Worle's unbeaten home record
PUBLISHED: 07:26 29 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:21 24 May 2010
WORLE'S final game of the season was a league game postponed twice due to fixture congestion. As it happens, it was also the last of this season's games in any West of England competition.
Worle 86 Pirates A 49WORLE'S final game of the season was a league game postponed twice due to fixture congestion.As it happens, it was also the last of this season's games in any West of England competition. Earlier in the season, Worle had lost away to Bristol Pirates and were anxious to set matters straight. In the event, they did so handsomely.Worle's start was fairly anxious, nevertheless. Nothing hung on the game beyond pride and after the previous weekend, the Worle boys certainly seemed tired. So in spite of Marc Hartley's opening score, Worle soon slipped behind. Roman Hyprinyak made the next score from the field but that was several minutes later, by which time, they trailed 9-5. Then captain Richard Green rallied the defence, while Worle's inside power was too much for Pirates, and in the closing minutes, Hartley and Hyprinyak combined with Dennis Smilevich to push Worle to a five point lead at 18-13. In the second quarter, both teams started quite slowly, Worle because they could not find the ring, and Pirates because the defence, with strong rebounding by Luke Davis, Mike O'Sullivan and Smilevich, kept them out. But Steve Walford scored from the keyside and Hyprinyak again scored inside and Worle were on the move again. Spencer Gilbert chipped in with a couple of jumpshots and Alex Briffitt hit from the line. A closing burst by Smilevich and a repeat by Walford saw Worle to a 41-23 half-time lead.Pirates staged enough of a comeback in the third period for coach Brian Skidmore to need a time-out. With just one score by Gilbert, the gap had closed to only 10. The time-out seemed to work and the defensive effectiveness increased once more.Davis sank a three-pointer and Roman Ivanous drove through and then sank two from the line. More points came from Smilevich as Worle moved on to 56-38 after what turned out to be an even quarter, but that was the best Pirates could do. In the final quarter, Worle stormed away with a 14-0 spell and Pirates more or less gave up. After Gilbert had started the ball rolling, the points came at first from Hyprinyak and Ivanous. Russ Hayward hit the target with a three-pointer and added more later as Worle continued to push on, eventually winning comfortably. This also meant that Worle had a 100 per cent home record for the season, something to which they can aspire in the much tougher atmosphere of Division 1 next season.Hyprinyak top-scored with 23 points and Smilevich made 21. Gilbert also reached double figures with 11. Hartley and Hayward scored eight each and Ivanous seven.