in action for Friend’s Corner
Last week’s Chiang Mai Pool League fixtures produced
some of the most exciting sessions of the season, with results involving
four of the five top teams going the full distance.
The Wall found themselves in trouble early on at 1-3 down
to Chiangers and Bangers, but “The Brickies” fought back courageously to
forge ahead at 4-3. Chiangers leveled the score again, and after tipping the
balance in their favour with a dastardly decisive snooker, they went on to
win the final game.
Fortunes also swayed to and fro in the foray between
Enjoy Place and The Local before Enjoy had a perfect opportunity to blow
“The Grinders” away at 4-4. But instead of potting the final black ball,
they went in-off it, and sent The Local over The Wall to 4th slot in the
In a top versus bottom encounter, Happy Bar adopted a
serious attitude in chopping Half Moon Pub’s 4-2 advantage to level
pegging, before the league leaders played out a comfortable last frame to
take an expected point.
In other matches, La Villa worked hard at 2-4 down to
pull back the 7th frame, but lost the match with some sloppy play in the
following one to give December Bar their 5th win of the season.
Out Back can also blame a scrappy performance for their
defeat against Friend’s Corner, whose current form is keeping them in
touch with the leaders. And schizoids, Rock Hard Bistro, who have produced
very unpredictable results all season, romped home 7-2 against Blue Sky
The clash between Blue Sky Bar and Number 1 Pub ended in
dispute over the order of play in a doubles game. The 6-3 result in favour
of Blue Sky Bar is currently under review and this match may have to be
Losing hurts, at pool especially and I think everyone who
plays has felt it. Once beaten, a firm handshake and grim smile from the
victor is cold comfort for losers, as they start the long walk back from the
table to their beer on the bar.
I’ve met players in the Chiang Mai Pool League who can
get over losing before the next game has finished, however, others stay
depressed about it for days or weeks afterwards. But nobody I know has ever
taken a loss as badly as Louis Fox.
Although a talented pool player, Fox relied heavily on
gamesmanship to achieve results. His antics around the table usually drove
his opponents to distraction and caused the public to turn against him.
During 1865 in Detroit, USA, local hero John Deery took
on Fox for US$1,000 and the latter soon forged ahead thanks to his crazy
shenanigans at the table. Then a fly landed on the cue ball just as Fox was
about to shoot. He brushed it off, but it returned before he could readdress
The fly kept buzzing around Fox until he found himself
chasing it around the room. Meanwhile, Deery created mirth among his many
supporters by declaring the insect had nothing to do with him.
At last, a distracted Fox played his shot and missed, and Deery went on
to clear the table and win the match. Fox took the loss so badly; he stormed
out of the poolroom and drowned himself in the Detroit River.