The Southampton Regional Pool League
Current Season: Winter 2014/15- Running September 2nd 2014 to March 26th 2015
Next Season: Summer 2015 - Running April 14th 2015 to 23rd July 2015
Welcome to the Southampton Regional Pool League website. Here you will find everything you need know about the league including Fixtures, League Tables, Rules, Team Details and more.
For the very latest news and information check out the latest posts on the Facebook group and join our mailing list to the right.
Summer Season Championship 2015!
Posted: January 28th 2015, 10.30pm
Running 14th April - 23rd July
• New match format – only 4 players needed to play a match
• Group stages leading into Knockout Rounds [like the World Cup or Champions League]
• Maximum of 48 teams in each league day
• Random draw taking you to new venues to play new players
• No seedings for Premier teams
• All teams play a minimum of 10 matches in the 15 week season - subject to entries
• Promotion/Relegation runs between Winter Seasons making the Summer Season 100% risk free!
In the Winter Season, the Premier Division champions are normally viewed as the champions of the whole league. In this new format any team can progress from their group and then win the KO stages to become the 2015 Summer Season Champion!
Take the Plunge!
We want to use this self-contained league where there is no threat to your Winter Season position, to get all teams to try out the BlackBall rules. This was a unanimous vote of all committee members at the recent meeting.
These rules have now been adopted by the UK's professional pool players and are arguably the way that the game is going. The committee are keen to have a recognised national set of rules to remove any grey areas that may currently exist. If you want us to demonstrate these rules at your venue let us know – the committee are here to help!
For the next Winter Season you will again have the choice between BlackBall and Old SRPL rules, the same as for this season.
One more thing...
In order to make this taster of the new rules completely risk free, we are making this season a FREE ENTRY to the first 48 teams that register! So:
• No risk to league position
• No financial risk as entry is free
• The chance to try out Blackball rules
• The chance to go to different venues and meet new opponents
What's not to like about that! Get your entries in early!
Registration Opens - Sunday 1st March and packs will be delivered to your venues in the coming weeks.
• Due to the format, there will be NO rearrangements allowed. If your team cannot play the full season (running from 14th April - 23rd July) please do not enter.
• Player tranfers between teams once the season has started are NOT permitted.
• New players can only be signed on at group stage matches.
• Registration is completed when a registration form is signed by the Landlord/Landlady and Captain. All players do not need to sign the form to complete registration. Any players whom play the first match will be considered registered to that team.
• Registration is only possible after 1st March and will close when the league is full, or on Sunday 15th March at 5pm
• The Groups Draw will be broadcast LIVE on Thursday 26th March before the Team Knockout Cup Final.
Signing on New Players
Posted: January 23rd 2015, 6.30pm
As per the SRPL General Rules and as voted in at the Captains' Meeting last season, new players can no longer be signed on to your team from now until the end of the season.
Posted: January 17th 2015, 11.00am
Rule 1 of the SRPL playing rules states "It is intended that players and teams should play 8 Ball Pool in the true spirit of the game and in a sportsmanlike manner."
Deliberately disturbing a player while they are taking their shot in order to gain an advantage is unfair and not sporting behaviour in the committee's opinion and their interpretation of the rules of the game.
Everyone likes the fun and banter at a match, but all players must take great care not to cross the line and go too far.
Therefore, the committee would like to clarify to all players what to do if this type of incident occurs when they are refereeing a game.
The first time in a match [be that frame 1, frame 5, or whenever] that a team or player clearly disturbs the player taking their shot deliberately, then a first and final warning to that person and their entire team shall be given by the referee.
If at any time after that [right up until the end of the final frame] a player is deliberately disturbed again, then a foul shot will be called against the offending team's player(s) and 2 visits awarded.
The SRPL Committee
The season so far...
Posted: November 26th 2014, 20.30pm
At the halfway point of the season here's how the divisions are shaping up so far:
Tuesday Blackball Premier Division
The Icehouse are flying high with a mighty 8 wins from 10 matches giving them a respectable 117 points, a 10pt lead over the Gardeners Arms in 2nd.
The Angel of the South are still struggling to find their form with only 1 win so far.
One outstanding rearranged match in this division: Baizz v Hinkler C.
Tuesday Premier Division
The Shield C (aka Shaggers) are lead the Prem with 7 wins from 9. The Brass Monkey are hot on their heels with a game in hand and only 3pts behind.
Kings Arms B and Elephant B prop up the division but it's all to play for with only 2pts difference between the bottom 3.
Two outstanding matches to be rearranged in this division: Brass v Kings A and Kings B v Hinkler A
Tuesday Division One
Another tight division with only 5pts between 1st (BTC) and 5th (Rileys A). A lack of players at the Drummond forced an early exit for them. The Shield B gain their first win last week. The only way is up!
One outstanding result evidence in this division: Shirley Hotel 3v4 Swan
Tuesday Division Two
Rileys C showing they're a force to contend with the big boys this season with three impressive 7-0 wins so far and 54pts. The Saints are close behind with 51pts.
The Firehouse B and Bent Brief occupy the bottom slots in this division but it could all change with a couple of good wins from either team.
One result missing from this division: Firehouse B v Englishman
Tuesday Division Three
Another tight division with only 1pt between the top 3 teams. The Malvern currently in 1st place with Rileys D second with a match in hand. The new team to a Tuesday, The Keys, are
struggling to find their 'A' game with only one win and 17pts.
There's one rearranged match to be played in this division: Rileys D v Windsor Castle
Thursday Blackball Premier Division
With the withdrawal of both West End Brewery teams, the division has struggled in it's inaugural season but the 4 remaining teams are all keeping the spirit alive and playing some great pool to boot. A special mention to the Chapel Girls for sticking at it and being great fun to play. Your first win will come soon!
Thursday Premier Division
They said they would and now they're proving it; the Bitterne RBL are leading the Prem with 7 wins from 8 and a game in hand over 2nd place Elephant A. The Brass Monkey had a nightmare start to the season not winning until their 5th match. The bottom three (Bridge, Yacht & Freemantle) are split by only 3pts.
Two rearranged matches outstanding in this division: Shield B v Bitterne RBL & Yacht v Shield B.
Thursday Division One
9 wins from 10 and two clean sweeps puts the Hinkler A team firmly at the top of division One with a 14pt lead over second place Bede's Lea. A slow start to the season for the bottom two teams, Keys A with 1 win from 9 and Shield A with none.
Thursday Division Two
Despite two 7-0 wins from the Hare & Hounds, they sit 2nd to the Saints but only by 3pts and have a match in hand. A tight division at the bottom with the Chapel A, Keys B and Robin Hood separated by only 1pt.
One outstanding rearrangement in this division: Hare & Hounds v Shooting Star B
Thursday Division Three
Rileys top the third division, just 5pts above the BTC. A withdrawal of the Obelisk leaves there only 6 teams and the Old Farmhouse and Bittern propping up the division.
One result missing evidence in this division: Inferno 3v4 Old Farmhouse
Team Knockout Cup and Shield
The Team Knockout Cup entered the last 16 this week and all teams are reminded that new players can NOT be registered at Cup or Shield matches. They can only be registered at a league match. See website for specific rules.
The fixtures for the first round of the Team Knockout Shield are live on the site now. If you didn't make it through the first 2 rounds of the Cup, you're in the Shield competition!
Singles and Doubles Competitions
Both Singles competitions and the Old Rules Doubles are down to the last 32 while the Blackball Doubles are down to the last 16 players. The format seems to be working well but all players are reminded to not leave it to the last minute to arrange your match and let Steve Farrow know if you're having issues contacting your opponent or agreeing on a date. Some cracking matches coming up so good luck everyone!
With Christmas fast approaching, there's only a limited number of weeks in which to get the outstanding rearranged fixtures played. I would appreciate it if teams can come to an agreement between themselves to play as soon as possible to avoid having to forfeit unplayed at the end of the season. This particularly applies to the teams still in the Team Cup and Shield competitions. Please notify us if you agree a date to play.
If you've read this far: thank you.
Please remember: we're a friendly league and expect our players to treat each other, the venues and relevant staff with respect at ALL times. Disrespectful and unsporting behaviour will NOT be tolerated and may lead to expulsion from the league.
One players' negative attitude can ruin everyones enjoyment. Don't let that player be you.
Play fair, play well, SRPL.
Singles and Doubles Fixtures
Posted: November 24th 2014, 13.00pm
The next round of fixtures for the Singles & Doubles competitions are now live on the Fixtures page.
Please remember, if you're struggling to contact your opponent, or can't agree on a date, please let Steve Farrow know at least 10 days before the deadline.
Posted: October 7th 2014, 20.30pm
Where possible can all teams send in a photo of their results card rather than putting them in the post. We've had a couple of cards destroyed by the rottweiler the Post Office seem to use to sort the mail.
Please ensure the photo shows the entire card and is legible.
Trophies to collect
Posted: September 12th 2014, 10.30am
Whilst the Presentation Night at the Peartree was well attended, the following trophies we not collected and are with the Chairman in Hedge End. They can be collected **by arrangement only** within the next TWO WEEKS or they will be recycled:
Tues D4 Runner Up: Saxon
Tues D3 Winners: Saints
Tues D3 Runner Up: Bitterne Park Social Club
Thurs D4 Runner Up: Saints A
Thurs D3 Runner Up: West End Brewery A
Thurs Prem Runner Up: Shield B (1x personal trophy)
Thurs Shield Winners: Rover A (7x personal trophies)
Thurs Cup Runner Up: Elephant & Castle A (7x personal trophies)
Doubles Semi-Finalists: Alex Wood / Dan Parker
Singles Semi-Finalist: Rich Coleman
From previous seasons:
Summer/Autumn 2013 ThursD3 Runner Up: Bede's Lea
Winter/Spring 2013 ThursD4 Winners: Station
Posted: September 12th 2014, 10.00am
Promoters Matchroom Sport have a limited number of sponsors' promotional tickets to give away for the forthcoming World Cup of Pool, which takes place at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth from Tuesday to Sunday 23rd to 28th September. Many of the biggest stars in the game will be doing battle for a share of the $250,000 prize fund - all live on Sky Sports!
Teams from Germany, Holland, China, and the USA will be among the host of talent trying to follow in the footsteps of Philippines who lifted the trophy in a classic final in London last year. With the home nation fielding two teams, England will have every chance of lifting one of the sports' most prestigious trophies. Check out our Facebook page for more information.
There are two sessions a day at 12 noon and 6.00pm and to claim a free pair of tickets to any of the midweek sessions - Tuesday to Friday - simply drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org stating which session along with your postal address.
Summer 2014 Presentation Night
Posted: August 21st 2014, 12.00pm
Whether you've won a trophy or not, join us at the Peartree on Saturday 6th September from 7.30pm for food, drinks, trophies, competitions and more!
Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing some new faces.