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LATEST MATCH REPORTS...
Everyone played really well, a special well done to Sue and myself for winning 3 out of 4.
I think the whole team enjoyed playing Hampshire, they were such a good bunch.
I hope everyone's got 1st December in their heads, as it looks like we might all be trying out for Hampshire LOL LOL.
We've had a few new ladies interested in joining the team next season, so with any luck we shouldn't be short LOL.
The provisional date for the trials is 26th January, will let you know for definite, when I know.
Looks like the Ladies Open is going to be on 8th December at Canavans. I'll let you know details nearer the time.
I know we can and will do better next season, we all have the ability, we just need to believe in ourselves. WE CAN DO IT!!!
COME ON THE LONDON LADIES, LET'S KICK SOME BUTT IN YARMOUTH.
As a team this year we seemed to have stuttered at the start and with allan formosa and adam hewsen losing we went 2-0 down but won the 1st set 8-3, we won the 2nd set 6-5 and we were cruising at 14-8 up, set 3 we won 6-5 but lost the last set 6-5 to give us a 25-18 win, 2 guys, Akar Necarti and the luckiest guy on a pool table in region 7, Peter Pan, both got 4/4, new guy Ryan Francis, Lee Bushell and Dan Tuck all got 3/4, and the other guys all contributed to what was probably our best performance as a team this season. Well done guys, i know we have had a up and down season but when you look at the moves of players between teams, players brought in, i guess it was never going to be a settled season for the C team. Its been a torrid time this year, things have happened, but hopefully things are beginning to jel.
One thing i did notice this match was people are talking now, people dont look lost anymore, its was always going to be difficult for a team which not only basically was a complete new team but it also had a new captain too so it was a new step for a lot of us, but there has been a main core of players who have come together this year, didnt know each other and im sure as team next year will make a very strong team, we won 25-19 away at berkshire with the likes of richard chapman, george hammond, tony mcdowell, louis wilbourne and daniel heinenk missing, weve added ryan francis,dan tuck,and adam hewsen has joined us, and to be honest im looking forward to next year already, and with who will come through trials in january we should have a great team.
Guys, im away next match due to taking my daughter to her grandmas for half term, so on the sunday i will be in grimsby but i will be keeping up to date with rich chapman, i know come the end of season guys who dont make the averages have to retrial, but, with the season being like its been i feel that alot of my players especially new ones havant had there fair crack so to speak, i feel that the moves between the C team and the B team this year have upset both teams to the extent that half the C team didnt know on the morning of a match who they where playing for and i will be speaking with rupe ward about this.
Our final match is at home on 3rd november, guys i know you can beat my mate "little craigs" HAMPSHIRE, i know with the team we should have, the confidence we got, now u should be worried about no-one, go and bash them up boys, and do our team proud.
Thanks to everyone who could make it today, a special welcome back to Anita and Gill,it was lovely to have them back,they have been missed.
We only had ten, so the pressure was on but we managed to play really well, it was a bit close right near the end but we did it!
A special thank you to Millie and Lucy who were meant to be working today but came through for us and turned up!
I think I speak for all of us when I say it was awesome to win a game, we haven't had much luck of late but hopefully this will give us the boost we need to win the next game and do better next season.
I look forward to seeing you all at the next game at home to Hampshire.
WELL DONE THE LONDON LADIES!!!
Sunday 11th august, when i arrived at peckham yesterday i stood outside canavans with both rupe ward and mikey clayton, A and B team captains knowing that the london mens squad only had 26 players and it was a sombre mood i can say, all captains knew that the move of players between each team was going to be quite considerable and we discussed what options and who would be moving between all 3 teams, once mikey knew who he wanted from the C team it was then that arose that still the A team where one player short, we looked at the lists and really mikey was the most viable player to play in the As, and it was then that was decided that i was promoted to B team captain for the day and was advised to go over the team with andre cox which is what we did. firstly id like to say a big thanks to rupe ward and mikey clayton for the chance to captain Londons B team, and also a big shout for my old mate andre for his input, nice one fellas.......
When me and andre decided on the team, i told him that it would be him opening and me finishing, and we worked around that to form our team, off to battle we went, i wasnt sure how good Sussex B where, i did know though they had 3 of there A team players in there though but looking at the team we had, knowing everyone so well, i didnt care who we played, we had a great team not only in personel but in spirit too, what a match, we won 3 out of the 4 sets, won 25 - 19, and everyone played well, everyone got on the board, and we had 2 controversies too...... but on a whole, i was happy as a pig in shit, id got promoted to the B team captain for the day, had a great team, had a great guy in my corner too in andre and we did the business in style.....what else can a captain do but take his hat of to the boys...and we had 8 regular C team players including me in the 11 man team, strange how we all get promoted and play like men possessed...congratulations
The set scores where 8-3, (5-6) 6-5, and 6-5, leading to the 25 - 19 victory, team stats where....
tony 3/4 ( 1 loss very debatable )
paul 4/4 ( 1 win very debatable )
and as for man of the match, there wasnt one because in one shape or form the london B team players where all as good as each other, great team performance from everyone.
guys, may i just add to the report about reminding you when it is your turn to referee, when you referee a game you do it by the lord of the land, its played to a certain set of rules and the rules have to be abided by, thats what there there for, it caused quite a controversy yesterday and i dont want it to happen to us again, so if we stick to the way its played, we wont go wrong......
I think as im the normal C team captain i should be saying about there match yesterday, Yes they won 25 - 15, i think akar necarti did very well as acting captain yesterday, well done mate and from what i heard adam hewsen was man of the match with 4/4, i would like to add that the C team yesterday contained 4 seniors, 2 juniors, and 5 C team players, considering they won 25 - 19 i think we should all pat them on the back and say well done.
right im off for a curry...........
A special mention to Kerry for getting 4 out of 4, and a extra special well done to Millie for winning 3 out of 4,even though she had a nose bleed all morning,maybe we should smack her in the face before each game if thats what happens PMSL!
I just like to say to Charlotte,Avril and myself what the bloody hell happened today, we must do better lol lol lol
I look forward to kicking some Kent butt!
See you all at the bbq next week x
player stats where...
g. hammond 2/4
t. mcdowell 2/4
l. wilbourne 1/4
t. griffin 1/4
a. formosa 2/4
c. warmsley 2/4
d. lott 1/4
p. pan 2/4
a. necarti 1/4
r. chapman 3/4
i would like to thank tony griffin and chris walmsley from the juniors and allan formosa from the seniors for stepping in when players where not available, without our juniors, seniors and ladies i guess we would be up a creek without a paddle sometimes.
Next match is away to kent, we havant had the pleasure of kev rackhams kent C team yet but it would be great to go there with a full team and stick it right to them, player availability this season has affected not only the C team but the A and B team too and i guess both captains rupe and mikey are frustrated at the situation, so come on guys, lets go to kent with a basically full squad and show what london can really do.
as for our team, the C team, danny lott mentioned to me about going out once a month as a bonding session, im in agreement with him but i think there needs to be some stability in the team before we should do that, we have a core of the team, we have players playing in the Bs who would naturally be in the Cs if they where available, and maybe one or two more may eventually come in, so lets crack on and see if we can make the 2nd half of the season better than the 1st guys.
a week on sunday we are playing kent at chatham, can you confirm on the website or to me if you are going.
Sunday 9th June 2013
The Academy, Basingstoke
Set scores: 8 - 4 - 8 - 3
Once again we were missing a few players, so having only narrowly avoided defeat
to Hants at our place last year it was always likely to be tough. But just as in
the previous game against Berkshire we came away with a win that was very encouraging,
if a bit close.
We got off to a great start, winning the first four frames (including a rare but
helpful forgetting-to-nominate that gave Neil 2 visits in his - but still took
some good play to finish it).
Then Hants got a win on the board when Danny Moffatt broke dry and was dished.
Danny Kelliher hit back with a break and dish in his first frame for London A.
Hants only managed another 2 frames (including another break and dish against Zen)
giving us a nice 8-3 lead. The highlight of the set was the final frame when Stacy
was in a lot of trouble but dug in well and chose the right time to go for it, pulling
off a tricky clearance with 2 shots but balls close to and over a covered pocket.
Hants weren't fazed though and came back at us with a good second set. I managed to
clear up after a dry break, then Jon got unlucky with a time foul - he hadn't heard the
30 seconds called his softly-spoken opponent. That's something some of our team can be
guilty of too and to his credit the timekeeper (James Bolton, an England U21 player in
his A team debut) seemed genuinely gutted (and was very careful to project his voice
when timing from then on). It was worse for Jon though, of course!
In the final frame of that second set, Danny K cleared up at his first visit again,
his opponent having jumped the white off the table from the break but Danny didn't
need the second visit. That frame was all that kept Hants from drawing level at the
halfway stage, and it also meant that Danny K was still on a 100 percent pot rate in the A team.
That frame started a terrific run of 8 in a row which took us to 19 frames before
I threw one their way. Danny K also lost, although he came very close to pulling
off another break and dish. He had one ball that was tricky to move or get on,
and although he kept trying he never quite got position to get to it till his
penultimate ball. Even then it was a very thin cut which made precise cue ball control
almost impossible - he pulled off the difficult pot but left the black difficult
and, finally, he missed a ball.
At 20-13 up, we went off the boil again in the last set.
Alex won his frame but that was the only one of the next 5. It didn't help that someone
forgot he had 2 visits in a decent position (I shan't name names on that one). Joe got
us to 22 with a typically nice finish, but then we lost another 3 in a row. Danny
Kelliher's was a good battle which he lost to a bit of a random slap, although to be fair
it was the kind where your best bet is probably a "calling all pockets", and also
to be fair it was Bolton whose overall play was more than worthy of the 4/4 it gave him
(if he keeps playing like that he shouldn't be losing his A team place any time soon).
But it was a shame for Danny who was probably our best player on the day and deserved
better than 2/4.
Then Zen got break-and-dished, again.
I potted off the break and chose to play to develop things - there was an easy cover-and-snooker
to be played. But my opponent Scott O'Connor (on 3/3 at this stage, he Bolton and Andy Bannan
had all played particularly well for Hants) potted randomly out of the snooker and I found
myself snookered back. It was risky because a miss would give Scott a chance at his difficult
ball, but I couldn't see any alternative to going for a pot out of the snooker myself. Fortunately
it came off and the earlier developing shot left the finish relatively straightforward (if a
bit stressful) for the match.
Alex was the only player to win all 4 but like I said I think the highest quality pool
overall from a London player came (just as it did for Hants) from our debutant. As well
as Danny K, the others who might not have been expecting to play in the As did some
good stuff too. It makes my job difficult, but that makes it easier too.
On a less positive note, there were the same number of withdrawals from the B team as for
the As. So while we managed to get a win, the knock-on effect on the other teams was
probably crucial in their losses. The fact that we've seen good stuff from the new
players in the last couple of matches bodes well for the County... but only if we get
enough turning up to field A B and C teams that are a bit closer to full strength.
Especially in matches like the next one... away to Surrey on July 14th.
Danny M 2/4
Tony G 2/4
Danny K 2/4
Its taken a while to decide what to write in this report of our match against Berkshire, with so many players under performing, regular county players, its difficult to describe as a captain and friend of whats happening, what im not going to do is condem any of my players in an open forum, if we have issues to sort out then we will keep them within our C team and sort them out accordinly, thats why player stats will not be put on this report,
after the sussex game where everyone seemed to be together, except a little few, again we tried working on morale and again it was the same little few who where quiet, again not cheering there fellow team mates and generally very quiet, i appreciate that this is a new team but we have played together 3 times now so its not as if we dont know each other, wether your team mate wins or loses you need to get behind him everytime, i also appreciate that from one game to another we dont know who is playing in the starting 11, various reasons over throw team picking like people not attending and then we have to give mikeys B team players, its been a little topsy turvey with team picking but thats part of being in a 42 man squad, you have to remember, just because your in the squad doesnt mean your in the team, but saying that, ive tried to make sure everyone of you has played at least 7 or 8 frames of pool out of a possible 12.
we started well with george and danny, but after that crash, bang, boom, and in the space of 14 frames, only tony mcdowell won his frame and i potted a black and went in off....thats where we threw the match away, it wasnt until the third set that we woke up and started to play some of the pool you guys can play, that third and fourth set we played very well, we got beat 30-14 yet we won the last set.........give berkshire there do, they took there chances were we didnt but where they a 30-14 that good...i think not.
Man of the match was easy, tony mcdowell, well played tony, yourself, danny lott and peter pan, all man of the match in the 3 matches weve played have all done great, youve came into the team, knuckled down and staked your place as regular C team players, i also think george hammond deserves a mention too as he seems the right partner with danny as openers, its a difficult situation i think where you come into a team and automatically have to open for that new team, nice one george,
and i think we must all congratulate declan kelly who was took to the B team 5 mins before we started and won 4/4 for them, well done dec.
if you have looked on the GLCPA website at the squad listing for hampshire you will notice 2 new names on there, michael kennedy and adam everitt, as 2 players from the original listing never has come, we have replaced them with michael and adam, also back is dave haste and hopefully will gayler, if the B team have a full team and we dont have to give any away then we have great additions to call on.
finally, guys, of the 16 players we use, i know everyone pretty well apart from sean and peter, i know you as a person, a friend, and most importantly how you all can play pool, i could sit here for ages going on about this and that but what i want you to do is this, you are under no pressure now, none of you, go out and enjoy your sundays with the county team, you playing like "you have" to be there, not like "you want" to be there, you need to relax, play your games and enjoy it, ok, if you lose you lose but if you enjoy it you will relax and play better, play like i know you all can play.....last match one of our players told me there not confident in there game, this is someone who has played county for a while, also a very good friend, but now its about relaxing,
see ya at hampshire.
19th May 2013
Set scores: 8-5-6-4
We had 3 regulars missing, so Zen was retained from his debut in the previous
match in Sussex, Danny Moffatt who's done well for the As before was brought in
too, along with Stacy Redman who was top of the B division rankings last year
was given his debut in the As. They all fitted in very nicely with some good play
and great attitudes.
The match itself was nip and tuck. We set great pace in the first set but a team
of Berks' quality is always going to be able to come back at you at some point,
and we never managed to extend that lead.
Well, not until we went into the final set at 19-14 up and won 3 or the next 4 frames.
At 22-15 however, the wheels came off with 3 losses in a row before Danny Moffatt
pulled off a nice finish to complete his 4/4 and get us over the line.
I was playing on the other table at the time and have to admit that the relief went
to my arm a bit... I somehow contrived to plant the black in in a way which must
have looked like I was trying to. Dreadful. But the win's the thing, ahem. I like
to think the pressure would have helped if it hadn't been lifted, and I dare say
that's true for Zen and Jon who subsequently got beat to help Berks to a more
respectable loss than it might have been.
Danny M 4/4
We had an excellent results against Berkshire. Beating them a close 24 - 20 where by the match was decided in the penultimate game. We need to remain our focus going into the last game of the first half of the season against Hampshire. If we can manage a win against we would position ourselves in second position which if sustained until the end of the season would secure an all desirable Yarmouth spot.
Woman of the match as voted by the team is given jointly to Clair Watts and Corinne Grattan whose frames help to secure our win.
We need to show extra support for the team away next month, so ladies please preserve your voices ;-)