The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Northumbria Flooring, has only three weeks of Super League action to go before the season ending Festival of Pool at Blyth Sports Club between May 26 and 29.
All singles, doubles and knockout cup places have been confirmed, with only the three-a-side quarter-finals left to play.
This week saw both Annitsford Irish teams have byes as Sports C went back to the top of the table after a comprehensive 12-0 whitewash of Sports B. But they will sit out next week’s fixtures with their bye and Irish A or Comrades B should replace them depending on results.
BVPA singles champion Paul Riley was involved in a £30,000 money match in Bristol and after a cagey start, he pulled away from his opponent to record a 25-15 victory to ecstatic travelling supporters who had made the long journey to see him take on local favourite Max Nosko.
Bedlington Station 8 Newham Side Club 4
Station recorded their 18th victory of the season with an 8-4 home win against Side Club. It was a game of two halves with Station winning the first set of singles 5-0 only for Side Club to win the second set 3-2 before they shared the doubles. With 205 points on the table, Station are almost certain of fourth place. Side Club gained a place and are now tenth on 149 points.
Comrades B 9 Sun Inn B 3
Although it may look a good result on paper for Sun B, taking points off the top teams has been a problem for all the teams near the bottom of the table, so Sun deserve respect for taking three points off title challengers Comrades B. The match was played in quick-fire fashion with 12 frames taking just over an hour and a half. Man of the match for Sun was Daniel Raisbeck with a brace of points including snatching a singles win from Comrades B captain Kevin McGarry. Sun B captain Stu Cavens won the other point with a singles victory. The result keeps Comrades third on 237 points from 28 matches averaging 8.46 points a game. Sun B remain 16th on 78 points.
Seahorse A 6, Comrades A 6
Seahorse A are eighth on 164 points and Comrades A ninth with 163 points, and they could not be separated after 12 frames. Between them they have recorded twn draws this season with this being the Comrades’ seventh. A break and dish from Gordon Foster was the highlight. Man of the match went to Seahorse A captain Kevin Barker with a 100 per cent record from his three frames.
South Beach 4 Wharton Arms 8
Two of the new teams in the BVPA went head to head, with the visitors taking a match played in a competitive and sporting manner with a solid 8-4 victory. Both maintain position with Wharton 13th on 116 points and South Beach 15th with 87 points. With a number of new teams poised to join the BVPA next season, both are likely to be playing in the second tier, but the experience gained this year should be invaluable in their quests for promotion.
Sports A 4 Seahorse B 8
With Sports C and B playing their game earlier in the week, the teams took advantage of the two tables available and completed the match in just over an hour. Seahorse B were the overwhelming favourites due to league positions, yet if Sports A had taken their chances there could have been a totally different result. Seahorse B stay fifth on 195 points and are almost certain to finish there in their best ever season so far. The Bragging rights at the Seahorse will be the icing on the cake. Sports A in 14th on 115 points have already secured more players for next season and will be hoping for a quick return to the Super League.
Sports C 12 Sports B 0
A whitewash of their B team saw Sports C briefly regain top spot with 241 points, averaging 8.61 points a week. The shock result has put a dent in Sports B’s hopes of a top six finish in doubt as they stay seventh on 166 points.
Sun A 5 Sports D 7
BVPA new boys Sports D recorded their ninth victory of the season and are the best placed of all the new teams. With 145 points in 12th place, they are only a few points behind the Irish B in 11th and Side Club in tenth. Although they have played a game more, a couple of decent results in the remaining few weeks could see them leapfrog both. Sun A stay sixth on 183 points and will be another team who will also record their best ever season in the Super League.
Irish A slipped a place to second on 239 points from their 27 games averaging 8.85 points per week. With three games left they mathematically only require 26 points to secure their first Super League title. Irish B also dropped a place to tenth with 147 points.
Teams wishing to play in the BVPA Thursday night pool league should attend a meeting at Blyth Sports Club on Tuesday, June 16, at 7.30pm.
New teams are required to pay a £50 bond and will be put in the BVPA’s second league. No new teams will be placed in the Super League.
Each league in the BVPA will have its own singles, doubles, three-a-side and knockout cup competitions.
Monthly League fees are £10 per month and the 2015-16 season will start on September 3.
The BVPA are also running a Summer League – £20 entry fee (all entry money will be paid out).
Fixtures will start on Thursday, June 25, and final games will be played on Thursday, August 6 or 13, depending on entry numbers.
Entry fees must be paid on or before the meeting on June 16.
For further information, contact the Blyth Valley Pool Association on their Facebook group or the website – BVPA@League republic.com
In other local pool news, the Wednesday night Bedlington Pool League had a dramatic final week with three teams in with a chance of securing the title.
Favourites Grapes A, whose destiny was in their own hands only requiring a 7-2 away win at Cambois A to secure the title, did exactly what they needed and are champions with 185 points.
Bedlington Station started the night in third, but an 8-1 home win over Market Tavern saw them finish second. Shambles’ 6-3 win at the Bebside Inn saw them finish on 182 points which matched Stations points, but with a lower win ratio placing them third.
The Blyth & District Pool League’s Bob Brown Premier had already been won by the High Street who had taken their second title in four years. In their final game they had a tough away match against 2013 champions Masons Arm A. High Street took the opening singles only for Masons to take the next four on the spin. BDPL Premier player of the year Mark Smith stopped the rot taking the last singles. High Street then won the first two doubles to tie the match 4-4, only for Masons to seal the victory in the last doubles.
High Street finished the season with 188 points, averaging 7.23, Masons Arms A finished third with 157 points averaging 6.04. Last season’s champions Services A finished in resounding form with a 9-0 whitewash against Seaton Sluice Club. Services A finished second on 171 points averaging 6.58 points. Teams relegated to the first division are Isabella A, Waterloo Pub A and Services B.
Promotion is already decided in the first division, but the title race continues to gather pace as three teams battle it out for the top prize, with three weeks remaining, the top three are only separated by three points.
After a 6-3 win against Waterloo Pub B, Percy Arms top of the table on 174 points from 25 matches averaging 6.96 points. In second with an identical points total are Isabella B after a 7-2 victory against Vic A. In third on 171 points are North Blyth after an 8-1 victory over Waterloo Social Club, which gives them a 7.13 average. More importantly they still have a game in hand over the top two.
North Blyth mathematically need 24 points from their last three fixtures to secure the title.