The Blyth Valley Pool Association’s 2014-15 season is 2 months in and the top four teams from last season are currently holding the top four places in the latest table.
A number of big results is seeing the big guns edge slightly away from the chasing pack.
The BVPA will be going to a two league format from next season and as only the top ten teams in the current campaign will be guaranteed a position in next season’s Superleague, it has added a bit of extra spice.
Irish B 6 Bedlington Station 6
The Irish B’s John Wilson Junior was the man of the match again this week with another hat-trick of points to help his team earn a very credible draw with one of the top guns in the BVPA. Station dropped their first points in three weeks and fell a place to fourth on 58 points. Irish B climb a place to eighth on 45 points.
Comrades A 8 Sun A 4
After waiting seven weeks for their first win of the season, Comrades A made it two in a row with a hard fought 8-4 home victory over Sun A. The result sees Comrades move up three places to ninth on 45 points. Star man on the night for Sun was John George Armstrong with two of his team’s four points. Highlight of the match was an eight-ball clearance from the Sun A’s Mark McCann following a dry break. Sun A slip a place to seventh on 52 points.
Newsham Side Club 6 Seahorse B 6
Side Club and Seahorse B played a topsy turvy match. Seahorse opened up a two-frame lead only for Side Club to bounce back taking the next three. The second set of singles was a complete reverse of the first with the Side Club winning the first two to open up a 5-2 lead. Seahorse then responded in terrific form taking the next three to level going into the Scotch doubles. Seahorse won the first and also had a shot at the black to seal the win, however, the eight-ball rattled in the pocket and Side Club took their opportunity to seal the draw. Side Club drop a place to sixth on 55 points. Seahorse B move up a place to fifth, also with 55 points but a greater win ratio.
Sports B 6 Sports A 6
In a week of draws, a derby match between Sports B and Sports A saw another rather unexpected result. Sports A, still looking for their first win of the season, produced an improved performance to rattle the higher placed team, but ultimately came up short losing the final frame to be denied that first victory. Man of the match Lisa Marie Wray won a hat-trick of points including an excellent eight-ball clearance. Two points from Cameron Wintrip also helped the A team secure their best result of the season. Special mention went to Sports A’s Marie Murphy, winning her first frame of the season. Sports B have the most draws, four to date.
Sports C 12 South Beach 0
Last season’s champions Sports C wasted few chances in a clinical game of eight-ball pool. There were a number of players with 100 per cent records on the night, however, the match started with a break and dish from Alan Parker. Neil Taylor cleared up with his first visit at the table to take the next frame. Paul Riley added another clearance to make it 4-0. Frame eight saw Gary Wilson produce a Hollywood finish to take the frame. A break and dish from Paul Riley and Gary Wilson was the final highlight of the night. South Beach’s best opportunity to take a point came in the last frame, but a clinical finish from Alan Parker and Julian Slater sealed Sports C’s best result of the season. Sports C move up four places to third with 58 points. South Beach drop a place to 16th on 19 points.
Sun B 0 Irish A 12
A game of top versus bottom was dominated by clinical finishing from league leaders Irish A. A hat-trick of wins from Matt Brannan, Jason Ritson, Gary Spooner and Chris Gill, who also had a great break and dish. Irish A remain top with 74 points averaging just over nine points per match. Sun B also maintain 17th place with 13 points.
Oddfellows 1 Comrades B 11
A result that was summed up in one sentence – Kevin McGarry got beat and everyone else won. To be fair to Comrades B, they are not second in the league for nothing and remain unbeaten after eight weeks of action. Oddfellows drop a place to 14th with 36 points. Comrades B maintain second on 68 points, averaging 8.5 points per match.
Wharton 7 Sports D 5
Wharton secured their second victory of the season with a competitive 7-5 home victory over Sports D. In a match that could have gone either way, Sports D were just denied their third win on the spin. The man of the match performance came from Sports D captain Phil Welch with a hat-trick of wins on the night. The result sees Wharton move up a place to 13th on 38 points. Sports D drop to 11th on 44 points.
The BVPA’s Singles competition will take place at Blyth Sports Club on November 29 and 30.
Players need to get names and entry fees in this week. The competition is being played at three venues on four tables at the Sports Club, plus one each at the Comrades and Seahorse.
Entry is £10 per player (non transferable) and the Winner will receive £150, the runner-up £100 and both semi-finalists £50 each.
An inter-league match between the BDPL and the BVPA is also pencilled in to take place on Sunday, November 30, following the conclusion of the singles final.
All monies from the inter-league event will go to the Alzheimer Society on behalf of Keith Hall and both Blyth pool leagues.