The Tennents Coleraine Pool League kicked off this week and the first night provided a bit of a shock as much-fancied Sperrin were beaten.
It is widely expected that last year’s champions Potters A and runners up Sperrin will once again battle it out for the league title.
However, Sperrin came unstuck in their opening game against the Railway Arms while Potters A had no problems against Potters B with a 6-0 demolition.
Starting off our round up at the Railway Arms, the Sperrin had started very well taking a 2-0 lead thanks to Billy Moore and Paul O’Connor. The home side managed to pull one back as Scott McClelland and Raymond Baxter beat the infamous ‘Team Dreamboat’ of Moore and Lee Caulfield.
This seemed to rattle the visitors and wins for Arthur McMullan and John Huston, who produced the performance of his life to beat Caulfield, put the Arms ahead. Sperrin took the last doubles match to send the match to a play off, where Baxter met Moore for the second time that evening, the Sperrin man winning the first.
However, the tables turned in the play off, especially after a bad miss on his last yellow by Moore in the first frame. Baxter took full advantage with a good finish in the second to seal the win.
Other performances to note included a hard fought 4-3 win for the Bullseye Od Boys against a vastly improved Roost team, Keith Hunter taking the play off. While, over at Mary Craigs, the A and B sides opened the season against each other. It was the A team who took the bragging rights, but only after a play off win for Ryan Cairns.
After the withdrawal of a team from the league, the committee have decided that we will proceed in a one league format.
Once all teams have played each other (13 weeks), the league will then split. This split will be made to keep the league as competitive as possible for all teams.
All teams are reminded that a player can only play in one doubles match, even if he does not play a singles match.