The Larne Pool League returned this week with three new teams bolstering the numbers to 16. There was also a new sponsor unveiled in Q Club.
Champions Thatch got the perfect start with a 12-3 win over the Tech Tornadoes. Gerry McCorry and Ryan McKillop pocketed trebles.
The Saints came from 3-1 down to win 10-5 over St Comgall’s and fellow league hopefuls Ibrox had a tough battle securing a 9-6 win over Gers, despite the efforts of Colin Wilson who had a hat-trick.
It’s been a summer of change for Q Pool with a new name, venue, captain and a host of new players. They faced he Blues and came back from 3-0 down to win 11-4. Captain Kenneth Hylands and Stevie Herron landed hat-tricks.
Joe Patton, Alan Corrigan and Stephen Peoples recorded trebles as The Feathers got their campaign of to a fantastic start with a 13-2 win over new boys Clonlee.
The Freewheelers, formerly Ulsterbus, made a welcome return but lost 10-5 to Micky O’Boyle’s Station Bar.
Another new outfit, Ruby’s Bar, lost 11-4 to Thatch Rockets with Jean McIlroy and Michael Douglas getting hat-tricks. No. 1 Reds also got off to a good start with a 9-6 win over Q Club.
RESULTS (September 10): Ibrox 9-6 Gers; Feathers 13-2 Clonlee; Thatch 12-3 Tech Tornadoes; Q Pool 11-4 No 1 Blues; Saints 10-5 St Comgall’s; No. 1 Reds 9-6 Q Club; Ruby’s 4-11 Thatch Rockets; Station Bar 10-5 Freewheelers.
FIXTURES (September 17): Clonlee V Ibrox; Tech Tornadoes v Feathers; No. 1 Blues v Thatch; St Comgall’s v Q Pool; Q Club v Saints; Thatch Rockets v No. 1 Reds; Freewheelers v Ruby’s; Gers v Station Bar.