Yes We're Back! And you will all be glad to hear we are bigger and better than ever. What a fantastic season this promises to be. New venues, new players and some exciting news to come in a later blog the Newry and District Pool League promises to be one of the most exciting in years
Firstly we must welcome a brand new team into the Newry and District Pool League. No. 7 Duke St will mean a Coastal visit for Division 1 teams when the travel down carriageway to Warrenpoint.
Port Bar have come back to the competitive pool scene after a few years out and the always offered stiff opposition out in the countryside village of Mountnorris. Trainors in Camlough have a strong A team and a new B team.
We will analyse the runners and riders in each Division in a future blog.
Probably the most hotly debated topic after Love Island was the format the league should be. It was agreed at the AGM the league would go with 3 games of Pairs and 4 singles. After lots of healthy debate and good ideas flying around the solution was right under our nose. 8 single frames like every other year was decided upon.
This is for the league only. Cup games will also stay the same as last year with 3 Pairs and 6 Single frames. This will be played 'Scotch Doubles' as it was last season
The biggest rule change is the dropping of the '2 shot carry rule'.
After a foul the next player will have a 'free shot'. The free shot can be to pot your ball, an opponents ball or the popular shot is to move your balls into better portable positions. Then you carry on your visit until you miss. Once you miss your opponent is back in.
Following any "foul" a player has the choice to have the white ball lifted and put behind the baulk line. The next player can then place the ball anywhere behind the baulk line and proceed with his "free shot".
A big rule change is off the "break off" .
Firstly 2 balls must go above the half way mark on the table or it is a "foul break"
Following the break off YOU DO NOT HAVE TO NOMINATE. The next legal ball potted is the ball you are on.
So even if you pot a ball off the break you still need to pot another ball to be on that colour. Should you pot a red and a yellow then you still need to pot a single ball from one suit to be a "legal pot".
You MUST play away from a touching ball.
A player may ask the referee to call 'A total snooker'
Those are just some of the rules - explained in a bit more detail. All pubs and clubs entering the Newry Pool League will get a full copy of the new rules
Vegas Cup tonight (Thursday 13th) then Cunningham Cup next week.
"Let's Play Pool"