Last week saw the annual Leek Pool League presentation evening which was very well attended.
Pete Pointon, our Singles runner-up in 1999, again proved what a tremendous player he is, only meeting a player at the top of his game preventing him going one better this year, he had to settle for runner-up again. A top player for many years, Aidy Kosasih had never even reached an individual quarter final before, but this was his year and playing faultless pool, deservedly became Leek Singles Champion. To win any of the Leek individual titles is very good, but to win all three, as Aidy has done this year, is a marvellous achievement. Leek Pool League was formed in 1982 and Aidy becomes only the third player to do this, Chris Barrs in 1999 and Nick Burton in 2002.
The first trophies were for last years summer league, where the Prince of Wales A became champions, an amazing seventh title in eight years and beat the Priory in the final, who had been defending champions.
The Cup competitions came next with the new Divisional Cups.
The Snooker Centre A triumphed over the Sea Lion Ipstones to win the Division 3 Cup. A great performance by the Unicorn B, who had finished 8th in the league, saw them beat the Snooker Centre B to win the Division 2 Cup. The Division 1 Cup went to the Fountain B, who had finished 5th in the league and they beat the Priory A in the final.
Victorious in the Leek Pool League Subsidiary Cup this year were the Ball Haye Tavern A who beat the Britannia in the final. It completed a superb season where they fought and retained their division 1 status and won their first silverware since they were 2000 Summer League runners-up.
The Knock Out cup produced one of the finest finals in years, with the Royal Oak D avenging league defeats by their Prince of Wales A rivals and lifting the Cup they last won in 2004. (see attached photograph: from left to right, Steve Guard, Nick Embrey, Mick Oddy, Paul Flower, Steve Flower capt. and Dan Duffield).
The Memorial Trophy was the first of the individual awards, coming out on top was Aidy Kosasih who narrowly beat Pete Whitelegg 5 - 4 in the final and received winnings of £150.
League titles are what we all play for and their was an outstanding side in Division 3, the Royal Oak C and only one side pushed them all the way, the Pride of the Moorlands came runners-up.
Division 2 saw a great 3-way battle, Benks A just missed out, the Britannia gain promotion in runners-up position but it was Benks B who go up as champions.
Our Division 1 title went right to the wire with 2 sides finishes level on points, but in the big head to head matches it was the Benks C who came out on top against the Prince of Wales A and finished top of the pile, Leek Pool League Champions.
At the top of every players list is to become our Leek Merits winners and in the Doubles Merits Jon Sowerby and Dave Brine played some marvellous attacking pool getting to their first final. But they were given few opportunities in the final and Leek Doubles Champions this year were Nick Burton and Aidy Kosasih, Aidy's first merits title and Nick equaling Wilf Mannion's record of five Doubles titles.