The Pool Final 23 February 2013.
-Match report by Paul Bryan.

The trophies were laid out on the table, the competitors' chairs and tables were set and the big screen was showing a commanding overview of the field of battle to come. All was set for what the excited audience had been waiting for.

Master of Ceremonies Paul Bryan welcomed the audience, which on this occasion included many friends of the players who had not visited the club before, and introduced the finalists of the Doubles competition; Dave Morgan and Geoff Winslow versus Peter Lawrenson and Mark Andersen. Pete and MarkGeoff and DaveThe lights were dimmed as the authoritative voice of referee Denis Peake called the two captains together to toss for first break. So it was that Dave got the 2013 Finals underway.

The first frame got off to a tentative start, but Pete had the best of it. Mark had a shot on the black, but Pete put it away to win the frame in just over ten minutes.

Mark had the break in frame two, but left a red trembling on the edge of the pocket, which Dave promptly put away. Pete was on cracking form and had a really good run at the yellows, but it was Mark who put the black down.

Geoff and Dave rallied in frame three, and with a couple of foul shots on each side, Geoff sank the black and so they took the frame.

The rally soon faded. After an opening red from Dave, Pete went on to take five yellows, and after a couple of reds from Geoff, Pete cleared the black. In all the frames took just under sixty minutes. Pete and Mark will see their names added to the trophy as Pool Doubles victors for 2013.

The lights came on and Philippa was aided by Julie Smith, Barbara Evans and Sandra Buckley to serve the grey pays un baycun, black pudding and cheese. The lucky few had seconds, but it was soon all gone. Dave and Liz served a range of beverages over the bar during the interval, and with quiet efficiency, throughout the evening.

With the audience fed and watered, the MC introduced the finalists of the Singles tournament. Honore Darmanin and Dave Evans had each been here several times before, but that did nothing to lesson the palpable tension that hung in the air. David Robinson officiated for the first time at a WBC Pool final. DaveHonoreHonore had the first break, but the lay of the balls seemed to favour Dave to begin with. He had a shot on the black with six red balls still on the table. Having missed it, Honore staged a heroic come back, taking his own shot at the black, but to no avail. Dave also missed the black. Honore set up a fiendish snooker, but Dave extricated himself and went on to win the frame. (22 minutes)

The second frame had the same level of tension, but was a much more balanced affair. Dave had his turn on the black but missed. Honore responded with a snooker, but again Dave escaped to pot the black.

Frame three opened with Honore potting the cue ball. Dave responded by potting five reds. The next few shots were a mixture of hit and miss for both players until Honore's sixth visit to the table when he slammed in five yellows and the black to take the frame in ten minutes flat.

By the fourth frame Honore seemed to have an increase in confidence as he responded to Dave's break by a quick-fire salvo of four yellows. Dave's answer was to pot three reds. It took six more visits each to the table before Honore cleared the black. Two frames each- level pegging.

Frame five was Dave's, hardly giving Honore a chance. In frame six Honore mounted a strong come back, six yellows down to Dave's solitary red, when a really unlucky foul shot let Dave in- five reds in his penultimate visit and then the red and black to take the competition four frames to two. The audience showed their appreciation for what had been two really gripping contests.

This competition could not have taken place without a great deal of effort from a lot of people: the pool committee, catering, bar, room setting, video relay, referees, players who fell in the earlier rounds and the warm appreciation of the audience. Thanks to you all.