In the Premier this week, New Zealand "B" extended their lead to 4 points as they only dropped the final frame in their 11-1 against The Brick Slayers. Elsewhere there was two good home wins for second placed SP Blacks and fourth placed The Swan, both winning 9-3 at home. The final two matches ended in close 7-5 victories in which the match was won in frame 12, as Shoot 8-Ball and New Zealand 'A' edged past Shootpool Snipers and Shootpool 'A' respectively.
Andrew Holmes spared The Brick Slayers' whitewash blushes, when he won the final frame to avoid the dreaded 12-0. The rest of the match was a bit of a rout, that started in perfect fashion with Keith Jones winning with a 8-ball clearance. He won both of his frames on the night, as did captain Larry Baker, and Jamie Whittaker, Julian Lefevre and Danny Amos. The other win belonged to Ade Lansdown.
Shootpool did take a surprise lead in this one through Gary O'Connor, but SP Blacks took control soon after, as they won the next 6 frames, through Sean Gourley, Danny Lee, Andy Taylor, Dave Green and back to back wins for Mike Painter. Danny West stopped the rot when he made it 6-2, but Danny Lee's second of the night secured the win for SP Blacks in the next frame. Adrian Brenton got another frame back for Shootpool when he made it 7-3, but SP Blacks won the final two through Andy Taylor and Peter Ward as they ran out 9-3 winners.
Shootpool Sharks put in a decent first half, but were whitewashed in the second six as they went down 9-3 to The Swan. Matt Stone and Adam Pavey did give Shootpool Sharks a 2-0 lead, before Colin Rogan and Dan McIntyre levelled things up. Joe Mcloughlin made it 3-2 to Shootpool Sharks, but from there on The Swan cleared up. The seven match run included two wins for Paul Mart, second wins for Rogan and McIntyre, and a win each for Luke Butler, David Gray and Ben Marshall.
Shoot 8-Ball edged to a 7-5 win against Shootpool Snipers. Shelley McDermott and David Feore gave Shoot 8-Ball a 2-0 lead, but Richard Ilsley, Vince King and Jack Mason soon had Shootpool Snipers in the lead. Gordon Sweeney levelled at half time, but Ryan Englefield restored the lead. Shelley's second and a Wayne Thorne win gave the lead back to Shoot 8-Ball, only for Vince King to level at 5-5. But Shoot 8-Ball pushed for the line when Steve Dutton and a second for Gordon edged them to a 7-5 win.
Jay Yerby and Ricky Turner opened the scoring for New Zealand 'A', and although Richard Meek and Charlie Corbyn made sure things were level in no time, Ben Rickard and John McLernon then gave New Zealand 'A' their two point advantage back at half time. The game finally went in Shootpool 'A''s favour when Chris Eley, Martin White and a second for Charlie made it 5-4. But the game swung once more, as wins for Brian Lopez and James Chilton gave New Zealand 'A' the lead, before Ben's second win of the night secured the win.
After the Xmas break...
It's the first week of the season repeated when the league returns. New Zealand "B" host SP Blacks in the big match of the week, with New Zealand "B" looking for revenge for the opening day defeat they suffered. Shoot 8-Ball will be looking at improving on the draw they got against New Zealand 'A' on opening day. The Swan will be looking for a win against Shootpool 'A', as will Shootpool Snipers who host bottom side Shootpool. And finally, 7th plays 8th as Shootpool Sharks host The Brick Slayers, with the two sides separated by just two points in the league table.
Fixtures Week 10
In Division 1 this week, Top John moved back to the top of the league after Honey Bee Stingerz had their bye week, as they edged past third placed Bricklayers Arms 7-5. Nomads thumped The Vic Club 10-2 this week, moving to within three points of the top 3 in the process. The final two matches saw two draws take place, as Shootpool Blues and Shoot At Will both had their first draw of the season, and the same result happened in the match between John F Kennedy and The Roths.
This week belonged to Top John. Not only did they move back to the top of the league due to Honey Bee Stingerz's bye week, but they also beat third placed Bricklayers Arms 7-5 to open up the gap to them as well. Despite going 1-0 up through Jack Seaton, Top John found themselves losing due to Steve Redding and Paul Knight winning. But they were back in the lead with wins for Liam Smith and Jordan Maxwell Hoff. Andy Pearce ensured Bricklayers Arms were level at half time, but Top John flew out of the traps in the second half, as Jack and Liam won their second frames and then Max Burgess won to extend the lead to 6-3. Malcolm Buckingham and Daniel Buckingham made sure the match went down to the final frame, but Evan Wakelam won the final frame to ensure Top John were victorius.
The big win in the division belonged to Nomads, as they swept aside The Vic Club 10-2 to move up into 6th, but more importantly, just three points off 3rd. It was a first half whitewash for Nomads, as wins for Simon Park, Steve Chaloner, Pete Slaymaker, Mark Robinson, Frank Almeida and David Gee had the away 6-0 up at half time. The Vic Club captain did stop the rot to make it 6-1, but when Chaloner, Pete, Mark and Frank all won second frames of the night, Nomads found themselves 10-1 up. Derek Aughton did win the final frame, but by that point it was just a consolation frame.
The Roths are in fourth as they could only draw with John F Kennedy 6-6. After The Roths took the first frame through Dan Hare, John F Kennedy went 3-1 up with wins for Nigel Crook, Paul McGill and Ian Manners. But the match was level at half time when Casey Dawson and James Wood both won. John F Kennedy thought they were heading for a win when they won the first three frames of the second half through second wins for Nigel and Paul and a win for Darren Collard, to lead 6-3. But The Roths fought back brilliantly as Neil Roberts, Stuart Ladyman and a second win for James all contributed to them snatching the draw in the final frame.
Shootpool Blues' run of defeats is finally over, but a win is still elusive as they fought back from behind to draw 6-6 withShoot At Will. Shootpool Blues had an early lead through Ryan May and Elliot Riley, but were pegged back when Barry Anderson and Daniel Kerr both won. Peter Mizon gave Shootpool Blues another lead, but Chris Johnston, Greg Finch and a second win for Daniel turned the game around in Shoot At Will's favour. Elliot won his second of the night to reduce the deficit to 5-4, but the two point advantage was restored through Barry's second frame win. But from 6-4 down, Shootpool Blues won the final two frames through Rowland Harman and a second win for Peter to secure the draw.
After the Xmas break...
After the Cup and Doubles take centre stage, Shootpool Blues take their bye week, and the top 3 will all have important home fixtures to navigate through. Top John will be hoping to lead from the front as they host 5th placed Shoot At Will. Hot on their heels will be Honey Bee Stingerz. who host 4th placed The Roths. 3rd placed Bricklayers Arms host 8th placed The Vic Club, and finally 6th plays 7th as Nomads host John F Kennedy.
Fixtures Week 10
There was a big win in Division 2 this week, as Killer Bees swept aside bottom side Cotton Wheel Kittens 10-2 to move up into 4th place. Shootpool Ringers are still top, and still unbeaten, despite scraping a draw in the final frame in their 6-6 draw Weavers Warriors. Wonky Weavers are only two points behind the leaders after they won 7-5 against The Feathers. Elsewhere, Misfits drop to 5th after drawing 6-6 with Bucks Fizzers, and a 6-6 also happened in the match between Shootpool Cutters and The White Swan.
Killer Bees won the first four frames in this match, with wins for Adam Knight, Laura Hunter, Steve Williams and Bradley Featherstone. Cotton Wheel Kittens did get back into the game temporarily, as wins for Evelyn Brunnock and Zenya Heap reduced the deficit to 4-2, but that was as good as it got for the home side, as from there on, Killer Bees won all of the remaining frames for the huge win. The second six whitewash included second wins for Adam, Laura, Steve and Bradley, and a win each for Tim White and Alex Bull.
Shootpool Ringers clung on to both the lead in the table, and also their unbeaten record, as they came back to draw 6-6 against Weavers Warriors, despite being behind for most of the match. Jack O'Brien and Maddison Clarke both gave Weavers Warriors one frame leads, only for Alex Slater and Dave Wall to both equalise in their respective games. Wins for Wayne Turney, Michael Bailey and a second win for Jack gave Weavers Warriors a 5-2 lead, but Shootpool Ringers again came back, as after Rob Austin win his frame, Alex and Dave won their second frames of the night to level the match up at 5-5. Lee Turney put Weavers Warriors a frame away from victory at 6-5, but Nick Tilley won the final frame to snatch the draw for Shootpool Ringers.
Wonky Weavers had an important week this week as their 7-5 win not only closed the gap to the top to just two points but also opened up a three point lead down to The Feathers in third. Dave Coleman actually gave The Feathers first blood, but Wonky Weavers were soon well clear as wins for Calvin Baldwin, Dominic Whittaker, Mitchell Cray and Ricky Carr had them 4-1 up. Ed Knotwell then won to reduce the deficit to 4-2, but Wonky Weavers pair Mitchell and Calvin both won for the second time on the night to give their side a 6-2 lead. After Ramis Shuhu made it 6-3, Dominic's second frame win made sure of the win at 7-3. Ed's second and a win for Nathan Harris made sure the defeat was as small as possible though, as they won the final two frames for The Feathers.
Misfits slipped down to 5th as they were held to a 6-6 draw by Bucks Fizzers. Nel Hoff and Victoria Page gave Bucks Fizzers a surprise 2-0 lead, before Gary Rockett pulled one back. Tracy Playford then made it 3-1 to Bucks Fizzers, but Misfits were level at 3-3 when Andy Revie and Simon Honeyball both won their frames. Nigel Playford and Michelle Mountney then gave Bucks Fizzers a 5-3 lead, but Misfits found themselves ahead for the first time at 6-5 when Tony Festa won, before Andy and Simon won their second frames. But the draw was clinched by Bucks Fizzers when Paul Court on the final frame.
The White Swan came back from behind three times in the second half to draw 6-6 with Shootpool Cutters. After Neil Martin gave Shootpool Cutters an early lead, The White Swan found themselves 3-1 up after Stuart Robertson, Mark Rudge and Robert Garrood all won in succession. But Shootpool Cutters were soon level again when Tony Coote and Nick Tilley Clark both won for 3-3. The second half saw Shootpool Cutters go a frame ahead three times, before The White Swan each time equalised in the next frame. The three players that gave Shootpool Cutters the lead were Robert Wallingford, Sue Latham and Neil Martin. In response, James Edney, Robert Garrood and Stuart Robertson won the frames for The White Swan.
After the Xmas break...
After the break, top plays bottom as Shootpool Ringers travel to take on Cotton Wheel Kittens. Second placed Wonky Weavers also have an away day, as they travel to face The White Swan. The Feathers in third host Misfits in fifth. Elsewhere, 4th placed Killer Bees have an away day against Bucks Fizzers, and finally 7th plays 8th amd Weavers Warriors host Shootpool Cutters.
Fixtures Week 10
Tables as they stand...
Bullets and Krazies both win 10-2, Nomads and White climb table, and Feathers record their first ever win as a team.
Posted: 17 January 2019 14:30
NZB win 9-3 and Blacks win 10-2 to open up gap down to third.
Posted: 07 January 2019 12:15
Daniel Englefield wins his final match 5-4 but waiting on other results before title confirmation.
Posted: 06 January 2019 21:00
Danny Mobey will take a 2 point lead over Ryan May into the final week.
Posted: 06 January 2019 20:45
Brick Slayers win 10-2 vs Roths, while The Yeoman make it 6 in a row by beating Blues 8-4..
Posted: 02 January 2019 17:30
Cotton Wheel Krazies and Nomads both win 8-4, while Bullets move 23 points clear.
Posted: 27 December 2018 10:30
There are sixteen matches still to play as Dom Perignon enters final week.
Posted: 27 December 2018 10:15
Arron Flanagan wins twice and ends the title challenges for both of his opponents.
Posted: 27 December 2018 10:00
New Zealand “B” won 7-5 in the battle for top spot in the Premier this week, beating closest rivals SP Blacks to move four points clear.
Posted: 12 December 2018 17:45
The Yeoman top Division 1 with 11-1 vs Daisy Dukes, moving a point clear of previous leaders The Brick Slayers, who drop to 2nd despite winning 7-5 against 3rd placed Shootpool Blues.
Posted: 12 December 2018 10:15
SP Bullets move 18 clear after beating The White Swan 8-4, and Dukes up to second after beating Cotton Wheel Krazies 8-4..
Posted: 11 December 2018 16:30
It's tight at the top of Asti with three players still in the title hunt.
Posted: 09 December 2018 15:15