Whitby Pool League held its presentation night for the 2014 Summer League and 2014/15 Winter League seasons on Friday May 22 at Friendship Rowing Club. This year, the league also hosted an exhibition by former World Pool Champion Carl Morris.
Carl took on 22 local players on the night and also entertained the crowd with some trick shots, the highlight being when Carl offered to play someone for £10 and Carl would take every shot playing with his cue behind his back.
Simon Page was quick to his feet to accept the challenge but was soon wishing he hadn’t.
Simon did win his game against Carl when it was his turn to play properly and others who managed to win their games were Simon Gildroy, Chris Stead, Les Raisbeck and Jason Jeffrey.
The Summer League was won by Rifle Club A who went undefeated in the league with Friendship runners-up also having a good season, only losing one league game. Rifle Club A also won the Harrison’s Cup and Summer Cup, with Friendship winning the Charity Shield.
The individual play-offs for the top eight players during the league season were won by Brian Davidson of Rifle Club A who defeated team mate Derek Parker 4-1 in the final to win this competition for the fifth time in the eight years it has been played.
The Summer Pairs, which is a combination of singles and scotch doubles games, was won by Kyle Jones and Scott Beaumont with a 4-3 final win over Derek Parker and Andy Clarke.
The Winter League saw the closest Division One for many years. Defending champions Rifle Club A lost their first two matches but then found form, winning their next 10, establishing a six-point lead at the top of the table in the process.
Friendship B also had a shaky start losing three of their first five but then also went on a good run and when the two teams met with six matches left to play the gap was down to two points. Friendship won 5-2 to move one point ahead, both teams then went on to record some big wins for the rest of the season with Friendship hanging on to take the title by two points.
Derek Parker of Rifle Club A won Division One player of the year.
In Division Two, Fisherlads B found themselves top after the first four games and then established a lead over the other teams which they held throughout the season though they were chased all the way by Rugby Club and Cricket Club, with Rugby Club eventually taking runners up spot and their place in Division One for next year.
Fred Thompson of Rugby Club was Division Two player of the year.
The first cup final of the season was the Coverdale’s Cup which saw the two Friendship teams play each other in a final for the first time, Friendship B came out 4-2 winners in a close game that should really have gone to a deciding frame.
The Memorial Trophy final was played between Rifle Club A and Friendship B while the league was still in the balance so both teams were keen to get a win against their rivals but it was Friendship who came out on top 4-2 in a good quality match.
Friendship B then rounded off a fine season by adding the Middle Chippy Shield with a 4-1 final win over Fisherman’s.
The Bass Trophy (Division Two k/o) was won by Fisherlads B who completed the Division Two double winning 4-1 in the final against Middle Earth.
Rifle Club A took the Beacon Farm Trophy (Division One k/o) 4-1 against Fisherman’s in the final.
The Singles Plate was won by Mike Jeffrey of Fisherman’s as he overcame John Murray of Friendship B 4-2 in the final. The doubles final between Brian Davidson and Chris Stead (Friendship B) and Derek Parker and Andy Clarke (Rifle Club A) was a scrappy affair with none of the four players at their best, the only difference being a fine one visit clearance from Parker in the deciding frame.
In the Whitby Singles final, Gareth Ludlam took a 2-0 lead over Brian Davidson with a couple of good clearances but Brian did likewise to hit back and level the match.
The games turned tactical and Brian then came out on top winning 4-2 for his fourth singles title.
Trophies were presented by Carl Morris and League Chairman Les Raisbeck. The evening was a great success with everyone enjoying the entertainment provided by Carl and all players were also treated with food from Passage to India. The League thanks all venues who donated prizes for the raffle and Friendship Rowing Club for hosting the night.