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2004 The British Universities Pool Championships

26th - 28th February, Spondon

The Competition

This year a completely new Eightball Pool competition was started, with all the British universities able to send teams. All the matches were played by 'World Rules', which aren't generally played in Oxford, but we'd been practising them for 2 terms so it wasn't a problem for us, as well as being great practice for next term's varsity match, which will also be played by world rules. The competition was held in McCluskey's Snooker Club in Spondon near Derby from March 26-28th. There was such a large number of universities wanting to send teams that most were only able to send 2.

The team competition consisted of a group stage, consisting of 8 groups of 5 teams. Every team in each group played every other team in the group. The best 2 teams in each group them progressed to the last 16 and the rest of the competition was straight knockout. For these team games, there were 5 players on each side, each playing 1 or 2 frames until one team had reached 6 frames. As well as the team games, there was also an individual singles competition, open to all, and a women's singles competition. These were straight knockout format.

The Teams

From Oxford we sent the 'A' team which was picked from the men's team and the 'B' team consisting of 6 of us from the ladies' team: Fiona Riddick (Captain), Claire Haworth, Alessandra LaVia, Sarah Milham, Jennifer Morrison and Jasmine Venning.

Players from the Oxford A and B teams

Day 1

On the Friday, we all arrived at the snooker club, registered our team... and then sat around for several hours! Some of us did eventually get to play that night, but only those who had to play in the preliminary round of the open singles competition. That meant Alex, Fiona, Jaz and Jenny got to play one best of 5 game. Victories from Jaz (3-0), Alex (3-1) and Jenny (3-2) against the men gave us a great start to the weekend! We finished the evening off with the obligatory curry, and back to Sarah's near Leicester, where we were staying.

Day 2

An early 10am start to the day kicked off with our first team match against Plymouth A. We got off to a pretty terrible start, losing the first 4 frames. This losing streak was reversed when Sarah got to the table, and with one win under our belt we felt our luck was about to change: wins from Jaz and Fiona brought us back to 5-3. Unfortunately the Plymouth guys were too good and wrapped it up 6-3.

Our next match was against Cardiff B. Wins from Alex and Sarah weren't enough to save us against this strong team and we went down 6-2.

Our third match was against Strathclyde A. Alex, Claire and Jenny all won frames but again we went down 6-3.

Our final team match was against Nottingham A. This team had been looking very good in practice but we weren't to be put off by that. After the first 5 frames we were 3-2 down, with wins from Fiona and Jaz, but we held them off and pulled it back to 5-4. Could we scrape this last chance to finish the team event with at least one point? Sadly we lost the final frame and finished 6-4

Individual Singles Championship

So we didn't make it to the last 16 for the team knockout stage, but we did do some serious damage in the mens singles competition, most notably Jaz making it through to reach the last 32, and Alex and Claire who made the last 64! To see our ladies put up such a strong fight against some of the best male players across the Britain was brilliant. Our tactical expertise was often greater than our opponent's, and many frames were won on merit through superior application of the rules. Results from the singles competition were:

 

 

  Last 256 Last 128 Last 64 Last 32

Alex

3-1

3-0

0-3

 

Claire

bye

3-0

0-3

 

Fiona

0-3

     

Jaz

3-0

bye

3-1

0-3

Jenny

3-2

0-3

   

Sarah

bye

0-3

   

Day 3

The knockout rounds of the team competition were played this morning. We weren't taking part in these, so we watched the men's team win 2 fantastic victories to make it through to the semi-finals. While all this was going on, the women's singles competition started. Suddenly time became very short as the later stages of the mens singles were still going on. Some of our ladies were still playing in this, resulting in several games being played consecutively. Jaz was nipping from one room to another then back again!! There were 19 players in the womens event and Jenny and Fiona had to play a prelimiary round before reaching round 1. Inevitably in a competition of this size we would end up having to play each other at some point, but the draw was arranged so that this didn't happen until the last 8. Oxford made a very impressive showing overall, and an all Oxford final of Captain against Vice Captain (Fiona v Jaz) seemed an appropriate finish! Oxford ladies can comfortably claim to be the best womens university pool team in the country. Our standard of play and knowledge of the rules just nudged us ahead of the opposition time after time.
Results from this competition were:

 

 

  Last 32 Last 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals FINAL
Alex

bye

1-2

     
Claire

bye

2-1

1-3

   
Fiona

2-0

2-0

3-0

3-1

2-4

Jaz

bye

2-1

3-1

3-2

4-2

Jenny

2-0

2-0

3-2

2-3

 
Sarah

bye

0-2

     

Congratulations to Jaz for winning the Women's Singles Championship!

 

Jaz and Fiona with winning Trophies


The EPA report of
team results and individual results can be found here.

Match Stats

 

 

  Team Frames Team Percent % Womens Singles Singles Total Frames Won Percent Won %
Jaz Venning 2/5 40 Winner! Last 32 20/33 61
Fiona Riddick 2/8 25 Runner-Up Last 256 14/28 50
Jenny Morrison 2/6 33 Last 4 Last 128 14/28 50
Alex LaVia 2/5 40 Last 16 Last 64 9/18 50
Claire Haworth 1/5 20 Last 8 Last 64 7/18 39
Sarah Milham 3/7 43 Last 16 Last 128 3/12 25

 

For further information contact the committee on OUWPC@hotmail.com.