1 There will be no 'D' this season. There will only be a baulk line. Break-off shots can be taken from anywhere behind the baulk line.
The White ball is deemed to be a legal when the centre of the White is behind the baulk line.
2 Pocketing the White ball off the break will no longer result in 2 shots to the opponent. Instead the opposing player will continue the game with 1 shot from behind the baulk line.
The White ball leaving & resting off the table is still a foul and the opponent will continue with the White behind the baulk line & receiving 2 shots.
3 Following a foul break-off shot the opponent will have a 'free ball' with their first shot. They are free to pot any colour of ball (excluding the black ball) then change to a different 'suit'.
If the player switches colour they must pot the colour to stay on that 'suit', otherwise it is still an 'open table'.
These rules were all discussed and debated in length and most agreed it would speed the games up and help improve the standard of players in the league.
Manny Byrne was the player who pushed for these new rules and will no doubt be delighted with the result of the voting.
There was also a discussion on the pairs competition which last season was changed from to Scotch Doubles. Players stated that a lot of their team mates were not happy with the change and it was decided to revert back to the old rule of player stays at the table until they've finished potting.
It was also decided there would be a perpetual trophy for the pairs winners from now on
This trophy will be in memory of the late dessie mcgenity who deicated years of of his free time to make newry pool league work
Here on the blog we would like to welcome the reinstallation of Micky Cunningham ( secretary), Kevin Magee (chairman) and Jim McQuillian.
The Newry Pool Committee would like to thank everyone who attended & made it a very productive meeting.