New Zealand "B" suffer their first AIPL Knock Out Cup defeat in four years as the three times defending champions are beaten 5-3 away to Shoot 8-Ball who will be joined by The Yeoman, Shootpool Snipers and SP Blacks in the Semi-Finals.
For the second successive week, the majority of the matches in Veuve Clicquot finished 5-4, including the two inter-team matches featuring Shootpool Sharks players, whilst leader Vince King extended his lead to 12 points with his sixth straight league victory.
Shoot Vetz remain 100% in the Premier this season, moving 14 points clear at the top of the table after they beat Yeoman Duffers 8-4 and second placed The Vic were held to a 6-6 draw by an improving SP Blacks.
Shoot 8-Ball recover from 3-1 down to win 6 frames on the bounce and beat third placed Aristocrat 8-4, leaving them only an 8-4 victory away from securing the Division 1 title when they face second placed Shootpool next week.
Division 2 this weeks saw both Top John and Honey Bee win 8-4 in their matches, against The Green Man and Shootpool Sirens respectively, whilst Kingsbury slipped a point further behind in third after a 7-5 win over Shootpool Ringers.
Five of the six matches in Dom Perignon go down to the ninth frame, with the exception being Larry Baker's dominant 8-1 victory over The Vic teammate Paul Kanchanlall as he makes it three wins from three to move six points clear at the top.
Ian Dover & Tye Edwards, Martin Langley & Brian Keeble, Jarrad Cross & Andy Revie and 2012 - 2013 champions David Feore & Darren King will make up the 2014 - 2015 AIPL Doubles semi-finals after all win their respective Quarter-Final groups.
Season 5 of the Shootpool Monday Singles Pool League begins with four divisions now running due to increased player numbers for the new season.
The Britannia 'A' never needed to get out of second gear against a very poor John F Kennedy side and racked up a 9-0 success which moved them to within one point of 2010 - 2011 Premier leaders Yeoman Veterans.
Chris Eley, Dennis Walton, Ian Osborne, Keith Jones, Larry Baker, Les Thornton, Mick Hamilton and Richard Thomson all win their respective Round 2 AIPL Singles groups to progress into the Quarter-Finals.
The Top 3 teams in Division 1 continue their good runs as leaders Lantern Exiles win their fifth straight to lead Weavers "A" (four straight wins) by just 4 points whilst Bucks Yeoman are the form team in the division with a 5-4 home win over Ex-Services Club "A" their seventh consecutive victory.
Two catch-up matches are played in Division 3 with John F Kennedy moving up into second place with a 5-4 away win over Bell (Stoke Mandeville) whilst fifth placed DairyXmaid defeat Huntsman "B" 7-2 away.
Walton Court thrash the previously second placed Rose & Crown (Stone) 9-0 to jump over their opponents in the league but that result, coupled with Bell Mkt Square "A"'s 6-3 home win against Bucks Yeoman, sees Bell Mkt Square "A" extend their lead at the top to 18 points with just five weeks of the season left.
The gap at the top of Division 1 is now double figures after Dairymaid "B" beat Weavers "A" 5-4 away and their rivals Huntsman "A" lose their second in three matches as they go down 5-4 against Millwrights.
Market Tavern go top in Division 3 for the first time this season after their tenth consecutive victory, 7-2 over Hobgoblin, moves them five points clear of long time leaders G & C's who suffer their third defeat in four matches with 6-3 home defeat to Ex Servicemans Club "B".
There are new leaders in Division 1 for the first time since early October as Victoria Club "B" beat bottom side Rothchilds Arms "A" 5-4 and long time leaders Huntsman "A" are docked 5 points for a late scorecard that means they fall 2 points behind their rivals despite a 5-4 home win over Weavers "A".
Royal British Legion open up a 10 point lead at the top of Division 2 with just four weeks remaining in the season after a 7-2 win away over Hobgoblin whilst third placed Skinny Dog defeat second placed Huntsman "A" 6-3 at The Huntsman to see the two now level on 101 points.
With just four matches left in Division 1, this season's title battle couldn't be much closer as Duck Duffers hold a single point advantage over rivals Railway Club ahead of the much anticipated meeting between the two in the next week of fixtures at the end of this month.
While an 8-1 home win over the bottom team Bell Mkt Square "B" keeps Brittania "C" unbeaten on the season and left needing just nine points from their last two matches to seal the title, the race to finish as runners-up is all square with Duck Duffers and Rothchilds Arms "A" level on 63 points.
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