Tight at the top as pool season draws to a close

ARBROATH and District Pool League’s Division One title will be decided by a head-to-head between current champions Ram’s Heid (2) and Abbey (1) who are both well clear of the chasing pack and only separated by a single point.

Burns Bar (1) are clear in third place and Portcullis (1) and Letham Hotel (1), who drew 6-6 on Tuesday, will fight it out for the fourth and all-important cup seeding place for next season.

In the potential relegation battle, Pageant need to win their last two games and hope for dropped points from either Ram’s Heid (1), Legion (3) or Stag who are not 100 per cent safe yet!

In Division Two, the clash between joint leaders Portcullis (3) and second-placed Ship Inn certainly lived up to its pre-match billing. Porty (3) drew first blood but some nervy shots allowed Ship to keep them close and prevent a gap from developing. At the tail-end it was Ship who were stronger and they won the singles 5-3. However Porty mounted a big comeback winning the first three doubles and edged 6-5 up but were unable to get over the line and Ship took the last frame for the draw.

Both teams demonstrated some great play under pressure, including a couple of decent long blacks from tough positions.

Joint leaders Legion (1) beat Burns Bar (2) so they are one point clear of Portcullis (3) and two clear of Ship Inn but anything can happen in the last two games.

In fourth place, Fishermans are only a point behind Ship Inn so have an outside chance to get involved but it’s in Legion’s hands and Porty (3), Ship and Fishermans must win both of their two remaining fixtures and hope Legion slip up. A play-off remains a strong possibility.

Division One

Results: Newgate 5, Portcullis (2) 7 Legion (3) 5, Burns Bar (1) 7 Railway Inn (1) 5, Ram’s Heid (1) 7 Abbey (1) v Ram’s Heid (2), match postponed; Pageant 5, Stag 7; Portcullis (1) 6, Letham Hotel (1) 6.

P W D L Pts

Ram’s Heid (2) 19 17 2 0 36

Abbey (1) 19 17 1 1 35

Burns Bar (1) 20 15 2 3 32

Portcullis (1) 20 11 4 5 26

Letham Hotel (1) 20 10 5 5 25

Newgate 20 6 4 10 16

Portcullis (2) 20 5 3 12 13

Railway (1) 20 6 1 13 13

Stag 20 4 4 12 12

Legion (3) 20 3 6 12 12

Ram’s Heid (1) 20 3 5 12 11

Pageant 20 3 2 15 8

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

Division Two

Results: Station 12, Abbey (2)* 0; Victoria Bar 0, Bowlers 12; Letham Hotel (2) 5, Legion (2) 7; Portcullis (3) 6, Ship Inn 6; Burns Bar (2) 2, Legion (1) 10; Fishermans 12, Railway Inn (2) 0.

P W D L Pts

Legion (1) 20 15 3 1 33

Portcullis (3) 20 14 4 2 32

Ship Inn 20 14 3 3 31

Fishermans 20 14 2 4 30

Station 20 13 2 5 28

Burns Bar (2) 20 8 3 9 19

Legion (2) 20 8 3 9 19

Letham Hotel (2) 20 6 2 12 14

Bowlers 20 4 6 10 14

Railway (2) 20 4 4 12 12

Abbey (2) 18 1 2 15 4

Victoria Bar 13 2 0 11 4

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

r Abbey (2) have pulled out of Division Two due to lack of players. All remaining fixtures are thereby awarded as 12-0.

IM #2

Results and fixtures in the SPA Individual Membership (IM) #2 event are as follows.

Round one: results - Jonathon Cargill lost to Gordon Dickson, 6-1; Sean Hardwick lost to George Fairweather, 6-4; Gareth Ruxton beat Michael Bastow 6-1.

Fixtures - Steve Hamilton v Steve Webster; Mark Crozier v Stuart Campbell; Watty Preston v Scott MacEwan; Euan Sharpe v Paul Kelly; 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 as follows: 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 texted to Graham Dunbar.

Willie McCartney competition

The draw and results in the Scottish Pool Association’s Willie McCartney Competition are as follows.

Results: section six - Dale Leith beat Drew Webster, 6-2; section two - Sean Hardwick beat Craig Humphries, 6-5; section 10 - Scott MacEwan received a w/o from Jonathon Cargill; section 13 - Andy Braid lost to Roy Middleton, 6-5.

Fixtures (prelims): section seven - Jimmy Balfour v Grant Forsyth; section eight - Steve Webster v Richard Anthistle; section 10 - Ian Anderson v Martin Cherry; section 11 - Gordon Dickson v Paddy Nicoll; section 12 - Steve Hamilton v Tom Dye.

These preliminary fixtures must be completed by no later than this Sunday (April 24).

Outstanding fixtures are: section one - Neil Walker v Ricky Dewars; Dave Smith v Gareth Ruxton: section two - Walter Preston v Duncan Low: section three - Richard Patterson v Steve Hardwick; Dave McFarlane v John Maud: section four - Sandy McAllan v Euan Sharpe; Garry Mitchell v Gordon Smith: section five - Brian Craig v Bobby Bell; Gavin Cargill v Steve Hallam: section six - Craig Dawson v Stuart MacDonald: section seven - Garry Duff v Jimmy Dear: section eight - Mitchell Longmuir v George Fairweather: section nine - Jim Falconer v Michael Bastow: section 10 - Ian Anderson v Martin Cherry: section 11 - Steve Reid v Craig Brown: section 12 - Tam Comrie v Ryan MacKenzie: section 13 - Craig Fairweather v Neil Davidson.

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

All matches will be arranged between the players themselves at a neutral time/date/venue. If players cannot agree, the committee will set a time/date for the game to be played but hopefully this will not happen.

Format will be the same as last year, best of 11 frames, race to six. All results to be texted or ‘phoned to the usual pool mobile.

The finals will be played over the weekend of May 28 and 29. While it is appreciated that some players have entered this competition without checking their diaries, players should be aware if they beat an opponent and then do not go onto the grand finals, they have effectively wasted the opportunity for another ‘grassroots’ player to experience the unique atmosphere these events generate, so please consider that when scheduling your matches.

‘Scotch’ Doubles

The third playing of the Ram’s Heid ‘Scotch’ Doubles takes place tomorrow Saturday. Sign-in is 10.30 a.m. for a prompt start. Entry fee is £20 per pair. Format is Scotch Doubles which means alternate shot, rather than alternate visit.

The following 16 pairs are entered: 1, Graham Dunbar and Greg Alexander; 2, Colin Brown and Davy Jack; 3, Davie Williams and Gary McLeish; 4, Garry Mitchell and Paddy Nicoll; 5, Jimmy Pollock and Josh Brannan; 6, John McHugh and John Pollock; 7, Davy Penman and Steve Selvey (holders); 8, Davy McFarlane and Jonathon Cargill; 9, Roy Middleton and Gordon Dickson; 10, Martin Cherry and Steve Hamilton; 11, John Maud and Billy Watson; 12, George Fairweather and Dale Leith; 13, Ryan Tenbruck and Billy Anderson; 14, Peter Robertson and Mark Duncan; 15, Stevie Anderson and Tam Smith; 16, Gareth Ruxton and Stuart Smith.

Contact Graham Dunbar with any questions.

Race night

Arbroath and District Pool League’s annual fund-raising race night will be held next Friday, April 29, at the Royal British Legion Scotland’s Green Street hall at 7 p.m. The night will consist of seven main races, an auction race plus other events.

Tickets are £2.50 each and can be bought from Graham Dunbar. The ticket will allow the holder one free-drink. Food will be provided by the venue.

All players, captains, wives, partners are welcome.

Committee meeting

There will be a full committee meeting on Monday, April 25, at 7.30 p.m. in the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms. A full attendance is required as this will likely be the last meeting before finals day and there is a lot to discuss.