The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, started off the final round of league fixtures with a number of local derby’s taking place.
In total there were four draws from 11 fixtures.
Anitsford Irish A 6 Anitsford Irish B 6
Irish B nearly caused a major upset against their A team, leading 4-3 then 6-3 before the A team rattled off the last singles and both scotch doubles to earn a draw. Irish A maintain top spot with 174 points, whilst the B team stay ninth on 103 points.
Bedlington Station 6 Sun Inn A 6
Sun A could not repeat last week’s Knockout Cup heroics against Station but still produced a performance that earned a draw. Carl Sweet and Alan Halliday were Sun A’s star men with two from three apiece. Station stay third on 153 points and Sun A maintain fifth place on 122 points.
Comrades Club B 8 Comrades Club A 4
Comrades B were leading 3-1 then the A team took three in a row including a break and dish from Steven Foggett to lead 4-3. With a little luck, Comrades B fought back to take the remaining frames to take the match 8-4 and closed the gap at the top to seven points. With 167 points, Comrades B are second whilst the A team stay sixth on 120 points.
Seahorse B 10 Seahorse A 2
Seahorse B took the bragging rights with a comprehensive 10-2 win against their A team. Seahorse B have 120 points in seventh whilst Seahorse A are eighth on 104 points.
Sports Club C 2 Sports Club B 10
A result that no one saw coming as Sports B recorded their best win of the season. They are still in the relegation zone on 95 points and will need to produce some more big results in the run in to the end of the season. Sports C are fourth on 146 points but may still have a say in the penultimate games of the season when the top four play each other.
Newsham Side Club had their bye week and remain in 11th, bottom of the Super League.
Breakers A 11 Port of Call 1
Top against bottom saw a predictable result as Premier leaders Breakers A recorded their 17th win of the season to maintain top spot with 185 points as they stay unbeaten. Adam Reith secured the visitors’ solitary point to avoid the whitewash. Breakers A quartet of Trevor Brewis, Dan Patterson, Robert Riley and Gavin Slaughter were all in supreme form, recording three from three each. Port of Call remain 12th after joining the league in mid-season.
Percy Arms 9 Breakers B 3
Dale Richardson’s return to Premier League action with two from three inspired his team to their 11th win of the season, which keeps them sixth on 132 points. Connor Hickson and Vince Palmer were on fire, recording three from three and sharing the man of the match on 103 points.
South Beach Pub 6 Hastings Arms 6
A cracking night of pool as South Beach took a 4-0 lead against their bogey team in the Premier League, only to be pegged back as Hastings produced a brilliant comeback, taking six of the next eight frames to share the points on the night. The draw was the home team’s sixth of the season, which makes them the leading draw specialists in the league and keeps them in seventh on 118 points. Hastings are eighth on 111 points. Colin Royal, Craig Dunwoodie and Jonathon Vincent were all two from three for South Beach.
Sports Club A 1 Sports Club D 11
Sports A were depleted as a number of players were at Great Yarmouth with Northumberland County EPA teams. The D continued with their strong run of performances to keep themselves in second on 181 points. Sports A are tenth on 104 points.
Sun Inn B 4 Cambois Club 8
Cambois took the first set 4-1 and secured the win by taking the second set 3-2 before the teams shared the dDoubles. Stu Cavens and Davy Bradford were both two from three for Sun B. Rory Mander with three from three was the man of the match, team-mates Stu and Jak Ince chipped in with a brace of points each. Sun B are ninth on 104 points due to a better win ratio than Sports A. Cambois Club are fifth on 133 points.
Wharton Arms 6 Breakers C 6
Another Bedlington derby and another draw. New Wharton talisman Christopher Stone took the man of the match honours with three from three including a break and dish, which helped him eclipse team-mate Davy Young, who also smashed three from three. The result keeps Wharton third on 171 points and Breakers C stay fourth on 154 points.
In other news, Sports A’s Lisa Marie Wray qualified for the EPA England Ladies’ team this week.
Northhumberland’s new Blackball County team had their trials last week and the teams have been announced.
The players who qualified for the A team are Lee Cook, Gary Spooner, Anthony O’Connell, Robert Riley, Darren Gurney, Ray Irving, Paul Riley, Steven Foggett, Jim Dawson, Davey Robson, Trevor Brewis, Jamie Brown, Steven Spears and Phil Welch.
The B team includes Ryan Wigham, Gavin Slaughter, John Armstrong, Lee Anderson, Kevin Sams, Dan Patterson, Michael Ashurst, Nick barker, Davey Young, Kevin Harnett, Ian Straughan, Lee Tyson, Connor Hickson and Paul Dodds.
The BVPA are now taking names of teams wishing to play in the 2016-17 season. Any venues/teams wanting to enter can contact the BVPA on their Facebook page or email the BVPA secretary firstname.lastname@example.org