Music at the Tute
The "Tute" has a pool team that plays in the Kirkham and District pool league. A friendly but highly competitive local league that can currently boast of having two members of the national team and several other professionals (past and present) within the ranks. The league operates 4 divisions of ten teams each and the "Tute" team is presently attempting to gain promotion to the first division with a longer term aim of achieving a premiership place. We also enter the summer league, and the three cup competitions and additionally several members of the team enter the singles and doubles tournaments each year. There is also a "best of the best" end of season competition that some members of the team have distinguished themselves in over the years. Steve, the current captain, is always happy to answer any questions and is contactable through the Steward or bar staff.
Also, the Tute runs an open pool competition each Easter and Christmas which are open to all members with cash prizes available to the winners. To enter contact the Steward or add your name to the sign up sheet.
Although the team did not have a particularly good winter season they avoided relegation and two members of the team managed to pick up trophies at the prize giving. Heather received a trophy for an outstanding performance by coming from a losing position and beating one of the top players in the league and Mark for reaching the semi finals of the "best of the best". They are pictured above displaying there trophies with other members of the team.
A visit to the division leaders at Lea Club in Preston this week. It was always going to be a tough game against opposition such as this and that's how it turned out when we lost 4-3. We did not however, disgrace ourselves as the games we lost were all close run things and it could have just as easily have gone our way. The night did however turn into a success when the captain managed to take the money from the game of killer back at the tute !
A home match this week against the Derby from Inskip. It was a really tough match where we went into a 2-0 lead only for the Derby to come straight back to level it 2-2. After the food break Damien had an uncharacteristically bad game but still managed to win, "Winning ugly" to steal a football metaphor but also the sign of a good player. Next came Neil and after a really tough game that went on for over 40 minutes he managed to clinch the match in our favour. Heather got close to making it 5-2 but was unlucky
Away at the Wellington in Preston for the first match of the New Year with optimism in the team because we are sitting in 4th place at the half way stage. The Wellington is a first rate venue and the team are a great bunch of lads and we always enjoy going there as it is usually a close game. Last night was no exception with every game going to the wire but unfortunately we were not the ones who won. The 5-2 score line flattered the "Welly" boys a bit but an enjoyable night anyway.
Cup match this week and we played host to the Lane Ends C team. We started well with Andy winning the opening frame and then promptly lost the next four frames, and as a result, eliminated ourselves from the cup ! Lane Ends were happy to play the final two frames which we won but our comeback was a little late to say the least. However, using the old football adage, now we can concentrate on the league ! Good luck to Lane Ends going forward in the competition.
03/12/15: Yet another win, this time against the Coach and Horses at our place. The match was close but the stand out memory is of Marks game which went on for 48 minutes. The Coach player had both bottom pockets covered but then Mark gained position slightly away from the pockets meaning each player could not gain an advantage and hence long periods of stalemate. This stalemate was finally broken when Mark achieved a snooker on the black which the Coach player potted but subsequently the white ball went in off. Lucky for us !
Another win; this time 4:3 at home to the other Stables Bar team in our league. Andy started badly but Gary bought it back even before Nigel lost and then Mark bought it back even ! Jez played well for a hard fought win putting us in the lead for the first time but then heather lost before Damien secured the win with the last frame. A really close match all told but another valuable 2 point bonus to us.
Another win ! This is becoming a habit. This time we were away at the Stables bar and we managed to win 6-1 with Jez being the unfortunate 1, although he was a little unlucky with the run of the table and also his opponent was very good. Andy and Gary had started proceedings with a good win each and then Mark and Nigel both played solid, positive games making it look easy before Jez's game. Next Heather won through after a hard fought battle. The captain rode his luck a little after giving away two shots when he was on the black but his opponent could only leave it over the pocket for the easy pot an the win. Maybe relegation is not a forgone conclusion !