By Alan Clarke
NEARLY HALFWAY in this season and several teams remain in contention for the coveted league title.
The morning was cold and damp but all matches were completed. Table topping ABC Cats went to PDF and were defeated by the Sinners 50-45 and five points to two. A relief for the hard pressed Sinners who recorded their first victory this season.
PDF Crusaders were also at home and made it a PDF double with a 64-31 win over the Tavira Titans, again by five points to two.
Over at Alvor, the Gladiators clashed with the Harlequins and continued their excellent season with a 60-44 win and another five points to two points haul. Wanderers had already convincingly beaten the Greens in a match played earlier by 53-41 and seven points to nil, while the Tavira Tigers were resting this week.
As a result of these games, Cats lead has been cut to two points. They have 33, the Gladiators are getting closer with 31 and the Wanderers have 30 points. Crusaders improve to 28 whilst Tavira Tigers and Titans both have 25. Harlequins are on 24, Greens on 20 and the Sinners have picked up and closed the gap, now having 12 points. Next week is the final round of games before the Christmas break.
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Round five took place at Isla Canela where the ABC Braves took on Tavira, who swept all six points with a 47-30 win. Alvor Aces had another good win, defeating the Seagulls 53-26 and six nil on points. ABC Chieftains also took maximum points, beating the Canela Storks 44-22. PDF Panthers had only one triple against the Alvor Diamonds. The Diamonds won 16-13, however collected a further ten shots and two further points for the unfulfilled game.
The league table has the Chieftains and the Diamonds out in front, both on 27 points, although Tavira are in hot pursuit on 23. Panthers have 21, including points and shots awarded for a walkover over the Canela Storks who were unable to play on November 13 at ABC.
Alvor Aces are on 20 points and the ABC Braves have 18 (also includes points and shots for walkover against the Canela Seagulls on November 13). Seagulls now have two points whilst Storks have the one. The final round of matches before the break was due to take place at Alvor yesterday (Thursday).
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