And so we come to the conclusion of five days of frantic top-level pool action and crown the World Champions in both the seniors and the overall competition.
Before I tell you the winners names I need to at least round up the greatest pool tournament it has been my pleasure to work on as well as tell you a little more about the IPA and their next event! Although the World Championship is, quite obviously, the pinnacle of the pool year for players and fans alike, there is a tour that starts in Liverpool next April, and stops off at Bradford (May), Glasgow (June), Warwick (September) and Brighton (October), so literally the length of the Country. The top players will be there as always, and they will once again be live streaming, which reminds me – those who missed the World Championship can watch the semi finals and final on Premier TV at a later date, so do NOT read on if you don’t want to know the results.
Back to Sunday and French player Paul Coldrick was having a week to remember. Clearly playing well after landing the Seniors’ title Saturday night, he teamed up with Yannick Beaufils to win the doubles by beating the less experienced pairing of Lloyd Freeman and Chris Patrick who will, I am sure, be back to fight another day as they grow with confidence.
Moving on to the singles and the semi finals were absolute classics as the ever improving Clint I’Anson saw off my fancy Craig Marsh and Gareth Potts continued his relentless march to the title with a victory over Ronan McCarthy, and we all thought the final had to be an anti-climax, but how wrong could we be? Although both are young players by my standards it did seem to be the young pretender taking on the master, but more importantly we were treated to some absolute top quality pool. With Gareth taking the first set in a race to five (5-2) it was good to see Clint failing to lie down and fighting back to take the second set by the same score leaving us as unclear as ever about who the likeliest winner would be? History will show that Gareth took the third and deciding set to record his fourth World Championship along with the trophy and prize money before (sadly) announcing his retirement from British 8ball pool to concentrate on the Chinese version where he has been contracted to play in too many events to take in the IPA tour as well. Magnanimous in victory, he acknowledged the part Clint had played in making it a final to remember, and talked him up as perhaps the next number one in the sport, but with so many new players signing up to the IPA tour, home to the World’s best pool players, I suspect a few others might like to have something to say about that long term!
Sean Trivass was a guest of the IPA (International Professional Pool Players Association) and Lakeside Country Club and would like to thank them both for their hospitality and all the players for their help throughout the week.
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