Monday, July 14, 2008

Potts and Horsburgh shine in the World Eightball Pool Championships

2008 World Eightball Pool ChampionshipsGareth Potts (England) and Lynette Horsburgh (Scotland) came out on top in the Foster's World Eightball Pool Championships.

Potts beat Jason Twist (England) 11-4 in the men's final. In the semi-finals they both won in deciding games, against the Englishmen Adam Davis and Gareth Hibbott.

This was Potts' second title in a row and third overall. He also won in 2005. In addition he won the junior championship in 2000.

Lynette Horsburgh (Scotland) defeated England's Barbara Taylor 8-6 in the women's final.

The losing semifinalists Sue Thompson and Emma Cunningham (both England) had contested the last four finals, with Cunningham tasting victory in 2005. Thompson had reached the final in each of her previous 13 attempts.

Horsburgh is best known for her snooker skills and has a runner-up finish in the 2005 World Ladies Snooker Championship as her best result.

Paul Maguire (England) won the Junior title and Tony Southern (England) successfully defended his title in the wheelchair division. There were also a number of other events, including teams, Under 21s and Over 50s.

The tournament took place at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool, England, 29 June - 10 July.

Please note that this is the English version of the game. Wikipedia explains the differences in detail. Here is an excerpt:

In the version of pool or Eight Ball played in the United Kingdom and Australia, plain unnumbered red balls and yellow balls often replace the solid and striped balls. If not, the terms "bigs" (9-15) and "smalls" (1-7) are generally used instead. The black ball, however, still typically bears a number eight. Another difference is that the UK table has pockets just larger than the balls, whereas the American table has pockets significantly larger.

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