Singles wins for Jobson and Gill in BVPA finals

Some of the finalists at the Blyth Valley Pool Association singles night competitions.
Some of the finalists at the Blyth Valley Pool Association singles night competitions.
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The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar saw, its top players compete in their respective league’s singles competitions.

The inaugural Premier League singles competition was played from the quarter-final stage, with only one game going to a decider as Paul Jobson won the crucial frame against Vince Palmer.

But the semi-finals both went to a final frame. Jobson fought back from 3-0 down to beat Phil Welch, while Jamie Spratt came back from 3-0 down against Darren Gurney only to lose the decider as Gurney sealed his final place with an eight-ball clearance.

In the final, Jobson took a 2-0 lead only for Gurney to fight back and take the match to a deciding frame. A tactical final frame was just edged by Jobson to seal the win.

Premier League - Quarter-Finals: Anthony Marshall (Sports D) 1 Phil Welch (Sports D) 3; David Young (Wharton Arms) 1 Darren Gurney (Sports D) 3; Jamie Spratt (Wharton Arms) 3 Robert Riley (Breakers A) 1; Vince Palmer (Percy Arms A) 2 Paul Jobson (Breakers C) 3. Semi-Finals: Gurney 4 Spratt 3; Welch 3 Jobson 4. Final: Jobson 4 Gurney 3.

In the Super League competition, an emphatic 3-0 win for Kevin McGarry was the exception as three quarter-finals went to a deciding frame.

In the last four, defending champion Chris Gill won his second final frame decider of the night to book his place in the final, while in the other, an all Comrades B semi, Ray Irving sealed the match with a game to spare.

Gill took the final 4-1 to take his fourth title in five years.

Super League - Quarter-Finals: Alan Parker (Sports C) 2 Jason Watson (Bedlington Station) 3; Chris Gill (Irish A 3) Steven Foggett (Comrades A 2); Raymond Erridge (Seahorse B 2) Ray Irving (Comrades B) 3; Steven Spears (Sports C) 0 Kevin McGarry (Comrades B) 3. Semi-Finals: Watson 3 Gill 4; McGarry 2 Irving 4. Final: Gill 4 Irving 1.

The season draws to a close next week as the final night of the Festival of Pool sees the Knockout Cups being played from the semi-final stages, with more than £3,000 in prize money being handed out.

Super League teams competing are Irish A, Comrades B, Seahorse A and Sun A. In the Premier League competition are Breakers A, Breakers C, Wharton Arms and Sun B.