Port Augusta Eightball: First round of finals

EIGHTBALL: Mick Freeman was unstoppable in PABC Shooters' qualifying final win. PHOTO: Anthony Grantham.
EIGHTBALL: Mick Freeman was unstoppable in PABC Shooters' qualifying final win. PHOTO: Anthony Grantham.

Qualifying Final: PABC Dynamite 8 d RSL Cannons 7

Dynamite got off to a flyer in the first set, leading 4-1.

Despite the efforts of Cannons to win the next two sets 3-2, they were unable to bridge the gap, with the match result not determined until the final frame.

Clay Weidenbach was the star performer for the night, winning his three games for Dynamite, including an eightball pot-out.

Rob Duke also produced an eightball pot-out in one of his two wins, while Brenton Schulz also won two frames.

Cannons were best served by Brodie Tuip, Peter Greatbatch and Ian Long, who all won two from three.

Qualifying Final: PABC Shooters 8 d Gunners 7

After winning the second set 4-1 to take a 6-4 lead, one could be forgiven for thinking the Gunners were in the box seat to win this final.

However, Shooters had other ideas, winning the final set 4-1 in another match that went right down to the wire.

Mick Freeman was the only player from either side to win his three frames in a stellar performance.

He was well supported by Michael Grimes, who won two of his three games.

Best players for Gunners were Anthony Grantham, Taylor Meyer and Troy Coe, all winning two from three.

Elimination Final: Flinders Ferals 8 d RSL Woftam 6

Eighth-placed Ferals produced a minor upset when they eliminated the fifth-placed Woftam from the finals race.

Although they lost the first set 2-3, Ferals recovered to level the score at 5-5 going into the last set.

They were able to win three of the next four frames to seal victory and progress to the semis.

Neville Karger proved to be unbeatable on the night, winning his three frames, while Timm Thompson and Terry Forsyth each won two from three.

Johnny Martin showed that he is not a spent force, winning two of his three frames for Woftam, with Andrew Thorpe producing an eightball pot-out in his only game for the night.

Elimination Final: South Bulldogs 8 d Straight Outta Progress 5

Bulldogs were relentless against their higher-ranked opponents, dominating the opening set 4-1, before winning the second 3-2, then clinching two of the next three frames to set up an unassailable lead. 

Andrew Reynolds produced his best performance of the season to win his three frames, which included an eightball pot-out.

The consistent Dewayne Pieters won his two frames, while Ashley Walters won two from three.

It was a disappointing end to the season for Progress, who were best served by Ian Hinton and Ben Thorpe, each with two wins from their three frames, with Thorpe emulating his father with an eightball pot-out.