The South Eastern Times : June 26th 2014
32 SPORT Coote and Bellinger to meet in decider THE Millicent Golf Club will be honouring a new singles champion after the completion of the quarter and semi-finals last Sunday. A grade STEPHEN Coote was the No. 1 qualifier and won his way through to the club championship after an easy quarter final win against Alan Schultz 7/6. He then backed up in the afternoon to defeat Andy Varcoe in a sudden death playoff that took the pair to the 20th hole. Coote enjoyed an early lead before Varcoe made a spirited comeback to draw level on the 18th. Varcoe had earlier in the day eliminated Owen Merrett 3/2. Jamie Bellinger is the surprise finalist for final after finishing 6th in qualifying. Bellinger had a tight contest in the quarter finals but held on to defeat Matt Warren on the 17th hole and then caused a massive upset by defeating John Reynolds 4/3 in the semi’s. Reynolds had kept his title chances alive in the morning round when he beat former Port MacDonnell and Mount Gambier player, Andrew Stark 4/3. Coote and Bellinger have never played off in the club championship final before and Sunday’s 36-hole is expected to be a gruelling affair for both players. Quarter finals: Stephen Coote 7/6 d Alan Schultz; John Reynolds 4/3 d Andrew Stark; Jamie Bellinger 2/1 d Matt Warren; Andy Varcoe 3/2 d Owen Merrett. Semi-finals: Coote 20th d Varcoe; Bellinger 2/1 d Reynolds. Grand final: Coote v Bellinger, 9.15am, 36-holes. B grade A NEW B grade champion will be crowned come this Sunday afternoon after Scott Packer and Craig Kuiper won their way to the final. Packer defended his No. 1 qualifying status with victories over Martin Cameron and Paul Whitford in last Sunday’s knockout matches, Kuiper’s journey to the grand final included victories over Scott Varcoe and Peter Burchard. Quarter finals: Scott Packer 3/2 d Martin Cameron; Peter Burchard d Chris Agnew (no score supplied); Craig Kuiper 5/4 d Scott Varcoe; Paul Whitford d Mark Pilmore (no score supplied). Semi-finals: Packer 1-up d Whitford; Kuiper d Burchard 3/1. Grand final draw: Packer v Kuiper, 9am, 36-holes. C grade TWO of the club’s most experienced golfers, Ron Hateley and Ian Grosser have won their way through to the C grade championship. Hateley had the bye in the GRAND FINALIST: Stephen Coote has won his way through to the A grade grand final of the Millicent Golf Club singles championship and will play Jamie Bellinger over 36-holes this Sunday. morning courtesy of being No. 1 qualifier and then defeated Manny Fuentes on the 16th. Grosser won his way into the final by eliminating Roger Jarek in the morning and Michael McRostie in the afternoon. Both of McRostie’s wins were by big margins, suggesting he could be the man to beat on Sunday. Players are reminded to bring a plate of afternoon tea to share after the completion of their matches. Quarter finals: Manny Fuentes d Robert Thompson (no score supplied), Ian Grosser 6/5 d Roger Jarek. Byes: Ron Hateley, Michael McRostie. Semi-finals: Hateley 3/2 d Fuentes; Grosser 7/6 d McRostie. Grand final draw: Hateley v McRostie, 9.30am, 36-holes. Bowering bags Thursday’s competition JUST 19 golfers took on the stableford event on Wednesaday, July 18. Tony Bowering won on 39 points, from the ever-consistent Brian Duldig on 37 followed by Ben Young on 36. Bowering also secured the front nine trophy with 21 points from Brian Duldig on 20 and Ben Young on 19. Duldig was awarded the nearest to the pin on the fifth. 32 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, June 26, 2014 Warren wins SATURDAY’S stableford event greeted golfers with fine conditions for the majority of the day. Only 29 golfers took cards with many competitors contesting the club and grade championships, choosing not to play. Graham Warren was the A grade winner and the overall winner, claiming the IGA Trophy with 41 points and Andy Varcoe was the runner-up on 37. Graham Sunderland won the B grade on 37 points on a countback from John Seaman also on 37. Peter Bateman won the grade with 38 points from Michael McRostie on 34. The women’s winner was Helen Chilton on 32 points from Robyn Rolfe on 29. Graham Sunderland won the nearest the pin on the 5th, Andy Varcoe hit the 13th and John Reynolds hit an impressive shot to secure the 17th nearest to the pin. Michael McRostie won the nearest for three on the ninth and John Seaman hit two great shots to claim the nearest for two on the 18th. This Saturday’s competition is a stableford event and IGA Trophy. The Millicent Open has been moved to Thursday, August 24 and Farmer’s Stock Agents is on Friday, July 25. Squash grand final time Grand final preview PAUL ASHWORTH MILLICENT Squash Club competitors are warming up as the final stretch of the season is fast approaching. Grays has advanced to the grand final with a stella 11-6 win over Wilsons. With Grays missing Steve Gray and Peter Johns, Wilsons was predicted to win the match. It was the remaining Grays members Lucy Scollen and Charlie Bullen that shone and came through with impressive wins to put it in the grand final. Grays will play against Princes on Friday night. Charlie Bullen and Fiona Oliver played first with Bullen taking a 2-0 lead, winning 15-13 and 15-13. Bullen was controlling and winning everything at the front of the court, yet Oliver was able to fight back, winning the next two games 15-7, 15-9. Oliver did this by playing to her strength and keeping the ball long at the back of the court. Bullen displayed maturity in the fifth and pounced when Oliver left the ball mid-court, dropping it short to win the points. Oliver staged a comeback but time ran out, with Bullen taking the win 15-9. Lucy Scollen was up against a bigger harder hitting opponent in Craig Thomson. Thomson had dominated their last two outings, but Scollen could do no wrong this time and was firing from the start. Scollen took a 2-0 lead when she won 15-6, 15-7. Thomson who has been hampered by a football hamstring took an early lead 7-0 in the third and just held on as Scollen came back, playing shots no-one would have got to. Scollen continued the dominance in the fourth and did not give Thomson a look-in, when she won 15-3. Paul Ashworth had won his two previous outings against Mark Oliver and needed a clean sweep to get Wilsons back even. Oliver, who was filling in for Peter Johns soon put a stop to that and won the opening two games 15-12, 15-13. Ashworth managed to come back and win the match, taking the next three games 15-11, 15-9, 15-10, but it left a lot of work for Danny Quintel. With Grays leading 8-6 Quintel had to overcome highly talented Judd Wheatley, who was filling in for Steve Gray. This was not to be the case with Wheatley winning 15-11, 15-10, 15-9. B grade saw Sylvesters triumph over Yogi Bears 11-4. Sylvesters will take on Road Runners in the grand final. Up and coming youngsters Brody Kirkland and Kayley Irvine played hard, keeping the crowd entertained. Kirkland narrowly won the first game 18-16 then advanced to 2-0 up with a 15-12 win in the second. It looked like he was heading for a straight games win. This was short lived as Irvine came back strong, winning the next three games to take the match 15-12, 15-12, 15-8. In a family affair, Kade Varcoe played older sister Mia who filled in for younger brother Mackenzie – Kade won 15-8, 15-2, 15-10. Lachlan Mawson won the first game 15-12 against Martin Cameron, bringing Yogi Bears back in the match. Cameron then went on to put Sylvesters in an unbeatable position, when he won the next three 15-12, 15-8, 15-7. In a grand final preview Doug Lang and Henry Walshaw played the dead rubber. Walshaw was filling in for Ron Wood and went down to Lang 15-13, 16-14, 15-7. A grade: Princes v Grays Jamie Muhovics v Judd Wheatley MUHOVICS with his silky movement and impressive shot skills, is favourite. However, he can make errors with his style of play when the pressure is on. Wheatley is similar but Muhovics is expected to get the three points for his team. Prediction: Muhovics 3-0. Dean Slaughter v Mark Oliver SLAUGHTER is fitter and playing impressively. He is a tough competitor and always rises to a higher level in grand finals. Oliver has come good at the end of the pennant and playing well, he may cause an upset. This looks to be the closest match on paper. Prediction: Slaughter 3-1. Glen Atkinson v Charlie Bullen ATKINSON is undefeated and should continue his run. Bullen has the ability but needs to concentrate and use his reach and fitness to come out on top. Prediction: Atkinson 3-1. Lucy Scollen v Duncan Mawson SCOLLEN has been in great form of late and this should continue with another win. Mawson who has not played for a number of weeks is filling in for an injured Paul Whitford. Scollen should get Princes off and running though. Prediction Scollen 3-0. B grade: Road Runners v Sylvesters Henry Walshaw v Doug Lang AFTER a mid season slump Lang has returned to top form. Walshaw has anchored his team well all year and pulls through when needed. Prediction: Lang 3-1. Braeden Ashworth v Martin Cameron ASHWORTH has been undefeated all year and is playing well. However, anything can happen in grand finals. Cameron will try to use power to unsettle his younger opponent. However, Ashworth should have too much variety and squash skills and win the match. Prediction: Ashworth 3-1. Alice Pratt v Kade Varcoe PRATT has been the surprise packet of the pennant, moving up to third position, mid season. She has continued to match it with the older stronger players. Varcoe has missed a number of games in recent times but is recovering his old form. Prediction: Pratt 3-2. Nikki Kirkland v Brody Kirkland THE most interesting match of the night, being mother verse son. Their last two matches have been close with Brody winning both in five. It maybe a little different on this one though. Prediction: Nikki 3-2. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Walshaw will be looking to turn things around though in the grand final match this Friday night.
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