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Finals Day Review - May 2007

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There were a few changes during the 2006/7 season, not least of which was the introduction of Blackball rules on a Wednesday. Met with a degree of intrepidation at first, the rules were quickly accepted, and many players now prefer these rules above any other.  Whether or not the Monday night teams decide to adopt new rules remains to be seen. The Monday night league has played under it’s own set of rules since the League’s inception back in the mid 70’s.  Everyone is very familiar with our rules, which are very similar to the old EPA ones, and whilst a proposal was made by one delegate at last years AGM to move to World rules, the majority of league delegates voted to play under the existing rules. It wouldn’t surprise me if a similar proposal were made this year, so if you have an opinion, then make sure you’re at the AGM on May 3rd.

Moving on, I’m pleased to be able to tell you that the City Pool League has increased it’s sponsorship deals during the season. Not only did Rileys sponsor the league for the season, they also renewed their sponsorship of the Rileys Challenge Cup for a second year. If this year’s semi-finalists put on half as good a show as last year, then we’re in for a treat. The Spencer Club ‘B’ came back from 4-0 down to win last years inaugural event, and showed the fighting spirit that makes Finals Day the day that it is. In addition to Rileys, the league also agreed new sponsorship deals with Reds Pool and Snooker Club for the Monday and Wednesday night singles, and also the Monday night doubles. This was in addition to existing sponsorship of the end of season subsidiary competitions. The league also received a generous donation from Sky Sports, following their televising of the finals of the 2006 4alot.com Pub Pool Challenge at the Ricoh Arena. The bulk of this was handed out to five randomly selected teams at the April league meeting. Congratulations to the lucky winners, Reds ‘A’, Hub, Reds Select, Rileys Lounge, and Butts Retreat, each winning between £50 and £100.                     

Accolades

I would firstly like to personally congratulate all of today’s finalists.  Everyone here today should be applauded on their achievements over the last year, from the familiar faces here once again, to the people making their first appearances on Finals Day.
  
Further congratulations go to the young players from Coventry representing Warwickshire at County level. Managed by Dean Kirkman, and jointly sponsored by the Royal Warwicks Club and Four Seasons Florists, Dean took his youth team to the recent National County Finals held in Selsey Bill, on the south coast. Not only did the team of Kristi Caulfield, Adam Clifford, Tom Cole, Danny Currall, Jon McAllister, Alex Pyatt, and Connor Treacy lift the title of National Youth County Champions, but they also beat defending champions, Derby, in the final, a team they had never beaten before. Congratulations to you all, and also to all your team mates who played a big part in getting the team to the finals in the first place. Well done!!

Finally, you may recall that last year, Kristi Caulfield was crowned World Junior Champion. Well this week, he’s been defending his crown up in Bridlington, and I’m very pleased to be able to tell you that Kristi has made it to the finals once again. As if that wasn’t enough, I can also tell you that the person he will face in the final is another young player from the City Pool League, Connor Treacy. Both players will travel back to Bridlington this Friday, April 20th, where their final, amongst others, will be televised by Sky Sports. I hope you will all join me in congratulating both players, and wishing them both the very best of luck in their pursuit of the World Under 16 Crown.

And finally……

One final thing I should mention is the charity speedpool competition being held in the main main bar area today. Whilst unconnected to the League, this individual competition is being run by former Chairman, Auden Gudgin in aid of the Down’s Syndrome Association. There will be new competitions starting every hour, so whether you’re spectating today, or just waiting for your event to start, why not try your luck, sorry - skill, and help Gudge raise as much money as he can for this very worth cause.

So there we have it, another year almost over, and time for the pool players and their cues to do the talking. On behalf of the City Pool League, I would like to wish all of today’s competitors the very best of luck.


Andy Picknell
City Pool League Secretary
April 2007

Finals Day

Almost 200 people descended on the Bishopsgate Club on April 15th, for the City Pool League's Annual Finals Day. The League had held it's annual 'Grande Finale' at the Foleshill Road venue for the previous six years, and the Bishopsgate again proved to be excellent hosts.

The League season started back in June 2006, and whilst the Divisional titles had all been sewn up the month before, the day was the conclusion of the 2006/7 season that would see sixteen individual and team titles decided. Some thirty four matches later, and after ten hours of constant action, the winners emerged, with five titles going to defending champions, and another five going to previous winners.

The day didn't get off to a smooth start, as the installation of the new overhead lighting took longer than expected, with the first event starting some 45 minutes late. Fortunately, everyone agreed that it was well worth the wait, as it was a massive improvement on previous years.

There were many highlights on the day, and everyone who made it to this year's finals should consider themselves winners anyway. Particularly worthy of note are the Craftsman 'A', winners of the Champion of Champions title for the fifth successive year, and the Premier Club landlord, Jamie Connolly, continued his domination of the Wednesday Captains knock-out, winning it for the sixth time in the last nine years. Also noteworthy are the winners of the Monday night Doubles, Andy Edgington and Les Nash, who only dropped one frame during the entire campaign.

The Nugget and the Foresters both showed that a poor league season doesn't always reflect on a team's abilities, as the Nugget ran out convincing five-one winners of the Alternative Cup, beating Division One's Rose and Crown side, whilst the Foresters overcame a three-one deficit against the Howitzers, to win the Rileys Challenge Cup by five frames to four.

Andy Picknell
City Pool League Secretary
May 2007

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Monday Premier Division
team p w d l f a dif pts
Reds 'A' 22 18 2 2 117 53 64 56
Premier Club 'A' 22 17 2 3 115 58 57 53
Craftsman 'A' 22 15 2 5 117 59 58 47
Reds Select 22 14 5 3 108 68 40 47
Old Crown - WR 22 10 4 8 91 85 6 34
Wheatsheaf 'A' 22 7 3 12 76 97 -21 24
Bishopsgate 'A' 22 7 3 12 70 105 -35 24
Reds X 22 6 5 11 72 95 -23 23
Rileys Dozen 22 7 2 13 72 104 -32 23
Wheatsheaf 22 5 5 12 74 102 -28 20
Rileys Lounge 22 5 1 16 73 103 -30 16
Craftsman 'B' 22 4 0 18 59 115 -56 12
"What happened ?”, is the question the Premier Club ‘A’ must be asking themselves. After leading the division for the best part of nine months, the Station Street West slipped up in their last two matches, with defeats to Reds Select and the Old Crown costing them dear.

Winning the title of Premier Division champions for the first time were Roger Charles’s Reds ‘A’. They too had a fantastic season, losing just two matches on their way to 56 points, and ended up finishing 3 points clear of the Premier Club ‘A’. The Craftsman ‘A’ finished a further 6 points away, and took third place on frame difference, in front of the defending champions Reds Select, who are probably reflecting on one too many draws. Finishing a distant fifth were the Old Crown, a massive 13 points behind Reds Select, but a creditable 10 points clear of the Wheatsheaf ‘A’. Just 4 points covered the remaining teams who will enjoy Premier Division pool again next season Craig Pearson will be disappointed with his Rileys Lounge side’s relegation after four years in the top flight, and bottom placed Craftsman ‘B’ may find things harder in the division they won last season, with the departure of the Twissell brothers to Rileys ‘A’.

Reds Select and the Craftsman ‘A’ have dominated the Premier Division for most of the last decade, and it can only be good for the game to see their stranglehold finally loosened.  Despite just 9 points covering the first four places, the Premier Division again had the widest points gap of any of the divisions, with 44 points separating Reds ‘A’ from bottom placed Craftsman ‘B’.
Play-offs
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Monday Division One
team p w d l f a dif pts
Rileys 'A' 22 17 3 2 118 58 60 54
City Supporters 22 12 6 4 107 69 38 42
Rose and Crown - HGR 22 11 6 5 100 76 24 39
Alvis Club 22 11 4 7 89 84 5 37
Wallace Wanderers 22 9 8 5 93 83 10 35
Charterhouse 22 7 5 10 83 93 -10 26
Royal Oak 22 6 6 10 78 95 -17 24
Railway 21 5 6 10 74 94 -20 21
Bishopsgate 'Select' 22 5 5 12 79 97 -18 20*
Hastings 22 4 8 10 79 97 -18 20
Cherry Tree 21 6 5 10 64 98 -34 20
Parkstone Club 22 5 4 13 78 98 -20 19
Only one team managed a more convincing win than Rileys ‘A’. Ian Corbett led his Far Gosford Street side to victory with a convincing 14 point margin, and completed a hat trick of wins after taking the Division Four and Division Two titles in the previous two seasons.

The City Supporters, led by Paddie Treacy, justified their promotion from Division Three, and took the runners-up spot for the second successive year The Rose and Crown also justified their promotion from Division Three, and narrowly piped the Alvis Club to third spot, with the Green Lane club throwing away their promotion chances by losing their last three matches.

The Wallace Wanderers finished a close fifth, just 2 points behind the Alvis, but a respectable 9 points clear of the Charterhouse who finished in their customary mid-table position.In one of the closest relegation battles I can remember, just 2 points covered the bottom five places, with the Bishopsgate Select and the Hastings having nightmare seasons after finishing third and fourth last year, and both teams only managed to stave off relegation on frame difference alone. Even a final day win by the Parkstone over local rivals the Cherry Tree didn’t help them avoid the drop, but did condemn their Lythalls Lane opponents to Division Two next season as well.
Play-offs
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Monday Division Two
team p w d l f a dif pts
Potters Green 22 18 2 2 119 57 62 56
Albany Social 22 12 5 5 109 67 42 41
White Horse 22 11 4 7 96 77 19 37
Courthouse 21 10 5 6 89 79 10 35
Rocket 22 10 3 9 93 77 16 33
Canley Sports 'B' 22 9 3 10 89 84 5 30
Grapes 22 9 2 11 80 93 -13 29
Premier Club 'B' 22 8 5 9 77 99 -22 29
Nugget 22 5 6 11 73 100 -27 21
Old Red Horse 22 6 3 13 68 105 -37 21
Rileys Supremes 22 4 7 11 73 100 -27 19
King Edwards Select 21 5 3 13 70 98 -28 18
The Potters Green stormed to victory in Division Two. Billy White’s team had the highest winning margin of the season, some 15 points in front of the Albany Social, and adding to the Division Four title they won last yearIn only their second season together, the Albany Social improved on last years third place finish in Division Three, and the White Horse must be wondering what they’ve got to do to get a trophy after finishing in third place for the fourth successive year, albeit in different divisions. Only two points separated fourth from fifth, with the Courthouse getting the upper hand over the Rocket.

In another tight finish, the four teams at the bottom of the table finished 8 points adrift, with the Nugget and the Old Red Horse escaping relegation by the skin of their teeth, both teams having been relegated from Division One last year. Rileys Supremes and King Edwards Select weren’t so lucky, and even final day wins couldn’t save either of them.

Play-offs
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Monday Division Three
team p w d l f a dif pts
Rileys No SQ 22 16 2 4 118 58 60 50
Rileys 23 22 12 4 6 101 75 26 40
Spencer Sports and Social 22 12 2 8 91 85 6 38
Rose & Woodbine 22 9 9 4 99 77 22 36
Herald 21 9 6 6 92 76 16 33
Foleshill Ex- 22 9 5 8 81 95 -14 32
Canley Sports and Social 22 9 4 9 85 88 -3 31
Broad St RFC 'A' 21 7 9 5 88 80 8 30
Vauxhall Club 22 7 8 7 89 87 2 29
Coronation Club 22 5 3 14 73 100 -27 18
Radford Social 22 4 3 15 68 108 -40 15
Binley Oak 22 4 1 17 60 116 -56 13
Taking top spot in Division Three was Rileys No SQ, led by Dean Kirkman, finishing ten points clear of fellow Hertford Place team, Rileys 23. Mick Payne’s team finished 2 points in front of the Spencer Club, who showed that last years Division Five title was no fluke.

The Rose and Woodbine took fourth spot, reversing last year placings with the Herald, and just 3 points covered the next four places, with the Vauxhall finishing in ninth place, a good 11 points clear of the three teams fighting out the relegation battle. Winning that battle were the Coronation Club, who finished just above the relegation places for the second successive year.

The Radford Social will surely find life easier in Division Four next season, after finishing runners up in Division Five last year. Joining them will be the Binley Oak. After storming to victory in Division Seven two years ago, Eddie White’s team has found life tough after losing some of their better players, and are sure to fair better next year in Division Four.
Play-offs
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Monday Division Four
team p w d l f a dif pts
Peeping Tom 20 15 3 2 104 53 51 48
Carousel 20 14 1 5 93 61 32 43
Rileys 8 Bulls 20 12 4 4 96 64 32 40
Devonshire Arms 20 7 6 7 78 79 -1 27
Butts Retreat 20 6 7 7 80 80 0 25
Pilot 20 7 4 9 78 79 -1 25
Craven Arms - WL 20 6 6 8 67 93 -26 24
Gosford Park Hotel 20 5 4 11 65 89 -24 19
Royal Hotel 19 4 6 9 61 82 -21 18
Foresters 19 3 7 9 69 82 -13 16
Whitmore 20 4 4 12 62 91 -29 16
Despite three draws and a loss within their last six matches, returning side the Peeping Tom clung on to top spot, and still managed to finish 5 points clear of the Carousel, who showed a marked improvement from their fifth place finish last year.

Last years Division Six winners, the Bulls Head, finished the season out at Rileys Hertford Place under the new name of Rileys 8 Bulls. The “Bulls” took the step up in class in their stride, and just failed by 3 points in their quest to catch the Carousel. They did, however, finish a staggering 13 points clear of the Devonshire Arms, who took fourth place.

Just 3 points covered the teams in fourth place through to seventh and the same margin covered the teams in eighth through to eleventh.  Finishing bottom of the Division were the Whitmore, losing out on frame difference to the Foresters. Having now been relegated for two years on the trot, I’m sure Steve Rowland will do all that he can to avoid a repeat of the same next year.
Play-offs
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Monday Division Five
team p w d l f a dif pts
Hub 20 11 7 2 95 65 30 40
Royal Warwicks 20 10 8 2 94 66 28 38
Barras Social Club 'B' 20 9 4 7 87 73 14 31
Broad St RFC 'B' 20 10 1 9 80 79 1 31
Howitzers 20 9 3 8 80 80 0 30
Old Dyers Arms 20 8 5 7 83 77 6 29
3 Horseshoes Eagles 20 6 6 8 75 85 -10 24
Hare and Squirrel 20 6 5 9 75 85 -10 23
Rose and Crown - WR 20 5 7 8 73 87 -14 22
Travel Coventry 20 5 3 12 68 89 -21 18
Old Crown 'B' - WR 20 5 3 12 66 90 -24 18
First and second places in Division Five were effectively decided in the penultimate match of the season when the Hub beat the Royal Warwicks. The Hub haven’t lost a league game since October, and finished 2 points clear of a Royal Warwicks side that have finally shown their true potential after a few years languishing near the bottom of the division.

The Barras Social ‘B’ and the Broad Street ‘B’ both finished 7 points behind the runners-up, and only frame difference could separate them.  Last years Division Seven champions, the Howitzers, looked on course to add the Division Five title to their bow, but defeats in the last four matches of the season put paid to that, and they eventually finished in fifth place.

Once again, the division proved very competitive, and just 9 poits was the difference between third place and ninth. Travel Coventry and the Old Crown ‘B’ both finished on 18 points, with the Windmill Road side taking the bottom spot on frame difference, despite wins in the last three games of the season.
Play-offs
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Monday Division Six
team p w d l f a dif pts
Rileys Bar 22 15 2 5 106 69 37 47
Red Lion 22 13 4 5 105 71 34 43
Three Horseshoes 22 12 5 5 99 70 29 41
Binley PMC 22 11 6 5 98 78 20 39
New Spires 22 11 5 6 98 75 23 38
Standard Bearer 'B' 21 10 2 9 87 75 12 32
Coundon Hotel 22 8 6 8 93 83 10 30
Foleshill Liberal 22 5 7 10 70 106 -36 22
Coombe Abbey Inn 22 6 5 11 80 96 -16 20*
The Bell 22 5 4 13 70 101 -31 19
Three Shuttles 21 5 2 14 62 102 -40 17
Flannelly's 22 3 6 13 67 109 -42 15
Rileys Bar was one of three teams entered by the Far Gosford Street venue, and they joined their Division One colleagues as champions by taking the Division Six crown by 4 points from newcomers, the Red Lion. The Lion looked on course for the title, but two draws and a defeat during the last month of the season cost them dear.

Fellow newcomers the Three Horseshoes headed the chasing pack, with the Binley PMC and the New Spires finishing a close fourth and fifth.
6 points further back saw the Standard Bearer and the Coundon reverse last seasons form. They in turn finished 8 points clear of the teams at the bottom of the division

Flannelly’s may have beaten the Three Shuttles in their final match of the season, but it didn’t stop them finishing bottom of the division, and dragging the Shuttles down with them.
Play-offs
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Monday Division Seven
team p w d l f a dif pts
Rileys Reprobates 14 12 1 1 80 32 48 37
Hastings 'A' 14 9 3 2 72 37 35 30
Corpus Christi 14 7 1 6 56 50 6 22
Rileys XX 14 6 3 5 57 50 7 21
Craven Arms - CS 14 6 2 6 53 57 -4 20
Adam and Eve 14 2 4 8 43 69 -26 10
King Edwards 14 3 1 10 32 73 -41 10
General Wolfe 14 1 5 8 42 67 -25 8
Division Seven was blighted by four teams not seeing the season out, but that didn’t stop Rileys Reprobates from securing a hat trick of wins for the Far Gosford Street venue.

The Reprobates dominated the division, losing just one match on their way to victory. Their 37 points haul from just 14 matches would have given them a top four finish in five of the other divisions, despite playing 8 matches less.

The Hastings ‘A’ improved on their mid-table finishes in the last two seasons to take the runners-up spot at the third time of asking. The Corpus Christi and Rileys XX finished just a point apart in third and fourth places, with the Craven Arms finishing a further point back in fifth. Finishing one place worse than last year, at the bottom of the entire league, was the General Wolfe, managing just one win all season.
Coventry Singles
"The quarter finals of this years Blue Riband event sees no less than seven Premiership players competing for the right to be called the ‘Best player in Coventry’. The last round of the Monday night singles saw eighteen players competing at this year’s sponsors, Reds, for the right to lift the Steve Ferguson memorial"
1st Round 2nd Round Last 16 Quarter-finals
Semi-Finals
match info
Vic Makh
Rileys 'A'
2 v 3 Martin Poole
Craftsman 'A'
match info
Roger Charles
Reds 'A'
1 v 3 Steve Mullen
Reds 'Select'
match info
Final
Steve Mullan 4 v 0 Martin Poole
Coventry Doubles
"We hoped that we wouldn’t see the slow tactical play that plagued the doubles finals over past years, but either way, a new partnership would have their names engraved on the Bob Rushton memorial trophy for the first time, and whoever won the final would consider themselves worthy champions"
1st Round 2nd Round Quarter finals
Semi Finals
match info
Mark White
and
Liam Farrell
Old Crown / Craftsman 'A'
0 v 3 Andy Edgington
and
Les Nash
Reds 'Select'
match info
Jamie White
and
John Beesley
Rileys Lounge/Rileys No SQ
3 v 0 Martin Poole
and
Chris Bryan
Craftsman 'A'
Final
match info
Andy Edgington
and
Les Nash
4 v 1 Jamie White
and
John Beesley
Monday Knockout Cup
"This year’s Knock-out cup will be decided between three Premier Division teams, and the Division Two team with the season’s biggest winning margin, and amongst others, includes last years winners and runners-up"
1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Last 16 Quarter finals
Semi Finals
The Premier Club ‘A’ had booked their place in the semi-finals with a comfortable five-nil away win at the Old Crown, avenging the five-three defeat they’d suffered there in the league the week before. They now faced Division Two runaway winners, the Potters Green.

The Potters had already taken out a Division One team on route to finals day, and wouldn’t be fazed at facing the Premier Division runners-up.

Reds Select had completed the double last year, winning both the Premier Division, and the Knock-out Cup. this year, having already lost the Premiership crown to Reds ‘A’, Martin had his team fired up to defend their crown, but they would have to get past at least one, possibly two, other Premier Division teams if they were to retain it.
Premier Club 'A' 5 v 0 Potters Green
Reds Select 5 v 3 Wheatsheaf 'A'
Final
match info
Reds Select 5 v 3 Premier Club 'A'
Alternative Cup
1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Quarter finals
Semi Finals
match info
Rileys Reprobates 2 v 5 Rose and Crown
Nugget
5 v 0 Craven Arms
Final
match info
Nugget 5 v 1 Rose and Crown
Rileys Challenge Cup
"Twenty six teams from Divisions Four through to Seven took part in the first round of this year’s Challenge Cup. Kindly sponsored by Rileys for a second year"
1st Round 2nd Round Quarter finals
Semi Finals
With the defending champions illegible to play, we would definitely see a new name on the cup, but would it be one of the three Division Four sides, or the remaining side from Division Five?
Howitzers
5 v 2 Devonshire Arms
Foresters
5 v 1 Butts Retreat
Final
match info
Foresters 5 v 4 Howitzers
Champion of Champions
"The Champion of Champions brings together the previous years League and Cup winners, to hopefully determine who really is the best team out there. The Craftsman ‘A’ had dominated this event in recent years, and were favourites to record a fifth consecutive win.
It would take a very good side to deny them"
1st Round Quarter Finals
Semi Finals
match info
Potters Green
1 v 5 Craftsman 'A'
match info
Rose and Crown
3 v 5 Old Crown
Final
match info
Craftsman 'A' 5 v 2 Old Crown
Monday Captain's Knockout
"A record 36 captains turned out for the first of the end of season subsidiary competitions, kindly sponsored by Reds Pool and Snooker Club"
Heats
Semi Finals
Despite being drawn in one of the preliminary matches, Reds Select's Martin Groves made it through in the top half of the draw. The only person that now stood between Martin and a place in today's final, was the Hare and Squirrel's Gary Startin. The defending champion proved too strong for Gary though, and he whitewashed his fourth opponent of the night.
Martin Groves 3 v 0 Gary Startin
The second semi-final of the night saw Reds 'A' captain Roger Charles up against Dave. Both players had only dropped one frame along the way, but an all Reds final wasn't to be, and three time winner Pukka booked his place without dropping a frame.
Roger Charles 0 v 3 Dave Walkingshaw
Final
match info
Dave Walkingshaw
Craftsman 'A'
3 v 2 Martin Groves
Reds Select
Monday Aggregate Knockout
Heats
Semi Finals
A stern test faced Dale Worth in his quarter final, as he took on the Peeping Tom’s Mick Bull, who had beaten the Old Crown’s Mark White in the previous round. Mick did prove to be a tougher opponent, but only succeeded in taking one frame.
Dale Worth
Rileys 'A
2 v 1 Mick Bull
Peeping Tom
match info
Adam Prewett
Wallace Wanderers
won v lost tbc
Final
match info
Dale Worth
Rileys 'A'
3 v 0 Adam Prewett
Wallace Wanderers
Charity Speedpool Challenge
"Now in it’s sixth year, this year’s charity event sees another four teams competing for the £100 to be donated by the City Pool League to a charity of the winning team’s choice. Each team of four people will be randomly drawn against another team, and the team that clears the table the quickest will go through to the final"
Potters Green - Baby Lifeline
Reds 'A' - Guide Dogs for the Blind
Rileys 'A' - Breast Cancer
Warwickshire Youth - Meningitis Trust
The four teams invited this year are headed by defending champions, Reds ‘A’, who took the title last year from four time winners, and previously undefeated, Craftsman ‘A’. Trying to beat them today, are Division One champions, Rileys ‘A’, Division Two Champions, Potters Green, and the Warwickshire Youth team recently crowned National Youth County Champions.
Final
match info
Winners n/a Runners-up
Reds 'A' Warwickshire Youth
Ladies Knockout
"As with last year, the Ladies knock-out again had a disappointing turn out of just 8 for the Reds sponsored event"
Heats and Semi Finals
The bottom half of the draw, saw the 2004/5 champion Joanne McClaughlin reach the final for the third year on the trot, also dropping just one frame along the way. Joanne’s whitewash of the Spencer Club’s Lauren Cliffords was actually much closer than it reads, but set up a semi-final clash with defending champion Ruth Venn. Joanne stepped her game up a gear, and avenged last years defeat at the hands of the Bishopsgate ‘A’ player, beating Ruth by the same three-one scoreline that she’d lost by in last year’s final.
Joanne McClaughlin
Old Crown
3 v 1 Ruth Venn
Bishopsgate ‘A’
Hazel Payne, representing Rileys 23, was the first though to today’s final, dropping just one frame in seven. A three-nil whitewash of the Hub’s Gurd Knights, was followed by a three-one defeat of Tara Meadows, Hazel benefiting from the Butts Retreat player potting the cue ball no less than eight times. Tara will be hoping to make amends next year after being knocked out in the semi-final for the second consecutive year.
Hazel Payne
Rileys 23
3 v 1 Tara Meadows
Butts Retreat
Final
match info
Joanne McLaughlin
Old Crown
3 v 0 Hazel Payne
Rileys 23
Under 18's
"The final event sponsored by Reds this year was a new competition aimed at the younger generation. Surprisingly, the future of the City Pool League was represented by just 12 people keen to be the first under 18 champion"
Heats and Semi Finals
Daniel Payne joined his sister Hazel at today’s finals, but didn’t have things all his own way. The Rileys 23 player went two-nil down to the Foresters Richard Burnett in his opening match, before fighting back to win by three frames to two. In the first semi-final, Daniel beat the City Supporters Connor Treacy three-one, despite Connor having disposed of both his earlier opponents by the same scoreline.
Daniel Payne
Rileys 23
3 v 1 Connor Treacy
City Supporters
In the bottom half of the draw, it was no surprise to see the Wheatsheaf ‘A’s Kristi Caulfield make it through, as despite his young years, Kristi has played at the top level for a number of years.   Kristi opened up with a three-one defeat of the Peeping Tom’s Lewis Deeley, before despatching Lewis’s team mate, and brother, Ben Deeley in the semi-final, dropping just the one frame again.
Kristi Caulfield
Wheatsheaf 'A'
3 v 1 Ben Deeley
Peeping Tom
Final
match info
Kristi Caulfield
Wheatsheaf 'A'
3 v 1 Daniel Payne
Rileys 23
Wednesday Division One
team p w d l f a dif pts
Premier Club 14 13 0 1 84 42 42 39
Rileys - Far Gosford St 14 11 0 3 82 44 38 33
Reds 1 14 9 0 5 74 52 22 27
Royal Warwicks 14 7 0 7 65 61 4 21
Wheatsheaf 14 7 0 7 64 62 2 21
Rileys SQ 14 4 0 10 56 70 -14 12
Rileys - Hertford Place 14 4 0 10 47 79 -32 12
Three Horseshoes 14 1 0 13 32 94 -62 3
As well as the change from BAPTO to Blackball rules, the Wednesday format was also changed from 7 singles frames to 6 singles frames, and 3 doubles frames. Once again though, the division was blighted by teams dropping out, and only eight teams finished the season.

The Premier Club didn’t get off to the best of starts, losing the opening fixture to defending champions Reds 1. That was though, the only match they lost all season, and they regained the crown they’d lost last year to Reds 1, who this year finished a distant third.  Sandwiched between the two were last years newcomers to Wednesday rules, Rileys Far Gosford Street, finishing 6 points behind Jamie Connolly’s Station Street West side, but 6 points in front of Simon Curry’s defending champions. Another 6 point gap, and only frame difference separated the Royal Warwicks from the Wheatsheaf in fourth and fifth places respectively. Similarly, the two teams playing out of Rileys Hertford Place could only be separated by frame difference, finishing 9 points further down the table. Finishing bottom of the division were the Three Horseshoes, managing just one win all season.
Wednesday Singles Knockout
Round 1 Last 16 Quarter-Finals
Sponsored by Reds this year, first through to the final was host Martin “Corner” Kirby. Although Martin claimed to have “played rubbish” in his opening match, it didn’t stop him from beating snooker ace Mark White by three frames to one, before despatching the Wheatsheaf’s Alex Pyatt by the same scoreline.  He faced Roger “Jumbo” Clarke in the semi-final. Roger had already disposed of the Wheatsheaf’s Damien McClarnon and Kristi Caulfield without dropping a frame. This didn’t faze “Corner” at all, and he went on to beat “Jumbo” by three frames to nil, despite sinking the cue ball twice in the final frame.
Martin Kirby
Reds
3 v 0 Roger Clarke
Premier Club
Liam farrell dropped two frames on his way to the semi-final, first beating Reds 1 player Callumn Mulhern by three frames to one, before beating another Reds 1 player, Roger Charles, by the same scoreline.

Simon had had a much tougher time of things, first beating the Premier Club’s Jim Badland by three frames to nil, in a match much closer than the scoreline suggests. He then beat Liam’s team mate, Vic Makh, in an exciting match that went right to the wire.

Unfortunately for Simon "Beast" Curry, either the earlier matches took their toll, or his luck ran out. Either way, Liam Farrell emerged victorious, again dropping just the one frame to secure his place at today’s showpiece. “Beast” must have wondered what he had to do to reach the final, after losing out to Liam in the semi-final for the second successive year.
Simon Curry 1 v 3 Liam Farrell
Rileys FGS
Final
In another case of déjà vu, this was a repeat of last years final, but would history repeat itself, or would there be a new name on the trophy? Facing Martin "Corner" Kirby was Rileys Far Gosford Street player, and defending champion, Liam Farrell.
Liam Farrell
Rileys FGS
4 v 0 Martin Kirby
Reds
Wednesday Three Man Knockout
1st Round 2nd Round Quarter-Finals
Semi Finals
The first semi-final saw defending champions, Premier Club 1, taking the plumb draw, having to beat the Royal Warwicks 3 team to reach their fifth final in as many years. The Station Street West side of Jamie Connolly, Glenn Dunn, and Roger Clarke had enjoyed their fair share of sherbets during the day, and it looked like they were going to pay the penalty, as they fell two-one behind to the Tower Street squad of Dean Kirkman, Los Wallace and Mark Tiley. That was, however, as bad as it got, and the Premier trio showed just why they like to call this trophy their own, as they rattled off the next four frames to record a five-two win.
Premier Club 1
Jamie Connolly
Glenn Dunn
and Roger Clarke
5 v 2

Royal Warwicks 3
Dean Kirkman
Los Wallace
and Mark Tiley

In the second semi-final, the Reds 1 team from the City Centre had the tougher match, drawing the competition favourites from Rileys, but luckily for them, the Far Gosford Street side was weakened by the absence of Mark White. “Weakened” may seem a strange word to use, given that Rileys still had a very strong, and capable side in Callumn Mulhern, Liam Farrell, and Mick Adams. That said, the Reds 1 team of Roy Pontefract, Martin Groves, and Rich Hughes proved the better, and they also ran out comfortable five-two winners.
Reds 1
Roy Pontefract
Martin Groves
and Rich Hughes
5 v 2 Rileys FGS
Callumn Mulhern
Liam Farrell
and Mick Adams
Final
In a year featuring more repeats than the BBC, these two sides met in the final held two years ago, where the Reds 1 side emerged victorious. After being knocked out in a shock quarter final result last year, would Reds 1 regain the crown they won two years ago, or would the defending champions, Premier Club 1, retain their crown, and in doing so win the title for an unprecedented sixth time. Whatever the outcome we were in for an exciting final.
Reds 1
Roy Pontefract
Martin Groves
Rich Hughes
5 v 4

Premier Club 1
Jamie Connolly
Glenn Dunn
Roger Clarke

Wednesday Captains knockout
Heats and Semi Finals
Again kindly sponsored by Reds, 6 out of a possible 8 Captains turned out for this free knock-out competition.First through was the Premier Club skipper Jamie Connolly. Having been gifted a bye in the first round, he was pushed all the way by the Royal Warwicks Dean Kirkman in the semi-final. Having already beaten Rileys SQ captain Derek Harrison in the first round without dropping a frame, Dean carried on where he’d left off and took the first frame. Jamie fought back though, and despite some uncharacteristic poor play by the defending champion, and five time winner, he scraped through, winning by three frames to two.
Jamie Connolly
Premier Club
3 v 2 Dean Kirkman
Royal Warwicks
In the bottom half of the draw, Rileys captain Indy Oujla was also gifted a bye in the first round, and faced Pete Champs in the semi-final. Pete, representing Rileys Hertford Place, dropped just one frame against Monday finalist Martin Groves in the first round, living up to his “Pistol Pete” nickname with his gun ho approach. That carried on in the semi-final, as he also took the first frame, but unfortunately for “Pistol”, his luck finally ran out, and Indy booked his place in the final without dropping another frame.
Indy Oujla
Rileys - FGS
3 v 1 Pete Champs
Rileys - HP
Final
match info
Jamie Connolly
Premier Club
3 v 1 Indy Oujla
Rileys - FGS
Wednesday Aggregate Knockout
Heats and Semi Finals
With a slightly better turnout than the week before, 7 players took part in this years Wednesday Aggregate knock-out, the second of the Wednesday subsidiary competitions being sponsored by Reds.

Before the competition started, League Chairman, and former winner, Roger Clarke, said that he would be disappointed if he didn’t make it through to the final. In his first match he faced Wheatsheaf star player, Kristi Caulfield, and things didn’t look good for Jumbo, as Kristi quickly took a two frame lead. This seemed to spark the Premier Club cueist into life, as he turned the tables, and won the next three frames without missing a pot.

The hosts were represented by Callumn Mulhern, and a three one beating of Rileys Far Gosford Street’s Kully Singh set up a semi-final match against Roger. Unfortunately for Callumn, Roger really had got his eye in now, and he breezed past the Reds 1 aggregate winner without dropping a frame.
Roger Clarke
Premier Club
3 v 0 Callumn Mulhearn
Reds 1
In the bottom half of the draw, Rileys SQ’s John Beesley got the better of the Royal Warwick’s youngster, Jon McAllister by three frames to one, and set up a semi-final clash against another Hertford Place player, Pete Champs, who was gifted the only bye of the night. Pete had his fair share of chances against John, but failed to take any of them, and Beesley booked his second appearance here today with a comfortable three nil win.
John Beesley
Rileys SQ
3 v 0 Pete Champs
Rileys - HP
Final
match info
John Beesley
Rileys SQ
3 v 1 Roger Clarke
Premier Club
Wednesday Knockout Cup
1st Round Quarter-Finals
Semi Finals
This year’s league title had proved a close affair between the Premier Club, and Rileys Far Gosford Street, so I guess it is only fitting that the same two teams do battle in the Knock-out cup as well.

Rileys booked their place in the final after beating the Binley PMC in their semi-final. A seven-two drubbing in the first leg was followed by a ‘no show’ by the Grange Avenue side for the second leg, automatically putting Indy Oujla’s team through.
Rileys - FGS 7 v 2 Binley PMC
The second semi-final wasn’t as straight forward, as the Premier Club took on the defending champions, Reds 1. These two teams between them, had won this cup for the last four years, and a close match was expected.

Jamie Connolly’s side took a six-three advantage from their home leg, needing just four frames from the away leg to secure victory. Reds skipper, Simon Curry, had his team fired up for the second leg though, and they took the first three frames on the night, bringing the aggregate result to six frames apiece, with six frames to play. In an exciting conclusion, four of the next five frames went the way of the away side, bringing the score to four-four on the night, and an overall result of ten-seven in favour of the Premier Club.
Premier Club 10 v 7 Reds 1
Final
Would the Premier record their third victory of the campaign over Rileys, and win the League/Cup double for the first time, or would Rileys overcome their apparent hoodoo? Who was to know, but either way, a close result was expected and came to be.
Premier Club 5 v 4 Rileys - FGS

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