This newsletter includes Doubles Weeks 11 & 12 and the Singles Week 8. After this week we will be back on track again. The standings are now current through week 12.
2016 Winter Doubles League Standings – Final
Pos Team PTS W L D P
Doubles Week 11:
Two matches were played on the 29th and two on the 30th. Just Another Bye Week played against a very good team and finished with (15) points. The other match saw the Bull Dogs win (15) points as well. Reckless played against Double D and their matched ended in a tie as Zenith played the first place team and lost a close match by 3 points.
Table 1: Just Another Bye Week (15) vs (08) The Two Old Guys:
Just Another Bye Week came out shooting lights out against a team that can shoot and play extremely tough safety positions, with one of the members on The Two Old Guys nicknamed ‘The Hook’. In the end, maybe the Hook should have shot more into the pockets and left less balls on the table. Bye Week Scott M continues to shoot well and nailed 4 balls and out to get things going in the 8-Ball Set in the scheduled match on Monday the 29th. It looked like the two teams would play out the entire set as Mike got his team on the sheet posting the win with a nice runout, & almost cutting in the 8 ball the length of the table. Scott K has had some up and down rounds also but he was sharp as a tack as he proceeded to nail down back to back games with a 3 ball finish in game 3 and 4 balls to finish off game 4. Peter would quit the safety play in game 5 and run the last 2 ball of his group and pocket the 8 ball to catch up a bit in the set. It was missed shots and easy starting positions left by The Two Old Guys that favored Scott M & Scott K. They notched the final two games to take the first set by a 5-2 win.
Just Another Bye Week continued to punish The Two Old Guys on each mistake they made. Scott K got several openings and made certain they would stay ahead of their opponents. Scott K nailed the first two games of the 9-Ball Set with some very nice shooting. This included a couple of bank shots to put him in position to win the games. Scott M did his part as he came back in game 3 with a 5 ball run to finish the game and give Bye Week a 3-0 lead. This gave Bye Week a 5 game run. The run stopped in game 4 as Mike seemed to get his eye back and ran 5 balls to cap off some nice position play during the run. He stayed hot for game 5 and cut the lead to 1 game. A couple of combo chances popped up for Bye Week and they were able to finish off both. Scott M notched a 4-9 in game 6 and Scott K closed out game 7 and the set with a 3-9. This gave Bye Week a 6 point lead in the match, which meant they could not lose this match even if they lost the final set.
The momentum continued to stay in the corner for Bye Week as Scott K nailed a 10 ball on the break in game one of the 10-Ball Set. The ball went dead in the corner off the break. Scott K and Scott M continued to get some breaks in game 2 from missed hooks and missed shots by The Two Old Guys. Scott K still pumped from the last break shot continued to shoot well and after a few shots from the opponents the table was in nice position for a run. Scott notched the final four balls for the win. Mike got The Two Old Guys on the sheet with a very nice 4-10 combo. Scott M got in the scoring act as well as he too made a decent run, notching a great bank shot with almost perfect position on the 10 for the win in game 4. Bye week stayed ahead by a game as Mike nailed a 1-10 combo to post the win in game 5 and squared the set winning game 6. Scott K continued to stay red hot and put the Bye Week back into the lead winning game 7. Mike & Peter fought hard in game 8, and in a series of great shots and some key leaves by Peter, posted the win to tie the set up again. It was Scott K making some nice shots and Scott M leaving The Old Guys with little to no shots to take the third set and the match win. It was a bit up and down for Mike & Peter as both Scott’s played extremely well.
Table 2: Zenith (10) vs (13) English Majors:
This would be a tester for English Majors as they played against the good shooting team Zenith. Zenith was led by Walter and sub Todd Cook filling in for Nigel. The Majors have a pretty comfortable lead going into this match and with 4 weeks remaining, it is going to be hard to catch them. Jimmy from the Majors got a nice open look at a starting shot and ran the remaining 4 balls and the 8 to get on the score sheet first in the 8-Ball Set. The Majors continued to hold off the good shooting of their opponents as Jimmy took the lead in leaving Zenith little to start with and got his Dad Victor in the drivers seat with a win in game 2. Victor remained hot and he took nailed four and out to get the Majors to a 3-0 lead. The lead would dwindle down in the next three games as some misses gave Walter a chance to get hot. That he did as he nailed wins in games 4, 5 & 6. He made a few bank shots in the 6th game with some incredible position to keep he and Todd in the set with each team at 3 games each. That would be the end of Zenith’s run and the set as the Majors got the momentum back on their side. Victor didn’t have much of a shot to make the 8 ball, but with his skills he kicked in a game 7 winner to get on the hill. Victor continued some nice shooting and he closed out the final game of the set with a 5 ball finish. This gave English Majors a 5-3 set win.
Victor continued to shoot well and opened the 9-Ball Set with a win. Todd was a bit quiet in the opening set but let everyone know he was there to play. After a few balls were made in game 2, Todd was left with a bank shot on the 9, and drained it dead center. Partner Walter got into the scoring act with a 4 ball finish in game 3. With Zenith in the lead, the Majors again made a charge. Jimmy notched game 4 with nice shooting but Zenith again continued to shoot well. Making some tough starting shots, Walter put them in the lead for good with the win in game 5 and nailed the win in game 6 to get Zenith on the hill. The English Majors had their chance to catch up and nailed down a win in game 7, but Todd stepped up with a 4 ball run to nail the game to give Zenith the set and tie up the match at 8 points each.
This match came down to who could stay hot and who would not. Victor led the way to start the 10-Ball Set with some great shots and nice position play. Todd matched the Majors with some nice shots as he notched game 2. Walter got Zenith into the lead as he notched an 8-10 combo, but that would be all that Zenith could muster. Too many missed chances opened the door for Victor & Jimmy. Jimmy got the set even as he posted a win in game 4. Victor put them in the lead with a 3-10 combo in game 5. It was Jimmy getting back into a nice shooting rhythm and posted wins in the back to back games to close out the set. With the 5-2 win, the Majors take the match by 3 points.
Table 3: Reckless (12) vs (12) Double D:
This was one of the tougher matches in week 12 pitting the 2nd place team (Reckless) against the 4th place team (Double D). Double D struck first in the 8-Ball Set as Doug nailed a very nice run to start the match. Reckless made back to back wins as this set would go back and forth. Jim nailed the win in game 2 as he methodically worked his way around the opponents group for the win. Matt notched game 3 as Reckless took the lead after a couple of misses by Double D. It was Dave nailing 3 balls and the 8 to take game 4 and the set was even. Matt continued to strike the balls well, rolling in a winner on a long shot. Jim has stayed steady this entire season, not doing anything fancy, just draining shot after shot. Jim finished off game 6 for the second time that Reckless notched back to back wins in the set. This gave them a two game lead in the set sitting on the hill. Both Doug & Dave of Double D have been playing well the last several weeks and turned it on trying to make a comeback in the set. Doug finished off his chance in game 7 and trimmed the lead to a game. Dave, who had been more focused on tough leaves for the opponents stepped up his game in game 8. He concentrated on the shots at hand and cleaned up his group to nail the win and get Double D on the hill. The momentum stayed with Double D and Dave as the comeback was completed as Dave dropped in a winner in the 9th game of the set. This gave Double D a game lead in the match.
Double D was on a roll as they opened up the 9-Ball Set with some great shots and position play to put together a sizable lead in the set. Dave nailed the win in game 1, and Doug continued to shoot decent. He got Double D the next two wins as they took a 3-0 lead. Game four was a real bummer for Reckless as Double D made them pay for three fouls and out. This put Double D on the hill with a 7 wins in a row. This may have been a little discouraging for Reckless, but they didn’t give up without a fight. Jim stopped the run as he closed out game 5 and continued to gain momentum with a 4 ball run to finish off game 6. Matt helped Reckless’s continue with a chance as he posted the win in game 7 and now it was down to a single game lead for Double D. Dave got his chance to close out the set in game 8 and didn’t miss it. He nailed shot after shot and pocketed the 9 ball to take the set 5-3. This gave Dave & Doug a 3 point lead in the match.
If Reckless was going to have a chance at the match, they would have to pick up their shot making and positional play in the 10-Ball Set. Reckless seemed to forget about the previous set and came out quickly with the opening three wins, with Jim nailing a 5-10 combo in game 3 giving them a 3-0 lead to even up the set. Doug made a combo also, this time a quick 2-10 winner in game 4. Jim continued to remain focused and posted a win in game 5 to put Reckless on the hill with a 3 game lead. Once more win for Double D’s Dave cut the lead to 2 games and would assure them that they could not lose the match, at best it would be a tie if Reckless could close out the next game. That is what happened as Reckless wins the final game and the set 5-2 for a even match at 12 each. Nice shooting by all as the 12 points vaulted them into 3rd place in the standings.
Table 4: Bull Dogs (15) vs (09) The Johns:
The Johns stormed out quickly in the 8-Ball Set as both John Sr & John Jr were making great shots and closing out games. John Jr notched the last three balls in game 1 and made a great long shot on the 8 to take the game. Then John Sr notched a three ball finish in game 2 and The Johns were already 2 games up in the set. The momentum seemed to switch when John S put in the 8 ball out of turn to give the Bull Dogs their first win. John Jr stepped up to the table in game 4 with a bank opportunity on the 8 ball, and nailed it to give the team another 2 game lead. Then it was like it everything went dark for The Johns as several misses continued to set up the Bull Dogs. Jim took advantage of a missed 8 ball that gave he and Ray game 5. Then Ray got into the scoring act as he notched short runs in games 6 and a 5 ball finish in game 7 to get Bull Dogs to the hill. Then when it looked like Bull Dogs would cap off a win in game 8, Jim made a nice shot on the 8, but it missed his called pocket. The ball found the wrong pocket to give The Johns the win and even with Bull Dogs on the hill. Game 9 went back and forth and it was Ray making the final two balls to close out the first set with a 5-4 win.
The Johns continued to shoot well, posting back to back wins to start out the 9-Ball Set with some great shot making that was complimented by pin point position. This gave John Sr & John Jr another great start with a 2-0 lead. Jim would get the Bull Dogs on the sheet in game 3 as a missed shot by The Johns opened the door for the win. Jim posted a 3 ball finish in game 3. The Bull Dogs seemed to slow down The Johns as they began playing a bit more cautiously and making it tough for The Johns to get into any real rhythm. Ray nailed down a win in game 4 and then Jim continued to get his chance to post wins. He took full advantage with back to back wins to put the Bull Dogs on the hill as they overcame The Johns lead to win four in a row. John Sr again made a great shot to get started in game 7 after a tough leave by the Bull Dogs gave him one shot, that he nailed. This gave John Sr a 4 ball finish and the win to only trail by a game. Too many mistakes kept the curtain up and the Bull Dogs took the final game of the set for a 5-3 win, and took a 3 game lead in the match.
The 10-Ball Set started out with a back and forth format. Ray got the Bull Dogs on the sheet first as he ran the last 7 balls on the table to take game 1. Then John Jr answered as Bull Dogs gave him a chance to close out game 2, and he shot well to even the set. Jim took game 3 with a 3 ball run and John Jr again answered the call. He notched the next few balls and a win in game 4. Then, Jim got a terrible lie on the table and was forced to attempt a tough bank, that miraculously found the bottom of the pocket for the win in game 5 and the lead that Bull Dogs would not relinquish. The Johns seemed to go a bit cold, as the Bull Dogs got hot. Jim posted the win in game 6 to put them on the hill, with a 2 game lead. A final dagger got The Johns on a scratch that gave Ray from the Bull Dogs and outside combo chance using the 6 ball for a rail cut shot. The 10 headed for the pocket and dropped to give the Bull Dogs the set win 5-2. This was a very good match as both teams shined throughout the match. Nice shooting by all.
2016 Winter Singles League Standings – Final
First things first, we mentioned that Stephanie was part of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Pool Team who took 2nd place in the State 8 Ball Finals. We were able to get a picture of the team with their trophies. Again, congratulations to her and the team for a great finish. Here are some of the highlights from week 8 singles matches. Micks finally got his first match win as he played sharp shooting Katie who had a tough 8 ball set that had a significant outcome on the match. Another notable was that it appeared that Jimmy and Austin played some kind of speed pool and Austin gave Jimmy his first loss of the season. Austin made mention on the score sheet that “Jimmy is a bitch”. For those that don’t know it, Jimmy has taken a job in Ohio and begins the new job the first week of April. We are going to miss him and wish him all the best and hope to see him in the near future. Our buddy and Jimmy’s father, Victor will be taking over for him. Three players took all 15 points against their opponents, Gary Loverde, Walter Wnuk and Mike Bates. Honorable mention to Todd Cook who takes 14 points. Nice job by all.
Also, Gary and Stephanie finished their make up game from week 1 and it was a close battle. Gary takes the match with a 12-9 win. Gary commented on Stephanie’s play in the 9 ball set was outstanding and lights out as he dropped the set. Gary has one more make up with Ray and will try to get it done by next week.
Table 1: Micks M (11) vs (10) Katie M:
Micks played a tough opponent in week 8 and one of the players that has been playing outstanding the last few weeks, Katie. Micks got off to a stellar start in the 8-Ball Set as he got several chances to complete game winners. He nailed the opening win with a very nice 3 ball run. He continued to shoot well as Katie seemed to be off just enough to either hang up balls or leave good starting positions. Micks took advantage and notched the next two wins as well to take a 3-0 lead in the set. Katie would get on the sheet only one time as she nailed the win in game 4. That was as far as she would get in this set. Micks seemed to gain more momentum with each miss by Katie. Micks finished off the set with back to back wins in games 5 & 6 to take the first set, 5-1.
The 9-Ball Set was the only battle between the players as this set went the distance. Micks made it three straight wins as he opened with a 4 ball run to finish off game 1. Katie even up things with a combination win in game 2, but did not call out which ball she used to make the 9, and could be anything between the 1 and the 8. Then Micks went back to work with some very nice shot making that got him in position to make the 9 in game 3. He continued to play well and posted the second win in a row to take a 3-1 lead. Katie continued to sharpen up her stroke and nailed 4 balls in game 5 to close within a game of Micks. Micks nailed the win in game 6 to climb on the hill with a two game lead. Katie got back into combo mode, nailing another combo in the set (your guess as much as mine on which ball used) as it was not listed in game 7. She nailed another combo in game 8 to tie up the set at 4 games each. Still not sure which ball was used. Well, I see another frown face on the score sheet for Katie in game 9 as Micks nailed his second set to take a 5 point lead in the match.
The final set saw Micks go cold in his shooting, as Katie got hot, shooting that is. Katie opened the 10-Ball Set with back to back wins in games 1 & 2. Micks stopped the run with a 4 ball run in game 3, but then it was like ice water was injected into his shot making. It was Katie taking advantage of each mistake or miss by Micks and notched wins in the next three games. She capped off the set win with another (unknown ball) combo in game 6 for a 5-1 win and made this a 1 point match, in favor of Micks. Very nice shooting by both players in a pretty even match.
Table 2: Gary L (15) vs (08) Marty M:
Gary was somewhat warmed up as he completed his make up game before starting weeks 8 match. Gary had a very nice run to start out the 8-Ball Set and hit he score sheet first. Marty got his chance to score as well, on a few misses, Marty zoned in and notched a 3 ball run in game 2. He followed that another nice run and closed out game 3 to take the lead. Gary answered right back as he got hot again and matched Marty’s back to back wins with his own. It was 5 balls and out in game 4, and a great finish in game 5 to take the lead back. Marty then went back to work, nailing four balls to win game 6. The players exchanged games 7 & 8 as both made it to the hill. Gary notched game 7 and Marty took game 8. It was Gary though that got the final opening needed to capture the first set for a 5-4 win.
The 9-Ball Set opened up just like the first set with Gary drawing first blood on the score sheet in game 1. Marty made it tough on himself in game 2, but a couple of good leaves gave him the chance to post the win in game 2. Marty gave Gary too many chances in game 3, and with that win, Gary seemed to gain the momentum advantage. He notched games 4 & 5 to get on the hill. With the three game run, Marty need to slow him down. He did that in game 6 as he tried to get back into the set. Gary closed the avenues of hope as he notched game 7 and the 5-2 set win. This gave Gary a four point lead heading into the final set.
For the third set, the 10-Ball Set, in a row, Gary led off with the opening win. It wasn’t pretty as each player gave each other several chances for the win. Gary got it first as he notched the final two balls. It was Marty that kept pace with Gary as he posted a win in game 2, like he did in the previous two sets. Marty struggles from the previous set seemed to follow him into this set. Missed shots and wide open starts for Gary saw the next two games go on to his score sheet. With the 2 game lead, Gary missed a shot that paved the way for Marty to try to start a comeback. He nailed the last four balls in game 5, and looked like he might get game 6, but the cue ball did not co-operate as it found a pocket to give Gary ball in hand. Gary finished off game 6 and then continued some fine shooting to close out the set with a win in game 7. Gary takes the final set 5-2 and the match by 7. A valiant effort by Marty and nice shooting by Gary.
Table 3: Stephanie M (11) vs (14) Todd C:
Stephanie has elevated her game with some great shooting and position play. She is playing some very competitive matches against some very good players. This week she was up against another sharp shooter, Todd Cook. Todd started out with some great shooting, but has slowed down some in the last few weeks. Stephanie ran her the final three balls in her group and dropped in the game winner to start the 8-Ball Set. Todd looked like he was on target as he nailed down four balls to cap off game 2. Todd continued to shoot well and posted the wins in the next two games with some great shot making. Even when he missed a decent position, he was able to recover to continue with his inning. Stephanie got a chance in game 5 with a couple of balls of her group remaining on the table. She pounded in the 8 to take the game and cut the lead to one. It was now a race to the final game, as Todd got to the hill posting a win in game 6. Stephanie got close as she finished off game 7, but could not stop the charge by Todd. He notched the win and the first set.
Todd struck first in the 9-Ball Set as he ran 5 balls to put his score on the sheet first. This set turned into a back and forth happening. Todd broke in game 2 and Stephanie proceeded to nail the game winner in game 2 and then who ever broke, could not close out the deal. It was Todd winning on Stephanie’s break in game 3 notching a 4 ball run. Stephanie turned it around on Todd’s next break as she notched a 3 ball finish in game 4. It was Todd again coming right back with a nice run to take game 5. Stephanie seem to break the trend of the winner not being the breaker as she notched game 6 on Todd’s break and came right back with a great run to take game 7. This put her on the hill with a chance to tie up the match. Todd got his chance to even up the set as he nailed a five ball run to get tie Stephanie on the hill. Stephanie again got an opening to runs some balls in game 9 and closed out the set to only trail in the match by a point.
Both players were having ups and downs through the first and second set and it looked like it continued into the final 10-Ball Set. Todd opened with the win after a miss by Stephanie gave him an easy out in game 1. Then it went back and forth for the next three games. Stephanie nailed the win in game 2 as she made a fantastic shot that allowed her to continue her turn and win the game. Todd took game 3 and Stephanie kept pace with a win in game 4. Then it was Todd coming back strong with some very nice shots and posted the win in game 5 and continued with momentum to take game 6 and climb on the hill. Stephanie got one more win in the set taking game 7 before the end came. Todd and Stephanie battled 25 games in a close contest. Nice shooting by both players.
Table 4: Austin H (10) vs (09) Jimmy F:
The writer did notice that the match between Austin and Jimmy started out slow, but advanced into a speed pool match. Jimmy got things going quickly in the 8-Ball Set as he was running out racks on each chance he got. It was a sweep by Jimmy to take a quick 5-0 lead in the match. Then it was both players running around the table and allowed only two strokes before contacting the cue ball.
Austin notched game 1 and nailed a 2-9 combo in game 2 to get ahead in the 9-Ball Set. Then it was Jimmy sighting in a win in game 3, and evened the set with a 9 ball on the break in game 4. Austin ran 4 balls to get out in game 5 but Jimmy got a nice set up for a combination in game 6. It was a quick 1-9 combo win. Jimmy got to the hill as he again found a 4 ball run to finish off game 7. Austin nailed a game winner with a bank shot on the 9 in game 8 and tie up the set at 4 each. Austin made it two in a row to close out the set with a 5-4 win. Jimmy still had a 4 point lead heading into the final set.
The 10-Ball Set started out in Austin’s favor with a 4-10 combo for a game one winner. Austin then seemed to get into a comfortable rhythm and Jimmy seemed to miss several chances to capture some games. Jimmy squandered many chances as Austin took advantage and never slowed down. Austin nailed wins in the next four game to sweep the set, with a dagger in the back on a three foul rule against Jimmy in game 5. Austin sweeps the set to give Jimmy his first match loss after 7 straight match wins. Nice shooting by all in a 1 point match.
Table 5: Walter W (15) vs (11) Ray R:
This match almost went the distance as the players played 26 games. Both players were a bit dissatisfied by how far off balance the table was during their play that at times it caused some bad table leaves. This seemed to alter some of the shots and position play by both Walter and Ray during their match. Walter started the 8-Ball Set with a 5 ball finish in game 1. Ray answered with back to back wins in games 2 & 3, no long runs, but some nice shots with good position. Ray nailed a four ball run in game 2 and got an easy chance by a miss by Walter in game 3. Walter posted a 3 ball run with some great position play based on the table runout in game 4. Then it was back and forth as Ray nailed a game winner in the fifth game of the set. Walter responded with another 5 ball run to win game 6. Ray was first to hit the hill with a 4 ball finish in game 7. Walter then had to hold off Ray and played some very nice safety play. This did slow down Ray from getting any type of rhythm and gave the momentum back to Walter. Walter got a few extra chances that did benefit him and he was able to nail down winners in the 8th and 9th game to take the first set 5-4.
The 9-Ball Set was a little opposite from the opening set. It was Ray getting on the score sheet first as he ran the last three balls out in game 1. Walter continued to shoot well and nailed back to back wins in 2 & 3 continuing to play well. Ray then responded with his own mini-run nailing games 4 & 5 to retake the lead. Walter ran 6 balls in game 6 and stayed hot posting another 4 ball run to take game 7 and get to the hill first. Ray made it an even set as he had a 4 ball run in game 8. Ray had a chance to take game 9, but on a great hook by Walter, he made the hit on the object ball but left a shot. This gave Walter the second set, posting a 5-4 set win and a 2 point match lead.
Walter appeared to stay on the warm side, and Ray must have been affected by the cool weather as he went cold on his shooting. Walter had a few misses and scratches that did benefited Ray in a few of the games. Ray and Walter exchanged the first four games in the 10-Ball Set. Ray nailed odd numbered games, 1 & 3. Game three was a contribution to Ray by a scratch by Walter with two balls remaining. Walter rebounded well as he continued to shoot well. He nailed a 4 ball run in game 4, finished off three more to close out game 5 and continued on in game 6. This put Walter on the hill with a 2 game lead. Ray got one more win in the set, taking game 7 before the curtain came down in game 8 as Walter finished the set with a 5-3 win. It was a very tough match with both players having some great moments throughout the match as well as a few let downs. Walter takes a 4 point match win. Good shooting by both players.
Table 6: Nigel M (03) vs (15) Mike B:
Mike has had some up and down rounds this season, but by the looks of the score sheet, it was up this week. He notched back to back wins to gets things off and running in the 8-Ball Set. Nigel had given up to many easy starts for Mike and cost him right away. Nigel got an opening in game 3 and pounded in his final three balls and the 8 ball to take the game. That would be all that Mike would give up in the set as he methodically worked his way through each set with the precision of a specialized surgeon. Mike proceeded to capitalize on the mistakes and notched wins in the next four games, culminating the final game with a 5 ball run to cap off the set victory.
It was Nigel leading the way to start out the 9-Ball Set as he nailed a 3 ball run to close out game 1. Mike squared up things as he finished off game 2 with a short run with some great position play to notch the win. Nigel answered again, posting the win in game 3, and it looked like this set may go the distance. Too many openings to a good shooter usually leads to disaster for the opponent. Each time Nigel missed, the table was left open for Mike to get started and gain some momentum. Mike seemed to sail through game 4 as he punished Nigel on each miss. Mike continued to shoot straight and got a decent set up to pocket the 9 ball using the 8. It went straight in to put Mike on the hill. Mike finished off the set with his second combo win in a row. This time he used the 6 ball and drained the 9. This gave him the second set 5-2.
The 10-Ball Set was all Mike. Mike notched game 1 and nailed another combination, this time using the 3 ball to make the 10 in game 2. Mike continued to make the shots and Nigel continued to struggle. This was all Mike needed to continued with his shooting rhythm. Mike nailed the next three games without too much of a fight from Nigel as he was off just enough to miss some key shots that continued to favor Mike. It was a sweep of the set and gave Mike a 12 point match win. A valiant effort by Nigel and nice shooting by Mike.
Doubles Week 12:
2016 Winter Doubles League Standings – Final
Pos Team PTS W L D P
Only one team took all (15) in week 12. That was Double D and with the points they won, they moved up the ladder into third place over Zenith by 2 points. Zenith gets honorable mention with 13 points against their opponents. Two of the matches finished a point apart which I will give them both recognition as ‘Matches of the Week’. Reckless edged out The Two Old Guys by a point and Zenith edged out Just Another Bye Week by a point. Good shooting by all. This catches up all matches through week 12. Also, the standings are the same as the ones posted in the week 11 write ups so there is no need to duplicate it again.
Table 1: Double D (15) vs (03) The Johns:
Double D (both Dave & Doug) have both been shooting well the last several weeks and made it apparent they were going to punish all the mistakes they made. Doug got his team on the sheet in the 8-Ball Set as he played some nice shots and position play in game 1. Dave followed Doug’s lead and nailed back to back winners in 2 & 3 as he too was very focused on his shots and position play. This put The Johns in the hole, down 3-0 as mistakes and good shooting cost them games. John Sr finally broke the barrier down as he nailed a 3 ball run to finish off game 4. This would be all that Double D would give up in points in the set as Doug continued to play sharp and nailed wins in games 5 & 6 for a 5-1 win.
It was Double D getting things going in game 1 of the 9-Ball Set as Doug notched a 5 ball run to slam the door on The Johns. John Sr continues to show his improvements in his game, not only in long shots, but also with some very nice position shots to keep a run going. He posted finished off game 2 to square up the set. The win in the second game seemed to put more of a fire into Double D’s shooting. Doug notched game 3 and then Dave went to town. With some very nice runs Dave stayed focused and notched the next three games. This closed out the second set with a second 5-1 game. This gave Double an 8 point lead in the match.
The Johns have been held off in the previous two sets with some very good safety play by Double D. This continued in game one of the 10-Ball Set. Doug got Double D game one and John Sr again answered posting a nice run in game 2. It was Double D again taking advantage of every mistakes that were made by The Johns. The mistakes continued to keep Double D’s shooting hot as Dave put them in the lead to stay in game 3. Doug finished off game 4 with another long run to take a 3-1 lead. Dave continued his fine display of shooting as he closed out the final two games on every chance he got to the table. This was another 5-1 set win. A valiant effort and try by The Johns and very nice shooting by Double D. Double D is two points ahead of Zenith as we head towards the end of the season.
Table 2: Reckless (12) vs (11) The Two Old Guys:
This was the first of two matches that finished with a one point victory, this match went 23 games. Reckless and The Two Old Guys battled from the opening break in the 8-Ball Set with both teams going back and forth with wins. Reckless broke and Matt made the final four balls in his group and the 8 ball for a game 1 victory. After Reckless broke in game 2, Mike finished off game 2 with a nice run to even up the set. The Two Old Guys broke in game 3, and Jim was making some solid shots, making long cut shots with perfect position to nail down the win. Peter continued to hook his opponents on multiple shots, keeping the game #4 in hand for his partner Mike’s shooting. Mike notched game 4 with great shot making as this set would go the distance. The breaking team would not win on their break as Jim again finished off a 5 ball run to post the win in game 5. He would break in game 6 and Mike wasted little time to take the game. Mike stepped up to the table and ran all 7 balls of his group and the 8 ball for the win in game 6. The teams split games 7 & 8. Jim taking care of 7 and Peter playing offense to put the win on The Two Old Guys sheet in game 8. It was a battle in game 9, as both teams played more defense than offense. It was Reckless out lasting the safety play of Peter ‘The Hook’ Ramonat, to win the defensive battle to take a 5-4 set win.
This set up the stage for The Two Old Guys as they played a more focused set and held off the shooting of Jim and Matt. Matt opened the 9-Ball Set with the first win as he got an opening chance to run the balls out and didn’t miss. It was Mike taking game 2 and it seemed like the momentum had swung towards The Two Old Guys. Mike capped off a four ball run to set up for a 7-9 combo that dropped in in game 3. Mike made it even quicker in game 4 as he drove in the 9 ball using the 2 ball. Peter got into the offensive mode as the also made a nice 4 ball run to nail down game 5 and just like that, The Two Old Guys were on the hill with a 4-1 lead. Matt got Reckless to within two games as he dropped in a three ball combination, using the 1-6 to drain the 9. Mike would finish off the balls remaining in game 7 and took a 5-2 set win to give them a 2 point lead in the match.
The outcome of this match would be determined on which team played the best safeties and could turn on the heat when the time was right. Matt & Jim were reeling a bit from the previous set loss and came out pumping in balls to get a good jump on the opponents in the 10-Ball Set. Matt posted a 4-10 combo in game 1 and Jim ran the final 5 balls as Reckless jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Peter went into safety mode, keeping Reckless off balance with some outstanding leaves. This enabled his partner Mike to run the balls and win some games. The Two Old Guys notched back to back wins and tie up the final set. Jim continued to shoot straight and nail winners. He notched the win in game 5 and partner Matt followed with another win in game 6. This put Reckless on the hill as they tied up the match with both teams at 11 points. The Two Old Guys were helpless in game 7 as Jim breezed through 4 balls to finish a point ahead of their opponents. Great shooting by all four players. This was the first ‘Match of the Week’ as all four players played significant roles in shot making and position play through out the contest. Reckless takes a 1 point match win.
Table 3: Bull Dogs (08) vs (12) English Majors:
The English Majors have continued their winning ways as they post their 12th straight win and have taken a 19 point lead into week 13. Ray got Bull Dogs some opening 8-Ball Set momentum as he ran all of his group of balls, 7 and the 8 ball. It came after an opening break by his partner and a miss by the opponents, that he put it all together to draw first blood. Victor came right back with a 5 ball run and made one helluva bank shot on the 8 ball for a win in game 2. Ray continued to get chances to run balls and capped off a 4 ball finish in game 3. He remained hot, and after a few missed chances by the English Majors, he closed out game 4. Jim got Bull Dogs on the hill as he notched the final two balls in game 5. The English Majors continued to miss chances and left open shots for Bull Dogs. Jim was close to closing out the 6th game to win the set, except Jim’s 8 ball shot found the wrong pocket and a loss. The momentum seemed to stay in the Bull Dogs favor as Ray got another chance to finish a game. He did so to finish off a 5-2 set win.
The next set was a complete bust for Bull Dogs, as they made several mistakes and several missed opportunities to find themselves behind in the match. Jimmy got things going for the English Majors in the 9-Ball Set as he ran 8 balls in game 1 after Jim P broke with only the one ball dropping on the break. Unfortunately, Jim was unable to get a shot on the two and with the push, Jim got the chance to make a shot and run the rack.That is exactly what he did, and shifted any momentum that the Bull Dogs had to his team. Both Victor and Jimmy took turns finishing off racks as both Ray and Jim could not get anything going. Victor nailed down game 2 and Jimmy finished off the next two games 3 & 4 to hit the hill. This ended in game 5 as Victor notched a game winner after a nice run. This gave The Majors a 5-0 win and a 7 to 5 lead in the match.
Jim P opened the 10-Ball Set nailing a game winner to start on the positive side for Bull Dogs after getting slammed in the 9 ball set. Jimmy continued to shoot lights out and ran 6 balls for the win in game 2. It looked like this set may go back and forth as Ray got a chance to win game 3, but had to do it with a bank shot on the 10. It found the bottom of the pocket for the win. Then the English Majors took advantage of some easy starting positions and Jimmy tied the set with a win in game 4. Victor contributed with a mini run to post the win in game 5 and Jimmy nailed the winner in game 6. This put the Majors on the hill with a 2 game lead. It was Ray finding a 5-10 combo to keep the Bull Dogs in the set. That would end too quickly as Jimmy made a very nice 2-10 combo to close out the set with a 5-3 win. Great shooting by both Jimmy and Victor. Very nice try by Bull Dogs who at least played decently against two of the better shooters of the league.
Table 4: Just Another Bye Week (12) vs (13) Zenith:
This is the 2nd ‘Match of the Week’ as both teams battled for 25 games in the match. Zenith struck first in the 8-Ball Set as Nigel ran a few balls and had to maneuver some of the opponents balls to complete a bank on the 8. He did it and Zenith was off and running. Walter got his crack at a win as he nailed a four ball run in game 2 as Zenith took a 2-0 lead. Bye Week’s Scott M had to play both ends of the match as his partner was a no show in week 12. So Scott made a match of it, coming up a point short in the end. Scott seemed to stay in a nice shooting rhythm as he got a win in game 3 with a bank shot into the corner pocket. Walter continued to burn up the cloth with his shot making complimented by some great position play. Walter finished off game 4 to take a 2 game lead. Scott stayed hot and notched a win in game 5 and then ran 7 balls in game 6 to tie up the set. Walter and Scott exchanged the next two games to get to the hill. Nigel capped off the set with a 3 ball finish to close out the first set for Zenith with a 5-4 win.
Scott started the 9-Ball Set with the opening win continuing to shoot well. Nigel evened the set as he made quick work of game 2, using the 1 ball to nail the 9. Scott again stayed focused and posted the win in game 3 as the teams battled back and forth. Nigel again got a chance to win another game maneuvering his way through the final four balls in game 4. Walter continued the winning streak as he nailed a game winner in the fifth game, to take the lead for the last time in the set. Scott got a break in game 6 and made Zenith pay and then made a quick win in game 7 with a 2-9 combo win. It was over in game 8 as Zenith could not stop the charge of nice shots by Scott and a 5-3 set win. Zenith now found themselves down by a point in the match.
The 10-Ball Set had all the makings of another 9 game set as the teams both battled back and forth. Nigel put Zenith on the sheet first with the win in game 1. Scott made his second combo shot, again using the 2 ball, this time making a 10. Nigel stayed hot and put Zenith back in the lead with a win in game 3. Scott stay with them as he ran 3 balls to finish off game 4. Nigel again got a chance at a combination, this time using the 4 ball into to the 10 to drain it for a win. Scott again kept pace with Zenith posting a win in game 6 and the set was again tied for the 3rd time. Then it was Zenith’s, Nigel, who continued to play well put together a another nice run to nail the win in game 7. He took advantage of a couple of misses by Scott to finish off the set in game 8. This gave Zenith a 1 point win in the match with the 5-3 set win. Great match and shooting by all three players.
Tips and Tricks: David Alciatore, PhD (“Dr. Dave”) ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES-“VEPS GEMS – Part VIII: Plus System Intro”
Over the next three weeks we’ll look at the Plus System that can be used to aim two-rail kick shots off the short rail.
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