The Division A leaders put on a masterclass to show why their prospects are so strong this season. Playing away at Spot Bar, the Black Sheep players didn’t allow their hosts to get a single game on the scoreboard, winning the match 0-7 on aggregate and each individual game by 0-2 scorelines.
So complete was the drubbing that the match was completed by 10pm.
Second-ranked Shot Bar played host to Tropical Sands. The home team coasted to a 6-1 win over their guests, with only Ryan getting a win on the board for the visitors. Ryan’s 0-2 win over Shot’s Pan was a very good win, especially given Pan’s top-10 individual ranking.
Elsewhere, Division A’s remaining four games all concluded with identical winning margins.
White Hart played host to their nearest neighbours Future Bar with the singles matches providing plenty of close games.
White Hart secured three of the four games with 2-1 margins, while Future Bar’s captain managed to pull one game back beating Neil 1-2.
The match was sealed by the hosts with their 2-1 victory in the opening doubles match.
Future Bar managed to claim consolation victories in the remaining two games, but their loss leaves them in an unchanged fifth place in the league.
White Hart, meanwhile, moved up to to a shared second position with Shot Bar.
Masaya Bar provided a near-identical 4-3 scoreline in their home win over Orange Bar. Playing without their travelling owners, Orange Bar had few answers in the singles, leaving Masaya in a commanding 3-1 lead going into the doubles games.
The match was settled with Michi and Markus winning their doubles game against Alex and Pierre. Orange managed to pull back the final two games, but it was too little, too late.
Next door, Pita Bar welcomed Black Pearl in a highly anticipated match. The singles games were notable for the conservative play by the visitors, with Black Pearl’s Dave laying multiple snookers to score his side’s sole singles win over Pita owner Ding.
In other singles games, Pita’s Richard ran the table from both of Bang’s breaks to secure his 2-1 win, while Stefan made quick work of good friend Grega with a 2-0 scoreline.
Black Pearl pulled back the first doubles, but the match was decided in the next game. Black Pearl took some consolation with a free drink in the beerleg.
The last Division A match of the night produced the late finish we’ve come to expect from Freedom Bar. The difference this week, though, was they were playing away to hosts Mango.
Freedom put on a very strong showing in the singles to take the match to 1-3, but a comeback from Mango saw the match go into the beerleg evenly balanced at 3-3. The visitors won out in the beerleg, but not without all three frames.
Mango Bar drops two spots to fourth, while Freedom Bar moves up to seventh in the table.
Division B leaders Roses Bar continued their winning ways with a 3-4 victory at Black Bull. The singles games were a one-sided affair, with only substitute player Andy getting points on the board for the home team against Roses’ Noom.
That win could not hold back the current League B leaders, and the match victory was sealed shortly after in the first doubles game.
The hosts did manage to pull back the remaining two games, but Roses Bar unbeaten run remains intact.
Both Islander teams suffered defeats this week, with the A boys going down heavily to a female-heavy Baroque Bar team.
Only Andy Moore (pictured) managed to get singles points on the board for the visitors, and the home team played out the match with a 5-2 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Islander B played host to the all-girls Pink Sheep. Spoils were shared and both teams sat on three game wins each going into the beerleg. But the Pink Sheep girls pulled off their fifth consecutive win to take them up to joint sixth in the B table.
Not a good week for the Islander, and some excellent wins from the growing number of lady players in the RPL.
In other matches, O’s bar welcomed the players from White Hart BBQ. That welcome may not have endured a dramatic thrashing of the hosts by the guests, with the scoreline reading 1-5 with the beerleg remaining.
The home side took consolation from their free drink and beerleg points, but the match ended as a one-sided event.
Kilt’n Haggis played host to Stor Bar, and the match was wrapped up before the doubles began.
Stor ran away with a 0-4 scoreline, and the remaining games left the hosts nursing a 1-6 defeat including a beerleg loss.
No happy endings for the Kilt.
The final Division B match saw Moonlight visit The Stoned Crab, but could the visitors shine?
It turned out to be a cloudy night, and the hosts ran out with a convincing 5-2 win, including the beerleg points and drinks.
Moonlight Bar stay second from bottom.
Better luck next time Moonlight!
Text by Richard Hearne