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Royal Oak too good for the Chicks with Sticks in Tuesday clash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

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IT WAS the big match in the East Staffordshire Tuesday Pool League as the final two unbeaten teams faced off.

The Royal Oak and Chicks with Sticks went head-to-head and after the first two games it was all-square.

But everything changed when Candice Lindecke seven-balled her opponent in frame three and it spurred the Oak on into a purple patch, winning four frames in a row to lead 4-1.

Claire Roulstone kept the Chicks alive, but to no avail as excellent play from Rachael Speirs’ outfit saw them coast home 7-2.

There are now just 15 contenders left for this season’s Super Hit Squad title and this week we look at the top 10.

The Tuesday League’s top contender, Shane Morris, leads the way with seven opponents so far having bitten the dust.

Some fancy play has led his side, Sharpshooters, to third place in the table and they have only been beaten once.

At number two, from the top division, is Conrad Thomas and he is red hot at the moment as Royal Oak D are starting to climb the table.

They started the season rock bottom, losing all of their first four matches, but with their star man on fire it is now three wins in a row and they won 7-2 last week – without him.

It is another big name at number three and you can usually find Dave Fernandez well to the fore as he already has six notches on his cue.

His deadly aim saw him blast three opponents last week as the champions, Rileys B, took top spot for the first time this season.

With Fernandez in this sort of form, Rileys look good for title No 15.

One team who think they can stop them is Joiners A and they also have a ruthless cue man who has easily disposed of five opponents this season –Brett Bailey.

He is high on the wanted list as his lethal firepower has put Joiners on level points with Rileys, although well down on frames.

The number five star player plays for newly promoted Blacksmith’s and John Richardson’s lethal cue action has seen them hold their own in a tough division.

Although he shot down his fifth opponent, the Blacksmith’s were trounced 7-2 as the Jubilee celebrated their first win of the season.

The only lady in our top 10 is Kelly Ratcliffe and this is one lady you do not want to mess with, as five opponents this season can testify.

At number seven is Joiners B skipper Ben Stone, with South Stapenhill SC man Craig Jackson at eight.

At nine is Hammad Lateef from Coopers A and making up the top 10 is Scott Stubbs from the Drum & Monkey. All four have so far polished off four opponents this season.

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