Final sets of fixtures likely to lead to exciting conclusion

AS WE head to the last game of the season, things are nicely poised at the top of both divisions in Arbroath and District Pool League.

In Division One, the rescheduled game between table toppers Abbey 1 and Rams 2 will take place on Tuesday, May 10. Before then, both teams have to negotiate tricky matches against Burns Bar 1 and Portcullis 1, third and fourth place, respectively.

Rams 2 could win the league outright next Tuesday, but only if they beat Portcullis 1 and Abbey lose to Burns Bar 1. That would create an insurmountable three-point gap with only one game remaining. If both teams come through next Tuesday without dropping points then May 10 will be the league decider.

At the foot of Division One, Pageant will definitely be relegated provided the league set-up remains at 24 teams next year. They could potentially be joined by Ram’s Heid 1 or Stag who are on 12 and 11 points respectively.

In Division Two it is similarly tight. With all top-three teams winning, we head to the last games with Legion maintaining a narrow one-point lead over Portcullis 3 who are one point clear of Ship Inn.

Legion 1 can win the league outright, but only if they beat fourth placed Station at home in the last game. Any dropped points could see Portcullis 3 or Ship Inn steal in to win it or force the division into a play-off. Portcullis 3 face a sticky away tie to Bowlers, while Ship Inn have to win at home against Fishermans (also fourth).

Division One

Results: Portcullis 2 2, Legion 3 10; Burns Bar 1 6, Railway Inn 1 6; Ram’s Heid 1 3, Abbey 1 9; Ram’s Heid 2 12, Pageant 0; Stag 5, Portcullis 1 7; Letham Hotel 1 7, Newgate 5.

P W D L Pts

Rams Heid (2) 20 18 2 0 38

Abbey (1) 20 18 1 1 37

Burns Bar (1) 21 15 3 3 33

Portcullis (1) 21 12 4 5 28

Letham Hotel (1) 21 11 5 5 27

Newgate 21 6 4 11 16

Legion (3) 21 4 6 12 14

Railway (1) 21 6 2 13 14

Portcullis (2) 21 5 3 13 13

Stag 21 4 4 13 12

Ram’s Heid (1) 21 3 5 13 11

Pageant 21 3 2 16 8

Fixtures: Portcullis 2 v. Railway Inn 1; Burns Bar 1 v. Abbey 1; Pageant v. Ram’s Heid 1; Ram’s Heid 2 v. Portcullis 1; Stag v. Newgate; Letham 1 v. Legion 3.

Division Two

Results: Abbey 2 0, Victoria Bar 0; Bowlers 12, Letham Hotel 2 0; Legion 2 1, Portcullis 3 11; Ship Inn 7, Burns Bar 2 5; Legion 1 7, Fishermans 5; Railway Inn 2 5, Station 7.

P W D L Pts

Legion (1) 21 16 3 1 35

Portcullis (3) 21 15 4 2 34

Ship Inn 21 15 3 3 33

Fishermans 21 14 2 5 30

Station 21 14 2 5 30

Burns Bar (2) 21 8 3 10 19

Legion (2) 21 8 3 10 19

Bowlers 21 5 6 10 16

Letham Hotel (2) 21 6 2 13 14

Railway (2) 21 4 4 13 12

Abbey (2) 18 1 2 15 4

Victoria Bar 13 2 0 11 4

Fixtures: Abbey 2 v. Letham 2; Bowlers v. Portcullis 3; Legion 2 v. Burns Bar 2; Ship Inn v. Fishermans; Legion 1 v. Station; Railway Inn 2 v. Victoria Bar.

Knock-out Cup

On Wednesday (May 4), the quarter-final ties will be played. The four winners will go onto Finals Day on May 22 at Seaton Estate.

Fixtures: Letham Hotel (2) v Rams Heid (2); Abbey (1) v Newgate; Portcullis (1) v Portcullis (2); Station v Burns Bar (1).

SPA Individual Membership (IM) #2

Results and fixtures are as follows:

Round one: results - Euan Sharpe beat Paul Kelly 6-5; Gareth Ruxton beat Michael Bastow 6-1.

Fixtures - Steve Hamilton v Steve Webster; Mark Crozier v Stuart Campbell; Watty Preston v Scott MacEwan; Martin Cherry v Kent Mitchell; Brian Craig v Roy Middleton; John Maud v Kenny McMillan.

Round two: fixtures - Paddy Nicoll v Richard Patterson; George Fairweather v Steve Hardwick.

Deadlines for completion of each round are: round one ties to be completed by no later than Sunday, May 1. Round two ties to be completed by no later than Sunday, May 15. Final qualifying ties to be completed by no later than Sunday, June 5.

Result to be ‘phoned or sent by text to Graham Dunbar.

Willie McCartney competition

Draw and results so far are:

Results: preliminary ties - Jimmy Balfour beat Grant Forsyth 6-4; Steve Webster beat Richard Anthistle 6-0; Ian Anderson lost to Martin Cherry 6-4; Gordon Dickson gave w/o to Paddy Nicoll 6-0; Steve Hamilton beat Tom Dye 6-0.

First round - Neil Walker lost to Ricky Dewars 6-5; Walter Preston beat Duncan Low 6-1; Graham Dunbar beat Roy Middleton 6-2.

Outstanding first round fixtures - Dave Smith v Gareth Ruxton; Richard Patterson v Steve Hardwick; Dave McFarlane v John Maud; Sandy McAllan v Euan Sharpe; Garry Mitchell v Gordon Smith; Brian Craig v Bobby Bell; Gavin Cargill v Steve Hallam; Craig Dawson v Stuart MacDonald; Scott Ord v Dale Leith; Garry Duff v Jimmy Dear; Colin Smith v Jimmy Balfour; Mitchell Longmuir v George Fairweather; Chris Gray v Steve Webster; Jim Falconer v Michael Bastow; Davy Jack v Davie Williams; Steve Reid v Craig Brown; Scott Teviotdale v Paddy Nicoll; Tam Comrie v Ryan MacKenzie; Stuart Smith v Steve Hamilton; Craig Fairweather v Neil Davidson.

These ties are to be completed no later than Sunday, May 8.

Final Qualifying fixture - Sean Hardwick v Watty Preston.

This tie is to be completed by no later than Sunday, May 22.

Race night

The annual fund-raising race night will be held tonight (Friday) at the Royal British Legion Scotland’s Green Street hall at 7 p.m. The night will consist of seven main races plus an auction race and other events, bottle toss etc., Food (stovies) will be provided during the night.

Simply put, the higher the turnout on the night the more fundscan be generated for the league which is turn will be used to benefit all levels of the ADPL, including a planned coaching programme from the SPA for the younger players. All players, captains, wives, partners are welcome.

Ram’s Heid “Scotch” Doubles

Congratulations to Dundee’s Jimmy Pollock and Josh Brannan who defeated Arbroath pair Graham Dunbar and Greg Alexander 5-3 in the final on Saturday. A full 16 pair turnout ensured a steady turnover of frames on the day.

Thanks were extended to Richie Jones of the Ram’s Heid for sponsoring. The winners received £200 with the runners-up taking home £100.

Howden’s Joinery Dundee 2011 Arbroath Open

This event, the last one-day singles of the calendar, will be played on Saturday, May 21, at Seaton Estate. It is open to all players, whether they are registered or not. An invite is extended to all players from leagues out with Arbroath.

The last two seasons there has been a magnificent field of over 70 players and the league is hopeful it will grow further. The competition will again be played over six of the best quality pool tables and races are best of five to begin with, and depending on entries, may increase for the later rounds.

Entry fee is £5. Format will be black ball rules with the option of imposing the one-minute rule to ensure a steady progress of matches.

Entry forms are being distributed around the venues so that players and captains can complete before the league games finish next Tuesday. The deadline for handing in completed forms and fees is Friday, May 20. These can be handed into Steve Webster in the usual manner.

Prize money will be a minimum £200 to the winner and all prize money will be paid out.