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Welcome to the Market Promotions Stafford Sunday Pool League Web site. This site has been up and running since November 2004. If you are interested in joining the League or have a general question you can send an email to the League Secretary.

singles finals night

Venue - Kennys Sportsbar on Sunday 19th October 2014

Congratulations to Rob Wharne (Kennys Whackpack) on becoming the Market Promotions Stafford Sunday Pool League Singles Champion. It is Rob's 5th Singles title in a row and he now joins Mark Bailey, Tim McGann and Chris Fox in the all time list of winning it 5 times.

Rob overcame the challenge of Mike Barker (Perkins Cue) in the Final, winning 5-1 but the match was closer than the scoreline suggests. The Final was watched by a good sized crowd and the first 2 frames were shared with both players settling into a good rhythm. However, with Barker playing a long doubles tournament the previous week, this was the polar opposite as Wharne started to take control with some aggressive potting and fine clearances that seemed to unsettle Barker, as he made some uncharacteristic misses. Wharne seized the opportunity and quickly rattled off the frames to take his Singles Title and join an elite club.

Rob Wharne can look back on his year with great pride as he became an established England player, finishing high in the International Teams rankings and taking some notable scalps in the Premier Tour League. It was Mike Barker's 2nd final in 8 days and he must be happy, especially with winning the Doubles crown with his brother Dave the week before.

Other notable performances on the night nearly saw Wharne eliminated at the quarter final stage. He was drawn against Alan Mason (Hop Pole C) and it was fine attacking play by Mason which saw him take a 2-1 lead. In the next frame, he nearly pulled off a fine clearance. Unfortunately for him it wasn't to be as Wharne showed his class and won a decider to put him in the Semi Finals. Joining him in the Semis was Gav Davies (Kennys Bear) who shook off a determined challenge from Shaun Cooper (Morrisman). Cooper, playing in his first quarter final, started well but Davies took control and eventually ran out a 3-1 winner.

Mike Barker was made to work hard for his 3-1 win over Duncan Sunderland (Hop Pole C). Sunderland will rue some missed chances as he saw his challenge quickly evaporate with Barker taking the chances that came to him. The other remaining Quarter final saw Dave Whitfield (Perkins Cue) take on Paul Loughead (Joiners). Like Mason and Cooper, it was Loughead's first quarter final appearance and. After a scrappy first frame, which was decided by a fortunate pot on the black, Whitfield came back into the match and a fine long black in the decider saw Whitfield reach his 3rd semi final in 4 years.

The Semi Final stage saw Whitfield drawn against his team mate Barker and the first 2 frames were shared. However, an unfortunate in-off in frame 4 followed by a costly mistake in frame five gifted Barker two chances and he showed no hesitation in taking advantage, running out a 4-1 winner. The other Semi saw Davies take on Wharne and this followed a similar pattern as Davies had chances, but uncharacteristic errors let Wharne in. This seemed to affect Davies and eventually Wharne took control and ran out a 4-1 winner to reach his 5th final in a row.

Quarter Final results - 

Mike Barker 3-1 Duncan Sunderland
Dave Whitfield 3-2 Paul Loughead
Rob Wharne 3-2 Alan Mason
Gav Davies 3-1 Shaun Cooper

Semi Final results -

Mike Barker 4-1 Dave Whitfield
Rob Wharne 4-1 Gav Davies

Thanks to Kennys Sportsbar on hosting the Finals night. Also thanks to Kev Brown, Jason Armishaw, Dave Barker, Pete Sandhar, Paddy Singh & Neil Addison for refereeing on the night.

doubles finals night

Venue - Kennys Sportsbar on Sunday 12th October 2014

Congratulations to both Dave & Mike Barker (Perkins Cue) on defending their Doubles crown after a 3-2 win in the final against Chris Nolan & Kev Genner (Perkins Z) who pushed the twins all the way. In a match reduced to best of five frames due to a late start to the final, it was the Barkers who took the first frame with little incident. Then Nolan & Genner then settled down and took out the next 2 frames with some fine clearances. The remainder of the match saw some tactical play with both doubles showing caution and waiting for their opportunities. As it progressed, it was the Barkers who gradually took their chances to secure their 2nd doubles title together. It was Dave Barker's 4th doubles title (with Martin Priestley in 1998/99 & Dave Whitfield in 2007/08. It was also Mike Barker's 3rd title (along with Chris Hanlon in 2008/09).

Other notable performances in the Quarter Finals saw Pete Sandhar & Ben Crossley (Metro Bar) pull off a fine 2-1 win over Martin Priestley & Dave Whitfield (Perkins Cue). The Barkers ran out 2-0 winners over Lynda Simpson & Pippa Steele (Luckpenny), Kev & Aaron Lewis (Hop Pole B) won the all Hop Pole battle against Mark Shaw & Jonathon Lowe (Hop Pole E). Genner & Nolan played well against Baz Davies & Duncan Sunderland (Hop Pole C), winning 2-0.

The first Semi Final saw a family affair as the Barkers paired up against the Lewises and this was a cliffhanger of a game. With the Lewises taking a 2-1 lead it looked as though the twins were staring at defeat. Then fine tactical play swung it back for the Barkers as they seized their chances and eventually ran out 3-2 winners. The other Semi saw Sandhar & Crossley take on Genner & Nolan. The former took the first frame with a fine black by Sandhar. But then an unfortunate 'in off' the black in the second frame was the turning point and Genner & Nolan took control to run out 3-1 winners and book their place in the final.

Quarter Final results - 

D Sunderland & B Davies 0-2 K Genner & C Nolan
P Sandhar & B Crossley 2-1 D Whitfield & M Priestley
D Barker & M Barker 2-0 L Simpson & P Steele
K Lewis & A Lewis 2-0 M Shaw & J Lowe

Semi Final Results -

P Sandhar & B Crossley 1-3 K Genner & C Nolan
D Barker & M Barker 3-2 K Lewis & A Lewis

Thanks to Kev Brown, Dave Whitfield & Shaun Cooper for refereeing on the night and thanks to Kennys Sportsbar for their hospitality.

sunday ladies singles champion


Held @Kennys Sportsbar, Stafford on Sunday 5th October 2014

Charlotte Shelley became the 'Stafford Ladies Singles Champion' for the 3rd time in 4 years. With victories in 2011 & 2013 she was made to work hard for her win over a determined Lynda Simpson who also has been champion in 2012. This was Lynda's 3rd final and 2nd against Charlotte, so they had alot of respect for each others game. Lynda won the first frame, as both players took time to settle. The 2nd frame was a different story as Lynda had the first chance and was very close to potting the black coming off the side rail but unfortunately missed. Charlotte with 7 yellows and the black took them on and showed great skill with the cueball to clear the table and level at 1-1. The next 2 frames were shared with little fuss. So it went to a best of 3 and nerves started to show as both players started to miss crucial pots. But it was Charlotte who took it by the scruff of the neck and won the match with a long black into the top corner to lift the crown. A good size crowd witnessed a good final played in great spirit and congratulations to both players on their performance.

Also well done to all the other ladies who entered this competition. Also a thank you to both Shaun Cooper & Dave Whitfield for refereeing the Final.

Full results are -

Group A.

Clair Maslin (Kennys Potters) 0-3 Charlotte Shelley Morrisman); Pippa Steele (Luckpenny) 2-3 Jennie Clarke (Hop Pole D).

P. Steele 0-3 C. Shelley; C. Maslin 3-1 J. Clarke.

C. Maslin 1-1 P. Steele; J. Clarke 1-2 C. Shelley.

Group Winner - Charlotte Shelley

Group B.

Kirsty Lawrence (GPO Club B) 0-3 Jo Genner (Perkins Z);

Lynda Simpson (Luckpenny) 3-0 J. Genner

K. Lawrence 3-1 L. Simpson

Group Winner - Lynda Simpson

a.g.m. & constitution amendments

Annual General Meeting held @Kennys Sportsbar on 3rd August 2014

TWO amendments to the Constitution were made, these were -

1. The '8 ball clearance' or 'dish' has changed. Instead of the current rules and provisos, the 8 ball clearance will NOW be based on the FIRST visit.

a. When a player breaks and DOESN'T pot a ball, and the opposite player then clears - THIS IS AN 8 BALL CLEARANCE

b. When a player breaks and goes 'in-off', and the opposite player then clears - THIS IS AN 8 BALL CLEARANCE

c. When a player breaks and hits the 'cue ball' off the table. The opposite player is awarded TWO Shots. However, if the player clears on the FIRST VISIT - THIS IS AN 8 BALL CLEARANCE 

d. When a player breaks and pots any ball/balls BUT goes 'in-off', and the opposite player then clears - THIS IS AN 8 BALL CLEARANCE

e. When a player breaks and makes a FOUL BREAK (i.e 4 balls not hitting a cushion). The balls are then re-racked and the opposite player breaks and clears on the FIRST VISIT - THIS IS AN 8 BALL CLEARANCE

f. When a player breaks and pots ofF the break with a legal shot and then nominates his selected ball. When the player then pots the selected ball on his 2nd visit this only classes as AN 8 BALL CLEARANCE TO THE PLAYER WHO BREAKS - NOT TO THE RETURNING PLAYER.

2. In the Constitution it states that the draw is to be made by both teams by drawing lots. This has now changed and both teams can place their players in any order they wish for the first 4 games (first half) ONLY. The second half will be decided by the outcome of the first half placings of the draw.

Any questions / clarification regarding the above changes then email or contact the League Secretary.

about stafford sunday pool league

The League is affiliated to the English Pool Association and has two periods of competition. The Winter League currently runs with 3 divisions and also includes a team knockout competition. This is followed by the Singles and Doubles Knockout competitions. The Summer League follows where teams of all abilities compete against each other during the group stage.

The League is currently sponsored by Market Promotions, a local business that runs Car Boot Sales across the Midlands. More information can be found on the Sponsors page.

Trophies are awarded to all winners and runners-up at the annual presentation evening. See the Roll of Honour page for a full list of the current trophy holders as well as the winners from past years.

The Stafford Sunday Pool League currently has 2 representative teams competing in the Staffordshire Inter-league competition where the full set of World Rules are played. The Inter-league offers 2 opportunities (through League and Cup) for teams to play in the National Finals at Great Yarmouth.