal Foodbank and Kyle Lewis.
Point score: Red Sox 38, Helmets 37, Jiggers 26, Tall Timbers 24, Pockets 23, Miscues 20