Swift 9-5 Teddy Bears
Greenisland Galacticos 6-8 Scorpions
Whitehead Spartans 6-8 Whitehead Trojans
Hit Men & Her 12-2 Greenisland Colts
Greenisland WMSC 6-8 Doagh Weapons
Eastway 6-8 CowboysWarriors 9-5 Alpha
League leaders the Swift played host to The Teddy Bears, fresh from completing the double over the league champions last time out. The hosts, without their steady hat-trick player Rab Butler, looked to have a match on their hands as they went into the break with a slim 1 frame lead. However the second half saw 1 half of the new league Doubles winners, Dee Irwin, compete his hat-trick backed up with fine braces from Kyle Kirkwood & Andy Arbuthnot to take the match 9-5
Second placed Scorpions had a tricky fixture as they travelled to take on the league champions The Greenisland Galacticos. An unusually quiet atmosphere saw the hosts go into the break 4-3 up and looking good to put the last outing behind them. It wasn’t to be as the duo of Paul Kerr & Colin Rafferty completed well taken hat-tricks, with D Haddock with a calmly taken brace to take the second session 5-2 and the match 8-6, best for the hosts Chris Carson 2/2.
Over on the other table, third placed Doagh Weapons were looking to keep up the pressure on the Scorpions for second spot as they took on the hosts Greenisland Working Men’s Club. With the exception of another Rab McCullough hat-trick, many of the frames could’ve gone either way. The visitors ran out both sessions 4-3 with manager Tyler McConnell bagging a well taken brace, best for the hosts Joe Patton 2/2 & Hugh Reagan 2/3.
The Whitehead derby looked to be a hard one to call as both teams have been enjoying a fine run of form. The Trojans got off to a flyer as they took the first 4 frames before the experienced Spartans got going, taking the last 3 of the session. The second half was a tighter affair with the match going down to the wire, with The Trojans on the hill at 7-6 Girvan Fleming closed out the match 8-6 and made it 4 out of a possible 6 points for The Trojans this season against their stablemates. Best for the visitors T S Hays 2/3, S Hamilton 2/2, T McKee 2/2 and for the hosts S McWhirter 2/3 & K English 2/3.
The Warriors played host to The Alpha. With the host’s nearest league rivals playing over on table 1 this was a must-win match. The visitors were hoping to put an end to a bad run of results and opened proceedings by taking the first. However Clare Roberts’ players only dropped 1 more frame in the first session to go into the break 5-2 up. The second half saw Derek Baird complete a well taken hat-trick, helped along with fine braces from Gee Crawley and Tucker Todd to take the match 9-5, best for the visitors was Johnny Blair 2/3.
The Hitmen & Her continued their fine run as they destroyed new boys the Greenisland Colts 12-2. Sara Greenberg lead the assault with her 4th hat-trick of the season, Andy McMeekin put another together for the second week running and Paul Henderson, with what is becoming his own mandatory hat-trick, Manager Robert Henderson put the finishing touches with a well taken brace.
The Cowboys travelled to Rathcoole to take on the Eastway and got off to flyer, taking the first session 5-2 and looked to be cruising to victory. However the Eastway lads came back to level the match at 6 each before McMurtry brothers Roy and Hugh closed out the last 2 frames of the night to take the match 8-6. Pete McCaffery was the best of the evening with a fine hat-trick.