Summer League Shield Quarter Final Review

07 August 2017 12:00:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 09 August 2017 11:24:00

The Roths 2-6 Shoot At Will

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 6-3 Top John

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.

New Zealand 'A' 6-1 Shootpool

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.

Wonky Weavers 6-1 Misfits

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

Shoot At Will vs Shootpool Blues (preview)

Wonky Weavers vs New Zealand 'A' (preview)

SEMI-FINAL SECOND LEG - WEDNESDAY 16TH AUGUST 2017

Shootpool Blues vs Shoot At Will (preview)

New Zealand 'A' vs Wonky Weavers (preview)

FORMAT

*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.

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