The new pool season has started so be prepared for the occasional Monday night story about ongoings at the various pubs in Calne.
Well tonight, self belief, sheer dogged determination and a bit of luck won us the first match of the season 6-4 with yours truly getting proceedings off to a winning form after the first two games didn’t go to plan.
We know on a good day we can give any team a game and hold our own, we just aren’t very consistent, especially under pressure.
Tonight was an awesome start to the season beating a team that finished around 10 places higher than us and who beat us twice last season home and away.
Let’s hope we can keep it up.
This season I stepped up as captain of the pool team. It’s done wonders for my game as I have put myself under pressure to earn my spot on team.
Tonight was a new experience.
We played in a Cup match with some odd game types. There were 5 games: a singles match followed by a doubles match, then a 4 v 4 match and doubles and singles to finish.
The doubles and 4v4 were a new format where the team alternated shots. The idea being that the stronger team won rather than a strong player carrying a weaker player.
Our first singles game we lost.
First doubles game we won, and I made that happen with a great set up for my partner. This game I might add with only 15 balls went on for about 40 mins.
The team game was very tactical and we won putting in the strong position of 2-1 and only needing 1 game to win.
The second doubles pairs played well but rattled the 8 ball and left the opponents a clear finish…. Setting up a deciding match between me and their captain.
I lost big time, i only got 1 visit to the table after the break… What does this tell you?
Did I let the side down? Or was he just too good? I barely got a look in and the more I play this game the more I realise how hard it is.
Fine margins win or lose games mostly, measured and carefully planned shots leading to clearing breaks also win games…
I also don’t deal we’ll with a pressure game. It’s like taking a penalty in the worlds cup!