The BVPA, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, is at the quarter stage of the season with the first round of fixtures nearing completion.
The Super League is shaping up with the pre-season favourites occupying the top places.
The Premier League, which is full of new teams, continues to be even more competitive with a number still in the running for the title.
Bedlington Station 9 Seahorse B 3
The Station celebrated their fifth win of the season by moving up to 3rd place with 51 points. Steven Kinghorn & Scott Jackson were 100% from their 3 frames for the home team and team mate Andy Robertson was also in form securing a brace of points from his 2 games. The Seahorse B drop to 4th with 48 points
Comrades A 7 Sports B 5
The first of 3 7-5 scores in the Super League this week emphasizes the competitive nature of the league. The Sports B are struggling to get their first win of the season & have lost out on some close games recently. The Comrades 3rd win of the season see’s them in 6th place with 40 points, whilst the Sports B remain in 11th with 32 points
Newsham Side Club 5 Irish A 7
The Irish A maintained their 100% winning start to the season but were pushed all the way by a dogged Side Club team who took more points off the Champions than any other team this season including winning both scotch doubles.. The Side Clubs Phil Chadwick won the Man of the Match honours with a hat trick of wins. Team mate Davy Hewitson & the Irish A’s Matt Brannan & Johnny Wilson all broke & dished in the singles. Irish A team Captain came off the bench to win a brace of points as did team mates Matt Brannan & stand in Captain Gary Spooner. As expected the Irish A maintain 1st place with 62 points from 7 frames averaging just under 9 points per game. The Side Club are 9th with 34 points.
Seahorse A 5 Sun A 7
The Seahorse A’s recent run of good results came to an end in a very tight game with the Sun A. The Heroes for the Sun were Alan Halliday 3/3, Mark McCann 2/3, Lee Cook 2/3, & Carl Sweet 2/3 helped the visitors secure a narrow victory after the home team failed to take chances & threw points away. Results now see the Sun A in 8th with 37 points whilst the Seahorse A are 7th with 40 points.
Sports C 4 Comrades B 8
The standout game in this weeks fixtures saw 2nd & 3rd from last season going head to head. The Comrades B took the first set of singles 4-1, Neil Taylor’s clearance was the highlight. the second set was closer but the Comrades just edged it 3-2. The teams shared the doubles as lady luck favoured the visitors on a couple of crucial occasions. Man of the Match honours went to Scotty Chisholm for his 3 point haul, while team mate James Taylor secured 2 singles wins for the Comrades B. The home teams star players were Alan Parker & Paul Riley with a singles win apiece & the final scotch doubles. The Comrades B are now in 2nd place with 57 points whilst the Sports C are 5th with 47 points.
It was the Irish B’s turn for a bye this week and they drop to 10th with 32 points.
Hastings Arms 4 Cambois Club 8
The Hastings Arms are in 7th place with 40 points after a tough home game with 2nd placed Cambois Club. A Long & D Thain were the Man of the Match with a hat trick of points each, just missing out on the honours were Rory Mander & John Montgomery who both secured 2 wins each on the night. After a great night of pool at the Hastings, Cambois Club hold onto 2nd place with 55 points, but have played 1 game more than the other top 6 teams.
South Beach CC 0 Sports D 12
The South Beach Community Centre lost 12-0 to one of the pre-season favourites for the Premier Title. The Sports D were in top form securing the first whitewash of the season with Phil Welch, Chris Scott, Darren Fletcher & Sean Craddock all with 3 win each. Anthony Marshall was also 100% with 2 singles wins. Narrow margins can make a huge difference & the Sports D’s tactical awareness of the rules in some tactical frames proved to be the decisive difference between the teams The result has put the Sports D right back in the mix at the top of the table & they are now 4th with 53 points. South Beach CC drop to 8th with 36 points.
Sports A 5 Percy Arms 7
The Real Percy Arms team celebrated their 4th win in the BVPA by moving into 5th place with 44 points averaging just over 6 points a game. The Sports A,s search for their first win of the season continues despite Lisa Marie Wray smashing a hat trick of wins including an 8-ball clearance. Sports A Team Captain Geordie Reay also chipped in with a brace of points but that wasn’t enough on the night as the Sports A remain 11th with 28 points.
Sun B 8 South Beach 4
The Sun B & South Beach were involved in a real Topsy turvy match that every frame could have went the other way & no one would of been surprised if the scores had finished 6-6 or 12-0 either way. The Sun took the first set of singles 5-0 only for the South Beach to take the second set 4-1. With the home team needing both the doubles for the draw, the Sun B stepped up a gear taking both doubles frames to seal their 3rd win of the season. Adam Scott was the hero for the Sun with a hat trick of points. Team mates Steve Neal, Mick Oliver & Dean Seymour all had 2/3. South Beaches C Dunwoodie was the home teams star player with 2 singles wins. The Sun B are in 9th place with 36 points following their 3 win of the season. South Beach are 8 the also with 36 points.
Wharton Arms 6 Breakers A 6
A Bedlington Derby between 2 of the Premier Leagues top teams who were involved in a titanic match that went to the final frame & even then, the teams couldn’t be separated with the scores tied at 6 each. The Home team started at breakneck pace taking the first three frames before the visitors stopped the rot only for the Wharton to take 3 of the next 4 frames to lead 6-2. Breakers A’s unbeaten start to the season was seriously under threat, but they rallied & staged a dramatic comeback with some do or die potting which saw them salvage a draw from the jaws of defeat. The Wharton’s 100% winning start to season came to an end, but both teams remain unbeaten teams in the league. The Wharton are 3rd place with 53 points. Breakers A remain in top spot with 57 points. Breakers A team Captain took the Man of the Match honours with a hat trick of wins, team mates Robert Riley & Trevor Brewis were 2/3. Wharton trio Jamie Spratt, Davy Young & Freddy Chambers also secured a brace of points each for the home team.
Breakers C had a bye this week, but played a friendly against the Prince of Wales who will be joining the BVPA Premier League in November after the first round of fixtures is completed.
the BVPA will be staging 2 events next month with another £10 per man Open singles competition on Saturday November 8th at Blyth Sports Club. On Sunday November 8th the BVPA & the BDPL will be renewing old rivalries as they go head to head for the 3rd time in an inter-league charity match with all monies raised going to the Sick children.s Unit at the Freeman Hospital. the matches will start at 2pm & both Blyth Pool Leagues have raised over £1000 for charity in the last year.