TWO ARBROATH teams competed in the Scottish Pool Association Super 11s B competition at Pettycur Bay Caravan Park, near Kirkcaldy, at the weekend. The event attracted 31 teams from all over Scotland.
The B3 team, led from the front by Railway Inn’s Jim Falconer, was unlucky to lose all six of their group matches, although three of them were by the slim margin of 6-5.
They went down to Arbroath B2 in the opening match 6-5, but suffered two heavy defeats to Edinburgh PA B2, 9-2, and Prestonpans, 8-3. They improved in their last two matches but suffered close defeats against The Scottish Ladies and Uddingston B2, both by a 6-5 margin.
Given that the Arbroath team contained eight debutants out of the 12-man squad this was still a worthwhile endeavour that will blood the youngsters and give them valuable experience at playing at a higher level and intensity.
Particular mention should be made of Kris Cameron and Craig Humphries and veteran George McKiddie who all performed well at this level.
The B2 team, captained by Burns Bar (1)’s Watty Preston, had better fortunes winning five out of their six group matches and just missing out on top spot by a single frame!
After the win over Arbroath B3 in the ‘derby’, they went on to beat Prestonpans, 7-4. They suffered a tight 6-5 defeat by Edinburgh PA B2 in the next game but recovered to beat Falkirk B2 7-4 and Uddingston B2 6-5 before thrashing the Ladies 8-3. However they then exited the competition at the last 16 knock-out stage to a street-wise Glasgow B3 outfit by 6-2.
Although it was a disappointing end for the players, they can take heart for a much improved overall performance from last year. The team’s two debutants, Mark Crozier and Lindsay Palser, both acquitted themselves well.
Results in the last 16 ties in the Knock-out Cup competition are as follows: Letham Hotel (2) 9, Bowlers 4; Ram’s Heid (2) 7, Stag 6; Abbey (1) 7, Letham Hotel (1) 6; Railway (1) 6, Newgate 7; Burns Bar (2) 6, Portcullis (1) 7; Fishermans 6, Portcullis (2) 7; Portcullis (3) 4, Burns Bar (1) 9.
Station received a walkover as Victoria Bar have since withdrawn from the leagues.
The seven losing sides now drop into the last 16 of the Consolation Cup, the draw for which will be made at the next committee meeting.
Players return to League action on Tuesday.
Fixtures: Newgate v Pageant; Burns Bar (1) v Ram’s Heid (2); Railway Inn (1) v Portcullis (1); Ram’s Heid (1) v Letham (1); Legion (3) v Abbey (1); Portcullis (2) v Stag.
Fixtures: Station v Burns Bar (2); Bowlers v Ship Inn; Letham (2) v Fishermans; Legion (2) v Railway Inn (2); Victoria Bar v Portcullis (3); Abbey (2) v Legion (1).
Charity four-man team event
Confirmed and paid entries so far for this year’s Charity Four-man Team qualifier are listed below. Unfortunately, it is a few teams short of previous years so the league is hoping that all team captains will discuss the situation with their players as soon as possible and see what they can do by way of entries.
Legion 1A - Chris Smith, Ken MacPherson, Colin MacPherson, Gordon Taylor; Legion 1B - Billy Roberts, Jimmy Rennie, Ewen Wilkie, Frank Ebsworth; Ship Inn - Jeff Barthorpe, Lindsay Palser, Matt Paton, Richard Crowdar; Portcullis 2A - Alan Scott, Alex Cargill, jnr., Sean Hardwick, Colin Smith; Portcullis 2B - Luke Lawson, Gavin Cargill, Philip Caird, Ryan MacKenzie; Portcullis 3A - Craig Humphries, Willie Craib, Scott MacEwan, Paul Kelly; Portcullis 3B - Graham Birse, Stuart Campbell, Stephen Humphries, Arthur Ramsay; Bowlers A - Dave Barthorpe, Drew Johnston, Mark Wilkie, Dougie Robb; Bowlers B - Craig Robertson, James Cowie, Seonaid Wishart, Stevie Talbert; Legion 3 - Alex Whyte, Alan Reid, Garry Craig, Shane Twaddle; Railway 1 - Scott Miller, Craig Fairweather, Tam Comrie, Jim Falconer; Portcullis 1A - Steve Webster, George Fairweather, Davie Williams, Dale Leith; Portcullis 1B - Steve Hardwick, Euan Sharpe, Garry Duff, Tom Dye; Ram’s Heid 1A - Roy Middleton, Steve Hamilton, Michael Bastow, Graham Dunbar; Ram’s Heid 1B - Greg Alexander, Garry Mitchell, Davy Jack, Jonathon Cargill; Ram’s Heid 1C - Martin Cherry, Paddy Nicoll, Gordon Dickson, Lee Strachan; Abbey 1 - Steve Hallam, Scott Strachan, Sandy McAllan, Andrew Braid; Burns Bar 2 - Rick Hannah, Mark Gray, Kevin Hardie, Mark Farquharson; Station - Ian Anderson, Mark Donald, Craig Dawson, Scott Teviotdale.
Entries are still expected from Abbey (2), Burns Bar (1), Fishermans, Legion (2), Letham Hotel (1), Letham Hotel (2), Newgate, Pageant, Ram’s Heid (1), Railway Inn (2) and Stag.
The draw will be made at Monday’s committee meeting so the deadline for entries will be Monday, March 7.
Blank forms are available at the Portcullis and online in the ‘downloads’ section of the website.
This event will consist of a Tuesday night qualifier on March 15, and no league pool will be played that night. The winners will then go on to the finals on Sunday, March 27.
Entry remains only £10 per team of four players maximum. Players do not have to play for the same team - mixed teams are permitted. Bear in mind that after a tie is played, you may only be permitted to bring in new players to replace unavailable ones provided they have not played in the competition previously.
Willie McCartney competition
This year’s SPA Willie McCartney finals (the competition was formerly the SPA Grassroots) has been moved to a new slot on the calendar of Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, at the Corner Pocket, Falkirk.
The entry fee remains £5 and deadline for entries is tomorrow (Saturday) to allow them to be paid and names submitted to the SPA. As before, the more names the Arbroath league submits, the more qualifiers it will get through.
The format is a local qualifier first with the winners going on to represent Arbroath in the finals. Local qualifiers will be arranged as before - by the players contacting each other (within set deadlines) and arranging their own ties at mutually agreed times/venues.
All qualifying ties are again best of 11 frames, offering excellent value for £5.
Riley’s 11s Challenge
Arbroath have submitted two late entries to the Riley’s Coatbridge 11s Challenge which takes place tomorrow (Saturday). At the time of going to press, the teams had not been selected.
Travel will be by private car as arranged by the players themselves. The event is not due to start until 12.45 p.m., but the venue will be open from 11 a.m. for practice. Graham Dunbar will contact all players with the dress code and the meeting time at McDonalds prior to departure.
There will be a committee meeting on Monday ( March 7) in the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms at the usual time of 7.30 p.m. Draws will be made for the singles, doubles and Consolation Cup competitions.