Well I lost 4-3 having been poised to win at 3-1 only to see the worst slice of luck I've seen in recent years.
I pinched the first after being 29 behind with 25 on. I laid a nice snooker, forced a free ball and cleared up.
Second frame went to my opponent with a terrific full table pot on the pink.
3rd frame I made a 71, missing a black off the spot with 3 perfectly situated reds still available to go 2-1 up.
I won the next with 2 contributions, 48 and 37
I got in first in the next with a great long red and ran aquick 39 before missing a black off the spot with the reds well situated.
My opponent picked off some balls and I found myself 13 ahead with 2 reds left. I potted a great long red down the rail and held for the pink. I made the pink and dropped a little too perfect on the last red. It was situated on the left rail, parallel to the pink, cue ball was between the red and the side...dead straight
Being left handed I had to use the rest which made the pot even harder. No way I was turning down the shot, I only needed to make it and a couple of balls to win. I hit it perfectly and drew the cueball back for the blue only to have it drop in the side pocket.
I apparently had the pace of the shot just perfect to have it stop right at the side pocket and gravity took hold
This is why I love this game, just when you think you've seen everything, the snooker gods throw you something new. Fair play to my opponent, he came back well but I had my chances and failed to deliver.
All in all I'm satisfied with my play given my lack of practice, my standard wasn't as embarrasing as I expected
There was another bonus to the event, someone was there looking for players to join his legion team and asked me if I'd come out. $50 to join and then they pay for all matches and travel expenses including hotel and airfare when needed. Damn, the stuff you stumble onto 20 years too late
Better late than never though, at least it's a circuit opportunity of some kind.....Plus they've got $4 pints and snooker at 0.50/hr
One event down, 8 left.