Outlaws outlast the Bills

Neil Ning from the Barkly Boozers in action in Round 13.
Neil Ning from the Barkly Boozers in action in Round 13.

Round 13 of Mount Isa Eight Ball Association

IRISH CLUB OUTLAWS 13 DEFEATED BUFFALO BILLS 11

As the Irish Club Outlaws returned from their bye they slipped down two spots in three weeks while the Buffalo Bills were looking to clear from the pack. The Outlaws opened up a 5-3 lead, but the class of the Bills surface again, taking six of the next seven frames behind great play from James Ghee and Hayley Anderson, and as the teams traded blows the next six frames, it looked like the result was never in doubt with the Bills ahead 10-7. The Outlaws have snatched a draw from a horrible deficit, and have also conceded a draw from a massive lead this year already, and the resurrection to take six of the last seven frames may be the best performance under pressure this year. Graeme Van Der Vliet, Frank Shuker and Pierre Pardo used experience to get the win.

BOWLING ALLEY CPR 14 DEFEATED BOWLING ALLEY INLAWS 10

The CPR look in scintillating form but they again came up against resilient opposition in the Bowling Alley Inlaws. At 4-3 up, the CPR got moving quickly with Don Cameron and Dwayne McDonald taking their second frames on the day, and it was half-way through the match where the Inlaws started to fall off. Lester Armstrong also put a couple of wins in the books for the CPR who would have a 12-10 lead after Frank Janssen completed a solid day for the Inlaws. But as the CPR took the last two frames they pushed the score to 14-10. The Inlaws had another good showing coming close in three losses.

BARKLY BOOZERS 13 DEFEATED MIBC HUSTLERS 11 (Tony Semyraha 3)

The Barkly Boozers have had little luck but were the luckiest side in round 13, taking on a MIBC Hustler side a mere shadow of what they were earlier in the year. So flat was their performance, they trailed the Boozers 8-nil before Greg Payne took their first win. Dan Coleman and Troy Elphinstone were key for the Boozers and their early lead and while the Boozers have been pressing all year, it all went to plan finally. The Hustlers were 9-7 down and looked like snatching a win, but Amber Jones and Chase Steffensen teamed up to ensure the Boozers took their second win of the year. The Hustlers need to quickly turn their form around, but may have left it too late taking on the 4th-placed Incrediballz next week.

MIBC ISLANDERS 16 (Gary Cummins 4) DEFEATED BARKLY INCREDIBALLZ 8

The MIBC Islanders, who overtook the Bills for second, are hitting their straps at the right time with a thorough team win over the Barkly Incrediballz 16-8. The win sets up a thrilling match in round 14 against the 303s as first plays second for the second time this year. The Islanders shot out of the gates leading 4-1 with good wins to Noel Doyle and Pete Burgess, and as the next few frames went back and forth, the Islanders went on an impressive 7-nil run. Gary Cummins and Samm Carpenter also chimed in to finish well.

BUFFS 303S 18 (Adam Langtree 4; AJ Saunders 4) DEFEATED BUFFS JMI 6

The JMI have a good record against the 303s however this year’s 3-oh side is on a mission. 303s captain Jason Graham took on Troy Anderson three times, and his two wins would put the 303s over the top, again backing up faultless play from Adam Langtree and AJ Saunders.