Fight on for 8ball title

Mount Gambier 8ball Association The Mount Gambier 8ball Association’s 16th round  saw division one title contenders Linksview Crawlers and  German Club Gatecrashers win in high-scoring matches against their opponents.

The Crawlers gave up a single frame to the Victoria Hotel from 15 frames, while Gatecrashers easily accounted for German Club Chokers by the same margin.

All other matches went to script with the top 10 all securing strong wins, with the exception of Linksview, who struggled in their match win over Commercial Club Cavemen and RSL who were down 4-7 but bounced back well to win the last four frames in a come from behind victory.

With around two thirds of the season finished and only nine rounds left to play, the ladder is starting to take shape, but with things bunching up at the top there’s still plenty that can change.

SE Women’s 8ball League  The finals of the annual singles event was held last  Tuesday night, therefore there were no roster matches played.

The last 16 – which was decided by way of round-robin qualifying groups early last month – played off  for the coveted title in a knockout format.

Toni Greenwood of Eastern Sapphires was the eventual winner, she defeated Benni Rosmann in the grand-final.

The tournament raises money every year for different local charity organisations, this year over $900  was donated to the local cancer support group.

The money is raised by  way of player entry fees as well as a raffle.

South East Darts Association Meanwhile, round eight of the division one darts winter season saw the  German Club, new to the competition in 2021, stamp their authority  at the top of the ladder with another solid performance against Tav Slingers.

Troy Snell and Jase Fulham threw 180s, while multiple low-dart games were played by Karl Schaefer and Simmo Simpson, with the highlight being a 12-darter by Jase Fulham.

In other matches, the third-placed GWT beat Millicent Misfits 16-5, while Us beat SA(1) without too much trouble to remain second on the ladder and one match clear of GWT.

The association also held its annual Open Doubles, open to all registered players from all divisions, at the Tara Raceway clubrooms last Friday night.

Eventual winners Karl Schaefer  and James Brooks, both from the  German Club, took out the tournament by winning both draws in a  two-life format, eliminating the need to play a deciding final.

Runners-up were Craig Lynch and Andrew West of the Park Hotel who defeated Bob Heubner and Marc Letizia of the German Club  Lions division two team in the preliminary-final.

 Meanwhile, the annual Berri Hotel Open 8ball Singles Tournament will be held from tomorrow to Sunday, July 18.

The  event, which is billed as “the biggest tournament on the calendar in  South Australia”, has been known to attract up to and over 400 players in the past.

The tournament, directed by Riverland stalwart Neil Lemmey, has been running for more than 35  years and will be attended by players from across Australia including  a contingent from the South East of SA.

The winner in 2019 was Victorian state representative Jamie Stevens with Steve Jamieson, also of Victoria, the runner-up.

Stevens will no doubt be back to defend the title after the 2020 running was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and Jamieson will look to go one better.

Local Fred Newton of  Blackfellows Caves won the prestigious event in 1990 and another  South East local, Joseph Ratcliffe, managed to make a semi-final recently.

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