Never say die attitude in epic clash

SHUTTLE TIME: At the session held in Port Pirie on Sunday were Meng Toh, back, Neville Flood, Nate T, Paul Berry, Brian Kee, Alex Jaeger, Joshua Bradley, Chengyi Ting, front, Michelle Au (coach) Greg Fidge, Aim, Robyn Holthouse and Gary Holthouse.
SHUTTLE TIME: At the session held in Port Pirie on Sunday were Meng Toh, back, Neville Flood, Nate T, Paul Berry, Brian Kee, Alex Jaeger, Joshua Bradley, Chengyi Ting, front, Michelle Au (coach) Greg Fidge, Aim, Robyn Holthouse and Gary Holthouse.

We do have to admire the Thunderbolts never say die attitude!

At the eleventh hour of the competition they managed to pull off an impressive coup with a 56 point win over the Heroes in round 17 of the season.

Thunderbolts captain Russell Goode and an in form Brian Kee demonstrated from the outset to their Heroes opponents Greg Fidge and Nate T that they were there to ‘do the business’.

Theirs was the more cohesive partnership of the two and for this they were handsomely rewarded with a perfect score; providing inspiration for their team mates to build upon.  

Heading into the third round the Thunderbolts were feeling pretty pleased with themselves having put 19 points between themselves and the Heroes.

This situation was short lived however; the Heroes won the first game of the third round by 3 points.

It was the Greg Fidge, Joshua Bradley combination that made the most difference though when these Heroes caught Russell Goode and Meng Toh napping.

The Thunderbolts pair got belted 42:21.  

The shoe was now on the other foot with the Heroes leading by five points heading into the composite doubles rounds.

The Thunderbolts had a dream run in the fourth round redeeming themselves once more winning two of the three bouts with perfect scores of 42 points.

They were now leading the way once more with 19 points.

After a five point win in the fifth round the Thunderbolts were back on track to close out with a mighty finish.

And what a mighty finish it was with a perfect score of 126 points!  

THUNDERBOLTS 559 defeated HEROES 503

While the Avengers have been enjoying first place on the leaderboard for most of the season it seems that they cannot take their position for granted.

The Defenders may have even surprised themselves when they steadily, slowly but surely maintained their lead throughout match on Wednesday night.

After the first it was just 7 points but by round 3 the margin had expanded to robust 35 points in the Defender’s favour.

Following the two composite doubles rounds this discrepancy had blown out even further to a massive 62 points.

At no stage of the match did the Defenders take a backwards step.  

The most notable battle of wills for this match was between Michael Cruz playing for the Defenders and Cheng playing for the Avengers who went head to head throughout the contest.

Cheng gives everything she’s got to every single opportunity which results in her hitting the deck on numerous occasions throughout the night.

Michael has flashes of brilliance which has the effect of unsettling his opponents because even though he is not always consistent, they never know what to expect.

Michael won this outing by 24 points but Cheng is always a handy player to have on your side.  

The Defenders continued on their winning way with perfect scores in the first two games of the final round.

For the Avengers to draw the match at this point it meant that Neville Flood and Cameron Williams needed to prevent Andrew Williams and Bryll Baeleen from scoring less than 10 points over the two games.

Neville and Cameron did win the 42 points but Andrew and Bryll scored 31 and so the Defenders won handsomely by 74 points overall.  

DEFENDERS 586 defeated AVENGERS 512