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Sloan team under seige

Our Sloan Trophy team remains in the doldrums after slumping to a comprehensive defeat against Greenacres at Tasman on Sunday (April 11).

Only Andy Isle, playing at No 2, registered a win, while everyone else was well beaten in the 8 points to 1 setback.

Without a team win after four rounds, we are marooned just half a point off the bottom of the points table and in desperate need of a kick start.

The day didn’t start well with both our juniors going down. Warwick King was two down at the turn but couldn’t peg it back to succumb 3-2. Lewis Wilson had a poor day and was always behind in losing by the same score.

No 4 Jonathan Tuheke found himself four behind after the first nine, a gap that proved just too difficult to bridge against a steady opponent who won comfortably 3-2.

Steve Russell was hammered 7-6 by a rival who shot 77 off the stick.

Andy – with the aid of a birdie or two - turned 1 up and ground out a 2-1 victory.

No 1 Keri Kotua was another who found himself down earlier which had grown to three by the turn and ended early with a 5-3 defeat. 

In other results, Motueka accounted for a depleted Takaka team 7.5 to 1.5, Golden Downs dealt to Nelson 8 to 1 and Totaradale got home against a plucky Murchison 6.5 to 2.5.

The points table after four rounds sees Motueka leading on 30.5 followed by Totaradale 26.5, Greenacres 18.5, Golden Downs 18, Takaka 14, Tasman 12.5, Murchison 9.5, Waahi Taakaro 6.5 and Nelson 6.

The next round is at Takaka on May 23 when we play Golden Downs.