Last weekend saw the end of the first round of the Mount Gay Silver Ball Pool League Tournament and once again Police were in devastating form.
This time it was The Saints who fell victim to the play of the Police team.
In stark contrast to Police’s undefeated record, the Saints had not won a single game. They might have thought they had a glimmer of a chance when Henderson Yearwood and captain Christopher Knight came out of the blocks in stunning form winning the first two games for their team. However, their euphoria was short-lived and Saints were only able to gain one more game, going down to Police 8 games to 3.
Technicians on the other hand looked to have started celebrating early. Knowing that they only had to keep the score close to qualify for the super four, they put in a lacklustre performance falling to Crazy 8’s by 6 games to 5 after receiving a gift of two byes. They will have to up their game if they are to have any chance in the much harder final round.
Defenders have also qualified for the final round but still put in a solid effort after last week’s debacle against Technicians, ousting Kangaroos 7 games to 4.
The game of the night, however, was between Stars and Q-Bandits. It was a ding-dong battle at the Casablanca Games Room in Christ Church with the score see-sawing this way and that. Captain Steve Garnes led from in front for the Stars easily overcoming Lionel Bowen, but the Stars seemed to lose focus, giving up three straight games. All seemed lost until the Clarke trio came to the fore. Ricardo Clarke made short work of Immanuel Babb, his daughter Resheda Clarke made an absolute mess of top female player Tanya Ellis, but 15-year-old Romario Clarke, who has been in sparkling form this tournament, could not clinch the hat-trick against the experience of Willis Ifill. In fact it would seem experience was the deciding factor as Q-Bandits put out the Stars 7 games to 4 when national players David Mapp and Brian Griffith polished off the tail.
The entire pool fraternity is now looking forward to the semi-final games. The first will be on Saturday between Police Sports Club and Defenders at Bingo Bar on Tweedside Road, St. Michael at 7 p.m. and the next on Sunday between Technicians Sports Club and Eastern Sports Club at De Jungle in Lynches, St. Philip at 6 p.m. Both games will also be staging Mount Gay Silver Promotions for players, supporters and the general public to enjoy.
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