Limes Triples 2011 (now known as the Maurice Oliver Triples) - Saturday 2nd July.
This is a fun competition, held annually at the Limes, South Merstham (great pub) for Redhill League members and a limited number of special guests.
The entry is hopefully 48, and for the Draw beforehand every name goes into a hat for either Pool A, Pool B or Pool C dependent on skill level. Each of the 16 Triples thus drawn at random is put into one of four groups, and you play against the other 3 triples in your group, then there's quarterfinals, semifinals and the grand Final. And of course a Plate competition.
The C-rated player in the combi has 1st break in first prelim game, the B player first go in the 2nd game and the A player goes first in the 3rd game. At all times 3000 is the maximum break, if you go over you not only lose the break but have to wear a dunce's/jester's/donkey/clown's hat until someone else does similar or has a black peg to take it off you.
Always a great day with lots of see-sawing in fortune (and ee-awing !) and the inevitable great banter.
My thanks to the organisers firstly for the invite and then for a wonderful day, good to meet some new people and a day where people of all standards just come along and enjoy themselves. Well done to the winning team Fiona Doyle, Barry Hood and Tony Cross who beat Dave Ingrams side in the final know one of Daves team was Zac Ward but due to some changes not able to name third palyer ( apologies). Plate winnersw wers Amy Jenkins, Les Beech and Mark Fraser who defeated Sharon Ward, Tony Coppard and myself. Thanks to my team for a great day, plenty of banter and support, can only say sorry to you both for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with that silly four times down on the break with a winning score on the board. Well done again to all, and hope others follow suit and have days like this ( I know Worthing have taken the idea on board for the last two seasons and it has been a great success). Hopefully get an invite next year.
Another terrific day at the Limes yesterday...... 8-)
Here are the results.....
Group A Played Won Lost Score 1st Kevin Tunstall, Trish Wadsworth, Janice Cooper 3 3 0 18,030 2nd Dave Constable, Bobbie Davis, Sue 3 2 1 18,090 3rd Tony Jenner, Tony Coppard, Sharon Ward 3 1 2 16,380 4th Sally Mortimer, Frank Doyle, Sacha Peters 3 0 3 8,170
Group B Played Won Lost Score 1st Jason Wadsworth, Pete Forrest, Tom Powell 2 2 0 17,030 2nd Colin Robbins, Debz Pearse, Lorraine Hamlin 2 1 1 18,840 3rd Gary Powell, Angie Turner, Haydn Ingram 2 0 2 8,180 4th No Team 0 0 0 0
Group C Played Won Lost Score 1st Dave Ingram, Ray Crosby, Zack Ward 3 2 1 17,810 2nd Keith Wilkinson, Iain Mountain, Steve Hammond 3 2 1 15,880 3rd Chris Newson, Gary Dinsmore, Abi Ward 3 1 2 16,540 4th Mark Fraser, Les Beech, Amy Jenkins 3 1 2 13,390
Group D Played Won Lost Score 1st Tony Cross, Barry Hood, Fiona Doyle 3 2 1 20,840 2nd Chrissie Newson, Clive Mortimer, Sammi Mortimer 3 2 1 17,690 3rd Hayley Tunstall, Baz Symons, Mike Fortune 3 1 2 16,060 4th Ian Giffen, Colleen Park, Steve Baldwin 3 1 2 13,230
The top 2 from each Group progressed in to the Main Competition with the others going in to the Plate....
Quarter-Finals SirKT, Trish & Janice 10,010 Beat 7,810 Colin, Debz & Lorraine Jason, Pete & Tom 4,330 Lost to 4,610 DC, Bobbie & Sue Dave I, Gary & Zack 8,250 Beat 6,470 Chrissie, Clive & Sammi Tony, Barry & Fiona 4,500 Beat 3,900 Keith, Iain & Steve
Semi-Finals SirKT, Trish & Janice 2,310 Lost to 6,250 Dave I, Gary & Zack DC, Bobbie & Sue 5,580 Lost to 9,080 Tony, Barry & Fiona
Final Dave I, Gary & Zack 3,480 Lost to 6,100 Tony, Barry & Fiona
Quarter-Finals TJ, Tony & Sharon Beat Bye Gary, Angie & Haydn 6,790 Beat 2,990 Sally, Frank & Sacha Chris, Gary & Abi 3,820 Lost to 5,440 IanG, Colleen & Steve Hayley, Baz & Mike 3,880 Lost to 3,920 Mark, Les & Amy
Semi-Finals IanG, Colleen & Steve 5,200 Lost to 7,870 TJ, Tony & Sharon Mark, Les & Amy 4,860 Beat 4,230 Gary, Angie & Haydn
Final TJ, Tony & Sharon 4,880 Lost to 5,940 Mark, Les & Amy
Lots of good close games, with the renowned "hat" being passed to several people throughout the day..... including players in both finals. :o
Congratulations to the worthy winners...... and to everybody else for making it such a fantastic day. Great to see Chris & Chrissie (and to hear that they will both be fit to take part at Kent) and some new faces taking part as well. 8-)
Many thanks to Jason and all the staff at the Limes for their hospitality, Colin & Brenda for the usual superb food, Dave Jones for setting up the tables (even though he was unable to take part himself), Gary Powell and everybody involved with organising and running the event...... which is undoubtedly one of the best fun days on the bar billiard calender every year.! ;D ;D ;D
World Champion - 2014 Oxon Open Winner - 2014 Berkshire Open Winner - 2017 Guernsey Open Winner - 2019 AEBBA Mixed Pairs Winner - 2014 (with Colleen Park) Highest Break - 23,930 (Brighton League @ Albion Fishersgate 18/05/2016) Bucks Plate Winner - 2009 & 2010 (The ONLY player to ever "successfully" defend a Plate Competition!)
Agree with all the above for anybody that has never been to this event you don't know what you are missing, a fantastic day with so many friendly people.
Where else would you find a World Champion, England players & county champions playing alongside people that have never played before, the mix of A,B & C grade players is brilliant. I will definitely be looking for my invite next year.
Thanks to Jason & Trish for hosting the event & Gary Powell on running it & not a Laptop in sight, & as usual Colin for keeping us well fed.
Played in this competition many, many moons ago when it was the Bricks Triples and can honestly say it was the most enjoyable bar billiards I have ever played. And I don't think I've drunk more than I did those days. Used to stay with Glug, what a mistake that was!!! Also, played in the Dutch Open a few times and even managed to win it when I could hardly stand up! Happy days.