Week 12 draw September 9 at Club Lithgow Miscues v Helmets and at The Workies Pockets versus Tall Timbers and Red Sox versus Jiggers.
With 12 weeks gone and three weeks of the competition left it is still not clear what teams will finish in what position. Second placed Jiggers are 16 points in front of fifth placed Red Sox. Therefore first placed Helmets and second placed Jiggers will not miss out of the semi-finals just the positions may change and they play each other in two weeks’ time. Pockets are seven points behind five spot though not out of it may find it hard as their next two games they play the current fourth and fifth placed teams. This week the Helmets had an easy 5–2 win over Red Sox hence now Helmets take first position by one point. Miscues after having three losses have bounced back and for the second week won 6–1 this time over struggling Pockets. Tall Timbers had a struggle to beat Jiggers 4–3 as they had to win the last game to come from behind.
Lithgow Valley Storage Helmets versus C & W Printing Red Sox
Robert Farnsworth versus Garry Nolan: These players have played each other twice this comp and those games were very close indeed with Farnsworth winning by four and by one. This game was no different to the other two as neither was going to let the other get away on the scoreboard. Hence a very slow game with safety a large factor and with Nolan ahead with the black left it was Farnsworth again inflicting heartbreak on Nolan by potting the black to win in another close game 48–44.
Brett Bradley versus Leo Keeley: Neither is having the best of comps with Bradley winning two and Keeley only just better winning three games. Last round they played each other Bradley won by 20 points and Keeley was better prepared this time. This was a close game throughout with neither getting away on the scoreboard and both played slowly Bradley because that’s all he knows and Keeley because he is over 90. Keeley kept his head and the lead with some good snooker plays and was one in front with the black left of which he potted to win 60–52.
RW Farnsworth versus John Lyons: After what was a very good previous comp for Farnsworth he has now come back to the pack though he is still winning more than he loses. Lyons also is not having his usual good comp as he is sitting on three wins though not playing that badly. Both played a very good game of snooker with all the shots on display and Lyons was in the lead by eight points with three colours left on the table. Farnsworth stepped up to the table potted the last three for an 18 break to take the game 59–49 from Lyons.
Dillan McBey versus Rod Denley: McBey is in a form slump as he has lost his last three game and up to that point had only lost the one game so he was trying to get back in the winners column. Denley is not at his best as with just two wins at the moment and was looking to bounce back. They played in the first round and that time McBey scraped though by two points. The game was up and down at its best with McBey five points in front with four colours left. Slowly but surely McBey potted each of those colours for a 70 – 43 win.
Ian Bulkeley versus Shannon Baer: Bulkeley is having a good comp with eight wins and two losses and Baer did not have his first win until he played Bulkeley last round of which he easily won by 28. Baer is back in form winning his last two games and these being former neighbours it was just a little bit of a friendly grudge match. Both played well early with neither getting on top but when Bulkeley missed a sitter Baer took his opportunity scored a 20 break and went on to win 58–47.
Ian Miles versus Tom Gaynor: Miles is not at his best having trouble with his eyes and the fact that he is not as spritely around the table as he used to be. Gaynor after starting the comp winning his first four games hit a wall then lost his next four finally winning last week. This was a battle of the Zimmer frame twins as the game was slow it was quicker reading ‘War and Peace’ than watching this. Twice when Gaynor got in front twice he fouled giving away the lead as was his luck and when finally the black went down the game grinded to halt Miles won 52–49. The players of the match were RW Farnsworth and Leo Keeley.
Hunter Mining Methods Miscues versus Williams and Sons Butchery Pockets
Allan Piggott versus Brad Preston: After only losing one of his first nine games Piggott has hit a wall and has lost his last two though one of those was by a double black ball. Preston on the other hand has not stopped hitting that same wall as he has only won one game. This was not that bad a game as Preston was much improved and he was putting it up to Piggott. Piggott needed the black to win but unfortunately for him Preston potted that to record his second win 59–50.
Kevin Slaven versus Melissa Creasy: Slaven after five losses has finally put his game together winning his last two and he was playing Creasy who in her first comp is still finding her feet but improving every week. Finally the handicap committee has given Creasy a handicap to help her which is +40 and for this game she had a three start. Slaven took advantage of the learners mistakes and put the loose balls away as he quickly accumulated a big lead to win easily 60–35.
Jeff Martin versus Dane Barrington: Martin has seen a lot of the Barrington family since his return to snooker as he played Dane’s brother Wade three times already for two wins and now Dane. Barrington in his first comp has won two games and is has not been far off in a couple of his losses as Martin had lost one more game than he has won. This was a good match up as both never really got a run of points and was in the balance right up till the end. Martin was the one who was the victor 45–41 as he continued his dominance over the Barrington’s.
Dennis Goodwin versus Robert Bender: Goodwin had a four week break early in the comp and has come back in good form as he has only lost one game since. Bender since his return to snooker has won two games and been very unlucky apparently in his eight losses. A very close game by both players as they were taking advantage of their opponent’s mistakes and the game could have gone either way. It come down to a very close result and it was Goodwin who maintained form to win 46–37.
Matt Tattersall versus Shane Eagle: Both are pretty close in their wins/losses as Tattersall is 5/4 and Eagle is 6/5 and is playing a little better. They last met in the second round and then it was Tattersall who won by 27 points since then Eagle has been improved. This was one very open game with little safety as they both were potting well and even though Eagle scored a 20 break it was too late as Tattersall had enough lead to win 54 – 46. Ritchie Bilby v Steve Hewitt: Once Bilby knew he was playing Hewitt shuddered a little as they have already played twice this comp with Hewitt winning both. Hewitt at this point was sitting in Regal contention and quietly going about it and Bilby has hit some form winning his last three games. Bilby was very steady as he learnt from his previous two outings and he took a lead of which he maintained. Hewitt tried hard but was beaten 59–48. The players of the match were Kevin Slaven and Brad Preston.
Carpet One Tall Timbers versus Welch’s Highway Smash Repairs Jiggers
Bill Cook versus David Adams: Adams is having his best comp in ages having only lost three games he is in a purple patch and Cook is completely opposite as he has won three games and lost four. Adams likes playing against Timbers as he has easily won his last two games and with Cook in the form he is in should be a shoe in. This was not the case as Cook put it right up to Adams and it was an early couple of lucky shots that saved the day for Adams. Cook did his best but the early lead Adams had was enough to for him to win 48 – 36 over a fast finishing Cook.
Keith Morris versus Wade Barrington: Since Morris had a five week break after week two he has hit the refresh button and has not lost a game winning his last four. Barrington has found his niche now having won seven and lost three and he played Morris in the first round and was a convincing winner by 28 points. This started out a good game with safety a big factor and Barrington was potting some small breaks. Morris finally settled down and played some very good shots as he not only caught Barrington he took the lead to come home a 58 – 39 winner.
Michael McCosker versus Trent Lewis: McCosker has five wins and three losses and not going badly and Lewis is going gang busters with eight wins for one loss. On paper you would assume Lewis should win this game but sport can be a funny thing at times. This was a good game at first with both at their best but it was McCosker who played the better game. Lewis made a lot of mistakes and McCosker scored a 14 break kept his cool and ran away with the game to win 77–46.
Michael Andrews versus Justin Nelson: Andrews has not played for three weeks as he has been resting his back and the veteran was now ready to play. Nelson on form can just about pull apart anyone game though he has won six games he has only showed patches of brilliance and he has been in the unusual position in his last two games of having 98 points scored against him in each game. Unfortunately for the veteran Andrews, Nelson hit form and took his last 2 losses out on him. Andrews had a 21 start and that was quickly evaporated when Nelson scored a 27 break. Andrews was solid but no match as Nelson won easily 89–47.
Leon Rust versus Greg Sutton: Both players have not been at their best this comp though Rust has been playing a lot better than Sutton. Sutton has only won one game and mostly has been Jiggers whipping boy most of the comp that’s how bad he is going. This was not a good game though Rust started confidently and potted some early shots as he rushed around the table like the road runner. Sutton took his time deliberately slowing the game down trying to frustrate Rust and this was what he did. Sutton was potting small scores and was leaving nothing for Rust with his safety. With three balls left Sutton was in front by 27 so Rust needed two snookers and the last 3 to win. Rust did not have the patience to try to snooker so he potted the last three for an 18 break to lose 43–36.
Frank Wawn versus Wayne Lewis: Wawn with four wins five losses against Lewis with two wins and four losses in theory Wawn should win this. Theory went into practice as Wawn went right on the attack and was making the game look easy. Lewis did try hard but the luck was not with him and with the game out of reach Lewis needed the last few colours to even the aggregate point though he nearly succeeded he made one miss and Wawn finished him off 77–46. The players of the match were Keith Morris and Justin Nelson.
Point score: Helmets 53, Jiggers 52, Miscues 44, Tall Timbers 38, Red Sox 36, Pockets 29
Regal: R.Farnsworth, A.Piggott, T.Lewis, I.Bulkeley, D.Adams, D.McBey, J.Nelson, W.Barrington