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Success at last for Sloan team

There were some large sighs of relief on the final hole at Greenacres on Sunday (June 13) as Andy Isle grabbed a vital 1-up win to guide our Sloan Trophy team to its first victory of the season.

The bottom of the table clash against big brother Nelson came down to battle of the No 1s, with Andy holding his nerve to get the job done.

The 6.5 to 2.5 win saw us rise to seventh equal and kept Nelson winless and languishing in last place.

Earlier, our juniors found the going tough, with Warwick King going down 3/1 and Andrew Craig halving his match.

The honours were shared in the intermediate grade, with Dave Blake’s 2/1 win cancelled out by Steve Russell’s 2/1 loss.

No 2 Peter Green stepped up when it mattered to draw us level with a 2/1 win, which left the result hinging on the outcome of the last match. Thankfully, Andy showed composure under pressure to get us across the line.

Meanwhile, Motueka’s march towards another title appears unstoppable after it white-washed Tasman 9-0 to increase its competition lead to an imposing 16 points over Golden Downs who comfortably saw off Murchison 7.5-1.5. Takaka upset defending champion Totaradale 7.5-1.5 to all but end its title hopes.

The points table after six rounds is Motueka 48.5, Golden Downs 32.5, Totaradale 29, Greenacres 26.5, Takaka 21.5, Murchison 17.5, Tasman and Waahi Taakaro 15, Nelson 8.5.

The next round is on July 4 at Motueka where we play Murchison.

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