It was moving day for the host club Russley at rounds eight and nine of the 2017 Woodward Cup yesterday. In the morning they beat Waitikiri 8-0, and in the afternoon beat semi-final contenders Templeton 6-2, putting them 3.5 points clear at the top-of-the-table over Christchurch, Harewood and Bottle Lake, with Templeton falling out of the top four.
Coming off his second at the NZ Age Group Championships during the week, Russley No.1 Hiroki Miya was in fine form beating Simon Marshall (Waitikiri) 4/3 in the morning, then Dan Laughton (Templeton) 4/3 in the afternoon. He was ably supported by teammates Dominic Brettkelly, Reid Hilton, Ben Baker, and Garth Treacy who also had two wins on the day.
Christchurch maintained their semi-final spot with two good wins - 6.5-1.5 against Pegasus in the morning, and 6.5-1.5 against Clearwater in the afternoon. The top order were very strong for Christchurch with Tom Parker, Mike Toeke, Richard Reed and Jason Sincock all having two wins along with their No. 6 John Wilson. The anticipated match-up between Tom Parker and Oscar Cadenhead resulted in a 3/2 win to Tom.
Harewood stayed in semi final contention with a win in the morning against Avondale 5.5-2.5, and then a draw against fellow contenders Bottle Lake 4-4 in the afternoon. Harewood No.1 Matt McLean continues to play very well beating Nick Brennan (Avondale) 6/4 and Cameron Grant (Bottle Lake) 5/4. Scott Manyweathers and Antony Dale also had two wins on the day for the club.
Bottle Lake beat Coringa 5-3 in the morning and had the draw against Harewood. Jordan Pruden and Keiran Sharvin were the mainstays for Bottle Lake with two wins on the day.
Templeton had a good win in the morning against Clearwater 4.5-3.5, but have fallen out of a semi-final spot to fifth place with the loss to Russley in the afternoon. Tom Wilson was the star for Templeton with two wins.
In other results Pegasus beat Avondale 5-3, and Waitikiri bounced back to beat Coringa 5.5-2.5.
The promotion relegation battle appears to be between Avondale and Clearwater.
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The final round is at Waitikiri this Sunday afternoon.