Exeter University Snooker and Pool Club have had a fantastic start to the 2015/2016 season.
At the South West Universities Pool competition Exeter took six teams of players to the competition, which was more than any other University. With these six teams, they dominated the winnings. In the team competitions, Exeter 2s beat Gloucester 1st’s 6-2 to win the team championship with Exeter 1st’s winning the 3rd place playoff over Bristol 1st’s. In the team trophy, Exeter 3s won a black ball shootout in their semi-final to play Bristol 2s in the final, where they won 6-4 to take the title. In the other team event, Exeter 4th’s beat UWE 2s 4-1 won to win the team shield competition. When it came to the singles competition, there was further success. In an all Exeter final, Ed Poultney beat Dan Devlin to win the individual championship with Alistair Potter and Steff Llewellyn also making the semi-final of the trophy competition.
When it came to the South West Universities Snooker Championship, Exeter once against dominated the field. In the individual competitions, there were all Exeter finals in the main event and the shield. Nathan Owen beat Fenn Sternberg to win the main event and Jack De Gruchy beat Jack Pickering to take the shield win. There was further dominance in the team event where Exeter 1s successfully defeated Exeter 2s to win the competition.
Finally, Exeter had some great successes at the UPC 9-ball championship. It was the club’s first time in the competition and it was a fantastic event for them. In the team events, Exeter 2s were runners up in the trophy competition, beating a number of first teams on their way to the final. In the team championship, the Exeter 1s had an excellent run to the semi-final where they lost to Southampton 1s. However, the main success for the club was in the Singles Championship, where Ed Poultney won the competition and as a result, won a place on the Pro GB9 Tour for 2016. So, for the first time ever, Exeter have a professional pool player in their ranks.
2016 promises to be a great year for Exeter Snooker and Pool Club, with a squad that is strong in depth, Exeter has every chance of winning trophies at both BUCS Snooker and Pool later this term. If you would like to get involved in the club, then we meet for training at Allstars Exeter on Monday and Thursday from 7-9 pm and Wednesday from 3-5pm.