Moore’s merrier as Royals rise to the top

Royals skip Graham Moore
Royals skip Graham Moore

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Graham Moore has skipped his Royals to the top as it’s all change in division one of the Victory Triples League.

Moore’s men scored seven shots in the final two ends to beat previous leaders Layabouts (John Biggs) by two and dethrone their title rivals.

Favourites for the crown are Crescent (Adrian Snook), though.

They have a game in hand and are just one point behind after an eight-shot win against The Exocets (Gerry Dobson).

The Blues (Alan Sprake) kept in the picture with a nine-shot victory against Copouts (Roland Bloy) but D.Dennis (Paul Lawrence) saw their hopes disappear when they lost by one shot to Naismith (Dave Deacon).

Although resting, Kackanders held on to the top spot in division two.

The News (Dave Baxter) remain in second thanks to a five-shot success over Jack High (Brian Chapple).

But the Gamblers (Adrian Ash), who started with 14 shots in the first four ends and won by that amount against The Mixers (Mike D’Apice), are poised to pounce with three games in hand.

Split Ends (Russell Gadd) are still in the running, despite having their hopes dented when losing by two shots in a high-scoring game against Portchester Vets (Sean O’Mara).

In top form were the Allsorts trio of Brian Martin, Ray Markwell and skip Gary Snook.

They included a count of seven and qualified for hot-shot badges with a maximum nine as they trounced bottom-of-the-table Aray (Alan Turvey) by 18 shots.

Tuesday leaders Claret’N’Blue (John Hurst) suffered a surprise nine-shot defeat at the hands of College Park (Clive Carter) who scored nine in the final four ends.

However, Hurst’s men still have a one-point lead from Post Office (Trevor Moore), who enjoyed a one-shot victory against Cardsharps (Mel Dunbar).

Captains Lot (Paul Robson) had their hopes of the trophy dented when they lost by one to Odd Bowls (Dave Powe).

Griffs (Ray Porter) extended their lead in the Wednesday league to three points with a six-shot victory against The Royals (Les Wilkinson). Closest rivals Gravediggers were resting.

Poachers (Bob Newell) had a comfortable 10-shot success against Combine (Len Chubb) and Newcomers (John Pettitt) enjoyed a rare victory, beating Assassins (Steve Harper) by seven shots.

The top-of-the-table battle in the Friday league resulted in a change as New Team (Jim O’Donnell) took over the top spot when they claimed a 12-shot victory over previous leaders Wickers (Bob Ross).

Toromos (Arthur Newland) remain in contention with an 11-shot victory against Flotsam (Bob Floyd).

Waverley (Dave Wildman) returned to winning ways with a five-shot win over Spanners (Mike Carpenter).

Just five games to go and Black Top Boys (Bob Floyd) still boast an unbeaten record.

In their latest game they were easy 11-shot winners against Jokers (Peter McWilliam) and need just two more points to be sure of retaining the Tuesday day trophy.

The only teams with a hope of catching the Black Top Boys are Draymen (Ted Coward).

And they kept that hope alive when they scored 13 shots in the final four ends to beat True Blues (Reid Wilcockson) by seven.

Pembroke Park (David Gilrane) belied their league position when they won the final three ends to beat The Pirates (Dale Evers) by five shots and record only their second win of the season.