Arbroath Pool League finals day round-up

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The curtain was drawn on another exciting Arbroath and District Pool League season at Seaton House over the weekend.

Another great weekend of pool was on show with the Arbroath Open played out on Saturday and finals day on Sunday.

This is the fifth year that finals day has been held at Seaton Estate and Arbroath and District Pool League committee extended thanks to the owners for continuing to support the sport and to all the players and spectators who attended over the weekend.

Knock-out Cup

The Knock-out Cup semi-finals saw Portcullis (2) produce a spirited display and prove they meant business by securing a momentous 7-4 victory over defending champions Ram’s Heid (2) and book their berth in the final. Meanwhile Letham (1) were dismantled by Portcullis (1) in a 7-3 scoreline.

An all Porty final saw Portcullis (2) take an early 4-0 lead. Looking to protect their lead and get over the line the pendulum started to swing in favour of Portcullis (1) who recovered and found themselves trailing 5-4 after the singles. Momentum continued with Portcullis (1) who took the next three frames, with captain Davie Williams getting the winning frame for his team.

Consolation Cup

The first Consolation Cup quarter-final was a clash between Division One teams Railway (1) and Legion (1). Legion (1) looked to avenge their recent league defeat but fell short and lost out 7-5. Newgate faced recent Division Two champions, Bowlers. Bowlers showed no fear and ran away with a convincing 7-1 score. Abbey faced Fishermans in the third quarter-final. There was no repeat of a Division Two upset here and Abbey won through 7-5. In the last quarter-final, St Tams and Ram’s Heid (1) went all the way to a decider and St Tams showed cool composure to win 7-6.

In the semi-finals, Railway (1) looked to go one stage further than last season and reach the final. After some nervy frames they secured their berth with a 7-4 win. The other semi-final was a somewhat one-sided affair with St Tams taking another Division One scalp, this time in the form of Abbey, with a 7-1 win.

Railway (1), having knocked out the defending champions, Legion 1, were high in confidence in the final. St Tams were in similar spirits having taken two Division 1One scalps en route to the final. However, it wasn’t to be for St Tams as Railway (1) secured a 7-4 win and the title.

Kelbie Metals Doubles

The ADPL doubles final this year was an all Cliffburn affair with Steve Hallam and Gareth Ruxton looking to secure an unprecedented ‘triple crown’ adding the ADPL doubles to their ADPL Scotch Doubles and Tayside Doubles titles. Their opponents, teammates Scott Strachan and Alex Cargill, stood in their way and proved they were not going to lie down. Scott and Alex played some excellent pool and clinical finishes to secure a 5-1 victory.

ADPL Kelbie Metals Singles

Gordon Dickson who, after trying since the ADPL Singles inception in 1979, finally got his hands on the trophy, defeating long-time friend Greg Alexander 5-4. Greg capitalised on Gordon running out of position in the first frame and took the lead for one nil. Gordon then produced some excellent pool to nudge himself in front at two-one. He looked to stretch his advantage but let Greg back in. Greg took his chance and it the match was all-square at two all.

It was then Greg’s turn to produce quality execution of shots. After snookering himself, he swerved the cue ball around the red balls to pot his last yellow and then take the frame for three-two. Greg quickly took the next frame to lead four-two and put him “on the hill”.

Gordon showed true grit and determination and produced two great finishes to square the match at four frames all. Gordon was first to strike but broke down on his last yellow. However, Greg missed his next pot and let Gordon back in.

Under immense pressure, Gordon stroked in two fantastic shots to win the frame and secure the title of ADPL Kelbie Metals Singles Champion 2012/13. Those who witnessed the final will agree that this was one of the best in recent times.

This was a valiant effort by both players producing high quality pool, not just in the final, but throughout the day fully justifying their places in Arbroath’s flagship event.

Charity presentations

At finals day, the Arbroath and District Pool League presented two cheques, for £500 each, to Macmillan Cancer Support and DEBRA.

They were handed over by league president Gordon Smith with players from the pool league looking on.

SPA Scottish Singles

Entries are now being taken for the SPA Scottish Singles. Players should note the entry fee has been increased to £10 per player. It was previously £5. However, those players who are members of the IM Series this year will receive a £5 rebate.

The closing date for Arbroath entries is Saturday, June 1.

Players are reminded that the qualifier and national finals are still some time away but players cannot be entered after this date.

A local qualifier will be held where players will compete to play at the national finals, which will be held over the weekend of November 2 and 3 at the Erskine Bridge Hotel, Erskine, Renfrewshire, PA8 6AN, with a guaranteed prize fund of £5,000.

SPA Scottish Doubles

Entries are also being taken for the SPA Scottish Doubles. Entry fee is £10 per double.

The closing date for Arbroath entries to this event is Saturday, June 1. The qualifier and national finals are still some time away but players cannot be entered after this date.

A local qualifier will be held where teams will compete to play at the national finals, which will be held on Sunday, October 13, at Pennies, Falkirk.

Entries for both Scottish competitions should be handed to Michael Bastow or Roy Middleton direct or handed in to the Ram’s Heid in a sealed envelope for their attention.

Anyone handing monies in should clearly mark who the money is from and inform Michael that they have dropped their entry fee off.

Super 15s

This year’s Scottish Pool Association Super 15s Premier and First Division events will be held at Haven, Craig Tara, Ayr, over the weekend of November 8, 9, 10. The Division Two event will be held at Pettycur Bay, Kinghorn, Fife, over the weekend of November 15, 16 and 17.

As yet, the teams do not know where they will be travelling and as such players are, respectfully, asked to make themselves available for both weekends.

Arbroath and District Pool League has to inform the SPA at the July meeting of the number of teams the league wishes to enter. Teams will not be permitted to enter after this date. Again, similar to the Super 11s, players are being asked for a commitment to these events and as such a £20 non-refundable deposit is required. If you are subsequently not selected for any of the teams you will get your money refunded. If a player withdraws after being selected then they will lose their deposit.

To that end ADPL needs to start gathering interest for its teams. The interest list will close on Saturday, June 29. The names will be collated and passed to the selection committee for team selections.

Any player interested or those who have any questions please contact the match secretary Michael Bastow on 07921 722033.

Willie McCartney competition

Arbroath qualifiers in the SPA Willie McCartney Competition will travel to Cue Here, Airdrie, to compete in this weekend’s national finals.

They are Jeff Barthorpe, Jonathan Cargill, Martin Cherry, Steve Hamilton, Dale Leith, Roy Middleton, Richard Paterson, Gordon Smith and Steve Webster.