It’s a well-worn cliché that there are high-quality margins between success and failure in sport.
Within the case of Shaun Sharkey’s Challenger Sequence last, that description was solely apt, as 1-2 millimetres in all probability value him one of many largest titles in Newbie Pool.
When the Dungloe native displays again on the weekend, he might rue his luck within the last, however he will certainly be immensely happy with his exploits general.
On the Friday evening he got here by means of a tricky qualifying competitors for one of many largest newbie occasions ever to be held. His three victories (8-4, 8-4, 8-5) took him by means of to the TV phases in September, the place 64 gamers will compete for a large prize pot.
Saturday noticed him begin out in one other competitors with 287 different gamers. The prize on provide was a de-facto place in Final Pool’s Skilled ranks and a winner’s examine for 7K sterling (the runner-up obtained £3,000.)
Shaun needed to win six matches simply to make Sunday’s final 4 – which had been streamed dwell on the Final Pool platform. He duly completed this however, given the top quality discipline, it was removed from easy. Progress included a variety of final body deciders, together with one the place his opponent cleared the desk up till a comparatively easy black. He missed, and Shaun gratefully took out the counter-clearance.
Sunday’s semi-final in opposition to England’s Scott Pope was a top quality affair that went proper all the way down to the wire. Shaun had the break within the decider – when he obtained a ball down from that break, he didn’t err in taking out an excellent. composed end to guide his place within the last.
And so to the ultimate and that millimetre defining second. His match with Ryan Davie from Scotland was nip-and-tuck all the way in which. At three all, Shaun broke and went for recreation. To take action, he needed to dislodge the black (which was tied up by one among Ryan’s yellows). His try was nearly good, however the yellow nonetheless obscured the black from potting by the tiniest of margins. Shaun hung the black, and Ryan performed a really poor security shot however fluked a snooker that Shaun didn’t extract himself from.
With the ultimate scoreline of 6 frames to five in favour of the Scottish cueist, that two body swing within the seventh body may very well be seen because the defining level within the match. Nevertheless, with some sub-par performances in current months for Shaun, this weekend noticed the 2022 All-Eire Singles Champion again to his greatest type, which augurs effectively for the remaining occasions.
Pool: Agonising defeat for Dungloe’s ‘The Shark’ in Blackpool last was final modified: June nineteenth, 2023 by