Friday, 16 August 2019

CUP Series Finals Hustlers Aug 14 2019



Special thanks to Graham & Bunny and the wonderful Hustlers staff who went all out to give us a great experience hosting the CUP Finals this week

Thanks also to Yai and Team and Wassana who organised the after-party at Country Road. For those who went, it was a real bonus. 

As for the players and supporters, please give your selves a big pat on the back. Like the whole season the matches, last matches were all played in such great spirit. In every match, we saw each one of you playing also a winner. 

3rd place matches played outside in other venues was something new too. Robert and Jordan reported the same outcome. Great night all round for the napkin and toothpick trophy. 

Thanks, everyone for a great season and congratulations for making it such a wonderful success. 

It's now onward and upward now for a new season from September 2 with a new game plan as "Bangkok Pool Community"  

Next week quite a lot of us are off to Jakarta for the Asia Pool Challenge. Our Bangkok Heat team are ready with months of preparing, to go all out to bring back the CUP.  Quite a few this week were deciding to come to support the team and enjoy the break. The flights are cheap right now and the hotel has rooms if you want to come. Here is Team Shirt. If you want one contact me or Ronny 

Next is our Bangkok Pool Community End of Season Trophy party @Sportsman on Aug 26. Robert Dagger, our chief organiser, has booked John Walker to fly in to be the overall master of ceremonies.





David Dickenson will co-host with John, which we suspect will be a bit like the famous Peter Cook and Dudley Moore duo doing Behind the Fridge 

If you think it's over the top with 2 MC's, Food, Trophies, Happy Hour Prices, Raffles, Door prizes some comedy plus all the frills that Robert Dagger is planning to make it and more fun and worthwhile;  there is more. 

An added bonus will be Lee Shamrock to entertain us for a couple of hours. Lee is always great fun so we know he will make the night remorable.

This event has something for everyone and we want everyone to enjoy it. 



Here are the CUP results. What a fantastic night.

By the way, I sent Pizza mani some pics of the supper order.  This was our WhatsApp exchange. 

[21:08, 14/8/2019] Gordon Wood: Russell we have a supper break in a Cup final here at Hustlers involving 10 teams  As you can see in the pics they are demolishing your pizza's right now 

[21:15, 14/8/2019] Russell: Thanks for the order! Hustlers are the best. Lovely ladies too. Making my pizza look really good. Ha! Might have to take up pool ;).

[21:18, 14/8/2019] Gordon Wood: Can I quote you. Better still, come over if you have a minute.
[21:31, 14/8/2019] Russell : Sounds like an excellent time! I just got home. You boys have fun. Thanks again for the pics. Made my night!

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Review Round 13 Positions





Review Wednesday Round 13 

Talk about close encounters of the Third Kind. The liquid in the ladder after the catchup matches this week has put some long shots with the bookies to make the top places wide open.

Take a look at this now to see how all the teams all stand




I wonder if Stephen Speilberg is watching the attempts to get back from a Bermuda triangle.  After Mod sneaked a win on Wednesday, and Moonshine Oldies on Friday that put paid to Hangover chances.

Hustlers United likewise for the Wednesday Red are in the same Bermuda Triangle position. To get out of it they must play the catchup against Day & Night before they play Crazy breakers. Both opponents want the chance to get some runs on the board and are keen to play.

We all know that a team forfeiting denies them any chance to win a trophy. It is simply not fair as is unfairly fielding new players next week. If a team does field anyone who has not played 3 matches by round 11 it will be a pity as they may forfeit their match.

Be aware too that R14 must be played next week and cannot be deferred. So please play your matches.

Team score sheets are on the web so please give them the once over in case there are some issues you might have missed and let me know by Sunday so we can have them fixed. Scores must be checked before going into round 14. That applies to both Monday and Wednesday.


Review Monday Round 13

Friday, 14 June 2019

Round 11 Songkran Season 2019 Update and more

Feature Stories 

Hangout Cabaret

Last week Noi and May celebrated 3 years as owners at Hangout. In true Noi and May style, their cabaret feature turned out to be a really fun show to a packed house. My photos are not so good but a really great night was had by all. We were all so impressed at the boldness of these two popular venue owners trying something new. 

Congratulations and well-done Hangout

Black Pagoda Re-Opening 

To celebrate the completion of their pool room refurbishment to add 2 new tables to make it a 3 first class table venue, Black Pagoda had a pool tournament.  I was in time for the last few playoffs. The overall winner was Paul Gregory and runner up was Len Stokes. 

In Black Pagoda tradition the winners and everyone all enjoyed more than we dare tell you about in case you get jealous. It was all good fun that no-one would be embarrassed to tell you about later. 

Congratulations Joe Delaney who arranged the night and Black Pagoda for creating a swish new pool room we can enjoy for a long time to come. 


Moonshine 16th-anniversary party 

That was another great event. I got there at 8Pm on Saturday night for half an hour before I went to catch my flight. Sorry, I had no time to get a pics but for those who attend Moonshine, parties know the table, as usual, was groaning from all the delicious food.  I had to elbow my way in as it seemed everyone was there for another great night and a delight to be there to see everyone enjoying themselves. 

Congratulations Wassana, Mitch and Moonshine Team 

Round 11 Position   





Here are the ladder positions that show how comp teams stand. 
Some results may not be posted if the host team responsible missed the 10am deadline. Please note that a team who do not submit results on time risks forfeiting the match. The verification deadline is 7 days after the submission deadline.





Season Runout 

Bear in mind for the final 3 rounds catchups and any ongoing cup series for this season, the 3 match rule applies. I.E a high-grade player who has not already played 3 matches in a league team in the same comp by round 11 cannot be introduced to a team in that comp without the opponent's approval. This is to discourage any unhealthy practice to try to win a trophy using new players. 

Bangkok Heat Qualifying Series

The first deadlines to qualify is ืnow June 16 after the weekend
Above are the progress results at midday Friday, Jun 14. Final matches will be played over the weekend. 

OUR NEW SPONSOR 

The week Pizza Mania renewed their valued sponsorship to support the pool community and especially its efforts to send a team to the APC this year. 

Russell Davis, the Founder and Managing director of Pizza Mania Bangkok has been a social league and APC sponsor for several years. 

Pizza Mania is now a favourite for players and featured on many of our bars and sports venue menus, including Hustlers, Sportsman and Sports Academy and more. 

Check out their Pizza's Menu for home delivery. 

Pizza Mania at ​​02-261-1212 www.pizzamania.co.th 

Pizza Mania as a startup is a success story we welcome in our community. We truly want them to prosper and grow from their long-standing sponsorship and support for us. 

Thanks to you Russell and your Pizza Mania team from SSPL and our wider our pool community friends.  


SSPL SPONSORS 2019

In the foot of this post is the full list including hosting sponsors who make our league possible.

Our sponsors are our friends, many of whom also play in our teams. They invest time and resources in facilities and equipment and host our teams. Sponsorship pays for the trophies and running our league entirely. And all that for the price of a few drinks and buying their products when we need them.

The league regards this partnership as special and encourages players to support and recommend our sponsors as a first choice.

Cue Sports Thailand

 pooltables.co.th

You can find Cue Sports Thailand in Bangkok at Sportsman. They have a wide range of pool equipment; Rhino Tables, Cloths, Cues Accessories plus more. Visit their website to see their range and follow their Facebook Page for some great pool tips




Call Pizza Mania at 
​​02-261-1212 or order via 
www.pizzamania.co.th





Black Pagoda
Pat Pong
Suk 13
Suk 22
Suk 22

Suk 43/3


Suk 22 Queens Park Plaza
Suk 22 Queens Park Plaza
Suk Rd Times Square Building Soi 12 -14
Suk 22 Sub 1


Soi 8 sub 2
Herrity’s Irish Pub Bangkok
Soi 33/1
Moonshine Pub
Suk 22 Queens Park Plaza
Suk 23
Suk 13
Suk 13
Suk 20
Suk  7/1


Suk 2
Suk 33
WHY NOT BAR
Suk 20 Lane
Suk 22- Sub 2
Suk Rd  13-15
Promotions


A Foreign Affair Thailand
Introduction Agency
AFA Thailand
Shernox Group  
Business Planning
Advisors
www.shernox.com






Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Round 10 Songkran Season 2019 Progress

Feature Story- Leo 9 Ball Challenge 



The third and last in the Leo 9 Ball Challenge Tournament Series, last weekend at Sports Academy gave us fantastic treats to a highly enjoyable competition spectacle.   

Over the 2 days, we saw of the best of the best competing for the prize money put up by the sponsor Leo Beer. 

60 contenders participated in the event played in great spirit as an example to our social league players.

Fino Live Media televised it for all abroad to watch along with those of us who could get there to enjoy in person  

Congratulations Ramy Helmy and his team at Sports Academy for showing us another example of how to host a world-class event. 

The winners 
1. Stuart Pettman
2. Ruairi McCarroll


What's On this Week

Black Pagoda - Friday, June 7 

To celebrate the completion of their pool room refurbishment, Black Pagoda is having a pool tournament this Friday. That will be a tournament with a difference and not to be missed.

At this favorite we all enjoy a fun-filled pool night experience, Joe says to protect the innocent he will advise on the prizes separately but he did share that the promo prices are  95Baht for pints and 140 for bottles 

Hope to see you all there. Dress code is optional


Hangout - Cabaret Friday, June 7 



Noi and May are celebrating 3 years as owners at Hangout. But in true Noi and may style they will have a cabaret as a feature. I for one want to see that. Hope to see you there.

You can figure out how you will get to both great events. If you can don't count on some incredible fun and not on an early night!  

Moonshine - Saturday, June 8 

Another favorite is gormandizing at one of Wassana and Mitch's Moonshine Parties and this week we will have a big treat in store. 

Moonshine is turning 16 on Saturday and will have a Sweet 16 Birthday party to top all parties. Everyone will be there so don't miss it unless you have a really good excuse.




Team News and Vibes

Blast from the past 

For the last few weeks while BP pool room was being refurbished. we enjoyed BP home matches at The Old Other Office in Silom, a long-standing popular pool venue from the past. 

P' Pan and P' Jum, yes, the same husband and wife owners who opened it so many years ago are still there and say still love the pool community. P Jum even loaned me his cue for the night. 

Their huge heirloom venue full of memorabilia and a 9-foot table takes you back in time. They say they are now too old to play matches anymore but clearly they still stand out as wonderful hosts. Thanks, Old Other Office and P' Pan and P' Jum for hosting.

Deferring matches 

With the holidays and breaks recently some teams are having trouble mustering with players momentum and availability affected.
It is tough to muster a team and then keep it viable with so many now traveling more. 

Smaller teams are also making it less viable for venues who must look for other ways to pay the rent especially if a team repeatedly fails to show up.  Nothing to be concerned about but teams should do their best to keep to the routines and muster a full team by asking for help if needed. 

There are quite a few byes which do give options that can solve a team gap and make a match a bit different. Don't just take the easy way out. In the years we have been a league it is rare we can't find some players or a solution so a match can go ahead.  

Our league and the commercial value we get works well when we maintain the rhythm. Hence timely respect for each is needed so last minute cancellations don't stretch that.  Call a team direct and don't expect others to do it or have then read about in the forum thread. 

Here are the catchups from the cancelations for the last 3 rounds. 
There were potentially 2 more matches that would have been canceled this week, but for respective captain's cooperation with a mitigation plan meant all was well  

For the 10 Venues and 20 teams listed here with upwards of 80-100 players, they had their plans disrupted. By any standard that is unhealthy.

R8
HUSTLERS FUN vs BREAKERS SUN
R9
SCRUFFY MURPHYS vs HERRITY'S
R10
SPM ALCOS vs MOONSHINE (M)
R10
COUNTRY ROAD (M) vs SCRUFFY MURPHYS
R10
SPM ALCOS vs MOONSHINE (M)
R10
SPORT CORNER vs HIDEAWAY (M)

R8HIDEAWAY (W) vs SPM JEDI
R9
HANGOUT (W) vs CRAZY BREAKERS
R9THE MEXICAN vs WHY NOT
R9SPM MOD vs HANGOVER
R10
DAY & NIGHT vs HUSTLERS UNITED

Let's get it back on track so it stays fun for everyone. 


Scores Updating

Some results snapshot in this newsletter may not be included if a host team responsible missed the 10am deadline. 


Please note, any team who does not submit results on time risks forfeiting the match. The verification deadline is 7 days after the submission deadline. 

Most do it routinely but there can be mishaps. Doing the paperwork can be a burden so we make it as simple as we can. Then there can be no excuses. But bear in mind too the system that keeps it simple does not have much heart for tardiness. 

Next season when we merge the leagues we will change to using Reto's tool which will log player results too. That will make admin even simpler with match results posted as part of that process. 

With all that being said no-one wants to see a team forfeited because they are human. So if you have any issue on submission please contact any of the league admin team, ie Gordon John Jack or Peter. 

Coaching 

We all know that coaching a player in a game is not allowed. In the early years of the league, we allowed it to encourage players to learn.  

But when it became disruptive we reverted to use the international no coaching rules as our standard. 

Enforcing rules can become misunderstood and disruptive especially when a captain under pressure intervenes. So one way to defuse is to call time out first. Simply stopping the game while Captains confer can be more productive.  

Most players once committed to a shot find it very distracting to get unsolicited advice even from a doubles teammate. Any interruption from another teams member or the opponent could be considered out of order. If a spectator interjects it is also disenfranchising so the best practice is to be silent and let the player decide the shot then deal with any training later if needed. 

Be aware it is not coaching if a player asks his captain for clarification of rules. E.g player new to 9 Ball may require some explanations. 

But using live examples to answer a player in a way it also advises how to win the shot may be construed as coaching. 
In the end tolerance respect and a nonconfrontational approach on both sides avoids misunderstandings and unhealthy reactions.  

Round 10 Position   

Rounds 8 9 & 10 like a good marriage for those who played it was all smooth. Here is how we teams stand now. 




Some results may not be posted if the host team responsible missed the 10am deadline. Please note that a team who do not submit results on time risks forfeiting the match. The verification deadline is 7 days after the submission deadline.






Bangkok Heat Qualifying Series

Here is the snapshot of BHQ results up to June 3, 2019

The first deadlines to qualify is June 10

These web-based results are maintained as an unofficial cross-check to the official manifested at Hustlers that goes to players. Both results are updated and reconciled as matches are completed and can be seen in more detail on our web. Outstanding player matches are also there   http://www.sukhumvitsocialpool.com/p/apc.html


SSPL SPONSORS 2019

In the foot of this post is the full list including hosting sponsors who make our league possible.

Our sponsors are our friends, many of whom also play in our teams. They invest time and resources in facilities and equipment and host our teams. Sponsorship pays for the trophies and running our league entirely. And all that for the price of a few drinks and buying their products when we need them.

The league regards this partnership as special and encourages players to support and recommend our sponsors as a first choice.

Cue Sports Thailand

 pooltables.co.th

You can find Cue Sports Thailand in Bangkok at Sportsman. They have a wide range of pool equipment; Rhino Tables, Cloths, Cues Accessories plus more. Visit their website to see their range and follow their Facebook Page for some great pool tips



Black Pagoda
Pat Pong
Suk 13
Suk 22
Suk 22

Suk 43/3


Suk 22 Queens Park Plaza
Suk 22 Queens Park Plaza
Suk Rd Times Square Building Soi 12 -14
Suk 22 Sub 1


Soi 8 sub 2
Herrity’s Irish Pub Bangkok
Soi 33/1
Moonshine Pub
Suk 22 Queens Park Plaza
Suk 23
Suk 13
Suk 13
Suk 20
Suk  7/1


Suk 2
Suk 33
WHY NOT BAR
Suk 20 Lane
Suk 22- Sub 2
Suk Rd  13-15
Promotions


A Foreign Affair Thailand
Introduction Agency
AFA Thailand
Shernox Group  
Business Planning
Advisors
www.shernox.com