British University Pool Champions
Seven years since they last won the tournament, Ulster University’s cue club have won The 2015 British University Pool Championships. The university previously won the tournament in 2007 and 2008. Ulster University, have become the first institution to win The British University Pool Championships three times.
The four day tournament took place last weekend, 19th of February until the 22nd of February in Great Yarmouth.
The boys played at championship level and competed in a group of five teams. During the group stages the Ulster men faced Strathclyde, who were favourites to win the competition. The Ulster University team beat Strathclyde and topped their group.
The boys progressed into the knock out stages of the competition where they faced Bath. They defeated Bath 6-1 and moved on to the quarter final against Oxford, whom they beat 6-3.
The semi final against Nottingham Trent was the boys’ toughest test. The Ulster men drew 5-5 with Nottingham Trent and the game went to a three man play off which Ulster University won 2-1. The boys then won the championship by beating Nottingham 6-3 in the final.
The team was captained by Ben Mc Cambridge who is over the moon with the success. “I’ve been involved in the club for four years and had so many missed opportunities where we didn’t quite get over the line. To finally win the University championships was the best feeling in university sport.” said Ben.
The team was made up of five players from the university. Ben Mc Cambridge captained the team and led them to the impressive victory. Ben Allen led the team in the number one position throughout the tournament and if the game was ever in doubt the team had the experience of Mark Broderick on their side. Mark was previously involved in the club’s success at the 2008 championship. The team was completed by Matthew Cellers and Gary Johnson who made a superb contribution in only dropping two frames each over the weekend.
The Ulster University team was managed by James O’Hare, who helped keep the team focused throughout the tournament. “James kept the team mentally strong throughout the whole weekend and helped us avoid getting overly drained. Due to this, the team began to enjoy the event.” commented Ben Mc Cambridge.
The cue club is now hopeful that new players may be interested in joining the club due to the victory. “I think the win has raised awareness of the club. Hopefully now more people will get involved and we can create an even stronger team for next year.” a delighted said Ben Mc Cambridge.
The cue club certainly has made Ulster University very proud with this excellent achievement. Congratulations to all involved.
Article by Emma Ryan