New Zealand Remain 1-2 in Premier

16 October 2018 09:15:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 17 October 2018 14:37:00

New Zealand 'A' 7-5 Top John

New Zealand 'A' moved one point clear at the top of the Premier after they won 7-5 against 8th placed Top John. John McLernon won the first frame for New Zealand 'A' before Jack Seaton equalised for Top John. James Chilton, Dennis Walton and Brian Lopez then all won to give New Zealand 'A' a 4-1 lead, before Simon Crawford won on debut for Top John to reduce the score down to 4-2 at half time. Second wins for John McLernon and James Chilton, plus a win for Tommy Gibson got New Zealand 'A' over the win line at 7-2, before Top John fought well to keep the loss to a minimum, as late wins for Liam Smith, Evan Wakelam and Max Burgess meant the match ended 7-5.

The Swan 6-6 New Zealand "B"

New Zealand "B" fell a point behind the league leaders after they were held to a 6-6 draw with The Swan, who move up to 5th with the points. Jamie Whittaker and Paul Kanchanlall gave New Zealand "B" a 2-0 lead early on, before Paul Mart got The Swan off the mark. New Zealand "B" pair Julian LeFevre and Danny Amos both won either side of a Dan McIntyre reply for The Swan as the score reached 4-2 at half time. But The Swan came out strong in the second half, and when Stephen Smith, Ben Marshall and David Gray all won, The Swan had themselves a 5-4 lead. Brian Keeble equalised for New Zealand "B" at 5-5, before Colin Rogan put The Swan on the verge of a victory at 6-5, but Mark Birch won the final frame to leave honours even at 6-6

Honey Bee Stingerz 5-7 SP Blacks

SP Blacks stay in third place, and kept their unbeaten start in tact as they beat Honey Bee Stingerz 7-5, who rise to 9th due to the postponed match elsewhere. SP Blacks had a great first half, as wins for Martin Langley, Andy Taylor, Daniel Wilkins, Dave Green and Peter Ward gave them a 5-1 lead at half time, with Steve Williams grabbing the only frame for Honey Bee Stingerz. The home side started the second half better, with Marc Reading winning to make it 5-2, but SP Blacks pushed on as Mike Painter won, then a second win for Martin made sure of the win at 7-2. But hopes of a big win were dashed when Russell Tucker, Paul Seastram and Jeremy Collins all won late on for Honey Bee Stingerz to keep the score down to 7-5.

Shoot 8-Ball 6-6 Shootpool Sharks

Shootpool Sharks are up to fourth in the table, but were held this week to a 6-6 draw with Shoot 8-Ball, who move up to 6th with the draw. Shoot 8-Ball started well enough, taking a 2-0 lead through David Feore and Steve Dutton, but Shootpool Sharks ended the half much better, as wins for Chris Mottau, Robert Mutch, Robin Meads and Chris Shennan had them leading 4-2 at half time. Shoot 8-Ball pair Feore and Dutton both won their second frames to level the scores at 4-4, before Shennan won his second for Shootpool Sharks to give them back the advantage. Shoot 8-Ball equalised again, this time through Lars Bjart, before Robert won his second for Shootpool Sharks to see them go 6-5 up. But captain Gordon Sweeney salvaged a draw for Shoot 8-Ball by winning the final frame.

Shootpool Snipers vs Shootpool 'A'

The final match of the week saw the match between Shootpool Snipers and Shootpool 'A' become the first Premier match to be postponed since April of 2014. The match will be played at some point later in the season.

Looking Ahead...

Next week sees the top two teams in the Premier so far take each other on in a venue derby, as New Zealand 'A' face New Zealand "B". Third also plays fourth this week as SP Blacks take on Shootpool Sharks. Elsewhere, 5th placed The Swan host 7th placed Shootpool 'A', 6th placed Shoot 8-Ball take on Shootpool Snipers, and the two teams promoted from Division 1, Honey Bee Stingerz and Top John, face off for the first time in the Premier.

Fixtures Week 5

New Zealand 'A' vs New Zealand "B" (preview)

Shootpool Sharks vs SP Blacks (preview)

The Swan vs Shootpool 'A' (preview)

Shootpool Snipers vs Shoot 8-Ball (preview)

Honey Bee Stingerz vs Top John (preview)

Table as it stands...

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
+/-
Form
Pts

4
3
1
0
30
18
+12
30

4
2
2
0
29
19
+10
29

4
3
1
0
28
20
+8
28

4
2
1
1
24
24
0
24

4
1
1
2
24
24
0
24

4
1
2
1
22
26
-4
22

3
2
0
1
20
16
+4
20

4
0
1
3
19
29
-10
19

4
0
0
4
18
30
-12
18

3
0
1
2
14
22
-8
14

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