THE FLINDERS Sharks are the first team through to the Division 1 Port Augusta Eightball Association grand final, defeating minor premiers PABC Shooters in a come-from-behind victory.
The Shooters led by four frames to one after the first set, but the Sharks fought back to level the scores at 5-5, then closed out the match by winning the next three frames.
Best players for Sharks were Shaun McCarrick with two from two, Tim Martlew and James Little each with two from three, while Dick Elliot and Peter Greatbatch won a frame each.
The better players for Shooters were Dave Stirling, who won both of his frames, and Michael Grimes (one from one), while Ian Long and Brodie Tuip both won one from three.
PABC Dynamite live to see another day after eliminating the Travellers Rest Gunners from the finals race.
It was an even display, with Dynamite winning the opening two sets by three frames to two, before winning two of the first three frames of the final set.
Rob Duke was the star performer of the match, winning his three frames, while Rob Genahl (two from two), Andy Ripley (two from three) and Clay Weidenbach (one from three) all contributed to the win.
Troy Coe did his part to keep Gunners in the contest, winning his three frames, but his teammates only managed rwo more frames between them, with Anthony Grantham and Scott Mackinlay each winning one from three.
A preliminary final between the two resident teams at the Port Augusta Bowling Club will now determine who will play Sharks in the grand final.
The Flinders Ferals powered into the grand final with an emphatic 8-2 victory over the Sky Tavern Honeyants.
In what was expected to be a very tight encounter, Ferals jumped to a convincing 5-0 lead in the first set and closed out the match with a 3-2 win in the second set.
All five players for Ferals played two frames, with Brett Irvine, Bill Taylor and Timm Thompson undefeated, while Stephen Grantham and Neville Karger won a frame each. The winners for Honeyants were James Buzzacott and Adrian Luckey.
After strong performances all season, the Honeyants will now have to regroup for the preliminary final against Straight Outta Progress.
After losing the first set by two frames to three, Straight Outta Progress put their foot on the pedal to win 8-5 against Travellers Rest Blue. Progress won the second set 4-1, then closed out the match with a 2-1 result in the third set.
All five players contributed to the Progress victory, with Jamie Wilkin, Joseph Langford and Will Tucker all winning two from three, and Jake Martlew and Jaak McKerlie winning one of their two frames played.
Travellers were best served by Stan Hobbs, who won his two frames, Simon McNicol with two from three, and Terry McKenzie with one from three.
Earlier in the night, Travellers Rest Blue defeated Central Red to earn their place in the first semi final against Progress. The match against red came after the Travellers and Centrals finished the minor rounds deadlocked in fourth position.
With scores tied at 5-5 after two sets, the Blue team broke the deadlock in the final set, winning the next three frames to claim victory.
Terry McKenzie produced a sterling performance with three wins, while Simon McNicol was his consistent best with two from two.
Stan Hobbs (two from three) and Shane Pistotnik (one from two) were Travellers’ other contributors, while Kelvyn Rigden, Mick Barrett, Trevor Toune, Danni Grantham and Warren Grantham all won a frame each for Centrals.