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Pool champions start new season with win
LAST year’s South London & Kent Pool Alliance Premier Division champions Rileys Hotshots have started the new campaign where they left off with a 9-6 victory over Pickwick.
Pickwick started well winning the first two frames but Steve Krishnan inspired the fight back by winning all three of his to kick start the Hotshots season.
Bellegrove Social Club A stunned a weakened O’Connors side with an 8-7 win, which could have been a lot worse as they took a 6-1 lead.
But O'Connors dug deep in the second half to win some scrappy frames and keep the victory down to the solitary frame.
London County Junior Stephen Kelly saved face by winning his two frames and Tony Gear and Naftali Ayieko both won two of their three, all for O’Connors.
Another surprise in the division came with newly promoted Footscray Social Club beating Rileys Woolwich by 9 frames to 6.
Footscray Captain Scott Shephard led from the front with three frames wins including a break and dish, he was joined by Dan Fenech who also won all three of his frames and was ably backed up George Covington with two of his three ending in victory.
Richie Mitchell was the only one coming out with any real credit for Rileys by winning half of his team’s frames.
In the SLKPA first division Rileys Rovers secured their second 11-4 victory in a row, this time over Glenmore Arms II.
Darren Porter and Ryan Francis extended their unbeaten run to six frames with another three wins each while Kevin England won both of his frames.
Glenmore Arms A fared much better by reversing their other team’s score line and beating Beech Tree Nuthouse 11-4.
It was a great all round team performance with five players unbeaten on the night – Barry Barham on three out of three and Alan Rothwell, Alan Enever, Paul Thomas and Pankaj Chilkoti all on two out of two with Enever achieving a ‘7-baller’ in his haul.
New Eltham Social Club join Glenmore A on 18 points with a 9-6 win over Fox under the Hill B.
Tony Frost marked his first game back with a maximum three out of three and he was joined by Jim Woodbridge who has now won all of his first five frames of competitive pool.
SLKPA’s Division Two saw its first no show of the season with the Crown unable to field a side against North Heath Social Club, giving them a 12-0 walkover win.
The games that were played were all very close affairs finishing 8-7.
Life of Rileys lost to Summerfield, Fanny on the Hill beat Porcupine and Pickwick Academicals lost to Rileys Rebels despite Gary Mason’s three out of three.
This weekend the SLKPA Interleague team will be representing London in the National Interleague Finals in Great Yarmouth and we would like to wish all involved the very best of luck.
For more information on the SLKPA including league tables visit our website at www.slkpa.com or contact our Secretary Paul Gafa on 07753 926291 with any queries.
The league are also looking at potential sponsors, any interested parties can also contact Paul Gafa.