Last week’s 4th ties of the Chiang Mai Pool League saw
Chiangers and Bangers beaten out of top position by Half Moon Pub, who
remain the only undefeated side so far this season. December and No1 Bars
chalked up their first wins of the current term, but Blue Sky Bar and Garden
both lost on the same day for the second time in 4 weeks.
worry - be happy. Some of the Happy Bar team members still waiting for their
Half Moon Pub was out to make a point as they shot into a
5-0 lead at home against top of the table Chiangers and Bangers. Although
the away side was able to salvage some pride by clawing back 3 games, they
now find themselves one behind Half Moon in joint second with Out Back and
Rock Hard Bistro.
Out Back also got off to a flying start at Blue Sky Bar
by winning the first four games, and despite the home team reducing the
deficit to 2-4 before the break, Out Back sewed up proceedings by winning
all three doubles.
Meanwhile, after leading 3-1 at one stage, Blue Sky
Garden handed December Bar their first win of the season by the narrowest of
Perhaps the most exciting game of the night was the nip
and tuck affair at Enjoy Place. Going into the doubles with The Wall at 3-3,
the result depended on the final black of the evening, and The Wall plopped
it straight into a middle pocket to climb from 8th to 6th in the league.
Elsewhere, Rock Hard Bistro suffered their first defeat
this term to last season’s champs – The Local – which puts the latter
back on track after their earlier slip up at Out Back.
Friend’s Corner made full use of home advantage with a
very good win against La Villa, and No.1 Bar will be mighty relieved to run
out 6-3 winners in their bottom of the table clash with Happy Bar.
There’s no doubt that winning at pool can bring a great
deal of satisfaction and, for some players, rattling off a dozen or so
consecutive victories against tourists and bar girls in Loi Kroh Road is the
ultimate ego trip. But how really good are we?
Willie Mosconi is arguably the best pool player that ever
lived. Apart from winning the World Title 15 times between 1940 and 1957, he
still holds the record run of potting 526 consecutive balls, achieved in
competition at Springfield, Ohio in 1954.
During Mosconi’s illustrious career, he also held a
record grand tournament average of 18.34 balls, which included the highest
run in a single game of 127. But in 1951, Joe Procita knocked in 182 balls
on the trot during a World Championship match, ironically against Mosconi.
I’ve seen an eight ball clearance in one visit to the
table only 4 times in Chiang Mai’s bars. So, however good we think we are,
there still seems a long way to go.
Although it is early in the season (or because it is
early in the season) teams are reminded that come the end of the season if
two or more teams are on the same points then the total number of games won
becomes the deciding factor. A look at the points/games won for C&B, RH,
OB & The Local show this clearly. If it was the end of the season and
they were the top four teams The Local would be out of running and C&B,
RH & OB would have to play off to decide the winner.
Home team captains please send your results to John at True Blue on
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