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WORLDPOOLOOOOOOO                       World Championships 2017


      Definitely not over the Hill!


      Mighty Mick world champion again



     Record breaker Mick Hill has become the  “We’ve had the late night chats like we
     oldest and most prolific ever men’s singles  used to when we were kids. In truth, had I
     winner  at  the  WEPF  World  8-Ball  Pool  lost to Phil, I would have shaken the bloke’s
     Championships.                         hand and said ‘well done, mate.

     The former England international defeated  “It’s not to say I didn’t want to win, or I am
     fellow veteran Phil Harrison 11-6 to win the  disrespecting the event because people do
     title for a fourth time and pocket a £6,000  want to win.
     first prize.
                                            “Who knows how many more I can win. I
     Hill from, Dudley previously held the record  am just happy to set a target for some of
     of  three  victories  with  Gareth  Potts  and  the younger blokes.”
     was rarely troubled by the 2009 winner
     and 2011 runner-up.                    Window cleaner Harrison, 43, who gained
                                            a £2,500 consolation prize, said:” I was
     “I just felt this time I was playing without  under the pressure from the break because
     pressure,”  said  the  Yorkshire  based  star  I wasn’t getting a ball down.
     after  recovering  from  a  2-0  deficit.  “It’s
     totally different to when I was playing as a  “Mick  was  getting  one  every  time  so  it
     youngster.                             makes the finishes more difficult

     “I didn’t want to play like a doughnut but  “I held him for a little bit. Against Mick,
     there weren’t nerves like it’s the end of the  you have got to hurt him and I wasn’t hurt-
     world if I don’t win.                  ing him.

     “That’s nice because you can play with a  “But I am chuffed to get to get to the final
     freedom of how you know you can hit the  because I have been poor all week.
     ball.”
                                            “I am happy but I haven’t played very well.
     Hill, previously champion in 2004, 2010  I’ve got a lot of window cleaning to do
     and 2015, was quick to commiserate with  before next year but I will keep coming
     Harrison.                              back.”

     “Me  and  Phil  have  been  friends  for  20  Hill defeated second seed Tom Cousins in
     years,” he said. “We stayed in a twin room  an eagerly anticipated semi-final clash.
     at the hotel until his family arrived.


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