The South Pacific Carnival takes a New Year’s Day breather but for many players the business end of the 10-day tournament is just beginning.
The carnival resumes tomorrow with 50 pairs combinations chasing a spot in Saturday’s quarter-finals.
And some of the big hitters of the event are in contention to win the pairs and challenge for the prestigious Player of the Carnival.
Record-setting five-time Player of the Carnival, Shane Garvey, is favourite for the top award having qualified for Friday’s singles and fours semi-finals. He and Wiseman Park clubmate Robin Smith are the defending pairs champions and are into the knockout rounds.
They loom as the team to beat again and take on Zac Gabrielsen and Brendan Aquilina tomorrow at headquarters Warilla BC.
Other feature pairs knockout matches tomorrow include 2011 champions Hemi Palmer and Scott Bateup against Shellharbour’s Richard Hambly and Mick Barber.
Figtree RSL’s Brett Pieper is in the fours semi-finals to skip against Chris Green and Pieper partners James Webster in the pairs against Merrylands visitors Steve Fogorty and Dennis Harmer.
The youngest combination in the pairs draw, Dubbo Railway’s Jono Davis and Wiseman Park signing Jordan Taylor, were impressive winners of their section.
The pair take on Windang’s Doug Fitzpatrick and Brett Price.
In a round two match tomorrow David Tyrrell and Brian Battesby (Windang) take on Wiseman Park’s Dave Warman and Anthony Moran, with Moran part of Garvey’s semi-final bound fours team.
Aaron Teys (Warilla) v Dylan Skinner (Mt Lewis)
Shane Garvey (Wiseman Pk) v Geoff McGillivray (Warilla)
Steve Glasson (Mt Lewis) v Ben Glasson (Mt Lewis)
Jeff Smith (Cabramatta) v Jamie Johanson (Towradgi)