Singles and Doubles draws for the 2014/15 season are now live. Matches in last 32 rounds are to be played by November 9th, so get arranging your matches straight away. The highlight of the draws has to be the 1st round Cardiff Open clash between current Cardiff champion Ryan Rowlands with his double-winning pairs partner (and 2013 runner-up) Sam Thomas. And in the Open Pairs, the same players have been drawn to face Kishan Hirani and Ed Topham in a quality preliminary round clash.
All players are responsible for arranging matches with opponents. A list of contact details that have been provided can be found here otherwise please call the clubs on Thursday nights to contact players.
A number of players have not submitted contact numbers, if you want yours added to the list please get in touch.
This year’s Comps secretary is Huw Carpenter so please contact him on 07891 111608 with any queries. Please submit results on the forum thread, by commenting at the bottom of this page, or by texting Huw.
There’s a familiar look to the top of the table after only 4 matches, with last season’s top two leading the way. The champions have started the season very strongly, and continued their great form with a 5-0 win, although County Cons made it four from four to keep on their tails. Park Club slip to third after their first defeat of the season at the hands of Senghenydd, but the biggest movers of the week were Cathays Cons, who kept up their impressive start to the season with a 4-1 win at Canton Libs B. Canton Libs Z are also still unbeaten after a big win at home to South Wales Snooker A, and there was a first win of the season for Taffs Well, as they overcame the youngsters at Trec Bandits 3-2.
Please can team captains remember that it is their responsibility to report to the League Secretary their team’s result each week, as there have been several occasions where results have been outstanding. The names of the individual players also needs to be reported for the player rankings, but there are a number of people whose records are not up-to-date. Please ensure you send in your result, even if you think that the opposing captain has done the same, and ensure this is done by the Saturday at the latest. All records on the individual rankings table only include those results that have been reported to the League Sec, either by text, email or on the forum.
An entertaining week sees Canton Libs A and Park Club consolidate their place at the top of the table, whilst Cuesaders suffered their first defeat of the season to Senghenydd. Wins for County Cons, Cathays Cons and Canton Libs Z mean there are 5 teams still unbeaten, and there was a first win of the season for South Wales A. Fourteen players have a perfect record of 3 from 3, while next week sees the first clash between leading teams as Cuesaders take on Savoy.
As we are now one league, I’ve been asked by a few people to clarify the league’s position on the miss rule.
Given that the miss rule is an integral part of the game, we play it in our league. However, there is a wide range of refereeing experience amongst us, and so it is the responsibility of the home team captain to ensure that the rule is implemented consistently over the course of the five frames.
The definition in the WPBSA rules is -
A miss is when the cue ball fails to first contact a ball on, and the referee considers that the striker has not made a good enough attempt to hit a ball on.
We are a social league, but we all want to play in a fair way and so the following criteria has generally been used over the past few years and can be applied to the judging of a miss rule.
A miss is to be called when -
The striker can see the ball on.
The striker fails to reach the object ball.
The striker has a pack of reds to hit.
The striker can hit the object ball using one cushion.
The striker chooses a more difficult ball to hit or chooses a more difficult route than necessary.
It is also worth noting that a miss CANNOT be called when a snooker is needed either before or after the shot.
Also, a recent addition to the rules is that a miss CANNOT be called if the points available on the table are equal to the points difference, e.g. if the striker is 31 behind with 35 left on the table and they give away a 4 point foul.