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Pool league chalks up its first 40 years

Silverware and celebration as potters collect prizes at glitzy end-of-season presentation night

29 June, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Ursula Lulla lifts the trophy after winning the Ladies’ Championship

THE best pool players from across Camden and Islington left their cues and chalk at home on Saturday as they turned out at the Boston Arms pub in Tufnell Park for a night of silverware, celebration and even a spot of dancing.

King’s Cross Assassins won the Liam Tarrant Cup – their first major trophy since joining the league

Top potters from the Chalk Farm Pool League came together at the glitzy do in recognition of their success at the table, and to mark the end of the league’s 40th season.

Division Three winners Cousins Night Walkers, featuring Omar Diori (front row, centre) who also won the Captains Cup

Among the triumphant teams collecting their prizes were Division One champions Sir Robert Peel, Division Two table-toppers Peckwater Playboys and Division Three winners Cousins Night Walkers. The King’s Cross Assassins also got their hands on some silverware after seeing off their rivals to win the Liam Tarrant Cup – the league’s answer to the FA Cup.

Division Two winners Peckwater Playboys

Some of the individual stars also pocketed trophies following their efforts in what was a highly competitive campaign. They included King’s Cross Gunner Ursula Lulla, who won the Ladies’ Singles Championship, and Sir Robert Peel’s premier potter Chris Heim, who yet again won the men’s singles title.

Boston Arms double winners Rory Cooper and Danny Fry – Danny attended the awards night to accept the trophy on behalf of Kevin Howard

There was also special Lifetime Achievement Awards for former league chairman Dave Hempstead and league secretary Mick Gilligan.

Division One winners Sir Robert Peel. Star player Chris Heim (far left) also won the singles title

League chairman Shaun Pollard said: “We have some tremendous talent in Camden and Islington, which is driving up the standard we’re seeing at the table each and every season.

“Each of our three divisions strengthened again this season, producing tight and competitive matches, while in the men’s singles event we saw 140 entries battle it out for the number one spot.

Mick Gilligan

“We are especially pleased to also see more and more ladies playing pool, and hope to again increase the numbers we have in the league next season.”

To join the growing numbers in the Chalk Farm Pool League, visit www.chalkfarmpool.com

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