SNOOKER MASTERS TOURNAMENT
Tuesday, 3rd July, 2012
The League recently held their Masters tournament where eight invited players play a round robin best of three frames with the top four ranked players to play off in a finals series.
The invited players consisted of: Mark Hille, Ed Hocking, Ken White, Derek Pascoe, Barry Delbridge, Leigh Scoble, Adrian Winter & Angelo Prendos.
The Masters is a tough day of snooker, Not only does a player need ability, he also needs stamina & concentration as other than a lunch break, the play is continuous for about seven hours.
At the end of the minor rounds the four players to continue on to the finals the following week were:
Barry Delbridge who went through undefeated, in fact losing only two of his sixteen frames played, Ed Hocking who showed his usual consistency, last year’s winner Ken White & The League’s most promising up & comer Adrian Winter.
As the top two ranked players, Barry & Ed played best of five to see who would go straight into the G.F., while the loser would play the winner of the Elimination final Ken v Adrian.
Having been runner-up last year Barry looked focused to hopefully go one better this year & this was evident when he played some great snooker to comfortably win 3-0 over Ed.
Meanwhile Ken and Adrian were in the midst of a five frame thriller with the result going down to the pink ball of the fifth frame with Adrian proving he can hold his nerve in big games winning 3-2.
This left Ed & Adrian to fight out who would play Baz in the G.F. Ed showed his experience in the first frame recording a comfortable win over Adrian, who then proceeded to win the next frame on a black ball, which seemed to give him confidence as he went on to win the next two frames with breaks of 30, 28, 22 to move into his first masters Grand Final.
Barry and Adrian then went into battle to see who would be the 2012 Masters Champion, and with his second visit to the table, Barry made a fantastic 54 break to stamp his authority on the match. This left Adrian a bit shellshocked, but he didn’t shirk the task he had in front of him but he did find the occasion and Barry’s experience to much to handle losing 3-0.
Well done to Adrian on making the G.F, and he now knows what it takes to win a major championship and having put together some good breaks through out the season, including a personal best of 47, the best of Adrian Winter is yet to come.
In saying that, all honours go to Barry as he went through the tournament undefeated and in doing so played great snooker to go on and win his eighth Masters Championship.
Congratulations to all players on a well played tournament.