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Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League

(Weekly Report 10/04/18 & 12/04/18)

Individual Championship Final & Presentation Evening

The Committee are inviting all members of the league to Aughton Institute on Tuesday 29th May 2018 for the Individual Championship Final. The match will be between Chris Connelly or Gareth Hibbott versus Jon Holmes or Paul Williams.

Following the final, the Committee will present all trophies to the winners in 2017-18 season. The evening will be hosted by our wonderful MC Dave 'The Mighty' Quinn and our wonderful patron, John Parrott MBE will be with us to present the trophies to the winners. To cover the cost of providing a hot buffet, every team in the league will be billed for 2 tickets at a price of 5.00 each. All winners are expected to be represented on the night. Any trophies that are not presented will be recycled, were possible, for the following season.

Any further tickets wishing to be purchased can be done so by contacting Barry Adlington on 07746217736 or can be purchased on the night subject to availability but we recommend buying them beforehand to avoid disappointment. ALL PRE-PURCHASED TICKETS MUST BE SHOWN ON THE DOOR TO GAIN ADMISSION OR YOU WILL BE ASKED TO BUY A NEW TICKET (IF WE HAVE ANY REMAINING) This is to keep a strict and accurate count on the number of tickets issued out. Thank you for your co- operation on this matter.

Team Player Of The Season Recognition

We have decided to acknowledge all teams 'Player of the Season' by being called out at our forthcoming presentation night on Tuesday 29th May 2018 and can have a photograph taken by a team-mate etc with our league patron, John Parrott MBE who will be with us again to present all our trophies won this season. Each club's name will be called out alphabetically followed by the top player from each of that club's team(s) to have his excellent season acknowledged.

John Higgins Exhibition Night

Snooker Legend John 'The Wizard of Wishaw' Higgins will still be appearing at Aughton Institute on Saturday 13th October 2018 to perform an exhibition night, the evening will commence at 7.30 pm with the doors open at 6.45pm. John turned professional in 1992, aged 17, and is a member of the famous 'Class of 92' along side greats in Ronnie O'Sullivan & Mark Williams. John has won a staggering 30 world ranking titles to date including four World Championships in 1998, 2007, 2009 & 2011 and three UK Championship titles in 1999, 2001 & 2011, as well as two Masters crowns in 1999 & 2005. John has also compiled over 700 competitive centuries, of which a remarkable eight of them were maximum 147 breaks.

John will be playing a number of frames, including from the raffle and three auction frames will give people many chances to play John as well as raising some money for our charity, The Carragher 23 Foundation. There will also be a Q & A session to give everyone a chance to put their questions to him. The evening will be presented by our wonderful MC, Dave 'The Mighty' Quinn and superb music entertainment provided by tiny Trevor Ford. Hot food will be provided on the night and tickets are priced at 30. The demand is very high, even at this very early stage so don't wait too long to enquire as I guarantee you will be disappointed as OVER HALF have been sold already and they can be bought by contacting Barry Adlington on 07746217736.

Reminder Submitting Results

Can I ask all team captains that if you are borrowing a player from another team (within the league rules) that you text myself (Barry Adlington), during the match, to inform me of this and I will immediately place that players name in your team list. This enables you to submit your result correctly. Thank you for your co-operation on this matter.

Neutral Venues Now On Website

Neutral venues for Semi-finals & Finals can now be viewed on our website. I emailed site owner and founder, Richard Ormiston and he kindly put this function in place as it was now available to be used. This obviously makes it easier for players to view their information without having to contact myself or wait until they are next in their club to consult the monthly circular.

Olympic Bowling Club Dress Code

I have been asked by the Olympic BC committee to remind everyone around the league of their dress code when visiting the club. Smart jeans and trainers are now allowed to be worn but they still have the minimum requirement of a collared shirt or t-shirt. This has not been adhered to recently and can I remind everyone that we must respect the club rules for future visits. Thank you.

Division 1

After last week's third and final week set aside for outstanding matches to be play, of which there were none needed playing, we continue into the final two match weeks this time around and it saw Southport Conservative Club almost seal that sixth, record-breaking title in Division One of the Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League. This particular week they came up against Merit League leaders, Aughton Institute A so a very competitive match was a definite which proved the case as the match ended in a 3-3 stalemate and both teams will have to go into next week's final week to seal their respective crowns. The Southport outfit will be a little disappointed with the outcome but it sees them needing just three points from their final two matches, their last one contested the week after the official season's end, to create league history. On the other hand, the Aughton A boys will be delighted with their battling draw as four points from their final match will see them through as Merit League Champions although it's very probable less than those four points will be enough. The match also saw Southport's Andy Booth seal this week's 'Break of the Week' accolade with a tremendous break of 79 in his frame success.

Andy's break began when his opponent went in-off and left a red over a corner pocket. Andy potted that red ball with loads of drag on the cue ball to hold for the black which he engineered perfectly and left an ideal angle on the black to split the reds open. After potting the black ball, the reds split lovely and a large contribution was a distinct possibility and he certainly didn't disappoint. Andy potted a further six reds, all with either pink or black balls, with that authoritative cue action, precise positional play and superb potting to take him quickly past the half-century mark to fifty four. Andy's next red was a little tricky into a middle pocket but he potted it accurately to continue his terrific break, a further black followed as well as two further reds, again with high valued colours to reach seventy eight. With three reds remaining, Andy faced another tough pot as his next red just squeezed past the pink into a middle pocket, and again, he overcame the hurdle to finish on the pink although the last two reds both lay on a side cushion. Andy though his way forward was to pot the pink and leave himself a straightforward double to continue this brilliant effort. Very surprisingly, Andy missed the pink and prematurely brought an end to this contribution on seventy nine but what a marvellous break by Andy!

Andy moved to the Southport area and shortly after joined Southport SC where he started playing in our League at the commencement of the 2003-04 campaign, by the end of that season Andy had helped his side, the now defunct, Southport SC to the First Division Crown and the Kenney Cup Competition to complete the 'Double', he was also Runner-up in the Individual Championship of the League in his debut season. Andy has now a fine list of Ormskirk League honours with six Division One Titles for old club, Southport SC and a further four with his Les Dodd SC, two Kenney Cup Titles and also three Le Rose Cup Titles together with the 2005-06 Individual Handicap Title and a superb four Pairs Handicaps Titles in seasons 2008-09, 2009-10, 2014-15 and again last season. This season its looking very much like a record-breaking sixth successive league title with newest club, Southport Conservative Club. Andy also has won many highest break trophies.

Olympic BC B continue to produce the results, to their huge credit, despite it looking very likely they will fill the runners-up berth for a sixth successive season. This time around they went into battle with club compatriots, Olympic BC A, in the Walton 'Derby' match and it saw the B team ended their evening's work with a 5-1 triumph to see them move back into second position in the league table, some five points clear of the side directly below them and looking long odds-on for that second place finish. The match also saw Olympic B's skipper, Paul Williams in good touch with a really nice break of 43 in his frame win.

Maghull RBL A sat out their free week this particular week and as a result dropped into third spot in the league standings but have had a terrific campaign as they have been up with the top two teams all season-long and still have an outside chance of ending as runners-up and will certainly be a force next term. They sit those five points adrift of the side directly above them.

Upholland Social recorded yet another victory this time after a 5-1 win at the expense of bottom side, Scarisbrick NSC to consolidate fourth in the table. This was their eleventh success of a highly successful campaign for the Upholland lads as they captured the first cup competition of the season just a few weeks ago in the Kenney Cup and currently are the only team who can catch the Merit League pace- setters and are almost certain to finish at least runners-up after winning that title last term.

Aughton Institute E remain in fifth slot after sharing the spoils this week with Rainford X SSC in a 3-3 draw. This outcome will see the Aughton E outfit a little disappointed in their quest to secure fourth spot in the league proceedings. The match saw Rainford's Richie Spring Jnr come very close to sealing a second successive 'Break of the Week' prize after a brilliant break of 61 in his frame victory.

Stanley Club A continue in seventh after they ended their night's work with a comprehensive 5-1 away win over struggling Skelmersdale Wardens A. The result saw the Skelmersdale A outfit remain in the dreaded relegation places and sit just one behind the team directly above them so it will certainly be all to play for in their last match next week. The match saw Stanley A's Mick Mullane in fine nick with a nice break of 36 in his frame victory.

The other match played this week saw Maghull RBL B notch up their seventh success of the current campaign with a solid 4-2 home win over St Cuthberts. The outcome sees them unchanged in league position as they continue to sit in ninth but just one point from their final match will guarantee them finishing in a very respectable eighth place.

Maghull RBL A sat out their free week this time around as mentioned above.

Other notable break this week was R Wilson (Aughton Institute E) 40.

The Division One merit table sees Aughton Institute A continue as leaders and find themselves with a three point lead and in a very strong position to lift their maiden Merit League title and go one better than last season after an excellent draw this particular week, they now sit on 122 points. Upholland Social moved back into second place and are the only team who can catch the pace-setters after their solid win this time, they lie on 119 points. Olympic BC A dropped in third position after a heavy defeat this week to complete their campaign and this is the place they will finish in and much credit must be given to them for such a fine season. The twenty fifth week updated table can be found below.

Division 1 Merit League Table

1Aughton Institute A (R48)2312477464122
2Upholland Social (R38)2311758157119
3Olympic BC A (R56)2493126084116
4Rainford X SSC (R59)
5Scarisbrick NSC (R76)23131934104108
5Olympic BC B (R5)
7Southport Conservative Club (RScr)22183110725107
8Maghull RBL A (R7)2317249840105
9Maghull RBL B (R44)2376106078104
10Stanley Club A (R36)2384116672102
11Skelmersdale Wardens A (R59)234118409899
12St Cuthberts (R53)235018419794
12Aughton Institute E (R14)221426805294

The only outstanding match will be played as below...

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Aughton Inst E v Southport Con Club (Originally Scheduled Date - 13th February 2018)

Division 2

Huge congratulations this week must go to Aughton Institute D as they clinched the Second Division crown with much ease it must be said. This particular week they went into battle with club compatriots and promotion-chasing, Aughton Institute B and the now newly crowned Champions ended their evening with a triumphant 4-2 victory to seal the title. This was their sixteenth success of the current campaign from twenty six matches played to date, a terrific average and hold a remarkable fourteen point advantage with just two matches of the season to contest. This great success also means they have sealed a place in the top flight for next term. Finally, they only need just three points from those last two matches to reach that magical one hundred point mark.

Aughton Institute C made the bigger move this week after recording an excellent 5-1 victory at the expense of Farmers Club and this outcome sees them move up two places in the league table and into that second promotion spot and this gives them a great chance of sealing Division One snooker for next season with just two matches remaining. They sit one point clear of the two sides directly below themselves.

Skelmersdale Wardens B went into battle this week with bottom side, Stanley C and will be disappointed with themselves as they shared the spoils in a 3-3 stalemate. This result sees them drop a place in the league standings and now lie in third spot in their quest to grab that coveted second promotion berth. They now sit that single point behind the side directly above them.

The other match played this time around saw Skelmersdale Wardens C get straight back to winning ways after last week's defeat to the runaway Champions. This time they defeated Stanley Club B 5-1 to move up into third in the league proceedings and find themselves level on points with their club compatriots, Skelmersdale Wardens B although they do have one less win than them which could prove invaluable come the end of the campaign so it really is all to play for over the last two matches this term.