Report from Phil Rushworth
Top seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter
put in a good solid performance against the up and coming youngster Deon
Saffery, holding the middle of the court and forcing her opponent around the
court digging balls out of the corners.
In the first Dom was able to get a small lead from the beginning and held
onto it for to whole game with Deon always trying to make up the deficit.
Dom closed out the game 11/8 on her second game ball.
The second was a similar story to the first with Dom establishing a lead and
holding it for all of the game. There was a spirited comeback from Deon
towards the end of the game to bring it back from 8/3 to 8/5 but Dom
continued playing her controlled game and was able to finish the game 11/7
Deon started to find her shots in the early part of the third and was able
to establish a good lead, but Dom settled back into her rhythm and won 6
points on the trot to win the match in convincing style.
Second seed Emma Beddoes controlled another youngster in the second ladies
semi final, defeating Victoria Lust in an error strewn match with both
players struggling to find their shots
The first game was dominated by Emma putting good runs of points together
keeping Victoria at bay not allowing her anything to attack around the
In the second Emma was able to control the game and played some good winning
shots and was helped by several enforced errors by Victoria. Victoria also
found it difficult to build the pressure on her opponent as Emma showed some
good recovery shots to get herself out of trouble. There was a brief fight
back from Victoria at the end of the game but it was all to late and Emma
won the game on her 4th game ball.
The third was similar to the second with Victoria unable to build the
pressure on her opponent causing her to force her shots usually resulting in
her hitting the tin. Victoria managed to put together some runs of points
going from 1/6 to all but Emma closed out the match 11/9
In the first of the menís semi finals the giant killer Jesse Englebrecht
took on Joey Barrington, who had enjoyed a relatively easy passage through
to the semi finals. The match was scrappy with both players leaving
three-quarter lengths allowing the other to attack.
Jesse showed his speed and skill at the beginning of the first keeping Joey
at bay and hitting some excellent drop shots and boasts but unfortunately
for Jesse every winning shot that he hit two ended up hitting the tin. Joey
was able to take the game 11/7 using some good retreating to build the
pressure on his opponent.
The second was a similar story with Joey controlling the scrappy encounters
showing some good retrieving abilities and was able to build the pressure on
his opponent causing lots of unforced errors
In the final game Joey became the one who was making the errors and allowed
Jesse back into the match and allowed him to have game ball. Joey was saved
game ball and closed out the match 12/10.
The second semi-final between Peter Barker & Steve Meads resulted in a 3-0
win for Peter, Steve pushing Peter with some long rallies resulting with
Peter producing the final quality shot. Both players showing excellent
recovery in very tight areas to produce a very enjoyable match for the
11/4, 11/9, 11/9
11/8, 11/9, 11/9