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Bluebell boys strike 10!

Arona Foods Summer Pool League

Exiles v Bluebell

BLUEBELL travelled to Exiles on Tuesday in search of their first points of the season, after failing to take any in their previous five matches.

Captain Al, and Mick, opened with wins for Bluebell, but Exiles fired back by taking the next two. Bluebell then won the next three frames to go 5-2 ahead, and, finally, pick up a much-deserved  five points. Exiles won the final frame.

By Round 5 in the team game, all was equal. But the deadlock was broken when Mucker scored a superb 13, leaving Bluebell just five points away from all 10 points.

The damage was done, and Bluebell ran out 55-39 winners to take all 10 points. Well done to them!

Dreamers v Treehouse

The teams were joint-top, so by the end of the night, maybe, there could be a clear front-runner. Treehouse, who were without captain Scott, were still capable of taking points.

But after eight frames, Dreamers had taken five points by winning 5-3.

In the team game, Dreamers had a 10-point advantage at the end of round 5 and looked favourites for all 10 points. The next few rounds saw Treehouse claw back to leave the scores almost equal. But Treehouse Paul stepped up in round 9 and scored nine points, to take them over the line for five points. The spoils were shared, so, again, both teams remained locked on the same points at the top of the table. What a marathon!

Gaffers v Hammers

These old rivals faced off again, but Gaffers were missing singles champion and current high break-holder Neil, so they called on Wilson to make up the numbers.

Hammers got off to an excellent start by taking the first three frames, but then, after attempting to get out of a tight snooker, Wes ran into the black, which went clean into the end pocket, to leave Hammers 3-1 up.

Bad luck struck again in the next frame when Barry suffered the same fate as Wes by losing on the black, so 3-2.

But Hammers dug in and won all remaining frames to run out 6-2 winners. Boom!

The team game was neck and neck and either team could have succeeded. But Hammers had the upper hand, winning 55-46 to take them to within five points of the joint leaders.

Hammers have yet to play both Treehouse and Dreamers and Palms 2, so their final three games will be most exciting.

Palms 2 v Phoenix

Palms, taking full advantage of their +15 handicap, have so far given a good account of themselves, sitting joint-second in the league.

After going 3-0 down in the singles, they won the next four, and, going into the eighth frame, threatened to deny Phoenix a share of the points. But Phoenix’s Pod dug deep and levelled the score at 4-4.

The team game featured an impressive 14 from Palms’ Mick, which really did the damage, and they were 55-44 winners, taking 10 points to stay joint-second and all to play for.

Palms 1 v Terrace

Terrace arrived at Palms with high hopes. Last week, they took all 10 points against Bluebell and, this week, they had the added bonus of Mark P’s return.

Palms, who were without Wayne, called in Wayne from 2nd Division Picasso’s, which proved to be a positive decision. He won both his singles, beating Paul and Mark P, to help Palms to an impressive 6-2 win.

Well done to them, and also worthy of a mention was Captain Baz, who dispatched Adi and Greer to win both his singles, so Palms took another five points to leave Terrace with nothing.

The team game saw Palms 11 points clear at the end of the second round, but an impressive 13 from Palms Wayne put them 50-24 ahead at the end of Round 3. The damage was done and Baz took them over the line for a 55-31 success. So Palms 1 took all 10 points, leaving the Terrace empty-handed.

So, Week 6 of nine has left the top of the table looking very interesting. Realistically, I think that any one of the top five teams can win, and I also think the wounded Gaffers will play a part in shaping the final results.

They travel to Treehouse next week, and, with Captain Neil back, they will surely will be looking to lift themselves from the bottom of the table.

Maybe a -25 handicap was a little harsh on the champions, and especially for the two weeks when they failed to take a point.

But if they can win maximum points from their last three games, Gaffers could, mathematically, still steal it. Watch this space.

 

 

 

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