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Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League

(Weekly Report 11/09/18 & 13/09/18)

Reminder – Individual Competitions Entry Forms

A reminder to all club reps that all entry forms for Individual and Pairs competitions must be in Barry Adlington’s possession by Saturday 22nd September 2018. I will ONLY accept competition entry forms with EVERY PLAYERS phone number on the form. The Pairs Handicap form MUST have BOTH players number. Anyone without a phone number will be crossed out.

Matches when TWO teams are both playing at home

Please be aware that matches played at Farmers Club and when two Skelmersdale Wardens teams are at home it will ALWAYS be a 7.30pm start. Thank you for your co-operation.

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

This week saw the commencement of the First Division with the 2018-19 season of the Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League. The top Division contains just eleven teams, for a shorter twenty match programme, and the merit league will also run alongside the usual proceedings with each team receiving a points handicap, first and second at the end of the season, as usual, will each receive a trophy. The updated league table for this can be found every week after the First Division report from week three of Division One onwards.

This week saw Defending Champions Fleetwood Hesketh SSC (formerly Les Dodd SC & Southport Conservative Club), who are going for a magnificent seven Division One crowns successively, get off to a average start with a 3-3 stalemate with Maghull RBL B. The Maghull B lads will be thrilled with their excellent opening match performance as it was a very difficult fixture for them. The match also saw Fleetwood's Martin Brown in excellent early season form with a very nice break of 44 in his frame success.

Last years Runners-up, Olympic BC B, kicked off in terrific fashion with a 6-0 whitewash of Scarisbrick NSC, to become early co-leaders. The Walton outfit will be looking to finally go that one step better this term and clinch that elusive, maiden First Division title. This match also saw Olympic B's Steve Evans Snr in fine nick with a very good break of 43 in his frame victory.

Also getting off to that 'perfect' start were Aughton Institute E who completely dominated their match with Rainford X SSC to record a 6-0 win to sit as co-leaders with their other two rivals. The Rainford boys were unlucky not to at least put one frame on the board as the final frame on the contest ended with a re-spotted black ball. The match also saw Aughton E's Robbie Wilson carry on where he left off last season being in terrific shape. He engineered a superb break of 50 in his frame win to grab the first 'Break of the Week' accolade and in this form I'm sure it won't be the last.

Robbie's break began with a steady opening red ball pot to gain pinpoint position on the pink ball. After dispatching that pink, and very quickly, Robbie proceeded to pot a further three reds, all with pinks, in that usual fluent style of his with excellent potting and position to reach twenty eight. After potting his next red ball, Robbie found himself really awkward on his intended colour so decided on a long yellow, off it's own spot, into the yellow pocket and coming back down the table to the remaining reds. Robbie played that shot to perfection, gaining pinpoint position on his next red. He then potted a further three reds, all with high valued colours, to reach the half-century mark. Unfortunately, Robbie's break ended on 50 after he just failed to pot a difficult red to continue this very fine contribution.

Robbie started playing in the Ormskirk League at the commencement of the 1997-98 season for Stanley Club were he represented the B team playing in the First Division. At the start of the 1999-00 campaign the team became Stanley A, apart from the 2008-09 season as they became the B side once again, but back to the A status the following term, and he remained there to the end of the 2011-12 season when the team sadly broke up. Robbie was part of the winning Stanley Club A team that captured the Le Rose Cup in 2003-04. On a personal note, Robbie captured last season's JF Wills Handicap crown, a competition that getting more and more competitive as each campaign goes by. He also won the 2010-11 Pairs Handicap title with his team mate and good friend, Robbie Radford. They were also runners-up in 2006-07. Robbie didn't played in the league for a couple of years but came back at the start of the 2014-15 campaign when he signed for Maghull RBL A and has been an ever-present ever since and it saw him as a valuable member of that side after they sealed the second running of the Division One Merit League in his first season. He also moved with that team for the commencement of the 2016-17 season to Aughton Institute and competes in the Aughton Institute E side.

The other side to get off to a brilliant start were Lathom & Burscough RBL (formerly Stanley Club A) who demolished Olympic BC A 6-0 to also become early season co-leaders. The Burscough boys will certainly be looking to be back up near the top, were they belong, after a couple of disappointing campaigns.

The other match played this week, and certainly a mouth-watering opening week match, saw last season's Division One Merit League winners, Aughton Institute A clash with last term's Kenney Cup victors, Upholland Social. The very close affair didn't really materialise as the Aughton A outfit raced into a 4-0 lead but much credit must also go to the Upholland lads as they took the final two frames of the match to see Aughton Institute A gain a fine 4-2 away triumph.

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

Other notable breaks this week were – N Farrington (Aughton Institute E) 37, C Hoare (Fleetwood Hesketh SSC) 35 & P Williams (Olympic BC B) 31.

I will start writing a brief report and include the league table of the Merit League standings after week three when the league table start to take a little shape.

Division 2

St Cuthberts are now sole leaders of the Second Division after a tremendous 6-0 demolition at the expense of Aughton Institute C to maintain their 100% start to proceedings, this result sees them hold a one point advantage over the next placed side at this very early stage of the season and I'm sure they will be looking for a rapid return to the top flight as they certainly have the players in their squad to do so.

Farmers Club also made it two victories out of two matches as this particular week they engineered a 4-2 home success over Stanley Club C although the Stanley C lads put up a bold showing as they were only able to field five players due to holiday commitments. This outcome sees the Ormskirk outfit sit in second spot that single point adrift of the

Stanley Club B sit in third position, just two points off top slot, after clashing with Skelmersdale Wardens A this time around and after a good battle saw a 3-3 stalemate reached at the end of the contest. The Burscough boys will be the most disappointed of the two sides as they held a 3-1 lead after the first four frames. The Skelmersdale A team lie in a very respectable fourth place in the league table. The match also saw Stanley B's Steve O'Hare in good early season nick with a nice break of 29 in his frame victory.

Aughton Institute B recorded their first win of the campaign after last week's opening defeat. This week they defeated Skelmersdale Wardens C 4-2 to move up into fifth in the league standings, four points off the pace. They will be looking to push on this term after near misses in recent campaigns.

The other match played this week saw last season's runaway Champions, Aughton Institute D go into battle with Skelmersdale Wardens B and after a close affair it saw both teams unable to be separated in a 3-3 draw although the Aughton D outfit did battle back from an early 2-0 deficit. This was the current Champions second successive draw to see them undefeated so far and both sides sit in sixth and seventh respectively in the league proceedings.