Comets on the board, as Raiders move clear on top
Round five of the 2020 SA Super League season last Friday night produced a new ladder leader and the first victory of the season for another team.
Matches were held across four different venues as the Super League completed its fortnight on the road.
The Heysen Comets registered their first win of the season with a hard-fought victory over the Mallee Pirates at Adelaide.
Paul Young, Andrew Peters and James Gregory set up the win for the Comets with a 24-shot win over John Nicolai, Ross McConnell and Jackson Saunders in the triples, while Josh Chopin and Tim Hicks also recorded a four-shot victory over Gary Meekcoms and Jeff Davis in the pairs.
Simon Dorr was able to salvage some points for the Pirates with a 12-shot win over Stuart Forbes in the singles.
The Pirates’ reserves had a better night with a comfortable win, while their under 21s continued their dominant campaign with another victory.
The Eastern Raiders moved to top of the league ladder with a win over an undermanned Northern Knights outfit in the Match of the Round at Salisbury.
Mitch Percy got the Raiders off to a dream start with a 22-shot win over Will McPharlin in the singles.
Kane Coulls, Lani McGorman and Jack Trenorden were able to reduce the deficit to 13 shots after scoring a nine-shot win for the Knights in the triples against Chris Flavel, Andrew Gard and Michael Lodge.
Any hope of a comeback win for the Knights was quickly snuffed out, as Craig Goldfinch and Tony Treloar put together a stellar display for the Raiders in the pairs to defeat Todd Brand and Lachlan Bowman, of the Knights, by 15 shots. This included the second full count of twelve shots scored in the 2020 Super League this year, with Goldfinch playing a superb shot to move the jack to claim a full count of six, which was doubled on the Eastern Raiders Super End.
The Knights were able to win the reserves match, while the Raiders took out the under 21s clash.
The Central Chargers bounced back from their loss to the Western Rogues in round four to record a dominant victory over the Southern Blazers in round five last Friday night at West Lakes.
Ben Bowman set the tone for the Chargers with a 20-shot win over Ash Halls, of the Southern Blazers in the singles.
Mark Haines, Geoffrey Munn and Bradley Pech also notched a 15-shot win for the Chargers in the triples over Marc Evans, Les Carter and Dylan Lewis, while Craig Mills and Gary Thompson defeated Sam Denton and Sam Dietrich in the pairs.
The Blazers won the reserves contest, while the Chargers were victorious in the under 21s.
The Western Rogues continued their strong form with a win over the South Eastern Spartans at Marion.
Gabe Nardecchia took full advantage of his opportunity at League level for the Rogues with an 18-shot win over Tony Devlin in the singles.
The Rogues’ trio of Max Kleinig, Josh Studham and Jayden Zeller notched a hard-fought two-shot win in the triples over Aaron Bremner, Tony Lucas and Ben Fidock.
Tyson Wilson and Nathan Black were able to pick up some crucial points for the Spartans with a five-shot win over Ashley Klose and Carl Schapel in the pairs.
The Spartans won both the reserves and under 21s matches.
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