NSW eightball`s second playoffs  were held today the 5th of June at The Metropole Hotel in the picturesque town of Lismore, once again 32 players played in the double elimination best of five tournament, the field was bolstered by several locals, plus the Coolangatta legend Geoff Atkinson (you just ask him he will tell you), the tables weren`t up to standard but the whole point of the playoff series is to promote our game through out northern NSW, the next playoff is at The Hotel Illawong, Park Street Evans Head, to be held on the 3rd July,  again a 10.00 start, Oops I digress unusual for me, back to todays games, good to see Greg Dingle there along with Steve Chapman and Michael Cowling from the Gold Coast Diamonds, Johnny “spiderman” Latta was our genial host and while not in the sparkling form of last year, his effort to ease a huge huntsman (it was dead at the start I think) onto the shoulder of Mark “kayband” Morrison, (if it wasn`t dead to start with, when Mark noticed it I would have to say the yell would have frightened it to death) was better than any pot out on the day. The big pockets and high cushions along with some savage rolls made it a tad like russian roulette, but we all adapted to the conditions and had another great day,

On a sad note Byron Bay racehorse identity Mr William Compton suffered a badly strained back whilst celebrating his 59th birthday with a game of tennis. What possesses one at 59 to pick up a tennis racket after 20 years of inactivity is beyond me, (I can picture it and it is not a pretty sight) stick to pool Billy we need you back for Evans Head and the Masters on the 28th August. Once again Peter Watt and Damien Smith proved a class above their rivals, but there was a sensational effort by Steve (now I am not saying he is slooooow but while most players get called at 30 seconds Steve gets called at 30 minutes) Chapman to beat Watty in the main draw and finish in the top 4. Like a fine wine Steve is improving every time he plays. Our Australian ladies 9 ball champ Mel (agnoma) Malone loves pool so much she “throws” her 1st round to get more play in the back half, I am not far behind her in that regard I have to say, and Mels partner in crime Wayne Worsley continues to impress every week. Rod Beehaz lost 1st round but bounced back to finish top 6 good job.

 

    All in all the concept is going great and is giving a lot of players who would never have the chance to gauge their ability against top class players like Watty and rep players like Damien, Geoff, and Mel and really see how top cuests perform. See you all at Evans Head next month. Biggest improver on the day was Warren Knight who claimed 4 points at Brunswick Heads and 12 today, going backwards Terry “the arm” Stevens from a big 12 points to a dismal 6 today. Oh yes the whinging pom Chris Blanton got out of his sick bed to compete today (he probably should have stayed in it) and with a new pot black cue (brought from Greg Dingle, the man to see for by far the best deals on any pool or snooker gear in Australia (07) 55991662) he blitzed early and played as good as I have seen him, and if the poms show half his fight they may well draw a test in the upcoming ashes series. (if it rains). Damian Smith finished 1st from Peter Watt a reversal from round 1, the best pot out of the day was Damians 1minute out to eliminate Geoff Atkinson in the deciding frame. It really was great to see the players willing to travel, and improve on their game, swervin Mervin, Nestor, Himono and the Tweed lads to name a few. CHEERS POPPY

 

Footnote : Pool comp every Wednesday at the Ferry Road Tavern, Bundal, (cnr Cotlew st & ferry Road) not far to Surfers Paradise, 7.00 start Run by Peter Watt, $10 ($5 for the girls and b graders)entry $5 buybacks best of 3, on holiday? Visiting? Come and have a crack at some of the coasts best cuests. Average prizemoney over $300 paid to 4th.

Dolphins Hotel Tweed Heads, free comp every monday night (money back if you lose 1st round)  $100 prizemoney ($50 1st $30 2nd $20 3rd). Free pool all day and night. 2 tables huge and TAB area.