Reports from Moppy and Captain Power on the Erith Snooker Master8ers pool games...
News and Match Reports
I apologise for missed match report last week. Wasnt a great performance by us and it turned into a 7-2 loss at the tough Running Horse table. We didn't play well or have much luck. (Black in off by Kev in first frame summed it up.) they played well and table made it a bit of a lottery on some shots.
On to last nights game.
A tough match v 2nd placed Village Inn.
Pinkie up first on his worst run of defeats since the start of time.. Or since he started playing pool which was about the same time as the dinosaurs ruled the earth.
Pinkie v Steve Elison. Pinkie got a chance to win and nerves could be seen, but he held it together to clinch the win and first point on the board for Erith.
Congrats to player number 2 having his baby number 2. Steve Marsters.
On to game number 2 is obviously good as it created point number 2 for Erith as well v Steve H. Although Blaster did try to stop that by snookering himself on the black.. But a good escape and snooker set up the win
Win number 3 came from in form Sherwood v Steve number 3. (Ellison) Was actually more Steve's fault as he planted the black with one of his yellows.. :(
Mop v Dip next. Dip had table advantage from Mop's dry break., but he failed to convert to a win and Mop slowly got back into the frame and took out a good finish 4:0
A great start but a tactical frame by Jim v Rat turned the match and got Village's first win. Jim played well.
OSW picked a steve to play again but Elison made up for his planted black earlier and took out a nice finish.
Mop/Pinkie v Jim /Elison. Mop went for finish but black was never really open. A couple of chances sliped by for village pairing letting Pinkie pot a good long black to seal the win. 5-2
Last 2 doubles both went to Village for them to get to 4.
Result: 5-4 win to Erith D. Which v a great in-form team v Village is a good result. but after being 4:0 up it seems a bad result. But another home win is always good ...
Quote of night: "I bet Kev is happy to get the monkey of his back.... "
Shot fo the night.. Kevs long balck in doubles to seal win and get his first doubles W of the league season!
Very tough match up playing current run away league leaders Oak A.
Up first our beleaguered captain Pinkie v Woody I mean Paul. Pinkie had first opportunity to dish but a bad miss to middle let him down. Woody got upper hand of table and it was over. Which was a theme of the night. 0-1
Dave Avery looked to have beaten Proper Kev but a bad shot and missed black cost him dear. Proper Kev cleared very well and kept his 100% singles record with 2 from 2 starts 1-1
In form Sherwood v JK. Potters paradise and the game was short lived and Oak got back in lead with a JK win. 1-2
Mop v Mark next. A good break from Mark and yellows were open. Mark went for dish but black unluckily went safe on second to last yellow clearence which stopped break and dish. Mop got a few reds out and snookered which eventually led to a finish. 2-2
100%ers up next. Both Rat for Erith 4/4 and Oaks Phil 5/5 were unbeaten this season. One record was going to be broken. Rat kept his after Phil tried to go for clearance but failed leading to Rat taking out his.
JC was off ill for Oak. So OSW picked JK to play again. Tough call as JK had won earlier. But it was a good call as OSW got Erith D up to 4.
Up first Mop/Pinkie. Pinkies bad luck continued as an in-off cost Erith pair dear as Woody and Dave potted an easy black with 2 visits.
Proper Kev was on form and some good potting got him and OSW over the finishing line v Mark and Phil.
The 2 Johns last won as Rat produced a sublime finish to get a 6-3 win.
Result: A good home performance was needed and we played well to beat a very good in form Oak team. Still chasing, but league is close this season and i think there will be about 4/5 team looking for title this season. This early win was needed to keep in that group. All to play for.
Still looking for our first home victory we entertained Great Harry pool team this time.
Up first Pinkie v Danny from Harry. Tight first game Pinkie had a half chance for game but failed to pot his last colour to middle. One snooker later and Danny confidently cleared to keep Pinkie's bad start to the season going. Least it gives the team plenty of banter ammunition.. (not that it is really needed)
Sherwood up next and coming from behind is his speciality. And he did not disspaoint and continues his fine run of form. 1-1
Blaster up next and very scrappy game, But another win for Blaster and Erith 2-1
Mop up next and a good 3 ball plant opened up the frame for him and he went on to clear up. 3-1
The ever reliable Rat and OSW also did the business and got us to 5-1 win and also a chorus of Only the Lonely Rocked the erith Snooker hall for Pinkie. Stato is checking stats.. Sherwood was last only the lonely in last game last season. Pinkie is now the current holder of the only the lonelyTrophy..
Doubles up and the misery continues for Pinkie. Up first again but another loss :(
Scrappy matches for last 2 as well, but Erith manage to secure them both,.
Result : 7-2 win gains our first home victory of season. good result and team played well.
Banter Quote of night goes to Moppy: After another loss added to Kevs name on sheet "Dave Leeds will think there is a Kev L playing for our team"
Back on the road again for Erith D boys, this time to Lower Belvedere, Halfway House. Always a tricky away macth due to a fast table and a few walls,bar, fruit machine that can be cue obstacles.
But things were different this time. Yes the walls were still there but the table had slowed right down. Dare i say it to a normal clothe speed.. Yes i did say it..
Up first is the bi-annual battle of Pinkie v Marc. Both always go first and must be bored of playing each other. The victor this time was Marc as Pinkie lost postion on his dish and cost him dear.
Mop up next to a very good new potter called Lim. Lim fouled by potting both colours mid break and let Mop in with 2 shots and table pretty open. But Mop failed on postion then a missed black,which cost Mop dear as Lim got back to the table and potted a lovely long red then doubled the black. 2-0 to Halfway
Up next Blaster with the Virgin Cue. New cue from cuemaker Jason Owen (http://www.jasonowencues.com) made its appearence. A very nice looking cue and it guided Blaster to his first singles win of the season v Seep.
Sherwood v 'Angles Bert'. A foul let Bert in and it looked like it was curtains for Sherwood. But Burt snookered himself on getting the black out. He got out of the self made snooker and put black over the hole. Sherwood put Burt in another snooker but 'Angles' Burt used 3 cushions to escape and pot black. He ain't called Angles Bert for no reason... Good shot
1-3 down for Erith
Rat played Steve Heather next. Steve looked like he had game but failed to black. A snooker by Rat, Steve almost escaped but slow table stopped a good escape led to Rat dishing with his 2 shots.
A similiar story to last frame too where OSW played Heather Junior (Will)
Up first again Pinkie and OSW. But 2 times doubles KO winner Pinkie is having trouble starting his winning this season and failed this time too. 4-3 down...
Bring on the Johns for Erith... playing Seep and 'Angles'. Sherwod dished up to bring it down to last frame decider... 4-4
Mop/Blaster v Marc/Steve . A flying white ball break from Marc and Mop should of dished up the open yellows with 2. But failed to get postion on last yellow. A snooker and failed escape from Blaster, Lead to Marc having 2 shots and just open reds to pot.. But Marc went in-off on 2nd to last red to gift the frame to Mop and Erith D
Result: 5-4 to Erith only ever leading on last frame! Any league team would happily take an 5-4 victory away at Halfway as its a quality team in a tough venue. Some good pool on display but was probably decided more by mistakes by players... week off next weke to reflect as we have a bye in team KO. Maybe some practice to eliminate the mistakes is needed.
MOM goes to Jason Owen.. As his cue was the only one to win both frames for Erith ;)
Banter Quote of night goes to Les from Erith B. "I have bought a car for less than the price of that Cue" ;)
First home game of the season.
Up first Pinkie v Billy. Pinkie got a couple of visits but Billy wasnt taking any prsioners tonight. Bang bang bang and good night Pinkie
2nd Kev up next who played Kyle. Kyle failed to get to his last colour, one snooker later and a good dish by Proper Kev. 1-1
Blaster looked a little tense in his quest for first singles win. A few missed shots cost him Frame.
But Sherwood high on confidence bashed them all in with another good potting display. 2-2
Mop looked a bit lack lustre, failed to get on the right side of his last coulour when he had half a chance. This cost him as Lee cleared up well when he got back to the table
And OSW failed to really start in his match and was well beaten.
4-2 not a great singles
Doubles started badly as well. Half chance by Proper Kev, which looked like it was going to be frame winner. But he failed to get perfect on black, which he missed and cost the Kevs dear. Simple finish for steve
Last 2 doubles went Eriths way to keep the score respectable for Erith but we were beaten well in Singles. Railway played well.
Result: 5-4 Loss. Not a great perfromance by the team. Sherwood on fire again, rest were just average and when a good team like Railway turns up and plays that is just not good enough.
New award for coming season reports:
Banter of the night goes to Pinkie.
"Lets see what you are made of?" Proper Kev asked Glen when he got to the table..
"Mostly Fat" Pinkie replied
New season is here....
The band is back together as the Blues Brothers would say.
Blaster and Mop back in after their succesful loans to Glenmore and Falconwood, with Frank Smith Premier and Div1 champion medals in their pockets..
So Erith D are back to full strength again
Up first Captain Pinkie v Adam from Oak B.. A couple of loose shots by Pinkie let Adam gain advantage and go for game. But Adam missed a decent black chance to the middle and Pinkie stole in a won the first point of the season.
Blaster back from succes from Frank Smith and eager to show his form. Run into 'Ball Run Dave' from Oak. And ball-run he did get with a few lucky snookers which was Blasters downful. 1-1
Mop up v Steve Clarke a repeat of Foster KO draw a few months earlier at Oak. Mop came away with the vistory but both players missed glorious chances...
Sherwood came out firing and looked to be on the break dish v Davey. A long red down the cushion failed to drop stopping him from taking frame in one visit. A few snookers later Sherwood was on the ropes but Davey didn't finish leaving half chance for sherwood which he took.
Last 2 frames were very similiar Rat and Glen played potters Mike and Steve. the Oak boys both started quickly but failed to dish. A few snookers later and Erith D boys dished up. Although Steve had a cut to win which he had to play at slowpace. It did roll out and caused him to miss the ball completely. Some strange rolls were spotted during the night..
5-1 a good start to Singles
Mop/Pinkie v Davey/Mike - Pinkie was off colour on this frame, he was more a brownie colour.. Allowing a simple finsh for Mike to clear well.
Rat/Blaster also failed v Brummie Steve/Adam combo.
But a late flurry by Glen/Sherwood let us get up to 6 points
Result: 6-3 away win v a good Oak side is a great start to the seaons. MOM goes to Sherwood who seems to have found his pool Mojo, he was on fire with his potting and position. Bodes well getting full squad and some out of sort players from last season playing well again.
Last game of league season was home v Duchess
not much to fight for,. A couple of singles winners places up for grabs was about it.
Up first was Pinkie who had a bad start but winning 11/13 in last part of season made up for that, and the win in this match got a play-off place for last singles winners place
Mop up next and a close frame saw mop just get over the finish line, for his singles winners place and ended up equal 2nd.
Sherwood carried on his losing steak! not really got the killer instinct in frames atm. Time to start a fresh next season
Wins from the rest of the team got us to 5-1 and win for the night.
But that was it, as we lost all 3 doubles again!! I guess nothing on them meant they didn't matter. or we were to pissed or we just lost them... I don't know..
Result: 5-4 home win. Not a great season, regrouping and look at personnel for next season needed. Sort out some player issues and move on to bigger and better things.
Always one of the hardest fixtures on the calendar. Mainly due to a good team of players, a fast speed cloth, the odd wall and fruit machine around the table and very shiny balls. The last one not really a hindrance i just thought i would comment on them..
So on to the shiny ball potting games.
Pinkie up first as always, with Marc up first for Halfway (as always) Don't these 2 play each other every time!
A tactical frame ensued, Marc had upper hand by had one ball tucked up. A miscue by Marc sent the white flying to a pocket and gave Pinkie 2 visits to turn the tables. A couple of shots later Pinkie took out a clearance with a shot to spare. .
Mop up v new boy Dev. Dev played a foul when trying to get a covered ball out. Mop took out a tidy clearance with next visit
Kev M lost to make it 2-1, Rat pulled out a good finish to keep us 2 ahead.
Glen was playing well in practice, but failed to take this to league frame. 3-2, and Rat got picked to play again and pulled out another decent finish to beat Burt in number 6 spot.
Erith lost 3 doubles, they were all close but halfway took the black first to gain a the victory after being down 4-2 in singles.
Result: A good banter filled night of pool. A bit of a dead rubber in terms of team league position but some good pool was played by both sides.
Our old Erith b team come back to the nest...
We gave them a warm welcome and quiet one, as Steve was recovering from a mild heart attack earlier in the week! Hope he keeps the good recovery going.
On to pool. Pinkie up first v Martin. Pinkie fell short with one ball to go. A few snookers by Martin, but on one escape Pinkie gets out, caroms his yellow of a red and pots his ball into the centre bag, Whilst the white is left perfect for the black! How's your luck ;) 1:0
Mop up v Leon next, Mop plays it cagey and finally gets his chance which he puts away.
Kev M, Rat and OSW all follow suit with wins and in no time it is 5-0
Both teams had 5 as holidays for Lee and Sherwood
So Kev M and Martin play again, old doubles partners. Martin comes out ahead to get brewers first frame.
Mop/Pinkie and OSW/Kev M both win their doubles and gets us to a 7 score
Result : 7:2 . A good win and perhaps Sherwood would us helped get more on the night. But nothing really to fight for in league a 4th looks possible.
Last few games left f season and most are at erith for us.
Tonight we hosted Great Harry team who have faired well in the top league this year after being promoted last season.
Pinkie up first for us v Jack.
A few early chances missed by both players, but pinkie pulled together a nice few pots to finish the frame.
Sherwood up next and he came out the blocks flying.. Potted of break and went round and finished all the yellows. Left more of a cut on black than he should of. He cut it in but the white collided in to a red and doubled it in the middle! Ouch. Kelvyn won his frame without even taking a shot!
Kev M next and lost to Bill who finished well
Mop up next and a frame of a few lost white balls. 1 by each opponent. But mop took out a good finish when he got a chance.
Rat up and also knocked in his opponents ball like Sherwood when it looked like frame was his. Joe took out an easy finish. 3-2 to Harry
Glen up last and he lost to some good potting from Tony from Harry. 4-2 Harry.
Mop/Pinkie won first doubles to get us back into touching distance. 4-3
The Johns then pulled us level to set up a final frame shoot out. 4-4
And the momentum just carried us over the finishing line as Glen made up for his previous loss with a good finish.
Result: 5:4 win. Which didn't look on the cards after singles.. mid table obscurity here we come :)