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This event from my standpoint is a landmark event for a number of reasons, first and from a playing perspective the two best sides in the country went head to head in the final.
There can be very few amongst the pool fraternity, from whichever side of the tracks you come from, that could argue with that statement and expect to be taken seriously.
Leicester and Trent Trophies are the two big boys on the block, yes we have a whole host of teams in the interleague that can beat either of the two teams but they couldn’t. I feel, do it with any consistency.
The opposite is true of Leicester and Trent Trophies; they will more often than not, beat whatever team is put before them.
The final its self was a joy to watch and up to the half way point was evenly balanced after the restart Trent Trophies put on a spurt and bam, it was all over, if you want to have a look at the final score sheet you will find it on the last 32 results section of the interleague sub menu.
The final was indicative of the way the event panned out with giants facing each other from the very first match in the group section and one of them falling over at the first hurdle.
For the first time, just about every stat about every match is available to everyone in the world, you can see every score card, every player that played in the event, who they played and what the result of that frame was.
You can see where every player is ranked in the overall event, in the group stage only, the knockout section only, or the combined rankings, every recorded 8 ball clearance is there, you can even check out how your performance ranked against your fellow team mates, because each team’s player performance is ranked by team.
The group stage alone produced almost 2,000 web pages, the info on the knock out section is not quite so detailed due to technical difficulties but there is still an enormous amount of detail recorded for anyone to have a look at.
I think I am right in saying that this is the most in depth analysis of any major pool tournament. There are 32 groups, 96 teams, 1,200 individual playing records all recorded and linked to each other.
From an organisers stand point an enormous amount of our resources were employed, in producing these pages and I for one hope you think the effort we have made on your behalf is worthwhile.
This is all available to view on the Interleague Match and Player Statistics section of the website.
Another major step forward for us is the images section of the web site, we have tried over the past few years to get images of the weekend on the site and for various reasons both technical and time restraints. It has been, over the years, to say the least patchy. Sometimes they would be there soon after the event sometime it took so long to get them ready it was no longer relevant and not posted to the web site.
At this event, we think we have cracked it, the photos were taken and in most cases within an hour they were in the web site for all to see. Whilst I know there must be loads of people who might say big deal, but to us there were very real technical obstacles to overcome. It wasn’t just a matter of posting them to the site/ we wanted them to load fast and display in a user friendly way. If you have as look at the photo’s taken by Paul Wyatt over the weekend they are by and large stunning and displayed in a very easy to manipulate way on the site and may be viewed from this link. I must also thank our web master Mike Matthews for all his work on getting it right.
If you want to purchase any of the pictures taken please contact Paul Wyatt to arrange it. We have no involvement, nor an interest in it from a financial standpoint in the sale of photos on the site, that is a matter between you and the picture taker, Paul Wyatt.
Those two things on their own, I see as a major advance for the event and everything else we have been doing is retained, like the Ranking list, the results, the overall player rankings Etc.
Before I changed tack, I was talking about the final between Leicester and Trent Trophies but before we got there we had 2 days of heartbreak and joy in equal measures. Teams that thought they would do well and team that performed far beyond their expectations.
In the group stages we lost some very big names and some teams that you would expect to make progress.
Reds 1 normally good for a bet as group winners found that being drawn in the same group, as Leicester is detrimental to the progress of your team in this event.
Pilkey’s a team that you would think would fight their way to the last 16 and with Chris Melling & Arfan Dad in the team you wouldn’t expect them to drop out at the group stage. That might be a bit unfair on the West Yorkshire outfit because they had Godalming in their group so we had two big boys in a group and one of them had to go.
Tolworth were another of the teams that are usually good for a last 16 spot, had their route to the last 32 blocked by what proved to be a stronger Small Heath. Again both these teams would expect to be playing at the business end of the event so like the group above one of them was always going to have to go for the early bath.
Renegade A’s plans were scuppered by Lye and Stourbridge, its probably not that renegade played badly and got hit, it’s much more likely to be that Lye & Stourbridge played better than them on the day and deserved their place in the last 32.
Dawley A, previous winners of the Interleague were dumped out on their nether regions by Cambridge Elite who admittedly had Simon Rivers, in their line up but Dawley will still have thought that a spot in the last 32 has been taken away from them from a team they would have expected to beat
It’s another example of how there are no easy draws to be had in the round robin stage anymore – whoever you draw, you can be sure your opposition will be asking you some serious questions
Rochester bowed out of the Interleague and from what I understand, they will not be coming back to make amends either. Sadly, if this was the last time we will get to see Rochester in it’s current line up then it’s a sad day for Kent and for the interleague as a whole. The team, from what I hear, appear to be in the throws of disbanding as a team and going their own separate ways.
If it’s true that that have called it a day them now is the time to say thank you to one of the all time great names in the interleague family. This team made it to the final last year and has been over the years one of those teams you would want to avoid for as long as possible.
Even though reaching the final last year was the highest point in their interleague careers. They were probably feared more in years gone by. They may not be a strong as they once were but you don’t reach the national interleague final if you are not a quality team and believe me they are still a force to be reckoned with.
If this is the last time we see Rochester as a team I would like to say thank you to Willie Anderson, Ian Kettel, Ian Hubbard, Jordon Church, Dean Cole, Neil Ward, Danny Evans, Richard Conn & Ben Savage for the memories you have given to all of us over the years. You may have decided to call it a day as a team but Rochester will live on in our memories as a great team to play against and the only thing that will be missing from the closet is a winners medal, remember there will always be a warm welcome home should you decide to come back.
Dinnington proved that the interleague is opening up to teams we would not normally expect to see contesting a semi final but there they were giving it their all against Trent Trophies.
Sadly for them they were not up to the task of stopping the Staffordshire side and although the score of 10-1 might look like they were battered out of site it wasn’t quite that way. As I have said many times before you will not get too many opportunities against Trent Trophies and when you do you have to take them or you will be punished severely. Dinnington were severely punished for not taking their chances. It has to be said though with Leicester and P.J.’s Stourbridge facing of in the other semi final this was always going to be Dinnington’s final.
I feel sure the South Yorkshire team think that it was an honour to play Trent Trophies and despite losing so heavily the whole team must have left Great Yarmouth on an enormous high.
I constantly get told it’s all about the money with these teams and there is no doubt it is a big pull but I wonder if it was offered to Dinnington that they lose to Trent Trophies in the semi finals and pick up £1,500 for their efforts or could play and win in the final but that there would be no prize money on offer to them, which one do you think they would opt for? I don’t know them that well but I have the feeling the latter would be their choice.
The final promised to be a cracker Leicester going for the hat trick of wins and across the arena was Trent Trophies A determined to add to their collection of winners medals.
It was the battle of the stars the two of Leicester verses the four of Trent Trophies A, there have been lots of finals played over the years and in most cases it has been that we have one really strong team and one team that hit a run of form for that particular event.
I think I have to qualify the above statement because I can see some people taking the view that it’s one strong team and one team that kind of got luck and made it to a final.
When reading the above, something you should allow for is that words like “strong” and phrases like “hit a bit of form” are relative, any team that reaches a the final of the national Interleague would, in my opinion, make mince meat of most national teams and if they took on one your local league teams they would probably have found the winning line before the local league team got of the mark. It is not intended to be disrespectful to local league teams, far from it, they are where all these great players come from. It was used to illustrate the size of the gulf between local leagues generally and the top interleague teams.
Anyway, back to the final, this was a clash two giants and I wouldn’t mind betting that most, if not all, the spectators wanted this one to be nip and tuck, end up 9-9 and need a play off to separate the teams.
And up to the half waypoint we were looking good for just that but them Trent Trophies took 6 frames on the spin and that was that.
This win for Trent was made special for them as they had travelled down to Great Yarmouth after attending the funeral of Harvey Jones, who was one of their team members during the “early” days of the team.
Leicester’s team captain, Steve Robertshaw, summed up the feelings of the majority when he made a short speech during the presentation ceremony.
What he said was that they had come to win the event for the third time in a row and they were all gutted that they hadn’t achieved that. However, if they had to be losing to someone then they wanted it to be against Trent Trophies.
That simple statement says so much more about the Interleague and it’s extended family than I could ever do with words alone. So I won’t,