The BWPPA season continued with the Simonis Grand Prix at Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley. Gary Swift and Adam Pearson returned to the tour after a few years away. I drew Gary in my first match in the Main event. I played good, he was getting most of the good rolls, including two fluked 9-ball’s. It’s tough but that’s 9-ball, some matches the rolls are with you and you have to take them when that happens. Other times like in this match they go against you, but as Noel Gallagher once wrote, you gotta roll with it! I lost 7-2.
In the one-loss bracket I drew Adam Pearson. I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a match with so many swings in momentum. I went 3-0 up and was flying, I was feeling the most confident I have at a tournament in a while. In the 4th rack I misjudged a topspin shot going from the 8 to the 9, 3-1. The next rack I’m bridging over the 9 with the spider, playing a safe on the 8. The white and the 8-ball going around the angles, and both go in 3-2. 6th rack I clear the table to the 9 off his break, I’m left with a bank on the 9 (a double for snooker players) and I jaw the 9. 3-3.
The momentum is with him now, and he goes 5-3 up. We share the next 2 racks to move it along to 6-4. I win the next to go 6-5, I miss a 9-ball down the rail that I would say is a 7/10 shot. Lost 7-5.
The next morning I return for the Challenge event sponsored by World Pool Series, the event had a revamped handicapping system. I got a walkover into the semi-finals, where I faced Craig Welsh who beat BWPPA debutant Graham Brown.
I began the semi against Craig 3-0 up, we shared the next 2 racks to make it 4-1. I missed a couple of chances to take the match out, he made it 4-3. After he missed a combo on the 9-ball. I made it to get to my first final on “home soil”.
Former English 8-ball World Champion Dave Beaumont was my opponent in the final, having come through a tough 5-4 win over Tony Southern.
I started the final 3-0 up again. It was a similar pattern to the semi, we shared the first 2 racks 4-1 and I missed a few chances to put the match to bed. In the end I won 5-3.
It was nice to finally win a trophy at my home club after winning 2 in Aylesbury, and a few Challenge semi-finals at Barnsley.
As always I would like to thank everyone at Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley for everything they’ve done for me over the last 10 years
Next tour stop is the British 10-ball Championship in July at the Wheelchair Cuesports Academy in Aylesbury. Also that weekend there is a qualifying tournament for the last spot on the Great Britain team in the inaugural team GB v team Europe Mosconi Cup style event in September