Round nine of the Mount Isa 8 Ball Association:
BUFFALO BILLS 13 (James Ghee 4) DEFEATED BOWLING ALLEY CPR 11 (Don Cameron 4)
The Bills ran up against eighth-placed Bowling Alley CPR who have lost six straight. In a stunning form reversal, the CPR came to play with Bills welcoming back top player James Ghee. Though Ghee was unbeaten the CPR led 5-4 lead through Don Cameron and Jacob Armstrong. Lux Thodsen, Hayley Anderson and Steph James stood up where the frontline didn’t, to lead 7-5. The CPR fired back. A one-frame deficit became a three-frame advantage and the CPR were cruising at 10-8. Thodsen and Ghee wrestled the lead to be two frames away from victory, but Jacob Armstrong who won three and Don Cameron who won four frames on the day got to within a frame of a draw. In the end Alice Stevens capitalised on an unfortunate Dwayne MacDonald foul to give the Bills victory.
BOWLING ALLEY INLAWS 15 (Noodle String 4; Frank Janssen 4) DEFEATED BUFFS JMI 9
The Bowling Alley Inlaws struggled through the first third of the season winless, but connecting two solid wins together against the Hustlers and JMI might even see the Inlaws as favourites in coming weeks. The Buffs JMI again failed to field a full side, but this time they wouldn’t escape. The Inlaws prevailed 15-9. Troy Anderson was the JMI’s shining light, taking three of four frames but the Inlaws’ Noodle String and Frank Janssen have each only dropped one frame the past two weeks and a date with the MIBC Islanders next week will show the Inlaws how far they have come. The JMI take on a Hustler side both desperately needing a win.
BARKLY INCREDIBALLZ 15 DEFEATED IRISH CLUB OUTLAWS 9
With each win the Barkly Incrediballz put up, another inch gets closer to the ladder leaders, and to show their depth, the Ballz dispelled the Outlaws 15-9. The score would flatter the Outlaws who know how important for-and- against looks to be, however they were played out of the match by the Ballz.
Despite being tied at 3-all, the Incrediballz caught fire taking the next six for a 9-3 lead that grew quickly to 12-4. James Hay again starred for the Ballz but this time Johnny Houng and Tim Graham were as impressive.
BUFFS 303S 19 (Jye Graham 4, Adam Langtree 4, Shaye Graham 3, Braith Graham 1) DEFEATED BARKLY BOOZERS 5
The Buffs 303s juggernaut got back on track after a one-frame loss to the Buffalo Bills in round 8, overwhelming the last-placed Barkly Boozers side 19-5. The Boozers competed, and have done so all year and when they can complete consistently will be tough to rattle. That said, it would seem the 303s deserve their top spot and will look for another high-scoring performance against the Bowling Alley CPR in round 10.
MIBC ISLANDERS 15 DEFEATED OVERLANDER NEW STARS 9
The MIBC Islanders leapfrogged the Irish Club Outlaws to go third with a 15-9 victory over the Overlander New Stars. The New Stars were behind early conceding four frames to forfeits and against the strength of Noel Doyle, Pete Burgess and Samm Carpenter, they would have to dig deep. It started well with good wins to Pete Tomaskovic, the New Stars’ best on the day, and Scott Megarrity, however they ran out of puff.