Pool players pay their respects to well respected league representative

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The BVPA’s Super League campaign had to take second place this week following the tragic death of Keith Hall.

Keith was a much respected captain and league representative of Sports A.

Social media was universal in its praise of a man always referred to as a ‘gentleman’ of the local pool world.

With a mixture of sadness and pride, a minute’s silence was immaculately observed by all teams before this week’s fixtures as all BVPA members’ thoughts and condolences went to Keith’s family and friends.

Irish B 4 Seahorse B 8

Man of the match performances from the Seahorse B’s Mark Lillico and Alan Erridge with three wins apiece helped secure their first win of the Super League season with a competitive 8-4 away win. Irish B are in 11th with 11 points whilst Seahorse B are one place behind on ten points.

Station 5 Comrades B 7

A major upset looked on the cards as the Station roared into a 4-0 lead. In times of adversity, the Comrades B can rely on team captain Kevin McGarry to stop the rot and the talisman did not disappoint, helping them win seven of the next eight frames to seal victory. The Comrades B lead the league on 19 points whilst Station are in fifth with 15 points.

Comrades A 6 Wharton Arms 6

Comrades A are in eighth with 12 points following a final frame draw with BVPA newcomers the Wharton Arms, who are in 13th with nine points.

Seahorse A 4 Irish A 8

Irish A remain unbeaten following a hard fought win at Seahorse A. The man of the match performance came from Chrill Gill with a hat-trick of wins, while team-mate Jason Ritson also had a 100 per cent record with two wins in the singles. Irish A’s Matt Brannan produced one of the highlights of the night with a break and dish, and they are in third place with 17 points, whilst Seahorse A are sixth with 13.

South Beach 4 Sun Inn A 8

South Beach were due to play the Sports A this week, but the match was cancelled, however, Sun Inn A stepped up at the last minute to ensure a game was played. In a match played in a great spirit, Sun A’s win sees them stay second on 18 points, only separated by alphabetical order from being in top place. BVPA new boys South Beach are in 15th with five points.

Sports B 6 Side Club 6

Sports B were involved in another almighty tussle with the Newsham Side Club, who were always in front, but Sports B were constantly closing the gap and pushed the match into a final frame shoot-out and claimed the last scotch doubles and the point to earn a respectable draw. Both teams have 12 points with Side Club in fifth and Sports B ninth.

Sports C 9 Sports D 3

Sports C needed to bounce back from last week’s defeat and they did, taking four of the first five singles, with an eight-ball clearance from Julian Slater being the highlight. Mark Baxter took the Sports D point. The D team took the first frame of the next set of singles with a good clearance from Phil Welch. Sports C then took the next four frames to take an 8-2 lead. A seven-ball clearance from Neil Taylor and an audacious black from a snooker from Gary Wilson were the highlights. The D team stopped the rot again with the scotch doubles pairing of Phil Welch and Martin Hunter winning their third point of the night. The final frame of the night was a tactical game with Sports C pairing of Neil Taylor and Ian Carr. Man of the match award went to Neil Taylor with a 100 per cent record from his three frames. The C team are in 10th with 12 points whilst the D team are in 14th with eight points.

Sun B 2 Oddfellows 10

The Oddfellows Arms are the highest placed new team in the BVPA at the moment, following an excellent win at Sun B. The Odds are in fourth place with 16 points and Sun B 16th place with four points.

The BVPA will be hosting another eight-ball pool competition on November 29 and 30. Players wishing to compete need to contact Gary Wilson via BVPA Facebook page or ensure their reps put their names forward at monthly meetings.