Pine Rivers in pole position

by admin on November 22, 2013

Pirates win clash of the titans at Tweed Heads Pine Rivers are sitting in pole position at the 2013 State Pennant Finals, following a confidence-boosting win over archrivals Club Helensvale at Tweed Heads this morning.

Less than 24-hours after his extraordinary televised win at the inaugural Australian Premier League tournament, star skip Robbie Wild guided the Pirates to a seven-shot victory over Helensvale’s Hawks, 61-54.

Wild dispatched Anthony Fantini’s outfit, 24-15 to put Pine Rivers in the front foot.

His APL teammate Alex Murtagh couldn’t account for Anthony Kiepe, going down 14-23, but Kurt Brown picked up the slack, beating Helensvale ace Brett Wilkie 23-16 to secure a Pirates win.

The victory cements Pine Rivers’ standing as favourites for this year’s title, but they’ve plenty of work ahead before they can claim the flag.

In the other Section 2 match, Souths Suburban accounted for Indooroopilly, 61-45.

The sides were evenly matched on two of the three rinks, with Indooroopilly’s Brett Kitchener edging past Peter Blackburn, 18-17, and Souths’ Ray Kurtz beating Richard Burns, 22-19.

But Alan Howard’s foursome proved the difference for Souths, battering Greg Rolls’ team into submission, 22-8, to claim a 16-shot win for the Mackay club.

There were no surprises in Section 1, with Club Kawana and North Toowoomba coming out on top.

Kawana clocked up a comfortable three-rink win over Gladstone, 76-48, while the Toowoomba boys made short work of Townsville Suburban, 74-37.

Men Round 1:
Club Kawana 76 def Gladstone 48
South Suburban 61 def Indooroopilly 45
North Toowoomba 74 def Townsville Suburban 37
Club Pine Rivers 61 def Club Helensvale 54