Blacks Edge Past Swan To Go Second

22 November 2017 17:00:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 22 November 2017 18:48:00

Shoot 8-Ball 5-7 New Zealand "B"

New Zealand "B" held on to top spot this week after they won the final frame of the night to win 7-5 against title rivals Shoot 8-Ball. It was a great start for New Zealand "B", as the usual suspects Keith Jones, Larry Baker and Julian Lefevre all won to give their side a 3-0 lead, including a break and dish from Keith Jones.

Shoot 8-Ball were unlucky not to be level at half time, as both Mark Game and Gordon Sweeney won their frames, and only a black and white gave New Zealand "B" their fourth point of the night. The next four frames saw the two teams' big players share the points, with Keith Jones and Larry Baker winning for New Zealand "B" and David Feore and Shelley McDermott winning in response for Shoot 8-Ball.

But at 6-4, Shoot 8-Ball still had the draw in their sights, and when Lars Bjart won for 6-5, the draw looked possible. But New Zealand "B" had Jamie Whittaker to thank as he won the final frame to make sure of the 7-5 victory.

The Swan 5-7 SP Blacks

SP Blacks came back from 5-4 down to win 7-5 against The Swan, and in doing so, took second spot in the league from them. The match was close throughout, with Luke Butler and Colin Rogan giving The Swan early leads, before Sean Gourley then Andy Taylor drawing SP Blacks level. Danny Lee gave SP Blacks their first lead at 3-2, only for Paul Mart to make sure things were all level at half time.

The Swan found themselves 5-4 as second wins for Luke Butler and Colin Rogan sandwiched in a second frame for Danny Lee of SP Blacks. But from 5-4, SP Blacks won the final three frames to snatch victory. The three final frames were won by Mike Painter, Sean Gourley and captain Peter Ward.

Shootpool Snipers 3-9 The Brick Slayers

The Brick Slayers got their first win of the season, and moved up 4 places in the league in doing so, as they comfortably beat Shootpool Snipers 9-3 away from home. The match was won in the first half, as The Brick Slayers won all of the first six frames to have a first half whitewash. Jason Hoff, Darren McGeorge, Steve Curran, Neil Bartholomew, Andrew Holmes and Andy Hutchinson were the winners in the dominant first half for The Brick Slayers.

Shootpool Snipers fared better in the second half, winning three of the next four frames through Jack Mason, Ryan Englefield and James Connor, but the The Brick Slayers trio of Darren McGeorge, Andrew Holmes and Steve Curran all won their second frames of the night to make sure of the win for their side.

Shootpool 'A' 4-8 Shootpool Sharks

Shootpool Sharks moved up to 6th place in the league after beating rivals Shootpool 'A' 8-4. The first 4 frames in this match were shared between the two sides, as both Matt Stone and Robin Meads gave Shootpool Sharks leads, but both times Shootpool 'A' equalised, through Richard Herring and Chris Eley.

But Shootpool Sharks went on from there to win the game, as they put on a fantastic 5 frame winning run, that started and ended with Joe Mcloughlin wins, had a second win for Matt Stone, and included wins for Kyle Wilks and Robert Mutch. At 7-2 down, Shootpool 'A' did make the score more respectable as a win for Martin White was followed by a second win of the night for Chris Eley. But the final say went to Shootpool Sharks, as Robert Mutch won his second frame of the night to make the game finish 8-4 to his team.

New Zealand 'A' 6-6 Shootpool

Shootpool were denied their first league win of the season as New Zealand 'A' came back strong at the end to secure a draw in this match. Tommy Gibson gave the home side an early lead, before Mike Collins equalised. Jay Yerby gave New Zealand 'A' another lead at 2-1, but then Shootpool win the next four frames through Adam Green, Teresa Collins, Andy Mepham and Gary O'Connor to lead 5-2.

Jay Yerby then won his second frame of the night to get New Zealand 'A' back on track, but Mike Collins put Shootpool on the verge of that elusive win, as he won for 6-3. But New Zealand 'A' dug deep, as Dennis Walton, Jimmy McDevitt and Brian Lopez all won the final three frames to snatch the draw.

Looking Ahead...

League leaders New Zealand "B" face New Zealand 'A' in a New Zealand derby this week. There are also two more derbies at Shoot Pool & Snooker, as Shootpool 'A' host Shootpool Snipers and Shootpool Sharks host Shoot 8-Ball.

The Swan will be looking to take back second place as they take on bottom side Shootpool and SP Blacks will look to stay unbeaten toys session as they take on The Brick Slayers.

Fixtures Week 7

New Zealand "B" vs New Zealand 'A' (preview)

Shootpool 'A' vs Shootpool Snipers (preview)

Shootpool Sharks vs Shoot 8-Ball (preview)

Shootpool vs The Swan (preview)

SP Blacks vs The Brick Slayers (preview)

Table as it stands...

Team P W D L F A FD Pts
1 6 5 0 1 47 25 +22 47
2 6 4 2 0 44 28 +16 44
3 6 4 0 2 43 29 +14 43
4 6 3 2 1 39 33 +6 39
5 6 1 1 4 35 37 -2 35
6 6 2 2 2 34 38 -4 34
7 6 2 2 2 33 39 -6 33
8 6 1 1 4 32 40 -8 32
9 6 2 0 4 31 41 -10 31
10 6 0 2 4 22 50 -28 22