Great to have finals night back 3 years after the last one, it did not disappoint with an excellent turnout, some excellent food provided by Heather and Jim and some pretty good bar billiards
Wanted to acknowledge the efforts with my thanks to Joe Oakley, Ian Lelliott, Chris Cox and Bob Hall for all their hard work in getting the tables set up and taken down with all that is attached to it such as lights, legs, furniture removal etc. Special mention as always to the incredible efforts of Stuart Mepham in driving the van there and back and also for removing the tables, with great help from Joe, from the van and then basically putting them back on his own, as I was hopeless in "assisting" him. Thanks Stu it would not have been possible without you. Thanks to Jim and Heather Millward for being incredible hosts and for letting us move everything around in the Stag so the tables fitted snugly in the back room. Further thanks to Jim and Ian for their generous sponsorship of the tables, together with a third person who was even more generous but prefers to stay out of the limelight. The smooth running of these events relies on people stepping up to score, Dave Ingram did 2 matches and the incredible Tony Jenner did 3 so my thanks to both of them and the others who stepped up to help, I think the match Dave Reeves scored started on Wednesday night and finished Thursday morning!
Onto the bar billiards itself, fair to say that table 2 was the trickiest with plenty of breaks in the Open Doubles, both legs one against the break before Kevin finally got to grip of it in the decider. Steve Hurley, who was suffering from a broken body beat his team mate George Fisher on it, George did not like the table, but then it did not help he forgot his cue! In the other match on there Rick Cunningham comfortably beat Alan Brackenridge in the Mens Plate, Rick getting a decent score and break in leg 2. On Jim's table Tupps beat Alan in the Over 55s and then in the match that seemed to go on forever Steve won his second title of the night beating Phil Reay in the Captains. Phil got an excellent score in the second leg but could not replicate it in the decider, well done Steve on winning the two titles
Earlier, on table 3 Steve's chance of a clean sweep of titles went at the first hurdle but it was not for want of trying as son Liam really stepped up to the plate sinking the 100 first to win leg 1 and then narrowly missing (and knocking over the black peg) going for the 200 which would have given them a 2-0 win over Moppy Scott and Steve Burns in the Lower Division Doubles. Moppy put in an improved performance in leg 3 to give the Mont (always will be) boys the title. A quality mixed final followed with the men making it 1-1 before Michelle Baden made an excellent opener in the decider, Nigel pegged and that left Jim with a chance but he thought he was further behind than he was and in rushing made a mistake to give Michelle and Nigel the title, well done both
The final match on table 3 was the Mens Final, difficult to write about it when you are in it so I'll make it quick. Think it is fair to say it was a pretty extraordinary final. 1-1 without too many issues, on to the decider, I won the toss and went first hoping to set Kevin a decent target, which I was pleased to do in getting 19,450, with a couple of excursions. Kevin being the champion he is made it look pretty easy in passing the target with about a minute to spare. He only had one excursion and that was right near the end. Neither of us missed in the decider so hopefully the fans enjoyed it, grateful to all those who cheered me on - well done Kevin
We changed the way the competitions were organised this year and it seemed to work well with the finals night line up known well in advance and not a rush, as in some previous years, to complete matches. Thanks to all those who were flexible in playing more than one match in a night
Well done all the winners and thank you to everyone who supported Brighton Competitions this year and especially those who came out to support Finals Night
Well done on a cracking effort, Silent.....Doubly agonising missing out on not only the title but a membership of the 20k club - so close. But at least you know that a) you're capable and b) you only lost to the GOAT. One step nearer.
Thanks for your kind words Matthew. I have to say it was one of the best finals I’ve taken part in. Yours was an amazing break, just pleased I brought my A game on the night. I’d also like to thank my Doubles partner (Tupps) for partnering me this year and doing his share in the comp. Hopefully we can defend the title next year: As has been said before, big thanks to Chocie for his hard work (he also supplied Worthing recently as well). Great hosts in Jim & Heather, lovely spread of food. Roll on next season 😉
Yes, once a King always a King but once a Knight and happy
A great night of bar billiards, high standard throughout. Impressed with Liam and how he handled himself in what I believe was his first final. All games keenly contested and the highlight of the night the Men`s Singles final, Matt making sure Kevin had to be at his very best.
As usual great hosts in Jim and Heather and a good turn out was encouraging for the future. Be good to see more people enter the competitions in the future and playing on a set Wednesday night is a great idea.
A big thank you to all that helped make the evening possible as without those hard working soles we would not be able to run these events, sorry I was not about to help with the tables but good to see the younger generation getting stuck in to help. As has already been said Stuart Mepham is a big part of things running smoothly as he collects the van and tables from Horsham, returns them and is a big part of ensuring the tables play at the highest possible standard.
Well done to Matt for all his work on getting the competitions played during the season and I know he does a lot of chasing to get the entries as high as possible. Well done to all that took part in the finals as you all contributed to a great night.
Hi all especially all my friends in Brighton. Well that must of been one of those special nights that don't come around too Often. I wish I could have been there to see it all especially that amazing Mens singles .Well done Kev and many comiserations Matt. You wont see many deciding legs like that what pressure on both players. It's great to see so many finals nights taking place after all we have been through these past years. Well done and see you at sussex open. Ps our last deciding interleague at t wells tonight when " The Fat lady Sings". Watch this space !!