Disappointing finish for Sloan team.
- 11 August 2019
- Peter Watson
Our Sloan team stumbled in the final round to Tasman on Sunday (August 11) but still finished a creditable fourth.
The 7-2 loss to Tasman in cold but largely calm conditions at Nelson halted our bid for third place. It was even more frustrating because third place Greenacres also went down. However, given that our team was dead last after three rounds it was a worthy effort over the season.
For once our juniors couldn't get us off to a good start, with Lewis Wilson going down 4/3 and Dave Blake surrendering an early lead to lose 1 down after halving his last two holes.
Elton Netto had a day to forget in succumbing 5/3, but his fellow intermediate Steve Russell shot 83 off the stick in crushing his hapless opponent 9/8.
No 2 Keri Kotua was always ahead in his match before closing it out comfortably 4/3, but Peter Watson found it too tough at the top, losing 5/4 after a wayward start.
The battle for the Sloan Trophy went down to the wire, with frontunners Motueka and Golden Downs scrapping to a 4-all draw, which was good enough for Motueka to claim the title after going into the clash with a two-point lead.
In other matches, Murchison upset Greenacres 7-2, while Totaradale and Takaka shared the spoils 4-all.
Motueka topped the final points table with 50.5 followed by Golden Downs 48.5, Greenacres 39, Waahi Taakaro 37, Tasman 34.5, Murchison 30.5, Takaka 29.5, Nelson 28 and Totaradale 22.
There was some good news for us, with our team captain Keri Kotua again named in the Nelson-Tasman rep team, which next plays at Westport. Congratulations Keri and good luck. Also included was former Waahi Taakaro member Grant Thorn, who now plays for Motueka.