AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE! LADIES TEAM PRIZE GOES DOWN UNDER
Kolbe Poole suffered a day of mixed fortunes but made up for individual disappointment by helping Australia become WEPF World 8-Ball Pool ladies team champions.
Poole shrugged off her 7-0 singles’ semi-final whitewash by Sabrilla Brunet, to finish on the winning side in the team event.
And what a victory it was as the Green and Golds! They looked set for a marathon contest after the teams shared the opening 10 frames.
But from five-all, Australia cut loose to reel off eight frames without reply to add another title to the successes of junior winner, Matthew Curwood and the Aussies juniors.
Elise Mabbott produced a memorable performance and won all her four frames with victories over: Katie Martyn, England skipper Barbara Taylor, Lorraine Fivey and Emma Wilkinson.
Poole won three of her four matches as did Lyndall Morphett while Rhiannon Bolton clinched two frames and Taylor Meyer, one.
For England, Lyndsey Roberts clinched two frames with the other wins coming from Taylor, Wilkinson and Lorraine Fivey.
Australia’s win was all the more creditable as they finished second after the round robin stage as England topped the shop with seven from seven including a 14-11 win over the Down Under girls.
In the semi-finals, England beat Wales 13-9 and Australia swept aside South Africa’s great run to the last four with a 13-4 success. They trailed only 6-4 at one stage before another late surge from the champions elect.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the failure to qualify for the knockout stages for defending champions Northern Ireland.
They won only three of their seven games though the Nordies did defeat the Aussies 14-11.
Morphett was the Aussies’ leading player after the round robin phase, winning 29 of her 35 games, one better than Tylor’s record for England.
|Trevor Baxter - Press Officer|