Gwyther crowned Exmouth Masters Pool Champion
PUBLISHED: 08:42 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:42 18 April 2013
Exmouths most prestigious pool tournament ‘The Masters’ took place earlier this month.
An invitation only event, it is contested by the Town’s top-32 ranked players.
In the first round number one seed Bobby Gwyther overcame plucky Paul Brown 3-1 and there were comfortable 3-0 wins for George Webster and number-9 seed Iain Callender.
The surprise of the opening round saw Singles Champion Carl Rowsell defeated 3-2 by a brilliant performance from Steve Wannell.
Colin Wannell was unfortunate in losing 3-2 to Paul Howard. Dave McWilliams, Sam Palmer and Derek Tate were all comfortable winners as was number-two seed James Gwyther.
There were some marathon games; Wayne Oakins, Glen Brown, Mike Delahaye and Will Ager all making progress with 3-2 victories. That was also the score that saw the end of number-six seed Ross Reynolds at the hands of Martin Rice who came back from two-down to win 3-2.
In the second round Bobby Gwyther was a 3-0 winner over George Webster and Iain Callender knocked out Steve Wannell whilst Paul Howard beat his inter-league teammate Dave McWilliams. Brian Fardoe saw off Wayne Oakins and Glen Brown certainly rode his luck, but missed a black to beat James Gwyther who ended a 3-2 winner.
Premier Averages winner Mike Delahaye was beaten 3-1 by Sam Palmer and Luke Newcombe defeated Will Ager 3-1. In a titanic battle, best friends Derek Tate and Martin Rice fought out a thriller that saw Tate come back from two-down to win 3-2.
In the quarter finals first quarter final Gwyther comfortably disposed of Callender 4-0, but the other three last eight games were close affairs. Howard won the battle of the tacticians beating Singles runner up Fardoe 4-3. Teammates and practice partners Gwyther and Sam Palmer had a fantastic tussle, trading frames and clearances until Gwyther claimed a 4-3 triumph and Tate went 3-1 up on Newcombe and looked in total control, but he let Newcombe back in and a missed black in the final frame on his way to a 4-3 exit.
The top four ranked players reached the semi-finals and the two games were high quality.
Exmouth’s number 1 Gwyther continued to look a class apart with another devastating display whitewashing Paul Howard 5-0 in the first semi final. The second clash was a lot closer, but saw Newcombe edged out his Tuesday night captain Gwyther 5-3.
The final was again really all about Bobby Gwyther who had been in outstanding form all through the tournament (with five break and clearances in all), and fittingly served up another treat in the final with a 6-2 victory over Newcombe.