The final countdown!

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Arbroath and District Pool League’s 2014 AJ Beedie Jewellers Arbroath Open took place at Seaton House, Arbroath, on Saturday.

One hundred and three players were entered and would strive to become the 2014 Champion.

After a long battle to reach the semi-finals local players Graham Dunbar and Greg Alexander were still in contention and faced Ryan Fleming (Dundee) and Scott Dunbar (Perth) in their respective matches. Graham was unlucky and suffered a 5-2 defeat, whilst Greg reached the final with a 5-1 victory.

The final was played in great spirit and both players showed the quality that got them there. Unfortunately Ryan found Greg to be in great form and couldn’t stop him from lifting the title with a 6-2 win.

This fine win for Greg was the start of a very successful weekend for him.

Thanks to AJ Beedie who are now in their third year of sponsoring this event and also to Seaton Country Club for hosting the event.

Finals Day

Finals day took place at Seaton House on Sunday.

Merchants who won the Consolation Cup, defeating a very good Burns team by seven frames to three in the final.

This is the Merchants’ first year within the ADPL, so well done to the team for their hard work and efforts.

In the quarter-finals, Portcullis (3) defeated West Port Bar (1) 7-6, Burns Bar saw off Fishermans 7-4, Merchants won 7-5 against Cliffburn (2) and Bowlers (1) beat Legion (1) 7-4.

Portcullis (3) played Burns Bar on the last day of the season this year and were trounced 12-0. They looked to exact revenge for that defeat in the semi-finals of the cup.

After starting well the Portcullis (3) couldn’t contain a rampant Burns team and were facing the exit door after the singles and trailed 6-3. Portcullis (3) then started a comeback and got themselves back into the match at 6-5 only to fail at the next hurdle and tumble out by a 7-5 scoreline.

Another Division One match-up in the second semi was 2-2 after the first four frames. Bowlers (1) couldn’t contain the Merchants for much longer though and it was quickly 6-3.

Merchants then grabbed their opportunity to clinch a place in the final with the next frame to run out 7-3 winners.

Burns Bar would face Merchants in the final of the Consolation Cup and sample a taste of what is to come next season in the top division.

A strong Burns Bar team went into the final with spirited hopes of causing an upset.

Merchants on the other hand, wanted to win their first trophy since establishing less than 12 months ago.

The first four frames were shared and it looked like the teams may go to the wire. However, Merchants found another gear and established a 6-3 lead and got themselves to within one frame for victory. Merchants then clinched victory in the next frame with a 7-3 win.

Commiserations to Burns Bar who looked to do the League and Cup double but just ran out of steam at the final hurdle. Congratulations to Merchants, Consolation Cup Champions 2013/14.

Knockout Cup

The semi-finals of the Knockout Cup were filled with the top four teams within Division One this season. The line-up saw League 1 Champions, Portcullis (1), take on runners-up, Ram’s Heid (2) and Cliffburn (1) play Abbey.

In the first semi-final, Cliffburn (1) secured a nailbiting 7-6 win after a decider.

Ram’s Heid (2) faced an undefeated Portcullis (1) team in the other semi and were aiming to inflict Portcullis’ first defeat of the season and they did just that with a fine 7-3 win.

Rams went on to secure a 7-0 victory over Cliffburn (1) in the final, a fine victory.

ADPL Kelbie Metals Doubles

The final of this competition is played out on Finals Day each year and was contested by Martin Cherry/Greg Alexander v Garry Mitchell/Nicky Denson.

Both teams set out their stalls early doors and the score was 2-2 after four frames. Nothing could separate the teams. However, a couple of errors from Garry/Nick would see Martin/Greg stretch their lead to 4-2 and within touching distance of the title. The seventh frame saw Martin/Greg pounce on a chance which was finished well and secured them the title. Garry/Nick were unlucky and on another day may have found themselves lifting the title.

Congratulations to Martin/Greg, ADPL Kelbie Metals Doubles Champions 2013/14.

ADPL Kelbie Metals Singles

This ADPL Flagship event starts in January and is a long slog to get to the last 16 at Finals Day. With over 140 players entered the eventual winner will have fully earned their place as champion.

This year’s semi-final line-up shared no less than 11 singles titles between them.

The first semi-final, Greg Alexander v Gordon Dickson, was a re-run of last year’s final and would give Greg the opportunity to exact revenge for last year’s final defeat. Gordon was aiming to return to the final for the second year in succession.

Both players showed some great ability throughout this semi-final and were locked at 2-2. It was an epic battle but Greg managed to dig deep and find the two frames for victory and won 4-2.

Gordon can give himself a pat on the back though, another great run from him and just fell short of getting to defend his title.

Seven of the shared titles in the semi-finals were among David Jack and Jonathan Cargill.

Jonathan was chasing an elusive victory over David after several defeats to him in recent competitions.

David, on the other hand, was not ready to go home either.

The match was quickly 1-1 before both players would share the next four frames and it was 3-3. A tense decider for that elusive final spot saw Jonathan make the most of his opportunity and managed to secure a 4-3 victory.

Greg Alexander and Jonathan Cargill have faced off in the final on two previous occasions.

These were in 2000/01 and again in 2004/05. On both occasions Jonathan was successful and came out on top. Greg was looking to find his fourth singles win and equal brother-in-law Jonathan’s haul.

Both players were brimming with confidence and potting balls but Jonathan would find himself agonisingly missing out in several frames with his last couple of pots. Greg was able to step in and take his opportunity and secured victory with a 5-0 win.

Unlucky Jonathan, congratulations to Greg, ADPL Kelbie Metals Singles Champion 2013/14.

A special note for the statisticians, Greg won the Arbroath Open the day before and completed an unprecedented quadruple of titles this year winning the Arbroath Open, ADPL Consolation Cup, ADPL Kelbie Metals Doubles and ADPL Kelbie Metals Singles.

A tremendous feat which may never be achieved again.