The midway point has been reached in the Group stages of the 2013 Laois Pool League and the next three games for each team competing will prove very important as it will decide who will qualify for the Cup and Shield Finals.
In Group A, last year’s Cup finalists Ryan’s Bar continue to rule to roost with strong victories keeping them at the top. Currently in second is the Phoenix Inn but they are closely followed in third by the Hawthorn Bar trying to secure that all important second place in the Groups which will see them qualify for the Cup finals. The Hawthorn Bar and the Phoenix are currently only separated by two points and three frames and are due to meet each other this week so it will be a very important game for both teams.
In Group B, 2012 champions The Horseshoe from Abbeyleix top the Group and are expected to remain there throughout the Group stages. The Final Furlong from Ballybrittas hold on to second place and will be looking to stay ahead of 2012 Shield Champions Nappers B to guarantee second place. Unfortunately Leeches bar were removed from this Group due player availability.
Group C sees new team Gogarty’s Bar holding on to first place with a comfortable lead in points in the Group. They are due to play Finlay’s on Tuesday of this week so Finlay’s will be hoping to secure points there to help pull away from Lennon’s A team from Durrow who are level with them on points and only separated by three frames. Naomi’s Bar have yet to get a point on the board and must start moving now or they will be in danger of not making it to either knockout stages.
Group D sees Napper Tandy’s A team hold the lead but they are closely followed in second by last year’s Shield Finalists The Gatehouse from Emo. In third and only one point behind are newcomers Lethean’s Bar who were due to take on the Gatehouse Tuesday of this week. This will be an important game for both teams for second place. Lennon’s B team have yet to win a game having lost their first two fixtures.
Week 4 fixtures are as follows: Group A: Nappers A V Gatehouse, Lennon’s B V Letheans Bar. Group B: Finlay’s V Lennon’s A, Gogartys V Naomi’s Bar. Group C: Final Furlong V Nappers B. Group D: Phoenix Inn V Hawthorn Bar, Ryan’s Bar V Railyard Inn.
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