LEAGUE SET TO BOUNCE BACK STRONGLY
The all important AGM 2022 took place at The Carlsberg Club on 16th August. We are grateful to all those who were able to attend and for those that sent apologies. The league is managed and organised for the benefit of our members and it is always essential that we hear your thoughts and ideas. Like all leagues and associations we have been hit hard by the pandemic and through the loss of longstanding and influential players. Whilst we remain in a strong and relatively stable position, much more needs to be done to grow our player and venue base. We continue to seek more of your support in these endeavours.
There were a number of proposals for discussion and full details can now be found on the committee page of this site.
For further details click here
We are reaching the climax of the Summer League 2022 – with only a couple of league matches remaining the two teams topping each group with then play a two-leg semi final.
The winner of the Dunkley League will play the Runner Up of the Farrelly League – likewise, the winner of the Farrelly League shall play the Runner Up of the Dunkley League. Division winners shall play the ‘away’ leg first.
The two finalists will then play their final at a neutral venue.
Good Luck to all teams!
A new season beckons – your full guide to the forthcoming season now available.
The fixtures are set and the thrills and spills of a competitive Winter Season are almost upon us. Tables will be being prepared and cleaned for the unveiling the new season. New captains have been selected and teams are readying themselves for what will once again be an exciting campaign.
Defending Division 1 champions Rushden Cons are straight in at the deep end with the visit of The Cock ‘A’ on 3rd October, and last season’s bottom two will be getting an early opportunity to pile some pressure onto each other!.
There are a couple of teams that would be eager to bolster their ranks so here’s a little more information.
League matches take place on Monday evenings and there are plenty of team, pairs and individual trophies to play for – you can contact us to find out more.
Click here to find out more about what is in store for your local team!
The September draw was conducted on 6th September 2022 and the lucky winners are:
- 1st Prize – £50 – Mick Haynes
- 2nd Prize – £25 – Rachel Clough
- 3rd Prize £10 – Rachel Clough
Many congratulations to the three winners!
Presentation Evening hailed as ‘A Night To Remember’
Recently we celebrated our 50th Anniversary at another spectacular Presentation Evening hosted at the Old Northamptonians Club.
Our wonderful Social Secretary, Michelle Coleman, really pulled out all the stops with a wonderfully decorated venue and seamless organisation. Guests sat for a delicious meal and enjoyed the annual trophy and award presentations.
Big winners on the night were Rushden Cons and The Headlanders for their title wins and Stephen Coleman for his Individual Knockout triumph. Aidan Coe snapped up a number of trophies and awards including the Mary Leeming Award and the Player’s Player of the Year award for Division 2. Chas Peel won the PPOTY for Division 1 after a truly outstanding season.
There were plenty of laughs throughout what was a wonderful, celebratory evening and we hope to post many of the fantastic images that were captured throughout the event on this website very soon.
We also took the opportunity to mark the passing of our founder member and Honorary President Ted Dunkley. We shared some of the most thoughtful comments and memories submitted by league members, and everyone was moved by the spontaneous standing ovation offered to Ted. It was a pleasure to be joined by Dawn, Jason and the family and we know it was lovely for them to see just how much Ted meant to the league and all its members.
Here’s another look at our own tribute to Ted.
Ted Dunkley – Founder Member and Honorary President
It is with our utmost sadness that we mourn the passing of Ted Dunkley.
After an extended period of poor health we are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Ted. We are truly devastated for Dawn and for their children and grandchildren. Ted was a hugely important, popular, respected and loved member of our league who has been sorely missed in recent times as a team mate, a leader and an advisor – but he will always be remembered with great affection and joy. It is a tragedy that he will be unable to celebrate the 50th Anniversary with us but we shall certainly have him at the forefront of our thoughts.
As a Founder Member of the Northants Bar Billiards League and then latterly the League President, Ted had Northants Bar Billiards to his very core. It is due to his commitment during some of the toughest times that we have a league to enjoy today – we have long recognised the huge debt of thanks due to him. We appreciate fully the contribution Ted made and we look forward to paying a most fitting tribute.
Of course we understand that this devastating news will hit us all very hard and we know that the entire league membership will remember Ted, the many matches that were played, the laughs that were shared and the stories that he told – we sincerely hope that you will take a moment before your next match to remember Ted and raise a glass to his wonderful memory.
Thank you Ted – may you rest in peace.
Once more we must sadly share the news of the passing of another important member of the Northants Bar Billiards League story.
Pete was a highly gifted player, organiser and record keeper – he diligently sought to record and safeguard the Northants Bar Billiards League whilst achieving considerable success on the national stage.
Pete made an outstanding contribution to our league and will be remembered with great fondness and gratitude for all he brought to his teams, his many friends and to the league as a whole. He was always keen to help players improve and taught many of the finest players we have the key elements of the game which still underpins their success today.
We are grateful for his lasting impact on our league and will always remember him.
Rest in peace, Pete.
Rushden emphatically win title in anniversary season
It seems fitting somehow that in our 50th year one of the longest serving teams in the league have landed the Division 1 crown. Rushden Cons have been the mainstay of our league for some time and are always a popular team to visit and to host. Playing at a consistently high level has not always brought the rewards they deserve, but this season every member of the team played a vital role in a fantastic success.
Chas Peel has won more league games this season than any other player and Damian Coates the second highest number of league legs. Captain Andy Chambers led his team superbly and in a thrilling climax to the season Jim Smith got the ball rolling with an outstanding performance in a vital first leg.
The pressure built in leg two and a rare mistake from Jase Neal allowed Andy an opportunity he duly converted. Wins followed for Stew Greenaway, Damian Coates – with a very impressive display – and Chas Peel completed the rout.
As ever, the Carlsberg team were gracious in their defeat and acknowledged the highly deserved success of their great rivals – a testament to the spirit that makes the Northants League both unique and the finest in the country. We are sure Simon Coleman and his team will be back stronger next season – but for now, the entire league congratulates the new Division 1 League Champions – Rushden Cons reign supreme!
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Headlanders – The 2021/22 Division 2 CHAMPIONS!!
What a truly outstanding season the Headlanders team have put together. With some remarkable results, particularly against Division 1 sides, and a level of consistency that has been unmatched in recent years by this team, they have won the Division 2 title in style and more than proven their credentials as a Division 1 team for next year!
Many congratulations to Martin, Aidan, Mick, Nicole, Richard and Roger – a fantastic achievement.
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Over the last few years there has been a strong growth in appetite for traditional English Pubs and Clubs which can act as a community hub with facilities for people to meet, socialise and enjoy great times. Being a Bar Billiards host venue helps provide fantastic patron entertainment (even in the smallest of spaces) as well as a strong revenue stream.
Known for being the fastest growing and one of the friendliest environments to get involved in the traditional game of Bar Billiards. We provide an unrivalled blend of good natured competition, great venues with a highly social membership.
We have worked hard at developing a compelling offer for pubs and clubs who are looking to significantly increase revenues by including a traditional and good natured pastime to their weekly activities. With a minimum of thirty guaranteed match nights per season and completely free of charge table provision more and more venues consider Northants Bar Billiards the perfect partnership.
Our membership has grown by a massive 23% in the last five years and you can be part of this continuing story as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary year. We cater for a wide range of abilities, from newcomer to players who represent England at national level (and all those in between) to create the finest league anywhere in the country – why not find out what we can offer you!