St Ives played host to a very special occasion on Sunday with the Zone 9 President's Reserve Pairs competition matching TWO St Ives teams in the Semi-Final. In the morning Ross Yates & John Swann had come through in an amazing cliff-hanger 23-22 against V. Solway & D. Erskine (Lane Cove). Ross & John seemed out of it when trailing 3-22 with just five ends to go. Then the comeback began!
Greg Smith & Graeme Manning played out a tight, low-scoring affair against R. Manning & K. Alderton (Belrose), finally sealing the victory 17-16 to set up the all-St Ives semi-final. It was Greg & Graeme who booked their final spot 24-17. The Final will be played next Saturday at Harbord BC where Greg & Graeme's opponents will be the Balgowlah pair Paul Terry & Sean Semler.
Elsewhere, in the State Pairs Rod Silber & Chris Carey fell in Round 3 at Harbord BC, losing a heartbreaker 20-21 to R. Berry & B. Brown (Dee Why). Over at Asquith BC, in the Senior Pairs our two remaining sides also couldn't make it past the Round 3 hurdle. Steven Goddard & Chris Bergman lost 13-22 to another Dee Why combination C. Freeman & J. Boreham. Fred Alexander & Wilson Cheng lost to J. Saragozza & R. Wise (Belrose) 10-19.
Well done to all our competing teams and best wishes to Greg Smith & Graeme Manning for next weekend's final.