Another successful installment of the 2014/15 ‘404’ series took place this past weekend (February 28 & March 1) at the Shooters Snooker and Sports Club. This was the 7th event in this season’s tournaments.
Despite a very busy pool schedule this season with ‘major’ tournaments on every weekend from October to May and at least 2 other ‘major’ tournaments this past weekend, this ‘404’ event drew a strong field of 57 players to Shooters. The weekend field was comprised mainly of GTA players with several out-of-town players also attending although out-of-towners were less represented than usual. As in past ‘404’ and Shooters Amateur events, the field continues to attract players who have never before participated in these events and those making a return to this level of competition.
After play concluded on Saturday, Greg Plester, Naomi Williams, Tom Hogan and Ben Chang were undefeated on the ‘A’ side while the ‘B’ side had John Timmermans, Dave Robins, Stefane Godinho, Joshua Bryan, Carlin Sanderson, Rafiq Kassam, Sumon Sarkar and Shane Gummerson returning for Sunday play. Not surprisingly, most of the Sunday matches were very competitive and when the dust settled Ben Chang had gone undefeated to capture the ‘A’ side title while Tom Hogan and Naomi Williams were left to contest ‘B’ side bragging rights. Hogan prevailed against Williams setting up a rematch against Chang who had sent him to the ‘B’ side. In the tournament final Hogan exacted his revenge by defeating Chang 6-1.
Congratulations to Tom Hogan on his 404 tournament win. Tom played a giant-killer role by defeating Ben who has ruled this pool season as the player to beat despite increasingly challenging handicap changes to reflect his dominance.
As always, thanks to those who participated in the ‘404’ at Shooters Snooker and Sports Club. The Shooter’s tournaments continue, however, to be plagued by no-shows and last minute cancellations. This results in a tournament field that is less than capacity. Players must notify the tournament organizer of cancellations in sufficient time to permit others to participate. This is not only a discourtesy to the tournament organizer and the rest of the players but it causes the tournament to begin unnecessarily late time after time. Steps will be taken to address this issue.
The next Shooters ‘404’ will be held March 28 & 29, 2015.
** If you have pre-registered for the event you must be present and your entry fee paid by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the tournament. Failure to do so may result in your place being forfeited to an individual on the waiting list.**
|9th -12th||Rafiq Kassam||4||$50|
|9th -12th||Dave Robins||4||$50|
|9th -12th||Shane Gummerson||7||$50|
|9th -12th||Joshua Bryan||4||$50|