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London Ladies are back in business

Inter CountyOur day began with Captain, Gill Buckingham's team talk where she praised the team spirit we had at the Kent game last month and urged the team to keep that going and concentrate on the task at hand. The team were in no mood to disappoint.

The match was close throughout the first set, however once we got our noses in front at 14-11, we went and won a straight 5 frames to leave the winning post in sight at 19-11. Although it seemed to be just a matter of time before we picked up the frames we needed, Sussex to their credit made a fight of it, but I had the rare satisfaction of sinking the winning black (rare for me not the team!) as we ran out winners by 28 frames to 16.

Player of the Match (awarded by Gill) was Linda Redwood who played exceptionally well to win 4/4 and showed a good level of concentration throughout. It was a great team effort and even those who didn't get the wins they expected played very well. The individual highlights were Corrine Grattan also winning 4/4 and Sarah Long, Sue Studman, Gill Buckingham and Sarah King each getting 3/4. A mention too for super sub Keely Clarke with 2/2, hopefully she has done enough to get her name on the team sheet for the start of the next match.

Hampshire visit next on 17 May. I think we have given them something to think about.

World Championship Qualifier

CompetitionsWorlds Qualifier at JFKs Pool Club on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25th.

Entry is £20

For every 16 players one person will qualify.

If you gain entry it will include 3 nights' accommodation at the Worlds hotel.

Entry must be paid in advance - no entries will be taken on the day.

Please post your name in the forum thread and see me to pay your entry fee.

JFKs Poker League

CompetitionsI will be starting a poker league at JFKs on Monday nights .

Basically, it will be £10 entry and thats all you will pay for the night. The aim is to get 30 or so players. 30 players would mean £300 in the prize pool. £150 would be paid out on the night and the other £150 would go into a kitty, which would build up over time.

The league would run till November and each week the people in it would get points for where they finish, ie, 30 pts for 1st, 29pts for 2nd etc down to 1 point for 30th.

In November the top 9 players would be the final table.

1st prize would be entry into The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour - entry for this event is £3,150 and will give you a chance to become a MILLIONAIRE.

Any left over money would be shared in proportion to where you finish on the final table.

Anyone interested please contact me.

I would like to start this no later than 27th April.

A Team Captain's report: Kent 18 - 26 London

Inter CountyThe A team continued our good start to the season with a 26-18 win away to Kent on March 22nd.

We lost the first 2 frames but caught up straight away, and thanks to solid performances all round (except from the captain, I’m sorry to say) we were always ahead and comfortable from then on, without ever quite looking like pulling away for a really big win. All the sessions were won with scores of 6,7,6, and 7… which it has to be said is a bit unusual – whatever the final score, we normally have one great session and a dodgy

Apart from myself, no-one won fewer than 2 of their 4 frames, which is very pleasing. There are some very talented players in the B team who will be breathing down our necks more and more, and it seems like the A team incumbents are responding well to that pressure. As times goes on, though, it's possible that even a consistent 50% average won't be enough to retain a place.

Equally pleasing was a great performance from Joe Prince, who recovered from the disappointment of losing all 4 in the first match by winning all 4 in this one.. the only player to do so.

Surrey registered a 28-16 win at home to Sussex, who are our next opponents (also at our place) on 19th April.

[sorry for the lateness of this report! If anyone has anything to add, please feel free to do so in the Comments section]

Kent C vs London C

Inter CountyA game of 2 halves. We got off to a magnificent start and a winning streak of 8 frames helped us to a healthy 15-7 lead at the half way stage.

Kent moved up a gear or two in the second half and we weren’t quite able to respond. At the end of the 3rd session we were still 3 points ahead and should have finished them off but they won the last 4 frames to take the match.

Notable performances were: Tony Bailey 4 out of 4, Patrick McLaughlin 3 out of 4. John Munro, Peter McCafferty, Danny Moffat, Rob Chalmers and Mark Eldridge 2 out of 4 and Lee Mager 1 out of 2

Originally posted 25th March

Kent Youth Open 2009

CompetitionsThe Kent Youth Open takes place on 25th and 26th April at Chatham Pool and Snooker Club, Military Road, Chatham.

All the details are available here.

B team Bashes Kent

Inter CountyWe arrived at Kent confident of winning our 2nd match in row to get our campaign of to the start we wanted. After battling through the heavy traffic, most of us got there at 1pm instead of our planned 12:30 and never got the practice we had planned to have before the match, but we did have time for a quick meeting before we started.

I had dropped 2 players to the C team for the day, Tony Bailey who wasn't present at our first match and Rob Chalmers who although has been playing well lately, did only get 1/4 against Berkshire. both players went on to do play their part against Kent with Tony running away with a star performace 4/4 on the day.

We had a few people absent due to work commitments and the fact that our match clashed with Mothering Sunday. All I asked of the players was to carry on where we left off and I would expect and hope that we could win each set 8-3. This you may think might be a bit ambitious, but I know my team and know what we are capable of.

Ben Mackie is European Champion


Ben Mackie, London's newest Junior Player travelled to Dundalk last weekend to take up his long awaited place in the England Junior Team at the European championships, after successfully trialing in January.

His debut in the England Junior Team event, saw him come top of the junior rankings with an impressive 10 out of 12 wins, helping the England Junior Team (along with London team mate Nigel Clarke) to once again retain their title.

He breezed through the Junior singles event to take his place in the final beating the former 2007 World Junior Champion Sean Conway 7 - 4. Well done Ben!

Debbie Pople
GLCPA Youth Team Manager

The JFK's Summer Shield

CompetitionsJFK's is pleased to announce a new competition which will take place at the club on Saturday May 2nd. Doors open at 10am with the draw taking place at 10.45am for an 11am start.

Entry is £30 for pros (and top 32 IPA players) and £20 for amateurs. Entry is on a first come first served basis and the maximum number of entrants will be 64. There is a also a maximum of 8 pros/top 32 IPA players in the tournament. The estimated prize fund based on 64 runners (and JFK's adding £90) is £1,450.

Winner £500
Runner Up £250
Semi Finalists £150
Quarter Finalists £100

Each round will be a race to 6 frames with pros starting on -1. Lag for break and you must win by 2 clear frame. If a match goes to 9-9 there will be a re-lag and a sudden death frame will decide the winner.

Additionally, there will be a £50 freeze out poker tournament for a maximum of 50 entrants starting at 8.30pm.

For further information contact John Kelly at the Club or post in the forums.

Riverside Pro/Am Qualifier at JFK's

JFK's will be hosting a qualifier for the 2009 Riverside Pro/Am on 7th March.

Entry for the qualifier is £12.50 and based on 32 entrants there will be 8 qualifiers from JFK's. Matches are best of 3 sets with each set being best of 7 frames.

The main event takes place at Riverside Pool Club, Ware, Hertfordshire on 14th and 15th March. Further information on the Riverside Pro/Am can be found here.

C Team Match Report: London vs Berkshire

Inter CountyA disappointing start to the season. We got off to a good start winning the first session 7-4 but had a turn around in the second session, losing 5 in a row to end up 11-11 at the half way stage.

Another 5 frame losing streak saw us down to 17-12 at one stage but a spirited fight back took us to 17-16 down at the end of the 3rd session.

Unfortunately we were not able to maintain it and ended up losing 24-20.

Brendan Connors won 4 out of 4. Brijesh Cudasama, Chris Snyman and Michael Clayton won 3 out of 4. John Monro won 2 out of 2. Peter McCafferty won 2 out of 4.
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