Young Repeats As Provincial Open 9-Ball Champ
Cape Breton played proud hosts to this year’s Open 9-Ball Provincials at Dooly’s in Sydney. The Cape Breton pool playing community have shown great support for billiards in Nova Scotia in recent years. Many of our top players reside in Cape Breton, or initially honed their skill for the game while living there. The current talent pool is arguably the best in Nova Scotia. The result from this year’s Open 9-Ball Provincials, held April 15, was further evidence to that point.
The final four on the A-side matched up with Richard Young over Andrew Simon 9-6, and Brian White defeating Alan Perks 9-8. Young then took his spot in the final with a 9-4 victory over White.
On the B-side, Bill MacPherson, who had lost his opening round match to White, was surging through opponents. In his match to decide who made into the money, MacPherson brought down Christian Coffey 7-1, leaving Coffey in 7-8th place. Also finishing 7-8th was Bruce Lilly, falling on the hill to Doug Brown 7-6. Brown was then beaten by Perks 7-2 and MacPherson outlasted Andrew Simon 7-5. Brown and Simon were tied for 5th. MacPherson turned aside Perks in 4th place by a score of 7-2, but then ran into White once more, dropping another decision 7-3 to place 3rd.
White was set to avenge his earlier loss to Young, and was up early in the match as much as 7-4 in the one set final race to 11. But Young is not known to lay down, eventually grinding his way back into the match. Both reached the hill at 10-10, with Young taking the deciding game for his second Open 9-Ball title in two years.
The one-two-three finish of Young-White-MacPherson was identical to the top finishing positions in this event last year, when the event was held in Halifax. Congratulations to Brian White and Bill MacPherson for their consistency at a high level. Congratulations to Richard Young on repeat titles, and for earning the right to represent Nova Scotia at the upcoming CBSA National Open 9-Ball Championships in Thetford Mines, Quebec.
There were only 3 ladies on hand, so a separate Women’s Championship was postponed.
For the third 10-Ball Break Contest in a row there was no successful break, so that means $770 in the pot will carry over to the start of next season’s CSNS Open Ranking events. Thank you to everybody who supported this year’s fundraising. Once next season is ready to roll, we are confidant the initial 10-Ball Break Contest will be up to $100 ball at the first event!
Our last CSNS event of the season will be held Saturday April 22 at Almon Billiards. This will be the Amateur 9-Ball Provincials. There are Men’s and Women’s divisions planned. Players must have played two prior CSNS ranking events to be eligible. You can reference the current standings on csns.ca to see how many ranking events you have played
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