Sonoma WCC - Wednesday
The block play is finished (except for the medallists) and we begin the winners and plate ladders tomorrow. Yes, sports fans, Ren Kraft won another game! That's two so far. It wasn't enough to get him into the winners ladder but he begins his climb up the plate ladder at 8:00 in the morning. Those of you who are fans of Ren know how he enjoys early morning starts.
He and Kenster Rosenberry finished the block play with the last game of the day in what, for Kenster, was a very important game. Had Kenster won he would move from the plate to the winners playoff ladder. The new kid just couldn't take the pressure applied by the crafty senior player. Kenster was on his way to a certain win when he missed a 5 foot roquet at 2 back. On came the Krafty Ren, who made his last 2 hoops to dash the Kid's hopes.
The new US players (Rosenberry, Cherry, and Drake) didn't win as many games as they wanted but I was very impressed with both their playing skill and their court demeanour. They will do the USA proud as our new ambassadors. Below are the day's results and the final block standings. I hope your favourite players did well.
All games played at Sonoma-Cuter
Jerry Stark beat Chris Clarke +25 TP
Leo McBride beat Richard Baker +17
Ed Cunningham beat Bruce Fleming +26 TP
Stephen Mulliner beat Reg Bamford +26
Robert Fulford beat Jacques Fournier +25 SXP
David Maugham beat Robin Brown +26 SXP
Mik Mehas beat Matthew Burrow +17
Ian Dumergue beat Bruce Baker +20 TP
Curtis Drake beat George Latham +7
John Evans beat Peter Payne +4
Kenster Rosenberry beat Keith Aiton +22
Bob Cherry beat Ren Kraft +4 (20-16)
Jerry Stark beat Stephen Mulliner +16 TP
Richard Baker beat Bruce Fleming +17 26
Reg Bamford beat Chris Clarke +17 SXP
Leo McBride beat Ed Cunningham +26 TP
Jacques Fournier beat Robin Brown +26 TP
Matthew Burrow beat Ian Dumergue +26 TP
Robert Fulford beat David Maugham +26 TP
Bruce Baker beat Mik Mehas +8
George Latham beat John Evans +24
Curtis Drake beat Peter Payne +11 TPO
Bob Cherry beat Keith Aiton +2 (22-20)
Ren Kraft beat Kenster Rosenberry +10
Final Block standings
Places 9 through 12 move to the plate event while places 1 through 8 compete in the single life knockout winners ladder. Place 1 and 2 in each block will play in a double round medallist block and be seeded into the winner ladder. Medallist place one is seeded into the final, Medallist 2nd place into the semi-final and, Medallist 3 and 4 go into the two quarter-finals.