AIPL KNOCKOUT CUP - ROUND 1
Honey Bee Stingerz are the only non-Premier team left in the Knockout Cup this year, after they successfully saw off Bricklayers Arms 5-3. The match swung both ways, with Malcolm Buckingham making it 1-0 to Bricklayers Arms, before Trevor Gunn and Jeremy Collins turned the match around in Honey Bee Stingerz's favour. Bricklayers Arms then went 3-2 up through Ken Parrott and Andy Pearce, before Stuart McFarland levelled the scores. Honey Bee Stingerz then moved ahead again through Doug Campbell, and the win was sealed when Russell Tucker won the 8th frame.
The first of two 5-0 whitewashes in the Knockout Cup was in the match between two sides quite evenly matched in their league division, Shoot 8-Ball and The Swan. Shoot 8-Ball were on top form in this one, not letting their opponents in, and won the game without letting up a frame, through wins for Lars Bjart, Trevor Lewis, Ian Dover, Wayne Thorne and finally David Feore.
The other 5-0 whitewash, was between Premier side Shootpool and Division 2 outfit Weavers Warriors. Taylor Christy, Adam Green, Andy Mepham, Adrian Brenton and Mike Collins were the frame winners on the night for Shootpool
Premier side SP Blacks had straight forward passage into the next round as they only dropped one frame as they won 5-1 against Division 2 leaders Shootpool Ringers. After Sean Gourley and Adam Jackow gave SP Blacks a 2-0 lead, Shootpool Ringers captain pulled one back for 2-1. But that was all they were going to get, as SP Blacks rattled off the next three frames through Dave Green, Andy Taylor and Daniel Wilkins.
Another Premier side, New Zealand 'A', also went through with a 5-1 win, as they beat fellow Premier side Nomads. Former New Zealand 'A' player Frank Almeida scored Nomads' only point in frame 2, but New Zealand 'A' still coasted through with wins for Ricky Turner, Brian Lopez, Lee Murnane, Dennis Walton and finally Jay Yerby.
After providing a shock in round one, Bucks Fizzers couldn't re-create the same magic, as they went down 5-2 to Premier side Shootpool 'A'. After Shootpool 'A' went 2-0 up through Charlie Corbyn and Chris Eley, Nigel Playford pulled one back to give Bucks Fizzers hope. But that hope disappeared when Richard Meek and Martin White both won for a 4-1 lead. Captain Val Batey secured another point for Bucks Fizzers at 4-2, but Shootpool 'A' made sure of the win with a second win for Chris.
Byes and R2 Draw
The 7 winning teams were joined by 3 time champions New Zealand "B", who received a first round bye, in the AIPL Knockout Cup Quarter Finals, and the draw for which is as follows:
AIPL PLATE CUP - ROUND 1
Division 2 side Shootpool Cutters almost provided the shock of the round, but fell just short as they went down 5-4 to Premier side Shootpool Snipers. James Todd put the Premier side ahead, before Tony Coote, Len Scott and Jimmy Surguy all won for Shootpool Cutters. With the pressure on, Jack Mason and Richard Ilsley restored paroty in this game as they were level at 3-3. Nick Tilley Clark put Shootpool Cutters one win from a shock victory, but Shootpool Snipers sneaked through 5-4, thanks to James and Richard both holding their nerve to win their second frames of the night.
The other Premier team left in the Plate Cup, Shootpool Sharks, made much easier work of their potential banana skin, as they swept aside Cotton Wheel Kittens 5-1. Chris Mottau and Matt Stone made it 2-0 to Shootpool Sharks early on, before Zenya Heap scored Cotton Wheel Kittens' only point for 2-1. But Joe Mcloughlin, Adam Pavey and Kyle Wilks then all won in succession to see Shootpool Sharks safely through.
In amongst all the Premier and Division 1 teams in this competition, this match would guarantee that a Division 2 team would qualify for the Quarter Finals. It was Killer Bees that made it through and were victorious against The Feathers, despite going behind early on. Isaak Peposhi and Leigh Coventry gave The Feathers an early 2-0 lead, but Killer Bees turned the match on its head, winning the next four frames through Laura Hunter, Errol Brown, Rob Bourne and Tim White for a 4-2 lead. Needing all three to win, The Feathers won the first of the final three through Leigh's second win of the night, but the match finished when Laura won her second frame to wrap up the 5-3 win.
The Roths had a very straightforward night, as they secured a 5-0 whitewash against Misfits from the division below them. John Hamer, Dan Hare, Stuart Ladyman, Casey Dawson and finally Neil Roberts were the frame winners on the night for The Roths.
Shoot At Will had almost as easy of a night, as they won 5-1 against Division 2 side The White Swan. Shoot At Will took a 4-0 lead through wins for Daniel Kerr, Ben Collins, Chris Johnston and Barry Anderson. The White Swan avoided the whitewash when Wayne Hale made it 4-1, but the match was won in the very next frame when Mark Moreton won for the hosts.
The Vic Club went back to their old venue to knock Wonky Weavers out of the Plate, coming from behind to win 5-2. After Rocco Rostov gave The Vic Club a 1-0 lead, Wonky Weavers moved into the lead through back to back wins for Ryan Mutch and Ricky Carr. But 4 wins in succession, which started and ended with a win for Oliver Burgess, and included wins for Mark Tumilty and Steve Crutch, saw The Vic Club win the match 5-2.
Byes and R2 Draw
The 6 winning teams will be joined by two Division 1 sides Shootpool Blues and Top John, who both received first round byes, in the AIPL Plate Cup Quarter Finals, and the draw for which is as follows:
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