Yesterdays matches against Hampshire ended in a clean sweep and an overwhelming one at that.
There was no sign of any hangovers from the national exploits a week earlier as the seniors started the day with a 28:8 win. Congratulations to Lee Crowhurst, Andy Gee and Andy Twigger for full houses. There were no matches for juniors or under 23s.
In the ladies section we swept to a 25:19 victory with Katie Martyn and Mel Clements both winning 4/4. The A team returned to winning ways with an emphatic 28:19 win – Dave Fernandez, Nathan Venner and Josh Patel completing 4/4. The B team showed their national champion status and continued their winning run with a 25:19 win. Last but by no means least the C team won with a clinical victory 40:4 – yes that’s correct.
So we roll on to our next game away to Surrey, who themselves had a clean sweep over their Sussex rivals so we will likely be in for our toughest games so far. Get ready for some tough games. I’m confident our hunger for success still exists within the squad.
Let’s keep it all going. We need to qualify for the nationals again next year.
Congratulations to two of our England stars who have earned their next county medal:
These are just some of the words that describe an amazing weekend on and off the table, probably the best of my long career.
Started on Thursday for the 3 man seniors event that saw Kent Spitfires get to the quarter finals. The Friday saw the Seniors and Under 23s start and there was nothing spectacular in fairness that was going to set the trend of the weekend. Apart from aS comeback!! 14-8 down to Berkshire suddenly became 14-14 and Kent went into a 3 man play off, only to lose 2-1. So Berkshire went on to win the title instead of us!!
However, Friday and Saturday saw the As, Bs, ladies and Juniors enter their respective tournaments and from then on it was all the words described in my opening statement. All teams were there in the finals at the end in an atmosphere that was simply electric, given the comebacks that were evident in previous rounds.
Kent A made the final with a 23-21 win against a strong Essex team in the quarters with a certain Willie Anderson taking the final frame with a break and clearance. They then went on to the semi to play the mighty Berkshire but we matched them all the way to a 22-22 draw. That’s when the loudest cheer I have ever heard in pool happened. With Jasper Simmonds and Dave Fernandez snookered and looking like Berkshire could take the win both our players got out of the snooker, potted their last ball and perfectly set themselves on the black …. This happened almost at the same time so the crescendo of noise was incredible. In case you’ve not seen the video on Facebook it’s posted below, have a look and you’ll get the point. In the Final however, it was not to be this time, as Kent A lost 23 -21 to a significantly more experienced Leicester side, but a massive learning experience for our youngsters in the team.
The B team however had no such problems in their final as they marched to victory over Derbyshire, Ben Morgan potting the final black to start scenes of wild excitement in the room . But this was almost not the story as in the semi finals they delivered the comeback of all comebacks when they came through to win from being 19-11 down, astonishing fight back evidencing the team spirit of our all conquering B team. Congratulations you are all National Champions!!!!
Our Juniors came through the group and having watched some of their match against Somerset I am confident that the future of Kent pool is in safe hands. They came through their semi final with a solid win against Bedfordshire before succumbing to what must be said a more experienced and definitely older Leicester team. Talking of Juniors, I’d like to restart coaching sessions for the Juniors and will be looking for A, B and Ladies team players willing to support these in order that our Juniors improve and take 1st prize next year .
Our Ladies lost in their quarter final to Lancashire 23-20 and it was a close affair with Kent pulling back until the last couple of frames. It should be noted that Lancashire were not tested as much in either their semi or final winning 23-14. So Kent Ladies moved into the cup competition and went on to record 23-17 in quarters, 23-14 in the semi and 23-9 victory in the final to become champions. Again massive congratulations to our Kent Ladies .
So from my perspective there are so many positives to come from this weekend and we achieved great success across the board. We took the opportunity to get all of our winners on the stage afterwards and I think this demonstrates the strength we had in all categories. We will continue to build and progress our teams in order that we can continue with our dominance over the next few years. My voice box may just about recover before Sunday when we go again with Hampshire our opponents at home.
All of Kent’s undefeated teams remain that way following another successful day at the home of Kent County Pool – Chatham.
The seniors started the day 2/2 and ended 3/3 with a score line of 20:16. Stand outs again with 4/4 was Martin Prime with Lee Crowhurst chipping in with4/4 also.
The under 23s won 14:6 with Harry Compton winning 4/4, enhancing his reputation as a star for the future.
Talking of stars of the future that’s a prediction for youth player Jake Lloyd who along with James Goldsmith also remained unbeaten yesterday in a crushing 27:9 win . Padraic certainly has a winning team there.
The A team couldn’t complete a fight back that saw them 16-9 down at one point, eventually losing 21:23. Captain Venner has since had a meeting with the team to review team order and we should see a different outcome next month..
The B team demonstrated no ill effects of their last tight match completing a 28:16 win – the youngster Andy Twigger showing he has what it takes to reach the top with 4/4 – keep drinking the tonic it’s working.
Our C team again just continue to roll over teams with no fear winning 29:15. The team has certainly gelled and Captain Cox says the atmosphere around the team is excellent.
Finally the ladies won 27 17 with Karen Darby winning 4/4. It was lovely to see her smile, well done Karen and toJools congratulations on creating a team that simply doesn’t understand the word defeat.
Anyway so the final result of the day was 166-102. Up the Kent!
Onwards and upwards to the Nationals – let’s take our regional success to the very top. I’m expecting great things in particular from the Kent B team following their progression to the top dogs in the region. Take it one step further.
Congratulations to two of our England stars who have earned their next county medal:
The Kent teams travelled to Berkshire and continued their overall dominance across the categories. Of the 14 matches played this year the Kent teams are 13-1 up. Only the smallest margin of a 23-21 defeat for the A team prevented another full sweep.
The Seniors started off the day with a 21-15 win over previous champions and are showing they can mix it at the top. Stand out performance from Martin Prime with 4/4 including the scalp of Berkshire’s top player Dylan Leary. The team are conscious they are missing Carl at the moment as he is battling illness, our best wishes are with you and we hope you back with us soon.
Under 23s won 15-5 with young 14 year old, James Goldsmith coming in to help the team and winning 2/4. Jasper Simmonds and Jake Lloyd both won 4/4.
Juniors won 24-12 with Frank Moss and Callum Britt winning maximum frames.
The B team demonstrated there power in this division with a dominant 27-17 win with ash Hind winning all 4 of his frames. Congratulations to new Dad Ritchie Bell.
The C team won 26-18 and as a relatively new team you can see and hear they are gelling on as a team. Phil Horley led the line from number 1 with 4/4 – always a great start for the team.
Finally, but not least, strong performances by 4 of our ladies winning 4/4 in a 34-10 win … congratulations to Barbara Taylor, Jo Miles, Katie Martyn and Jan Spinner.
Congratulations to the following players who have earned their next county medal since the beginning of this season:
We have a vacancy for the County Junior Team Manager. The Junior Team has had great success over recent years, and if you would like to help this to continue please contact us for more details or to register your interest.
With the country now moving into the final stages of restrictions being fully lifted it is time to start thinking about getting pool back to normal, in the safest way for everyone, as quickly as possible.
Kent, as well as all counties in Region 7, will NOT be playing county pool this year. We have collectively decided to concentrate on our own areas to support our venues and increase players confidence in returning to competitive pool. We recognise that there will be those who are raring to go yet others who are feeling a little wary.
Events for 2021
The Kent Committee are currently working on events at different venues in the county, for all sections, consisting of singles, doubles and triples competitions to suit everyone. The Kent Open will also be going ahead in 2021 with dates and details for all events being announced when it becomes clearer how government restrictions are heading.
We are hoping that most of our leagues will be looking to restart as soon as possible and we are pleased to announce that League Affiliations and EPA ID card memberships will be free for 2021 but you will still need to be registered to enter some events so please do not delay in doing so. Completed forms and any photos needed can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The EPA are quietly confident that the October Interleague and the November Ladies + C of C events will be going ahead. These obviously will have very relaxed qualification criteria due to the pandemic but we are hoping they will be well supported by Kent once again.
All leagues should now have been contacted regarding Champion of Champions in November. If any league has not been contacted yet and wishes to compete please go to the EPA website tournaments page or contact email@example.com
The KCPA committee look forward to seeing you all very soon!!!!
Announcement from the EPA National Committee 25/08/2020:
“EPA County matches within Regions and Interleague within Counties, are cancelled for 2020.
All EPA National events are cancelled for the rest of 2020 that were to be held at Park Dean, Vauxhall. (October Interleague, November Ladies KO cup/Champion of Champions and December Interleague KO cup 2020).
The National ladies singles/ Ladies KO cup and Champion of Champions will now be moved to the Inter-county weekend 2021. Vauxhall have changed these dates to 25th March -28th March 2021.
The October interleague moved from April 2020 is now to be in April 2021. (The 140 players who entered the World qualifiers in April 2020, that were then deferred to Men’s national amateurs in October 2020. These players now be deferred back to a world qualifier in April 2021.) Their original event. Vauxhall have also changed these dates to 22nd April – 25th April 2021.
EPA Tour 5 is not affected and will be going ahead in October as scheduled.”