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Scottish Open Singles & Doubles 2016

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

PLEASE NOTE NAMES AND FEES FOR BOTH OF THESE COMPETITIONS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 1st JULY.

THIS IS THE SAME DAY AS THIS YEARS PRIZE GIVING TO BE HELD AT GAMBA'S BAR, I WILL TAKE NAMES AND FEES THERE.

WITH ENOUGH ENTRIES THERE WILL BE LOCAL QUALIFIERS

SEE BELOW FOR COMPETITION DETAILS

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SPA Individual Membership 2016

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Names entered for the SPA Individual Membership 2016 events are:-

1. Mike McHardy

2. Alan Kane

3. Frank Macdonald

4. Roberto Cameron

5. Carol McHardy

6. Robert Docherty

7. Robbie Docherty

8. Richard Reid



Contact your SPA representative on 07783881786 if you would like to join.

Names and entry fees must be submitted to your representative by

* ENTRIES CLOSED *

this allows time for bank transfers to be made by the SPA deadline shown above

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SCOTTISH OPEN SINGLES & DOUBLES 2015

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

* PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE FOR BOTH COMPETITIONS *

SCOTTISH OPEN SINGLES 2015


Entry fee: - £5.00 per player

Closing date for entries: - FRIDAY 3rd JULY

Venue: - Finals will be held at the Dumbuck Hotel Dumbarton

Date: - Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October

To enter: - Contact Mike McHardy or call 07783881766

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Details: - There will be local qualifiers only if there are *sufficient entry numbers* from the IoBPL area; otherwise entrants will need to travel to an adjoining area (normally Central Ayrshire) to play their qualifiers.

*sufficient entry numbers* This is calculated pro-rata based on the total entries nationally. The pro-rata cannot be calculated until the total entries are known so an exact figure cannot be given in advance, however as a guide, last year the pro-rata for the singles was 7 to 1.

127 successful qualifiers plus the winner from last year will go through to the finals

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Singles entries:- The pro-rata has now been calculated and the Isle of Bute area have one qualifying place to play for; The area draws will be published soon and will be available to view when this is done by following the link below.

1. Mike Mchardy

2. Alan Kane

3. Richard Reid

4. Robbie Docherty

5. Robert Docherty Snr

6. Frank Macdonald

7. Richard Whitelaw

8. Roberto Cameron


SPA Competitions page link

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SPA IM 2 Qualifier

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On behalf of the Isle of Bute Pool League committee and members.

We wish Richard 'Reido' Reid all the very best of luck attending his debut Individual Membership competition this weekend at Pockets Paisley.

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'GOOD LUCK REIDO'

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SPA Seniors Tour

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The SPA Seniors (over 40's) tour gets underway on Saturday 4th April.

Check it out the under 'SPA Competitions' in the menu bar above

Five person Team Championship

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

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Ok we have a team together for this tournament :

1. Mike McHardy

2. Alan Kane

3. Richard Reid

4. Richard More

5. Gordon Cumming

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There is obviously some interest in this competition from the Isle of Bute players, but to be quite frank with you if you don't commit to this by putting your name forward very very soon we will miss out once again.

Here is a link with details about the competition CLICK HERE or here for the SPA site details CLICK HERE 

If you have a genuine interest; add you name in the comments above and we will formulate an Isle of Bute team or two.

The competition is limited to 48 teams with preference going to the 32 teams entered last year, up until 31st December, after that it is on a first come first served basis.

If we get our team entered and the entry paid before then we will be added to the list in order. Hopefully within the 48 team limit.

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S.P.A. International selection - European Championships

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

ATTENTION ALL ISLE OF BUTE AREA POOL PLAYERS

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Please read through the new international selection process that the Scottish Pool Association will be using to select teams to represent Scotland at International events.

The first event to use this process will be the European Championships as indicated below.

Anyone interested in being considered should ensure they are available on the date of the event and are fully familiar with the process before putting their name forward. You will find a link to the full process below and also a link to the European Blackball Association website with information on the European championships.

Entering your name is no guarantee you will be selected or be invited to trial for a particular team.

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Event

 

2015 European Championships (Bridlington, Eng)

-- 7th to 10th April 2015 (U18s, U23s & Learning Difficulties)

-- 11th to 16th April 2015 (Mens, Ladies, Seniors & Masters)

 

Link to official EBA website http://www.eba-pool.org/ which contains more information.

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International Selection Process - info on this forum Selection Process

Please take a moment to read and familiarise yourself with the International Selection Process before committing your name forward.

 

If you can make the event dates noted above, and would like to put your name forward for International selection in any of the teams, then please post your name on this forum, stating which team you would like to be considered for (and if more than one) then please list your order of preference.

 

Please Note: you can't select B1 or B2 as your choice, it must be 'B team', and the B1 manager will have first choice of players.

 

The team managers for each section will be in touch with you if selected for the team or via trial.

 

The closing date for player nominations is 31st December 2014 to enable the managers to select and run trials mid to late January 2015.

There will be no exceptions to late nominations.

 

 

Please take a moment to read and familiarise yourself with the International Selection Process before committing your name forward.

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E.B.A. NATIONS CUP COLERAINE N.IRELAND

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)


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The European Blackball Association's Nations Cup gets underway this Monday 10th November for four days with the Men’s, Ladies, Seniors and Masters all contesting in their separate categories as teams, singles and doubles.

This is followed on Saturday 15th through to Monday 17th with the under 18's and the under 23's who will also pit their Blackball pool skills in their team, individual and doubles competitions.

Mike McHardy was asked by the Scottish Pool Association to Manage/Captain the Masters team at this event.

Mike has picked the rest of his Masters team consisting of Alan Kane (Isle of Bute), Mark Donnan and Scott Johnston (Dumfries), John Watson (Bathgate) and no relation Mike Watson (Stirlingshire). I'm sure you'll join me in wishing the Scottish Masters team entry and all the other Scottish team categories all the very best and hope some silverware is brought across the Irish Sea to Scotland.

There are four Masters Teams entered N.Ireland 1 & 2, England and of course Scotland. I know that does not sound a lot until you consider the fact that there were no Master team entries at the Nations Cup in Malta last year.

If you would like to follow the scoring as it happens or view the live streaming follow this - link - to the E.B.A. site and click on the appropriate links there.

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SPA Open Tournaments 2014

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

SPA tournament details

by: FlyingScotsman, Today 02:54 PM


Just to keep you informed of what is required at the next SPA meeting on Sunday the 6th of July.

Entry fee of £5 per player plus names of the players for the Scottish Championships.

Entry fee of £10 plus names for the Scottish Seniors [over 40 as at 6th July]

Entry fee of £10 plus names for the Scottish Doubles [ same IM or if not IM members, same league]

Team entries for the Super 15s, entry fees to be paid at a later date but please remember do not enter a team unless you are 100% sure as if accepted they will have to pay the full cost of entry and accommodation as this will be booked and paid by the SPA.

This however only means the teams that automatically get into the event in November, the teams that go into the play offs only pay the costs if they qualify for the finals.

Once the SPA have the numbers, the Tournament Criteria Committee will work out which teams will be straight into the event and which ones will go to the play offs to be held at STYX Snooker and Pool Club Kirkcaldy on Sunday the 12th of October, there the teams will play off to see who qualifies for the Second Division Finals being held at Pettycur Bay on the weekend of 7/9th of November.

The First Division will be held at Pettycur Bay on the weekend of 14/16th November.

The Premier event will be held at Pettycur Bay on the weekend of 21/23rd November.

The Scottish Singles Championships will be played at Bells Sports Centre Perth Saturday/Sunday 1/2nd of November, with 40 tournament tables in use, this means for the very first time we will have 255 qualifiers plus the defending champion playing in this ranking event. As per usual the pro rata and draw will be done by the SPA Tournament Director posted on the SPA website and all qualifiers names will have to be in by the 19th of October. This is an OPEN draw event with a guaranteed prize fund of £5000.

The Scottish Masters [over 50 as at 1st November] entries will be taken right up to 26th October where the draw and times will be done at the World Championships. Entry fee is £10 and all match’s will be played at Bells Centre.

The Scottish Seniors because of the amount of players who could qualify for both the main and Senior events will be played at Pennies Falkirk on Saturday/Sunday the 20/21st September, again the pro rata, if needed and draw will be done by the SPA. The two finalist will play at Bells Sports Centre on Saturday the 1st November live streamed.

The Scottish Doubles and Mixed Doubles will both be played at Pennies bar Falkirk on Saturday/Sunday 23/24th August, entry fees £10 per team ? for the mixed will be taken right up to the date of the event and draw will be done on the Saturday by the SPA Tournament Director.

Now with the Under 23s [ as at 1st January 2014] this will be played at the Red Triangle on Sunday the 21st September with an entry fee of £20 and again the two finalist will play the final at Bells Sports Centre on Saturday the 1st November.

The Under 18s [ as at 1st January 2014] entry fee £10, payment details to follow from committee, all the players will attend and play at Bells Sports Centre on Saturday/Sunday the 1st and 2nd of November.

The Learning Disabilities entry fee is £5 and again I am very happy to say that they also will be playing the full event at Bells Sports Centre on the 1/2nd of November.

Ross McInnes

SPA Promoter

SPA Individual Membership 2014

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

SPA Individual Membership - 2014

Please be aware the closing date for entries into the SPA IM’s for the 2014 series of competitions is Friday 3rd January. The entry fee of £30 is for all six competitions and must be paid by this date to allow time for bank transfer to the SPA to take place in time for their Sunday 5th January meeting. No entries can or will be accepted after that date.

Players interested in joining the 2014 series of Individual Membership events should contact Mike McHardy on 077838811766 to arrange for payment and their name to be forwarded to the Scottish Pool Association.

The 2014 IM series will as a trial double the number of qualifiers from the present 128 to 256 for two out of the six finals. A lot of leagues are joining or rejoining the SPA and bearing in mind this growth, for local players this will mean with an IM membership of eight or nine, two players would be qualifying for two of the finals. If the trial is successful this will become the norm from 2015 onwards.

The next Isle of Bute Pool League committee meeting will be held on Monday 27th January at 8:30pm in the Galatea Bar.

 

Scottish Open Singles Championships 2013

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Despite our local paper 'The Buteman' cover, posters around the pool venues in the town and notification on this site of the Scottish Open Singles Championships 2013.

A very poor response has been received, which will no doubt mean the few entrants from the island will have to travel to the mainland for a chance to qualify for this the Scottish Pool Association's most prestigious event.

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THIS IS YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER!

CONTACT MIKE McHARDY (SPA Rep) ON

07783881766

BY SATURDAY 6th JULY (That's tomorrow) TO ARRANGE ENTRY PAYMENT TO BE MADE £10 FOR NON IM MEMBERS AND £5 FOR MEMBERS

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Isle of Bute Super League Team Confirmed

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I am delighted to announce the 11 man team line up (listed below) who will be representing the Isle of Bute at the 2013 SPA Super 11's League tournament at Craig Tara this weekend, Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March.

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Mike McHardy (Captain), Gordon Cumming, Scott Hatton, Colin Nicol, John McBride, Chez Harrison, Richard Reid, Gordon McMillan, Robbie Docherty, Chrissy Lawrence and Marcus Allan.

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It is also really good to see a few younger players in the team this year, I'm sure they'll learn a great deal from this experience.

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There is a dress code at SPA events; Polo tops, Dress trousers and Dress shoes.

No jeans, cargo's, studs, trainers etc. are allowed at SPA events

The IoBPL team colour is black so if you have black trousers and shoes please wear them too.

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Players should take with them a sleeping bag and essential toiletries etc.

* Oh! and don't forget your cue *

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SPA Willie McCartney Memorial Trophy

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the SPA's annual

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Willie McCartney

Memorial Trophy

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Competition entry fee is £5.00

The prize fund is all entries taken

plus £500 added from SPA

Closing date is Sunday 3rd March

(Names and entry fee to reach the SPA by this date)

Names and entry fees to be submitted to your SPA rep Mike McHardy by Sunday 24th February for onward transmission to the SPA.

The finals will be held in Cue Here, Airdrie on the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May

Qualifiers will need to take place with finals places being awarded to each area on a pro-rata basis depening on total Scottish entries received against area entries received.

There are 128 places available at the finals

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Scottish Open Singles Competition

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Scottish Open Single Competition

The most prestigious competition on the S.P.A calendar

  • Entry fee - £5 (Paid to your area rep by Saturday 30th June)
  • Only paid entries will be put forward to the SPA
  • Finals venue - Erskine Bridge Hotel, Erskine
  • Finals date - Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October
  • Play off date, venue - T.B.C.

Entries from Bute are:

  1. Mike McHardy (paid)
  2. Frank Macdonald (paid)
  3. Kevin Bowie (paid)

There were 974 entries to the Scottish Singles this year. The pro-rata equates to 7.669 for each qualifying place.

The Isle of Bute's (3) entries have been linked with Central Ayrshire's (44), the combined 47 entries equates to 6 finals places to be contested for. Qualifiers for this will take place in Ayrshire once the SPA publish the draws.

Each area can enter as many players as they wish and depending on entries local qualifier play off's will take place. A pro-rata will be calculated based on the total Scottish entry and each area will be given qualifying places based on this. Should there be insuficient numbers from an area for a qualifying place that area will be joined to a neighbouring area with qualifiers played from there.

Contact Mike McHardy on 07783881766 to arrange entry into this competition.

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Willie McCartney Grassroots Competition

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The draw for this competition is available to veiw under the "IM's and SPA Cometitions" tag above, then scroll down to the competition details click on "Qualifier Draw" and select "tab 19" to view.

Entrants should agree a venue and play best of 9 or 11 whatever suits.

Qualifier results should be forwarded on to SPA rep Mike McHardy.

All qualifier ties must be completed by Wednesday 9th May.

Results:

Shaun Kernaghan beat Robbie Docherty 5-1.

Shaun Kernaghan beat Robbert Docherty 5-4.

Richard Reid w/o - Calum McKirdy.

Final Richard Reid 5 - 0 Shaun Kernaghan.

RICHARD REID GOES THROUGH TO THE FINALS ON SATURDAY 26th AND SUNDAY 27th MAY THAT WILL BE HELD IN THE RED TRIANGLE, CUMBERNAULD.

AS SOON AS ITS PUBLISHED A LINK TO THE FINALS DRAW WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE IM'S & SPA COMPETITIONS PAGE ABOVE.

UPDATE - SPA Super League 'A' 11's - UPDATE

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (6)

Bus is now confirmed for pick-up at 2pm on Friday 9th February return pick-up 5pm on Sunday 11th. £21pp required before this Wednesday 29th so bank transfer can be made to the company.

View the > DRAW < for Isle of Bute click Group 4 at bottom.

Not long to go now guys...........................

Please remember there is a DRESS CODE at all SPA events

POLO TOPS - Must be the same - Emblem, Sponsor, Colour etc.

DRESS TROUSERS - No jeans or studs etc.

DRESS SHOES - No trainers or sandals etc.

Its not essential but if you do have black shoes and trousers all the better as the team will be 100% the same then.

Here is the Isle of Bute 11 man line-up for the SPA Super League 11's competition at Craig Tara, Ayr.

I am delighted to announce that 'The Bike Shed' has kindly offered to sponsor the IoBPL 11 person team by way of supplying polo shirts embroidered with the IoBPL logo on the front and The Bike Shed logo on the sleeve.

The team will compete with 47 other teams on the weekend of the 9th, 10th & 11th March. Although current SPA entry rules for this competition state that any new teams must enter into the Super league 'A' division, this is under review and may change for future events.

             Name                                          Alias

  1. Gordon McMillan (Capt).........Scooby
  2. Mike McHardy.......................The Medic
  3. Chez Harrison.......................Young Chezza
  4. Gavin Wilson.........................Gav
  5. Stuart Hill.............................Stunami
  6. Gordon Cumming..................G. Cumming
  7. Scott Hatton.........................Scott
  8. Ritchie More..........................Ritchie
  9. John Thomson.......................Tommo
  10. David Speirs..........................Davie
  11. John McBride.........................Birdie

Reserve - Richard Reid....................Reido

Isle of Bute have been drawn into Group 4 with Motherwell B1, Central Ayrshire B1, Aberdeen, Midlothian and Livingston.

Our first matches will be at 9pm and 11pm on the Friday.

There are 8 Groups of 6 teams playing in round robin format, with the top 4 from each group going through to the next round of the competition.

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SPA Individual Membership 2012

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

S.P.A. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP 2012

Names and entry fee's for joining the IM's for 2012 can now be made to your SPA Rep - Mike McHardy

All names, addressess and the £25 fee of those wishing to join the IM's must be submitted through your SPA representative by Thursday 24th November for forwarding to the SPA treasurer before their meeting on the first Sunday of December. 2012 IM Event dates are in the calendar.

Additionally anyone who would like to enter the Scottish Singles 2012 may also do so now if they wish, this will cost an extra £5. Entries for the Scottish Singles are however not due until the middle of next year.

There have been a number of enquiries and requests during the past year to join the SPA IM's . Well this is your chance, don't let it slip by another year.

The more members join the more qualifying places there are to play for.............

UNDER 23's YOUTH & JUNIOR SCOTTISH SINGLES

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

UNDER 23's AND JUNIOR

SCOTTISH SINGLES COMPETITION

The under 23 youth and junior Scottish Singles Competition will take place on Sunday 16th October in Cue Here, 37-39 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie, ML66AH.

Entry criteria - Register between 11am and 11:45am play starts at 12pm.

Juniors - Free entry - open to anyone who was 15 on the 1st of January this year.

Youth & Under 23's - £20.

Dresscode for the event is dressed shoes, dressed trousers and collared shirt.

The finals from each of these events will play alongside the main Scottish Singles event on Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th November in The Murray Owen Centre, East Kilbride.

Junior event is open to anyone who was 15 on the first of January this year

For further information contact [email protected] or David Riggins through the SPA website. All new players are welcome.

SCOTTISH SINGLES - LOCAL QUALIFIER DRAW

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The finals of the Scottish Singles will commence at 10am on Saturday and Sunday the 5th & 6th November in the Murray Owen Centre, East Kilbride.

Mike McHardy will be representing the Isle of Bute at the Scottish Singles finals.

The local qualifier draw and scores for this are below.

As always in order to ensure representation from the Isle of Bute; if you are unable to make the national finals you should withdraw from the competition.

All ties best of 11 frames in a venue agreed by both parties

Prelim: Gavin Wilson 2 v 6 Mike McHardy

First round: To be completed at the latest by 30th September

Mike McHardy 6 v 4 Duncan Brown

Gordon McMillan 2 v 6 Craig Alexander

Chez Harrison 6 v 1 Paul Leitch

David Speirs 1 v 6 Ritchie More

 

Semi-final: To be completed at the latest by 7th October

Mike McHardy 6 v 3 Craig Alexander

Chez Harrison 2 v 6 Ritchie More

Final: To be completed at the latest by 21st October

Mike McHardy 6 v $ Ritchie More

Best of luck to all.

UPDATE! Scottish Singles and Scottish Doubles Competitions UPDATE!

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Scottish Singles & Doubles Competition Entries - So far

Qualifying places for the Singles finals are pro-rata, calculated on the total entry field. This year the total entries were 988 last years winner gets automatic entry, the figure is then divided by 127 = 7.77 so for every 7/8 entries we get 1 place. With 9 entries we therefore get 1 place. (16 would have given us 2 places) The draw will be done by the SPA and posted on this site as soon as. Finals are in the Murray Owen centre, East Kilbride on the 4th, 5th & 6th November.

The Doubles are limited to 96 places, therefore there would only be qualifying play-off's if the entry field were greater than 96. Finals are in the Chieftain Hotel, Inverness on the 8th & 9th October.

 

Singles: (Thanks to all entrants)

  1. Mike McHardy - Paid
  2. Ritchie More - Paid
  3. Craig Alexander - Paid
  4. Chez Harrison - Paid
  5. Duncan Brown - Paid
  6. Gavin Wilson - Paid
  7. David Speirs - Paid
  8. Gordon McMillan - Paid
  9. Paul Leitch - Paid

Doubles:

  1. Mike McHardy & Scott Hatton - Paid
  2. Gordon McMillan & David Speirs - Paid