The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, got the first week of fixtures in 2016 off to a flying with Irish A maintaining top spot in the Super League and Breakers A holding onto top spot in the Premier League.
This year will see the BVPA become the first pool organisation to stage separate singles, doubles and three-a-side competitions for each of its leagues.
Irish B 2 Comrades B 10
Irish B won the first frame only for Comrades B take the next eight on the spin before the home team took the last singles. Comrades took both doubles. The result keeps Comrades B in second on 112 points. Irish B are tenth on 67 points. Comrades B captain Kevin McGarry and Ray Irving both recorded three wins from three games and team-mate Scotty Chisholm was also 100 per cent from his two singles.
Comrades A 7 Seahorse B 5
Comrades A recorded their seventh win of the campaign with a narrow victory over the Seahorse B. Comrades A are fifth on 88 points and are in with a realistic chance of a top four finish if they can maintain their form. Seahorse B are seventh on 80 points.
Seahorse A 2 Irish A 10
Reigning Super League champions Irish A kicked off 2016 in style with their 13th win of the season with an emphatic 10-2 success at Seahorse A. Matt Brannan, Chris Gill and Johnny Wilson all secured a hat-trick of frames. Seahorse A captain Kevin Barker won both the home team’s points. Irish A hold onto top place with a mammoth 132 points. Seahorse A are eighth on 70 points.
Sports B 5 Station 7
Bedlington Station maintained third place with 103 points after recording their tenth win of the season with a narrow win at Sports Club B, who are in ninth place on 69 points.
Sun A 8 Side Club 4
Ashington trio Carl Sweet, Lee Cook and Alan Halliday were star players for Sun Inn A after recording a hat-trick of wins each to inspire their team to an 8-4 victory over Side Cub. A break and dish from Sweet was one of the highlights of the match. After their sixth win, Sun A maintain sixth place with 81 points. Side Club are in a relegation dogfight in 11th place on 64 points, but they have a game in hand on the teams above them.
Sports Club C had their bye week and are still in fourth place on 94 points.
Breakers B 3 Breakers A 9
Breakers A hold onto top spot with 125 points after a solid 9-3 derby win over their B team. The victory was their 12th of the season and they also remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League. Robert Riley, Dan Patterson and Gavin Slaughter were in fine form with three wins from three, while the ever reliable Trevor Brewis chipped in with a brace of points. Rob Eastlake, Carl Armstrong and Steve Hart won a point each for the B team who are tenth on 68 points.
Breakers C 8 Sun B 4
Breakers was buzzing with eight-ball pool as the C team were also at home, securing their ninth win of the season with a derby victory over Sun Inn B. Glen Brookes and Brendan McCann both won three from three for the home team. Team-mates Cameron Wintrip and James Stewart both chipped in with two from three to help secure the win. Breakers C won both singles 3-2 and took both scotch doubles. Tom Beal was the new look Sun B’s star player winning both his singles, maintaining his 100 per cent record since joining the league. Breakers C are gradually chipping away at the gap between them and the top three and are now only 14 points adrift of third place with 105 points. Sun B are in seventh on 75 points.
Cambois Club 7 Sports A 5
Cambois Club edged a close match 7-5 to record a seventh victory of the season, which sees them maintain sixth place on 86 points. Rory Mander with three from three was the man of the match and team-mate Anthony Simpson chipped in with a brace of points, whilst Marie Murphy also secured two points for Sports A, who are in 11th on 68 points.
Hastings 4 Percy 8
The Percy recorded their ninth win of the season with a hard fought 8-4 win at Hastings Arms. Kevin Sams, Connor Hickson and Vince Palmer were all on fire for the Percy with three from three. Hastings are in eighth on 74 points.
Prince of Wales 6 South Beach 6
BVPA new boys Prince of wales recorded their best performance since joining the league. After 12 frames the teams could not be separated with the score tied at 6-6. Karl McNally and Adam Reith won two from three for the Prince with Trevor Sixsmith and Stephen Jackson taking a point each for the home team. Robert Fairbairn was the visitors’ man of the match with three from three, and team-mates Steven Campbell and B Marshall were two from three, whilst Jonathon Vincent took South Beach’s other point and they are ninth on 72 points.
Sports D 7 Wharton 5
Sports Club D produced a fine performance to record a 7-5 win over Wharton Arms, who lost their unbeaten start to the season. The clash between two of the top three was always going to be a titanic match and with the teams tied at 5-5 after the singles, it took two great clearances from Sports Club D to clinch a narrow victory which sees them move into second on 121 points. Wharton are third on 119 points. The man of the match award went to Sports Club D captain Phil Welch after he recorded a hat-trick of wins on the night.