State Mixed Pairs thriller

by admin on May 16, 2018

This year’s State Mixed Pairs competition saw Ian Schuback and Chloe Stewart trump one of the toughest fields to date. (Pictured left: Winners are grinners, the 2018 State Mixed Pairs title winners Chloe Stewart & Ian Schuback.)

Club Kawana’s resident legend Ian Schuback and Tweed Heads’ Chloe Stewart claimed this year’s State Mixed Pairs title in emphatic style, the old school & new school team defeated Elizabeth Walton (Burrum Heads) and Helensvale’s Aron Sherriff 23-15 in the thrilling final at Club Maroochy.

Throughout the sectional rounds both Schuback and Stewart were on fine form winning all three games in their section with a minimum lead of at least 10 shots, they continued their blistering performance in the post sectional round with a 25-7 win against Deborah Petersen & Shane Greentree.

The quarter-finals saw Schuback & Stewart defeat Adele Pershouse & Nick Cahill 32-19, while Christine Scott & Justin Bell defeated Roger Stevens & Bronwyn Stevens 23-12,  Walton & Sherriff bested young gun Jake Rynne & Dee-Anne Robertson 20-13 and Heather Hodgson & Eric Johannes defeated Jessica Srisamruaybai & Joel Andersen 22-21.

The semi-finals proved to be another tough hurdle for the last four rinks, Christine Scott & Justin Bell were quickly eliminated by Schuback and Stewart who won 30-13 and looked to be unstoppable as they locked in their grand-final berth.

In the second leg of the semi, Walton & Sherriff managed to squeeze over the line with a narrow one-shot margin over Heather Hodgson & former South African international Eric Johannes with a 25-24 win to progress through to the grand final.

Schuback and Stewart assumed the lead from the start of the final with Stewart’s rink opening up a 4-0 lead over Sherriff & Walton, however, by nine ends in the score had equalised to 7-7 with both teams pulling off the shots when they needed them.

By the later stages of the final Stewart & Co. had made headway and positioned themselves in the driving seat with a three-shot lead over their competition to sit at 18-15 with just three ends left to play.

Sherriff’s rink put up a fight for each end but Schuback and Stewart continued to push forwards in the last moments of the final to win 23-15 and secure the 2018 State Mixed Pairs title.

To view the full results of the Mixed Pairs competition click here.