THE final week of the league stage of the Westoe Removals Sunderland Snooker league determined the eight team moving into the knock-out rounds.
Green Baize beat Farringdon in a delayed game, and a 3-1 win against Pennywell B sealed their position as Group One winners, as well as stopping Pennywell’s hopes of progressing.
Steels B beat Murton Vic 3-1 to claim second place. Avenue and Farringdon played a 2-2 draw leaving both teams mid-table.
The three matches in Group Two all had a bearing in deciding the teams going through.
A significant game between Steels A and Hylton saw Steels consolidate their top position and Hylton striving to get the runners-up spot.
Michael Sayers won the first 60-58 for Steels in a hard-fought game against Bob Boyce before Gary Usher levelled in the second.
Tom Ayre was on fire in winning the third 70-21 and the 3-1 result was secured as Charlton and Sayers took the pairs.
Washington could be regretting some blips during the season as a 4-0 defeat to the Duck left them missing out by one point.
It was not as easy as it seemed as Graham only won 67-58 in the first and A Office beat Darren Dowell 45-44.
After stuttering over the last few weeks, Pennywell A came through with a 3-1 away at Woodside to secure second place and deprive Hylton who had been prominent most of the season.
Mark Anderson won 73-48 in the first and Joe Turner 57-27 in the second. Danny Elliott pulled one back for Woodside before Anderson and O’Wellen took the pairs for a vital point.
Group Three proved to be the most competitive with Seaham Knack claiming the 2-2 draw they needed to ensure their position. Mick Riley gave Biddick A a start in the first and Dave Adamson increased the lead in the second to leave a taut position.
It took a response by George Dormand aided by a 15 handicap start to settle the boat, and a 81-51 put Seaham back on track. Gary Dormand and Glen Edwards took the pairs 74-39 to make the Knack group winners – although Biddick could regret missed opportunities as they only missed a possible second place by one point.
Cheemas A lost 3-1 to Mill View A to finish bottom of the pile.
Railway visited Woodside A needing a good result to claim second place as Woodside held a two-point advantage and a draw could put them through.
A 3-1 win to Railway saw them claim second place by losing fewer games than Woodside.
Seaham Cons were clear winners of Group Four by beating Biddick B 4-0. Robert Coogle played well above his handicap and had a 32 break in winning the first.
Les Pinder only had his hands showing on the presentation photograph but they proved up to the task as he won the second!
Michael Monaghan won the third and Gibson and Cowell took the pairs with Gibson strong in the finish.
The match between Mill View B and Cheemas was not played due to a shortage of players for Cheemas leaving the runners up position not yet decided.
Pennywell C beat Victory 4-0 to hold a strong possibility of progressing.
Representatives are reminded that the AGM will be held at the Avenue on Thursday, and teams interested in the winter season must attend to register their application and players, on the forms issued at the last meeting.
Results: Group 1: Avenue 2 Farringdon 2; Murton Vic 1 Steels B 3; Pennywell B 1 Green Baize 3. Group 2: Washington 4 Duck 0; Woodside B 1 Pennywell A 3; Steels A Hylton 1. Group 3: Biddick A 2 Seaham Knack 2; Woodside A 1 Railway 3; Cheema A Mill View A 3. Group 4: Seaham Cons 4 Biddick B 0; Victory 0 Pennywell C 4.