Simmons, Moller right on cue

18:39, Dec 17 2012

Brent Simmons and Denise Moller took away the titles when the Marlborough Pool Association held its final ranking tournament this month.

In the men's competition, Simmons beat Greg Hammond 3-1 in the semifinals before knocking over Malcolm Anderson 4-3 in a closely contested final.

Simmons and Anthony Gane have been the standouts in the men's ranking tournaments, while Darrin Wright, Mike and Chris Budny, Paul Enright, Cameron Fyffe and Don McKinnon have improved over the season.

Rob Wilkinson impressed as the top qualifier from section play at the final tournament.

The standout player in the women's ranking tournaments this year, Moller won her semifinal 3-1 before sweeping Mary Landon-Lane 3-0 in the final. Landon-Lane, Celia Bason, Nicole Chauval, Helen Pope and Kimmy MacDonald have all done well in the ranking tournaments.

Meanwhile, last weekend, the Blind Pairs tournament was held. The strong combination of Wayne Palatchie and Bruce Earnshaw took home the title from Simmons and Mary Landon-Lane.



Final ranking tournament


Semifinals: D Moller bt H Pope 3-1, M Landon-Lane bt K MacDonald 3-1. Final: D Moller bt M Landon-Lane 3-0.


Last 16: C Budny bt R Wilkinson 3-1, B Henderson bt J Randall 3-0, P Enright bt J Miller 3-1, M Anderson bt M Budny 3-0, B Simmons bt C Fyffe 3-0, D Wright bt P Smythe 3-2, W Palatchie bt A Gane 3-0, G Hammond bt D McKinnon 3-0. Quarterfinals: B Henderson bt C Budny 3-0, M Anderson bt P Enright 3-1, B Simmons bt D Wright 3-1, G Hammond bt W Palatchie 3-0. Semifinals: M Anderson bt B Henderson 3-0, B Simmons bt G Hammond 3-1. Final: B Simmonds bt M Anderson 4-3.

Marlborough Pool Association 2012 title winners

Men's singles: Anthony Gane. Women's singles: Denise Moller. Open singles: Brent Simmons. Men's B grade singles: John Powell.

Women's B grade singles: Leonie Firman. Men's pairs: Anthony Gane & Lewis Green. Women's pairs: Denise Moller & Kimmy MacDonald. Mixed pairs: Sue Davis & Bob Henderson.

Open pairs: Wayne Palatchie & Brent Simmons. Blind pairs: Wayne Palatchie & Bruce Earnshaw. Interclub top singles: Brian Turner. Interclub top pair: Bob Henderson & Calvin Hart. Interclub top pair (2nd division): Chris Budny & Mike Budny. Interclub champions (1st division): Royal Pints (Calvin Hart, Tardy Landon-Lane, Wayne Palatchie, Lewis Green, Bob Henderson, Shane Crouch, Ken Hart).

Interclub champions (2nd division): Renwick Arms (John Powell, Mary Powell, Eileen Eriha, Richard McGarry, Keri Wairau, Matt Potts, Justin Carlaw, Dan Senior). Interclub women's top singles: Celia Bason & Nicole Chauval. Most improved play (Men): Darrin Wright. Most improved player (Women): Leonie Firman.

Top of the South champion: Wayne Palatchie. Seddon Shield District champions (Men): Marlborough (Wayne Palatchie, Bob Henderson, Greg Hammond, Lewis Green, Peter Smythe, Peter Chandler, Bruce Earnshaw, Anthony Gane, Jason Randall, Tardy Landon-Lane).

Seddon Shield Districts champions (Overall): Marlborough men's team plus Marlborough women's team (Mary Landon-Lane, Leonie Firman, Celia Bason, Barbara Paton, Brenda Day, Kimmy MacDonald, Judyne Heissenbuttle, Dawn Hart).

Top woman overall (Non-rep): Denise Moller. Top man overall (Non-rep): Brent Simmons. Top woman overall (including reps): Kimmy MacDonald & Celia Bason. Top man overall (including reps): Wayne Palatchie.

Val MacDonald Memorial Trophy: Wayne Palatchie & Brent Simmons. Harry's Personality of the Year: Calvin Hart & John Davis.

The Marlborough Express