Ultimate Pool Season Ends in Tense Drama…
The Ultimate Pool season came to a close over the weekend as the Ultimate Pool Champion of Champions Shootout saw the 2 times World Pool Champion and Wildcard Chris Melling lift the title in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
A similar style to snooker where the winners of the Ultimate Pool Pro and Challenger Series 1 – 8 came together, Melling, 42, won the first event of the season, the Championship League Ultimate Pool and ironically ended the season on a high with the main event as the Champion of Champion.
Melling was actually one of three wildcards in the event, along with new pro-Luke Gilbert, and Carl Morris, who had not won finals, but had come high on the Ultimate Pool rankings.
He defeated Chris Day in the final 5 – 1, who has just turned professional after coming through the ranks of the Challenger series.
It was drama all the way as the Magician came through the rounds defeating the likes of no 1 ranked player Shane Thompson.
Runner-up Day told Ultimate Pool after: “I made too many mistakes during all the matches.”
Chris Melling takes down the Champion of Champions 2021!
— Ultimate Pool (@ultimatepool_) December 12, 2021
When asked if 2022 would be even better for him as a pro, he said: “Could be if I cut out the mistakes.”
Victor Melling said that Ultimate Pool were doing a great job behind the scenes and that he wouldn’t be surprised now that everyone has got used to the format, seeing more players win events and more wanting to enter.
He added: “It’s full time now. You don’t have to work. I’m doing exhibitions a lot and did one just yesterday.”
Melling used to be a former snooker professional back in the day, but has played every cue sport going, such as 9 Ball.
Gareth Potts, Selby’s brother-in-law, winner of one of the Ultimate Pool Pro series events and also a former World Pool Champion, came bitterly close to reaching the final but a second from the final buzzer. Day potted the final black for the clearance.
The frames were on a shot clock of 15 seconds after ten minutes.
Monday sees the usual Ultimate Pool Pairs Cup where no 1 ranked player Shane Thompson will be in action and it’s as usual LIVE on Freesports Channel 64 in the UK.
Ultimate pool is certainly living up to its website slogan.
Drama in Snooker too as the Belgian Bullet fires…
It was a feast of pro cue sports action over the weekend as, if you liked both your snooker AND pool, you were torn between watching the final of the Betvictor Scottish Open which saw Luca Brecel claim his second ranking title defeating class of 92 Legend John Higgins.
Higgins had also reached his fourth final this season!
A fired-up Brecel had the week before reached the final of the UK Championship in York, but lost out to China’s new star Zhao Xintong, 24.
The new snooker season has so far seen three new faces winning events, with David Gilbert picking up his first title at the Championship League and then, of course, impressively Xintong lifting the UK title and now Brecel claiming the Scottish Open.
Familiar faces Neil Robertson and Mark Williams have also claimed ranking titles this season also.