Another of the innovative tournament formats was held this past weekend (October 17, 2015) at the Shooters Snooker and Sports Club. This was the first time for an event that restricted entries to those players with handicaps 3 through 6. Because this was scheduled to be a one day event the field was restricted to 38 players. Demand for these ‘one-off’ tournament formats continues to be strong and more events are scheduled to meet the needs and desires of all skill levels.
Once the preliminary’ rounds had been completed on Saturday it was Stuart Mactaggart, Teen Yan, Steve Menezes, and Joe Theriault who were undefeated on the ‘A’ side. The one loss ‘B’ side of the draw had Marco Sevilla, Alan Ada, Norberto de Carlos, and David Moyer steadily working their way through the ‘B’ side hoping to avoid a 2nd loss which would eliminate them from the tournament.
As play progressed into the evening it was Stuart Mactaggart and Steve Menezes who squared off in the ‘A’ side final with Menezes coming out on top in a close match. The result sent Menezes to the ‘hot seat’ and Mactaggart to the ‘B’ side. Over on the one loss side, the ‘B’ side semi-final saw de Carlos roll over fellow Pinoy Ada to claim a place in the ‘B’ side final for a match against current and two time Canadian Junior 9 Ball Champion Mactaggart. In one of the most exciting matches of the tournament de Carlos prevailed in a thriller against Mactaggart setting up a tournament final against Menezes.
In the true double final de Carlos dispatched Menezes in both matches to claim the tournament win.
Congratulations to Norberto de Carlos on his tournament win. This will be memorable for his successful march through the ‘B’ side. De Carlos lost his first match of the tournament and then proceeded to win 11 consecutive matches for the tournament title. Congratulations are also in order for Menezes on his strong play. This is another high finish for Menezes in the past several months.
Many thanks to those who participated and apologies to anybody who wanted to play but was unable to as a result of the limited field.
Future tournaments at Shooters include the long running and always popular ‘404’ series of events occurring this upcoming weekend. The ‘404’ events are open to all skill levels. Also on the near horizon is a 2nd iteration of the immensely popular ‘4-7’ Extravaganza on November 14, 2015. This is a restricted handicap tournament for those with handicaps from 4 to 7. This event was first held in June 2015 and drew a staggering 110 participants with prize money over $26,000 including both the prize monies and the Calcutta.
As noted, the next Shooters event is the 2nd installment for the 2015/16 season of the ‘404’ series. Please check the Shooters Snookerclub Facebook page and www.thepoolscene.com for dates and details for all upcoming tournaments.