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2015-2016 Pool League Gets underway

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM

The IoBPL gets underway this Thursday 29th October at 8:30pm.

I am delighted to welcome all the team entries this year, with a special welcome extended to the Grapes Bar who return to the league after an absence of many years. I really hope they do well on their return.

The AGM was well attended with approximately a quarter to a third of all league players their and also some new faces.

The committe elect are:

President / SPA Representative - Mike McHardy

Vice President - Alan Kane

Secretary / Treasurer - Carol McHardy

As you can gather their was some reluctance from those in attendance to stand for any of the executive posts.

Committee members are: Jamie Campbell (Grapes), Sarah Steel (Grapes), Richard Reid (Galatea), Tommy Walmsley (Golfers), Anton McHardy, Debbie McQueenie (Gamba’s), Connor Toon (Gamba’s) & Robert Docherty Snr (Struan).

There are ten teams entered into the 2015-2016 league as follows: The Galatea, Golfers and Struan have each entered two teams with the Grapes, Gamba’s, Golf Club and Kingarth having entered one team each.

The first league matches will start on Thursday 29th October. League fixtures and score sheets will be distributed around the venues before then.


Ties for Thursday 29th October: Click HERE to view all the fixtures

Galatea 2 v Golf Club

Struan 1 v Gamba's

Golfers 2 v Golfers 1

Grapes v Struan 2

Kingarth v Galatea 1

The IoBPL committee and members would like to thank Paul Tweedley of Gamba’s bar for renewing sponsorship of the league, Tommy Walmsley of the Golfers bar for the Shield competition, Stephen Thomas and Alex Lawrie of Optimize Financial Solutions for the Champion of Champions Cup and Robert Galley of the Galatea bar for the Open singles and doubles sponsorship.


A vigorous debate took place over a proposal to remove the doubles from the current league match format and replace it with a singles only format. Eventually a vote took place and the singles format proposal was carried by 9 to 7. Further discussion over the number of singles to play with the new format and how the points would be awarded now that a draw was possible took place. It was agreed to play 12 singles for this season to be discussed further at the next AGM. Points will be two for a win and one each for a draw situation.

However with regard to the Shield and the Champion of Champions Cup the doubles will remain in place, but another proposal to remove scotch doubles and revert to the standard doubles format was carried 9 votes to 3; all other rules remain in place.


The ‘one off’ team registration has been increased to £12 per team to offset a reduced league sponsorship deal. This should be collected by team captains and forwarded to the pool league treasurer no later than the second week of the commencement of the league.


It was also agreed by those present that a courtesy table familiarisation, timed strictly between 8pm and 8:15pm, be extended to the visiting team, with the home team back on the table at the end of this time, up to match commencement at 8:30pm. If visiting team players are not present during the allotted time they will forfeit this courtesy.


New poster size sets of laminated Blackball Pool Rules have been purchased and each establishment entered into the league will receive a set in due course, along with copies of the updated constitution and team captain guidelines.


Please note: - Completed score sheets are now to be handed into Gamba’s bar no later than three days after a match, in any case by midnight at the latest on the following Sunday.


SPA affiliation: The IoBPL will re-affiliate to the SPA for the 2016 season. This allows any IoBPL area player who would like to join the SPA’s individual membership (IM) for the 2016 season to play in each of the 6 qualifiers leading up to the National finals and gain merit and or ranking points on the National ranking table. Entry is at a cost of £30 for the qualifiers which are held throughout the year.

Contact Mike McHardy your SPA representative if you would like to join the 2016 IM series with your name and £30 entry by, but no later than Friday 27th November.



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