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Archives: ADPL Players Shine at 2004 Home Internationals
 Posted on Sunday, September 26 2004 @ 04:05:34 BSTby adpladmin
International Pool News
2004/5 Home International Champions
Scotland Mens Team

The Britannia Hotel in Stockport was the venue for the Home Internationals from 17th-19th September 2004. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland were all present. Scotland performed very well at the event and exceeded all expectations with many ADPL players invloved representing their country...

The Junior team included Scottish Junior Champion, Phil Craig Jnr, current Aberdeen Singles Champion, Pat McCarron, and team captain Martin McIntosh. The team got off to a good start as they defeated Rep.Ireland 11-4. This was sweet revenge against the team that beat them in the semi-finals of the World Championships earlier in the year. However, the wheels came off the wagon after this match as defeats from Wales (11-4), England (10-5) & N.Ireland (9-6) meant that Scotland could not rech the final. With Rep.Ireland losing all of their matches it meant that Scotland still contested the 3rd & 4th place play-off. After a stern talking to from their manager after the group matches the team produced an almost flawless performance by beating N.Ireland 8-2.

Pat McCarron shone in the Junior Singles and did well to reach the final where he lost in the final to Fintan McKenna (Rep.Ireland). Other notable performances were from Martin McIntosh (losing semi finalst to Pat McCarron) and Phil Craig Jnr (losing quarter finalist).

The Ladies team had no ADPL representatives on this occasion. In the event Scotland got off to a flier by beating Ireland 12-3 and reigning champions Wales 10-5. England showed their class as they stopped the Scots in their tracks with resounding victory. With one match remaining the Ladies knew that victory would guarantee them a place in the final for the 2nd year in a row. The ladies performed well and won the match to proceed to the final where they would face England once more. England once again rose to the occasion by defeating the Scots 8-3.

In the Ladies Singles Sue Thompson (6 times World Champion) had some tough matches but came through them all to take the Ladies title for the 2nd year in a row.

The Scotland Men's team was again heavily represented by ADPL players including: Darren Matthew, Mike Clark, Mark Gravener and of course captain Phil Craig Snr. They also had young Aberdeen snooker league hotshot, and 2003/4 Scottish Pool Tour number 2, Ian Daniel in the side. Player/Manager for this tournament was Mike Clark. The team came into the event hoping to reach the final. They won their first 2 matches against Ireland & Wales but also cam unstuck against England. They, like the ladies, had to win their last match to guarantee a place in the final. They won the match with plenty of frames to spare and progressed through.
In the final they would meet England. England were confident after beating the Scots in the group section but the Scottish Men were up for the final. The scots raced into an early 7-2 lead, much to the surprise of all of the other teams, and held onto their lead as the next 8 frames were shared leaving Scotland as the champions for the first time with a score of 11-6. The whole of the Scottish team were delighted to have won their first International title and Manager Mike Clark said that the team were superb. This made Phil Craig Snr the first ever player to captain a Scottish men's team to tournament victory at International level - a great achievement!

In the Mens singles two ADPL players did fantastically well to reach the semi-finals only to lose out to fellow Scots. Scotland, indeed, dominated the event with 5 players reaching the last 8. Dave McPike (Arbroath) lost to Darren Matthew (Aberdeen) in the quarters but Phil Craig (Aberdeen), James Pheely (Corby) & Steve Munro (Salford) all progressed to leave Scotland with all of the semi finalists. In the semis Steve Munro beat Phil Craig 7-6 and James Pheely beat Darren Matthew 7-1. In the final Steve raced to an early 5-0 lead which James couldn't claw back and Steve ran out 7-3 winner.

The next event is the European Championships in Malta in February with several more ADPL players sure to be taking part.


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