Week 33 Preview

Tonight sees one of the biggest games of the season with a clash between title rivals Entertainers and the Murray. A narrow win for the 'tainers over the Diamonds coupled with the Murray dropping points to the Greenhills has saw a massive swing in points in the title race, leaving the Entertainers a point clear with a game in hand. The Murray will have their backs against the wall in this one, knowing that if they are to claim their first ever title, nothing less than a win is required. The Entertainers will have the comfort of knowing they still have a game in hand are are a healthy five points ahead of the Hustlers, however they will be craving the win which would effectively be a knock-out blow to the Murray. This one is really is anyone's call, with both teams having recorded heavy wins over each other in the RB cup, and having drawn in the league early.

The Hustlers will be watching on with keen eyes, hoping the Murray can do them a favour and blow the title race wide open again with a win. However they'll need to ensure they gain maximum points from their match against the Tower before they start a run of three tough fixtures, including their own clash with the Murray.

A big win over the Baptists last week saw Club 72 increase their lead in fourth to five points, however they face a much stiffer challenge this week with an away tie to the Greenhills. The 'hills currently lie someways back in sixth, however they have proved they can be a match for anyone so far this season having had positive results against the top three so far this season.

An 8-6 defeat to the Entertainers last week has seen the Diamonds slip five points behind Club 72 in the race for fourth, however they'll be hoping they can get back to winning ways when they visit Langlands. Davie Bonner's team, however, are coming off one of their best ever results in a massive 10-4 away victory in the Tower and will no doubt be full of confidence going into this one.

The Hunters are sitting clear in seventh spot one point ahead of the chasing pack for a top half finish. They'll be looking to continue putting pressure on the teams below with a win away to the struggling Baptists.

Just one point behind in eighth, the Top Guns face a tricky test against the Cuesters. Last time out Andy Mason's side narrowly won the fixture 8-6, and all signs point to this being another close match.

The Aces fought to a draw against the Hunters last week but will be looking to go one better tomorrow with a victory at home to the Shooters. The three teams immediately above them could all be viewed as second favourites in their respective matches, and the Aces will be hoping by Tuesday night they have leap-frogged them into tenth.

Full fixtures as follows:

Entertainers - Murray
Greenhills - Club 72
Hustlers - Tower
Langlands - Greenhills Diamonds
The Baptists - Hunters
Top Guns - Cuesters
Whitehills Aces - Greenhills Shooters

Week 32 Preview

Tonight will be a telling week in the title run in with both the Entertainers and Murray facing tough Greenhills teams while the Hustlers have the week off hoping that they will not lose further ground to their rivals.

The Entertainers continue their grueling April schedule (which sees them with four fixtures against top five teams) with an away match against the Diamonds. Last time out this was a close 9-5 win for the Entertainers, but this match will be a different kettle of fish with the Diamonds having added to their squad since then. While the majority of the pressure will be on the Entertainers to win to ensure they go into next week's top of the table clash with the Murray with the best possible chance, the Diamonds themselves will be under pressure knowing Club 72 could go further clear in the race for fourth.

The Murray also have a tough fixture against the Greenhills, albeit tackling this one with home advantage. The Murray have been rejuvenated after their 10-4 victory over the Entertainers in the cup, and they'll be looking to continue their good form with a result to keep them top going into the big game next week.

Club 72 will be hoping the Entertainers can do them a favour while they take on the Baptists in a match which could see them with a healthy five point gap in fourth. While the Baptists have shown marked improvement in recent weeks, it'll be a massive task to get first points on the board in this one.

The Ospreys take on the Top Guns in a match both teams will need a win in if they are to finish in the top half. Both sit on 26 points, and lie 3 behind the Hunters in the chase. There's been nothing to separate the sides so far this season, and this looks like it might be a close one again.

The Hunters have flew under the radar for most of the season, but three consecutive wins have now propelled them into the top half for the first time this season. They face a stiff test from an always capable Aces team and the Hunters will know nothing less than a win is required to keep them ahead of the pack below.

The Tower put in a good showing against the Entertainers last week and were unlucky not to gain something from the match. They'll be looking to pick up where they left off and gain a win over Langlands to keep them in with an outside chance of finishing in the top half. Just four points separates the sides however, and Langlands themselves will be looking to nick the win to close the gap.

The Cuesters have been in a real slump of late, having won just one match since December, and now find themselves down in 13th. They'll know they need a win against the Shooters to pick them up for a final charge up the table in the last few games.

Full fixtures as follows:

Club 72 - The Baptists
Greenhills Diamonds - Entertainers
Greenhills Shooters - Cuesters
Hunters - Whitehills Aces
Murray - Greenhills
Ospreys - Top Guns
Tower - Langlands

Week 31 Preview

By Guest Writer

Tie of the night tonight is the Greenhills derby between "the real ones" and the Diamonds. Diamonds are due a win in this fixture, but the only certainty in this one is a minimum of two refereeing disputes and one team being "really disappointit" about something or other. Prediction, 7-7 draw.

Next up is "cup specialists" the Cuesters who host the Hunters. After somehow losing a cup tie last week the Cuesters will be looking to bounce back. The Hunters will fancy their chances here, even more so if Bomber's upset stomach forces him to miss the game again. Prediction, 8-6 away win.

The Entertainers have the luxury of a fully fit squad this week against the Tower after resting players in last weeks meaningless second leg quarter final with the Murray (only kidding George :D). Don't see them slipping up here, 10-4 home win.

The Hustlers host the Ospreys in the nights other tie in the Greenhills, difficult to see anything other than a comfortable home win here, the only way this one should last beyond 10pm is if speed merchant Ewan plays twice. Prediction, 10-4 home win.

The Baptists host the Murray this week, who will be looking to boost their frame difference in this one. Murray Hall of Famer John Martin should be back, and that should inspire them to an 11-3 win here.

The Top Guns face the Shooters tonight and whilst you never know which Top Guns will turn up, they should still be good enough tonight. 9-5 home win.

Tonights final tie is at the Whitehills, where Club 72 come to town. The Club have never won in this tie before so could be a very tight game. Prediction is an 8-6 away win, and Chris Bryden to outdrink Buckieman by 15 drinks to 3.

Good luck to everyone tonight.

Full fixtures as follows:
Cuesters - Hunters
Entertainers - Tower
Greenhills - Greenhills Diamonds
Hustlers - Ospreys
The Baptists - Murray
Top Guns - Greenhills Shooters
Whitehills Aces - Club 72

Week 30 Preview

Tonight sees teams taking a break from league duty with the second legs of their Robert Black quarter final matches. Despite some heavy scorelines in the first legs, each tie is far from over and no teams with a lead will likely want to take their foot off the gas.

The pick of the night is the most competitive game on paper, with the Cuesters hosting Club 72 trailing 8-6 from the first leg. Despite being massively behind at one point the in last leg, John Burns' team managed to dig out the last few frames to keep the tie in the balance. They'll be spurred on by the fact they held the 72 boys to a draw last week also. The Club will be favourites however knowing a repeat draw will send them into the semi.

The Hunters will look to overcome a 9-5 deficit when they welcome the Tower, however this will be a big ask despite home advantage, as Chris Main's team have failed to record a victory against the Tower in any of their last five meetings.

The Murray will need a monumental effort if they are to overcome their 11-3 defeat from the Entertainers. While most will consider the tie over as a contest, the Murray will be looking at this as an opportunity to break their winning duct against one of the big two, twice having been in winning positions against the Entertainers and Hustlers in the league and failed to get over the line. Despite sitting one point clear at the top of the table, they'll know they need to break this hoodoo at some point this season if they are to claim the title. A solid win in this one might just give them confidence they have what it takes to take down the big prize.

The Top Guns will be looking to finish off the Diamonds early doors as they take an 11-3 win to the Greenhills. The Top Guns have been rather a Jeckle and Hyde team this year, but only a major appearance of Mr Hyde could jeprodise their place in the semi.

In the consolation cup, all ties finished 10-4 to the home teams, with each looking to ease into the semi with a quiet night. The Aces travel to the Shooters, while the Langlands take their lead to the Baptists.

The pick of these ties will be the local derby between the Greenhills and Hustlers. Stevie Kelly's team will know that they already have one foot in the semi, however after dropping points to the Top Guns last week and slipping three points behind the league leaders, he'll be keen for his players to get back in the win column with a confidence boosting win over a tough team.

Full fixtures as follows:

Robert Black Cup Quarter Final 2nd Leg
Greenhills Diamonds (3)-(11) Top Guns
Hunters (5)-(9) Tower
Murray (3)-(11) Entertainers
Cuesters (6)-(8) Club 72

Silver Quarter Final 2nd Leg
Greenhills Shooters (4)-(10) Whitehills Aces
Baptists (4)-(10) Langlands
Greenhills (4)-(10) Hustlers

Week 27 Preview

Teams return to league business this week after the first legs of their Robert Black ties. The pick of the ties is without question the top of the table clash between the Hustlers and Entertainers. These fixtures, especially in the second half of the season, are the ones that have historically decided the title. However with both teams level at the top, and the Murray only two points behind, you couldn't say the same this year. Make no mistake however, the wining team will still be a huge favourite to go on and lift the title come the end of June. After patchy starts from both teams to the league season, both go into this match in a rich vein of form, the Entertainers have won their last nine league matches, while Stevie Kelly's team have won their last eleven straight. Throw in the fact that each team has beaten the other 8-6 and also fought to a draw so far this season and this one is anyone's guess.

Elsewhere, the Murray will be licking their wounds after a heavy defeat in the cup to the Entertainers last week, however a win over the Shooters will see them at worst jump to second in the table, and at best sit joint top if the Hustlers and Entertainers play to a draw.

The Diamonds will be looking for revenge from their League Cup defeat to the Cuesters when the two teams meet. Both teams are coming off losses in the League Cup to the Top Guns and Club respectively, and will looking at this fixture as the ideal one to bounce back quickly.

Club 72 will be left feeling frustrated after they let a commanding lead over the Cuesters slip in their 1st leg cup match last week, however they'll be comforted by the fact the win still keeps them in control of the tie overall. They face a Hunters side without a win in 2014 who'll be hoping they can go one better than the 7-7 they recorded against the Club back in October.

Just five points now separates the Ospreys and Greenhills, and Tommy Meldrum's team will be hoping their good league form (four wins out their last five) continues with a victory over the 'hills.

The Top Guns will be looking for a win over Langlands, while hoping the Ospreys also do them a favour as they look to close the gap on the Greenhills also.

Elsewhere, the Aces visit the Tower in a key match for both teams. Just one point separates the sides, and both will be looking for a more positive result rather than the stalemate played out earlier in the season.

Full fixtures as follows:

Club 72 - Hunters
Greenhills Diamonds - Cuesters
Hustlers - Entertainers
Langlands - Top Guns
Murray - Greenhills Shooters
Ospreys - Greenhills
Tower - Whitehills Aces

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