2021 New Zealand Open 8 Ball Championship Tournament Report.

An excellent turnout for the New Zealand Open 8 Ball Championships, considering a number of other tournaments were on that weekend.
It was also good to see a lot of new faces, it shows the game is growing which is great to see.

Semi-Final 1 – Padrigo vs Clark
With these 2 players being more than capable of winning any tournament in NZ, Sullivan Clark showed grit and determination to get to the winning line with a well deserved 8-5 win.

Semi-Final 2 – Henry vs Teutscher
It was a one-sided affair with Marco playing the best pool I’ve seen since joining Massé. After missing two shots in the first frame, he showed his true class with 3 break and clears, and 4 clearances after Jimmy’s dry breaks. Marco ran 7 racks without missing, a stellar performance.

Grand Final – Teutscher vs Clark
One of the best finals I have witnessed. With a lot of twists and turns, uncharacteristic misses from both players, the match see-sawed, frame for frame to the hill. These two world class players had big breaks and would usually run the rack. Their position play was perfect; both showed focus, determination and the will to win. In the end, it came down to dry breaks where the robot-like Sullivan Clark took full advantage to control and win those frames. In the match winning frame when it was 7 all, Clark broke and ran the tricky layout to become Masse’s new 2021 NZ 8 Ball Champion.

Player of the day was Sean Beggs. At just 8 years old, Sean has set a record as the youngest player to qualify in an open major tournament at Massé.
Well done Sean, you have a bright future in this sport and there are bigger and better things to come.

Written by Jimmy “The Professor” Henry