'Final match of the season sees Gold confirmed as Champions!’
The inaugural season of the Stanground Carpets & Flooring sponsored Peterborough World Rules Pool League came to a close this week with the final matches being played out on the 21st September and, Court Gold were on their travels for the final time, away to the Heron Warlords. Gareth Mears kicked off proceedings for the Warlords with a ‘break & dish’ however, with their eye on taking the title, Gold then stepped up and smashed out the next 7 frames in a row leaving the Warlords with a mountain to climb going into the final session. The match win for Gold was confirmed in the 11th frame by Joel Scott and with the final 4 frames then shared 2 a-piece, this comfortable win for Gold saw them take the League Title, with Gold’s Sam Boome also finishing top of the averages in the league overall. With an outstanding fixture for the Heron Warlords for the season not being played out, the Warlords finish the season in 7th spot with Ian Lea finishing top of the averages within the Warlords team. Final Score: Heron Warlords 5 – 10 Court Gold
Crosskeys Silver finished the season with no match at all by virtue of a ‘Bye Week’ and, despite also having an outstanding fixture not being played out this season too, Silver manage to hold on to and secure the runners-up spot in the league table overall. Mick Defraine finished top of the averages within the Crosskeys Silver team.
Court Larking About hosted Bluebell R Back and while, there was little chance for either team to make much headway on the teams above them in their respective table positions, both would have wanted to have seen the season out with a win none-the-less. Larking About took the first session 4-1 including a ‘break & dish’ from Lewis Roberts and things didn’t get any better in the second session for the Bluebell team with Larking About taking all 5 frames, including Dom Cooney confirming the match win in the 9th frame. Whilst Bluebell did take the final session 3-2, Larking About had no real issues in this convincing win which sees them secure 3rd spot on the final table standings, Lewis Roberts finished top of the averages within the Court team. Bluebell R Back saw the season out mid-table in 5th, with Luke Watkins finishing top of the averages within the Bluebell team. Final Score: Court Larking About 11 – 4 Bluebell R Back
Court By The Cops travelled to the PSL Lions and whilst their bottom-of-the-table status was already confirmed for the Lions going into this last match of the season, they also knew that it was going to be an uphill task to try and get their second win of the season too. It was the best start for the Lions though when Roy Hasdell took the first frame however, the Cops could not have responded any better by then taking the next 8 frames in a row with Glenn Cripps confirming the win in the 9th frame. Whilst the final session was a much closer affair with the Cops just ‘nicking’ it 3-2, the match win for the Cops sees them finish the season in 6th spot and with Glen Cripps finishing top of the averages within the Cops team. Whilst the Lions ended the season at the foot of the table, Stephen Edgley finished top of the averages within the PSL Lions team. Final Score: PSL Lions 4 – 11 Court By The Cops.
The moral of this final story? ‘Daylight is never a guarantee of success!’ Quinns Muppets hosted the Court Posties form the other side of the city in their final match of the season and this was your typical ‘to & fro’ affair. The Muppets raced into a 3-0 lead, including a ‘break & dish’ by Paul Dewey, only then for the Posties to return the favour by taking the next 3 themselves. It was then the turn of the Posties to repay the favour of the first session by also taking the following 3 frames, with Darren Hope performing a ‘break & dish’ in the 8th, and in doing so, putting a sizable chunk of daylight between themselves and the Muppets….6-3! With the next two frames shared one frame a-piece, it left the Muppets needing to climb a mountain if they were to get the match win by not losing any of the last four frames. With every ball a pressure shot, Anthony Pask, Paul Dewey and Phil Brown took a frame a-piece to square the match up perfectly for a very nervy, last frame decider! Len Donnelly for the Muppets went head-to-head against Mark ‘the Grinder’ Killick for the Posties and this frame saw the latter live up to his nick-name by finally confirming the overall match win for the Posties….a very hard fought win against tough opposition. This final match of the season sees Quinns Muppets finish in 4th spot with Phil Brown finishing top of the averages within the Muppets team and, the Posties down in 8th but well clear of the final 9th spot – Darren Hope finished as top of the averages within the Posties team.
Final Score: Quinns Muppets 7 – 8 Court Posties.
3 matches from earlier in the season were also played out this week:
Re-arranged from 7th July:
Quinns Muppets v Court By The Cops – a close win for the Cops
Final Score: Quinns Muppets 7 – 8 Court By The Cops 8.
Re-arranged from 10th August:
Court Posties v Crosskeys Silver – a comfortable win for Silver
Final Score: Court Posties 5 – 10 Crosskeys Silver
Re-arranged from 24th August:
Quinns Muppets v Court Gold – easy passage for gold
Final Score: Quinns Muppets 4 – 11 Court Gold
The PWR Pool Competitions come to a close next with the finals of the Wednesday and Thursday Singles and Scotch Doubles on 27th and 28th respectively – these will be Live-Streamed out of The Court venue so, log-in to view or better still, come down and support! Thanks!