With the Blyth Valley Pool Association Superleague season almost one third of the way through, the league table is taking a familiar shape.
The teams who are making an impact in the top half of the table are the Seahorse B, the Sun Inn A, Newsham Side Club and the Irish B.
After this week’s fixtures, 11 teams from 17 maintained their position. The Sports Club B sat out this week’s fixtures due to them having the bye and dropped three places to 12th with 51 points on the table.
Annitsford Irish A 6 Seahorse B 6
Irish A’s 100 per cent winning start to the season came to an abrupt halt this week with the Seahorse B giving them their biggest scare of the season so far. Teams had to share the points after the Seahorse B won the last frame. An eight-ball clearance from a dry break was one of the highlights of the night from Seahorse B’s Andrew Brownlee. Man of the match performance came from Irish A’s Chris Gill taking three points on the night. The Irish A maintain top spot with 91 points, but the chasing pack all narrowed the gap. The Seahorse B drop one place to sixth, but continue to outshine their A team with 69.
Comrades Club A 8 South Beach 4
The teams have played a double header this week after they were drawn out to play in the preliminary round of the Superleague Cup on Tuesday, November 4. The cup match was won decisively by the Comrades A without losing a frame on the night. The league fixture two nights later proved a more competitive game with the South Beach offering sterner opposition, but unfortunately being edged out 8-4 by the more experienced team. The Comrades A’s season continues to gain momentum and they move up two places to 9th with 53 points. South Beach maintain 16th place with 28 points.
Newsham Side Club 7 Sports Club A 5
This very tight match could have gone either way. The Side Club were always the clear favourites on paper with eight places separating the teams in the league tables. The result keeps the Side Club in seventh place with 64 points and the Sports A also maintain position in 15th place with 33 points.
Seahorse A 3 Bedlington Station 9
Bedlington Station are another of the big guns in the BVPA whose season is improving after a shaky start. The Seahorse had edged the first set of singles 3-2, but that was as good as it got for the home team as lady luck deserted them and the Station took the next seven frames in a row, Men of the Match for the Station were Ayton Stewart and Steven Kinghorn with a hat-trick of wins apiece. The result keeps the Station in third place with 75 points and a game in hand on their rivals. The Seahorse A dropped one place to 11th with 51 points
Sports Club C 10 Annitsford Irish B 2
The Sports Club C team bounced back with a moral boosting 10-2 victory over a very game Irish B team, The visitors took the first frame only for the Sports C to take the next four frames including a 10 ball break and dish from Paul Riley. The Sports Also took the second set of singles 4-1 with further 8-ball clearances from Neil Taylor and Paul Riley. Man-of-the-match was Sports C’s Paul Riley. also taking three points apiece on the night were Ian Carr and Neil Taylor. Brian Wakenshaw was the star man for the Irish taking both his teams points with singles wins. The Sports C move up to fourth place with 72 points, whilst the Irish B maintain eighth place with 55.
Sun Inn B 4, Sports Club D 8
In a night of close games, the Sun B looked to heading for their first win of the season after taking a 4-2 against the visiting Sports Club D team. The dream ended there though as the Sports D rolled off the next four singles and wrapped up the victory by winning both the scotch doubles. Men of the match performance honours were shared by Sean Craddock and Martin Hunter. Highlight of the match was an 8-ball clearance from Phil Welch and Martin Hunter in the first doubles. The defeat keeps the Sun B in 17th place with 21 points, while the Sports D climb two places to 10th with 53 points.
The Oddfellows Arms 4, Sun Inn A 8
The Sun A continue to maintain a very respectable sixth place with 66 points on the table, after a cagey 8-4 away win at the Oddfellows. Michael Grieves with three from three including an eight-ball clearance from a dry break was the man of the match,Mark McCann added able support with a brace of points helping his team secure victory. The Oddfellows remain in 13th place with 46 points
Wharton Arms 0, Comrades Club B 12
BVPA new boys The Wharton Arms were given a masterclass in Superleague pool going down 12-0 to the Comrades B. With Comrades B Captain Kevin Mcgarry in magical form again, it was a true privilege for the spectators watching the match with comments that ‘these guys should be on the television’. The Comrades B hold onto second place with 90 points and have set up a massive showdown with the Irish A next week. The Wharton remain in 14th place with 42 points.