White Defends Provincial Open 8-Ball Crown
Brian White successfully defended as Provincial Open 8-Ball Champion, beating Colin Maloney 7-2 in the final of 2017 Championship held at Truro Dooly’s on December 16.
White’s path to victory was not all unimpeded. Maloney drew first blood in the A-side final, taking a 5-1 win, and with it, the first finalist spot. That sent White to the B-Side final to tangle with Mike Belliveau, who was having an excellent tournament himself. Belliveau made his way to the final 4 on the A-side before being stopped by Maloney, and then continuing his momentum on the B-side, upsetting Wayne Thibodeau and Neil Van Rossum to reach White. Belliveau jumped out to the early lead 2-0 in a race to 5, but White recovered, streaking to a 5-2 match win.
The Final race to 7 would be different than the previous meeting between Maloney and White. This time it was White who would dominate the match. White jumped out 2-0, before Maloney could get on the board 2-1. A scratch on the following break handed the upper hand back to White, who ran the rack out. White built the lead further, winning the next game on his own break to go up 4-1. Maloney struggled more with his break, scratching again and allowing White to mount the lead to 5-1. From there Maloney could not quite complete his opportunities, failing to secure a couple of chances at 8-Balls. A rare scratch by White did give ball in hand to earn one more game to Maloney, but White ultimately closed the match 7-2. The Championship was White’s second consecutive CSNS Open 8-Ball Title, and 3rd of his career overall.
Janet Ritcey defeated local player Shelly Johnson 4-1 to earn the 2017 Women’s Open 8-Ball Provincial title, the first time the title had been contested in 9 years. It was the 2nd Provincial Women’s Open 8-Ball Title for Ritcey.
Neil Van Rossum had his ticket drawn for the second time this season for a shot at the 10-Ball Break pot. Van Rossum made a ball on the break, earning him $40, but failed to continue his turn, missing the 1-Ball due to a tough leave bridging over a ballto stike the cue ball. $360 will carry over to the first CSNS event of 2018 at Dooly’s Portland on Jan 20.
From the Executive and Directors of Cue Sport Nova Scotia, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members!
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