Bullets and Troopers Go 2/2 in Div 1

06 October 2019 21:30:00 Posted By Luton
Last Updated: 09 October 2019 17:33:00

SP Bullets made it two wins in two in Division 1 with a 9-3 win at home against Cotton Wheel Krazies. Starshoot Troopers are three points behind in second, but also 2 from 2, after they won 8-4 against The New Zealand "B". A 7-5 home win for Kennedy Vets against Wonky Weavers saw them move up to third place, at the expense of Shootpool Blues, who drop to 4th after being held to a 6-6 by Nomads. And finally, The Alligators moved up to 5th after they won 7-5 away from home against Shootpool

SP Bullets 9-3 Cotton Wheel Krazies

SP Bullets retain their top spot after they won 9-3 against Cotton Wheel Krazies, who drop to 8th place themselves. The first two frames were shared as Brian Elve won for SP Bullets, before Steve Varney equalised for Cotton Wheel Krazies. But SP Bullets dominated from there onwards, as two wins for Gary O'Connor, wins for Gaz Stroud, Ryan Englefield, Trevor Gunn, Adam Knight and a second win on the night for Brian Elve saw them race from 1-1 to 7-1 without reply. Dave Coleman finally got one back for Cotton Wheel Krazies for 7-2, but Ryan and Trevor both won second frames to further extend the lead to 9-2. Alex Slater did win the final frame for Cotton Wheel Krazies, but it was too little too late, as the match ended 9-3.

Starshoot Troopers 8-4 The Vic Club

Starshoot Troopers are three points behind in second, but also have two wins from two matches, after they won 8-4 against The Vic Club. Barry Anderson and Ben Bantham both won to put Starshoot Troopers 2-0 up, before Darren Stone and Oliver Burgess both won to equalise. Captain Ben Collins put the home side ahead again at 3-2, before Steve Crutch pulled The Vic Club level at half time. Second wins on the night for Ben and Barry were then followed by wins for Chris Johnston and Greg Finch as Starshoot Troopers moved 7-3 ahead. Rocco Festa did pull one back for The Vic Club, but Ben won his second at the end, as the match ended 8-4.

Kennedy Vets 7-5 Wonky Weavers

A 7-5 home win for Kennedy Vets against Wonky Weavers saw them move up to third place in the table. Paul McGill, Russ Barrett and Darren Collard all won early on to give Kennedy Vetsa 3-0 lead, before Kyle Cairnie and Calvin Baldwin both won to get Wonky Weavers off the mark. A win for Matty Donaldson and a second for Paul extended the Kennedy Vetslead to 5-2, before a second for Calvin pulled one back for Wonky Weavers. A second win on the night for Darren put Kennedy Vets one frame from victory, but Wonky Weavers came back strong towards the end, with Barry Price and Ash Robinson both winning to make it 6-5. But Russ won the final frame to claim the 7-5 win for Kennedy Vets.

Nomads 6-6 Shootpool Blues

Shootpool Blues drop to 4th place in the table after being held to a 6-6 by Nomads. Despite going 1-0 down to a Pete Slaymaker win, Shootpool Blues were soon ahead thanks to wins for John Thorne, Ryan May and Callum Ajmal. Mark Robinson then pulled one back for Nomads, before Elliot Riley won to retain the two frame lead. Nomads captain Steve Chaloner made it 4-3 early in the second half, but Shootpool Blues were soon clear again when Peter Mizon won and John claimed his second frame of the match. But from 6-3 down, Nomadsrescued the 6-6 draw when Mark won his second, and John Ward and Tony Ruggiero both won late on as well.

Shootpool 5-7 The Alligators

Finally, The Alligators moved up to 5th after they won 7-5 away from home against Shootpool. Shootpool started the match well, with Mike Collins winning the first frame, and also Adam Green and Teresa Collins winning after Kevin Smith had earlier equalised for The Alligators. But from 3-1 down, The Alligators turned that match on its head, as two wins for Steve Smith, a second for Kevin, and a win each for Ian Porter, Phil Crow and Nigel Playford took the away into a 7-3 lead. Despite already having lost the match, Alan Foster and Michaela Chapman both won later on for Shootpool to reduce the deficit to just 7-5.

Looking Ahead...

This week sees the AIPL Knock Out Cup take centre stage, with all teams taking part in the Preliminary Round. Winners will join into the Knock Out Cup First Round, while losers will drop into the AIPL Plate Cup First Round. When the league restarts the week after, two of the early season favourites face off as league leaders SP Bullets travel to face The Alligators, who currently sit in joint third. Another big match sees second placed Starshoot Troopers face a tricky away test as they take on another joint third team, Shootpool Blues. The third team ted for third currently, Kennedy Vets, are also away, but face bottom side The Vic Club. Elsewhere, 6th plays 7th as Wonky Weavers travel to Shootpool, and finally, the two teams in joint 8th face off as Cotton Wheel Krazies host Nomads.

Fixtures Week 3

The Alligators vs SP Bullets (preview)

Shootpool Blues vs Starshoot Troopers (preview)

The Vic Club vs Kennedy Vets (preview)

Wonky Weavers vs Shootpool (preview)

Cotton Wheel Krazies vs Nomads (preview)

Table as it stands...

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
+/-
Form
Pts

2
2
0
0
18
6
+12
18

2
2
0
0
15
9
+6
15

2
1
1
0
13
11
+2
13

2
1
1
0
13
11
+2
13

2
1
1
0
13
11
+2
13

2
0
1
1
11
13
-2
11

2
0
0
2
10
14
-4
10

8=
2
0
1
1
9
15
-6
9

2
0
1
1
9
15
-6
9

2
0
0
2
9
15
-6
9

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