2018 MansionBet World Pool Masters
Final four set for Masters showdown
Niels Feijen 8 – 6 Dennis Orcollo
Shane Van Boening 8 – 4 Darren Appleton
Alex Pagulayan 5 – 8 Jayson Shaw
WE HAVE THE FINAL four players to contend the 25th anniversary Mansion Bet World Pool Masters after the remaining three quarter-final matches completed at the Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar. Karl Boyes, fully recovered from his Saturday night heroics, will face Niels Feijen, the 2013 champion and Shane Van Boening, a winner in ’14 and ’15 will be up against Jayson Shaw, who overcame Alex Pagulayan.
In the opening match, Niels Feijen upset the odds to beat Dennis Orcollo who had looked so good in his first-round match on Saturday. The Dutchman, who had been out of the game for six months, dug deep to come back and take the victory.
“It was a shaky start, I was 4-2 and 5-3 down but I clawed back into it and got a lead. I was surprised Dennis missed the 1 and I think I closed the match with three racks from there. I will mellow down now, get some food and come back later on,” said Feijen.
The second match saw Shane Van Boening overcome Darren Appleton 8-4 to keep on track for his third Masters title.
“I felt comfortable but Darren missed the 2-ball in the first game and I got the early lead, so that was a big turn for me. If it wasn’t for that, maybe Darren would have the big lead. I took advantage of his mistakes and I think that’s why I won.
“I like when you play winner breaks – I won five US Opens playing winner breaks, and two World Pool Masters with this format. It is more exciting to see players put the package together and maybe someday a player will run the set out, who knows.”
The final quarter-final match Jayson Shaw put paid to Alex Pagulayan’s hopes in an error-strewn match that the Scotsman won 8-5. In fact, Shaw scratched four times over the course of the match but his superior shot-making carried him across the line.
Play continues at 19.00pm local time the two semi-final matches followed by the final.
2018 Mansion Bet World Pool Masters is sponsored by Rasson Billiards who supplies the Official Table; the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event and Ultimate Team Gear provide all World Pool Masters apparel.