Terry Longdon Memorial Trophy 2019 week eight
Draw March 12 at Club Lithgow Jiggers versus Red Sox and at The Workies Helmets versus Miscues and Tall Timbers versus Pockets.
Pockets maintain top position when they put the cleaners through an inept Jiggers 6 – 1 and Pockets are the team to watch. Miscues reversed the first-round drubbing from Red Sox when the rallied together and put in a massive effort to win 5 – 2. Helmets continued their dominance over Tall Timbers when they won 5 – 2 but two of Timbers games were lost by one and five points so it could had been different. Howie Fisher for Timbers and Wayne Lewis of Jiggers remain the only two players who remain undefeated winning their eight games thus far.
Williams and Sons Butchery Pockets versus Welch’s Highway Smash Repairs Jiggers
Dane Barrington versus Kyle Lewis: Barrington in his second comp is a very much improved player and no wonder he spends all his spare time practicing and it’s paying off. Lewis on the other hand because of work commitments does not get the time to practice and the result showed. Barrington won his last four games and he had to give Lewis 18 start and not long into the game he scored a 14 break. Lewis had some glimpses of form though it was all Barrington 73 – 39.
Lawrence Creasy versus Wayne Lewis: Both players have played every week of the comp and both are at opposite ends of the spectrum with Creasy two wins and five losses and Lewis seven wins from seven games. These pair played each other in the first round and then Lewis won by 12 points. Creasy had a 24 start and this did not worry Lewis as he scored two breaks of 17 and 12 to take the lead midway through the game. Creasy fell back into his bad habits and Lewis took full advantage to come home easy 65 – 39 being his teams only winner.
Kyal Furbank versus Katherine Sutton: Furbank normally does not give start and his game against Sutton he had to give 18. Sutton had not played snooker at all until this comp and is trying to hit the object ball concentrating on minimising giving points away. Furbank started out with mainly potting reds then in one spurt scored a 14 break which put him in close proximity of the lead. Sutton was giving away points though did pot a few good balls but it was all Furbank. Kyal ‘pass me another burger’ Foodbank had Kat on the menu 83 - 45.
Shane Eagle versus Angela Smith: Eagle continues his form having only lost two games and Smith in her first comp has lost every game but all of them have been within a black ball result. Smith is not far off a win and with 26 start this may even be her time if she can keep Eagle from having a shot. Eagle was not at his best at first but once Smith started to leave a few shots his confidence grew then he was off and running. Eagle scored a 13 break and Smith was doing alright as she was making Eagle work hard for his points. Eagle eventually ground out a win 63 - 57 with Smith again within one ball of a win.
Steve Hewitt versus Dylan Ford: Hewitt has been quietly going about his business this comp losing just the one game. Ford in his first comp already has a win and has shown some potential. You could almost mistake these pair as brothers as both had the stomach for snooker, had a very similar style of beard and haircut and both wear glasses. Hewitt again just quietly went about his business potting some good shots along with Ford. Hewitt moved to the front and Ford needed the last four balls to win the game and all of them were set up over the pockets. Ford potted the brown, blue, pink scoring 15 points and you could see the excitement take him over as he rushed to pot the black and even though he hit it he missed potting it. Hewitt had a big sigh of relief once he potted the black to win 46 – 38.
Brad Preston versus Trent Lewis: Preston came back last week a winner after not playing for four weeks and he has his confidence up. Lewis on the other hand over the last few comps wins more than he loses has been slow out of the blocks won his first game then nothing since. Preston was playing well putting the pressure back on Lewis and unfortunately Lewis was buckling under it. Preston powered on to win 63 – 31. The players of the match were Brad Preston and Dylan Ford.
Hunter Mining Methods Miscues versus C & W Printing Red Sox
Dennis Goodwin versus Jeff Stait: Both of these players have had the same start with four wins and three losses though even on the stats Goodwin has a 38 start. A very hard game to watch apparently as both were trying their hardest with something different was happening all the time. Stait did very well to pull back the deficit but Goodwin snuck ahead on the colours to win 67 – 56.
Kevin Slaven versus Peter Warner: Slaven is in the unusual position of winning more games than he loses which is good for his team. Warner out of seven games had only played three for two losses and is a little under done in playing time. Slaven had a 58 point start and even with Warners dogged never give up style of play this was a huge challenge. Slaven had a good start and Warner for the first half of the game had no luck potting a few reds mixed with a couple of in/offs. Warner pulled back a few points early but in the second half of the game he kicked into a higher gear. With just a couple of reds left Warner put together a very good 31 break to take the game 86 – 76.
Ritchie Bilby versus John Lyons: Bilby has had a mixed start and Lyons has had a solid start and something in Bilby’s favour was he had a 38 start. Lyons knew exactly what to do as he slipped into the groove early playing a steady, slow methodical game. Bilby was trying very hard but the safety Lyons was playing was leaving nothing for Bilby to shoot for. Lyons scored a very good 22 break to bring the game home 73 – 58.
Brian Bonus versus Leo Keeley: Bonus has only played one game and that was three weeks ago though the scoreline was fairly close. Keeley on the hand had three good wins in a row and last week was a little unlucky as he lost on the black so his form has been solid. Unfortunately for Keeley he had hit the wall full force this game as he did not have a chance even though he played a couple of good early shots. Bonus was on fire and was not going to be denied as gave Keeley a lesson to the tune of 72 – 23.
Matt Tattersall versus Rod Denley: Tattersall has been in good form he recently won three in a row though he lost last week it was a black ball result. Denley on the other hand is having a shocker not winning a game yet and the scores have not even been close. Denley though in the last week has been getting over cataract operation on his eyes which explains only one game he has lost. Tattersall was quickly into the game scoring freely and unusually taking his time with some shots. Denley was missing some easier pots but again his eyes were recovering. Tattersall was just too strong as he cruised to a 63 – 39 win.
Garry Bender versus Shannon Baer: This game had the making of a walkover for Baer even though he had to chase 37 points he has been in extremely good form. Bender has played two games for two losses and his form has been left in 2018 we will see what could he produce. Bender produced a miracle as he was on song from the start though most of his shots had a lot of luck as he was doubling off the rails, the object ball would ricochet off another ball to go into the pocket. This would have been enough to demoralise any opponent but Baer played very well to try and stem the flow of points. Baer did not give up it was that Bender played a very rare good game to win 97 – 46. The players of the match were Dennis Goodwin and Peter Warner.
Lithgow Valley Storage Helmets versus Carpet One Tall Timbers
Dallas Thurlow versus Michael McCosker: Dullaxe is having a really good start to the comp which is good because he had thoughts of not playing as he was in a strait of disbelief. McCosker had a really good 2018 but that has been left there as he is still trying to find that form. This was a very good game as McCosker was pulling back the lead as Thurlow was potting some good shots keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Both played very well and it McCosker who kept his cool to beat Dullaxe on the bell 61 – 56.
Dillan McBey versus Leon Rust: McBey is making every post a winner lately only losing two games and Rust, well is in the very unusual position of only having won one game. McBey was into his stride early potting some good balls and hit the front and Rust though he took his time he was potting some good shots as well. The difference was McBey scored a very handy 18 break and this was enough to take the game 57 – 34.
Ian Bulkeley versus Bill Cook: Bulkeley has only played two games in seven and he got a 66 point flogging and his second game he lost by two points so you cannot pick his form. Cook has won his last two so he has the runs on the board so far and he gets a 38 point start. This was a very good game by Bulkeley as he played a very slow and tactical game. Cook did what Cook does goes in has his shot and waits for the outcome whether it goes in or not. Cook had the ascendancy with just a few colours left and Bulkeley timed it to perfection as when the black was potted he just fell over the line by the barest margin 60 – 59.
Tom Drury versus Michael Tonkin: Drury so far is at 50 per cent win/loss and Tonkin is in a purple patch of form and has been easily chasing down big leads. Drury had a 43 start and he used this to best of his ability potting some good shots and playing safety. Tonkin was playing well but he was getting a little frustrated at himself due to the pressure of Drury’s safety. Tonkin did a lot of hard work to try and catch Drury but to no avail as Drury was too good in the end 84 – 65.
Logan Spice versus Frank Wawn: The Colonel had 12 start against Wawn and this could have been dangerous for Spice as Wawn likes close starts. This was a very good game by both players as both potted well and their safety was really spot on. Close right until the end and it was a 13 break by Spice that was the difference as he won 61 – 56.
Brett Bradley versus Howie Fisher: Bradley is having a good comp so far but he was up against Fisher who has won all his games. Not much to report only that Fisher showed why he is unbeaten thus far as nothing went wrong. Bradley had a few glimpses of rare good shots but Fisher proved again he is not ready to be beaten as he won easily 72 – 33. The players of the match were Logan Spice and Howie Fisher.
Point score: Pockets 33, Miscues 31, Helmets 30, Jiggers and Red Sox 25, Tall Timbers 24
Regal Trophy: H.Fisher, W.Lewis, D.Barrington, T.Clarke, S.Hewitt, S.Eagle, D.McBey, A.Piggott