Semi-Finals had four of NZ’s top 10 ranked Billiard Players vying for this Barton McGill Sponsored prestigious event.
Waikato’s Darren Taylor (NZ ranking #5) beat Auckland’s Ron Milicich (NZ #10)… 466-427 in a wonderful game with the lead changing several times. With 6 minutes to go in the 2 hour semi, with Milicich only 6 points behind and charging at Taylor, he uncharastically missed a `magic circle’ looser and Taylor made no more mistakes.
The other semi had two North Shore Aucklanders squareing off against each other. Bryce Good (NZ #8) couldn’t find the form he had displayed in section matches and went down to Wayne Carey (NZ #1) .. 245-548.
The Final had Carey starting well and continued that momentum throughout the 2 hour final. Taylor was hoping to be able to get back home to Hamilton in time to watch the Warriors play The Bulldogs and this might have distracted him, going down 282-696. Highest break … Wayne Carey 101.
Results for the 2014 Auckland B-Grade 9-Ball
Saturday, 10th of May, 2014
Best of luck to you!
Barton McGill Open Snooker – Big Thanks to Barton McGill Limited for sponsoring this event
A tournament full of suprises including a couple of junior players starting to make an impression into the higher ranked players. Evan Carlson’s return to tournament play after a 10 year break saw him win all of his section play matches and having a plus 6 aggregate. Suprisingly Greg Moreton never won a match and he informed me he did exactly the same in last year’s Barton McGill Open Snooker tournament. Other 4 match winners in section play were Henry Killian, +7, Wyn Belmont +7, Ivan Kendrick +6 and Dave Gourley +5. There was a play off required for 15th and 16th post section positions with Yash Kant, Dennis Yin and Junior, Jeremiah Taite, all equal. Yin and Taite got through as number 15 and 16 respectively. The suprises carried on into post section play with Bruce Davies beating Dale Kwok 3/2, Carlson beating Vinny Gounder 3/1. Louis Chand beating Peter Lesslie 3/0. Quarter-finalist results were, Davies 3, Kendrick 1, Carlson 3, Gourley 1, Killian 3, Chand 1, McBreen 3, Belmont 2. Semi-finals, Killian 3, Carlson 0, McBreen 3, Davies 0. Killian retained his title beating Chris McBreen 3/1. This was the 4th time Killian has won the event. The Plate was won by Ashwin Kumar 2/1 over Jamish Kant. Highest Break of the tournament was Chris McBreen 86.
Report by Malcolm Beehre