After 33 weeks action in the Blyth Valley Pool Association, the destination of the was decided by the final round matches, and in some cases the last frame of the season.
Also decided was the teams relegated from the Super League, and this proved to be an even closer contest than the battles for the top spots.
Irish A retained their Super League title by three points, despite losing their last game of the season 7-5, and Breakers A won the Premier League title by a single point, just edging out Sports D.
Breakers C 7 Cambois Club 5
Breakers C finished the season in fourth on 219 points after their 20th win of the season. Cambois Club finished fifth on 185 points after overhauling Percy Arms A by two points.
Hastings Arms 2 Sports Club D 10
Sports D had to win big and hope Percy Arms A could take a few frames off Breakers A if they were to take the inaugural Premier League title. Sports D captain Phil Welch, along with teammates Darren Gurney and Martin Hunter were all three from three with Anthony Marshall also 100 per cent on the night with two from two. Sports D’s 25th win of the season gave them 252 points and a 7.875 average, but Breakers A’s 9-3 win saw them finish second by a single point. Hastings Arms have enjoyed their first season in the BVPA and finished in eighth on 161 points and will be looking to build on the experience they have gained this year.
Percy Arms A 3 Breakers A 9
The fate of the inaugural Premier League title meant that Breakers A were looking to win 12-0 to secure the title. Robert Riley and Kev Harnett lead the way for Breakers A with a hat-trick of wins apiece. Talisman Trevor Brewis also chipped in with two from three as a miscue and an in-off gave the visitors opportunities which they took in style. Connor Hickson, Paul Dodds and Vince Palmer won the points for Percy A. With the result confirmed, Breakers were waiting for Sports D’s result to be posted, and an 11-1 win would have seen them lose the title on matches won. When the news came through that Sports D had won 10-2, Breakers A were confirmed as Premier League champions by a single point. A total of 253 with an average haul of 7.90 shows how close the title race was. Percy A also enjoyed their first season in the BVPA and finished sixth on 183 points.
Percy Arms B 1 Breakers B 11
A hat-trick of wins as Breakers B finished the season in style. Steve Hart, Robert Eastlake, Brian Phillips and Carl Armstrong were all in fine form, taking three frames each as Breathey won their ninth game of the season. Breakers B finish ninth on 147 points. Percy B end the season 12th on 54 points after joining in the middle of the campaign.
Sun Inn B 3 Wharton Arms 9
Along with Breakers A and Sports D, Wharton Arms are one of the stand out teams in the Premier League. Their 22nd win of the season at Sun B gave them 237 points, securing third place. David Young and Jamie Spratt were both three from three on the night, whilst a cameo appearance from Kevin Hindmarsh gave him a 100 per cent record on the night. Sun B finished 10th on143 points, and with Davy Bradford hanging up his cue, they will need to find someone big enough to fill his boots.
South Beach Pub had a bye this week and finished seventh on 174 points after a tremendous final third of the season with big wins against some of the top teams.
Annitsford Irish A 5 Comrades Club B 7
It was fitting that the Super League title would be settled on a final night showdown between the top two teams. Irish simply had to win four frames, whilst Comrades B had to win nine. Comrades took the first with a huge slice of luck, then Irish took the second before Comrades took the next two to lead 3-1, only for Jamie Barbour to sink a tremendous plant which gave him the advantage and he took his opportunity to pull back another point for Irish. Chris Gill took the sixth to tie the match and Brannan took the seventh to seal the title for Irish A. A break and dish from Scotty Chisholm and an eight-ball clearance from Gary Wilson gave the Visitors the lead, and Ray Irving won a tactical last frame to help Comrades B lead 6-4. A cameo appearance from Irish A captain Jason Ritson and Gill pulled another point back for Irish, but Chisholm and Wilson won the last frame to seal a 7-5 victory. Irish A retain the title with 248 points and an 8.27 average points haul. Comrades B pushed Irish A all the way and finished second on 245 points with an 8.17 average.
Bedlington Station 12 Sports Club C 0
Bedlington Station finish third on 215 points and Sports C fourth on 187 points.
Comrades Club A 6 Annitsford Irish B 6
The match was played 24 hours early so that both teams could watch the title decider. Irish B needed to win seven frames to be mathematically safe of avoiding relegation. After seven they led 5-2, but Comrades A fought back to lead 6-5, only for Irish to win the final doubles to seal the draw. With 144 points Irish were in a two-way tie with Seahorse A, but Seahorse A’s higher win average put them ahead. Only a 12-0 win for Sports B would see Irish B finish in the relegation zone. Comrades A finished sixth on 174 points.
Newsham Side Club 7 Seahorse B 5
Newsham Side Club were already relegated, but finished their season in style with only their third win of the season, which saw them finish 11th on 133 points. Seahorse B finished fifth on 181 points and also won the bragging rights for another season over their A team.
Sports Club B 12 Sun Inn A 0
Sports B knew they had to play ‘no miss pool’ on the night to secure their Super League survival. Sun A were short on players on the night due to illness and work commitments and Sports B could have claimed the game, but gave their opponents extra time to sort out a team. With a couple of players short giving Sports B a 5-0 lead, lady luck seemed to favour the home team and in the final frame Sun A were on the black first, and when the eight-ball was potted, Sports B were relegated. But in a twist of fate the cue ball also went in and with a 12-0 win Sports B secured a miracle escape on 144 points due to their superior win ratio over Irish B. Sun A finished seventh on 165 points.
Seahorse A had their bye this week and finished eighth on 144 points.
The BVPA’s Festival of Pool begins this week with the Super League and Premier League three-a-side cups being played at sponsors Breakers Pool Bar on Thursday, May 19.
Matches will start at 7.30pm prompt on four newly recovered Supreme tables.
The semi-final line up for the Super League includes two teams from Bedlington Station, Irish A’s second team and Seahorse B’s first team.
In The Premier League it is an all Bedlington lock out as Wharton Arms have two representatives, whilst Breakers A’s second team and Breakers C’s first team complete the draw.
Any teams wanting to join the BVPA can speak to the committee who will be at the venue for the next four Thursdays for the finals nights.