BWPPA First Event of the Season

Just returned back from the first BWPPA event of the season, completely shattered and ready for my bed.

I finished the event in 3rd place loosing in the semi-final to Bristol’s Danny Luton.  In general I was quite please with my performance as throughout the tournament I played some very good pool.

My first two matched were against Mansfield, Arni Chan and Glasgow’s Graham McClounnan.  I beat Arni 7-3 and went onto to beat Graham 7-2 playing some good pool in both matches, securing my quarterfinal place.

I arrived at the pool hall around 9.30 Sunday morning and at 10am the draw for the quarterfinal matches were done.  I drew Gary Swift from Sheffield on the match table no.20.  I started the match really strongly and took a commanding lead, and then Gary started to come back at me.  I finally seen the match out wining 7-5.

The Semi-Final was against Danny Luton and again I started the match really strongly taking a 6-2 lead.  I can’t really explain what happened from there on in as I just seemed to be constantly looking over my shoulder rather than driving home the win.  Danny began his fight back playing some good stuff although I was still getting chances in most frames I just couldn’t seem to close it out.  The match went hill hill and I was given ball in hand with just the 8 & 9 ball left.  The 8 to 9 weren’t straightforward and although I got position on the 9 is wasn’t perfect as I was left on the rail.

The 9 Ball was still very makeable however I didn’t feel mentally strong after watching such a lead disappear.  I missed the 9 ball by some way and was so disappointed with my second half performance in the match and finally lost 7-6.  Obviously credit has to go to Danny for making a great comeback, but as I said earlier I still had chances to win the match from 6-2.

It’s important now that I stay positive, as generally my game has really moved up a notch since having my own table at home.  The European championships are just around the corner so I will be practicing even more in preparation for this event.  One of my new practice sessions will be 2 hours a week playing snooker at Riley’s Solihull, then afterwards entering the weekly Wednesday night 9 Ball knockout again at Riley’s Solihull. 

Thanks goes to everyone involved, committee, tournament director, George at Riley’s and Darren Appleton who showed up to present the trophy to the winner Fred Dinsmore.  I spoke to Darren after my defeat and he gave me a few tips and went over certain shots that come up a lot in the game of 9Ball (cheers mate)

Roll on Europeans.