GRAND GOLD SUMMER CHAMPIONS
Grand Gold completed a dominant summer campaign and back to back premierships after easily defeating Tower Hotel 9-4 in last weeks Summer Grand Final.
After only tasting defeat once leading into the final, all the pressure was on Grand Gold as they entered the match hoping to etch their names in Summer 8Ball history by completing a rare back to back premiership.
But after jumping to an early 4-1 lead, Grand Gold appeared in cruise control on the way to raising the premiership cup.
While disappointed in defeat, Tower can take great credit for their performance in making the final which should hold them in good stead for the upcoming winter season.
Grand Gold will now try and emulate their summer form into winter form when the Association kicks off it’s winter season on the 5th April.
The Summer wind-up will be held this Saturday night at the Grand Boulder commencing at 7.30pm.
8 BALL GRAND FINAL TONIGHT
All 8 Ball roads will lead to the Grand Boulder tonight when the Grand Gold and Tower Hotel square off in the Summer 8Ball Grand Final.
In last weeks semi-finals Grand Gold proved a little strong for a gallant Criterion side winning 9-6 while Tower won a nail-biter against North End Tavern 9-8.
Tonights match has all the ingredients of an absolute classic.
While Grand Gold will be trying to emulate the performance of their stablemates Grand Blues who recorded back to back premierships in 2014 and 2015, Tower will be trying to add their name to a trophy that saw them triumphant in 2013 going through the season undefeated.
In their home and away clash way back in round 3, Grand Gold proved way superior winning 13-4.
While nothing has changed much since then in regards to Grands outstanding form, a lot has altered within the Tower camp highlighted by the mid-season recruiting of former Australian players Dax Wasely and Keenan Ciglar.
Both sides enter the contest in red hot form. While Grand Gold have only tasted defeat once all season, Tower are currently on a 10 game winning streak themselves.
While Tower will rely heavily on Wasley and Ciglar, Grand Gold will also be expecting big things from the Rico brothers Rombert and Stephan along with upcoming young gun Brodie Conroy.
Selecting a winner here is virtually a guess with strong cases being made for both sides.
On saying that while Tower will enter the final confident of extending their winning run, maybe the carrot of back to back flags may just be enough to see the Grand Gold lift the premiership cup once again.
The Summer wind-up will be held at the Grand Boulder on Saturday 10th March commencing at 7.30pm.
Grand Gold v Tower
GRAND FINAL SPOTS UP FOR GRABS
Grand Final spots are up for grabs tonight when the Goldfields 8 Ball Association holds it’s semi final.
In last weeks qualifying finals Nth End Tavern put an end to Grand White’s premiership hopes while Criterion caused an upset by defeating a disappointing Broken Hill 1 side which bowed out in straight sets.
In the first of tonights semi-finals defending premiers Grand Gold put their back to back premiership hopes on the line when they host a dangerous Criterion. While Grand Gold earned themselves a weeks rest, Criterion continued their late season charge last week setting up an interesting clash. Criterion will be hoping to continue their fairy-tail run on the back of young Gun Dan Sinclair who topped the averages , but the Grands overall depth headed by reigning Open winner Stephan Rico and Brody Conroy who won more games than any other player throughout the season, the Grand should be able to secure enough frames to secure their ticket to next weeks big dance.
A mouth-watering clash awaits 8 Ball followers at the Tower Hotel when a host of Australian and National players don the table in the much awaited clash between Tower and Nth End Tavern. The Tower side includes Australian representatives Dax Wasley and Keenan Ciglar while the Nth End Tavern’s side includes Jasley Dimer who will captain Australian in the upcoming u/18’s world tiles, Neil J Dimer who last year took out the National u/15’s title . Jason Dimer who this year represented WA and Mayna Aspinal who represented WA last season in the womens Nationals and took out this years Open Ladies singles. Not to be out done their 5th leg is Jeanette Dimer who backed up last years women Singles with a runner ups effort this year.
Both sides come into the match in top flight form and only a brave person would try and find a winner.
But with a mixture of both youth and experience within, North End Tavern may be able to become the first team to come from 8th place to qualify for the final.
Grand Gold v Criterion
Tower v Nth End Tavern
8 BALL FINALS CONTINUE TONIGHT
Summer 8 Ball finals continue tonight with Semi final spots up for grabs for the victors.
In last weeks opening round of finals, minor and defending premiers Grand Gold confirmed their status as premiership favourites with a trouncing of Grand White while Tower earned themselves a weeks rest after coming from 8-4 down to clinch a 9-8 victory over a stunned Broken Hill 1.
In the elimination finals, North End Tavern extended their season for at least another week with a comfortable win over Grand Blue while Gala can now focus on the upcoming winter season after proving no match for Criterion.
In the first of the 2 finals tonight, Broken Hill 1 get a chance to get their premiership hopes back on track when they host Criterion.
Whilst they would still be internally disappointed in last weeks fade out, Broken Hills overall consistency during the home and away season should be enough to see them win enough frames to advance in to next week.
Grand White host North End Tavern in a match that could go down to the wire. While Grand White occupied the top 4 for the majority of the season, North End Tavern scraped in the finals finishing in 8th position. In their home and away clash back in November North End Tavern were superior winning 12-5.
But with the advantage of playing at home and also having the more consistent season, most 8 ball experts expect the Grand White to continue on to next week.
There will be a Country Week meeting next Wednesday night at 7.30pm at the Grand Boulder for all players wishing to attend this years event.
Broken Hill 1 v Criterion
Grand White v North End Tavern
8 BALL FINALS TO COMMENCE
Tonight sees the opening round of Summer 8 Ball finals with the top 8 sides set to battle it out for premiership glory.
In the first of the Double chance finals, minor and defending premiers Grand Gold will battle it out against stablemates Grand White.
Grand Gold were superb all Summer dropping only the one match while Grand White occupied the top 4 for most of the season finishing with an 8-4 win / loss record.
Whilst there will be no home ground advantage in this one, Grand Golds form over the Summer should ensure them a weeks rest.
In the other clash, Broken Hill 1 host Tower in a match that has the makings of an epic.
Like Grand Gold, Broken Hill 1 only lost the once during the home and away season, while Towers mid-season recruiting ensured their position of 3rd on the ladder with a 9-3 record.
Whilst a lot of the 8 ball talk has surrounded Towers depth of players, Broken Hill’s consistency is hard to ignore and with the knowledge of having a home final in their mind, this may be enough to see them chalk up a victory.
In the first of the elimination finals, Grand Blue host North End Tavern. Pre-season 8 ball pundits would have had these 2 teams battling it out in the top 4 but a combination of player shortage and poor form have seen them finish in the bottom half.
Picking a winner here looks virtually impossible but with the North End Tavern having young guns Jasely and Neil J Dimer within their ranks, they should be able to scrape together enough wins to progress their season into next week.
In the last match old rivals Criterion and Gala lock horns.
The sides have produced some memorable clashes over past winter seasons and on paper this again looks like a close contest.
In their only clash of the season Gala took the points 10-7 and with similar sides expected to grace the table tonight, Gala once again should take the points.
Grand Gold v Grand White
Broken Hill 1 v Tower
Grand Blue v Nth End Tavern
Criterion v Gala
8 BALL LADDER POSITIONS UP FOR GRABS
Tonight sees the last of the Summer qualifying matches with final positions on the ladder still undecided.
While Grand Gold and Broken Hill 1 will finish the season off occupying the top 2 spots, bragging rights as “ minor premiers “ will hinge on results tonight. Both sides will enter their matches as heavy favourites and with results expected to go the way of both teams, Grand Gold should finish the season on top of the ladder.
3rd Placed Tower host 4th placed Grand White. While a win would be a confidence builder to the winner and will determine final ladder positions between the 2 sides, both are expected to finish the home and away matches in the double chance top 4.
In the bottom half of the 8, results tonight will also have a bearing on who and where sides will play next week in the elimination finals.
Last weeks winners were Grand Gold and White, Broken Hill 1, Tower, Criterion and Workers Club 1.
The Grand final is scheduled for Thursday 1st March.
SHADBOLT WINS SUMMER SINGLES
Grand Boulder veteran Ian Shadbolt wrote his name into Goldfields 8 Ball history by taking out his 3rd IMFS Summer Singles on the weekend defeating reigning Goldfields Open Singles Winner Stephan Rico in the final.
Shadbolt who previously tasted success in the event in 2011 and 2016, was the dominant player on the day and his victory was just reward.
While defeated, Rico’s performance backed up his Singles victory confirming his position as one of the leading players within the region. Making up the top 4 was Steve Cameron and Eli Granole.
Meanwhile in local competition Grand Golds undefeated run came to an end at the expense of second placed Broken Hill 1, while Tower, Grand Blue, Country Club, Grand White and Criterion also recorded wins.
In tonight’s matches, it’s Derby night in Boulder when the Grand Gold clash with the Grand Blue while Gala host Grand White, with both results to have a bearing in the final positioning of teams on the ladder.
8 BALL LADDER TIGHTENS FURTHER
While the top 8 positions on the Summer 8 Ball ladder look formalised, positions within the top 8 remain undecided.
While Grand Gold and Broken Hill 1 remain comfortable occupying the top 2 spots, Gala remain a game clear in 3rd with only one game separating 4th placed Tower and 8th placed Nth End Tavern.
In Last weeks round of fixtures, Grand Gold continued on their undefeated way while Grand Blue, Albion, Gala, Tower and Workers Club 1 all recorded victories.
Matches hot up tonight with some exciting games being staged.
Broken Hill 1 host Grand Gold in a top of the table clash while a top 4 spot can just about be locked in for the winner of the Tower versus Gala clash.
This Saturday afternoon sees the holding of the IMFS Summer Singles at the Grand Boulder. Players must have competed on 5 of the fixtured nights throughout the Summer season to be eligible to play.
Nominations will be taken from 3.30pm with matches to commence at 4pm sharp.
SUMMER 8 BALL SET TO RESUME
Tonight sees the resumption of the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations Summer competition with finals spots still up for grabs for 11 of the 13 sides.
At the conclusion of the first half of the season the Grand Gold headed the table undefeated while Broken Hill 1 were 2 games clear of Grand White and Gala who occupy 3rd and 4th in the double chance top 4.
Making up the top 8 are Tower, Criterion, North End Tavern and Grand Blue.
In tonights fixtures, interest will surround the Criterion when the home side can blunt out Grand Blues efforts to make the top 4 with a victory while Gala will be looking to consolidate their spot in the top 4 with a victory over North End Tavern.
It’s Derby night at the Grand when White play Gold while Workers Club 2 host Albion with the loser staring down the prospect of holding the wooden spoon until next season.
Players are also gearing up for the upcoming IMFS Summer Singles which will be held on Saturday the 20th January for players that have competed on 5 nights during the summer season.
SINCLAIR STARS IN 8 BALL VICTORY
Dan Sinclair announced his arrival into local 8Ball ranks in style after claiming the Dax Wasley Closed Singles defeating Rombert Rico in the final.
Sinclair who hails from NZ, has played the Summer months with the Criterion and his obvious skill towards the game was on full show in front of a full house.
While disappointed in defeat, Rico’s performance was equally outstanding making the final through the winners section after dominating the early competition only to fall short at the final hurdle.
Making up the top 4 were veteran Brad Smith and young gun Jasely Dimer.
Meanwhile in local competition winners were Grand Gold, Tower, Nth End Tavern, Gala , Country club and Albion who recorded their first win.
Local 8 Ball now goes into recess over the Christmas period and resumes on the 11th January.
ASPINAL LADIES 8 BALL CHAMPION
Mayana Aspinal was the toast of the Goldfields 8 Ball Association on Saturday night after winning the Goldfields Open Ladies Singles defeating last years winner Jeanette Dimer in a thrilling final.
Aspinal who 2 years earlier represented WA in the National Championships was outstanding all day dropping only 1 individual frame in the round robin format on her way to the final, while Dimer was equally impressive finishing second at the end of the qualifying matches.
The final went down to the last frame with Aspinal securing an exciting 2-1 victory.
Making up the top 4 was last years finalist Donna Marie and Katrina Vincent who confirmed her status as one of the regions top players.
All 4 ladies are expected to grace the tables again this weekend when the Dax Wasley closed singles is held on Saturday.
Players must have played on 4 of the competition nights played so far in order to be qualified.
Matches will commence at 4pm sharp with nominations taken from 3.30pm.
Meanwhile in local domestic competition, wins were recorded for Grand White and Gold, Tower, Broken Hill 1, North End Tavern Gala.
Matches continue tonight.
Photo: Donna Marie, Mayana Aspinal, Jeanette DImer & Katrina Vincent
LADIES 8 BALL SINGLES TODAY
The regions leading female 8 Ball players are expected to converge on the Grand Boulder this afternoon when the Goldfields Ladies Open Singles is played.
In last years inaugural final, Jeanette Dimer took out the title defeating Donna Marie in a tense final.
While both Ladies are expected to once again be hard to beat, the local depth in womens 8 Ball should ensure a high quality of pool is played.
The event is open to the general female public within the Goldfields region.
Nominations will be taken from 2.30pm with matches to commence at 3pm sharp.
BROKEN HILL POWER ON
Broken Hill 1 have emerged as genuine premiership contenders after dismantling Grand Blue in last weeks round of 8 Ball fixture and in doing so kept their unbeaten start to the season in tact.
Not to be outdone Grand Gold who are also undefeated, had little trouble in brushing aside Country Club.
Workers club 1 won the local Derby while Gala, Tower and Nth End Tavern also secured wins.
In tonights match of the round, top 4 contenders Criterion and Broken Hill 1 clash while Grand White will be looking to turn their form around when they pay Workers Club 1 a visit.
8 Ball action heats up this weekend when the Goldfields Open Ladies Singles is held this Saturday afternoon at the Grand Boulder.
Nominations will be taken from 2.30pm with matches to commence at 3pm sharp.
CRITERION CONSOLIDATE TOP 4 POSITION
While a lot of talk within the Pool circles has centred around the undefeated start to the season for both Broken Hill 1 and Grand Gold, the Criterion Hotel has quietly gone about their business winning 5 out of their first 6 matches to be fully entrenched within the double chance top 4.
With the Criterion being known for their consistency season in and out, their early season form should ensure they will be hard to beat over the coming summer months.
Along with themselves, Broken Hill 1 and Grand Gold all banking points, wins were also recorded by Broken Hill 2, North End Tavern and Grand Blue.
It’s Derby night tonight at the Workers Club in Boulder when the # 1 and # 2 teams clash in a match that’s worth more than the 4 points while Broken Hill 1 and Grand Blue also square off in a match expected to be keenly contested.
BROKEN HILL 1 REMAIN UNDERFEATED
Broken Hill 1’s impressive start to the Summer 8Ball season continued last week after a resounding win over Albion and at the same time kept their unbeaten start to the season tact.
After 5 rounds of matches, Grand Gold, Grand White and Broken Hill 1 all remain unbeaten.
Also banking the points last week were Grand Blue, Criterion, Tower and Gala.
All eyes tonight will centre around the Broken Hill when the # 1 side hosts Grand White in a battle of the undefeated sides.
The Associations first Summer event will be the holding of the Ladies Open to be played on Saturday 9th December.
Last years inaugural event was taken out by Jeanette Dimer.
GRAND WHITE QUITE ACHIEVERS
While much early season talk has surrounded defending premiers Grand Gold, their stablemate Grand White have quietly gone about their own business sitting undefeated after the opening 4 rounds of fixtures.
Having won the premiership back in 2016, Grand Whites early season forms suggests they will be one of the teams to beat over the Summer months.
Also banking points last week were Country Club, Gala Grand Gold, Workers Club 1 and Broken Hill 1.
This weeks match of the round will centre around the Gala Hotel when the home side receive a visit from Workers Club 1 in a match that will have a finals flavour about it while Nth End Tavern and Tower clash in an over the bridge battle.
The associations first major event is set down for Saturday 9th December when the holding of the Ladies Open Singles is played.
GALA FIRM IN 8 BALL MARKET
Gala Hotels strong off-season recruiting seems to be paying early dividends in Summer 8 Ball after another strong victory in last weeks round of fixtures.
With the likes of Jack Halligan and Geoff Brabazon recently joining the team, the Gala have firmed dramatically in the premiership market.
Other winners included defending premiers Grand Gold, Broken Hill 1, Criterion, North End Tavern and Grand White.
Tonights match of the round will be at the Grand Boulder when Grand White host the Criterion while there will be plenty of interest at the Country Club when the home team receive a visit from the North End Tavern.
GRAND GOLD THE TEAM TO BEAT
Reigning premiers Grand Gold showed there would be no premiership hangover after opening up their Summer season with an emphatic victory over Winter 2nd Division winners Gala last week.
After retaining the majority of their squad, Grand Gold again appear the team to beat.
Also recording opening round victories were Grand Blue, Criterion, Grand White, and Broken Hill 1 and 2.
In tonights match of the round, Summer Heavy weights Tower will get an early season test when Grand Gold pay them a visit while its Derby night in Boulder when stablemates Grand Blue and Grand White clash in what appears to be an evenly matched contest.
The associations first major event will be the Ladies Open Singles which is set down for Saturday 9th December.
SUMMER 8 BALL RESUMES TONIGHT
Tonight sees the opening round of fixtures for the 2017/18 Summer 8 Ball season.
With 13 sides striving for premiership honours, a tight contest between all sides is expected.
Last season saw Grand Gold lift the premiership cup and once again they look the likely team to beat.
Season highlights will centre around the Dax Wasley closed singles, the IMFS Summer Singles and the Ladies Open singles. Matches will be played up until the 14th December, recommencing on 11th January and cumulating with the Grand final on the 1st March.
In tonights opening round of fixtures, highlights will include Grand Golds unveiling of their premiership flag when they host the Gala and an expected gruelling match between summer specialists Tower and Criterion.
SUMMER 8 BALL TO COMMENCE SHORTLY
The Goldfields 8Ball Association will officially launch the ever popular Summer 8Ball season on Thursday 26th October.
Following on from a successful Winter season that saw premierships obtained by the Grand Blue and Gala in the 1st and 2nd Division respectively, 13 sides will battle it out for Summer Glory.
Last years flag was taken out by Grand Gold who again loom as one of the sides to beat.
With plenty of trade rumours circulating within the sides, all interest will be on the opening night when sides will display first hand their Summer Squads.
Matches will be played up until the 14th December, resume on the 11th January next year with the Grand Final set down for Thursday 1st March 2018.
Highlights of the season will include the Dax Wasley closed singles, the IMFS Summer Singles and the continuation of the Ladies Open Singles which was taken out in the inaugural season last year by Jeanette Dimer.
GRAND BLUE / GALA 8BALL CHAMPIONS
Grand Blue and the Gala Hotel were the toast of the 8 Ball Association on Saturday night by taking out the 1st and 2nd Division titles defeating Country Club and Hannans respectively.
In the 1st Division final, Country Club jumped to an early 4-2 lead before the Grand steadied in the middle stages of the match before recording a 13-8 victory. For the Grand who last recorded victory back in 2014, the premiership was on the back of a consistent season which saw them occupy the top 2 spots all season while Minor premiers Country Club’s season was just as rewarding only falling short at the final hurdle.
In the 2nd Division final the match lived up to hype with Gala recording an exciting 9-8 victory to see them claim their 4th flag in the last 7 years.
For most of the match Gala held a slight advantage and always looked in control. But to Hannans credit they showed the same determination that was evident over the finals series and edges their way back to 8 all, to only go down in the final frame.
With Gala finishing the home and away season in 4th position and the Hannans 7th, both sides will look to improve further on this next season with strong performances in the upcoming Summer season.
8 Ball now takes a short break with the popular Summer Season set to commence around the 19th October
I Shadbolt ( capt )
8 BALL GRAND FINALS TODAY
All 8Ball roads will lead to the Grand Boulder this afternoon where an expected packed house will witness the Goldfields 8Ball Associations Grand Finals in both the 1st and 2nd Division.
In the 1st Division, the 2 power sides of the season in Grand Blue and Country Club will clash after Country Club bounced back in last weeks prelimary final defeating Grand Gold while a mouth-watering clash between Gala and Hannans will highlight the 2nd Division final after they advanced on the back of victories against Criterion and Workers Club respectively.
In the first division final, arguably the cream of the local game will be spread amoungst the 2 teams with all indication the match could be one for the ages. In their 4 home and away clashes this season the score-line balanced out at 2 a piece with Grand breaking the deadline in winning the 2nd Semi-final a fortnight ago.
Picking a winner here is virtually impossible with an ounce of luck maybe determining the eventual winner.
In the second division final, 4th placed Gala will oppose 7th placed Hannans in a promoters dream.
Both sides had had consistent seasons without being outstanding but have seemed to have lifted their game throughout the finals.
In their only clash this season, Gala recorded a comprehensive 12-5 victory.
While Gala celebrated back to back flags in 2013 and 2014, Hannans have yet to etch their names on the premiership trophy.
With most experts expecting this clash to go down to the wire, Gala’s earlier victory this season and an edge in experience may just be enough to see them claim the title.
The trophy presentation will proceed the Grand finals.
Grand Blue v Country Club
Gala v Hannans
RICO CLAIMS 8 BALL SINGLES
Stephen Rico wrote his name into Goldfields 8 Ball History last Saturday night by claiming the prestigious Goldfields Open Singles defeating top seed and former world champion Jack Halligan in an epic final 4-2.
After jumping to an early 3 nil lead, Rico looked in complete control before Halligan showed his skills to win the next 2 frames before Rico steadied and claimed his first title.
For Rico who originates from the Phillipines, it was an amazing performance seeing he only joined the Association at the start of last Summer season even though he had resided in the Goldfields for more than 5 years.
While disappointed in defeat, Halligans performance during the event was top class only succumbing at the final hurdle. After recently returning to the region, Halligans participation within the Association has been a massive boost for all players.
Making up the top 4 were previous winners and Grand Blue team-mates Ian Shadbolt and Chris Tucker.
8 Ball purists will be heading to the Grand Boulder this Saturday afternoon to watch the Associations Grand finals.
In the 1st Division match, Grand Blue will oppose Country Club while Gala and Hannans will battle it out in the 2nd Division.
The 1st Division final will commence at 3.30pm with the 2nd Division to start at 4pm.
HALLIGAN , DIMER HEAD SEEDINGS IN 8 BALL OPEN
Former 2 time world champion Jack Halligan and u/18’s Australian representative Jasely Dimer will head the seedings leading into this afternoons prestigious Goldfields Open Singles.
After being off the local scene for numerous years, Halligan’s reappearance at the Open will be a one to see while Dimer has only just returned from England where he represented his country with distinction.
The Dimer family figure heavily amoungst the top seeded players with the u/15 National champion Neil J Dimer seeded 3 and father Jason, who is the defending champion seeded at 5.
With a string of previous winners expected to hit the tables today, all looks in place for an intriguing contest.
Nominations will be taken from 1pm with matches to commence at 1.30pm sharp.
The event is open to the general public.
8 BALL FINALS CONTINUE
Grand Final spots are up for grabs tonight in both the 1st and 2nd Division’s as 8 Ball finals continues.
In last weeks 1st Division 2nd Semi Final, Grand Blue progressed straight into the Big Dance with a minor upset win over minor premiers Country Club. After jumping to an early lead, Grand Blue were never headed in a 13-8 victory.
In the 1st Semi final , Grand Gold proved too strong for stable mates Grand White recording a comfortable 13-6 win.
In tonights prelimary final, Country Club will be looking to rebound at home against a confident Grand Gold outfit.
After winning last years Summer final Grand Gold will enter the match full of confidence, but Country Club’s outstanding season is hard to ignore with most experts expecting them to bounce back from last weeks loss and set up a return bout against Grand Blue in the Grand final.
In the first of the 2nd division finals minor premiers Workers Club will put their season on the line when they host Hannan’s who proved too strong last week against a disappointing Nth End Tavern. While riding on a crest of a wave, Hannans will fancy their chances of again causing an upset but with a host of experienced players within their team, Workers club would be expected to win enough games to advance.
Traditional rivals Criterion and Gala meet in the other final in a match that is worthy of a final. Gala had to do it the hard way last week coming from behind to topple the Tower.
On paper little seems to separate the sides with maybe the advantage of playing at home being enough to see the Criterion extending their season into the final week.
The Grand final is scheduled for Saturday 26th August with this Saturday seeing the holding of the Goldfields Open singles.
Nominations will be taken from 1pm with matches to commence at 1.30pm sharp.
COUNTRY CLUB V GRAND GOLD
WORKERS CLUB V HANNANS
CRITERION V GALA
POOL FINALS TO COMMENCE TONIGHT
Tonight sees the opening round of 2nd Division 8 Ball finals with the top 8 sides after the Home and Away season set to battle it out for premiership glory.
While Workers Club 1 comfortably secured the minor premiership, only two games separated 2nd positioned Criterion and 6th placed Broken Hill ensuring an exciting month of 8Ball lays ahead.
In the first of the Double chance finals, a mouth-watering clash awaits when flag favourites Workers Club 1 host Gala in the battle of the heavy weights. While Gala seem to flourish at this time of the season, Workers Club 1’s superior form should see themselves earn a weeks rest.
In another opening finals round classic, Premiers of last year Criterion will have all guns blazing when they receive a visit from 2015 premiers Nth End Tavern. With both sides having a 12-4 win / loss ratio during the home and away season picking a winner is a complete guess. But with the advantage of playing at home, Criterion may just win enough games to get the points.
In the elimination finals, new side Tower should be too strong for Country Club while Broken Hill’s solid winter form should ensure they at least continue their season another week.
The last of the 1st Division matches will be held tonight and while finals matches have been decided, ladder positions are still up for grabs depending on the results.
2nd DIVISION FINALS
WORKERS CLUB 1 V GALA
CRITERION V NTH END TAVERN
TOWER V COUNTRY CLUB
BROKEN HILL V HANNANS
CURRY / WASLEY REIGHN SUPREME
Dean Curry and Dax Wasley continued their complete domination of the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations Open Doubles by claiming their 8th title in the last 9 years with a 4-2 victory over Grand Blue team-mates Jeff Delbridge and Ian Shadbolt in the final last weekend.
After scores were locked at 2 all, Curry and Wasley stepped up a gear to reel off the next two games in succession and in doing so further entrenched their names in the Associations history books.
While disappointed in defeat, Delbridge and Shadbolt were gallant in defeat only falling short at the final hurdle.
Making up the top 4 were the combinations of Jeanette Dimer and Mick Divitini and Steve and Rombert Rico.
In domestic action, 1st Division winners were Grand Blue, Country Club and Broken Hill.
Second division winners were Workers Club 1 , Criterion, Gala, North End Tavern and Hannans.
Tonight sees the last of the qualifying matches for the 2nd Division with results still to impact the final ladder.
The Associations next major event will be the holding of the Goldfields Open Singles on the 19th August.
CURRY-WASLEY TEAM TO BEAT
Dean Curry and Dax Wasley loom as the team to beat this Saturday afternoon when the Goldfields 8 Ball Association showcases one of it’s blue ribbon events in the shape of the Goldfields Open Doubles.
Curry and Wasley have made the event their own in recent years winning 7 of the last 8 with the only blemish coming in 2011 when they were beaten finalists.
Matches are set to commence at the Grand Boulder at 4pm / the event is open to the general public.
Meanwhile Grand Blue caused a minor upset in first division pool with a 13-12 win over flag favourites Country Club while Broken Hill and Tower kept their finals hopes alive with wins.
Second Division winners were Gala , Workers Club 2 , North End Tavern, Tower and Workers Club 1.
In tonights matches of the round, all 1st Division action will centre around the Tower for their clash against Broken Hill with the loser’s season all but over while a top 4 finish could be the reward for the winner of North End Tavern and Tower in the 2nd Division.
8 BALL LADDER TIGHTENS UP
With only 3 rounds of qualifying matches to be played, the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations Second division ladder has set the scene for an exciting finish to the season.
Only 1 game separates 1st placed Criterion and 6th placed Gala. Four sides currently sit with 10 wins for the season while 2 others have recorded 9 victories.
At the bottom end of the top 8, only 2 games also separate 9th placed Albion and 7th placed Hannans.
Winners last week were Tower, Hannans, Country Club , Criterion and Broken Hill.
In 1st Division action winners were Grand White, Grand Gold and Tower.
In tonights matches of the round, Grand Blue host Country club in a preview of next months second semi final while in the second division all eyes will be on the Gala when they receive a visit from ongoing rivals Criterion.
The Associations next major event will be the Goldfields Open Doubles which will be held on Saturday 22nd July.
GRAND WHITE CONSOLIDATE TOP 4 SPOT
Grand White kept it’s hold in 4th position in local 1st Division 8 Ball with a hard fought 14-11 victory over stablemates Grand Gold in last weeks round of fixtures.
With the season gradually coming to an end, Grand White remain in finals contentions with both Tower and Broken Hill still within touch.
Grand Blue helped White’s cause with a comfortable victory over Tower while Broken Hill defeated a terribly undermanned Country Club in the other fixture.
In 2nd division action Nth End Taverns recent hot form continued this time at the expense of ladder Leaders Workers Club 1, Tower proved too strong for Gala while Albion, Criterion and Country Club also recorded wins.
In tonights match of the round, Grand Gold host Broken Hill who need to string together consecutive victorys in order to come into finals contention.
The Associations next major event will the the prestigious Goldfields Open Doubles which will be held on the 22nd July.
CURRY-CONROY CLAIM 8 BALL DOUBLES
Grand Blue team-mates Dean Curry and Brodie Conroy etched their names into Goldfields 8 Ball history by successfully claiming the associations Scotch Doubles title last weekend defeating Mick (statue) Ballam and Mayana Aspinal in th final.
In an event that was only in its second year, Curry and Conroy were outstanding all night going through undefeated in the double elimination format. Curry has had recent Doubles success having claimed 7 previous Open Doubles titles while Conroy recently returned from Country Week in Perth where he captained the 6th Division to the flag.
While disappointed in defeat Ballam and Aspinals effort was also full of merit. Both players have also been in hot form of late with Ballam recently claiming the closed singles while Aspinal represented WA at last years womens National titles.
Making up the top 4 were veterans Ron Brown and Ray Varishetti alongside the combination of Maitland Smith and Ely Graxiole.
Meanwhile in domestic competition 1st division winners were Tower, Grand Gold and Country club while in the second division Country Club, Grand , Workers Club 1, Gala and Broken Hill recorded wins.
8 BALL SCOTCH DOUBLES THIS WEEKEND
This Saturday at the Grand Boulder sees the holding on the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations Scotch Doubles.
In the events inaugural holding last year, 8Ball veterans Chris Tucker and Ron Brown defeated Grand Blue team-mates Jeff Delbridge and Ian Shadbolt in the final.
Scotch Doubles is another variation of a Doubles match in that players take alternative shots.
The event is open to the public with matches to commence at 4pm sharp with nominations to be taken from 3.30pm.
Meanwhile in domestic 1st Division, Country Club continued their dominant form with a close 13-12 victory over Grand Gold while Tower and Grand Blue also recorded victories.
Winners in the 2nd Division were Albion, Criterion and Gala.
In tonights 1st Division action it’s derby night in Boulder when Grand Blue and Gold clash while form sides Tower and Workers Club 1 clash in the 2nd Division.
SECOND DIVISION 8 BALL HEATS UP
Tower Hotel have emerged as the team to beat in second division 8 Ball action after storming to the top of the ladder based on a 9-1 win / loss start to the season.
Second placed Workers Club 1 also have only one loss for the season but have played fewer matches due to already having their second bye.
While Nth End Tavern occupy a clear 3rd, only 2 games separate 4th placed Criterion and 7th placed Hannans with the Albion Hotel holding down 8th place.
In 1st Division action, Country Club have taken a stranglehold on the minor premiership after easily disposing of second placed Grand Blue while Grand White and Gold hold down 3rd and 4th spots respectively.
In tonights match of the round in the 2nd division, Gala will be desperate for a win over the dangerous Hannans in order to stay in touch with the top 4 while in 1st division action Towers finals aspirations will be put on show in a must win match at home against Grand White.
MIXED RESULTS FOR 8 BALL COUNTRY WEEK
The Goldfields 8 Ball Association has returned from the annual Country Week title with mixed results.
With 7 sides representing the region, expectations were high entering the event.
Unfortunately only 2 of them made the Sunday evening grand finals.
The highlight of the weekend was the performance of the 7th Division side who went through the round robin event undefeated before defeating Geraldton in the final.
Also appearing in the Grand Final was the 5th Division side. After finishing the qualifying stage on top, they eventually fell short in the final against Geraldton.
Individually there was also some stand-out performances.
In the 5th Division, Sean Forman drew for the best average while team-mates John Coxon and Tristan Barnard finished 3rd and 4th respectively. Stephen Rico topped the averages in the 7th Division while team captain Brodie Conroy lead from the front finishing 2nd.
Domestic competition resumes tonight with the 1st Division match between top two Country Club and Grand Blue on centre stage while Workers Club 1 and Gala will battle it out in the match of the round in the 2nd Division.
Winning Country Week 7th Division
B Conroy ( capt )
BALLAM CLAIMS 8BALL TITLE
Veteran 8 Ball player Michael “ Statue “ Ballam claimed his maiden 8Ball title by successfully taking out the Goldfields 8Ball Associations 1st Division closed singles last weekend defeating young gun Jasely Dimer.
Ballam who has been on the local circuit for numerous years, did it the hard way coming through the losers draw in the double elimination format and having to defeat Dimer twice in the final.
Dimer who will represent Australia in the u/18’s next month in England , showed his preparation was heading in the right direction only falling short at the final hurdle. Both players loom as key figures for the Goldfields at this weekends country week titles in Perth.
Making up the top 4 were Grand Boulder duo Stephan Rico and Jeff Delbridge.
In domestic competition, 1st division winners were Grand Blue, white and Country club while in 2nd Division winners were Workers Club 1, Criterion, Nth End Tavern, Gala and Broken Hill.
Meanwhile the Goldfields will be represented by 7 teams this weekend in the annual Country Week titles.
With the cream of the Goldfields 8 Ball in attendance, expectations will be high in regards to achieving the ultimate success.
RENNIE CLAIMS SINGLES TITLE
Veteran Goldfields 8Baller Brian Rennie was the toast of the 8 Ball Association last weekend when he claimed the 2nd Division closed singles defeating Aiden Tansey in the final.
Rennie, who just returned from an overseas freshen up, played consistent pool all evening with his victory coming as no surprise. Tansey who was also runner-up last season, showed his liking for the event only falling short in the last match of the night.
Making up the top 4 were Steve Cameron and Chris Coulahan.
In domestic competition, Country Club continue to be the yard-stick in the 1st Division having only dropped one game over the first 9 rounds after their victory over Broken Hill. Grand Blue and White also recorded wins.
In 2nd Division action, the previously undefeated Workers Club 1 came back to reality after going down 9-8 to an improving Hannans.
Also banking points were Tower, Criterion,Nth End Tavern and Broken Hill.
This Saturday afternoon see the holding of the 1st Division closed singles at the Grand Boulder.
Nominations will be taken from 3.30pm with matches to commence at 4pm sharp.
8 BALL CLOSED SINGLES THIS WEEKEND
This Saturday afternoon sees the holding of the annual 2nd Division closed Singles at the Grand Boulder.
Last years singles was taken out by Brett Matthews who backed up his winning performance back in 2007 by defeating Aiden Tansey in the final.
With the annual Country Week titles in Perth being played at the end of the month, the event gives an opportunity for players attending to play in conditions similar to what will be expected in Perth.
To qualify players must have played on 3 individual nights throughout the first 8 rounds.
Nominations will be taken from 3.30pm with matches to commence at 4pm sharp.
Meanwhile in domestic competition, Grand Gold’s recent strong form continued after defeating previous ladder leaders Grand Blue last week. Also entering the winners circle was Country Club and Tower.
In 2nd Division action, wins were recorded by Broken Hill, Tower, Workers Club 1, Hannans and North End Tavern.
The Associations 1st Division Closed singles will be played the following Saturday.
GRAND GOLD IN FORM
Summer premiers Grand Gold moved into the top 4 in 1st Division 8Ball for the first time this season after reeling off the last 5 games of the night in an exciting 13-12 victory over Tower.
Stepping up this year into 1st Division, Grand Gold’s recent consistent form sees them join Grand White in equal 3rd after the White side proved too strong for Broken Hill, while Grand Blue edged out Country Club in a battle of the top 2 sides.
In 2nd Division action, Hannans solid start to the season continued after defeating Tower while Nth End Tavern,
Broken Hill, Criterion and Gala also recorded wins.
The Associations next major event will be held on 20th May when the 2nd Division closed singles is played.
DELBRIDGE DUO CLAIM 8 BALL TITLE
Jordan and Jeff Delbridge etched their names into the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations history books by claiming their second Celebrity Doubles title defeating Luke Werner and Brad Smith in the final.
After claiming the title back in 2013, the father and son combination were outstanding all night on the way to claiming the title. The Werner – Smith partnership also had a night to remember only falling short at the final hurdle.
Making up the top 4 was Kyna Kafer and Dax Wasley and 8Ball veterans Jeremy Brown and Brian Rennie.
Meanwhile in first division matches the Country Club juggernault continued with a victory over Tower while Grand Blue and Broken Hill tasted success.
In second division action the Workers Club 1 also remained undefeated while Tower, Albion, Broken Hill and Gala notched wins.
In first division action tonight, a capacity crowd is expected to flock to the Grand Boulder when Grand Blue host Country Club with premiership favouritism awaiting the winner.
Albions recent 2nd Division form will be put to the test when they receive a visit from the Broken Hill who will be desperate to record a win to stay in touch with the top 8.
CELEBRITY 8 BALL DOUBLES TODAY
The Goldfields 8 Ball Associations winter calendar continues this afternoon at the Mines and City’s Workers Club with the holding on the annual Celebrity Doubles.
The competition is focused around a current member of the 8 Ball Association teaming up with a player not playing domestic competition in an effort to attract more players to the sport.
Last years event was taken out by the father / son combination of Lachie and Brad Smith who defeated Brian McRoberts and Malcolm Hamilton.
Nominations will be taken from 4pm with matches to commence at 4.30pm sharp.
JOHNSON / SHADBOLT CLAIM 9 BALL DOUBLE
Clayton Johnson and Ian Shadbolt claimed the Association first tournament of the year winning the annual 9 Ball competition defeating Bruce Hawkins and Ken Smith in the final last Thursday night.
In an event that is extremely popular in both America and Europe, Johnson and Shadbolt who both represent the Grand Boulder, advanced through the winners section in the double elimination format proving too strong for Hawkins and Smith who were gallant in defeat.
Making up the top 4 were the combinations of Brad and Maitland smith and Lachie Smith and Jasely Dimer.
Meanwhile in domestic competition, Country Clubs undefeated start to the season continued after disposing of Broken Hill while Grand Blue and Grand Gold also tasted victory.
In second division action, Workers Club 1 remain the only undefeated side after 4 rounds on the back of their win over Grand Boulder. Also recording victories were Tower, Hannans, Gala and Criterion.
Tonights match of the round will focus around the Country Club when the home team hosts the Tower Hotel who will be looking at staying in touch with top 4.
9 BALL TOURNAMENT TO BE CONTESTED TONIGHT
The Goldfields 8 Ball Association move away from their weekly domestic competition tonight with the holding of the annual 9 Ball tournament at the Grand Boulder.
In an event that has grown in status over the years, the doubles competition will be made up from a mixture of 1st and 2nd Division players randomly drawn out of a hat.
In an event that is extremely popular in both America and Europe, the object of the game is to pot balls in numeric order from 1 to 8 with the 9 ball being the last ball potted.
Last years tournament was taken out by the combination of Sandy Gates and Dax Wasley who defeated Brad Smith and Farhad Rahmi in the file.
To be eligible to play, players must have played on one of the domestic fixtures that have previously been played.
Nominations will be taken from 6.30pm will matches to commence at 7pm sharp.
COUNTRY CLUB SET PACE
Country Club have emerged as the early season trendsetters in 1st Division Winter 8Ball after starting the season undefeated after the first 3 weeks of competition.
Country club who won the premiership in 2015 gave new side Grand Gold a reality check with a 20 to 5 demolition last week.
Also chalking up victories were Grand White and Blue.
In 2nd Division action defending premiers Criterion continued their impressive start to the season proving too strong for newcomers Tower while Gala, Workers Club 1, North End Tavern and Albion also banked points.
Tonights action centres around the Grand Boulder when Grand Blue oppose Grand White in the local Derby while heavy weights Gala and Criterion clash in the 2nd Division.
BROKEN HILL START SEASON STRONG
Whilst only the opening game of a long winter season, Broken Hill’s crushing 19-6 victory over Grand Gold gave early notice to the rest of the competition that they look like being the real deal.
After jumping to an early lead, Broken Hill never looked troubled in recording victory.
Also opening the season with a win was Grand Blue and pre-season favourites Country Club.
In second division matches, Workers Club 1 pulled off the first surprise of the season upsetting last years premiers Criterion, while Tower, Country Club, Gala and Hannans also notched up wins.
Tonights match of interest will centre around the Tower Hotel when the home side look to open their winning account when they host the Grand White in the 1st Division, while in the second division, defending premiers Criterion will also be seeking their first win when they receive a visit from new comers Tower who recorded a first round win.
8 BALL TO RESUME NEXT WEEK
Local 8 Ball is set to resume next Thursday night when the Goldfields 8 Ball Association launches its winter season.
With 6 sides within the 1st Division and 12 sides contesting the 2nd Division action aplenty will be assured each week.
Last season’s 1st Division was taken out by Star and Garter while Criterion celebrated victory in the second Division.
Highlights of the season will be the upcoming Country Week titles and the prestigious Open Doubles and Singles tournaments.
The Grand final is scheduled for 26th August.
GRAND GOLD 8 BALL CHAMPIONS
Grand Gold made sure that the Summer premiership trophy remained at the Grand Boulder after defeating last years premiers Grand White 9-7 in a classic final.
Grand Gold jumped to an early 5 nil lead and it looked like it may be an early finish. But not to be denied, Grand White showed true grit to roll off the next 5 games to level it at 5 all.
Teams traded games to again be level at 7 each, before Grand Gold eventually gained the upper hand and raised the premiership flag.
Grand Golds win came as no surprise as they occupied the top 4 for the whole season while Grand White came from 8th position on the ladder to only just fall short.
With Grand White claiming the premiership last year and the Grand Blue the 2 years prior, Grand Golds latest victory ensures the will occupy the Grand Boulder for the 4th consecutive year.
In individual honours , young gun Neil J Dimer topped the averages and drew with the most wins for the season with Ian Shadbolt and Bob Wakefield.
Focus quickly turns to the upcoming winter season which is scheduled to commence on Thursday 30th March.
Players are also gearing themselves towards the annual country week titles that will be held over the Foundation day long weekend in early June.
8 BALL GRAND FINAL TONIGHT
All 8 Ball roads will lead to the Grand Boulder tonight when Grand Gold and Grand White clash in the Summer 8 Ball Derby Grand Final.
After 14 sides started out with premierships hopes, only 2 remain.
In last week’s prelimary finals, Grand Gold booked their spot with a workman like 9-5 victory over Country Club while Grand White defeated Criterion in a thriller 9-8.
Tonights final has all the makings on an epic with both sides having a mixture of both youth and experience.
While Grand Gold held a position within the top 4 for the whole season, Grand White scraped into 8th place , secured by a last round victory over Tower.
In their only meeting back in round 10, Grand Gold prevailed 10-7.
In front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd, selecting a winner is a complete guess, but maybe with the knowledge of a higher placed finished and already having defeated them once, Grand Gold may just be able to win enough games to raise the cup in a match that is expected to go down to the wire.
The Summer Wind-up will be held on Saturday night commencing at 7.30pm.
Grand Gold v Grand White
GRAND FINAL SPOTS UP FOR GRABS
Grand final spots are up for grabs tonight when the Goldfields 8Ball Association holds prelimary final night.
In last weeks qualifying finals, the home and away form was thrown out the door when the two top teams Grand Blue and Broken Hill were easily dismantled by Grand White and Country Club respectively.
In tonights first final, the full-house sign is expected to be put up at the Criterion Hotel way before the opening game when Criterion receive a visit from Grand White.
Criterion made light work of their semi-final clash 2 weeks ago while White were super impressive last week.
In their only encounter back in round 4 , Criterion were way too strong for white but white’s form of late has been to good to be ignore. While Criterion will start deserving favourites, there’s a strong belief within the White camp that may just get the job done.
In the other final, another big crowd is expected to converge on the Grand Boulder when the Gold side host the rampaging Country Club outfit who have hit form at the right time.
Gold also were outstanding a fortnight ago recording a big win while Country Club passed one of the toughest assignments in local ranks when defeating Broken Hill at home.
The sides only clash was back in round 2 with gold getting the points.
On paper nothing separates the sides with both having an influence of youth and experience.
Picking a winner is virtually impossible but maybe Grand Golds more consistent form and overall stronger season may be enough to see them progress to next weeks final.
Criterion v Grand White
Grand Gold v Country Club 2
WINTER 8 BALL NOMINATIONS
Nominations are now being taken for the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations 2017 Winter season.
Following on the back of last years season which saw premierships in the 1st and 2nd Division to Star and Garter and Criterion respectively, all looks in place for another successful winter.
Highlighting the season will be the Associations appearance at the annual Country Week tournament over the June long weekend in Perth and the prestigious Goldfields Open Singles and Doubles.
Nominations are now being taken and can be submitted at the Grand Boulder or 0418 932 409.
Nominations will close on the 28th February with the season penciled in to commence on Thursday 23rd March.
SUMMER FINALS TO CONTINUE TONIGHT
The second round of Summer 8 Ball continues tonight after two sides exited the premiership race last week.
To show the evenness of the competition, 1st and 2nd placed on the ladder at the end of the Home and Away season, Grand Blue and Broken Hill 1 were both comprehensively beaten by Grand Gold and Criterion respectively, who also earned themselves a week’s rest and a clear path straight into next weeks preliminary final.
In the knockout matches, Country Club 2 and Grand White advanced their seasons for at least another week after eliminating Tower and Workers Club 1.
In the first of the elimination finals tonight, minor premiers Grand Blue’s season will be on the line when they once again tackle another Grand Side, this time being White.
While Grand Blue would have been disappointed in last weeks loss, their dominant season to date is hard to ignore with most experts tipping them to bounce back and set up a mouth-watering clash with Criterion next week.
Broken Hill’s superb season will also be tested tonight when they host a Country Club 1 side brimming with confidence. While Broken Hill 1 have been a model of consistency, it’s hard to ignore Country Clubs resurgence in the back half of the season. But with the advantage of playing at home and based around their solid summer, Broken Hill 1 may just be able to win enough games to advance onto next week.
Players are reminded of a Country Week meeting which will be held next Wednesday night at the Grand Boulder commencing at 7.30pm.
Grand Blue v Grand White
Broken Hill 1 v Country Club 2
SUMMER 8 BALL FINALS TO COMMENCE
Tonight see the opening round of the Summer 8 Ball finals with the top 8 sides at the end of the home and away season set to battle it out for premiership glory.
In the first of the Double chance finals, minor premiers Grand Blue will feel the heat straight away when they clash with stablemates Grand Gold in a Boulder derby final.
While Blue finished minor premiers, their form after the Christmas break has gone off the boil and with Gold already having defeated them once, a minor upset may be on the cards here.
In the second qualifying final, 2nd placed Broken Hill 1 host Criterion in what looks on paper an evenly spread match. Both sides recorded 10-3 win loss records with only one individual game separating them on the ladder.
Based on that picking a winner is virtually impossible, with maybe the home ground advantage being enough to see the Broken Hill earning a weeks rest.
Seasons are on the line in the other 2 remaining elimination finals.
5Th placed Workers Club 1 host 8th Grand White in a match that again looks like it could go to the wire.
Workers Club’s 1 form for the majority of the season has been solid while consistency has plague Grand White’s summer campaign.
Workers Club 1 have shown in the past a liking for this event and with a touch more experience within their ranks, they are expected to progress.
Country Club 2 host Tower in the last of the matches in a contest that looks full of intrigue.
Country Club 2 have also battled consistency during the season but do have the advantage of having young guns Jasely and Neil J Dimer who have recently returned from national duties, while Towers recent history in Summer finals has been outstanding.
But with the advantage of playing at the club, the home side may just have enough wins within their armour to assure their season lasts at least another week.
The GF is scheduled for Thursday 2nd March.
Grand Blue v Grand Gold
Broken Hill 1 v Criterion
Workers Club1 v Grand White
Country Club 2 v Tower
FINALS SPOTS UP FOR GRABS
Tonight sees the last set of qualifying matches in Summer 8 Ball with spots in both the double chance top 4 and bottom 8 up for grabs.
With Grand Blue, Broken Hill 1 and Criterion firmly entrenched within the top 4, 4th placed Grand Gold will be seeking victory against Broken Hill 2 in order to book their spot.
If they suffer a surprise loss, hot on their heels are both Country Club 2 and Workers Club 1 who face off tonight in what should be an intriguing match.
Final spots in the bottom half of the top 8 is also set for an interesting finish with only one match separating 7th placed Tower and 10th placed Gala with results tonight likely to affect the final standings.
Finals are set to commence next Thursday night with the Grand Final to be played on the 1st March.
Workers Club 1 announced themselves as genuine premiership contenders after halting Grand Blues undefeated start to this seasons summer 8 Ball Competition.
Workers Club 1 who last took out the title with back to back premierships in 2011 and 2012 survived a late flurry from Blue to win the last match of the night and stay in the hunt for a top 4 finish.
In other results Broken Hill 1 consolidated second spot with a 9-8 win over Grand Gold , Criterion defeated Country Club 2 with a similar score line, Albion jumped 2 spots on the ladder by brushing aside Country Club 1 while Grand White, North End Tavern and Gala also recorded victories.
In tonight's match of the round Country Club 2's push for a top 4 spot will be put on the line when they receive a visit from second placed Broken Hill 1.
In further 8 Ball news, Neil J Dimer was the host of Australian u/15 8 Ball by claiming the National Singles title that were held last week in Darwin. Jasely Dimer was also outstanding topping the averages in the u/18 Division and coming 3rd in the singles , enough for him to make the Australian side that will compete in England in June.
Veteran 8 Ball player Chris Tucker added the IMFS Summer Singles tournament to his impressive 8 Ball resume by defeating defending champion and Grand Blue team-mate Ian Shadbolt in the final last Saturday night.
Tucker who is also a dual Open Singles winner was superb all night on the way to etching his name on the trophy for the first time. Shadbolt continued on his recent good form and like a good wine seems to be getting better with age.
Making up the top 4 was another veteran in Ron Hala and Broken Hills Tristan Barnard.
In domestic competition, victories were recorded by Grand Blue and Gold, Tower, Broken Hill, Albion, country club 1 and Gala.
Players are reminded that matches next week will be played on Wednesday due to Australia Day on the Thursday.
The Goldfields 8 Ball Summer Associations singles events roll on this afternoon at the Grand Boulder with the holding of the prestigious IMFS Summer Singles tournament.
In an event that has grown in status over the years, the tournament is open to players that have played on 5 of the available 9 nights of Summer competition. Players that have not played on this amount of nights will not be eligible to play.
Heading the contenders in 8 Ball Veteran Ian Shadbolt who took out the event last year defeating Broken Hill’s Sean Forman in the final.
While both loom as players to beat, recent form suggests 8 Ball veterans Ken Smith and Malcolm Hamilton may be hard to beat.
With the double elimination format to be played, nominations will be taken from 3.30pm with matches to commence at 4pm sharp
SUMMER 8 BALL TO RECOMMENCE
Tonight sees the recommencement of the Summer Pool season. Leading into the Christmas break, Grand Blue were top of the table after unbeaten first half of the season with Broken Hill 1, Criterion and Grand Gold occupying places in the top 4 double chance spots.
Country Club 2, Workers club 1, Tower and Grand White find themselves within the top 8 while North End Tavern and Gala sit one game adrift.
Tonight’s highlighted match will centre around the Criterion when the home side host ladder leaders Grand Blue. Criterion can cement their position in the top 4 with a win and with the likelihood of clashing again within the finals, they will be looking at causing the upset.
It’s Derby night at the Grand Boulder with the White and Gold side clashing while Nth End Tavern will be desperate for a win to keep their finals aspirations alive when they take on second placed side Broken Hill 1.
Players are reminded of the IMFS Summer Singles which will be held this Saturday afternoon commencing at 4pm.
Players must have played on 5 of the 10 nights played already during the summer season.
DIMER JUGGERNAULT ROLLS ON
“ Like Father, Like Mother and now like son “ was the catchphrase last Saturday night after Jasely Dimer entered his name into the Goldfields 8 Ball history books by taking out the Dax Wasley closed singles last weekend defeating Aidan Tansey in the final.
It has been a huge 2016 for the Dimer family with father Jason firstly winning the Goldfields Open Singles, mother Jeanette recently taking out the inaugural Ladies Open Singles and sons Jasely and
Neil J about to represent WA at the upcoming National Titles.
But last Saturday was all about Jasely who was superb all night, taking out his maiden Goldfields title and in doing so putting his name up as one of the regions and states brightest prospects. While disappointed in defeat, Tansey’s performance was outstanding all night enetering the final undefeated in the double chance format only to fall short at the last hurdle.
Making up the top 4 was Jasely’s younger brother Neil J Dimer and consistent performer Sean Forman.
Meanwhile in domestic competition, Grand Blue enter the Christmas break with 9 win in as many matches after defeating contenders Country Club 2. Other winners were Broken Hill 1, Criterion, Albion, Tower, Workers Club 2 and North End Tavern.
8 Ball now goes into recess until the 12th January with next years highlights including the IMFS Summer Singles which will be played on Saturday 14th January.
Players are reminded that the finals have been put back a week, now commencing on the 9th February with the Grand Final scheduled for 2nd March.
8 BALL CLOSED SINGLES PLAYED TODAY
The cream of the Goldfields 8 Ball Associations summer players will converge on the Grand Boulder this afternoon with the Dax Wasley closed singles to be held.
In a tournament named after Wasley who a two years ago represented Australia and will do so again this year in the World championships, players must have competed on 4 of the nights played so far within the Summer competition to be eligible to play.
Last years tournament was one by Jeff Delbridge who defeated team-mate John Grazzadelli. While Delbridge looms as one of the players to beat, recent good form from last weeks Ladies Singles finals contestants in Jeanette Dimer and Donna Marie sees them as players to watch.
Throw in Open Singles winners in Jason Dimer, Chris Tucker and Ian Shadbolt along with numerous other competition winners and all the ingredients are in place for an action packed event.
Nominations will be taken from 3.30pm with matches to commence at 4pm sharp.
DIMER REIGNS SUPREME
Jeanette Dimer was the toast of the Goldfields 8Ball Association last Saturday night after she claimed victory in the inaugural Goldfields Ladies Open Singles defeating Donna Marie in the final.
2016 has been a successful 8Ball season for the Dimer family with Jeanette’s husband Jason winning the Goldfields Open Singles in July while her two boys Jasely and Neil J represented WA with distinction in the recent national championships.
But last week it was all about the boss of the Dimer household with Jeanette successfully holding \ back a charge of ladies to etch her name into Goldfields 8Ball history.
While defeated, Donna’s efforts were first class to only fall short at the last hurdle and with hours of practice starting to pay dividends, she now ranks within the leading ladies within the sport in the region.
Making up the top 4 were Grand Boulder duo Sandy Gates and Megan Lofthouse.
Meanwhile in local competition victories were recorded by Grand Blue, Grand White , Grand Gold, Broken Hill 1, North End Tavern, Workers Club 1 and Country Club 2.
Tonights match of the round will be held at the Country Club with the inform Club 2 side hosting undefeated ladder leaders Grand Blue.
The Associations next event will be held this Saturday afternoon commencing at 4pm with the holding of the Dax Wasley closed singles
Cued to make a splash in pool
Atricle courtersy of the Kalgoorlie Miner
Women will take to the pool table on Saturday for the first women’s open singles championship in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Sixteen players are already registered to take part in the contest run by the Goldfields 8 Ball Association.
Grand Boulder team’s Sandy Gates was the first woman to start playing in the association about eight years ago and is pleased to see a women’s championship being held.
“It’s brilliant — and a great thing for the Goldfields,” she said. “All the women (in the competition) get on with each other.”
Gates said the idea for the championship came because more women were playing in the association this year.
“There’s been four women playing for years. Now there are eight in the competition,” she said.
Gates said she grew up around a pool table and started paying competitively when asked to while working in a hotel.
“Country towns — there’s always a pool table,” she said.
She hopes Saturday’s championship will entice more people to in the sport.
“Hopefully, we’ll get a few more people involved, especially women,” she said.
Grand Boulder teammate Jeanette Dimer is another female pleased to see a championship for women.
She took up the sport a couple of years ago as her husband and two sons both played it. “If you can’t beat them, join them,” she said.
Her daughter Vera-Sharhn Dimer has also started playing this year and hopes to take part in Saturday’s event.
The championship will be held at the Grand Boulder Hotel in Boulder, with nominations taken from 3.30pm and games to start at 4pm. Entry to play costs $10.
With much excitement and anticipation, the Goldfields 8 Ball Association will hold the Inaugural Ladies Open Singles this Saturday afternoon.
With an ever increasing ladies participation throughout the Association, a large turnout is expected. With the event being classified as “ Open “, ladies that don’t play within the Association are also eligible to enter.
Nominations will be taken from 3.30pm with matches to commence at 4pm sharp.
Meanwhile in local competition, Grand Blue extended their winning sequence to 7 with a hard fought victory over Broken Hill 1 while Grand Gold continued their impressive form by defeating Country Club 1.
Other winners were Gala, Workers Club 1, Tower, Grand White and North End Tavern.
COUNTRY CLUB 1 IN WINNERS CIRCLE
After weeks of steady improvement, Country Club entered the winners circle for the first time this Summer by defeating Broken Hill 2 10-7 in the latest round of Summer 8 Ball.
After a slow start to the season, Country Clubs victory see them 2 games outside of the top 8.
In other fixtures, Grand Gold’s impressive start to the season continued after a 9-8 victory over Workers Club 1, which now sees them with a 5-1 win / loss ration and only percentage outside the double chance top 4.
Other winners were Grand Blue, Tower , Country Club 1, Criterion and Broken Hill 1.
In tonights match of the round, Broken Hill 1’s strong start to the season will be tested tonight when the undefeated Grand Blue pay them a visit while it’s derby night at the Workers Club.
Next weekend sees the inaugural holding of the Ladies Open Singles.
WORKERS CLUB QUITE ACHIEVERS
While much fanfare has been made to the undefeated starts to Criterion and Grand Blue in this seasons Summer 8 Ball, Workers Club 1 have been the quite achievers on the back of a 4-1 win / loss ratio to sit equal third on a congested premiership table.
After their 12-5 defeat of Gala, Workers Club who are no strangers to success in this event having taken out the title back to back in 2011 and 2012, now see themselves firmly entrenched within the double chance top 4.
Also tasting success last week were Country Club 2, Broken Hill 1, Grand Gold , White and Blue and Criterion.
Tonights match of the round centres around the Grand Boulder when the Grand Gold who also hold a 4-1 win / loss ration host the Workers Club 1 while North End Tavern will try and get their season back on trach when they travel up the road to the Tower Hotel.
The Associations first major event for the Summer Season will be conducted on Saturday 10th December when the inaugural holding of the Open Ladies Singles will be held.
BROKEN HILL GENUINE CONTENDERS
Broken Hill 1’s early season form has shown there will be no hang-over from last years break-out season after an impressive 3-1 start to this seasons Summer 8Ball.
After making their maiden Grand Final appearance in last year’s season, doubts surrounded the sides mindset to repeat the dose but after recording a 9-8 victory over Summer specialists Tower, the Broken Hill 1 are now genuine flag contenders.
Also recording wins last week were Grand Blue and Gold, Criterion, Country Club 2, Gala and Workers Club 1.
Matches continue up to 15th December and will resume on the 12th January.
CRITERION ON CUE
Winter 2nd Division premiers Criterion loom as one of the sides to beat in this years Summer 8 Ball after opening the season with 3 consecutive victories.
After keeping the balance of last years premiership side, along with some smart off-season recruiting, Criterions opening rounds augers well for a successful campaign.
Joining them as the only other undefeated side is Grand Blue who were victorious in the Summer season back in 2014 and 2015.
Also tasting success last week were Tower, Workers Club 1, Country Club 2, Gala and Broken Hill 1.
Tonight’s match of the round will be at the Grand Boulder when last years summer premiers host the Criterion while it’s Derby night at the Country Club with sides 1 and 2 matching up in a game that should attract plenty of interest.
The Associations first major event will be held on Saturday 10th December when the inaugural Ladies Open Singles will be held.
SUMMER 8 BALL TO COMMENCE TONIGHT
14 Sides are set to battle it out over the Summer months with the Goldfields 8 Ball Association set to launch its popular Summer 8 Ball season tonight. On the back of a successful winter season which saw premierships to the Star and Garter and Criterion in the 1st and 2nd Division’s respectively, competition for this years flag looks as though it will be keenly contested.
Heading the list of contenders will be defending premiers Grand White and Broken Hill who were gallant in their first Grand Final.
Highlights of the season will centre around the inaugural Ladies Open singles, the Dax Wasley closed singles and the IMFS Summer Singles.
Matches will be played up until the 15th December and will resume on 12th January next year with the Grand final scheduled for 23rd February.
In tonights opening round, early focus will be at the Grand Boulder when defending premiers Grand White unveil last years premiership flag before taking on known summer specialists Country Club 1. Broken Hill 1 will be looking on taking the one extra step when they open their campaign against Workers Club 1 while summer campaigners Tower Hotel will have an early indication of what lays ahead when they receive a visit from Winter 2nd Division winners Criterion.
LADIES SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS SUMMER 8 BALL
The Inaugural holding of the Ladies Summer 8 Ball Open Title will highlight the Goldfields 8 Ball’s Summer Competition which will commence next Thursday night.
with 14 sides set to participate during the Summer season, competition is expected to be at a high standard with all teams expected to be vying for premiership glory.
Last years Grand Final was taken out by Grand White who defeated Broken Hill. Both sides are again expected to be the teams to beat over the Summer Months.
Other highlights of the season will include the Dax Wasley Closed Singles and the IMFS Summer Singles in the new year.
Matches will be played up until 15th December and recommencing on the 12th January with the Grand Final scheduled for 23rd February.
SUMMER 8 BALL SET TO COMMENCE
The Goldfields 8 Ball Association is set to commence it’s popular Summer Season on the 27th October.
With team numbers expecting to be strong, anticipation will be high as all teams strive for the ultimate success.
Last years Summer Grand Final was taken out by the Grand White who defeated Broken Hill in the final.
Season highlights will include the Dax Wasley closed singles in December and the IMFS Summer Singles in the New Year.
Matches will be played up until the 15th December recommencing in Early January with the Grand Final scheduled for mid February.
Nominations are now being taken at the Grand Boulder or on 0418 932 409. Nominations will close on the 6th October with no late nominations being accepted.