John Zorz Trophy 2019
Draw: November 6 at The Workies Preliminary Final Check Side versus Jiggers. Important notice to teams, players, supporters the Preliminary Final is on Wednesday due to the Melbourne Cup being on Tuesday.
The Major and Minor Semi-Finals were held last week and both games went to the sixth game to determine a winner. The Minor semi-final between Jiggers and Pockets actually came down to the last two balls of the last game. Pockets were 3 - 2 in front and also had a lead of 41 points in the aggregate and if the Jiggers player potted the pink and black they would win. The Jiggers player showed no nerves as he potted both for Jiggers to win 4 - 3 and took the aggregate by three points and Pockets can put their cues in the rack until 2020. The Major semi-final between Minor Premiers Check Side and Helmets also went to the last game. Helmets were 3 - 2 in front but Check Side had a 30 point lead in the aggregate so whoever won that game their team wins. Helmets won 4 - 2 and now they proceed straight to the Grand Final and wait to see if their opponents will be Check Side or Jiggers.
Check Side versus Lithgow Valley Storage Helmets:
Denzel Nicholson versus Ian Bulkeley: The young Nicholson is having a very good first comp winning eight of his ten games and Bulkeley is having a shocker only played 5 games for 1 win. On paper Nicholson should be too strong as Bulkeley has not had a lot of time at the snooker table but semi-final snooker is different from competition rounds. Nicholson played a very strategic game from the start where he potted a few balls then played safe. The safety was drying the points up on Bulkeley as he could not get a chance to pot many whatsoever. Once most of the reds were sunk Bulkeley then came into his own playing some good shots but it was all too late as Nicholson did the damage early to easily win 74 - 40.
Mal Hewitt versus Dillan McBey: Hewitt has done well in his first comp back after a few comps break and winning seven losing five. McBey wins and losses were 6/6 and at 50 per cent he was not doing as good as last comp. They played each in the first round and that time McBey won by 5 points but Hewitt has had more big game experience. Hewitt's experience certainly came to the fore as he played some very good shots and was putting the pressure right on McBey. McBey was all at sea most of the game but when he did get a chance to have a shot they were very good ones at that. Hewitt was very clinical and with a very good 18 break he had an easy 81 - 37 win.
Aaron Vandermeer versus Dallas Thurlow: Vandermeer changed teams this comp hoping to change his fortunes and he only just did that as the first comp his wins/losses were 6/6 and this comp it was 6/5. Thurlow has not had a very good comp winning only two games of seven played but he stepped up last week to win his semi-final. Thurlow winning last week gave him confidence as he played very well and was keeping Vandermeer in check. Vandermeer was trying very hard but just did not really participate in the game as Thurlow put him to the sword 44 - 19.
Luke Morris versus Chris Smart: Morris since coming back to snooker has played very well winning nine of his 11 games. This is Smart's first Tuesday comp but he has had a lot of experience playing in the Central West so he was no mug. Smart has won five out of seven and his last loss had been against Morris where he got hammered by 46 points. With this in the back of his mind Smart played a different type of game knowing how good Morris could be if he got the chance. This was a very good game with Smart playing smart snooker making it hard for Morris to get going. Morris once he got a chance played some very good shots but Smart played too well as he came away with a 71 - 49 win.
Michael Wellings versus Robert Farnsworth: Wellings is another player coming back after having a break and he has been in the wilderness only winning three of nine games. Farnsworth has won six from 11and when he played Wellings through the comp he had beaten him by 33 points. Farnsworth was pretty well right on track from the opening shot and was composed even with some shots that went awry. Wellings was trying very hard with some of shots not far from going into the pocket which must have been frustrating him. Wellings was falling behind on the scoreboard the longer the game went and he was desperately trying to get Farnsworth in snookers. Farnsworth played it very cool as Wellings was not making inroads to the score and Farnsworth was in cruise mode to win 65 - 37.
Logan Spice versus Ian Miles: This was the crunch game that whoever won their team wins. Both players last comp were team mates and Spice win/loss stats were 8/6 and this comp was not doing well at all being 4/5. Miles as usual started out in a positive manner potting some good balls and leaving nothing for Spice. In the middle part of the game Miles went to sleep and it was then that Spice made his move and started to pull back the deficit. The veteran Miles after his poppy nap came back to life and continued on with his potting to finally win 68 - 42. Helmets won 4 - 2.
Welch's Highway Smash Repairs Jiggers versus Higgins Lawyers Pockets:
Wayne Lewis versus Chris Baker: Lewis has played seven games for four wins and Baker played eight for one win but he bounced back when his needed him last week to win his semi. They both played each other in the comp and then Lewis won by nine points but he had a healthy 47 start. This time around Lewis had another large 40 point start but Baker comes into his own in the big games. Baker was definitely back to his best as he made short work of the start scoring two breaks of 21 and 16. He was making the game look easy and Lewis was out of his depth though he did pot a few but it was few and far between. Baker was just too good as he put Lewis into the '100' club 103 - 61.
David Adams versus Dane Barrington: Adams had a medical procedure done early in the comp and when he returned he won his next three games then he lost a couple so he was thereabouts with his form. Barrington's form also has been ordinary so this should have been a good game between two struggling players. This started out well as both was playing some very good shots but Barrington about the half way mark took control of the game. Adams went into safety overload leaving himself no shots and Barrington had 3 good breaks of 13, 12 and 11 as he left Adams behind 81 - 46.
Leon Rust versus Shane Eagle: These pair has had a lot of good battles over the years and this comp Rust changed teams and the rivalry continued. Twice this comp they played each with Eagle winning the first battle by 17 and then Rust took the honours by five points. This was your typical slap the balls around the table with the hope that they somehow fall into the pockets. This was very close at first then Rust had a spurt on maintaining the lead and was looking the goods. Though Eagle was behind he started his come back and was playing some very good shots including some with finesse. It was a very close finish and it was Rust who kept out a fast finishing Eagle to win 49 - 44.
Dylan Ford versus Lawrence Creasy: Ford is still finding his feet in playing snooker as he did not pick up a snooker cue until last comp and he is still slowly improving. Creasy has a bad start to the comp but in the latter part won 5 from 6 and was in better form than Ford. Ford had a slender 11 start and that usually would not be enough and it looked that way as Creasy was slowly catching Ford. To Fords credit he usually has a high rate of giving away points in fouls but he was not doing this and he was potting only a red every now and again. There was a change in the game and it was from a mistake from Creasy who fouled and then for the next few shots Ford kept sending Creasy in then 21 points later Creasy actually hit a ball. Ford then potted well and Creasy lost the plot as Ford had his best ever win 78 - 35.
Troy Clarke versus Alex Whitworth: Clarke is over the 50 per cent mark with his wins/losses with 4/3 and Whitworth is playing his first comp and his stats are 1/5. This was a long game as both were making more mistakes than scoring points and it was a real battle of attrition. Clarke did his best but Whitworth potted the big points when he needed to and that was enough for him to win the game 50 - 39.
Trent Lewis versus Brad Preston: This was a pivotal game as Pockets were up 3 - 2 and had a healthy lead of 41 points in the aggregate which in any other game a big ask for Lewis to bring it home for Jiggers. Lewis's win/loss form was 3/4 and Preston has had his best ever comp with 9/1 and running hot. Lewis started out in a flurry potting some good points and Preston was at first stunned by the onslaught. Preston settled down and was keeping the score in check because it looked like he was not going to win so he kept the score below the aggregate of 41. Lewis kept scoring and in the end he needed both the pink and black to win the game. Preston missed potting the pink so Lewis took a deep breathe the potted both the pink and black for a 13 break not only winning the game 70 - 26 but knocking Pockets out of the comp. Jiggers won 4 - 3.