The first session of the Mansion Bet World Pool Masters began an hour later than scheduled. “The beast from the east” prevented the referees from arriving in Gibraltar. Wu Jiaqing was unable to travel also, so Chris Melling took his place in the draw.
I was pleased to see the table was breaking difficult, makes for better viewing. Six times World Pool Master Ralf Souquet was first up against 2012 Champ Karol Skowerski. After an edgy start “the Kaiser” showed his experience in the end coming through an 8-4 winner.
The next match between Niels Feijen and Raj Hundal was an interesting one for me. Niels hasn’t been able to play at all, and I thought “the Hitman” might turn him over. They shared the first couple of racks and Raj had his chances. The 8-2 scoreline flatters Niels. He will need to improve if he’s going to get to the later stages.
Last match of the first session saw defending Champion David Alcaide take on Tony Drago’s substitute Karl Boyes. Boyzi hasn’t travelled much recently, but as I said in my previous post he’s won 5 GB9 events on the bounce. Boyzi won the match 8-3, but like Feijen the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story.
Conditions in the arena were great for us watching, not so great if you’re playing though. The rails were slow, and the table was breaking difficult. I hope it continues for the next 2 days!
Ted Lerner said after the session he thought Niels Feijen played the best of the three winners. I disagree, I don’t think anybody stands out. The conditions could have played a part in that.
Looking forward to today’s play .Shane Van Boening, Appleton, Strickland, Jayson Shaw and Joshua Filler in action!