All twenty tables were in pretty much constant action all day at the Bradford Hotel as the IPA World Championships moved forward to the last 64 of the main event, the last 32 of the Seniors and the same for the doubles, with the Ladies event starting on Friday evening..
Naturally, there have been a few upsets along the way (though to be fair, not very many), with the cream rising to the top – but then again we have yet to see the Professionals in action, who joined the draw tonight and started their march towards the crown every 8 ball pool player so wants to win.
Looking at the draw as it unfolded before my eyes, and although I doubt either player will be too happy, I can’t wait to see Simon Ward v Arfan Dad at 9.30am, which should be well worth getting out of bed for, and we hope to follow that at about twelve with Ronan McCarthy v Ross Fernie with both clashes looking inspiring in advance – let’s just hope it ends up that way and we get the feast of pool we are all hoping for!
Overall, everything is going well, the players and friends are making the most of the opportunities to place their bets with Coral (fun or serious!), the facilities and brand new pool tables are delighting the players as are the surroundings, while the TV table is the talk of the town and is attracting a lot of interest from both the players and spectators too with the odd local popping in to see what it is all about and leaving suitably impressed.
Despite all the smiles among the players you could still sense a bubbling undercurrent of competitiveness as those left in begin to realise that maybe, just maybe, this is there year, and with Jack Whelan doing just that from the Amateur ranks in 2015, who is to say that lightning cannot strike twice?