Sunday Night Shootout Qualifier 2 Tournament Report

Sunday Night Shootout Qualifier 2 Tournament Report.

It was the new generation of players that shined through at the 2nd Shootout qualifier.

Match of the day was Jack Beggs, narrowly losing to Glen Coutts 4-3, Jack had chances to win but couldn’t quite secure it.
Then young Kieran Dempsey make his senior semi-final debut in the Shootout along with partner in crime, young gun, Deon Rawlings.
Both of these players have been dominant in junior pool for several years now and are starting to move up in the senior ranks.

Marco Teutscher vs Kieran Dempsey
All one-way traffic, Marco knew the dangers of Kieran and shut him out. A bad time for Dempsey to run into a red hot Teutscher who never missed a shot and in return snookered Kieran 4 times out of his 6 visits. It was a perfect performance by Teutscher winning 7-0.

Sullivan Clark vs Deon Rawlings
A match with no rhythm due to the layouts after the break, both struggled to get fluency into their game with Sullivan comfortably winning 7-4.

Grand Final – Teutscher vs Clark
Both players came out firing with both running 3 racks a piece. A dry break from Sullivan saw Marco run the rack then broke and ran another rack for a 5-3 lead.
After a dry break by Marco, a positional fault saw Sullivan seize the opportunity and bounce out to a 6-5 lead.
With that little bit a pressure, and not missing a shot in 13 frames the unbelievable happened, a relatively easy 8 ball was missed by Teutscher, gifting the frame and match to Clark 7-5.
A great victory to Clark, the match of the year so far and Sullivan’s 2nd victory in a row over Teutscher – well done Sullivan.

Can it get any better? Watch this space! – Jimmy “The Professor” Henry

2021 New Zealand Open 8 Ball Championship Tournament Report

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