Yes, there is still a bar billiards league in Hastings. I play for a team called The Fox which is based in the centre of St.Leonards. (next to hastings). We currently are just about hanging on to just 6 teams. For those who know the area, these teams are:
The Fox Ashburnham Arms A Ashburnham Arms B The Bulverhythe (not sure how long, as the pub is meant to be closing) The Oddfellows The Old Courthouse.
The Old Courthouse is our newest team. They are based in Westfield and this is only their second season. There is talk of another team wanting to join next season, which would be great. More teams the better.
If anyone knows any players who haved moved to this area and are wanting to carry on playing, please let them know we are still going. There are teams that are struggling for players and would welcome anyone who would want to play. Thats of any ability. We dont have any where near the high quality players that we once did. So its quite a competitive little league. Im not sure if anyone in this league (thats left) has scored a 20k break. The last time our league had a 20k break was way back in about 2002. That was by Sean Taylor. He has since stopped playing, as far as im aware. We play on Wednesday nights, and we generally start play at about 8.30.
The Fountain no longer has a table and I now play just round the corner from where the Warrior Gate used to be.The Warrior Gate closed a while ago now. The remainder of that team play at The Fox. You may know Tony Gates, who once ran the warrior gate. He has played inter league. Denis Cole is the other that played there for years.
Yes Julian and Sean were both 20k merchants as you say. Kim Beeching has now gone to live in Spain. I've also been in a team with Martin Leach as well for a brief time when he was down this way.
How's your brother, and Dad? I hope they are well.
I haven't been in touch with anyone from the Hastings league for some time now. As you know I had a mixed experience there! There are plenty of nice people down there, but the few idiots (no names) put me off. It seems like things are getting better again, thank goodness.
I Play in Tun Wells now, and I'm really enjoying my billiards again.
Great news that there is still a league in HASTINGS, and prospect of a new team encouraging. As Tommo says it would be good to see affiliation to Sussex. Not sure what rules are for the one day inter league events, but might be an avenue to explore if you could get seven people interested in playing at the roffey Club, Horsham. I will talk to the committee and see if there is any chance you could be invited if interested. Tony Jenner.
Yes I would like very much to do something like the one day inter league. As you say we'd have to get 7 players together to do that. That could prove a stumbling block. Getting 7 players to travel to Horsham might be difficult. A few of my team might like to give it a go, but trying to get anyone else from other teams probably wont be easy.
I'll speak to a few people next week when we have a game and see what they think.
Post by gandalf the untidy on Mar 8, 2011 18:34:18 GMT
Hastings league info all hearsay at present
The oddfellows has a new manager, the old team has apparantly moved to the Kings Head? but the table remains, have left message for Graham Dean to get in touch
The plough Westfield has a new manager since christmas, he believes his team has played in the Rye league, Met Gerald from Tarrats there he mentioned that tarrats have 80 tables out at present (down from 400).
talked about Summer singles knockout comp/league Sponsorred by Tarrats
Have picked up details of current league secretary Bob Osbourne, not sure i should post this here, will report if i get a response
Thanks for all your efforts, Gandalf, useful for the AEBBA map (will now disseminate the information).
What a result though, if they wish to re-affiliate to the County!
I even know of one really top-rated player who lives in Hastings but hasn't a proper home venue, although he enters (and does well in) the Opens. He might be just willing to have his arm twisted to help in any revival.
Tunbridge Wells would be interested in a couple of friendlies during the summer as we have palyers who do not play in our Sussex Interleague team that would like to play matches against other players that are outside our league.
I would definately be up for playing a inter league match against a few other teams. Just hope others would be up for it too. Im now playing for the Courthouse B in Westfield. We are the old Fox team. The Fox is now closed.