The first round draw was carried out tonight in Shotz.
The eight first round ties are as follows:
Ram's Heid 2 v Bowlers 2
Railway 1 v Stag 1
Legion 1 v Ram's Heid 1
Station Bar v Burns Bar
Newgate 1 v Railway 2
Shotz 3 v Newgate 2
Cliffburn 2 v Legion 2
Portcullis 3 v Merchants
The format, as with all cup matches, will be nine singles and four doubles. Usual sign-in time of 8:00pm.
The losing teams in this round shall go onto contest the Consolation Cup. Captains please note; failure to honour Knockout Cup fixtures will result in your team being excluded from the Consolation Cup.
The four teams who received byes into the next round are:
Bowlers 1, Fishermans, Letham 2 and Portcullis 2
The 4 seeded teams, based on league position from 2014/15, who join the competition in the next round, are:
Cliffburn 1, Portcullis 1, Shotz 1 and Shotz 2.
To that end, I can also announce that entries are now being taken for this season's events. The entry fee remains at £3 per player for the Singles and £4 per pair in the Doubles.
Entry forms have been distributed to all captains through the Captainís Packs issued on registration night, alternatively they are also available for download from the Arbroath Pool website. I shall also put additional copies in Shotz for collection.
The deadline for entries for both competitions is Friday 11th December 2015 at 7.00pm. All entries must be handed into the Shotz Pool and Snooker Hall on the appropriate forms for the attention of the Match Secretary or Treasurer or handed to them in person. If Captains are dropping their entries into Shotz Pool and Snooker Hall please send the Match Secretary a text to confirm you have done so.
The tournament format offered plenty of pool for everyone and I think I speak for most of the players in saying it was a great success. The group stages produced a mixture of results and the full list of them are available by logging into the website and viewing the Arbroath Master 2015 forum thread.
Graham Dunbar won the Plate Event, 3-2, after a determined Josh Longmuir missed a difficult black for 3-0!!! Well done Graham, unlucky Josh.
In the Main Event, Paddy Nicoll booked his place in the final with a 5-1 win over fellow teammate, Roy Middleton. Paddy was aiming to retain the title he won when this event was last played out and wasn't prepared to surrender it without a fight. David Jack faced Alex Cargill in the other semi-final, with Alex hot off the heels of wins against Graham Dunbar and Gordon Smith he was full of confidence. However, David was not to be halted and won the match 5-0. Unlucky to both Roy and Alex for reaching the semi-finals.
The Finalists. Paddy started the group stage well and finished undefeated, where David had managed to secure top spot on frame difference. Both Paddy and David had played some excellent pool throughout the day. David won the final with a 6-1 scoreline. Congratulations to David, commiserations to Paddy.
Thanks, again, are extended to Bobby Din and his staff at the Cliffburn for making us feel welcome and their hospitality.
Pictured below are the finalists:- (Left to Right) Paddy Nicoll, Bobby Din (Sponsor) and David Jack.
With that in mind, no further texts shall be sent out regards fixtures for the league campaign, please refer to the fixture lists in the venue, on the website or the Arbroath Herald.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the various sponsors who have taken ads on this years lists, the continued and new support is most appreciated.
It is very unfortunate the timing of this news, which leaves no option but to proceed with the fixtures as published.
Please accept our apologies for this.
Greg Alexander (Runner-Up), Garry Mitchell (Sponsor)
and David Jack (Winner), (left to right)
Wayne Robertson, Ricky Robertson (Runners-Up),
Greg Alexander and Martin Cherry (Winners), (left to right)
Scott Dunbar (winner), Sandy and Maureen Beedie (Sponsors)
and Graham Dunbar (runner-up), (left to right)
Macmillan Cancer Support Representatives receiving cheque
from Roy Middleton and Gordon Smith (far right)
Well done to David Jack and unlucky to Greg Alexander. Without a doubt the two best players on the day overall.
Thanks to all the players who attended the event (50 in total with only 3 no-shows). In the current climate with a huge amount of pool choices on offer, its good to see local events still being supported.
Thanks in particular go to the Portcullis through Neil, Jackie and all the bar and catering staff for continuing to sponsor the event and look after the players needs.
Portcullis Singles Finalists
David Jack (left) and Greg Alexander (right) with Neil Fairweather (Portcullis, Sponsor)