Wayne Palatchie and Brent Simmons were crowned the Marlborough Pool Association's open pairs champion for the third year in succession at the Redwood Tavern in Blenheim on Saturday.
A tough combination to beat, the winning pair complement each other well, with Palatchie a great tactician and safety player and Simmons an excellent potter and positional player.
After winning their quarterfinal match 3-1, Palatchie and Simmons overcame Brian Turner and Rob Mercer 3-2 in the semifinals. Barry Gane and Calvin Hart beat John Davis and Bruce Earnshaw 3-2 in the other semifinal, but Palatchie and Simmons proved too good in the title decider winning 4-2.
MPA spokesman Bob Henderson said a few upsets in section play meant some favoured pairings did not advance, while in post-section play many of the matches came down to the final frame. Aside from the victorious duo, losing finalists Gane and Hart, along with defeated semifinalists Turner, Mercer, Davis and Earnshaw were the other players to produce top performances.
Quarterfinals: W Palatchie & B Simmons bt Malcolm Anderson & Mary Landon-Lane 3-1, B Turner & R Mercer bt T Landon-Lane & P Enright 3-2, J Davis & B Earnshaw bt J Randall & L Firman 3-0, B Gane & C Hart bt L Green & G Paul 3-2.
Semifinals: Palatchie & Simmons bt Turner & Mercer 3-2, Gane & Hart bt Davis & Earnshaw 3-2.
Final: Palatchie & Simmons bt Gane & Hart 4-2.
On November 24 the last ranking tournament for men and women will take place. Entries are free and close on November 21. December 1 is the MPA presentation day and blind pairs tournament. Play will commence at midday, followed by refreshments, presentations and entertainment. Entry will be $10 each.
- The Marlborough Express