BREW TIME IN BLACKPOOL AS CHAMP GRAY’S CHALLENGE FADES
Keith Brewer is three wins away from regaining his WEPF World 8-Ball Pool seniors’ title at Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel.
And the Poole veteran clearly means business after the game’s golden oldies have been whittled down to the final eight.
But with an internationally flavoured quarter-final line-up, Brewer isn’t taking anything for granted.
However, he has already put paid to a couple of chief rivals, title holder Steve Gray of Australia and former champion, Stacey Vine.
Victory over 60-year-old Gray was particularly sweet for his English opponent. The two contested last year’s final and it was the man from Melbourne who prevailed 8-6.
This time Brewer won 6-3 before defeating 2013 champion and current World Seniors Masters champion, Vine in the last 16.
There was no fairytale double for reigning European Seniors champion, Steve Chambers, beaten 6-5 by Gray’s compatriot, Wayne Stubbs.
Stubbs has so far proved a master of brinksmanship and went on to edge out Scotland’s Paul McGowan by the odd frame in 11 before scraping past England’s Pat O’Mahoney 6-5.
He plays England’s Alfie Powley for a place in the semi-finals while Brewer lines-up against Stubbs’ countryman, Don Colbert. Victorian Colbert was a member of the Australian men’s squad that finished runners-up in 2014.
Malta are guaranteed one semi-finalist after Brian Grech and Marcel Micallef line-up in the last eight. The remaining quarter-final features Scotland’s Ray Stuart against popular Aussie, Michael Delahunty.
|Trevor Baxter - Press Officer|