Match Reports

BDPL Winter League Season 2012 Week 6


Week 6 of the BDPL Winter League brought with it Armageddon-like weather and the fifth week of League Fixtures as Teams paddled their way to their respective matches.


 Premier League


In the Premier League, early Season leaders the William Twigg looked to strengthen their hold on top spot as they faced a tricky tie against the Sandhurst SC who had themselves enjoyed an excellent start to the Season and occupied fourth spot. However, despite their early Season good form, the Sandhurst SC were simply unable to live with the Twigg who are in sparkling form at the moment and ran out comfortable 10-2 winners. Meanwhile, the William Twigg A, who were last week edged out in the Twigg Derby, faced an equally difficult fixture away at Club 8. A very hard fought 8-4 victory saw the Twigg immediately bounce back from last week’s disappointment and sees them maintain second spot behind their Twigg rivals.


The Club 8 meanwhile drop to fourth as they are leapfrogged by the Bridge House who came away from the rapidly improving Sun with a credible 6-6 draw. The Sun meanwhile remain third from bottom but are now within touching distance of a clutch of teams above them.


In the evening’s remaining fixture, the Squirrel’s Season suffered another setback as they lost at home 7-5 to an improving Club 8 A to leave the former now eight points adrift at the bottom and looking set for a tough Season ahead. The Club 8 A meanwhile now find themselves back in touch with the mid table sides.


Division 1


In Division 1, the Blue Lion still sit top of the pile and continue to impress as they saw off the Crown Wood SC with a routine 8-4 win. The Prince of Wales meanwhile recaptured second spot and sit only three points adrift of the Blue Lion following an excellent 8-4 victory at the Newtown Pippin B who drop to third as a result.


In the evenings other fixtures, the Golden Farmer are now starting to show some of the form which saw them clinch the Summer League Plate Trophy as they continued their recent good run with a narrow 7-5 victory against the fourth placed Woodcutters to narrow the gap between the two teams to just a single point.


Meanwhile, the William Twigg B and the Club 8 A’s fixture was subject to a late postponement with the outcome of that match still subject to ongoing discussion. The Boot A also enjoyed the evening off and so remain second bottom, six points clear of the William Twigg B.


Division 2


In Division 2, the Dukes Head maintained their strangle hold over the Division without so much as raising a cue as they were the beneficiaries of a disappointing no-show from the Goose. The result sees the latter a daunting fifteen points adrift at the foot of the table whilst the Dukes Head maintain their seventeen point lead.


Meanwhile, the Royal Oak B’s wonderful start came to an abrupt halt as they were brushed aside 11-1 by the rapidly improving Village Inn which sees them leapfrogged by a host of Teams and pushed down into 7th spot. The Village meanwhile are now up to fourth and within touching distance of the second and third placed teams.


That second spot is still occupied by the Royal Oak A who continued their recent run of good form with a solid 8-4 victory over a Molly Millar side who are still finding their feet in the Division. This latest set back sees them remain third from bottom.


In the evening’s other games, the Woodcutters B inflicted more misery on the struggling Bracknell FC with a thumping 11-1 victory to leave the latter second bottom and the former into third spot, behind the second placed Royal Oak A on frame difference only. The Cannie Man meanwhile are also looking like they have what it takes to be in the promotion shake up come the end of the Season as they recorded another victory, a good 7-5 win against a good Crown Wood side seeing them in fifth, only five points adrift of the third placed Woodcutters B.


To view the Week 6 Fixtures and Results, click here.


To view the Week 6 Tables, click here.

BDPL Winter League 2012 Week 5


Week 5 of the BDPL Winter League saw a return to League action with the first month of League Fixtures being completed and the early Tables now starting to take shape.


Premier League


Week 5 saw the two early Season pace setters face off in the first of this Season’s Twigg Derbies in what was expected to be a tight affair. In a thrilling encounter, the William Twigg roared into a 5-1 lead only for the William Twigg A to stage an excellent fight back before finally being seen off 7-5 in a result which sees the William Twigg strengthen their hold on top spot. Meanwhile, Club 8 continued their excellent start to the Season claiming a 9-3 win at the Green Man Old boys to keep pace with the Twigg sides. The Green Man meanwhile have suffered a disappointing slump in form after some excellent early Season promise.


Tucked in just behind Club 8 are the Sandhurst SC who are also enjoying a strong start to the Season. A solid 8-4 victory over struggling Club 8 A sees Sandhurst only a point adrift of Club 8 in fourth whilst Club 8 A find themselves with four defeats from four as they struggle to adapt to life in the top Division.


In other fixtures, the Squirrels finally arrested their run of defeats with a good draw away at the Crowthorne Club who have also suffered a dip in form after a promising start. The result leaves the Squirrels still rooted to the foot of the Table but at least with their Season underway. The Crowthorne Club sit 7th, a point ahead of the Sun whose miserable start to the Season took a turn for the better as they held a strong Bridge House side to a credible draw.


Division 1


As with the Premier League, Division 1 saw the two early season pace setters up against each other as top of the table Blue Lion travelled to the Prince of Wales. A hard fought 6-6 draw sees the Blue Lion hold on to top spot but Prince of Wales drop to third following the Newtown Pippin B’s 8-4 victory over bottom of the table William Twigg B which sees the former climb above the Prince two points adrift of top spot.


Meanwhile, the Crown Wood Social Club shrugged off their poor start to the Season to thump the stuttering Boot 9-3 and pull clear of the William Twigg B. In the Week’s final game of the evening, the Woodcutters A saw their unbeaten start to the Season come to an end as they were defeated 7-5 by the Club 8 B to leave both teams sitting comfortably in mid table. The Golden Farmer meanwhile enjoyed an evening off courtesy of the Boot B’s previous withdrawal and will hope to use their game in hand to make up ground on the early Season front runners.


Division 2


As with the two Divisions above, Division 2 saw yet another battle of top versus second as the highly fancied Dukes Head travelled to the Royal Oak B who have enjoyed an outstanding start to their debut Season. However, the Oak found the Dukes Head too strong as they were duly dispatched 9-3 in a win which sees the Dukes Head open up an ominous looking seventeen point lead at the top. The Royal Oak A took advantage of their B Team’s misfortune to nip above them into second spot courtesy of a hard fought draw with fourth placed Crown Wood who are also enjoying an excellent start to their first Season in the BDPL.


In other matches, the Goose continue to find life extremely tough as they remain firmly rooted to the foot of the table following a 10-2 hammering by the Molly Millar, a result which sees the latter climb two places into 7th spot. Meanwhile, the Village Inn, one of the early Season favourites, are finally starting to get their Season underway as they edged out a strong Woodcutters B side 7-5 and move into fifth, albeit with a game in hand over the Teams above them.


In the final game of the evening, the Cannie Man continued their solid start to their debut Season with a convincing 9-3 victory over a Bracknell FC side which has struggled for form in the opening weeks. The result leaves both sides sitting comfortably in mid table, albeit Bracknell FC have played one game less than the teams above them courtesy of their opening night postponement. 


To view the Week 5 Fixtures and Results, click here.


To view the Week 5 Tables, click here.

BDPL Winter League 2012 Week 3



With the weeks left until Christmas rapidly shortening in number and with a distinctly Autumnal feel to the weather, the BDPL Winter League moved into it's third week of League Fixtures.


Premier League

BDPL Winter League 2012 Week 2



Following an excellent first week of fixtures, the Inaugural BDPL Winter League Season entered Week 2 with some Teams looking to continue their good starts and others hoping to bounce back from opening night defeats.


Premier League


In the BDPL Premier League, the William Twigg A who mauled the Squirrels 12-0 last week, hosted the Sandhurst SC who had suffered an opening evening reverse at the hands of the Green Man Old Boys. However, the first Week's fixtures counted for nothing as the Sandhurst SC bounced back in style to hold the Twigg to an impressive 6-6 draw. Meanwhile, Week 1's other heavy winners, the William Twigg travelled to the Sun looking to build on their strong opening day victory over a good Crowthorne Club side. The Sun had also started the Season well with an excellent away victory over Club 8 A but found themselves on the end of a hiding as the William Twigg surged into top spot with a thumping 10-2 victory.


In the evening's other fixtures, Club 8, who edged out the Bridge House 7-5 in Week 1, travelled to the Crowthorne Club looking to continue their winning start to the Season. However, it was the Crowthorne Club who bounced back immediately from opening evening disappointment to record an excellent 9-3 victory over a stunned Club 8 side and get their Season well and truly up and running.


In the evening's final fixture, the Green Man Old Boys, who have struggled in recent Seasons, hosted the Club 8 A who were looking to get their Season underway follownig disappointment last week against the Sun. And it was the Green Man Old Boys who continued their good start with another victory to leave Club 8 A on the end of two straight defeats and a stuttering start to their campaign.


Division 1


BDPL Division 1 is already shaping up to be as tight as predicted with three Teams in a three-way tie at the top of an early table. The first is the Blue Lion, who have carried their excellent Summer League form into the Winter League Season and recorded their second straight victory, dispatching the William Twigg B 8-4 to leave the Twigg propping up the rest of Division 1, albeit having played a game less. The Blue Lion are joined by the Prince of Wales who avenged their defeat by the Golden Farmer in the Summer League Plate Final with a narrow 7-5 victory to leave the fancied Farmer still searching for their first win of the Season. The third of the early front runners is pre-season favourites, the Newtown Pippin B who edged out the Boot 7-5 to maintain their winning start to the Season. The Boot meanwhile see themselves edged out again by the narrowest of margins and sit firmly in midtable.


In the evening’s final fixture, the Club 8 B bounced back from opening day defeat at the hands of the Prince of Wales to record a good 8-4 victory over the Crown Wood SC to leave the latter on the end of their second straight reverse and languishing just above the Twigg B at the foot of the Division 1 Table.


Division 2


In BDPL Division 2, early season favourites, the Dukes Head maintained their 100% record with an 8-4 victory over the Cannie Man who had started the Season well with an opening evening victory over the Molly Millar. Just behind the Dukes Head sit the Royal Oak B who can be rightly proud of their start to the Season after they recorded their second straight victory with a thumping 10-2 win over the Goose who are still finding their feet in the BDPL. Meanwhile, the Crown Wood can also be proud of themselves after bouncing back from a tough opening night fixture against the fancied Dukes Head to record a huge 10-2 victory over the Village Inn who find themselves propping up the rest of the Division having seen their game against Bracknell FC postponed last week.


Meanwhile, Bracknell FC themselves got their Season off to a winning if not slightly tardy start by edging out the Royal Oak A 7-5 to leave the Oak still without a win this Season. In the evening’s final fixture, the Woodcutters B surged to the top of Division 2 without so much as picking up a cue courtesy of a disappointing no-show from the Molly Millar which we’re assured won’t be repeated. Tut tut boys.


To view the Week 2 Tables, please click here.


Meanwhile, to view the Week 2 Fixtures and Results, please click here.

BDPL Winter League 2012 Week 1



The first ever Bracknell & District Pool League Winter League Season got underway last Thursday 25th October with 30 Teams across three Divisions. 


Premier League 

In the BDPL Premier League, Summer League Winners the William Twigg A travelled to The Squirrels who had only avoided relegation by virtue of the Bridge House B's demise. And it was the Twigg who underlined their quality and their tag as Pre-Season favourites by recording a thumping 12-0 victory which sees them take maximum points on the opening night and claim the first top spot of the Season.


Meanwhile, the William Twigg hosted the Crowthorne Club and were looking to put a disappointing Summer League campaign behind them. An excellent 9-3 victory against a strong Crowthorne Team ensured that the faltering Summer League performances were forgotten and sees the Twigg off to a strong start.


In other matches, the Green Man Old Boys travelled to the Sandhurst Sports Club with both Teams having taken a break from pool over the Summer. The Old Boys had endured an underachieving last Winter League whilst the Sandhurst Club had performed excellently and were expected to be amongst the front runners this Season. However, it was the GMOB who proved that previous Seasons count for nothing as they recorded an excellent 8-4 victory to start their Season off in style.


In the Premier League's forth fixture of the evening, the Club 8 A, fresh from an excellent Summer League, started their Season against the Sun, who also exceeded expectations during the Summer, dumping the fancied William Twigg out in the Knock-out Stages. And it was the Sun who continued their Summer League form with a solid 8-4 victory to ease out the Premier League newcomers.


In the final Premier League fixture of the evening, the Club 8 (formerly the Molly Millar) hosted the Bridge House with the former fresh from an outstanding Summer League campaign which had seen them narrowly defeated by the all conquering William Twigg in the Final. A strong Bridge Team were expected to provide a stern test for the beaten finalists and so it proved with Club 8 finally seeing off the Bridge by the narrowest of margins to record a 7-5 victory and a winning start to the Season.


Division 1


In Division 1, the late withdrawal of The Boot B saw the Division reduced to nine teams and an unexpected week off for the William Twigg B. However, the Boot A were very much in action as they hosted the Blue Lion who enjoyed an excellent Summer League Season, narrowly missing out on a place in the Plate Final. And it was the Blue Lion who continued their good form as they squeezed out The Boot 7-5 to record an impressive opening day victory.


Meanwhile, Summer League Plate Winners and highly fancied Golden Farmer A hosted the equally fancied Newtown Pippin and it was the Pippin who underlined theircredentials with an excellent 8-4 win.


In the other two matches in Division 1, the Prince of Wales, beaten Finalists in the Summer League Plate travelled to the Club 8 B who enjoyed a very successful debut Season in a match which was expected to be a tight affair. However, a strong performance from the Pince - another Team expected to be amongst the front runners this Season - saw them record an impressive 8-4 victory. In the final game in Division 1, the Woodcutters A entertained the Crown Wood Social Club who returned to the League following a break over the Summer. A comfortable 8-4 victory for the Woodcutters sees them join the Prince and the Pippin at the top of the virginal Division 1 Table, althought the first week's results suggest Division 1 could be hotly contested this Season.


Division 2


Division 2 saw several sides making their BDPL debuts. The first of the two debutants, the Crown Wood and the Dukes Head faced each other. The Dukes Head side includes several old faces from past Seasons and they are expected to prove a strong force in this Division. They underlined their tag of pre-season favourites with a comfortable 9-3 victory, although the Crown Wood can be pleased with their showing on the opening night of Fixtures.


Meanwhile, two other BDPL debutants,The Goose and the Woodcutters B faced off with the Woodcutters enjoying the more positive start to the campaign, coming away with a good 8-4 victory.


In yet another fixture featuring two new sides, albeit from venues well known in Bracknell pool circles, the Molly Millar hosted the Cannie Man. In a tight affair, the Cannie Man registered an opening day win, edging out the Mollys 7-5.


With the Village Inn's match against Bracknell Town FC being postponed, the final fixture of the evening saw an opening day derby as the Royal Oak A hosted their debutant B Team. In a thrilling encounter, the Oak A took the bragging rights as they eventually squeezed out their B Team 7-5.


So the Dukes Head are the early front runners in Division 2, but with so many unknown quantities in the Division, and with new sides taking time to find their feet, it will be interesting to see just who finds some form and puts themselves amongst the movers and shakers this Season.