Irish A come from behind to beat champions in pool league

The Blyth Valley Pool Association (BVPA) friendly league started its fourth Super-League campaign last Thursday.

With four new teams the league is nearly at its maximum capacity before having to start a second tier.

Irish A and Sports C were involved in the top game, and the latter opened up a 3-1 lead only for Irish to respond in magnificent fashion taking the next eight frames to seal a 9-3 victory over the champions.

Men of the match were Johnny Wilson and Gary Spooner with a hat-trick of wins apiece, while there were eight-ball clearances from Neil Taylor (Sports C) and Jason Ritson (Irish A), and scotch doubles clearance from Irish pairing Matt Brannan and Chris Gill.

Last year’s runners-up Comrades B are top after a comfortable 11-1 victory over the South Beach. And Comrades captain Kevin McGarry has already issued a catch us if you can to their rivals.

One of the draw specialists from the 2013-14 season, Newsham Side Club, opened their campaign with a respectable 6-6 result against Comrades A.

Men of the match with two singles wins apiece were Darren Meins (Comrades A) and Ron Smith (Side Club).

Bedlington Station trio Andy Robertson, Steven Kinghorn and Kevin Little all produced man of the match performances with three wins each to seal a hard fought 10-2 victory at Seahorse B.

Another new team, Sports D, were involved in a close match with Irish B. With the contest looking to be heading to a draw, Sports D team’s referee showed that fair play and the spirit of the game is alive in the BVPA by calling a foul on his own team, which resulted in Irish B taking the deciding frame and the victory 7-5.

Sun Inn was the scene of the first derby of the season as the A team enjoyed a comfortable 10-2 victory over the B team. Sun A duo Alan Halliday and Glen Brookes took three points each to share the man of the match honours.

The BVPA looks to be even more competitive this season with another final frame draw between Oddfellows Arms and Sports B.

With Sports A having a bye, the final game saw another new team, Wharton Arms. at home to Seahorse A, and the visitors showed their experience taking a competitive match 9-3. Seahorse duo David Brown and Gordon Foster came away with three wins apiece whilst Kevin Barker produced an eight-ball clearance from a dry break.