[William Tuffin | Contributing Writer]
On the 15th of November, four teams comprising of 20 members from the Pool & Snooker Society travelled to Cambridge for the East of England Pool Championships. The tournament’s introduction last year brought success for the teams from University of Hertfordshire, with the A team finishing as runners-up for the plate once they were knocked out of the main competition and the B team 3rd in their respective competition. Fresher, Liam Memmott, defied expectations to bag runner-up in the individual trophy. With revenge in mind, the teams competing this year were determined to show the country exactly what we were capable of.
The morning session proved invaluable for the A team, winning all but one of their group stage matches. All five players showed composure and aggression in their wins over Cambridge, UCL, Roehampton and Brighton, with Warwick only winning by one frame. While the A team were dominating the group stages, the other three teams were beginning their individual campaigns with little success. Richard Watson, Ryan Smith and Henry Green made it through to the second round along with Han Lip Tan, Vinh Vu and notably Jack Duffus, who played outstandingly, making it through to the quarter finals.
The afternoon brought mixed results for the rest of the team matches. Herts B team managed to squeeze through the group stages remarkably in 1st place, beating Cambridge 3rds and Essex 4ths, only losing to Essex 2nds who, in a surprising turn of events, ended up not qualifying from group stages. Herts C only managed one win in their group against Essex 5ths and lost to Roehampton 2nds and Sheffield Hallam 2nds.
It was a similar story for D team who only managed a win against Roehampton 3rds, losing to Cambridge 2nds and Essex 3rds along the way. During this mixed bag of results, A team were getting their individual campaigns underway. Unfortunately, they were not in top form and three were knocked out. Last year’s trophy runner-up, Liam Memmott, lost 3-2 to an Essex 1st player; Jack Carty lost 3-2 to Imperial College London; Luke Stevens also lost 3-2 to a player from Birmingham. However, Adam Day showed his skill by beating a Cambridge player three frames to one. He continued to show his class as he battled through the rounds to incredibly make it to the final. Unfortunately, he was robbed of the championship title in a close 3-2 match against a UCL representative, but to make it to the final was an incredible achievement and we’re sure Adam will be back with every intension on winning next year. Despite a hard fought game, Herts A lost their next round match to Sheffield Hallam and their hopes of getting to the final were taken away from them. All players showed spirit and supported each other throughout the day.
By finishing 1st in their group, B team saw themselves straight through to the semi-finals where they were drawn against Essex 3rds. After a tough few games, Herts B came out on top winning 6-3 to claim a place in the final against Cambridge 2nds. Vinh Vu, Han Lip Tan, Sam Johnson and Karl Hall all showed incredible determination by winning all of their games, which then gave Captain Will Tuffin an opportunity to secure the trophy which, after a tactical game, he did with composure.
To win 6-0 in the final was the cherry on the cake and wrapped up a fantastic day for Herts. The support that everyone gave in not only the team games, but the individual matches as well, was fantastic to see and all who played were a credit to their university. It’s safe to say we will return next year with even higher expectations!