We started December with the first round of both the AIPL Knock Out Cup and the AIPL Plate Cup, and both tournaments had a mixed bag of results. The following is a brief round-up of both cups, with details of the winners and losers.
KNOCKOUT CUP ROUND ONE
The big upset in Round One has to be the only Division 2 side left in the competition, Shootpool Ringers, beating Premier side Shootpool Sharks 5-4 - with only five players available! Nick Tilley and Chris Grigson managed two wins on the night to secure the shock result.
Swanky needed double wins from Robert Marshall and Luke Butler to come back from 3-1 down against Shootpool 'A' to win 5-3. The same thing happened elsewhere, as SP Blacks came back from 3-1 down to beat Aristocrat 'A' 5-3.
PLATE CUP ROUND ONE
Division 2 beat Division 1 as Wonky Weavers knocked out Aristocrat 5-3 despite being from the division below, as Mitchell Cray and captain Ricky Carr won twice each. The second Division 2 team through were The Roths , who were awarded the match after their opponents didn't show. There was an all-woman, all-Division 2 match up as Shootpool Spitfires came back from 3-0 and 4-3 down to beat Cotton Wheel Kittens 5-4.
There are also two Division 1 sides through after John F Kennedy beat Honey Bee Stingerz 5-1, and Bricklayers Arms edged the final frame to sneak past Shoot At Will 5-4. And finally, the lone Premier side New Zealand 'A' whitewashed Shootpool Blues 5-0 to remain firm favourites for the trophy.
AIPL DOUBLES ROUND ONE
Again, congratulations to all those teams that made it through to the Doubles Second Round group stage, which will take place on Wednesday 8th February 2017. The draw for this tournament will be on Wednesday 11th January, at 18:30 at Shootpool, as part of the Captains Meeting.
We now have a couple of Wednesdays free from pool, as part of the Christmas and New Year break, so myself and the entire AIPL Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The 2017 calendar will begin on the 4th January, with the following 32 players competing in the AIPL Singles Second Round group stage. Best of luck to all competitors as always.
The following week, Wednesday 11th January 2017, sees the return of the three leagues, with lots to play for, and some big games throughout the tiers. The following is a preview of Week 10 for all three divisions...
THE PREMIER RETURNS
When the AIPL Premier returns on 11th January 2017, New Zealand "B" will be expecting to make it 10 out of 10 for the season as they take on Shootpool Sharks, a team who they have beaten 10 times out of 13, with only one defeat, and also 4 wins out of 4 against them at Shootpool. Coupled with the 8-4 win earlier in the season, you can't see past an away win in this one.
With New Zealand "B" so far ahead at the moment, and with two losses on the bounce, Swanky will be looking to try and consolidate the second place they currently have, but will have their work cut out, when they take on SP Blacks, who themselves are 3 wins in 5. Swanky lead the head to head 2-1, including a 9-3 back in September, so will be hoping for a positive result here.
Arguably the biggest game of the week sees third and fourth square off as The Yeoman play host to Shoot 8-Ball. The score was 8-4 on the opening day, but with both sides boasting 4 players on 10+ wins this season, a hotly-contested match in on the cards.
With the teams above them having relatively tricky games, New Zealand 'A' have a chance to close the gap and force their way into the elite when they take on Aristocrat 'A' at home. New Zealand 'A' have the better of this match up usually, with 6 wins and only 1 defeat to their next opponents, and are unbeaten at home against them. And with the return fixture ending 9-3, a repeat will push them right into the mix at the top of the table.
Shootpool and The Rivets face off this week, with Shootpool suffering 8 straight defeats since beating The Rivets 8-4 on the opening day of this season. The Rivets are bottom, however, and find themselves 5 points behind Shootpool, so will be hoping to recreate their Summer League form, where they won twice against Shootpool.
DIV ONE IS BACK
When we return from the Christmas break, Shootpool Snipers open up with a home tie against John F Kennedy. After getting a 9-3 victory in the return fixture, Shootpool Snipers will be looking for another big win to consolidate their place at the top of the league.
Second placed Bricklayers Arms return with a away match against seventh placed Aristocrat. It was a 6-6 draw at The Bricklayers Arms on the opening day, and last season Aristocrat enjoyed a 7-5 win in this fixture, and haven't lost in three matches between the two teams so will be looking for the same again this time.
Third placed Shootpool 'A' will have a point to prove in their next match as they didn't turn up to the first fixture resulting in a 9-0 defeat and a 3 point deduction, which they haven't really made up for yet, so will be expected to show the league exactly what should be happened should they have had a team that week.
Finally, with fourth placed Top John having a bye week, fifth placed Honey Bee Stingerz will be looking to make ground on the top 4 as they take on bottom side Weavers Warriors at home. Weavers Warriors couldn't field a team on week 1, and so there has been no previous match up in this game.
DIV TWO RESTARTS
When we return from the Christmas break, leaders Shootpool Blues will open up with a home tie against bottom of the league Cotton Wheel Kittens. When the sides faced off at Cotton Wheel, the Blues almost had a whitewash, however unluckily lost the final frame to only win 11-1, and so will be expecting a similar result and hopefully extend the lead they have upon the top of the league.
Second placed The Roths visit Kingsbury, a venue they have never played at, with both teams on equal form, both winning 3 games in the last 2 months. When the sides last played, The Roths came out 8-4 winners, a match that saw both sides' top stats winning twice - Tony Davison for The Roths and Ed Knotwell for Kingsbury, and both will be looking to do the same again.
Third placed Wonky Weavers will be looking to top man Dominic Whittaker to help get a better result than the 6-6 draw that happened the last time these sides met in Week 1. Having been in the top 2 since September, Wonky Weavers won't want to lose any more ground to the top 2, so will be wanting a positive result after the Christmas break. However Misfits have been keeping matches tight lately, with two 6-6 draws in their last 3 matches, so Wonky Weavers will have to be on their A game to do well in this one.
Fourth play fifth after the xmas break too, as The White Swan play host to Shootpool Spitfires. The two teams played on the opening day, and Shootpool Spitfires ran out 8-4 winners on the night, and with 5 players in the individual top 15 for the division, Shootpool Spitfires will be hoping for a similar result this time around.
Top 4 in the Premier all win.
Posted: 14 November 2018 10:00
Blues win 8-4 against The Roths to go top after The Brick Slayers lose 7-5 to JFK..
Posted: 12 November 2018 16:30
SP Bullets made it 6/6, Swan move up to 2nd, and Krazies beat Nomads.
Posted: 12 November 2018 08:15
Danny Mobey and Nick Clark are back as the Top 2 in Asti.
Posted: 09 November 2018 17:30
Two wins this week for Nigel Playford see him lead Cava for the first time this season.
Posted: 09 November 2018 17:15
Mark Tumilty wins 9-0 to stay top of Smirnoff, and there are also wins for Amber Carter, Laura Hunter and Mike Collins.
Posted: 07 November 2018 12:00
Mike Chappell wins twice in an evening to take the lead in Grey Goose.
Posted: 07 November 2018 11:00
Andy Revie wins 7-2 to extend his lead in Veuve Clicquot but has played more than his rivals.
Posted: 01 November 2018 17:00
David Feore still holds the advantage in the Dom Perignon title race but Englefield defeat will hurt.
Posted: 01 November 2018 15:30
Jimmy Surguy beats Nigel Playford 7-2 to end Nigel's unbeaten start in Cava.
Posted: 30 October 2018 16:30
A double win on the week for Ryan May sees him go top Asti after Week 11.
Posted: 30 October 2018 16:15
Jamie Whittaker reclaims the lead in Dom Perignon following two big wins on the week.
Posted: 24 October 2018 17:15