BVPA Super League title set to go to final week of the season

The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, saw teams from both leagues compete in the 33rd week of the 2015-16 season.

In the Super League the title looks set to be decided on the final game when Irish A play host to Comrades B.

Irish A have a three-point lead over Comrades B with only two games left to play.

In the inaugural Premier League, Breakers A hold a six-point lead over Sports D and have the easier run in on.

Premier League

Breakers A 5 South Beach Pub 7

South Beach continued their recent run of good form with another victory against a top three team. The defeat was only the second of the season for Breakers A. With 249 points, Breakers A still lead the table, but this has been cut to six points with two games and 24 points left to play for. South Beach’s ninth win of the season cements their seventh place on 169 points. Breakers A captain Dan Patterson was their star player with two from three. South Beach trio Steven Campbell, Darren Fletcher and Robert Fairbairn all matched him. A highlight was a great clearance from Breakers A’s Robert Riley. An unlucky attacking shot breaking the pack up and accidentally potting the black early doors proved a costly foul.

Breakers C 9 Breakers B 3

All three Breakers teams were played at home this week, and this derby match went with league form as Breakers C won 9-3 for their 20th win of the season. With 218 points they are guaranteed a top four finish. Breakers B are 11th on 135 points. It was not going to plan when Breakers B took a 3-1 lead before the C team got their act together to take the last eight frames in a row to seal a brilliant comeback. Paul Jobson with three from three and Darren Hall two from two were the only players with a 100 per cent record on the night. Brandon McCann and James Stewart were both two from three.

Hastings Arms 8 Percy Arms B 4

Hastings Arms recorded their eighth win of the season to stay eighth on 162 points and remain on South Beach’s trail for seventh place. Percy B are still looking for that elusive first win and will be looking to strengthen their team to challenge next season. Hastings Arms’ John Lowes took the man of the match hours with three from three. Teammate Kevin Bailey was also 100 per cent with two from two.

Percy Arms A 6 Wharton Arms 6

Probably the prestige game of the week in the Premier League with two of the top five teams having to settle for the draw after 12 frames of pool. Wharton remain third on 228 points, whilst Percy Arms also hold place in fifth on 180 points but have Cambois Club team breathing down their neck only two points adrift. The match was tied 5-5 after the singles and the doubles were also shared. Percy’s Vince Palmer was two from three, while teammate Paul Dodds, two from three, produced a first visit clearance from a dry break, but Kevin Sams three from three had to share the man of the match honours with Wharton’s A Cunningham, also with a hat-trick of wins on the night.

Sports D 7 Cambois Club 5

Sports D’s 24th win of the season helped them narrow the gap to the leaders to six points, and 24 wins is the highest amount in the Premier League and highlights that results are as important as victories in the challenge for titles. Cambois Club remain sixth with a healthy haul of 178 points in their first year in the BVPA. Martin Hunter and Chris Scott were both three from three for the home team.

Sun Inn B 12 Sports A 0

Due to holidays and work commitments, Sports D were unable to field a team and the match was awarded to Sun B team, who are in ninth with 147 points, whilst Sports D are tenth on 137 points.

Super League

Irish A 9 Sports C 3

The first of a host of top quality pool matches in the concluding weeks of the season saw the reigning champions defeat three times Super League champions Sports C to maintain top spot on 235 points and open up a three-point lead to second place after their 24th win of the campaign. Sports C with 180 points will almost certainly have to settle for fourth. Chris Gill with three from three and Jason Ritson, also with three from three, including two outrageous flukes shared the man of the match honours.

Bedlington Station 7 Newsham Side Club 5

Bedlington Station were clear favourites for this match, but Side Club have taken some points off the big boys in recent weeks as they try to avoid relegation to the Premier League. Station took the match by the narrowest of margins to seal their 19th win of the season to virtually seal a third place finish with 197 points. Side Club are in 11th place on 121 points and it is still mathematically possible for them to avoid the drop.

Comrades B 8 Seahorse B 4

Comrades B sealed their 22nd win of the season with a hard fought win against a good Seahorse B team. With 232 points Comrades B are now three points behind Irish A with only two games left. Seahorse B remain fifth on 172 points. Comrades took the opening frame, only for Seahorse B to take the next two in a row only for the home team to take the next two to lead 3-2. A full length double from Ray Erridge helped tie the match 3-3, before Comrades took the next four on the spin to seal the win. Ray Erridge and Mark Lillico produced a first visit eight-ball clearance from a dry break to take the first of the scotch doubles, only for Kevin McGarry and Ray Irving to take the final frame to seal an 8-4 win Erridge was the visitors’ star player on the night with two from three. McGarry, Gary Wilson and birthday boy Irving were all two from three for Comrades B. Alan Yates was 100 per cent from his two singles games for Comrades B.

Seahorse A 4 Comrades A 8

Comrades A took their 12th win of the season to move up to sixth place on 161 points. Seahorse A are in eighth on 139 points and are almost certainly guaranteed a place in the Super League next season.

Sports B 9 Irish B 3

A relegation battle between two of the bottom three teams in the table. Sports B’s sixth win of the campaign keeps them a point above the relegation zone on 132 points. In tenth place on 131 points, Irish B have a game in hand on Sports B. Richie Cook and birthday boy Ian Straughan shared the man of the match honours with a hat-trick of wins apiece.

Sun Inn A had their bye and have dropped to seventh on 160 points.

The BVPA will stage its Festival of Pool on Thursday nights straight after the league season finishes.

This year there will be competition finals for both leagues starting with the three-a-side finals on May 19, the doubles and champion of champions will take place on May 26.

The singles events are being played on June 2 and the presentation night and Knockout Cup finals will be played on June 9.

All finals nights start at 7.30pm and are being played at Breakers Pool Bar, with a free food/buffet provided at all finals nights.

The BVPA AGM will take place on Tuesday, June 21, at 7.30pm, at Blyth Sports Club, and teams wanting to join the association for the 2016-17 season should get in touch via the BVPA’s Facebook page. Or they can speak to the committee at all the finals nights.