Kim and fans from Number 1 Pub
After the tablecloths, carpets and some of the players had dried out from
Songkran, the Chiang Mai Pool League got back into full swing last Friday,
with Half Moon Pub being brought down a peg or two, Friend’s Corner taking
a tumble, and Enjoy Place and Chiangers and Bangers making clean sweeps.
Reigning Champions, Half Moon Pub had seemed invincible
again this season until they found no way back from a 1-3 deficit away at
The Wall. Despite fighting to even the score by half time, The Moon saw the
match slip out of their grasp by losing the first two doubles, and they
failed to take the last.
Nevertheless, the champs maintained their spot in pole
position, while The Brickies climbed up two places to 9th in the league.
At just one point behind The Moon, Friend’s Corner will
be kicking their selves for missing out on a great opportunity to move into
the lead. They never looked comfortable against Blue Sky Bar and with a two
frame disadvantage at the break; it was downhill all the way to 3-6.
While this result pushed The Bar into the top half of the
table, Friend’s Corner tumbled down to fourth, due to amazing score lines
achieved by Chiangers and Bangers and Enjoy Place.
In four years of pool league, only three sides formed the
elite of the Nine Nil Club. Half Moon Pub was the first to achieve a
whitewash in open play against Out Back two seasons ago, while last term,
Blue Sky Bar clean swept Number 1 Pub; and three weeks later Out Back took
all nine frames against December Bar. But in the space of two hours last
week, two more names were added.
Although five of the first six frames went down to the
last ball, Chiangers and Bangers took them all and capitalized to inflict a
9-0 win on the luckless Local. This meant Chiangers moved up into second
place just ahead of surprise package Enjoy Place, who also swept the board
against the Pizza Boys at La Villa.
Elsewhere, Rock Hard Bistro put some consistency together
for once by winning their second match on the trot at Happy Bar. However,
the home side could consider themselves a little unfortunate. After fighting
back from 2-4 down to square proceedings, they potted the white instead of
the black to give Rock Hard a chance they didn’t miss in the deciding
Out Back’s promising start to the season continued to
crumble as an adept Number 1 Pub punished some sloppy play to run out
comfortable 6-3 winners and shoot three places up the league ladder to 6th.
And Blue Sky Garden was also pleased to make progress
after sewing up their match against December Bar before half time.
At the quarter stage, there seems every reason to believe
that this season will be a closely fought contest, with only two points
separating the first eight sides. The next week’s fixtures include
interesting clashes between Enjoy Place and Number 1 Pub while Friend’s
Corner entertains Chiangers and Bangers.
Half Moon welcomes Out Back, and in the foundations of the league La
Villa, December Bar and The Local will be trying to dig their selves out of