Shoot At Will provided the shock of the round, as they beat The Roths 6-2 away from home to reach the Semi Final stage. Most of the damage was done early on, as Greg Finch, Barry Anderson, Andy Roberts and Chris Johnston all won in succession as Shoot At Will stormed into a 4-0 lead. John Hamer and captain Stuart Ladyman started what looked like a great comeback for The Roths as they reduced the deficit to just 4-2 at half time, but Shoot At Will won the next two frames to claim the match, thanks to second wins for Barry Anderson and Chris Johnston.
Shootpool Blues and Top John faced off in what ended up being the closest match of the Quarter Finals. In a very close first half, Max Burgess gave Top John a 1-0 lead, only for Rowland Harman and John Thorne to turn that around to a 2-1 Shootpool Blues lead. Mark Kane and Liam Smith both needed to win their frames to equalise for Top John, either side of Ryan May putting Shootpool Blues ahead.
Despite being tied at 3-3 at half-time, Shootpool Blues were dominant in the second half, not dropping a frame on their way to a 6-3 victory. Second half victors for Shootpool Blues were Peter Mizon, Callum Ajmal, and a second win on the night for Rowland Harman.
As a match between two sides that were both Premier teams in last years AIPL, many people were expecting another close match here, but in reality, it was anything but close. Adam Green scored Shootpool's sole point in frame 3, as New Zealand 'A' pulled out a fairly dominant victory. Tommy Gibson won the first and final frame, and had teammates Dennis Walton, Jay Yerby, Brian Lopez and Frank Almeida all chip in with a frame win each.
There was another one-sided affair in this match, as Wonky Weavers swept aside Misfits, who had a fantastic previous result to get to this stage. By the time Simon Honeyball got Misfits off the mark in frame 6, Wonky Weavers had already seen Calvin Baldwin, Dominic Whittaker, Ricky Carr, Kyle Cairnie and Ryan Mutch all win to take a 5-0 lead. Needing only one more to win, Wonky Weavers started the second half like they did the first, with Calvin Baldwin winning his frame, although this time it was for a place in the Semi Finals.
SEMI FINAL DRAW AND FORMAT
The Summer League Shield Semi Final draw took place following the Quarter Final matches, and threw up two interesting matches. Firstly, Shoot At Will, who surprised many by knocking The Roths out in the previous round, have another tough test as they take on Shootpool Blues. It will also be the first time the two sides have met, and a return to his former team for Shootpool Blues' Ben Bantham.
The other match sees reigning champions Wonky Weavers take on many peoples favourites New Zealand 'A'. Like the other Semi Final, it will be the first time the two sides have played each other. The two sides are fairly even on paper, both enjoying a first round bye, before a 6-1 win each in the Quarter Finals.
SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG - WEDNESDAY 9TH AUGUST 2017
SEMI-FINAL SECOND LEG - WEDNESDAY 16TH AUGUST 2017
*Matches are played best to 12, and stopped at that point.
*Like every other match, the home side picks the first six first, and the away team does the final 5.
*If the match is tied at 11-11, the two captains both choose a player for the decider frame.
*You may talk between shots during scotch doubles, but not when a player is down on their shot, nor can you psychically mark out a shot for your partner.
It's tight at the top of Asti with three players still in the title hunt.
Posted: 09 December 2018 15:15
Daniel Englefield beats title rival Nigel Playford 8-1 to all but seal the title.
Posted: 09 December 2018 15:00
Andy Revie ends his season on 78 points giving the other title challengers their target.
Posted: 09 December 2018 14:30
David Feore and Jamie Whittaker are level on points at the top of Dom Perignon.
Posted: 09 December 2018 13:15
Review of Round 1 in the AIPL Knockout Cup, with QF draw.
Posted: 04 December 2018 16:30
Daniel Englefield wins 6-3 to move 2 points clear at the top of Cava with three matches left.
Posted: 23 November 2018 17:15
The top of Asti changes again with Nick Clark and Ryan May now occupying those places.
Posted: 23 November 2018 17:00
Last season's third placed Colin Rogan wins 7-2 to move into third place this season.
Posted: 22 November 2018 16:15
Two wins on the evening lifts James Wood into second place in Veuve Clicquot.
Posted: 22 November 2018 16:00
NZB go back top with a 9-3 win, while there are first wins for Honey Bee Stingerz and Shootpool Snipers this week..
Posted: 21 November 2018 09:15
Brick Slayers go top again after winning 8-4 against Daisy Dukes, while Blues slip to first defeat of season..
Posted: 21 November 2018 09:00
SP Bullets win 12-0 against Nomads as Cotton Wheel Krazies win 11-1 to move up into second place.
Posted: 21 November 2018 08:45