Terry Longdon Memorial Trophy 2019 week 17.
Draw May 14 at Club Lithgow Miscues versus Red Sox and at The Workies Helmets versus Tall Timbers and Pockets versus Jiggers.
Pockets have definitely the right formulae of how to beat Red Sox as for the fourth time this comp they have beaten them this time it was 5 - 2. Miscues continue their good comp when they defeated Tall Timbers 4 - 3 and Helmets continues the woes for Jiggers when they won 5 - 2. Pockets have a one point lead over Miscues and then there is an eight point gap from second to third placed Helmets. Jiggers are running last by seven points and with three weeks to go it's a good bet the wooden spoon is theirs. Basically the semi-finals spots are finalised with either Pockets or Miscues to be Minor Premiers and the rest fighting out the where they finish on the table.
Williams and Sons Butchery Pockets versus C & W Printing Red Sox:
Robert Bender versus Peter Warner: Two contrasting styles of players as Bender likes slapping the balls around the table and it must be working as he has won his last four games. Warner on the other hand is like the street fighter who does not know how to give up and is very hard to beat especially because he has a good safety game. Bender had a 47 point start and Warner has won most of his games that he had to chase big points this was just another challenge. Bender when he was left a shot played his usual game of hitting the balls hard and they were going in so he had the luck on his side and yes he did play some good shots. Warner was making it hard playing some very good shots and put in a very good chase. Bender kept his lead all through the game and came out a 91 - 69 winner.
Dane Barrington versus Leo Keeley: Both these players have hit a wall half way through the comp as Barrington has lost his last five games and Keeley has lost his last six games so one of them was going to have a tick in the win column finally. Barrington is one of the young breed playing snooker and Keeley is the oldest player still going strong at 94. Both played well though there were no big breaks it was Keeley's safety that was a big factor in the outcome. Barrington did very well when he could get a shot but is the wily old veteran who timed his run to win 51 - 44.
Lawrence Creasy versus Tom Gaynor: Out of his 16 games played Creasy has lost 11 and Gaynor out of his 12 played he won six and lost six so in theory Gaynor should win. They played each other in the first round and then Gaynor won easy by 38 points but Creasy has put his six wins in the back half of the comp. Gaynor started to chase the 20 point margin in earnest and was making slow inroads and Creasy was keeping Gaynor at bay with some good scoring. Gaynor did not panic as he made his move on the colours to win 62 - 56.
Shane Eagle versus John Lyons: Eagle has vastly improved his snooker over the last couple of years now and it is paying dividends as this comp he has won 12 for four losses. The 'old master' Lyons has not been at his best this comp but you can never underestimate him as knows all the shots and is a pressure player from way back. Eagle could not get into his fairly fluent game because Lyons was making it hard for him by playing safe. Eagle had to adjust his style of play and played what was in front of him and he adjusted quickly. Eagle kept the gap in the lead and came home to win 58 - 34.
Brad Preston versus Garry Nolan: Both are having a similar comp with Preston on five wins and six losses and Nolan one better on six wins and five losses. Both play a similar style of open snooker with some safety when needed though Preston has a higher mistake rate. Preston was quickly on the score board potting some good shots and Nolan was trying hard but he was finding he was falling behind. Preston played very well maintained the lead to end up winning 76 - 45.
Kyal Furbank versus Shannon Baer: Furbank has been in good form this comp and Baer who has had a good run of comps lately has not been going as well in this one. Baer had to chase a 47 point start though normally this would not have a problem but in the form he has been in lately it might prove to be a bigger challenge. It was, because Furbank just had of those rare games where nothing could go wrong as he pulling shots out of his rectum and all Baer could do was shake his head and just get on with the game. Furbank showed no mercy as he put Baer into the '100 club' 110 - 41. The players of the match were Shane Eagle and Peter Warner.
Carpet One Tall Timbers versus Hunter Mining Methods Miscues:
Maurie Smith versus Kevin Slaven: Smith has won his last two games and hopefully he has turned the corner as it was has been his only wins thus far and Slaven is running at 50 per cent which is usual for him. This game was put on first for a couple of reasons both are slow players so it could take forever for one and get Smith on early before the beer cuts in. Smith was chasing 26 points and it did not start well for him because Slaven was on song from the opening shot. It was a grind for both players with the highlight Slaven scoring an 18 break as he went on to win easy 70 - 25.
Howie Fisher versus Matt Tattersall: Fisher in the first eight weeks of the comp was unbeatable and has hit the wall since then and has only one more victory since and Tattersall has been consistent in winning eight games but not in a row like his opponent. This was a good game by both players as it was fairly open as that is the way Tattersall usually plays and Fisher was keeping the score board ticking over. Tattersall put in the hard yards and was about to win but Fisher had other ideas as he put himself back in the winner's circle 59 - 57 in a very close game.
Bill Cook versus Dennis Goodwin: Both with the same stats six wins and six losses, both play an open game with a hint of safety. As expected this was a good game and close right until the last shot and very entertaining as well. Goodwin came close to pulling off a victory but Cook did enough to hold him off to win 71 - 62.
Michael McCosker versus Jeff Martin: McCosker has had a couple of weeks now to calm down before his next big adventure against Martin. Martin has not been going that well with three wins out of ten games and will need to improve to beat McCosker. Once the game started you could see that it was going to be close and the 18 start Martin had was quickly eliminated when McCosker scored an 18 break then it was even. McCosker kept his concentration and slipped home a very close winner 66 - 60.
Frank Wawn versus Ritchie Bilby: Wawn not being at his best this comp had to give Bilby a 22 start and with the form Bilby is in winning his last four games Wawn needed to be good. Wawn did play well and was pulling back the deficit and Bilby was fully aware of the job in hand. When the black was potted it was Bilby who had done enough to come away a 64 - 56 win.
Leon Rust versus Col Tattersall: Rust is not having the comp he usually does and has been struggling and Tattersall since getting his new knee is having the best comp he has had in years. They are opposite in the way they play as Rust is lightning fast and Tattersall is slower than a wet week and this is way to slow down Rust. Tattersall played his tactics very well as some of Rust's shots were a little bit of askew. Tattersall ground out a good 65 - 36 win. The players of the match were Kevin Slaven and Howie Fisher.
Welch's Highway Smash Repairs Jiggers versus Lithgow Valley Storage Helmets:
Troy Clarke versus Ian Bulkeley: Two ex-teammates playing each other and both at the opposite ends of the handicap spectrum. Clarke had a 59 point start and with the way he has been playing this would test Bulkeley's intestinal fortitude and patience. In the long run though it was a test for Bulkeley he did it fairly easy as Clarke was leaving some shots up and making mistakes. Bulkeley scored a 25 break played some good safety only leaving enough for Clarke to score 14 points all game. Bulkeley came home strong to win 86 - 73 in a high scoring game.
Sharnie Roberts versus Dallas Thurlow: Roberts in her first Tuesday night comp has won three games to date and that is a good effort from someone new and she was trying to increase that to four. Thurlow is at 50 per cent stat and he played Roberts in the first round and then he won by ten points. Both started out cautiously and once they had settled down it was an entertaining games with some mistakes mixed in. Roberts was going alright though only scoring small breaks and Thurlow was potting well and was slowly pulling back the lead. In the end it was very close and Thurlow put in a good effort to scrape home 59 - 55.
Trent Lewis versus Dillan McBey: Lewis had a lean start to the comp but has come good winning his last two games and McBey has had a couple of weeks out. McBey is having a good comp in winning nine games and these pair played each other in the first round and then it was McBey who won by 27. This game was played in an open style as neither normally goes for snookers and Lewis played a lot better than last time they played. McBey took a while to get onto his groove but once there he played well and went on to win 45 - 35.
Dylan Ford versus Brett Bradley: Ford into his first comp already has a win under his large belt and has been very close a couple of other times. Bradley is not going gang busters and not playing to the best of his ability but you have comps like that sometimes. This was a very long game due to Ford still learning his craft missing some shots and Bradley well you can have a nana nap whilst he plays his shots. Once the paint dried and grass grew Bradley did a fair job to get near Ford but Ford did play well to find his second win of the comp 66 - 58.
Kyle Lewis versus Ian Miles: Lewis having lost his last two games was looking to bounce back to form and Miles having won his last two games was trying to maintain that form. Miles went about chasing the 27 points though very slowly and he was helped by Lewis making a couple of minor errors. Both played well and just when it looked like Lewis might win Miles pulled the rug from under him to just win 61 - 60.
Wayne Lewis versus Logan Spice: Lewis stood himself from this game due to having won ten games then losing the last six he decided he needed a break. As it turned out due to holidays, injuries and work commitments he had no choice to play and luckily he did. Spice is at 50 per cent stat but I think he fancied himself due to Lewis's form. Both played well but finally Lewis got his game together to win 55 - 38 putting himself back in the winners circle and the Colonel was seen going to have some kind of herb. The players of the match were Dallas Thurlow and Wayne Lewis.
Point score: Pockets 70, Miscues 69, Helmets 61, Tall Timbers 60, Red Sox 52, Jiggers 45
Regal Trophy: S.Eagle, W.Lewis, H.Fisher, S.Hewitt, D.McBey, T.Clarke, A. Piggott, M.Tattersall