Ram’s Heid (2) slip up in title race

RAM’S Heid (2) lost out to Division One leaders Portcullis (1) at home on Tuesday to slip to second place in the league. Portcullis (1) share top spot with unbeaten Cliffburn (1) who won comfortably at home against Letham (1).

In Division Two, leaders Bowlers could only draw at home with lowly Station (2) allowing second-placed Portcullis (3) to reduce the deficit to only one point thanks to a hard-fought victory over Cliffburn (2).

Three teams, St Tam’s, West Port Bar (1) and Fishermans are snapping at the leaders’ heels with 14 points.

Division One

Results: Abbey 7, Ram’s Heid (1) 5; Cliffburn (1) 9, Letham (1) 3; Newgate 9, Legion (1) 3; Railway (1) 12, Stag 0; Ram’s Heid (2) 5, Portcullis (1) 7; Station (1) 0, Portcullis (2) 12.

P W D L Pts

Portcullis (1) 11 10 0 1 20

Cliffburn (1) 11 9 2 0 20

Ram’s Heid (2) 17 8 2 7 18

Portcullis (2) 11 6 0 5 12

Railway (1) 11 6 0 5 12

Newgate 11 5 2 4 12

Abbey 11 4 1 6 9

Legion (1) 11 4 1 6 9

Letham (1) 11 2 4 5 8

Ram’s Heid (1) 11 2 1 8 5

Station (1) 11 2 0 9 4

Stag 11 1 1 9 3

Division Two

Results: Bowlers 6, Station (2) 6; Fishermans 7, Legion (2) 5; Legion (3) 5, St Tams 7; Letham (2) 6, Railway (2) 6; Portcullis (3) 7, Cliffburn (2) 5; West Port (2) 7, West Port (1) 5.

P W D L Pts

Bowlers 11 8 1 2 17

Portcullis (3) 11 7 2 2 16

St Tams 11 6 2 3 14

West Port Bar (1) 11 6 2 3 14

Fishermans 11 5 4 2 14

West Port Bar (2) 11 5 3 3 13

Legion (3) 11 4 3 4 11

Letham (2) 11 2 5 4 9

Station (2) 11 3 2 6 8

Cliffburn (2) 11 1 6 4 8

Railway (2) 11 1 3 7 5

Legion (2) 11 0 3 8 3

League pool now takes a break for the fund-raising event on Tuesday and for the festive season. League fixtures will re-commence on Tuesday, January 15.

Fund-raising event

It has been agreed to continue with the annual Arbroath and District Pool League fund-raising event. In previous years, a Royal Rumble event was held and it has been agreed to continue with this format, with £2 entry per player.

This year’s fund-raiser will be held at the Cliffburn Hotel on Tuesday (December 18). All those wishing to enter will be required to sign-in by 7.45 p.m. to ensure a prompt start at 8 p.m.

Last year there was also a three-man Speedpool competition, with teams drawn out at random. This was well received by all the players and will be played again this year.

This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to have a break from league pool and have a fun evening, whilst also help raise funds for Arbroath and District Pool League.

Tayside Singles

It is Dundee’s turn to host the Tayside Singles event and the deadline for entries is Tuesday, January 22, at 8 p.m. to allow the draw to be carried out in advance. The tournament will be held on Saturday, January 26, at the Old Mill, Dundee.

Depending on entries, it is hoped that races will begin with best of five. The sign in time will be 10.30 a.m. Entry fee remains at £5 per player. Michael Bastow will be collating the Arbroath entries and these must be handed into the Ram’s Heid for his attention or handed to him in person.

Super 11s

Players who wish to represent Arbroath at the Scottish Pool Association (SPA) Super 11s events next March are asked to contact any committee member. Players can also post their interest on the relevant thread on the pool website (www.arbroath.scottishpool.com ). However, in a change from previous years, 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.

Players should note that the SPA has increased the accommodation fees to £40 per player.

The deadline for expression of interest is Tuesday, January 22. Players must also note that in committing to taking part they can be selected for a team that may travel to Craig Tara on March 8, 9 and 10, or Pettycur Bay on March 15 and 17. The teams will be selected the following night with the remainder of the fees due no later than Tuesday February 5.

If you have any questions, contact match secretary, Michael Bastow.

Kelbie Metals Singles

The Arbroath and District Pool League Kelbie Metals Singles will begin on Tuesday, January 8. A total of 137 players have put their names forward which means a preliminary round is required.

The following players were drawn at the venues below:

Cliffburn: Ryan McGregor, Sean Hardwick*, James Jackson, Glen McEvoy, Christian Watt, Neil Walker.

Legion (bar): Dave Barthorpe, Ricky Dewars, Craig Humphreys, Josh Longmuir, Kevin Duncan, Richard Paterson*.

Portcullis (bar): Nomie Braes, Shane Twaddle, Callum Paton, Josh Donaldson, Roy Middleton*, Ian Anderson.

* denotes controller.

Players should note it there will be a strict sign-in time of 8 p.m. on the night. There will be three matches at each venue providing three qualifiers. All matches are the best of five frames. Lag the first frame only, then alternative breaks.

Referees must be in place for all matches. Upon completion of the first match, winners will referee the oncoming match. Controller to text the match secretary with qualifiers from their venue upon completion of the matches.