We have decided not to play matches on February 10th. Although it is not an official part of the Korean New Year the government have added it as a holiday to make up for Sunday. Out of respect for those who may have to travel long distances at this time we will not play matches at this time. It does mean the season will be extended by an extra week and the end of season banquet will now be on June 24th. The turn around between seasons this year will be very short.
Please make sure your team has paid its fees in full (350,000won) by next Wednesday (January 27th). You can pay in person to Mark Jones at Scrooge Pub or ask a league official for the bank account details in order for you to transfer the funds.
The full schedule for the 2016 Winter/Spring Season will be posted online tonight or early tomorrow morning. It has been an enormously difficult task getting everything organised, making sure we have 20 weeks and ensuring teams play each other within their divisions home and away. Huge thanks to Oz for working tirelessly on the fixtures and also to Ronan and Bernard for their input.
The 2016 Itaewon Pool League Winter/Spring Season is soon to commence and our organisational meeting will take place next Wednesday at 7:30pm in Scrooge. Teams wishing to sign up for the new season will need to provide their captain's full contact details, a team name and the bar they intend to play their home games at and a deposit of 100,000won with team fees to be paid in full (350,000won) by the 3rd week of the season. The season will start on the 13th of January.
2016 Itaewon Pool League Winter/Spring Season Organisational Meeting
at Scrooge Pub
January 6th at 7:30pm
To help with the promotion of the league we are, once again, featured in Groove magazine this month. Please check out the excellently written article by Liam Ring in print or online. There are also some excellent pictures taken by Nick Bruneau. Click this link.
And finally to help you get fully prepared for the new season we have been sent details (by Jonathan Soderholm) of a fantastic new pool hall called 'The Color of Money' in Ilsan. The club is run by Peter Cho, a professional 9-ball pool player and it has 8 Min tables that kept in excellent condition. The club does a decent burger, has San Miguel on tap and sells a range of top quality accessories and pool cues. More importantly Peter and his business partner Jean Koo offer pool lessons to help you cope with the rigours of facing the stiff competition thrown up by the IPL each week. These lessons are very reasonably priced and Peter is even willing to come to Itaewon to help out players from beginners to advanced. It's a brilliant opportunity to improve your game ahead of the regular season. Please feel free to check out the club and look it up on Facebook. With a name like 'The Color of Money' how can you go wrong.
The Color of Money
204-6 Bd. La Festa
Jang Hang Dong
Ilsan Dong Gu
Goyang-shi, Kyunggi Do
(La Festa area is accessible by bus or from Cheongbalsan Station - Line 3)
This Friday, December 18th, sees our end of season celebration with the traditional banquet.
2015 Summer/Fall Season Itaewon Pool League Banquet
This banquet is free to any member who has played 3 weeks of the IPL 2015 Summer/Fall Season. Those who have played 1-2 weeks will be charged 15,000won and non-members can join in the festivities for 30,000won.
Please join us for great food, trophy presentations, a few laughs, a great raffle and free alcohol.
The weekend culminated in the finals of the Championship A. Many, many congratulations to Shenanigans Boomtown Rats for finally getting their hands on the 'Erickson' Cup after a brilliant second set of singles against the valiant Bulldog Estyle. Across town Bull & Barrel Rising Stars took third after shaking off a dogged fightback from Scrooge Pub Wonky Triangles.
Champions: Shenanigans Boomtown Rats
Runners Up: Bulldog Estyle
3rd Place: Bull & Barrel Rising Stars
Champions: Dolce Vita Sweet Life
*Runners Up: Phillie's Pheasants
*3rd Place: Bulldog Miss. Q
(* Woodstock Al Korea were disqualified from Championship B and both Pheasants and Miss. Q have been promoted up a place)
Our 'Big Weekend' also featured our final tournament of the year. 50 players came out to try to win some cash and gain some individual glory at the End of Season Single's Money Tournament. The 25 players sorted into the Upper Bracket treated us to high quality thoughtful pool that included 11 special games. Close to midnight, the brilliant Jun Bongon claimed first place with a decisive and very tense victory over the talismanic Paul Riddle. In the lower bracket the competition was no less fierce as Seol Hee 'Kiwi' Jung proved that, despite being the only bird with no wings, she could still soar past her captain, Bernard 'Eagle' Condrau.
Many thanks to all those who made it a great event, especially Bernard, Ronan, Lenny and Russell.
The full results are as follows:
1st Place: Jun Bongon (Bulldog Estyle)
2nd Place: Paul Riddle (Bull & Barrel Rising Stars)
3rd Place: Dabu Kavanagh (Sin Bin Tomato)
4th Place: Seh Chul Park (Scrooge Pub Phoenix)
5th - 8th Place: Okjin Son (Shenanigans Boomtown Rats), Carnival Lee (Scrooge Pub Phoenix), Matt West (Bulldog Estyle) and Dan Kang (3 Alley Seoul Misfits)
1st Place: Seol Hee Jung (Dolce Vita Angry Birds)
2nd Place: Bernard Condrau (Dolce Vita Angry Birds)