Reports from Moppy and Captain Power on the Erith Snooker Master8ers pool games...
News and Match Reports
Up first the ever dependable Pinkie v Billy. Close match, Billy had pokcets covered but gave pinkie 2 visits. Pinkie tried to cut plant his ball over Billy's to swap pocket but it didn't work, leading to easy finish for Billy next visit.
Mop up next v Kyle. Kyle didn't punish a couple of misses from Mop early on, Mop took out a good finish to clear after that.
The Johns up next and 2 more wins for Erith D. Rat is now only 100% win singles left in team.
Glen lost (again) and some good potting by Proper got us to 4.
Mop/Pinkie took first doubles and got us to 5. Proper/Rat made it 6 and Sherwood/glen won us the third doubles,! We dont do that often!
Result: 7:2 A good win and we are starting to play some decent pool. apart from Glen :)
Tough venue to play a. Fast table, hard to control balls, strong pool players.
Pinkie as always up first v Brendon (or Brenda) Brendon looked on finish to 2 colours to pot. Potted first and left toughish half table last colour to pot, but somehow missed the ball completely. 2 shots to pinkie who got another win.
Mop v Phil. Mop was just ahead in match, but tough black was left short over pocket, but Mop had good white on cushion leaving full length pot for Phil to go at his last colour. Phil missed and simple black to win for Mop. 2-0
Paddy v sober Sherwood, (tooth infection/anti biotics). Paddy loooked on form and took a good finish 2-1
Rat v Simon. Rat had pockets covered and had advantage and he took control through to a good win. 3-1
OSW v Eamon. All fun and games this one. Rerack first go as black was in pocket and covered by 2 yellows. So neither player was going for pots so reracked. Eamon had first half chance but black was always going to be tough. But missed the tough black and by a big margin, enough so it found a pocket in other corner pocket! 3-2
Only 5 as no blaster this week. They picked Sherwood to play again v John. This time Sherwood upped his game with a well taken finish. 4-2 after singles.
Up first Rat/Pinkie v Brendon/Eamon. Rat looked to have it with 2 visits on black. Knbock black into middle of table with first but had to play some back spin to makes avoid in-off for middle pot.. Miscued and alsmot doubled the black! just stayed over pocket for Eamon to clear up! I did say it was tough to play spin on these pool balls.
Mop/OSW v Simon/Paddy. Only one player actually got to play this 4 forusome! Simon correctly guessed coin toss. Broke and then dished up! Wasn't an easy finish either.. was a good display of potting. Cue ball control is not really possible on this table!
And suddenly a 4-4 decider again! We looked in control at 4-2 after singles.
Sherwood/OSW v Phil/Gibs. Phil stormed off potting everyhting in sight but failed with 2 colours to go. OSW got a snooker that Gibs failed to escape. Sherwood to the rescue and dished up 6 reds in one visit.. Who needs 2 shots!
Result 5:4 win. Looked to be cruising at 4-2 but shows how quickly a miscue and great break/dish can turn a match.. Always a great to go to Runners and get a win whatever the score.. They are playing well as well.
Yet to register a win. Season wasn't starting great so time to make ammends for that.
Could a home game v newly promoted Jolly Millers get us a win.
Up first pinkie v Erg. An even contest that went down the black. Pinkie missed a black to middle and it ended with a half table straight black. Looked all over but Erg somehow missed it letting Pinkie carry on his winning streak..
Mop v Tony. Mop went for game but snookered himself on his last colour. A lucky escape and pot gave him a tough long black to win which just rattled. Tony tried to snooker but failed and left a roll-in for Mop
Sherwood kept up his winning ways with a frame v Tyler. Blaster got his first singles win under his belt with a well taken finish v Lee. Rat was playing well and made it 5-0 v Mike.
OSW looked a bit nervous but Peter looked even more nervous. OSW made it 6-0
Mop took out a good finish in doubles to make it 7-0
Mike/Peter v OSW/Blaster. Mike looked to have won the frame but just missed the black. Left a tough chance for SW who looked like he had done all the hard work but failed to cut the yellow in letting Peter take first frame for Millers.
The Johns sealed a 8-1 in final doubles.
Result: 8:1 First win and a healthy score. Millers didnt play that bad but we just nicked a few vital frames . onwards and upwards..
Off to crayford for our first away match at new promoted Dukes Head.
Small table, but was good speed and level. But cushion shots are very cramped and the cushions themselves were lets say unpredicatable! Or the laws of physics didnt seem to apply to them!
Pinkie upfirst v Landlord Jim. Nip and tuck frame. Jim looked to have got good chance to win, but in potting his last ball the white found the pocket too. Pinkie used the 2 to finish.
Mop v Colin. Dry break left Colin in charge of table and he controlled the table from then. But he couldn't find the finish and left himself 1 ball to mops 6. 2 snookers later, Mop had 2 visits and cleared. 2-0
Jamie up next for a replacement of Rat. close game but Dukes head took win. Which got them on a run as Blaster and OSw were beaten as well 3-2
Late boy Sherwood got final singles win after Dukes head player failed to pot about 3 easy blacks!
Pinkie/Jamie got another win curtosy of Jim going in off again. 4-3
Colin got his revenge v mop in doubles 4-4
And OSW/Sherwood failed to find a win in another 4-4 decider..
Result: 5:4 not a great start but tough place to play. But a great new team to play who we enjoyed playing against.
New season - no changes in personnel or location. Let's just do one better than last season..
We start the game with same team we played last last season.. Oh how the fixtures roll..
Pinkie up first and a scrappy frame v Ian Cruwlys. it swung one way then the other then back and back again.. But a good couple of pots at end took it for Pinkie to get his account off with a win.
Up next Mop v SLKPA team mate Geroge Cov. A half chance for both. Mop took a down the rail if it dropped, it looked like a simple finish and george had a ball tucked up. But mop missed the rail shot and it rattled and opened up the safe ball for Goergoe! Hows ur luck! Simple finish for Georges level.
Sherwood played newbie who looked like he might be making numbers up for missing Gibbo. Easy win for Sherwood.
Rat played Scot and both missed a glorious chance each. Rat didnt miss his second 2-1
Blaster v Porter. Fast potting frame and blaster was potting well but balls didnt break well for him. Porter took out half chance finish with ease when he got to table.
OSW v Craig. Craig missed first half chance. A couple of good pots by OSW looked like he sealed the win, a simplish half table black for win. But managed to rattle it and gave game to Craig. 3-3
Rat/Pinkie lost first doubles. Mop/Blaster squared it up with a decent mop finish.
OSW/Sherwood v Scot/Newbie. On paper looked like we should win this one. But a few fluffed shots by erith players left it close. and simple missed finish by OSW cost us dear. 4-5
Result: 4:5 Not the best start but not fully on form and a strong side we played. long season to go
This was a straight fight for 2nd place in league. Unless Royal Oak have a complete meltdown with last 2 games, 1 which they will probably get a walkover for anyway
Whoever wins this night gets 2nd place.
Up in new look first place was OSW, playing Barry. Barry was in no mood to hang about, bang bosh bang and all were down pretty quickly. 0-1
Pinkie up second v Ross. Georges missus questioned Pinkie sexual preference.. All in a days work for Pinkie. He dispached the frame and question quickly to make it 1-1
Sherwood v Ian next. Ian won but can't remember how :) 1-2
Blaster v Scot and some good end game tactics by Blaster led to score going even again. 2-2
Rat v Dan. Rat had chance of getting Karen Bell place with this game. He didn't know about this before the match, perhaps i shouldn't of told him. He looked a bit out of sorts and missed a very easy finish, He tried a double on black but it squeezed and stayed in pocket to leave Dan a roll in. 2-3
Mop wanted to play Gibbo to return the favour of earlier in the season, when gibbo wanted to play Mop. An unlucky in-off by Mop led to half chance for Gibbo. He failed to get last colour. Advantage Mop which he took to finish after a foul by Gibbo. 3-3 All square into doubles.
Doubles we went all out attack mode as we decided to do some post pool karaoke. And it worked.
Pinkie/Rat v Barry/Ross - Pinkie took out a nice finish in a very open frame.
Mop/OSW v Scot/Steve - Mop/OSW just went for pots and Mop had some fortunate caroms but good potting took out a lovely finish in his 2nd visit. Job done. 5-3
Blaster/Sherwood tried to go for everything but kept getting snookers,. So a DF ended that. Was a dead rubber with nothing to play for and was wasting drinking time with a cab waiting!
Result 5:4 win. We played well v a strong crayford team. 2nd place guaranteed. Mop in Karen Bell final and Rat in play off for it with Barry and Steve S
Player stats have been updated with previous years and graph.. Stato
Home v our stable mates Erith A . They beat us earlier in the season so we knew it was going to be a togh match up.
Up first is Mop who got to play Steve. Mop breaks and good open break, went for dish but failed to get postion on plant on last 2 balls. Steve snookered and got 2 visits but failed to clear up and left easy finish for Mop. 1-0
Pinkie v Andy next. Tactics match due to a congested bottom pocket. Pinkie gets a couple of half chances takes one to get to black but tough'ish black as white is tight on cushion. just squeezes the black Andy dishes up 1-1
Sherwood plays mark which you wold of expected a very open game. But Mark seemed to want to go defensive, Sherwood gets a sniff of a win and pots some good balls to win. 2-1
Blaster v Pete, led to another home win with some good confident pots by Blaster 3-1
The ever dependable Rat makes it 4. this is his 9th win in a row. Great run of wins.
Osw looked a bit shaky and lost to Ryan. Who potted some good balls. 4-2
Pinkie and Sherwood combo to start with produced 1st doiubles win. Proper Kev and Rat got a 2nd. But mop and Blaster failed to get 3rd after Mark got his potting boots back on for Erith A
Result: Only a 8-1 9-0 would of kept us in title race. But a win is a win :)
Players score have histroy tabs now back to 2007! and a chart of singles win % over the years!
Off to the social club for us. Our team looked youthful in this place!
Up first Mop and he had his potting boots on v Dan C. A couple of visits and it was all over to Mop. 1-0 to Erith
Pinkie up next v Jane next and Pinkie took no prisioners to make it 2-0 in no time at all.
Sherwood up next and he didn't get much chance and Ryan took out a nice finish. Both good potters. 2-1
The ever dependable Rat next and it was soon 3-1 v Dan
OSW looked well out of form and missed several chances tat eventually cost him. 3-2
Only 5 as we had a man down due to Man Flu.... Get well soon Blaster
Sherwood got picked to play again. he played Dan S and Sherwood potted well and won 4-2
Pinkie and OSW made it 5-2 in first doubles.
Mop/Rat looked to be flying. Mop almost dished of dry break, Rat just couldnt get to last ball in his visit. Jane potted some lovely balls but it was Kev that took out a finish. All done and dusted in 1 visit for each player!
Rat/Sherwood took the last
Result: 6:3 A couple of lax singles frames cost a big result that was really needed at this time in the season. A win is a win but bigger wins are better :)
A new cloth and balls and the Village Inn table was playing very nice.
Up first was mop v Steve. Mop looked to be cruising but a couple of missesjust left just black in table for him. Steve tried a couple of snookers but failed on one and mop potted long black.
Up next revived Pinkie v Lucky DIP. Dip had first chances and probably should of put away one of them. Pinkie produced a lovely snooker to get 2 shots, but he failed pot the black with the 2 and Lucky Dip earnt his new nickname.
Similiar story in frame 3. Jim should of dished up. Let Blaster back in who got a snooker and got 2, but he also failed to dish with the 2...
Soon to be 3-1 down as Sherwood failed to win
Rat and OSW won the last couple of singless to draw even... All to play for,
Mop/Pinkie failed to convert their chance in doubles to go ahead. 3-4 to village
5-3 down next after Rat/Blster failed to win also.
OSW won the last to keep score close.
Result: Far to many missed dishes to win this match for Erith. Village played well and deserved the win.
Home game for us. And a must win to keep pressure on Oak/Crayford for title race.
Up first v Moppy. V Simon D. (Simon always picks to play me and we have a good atacking battle). Mop to break and nice open break, not going to be long this frame. Mop gets a good chance and clears well down to black, but misses an eas'ish half table black! Ouch... Simon dishes very well to black but also misses. Mop fails to take 2nd chance too! Was still a little rattled by first black miss! Simon takes black this time! 0-1
Pinkie up against another of his nemesis players Phil. (How many does Pinkie have!) Pinkie on front foot after good break, a couple of misses by Phil and Pinkie slots in a cut to middle. 1-1.. "It's not a game of chess" comment by Phil afterwards was a little wierd as there was no snookers by either players!
Sherwood v Mick. Mick had good chance to dish up, but a bad miss cost him, as Sherwoods potting game is on form and he dished up. 2-1
Blaster v Gurbs (Paul W name sake). Was a nervous game with a few misses. Gurbs crossed line first 2-2
Rat up next. See you tube vid of one of Rats earlier games in the 80's....
But Rat is new on form player for Erith. Recorded his 6th win in a row. 3-2
OSW failed to take last v Brendon so all square into Doubles. 3-3
Mop made up for his failure in singles, and took out decent finish when Phil went in-off
Pinkie's new good form got us the 2nd doubles and night win.
The 2 Johns were a little nevous in last frame and wanted an easy chance. They waited too long and Mick pulled off 2 lovely doubles to nick the frame.
Result: 5-4 win. a win is a win as they say. More points were probably needed for title challenge but a loss would of been a killer. Just need to win the last 4 to put some pressure on Oak who have game in hand over us.
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