Sam ”The Road Warrior” Gibson Claims IAPPT’s 2nd Event

Sam Gibson also know as ”the road warrior” by his fellow players came through a strong field of players to win Event 2 on Ireland’s Professional Pool Players Tour.

The Belfast player was in superb form throughout the day when he overcame several close encounters beating Mark Mc Donald in the Last 16 in a superb match 7-6.

In the ¼ Finals Sean Judge dug deep to overcome Paul Strawbridge on a 7-6 scoreline while new tour member Bob Watson had a comfortable win over Billy Gorman 7-2.

Sam’s next opponent was the recently returned player Willie ”The Wizard” Dines from Bangor and this proved another tough test for Sam going 4 – 0 down in the match, but experience proved vital in the end with “The Road Warrior” showing some good tactical play and digging deep to come back and win 7-5.

In the other side of the draw Aidan Finnerty caused a major upset when he overcame one of the tournament favorites Gareth Deegan on a 7-5 scoreline.

In the first Semi Final Sean Judge was up against tour debutant Bob Watson from New York City but on this occasion it was Bob who came out the eventual winner on a 7-5 scoreline in a very tense affair. Bob is a former BCA instructor and is the Author of the book Painting On Green Canvas.

In the second semi final Sam Gibson was up against the in form Aidan Finnerty who earlier knocked out Irish Number 2 Gareth Deegan.

Again Sam proved his class and vast experience winning on 7-5 scoreline to advance to the Final to play newcomer Bob Watson.
Sam yet again as he did all day when his matches went to the wire showed his true class and fight to come out a worthy champion on a 9-7 scoreline.

Thanks to all the players who came today and I look forward seeing you all at the next event.

A big Thank You must also go to Frames Complex who are very kind to let us hold our events there.

Paddy Mc Loughlin IAPPT STAFF

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