2021 Open State Championships – Day 4 Wrap

by Billy Johnson

It’s time for the semi-finals in the 2021 Reserve, Senior and Open State Pairs championships!

Despite a drizzle of rain during the day, the wet weather held off allowing play to be completed. With a slight breeze blustering around Ettalong’s four greens, teams handled the conditions beautifully across the surfaces.

In the State Pairs, Warilla duo Brendan Aquilina and Lee Stinson overcame a first round loss to Brodie Towns and Scott Thorning (Gunnedah), winning their final two matches and storming through their section with two wins +28. Waiting for them in the semi-final is Cabramatta’s Beau Prideaux and Australian Jackaroo Carl Healey, who won all three of their sectional matches.

The second semi-final will see Rod Farmer and David Hall (Park Beach) up against Jack McShane & Shawn Thompson (Merrylands) in what promises to be a quality match.

In the Reserve Pairs, it’s a family affair in one semi-final with young-gun brothers Brendan and Daniel Ford (St Johns Park) set to clash with the father-son combination of Rob and Max Gray (Belrose). Keeping with the family trend is Warilla’s Kenneth and Noel Stopher, who will play against Allan Low & Dale Jeffery (Stuarts Point).

In the Senior Pairs, Austral will play Sporties Tuncurry after both sides went through their sections undefeated, and Figtree Sports go up against Rules Club Wagga.

2021 State Open Pairs Semi-finals
Rod Farmer & David Hall (Park Beach) v Jack McShane & Shawn Thompson (Merrylands)
Beau Prideaux & Carl Healey (Cabramatta) v Brendan Aquilina & Lee Stinson (Warilla)

2021 State Senior Pairs Semi-finals
Mark Langfield & John Roach (Austral) v Anthony Gorrie & George McCartney (Sporties Tuncurry)
Alan Jones & Mark Kesby (Figtree Sports) v Noel O’Brien & Ross Maguire (Rules Club Wagga)

2021 State Reserve Pairs Semi-finals
Brendan Ford & Daniel Ford (St Johns Park) v Rob Gray & Max Gray (Belrose)
Allan Low & Dale Jeffery (Stuarts Point) v Kenneth Stopher & Noel Stopher (Warilla)

Click here to view the 2021 Open State Championship Results