In a week that saw Half Moon Pub struggle to stay on top
of the Chiang Mai Pool League, major positional changes took place below
them, with reigning champs – The Local – moving up into second, Out Back
sliding down to eighth and Rock Hard Bistro gaining ground after ending
their recent bad run.
top of the table clash between Blue Sky Bar and The Local was undoubtedly
the match of the day. In a duel where neither team deserved to lose, winning
games swung to and fro right to the wire, when The Local polished off the
last ball left on the table to take the point and move up into second spot.
Meanwhile, just down the road at December Bar, the home
side seemed set to create a major upset by leading the current league
pacemakers - Half Moon Pub – 4-2 at the break. But nerves got the better
of a side seeking only their second win of the season and the current title
favourites hit back in the doubles to end up 5-4 winners.
After the previous week’s runaway victories, most
matches this time out were closely fought affairs. Since winning a measly 3
frames from their last two outings, Rock Hard Bistro showed mettle by
bouncing back to form and demolishing high-flyers Chiangers and Bangers in
the final game of the night.
Happy Bar must have thought they were in for their first
ever win when taking a 4-3 lead in the first doubles. Only to see Enjoy
Place sneak the last two frames.
Elsewhere, No1 Bar shot into a 4-0 lead and never looked
back to win 6-3 at home versus fellow strugglers Blue Sky Garden, while
Friend’s Corner dropped a league place in a rare slip up with home
advantage against The Wall.
In a mid table encounter, resurgent La Villa will be well
pleased with their 6-3 win over Out Back, whose current lack of fortune is
seeing them slide down the table.
How many of us have come near to blows about the
different interpretations of pool rules? So, a fair summary of those
applying to the Chiang Mai Pool League has been sent to all bars
participating. However, Dave came on-line with an interesting story.
“I’m really a snooker player,” he said, “and
after playing the cue ball away from a touching ball during a Pool League
match, I was asked why I hadn’t played a push shot, which is illegal in
snooker. After that, there was confusion as to whether push shots are
allowed in pool, and nothing is mentioned in the League rules. Do you know
the score on this?”
Well Dave, you’ve opened a can of worms here, as some
international pool rules allow push shots while others don’t. Canadian
rule c) states, “If the cue ball is touching the required object ball
prior to the shot, the player may shoot toward it, providing that any normal
stroke is employed.” Whereas, rule d) declares, “It is a foul if the cue
ball is pushed by the cue tip, with contact being maintained for more than
the momentary time commensurate with a stroked shot.”
Chiang Mai Pool League officials are now looking into the
matter and we can expect to hear more about it soon. In the meantime,
touching balls can be played as interpreted by the Canadian rules.
But I think it’s very difficult to play a touching ball without making
a push shot and perhaps match referees are now necessary. What do you think?