Reports from Moppy and Captain Power on the Erith Snooker Master8ers pool games...
News and Match Reports
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
Our last home game of the season. Although we have hardly left home for the last month as we kept drawing other Erith pool teams
We were also down to 5 as OSW was poorly.
Up first were Sherwood and Pinkie for Master8er's as normal. And i'm afraid the result were normal as well. 0-2 after Sherwood lost to Scot Shepard and Pinkie lost to Ross.
Mop up third and got the first point on the board for the home team. He was gifted 2 visits after Adam Hewson potted a white and one of mop's yellows when trying to open up some balls. Mop gratefully received and dished up.
Blaster v Gibbo next, and Gibbo had first shot at black. But it hit far knuckle of middle pocket and stayed up. Blaster cleared up his yellows but left it fine on black, and could not pot it either, leaving simple finish to Gibbo.
Rat brought as back to 1 behind with a controlled game v Dan.
Both teams picked again as both were at 5
Sherwood v Dan: allowed the home team to draw level. 3-3
Doubles and Mop/Blaster and Sherwood/Pinkie won the 1st two doubles to secure the win. But we failed to take the third double
Result: A win is a win but we have not scored big enough to challenge Halfways title lead. We have still a slight chance of title, if Halfway fail to win over Railway next week. But it is only a slight chance. Karen Bell side OSW and Mop are now equal top at 16 with Marc from Halfway. All three are through with probably Steve Smith (Oak B) if he can win next week
A local derby with a bit of a bite... Erith D v B . Not much love lost here!
We were lucky to sneak a 5-4 early on in the season in this fixture.
We played on bar table this time. Which is our home table. But it wasn't behaving. It had been reclothed a few weeks back, and has been playing ok. But a few quick shots on it, and it had slowed to a snails pace. Not nice to play on. Maybe change of temp had slowed it down, or it needed a good iron. But it was the slowest table in the whole of div 1 now. Not good, hopefully we can speed it up somehow for next week. .
On to the frames and it our starting pair of singles failed to notch again. Both Pinkie and Sherwood are lacking confidence in league games and it shows, the difference between practice and league frames is noticeable. They lost to Lee and Dave to leave us trailing 2-0
Mop took his winning streak to 7 in a tactical match v Martin. His winning streak has taken him to a place in the Karen Bell. Currently sitting 3rd in rankings. (behind Halfway Marc and our own OSW) But there is no I in team Mop has been told, and more importantly it got the first frame on the board for Erith D
Blaster had 2 frames.; The first was a rerack as both Blaster and Steve K would not knock the black of the cushion in a black ball game. So a re-rack was called due to the crowd getting restless and wanted pots! Blaster missed first chance at black and it cost. 1-3 down. Not good!
Luckily we haver a solid rear end :) OSW and Rat both won their frames to least give us a chance of winning this vital match!
3-3 after singles. We needed more but least we were not behind!!
Mop/Blaster won the first doubles., to put us in the lead for the first time.
Controversial doubles match next. Pinkie/Sherwood v Martin/Steve. Pinkie rolled up behind a ball. As it was a slow table and it was rolled to dead weight behind it. You had to be watching closely to see if it touched. I wasn't, so didn't see either way. Pinkie didn't say anything, leading to Martin questioning whether it hit or not. Pinkie took offence to being questioned as he said he would call a foul if it was. To be fair I have never seen Pinkie not call a foul when he knew he fouled. As we had no ref Martin had the right to ask as well. This encounter seem to put off Pinkie more , but Martin did pot a very good black to win. 4-4
Luckily our good rear guard saved the day again with a nice finish by the Rat in final doubles.
Result: 5-4 is a win, but we needed more points as this was a chance to catch up on the leaders. Especially as the Oak had done us a big favour by pegging back Halfway by beating them 5-4 . Missed chance again. Still it is not over yet. We are 4 behind with 2 to play. Hopefully the winning line is difficult to cross!
Local derby 1 of 2.
A team first and up first in this derby was Pete v Sherwood.
Sherwood played badly, it was just lucky Pete played badly for us. Sherwood managed to grasp a win somehow!
Next frame was Pinkie v Andy and 2 visits later it was over. Pinkie was taking no prisoners and potted everything in sight. 2-0
Mop up next v fellow Hammer Ryan. The Mop Hammer won the battle in a good frame. 3-0
Blaster next and he continued the Erith D dominance with another win v Vince,after Vince failed to get position on black, leaving simple snooker and clearance for Blaster . 4-0
Mark from Erith A bucked the trend v Rat. Rat should of dished up and left jawed the black. Mark is Erith A's best player and showed his class to clear the table.
OSW kept his Karen Bell hopes alve with another win v Jamie.
Doubles: Mark blotted the Erith D book again in his, after nicking one of the doubles for Erith A
Result: 7-2 is a great result but we are still chasing the mighty Halfway House. Can we stop them taking the title? All we can do is keep winning but with only 3 matches left.. time is running out.
Both teams in sight of final So both teams would be up for this game so we didn't expect 7-2 victory we did last month v Village Inn.
Up first DIP, (who dumped Moppy out the Singles KO at semifinal stage) who played Sherwood. Sherwood broke and went in/off. DIP looked to clear but got stuck on last ball. A snooker by Sherwood got him 2 visits, but he failed to clear with 2 as well. DIP back at the table, who potted a delightful long double to get to easy black and win. 0-1
Pinkie up next and v Pat. Pinkie went for game but also broke down on last ball and gave 2 away. Pat didn't take any prisoners and dished. 0-2. Not a great start for Erith D.
Mop up next and up v Steve Elwsorty. Steve failed to get out an early snooker by mop. With an open table he cleared nicely with 1. 1-2
Blaster v Steve Ellison. A double Steve feast . close game but Blaster managed to stay one step ahead in the potting/tactical game and took black first. 2-2. Back on level terms.
Rat v Mark. Mark produced a good game and equally god finish to beat the Rat. 2-3. Behind again!
OSW v Gooner next. And probably a pivotal frame. Gooner looked to be on a good finish and got to a half table straight black. 4-2 down would be a long way to come back from for Erith D. But he missed it, and then another easy'ish black next visit which cost him the frame. As OSW finally woke up and played some decent shots!. 3-3. dodged a bullet there!
Pinkie/Sherwood v DIP/Pat - was the DIP show again in first doubles, as he showed he pedigree with a great finish again when given half a chance.
Blaster/Mop v 2 Steve's! (How many Steve's are there! ). 2 of the 3 of the Steve's didn't get a shot though. As the non Steve playing in the 4, produced a stunning finish from the dry break by the Steve that did get a shot.. Mop made up for the dreadful performance he produced last week. 3-3 Back on levels again
1 frame shoot out time now for team KO final place. .
OSW/Rat v Steve/Mark .. OSW got first half chance with 2 visits but fell out of position. And then gave 2 shots away himself. An easier finish now for Steve H. But pressure might of told and he wasted his 2 visits and left a finish for Rat which he took well!
Result: 5-4 was as close as you can get. Village played well and it was down to a flip of the coin at the end. or perhaps Erith D held their nerve a little better.. final is v Halfway as is the title race this season.. Bring it on..
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