On Saturday 12th October Rileys Sports Bar Solihull played host to the second installment of the Cyclop Pool Series. Forty talented cueists, from around the country, all had an eye on the first prize of ?330. With previous Solihull 9 Ball event winners Elliott Sanderson and Benji Buckley both competing on the Eurotour this was a fantastic opportunity for many in the field to add their name to our honours list.The game would be 9 Ball, races to 7, handicap system in place with an alternate break format.
The competition got underway just after 10:30 and, despite the absence of a few regulars, it was encouraging to see so many Solihull 9 Ball debutants in attendance. Showtime Money Billiards were well represented with GJ Oyangoran leading the charge. Wins over Jiacheng Liu (7-6), Matt Hawthorn (7-4) and Alan Morgan (7-2) saw GJ through to the single elimination phase with a 100% record. So Shaw opened his Solihull 9 Ball account with consecutive 7-3 victories over Mark Eardley and Raffy Gonzalez. Laszlo Zom also progressed to the last sixteen undefeated, taking down Ryan Coton (7-3) and Daryl Garland (7-4) along the way. The familiar faces fared well also as Kev Simpson, Ian McCormick and Kurt Weaver all breezed through the double elimination phase in comfortable fashion. Alan Coton and Ryan Wissett progressed as the final two seeded players with wins over Alan Morgan (7-0) and Andy Lacey (7-3) respectively.
Over on the one-loss side the remaining 32 players were eyeing up the final eight single elimination spots. Shane Conroy suffered a heavy defeat to Ryan Coton in the qualifying round and then decided to drive home to fetch his old maple shaft cue. It did the trick as Conroy upped his game, eliminating Luke Hart (7-4), Romy Roque (7-6) and Alan Morgan (7-3). Steve Weaver achieved his best Solihull 9 Ball performance to-date following loss-side wins over Matt Hawthorn (7-5) and Daryl Garland (7-6). He would be joined in the single elimination stage the impressive Danny Douane, Luke Garland, Ryan Coton, DmitrijusTeriajevas, Raffy Gonzales and Andy Lacey.
The last sixteen draw would throw up father versus son as Ryan and Alan Coton went head to head. Despite falling 6-2 behind Ryan clawed his way back to hill-hill only for Coton Snr to take the deciding rack. Kurt Weaver and Kev Simpson both overcame 3 rack deficits to win their games 7-5, eliminating Raffy Gonzales and Steve Weaver in the process. Luke Garland gained a measure of revenge over first round opponent Ian McCormick, reversing his earlier loss with a 7-1 win. Danny Douane proved too strong for GJ Oyangoran (7-2) while Andy Lacey ended Laszlo’s involvement (7-5). So Shaw continued his superb form in defeating Dmitrijus Teriajevas (7-1) and Shane Conroy completed the quarter final lineup at the expense of Event One’s surprise package, Ryan Wissett (7-3).
Luke Garland was the first player through to the semis following a 7-2 win over pal Danny Douane. Kurt Weaver survived a last rack decider to eliminate Andy Lacey (7-6) and So Shaw beat Shane Conroy (7-4). Kev Simpson was victorious over Alan Coton (7-2) to clinch the fourth semi final spot.
We were now past 8 o’clock and two intriguing semifinals were about to get underway. Kurt Weaver would fall just short as Kev Simpson ran out a 7-5 winner. On the adjacent table, Luke Garland turned over So Shaw (7-2) to set up an exciting final. Commiserations to both Kurt and So after both played some fantastic pool throughout the day.
The final proved to be a fitting conclusion to a brilliant tournament. Neither player could pull away from their opponent, with Luke and Kev trading racks throughout. Eventually we reached hill-hill. The vastly experienced Kev Simpson did just enough to secure the final rack, earning himself a ?330 payday and the title of Cyclop Pool Series Event Two Champion.
A huge congratulations to Kev, a deserving winner after going through the entire day undefeated. This is his second tournament success in a matter of weeks following his win at the Rack N Roll, Leicester, just a few weeks ago. Congratulations also to Luke Garland who overcame an early defeat, at the hands of Ian McCormick, to finish as runner-up on the day. Luke is currently top of our rankings list following his performance today along with his third place finish at Event One.
Solihull 9 Ball would like to thank everybody who came along to support this event. It was great to see so many new faces and hope that we see you all again at the next one.
We would like to thank Rileys again for their hospitality on the day as well as title sponsor Cyclop Billiards, without whom this series would not be possible. We also want to acknowledge our other sponsors Taom, Supreme Shark Rack, GO Customs as well as pro9.co.uk for displaying our tournament reports and allowing us promote ourselves on the site.
Event Three of the Cyclop Pool Series takes place on 16th November. This is the last chance to bag crucial ranking points, get yourselves in to the top 24 of the rankings and qualify for our Invitational Grand Final*. Event Three will also see our one-rack GO Customs Shootout side comp, where the winner will receive our carbon fibre cue/shaft package courtesy of our 2020 title sponsor GO Customs. Entry to Event Three is ?40. Entry to the GO Customs Shootout is free to all who have paid to enter all three series events. A surcharge of ?20 applies to any player who wishes to participate in the GO Customs Shootout but has not featured in all three series events. We look forward to seeing you in November.
* Players must have paid for all three series events in order to qualify for the grand final.