Oz and Bernard showed true Hall of Fame form in helping us put this schedule together. It is not perfect, and I am sure that some teams may feel "screwed", but hopefully all will understand the complexity of the process.
With 23 teams, byes are necessary. With two teams playing out of all but one bar, and with all of the other parameters of our league, it was truly a nightmare coming up with a workable schedule.
As you can see, we had to spread the season out over 21 weeks in order to make it work. Most teams have 10 home and 10 away games, but some teams are at 9 and 11 or 11 and 9. Two teams, Fat Alberts Scandal and JR Pub Pinoy Mafia, only play 19 matches. We apologize for these things, and ask for your understanding. They could not be avoided.
The first matches will be played tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18th.
The Winter/Spring 2017 Itaewon Pool League Season will kick off with our regular organisational meeting on Wednesday January 11th at 7:30pm in Shenanigans. Anyone wishing to enter a team should sign up on the night with a 100,000won deposit and full contact details regarding the team. The league season will officially break off the following week on January 18th.
Organisational Meeting: 7:30pm at Shenanigans on Wednesday January 11th
Deposit Required: 100,000won (Full Fees 350,000won per team)
Details Required: Sponsoring Bar, Team Name, Captain's Name & Contact Details
There will also be proposals and issues that need to be discussed before the new season starts and we would encourage all captains to stick around and participate in any votes that maybe required. If you have a proposal for the new season please post on the forum or contact one of the new league officials (Lenny, Chris, Mark or Jumie).
This coming Friday sees our End of Season celebration. Please come and join us at the Crown Hotel for a complete review of an extraordinary season. There should be some laughs, some tears and plenty of alcohol.
Date: Friday, December 16th
Venue: Crown Hotel
Entrance: Free to those who played 3 or more weeks of the season (1-2 weeks = 15,000won, guests = 30,000won)
At the banquet we will hand out all the trophies and awards for both individuals and teams. Draft beer will be available for the first time at the banquet and as usual there will be a 50/50 raffle, a range of excellent food and the night's entertainment will be compered by Mr. Lenny Erickson.
Many congratulations to the 3 winners of each of the divisions on Wednesday night and, just to break with tradition, we'll start our round up in the B Division which saw possibly the result of the season. Sin Bin Bombadeers took the title after destroying Zzyzx with a brilliant set of opening games to race into a 6-0 lead. Nerves crept in during the second set but Dabu and Jason steadied the ship and brought the boys home. This was a staggering upset. Zzyzx had only been beaten once all season prior to last Wednesday (7-8 against the Champions of the A Division - Dark Horses). In that run they had straightened out the Wonkies, drowned the Rats, poured water on the Smokin' Aces and annoyed the Angry Birds. Sin Bin were 100-1 shots before Wednesday but the form book was ripped up in specatular style. In the top league, the Dark Horses were really anything but that. They also produced a wonderful opening salvo and raced into a 6-1 lead at one point over the Smokin'Aces. Four runs were recorded as the Nags neighed their way past the league winners. The best match of the night was at Shenanigans where Boomtown Rats and Dic-Taters played out a nail-biter. Rats eventually took 3rd place after midnight as they subdued the determined underdogs. In Championship C, reason returned to the throne and Super Power did indeed prove to have too much force for the Free Shots. Once again, congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to the failures.
Thank you all for another great season and it has been a pleasure. See you at the banquet!
Tonight sees the culmination of a long and hard fought season with the winner (and losers) doing battle one last time in 2016.
Tonight's final is between JR BBQ and JR BBQ at JR BBQ (possibly?). Since one of the JR BBQ teams has been banned from the venue, it is unclear whether the final will take place or not. The executive committee worked hard to get both teams banned from the final and have the final between Boomtown Rats and Dic-Taters but sadly a last minute appeal went through and it does look as though the Dark Horses will take on the Smokin' Aces after all. On Sunday, the Aces slowly ground out the necessary result against the Rats and the Dark Horses proved too strong for the Taters and in doing so did also proved they have the most girly chant in the league. They 'neigh' at the end of it! We will make them perform it at the banquet. It really is very gay!
The all conquering Zzyzx seem destined to take a second title this calendar year. Standing in their way are the resurgent Bombadeers who took the last 4 frames against 8 Ball land on Sunday. Sadly, 8 Ball Land were too drunk to field a team in the final doubles match-up and simply allowed Sin Bin to gracefully walk into the final. Zzyzx nearly suffered a similar fate fielding only 5 players but they do have Seh Chul, Lancer et al. and saw off Green Light.
The romantic division threw up another shock on Sunday as Free Shots made their way to the final at the expense of Phillie's Frigates. Sam and Maki have coped with the loss of the fine leader that was Ryan and simply taken the team to a new level. They will face Super Power at Bulldog and the final should go to form with the power of the Power but this is a strange division and I have been known to curse teams with my predictions. Sweet Life and Frigates will battle for third place.
The Banquet and New Season:
The banquet will be on Friday, December 16th at the Crown Hotel as usual. More details will be given out after tonight's games. The new season is slated to start on January 18th with the organisational meeting a week before on the 11th of January.
Good luck tonight and thank you for a memorable season.