European pool tournament is another success for resort

The SPA Bridlington'European Pool Championships'Prentation of �20,000 to the pool organisation presented by the chairman of the east riding Chad Chadwick to Mike Leavens treas of the EBA'NBFP PA1312-19

The SPA Bridlington'European Pool Championships'Prentation of �20,000 to the pool organisation presented by the chairman of the east riding Chad Chadwick to Mike Leavens treas of the EBA'NBFP PA1312-19

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The EBA European Blackball Pool Championships at Bridlington Spa have been hailed as another success for the resort by local player Dug McCall.

On a personal level, McCall had a mixed week on the tables, but he said it was a great experience to represent the national side in his home town again.

He said: “It was a fantastic week, another successful event and Bridlington did itself proud.

“There were more spectators in the gallery, especially local people who had come to watch.

“The atmosphere in the arena was brilliant, there were no niggles, it was all good-natured and everyone enjoyed it.

“Halfway through the tournament, I was doing OK and then I lost 10 in a row. I just had an absolute nightmare and didn’t play well. I’d play six decent shots and then one atrocious one to mess up all my good work, or I simply didn’t get the luck.”

The England B1 team, which also featured Bridlington’s Jonny Lincoln, were unlucky to be eliminated before the knockout stage. They finished fifth after the roundrobin, having won seven of their 10 matches, which put them level on points with the teams in third and fourth places, but with a worse points difference.

Paul Stroud, another local player, did well for the England Seniors B2 team, but the host nation left the first week of the tournament empty-handed, with Scotland virtually sweeping the board and Wales picking up a handful of the other titles.

However, there was some consolation for McCall. Last Tuesday, he won the Bridlington Pool League doubles title with John Bath, beating Andy Black and Craig Firth in the final. And on Sunday evening, he was part of the Stirling Knights team which clinched the BPL Division One title.