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November 2006


Revolving black ball 19th November Winter League Report

Division 1 Leaders, the Crooked Cue, maintained their 3 point lead at the top with a 6-2 win over the early pacesetters, Bird in hand. The Hop Pole also gained a similar scoreline against their C side to occupy 2nd place. The Rickerscote A gained a useful 6-2 success over the Bushes A - Mark Sheerin (2), John Lainton, Mick Bryant (2) and Phil Alldis all won. Both the Crooked Cue A v Rickerscote and Bushes B v Crooked Cue C matches ended all square 4-4.

Division 2 Leaders, Crooked Cue B, had a free week so there was an opportunity for other teams to catch up and it was the Oxleathers who jumped into 2nd place with a 6-2 win over local rivals Highfields while the Three Tuns were made to work hard for their 5-3 win against the Bear and Pheasant. The Rifleman A picked up a useful 5-3 win at the Staffs Bull A and the Island A gained a 6-2 success over the New Vic - Alan Alldritt (2), Jim Simpson (2), Ian Hollinshead and Ian Pemberton all won.

Division 3 Leaders, the Island B, were held to a 4-4 draw at the Albion while 2nd place Rifleman B were also held to a 4-4 draw against the Forester. The Staffs Bull B climbed into 3rd place with a 6-2 win at the Rickerscote C while the Rickerscote B picked up a 5-3 win at the Star and Garter - John Bolton (2), Chris McCarroll, Dave Nixon and Brian Heath all won.

Revolving black ball 12th November Winter League Report

Division 1 The Crooked Cue have taken over top spot for the first time this season after a hard fought 5-3 win over the ?A? side. Dave Whitfield (2), Adam Lilburne, Dave Arrowsmith and Dave Barker all won. The Bird lost their 100% record with a 5-3 loss at the Bushes A. Leading the way for the Bushes were Tom Tonna (2), Jason Armishaw (2) and Daz Waters. The Hop Pole lost their unbeaten record away to the Crooked Cue Cue C going down 5-3 while both the Hop Pole C and Rickerscote recorded 5-3 victories over the Rickerscote A and Bushes B respectively.

Division 2 The Crooked Cue B have opened up a healthy 13 point lead after winning 6-2 at the Highfields with Kev Opie (2), Dave Barlow (2) and Chris Hanlon (2) all winning. The Oxleathers have started well and now occupy 3rd place after running out 6-2 winners at the New Vic. The Bear and Pheasant gained an excellent 7-1 victory over the Staffs Bull A. John Mace (2), John Warnock, Tony Crockard, Nick Fisher, Pete Gamble and Ron Kerr all won. The Rileman A and the Island A ended in a 4-4 draw.

Division 3 The Island B have started well, winning their first 4 matches. The latest being a 6-2 success over the Rickerscote C thanks to Lee and Scott Haidarowicz (2 wins each), Richie Mullins and Alan Whitehead. The Rifleman B are in 2nd place after they ran out 6-2 victors at the Star and Garter while the Staffs Bull B picked up their first win of the campaign with a 7-1 win against the Forester - Garry Livesey (2), Ben Bates (2), Dan Banks, James Jeffrey and Dan Goodwin all winning. The Antelope also gained a useful 6-2 victory at the Rickerscote B. The Sun Inn have withdrawn from the league. All results are now void, no claims needed.

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October 2006


Revolving black ball Singles Knockout Finals Night

Photo of Adam Lilburne
Adam licking his lips in anticipation

Adam Lilburne has been crowned the 2006 Stafford Singles Knockout champion. Adam made his way through a strong line-up at the Finals Day held at the Crooked Cue on Sunday 8th October, seeing off, first Rob Wharne (3-2), then Dave Whitfield (3-1) in the semi-final. In the other half of the draw Dave Barker made quick progress, beating Steve Finney 3-0 and then Spencer Trow 3-1 on his way to the final. But it was Adam who maintained his form in a tense final as he went on to record a deserved 4-1 victory.

Revolving black ball Doubles Knockout Finals Night

John Grobnik and Mick Addison are the new Stafford Sunday Doubles champions for the second time. They overcame old adversaries Tim McGann and Kev Brown in a keenly contested final. These two pairings have met in the final in four of the last five years, with Brown and McGann winning it 3 times. But this year it was the turn of Grobnik and Addison who showed great determination and it was only going to be a matter of time when they would seek revenge for their previous disappointments.

Grobnik led the way from the start of the quarter finals with an excellent array of potting, including two 8-ball clearances against Ferguson and Daly. He continued his form into the semis as Addison looked on with admiration. In contrast, Brown and McGann had to dig deep against a plucky Palin and Ashton and then followed that with a hard fought win over Rawlinson and Key. The Final belonged to Grobnik and Addison as they showed great patience in waiting for their opportunities and then pouncing for the kill. A deserved title went to Grobnik and Addison to add to their sole success together in 2000/01.

Revolving black ball National Inter-league Knockout Cup

Stafford A fell at the first hurdle in the recent National Interleague Knockout Cup 2006 held at Great Yarmouth. The team from Stafford got off to a slow start in their first group match, trailing 5-0 to EHPL (Hertfordshire), and never recovered as they went on to an 11-7 defeat. Any hopes of progression into the last 32 then relied on a big win over Surrey Warriors. However, after leading 9-6, the last three frames went the way of the southerners as the match ended up in a 9-9 draw. Sun Valley from Nottingham went on to win the tournament.

Leading the way for the team with an impressive 4 wins out of 4 was John Grobnik, supported by Giles Eastwood and Adam Lilburne with 3 wins apiece. Shot of the weekend went to Mick Addison when, during the first match, he not only potted his final difficult colour but also landed perfectly on the black ball.

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September 2006


Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league

The recent Staffs Inter-league clash between Stafford B and Leek A ended in a share of the points as the match ended in a draw. Dave Baker was one of the heroes of the night as he held his nerve to take out a finish in the final frame of the match and earn his team a deserved draw. Leading the way for the Stafford side with 2 wins apiece were Paul Shepherd and Robbie Jenkinson.

The match between Stafford A and close rivals, Trent Trophies Pirates, went the way of the more experienced Stoke team despite the fact they only fielded 8 players. After a poor start, the side from Stafford found themselves trailing 6-3 at half-time and, despite mounting a mini-comeback, left themselves with too much to do as they slipped to an 11-7 loss.

The Stafford teams occupy 3rd and 8th place in the Table. Player statistics from these League matches can be viewed on the Inter-league Averages page.

The next Inter-league match for Stafford B sees them host Alpha Ladies at the Crooked Cue while Stafford A travel to Hanley to face Trent Trophies Elite on 27th October.

Revolving black ball National Inter-league Knockout Cup

The Round Robin draw for the National Interleague Knockout Cup 2006 held at Great Yarmouth is now available. Stafford A have been placed in Group 14 and will need to overcome EHPL (Hertfordshire) and Surrey Warriors in order to advance to the last 32. The team from Surrey are regular visitors to the tournament and will probably start out as favourites to top the group. The event takes place over the weekend of 7th and 8th October. A number of local players are also taking part in the National Amateur Individual Tournament held on the Thursday and Friday prior to the team event. The draw for this should be available later this month.

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league

The recent Staffs Inter-league clash between Stafford B and Leek B ended in another narrow defeat for the Stafford team. After a poor start they found themselves trailing 6-3 at half-time and, despite mounting a comeback, found themselves with too much to do and slipped to a 10-8 loss. Leading the way for the Stafford side with 2 wins was Rob Wharne with another fine performance.

The match between Stafford A and Trent Trophies A was cancelled due to the Stoke side not being able to field a team. As a result, the Stafford team were awarded a 14-4 win.

The Stafford teams occupy 2nd and 9th place in the Table. Player statistics from these League matches can be viewed on the Inter-league Averages page.

The next Inter-league match for Stafford B sees them host Leek A at the Crooked Cue on 22nd September while Stafford A travel to Hanley to face Trent Trophies Pirates on 29th September.

Revolving black ball Singles and Doubles Knockouts

The draw has now been made for both the Singles Knockout and Doubles Knockout. The first two rounds of the Singles Knockout is on Sunday 10th September with the Doubles Knockout commencing on the following Sunday (17th September).

Revolving black ball Summer League Finals

SUMMER LEAGUE FINAL
Bushes B 3 - 2 Rickerscote Arms

Bushes B have been crowned the Summer League champions after a nail-biting final at the Crooked Cue against the Rickerscote Arms. The Bushes B went into an early 2-0 lead thanks to Mick Ferguson and Simon Key before the Rickerscote hit back to level the match and take it into a deciding game of doubles. After a series of tactical exchanges it was Simon Key for the Bushes team who held his nerve and potted his remaining colours followed by the black.

SUMMER PLATE FINAL
Bird in Hand 2 - 3 Staffs Bull B

Staffordshire Bull B took the honours in the final of the Summer Plate, defeating the Bird in Hand. As with the main final, this match also went into a deciding game of doubles as the team from the lower division took on and beat the division 1 team to the delight of their many supporters who packed out the venue.

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August 2006


Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league

In their latest matches in the Staffs Inter-league there were matching results for Stafford’s two teams. Stafford Sunday A were held to a 9-9 draw at home to Trent Trophies Tuesday while Stafford Sunday B also had to settle for a share of the spoils on the road at Alsager.

With both teams missing first-choice players, the A side stormed into a 5-2 lead before being pegged back to 5-3 at the halfway stage. The Stafford team never let their lead slip until the 15th frame when they went 8-7 down. Consecutive wins for John Grobnik and Dave Barker then put the locals into an unbeatable 9-8 position before the Stoke team hit back, winning the final frame and a share of the honours. Winning both their games on the night were Mick Addison and Dave Barker.

At Alsager, the B team found themselves up against it with an inexperienced team. However, the Stafford team more than held their own and even led 9-7 until the home side secured the final 2 frames of the match to earn the draw.

The Stafford teams continue to occupy 2nd and 8th place in the Table. Player statistics from these League matches can be viewed on the Inter-league Averages page.

The next set of Inter-league matches will be held on 15th September. Stafford B travel to Leek B while Stafford A host top of the league Trent Trophies A.

Revolving black ball Annual General Meeting

This year’s AGM saw a number of proposals voted in as well as a change of face in the role of League Treasurer:

  1. The League will adopt the World Rules across all 3 divisions starting with the Winter 2006/07 season and including all knockout competitions. Further explanations of these rules can be found here. The time rule (60 seconds per shot) will not be used.
  2. The match format will change to 8 singles consisting of two halves of 4 singles. A team can use between 4 and 6 players per match. No individual can play more than 1 frame per half, i.e. a maximum of 2 frames per match. Team Knockout matches will be best of seven frames (7 singles - 4 and 3 split). The Doubles Knockout will continue as normal.
  3. Lynda Simpson is the new League Treasurer after Martin Priestley stepped down due to his imminent departure for pastures new. Pippa Steele and Dan Goodman join the League committee.

Revolving black ball Summer League Finals

The Knockout stage of the Summer League has now reached the finals in both the main competition and the plate. A free buffet will be provided on the evening for all participating players and officials.

SUMMER LEAGUE FINAL
8.00pm, 3rd September
Venue: Crooked Cue
Rickerscote   v   Bushes B


SUMMER PLATE FINAL
8.00pm, 3rd September
Venue: Crooked Cue
Staffs Bull B   v   Bird in Hand

 

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league

In their latest matches in the Staffs Inter-league there were contrasting results for Stafford’s two teams. Stafford Sunday B were held to a 9-9 draw at home to Trent Trophies Pirates while Stafford Sunday A had a resounding 14-4 victory on the road at Alpha Ladies.

Despite the scoreline, the A side actually only lost 2 frames on the night as 2 games had to be conceded to the opposition due to only 8 players being available to play for the Stafford team as a consequence of holidays and other commitments. There were no stand-out players on the night as the team went about their business in a methodical manner. Winning both their games were Giles Eastwood, Adam Lilburne, Dave Barker, Gav Davies, Simon Key and debutant Spencer Trow.

At the Crooked Cue, the B team found themselves in battle against only 7 players. However, even the bonus of receiving the automatically conceded 4 frames from the visitors couldn't help push the home team over the winning line as the Stoke side hung on for the draw.

The Stafford teams now occupy 2nd and 8th place in the Table. Player statistics from these League matches can be viewed on the Inter-league Averages page.

The next set of Inter-league matches will be held on 25th August. Stafford B travel to Alsager while Stafford A host Trent Trophies Tuesday.

Revolving black ball Summer League Semi Final Draws

The Knockout stage of the Summer League has now reached the semi-finals in both the main competition and the plate. Note that neutral venues have been chosen for these matches.

SUMMER LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS
8.00pm, 13th August
Venue: Hop Pole
Crooked Cue   v   Rickerscote / Oxleathers
Venue: Crooked Cue
Hop Pole v Bushes B


SUMMER PLATE SEMI-FINALS
8.00pm, 13th August
Venue: Crooked Cue
Staffs Bull B   v   Joiners Arms/Hop Pole C
Venue: Staffs Bull
Bird in Hand v Rickerscote Arms A

 

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league Knockout Cup

Stafford Sunday A have confirmed their place at Great Yarmouth in October this year to compete in the finals of the National Inter-league Knockout Cup. The team claimed the final available place for the county by beating Trent Trophies B 10-8 in the final of the Staffs Cup Knockout - 5th Place Play-off competition.

Despite the final score, the Stafford team were always ahead in the match, storming into a 5-1 lead and going on to take a 6-3 first-half advantage thanks to some solid play. The side moved onto the hill at 9-5 after Dave Barker and Adam Lilburne won their second frames of the night. But then the nerves started to set in as the team from Stoke slowly clawed back the deficit and, at 9-8 down and in control of the final frame, they expected to level the score at 9-9 and go into a 3-game play-off.

The Stoke team may have written off Steve Finney’s chances but his team mates certainly hadn’t. A mistake by his opponent, Dan Rush, gave Steve a glimmer of hope and that was all he needed as he gathered himself to go game and pull off a great finish despite the pressure cooker atmosphere.

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July 2006


Revolving black ball Summer League Quarter Final Draws

The Summer League has now reached the Knockout stage with the top two teams from each group going through to the quarter-finals. Teams finishing in 3rd and 4th positions compete in the quarter-finals of the plate competition.

SUMMER LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS
8.00pm, 6th August
Crooked Cue   v   Crooked Cue K
Rickerscote Arms v Oxleathers
Bushes B v Three Tuns
Hop Pole v Crooked Cue B

SUMMER PLATE QUARTER-FINALS
8.00pm, 6th August
Staffs Bull B   v   Bushes A
Joiners Arms v Hop Pole C
Bird in Hand v Bear & Pheasant
Crooked Cue A v Rickerscote Arms A

 

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league

In their latest matches in the Staffs Inter-league there were disappointing results for Stafford’s two teams. Stafford Sunday A slipped to a 10-8 defeat at Trent Trophies B while Stafford Sunday B were beaten 12-6 by Trent Trophies Tuesday.

For the third match running, the A side made life difficult for themselves after losing the first 3 frames of the night and went on to trail 6-2 before Giles Eastwood won the ninth frame with his only visit to the table, reducing the half-way deficit to only 3 frames. The Stafford team put in a better display in the second half, winning 5 of the 9 frames on offer with Andy Rawlinson winning his 2nd game. But the bad start to the night left the team with too much to make up and chances were missed as they suffered their first defeat of the season.

At the Crooked Cue, the B team found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-4 half-time scoreline as they played host to Trent Trophies Tuesday. But that was the end of any fight that the home team was to put up as all bar one frame in the second half went the way of the visitors.

The Stafford teams now occupy 2nd and 8th place in the Table. Player statistics from these League matches can be viewed on the Inter-league Averages page.

The next set of Inter-league matches will be held on 11th August. Stafford A travel to Alpha Ladies while Stafford B host Trent Trophies Pirates.

Revolving black ball 16th July Summer League Report

Group A Leaders Bushes A suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the Rickerscote A that now leaves them only 2 points clear but having played a game more. They lost 4-2 and leading the way for the Ricky were Mark Sheerin, Phil Alldiss and Mick Bryant. The Crooked Cue B still have hopes of qualifying for the main draw after they claimed a 6-0 win against the Rickerscote B. The Island A also claimed a 6-0 win at the Forester.

Group B The Crooked Cue have won their group after they soundly beat the Highfields 6-0. The Oxleathers look favourites for 2nd place after they beat nearest challengers Hop Pole C with Danny Haynes, Nick Lenton, Chris Rose and Lee Eastwood all winning. The Crooked Cue A have slim hopes of qualifying for the main draw after they secured a 4-2 win at the Albion.

Group C The Rickerscote have won their group after claiming a 6-0 win at the Morrisman. The Rickerscote C have dented Bird in Hand’s chances of qualifying for the main draw after they ran out 4-2 winners thanks to Andy Lowe, Anthony Furber, Lee Terry and Lee Grocutt. The Three Tuns were held to a 3-3 darw at the Bear and Pheasant.

Group D The Bushes B have won this group after securing a 5-1 win over the Joiners Arms while the Crooked Cue K have also qualified after they ran out 4-2 winners at the Staffs Bull B. The New Victoria gained a useful 5-1 win over luckless St. Georges with Nick Parsons, Dave Tagg, Chris Parsons and Paul Lakin all winning.

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league Knockout Cup

It was a night of mixed fortunes for Stafford’s 2 Inter-league teams as they both battled for a place in the final of the Staffs Cup Knockout - 5th and 6th Place Play-off competition.

Stafford Sunday B hosted Trent Trophies B from Hanley and made a reasonable start, sharing the first 6 frames before going on to trail 5-4 at the halfway stage. However, despite levelling the scores at 6-6 the home team then ran out of steam as the visitors took 4 frames in a row to seal victory by the scoreline of 10-6.

In the other semi-final, Stafford Sunday A travelled to the Green Baize to take on Trent Trophies Tuesday. After a superb start that saw them take a 5-0 lead, the Stafford side were always ahead. Lee Whitehouse won the last frame of the first half to make it a 6-3 half-way score and maintain a comfortable frames gap. In the 2nd half, Dave Barker and Adam Lilburne won their second frames of the match to help put their team on the brink of victory that was sealed when Lee Whitehouse pulled off an impressive clearance.

Stafford A now do battle with Trent Trophies B in the final at Hanley Rileys on Friday 21st July.

Revolving black ball 9th July Summer League Report

Group A The Hop Pole have pulled back the 4 point deficit over the Bushes A after running out 5-1 winners over the Rickerscote A thanks to Tim Teece, Mick Addison, Mark Bailey and Andy Rawlinson. The Bushes A were held to a 3-3 score at home to the Crooked Cue B as was the Rickerscote B against the Forester.

Group B The Crooked Cue opened up a 12 point gap over their nearest challengers as they picked up a 5-1 victory over their ’A’ side. The Oxleathers were held to 3-3 draw at the Highfields. The Island B gained their 2nd win of the campaign with a 4-2 win over the Albion.

Group C This group has been affected by the withdrawals of both the Morrisman and the Rose and Crown and so the Rickerscote were the only team to play as they ran out 6-0 winners over the visiting Bear and Pheasant. Dave Ashton, Andy Palin, Shaun Draper and Tim Owens all won.

Group D The Bushes B march on as they made it 9 wins out of 9 - this time it was a 4-2 win over their nearest challengers the Crooked Cue K. There were identical wins for both Shrewsbury Arms and The Joiners over the St. Georges and New Vic respectively.

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June 2006


Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league

In their latest matches in the Staffs Inter-league there were mixed results for Stafford’s two teams. Stafford Sunday A emerged victorious with a 10-8 win over close rivals Leek A but Stafford Sunday B went down by the same scoreline to Trent Trophies B.

For the second match running, the A side made life difficult for themselves after losing the first 3 frames of the night and went on to trail 5-3 before Adam Lilburne won the ninth frame, crucially reducing the half-way deficit to only 1 frame. The Stafford team then changed up a gear as they produced a much better display in the second half, taking 6 of the 9 frames on offer to win the match. Doubling up on the night with 2 victories apiece were the trio of Giles Eastwood, Andy Rawlinson and Adam Lilburne.

At the Green Baize, the B team also found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-4 half-time scoreline before mounting a second half comeback that resulted in the Stafford side leading 8-7 with 3 frames remaining. In a tense finale, the Stoke team showed their experience in winning the last 3 frames and, in doing so, securing the match. Dave Arrowsmith continued his good form by winning both of his games on the night.

The Stafford teams now occupy 2nd and 7th place in the Table. Player statistics from these League matches can be viewed on the Inter-league Averages page.

The next League matches are held on 28th July. Stafford A travel to Trent Trophies B while Stafford B host Trent Trophies Tuesday.

Revolving black ball 25th June Summer League Report

Group A The Bushes A hold a one point lead over the Hop Pole after they secured a 4-2 victory over the The Island A with Tom Tonna, Paul Dustan and Jason Armishaw all winning. The Hop Pole ran out 5-1 winners over the Forester while the Crooked Cue B had to settle for a 3-3 draw at the Rickerscote A.

Group B The Island B picked up their first win of the campaign and did it in style with a 4-2 success over high-flying Oxleathers. Leading the way were Ian Hollinshead, Ian Higgins, Dean Narcinski and Tony Wilson. The Crooked Cue gained top spot with a 4-2 win at the Albion.

Group C The results in this group have been affected by the withdrawal of both Rose & Crown and the Morrisman - remaining teams to enter 6-0 claims. The Bird won a crucial match against the Three Tuns. They ran out 4-2 winners and had Dave Shelley, John Daniels, Steve Finney and Tony Mason all in fine form.

Group D The Bushes B made it 8 wins out of 8 with a 4-2 success at the Staffs Bull B where Simon Key, Simon Davies, Mick Ferguson and James Holmes all won. The Crooked Cue K still hold 2nd spot after a 5-1 win over the St. Georges.

Revolving black ball Local player makes waves in Blackpool

Photo of Adam Lilburne
Adam goes on World Masters adventure

Sunday League player Adam Lilburne, who plays for the Crooked Cue, reached the last 32 of the recent World Masters held in Blackpool. Adam, who had qualified for the tournament through the Staffordshire regional qualifiers, more than held his own in a tournament containing 400 of the top pool players from around the world who were all battling it out for a share of the 24,000 prize fund on offer.

Adam started his quest with a 7-5 win over Northamptonshire's Derek Hanley, before a 7-0 walkover in round 2 gave him a ticket into the last 128. The Parkside Potter then saw off Austrian Michael Puntschart with a confident 7-3 victory. In the last 64 he was handed a very tough draw against Scottish international Ivan Thompson. However, after a nervous start Adam settled down and produced a fantastic performance to record a 7-2 victory.

The draw for the last 32 paired him with IPA professional and recent IPA Tour winner Ben Flack. Despite only missing one pot during the match, Adam's journey came to an end as the number 6 ranked player in the world proved too strong and ran out a 7-2 winner. Former World Champion Chris Melling was the eventual winner of the tournament while Adam picked up 200 in prize money for his efforts and will be returning next year hoping to go one step further.

Revolving black ball 11th June Summer League Report

Group A Only 1 point separates the top three as the Hop Pole came away with a hard fought 4-2 success at the Rickerscote B while the Crooked Cue B gained an identical score at the Forester. Rob Wharne, Dave Barlow, Chris Hanlon, Dave and Gaz Baker all won. The Island A held the Rickerscote A to a 3-3 scoreline.

Group B The Crooked Cue inflicted a first defeat over the Oxleathers and now hold pole position in this group. They ran out 5-1 victors and had Mike Barker, Adam Lilburne, Martin Priestley and Dave Whitfield all in fine form. The Highfields picked up their first win of the campaign with a 4-2 win over the Island B thanks to Colin Wilson, James Gaughran, Jason Turner, Mark Phillips and Mark Simpson.

Group C The Rickerscote continued their fine start with a 6-0 success over the Rose and Crown while the Three Tuns worked hard for their 4-2 victory over the visiting Rickerscote C. Ian Thomas, Dennis Kitchen, Paul Johnson and Steve Banks all won for the home team.

Group D The Bushes B maintained their 100% record with a 4-2 win over the New Vic. The Crooked Cue K occupy 2nd place after they gained a useful 5-1 win over the Shrewsbury Arms. There was a first win of the campaign for the St. Georges as they triumphed 4-2 over the Staffs Bull B with Geoff Howard, John Hawkins, Phil and Steve McQuillin all winning.

Revolving black ball 4th June Summer League Report

Group A The Hop Pole have ended the Bushes A unbeaten record after running out 5-1 winners - Mick Addison, Kev Brown, Tim Teece and Andy Rawlinson all won. The Rickerscote A also ran out 5-1 winners over their B team while the Crooked Cue B also are close behind the leaders after a 4-2 success over the Island A.

Group B The Crooked Cue gained a useful 5-1 victory over the Hop Pole C and have now closed the gap to a single point behind the Oxleathers. The Crooked Cue A picked up only their 2nd win of the campaign with a 4-2 win a the Island B - Justin Mackereth, Robbie Jenkinson, Will and Pauline Edge all won. The Albion made it 3 wins on the trot with a 5-1 win over visiting Highfields Club.

Group C The Rickerscote made it 5 out of 5 after they secured a 5-1 win over their C team while the Three Tuns claimed a 6-0 success over lowly Morrisman. The Bird in Hand picked up a 5-1 win at the Rose and Crown where John Daniels, Steve Finney, Claire Maslin and Steve Sneyd all won.

Group D The Bushes B also have a 100% record after they ran out 6-0 victors over the St. Georges. The Shrewsbury Arms picked up a useful 4-2 win at the New Vic with Geoff Pask, Andy Gullick, Steve Lowndes and Steve Hughes all winning. The Staffs Bull B were held to 3-3 score at home to the Joiners Arms after being 3-0 up!

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May 2006


Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league

In their much-anticipated, recent clash in the Staffs Inter-league it was Stafford Sunday A who emerged victorious over local rivals Stafford Sunday B by the scoreline of 11-7.

In an exciting match which proved that pool too can be a game of 2 halves it was the B team who made a flying start, going into a 5-1 lead with some impressive play. Despite reducing the deficit to 6-3 at the halfway stage, the A side knew there could be no room for mistakes in the 2nd half. And so it proved as frame after frame went the way of the A team with only Kev Connor able to put up any resistance.

Doubling up on the night with 2 victories apiece for the A team were the duo of Steve Finney and Mick Addison. Shot of the night went to Steve Finney who, with 2 visits remaining, managed to play himself into a total snooker situation by running the white ball into the jaws of a corner pocket. Used to finding himself in such situations he quickly decided on the best escape route but then needed several minutes to build up the courage to play the shot. He finally got down and bounced the cue ball off the other side of the jaw to play a legal shot and went on to clear his remaining colours.

The Stafford teams now occupy joint first and joint fourth place in the Table. Player statistics from these League matches can be viewed on the Inter-league Averages page.

The next League matches are held at the end of June. Stafford A host Leek A on 29th June and Stafford B travel to Trent Trophies B on 30th June.

Revolving black ball 7th May Summer League Report

Group A The Crooked Cue B pulled off a fantastic 4-2 victory over winter league champions the Hop Pole - Rob Wharne, Dave Barlow, Dave Baker and Gaz Baker were the victors. The Bushes A jumped into top spot after a 6-0 success over the Forester while the Island A picked up their first win of the campaign with a 5-1 win at the Rickerscote B.

Group B The Hop Pole C took over pole position in this group as they ran out 5-1 victors over the Highfields Club with Kev Daly, Baz Davies, Duncan and Will Sunderland all winning. The Crooked Cue achieved an identical score line at the Island B while the Oxleathers held Crooked Cue B to a 3-3 score.

Group C The Bird in Hand gained their first win of the campaign with a 4-2 success over the Bear and Pheasant thanks to Tony Mason, John Daniels, Steve Finney and Dave Shelley. The Rickerscote picked up a 5-1 win over the Three Tuns to continue their good start while the Rose and Crown gained their first win with a 4-2 victory over the Morrisman.

Group D The Crooked Cue K have taken over top spot after they triumphed over the New Vic, winning 4-2. The Joiners gained their first victory in style after they saw off the challenge of St. Georges running out 6-0 winners with Simon Dawson, Steve Dickson, Martin van Cotsford and Brendan Ruttledge all winning. The Staffs Bull B picked up a useful 5-1 victory at the Shrewsbury Arms.

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league Knockout Cup

Stafford’s Inter-league teams have progressed to the semi-final stage of the Cup Knockout - 5th and 6th Place Play-off competition, maintaining hopes of a possible return to Yarmouth. Stafford A saw off the challenge of visiting Alsager by the scoreline of 10-6 with help from Dave and Mike Barker who doubled up with 2 wins apiece. But the biggest cheer of the night went to debutant, Clair Maslin, who stepped in at the very last minute and won her first frame of Inter-league pool with the help of some top potting. Stafford B made light work of their trip to Alpha Ladies despite an unsteady start. After losing the first 3 games of the evening, they stepped up a gear and went on to win by the comfortable margin of 10-4.

Stafford A have been rewarded with a trip to Trent Trophies Tuesday while Stafford B host Trent Trophies B. Both semi-finals to be played on Friday 14th July. The final is scheduled to take place a week later.

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April 2006


Revolving black ball 23rd April Summer League Report

Group A The Hop Pole hold pole position after 2 matches with a 5-1 win at the Forester thanks to Andy Rawlinson, Mick Addison, Tim Teece and Kev Brown. The matches between the Crooked Cue B v Rickerscote A and The Island A v Bushes A ended 3-3.

Group B The 2005 Summer league champs got their campaign off to a winning start with a 5-1 win over the Albion. Adam Lilburne, Dave Barker, Dave Whitfield, Martin Priestley and Mike Barker all won. The Oxleathers have started well and lead the group after a 6-0 victory over The Island B - Nigel Lenton, Dan Haynes, Chris Rose and Kev Lynch were the victors. The Hop Pole C also made it 2 wins with a 4-2 success over the Crooked Cue A.

Group C The Bear and Pheasant have started well after they claimed a 6-0 win over the Rose and Crown and now lead this group. The Rickerscote C picked up their first win with a 5-1 victory at the Morrisman where Steve Hyde, Lee Terry, Lee Grocutt and Chris Rai all won. The Three Tuns held the Bird in Hand to a 3-3 score.

Group D The Bushes B made it 2 out of 2 with a 4-2 success over a determined Staffs Bull B side thanks to James Holmes, Paul Shepherd, Mick Ferguson and Simon Key. The Crooked Cue K picked up their first win with a 5-1 victory at the St. Georges - Giles Eastwood, Lee Whitehouse, Gav and Derek Davies were the victors. The Joiners had to settle for another 3-3 draw against the Shrewsbury Arms.

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league

Both of Stafford’s Inter-league teams have made an impressive start to the new season in the Staffs Inter-league.

Stafford Sunday A continued their successful start to the season with a convincing 11-7 away victory over Leek B. Despite a fixture mix-up that saw both teams initially arriving at each other's venues, Stafford settled quickest going on to win 6 games in the first half and 5 games in the second half of the match. Doubling up on the night with 2 victories apiece were the quartet of Adam Lilburne, Giles Eastwood, Mick Addison and Mike Barker.

Stafford Sunday B saw off the challenge of Rugeley in their first home game of the season. The Stafford team finished the first half of the match with a 6-3 lead but were made to fight hard for the victory and there was some relief when Dave Baker potted the black to win his game. Doubling up on the night with 2 victories apiece were the trio of Dave Arrowsmith, Rob Wharne and Mick Ferguson.

The Stafford teams occupy joint first and third place in the Table. Player statistics from these League matches can be viewed on the Inter-league Averages page.

The next fixtures are the Cup Knockout 5th and 6th Place Play-off matches to be played on 12th May when Stafford A host Alsager and Stafford B travel to Alpha Ladies. The Stafford teams then come head-to-head in a much anticipated League match on 26th May.

Revolving black ball 9th April Summer League Report

Group A The Bushes A got off to winning ways with a 4-2 victory over the Rickerscote B - Martin Struthers, Jason Armishaw, Paul Dustan and Steve Smith all won. Winter league champions the Hop Pole lead the group after a 6-0 win over the Island A while the Rickerscote A were made to work hard for their 4-2 success against the Forester.

Group B The Crooked Cue A lead this group after they ran out 6-0 victors over the Highfields with Robbie Jenkinson, John Grobnik, Justin Mackereth, Ben and Will Edge all winning. The Hop Pole C got off to a winning start with a 5-1 success at the The Island B and there was a 4-2 triumph for the Oxleathers at the Albion.

Group C The Rickerscote gained a useful 4-2 win at the Bird where Shaun Draper, Tim Owens, Andy Palin and Dave Ashton all won. The Three Tuns returned with a 4-2 success from the Rose and Crown and the Bear and Pheasant gained a 4-2 victory at the Rickerscote C.

Group D Staffs Bull B got their summer campaign off to a winning start with a 5-1 success over the New Vic thanks to John Jeffrey, Dan Banks, Dave Goodwin, Ben Bates and Gary Livesey. The Bushes B matched that scoreline, winning at the Shrewsbury Arms, while the Crooked Cue K and Joiners had to settle for a 3-3 draw.

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March 2006


Revolving black ball AGM Proposals

This year’s AGM will be held at Stafford Rangers Social Club at 7:30pm on Sunday 6th August. All members are welcome. The following proposals will be discussed and voted on at the meeting along with any other proposals made in writing to the League Secretary by 23rd July.

1. Change of Playing Rules

  1. Current playing rules to revert to FULL WORLD RULES in all THREE divisions OR
  2. Current playing rules to revert to FULL WORLD RULES in the 1st Division only. Divisions 2 & 3 to continue playing current playing rules.
  3. Team knockout playing rules will depend on decision made from above proposals. Proposal a - all teams play WORLD RULES, Proposal b - 2nd & 3rd division teams have precedent over current rules if drawn against 1st division teams. This will also apply with SINGLES and DOUBLES KNOCKOUTS.

2. Change of Match Format

  1. Existing format of 4 SINGLES and 2 DOUBLES to be SCRAPPED.
  2. New format to be 8 SINGLES, which comprises 2 HALVES of 4 SINGLES.
  3. There will be NO DOUBLES.
  4. MINIMUM of 4 players needed PLUS option of 2 reserves who can play in the 2nd half of the draw. This will benefit teams who have 5 or 6 players in their squad.
  5. Team Knockout matches will be best of seven frames (7 singles ? 4 and 3).
  6. DOUBLES Knockout will continue as normal.

Any questions regarding the above proposals should be forwarded to the League Secretary.

Revolving black ball Stan Bent Knockout Final Report

League Champions the Hop Pole achieved the double after a 3-1 success over second division Three Tuns. The match was being played at the Crooked Cue and a good size crowd saw an entertaining match.

First on was Kev Brown (Hop Pole) who was up against captain Ian Thomas (3 Tuns). It was Thomas who put the pressure on as he went for his pots. However Brown played a snooker and Thomas wasn’t successful in his escape attempt. He let Brown in and he looked likely to clear but fell short with his position and then both players started to get tight on their shots but it was the cool head of Thomas who took his chance and gave the 3 Tuns an unexpected 1-0 lead.

The second game saw Andy Rawlinson (Hop Pole) pitted against Mark Davis (3 Tuns). It was Rawlinson who had the better start as he did his best to retrieve the situation. Davis tried his utmost to gain the initiative but Rawlinson was in control and he cleared the table with minimum fuss and so levelled the scores 1-1.

In the third game Mick Addison (Hop Pole) was drawn against Paul Johnson (3 Tuns). This match proved to be a tight tussle as both players looked nervous, Addison played a couple of loose shots and let Johnson in but after bringing out the awkward balls, he then snookered himself and let Addison in. Amazingly Addison missed his pot and went in-off and so gave Johnson a great chance, but he again fell short and so it was left to Addison who for the third time of asking, cleared up his remaining balls and made it 2-1.

In the fourth match Mark Bailey (Hop Pole) was drawn against Dennis Kitchen (3 Tuns). This game was similar to the previous one as both players struggled to find any sort of rhythm. Kitchen was given an opportunity to level the match after Bailey went in-off. After negotiating the first few balls he was in ideal position to finish it but surprisingly missed a relatively straightforward pot. This put Bailey in and he again fell short on the black and so Kitchen had another chance. But unfortunately he again failed to capitalise and let Bailey back in with another chance but he over-cut his shot. Luckily, he left Kitchen a difficult cut into the corner. He missed, and this time Bailey made sure to finish with a 3-1 scoreline and Hop Pole became the Stan Bent Team Knockout Winners.

The Rickerscote A from the 1st division won the Subsidary Knockout after overcoming 2nd division runners-up Crooked Cue A. Wins for Mark Sheerin, John Lainton and Mick Bryant secured the Shield. Crooked Cue A’s sole reply came from Robbie Jenkinson.

Revolving black ball Pool League Boasts National Champion

Photo of Adam Lilburne
Adam helps Staffs to win National Championship

Stafford now boasts two National Pool Champions, following the National County Pool Finals that was recently held at Great Yarmouth. Staffordshire County Pool Player Adam Lilburne helped the Staffs pool team to the National pool title for a record 5th time.

Adam, who plays for the Crooked Cue, recorded 7 wins from his 13 frames as the Staffs team battled past Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Devon before defeating Nottingham in a pulsating final, to take the crown in front of a large audience.

Adam who has recently qualified for the World Masters in Blackpool and signed on a Pool Tour featuring some of the world's finest players will be back at Great Yarmouth in 2007 to help Staffordshire defend the title.

Local girl Karen Tomkinson was also victorious in Great Yarmouth as she was part of the Staffs Ladies team that matched the men's achievement by winning the ladies section.

Revolving black ball Winter 2005/06 League Review

Division 1 Winners - HOP POLE, captain Tim Teece, Mark Bailey, Kev Brown, Andy Rawlinson and Mick Addison.

Division 1 Runners up - CROOKED CUE, captain Martin Priestley, Dave Whitfield, Adam Lilburne, Mike and Dave Barker.

Division 1 Most wins - 16 wins, Mick Ferguson (Bushes B)

Division 2 Winners - CROOKED CUE C, captain Kev Connor, Rob Wharne, Dave Richardson and Steve Bristow.

Division 2 Runners up - CROOKED CUE A, captain Nick Haden, Justin Mackereth, Robbie Jenkinson and Will Edge.

Division 2 Most wins - 14 wins, Kev Connor (Crooked Cue C)

Division 3 Winners - RIFLEMAN, captain Pete Harvey, Warren Bradbury, Mark Hollowood, Nigel Lanes, James Devlin and Gary Pemberton.

Division 3 Runners up - THE ISLAND, captain Sean Lucas, Alan Alldritt, Jim Simpson and Ian Pemberton.

Division 3 Most wins - 15 wins, Alan Alldritt (The Island)

Stan Bent Team Knockout Winners ? HOP POLE (as above. Div one winners)

Stan Bent team Knockout Runners up ? THREE TUNS, captain Ian Thomas, Dennis Kitchen, Paul Johnson and Mark Davis.

Subsidary K/o Winners ? Rickerscote A

Subsidary K/o Runners up ? Crooked Cue A


Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league

Both of Stafford’s Inter-league teams have made an impressive start to the new season in the Staffs Inter-league.

Stafford Sunday A kicked off with a convincing 12-6 home victory over League newcomers Rugeley, winning 6 games in each half of the match. Doubling up on the night with 2 victories apiece were the quintet of Andy Rawlinson, Giles Eastwood, John Grobnik, Mick Addison and Mike Barker.

Stafford Sunday B’s first league match proved to be a memorable one as they travelled to Trent Trophies Elite who finished runners up last year and have a multitude of county players in their line up. They led 6-3 at the halfway stage with Robbie Jenkinson, Paul Shepherd, Martin Priestley, Dave Arrowsmith, Dave Whitfield and Rob Wharne all winning. The 2nd half proved to be a similar pattern as Jenkinson, Priestley and Arrowsmith made it 2 wins out of two. Steve Bristow, Dave Baker and James Holmes completed the scoring and so made the final score 12-6 for the Stafford side.

The Stafford teams occupy joint third place in the Table. Player statistics from these League matches can be viewed on the Inter-league Averages page.

Revolving black ball 5th March Winter League Report

Division 1 Congratulations to the Hop Pole for winning the Keith Hill Sunday Pool League. They continued their recent, very impressive form as they triumphed 6-0 over the Rickerscote A. Their squad for this successful campaign was led by captain Tim Teece, followed by Kev Brown, Mark Bailey, Andy Rawlinson and Mick Addison. 2nd place is still up for grabs with deposed champions Crooked Cue running out 6-0 victors over the Bushes A and the Bird beating the Luckpenny 5-1 leaving 4 points separating these two teams. The Bushes B ran out 5-1 victors over the Crooked Cue K and Mick Ferguson gained his 15th singles success to lead the most wins. The Rickerscote endured another 3-3 draw against the Hop Pole C which guarantees their 1st division status for next season.

Division 2 Congratulations to the Crooked Cue C as they won the 2nd division crown after their 5-1 success over their A side. Kev Connor made it his 13th singles win and now leads the most wins and was ably supported by Rob Wharne, Dave Richardson and Steve Bristow. The Three Tuns jumped into 2nd place after they ran out 5-1 victors at the Bear and Pheasant but have now completed their campaign and have to wait and see if their promotion drive is successful. The New Vic achieved a 4-2 success over the Fox and Hounds which takes them out of the relegation zone and they now face the Staffs Bull A in a last game decider. The Highfields look as if they have escaped the drop as they won 4-2 against the Joiners Arms.

Division 3 Congratulations to the Rifleman as they became 3rd division champions after their 4-2 win at the Forester. Warren Bradbury, Mark Hollowood, Nigel Lanes, James Devlin, Peter Harvey (captain) and Gary Pemberton have been the successful squad. 2nd place is hotting up with no fewer then 4 teams fighting for this place. The Island are 1 point down in 3rd place after a 5-1 success over the Shrewsbury. Alan Alldritt made it his 14th win of the campaign and so takes the most wins while the Staffs Bull B have emerged as promtion contenders after they inflicted a 4-2 win over the Oxleathers who also still have promotion aspirations themselves. The Rose and Crown ran out 5-1 winners over the Rickerscote B.

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February 2006


Revolving black ball 26th February Winter League Report

Division 1 The Hop Pole have almost regained the league title, as they now only need 3 points from their last two games. They claimed a 6-0 victory over the Luckpenny. Crooked Cue may have to settle for 2nd place this time after they secured a 4-2 win over their K side whereas the Bird are hot on their heels after they beat the Hop Pole C 4-2. Steve Finney, Paul Butcher, Paddy Singh and John Daniels all won for the Bird. The Bushes B picked up a 4-2 win at the Rickerscote A - Simon Key, Mick Ferguson, Simon Davies and James Holmes all won. The Bushes A had to settle for a 3-3 draw at home to the Rickerscote.

Division 2 The Crooked Cue C have won promotion to the 1st division after they triumphed 6-0 over the New Vic and nowy only need 2 points from their last 2 games to secure the title. The Crooked Cue A are making hard work of getting the other promotion place after they lost 4-2 to the Joiners Arms - Adam Anslow, Steve Duchan and Andy Pearley all won. The Three Tuns are only 2 points behind in 3rd place after they secured a 4-2 win over the Highfields - Dennis Kitchen, Paul Johnson, Danny Boughey, Ricky and Steve Hall all won. The Bear and Pheasant held the Staffs Bull A to a 3-3 draw.

Division 3 The Rifleman gained a useful 4-2 win over the Rose and Crown which now puts them within touching distance of promotion - Mark Hollowood, Warren Bradbury and James Devlin all won. The Morrisman had to settle for a 3-3 draw at the Shrewsbury but still occupy 2nd place. Promotion contenders the Island and the Oxleathers fought out a 3-3 draw that still keeps them in with a chance of promotion. The Staffs Bull B are finishing strongly and could still nick the final promotion place after they won 5-1 at the Rickerscote B and had John Jeffrey, Kev Flanagan, Dave Goodwin, Dan Banks and Ben Bates all winning.

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league Cup

It could be a case of second time lucky for Stafford’s 2 Inter-league teams in their quest to reach the National Inter-league Knockout finals at Great Yarmouth later in the year. All teams missing out on a place in the semi-finals of the Staffs Inter-league Knockout Cup have been put back in the hat for the fifth and sixth place play-off. Stafford A host Alsager and Stafford B travel to Hanley to take on Alpha Ladies. Both matches to be played on Friday 12th May. In the semi-finals of the main competition Trent Trophies Elite face Trent Trophies A and Leek B play Trent Trophies Pirates.

Revolving black ball 19th February Winter League Report

Division 1 Leaders the Hop Pole extended their lead to 13 points after a convincing 5-1 success over previous 2nd place Bird. The Crooked Cue jumped back into 2nd place with a 5-1 win over the Rickerscote A - Dave Whitfield, Dave Barker, Martin Priestley, Mike Barker and Adam Lilburne all won. The Crooked Cue K are finishing strong after they secured a 4-2 victory at the Rickerscote - Lee Whitehouse, Gav Davies and Mark Lynch all won. The Hop Pole C eased their relegation worries after they beat fellow strugglers Bushes A 4-2. The Bushes B were held 3-3 by the Luckpenny who still hold hopes of survival in the top flight.

Division 2 Leaders the Crooked Cue C had a bye and so it was the A side who had a chance to close the gap but they were made to work hard for their 4-2 success over the New Vic. They now trail by 10 points. The Three Tuns kept their promotion chances going after they ran out 5-1 victors at the Joiners Arms - Dennis Kitchen, Ian Thomas, Mark Davis and Paul Johnson all won. The Fox and Hounds were held to a 3-3 draw at the Bear and Pheasant while the Highfields pulled out of the relegation zone with a 5-1 win over the Staffs Bull A. Steve Hyde, Mick Jenkinson, Mark Simpson and Adam Jackson all won.

Division 3 The Rifleman were held to a 3-3 score at the Staffs Bull B and so the Morrisman cut their lead to 3 points after they ran out 4-2 victors over the Forester. The Island have found some form after they beat the Rickerscote B 5-1. The Oxleathers got back to winning ways after they triumphed 4-2 at the Shrewsbury.

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league Cup

It was a case of missed opportunities for the newly-formed Stafford B team in their recent match in the second round of the Staffs Inter-league Cup competition. The visiting Trent Trophies A team were missing a number of their big guns but still managed to pull off a 10-5 win. Putting in good individual performances for the Stafford team were the experienced trio of Mick Ferguson and Dave Arrowsmith (2 wins apiece) and the captain - Dave Whitfield - with the other win. The defeat now means that both Stafford teams have been knocked out of this competition.

Revolving black ball 12th February Winter League Report

Division 1 The Hop Pole moved a step clearer to the league title after they saw off the challenge of the Bushes B. They ran out 6-0 victors and had Mark Bailey, Kev Brown, Mick Addison, Andy Rawlinson and Tim Teece all winning. The Bird now occupy 2nd spot after they also ran out 6-0 winners, this time over the Bushes A. John Daniels, Steve Finney, paul Butcher and Paddy Singh all won. The Crooked Cue had to settle for a 3-3 draw at the Luckpenny. The Ricky derby also produced a 3-3 and the match between the Crooked Cue K and Hop Pole C was also a 3-3 draw.

Division 2 The Crooked Cue C have all but gained promotion after they ran out 6-0 winners over basement side Bear and Pheasant - Steve Bristow, Dave Richardson, Kev Connor and Rob Wharne all won. There were only 2 other matches played and they both resulted in 3-3 draws. The Crooked Cue C were held at the Three Tuns, whereas the Staffs Bull A were pegged back by the Joiners.

Division 3 The Rifleman's 8 match unbeaten run came to an end as they lost at home to the Island - Alan Aldritt, Sean Lucas, Jim Simpson and Ant O'Brien all won. The Morrisman closed the gap to 6 points at they inflicted a first defeat over the Oxleathers. They ran out 4-2 victors and had John Davies, Dave Harris, Carl Blaockford and Greg Chadwick all winning. The Forester gained a useful 5-1 victory over the Rose and Crown. The Rickerscote B picked up only their second win of the season, running out 4-2 victors over the Shrewsbury.

Revolving black ball Stan Bent Knockout Quarter-finals Report

Holders, the Bird, negotiated a tough away match at the Bushes B and came out 3-1 victors - John Daniels, Steve Finney and Paul Butcher all won. 1st division leaders Hop Pole had to travel to the Rickerscote but also ran out 3-1 winners with Tim Teece, Mark Bailey and Kev Brown all winning. The Three Tuns from the 2nd division caused an upset as they beat the Hop Pole C 3-1 - Dennis Kitchen, Ian Thomas and Paul Johnson were the victors. Last season's runners-up, the Crooked Cue K, progressed to the semi-finals after seeing off the challenge of the Joiners. The match went to the doubles and it was the earlier singles winners - Gav Davies and Giles Eastwood - who were victorious.

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January 2006


Revolving black ball 29th January Winter League Report

Division 1 The Hop Pole stretched their lead at the top to 9 points with a 5-1 success at 2nd place Crooked Cue - Mark Bailey, Kev Brown, Tim Teece and Mick Addison all won. The Bird in Hand gained a useful 4-2 win over the Bushes B to keep their hopes still alive. The Rickerscote gained only their 2nd win of the campaign with a 4-2 win over the Luckpenny - Dave Ashton, Andy Palin and Lee Terry were the victors. The Rickerscote A eased their relegation worries with a 4-2 win at fellow strugglers Hop Pole C while the Bushes A picked up a useful 3-3 score against the Crooked Cue K.

Division 2 The Crooked Cue C now lead at the top by 12 points after they secured a 4-2 success at the Highfields. The Crooked Cue A are in 2nd place with a game in hand. The Three Tuns jumped into 3rd place after a 6-0 win over the Staffs Bull A. The Fox and Hounds fell to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Joiners - Dave Forester, Adam Anslow, John Garside and Andy Pearley all won. The New Vic jumped out of the relegation zone with a 4-2 win over basement side Bear and Pheasant - Dave Tagg, Dean Moxon, Chris Parsons and Mark Howes all won.

Division 3 The Rifleman extended their lead at the top to 11 points with a 6-0 win at the Shrewsbury while 2nd place Morrisman were held to 3-3 draw by the Rose and Crown. The Staffs Bull B are finishing strongly after they secured a 5-1 win over the in-form Forester. The Oxleathers were made to work hard for their 4-2 victory over lowly Rickerscote B and now occupy 3rd place.

Revolving black ball 22nd January Winter League Report

Division 1 Leaders the Hop Pole now hold a 2 point lead after winning 5-1 at home to the Rickerscote. In 2nd place are the Crooked Cue who picked up an excellent 4-2 victory at the Bushes B while 3rd place Bird gained an identical score at the Crooked Cue K - Paul Butcher, Paddy Singh, John Daniels and Steve Finney all winning. The Bushes A gained a much needed victory at the Rickerscote A, running out 5-1 victors - Jason Armishaw, Paul Dustan, Neil Addison, Steve Smith and Kev Plimmer all won. The Luckpenny had a double header against the Hop Pole C and gained a 4-2 success and a 3-3 draw to help their survival chances of staying in the top flight.

Division 2 The lead has changed at the top again. This time it is the Crooked Cue C who beat the Joiners Arms 5-1 and now hold a 5 point lead after the Crooked Cue A lost their first match since the first game of the season at the Staffs Bull A. Victors for the Bull on the night were Gaz Morris, Ian Flanangan, Lynda Simpson and Pippa Steele. New Vic gained a useful win, beating the Highfields 4-2. Leading the way were Paul Lakin, Chris Parsons, Neil Parsons, Mark Howes and Dave Tagg.

Division 3 The Rifleman now hold a 6-point lead at the top as they were held to a 3-3 draw at home to unbeaten Oxleathers. The Morrisman succumbed to a 4-2 defeat at the Rickerscote B. This was the Ricky?s first win of the season as R. Fowler, J. Boulton, A. Lowe and B. Heath all won. The Staffs Bull B gained a fine 6-0 win at the Rose and Crown - J. Jeffrey, Kev Flanangan, Gary Livesy, Dave Goodwin and Dan Banks all won. The Forester kept their recent good form going with a 5-1 win over The Island.

Revolving black ball County Players

Stafford now boasts 2 county players following the recent trials that took place over two Sundays at the Green Baize club in Hanley. Giles Eastwood joins up with Adam Lilburne (who returns for a second year) to represent their county. They were successful despite strong competition from other local players and with a reduced number of available places as the size of the squad has been reduced for this season. They will play for one of the strongest counties in the country, boasting both the current world champion (Gareth Potts) and the England captain (Lee Kendall) along with a host of other talented players.

Revolving black ball 15th January Winter League Report

Division 1 Leaders the Hop Pole entertained their 'C' team and were held to a 3-3 draw but still lead by a single point over the Crooked Cue who were also held to a 3-3 draw at 3rd place Bird. The Luckpenny have picked up their first win of the season as they beat the Bushes A 4-2, leading the way were Pat Durie, Kev Johnson, Dave Johnson and Chris Moore. The Bushes B won 5-1 at the Rickerscote and move closer to the top three while the Crooked Cue K also ran out 5-1 winners over in form Rickerscote A. Gav Davies, Dean Cammack, Lee Whitehouse, Mark Lynch and Ben Heard all won.

Division 2 The lead at the top has changed again and this time the Crooked Cue A hold pole position. They saw off the Bear and Pheasant winning 6-0 while one point behind are the 'C' team who triumphed 4-2 at the Three Tuns. The Fox and Hounds were held to a 3-3 draw at the Staffs Bull A while the Joiners still have promotion aspirations after they beat the New Vic 4-2 - Adam Anslow, Andy Pearley, John Garside and Steve Duchan all won.

Division 3 The Rifleman are the in form side of this division after they chalked up their 6th win on the trot. This time it was a 5-1 win at the Rickerscote B - Nigel Lanes, Warren Bradbury, James Devlin, Pete Harvey and Gary Pemberton all won. The Forester provided a shock by winning 5-1 at the Shrewsbury Arms - Richard Medway, Jim Pain, Brian Lowe and Mark Shaw all won. The Island have improved their promotion hopes with a 4-2 win over the Rose and Crown while 2nd place Morrisman were held to a 3-3 draw at the Staffs Bull B.

Revolving black ball Staffordshire Inter-league Cup

The Staffs Inter-league Cup competition kicks off again this year with the Stafford A team handed a tough draw in the first round at home against Trent Trophies B - the team who knocked out Stafford in the semi-final of last year's competition. This tie takes place at Stafford Snooker Club on Friday 20th January.
The newly-formed Stafford B team have been handed a mixed draw. The good news is that they receive a bye into the second round. The bad news is that they will face Trent Trophies A in that match as the reigning League and Cup champions also received a bye into the second round. This tie takes place at Stafford Snooker Club on Friday 24th February. Anyone interested in taking part in Inter-league pool should contact the League Secretary.

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