RSL Cannons win Port Augusta Eightball championship

CHAMPIONS: 2017/18 Port Augusta Eightball Association winners RSL Cannons - Tim Martlew, Brodie Tuip, Ian Long, Brodie Grantham, Peter Greatbatch, James Little, Dick Elliot. PHOTO: Anthony Grantham.
CHAMPIONS: 2017/18 Port Augusta Eightball Association winners RSL Cannons - Tim Martlew, Brodie Tuip, Ian Long, Brodie Grantham, Peter Greatbatch, James Little, Dick Elliot. PHOTO: Anthony Grantham.

At the end of the minor round, PABC Dynamite was the top ranked team, with RSL Cannons ranked fourth.

These were the two teams to reach the Grand Final after convincing Preliminary Final victories.

Preliminary Finals

PABC Dynamite v Gunners

Gunners were completely overwhelmed by a switched-on Dynamite team that were relentless in the pressure applied to their opponents.

Brenton Schulz, Ashley Bemmerl and Clay Weidenbach all won the two frames that they played, with Andy Ripley and Rob Duke each winning one from two.

Anthony Grantham was the only player from Gunners to offer any resistance, winning his two frames.

RSL Cannons v PABC Shooters

In a very lopsided contest, a fired-up Cannons side did not allow their higher-ranked opponents a look in, completely dominating the match from start to finish.

Tim Martlew, James Little and Brodie Tuip all won their two frames, with Peter Greatbatch and Ian Long winning the only frames that they played.

Grand Final

RSL Cannons v PABC Dynamite

Peter Greatbatch and Tim Martlew won the opening two frames against Brenton Schulz and Brendon Raymond respectively to gain the early ascendancy for Cannons.

But as expected, minor premiers Dynamite fought back to win the next 3 frames.

Wins to Andy Ripley, Ashley Bemmerl and Clay Weidenbach against Ian Long, James Little and Brodie Tuip gave Dynamite a slender 3-2 lead after the first set.

The second set opened with Martlew and Brodie Grantham restoring the lead for Cannons with wins against Ripley and Weidenbach.

But the tie continued to see-saw, as Schulz and Rob Duke won the next two frames for Dynamite against Tuip and Greatbatch, before Long defeated Bemmerl to even the score at 5-5 going into the third and final set.

The set belonged to Cannons, with Tuip, Greatbatch and Martlew turning on the class against Duke, Ripley and Bemmerl to get the three frames required for Grand Final victory.

It had been a tense struggle that finally resulted in an 8-5 win for RSL Cannons.

Cannons dropped just one frame on the way to making the Grand Final, before knocking off the side that spent the majority of the season in top spot.

In the other results on Grand Final night, Brodie Tuip and Matt Hayward were successful in the Scotch Doubles against Michael Grimes and Ian Long. Tuip capped off a very successful night with an Open Singles Championship triumph over Tim Allport to complete a trifecta of trophies.