Davie wins Portcullis Singles

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DAVIE Williams defeated George Fairweather 4-2 to win this year’s Portcullis Singles. The winner was presented with £170 and the new trophy and the runner-up received £90.

To set-up the final, Davie beat Kevin Brown 3-1 in the semi whilst George got the better of Tam Walkinshaw by the same scoreline in the other semi. This was a good run of form by both Kevin and Tam who received £40 each.

Quarter-finalists, who received £15 each, were Andy Braid, Steve Hardwick, Paddy Nicoll and Jonathan Cargill.

Thanks were extended to George and Lorraine Williams who got the pleasure of presenting the trophy to their ‘loon’.

The headhunter prize went to Ian Anderson who continued his giant-killing recent form by beating holder Graham Dunbar 3-2 in the last 64.

The pool league extended thanks to all the players who supported this event and provided a record 71 entries, despite being close to Christmas and on the back of a busy spell. It is hoped next year’s event can return to an earlier (and warmer) slot in the calendar.

Arbroath & District Pool League

Sidey Division One

Results: Burns Bar (1) 7, Ram’s Heid (2) 5; Portcullis (3) 5, Fishermans (2) 7; Legion (1) 10, Railway Inn (1) 2; Portcullis (2) 5, Letham (1) 7; Cliffburn (1) 6, Portcullis (1) 6; Ram’s Heid (1) 7, Legion (3) 5.

Fixtures: Portcullis (3) v Legion (1); Burns Bar (1) v Letham (1); Fishermans (2) v Portcullis (1); Ram’s Heid (2) v Portcullis (2); Legion (3) v Railway Inn (1); Cliffburn (1) v Ram’s Heid (1).

Division Two

Results: Bowlers 4, West Port 8; Fishermans (1) 6, Stag 6; Letham (2), Ship Inn; Legion (2) 9, Cliffburn (2) 3; Pageant 7, Burns Bar (2) 5; Railway Inn 2, 6 Station 6.

Fixtures: Railway Inn (2) v Burns Bar (2); Pageant v Cliffburn (2); Letham (2) v Fishermans (1); Legion (2) v Ship Inn; West Port v Stag; Bowlers v Station.

League pool takes a break until January 17.

Competition entries

As a final reminder, the deadline for entries for Arbroath and District Pool League’s Kelbie Metals Singles, Doubles and Scotch Doubles is Tuesday (December 13) at 7 p.m.

All entries must be handed in to the Ram’s Heid on the appropriate forms for the attention of the match secretary or treasurer, or handed to them in person. The entry fee remains at £3 per player for the singles and £4 per pair in the doubles and Scotch Doubles. Entry forms have been distributed to all captains, but are also available for download from the Arbroath Pool website.

Ship Inn relocating

Due to the recent closure of the Ship Inn all remaining home fixtures scheduled for the Ship Inn will be held at the St Tams.

New ordinary member

This week, Euan Sharpe stood down as an ordinary member of the Arbroath and District Pool League committee. Thanks were extended to Euan for his efforts over the past few years. He has been instrumental in securing much needed funding during his tenure.

On that note, the committee is now inviting names to be put forward for the position as an ordinary member for the remainder of this season.

Any interested parties can post their interest on the website at www.arbroath.scottishpool.com or contact Gordon Smith or Michael Bastow by telephone/text with their note of interest on or before Sunday, December 18.

A committee meeting will be held the following night and the person selected will be informed by the secretary shortly thereafter.

Fund-raiser

It has been agreed that this year’s Royal Rumble event will be held at the Cliffburn Hotel on Tuesday (December 13). All those who have entered are asked to sign-in at the hotel by 7.45 p.m. to ensure a start at 8 p.m. prompt.

In addition to those committed to playing, those who have not expressed interest in playing are also invited to come along and enter with the draw for each Rumble being carried out on the night.

Time permitting, it is envisaged that further activities will be played out on the night, such as a three-man speedpool event and 14-1.

This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to have a break from league pool and have a fun evening, and also help raise funds for the ADPL.

SPA Super 11s

All players interested in taking part in the SPA Super 11s should contact Gordon Smith, Roy Middleton or Graham Dunbar. Players should note their interest by close of play on Sunday, December 18, with the teams being selected the following night.

The interest gained will ultimately determine the number of teams that the league will be entering, but it is hoped that Arbroath can continue with four teams, similar to last year.

The fees remain at £36 per player. These will be due by, at the very latest, January 30, to allow time for collation and arrangement of payment, by the treasurer to the SPA the next day.

The ‘A’ event will be played at Craig Tara, Ayr, over the weekend of March 9, 10 and 11. The ‘B’ event will be played at Pettycur Bay, Kinghorn, over the weekend of March 16, 17 and 18.