The Club now has a Premier League Pool Team playing in the PC Coaches Thursday night League. They have their own dedicated Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/branstonhgpoolteam.

If you have any queries regarding the pool team, please contact Peter Kent, the Pool Team Captain.

Good luck for the season chaps!


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After two very enjoyable seasons at the Home Guard Club, the majority of the current group of players felt that in the best interests of the team it would be prudent to move back to the Hunters Leap, Washingborough, for the forthcoming Winter League season as it was simply believed that the playing conditions and location were better suited to our needs.
We would like to place on record our grateful thanks to the President, Chairman, Committee, and fellow members of BHG Club for all the help and support they have willingly given to the Pool team over the past two seasons. We also wish to make it abundantly clear that there has been no 'fall out' of any kind.
The decision to change venue was based purely on the available playing environment and associated facilities.
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The league presentation night took place last Friday when 4 members of the team attended to collect the League 3 winner's shield, ten individual trophies and prize money.
Unfortunately, for various reasons, six regular members of the team were unable to attend the presentation, so over the next week or so, I will attempt to give all players the opportunity to see the winners shield (and be photographed with it) before it takes up it's final resting place with the other trophies displayed on the shelves at the Home Guard Club.
The prize money for the league winners (24 pounds each) and individual trophies will also be distributed to the six players who were unable to attend.
Well done everybody. We've had a good season.

Attended:- Shaun Behan, Timothy Swann, Brian Baughan, and Peter Kent
Unable to attend:- Barry Rattenbury, Graham Boddy, Ashley Hughes, Keith Tomlinson, Mark Westaby, and James Garner
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Sorry I didn't attend Pete, Shaun, Tim and Brian, daughters birthday this weekend took priority, plus thought it was this week not last! What's everyone's thoughts of a steak night and couple of jars somewhere with our winnings?!


Although there are still two weeks of this season remaining (we now have two consecutive 'byes'), the HG lads secured the league title with a 5-2 home win against the Atmosphere last Thursday evening,

It was our leading scorer and vice captain Shaun Behan who secured the title for us in the fifth frame of the night after Baz, Graham and 'Tommo' had given the team an excellent 3-0 start, with 'Flack' securing the final frame of the night.

The presentation night is on Friday May 4th at Gwynne's Club on Shakespeare Street at 7.30pm when no doubt we shall celebrate with a few glasses of water !! The plan is to book a mini-bus or taxi (depending on numbers) for this event, but if you prefer to make your own way there, please let me know. Thank you.

Barry Rattenbury, Graham Boddy, Ashley Hughes, Keith Tomlinson, Shaun Behan, James Garner, Mark Westaby,Timothy Swann, Brian Baughan, Peter Kent
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Sorry boys I'm on holiday this week šŸ˜•

Following our excellent 5-2 victory over our closest rivals, The Atmosphere, at the Club last night, Branston Home Guard Pool Team are confirmed as league champions of Division 3. On behalf of all the team, I would like to thank the Club for their continued support and sponsorship of our efforts, all the players who have all contributed to an excellent team effort throughout the season and to all the other teams and players in our league, who without exception have shown high levels of sportsmanship, catering, and some memorable games too. You have all made us very welcome and we appreciate that. Thank you one and all. We have enjoyed every minute.
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As we approach our last game of the season, the boys face up to the Atmosphere at the Club tonight needing just four frames to create an unassailable 8pt lead in their bid to win the league title. Fingers crossed !!
In our last away game we secured a tense 4-3 victory at The Brown Cow thanks to wins from Shaun, Baz, Ash and Flack
It's been a good season so far and so we will all be looking to end it in style against our closest rivals - the only team who can stop us from winning the silverware !!
Barry Rattenbury, Graham Boddy, Shaun Behan, James Garner, Keith Tomlinson, Ashley Hughes, Mark Westaby, Timothy Swann, Brian Baughan. Peter Kent
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One of the pleasures of being involved with a team is witnessing the spirit and good-will that exists among all the players, and the mutual support that emanates.

In a re-arranged fixture at the Anchor tonight it was, once again, very much in evidence. Wins for Baz, Graham, Shaun, Ash, 'Tommo', and 'Flack' secured a very creditable 6-1 victory at the Anchor and ensured that the team go into their last away fixture at the Brown Cow on Thursday night, full of confidence.

The mini-bus for this fixture will leave the HG Club at 7.30pm.
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Following on from a 4-3 victory at the Witch the previous Thursday (with wins for Shaun, Baz, Flack, and Graham), the lads were obliged to travel once again last week due to a clash with the Club's AGM. Nevertheless, the HG lads registered their biggest win of the season with the 7-0 defeat of the Barrel to maintain the momentum of our quest for the league championship. The seven wins were down to Flack, Jimbo, Graham, Baz, Shaun, Ash, and 'Tommo'.

This week we have TWO matches. On Wednesday we play our re-arranged match at The Anchor and the following night we're off to the Brown Cow in Nettleham. Transport for both games will leave the HG Club at 7.40pm.

Our last match of the season is on Thursday April 5th when the Atmosphere come to Branston for a game that could well be a decider for the league title.
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Unfortunately the rest of the team team were unable to capitalise on the flying 3-0 lead set up by Baz, Graham and Shaun last Thursday evening, and ended up on the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline when the Black Bull lads came to Branston. They're a strong side and we enjoyed a good evening with them so can have no complaints. We now trail the Atmosphere by one point at the top of the table but we have played one game less.
This Thursday we're off into town to take on the Witch and will hoping for a return to top form and a convincing result.
Transport will leave the Club at 7.40 pm.

Barry Rattenbury, Graham Boddy, Ashley Hughes, Keith Tomlinson, James Garner, Shaun Behan, Mark Westaby, Brian Baughan, Timothy Swann, Peter Kent
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Thursday March 8th

The 'boys are back in town' on Thursday evening, after the disappointment of last week's postponed game at the Anchor, due to the adverse weather conditions (and the snow and ice on their table !!).

We had a great night in Welton's 'Black Bull' when we played there back in December (won 5-2) They are a great bunch of lads, but once the cues are out we will be hoping to complete the 'double' over them in the return fixture this week.

As things stand, only 'Jimbo' has indicated that he cannot make it this week so we will otherwise have a full squad available.

Barry Rattenbury, Ashley Hughes, Graham Boddy, Keith Tomlinson, Shaun Behan, Timothy Swann, Mark Westaby, Brian Baughan. James Garner, Peter Kent
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Due to uncertainties with the weather which could affect us all, The Anchor have requested a postponement of our away fixture with them scheduled for tonight - February 22nd.

A new date for this match has yet to be agreed but March 29th is a possibility if our home fixture with the Atmosphere scheduled for April 5th can be moved to the following Thursday (April 12th). If this can be arranged it would then free us up to play the Anchor on March 29th. Please let me know if you have any thoughts on this otherwise I will persue this option. Thanks.

Barry Rattenbury, Graham Boddy, Shaun Behan, Keith Tomlinson, Mark Westaby, James Garner, Timothy Swann, Ashley Hughes, Brian Baughan, Peter Kent
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I will there to able play I am available

Will be there


With 3 outstanding results from other teams still to be included from this month's fixtures, and with just 6 games left to play, the HG team remain firmly 'in the mix' following last Thursday's 5-2 home win against The Still.
Successes for Graham and Shaun (plus three forfeited games) secured the points for the Home Guard lads.
This Thursday the team travels to The Anchor (on Lincoln High Street) and will be hoping to register a convincing win to improve on a slender 1pt lead at the top of the league.
For those that need it, transport will leave the Club at 7.40 pm.
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Dont think i will be able to play re_arranged darts match abd player short will confirm later

Following our 4-3 win at the Moorlands Club last Thursday we return to our own table this week to face the challenge of The Still in an attempt to increase our lead at the top of the League 3 table.
Last Thursday there were victories for Graham, Tommo, Shaun and Flack but both Timmy and Pete will be hugely disappointed not to have closed out from winning positions in their games.
With just seven matches left to play, the lads will be looking to make the best of all opportunities prior to our final home match with The Atmosphere on April 5th which could well turn out to be the decider of this season's league title. Watch this space !!
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After an enforced three week hiatus, due to a series of byes, the team will be back in action next Thursday evening when we travel to the Moorlands Club looking to maintain our place at the top of the league.
We have eight matches remaining now so still all to play for.

Transport for this fixture will need to leave the HG Club by 7.40pm and I will arrange a minibus if needs be.
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I can able play & I will see u all there i am free

ATMOSPHERE 2 BHG CLUB 5 (played 18/01/2018)

A good result for the Club last night in our away fixture at the Atmosphere following some very close games.
Tommo and Jimbo can consider themselves unlucky to have missed out in their frames which brought the match score back to 2-2 following the flying start given to us by Graham and Ash that had established an initial 2-0 lead.
It was then down to the final three players to try and turn the tide and they duly obliged. Wins for Shaun, Pete, and Flack secured all three of the remaining points, and increased our lead at the top of the League to 11 points..
However, we have byes for the next 3 weeks and so it could all have changed by the time we get back to league action again next month. Until then, I will try to arrange some practice sessions.
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Fleck - Flacks South African cousin over for a visit! Well done the lads.

Graham Boddy's superb 7 ball clearance, with defeat staring him in the face, wasn't enough to prevent the team from incurring a 4-3 defeat at the hands of our visitors from the Brown Cow, who were only able to field six players
James Garner was our only other winner on the night.
The team clearly missed the vast experience of Barry Rattenbury and Keith Tomlinson who were both unable to take part due to on-going back problems. We wish them both a speedy recovery and hope to have them back in the team for the latter part of the season.
Next Thursday we travel to The Atmosphere (formerly Jailhouse Rock) to take on their team, who along with ourselves, must be considered as serious contenders to win this league.
For those players who need it, transport will leave the HG Club at 7.45 pm - please confirm that you are able to play - thank you.
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The Home Guard Pool Team return to the green baize tonight when we play host to fellow championship contenders, The Brown Cow from Nettleham, who, like us, have only lost one match so far this season. Every 'end' will be important to the team tonight as we seek to consolidate our position at the top of the table. Match starts at 8.00 pm. I hope everyone will be up for this one - Barry Rattenbury, Ashley Hughes, Graham Boddy, Keith Tomlinson, Shaun Behan, James Garner, Brian Baughan, Timothy Swann, Mark Westerby, Peter Kent
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Hi pete did you take the pool card last night.there captain was looking for it?

Flack is coming pete šŸ‘

Hi Peter and team, in case you missed my last message I will re-inform: I'm still off work (long term) awaiting injections in my back. Therefore I won't be able to make any matches until things improve. Best of luck boys! I'm sure you will kick ass (Flack too haha).

I'll text him pete

I will there be to time 9pm Peter Kent capt

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The team registered another good result last night following our visit to Birchwood to take on the Barrel, a very pleasant, friendly pub that most of us were visiting for the first time.
In the absence of Barry Rattenbury it was left to Ashley Hughes to lead the way, which he successfully did, with a confident display of skill and tactical play on an excellent true table which suited our preferred style of attacking pool.
Wins followed too, for Graham Boddy, Keith Tomlinson, Shaun Behan. James Garner, and Timothy Swann, who produced a contender for 'shot of the season' with a superb two cushion escape shot, from a daunting snooker, to pot the final ball (black) of the match.
Back-to-back 6-1 victories over the past two weeks will keep the team firmly in the 'mix' at the top of the league as we enter a two-week break over the Christmas/New Year holiday period.

We now have to wait until the new year before our next match - a home fixture with The Brown Cow from Nettleham, on Thursday January 11th, although a practice night has been agreed amongst the team for January 4th (at The Hunters Leap to avoid clashing with the HG Club's monthly quiz night).

May I take this opportunity to wish all players, fellow Club members and staff, friends and well-wishers everywhere, a very happy, healthy and prosperous Christmas and New Year.
Your continued help and support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Dear Captain Kent and the rest of the lads, sadly I won't be there on Thursday for the practice. Although I am still quite mobile the back is getting worse and I am now off work full time. So popping to the pub to play pool is not really an option at the moment. I am awaiting a date for the injections so hopefully will be back before long. Much love - Baz.

Shaun Behan i can make play to pratice pool st hunter

Well done the lads! Sorry I missed this one. Anyhoos who was the ONE???? Couldn't possibly be a back to back Rawling for Flack perchance?

'Losers corner' was a lonely place to be tonight as the lads powered their way to a 6-1 victory over the Witch, a result which will strengthen our position at the top of the league. There were wins for Baz, Ash, Graham, Tommo, Shaun, and Brian.
Despite their defeat, the Witch players clearly enjoyed themselves (and Sarah's chicken curry !!), and were very sociable and friendly throughout the evening. I am sure we will all look forward to the return match at their place in the new year (March 15th).
Next Thursday the Home Guard team travel across town to Birchwood to take on the Barrel.
For those that need it, transport will leave the Club no later than 7.40pm..
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in the wrong league boys

I havent play pool four week now šŸ˜¶

Who lost?

An enjoyable evening in Welton last night as the team registered an impressive 5-2 win at the Black Bull to maintain their place at the top of the league.
Baz and Ash shot us into a 2-0 lead and further wins from Tommo, James, and Flack helped to compound an excellent all-round team performance.
It's always a good experience at the Bull and last night was no exception. Thanks to all concerned and particularly to the bar staff who made us very welcome and also provided an excellent beef stew !!

Next Thursday the team take on the Witch MH team on the 'Branston baize'. The match starts at 8.00pm.
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Eyup - looks like Sarah has got hold of Shaun's phone!

you failed to mention i lost and was shite

You missed out Snake (Shaun) he was awful!! They should have claimed 2 points for his frame it was that bad!! Much love xx

A 6-1 victory last night (at home to the team from the William Foster), ensured that the HG lads now share a top of the league spot with The Brown Cow, The Atmosphere and The Black Bull at Welton who we visit next Thursday. We all have 13 points. There were wins for Baz, Ash, Tommo, Shaun, Brian and Flack.
Thanks to Sarah for the excellent Chicken Hot Pot - superb cuisine !!

For the trip to Welton next week, it is proposed to book a mini-bus which will need to leave The Home Guard Club at 7.30pm for the match to start at 8.00pm. At the time of posting, I believe that all our 'squad' will be available for this key fixture.
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You failed to mention James Garner captain. He was the one who lost hehe

Although our visit to the Still on Thursday evening resulted in a 4-3 victory, it was by no means an easy one as the first three frames were all lost !!
The boys dug in well in the last four frames and showed the determination and commitment required to turn things around and thanks to wins from 'Tommo', Shaun, 'Jimbo', and 'Flack' we eventually came away with the spoils.
The opposition were a very sociable group and a very pleasant evening was crowned by an excellent meal - a pork roast, so a good night was had by all !!
Next Thursday the team are at home to the William Foster.
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Our first match of the season against Moorlands had a disappointing outcome for the team when 'el capitano' managed to pot the match-ball black, hotly persued by the cue ball into the same pocket !! So what should have been a 4-3 victory turned into a 3-4 reverse !!
For the Home Guard lads there were wins for Shaun, Tommo and Jimbo.
This Thursday the team travel to the City centre to take on the Still. Transport will leave the Club at 7.40pm for those who need a lift.
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See you there


Our first match of the new season is at the HG Club when the Moorlands Club will be the visitors. Match starts at 8.00pm.
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FRIENDLY - BLACK SWAN - 2/11/2017 Unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel the friendly game at The Black Swan this evening. Those of us who are available could have a few games among ourselves at the Club this evening. It is also the Club's quiz night. Next Thursday we have a bye which will give us all another opportunity to have some practice games. ... See MoreSee Less

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I will be there Pete

Did u read I sent u on Facebook Peter Kent


Thursday November 9th BYE
Thursday November 16th Moorlands Utd (home)
Thursday November 23rd Still RM (away)
Thursday November 30th William Foster HSI (home)
Thursday December 7th Black Bull (Welton) (away)
Thursday December 14th Witch MH (home)
Thursday December 21st The Barrel (Birchwood) (away)
Thursday December 28th NO MATCHES THIS WEEK
Thursday January 4th NO MATCHES THIS WEEK
Thursday January 11th Brown Cow (home)
Thursday January 18th Atmosphere (away)
Thursday January 25th BYE

For further information and updates please go to the League's own website:-
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Gwynnes DW have been moved to the Premier league so our fixture on November 9th is now a bye at the moment (but that could change before the season starts). A friendly at the Black Swan has been arranged for November 2nd. when there is a quiz night on at the šŸ˜ƒšŸ˜ƒ HG Club.

Peter - I see we have what looks to be a delightful season in division 3 approaching! I can only assume the negotiations for leaving the Prem went a bit Brexit. Unfortunately Nov is busy for me and I can't make 2nd or 16th - other weeks looking OK at the moment though. Is everyone on board again this year? Not sure if Graham and Keith do much Facebook.


After what seems to have been an endless Summer we can now look forward to a new season on the green baize
This year we will be plying our trade in the Thursday night league division three and our first match will be at Gwynne,s Club on Thursday November 9th. @ 8.00pm.
Our first home match will be on Thursday November 16th when Moorlands Utd will be our guests.

I am hoping to arrange a friendly pre-season game (Away) for the previous Thursday (November 2nd) and hope everyone will be available to play in both matches. Please let me know - thanks.

Thanks once again to the HG Club Committee for their continued support. We hope to 'do you proud' this season.
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Sorry mate won't be able to make the 2ndnovember for i'm on a course at work

I am ok pete

I can make all with help on transport. Pete

Following a run of four defeats (6-1, 5-2, 7-0, and 4-3), the team face another tough game when Robert Harmston brings his vastly experienced and talented Gwynne's team to Branston for the final match of the winter season.
Although Gwynne's can, mathematically, still win the Premier league championship, it is highly improbable as there is a five point gap between them and Vic Clayton's Hykeham team (who recently beat us 6-1). Nevertheless, it will be a huge challenge for us as they will be sure to contest every frame but the beer will flow no matter what, and we look forward to seeing them once again for what should be another very enjoyable encounter.
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Apologies for the absence of recent posts due to technical issues but I'm pleased to now be able to update all our friends, followers and players as to the activities of the Pool team over the past three weeks..
The team travelled to Hykeham last night and whilst we all enjoyed a good evening, we were naturally disappointed to suffer a 6-1 reverse at the hands of a very strong Hykeham VC side, the current league leaders. Baz was our only winner on the night, although there were chances for us in the other games played
On the previous Thursday, March 2nd, we hosted the other Hykeham Club team (NL) and registered an excellent 6-1 win with victories for Jae, Baz, Timmy, Brian, Graham, and our vice-president, Trev.
The previous week, Thursday February 23rd, we travelled to the White Hart at Nettleham where wins for Baz, Ash, Graham, and 'Tommo' earned us a welcome 4-3 success.

We have two home games on successive nights next week. On Wednesday we welcome the Black Swan (Birchwood) to fulfil a re-arranged fixture and the following evening our opponents will be the Shakespeare. (Unfortunately, Ashley will not be available for either of these two games).

Thanks to everyone for your continued and much valued support.
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After building a 3-1 lead in our fixture at Gwynne's Club last night we were disappointed not to win any of the final three frames that would have ensured a victory over a very good, solid team.
Leading the way for the HG lads were Baz, Ash, and Keith ('Tomo') who all registered wins on the night.

Next week, we play host to our old friends from the Hospital Club with whom we always have a very sociable night with some good lively games so we will all look forward to seeing them again on Thursday.
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Winners revised were Baz first, Keith second and myself last, unfortunately Jae played like a girl and got 7 balled.

I'll sign the card you take the point I'll get pissed

Can not wait Peter Kent it will be a great night and the beer will be flowing

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