No change at the top of Arbroath pool leagues

RAM’S Heid (2) recorded a demolition job over Letham (1) on Tuesday to hold on to top spot in Sidey Division One of Arbroath and District Pool League.

Portcullis (1) also recorded a victory to maintain their challenge, only one point behind.

In Division Two, Stag played host to Letham (2) and won convincingly to stretch their lead at the top of Division Two to three points, as Ship Inn went down to Bowlers who leapfrogged them into second place.

Sidey Division One

Results: Fishermans (2) 7, Legion (3) 5; Legion (1) 4, Portcullis (1) 8; Letham (1) 1, Ram’s Heid (2) 11; Portcullis (2) 4, Railway Inn (1) 8; Portcullis (3) 2, Cliffburn (1) 10; Ram’s Heid (1) 5, Burns Bar (1) 7.

P W D L Pts

Ram’s Heid (2) 9 8 1 0 17

Portcullis (1) 9 7 2 0 16

Cliffburn (1) 9 7 1 1 15

Burns Bar (1) 9 6 1 2 13

Railway Inn (1) 9 6 1 2 13

Fishermans (2) 9 3 1 5 7

Ram’s Heid (1) 9 3 1 5 7

Letham Hotel (1) 9 1 3 5 5

Portcullis (2) 9 2 1 6 5

Legion (1) 9 1 2 6 4

Portcullis (3) 9 1 2 6 4

Legion (3) 9 0 2 7 2

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

Division Two

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

P W D L Pts

Stag 9 8 1 0 17

Bowlers 9 7 0 2 14

Ship Inn 9 6 1 2 13

Station 9 6 0 3 12

Burns Bar (2) 9 5 0 4 10

Fishermans (1) 9 5 0 4 10

West Port Bar 9 3 4 2 10

Letham Hotel (2) 9 4 1 4 9

Cliffburn (2) 9 2 2 5 6

Pageant 9 1 3 5 5

Legion (2) 9 1 0 8 2

Railway Inn (2) 9 1 0 8 2

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

Grassroots competition

The Arbroath and District Pool League Grassroots competition at the Cliffburn Hotel on Saturday saw a record number of 120 entries and one of the strongest fields ever for this event.

Winner was Ian Anderson, Portcullis (1), who received the top prize of £150, a shield and a keepsake trophy. He beat Kent Mitchell 4-2 in the final. Kent received £75 and a keepsake trophy for his efforts. During the course of the day both players produced excellent performances and both thoroughly deserved their place in the final.

The full list of results from the event is available on the Arbroath Pool website (www.arbroath.scottishpool.com )

Thanks were extended to Bobby Din and R. Koli at the Cliffburn Hotel for making all the players feel welcome and for supporting this event.

Super 15s

The Arbroath A squad will travel to Craig Tara, Ayr, this weekend to compete in the Super 15s ‘A’ event.

The squad comprises Gordon Smith (captain), Steve Webster, Garry Mitchell, Jonathan Cargill, Roy Middleton, George Fairweather, Stuart Smith, Graham Dunbar, Greg Alexander, David Jack, Steve Hallam, Paddy Nicoll, Steve Hamilton, Gordon Dickson, Dave McFarlane and Gary McLeish.

Kelbie Metals singles and doubles

Entries are now being taken for this year’s premium Arbroath and District Pool League events, the Kelbie Metals singles and doubles. The entry fee remains at £3 per player for the singles and £4 per pair in the doubles.

Entry forms have been distributed to all captains, but are also available for download from the Arbroath Pool website. The deadline for entries for both competitions is Tuesday, December 13, at 7 p.m. All entries must be handed into the Ram’s Heid on the appropriate forms for the attention of the match secretary or treasurer or handed to them in person.

Scotch Doubles

At this year’s annual general meeting it was agreed to introduce a new tournament for this season, the ADPL Scotch Doubles. Depending on entries and interest this may become an annual tournament. Entry will be £4 per double. Depending on entries there will be a qualifying round held on January 11, 2012, with the finals being held on Saturday, January 28.

Rules are Scotch Doubles, which means players take alternative shots within the same visit, i.e., player one makes a pot and then player two makes the next pot. Players, therefore, are leaving the white in position for their partner to play from.

This is vastly different to the traditional ADPL doubles where each player takes separate visits.

More importantly, players are allowed to talk before each visit starts. Players can talk again between shots but they only have one minute to do so, unlike the ADPL doubles where discussions are not permitted between shots. As such the frames tend to be quicker and more open with less talking. Those players who have played these rules in practice speak highly of them and hence the introduction of this new tournament.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, December 13, at 7 p.m. All entries must be handed into the Ram’s Heid on the appropriate forms for the attention of the match secretary or treasurer or handed to them in person.

Tayside Singles

It is Arbroath’s turn to host the Tayside Singles again this year and the deadline for entries is Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 7 p.m. to allow the draw to be carried out in advance. The tournament will be held on January 21 at the Cliffburn Hotel. Dependent on entries, it is hoped that races will begin with best of five.

The sign-in time will be dependent on entries and will be announced after the deadline for entries has passed. As a guide, players should be prepared for a 9.30 a.m. sign-in time. Entry fee is £5 per player. All entries must be handed into the Ram’s Heid for the attention of the match secretary or treasurer or handed to them in person.

Tayside Doubles 2011/12

It is Dundee’s turn to host the Tayside Doubles event this year and the deadline for entries is Wednesday, December 7, to allow the draw to be carried out in advance. The tournament will be held on Saturday, December 10, at The Old Mill, Dundee, with races best of five to begin with. The sign-in time is 11 a.m.

Entry fee is £10 per double. All entries must be handed into the Ram’s Heid for the attention of Graham Dunbar or handed to him in person.