Summer League Shield Round 1 Review

31 July 2017 09:30:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 31 July 2017 12:12:00


It was a night of surprises in the Shield Round 1, as only one of the teams that were the higher seeds actually won their game. Shootpool were the team that managed to get through, but The Vic Club, Shootpool Ringers and Aristocats all lost to teams that finished in a lower position than them in the group stage.

Shootpool 6-3 Cotton Wheel Kittens

There was almost a huge shock on the cards in this match, as Zenya Heap, Nel Hoff and Jamie Martin all won early on to give Cotton Wheel Kittens a 3-0 lead, despite the team losing every match they had played in the earlier Group Stage round. But sadly for the ladies team, they couldn't build on that lead any further as Shootpool won the next 6 frames to take the match 6-3. The 6 frames included two wins for captain Teresa Collins, and featured one each Taylor Christy, Mike Collins, Adam Green and Andy Grounsell.

The Vic Club 3-6 Misfits

Misfits didn't manage a single win in the entire Group Stage, but that didn't stop them winning their first match in the knockout stage, surprising The Vic Club with a 6-3 win. Misfits started the match fantastically, as Arron Flanagan, Tony Festa, Sarah Box and Simon Honeyball all won to take a huge step towards the quarter finals with a 4-0 lead. With little room for error, Tristan Burtenshaw, Mikie Gibson (with a one-visit clearance) and Lee Turney all won their frames to pull the deficit back to just 4-3, but Alan Carter stopped the comeback with a win in frame 8. And captain Tony Festa won his second frame of the night to give Misfits the all-important 6th frame win to secure their first win of the Summer League, and secure a place in the last 8.

Shootpool Ringers 3-6 Shoot At Will

Shootpool Ringers would have fancied their chances in this match, especially with a better record in the Group Stage, but a poor start cost them dear as Shoot At Will beat them 6-3 to reach the Quarter Finals. Andy Roberts, Barry Anderson, Greg Finch and Ben Collins all won consecutively as Shoot At Will took an early 4-0 lead, before Dave Wall stopped the rot to make it 4-1. Chris Johnston extended the lead to 5-1, before Danny Mobey and Nick Tilley Clark pulled Shootpool Ringers back to within 2 points. But the final frame proved to be the same as the very first, with a win for Andy Roberts, as he secured the 6-3 win for Shoot At Will.

Aristocats 4-6 Top John

The closest of all four matches was in this match between Aristocats and Top John. Top John just about kept their noses in front, though Aristocats would not lie down easily in this one. Max Burgess gave Top John the first frame, before Alex Slater equalised. Charlie Skiller and Jordan Maxwell Hoff then put Top John 3-1 up, before Nigel Playford pulled one back for Aristocats. Top John ended the half 4-2 up after Evan Wakelam's win, only for Stephen Page to start the second six with a win for Aristocats. Max Burgess won his second of the night to restore Top John's two-point lead, but again, Alex Slater reduced the deficit to 5-4. But Mark Kane was at hand to win for Top John, to get the 6th point and the 6-4.


The four winners above were put into a draw to play one of the four teams that finished 5th or 6th in their respective groups, at the venue of the higher seeds.

The draw, to be played on Wednesday 2nd August 2017, will be played in a First-to-6 format, like Round 1, with the home side choosing the first six first, and the away writing down first in the second half.

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