showing off his custom-made footwear.
Given a little luck, probable champions Half Moon Pub
overcame a difficult hurdle at The Wall, as Chiangers and Bangers gave
themselves a mathematical chance of the title by thrashing The Local in last
week’s Chiang Mai Pool League.
In a see-saw battle of skill, top of the table Half Moon
Pub recovered from losing the first game to surge into a 4-1 lead, but
“The Brickies” fought to square proceedings at 4-4 before unluckily
conceding the final frame with a foul on the black.
With just three games left to play this season, the
league leaders stand three points and seventeen games ahead of second placed
Chiangers and Bangers, who rebounded from a 0-1 deficit to hammer The Local
8-1, and create an outside chance of catching The Moon.
Half Moon will now face the unpredictable Rock Hard
Bistro, lowly Number 1 Pub and The Local in their run in, while Chian-gers
and Bangers encounter difficult ties against Enjoy Place, Blue Sky Bar and
Blue Sky Garden.
Despite losing 3-15 on aggregate over the last two
matches, The Local emphasized the fun they’ve had this season and remained
up-beat about their chances in the race for runners up.
Skipper Mark of Blue Sky Bar was also keen to mention the
social importance of the game at Happy Bar, as his fellow contenders for
second spot eased into a 4-2 lead at the break. Happy pulled a game back
through a cleverly played snooker by Gip, which let Don in, but the Bar
polished off the remaining two frames to stay one point behind Chiangers.
The Wall still have a realistic chance of runners up, and
Friend’s Corner are in with a distant shout after beating Number 1 Pub
The only positional change in the league last week came
from an exciting mid table clash between Rock Hard Bistro and La Villa.
After sharing the singles, Rock Hard raised their hopes by taking the first
doubles, only to see their rivals win the rest and leapfrog them in the
Hero of the month is Shaun of December Bar. He has
continued playing pool despite a broken leg sustained from a freefall
skydiving accident. It might take him awhile to hobble round the table these
days, but he had enough determination to win both his games against Out
Back, who can’t seem to end their wretched run of five defeats on the
In the final match scheduled for last week, in form Blue
Sky Garden must have been itching to go into action, but their match against
Enjoy Place was postponed until the following Wednesday.
Many teams in the league are quick to comment on the
table or playing conditions at away venues, and there does appear to be
evidence of home advantage when we take a look at the league ladder.
The Wall is the only member to have won more games away
than at home and Rock Hard Bistro are 50/50. All the rest show a home
advantage, especially Friend’s Corner (9-4), La Villa (8-4), Blue Sky
Garden (7-3) and December Bar (6-1).
Anyway, the same applies to all away sides, and perhaps it’s simply
time to practice more with chopstick-sized cues and 100 decibels of heavy
metal background music.