Reports from Moppy and Captain Power on the Erith Snooker Master8ers pool games...
News and Match Reports
It was time to go and see our old friends Erith B. they left last season to find a pub atmosphere.
The brewers is where they landed.
And to be fair. the table didn't look great, on the fast side but it was level and played well.
Was always going to be a banter night as we had Darren playing for us now and he use to play for Erith B/Brewers
So Kev turned his banter level up to 11. We also turned the Jukebox on to Rock the pub setting :)
This seem to have inspired us and 1 by one the away team kept notching up wins. Certainly the best team performance by us this seasons.
All the singles we won. Some obviously were close, but we took the chances well we each got us a win.
6:0 by sandwich time and Kev had found a Banter level 12 setting!
We carried on in the same vein in doubles and soon we had our first whitewash for many a moon. A stato man like me probably should know when we had the last one. A quick check showed none last season.
Result: 9:0. Great team performance. Need to say no more :)
MOM: Had to be Darren. Tough to play old team and he gets some stick but he played well to get both wins.
A return to our old haunt. We use to play pool from Great Harry many moons ago.
Would it be good experience. In short no. More like a horror movie.
Up first was Pinkie. Looked like he was on for a finish but a kick or bad positional shot left him just off straight on last ball down the rail. He potted it but lost the white to behind the black. A missed snooker then cost him the frame. 0-1
New boy capped Darren up next and was a little nervous on his first outing for Erith D, and he slipped to another defeat. 0-2
Proper Kev followed as well and suddenly 0-3 down!
Mop up next and he managed to put the first frame on the board for the away team. 3-1
Rat potted the black in his first visit, shame all the other 14 balls were still on the table when he did it!
OSW saved the match being lost in singles and put number 2 on the board for Erith.
Doubles, we won the first to actually get back to 1 behind. But Mop/Pinkie lost next to lose the match. With only OSW and Proper Kev to get us up to 4 for the night.
Result: Another 4-5 loss. This could be a long season!
2 teams of 5. So a lot of picking to play again this week.
Our side Sherwood was off on holiday number 2 of 3 this winter. It's ok for some!
We started well.
Mop was a little lucky to get first win on board. Bill should of dished up on his first chance. But he snookered himself on last yellow and gave mop 2 shots. Who finished the game with a nice double.
Pinkie up second got the 2nd win on board. Followed by Proper Kev and Rat.
OSW lost his way in his frame and produced first win for Village.
this turned the tide..
as it soon turned to 4-4! After 2 doubles losses.
OSW restored the Erith D to top with a classy finish!
Result: 5-4 win. Looked to be going well but the wheels fell off the wagon in the middle order. As OSW says. A win is a win!
MOM: Was the spicy chicken wings :)
I'm afraid another bad day at the office.
Was a tough fixture personal wise this one. Me and Rat were ging to be late as had other events first. And Sherwood is still barred from Village Inn!
Luckily Blaster stepped in for a night as he had some errands to run for the night and could play singles.
But the start wasnt good. Pinkie, Blaster and Proper Kev failed to get a win in the first 3 frames...
Table was a bit ropey we shall say. There was the odd banana white shot! Am i becoming a pool table snob?? Not sure. But bad tables do make a lottery out of some nights. But to be fair there was a lot of bad play too.
OSW on a 4 winning streak made it 5 with our first win of the night.
Mop up late on as was late starter. Mop got stuck on last ball, which was never good v tactical mastermind Wimpy. Wimpy gaind the 2 shots but went out postion and then missed and cannoned the black in early. Mop luckily keeps his winner streak going!!
Rat couldnt keep the wins coming for master8ers. So went to 4-2 down
The kevs took the first doubles to keep win possible. But OSW/rat failed in second and Mop missed 1st chance to win last doubles, we didn't get a 2nd as DIP was on fine form.
Result: 3-6 loss Bad office days are happening too much. We never travel that well and it showed here.
MOM: DIP was on form for Village Inn.
A few new faces appeared for Railway A. Some from Railway B good to see teams mixing
New quote from Random snooker bloke at bar to Captain Pinkie
"You smell nice "
to which pinkie thought he might of pulled. But i'm afraid not.
On to the night of pool. Normal drunkenness behaviour ensued.
The "into pint game" started by Pinkie last week continued. 1st strike was by Pinkie last week by dropping the pound for the jukebox into Mop's Guinness.
Retaliation strike this week by Mop of adding spare red ball to Pinkie 1664 while he was holding it. Which then escalated to a mop Sandwich pint at the end of the night. Mop to move next in this game...
As to Pool. Pinkie first strike in league match with a well taken finish.
Sherwood broke his duck with his first win of the season. Still not the free potting player we know but started to put a few breaks together
Mop up next and bagged the most boring game title (ppl are not shocked at this). Mop had control of game but balls were all tucked up. A few snookers at the end but both players were escaped well. A chinese snooker on black led to a foul by Rolo and mop win. keeping up his win streak. *just!
Proper Kev played like he owned the table. (which he does!) and took out a good finish
OSW up 5th as Rat wasn't playing. OSW put the 5th win on the board.
Sherwood got picked again to play and looked a little more confident and pounced on the mistakes being made by Railway.
6-0 to erith. Wasn't quality pool by Master8ers but Railway were making too mistakes.
1st and last doubles went to Railway to make the score more respectable for them.
Result: another 7:2 win puts some more points on the board and hopefully continues the upwards movement on the league table. Up next tough away game (Village Inn)
Off round the corner for us in the rain.. to the running horses and the fastest table in the league.
It's a speed clothe that must of been supercharged too. Nice and flat though. But... The balls.. There were a bit on the old side and really didn't not play well. thee was a lot of shots missed all night and by all the players. I don't think everyone was having a bad night.
To the games luck played its part in a lot.
Pinkie up first fortunate snooker turned his game to his advantage.
Mop v Phil and mop missed several blacks before an inn-off from Phil sealed an easy black at the end for Mop
Kev M next after a quick pop back to Snooker club to fix the fosters.. Kev M got back on the winning path with probably the least scrappy frame of the night.
Big slice of luck for Brendon v Rat. An up and down double on his last ball clipped of Rats yellow and went flying into the middle and was on the black to win.
OSW held on in another scrappy win for Erith D.
Only 5 as Sherwood was on holiday.
Simon picked to play Mop again. And a missed last red cost Mop the game.
4-2 . good to be up at singles for a change!
Doubles we played a little better and actually took them all! things were getting blurry now So cant remember much of them!
Result: 7-2 win. We were a bit lucky at times . But with conditions like that you needed it!
Oak time again. Lost to Oak B 4-5 last week. Hoping for a better score this time, but it was better opponents.
Up first Pinkie v Phil T, A little bit of tic-tacs but not to much. Pinkie had to save the game with a pocket cover, but it just came out. Phil went for game and got it. 1-0
Quick fire frame next. Sherwood v Paul Clements. Was always going to be over in 1 or 2 visits. 2 it was, it was an excellent black to take win by Clements..
Mop v Mark Hill next. Break left a lot of work to do for game. So a bit of pocket covering. But first foul by mop gave a tough chance to Mark. He failed to take it and mop was given 2 to finish which he took. 13 wins on bounce!
Proper Kev missed a the black v Dave Avery (Not a falconwood player). Dave kept control from this point and got a win to make it 3-1
OSW and Rat both got wins to square it up after singles.
The same 2 put us in the lead for the first time in the match, with a good doubles frame.
But sherwood/Kev and Mop/Pinkie both failed to win to lose the slender advantage we had.
Result: another 4-5 loss! We have some work to do yet. But very early season we need to start performing soon. But it looks like all the teams are closely matched this season.
Week 2 was at Oak. To be fair., my favourite away table in the league. But i guess i do pop down there some Sunday nights so know it quite well.
Pinkie up first and Mop had predicted at the start of the day he would win. Mystic Mops prediction came true, as we started the nights score with a win. As for the game it was not one that has stayed in the memory banks.. I'm sure there were some good shots..
Sherwood v Steve S was always going to be a quick frame. And a total of 4 visits was all that was needed to end frame. Mistake by Sherwood lost the frame as he thought he still had 2 visits when he got to black. To be fair to Sherwood, the banter was high and the jukebox had music below on. that is a lot to content with as well as remember how many visits you had taken :)
Mop up next and quite a tactical battle. Mop pulled off some nice snooker escapes to keep in the frame. Then a couple of snookers by Mop forced a mistake by Dave and Mop cleared with a shot to spare for the second week running. Shame you can't store them up. Perhaps a rule change for next season :). 2 Shots carry to next league frame :)
Soon to be 2-2 as Real Kev couldn't match last weeks decent finish as he lost to a free potting Adam.
Rat got stuck in some snookers for the second week running. 2-3.
And OSW started his account for retaining his Karen Bell trophy with a nervy finish. 3-3
On to Doubles. Mop/Pinkie v 2 Steve's . A dry break by Mop passed the initiative to Oak B team. Pinkie/Mop were only playing containing shots from the start. Oak B played didn't make any mistakes and slowly took control of both bottom pockets. Last ditch attempt to put black safe by Mop failed and Steve S dished up
Sherwood dished up when given 2 shots in 2nd doubles match to make it a final frame shoot out. Bit like the footy at the time as Liverpool v Middlesbrough game was on 25+ penalty kick at the time :)
OSW/Rat failed and lost final frame to lose the night 4-5
Result: About same level performance as last week. We know we can play better as a team, but to be fair Oak B played well with their 5 players. Need to improve form quick
After a nice long break of pool and reports we start again for a new season!
Season has some change of personnel.
Stephen 'Blaster' Marsters - Off for a season loan to the Frank Smith League playing for Falconwood club.
Proper Kev - Owns the Erith Snooker Club. always handy ;)
Sladey - John Slade. Local pool mercenary as back up player. Could be very helpful addition
Match started with Pinkie v Gibbo. Bit of a role reversal here. It was Pinkie out potting the gibbo to start with.. But Pinkie got stuck on last colur and Gibbo then entered tactics mode to gain advantage and win.
Mop up next v Aaron. Dry break by Mop gave Aaron choice of colours, but he didn't make it pay and Mop turned the advantage around and got the win. His 10th straight singles win in the league...
Sherwood gave 2 shots away when trying to dish from break. Ross from Crayford took out his colours and black well with the 2 visits.
New boy Proper Kev pulled off a lovely finish v Scot. Proved he will be a valuable addition to the team.
Rat lost after he got stuck on last ball like Pinkie. Couple of snookers later and an easy finish for Gavin.
Mark Bell and Karen Miles winner Glen didn't get off to a great start. He met an in-form Dan Lovett who potted everything. Well jawed the black... But he escaped and potted a very tough shot next visit to make up for that...
2-4 down. Not a good start
But we showed some fighting spirit in Doubles. Mop should of cleared on his first visit but left a tight rail shot to get to the black. Few snookers later and Pinkie pulled off a lovely escape and snooker. Ross failed to get out of it and it was a simple finish for the Mop
OSW/Rat should of lost as Scot had simple black to win frame and night. But somehow missed it! I don't think we will see a bigger miss all season! Thanks Scot
4-4 but the tide had turned. Proper Kev and Sherwood eased past the finish line for shocking win
Result: 5:4 win. How we escaped with a win I have no idea. Very rusty performance. We need to improve to challenge for the title. Proper Kev played well and Mop was very solid.
Man of Match: Close call between Dan (Crayford) or Proper Kev. But would go for Proper Kev as he won in both singles and doubles.
We could still win league in this final match, we needed a big score to have any chance if Halfway failed to win at home v Railway
This soon became apparent this was ging t happen. Our starting 2 misfired again.. Sherwood losing to inform Steve Smith, who qualified for Karen Bell with this win. TBH didn't help when Sherwood fired the ball off the table with his break and failed to get out of a snooker in his next visit! .
Pinkie lost the advantage in his frame when he went in/off getting out a simple snooker. Although it was a good dish to clear up with the 2 shots.
Mop up next and his opponent went all guns firing from the break and failed to pot his last colour. A few pots and and simple snooker later led to mop getting clearing to get top spot in Karen Bell
Blaster followed suit to win next frame to make it 2-2 and the Rat made it 3
OSW picked Aaron to play again as Oak only had 5. Aaron was fired up for this frame and beat OSW
Only doubles winners to play for as we could not win enough frames to win league.
Didn't start well here. As Pinkie/Sherwood combo still weren't firing as they lost first.
Mop/Blaster v Dave/Steve S was a good match. Mop got first chance to go for it, got striaght on black but with only half a pocket to sneak though. He failed to get it, as it snicked the yellow before pocket. Leaving a simple finish to Steve S. But no Steve failed to pot black leaving black in pocket for Blaster to win.
All down to last frame. Glen/Rat left picking down to Captain for second player from Oak B. A strange choice by Pinkie was Steve Smith... Everyone was a little miffed by this choice. Perhaps it was reverse psychology by Pinkie.. Which i'm afraid it didn't work as Steve Smith dished up a tricky clearance.. ummmm
Result: 4:5 loss to finish the season! Not the best team performance ever with added strange choices to boot. Perhaps pool fatigue set in.. I don tknow. We need to get over this and regroup for finals coming up.
Still to play
Trebles Semi final next week for Pinkie, Mop and Sharon at Oak v Oak A team
Doubles final Pinkie/Sherwood v Phil T/Mark H (Oak)
Karen Bell final for Mop and OSW
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