Last Saturday we saw the seasoned pro Glen Coutts win the 1st of the $30,000 prize pool Premier League finals by taking out the 9 Ball Premier Championship. 16 of Massé’s most committed players from 4 clubs attended the event and after section play it was down to the business end of the tournament. We saw some exciting matches in post section and it showed in the scores too; top seed Richard Alfonso losing to Danny Kerkhoven 9/8, Zabian Jeram after leading 5-1 lost to Geffrina Harwood 9/8 and our pre-tournament favourite Marvin Padrigo lost 9/8 to the ever-improving Tony Vittle.
Clayton Moana brushes aside the experienced Jimmy (The Professor) Henry 9/5. This player is going to be a star of the future; he already excels in the junior division, is the number 1 ranked junior, plays in all the tournaments, has no fear, pot wells and played all the right shots at the right time to win and advance to the semi-finals. Also progressing to the semi-finals was Joe Pologa, Glen Coutts and Tony Vittle.
Clayton Moana carried on with his impressive form to shoot to a commanding 8/6 lead against Glen Coutts and had Coutts on the ropes in the last 3 frames, but could not deliver that knockout blow. Coutts just hung in there and took full advantage of Clayton’s misfortunes and mistakes to advance to another final 9/8. In the other semi-final, sharp shooter Joe Pologa beat Tony Vittle 9/7. Final Coutts vs Pologa: In the final it was all one-way traffic where Coutts didn’t miss many shots once he got his nose in front, it was a long day for Joe who was running on empty. Well done Couttsy, your composure, experience and all round game got you a well-deserved win 9/4. See you all at the Premier 10 Ball finals.
Tony Vittle Beat Danny Kerkhoven 9/2
Joe Pologa Beat Peter Kingi 9/5
Glen Coutts Beat Geffrina Harwood 9/5
Clayton Moana Beat Jimmy Henry 9/5
Glen Coutts Beat Clayton Moana 9/8
Joe Pologa Beat Tony Vittle 9/7
Glen Coutts Beat Joe Pologa 9/4