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S.P.A. IM5 Qualifier Mike McHardy

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)


The SPA's 'Mick McGoldrick Trophy' IM 5 Qualifier final was won by Mike McHardy on Monday 9th September when he beat Robbie Docherty by six frames to three.

Robbie played well leading up to the final with wins of 6-2 against Frank Macdonald in the prelim and 6-4 in his semi-final against Thomas Conner. Mike who is a seeded player and currently sitting at 104 in the SPA rankings got a bye through to the semi's where he faced strong competition against Robert Docherty but managed a 6-4 win to go through to the final.

In the final Robbie took the first frame after some good safety play from him and Mike took the next two to take the lead, only for Robbie's safety play to kick back in again, aiding his next two frame wins to go ahead. With the score now standing at 3-2 in Robbie's favor, Mike pulled out all the stops and surged ahead taking the next four frames in succession to win the match 6-3.

On Saturday 28th/29th September Mike will travel through to Paisley Pockets in Paisley and compete along with 127 other finalist from all over Scotland in this SPA IM final for a chance to win the very prestigious 'Mick McGoldrick Trophy' IM 5 title 2013.

We wish him the very best of luck

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SPA IM4 Qualifier Frank Macdonald

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)


The SPA's 'Grand Prix' IM 4 Qualifier reached its climax on Monday 5th August with Frank Macdonald qualifying for his first IM finals after beating Robbie Docherty in the local qualifier final by a massive six frames to one.

Robbie got through to the final with a series of 'walk over' matches. The first against Calum McKirdy who no longer resides in this country and therefore could not play and also against Mike McHardy who due to work commitments withdrew from these qualifiers as he would not have had the time off on finals weekend should he qualify.

Frank too started with a walkover in his first round against Gordon Macmillan who also due to work commitments withdrew from the qualifiers. Frank's next match was to be against Robert Docherty (Robbie's dad) who had beaten Thomas Conner 6-3 in the previous round. Robert played well in the next against Frank but it was Frank who was first past the post with a 6-4 score line.

In the final Robbie was out played by Frank and did not according to Frank take his chances when he had them, which let Frank surge ahead after Robbie's one and only frame win in the second.

On Saturday 24th August Frank will travel through to Cue Here in Airdrie and compete along with 127 other finalist from all over Scotland in this SPA IM final and a chance to win this very prestigious 'Grand Prix' IM 4 title 2013.

There is some very tough competition out there and we all wish him the very best.

 

SPA IM 1 'Scottish Masters' Qualifier Final

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The SPA's 'Scottish Masters' IM 1 Qualifier reached its climax on Monday 11th February in the Struan Bar when Mike McHardy beat Robbie Docherty in the final by six frames to three.

Robbie's trail to the final started with a 'walk over' against Gordon McMillan who did not wish to play putting Robbie through to the semi-final where he would face either Calum McKirdy or Thomas Connor. It was a very close run match between them as Thomas initially went ahead 2-0, but unfortunately went in off the black in the third frame, a mistake which he never really recovered from. Calum took advantage and won by 6 frames to 4. Robbie now faced Calum in the semi and though I never seen the match myself he seems to have had a great game taking Calum out of the competition 6-3, staking his place in the final.

Mike who is a seeded player in the 2013 series of qualifier draws started with a bye into the semi's to await the out come of the match between Frank Macdonald and Robert Docherty. Frank was the eventual victor with a notable 6-2 win over Robert. In the semi it was nip and tuc all the way with Frank raising his game and evening out the score line every time Mike went one frame ahead, however in the last frame Mike managed to clear the table in two visits without reply for a very close 6-5 victory.

Mike goes through to The Red Triangle on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of February along with 127 other finalist from all over Scotland to compete in the first of this years SPA IM's finals for a chance to win this very prestigious 'Scottish Masters' IM 1 title 2013.

SPA IM3 Qualifier at Nonsuch in Saltcoats

Posted on April 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The SPA IM3 Qualifiers took place in the 'Nonsuch' pool hall in Saltcoats on Sunday 3rd June at 12 noon.

The three entrants from Bute this year are:

    Mike McHardy - Qualified for IM3 National finals in Inverness

    Robert Docherty

    Robbie Docherty Jnr.

A link to the draw for this can be found on the 'IM's & SPA Competitions' page above.

SPA IM2 Qualifier at Nonsuch in Saltcoats

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The SPA IM2 Qualifiers will take place in the 'Nonsuch' pool hall in Saltcoats on Sunday 25th March commencing at 12 noon.

The three entrants from Bute this year are:

  • Mike McHardy
  • Robert Docherty
  • Robbie Docherty Jnr.

A link to the draw for this can be found on the 'IM's & SPA Competitions' page above.

SPA IM 2011 Event 5 Local Qualifiers

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Isle of Bute local qualifier for the SPA Individual Membership Event 5 took place on Sunday 2nd October in Kingarth Hotel. Match ties and results are listed below.

There were two qualifying places to play for in IM5 with the winners Mike McHardy and Ritchie More will be going through to 'Bonnyrig Sports Bar' Bonnyrig to compete in the national finals on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October.

This is a non- ranking event with all the top SPA players excluded from the event.

All ties were best of 11 frames

 

Tie 1 - 13:00 - Duncan Brown v Gordon McMillan (did not show)

 

Tie 2 - 14:00 - W/O Frank Macdonald

 

Tie 3 - 15:15 - Colin Nicol (did not show) v W/O Ritchie More

 

Tie 4 - 16:30 - Final - Frank Macdonald 4  v 6 Ritchie More = 1st Qualifier

 

Tie 5 - 17:45 - Richard Whitelaw (withdrew) v W/O Robert Docherty Snr

 

Tie 6 - 19:00 - David Speirs (withdrew) v W/O Robert Docherty Snr

 

Tie 7 - 20:15 - Robbie Docherty Jnr 2 v 6 Mike McHardy

 

Tie 8 - 21:00 - Final - Robert Docherty Snr 0 v 6 Mike McHardy = 2nd Qualifier

 

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL!


SPA IM 2011 Event 4 Local Qualifiers

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Isle of Bute local qualifier for the SPA Individual Membership Event 4 took place on Sunday 4th September in Kingarth Hotel. Match ties and results are listed below. The winner Mike McHardy goes through to 'The Red Triangle' Cumbernauld to compete in the national finals on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September.

All ties were best of 11 frames

12:30 - Prelim 1 - Colin Nicol v David Speirs

13:30 - Prelim 2 - Frank Macdonald w/o v Duncan Brown

15:00 - 1st Quarter final - Mike McHardy w/o v Winner Prelim 1

17:00 - 2nd Quarter final - Robert Docherty Jnr 3 v 6 Robert Docherty Snr

18:00 - 3rd Quarter final - Gordon McMillan w/o v Richard Whitelaw

16:00 - 4th Quarter final - Ritchie More v w/o Frank Macdonald

1st Semi-final - Mike McHardy 6 v 3 Robert Docherty Snr

2nd Semi-final - Gordon McMillan v w/o Frank Macdonald

Final - Mike McHardy 6 v 1 Frank Macdonald

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL!

SPA IM 2011 Event 3 Local Qualifiers

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Isle of Bute local qualifier for the SPA Individual Membership Event 3 took place on Sunday 7th August in Kingarth Hotel. Match scores are listed below. The winner Ritchie More goes through to Cue Here, Airdrie to compete in the national finals on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August.

All ties were best of 11 frames

Prelim 1 - David Speirs 6 v 2 Frank Macdonald

Prelim 2 - Gordon McMillan 6 v 4 Robert Docherty Snr

1st Quarter final - Mike McHardy 6 v 2 David Speirs

2nd Quarter final - Colin Nicol v w/o Robert Docherty Jnr

3rd Quarter final - Ritchie More w/o v Duncan Brown

4th Quarter final - Richard Whitelaw 6 v 2 Gordon McMillan

1st Semi-final - Mike McHardy 6 v 2 Robert Docherty Jnr

2nd Semi-final - Ritchie More 6 v 1 Richard Whitelaw

Final - Ritchie more 6 v 1 Mike McHardy

WELL DONE TO WINNER - UNLUCKY TO THE REST!

SPA IM Event 2 Local Qualifiers

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 3:39 PM Comments comments (0)

The Isle of Bute local qualifier for the SPA Individual Membership Event 2 took place on Sunday 5th June in Kingarth Hotel. Match scores are listed below - check out the photo's page 'click on the photo for the comments'. The winner Ritchie More goes through to the Chieftain Hotel, Inverness to compete in the national finals on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June.

All ties were best of 11 frames

Prelim 1 - Ritchie More 6 v 0 Robert Docherty Snr

Prelim 2 - Frank Macdonald w/o v Gordon McMillan

1st Quarter final - Mike McHardy 1 v 6 Ritchie More

2nd Quarter final - David Speirs v w/o Robert Docherty Jnr

3rd Quarter final - Duncan Brown v w/o Colin Nicol

4th Quarter final - Richard Whitelaw v w/o Frank Macdonald

1st Semi-final - Ritchie More 6 v 0 Robert Docherty Jnr

2nd Semi-final - Colin Nicol 4 v 6 Frank Macdonald

Final - Ritchie more 6 v 0 Frank Macdonald

WELL DONE TO WINNER - UNLUCKY TO THE REST!

SPA 2011 IM Event 1 Local Qualifiers

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM Comments comments (0)

The Isle of Bute local qualifier for the SPA Individual Membership Event 1 took place on Sunday 13th March in Kingarth Hotel. Match scores are listed below - read the full unedited story in the photo's page 'click on the photo'. The winner Mike McHardy will go through to Hustlers Pool Hall, Rosyth to compete in the national finals on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April.

All ties were best of 11 frames

Prelim 1 - Ritchie More v w/o David Speirs

Prelim 2 - Gordon McMillan 6 v 2 Robert Docherty Snr

1st Quarter final - Mike McHardy 6 v 5 David Speirs

2nd Quarter final - Frank Macdonald 6 v 2 Richard Whitelaw

3rd Quarter final - Colin Nicol 6 v 1 Robert Docherty Jnr

4th Quarter final - Duncan Brown v w/o Gordon McMillan

1st Semi-final - Mike McHardy 6 v 1 Frank Macdonald

2nd Semi-final - Colin Nicol 6 v 2 Gordon McMillan

Final - Mike McHardy 6 v 3 Colin Nicol

WELL DONE TO WINNERS UNLUCKY TO THE REST!

SPA IM Event 5 Local qualifier

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 4:52 AM Comments comments (0)

Local qualifier matches for this were held on Sunday 26th September in the Kingarth Hotel.

WINNER - Gordon Cumming

All Matches - were best of 11 frames

1st prelim - Mike McHardy 4 v 6 Gordon Cumming

2nd prelim - Duncan Brown W/O v 0 Kevin Smith

1st Semi-Final - Robbie Docherty Jnr 3 v 6 Gordon Cumming

2nd Semi-Final - Frank Macdonald W/O v 0 Duncan Brown

Final at - Gordon Cumming 6 v 4 Frank Macdonald

Gordon will now go through to 'Pennies' in Falkirk for the finals

If you are interested in entering the IM's for next year contact your SPA Rep (Mike McHardy).

The closing date for the next years series of IM's is 31st October 2010.

NAMES ALONG WITH THE £25 ENTRY FEE MUST BE PAID TO YOUR SPA REP BY MONDAY 25th OCTOBER (THIS IS TO ENSURE SUFFICIENT TIME TO NOTIFY THE SPA BEFORE THEIR MEETING)

The Isle of Bute Pool League is an affiliate member in its own right and considered a separate area by the SPA.

It costs the league £50 to affiliate and anyone wishing to become an Individual Member pays an additional £25 each to the SPA. The number of qualifiers going through to finals are worked out by the SPA on a pro-rata basis depending on entries; Last year there were 6 entrants which afforded us 1 qualifying place and local play off's. Hopefully this year should we get 12 or more entrants we might secure possibly 2 qualifying places

SPA IM Event 4 Local qualifier

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Fourth SPA IM tournament is to be played on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of August in 'Cue Here', Airdrie

Local qualifier matches for this were held on Sunday 4th July and started at 12:30am in the Kingarth Hotel.

WINNER - Mike McHardy

All Matches - were best of 11 frames

1st prelim at 12:30 - Frank Macdonald 6 v 1 Kevin Smith

2nd prelim at 2:00 - Mike McHardy W/O v 0 Duncan Brown

1st Semi-Final at 3:30 - Frank Macdonald 6 v 3 Robbie Docherty Jnr

2nd Semi-Final at 5.00 - Mike McHardy W/O v 0 Gordon Cumming

Final at - 6:30 - Mike McHardy 6 v 1 Frank Macdonald

SPA IM Event 3 Local qualifier RESULTS

Posted on May 2, 2010 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Third SPA IM tournament is to be played on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June in 'The Chieftain Hotel', Inverness.

Local qualifier matches for this were held on Saturday 22nd May in the Kingarth Hotel.

Winner - Mike McHardy

All Matches - were best of 11 frames

 

1st prelim

Mike McHardy 6 v 1 Kevin Smith

2nd prelim

Frank Macdonald W/O v 0 Duncan Brown

 

Semi-Finals

Gordon Cumming 0 v W/O Mike McHardy

Robert Docherty Jnr 2 v 6 Frank Macdonald

Final

Mike McHardy 6 v 3 Frank Macdonald

 

Follow this link to review all 4 IM Event draw sheets

IM 1 - http://www.scottishpool.net/im/im1areadraws.htm

IM 2 - http://www.scottishpool.com/IM2010/IM2areas2010.htm

IM 3 - http://www.scottishpool.com/IM2010/IM3areas2010.htm

IM 4 - http://www.scottishpool.com/IM2010/IM4areas2010.htm

Isle of Bute is Tag No.19 on each spreadsheet

 

It's worth noting that the 5th IM is a "Grassroots" event aimed at the lesser player and does not carry any ranking points. None of the top ranked players or any professionals are allowed to enter.

I.M. Event 2 Qualifier Results

Posted on February 19, 2010 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

"UPDATED"

The Second Individual Membership tournament is to be played on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April in 'Hustlers' Pool hall, Rosyth.

The Second SPA IM Local qualifiers were held on Saturday 6th March in the Kingarth Hotel. The eventual winner was Mike McHardy.

 

All Matches were best of 11 frames

Preliminary Round

1st prelim

Frank Macdonald  6  v  5  Duncan Brown

2nd prelim

Gordon Cumming  2  v  6  Mike McHardy

Semi-Finals

Frank Macdonald  6  v  (walkover)  Kevin Smith

Mike McHardy  6  v  1  Robert Dochert Jnr

Final

Mike McHardy  6  v  4  Frank Macdonald

Winner of the qualifier for Bute must be with the SPA Tournament Director no less than 14 days before the event finals

Follow this link to review all 4 IM Event draw sheets

IM 1 - http://www.scottishpool.net/im/im1areadraws.htm

IM 2 - http://www.scottishpool.com/IM2010/IM2areas2010.htm

IM 3 - http://www.scottishpool.com/IM2010/IM3areas2010.htm

IM 4 - http://www.scottishpool.com/IM2010/IM4areas2010.htm

Isle of Bute is Tag No.19 on each spreadsheet

Isle of Bute I.M. entrants Mike McHardy, Duncan Brown, Frank Macdonald, Gordon Cumming, Robbie Docherty and Kevin Smith will compete against each other for a place in each of these ranked events

It's worth noting that the 5th IM is a "Grassroots" event aimed at the lesser player and does not carry any ranking points. None of the top ranked players or any professionals are allowed to enter.

If you are interested in entering the IM's next year, there is an annual intake around November for the following year.

The Isle of Bute Pool League is an affiliate member in its own right and considered a separate area by the SPA.

It costs the league £50 to affiliate and anyone wishing to become an Individual Member pays an additional £25 each to the SPA. The number of qualifiers going through to the finals is worked out by the SPA on a pro-rata basis; this year with 6 IM entrants we were afforded 1 qualifying place, so hopefully next year if we get 12 or more entrants we should secure at least 2 qualifying places.

I.M. Event 1 Corner Pocket

Posted on February 19, 2010 at 6:26 AM Comments comments (0)

The first Individual Membership tournament is to be played on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February in Corner Pocket, Jubilee House, The Hedges, Camelon, Falkirk FK14DZ.

 

Saturday 16th & 17th January 2010 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM

 

The first SPA IM qualifier will begin at 1pm on Saturday 16th January in the Kingarth Hotel with the semi-finals and final carrying over to completion on Sunday along with any unfinished matches.

 

The first SPA IM Event 1 Local qualifier took place on the 16th and 17th January in the Kingarth Hotel.

A big THANK YOU is extended to the Simon and Marie Tettmar for the use of their establishment.

Mike McHardy was the eventual winner beating Duncan Brown 6-3 in the final, securing for himself a place in the finals of the Scottish Pool Association's Individual Membership's Event 1.

Mike will now travel through to 'Corner Pocket' Falkirk on the 20th and 21st February to compete in this ranked event against 127 other qualifiers from all over Scotland.