BWPPA Predator Cues British Wheelchair 9-ball Championship – First BWPPA title
The disappointment of my performance at the BWPPA Kamui 9-ball Shootout in September, and the performances of both England teams in this year’s World Cup of Pool inspired me to hit the practise table hard. I also stood a great chance of finishing the season in the top 8 of the Main Event Rankings, which would be my highest ranking on the BWPPA Tour as previously the highest I got was #9
Also there was an outside chance that I could finish joint top of the Challenge Event rankings. So I had a lot to play for.
A week before the tournament (7th November) I was practising at Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, when the motor on the right hand side of my electric wheelchair started making a noise. My practise session was cut short, and my mum came to pick me up. I rang Doncaster Wheelchair services first thing on Monday morning, and my chair was booked in for Tuesday. Thankfully my chair returned on Wednesday afternoon, with a new motor. The next day I had an hospital appointment, so I didn’t have chance to practise the week before the tournament.
I couldn’t get going in the Main Event, I lost 7-2 to Roy Kimberley and 7-2 to Danny Luton. I struggled all day to be honest.
I had the toughest first round match in the Challenge Cup I’ve ever had, Ireland’s Fred Dinsmore. Fred had just secured the no. 1 spot in the rankings. There were some shocks in the Main Event. Tony Southern, Daniel Lee, Roy Kimberley and Danny Luton made the semis in the Main Event, meaning everyone else was eligible for the handicapped Challenge Event.
I had a 2 rack lead over Fred before we broke off. In the first rack I had a great chance to go 3-0 ahead after he fouled, I cleared to the 9, but hit it too thick. Here we go again I thought. In the next rack Fred made a mistake and I regained my 2 rack lead. We shared the next 2 racks, so I led 4-2. In the next I had a pretty simple cut on the 9-ball for the match, but after struggling to get lined up because of a sofa at the side of the table I twitched…. 4-3.
I managed to get over the line in the next rack, with a great bank on the 8-ball. I came perfect on the 9-ball, I decided not to stun the white as I had on the two 9-balls I’d missed, and it worked!