Newsletter Volume 15 Issue 08
2016 Winter Singles League Standings – Final
Tuesday Singles League: Two matches could not be completed in week 4, so we are up to 5 matches that need to be completed as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Austin lost his first match on Tuesday night but has taken over 1st place, for now. Gary Loverde played his first match and is the only player to take all (15) points in week 4. The Singles matches that did take place saw Walter Wnuk and Ray Ressler each take (14) points against their opponents in week 4. Walter is tied for fourth with Jimmy with both players having a make up game to play. Nigel and Katie had a good match with Nigel nailing (7) combinations en-rout to his first match win with a (13) point performance. Nice shooting by all.
Table 1: KaTie M (10) vs (13) Nigel M:
KaTie and Nigel split the first two games in the 9 Ball Set as KaTie struck first and Nigel kept suit with a nice run to close out game 2. Then it was like Nigel got doused with a bucket of cold water as he could not finish any games. KaTie nailed games 3, 4 & 5 to climb on the hill with a 4-1 lead. Out of nowhere, Nigel started seeing the shots needed to climb back into the set, nailing a 3 ball finish in game 6 and continuing the momentum into and finishing game 7. KaTie was having no part of letting this set get away from her and took game 8 to take a 5-3 set win.
The 9 Ball Set looked like a mirror image to the first set. It was Nigel striking first and KaTie catching up posting a win in game 2. Then it was Nigel going on a combination tear starting in game 3 with a quick 1-9. Game two played out further with both players going back and forth in the game. It got down to 3 balls in game 4 and Nigel took care of a 7-9 combo to post the win in 4. Game 5 was as quick as 3 with Nigel again notched a 1-9 for another quick win. This put him up 4-1. KaTie stopped the combo momentum for one game as she nailed 4 balls and out in game 6. Why kick a good horse, when combos are going, they are going. Nigel got to the 6 ball in game 7 and finished off the set with a 5-2 win. With the set win, Nigel had taken a (1) point lead in the match.
KaTie came out like a steam roller in the 10 Ball Set. She notched game 1 with a nice finishing run. Then she copied Nigel from the previous set with a quick win in game 2 using the 1 to nail the 10. KaTie took a 3 game lead as she notched the win in game 3 keeping Nigel off the sheet so far. Nigel again got a chance to get back into the set starting with a 4-10 combo in game 4. For his fifth straight combo win, Nigel used the 3 ball in game 5 and the lead in the set was down to 1. Nigel then put on a clinic with some great shot making and decent runs to nail wins in games 6 & 7 to put him in the lead and on the hill. You almost figured this match would end on a ‘combination’ shot and it did.Nigel closed out with a 7-10 and a comeback win 5-3 winning his first match in the singles league. Great shooting by both players in a pretty close match. Nigel takes the match 13 to 10. Nice effort and shooting by KaTie.
Table 2: Mike B (09) vs (14) Walter W:
This was considered one of the heavyweight battles between two very accomplished shooters. Walter came out hitting the bulls eye right off the bat against a very good shooter as he nailed wins in games 1, 2 & 3 to get a quick jump in the 8 Ball Set. Walter was making some long runs to get out of games. Game 3 was a 6 ball run and put him up 3-0. Mike had missed a few shots that opened the door for Walter throughout the beginning of the set. Mike then got a decent opening in game 4 and with a 4 ball run finished off the game and cut into Walter’s lead. Walter hit the hill posting the win in game 5 to again increase his lead to 3 games. Mike got one more chance with a 6 ball run in game 6 to cut the lead back to 2. It was all over in game 7 as Walter closed the curtain on the set with a 4 ball finish. Walter takes the first set 5-2.
The 9 Ball Set started out as if it might go the distance with both players battling back and forth. Walter notched game 1 and Mike matched him posting the win in game 2. The players again exchanged the next two games with both players getting a shot at finishing with some nice shooting and position play. With the set all even at 2 games each, Walter jumped started his momentum with a 5-9 combination in game 5 and then never let up. He nailed winners in games 6 & 7 to take the second set with the identical score as the first set, 5-2. This gave Walter a 6 point lead in the match heading into the final set.
Walter continued to play well and nailed back to back winners to start the 10 Ball Set. This made it 5 straight wins in a row and a 2-0 lead in the set. Mike got on the sheet in game 3 with a 6-10 combo. Walter continued to press, making some nice shots and some long runs. He nailed 5 in a row in game 4 and got on the hill with an opening 10 ball on the break in game 5, taking a 4-1 lead in the set. Mike had been fairly quiet up to this point, but a couple of misses by Walter seemed to open the door and give Mike some needed momentum. Mike nailed 4 and out in game 6 and never seemed to slow down. With a 5 ball run in game 7, Mike had climbed to within a game of evening up the set. One more miss by Walter and Mike took advantage with a nice finish taking game 8 and a all square set. Mike got a chance at a combination, that have not popped up much in the match, and made good on a nice shot. Mike squeezed a 4 ball into the 10 to notch the final game and a 5-4 set win. Walter prevailed in this match with a 14-09 win. This was a very good match even though Mike seemed to be off just enough that allowed Walter more shots and a better stroke rhythm. Good try by Mike and nice shooting by Walter. Walter has moved into a tie for 4th and Mike remains in 2nd place.
Table 3: Ray Ressler (14) vs (11) Austin H:
Ray got off to a pretty lucky break to start the 8 Ball Set. With Austin bearing down and on the verge of the first win, he scratched to give Ray the opening win. Then it was a back and forth affair. Austin nailed game two with a 5 ball finish and the players were off to the races. Ray took game 3 with a nice 4 ball run to close out the game. Austin again made some very nice shots and nailed back to back games, 4 & 5. Austin played exceptional position to give him the ability to notch the wins. This put Austin a game ahead in the set. Ray turned the table back into his favor as he too made a few good shots to get the momentum back into his corner. Ray ran 3 and out in game 6 and got to the hill winning game 7. Austin took game 8 and the set was all tied up again. A few unforced errors by Austin in game 9, opened the corridor for a set win by Ray as he notched a winner to take a 5-4 win.
Ray again got off to a good start in the 9 Ball Set posting the opening two wins. Ray finished with a couple of shots in game 1 and then nailed s 6-9 combo in game 2 to get a quick lead in the set. Austin made good work with his shots in game 3, running 5 balls to get out and cut the lead to a game. Ray again took advantage of a couple of misses by Austin and increased his lead in the set with two more wins in a row. This put Ray on the hill with a 4-1 lead and a chance to get a sizable lead in the match. Austin fought back. He started a run to catch up beginning with a nice run out in game 6. Then the momentum of the set seemed to change into Austins corner. With a 2 game deficit at this time, the race to catch up was on. Austin got a few breaks from misses by Ray and did not let the chance slip away. he nailed games 7 & 8 to tie up the set on the hill. When he broke in game 9, it looked like Ray would get back to the table and a chance to take another set. With the luck of the Irish, the cue ball got a kick off another ball and sprung right back into the 9 shoving it dead center into the corner pocket. This closed out the set with Austin taking a 5-4 set win and a all even match.
Ray again struck first in the 10 Ball Set with a 5 ball finish for the win. Austin did his part to keep the set even as he nailed three balls to take game 2. Again, the momentum had been going back and forth between the players and it swung back into Ray’s favor. With some deliberate position, Ray posted wins in games 3, 4 & 5 to get to the hill again with a sizable lead, hoping not to let this one get away. Ray posted a couple of nice runs in his quest to take the final set. Ray was sitting on the hill as Austin continued to try and get back into the set. Austin nailed a four ball run in game 6 to cut the lead to 2. Too many mistakes in game 7 cost Austin his chance to catch up. Ray finished off the set winning game 7 and a 5-2 win to take the match by 3 points. Although Austin had his troubles in some of the sets, he played pretty decently. Even with the loss of the match, Austin takes over 1st place, at least for the time being. Nice shooting by both players in a very competitive match.
Table 4: Todd Cook (04) vs (15) Gary L:
Gary has returned from vacation and I think the warm weather and R & R helped him as he was in good control of his game. Todd on the other hand seemed to be off just enough that kept him scrambling to win games throughout the match. Gary got the first win to start the 8 Ball Set, with some pretty nifty shot making. Todd answered the call to square things up as he ran 4 and out in the 2nd game of the set. Gary then got several chances to stay on the table with some key shots after some missed shots by Todd. Gary nailed back to back wins in games 3 & 4 to take a 3-1 lead in the set. Todd fired in four balls in game 5 and again got to within a game of tying the set. Gary got to the hill first posting a nice win in game 6. Todd still was fighting back as he again made a nice run and took the game away from Gary with three and out to again get to close within a game. Gary dropped the curtain in the set as he finished off game 8 with a 4 ball run, closing it out with a nice cut on the 8 to win, 5-3.
Todd continued to struggle to either make shots or when he did, seemed to stymie himself behind a blocker and unable to get out of trouble. Gary started the 9 Ball Set with a win and took full advantage of all the mistakes fronted by Todd throughout the set. Todd did not seemed to be in sync with his game and each mistake cost him several games. Gary seemed to cruise through the set posting (5) straight wins, making it a total of 6 straight wins. Gary closed out the 5th game with a 7-9 combo and took a 10 to 3 match lead.
Gary continued to shoot well and Todd seemed to struggle even more in the 10 Ball Set. Gary opened with the first win and again the momentum continued for him as he seemed to be in a special rhythm of his own. His stroke was on and everything he shot at found the bottom of the pocket. Gary made it 10 unanswered wins as he nailed wins in game 1 thru 4. Most of the wins were complemented by some outstanding shot making by Gary and unfortunate luck for Todd. When the balls didn’t fall for Todd, they seemed to give Gary a good start at finishing games. With Gary on the hill, Todd got a chance to take game 6 and made a very nice run to avoid a 2nd set sweep. That would be Todd’s last win as Gary finished off game 7 and a 5-1 set win. Gary takes the match convincingly with an 11 point win. A very admirable try by Todd who drops his first match against 3 wins. Todd drops down the ladder into 3rd place, after 3 weeks in 2nd.
2016 Winter Doubles League Standings – Final
Thursday Night Doubles: There were a couple of key matches played in week 8. The most interesting match was between Zenith & Double D. Both Walter from Zenith and Dave from Double D relayed to the writer that by far, this was the match from hell, even though the teams finished in a tie (13 to 13). It was relayed that at the onset of the match, both teams played decently with significant runs throughout the first set and a half. After that, all four players found it difficult to make one or two balls in a row as their games disintegrated along with their attitudes. English Majors continue to dominate their opponents and posted their 3rd (15) point performance and remains the only unbeaten team.They were unable to increase their lead as 2nd place Reckless kept pace with them with their own (15) point performance. Bull Dogs moved up the ladder a notch as they also had a (15) point night. Nice job by all who posted wins this week and ties.
Table 1: Zenith (13) vs Double D (13):
From the preview note on the doubles league, this match ended in a tie but the participants all relayed that they just did not play well and that this turned out to be a match from hell. Walter got things going for Zenith as he made a eight ball run to close out game 1 to start the 8 Ball Set. Dave answered his chance at a win as he dropped an 8 ball in the pocket in game 2. Walter at this point continued to hit the correct spot on the balls and made game winners in the next two games to put Zenith up 3-1. It was 4 and out for Dave in game 5 but Zenith answered immediately with a win in game 6 to get on the hill with a 2 game lead. Dave continued to shoot well and with a 5 ball run notched game 7. Still trailing by a game, Double D’s Doug got into the scoring act. He too made a charge at Zenith with a 4 ball run to even up the set with both teams on the hill. Walter wasn’t waiting for Double D to take the set as he finished off the rack in game 9 for a 5-4 set win.
With Zenith closing out the first set, Nigel opened the 9 Ball Set posting a win in game 1. Dave was still shooting decent and with a 3 ball run took game 2. Nigel had been fairly quiet in the first set but with some supporting help from his partner Walter, got the chance to finish game 3 and closed it out to put Zenith back in the lead. Double D suddenly seemed to get the momentum back in the set and Doug got them going again winning game 4. Dave followed with a win in game 5 and Doug again stepped up for a win in game 6. This put Double D on the hill with a 2 game lead. Walter put a small run together winning game 7 and Zenith trailed by a game. That would be all that Double D gave up as they closed out the set taking game 8. This gave Double D a point lead in the match.
The match had progressed with all four players struggling to make shots or leaves. Even when they were left with some easy starts, one of the players would muck it up. The four players battled back and forth one shot at a time most of the 10 Ball Set. Nigel got Zenith the first couple of wins as Double D would leave easy finishes for their opponents. Now it was time for Zenith to struggle, and they as well gave Double D their fair chances to win games. Doug nailed down the win in game 3 as Zenith returned the favor of easy starts and easy finishes. Dave got his chances as well as he nailed down game 4 and 5 to take a game lead in the set. Double D had a three game run before their games fell off again. Zenith posted back to back wins, Nigel in game 6 and Walter in game 7. There was nothing spectacular with the wins as all four players have resigned to making single ball shots. It was a matter which team would give away the games first. Zenith was sitting on the hill and Double D’s Dave squared up the set as he was given a gift in game 8. Nigel finished off the set posting the win in game 9 and this match ended all even after 26 games. A valiant effort by all four players who want to remove this match from their memory banks.
Table 2: The Johns (9) vs (15) Reckless:
Even though Reckless took (15) points, they seemed to struggles throughout the contest. The Johns had their moments to take at least the final set, but could not seal the deal. Jim picked up where he left off last week shooting easy and making some remarkable cut shots to put Reckless on the sheet first in the 8 Ball Set. John Jr has been struggling lately seemed to find the mark most of the night in the match. John Jr evened the set posting the win in game 2 with a three ball run to close out game 2. Matt turned a possible loss into a win as he made a bank shot that kept his turn at the table active and finished off game 3. Jim and Matt combined in game 4 with some great shots and key safes to hold off The Johns to take a 2 game lead. John Sr got his opportunity to make something happen and did just that. After a missed opportunity by Reckless, Sr finished off game 5 to reduce the deficit to one game. The Johns continued to miss and Reckless continued to make the shots that counted and notched games 6 & 7 as Jim slowed rolled in several shots with perfect position and take a 5-2 set win.
The Johns seemed to change the momentum in the 9 Ball Set and got off to a very good start. John Sr nailed back to back game winners as he seemed to get back into stroke. This writer watched John Sr make some amazing long shots to continue shooting and finish the games for wins. John Jr got his chance and put The Johns 3 games up on Reckless posting a win in game 3. Then with too many misses by The Johns, along with some easy starting shots, Reckless got into the groove and pounded in game winner after game winner. With Jim playing the supporting role, Matt got his shooting rhythm going in game 4 and never seemed to let up. Matt proceeded to close out the next 3 games to put Reckless into the lead to stay. Sitting on the hill, Jim held off a charge by The Johns in game 8 and nailed the win and the second set, 5-3.
John Jr from The Johns continued to shoot well and started out the 10 Ball Set with a 5-10 combo win in game 1. A couple of misses by Reckless continued to leave The Johns the better opportunity to clean up game 2, and take a 2-0 lead in the set. The combo wins seemed to crop up in this set as Jim posted a 5-10 in game 3 and Matt followed his win with a 2-10 in game 4 to again square up the set. John Jr continued to stay focused and pound in 3 balls in game 5 and followed with 2 balls and out in game 6 to get The Johns on the hill. Unfortunately, too many missed shots by The Johns kept Reckless in the set and able to close out games. Reckless took game 7 as Jim cleaned up two shots and was followed by Matt making 4 balls to close out game 8. The Johns looked like they would get the last game as they made the first 5 balls between them. With four balls remaining, Jim stepped up to the table and never missed a beat. He proceeded to finish off the remaining balls and claim the final set with a 5-4 victory. This was a good match as The Johns continue to improved weekly. Nice shooting by all four players. Reckless keeps pace with English Majors in the quest for the top.
Table 2: The Two Old Guys (04) vs (15) Bull Dogs:
The way this match started out, it looked like it would be much closer than how it turned out in the end. Mike opened the 8 Ball Set breaking and sinking 3 balls on the break. With choice, Mike went to town, making some very nice shots as he proceeded to finish his group of balls and making a phenomenal 8 ball cut shot into the side. The Two Old Guys struck first. It looked like the Old Guys might get a 2 game lead, except that the eight ball hung up for the Bull Dogs Jim to make. Ray got his chance, making 5 balls and getting a nice set up to make the 8 and take the lead in the set. Peter ran 5 balls in game 4 and evened up the set, making a fantastic cross side bank to keep his turn going and turned it into a very nice win. Ray seemed to be on and helped Bull Dogs continue their winning ways. Jim kept Peter and Mike off the table long enough with some very nice safes, some planned and others with a bit of luck. Ray posted back to back wins to get Bull Dogs on the hill. Mike ran 6 balls in game 7 and kept The Two Old Guys in the set. It was Jim getting a chance in game 8 to finish off the set and promptly notched the final three balls and a 5-3 set win.
If anything for The Two Old Guys could go wrong in the 9 Ball Set, it did. It seemed like every time they would get the chance to win, the object ball seemed to hang up or a scratch occurred leaving a multitude of chances for Bull Dogs. Jim started the Bull Dogs with the opening win of the set. Ray stepped up in game 2 and nailed a 9 ball on the break and Bull Dogs go up 2-0. It was Jim’s turn to break in game 3 and BAM, in goes the 9 ball again for back to back break wins. Even with the momentum swinging in the Bull Dogs favor, Mike followed with a 5 ball run to post a win in game 4. The Bull Dogs continued to get some breaks and took game 5 to get to the hill. Jim had been trying a few 9 ball combos throughout the set and finally got a chance to notch one. Jim used the 3 ball to make the 9 and shut the door of opportunity for The Two Old Guys chance to come back as Bull Dogs take the set 5-1.
The poor luck for The Two Old Guys followed them into the 10 Ball Set as well. The Bull Dogs continued to get rewards from The Two Old Guys as the black cloud continued to hover over their heads in the set. Jim posted the win in game 1 and Bull Dogs never got to many bad breaks in the entire set. Every time the had a chance to win a game, up jump that big black cloud. Bull Dogs continued to benefit and when Mike and Peter got bit by bad luck, Bull Dogs fired in game winners. The Bull Dogs take all five games in the set and take all three sets in the match. A valiant effort by Mike & Peter and good shooting by Jim and Ray.
Table 4: English Majors (15) vs (04) Just Another Bye Week:
Jim and Victor continue to play well and each team they meet has their hands full, I mean really full. The English Majors came out quickly in the 8 Ball Set, posting back to back wins as both Jimmy and Victor got into the winning mood. Scott Kroll has had his ups and downs this season, but put together a very nice run to take game 3 away from the Majors. Jimmy then ran 6 straight to close out game 4 and jump back into a two game lead. Scott M then got his chance to run some, posting a 5 ball run and the win to again trail by a game. Victor was hot last week and after nailing down 4 and out in game 6, broke and ran out the rack in game 7 and avoid any chance of Just Another Bye Week any opportunity to catch up. The Majors post a 5-2 win in the first set.
The English Majors were just nailing every ball in the way and opened the 9 Ball Set with some very impressive runs. Note, they were not super long runs, but they were very precise in shot making and position play. Jimmy and Victor nailed four straight wins to put Bye Week in the hole and make it a long uphill climb to get back into the set. Scott K finally got them on the score sheet with a 4 ball run in game 5. That would be all that the Majors would give up in the set as Jimmy closed out game 6 to take a 5-1 win. The Majors take a 10-03 lead in the match.
That would be all that the Majors would give up as Victor nailed a 7-10 combo to start the 10 Ball Set. Victor continued to shoot well and got the Majors the second win of the set. Jimmy would take game 3 and Just Another Bye Week just could not get anything going. Each time they missed, the Majors were on top with game winning shots. It was a sweep for the Majors and a three set win in the match. It was a very admirable try by Just Another Bye Week and great shooting by the English Majors.
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