NZB Champs, Blacks Get 2nd

10 April 2018 23:45:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 11 April 2018 18:08:00

New Zealand "B" 9-3 The Brick Slayers

New Zealand "B" are once again AIPL Premier champions, following up on their success last year, as they won the title by an 11 point margin. Keith Jones and Larry Baker put New Zealand "B", before Steve Curran pulled one back for The Brick Slayers. Jamie Whittaker then got the win that guaranteed him a top 2 spot individually and made it 3-1, before Aide Newsome made it 3-2. Second wins on the night for Keith and Larry helped New Zealand "B" on to 7-2, before The Brick Slayers got a consolation frame through Andy Hutchinson. But New Zealand "B" won the last two frames to run out convincing 9-3 winners, and wrap up their 15th win of the season.

Shootpool Snipers 4-8 Shoot 8-Ball

A late comeback from Shootpool Snipers cost Shoot 8-Ball their place in second, that they held coming into the final match. Despite going 1-0 down, Shoot 8-Ball were looking strong, and two wins each for David Feore and Lars Bjart were part of a 8 frame winning run, as they stormed into an 8-1 lead. But late wins for captain James Connor, Vince King and then Richard Ilsley not only made the scoreline a lot more respectable for the hosts at 8-4, but also proved enough to see Shoot 8-Ball lose out on second place to SP Blacks.

Shootpool 3-9 SP Blacks

A slow start from SP Blacks meant they were always chasing in the race for second, but it was a race they eventually won due to a solid second half. Despite being already relegated, Shootpool put up a solid fight early on, taking a 1-0 lead and pulling the match level at 2-2. A double header from Sean Gourley helped SP Blacks into a 5-2 lead, but Shootpool then won another frame to really out the pressure on SP Blacks. But the pressure seemed to pay off, as they won the next four frames without reply to claim the match 9-3 and claim second place by a single point.

Shootpool Sharks 9-0 The Swan

4th placed The Swan could only field three eligible players this week, meaning their season finished with a 9-0 forfeit loss against Shootpool Sharks, who climbed one spot to finish the season in 7th place.

Shootpool 'A' 8-4 New Zealand 'A'

The forfeited match, and The Brick Slayers' heavy loss to the champions meant that Shootpool 'A' had a chance to survive relegation, but still had a very tough challenge ahead as they still needed a win against 5th placed New Zealand 'A'. After going 1-0 down, Shootpool 'A' found themselves 3-1 up and in with a shout of gaining a victory. But New Zealand 'A' then looked like they were ruining the escape when they won the next three frames, which included a second on the night for James Chilton, to take a 4-3 lead. But the stronger need for victory prevailed, as Shootpool 'A' won the remaining five frames to claim the match 8-4. The run of five wins included a second win on the night for Richard Herring, and meant that Shootpool 'A' avoided relegation on matches won, after points and frame difference was both equal to The Brick Slayers.

Most Wins

Larry Baker of New Zealand "B" won the individual stats this season with 31 and 5 losses at a ratio of 86.11%. He finished 5 wins clear of both teammate Jamie Whittaker and also David Feore of Shoot 8-Ball, who both finished on identical 26-9 records. Luke Butler of The Swan finished in 4th another 3 wins back, on 23-7.

Andy Taylor (SP Blacks), Gordon Sweeney (Shoot 8-Ball) and Vince King (Shootpool Snipers) all finished a win further back on 22 wins for the season. Danny Lee of SP Blacks finished in 8th on 21-5, one win ahead of a pack of five players on 20 wins, which includes Colin Rogan (The Swan), SP Blacks pair Peter Ward and Sean Gourley, Keith Jones of New Zealand "B" and Richard Ilsley of Shootpool Snipers.

FINAL TABLE

Team P W D L F A FD Pts
1 18 15 2 1 148 68 +80 148
2 18 13 3 2 137 79 +58 137
3 18 13 4 1 136 80 +56 136
4 18 9 2 7 112 101 +11 109 *
5 18 7 4 7 103 113 -10 103
6 18 6 1 11 96 120 -24 96
7 18 4 4 10 94 119 -25 94
8 18 4 1 13 90 126 -36 90
9 18 3 4 11 90 126 -36 90
10 18 2 3 13 71 145 -74 71