READY: Matthew Baus.
NO previous winners have qualified for the Newcastle district champion of club champions pairs championship final at Soldiers Point on Friday from 1pm.
Raymond Terrace’s Australian representative Matthew Baus, the winner of the 2014 Newcastle district pairs championship with Jason Stokes, is attempting to complete the pairs double with Michael Abel.
They meet Nelson Bay’s Ray Asquith and Allan Breakwell in the decider.
The semi-finals were contrasting affairs, with Abel and Baus leading all the way to convincingly beat Lee Such and 2011 titleholder Terry Antram (Soldiers Point) 22-11.
Asquith and Breakwell recovered from a 5-0 deficit to defeat Paul Joyce and Chris Holstein (Lambton) 21-16, after the scores were locked 16-16 after 19 ends.
■ Valentine and Belmont are the only undefeated teams in the Newcastle district No.1 grade three threes competition following solid victories last Wednesday.
Valentine enjoyed success on two of the three rinks in downing East Maitland 76-51. David Govan had a 37-15 win over Jake Lawton and Bill Ahoy beat Chris Dunn 24-12.
Belmont beat Wallsend 66-57, with Brad Germyn’s 29-15 win over Geoff Horton proving decisive. Joel Roche beat Allan Dagwell 21-15, while Wallsend’s John Scobie beat Jack Ryan 27-16.
This afternoon Belmont play Valentine with home-green advantage, Charlestown host Wallsend and Cardiff travel to East Maitland.
■ Alder Park will host the opening two rounds of the Newcastle district champion of club champions fours championship on Sunday.
Defending titleholders Ross Gardner, Ian Lean, Jason Stokes (Raymond Terrace) have a new second in Lennon Scott, who replaces Brendon Plunkett.
They should prove too strong in the first round for the Water Board quartet of Frank Gardiner, Ken Heath, Brian Grainger and David Mitchison.
■ Zone6 (Hunter, Manning and Upper Hunter) won the under-25 challenge at Raymond Terrace last weekend, defeating Newcastle two rubbers to one in the final.
Dylan Riley beat Daniel Hill 10-10, 7-6 in the singles. Damian Baily and Josh Bell convincingly won the pairs 11-2, 10-5 over Adrian Solomons and Haydn Bojkowski.
Shaun Richards, Chris Garn, Joel Roche and Jack Ryan claimed the fours for Newcastle with an 11-6, 7-4 victory over Ryan McGuire, Jake Maloney, Ashley Fisher and Brodie Jobson.
■ Glenn Baxter and John Mackenzie are the Cardiff men’s pairs champions after beating Peter Evans and Garry Mordue 25-7 in the final.
■ Valentine still have a few vacancies for their over70s men’s triples on October 13.
Windale-Gateshead are accepting nominations for their Super 11s on October 20-22. Teams to consist of three players whose 2014 pennant grading adds up to 11 or more.