The Charlestown Tigers caused a major upset in round 6 of the Hunter/Newcastle Conference of the No.1 Grade State Pennant Competition, defeating defending Newcastle No.1 Grade titleholders the Raymond Terrace Jets 70-52, winning on two of the three rinks.
Fred Verschoor accounted for Jason Stokes 25-12 and Robert Atkins downed Matt Baus 30-18, Lennon Scott kept the Jets in the match downing Shane Brodbeck 21-15. It was Charlestown’s first win for the season and ended Raymond Terrace’s unbeaten run. Raymond Terrace still leads Section 4 on 47 points, but is being challenged by Windale/Gateshead 39. Windale/Gateshead scored the maximum 10 points in its big 85-39 victory over Belmont.
East Maitland (48.5) retained the Section 1 lead with a solid 72-49 win over Hamilton North (11). Chris Dunn defeated Peter Broughton 29-13. Nelson Bay (48) moved to within half a point of the leaders when they whitewashed Beresfield (38) 72-53.
Section 2 leaders Warners Bay (52) had a narrow escape edging out Cardiff (23.5) 55-54 only winning on one rink. Tony Maclean’s 23-6 win over Jack Ryan was decisive, including scoring one on the last end to clinch victory. Lambton (39) retained second place despite losing 59-54 to Swansea Workers (20).
Section 3 front-runners Soldiers Point (57) kept its unbeaten record with a 68-55 victory over Kotara (5.5). The successful skippers being Terry Antram 23-16 over Keith Gilbert, Jason Pietraszek beat Keiran Lott 20-16 and Alvin Gardiner downed Brett Waugh 25-23.