The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar, saw both leagues completing the first month of fixtures.
In the Super League, last season’s champions Irish A are the team to catch again with the league’s only 100 per cent winning record.
All the other ten teams moved position with a few big scoring results seeing teams make significant movements up the table.
In the Premier League, its all change at the top with Breakers C now at the head of the table.
Wharton Arms remain the only team with a 100 per cent win ratio.
Bank Top 7 Percy Arms 5
Two 100 per cent records from the Bank Top’s Anthony Simpson and Rory Mander earned them the man of the match honours and more importantly secured another win for their team. Darren Gurney and Paul Dodds were Percy’s star players with a brace of wins each. Despite their second victory, Bank Top drop a place to fourth on 25 points, whilst Percy Arms maintain tenth place on 17 points.
Breakers C 7 South Beach 5
Another match that went to the wire saw the teams tied at 5-5 after the singles. Breakers secured the victory by winning both the scotch doubles. Man of the match honours were shared by Paul Jobs and Adam Dixon with a hat-trick of wins each. Breakers C move to sport on 28 points. South Beach drop three to seventh on 22 points.
Hastings Arms 4 Wharton Arms 8
Wharton edged Hastings in a tight and competitive match. Christopher Stone with a 100 per cent record from his three frames was the visitors’ man of the match. Andrew Cunningham, Jamie Spratt and Freddy Chambers all chipped in with two wins each. Experience probably told on the night, but like a lot of the other new teams, Hastings are putting in some impressive performances. Hastings drop two places to eighth on 20 points. Wharton move up three to fifth on 23 points and with a game in hand on the teams above them.
South Beach CC 10 Sun B 2
Sun B were a man down due to work commitments and did not get the run of the green on the night, but Community Centre played well and took their chances to record the Premier League’s biggest score of the season. Mick Oliver was Sun B’s star man on the night, winning both his singles games. The victory saw South Beach CC jump four places to third on 26 points. Sun B drop four to ninth on 18 points.
Sports D 4 Breakers A 8
Breakers A may have had the rub of the green on the night and benefited by taking their opportunities. Stephen Carr was Breakers’ man of the match with three wins from three. Trevor Brewis and Robert Riley also took a brace of points each. The game was won before the doubles after Breakers took the singles 7-3 and the teams shared the doubles. Sports D captain Phil Welch shared the man of the match honours with another hat-trick of wins, Shaun Galbraith took the other point for Sports D. The loss of their 100 per cent record saw the Sports D drop a place to second on 28 points. Breakers A move up three places to sixth on 22 points and with a game in hand on the top four.
Sports Club A had their bye this week and remain in 11th on 11 points.
Irish B 4 Bedlington Station 8
Irish B were unlucky but Station were always one of the favourite’s for the title at the start of the season and they remain unbeaten after their second win of the campaign which sees them average seven points a game. Irish B dropped a place to ninth on 17 points. Station moved up a place to sixth on 21 points.
Comrades A 7 Side Club 5
Comrades A edged both singles sets 3-2 and shared the scotch doubles to secure a second win. Gary Schulz with a hat-trick of points secured the man of the match honours for Side Club. Ronnie Smith chipped in with a brace of points for the visitors. The match could have been even closer if Side Club had taken their chances. Comrades A move up a place to third on 24 points, whilst Newsham Side Club drop two places to seventh on 19 points.
Seahorse A 4 Sports C 8
After starting the season with two draws, Seahorse A have lost two in a row against two of the top three teams. Sports C remain unbeaten after their third win of the season. Seahorse A drop two places to eighth on 18 points. Sports C move up a place to second on 30 points and are averaging 7.5 points a match.
Sports B 1 Seahorse B 11
Seahorse B finally kick-started their season with an emphatic win at Sports B. Andrew Brownlee, Richard Glass, Ray and Alan Erridge all came away with a hat-trick of frames won, young Carl Turner spared Sports B’s blushes with a singles win. The defeat keeps Sports B 11th on 13 points. Seahorse B are the highest climbers in the BVPA this week, moving up six places to fifth on 22 points.
Sun A 1 Irish A 11
If teams got points for banter, Sun A would be runaway leaders of the Super League. Unfortunately Sun A are not hitting the highs they reached in the previous season. Irish A were in terrific form, taking both singles 5-0. Chris Gill and Gary Spooner were the hat-trick heroes for Irish A. Jason Ritson, Johnny Wilson and the returning Matt Brannan all took two singles wins each. Sun A finally stopped the rot with Lee Cook and John George Armstrong took a doubles frame avoid the whitewash. Sun A drop a position to tenth with 14 points, whilst Irish A are the only team to maintain position in the league, holding top spot with 38 points averaging 9.5 points per match.
Comrades B had their bye and results elsewhere saw them drop two places to fourth on 24 points.
The BVPA will be hosting two eight-ball pool events in November at Blyth Sports Club. On Saturday, November 7, there will be an open singles competition with an increased entry of 48 places. Entry fee is £10 per player.
On Sunday, November 8, the BVPA and BDPL will go head to head in another inter-league charity match.
The previous two matches have raised more than £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan Cancer. This year’s nominated charity is the Freeman hospital children’s ward.