Seans seeking back-to-back titles

by admin on May 17, 2015

Sean Ingham and Sean Baker are through to this afternoon’s State Pairs finals at Tewantin Noosa Defending champs Sean Ingham and Sean Baker are through to this afternoon’s State Pairs men’s final, following a narrow two-shot win over uncle-nephew outfit Jessie and Paul Slatter in this morning’s semi at Tewantin Noosa.

The Seans are chasing their third title in just four years, having claimed the Pairs trophy in 2012 and 2014.

They’ll have to overcome some stiff opposition to make it two in a row however, with their former Queensland teammate Darren “Muncher” Mullens determined to make life difficult.

Muncher, who teamed up with Rodney Sambrook for this year’s title bid, pushed out two more former Queensland teammates, Des Cann and Alex Murtagh, 23-16, to reach the final.

Meanwhile in the Men’s 60+, three-time champions Nigel Smith and Nev Jenkins are through to the final and determined to reclaim the title they lost in 2014.

Smith and Jenko ruled the Over-60s comp from 2011 to 2013, before having their reign brought to an end by Ferny Grove’s John Fern and Bob Dobinson in 2014.

The South Tweed pair are out to reclaim the crown in 2015, but they’ll have fend off a challenge from David Balchin and Dave Gardiner.

Balchin and Gardiner ended the run of Alex Barsby and Robert Chauvier in the semis, 23-17, while Smith and Jenkins overcame John Howarth and Alan Thorp to reach the final.

Women’s Pairs

In the Women’s Open Pairs, Jackaroo’s captain Lynsey Clarke is hoping to capture her third State Pairs title.

It’s been a long time between drinks in the State Pairs comp for Clarke, who last lifted the Cup in 2008-2009 alongside Julie Keegan.

Ironically it was Clarke and 2015 teammate Natasha Jones who ended Keegan’s title bid in this year’s comp, defeating the Kawana skip and her clubmate Kiani Andersen in this morning’s semi-final, 21-12.

In the second semi, Debbie Logan and Christine Baxter beat locals Gina Ryder and Monika Duff 19-17 to reach the final.

In the women’s Over-60s final Rhonda Meng and Jenny Blundell will take on Merrill Kerss & Marie Williams.

Meng and Blundell bundled out Pat Graham and Betty Williams in the semis, 21-18, while Kerss and Williams beat Carol Broadbent & Adrienne Dan 24-13.

State Pairs

Men’s Open
Sean Ingham & Sean Baker 22 def 20 Jessie Slatter & Paul Slatter
Rodney Sambrook & Darren Mullens 23 def 16 Des Cann and Alex Murtagh

Men’s Over-60s
Nigel Smith & Nev Jenkins v John Howarth & Alan Thorp
David Balchin & Dave Gardiner v Alex Barsby & Robert Chauvier

Women’s Open
Kiani Andersen & Julie Keegan 12 def by 21 Natasha Jones & Lynsey Clarke
Debbie Logan & Christine Baxter Gina Ryder & Monika Duff

Women’s Over-60s
Ronda Meng & Jennifer Blundell 21 def 18 Pat Graham & Betty Williams
Carol Broadbent & Adrienne Dan 13 def by 24 Merrill Kerss & Marie Williams