By the time you are reading this we will be well on the
road to producing another chapter in the rich tapestry of highly charged
emotions and depressions that when put together make up the knock out
For every one of the 1500 or so people that attend the event
there are many emotional journeys, each one similar but at the same time
unique. one thing for sure is that for each individual the emotions they
feel over the weekend will be closely tied in to the performance of their
team whether they are actively playing for their team or one of the many
people whose input will be restricted to supporting their particular team.
Of the 1500 attendees there are a few players who will attend
the event only for the National singles championship, for the majority
of players in this category and indeed their supporters the journey will
be over by Friday evening and they will be making their way home. Some
of the players will stay and become supporters of their local team that
qualified for the knock out cup via their counties Interleague.
Whatever the specific reason for deciding to attend the
event, we as organisers, hope they will have a good time and come Sunday,
when it’s time to make the journey back home they will be looking
forward to the next event in April.
As an organiser we go through much the same feelings as
everyone else really, we all have our own “local” teams that
we want to do well and are disappointed when they go out.
My particular teams are well known to most people who have
been attending for a while and it’s no secret that I would dearly
love one of my local teams to win the event but that is a long way off
right now. I could write a page or two on that subject so I’d best
leave it there.
On that subject of supporting teams, I am in the fortunate
position of having a number of Surrogate teams to support because of my
position, I get to be well acquainted with a number of teams and will
always want them to do well.
For me the Interleague is the best event around, yes, I
know some of you will be thinking “he would say that wouldn’t
he”, but in my case it’s the absolute truth.
The only event I think has more credence and respect is
the WEBF world championships but that is an elitist event and out of reach
for the vast majority of players.
The interleague is about local league players getting the
chance to “strut their stuff” on the national stage and long
may that continue.
The event this time round seems to have a lot of new teams
attending whether that’s familiar players playing in revamped teams
or teams that have players making an appearance here for the first time,
at the time of writing is not clear,
We have Cornwall putting in Camborne & Redruth (that’s
one team) as well as Truro, Cornwall have missed out over the last couple
of events due to administration issues so let’s hope that is behind
them now and they will continue supplying teams as they always have done
in the past.
West Yorkshire who have one of the biggest interleague structure
in the country have White Rose OAP’s here for the first time, not
quite sure about the OAP tag but we will find out if they really are OAP’s
in a short while.
GMC’s Stockport Sharks are making their debut at the
knock out cup and although we have had a team from Stockport before the
players are not names I recognise as being regular attendees.
Derbyshire’s Q Club will be making their first appearance
at the national finals. So I have no doubt that they will be ready and
raring to go on Saturday morning like all the new teams are, I am sure
they will be a handful.
It’s not very often that we see a new team from Leicestershire
making it through to the national finals; mainly because they have a good
solid Interleague structure and all their top teams play to a high standard
so I would expect the Leicester Bulls to be strong team because they must
have beaten some good teams to qualify.
Suffolk’s Raywood are another of the new teams but
the players in the team are all experienced players this makes me think
that have formed out of the ashes of a previous pair of Suffolk interleague
Vickii Bellamy’s Snooks from Northants are competing
here for the first time and I have heard that they are really looking
forward to it. I hope it lives up to their expectations and whatever happens
on the green baize, they want to return time and time again
Oxfordshire’s Wallington are another of the new kids
on the block but coming from Oxfordshire, which is Chris Jones territory,
I am sure they will have been told what’s expected of them in the
Starlight room on Friday and Saturday night.
This round up of the new teams is not exhaustive; there
other new teams, this lot were mentioned to give you a idea of the amount
of new teams you can expect to see here in October now just a few short
A team that is steeped in Interleague history is making
a return to the fold. Essex’s Barking Elite, Barking Elite were
a team similar to the great Imperial of London. Always good for a semi-final
spot and only a team playing to the highest standard was ever going to
beat them, their legacy to the Interleague cannot be understated. The
current team does not contain too many of the players from the glory days
so I don’t quite understand why they should choose to revive the
name Barking Elite.
They are all going to have to play to their “A”
game if they are to do justice to one of the greatest teams the Interleague
has known. They have players in the team who are very dangerous but as
I mentioned earlier I can’t really see the point in reviving a team
name that inspires images of greatness from days gone by if it doesn’t
have the majority of the players associated with the great team in it.
That said, there will be more than a few memories invoked
by a great number of players when they see the name Barking Elite on the
draw sheet and will no doubt relive some of the greatest moments and battles
in Interleague history when their team played the great Barking Elite.
There are of course, some real downers as well,. We have
lost Rochester as a team after many years great service to the Interleague
which have included a few finals. It;s a grate shame to lose a team of
that quality but I guess every team has a life and when it’s time
to quit it’s time to quit.
At every event we have some teams that did better than expected
and some teams that did not reach their full potential. Who were these
under achievers last time round? for the sake of clarity, under achieving
here means teams that, if asked, where they expected to get to in the
knock out cup would not have said the round where they did fall off.
As always the first hurdle is to escape from the group and
thereby book a spot in the last 32 – a simple enough task you would
have thought with the firepower available to some of these teams
Well, no actually, every year some of the top teams in the
land fail to negotiate the first round and of the original 96 teams who
attend the event, as combatants 64 of them do not make it past the group
Whilst these teams are licking their wounds, usually at
the bar, the big boys still in are privately smirking at the demise of
a team or two that they will not to face in the later rounds.
There are always a number of teams, whose hopes were high,
but have to face the reality of being knocked out in the group stage on
Saturday afternoon... which can be a very tough feeling to live down and
has in the past, and will continue to be a major reason for the break
up of a number of teams.
Last year’s high profile group casualties included:
Cambridgeshire’s Ely, who had been on a bit of a run
just recently putting in some solid performances in the last few events.
But Ely should have the services of Phil Harrison available to them this
time round. He will, no doubt, be doing his best to make sure they do
not do what they did last time out and will definitely be out to make
amends for last October this time round.
Nottinghamshire’s Chesterfield also found things not
to their liking last year, going out in the group stage, Chesterfield,
very rarely leave the event before the last 16 stage, had a real shock
when they found they had a few hours to kill on the Saturday afternoon.
They like Ely will be planning on making amends for the humiliation they
suffered last year in going out in the group stages.
Lancashire’s Preston South who’s Will Jerome,
will have been mightily pissed off with the rest of his team after doing
his bit to get his team through found that the rest of his team –
which includes Gareth Hibbot, Lee Clough, Dave Chalmers and Nick Davey
were just not on the same planet last time round. It must have been very
frustrating for the man who has put in so many solid performances for
his team having to sit there and watch the superstars fail to deliver.
Suffolk’s Ipswich whose line up has been solid for
a number of years now, are one of the stronger teams in the Interleague
and for them to fall by the wayside in the group stage was a disaster.
They would have been planning on reaching the last 16, a minimum requirement
with the players they had. I would expect that having had a dose of reality
they will be even more determined to make their mark on this event.
Shropshire’s Dawley A have won an Interleague event
and been runners up on at least two occasions, so for them to get knocked
out in the group stage is a clear indicator of the overall strength of
the interleague where even a previous champion can be dumped out of the
event at the first hurdle. They will have reasons why such a thing could
have happened but the records show they failed to make past the first
round last time out
Warwickshire’s Reds 1 will have been hugely disappointed
at their performance last time and like all the other good teams that
went out in the group section would have been scratching their heads to
find some logic in the events. In years gone by Reds 1 would have assumed
it their right to reach the last 16 before they had to do serious battle
but they lie many other have had to learn that there really are not many
easy matches left any more.
West Midlands Walsall A are a team in the same mould as
Reds 1, in that they have been attending the interleague for years and
have become used to being able to negotiate their way out of the group
without too much fuss. Then get themselves ready to real battle in the
knock out section. Given their pedigree it must have been a shock to find
they were up against a team in the group section that had the beating
Berkshire’s Renegade A whose skipper is the current
England men’s manager are relative new comers to the interleague
family but Rob Uzzell has built up a strong squad in that time and would
have been looking to make an assault on some of the elder statesman of
the event. To find that some team in the round robin section had what
it took to halt their progress would have been nasty medicine to swallow.
Warwickshire’s Reds Elite did not quite live up to
the “elite” tag last time round and found that life in the
group section can be as tough to battle their way through as the latter
stages of the competition. Their exit in the group will not have left
many happy bunnies in the elite section of Warwickshire. At least they
can console themselves in the fact that they were not alone in not getting
to play in the last 32 last time round
Buckinghamshire’s Milton Keynes will not have been
happy at losing in the group stage last year but will be aiming to restore
their dented pride this time round. Under normal circumstances Milton
Keynes would have been looking at a last 16 spot or beyond to say they
gave a good account of themselves in the event. I am positive their captain
will be reminding his charges of what happened last time with a warning
to be aware of the strength of the so call smaller teams
When you look at that lot who all failed to get out of the
group section last year, you get some idea of the depth of competition
we have in the Interleague events and it appears to get stronger every
That’s what happened last year but now it’s
time to move on to this year, here is my view on the draw for this year
In true Interleague tradition, table one will see the defending
champions set off this event at 9am on Saturday morning. Staffordshire’s
Trent Trophies A will start the task of retaining their title against
London’s Finchley who are led by Steven Wallace, as captain, his
team selection will come from Tom Gilvarry, Nick Pellatt Ian Clarke &
Kyle Merrigan that little lot should ensure they are not short of players
who can live with the best. Whether they have the fire power needed to
disarm Trent’s big guns of Adam Davis, Darren Lightfoot Darren Shone,
Gareth Potts, Jamie Croxton, Lee Kendall, Liam White, Steve Prince Mark
Blackshaw, & Steve Bridgewood is another matter.
Trent appears to be back to their best after a dip in form
over the past couple of events. Given their gritty determination in April
I can’t see Finchley getting too much change from the Staffs boys
but at the same time I expect Finchley to give Trent Trophies a test before
Trent eventually overhaul them.
That will mean that Finchley will take on Buckinghamshire’s
Buckingham, Finchley with their pride a little dented will seek to avenge
their defeat in the opening match against the Bucks side. Sadly, for Buckingham
I think that Finchley will prove a bit too much for Buckingham, so its
Finchley to win for me. However, in doing so, Finchley will have inadvertently
knocked both team out of the event.
Trent Trophies will then take on Buckingham in the final
match of this group and having lost to Finchley the only thing for Buckingham
to play for will be pride but I don’t see Trent Trophies allowing
then to salvage much of that as they cruise through to the last 32 so
for Buckingham’s squad of Chris Cox, Chris Lee, Darren White, Dave
Tuttlebee, Skipper David Larner, Dirk Wightman, Ian Tarbuck, John Clavey
Pat Thompson, Peter Lee, Richard Fealey & Steve Beck it will be time
to see what’s going in town on a Saturday night.
This is one of those groups that has on the face of it three
fairly evenly matched teams the group kicks off with Staffordshire’s
Leek taking on Surrey’s Crawley
Given that I think this will be a tight group the opening
match will be vitally important to both teams’ aspirations and the
winner will be safe in the knowledge that their destiny will be in their
own hands when the third group match gets to be played. But Leek coming
from Staffordshire and having to play Trent Trophies A every year you
would have thought they might have picked up a trick or two on how to
win tricky matches so Leek’s squad of Aidy Kosasih, Andy Slack,
Dan Duffield, James Tosh, Jamie Woodcock, Mark Manion, Nick Burton, Paul
Flower, Paul Shatwell, Steve Flower, Steve Guard, Tony Shaw & Wilf
Mannion should be able to cope with what Crawley throw at them.
Crawley team will be picked from Adam McSharry, Allan Morton,
Bob Cooper, Cliff Berry, Gary Davis, Glen Jackson, John Westbrook, Justin
Heath, Mark Jacob, Mark Peters, Phil Yates, Steve Aldersley, and Tony
There are no obvious superstars in either of the team’s
line ups but Leek will be hoping that their players can produce a performance
that will give them the win and I think they will.
Raywood are a new name to the Interleague but they have
a number of players who been here a few times now and will know what to
expect. They will be hoping that Karl Sutton, Phil Dyer & Sam Bemment
will use their experience to fashion a few frames to ensure that Raywood
makes it to the win
When it comes down to it I fancy Raywood to edge this match
and give the Suffolk team a shot a Leek in a head to head winner takes
all show down. This is mainly, I must admit, is based on Karl Sutton,
Phil Dyer & Sam Bemment producing the goods, if they don’t then
it could be Crawley going through
Leek and Raywood should then go head to head to see which
of them will be going through to the last 32. This one is a tough one
to call but I think that Leek will be the ones to come out of this group
This is a group that looks like it has all the makings of a tight
group and the opening tussle will see Worcestershire’s Redditch
A take on Berkshire’s Renegade B Trevor Dias Renegade B’s
leader has some very good players at his disposal Videsh Sabharwal is
arguably the best known on the circuit but they also have Dean Hardesty,
Ed Rumsey & Joey Alpino all more than capable of winning their frames.
Redditch of course have their own potential frame winners
in Brandon Manchop, Ian Roberts, Ian Underhill & John Erskine neither
team has what you might call household names in them. This means that
this should be a nip and tuck match with neither teams being able to break
the other. This also means that team selection for both captains could
be of paramount importance.
When it comes down to the nitty grity of who has what it
takes to win this match then I feel that Redditch will just have just
enough to get past a dogged Renegade defence
Hinckley are the new boys in this group with the leapt amount
of experience will need to bring their “A” game to the table
if they expect to do well in the following match in this group. Despite
the fact that Renegade lost their first match they will still prove a
handful for the Leicestershire team,
Hinckley may not have an answer to the experience that Renegade
gained overt their last few visits here and despite all things people
tell me about how good their team is the number one item just about all
teams need to do well here is experience.
That I feel is where Renegade B will eventually get to win
this match because I think pound for pound the two teams are fairly even
but Renegade will make their experience tell later on when they need cool
heads to overcome Hinckley
This will leave Hinckley with a bit of a problem, having
lost their opener they will then have to take on Redditch who will only
have to avoid defeat to make progress.
All things considered I have to go with Redditch and if
Renegade put them to the sword in the last match then Redditch should
have enough to keep the Leicester team at bay until they have enough frames
in the bank to sail though to the last 32
Sees one of the interleague’s big boy in action, Sussex’s
Brighton A who’s line will come from Damian Campsey, Dean Torode,
John Cairns jnr, John Gillard, Moray Dolan, Paul Bailey, Paul McNeil,
Pete Ashman & skipper Steve Ringsell that’s not their full team
but it’s enough to show you that you are going to have to be on
form to take anything out of that lot.
That said, Cambridge K.S.R. look to be the best equipped
team of the group to have a go at Brighton with Andy Greenley, Dom Cobley,
Ed Savory, James Mayes
Julian Vargas, Lautro Vargas, Martin Early & Steve Griffiths , some
of that lot are experienced county players so there will be no reason
to think they can’t give as good as they get. Well, up to a point
anyway, but I see Brighton winning this one
This means that Cambridge K.S.R. will be taking on Cumbria’s
Penrith and I must admit that despite being frequent visitors to the event
they are a team I know very little about but they will be picked from
Alex McLelland, Brian Hetherington, Ian Spurrell, John Elliott, John Martin,
John Tompkins, Matthew Brannon, Phil Leary
& Richard Forrester. Having been here a few times I would have thought
I’d know about them.
My feelings on this one are that Cambridge K.S.R. will prove
to be too strong for Penrith and will win the tie with a few frames to
Penrith will have to pick themselves up from their first
match defeat pretty sharpish because although losing in the Interleague
is a very depressing thing but you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself
down and get back to winning ways. This is not too easy if you have bags
of experience but a nightmare when you don’t have the experience
of being able to do it in the pressure cooker.
The pressure cooker in this case will be facing a rampant
Brighton and try as I might I can’t see Brighton allowing Penrith
too many opportunities to win frames. If you don’t win frames you
can’t win matches so this one in my view goes to Brighton so they
will be the group winners at a canter.
First up in Group 5 will be a revamped Medway from Kent and fresh
from a semi-final appearance in April, Dinnington from South Yorkshire.
This is going to be a very interesting tussle. Medway have augmented their
usual line up of Barbara Taylor, Lee Crowhurst, Les Boddy, Mike Boddy
& Richard Conn with a couple of ex Rochester players in Jamie Kitchen
& Willie Anderson these two definitely strengthen the Kent team.
Dinnington go with much the same line up that got them their
semi-final place with
Glen McKay, Ian Bradley, Ian Brunt, Jimmy Winsborough, John Carswell,
Lee Metterick, Malc Kelwick, Mark Lancashire, Mark Singleton, Terry Stevenson
and of course, captain Vince Ley. This is a pivotal event for them it
will define whether the semi final spot was a one off or a just reward
for a team that has come of age.
Both these teams will be expecting to win the group so to
meet in the opening match will mean one of them is going to be disappointed
at the end of it. It is one of those matches that could go either way.
I think that both teams are going to be disappointed it
that I believe this one will end in a draw. With neither team winning
this will hand G.M.C.’s Normans elite a golden opportunity to steal
a march on both teams.
I am going for Dinnington to go back on and face Normans
Elite their line up will come from David Shand, Gareth Owen, Harry Roberts,
Jack Mann, Joe Byrne, Kevin Holland, Matt Brierley, Paul Pickering, Paul
Tickle, Paul Wood, Phil Beeston, Stephen Mills, Steve Beaumont & Warren
Unfortunately, for Normans Elite I think that Dinnington
will be a bit too much for Normans Elite
This means that Dinnington will need Penrith to do the business
against Medway. That is not out of the question since the group should
be keenly fought The down side of losing to Dinnington will start to sink
in when Penrith realise that whatever they do in their second match they
can’t get through, so whether Penrith still have any fight left
in then after that is debatable The only option open to /Meadway is to
beat Penrith by one more frame than Dinnington did, if they achieve that
it will be Meadway going through otherwise it’s Dinnington.
So Penrith will have a decisive impact on who eventually
wins this group but not in the way they hoped my feelings are that it
will be Dinnington that make it to the last 32 but not before some nervous
moments as Medway close in on the frames they need.
Sussex’s Littlehampton Select take on Leicester from Leicestershire
Littlehampton select are not going to enjoy being in this group, and no
doubt will be thinking it’s a cruel draw to get these gig guns but
someone has to, that’s the way it works.
Littlehampton Select line will include Captain, Ashley Holmes,
Dean Brook Marsh,
Dominic Ashman, Jo Kent, Josh Ives, Ken Ford, Rossi Pintus, Steve Bird,
Steve Brown, Steve McCouoon and William Ashman.
That said, I think this match could be tight Ashley Holmes
picks his team wisely, which he will have to if they want to upset Leicester’s
plans. You don’t need a degree in psychology to work out Leicester’s
plans, it’s to use Colin Treadwell, Gavin Lomax, Harry Patel, Lee
Ross, Mark Selby, Shaun Payne, Steve Chambers, Steve Morris, Steve Robertshaw,
Tom Ford, Tommy Donlon and Vinny Allen to produce a nice easy passage
to the winning line and to make sure they don’t get any nasty surprises
on the way.
All in all I think that as hard as Littlehampton Select
try the Leicester players will have the answers to ant questions that
Littlehampton Select ask.
Bicester Select from Oxfordshire will provide Littlehampton
Select with their next opposition. Bicester Select with Bob Hines, Dave
Crawford, I Rawlings, J Thompson
Jamie Street, John Bland, Lewis Bland, Nick Gaul, Paul Paddick, Pete Armatage,
Rob Holt, Sam Donaldson and Tim Williamson should not find Littlehampton
Select too much of an obstacle but they will have to be wary. If they
take their collective eye off the ball then a draw could be a real possibility.
That would put Bicester Select in a very dangerous position knowing they
had to play Leicester for the group with both hands tied behind their
Providing that Bicester Select win their match against Littlehampton
Select then the group play off between Leicester and Bicester Select will
be a tighter race to 10 than it will be if they lose. Make no mistake
here Leicester will win the match and the group. What we are talking about
here is how close Bicester Select can get to Leicester before they go
Northampton’s Snooks take on take on Bedfordshire’s
Luton Lions in the opening match in group seven and as this is the first
time here for Snooks coming up against Luton Lions in your first match
certainly isn’t the hardest draw around. Luton has in their line
up Adam Smith, Andrew Fazekas, Anthony Smith, Byron Banks, Chris Simonite,
Colin Thomas, Joe Sage, John Goodyear, Mark Price, Mark Robbins, Martin
Goodyear & Tony Turnstill.
In their ranks are a few county players so, Snooks should
take note, this will not be easy they are going to have a fight on their
hands. Snooks whose team will be picked from Brian Rowlings, Darren Childs,
Darren Fenner, Gary Bivens, Jimmy Henderson, Mark Brooks, Paul Parsons,
Pete Lawrence, Sean Wrighton, Stuart Richardson and captain and mentor
Vikkii Belamy should prepare themselves for a struggle.
The names in the Snooks team are not ones that I readily
recognise but at the same time Luton Lions are lacking real big name players
so this should be a tight opening match but Luton would appear to be the
Although I think Luton Elite will be tested by Snooks and
Luton Elite will not be allowed to run away with the match, I do feel
however they will have the strength to be able to cope with what ever
Snooks can muster to throw at them and still come out winners.
Once this match is done it’s Derbyshire’s Long
Eaton’s turn to enter the fray. Long Eaton’s line will come
from Brian Flindall, Chris Burkey, Clive Moore, Danny Gough, Darren Smith,
Dean Whiteley, Glen Richardson, Glyn Slatcher, Jamie Fyson
Keith Smith, Kev Webb & Steve Butler.
Long Eaton have been here a few times before so should be
well used to the atmosphere and the pressure that can build. I think that
Long Eaton are about the same standard as Luton Lions so they too should
after a few tense moments go on and beat Snooks to set up a Head to head
between themselves and Luton Lions.
As with so many of the matches that are played here, one
of the most important things to remember is keeping your cool and playing
the right shot at the right time. The team that does this most often in
any given match ends up being the winning team.
So with two very evenly matched teams going head to head
for a place in the last 32 it would seem that the team who holds their
nerve longest will come away with the prize. Instinct tell me that Luton
Elite will probably just have the edge over Long Eaton
The first match on table 8 will see a newly formed Biggleswade
from Bedfordshire take on Lancashire’s Preston South, this on the
face of it will be a battle of biblical proportions, and one of them will
be playing David and the other Goliath. Biggleswade will have Adam Barnett,
Chris Dilley, Colin Welch, Danny Pyke, Gary Bangher, James Griffin, Mark
Kempson, Martin Dilley, Paul Frith, Richard Wall, Simon Dodwell and Wayne
Durham to pick from.
Preston South will come from Andy O'Hara, Craig Day, Dave
Chalmers, Dave Jackson, Gareth Hibbott, Jason Hill, John Rimmer, Lee Clough,
Sam Lancaster, Steve Crane. Oh, I almost forgot, they will also have Will
Jerrome available; who frame for frame is Preston South’s most prolific
player, a true legend of the Interleague.
Of the two teams I know which of them is Goliath and which
of them isn’t, I am fairly confident when you look at the teams
list you will as well.
Biggleswade’s captain Chris Dilley does have a number
of Bedfordshire’s county players to pick from but nowhere near enough
to combat the combined talents of Preston South Chris Dilley will try
and lead his team through to the win and they may even get close but it
will be Preston South who win this one
This will mean Biggleswade will be taking on West Midland’s
Small Heath in the second match. The Small Heath line up will come from
Andy Watts, Ant Death, Dave Bridgewater, Dave Preece, Ian Priest, Kev
Jordan, Lee Hazelhurst, Liam Driver, Nigel Jackson, Paul Shakespere, Rod
Bannister and Tony Fry.
Dave Preece’s boys look to be just a player or two
short of Preston South so the Bedfordshire team has yet another tough
battle on their hands if they are to come away from the weekend with anything
better than two loses. Captain Chris Dilley, will be looking forward to
getting their campaign underway with a win. It will be a bitter sweet
match for Biggleswade because I feel they will have improved enough to
give Small Heath a real match but they are still going to lose out to
This in turn will set up a real cracker of a match between
Small Heath and Preston South. Both these teams are last eight or beyond
material. This should give a match that will be worth watching if you
are floating about the hall looking for a match to get involved with
There is probably only a fag paper between these two teams
when they are both on form and either team is more than capable of producing
a spectacular result. If pressed to pick the winner from this match I
guess that I would go for Preston South
Sees Leicestershire’s Leicester Bulls make their Interleague debut
against a very experienced team from East Yorkshire, Holderness. Holderness
are one of those teams that slide along beneath the radar then pop up
whack the team their playing then disappear again until the next time.
Obviously, Leicester Bulls have one of the strongest teams
in the country to help and give them advice. But Adam Osborne, Ben Fisher,
Brian Thompson, Dave Jones, Gaz Tipler, Harry Irwin, Jon Leitch, Lee Fisher
to name but a few are going to need a bit more than sound advice to get
past a Holderness team that has the combined experience of Alan Robinson,
Dave Hanraham, Paul Bristow, Peter Everingham &
As much as I like to see new teams giving the older established
teams a run for their money I can’t see Leicester Bulls ever being
in a position to really rattle Holderness’s chains. In can see Holderness
taking an early lead and then coast to the win from there. Leicester Bulls
may have the odd trick up their sleeve but a few nice tricks won’t
make Holderness quack in their boots.
The third team in this group is also an Interleague novice
Berkshire’s Hammersmith so two new teams will do battle. This in
itself is a rarity; we don’t often see two new teams in the same
group. The Hammersmith team will come from Chris Ayres, Dean Preston,
Frank Callaghan, Giuseppe D'imperio, Hughie Sutherland, John Barry, Ken
Pollard, Kenny Bryant, Les Creaven, Neil Brady, Paul Taylor, Steve Monniynan
& Tom Beagan. I have not known any of their players, apart from Hughie
Sutherland who played in the senior trails earlier in the year.
This match up I see as a freebie in that the teams are playing
each other as new teams so don’t have any baggage attached to them.
Of the two teams I think that Hammersmith will come out on top of this
one mainly because they will have more to fight for in that if they win
they will get to have a crack at Holderness for the group win.
If it is a draw it’s up to the top table for the spin of a coin
to decide who gets the rest and who goes straight back in to battle. I
will even predict that Brighton will win the toss and put Derby back in
That will mean that Hammersmith will be taking on Holderness
in the final match of the group and it will be all to play for, except
that Holderness will be eager to make sure they don’t cock it up.
If Holderness go and attack Hammersmith then I can’t see Hammersmith
coming through this one unscathed.
Holderness would appear to be better in just about every
department. I am sure that Hammersmith will feel they the beating of Holderness.
If things go their way perhaps they can but in the cold light of day it
looks a very big mountain to climb on your first visit here...
Hampshire’s Andover starts out on their Knockout Cup 2008
sojourn against Cumbria’s Whitehaven. Although Whitehaven have been
here before they are not prolific visitors so their Captain will need
to be on the ball when selecting his team which will come from Alan McLeod,
Carl Ennis, Dave Todd, Gary Southern, Gavin Simpson, Grant Porter, Kevin
Kirkham, Leigh Musgrave, Mike Walker, Richard Kirkham & Steve McLeod.
Because their opponents are frequent visitors and will know what they
have to do here.
Whist Whitehaven will be relying on their Captain to produce
the winning line up; Andover will be comfortable and already know their
best “Yarmouth” line up and for my money will eventually get
the better of Whitehaven to win the match
Essex’s Braintree A have a some experience at this
event and whist there is come some quality players amongst their squad
which consists of Andy Bridge, Darren Ciniglio, Darren Price, Jed Thomson,
Mark Brooks, Phil Matchett, Rob Hill, Steve Todd, Tony Carr and Trevor
Digby. It may not have the strength in depth to beat Whitehaven. Rob Hill
stands out like a sore thumb in Braintree’s line up as the star
of his team.
If Rob Hill plays to anything above 50% of his ability then
he will provide the impetus to the rest of the team to answer the call
and they will see off Whitehaven without too much fuss
Having won their first match Braintree will get to go head
to head with Andover as they attempt to make it through to the last 32.
If any of the Andover Players fail to perform at the required level Braintree
will make them pay. I think the Braintree line up will prove too much
for the Andover team and it may well be Rob Hill that turns back the clock
to the days when he was the No 1 player in the land.
This is an interesting group in that of the three teams in the
group two will feel they should win it. For the third team it’s
their first time here so they should look to this group as a learning
experience. Derbyshire’s Q Club in their first visit here gets to
take on Cambridgeshire’s Ely. Ely will be thinking about winning
this one well to set them up for when they play their next match. Q Club
have no recognised stars in their line up which is made up from Daniel
Woodings, Dave Fernandez, Gordon Murray, John Chambers, Kyle Bowler, Les
Mahood, Mell Adams, Paul Bradford, Paul Grainger, Rob Chambers, Rob Ebbutt,
Tom Elliott and Wayne Taylor so they will rely on a team effort to give
them the strength they will need to get past Ely.
Ely will be banking for solid performances from the likes
of Alan Issacson, Chuck Selllars, Dale Parson, Iain Aldous, James Parker,
Jamie Jamieson, Jimmy Chambers, Josh Barker, Mark Turner, Paul Stelmaszuk,
Phil Harrison, Richard Wharton, Rob Cork, Simon Rose, Stu McPherson and
Terry Foster. My feeling on this one is that Ely will just have the edge
in every department over Q Club and it will be pretty much one way traffic.
I can’t see Q Club having the power to win this match and assuming
that Ely do win with ease. Q Club will know they have been in a match
where the opposition were just too good for them..
Q Club will then have to take on Surrey’s Godalming
who won’t be any easier to beat than their first opponents, Godalming
have to choose from Andy Sutherland, Darren Dodds, Dave Tootill, Douglas
Howard. Ed Hudson, Gary Austin, Lee Hudson
Mark Mault, Max Brooker, Michael Cook, Nick Booth, Paul Bunyard, Sean
Harvey and of course skipper Steve Brooker That little grouping will ensure
that Q Club will have to fight for everything they get but in the end
I would expect Godalming to have a bit too much fire power for Q Club.
This weekend will give the Derbyshire side grounding on just how good
some of the teams really are.
This will set up a thrilling head to head between Ely&
Godalming and this where Phil Harrison, Richard Wharton, Ian Aldous &
Rob Cork of Ely will have to subdue Godalming’s Max Brooker, Nick
Booth, Andy Sutherland & Dave Tootill if they are to progress. I think
this is going to be a real tight match where it’s unlikely there
will ever be more than a frame or two between them. Once it gets beyond
the point where a loss can be recovered from is where we will eventually
see a winner and in my view Ely will be the ones who come out on top.
Norfolk’s South Norfolk A, who by the way are new to the
event, have the unenviable task of trying to pick their way past an ultra
steady team from Somerset, Weston.
Weston are one of those teams that appear to operate in
a similar fashion to a stealth bomber, you know they are around but don’t
know who their target is until it’s too late. I can see the Norfolk
side falling to Weston before they realise what has happened to them.
The Norfolk team will be picked from Danny Wray, Dee Cannell, James Hammond,
James Worby, John Marshall, Kevin Lawes, Kevin Stebbins, Micheal Lockwood,
Robbie Old, Sam Carter & Steve Knights.
Mixed in South Norfolk’s line up are some county players
so they will not be push overs. But Weston are one of the top sides in
the event but have managed to keep it under wraps so lots of teams think
they should beat them but very few actually do. Weston will consist of
Alan Llewellyn, Anthony Doble, Daryl Lovegrove, Gareth Manning, Graham
Hewlett, Jamie Ross, Jeff Jones, Matt Bull, Nick Fiourentzo, Oly Bale,
Paul Marsh and Russell Burgess.
Now I have warned South Norfolk of what is likely to be
their impending doom its up to them to work out their best form of defence.
But I still think that despite the warning South Norfolk will still come
of second best in the fight.
N.V.P.L. B from Northamptonshire will then be taking on
a shell-shocked South Norfolk. I feel that poor old N.V.P.L. B will suffer
the backlash from South Norfolk defeat by Weston. Although the match should
be a tight match, nonetheless South Norfolk will eventually get the better
of N.V.P.L. B That will mean by the end of the match N.V.P.L. B could
well be suffering from a collective bout of insomnia over the way things
turned out. It’s not because N.V.P.L. B are a bad team it’s
more that they just don’t want to face Weston knowing that it is
probably over before it started
That will leave the path clear for Weston to play the group
decider between themselves and N.V.P.L. B knowing that they don’t
need to win to make progress.. The outcome of this tussle depends on how
N.V.P.L. B approach the match. My feeling go with Weston making short
work of N.V.P.L. B because they have lost the will to take the fight to
This is probably going to be one of the strangest groups over
the weekend. Because with no disrespect to any of the teams in it, none
of them look like group winners but one of them is going to have to.
First up will be Surrey’s Dorking against G.M.C.’s
Stockport Sharks. Dorking has been here a few times in the past but have
yet to make their presence felt. Stockport Sharks are pretty new to the
Interleague their team will be chosen from Andy Jones, Andy Morrison,
Chris Sargent, Darren Jones, Den Wenwright, Gary Curran, J.P. Carridene,
Matt Watson, Nigel Doyle, Paul Boggs, Rick Shaw & Rob Clarke. I might
be being a bit unfair here when I say I don’t see any man eaters
amongst that list but usually a team will have one name you can latch
onto and say they are the main man but it appears not to be so in this
Dorking will be made up from Andrew Chitty, Chris Pidgeon,
Dave Hussey, Jon Leach, Scott Lee, Steve Johnson, Steve Rains, Steven
Arneil, Tony Pankhurst, Tony Pidgeon, Vernon Foale, Wayne Duffell
There are a couple of names I recognise in their line up
so I am going to go for Dorking to win this one but probably only by the
That means that Stockport Sharks will take on Weston B in
the second match, I am not too sure about Weston B but their team will
consist of Aaron Stone, Adrian Smith, Ben O'Brien, Emilio Pallmo, Jason
Hoskins, Joe El Jared, Mark Carr, Mark Chudley, Paul Battye, Paul Penhale,
Paul Sturmey & Tony Joannou some of those names are familiar to me
through other events at Yarmouth.
Whilst I might not know too much about Weston B but I am
sure that they will be fairly good coming from the same stable as Weston
A. Like the first match in this group I think it will be a tight affair
and perhaps a long drawn out match but I think that Weston B will eventually
get the better of Stockport Sharks and win the match.
This will of course mean that Stockport Sharks will be out
of the event and that Weston will go on to face Dorking in the final showdown
for the group.
Like the other two matches in this group it could take a
long time to settle this match as both teams will be trying so hard not
to lose but one of them will have to and my money goes on Dorking.
This particular group could be the last to finish so whoever
gets the winner of this group could be waiting around for a while
G.M.C. ‘s Chorlton take on newcomers from Oxfordshire’s
Wallingford in the opening match in this group. Chorlton have only been
here a couple of times themselves but they should have at least built
up a little bit of knowledge on how to get the better of the opposition
here at Yarmouth. Chorlton team line up will consist of Andy Jones, Christopher
Eccleston, Jason King, Lee Mitchell, Mark Astbury, Mark Beeson, Martin
Power, Neil Robinson, Paul Harrison, Pete Bruce, Steve Barratt & Steven
Wallingford team will come from Andrew Cock, Dai Berry,
Damien Shaw, Dave Bartlett, James Douglas, Jamie King, Lorraine Owen,
Mark Ball, Martin Zolkewicz, Robert Dewlin, Sally Kent, Simon James, Steve
Greenwood & Steve Zbicut. I don’t know how good this team is
but I can say that don’t recognise any of the players on their team
It’s very hard to come here as a team and hit the
ground running and for that reason I think that Chorlton will win this
match with a couple of frames to spare.
Once Wallingford have lost their first match they have a
pretty hard, if not impossible, task if they want to make it through to
the knockout stages the reason for this is they will have to figure out
a way past one of the strongest teams in the event, namely, Nottinghamshire’s
Chesterfield Sussex’s who consist of Adam Foyster, Andy Marples,
Bob Snell, Brian Gennoe, Danny Wall, Dean Watts, Jordan Johnson, Mark
Gibson, Mark Thomas, Robert Titchener, Shaun Wilson, Steve Finnegan &
If Wallingford are unaware about how tough Chesterfield will be, they
won’t be in any doubt after this match is over. I expect Chesterfield
to win and win well. For Wallingford it will be about getting as many
frames on the board as possible. If Chesterfield are in a belligerent
mood then they will restrict Wallingford to just a few frames.
The match between Chesterfield and Chorlton will be a bit
more even but I think that Chorlton being relative new comers will find
things won’t be easy for them whilst they try to get past Chesterfield
and although it will be closer than the Wallingford match Chesterfield
will run out winners in this match and get to play in another last 32
Shropshire Dawley B take on Kent’s Romney Marsh in the
opening tie in this group and both teams will see this as the one to win
in this group to give their chances of qualifying a boost. Dawley’s
team will come from Aaron O'Donnell, Darren Stevenson, Faye Crompton,
George Burrows, James Hayward, James Price, Mick Clarke, Mick Pidgeon,
Neil Brazenhall, Olwyn Blagbrough, Phil Bufton, Shawne Worrell, Steve
Camp, Steve Moreton, Stuart Blackwell and Thomas Hampson so Dawley will
be relying on their usual all round team performance to make progress.
Romney Marsh will be attempting to disarm Dawley with Bob
Woolcombe, Conrad Gorham, Frank Sargent, Guy Ruddy, John Barbieri, Kevin
Mills, Mark Brazier, Mark Hunter, Richard Webb, Scott Hansen and Terry
These two teams have a wealth of experience here so I would
expect this to be a tight match Romney Marsh’s captain and International
Porn star Gut Ruddy will probably have a good idea on what his team line
up for this match will be. Dawley too will know how they will line up.
The result of all this planning should be a close match.
Sadly, for Romney Marsh I feel that Dawley will just have
the edge and will win this match but the victory may only be achieved
in the final frame.
Gut Ruddy’s boys will then have to turn their attentions
to Oxfordshire’s Witney, another team with a lot of experience.
Witney will b made up from Andy Rainbow, Chris Chapman, Chris Jones, Ed
Rose, Gavin Wright, Grant Conquest, James Oakley, Mike Gibbons, Pete Gamage,
Rich Bates, Ricky Jones, Steve Mill & Stu Griffin.
I doubt that Witney will allow Romney Marsh, even with their
International porn star captain, have it all their own way. Witney will
realise that for each frame Romney Marsh win, their chances of qualification
gets a little harder to achieve, but I feel that despite their best efforts
to win Witney will find that Romney Marsh will be the winners of this
Unfortunately for Winey losing their first match will mean
they have an even tougher match to win when they take on Dawley B. That
in turn will mean that Dawley B will only have to avoid defeat to get
through to the last 32 and that will make Dawley B red hot favourites
to be the one that comes out on top of this group.
Lancashire’s Lancaster will have to work very hard to make
their debut in the Interleague a success when they take on Lowestoft T.S
from Suffolk. The Lancaster team has no recognised frame winners and will
presumably rely on a good team selection from their captain to make give
Lowestoft a few headaches. Lancaster’s team will be picked from
Andy McManus, Ashley Lord, Bob Janal, Craig Dodd, David Newson, Ian Corless,
James Silverwood, Jimmy Love, John Fox, Peter Woodcroft, Tom Howarth &
Lowestoft TS are far from being K.O. Cup debutants so it’s
up to them to make the running in this match and will be using Alex Wright,
Calum King, Darren Belton, Darren Fowler, Gary Cochrane, Jack Daines,
Jamie Jinkerson, Keith Peck, Kingsley Peck, Kyle Cubitt, Lee Cubitt, Lee
Littell, Matt Underdown, Paul Dunn, Reece Young and Steve Tongs to do
their bidding. I feel that, given their experience, Lowestoft TS will
just have the edge because mainly because of that experience
That will mean that Lancaster will have to take on a team
I know quite a bit about Nottinghamshire’s Sun Valley. Sun Valley
have the distinction of being one of the Interleague’s top teams
and a look at the ranking list will show you that Sun Valley with Baydon
Jackson, Bill Rigby, Chris Rigby, Clint I'Anson, Dave Atherley, James
Hill, Jason Rimmington, Jim I'Anson, Lee Howitt, Lee Pickard, Liam Stanley,
Neil Jones, Steve Hotchkiss & Wayne Parsonage will prove a bit too
strong for Lancaster. I would expect an easy cruise to victory for the
Nottingham outfit the best thing for Lancaster to do will be to sit back
and enjoy the experience of playing a team from the top drawer of the
Lowestoft TS should prove a bit more of a challenge to Sun
Valley and could possibly match Sun Valley in the early stages of the
group decider but as the match moves into the decisive latter stages,
whilst Lowestoft TS will be thinking of what to do with their Saturday
night, Sun Valley will have other things to occupy their minds. I would
expect Sun Valley’s greater strength to kick in and cruise to the
Hertfordshire’ Riverside will be taking on Buckinghamshire’s
High Wycombe in an attempt to reach the end of play on Saturday in their
first match in this group. Their tam will come from Andy Williams, Jason
Holtby, John Miele, Karl Beatie, Karl Green, Lee Smead, Paul Johnston,
Paul Wyatt, Richard Lowther, Sean Burke and
Trevor Clarke and trying to put a spanner or two in the works will be
the High Wycombe team of Chris McNight, Danny Johnson, John Hardacre,
John Loveday, Lee Carlton, Luke Butler, Mark Hutton, Mick Carlton, Paul
Anderson, Paul Montague and Sean Gourley.
Riverside has the players to win this match with ease but
they also have the ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
High Wycombe may well have the tools to dismantle Riverside’s threat
without any help from the Hertfordshire team. This should be a tight match
nut I feel that Riverside should have just enough fire power to get past
When Berkshire’s Renegade A enters the fray they should
be taking on a softened up High Wycombe. So Renegade A led by Rob Uzzell
should be able to take advantage of a downbeat High Wycombe.
I can’t see High Wycombe being able to make too much
of an impression on Renegade A and expect Alan Kirr, Andy Brant, Anne
Middleton, Ben Kiley, Brad Robinson, James Harness, James McCarthy, John
Sheil, Mark Murphy, Pat Phelan
Peter Lofts, Sefton Payne, Stu Harness and Vikas Sabharwal to make things
very difficult for High Wycombe and eventually put them out of their misery
Renegade A really should do the same demolition job on Riverside
but Riverside might have a trick or two up their sleeves and have a lot
of history of doing what’s required when they are playing teams
that are expected to do well against them.
With the options available to Renegade A along with the
belief in their own abilities I can’t see any farther them coming
out on top of this group. I would expect that riverside’s players
will not agree with this assessment of their team’s chances in this
match. In most other situations I would probably favour Riverside to nick
the group but not this time.
Shropshire’s Shrewsbury A take on Norfolk’s Norwich
B. Shrewsbury are a steady team who will do their best to keep Norfolk
on the back foot. Coming from the same county as Dawley A, they will have
an idea of the standard at the top end of the event. Providing Shewsbury
use their big guns at the right time they might be able to unsettle Norfolk
who have some very good cuemen in their line including Danny Gibson, Dave
Gaff, Kenny Horner & Michael Lambe.
But Norwich won’t be rolled over too easily and Shrewsbury’s
team consisting of Andrew Evans, Andy Judson, Carl Jones, Carl Martin,
Daniel Ashley and David Peach to name a few will have to be at their best
if they are to get anything out of this match.
For what it’s worth I think that Norwich will just
about get the better of Shrewsbury in the opening match.
Shrewsbury will then have to take on Cornwall’s Camborne
& Redruth this is the first time for quite a while that Cornwall has
been represented here and will certainly be wanting to make the long journey
worthwhile. Unfortunately for them Shrewsbury A won’t be too concerned
about the distance they have had to travel to get here. Towards the end
of this particular match Camborne’s rung rustiness will start to
show and Shrewsbury will take full advantage and win the match.
That will mean that Camborne & Redruth will then have
to take on Norwich B knowing that only a big win will give them any chance
whatsoever of making it through. When your only option is to win big it
very rarely happens and for that reason I am going for Norwich to win
the match and the group.
So Camborne & Redruth’s team of Adam Clift, Andrew
Jory, David Metcalfe
Gareth Ball. Jami Turnbull, Mark Berry, Richard Ash, Rob Goldsworthy,
Rodney Burrows, Stuart Baker, Tristian Price can have a night out on the
town without the worry of having to play again on Sunday
Hampshire’s Gosport A will take on a strong team in the
shape of East Herts who are a team with a long history in the event and
most of it is a being considered one of the best in it as well. When they
get knocked out it’s more often than not in the knock out stages
but this team has been severely weakened by players moving to London to
ply their trade and are in a process of rebuilding their team and are
not as strong as they once were. However, they are still a dangerous animal
if not handled with respect
Gosport’s skipper Steve Parker does have some options
but will need to use them wisely if they are to get anything out this
East Herts with Adrian Parsons, Andy Stillwell, Ashley Sealy,
Dan Jones, Gary Plowman, Julian Pennie, Liam Thompson, Perry Gillett,
Richard Bailey, Rob Gardner
Sam Underwood and of course Tony Vickers at their beck and call should
have what it takes to get passed the Defences of Gosport A
The next match between Nottinghamshire’s Cherry Tree
and Gosport A should be the defining match in this group if Gosport A
with Andy McGwiggan, Dean Winter, Gary More, George Swannack, Ian Hutton,
James Green, Jez Still, Joel Pickersgill, John Thornber, Matthew James,
Neil Privett, Scott O’Connor and Steve Parker get the better of
Cherry tree it will make things a lot easier for East Herts.
If Cherry Tree takes frames of Gosport at a steady rate
and Gosport fails to respond in time then it would be hard for them to
stop Cherry Tree from getting out of sight. But by the 18th fame I would
expect Gosport to have put a major league dent in Cherry Tree’s
hopes of winning the group.
When the final match takes place East Herts will know that
a draw is good enough and Cherry Tree will know that only a big win is
going to be good enough. With this sort of hill to climb for Cherry Tree,
I predict East Herts to be comfortably in the last 32.
Sussex’s Brighton M have a real crunch of a draw as they
start their campaign against Lancashire’s Wigan. Wigan are one of
the powerhouses of the Interleague and when you look at the players available
to them you can see why they are so consistent in reaching the business
end of the event. They have at their disposal players like Carl Bromley,
Dave Arstall, Dave O'Shaungnessy, Geoff Harrison, Ian Davenport and Shaune
Dawber and those are just the ones that spring to mind.
Brighton M will come from Conner Anderson, Damien Head,
Daniel Harley, David Howells, Jack Cairns, Jason Roy, Jason Tanner, Mark
Chapman, Mark Siddle. Mark White, Ross Etheridge, Simon Tanner & Charlotte
Brighton M have some very good players in that lot but I
don’t think they have enough of them to take out a Wigan side packed
with quality players. Brighton’s best hope would seem to be that
the wrong Wigan turn up, it has happened in the past but it’s a
rare event they are normally as solid as a rock.
If I am right Wigan will win with ease and Brighton will
take on Essex’s Barking Elite as the losers of match one. To those
who remember Barking Elite will be thinking this is going to be a blood
bath. However, this is not that team, it’s pretty much a new team
who have taken on the mantle. They do have some of the old players and
they have a lot of strength in depth but they are not the Barking Elite
of days gone by.
This Barking Elite comprises of Alan Gosling, Andy Holland,
Danny Downes, Justin Young, Keith Hannon, Paul Coleburn, Sean Gildersleeve,
Sean Heyden, Steve Benjafield, Terry Elliott & Yousef Gormati.
It may not be the barking elite of old but it still packs
enough of a punch to knock out Brighton M.
The crunch in this group will come when Wigan take on Barking
Elite in a winner tales all contest. This match will be what the Interleague
is all about, two big teams going head to head with only one of them coming
out still fighting and of the two, as much as I would like to see Barking
Elite revive the memories and achievements of the old team, I can’t
see past the solid and ever reliable Wigan having just too many big frame
players for Barking Elite to compete with
Table Twenty One
This table sees three very strong teams pitted against each other South
Norfolk consist of Ady Wood, Andrew Sheppard, Ben Annison, Carl Clack,
Chris Minns, Danny Raisborough, John Kenny, Karl Clouting, Martin Wood,
Nigel Meal & Wayne Clouting Just about the whole squad is County or
above standard. They take on Lancashire’s Accrington whose team
is made up of Andy Sudworth, Carl McDonald, Chris Norbury, Darreb Wareing,
Dave Robinson, Gary Close, James Brookens, Johnny Dean, Kev Caverley,
Kev Close, Mark Slattery & Nathan Bridges. This team is packed with
quality players and will not be beaten easily.
The third team in the group is Reds 1 from Warwickshire
and are made up of the following players Adam Prewitt, Craig Sturmey,
Darren Leeson, Dave Lane, Dave Walkinshaw, Dean Davies, Martin Elks, Martin
Groves, Phil Parkin, R Hughes,
Rob Butterworth, Roger Charles, Roy Pontefract, Scott Halcrow, Scott Leeson,
Simon Fusedale & skipper Steve Shelton. They like the other two teams
in this group are not going to go down without a fight so this really
is the group of death in this years knock out cup.
There are always groups you like, there are groups you don’t
like, this is not a group any of the teams in it would ask to be put in
but they are in it and its down to each of them to stamp their authority
on the other two team.
The group opens with South Norfolk taking on Accrington
in what will be a belter, it’s really difficult to pick the stronger
of the two sides but perhaps South Norfolk have the greater strength in
depth. This is offset by Accrington having some of the most experienced
players in the interleague in their team.
Which one will come out on top is nigh on impossible to
predict but I am going to go with Accrington to just get their noses in
front at the vital time to come out on top.
Reds I with Roger Charles, Scott Halcrow, Steve Shelton
and Roy Pontefract will have to produce some quality pool and get into
the groove very quickly if they are to keep up their tradition of making
it through to the knock out stage this time round. They have to beat South
Norfolk there really isn’t any other option a draw will, in real
terms, be no good at all, South Norfolk on the other hand will be wanting
to make up for the lose against Accrington with a positive display against
Reds 1. This match is going to be as tight as the first match and just
as difficult to pick a winner. Unfortunately for Reds 1 I think just as
Accrington had the edge over South Norfolk, South Norfolk will have the
edge over Reds 1.
Reds 1 will then have to take on Accrington having lost
to South Norfolk knowing they are going to need a miracle to win against
Accrington and stay in the event. As good as Reds 1 are, and they will
think it’s possible to qualify, Accrington will wear them down slowly
taking frames off them. It will get to the point where Reds 1 will know
it’s over and that they are on the way home.
They can console themselves that coming third in this group
is no shame at all whilst Accrington will be quietly giving themselves
a pat on the back for being the team that won this group
Table Twenty Two
This group has the makings of an interesting tussle we have Clacton
from Essex, here for the first time, Punchbowl from South Yorkshire and
Leek B from Staffordshire.
In the Clacton line we have amongst others Darren Collison,
James Hazelton, Micheal Punschart Rico Gopaul and Roy Aldis. Now that
little lot could do some serious damage if they all plat well and there
is no reason to suppose they won’t.
In the opening group match they take on Punchbowl and in
their line they have Alan Dale, Andrw Herriott, John Waller, Kevin Ryder
jnr, Kevin Ryder snr, Phil Cartwright and Tom Farrelly. That lot are also
capable of putting together a very good run so this is another of those
hard to call matches.
Pound for pound I would go for Punchbowl hitting the hardest
of the two team but Clacton could quite easily deliver a knockout blow.
I would like to see Clacton win this match but my head says although they
are cable of landing a knockout blow it’s more likely to go the
distance with Punchbowl winning on points.
That will mean leek B will enter the fray taking on Clacton,
Leeks team will come from Ben Duffield, Billy Woodcock, Colin Andrews,
Colin Leather, Gary Bode
Lee Thwaite, Liam Hudson, Nick Embury & Nick Orry amongst others.
On the face of it they don’t seem as if they have enough strength
in dept to be able to cope with Clacton.
I see Clacton, whilst not overpowering Leek, never looking
uncomfortable on their way to the win. The win will do wonders for Clacton’s
morale but not very much at all for Leek B who will then have to face
Punchbowl to decide the fate of the group.
Whatever chance Leek had of beating Punchbowl will be washed
away with the loss and will allow the East Yorkshire boys to coast in
to the last 32.
Clacton’s chances of Leek doing them any favours will
have gone within the first few frames.
Table Twenty Three
Staffordshire’s Trent Trophies B get group 23 underway
with a match against Northamptonshire’s Pocket Rockets B in what
I see as a one sided group. The Trent Trophies team will be hoping Chris
Evans, Dean Rush, Jamie Symons, John Clowes
Jon Hughes, Kieron Bolton, Mark Buckley, Ollie Booth, Rob Harding, Ryan
Cope and Sam Capperwill produce performances that will see them past Pocket
Pocket Rockets B may have a trick or two up their sleeves,
in their team are Adam Burns, Colin Buckby, Craig Haynes, Dave Tennant,
Gary Francis, Graham Flanders
Hnigel Roberts, Jamie Burns, Justin Wynne, Mark Seaman, Michael Wilson,
Stuart Bond & Wayne Gardner.
Mixed in that line up are some county players and the odd
international but that won’t worry Trent Trophies B shouldn’t
be phased by the Pocket Rockets B team given their A team line reads like
a who’s who of pool.
This match has the look of a battle written all over it
for Pocket Rockets B because I feel that Trent Trophies B may appear to
be a string team their record suggests they are a front line team in their
The match, I feel, will be slipping away from Pocket Rockets
B from the start and given that Pocket Rockets B will always be playing
catch up against Trent Trophies B it won’t be too much of a surprise
that the frames will run out before Pocket Rockets B catch up.
Cambridge Elite from Cambridgeshire will then take on Pocket
Rockets B in the second group match, Cambridge Elite will not prove that
much easier opponents than Trent Trophies B did. Cambridge Elite sport
some pretty big players in their line up, Mick Conlon and Simon Rivers
being the most obvious ones and if Pocket Rockets B fails to deal with
them then Cambridge Elite will have 4 frames in the back. They are backed
up Adam Armstrong, Barry Lindsay, Ian Norris, Jim Munnelly, Johnathon
Middleton, Mathew Bradford, Michael O'Boyle, Silvas Kides & William
Whether the overall strength of Cambridge Elite is enough
to give them a comfortable passage to victory is unclear. Despite Pocket
Rockets B’s best efforts to keep their pool playing weekend together
I can only see Cambridge Elite coming out on top of this tie.
This will set up a final group match between Trent Trophies
B & Cambridge Elite and should be an interesting tussle. Interesting
in how each of the teams decides to counter the others threats. Trent
Trophies B has an overall strong team whereas Cambridge Elite have a couple
of gun slingers who could take the Trent Trophies B team out on their
When it comes down to the final few frames of the match
I think the greater all round strength of Trent Trophies B will come to
the rescue of the Staffordshire outfit and the will get across the finishing
line and securing yet another last32 spot
Table Twenty Four
West Yorkshire’s White Rose OAP's take on Shropshire’s
Shrewsbury B in the curtain raiser to this group and features a team in
their first appearance here, White Rose O.A.P’s team will come from
Danny Driver, Harry Troy, Ian Lettice, Kevin Armitage
Marc Johnson, Mick Pyne, Shane Winfield, Stephen Hepinstall, Steve Weatherby
and Captain Tony Pyne.
They will need to be at their best when they take on Shewsbury
B I am sure they won’t see it this way but is so easy for a first
time visitor to play well below their best simply because of the pressure
associated with playing here. One thing I am confident of though is there
should be no trouble with refereeing decisions with Kevin Armitage in
their line up.
Shrewsbury B’s line up will come from Adam Sykes,
Callum Wright, Chris Wright, Danny Summer, Jon Sykes, Julian Cooke, Lee
Harrison, Mark Summer, Matthew Sullivan, Mick Houston, Rob Jones, Sam
Wright, Steve Booth.
I don’t really know anything about either team but
Shrewsbury have more experience here than White Rose O.A.P. and that is
something that give you a two or three frame advantage in some matches
and I think this is one of those matches so it’s Shrewsbury B for
me in this one.
That means White Rose will then face Suffolk’s Ipswich
B who have a few county players in their line up so will be a bit of a
handful as well their team will come from Carl Anton, Darren Murphy, Karl
Burton, Keith Harris, Lee Morley, Nathan Dodds, Nick Taylor, Paul King,
Phil Morgan, Scott Jordan, Stacey Tite, Stuart Simmonds &
If White Rose captain, Tony Pyne., gets his team selection
right then I see White Rose putting their disappointment of losing the
first match behind them and competing all the way with Ipswich B.
If not, then I think that Ipswich will prove a bit too much
for White Rose to handle to be honest I feel this is the more likely option
so I am going for Ipswich to win the match perhaps by two clear frames.
So will end White Rose’s first foray into the Interleague.
This means Shrewsbury end with a match against Ipswich B.
I think this match will be a close one, whilst Shrewsbury will have slightly
more overall quality than Ipswich. Ipswich has some players who should
be able to negate any frames the quality of Shrewsbury wins. But after
that it becomes a lot closer affair and the ever so slightly greater experience
of the Shrewsbury team as a whole should be enough to just scrape the
win over Ipswich but it’s only likely to be by the odd frame.
Table Twenty Five
Norfolk’s Norwich A start their walk down the long road
looking for success on the national stage with a tie against Adrian Walton’s
Driffield. Driffield are a bit of enigma they have been here so often
they really should have made a bigger splash than they have so far. Every
time they look like they are on their way something happens and it all
goes wrong. Facing Norwich A with Colin Fryers, David Thraxton, John Read,
Jon Colman, Lee Smith, Mark Boulton, Mark Winter. Paul Thraxton
Peter Mullany, Shane Cawdron, Simon Ramm & Alex Lewis means there
is plenty of scope for things to go wrong this time round as well. Driffield’s
compact team will consist of all the usual team members like Skipper Adrian
Walton, Bob Chard
Daniel Gladstone, John Dowling, Matt Lawrence, Matt Skelton, Michael Ireland,
Rob Howe & Stuart Frazer
They will be under pressure from the start of this match
as the Norwich side is packed with Norfolk county players, although Norwich
are mew to the event they a one of those rare animals that have the experience
in their team for that not to be an issue. Unfortunately for Driffield
the draw has been very unkind to them as I see Norwich taking the match
with a few frames to spare
Driffield’s skipper Ady Walton is fairly well known
amongst pool circles so he will need no introduction to the team they
will have to do battle with next as it will be Dawley A. The Shropshire
side are a massive team in terms of the interleague history, finalist
on two occasion and winners on another.
Dawley’s team consist of Darren Poultney, David Blagbrough,
Ian Duffy, and Ian Eldridge. James Brennan, Jeff Hoof, Keith Blackham,
Keith Price. Phil Dix, Richard Williams and Simon Yates.
Driffield will not be expecting too much in this match but
I feel that Driffield will get a better result out of this match than
they did against Norwich because the fear will have gone and it’s
time to relax and enjoy a game of pool.
Dawley are still going to win the match but it will not
be as easy a match as Dawley might be expecting.
This will mean that Norwich take on Dawley for the right
to play in the last 32. This match should be a cracker because Norwich
are good enough to beat Dawley but it’s a bit different when you
have to win against a team like Dawley, they have so much experience at
negotiating tough matches to keep their band on the road you just have
to go with them to win.
Norwich however will up their game when they play Dawley
so if Dawley underestimate the Norfolk team they could get a real shock.
Norwich will be well aware that a draw will not be good enough for them
in reality because of the play off strength of Dawley. So for Norwich
it’s best to win in regular time. Having said all that I think that
Dawley will win this match but Norwich will give them a bit of a bloody
nose before that happens
Table Twenty Six
Surrey Warriors has the task of trying to get the better of Bedfordshire’s
Luton Elite in the opening match in this group. The warriors who have
Darren Magor, Jack Smethers, James Hill, Jason Retter, Justin Anderson,
Lee Manister, Martin Lambert
Mike Smith, Neal Rolfe, Ray Scott, Raymond Duncan, Richard Lambert and
Simon Lemarchant in their line up.
However, Luton Elite will try to counter any threat the
Surrey side pose with their line up of Alan Shields. Ben Turnstill, Brett
Hattle, Craig Pearce, Darren Nolan, Dave Herbert, Jo Sameuls. Martin Smith,
Paul Cox, Paul Turnstill, Rory Dawson, Terry Teivans and Wayne Sampson.
That on paper at least looks like a very strong Luton side
so Surrey Warriors are going to have to produce some good pool if they
are going to make a winning start to their campaign I Luton play to their
potential then I can only see them having what it takes to get the win.
That will mean that Surrey Warriors will be trying to keep
their hopes of qualifying for the last 32 by getting the better of Derbyshire’s
Corn Exchange. That night be as easy as they would like because Corn Exchange
are a reasonable outfit.
Corn Exchange players are Craig Bousfield, Craig Lakin,
Dave Oxtoby, Dean Flecher
Jack Whelan, Jamie Pegg, Jon Shapland, Kev McGuire, Marcus Harrison, Mark
McNiesh, Mick Ruane & Steve Simpson.
Mixed in with line up are some quality players so that will
mean that Surrey Warriors will find it tough going to get the win they
will need to keep their hopes alive.
Corn Exchange will be acutely aware of the need to win this
match in order to make sure they are in with a chance when they play their
next match. That coupled with the fact that Surrey warriors has already
lost will give Corn exchange the edge and will steer them to the win leaving
Surrey warriors with an afternoon to kill.
The final match in the group will be the crunch match with
one team going home and the other preparing for a last 32 match. Luton
Elite and Corn Exchange are fairly evenly matched so I expect this battle
to go right to the wire and may even need a play off to separate the two
teams. Whatever method is employed to determine I think the winner will
still be the same and I feel that the eventual winners will be Luton Elite
Table Twenty Seven
Warwickshire’s Nuneaton A takes on London’s Frank
Smith in what looks a fairly un-evenly matched tie Nuneaton A have Andy
West, Barry Newnes, Ben Gilbey, Colin Richards, Dave Lea, Karl Knight,
Neil Randle, Nigel Griffiths, Paul Willis, Richard Mills and Scott Varden
who will be hoping for a solid performance.
But Frank Smith will have Adam Toms, Danny Miller, Dean
Wisher, Jack Pople, John Kelly, Jon Runghen, Mark Thrussell, Neil Toms,
Ramesh Gokhul, Rob McKay, Rob Southey and Sean Halligan who will be doing
their best to make sure its Frank Smith that win the opening match. Looking
at the team line it’s difficult to anything other than a frank Smith
To be honest, it seems to me that Nuneaton’s best
hope is that they hit Frank Smith before they wake up, if they don’t
then Frank Smith will just brush them aside
There will be no surprise that I am going to go for Herts
of London to win the first match in this group and then have the luxury
of sitting and watching the next match between Nuneaton and Wolverhampton
Nuneaton skipper Andy West will be hoping that his team
produce better performances than they did against Herts of London. Wolverhampton
Wednesday B will be aiming to produce the performances they will need
to see them past Nuneaton. This looks like it will be very tight and may
well end up in a draw as both teams struggle to find the winning touch.
If it does end up in a draw the result will be of much more significance
to Wolverhampton Wednesday B than Nuneaton.
If it does end up being a draw Herts of London will be handed
a golden opportunity to win the group at a canter, all they will have
to do is not loose. Wolverhampton Wednesday B on the other hand will have
to attack right from the off if they are to get anything from this match.
So Brian McDermid, Chris Reckord, Clinton Lenoir, Dave Hughes,
Dave Lloyd, David Brooks, Fred Bannister, Geoff Pucell, Gurdey Singh,
Jamie Wylde, Joe Hutton, John Gair, John Williams, Julian Hamp, Mark Williams,
Matt Mason, Rob Richards and Trevor Jones are going to have to play the
frames of their lives just stay in contact with Frank Smith.
Does Wolverhampton Wednesday have what it takes to win this
match? Whether they do or not will be down to Frank Smith not playing
as well as they usually do.
Table Twenty Eight
This group looks like being an interesting group with all three
teams in it having what it takes to win it. Leicester City from Leicestershire
take on a sprightly Bracknell & Ascot A from Berkshire both teams
will have to at the top of their game if they are to get anything out
of this match. Bracknell & Ascot have Brad Parker, Chris Stocker,
Danny Oliphant, Dave Bryant, Jack Davies, Kev Bassett, Leigh Morshead,
Lucky Birdy, Mick Worsfold, Rob Moorshead, Sean Watson and Steve Ring
As you can see they have a few players who can play the
game to a high level and their opponent’s team will counter those
with Ady Frost, Andy Freer, Andy Lee, Dave Welch, Gaz Mitchell, Lee Brown,
Mark Waite, Martin Sheldon, Neale Bassford, Paul Bright, Rich Phillips,
Russ Jackson, Scott Taylor & Steve Cook.
So Leicester will not short on player options when the two
sides meet and like a lot being played here this should be a tight one
of the two teams Bracknell & Ascot would appear to have a slight edge
over Leicester in terms of players ability to handle the pressure. But
you also have to allow for the fact that Leicester City get to play Leicester
at least once a year so they should certainly have picked up a trick or
two from their stable mates.
If things go the way I see them, then it will be Bracknell
& Ascot who get to have a rest and watch the other two teams play
out the second match of this group. So Leicester will then have to take
on Hertfordshire’s St Albans Saints the Saints are a fairly youthful
outfit but have plenty of county players in their line up Skipper Gordon
Fyvie has Alex Dorow, Andy Barker, Andy Walker, Dave Oddy, John Bloor,
Kevin Moyles, Kit Wong, Micheal Holtby, Tony Hawes & Tony Herman to
St Albans are more than capable of taking out Leicester
City with the players they have the only worry I have for St Albans is
the fact they have a glass jaw. It only takes one hard knock and the team
spirit is broken making them easy meat. However Leicester will do well
to remember that they might have a fragile jaw but they can also pack
The match could hinge on whether Leicester can break St
Albans spirit early on, if they do this then Leicester should be able
to build up a lead that St Albans won’t be able to claw back. However,
the longer St Albans stay in the match the more dangerous they will become
as the youthful devil may care attitude takes hold.
When it comes down to it I have said that St Albans will
produce the goods a few times in the past but it never quite materialises
so I am going to go for Leicester to claim their first win of the event.
St Albans will be so miffed at losing the first match they
will not have recovered their composure when their next match starts.
This means that Bracknell & Ascot will have stolen a march on St Albans
before they manage to regain their composure. Do this against any team
and you are not going to get anything out of the match so it’s going
to be goodnight from St Albans for yet another season.
Table Twenty Nine
Worcester Dream Team from Worcestershire starts their campaign
with a match against Nottinghamshire’s Nottingham. Worcester Dream
Team whose team line up will come from Andy Jones, Andy McDonald, Ashley
Wild, Ben Taylor, Darren Selvey, Dennis Dunn, Gary Simmonds, Mark Stephenson,
Nick Core, Shaun Daly and
Wayne Lannie will start as strong favourites in this match. That means
it will be up to the Nottingham players chosen from Alan Lilis, Colin
Wilson, Curtis Bradley, Greg Crowson, Hadrian Smith, Lee Mason, Lee Smith,
Lee Thorpe, Malc Marriott, Martyn Rawson, Matt Brooks Porter, Matt Coates,
Matt Tugby, Pete Sims, Richard Fewkes to upset the form book.
What happens depends a lot on Worcester Dream Team providing
they start the way they really ought to then is just a matter of keeping
their noses in front. If they don’t then it could be a long road
to victory for the Worcester but I am fairly confident that it will be
Worcester Dream Team that will win this match.
That defeat will herald the entrance to the fray of Essex’s
Barking Phoenix as the take on Nottingham. Barking’s team will come
from the old warhorse himself Alan Pointer, James Shadimier, Keith Bryant,
Kevin McDonnell, Mark Yates, Richard Moore, Rihard Green, Rob Gould, Scott
Fuller, Steve Adams, Tony Pointer and
Wayne Pardon. That line up does not look to dissimilar to the normal line
up so I would expect them to dispatch the Nottingham side without too
However, Barking Phoenix can play well below their expected
level of performance so Nottingham can take heart that there is a real
possibility that they can take this match but they will have to produce
the goods even if Barking Phoenix turn in a below par performance.
Unlike Nottingham, Barking Phoenix will have real competition
right from the word go as they take on Worcester Dream Team, there will
be no room for a below par performance in this match both teams will need
to hit the ground running.. Both teams both teams will be aware that one
slip up will be the end of their chances. Under that sort of pressure
each frame becomes like a penalty shoot out where with each passing frame
the tension gets ramped up another notch. With two teams like these going
head to head there is no room for mistakes.
Of the two teams I think that Worcester Dream Team have
greater strength in depth and it’s this that will tell in the end
as Worcester Dream Team win the race to the finishing line.
Cornwall’s Truro take on Surrey’s Tolworth, Truro
are making a welcome return to the event this time round so for Truro’s
captain who can chose his team from Gary Roberts, Gary Roe, Jason Ling,
Kalvin Ashwood, Mark Rudge, Mark Sullivan, Nicholas Julian, Nigel Strickland,
Richard Hughes and Shan Sullivan. It will be a steep learning curve for
Truro as they face Tolworth.
When you look at Tolworth’s Line up you will see why
it’s going to be very hard for Truro to make a lasting impression
on the match. Tolworth boast players like Andrew Esgrove, Dean Reeve,
Frank Strivens, James Bowry, Jason Norris, Kevin O'Connor, Matt Cooke,
Oliver O'Boyle, Paul Wildman, Rich Teasdale, Robert McGowan, Sean Yates,
Steve Chambers, Steve Petty, Stuart White & Tom Kennedy.
Tolworth has some very experienced players in their ranks
I would expect that Tolworth will do their best to ensure this will not
be a tight affair. But Truro will be doing their best not to get outclassed.
Unfortunately I can’t see Truro having what it will take to ruffle
That means that Truro will be taking on St Johns of Worcestershire
in the second match of this group. St Johns will have Dale Everton, Dean
Cutmore, James Hodgkins, Jason Garey, Jason Godding, Kevin Rose, Lee West,
Lucy Crosby, Paul Barnett, Simon Hudson, Stuart Clarke and Tony Seager.
It’s a tough life in the interleague and no favours
are handed out so I can’t see Truro getting a great deal out of
this match either other than the experience they can bring to the table
next time round. But wouldn’t it be nice if they could do something.
When Tolworth take on St Johns it will be for a place in
the last 32 and like the other groups where there is a clear choice of
winners I will take Tolworth to be the winners and book their place at
the table of the last 32.
Table Thirty One.
Warwickshire’s Reds Elite take on P...J.'s Stourbridge
West Midlands in the curtain raiser for this group in another of the tie
ties that matches two good teams up head to head. If this were a boxing
match it would be billed as a super heavyweight bout where the contestants
will hitting each other with all they have and it looks a definite last
one still standing contest.
Reds Elite have Baz Hinde, Callum Mullhern, Chris McDermott,
and Daz Lee
Garry Calcott, Glenn Dunn, John O'Shea, Kevin Farrell, Liam Farrell, Mark
Martin Kirby, Mick Adams, Mick Adams, Steve Mullan, Sunny Singh, Surinder
Singh, Tim Singh, Vic Makh, & Vivek Makh
The P.J.’s nice and compact line up looks a bit like
this Ben Swinnerton, Hitten Patel, Jarod Griffiths, Mick Hill, Neil Raybone,
Pat Ward, Paul Dunkey, Richie Foxall, Rob Chilton & Steve Sears
I think I will be nipping down every so often to see how
this one is going because it’s too good a match to miss. I have
to say that I only really only see P.J.’s Stourbridge winning this
one but if I am right, this is going to be as sterner test as any semi
final match for the boys from the West Midlands and it is possible it
could go a bit Pete Tong if Reds Elite click.
Assuming I am right and Reds Elite lose the opening match
that will mean they will facing Jerry Tickell’s Waterloo from London.
I can’t see Waterloo betting the better of Reds Elite, even if they
play out of their skins and I don’t think Waterloo believe it is
a goer either. But if nothing else it will be a great experience to see
just how close they can get to Reds Elite before losing.
I don’t see Waterloo. Having too much to complain about when they
get beaten by P.J’s either in the final match of the group. Without
being too detrimental to Waterloo the only thing that might have a say
in is by how many they are beaten by. If they play to their full potential
and take every chance on offer then they might get to seven frames before
they are sent to the bar to commiserate and complain about how unlucky
they were to be drawn against P.J’s Stourbridge and Reds Elite.
Table Thirty Two
And so we come to the final 3 group matches in this year’s knock
out cup and like all the others there is an interesting mix of teams first
up is Suffolk’s Ipswich who will be taking on West Yorkshire’s
East Leeds. Ipswich’s line up will consist of Alan Mower,
Bradley Williams, Dylan Thomas, Mark Keeble, Matt Purnell, Ned Acton,
Paul Keeble, Phil Cullingford, Richard Brakewell, Richard Twomey, Rob
Trudi Acton. So East Leeds are going to have their work cut out if they
are to get anything out of this encounter.
The East Leeds team will come from Alan Cochrane, Chris
Baker, Chris Ibbotson, David Smith, Lee Barwell, Owen Aherne, Patrick
Fitzgerald, Sean Monaghan, Steve Monkman, Steve Robinson, Stuart Wilson
& Terry Midgley
With that sort of line up this should be a good match for
neutrals to watch. Ipswich will try to live up to their star of the group
billing; East Leeds will want to claim a big scalp for their mantle piece.
I think that in the end Ipswich, with their greater fire power, will deny
East Leeds their scalp.
This will mean that East Leeds will have to beat Northamptonshire’s
N.V.P.L. A. A and then hope that N.V.P.L. A beat Ipswich in the final
match of the group. N.V.P.L. A. Team will come from Adam Johnson, Allan
Baker, Ant Floyer, Dave Biseker, Derick Manly, Gary Matthews, John Allsebrook,
Mark Oliver, Paul Pricket, Richie Mathews
Sanju Raja, Shane Hall, Tony Henderson & Tony Illingworth. Looking
at the players involved it would seem that East Leeds will have another
tough match on their hands.
Unfortunately, for East Leeds I think that N.V.P.L. A will
beat them to set up a group decider with Ipswich.
When Ipswich take on N.V.P.L. A it will be up to them to
do the running as it is they, who in my opinion, will be the favourites
to come out on top on this group. N.V.P.L. A on the other hand will enter
this match with the belief that this group is theirs for the taking. Whatever
happens in the match I will be very surprised if its anybody other than
the Ipswich captain scurrying up to the top table clutching the winning