Season starts with a bang

Opening round of the 2019/20 Port Augusta Eightball Association.
Opening round of the 2019/20 Port Augusta Eightball Association.

The 2019-20 season commenced with eleven nominated teams being split into two Divisions, with six teams in Division 1 and the remaining five teams in Division 2.

Division One

Travellers Gunners 8 tied with South Bulldogs 8

Bulldogs had Gunners on the back foot when they led by 3 frames to 1 after the opening set. However, Gunners drew level in the second set & the deadlock could not be broken in the final two sets that were drawn at two frames apiece. Anthony Grantham proved to be the best player of the night, winning his four frames for Gunners. His better support came from Brad McKenzie who won two from four, whilst Scott Franklin came off the interchange bench to win the only game that he played. All players for Bulldogs contributed to their score, with Andrew Reynolds winning three from four, and Dewayne Pieters and Ashley Walters each winning two of their four frames.

RSL Dynamite 11 def. PABC Shooters 5

In a match dominated by Dynamite, Ashley Bemmerl was the star performer for Shooters, winning three of his four frames and included an eight ball potout amongst his victories. His performance was matched by Dynamite's Rob Duke, who also won three from four and managed an eight ball potout. Clay Weidenbach and Brenton Schulz also won three frames, with Rob Genahl contributing two wins from his four attempts. It was a disappointing result for Shooters who lost three sets by three frames to one and managing to tie the third set at two wins apiece.

Central Bloods 11 def. RSL Cannons 5

Bloods got their season off to a good start with a convincing victory over Cannons who managed to tie the opening and third sets, but were soundly beaten in the other two sets. Ian Long was the only player to win two frames for Cannons and James Little produced an eight ball potout in his only win for the night. Bloods were well served by Ben Thorpe who won his four frames, Tim Allport and Brodie Tuip with three wins from their four frames and substitute Dale Khan, who won one from his two matches.

Division Two

PABC Assassins 11 def. West Augusta Hawks 5

Assassins got their season rolling with a convincing victory over the new kids on the block.

It will take a little while for the new players in Hawks team to become accustomed to the competitive atmosphere, but they still managed to take five frames from the more experienced Assassins team, with Wayne Cox their best performer with two wins from his four frames. For the winners, Josh Grantham was the standout performer, winning his four frames.

Robert Grimes won three from four, Rebekah Grimes was successful in two of the three frames that she played and Substitute Norm Smith won the two frames that he contested.

Central Red 10 def. EDP Lightning 6

After tying the opening set, the Red team got on top in the next two sets, winning them by three frames to one. Although Lightning fought back to tie the final set, it was too little, too late. All four players for Centrals contributed to their win, with Mick Barrett and Dani Grantham winning three from four and Kelvyn Rigden and Deane Adams successful in two of their four frames. Best players for Lightning were Toby Quigley and Justin Knibbs who each won two of the three frames that they played.