Steven Bremar falls just shy of snooker glory in the Big Apple
Steven Bremar came up just short after losing on the final black when competing for Bermuda in the International Snooker League Fall tournament held at the New York Athletic Club, in New York.
The experienced player reached the final of the scratch competition, where he lost to Canadian Doug Fox two frames to one on the final black ball of the match last month.
Bremar nearly became only the second local player behind Paul Fedden, the acting Bermuda Snooker Association president, to win the prestigious event.
“We are all very proud of Steven's achievement in getting to the final,” Fedden told The Royal Gazette. “It is only a matter of time until he adds the elusive scratch title to his resume.”
Meanwhile, domestic BSA league action continued last week across the island.
Unbeaten leaders Sandys Boat Club I beat hosts Spanish Point Boat Club I 3-1 on their home table.
Chris Dakin gave the home team an early lead after prevailing over Sandys Boat Club captain Martin Siese 50-48 on the black ball in the opening singles frame.
Former Olympic sailor Peter Bromby then brought the teams level after comfortably defeating Spanish Point’s Alan Smith 60-22
Fedden gave the visitors the lead with a convincing 45-22 win over Spanish Point captain Stewart Greenslade in the first of two frames before taking the next 55-37 to clinch the series.
Siese and Bromby then cushioned the win with a landslide 79-19 triumph over opponents Dakin and Smith in the doubles.
Elsewhere, Royal Artillery Association beat hosts Warwick Workmen’s Club I 4-1.
Jelani Hollis put the visitors out in front after dispatching rival Pamela Quadroy 64-28 in the opening singles frame and Jacal Washington then placed RAA firmly in the driver’s seat after seeing off rival Damon Hanley 59-31 in the first of two frames.
Washington then completed the sweep and clinched the series with the doubles frame to spare after taking the second frame 44-21.
Gary Bascombe pulled one back for the hosts courtesy of a 44-25 win over RAA's Fred Richardson in the remaining singles frame but that was as close as they would get as RAA pair Hollis and Richardson defeated Bascombe and Quadroy 51-30 in the doubles frame.
Also savouring success was Watford Sports Club who came from behind to edge visiting Spanish Point Boat Club II 3-2.
Tyler Moniz beat Watford captain Aaron Bean 64-61 to give Spanish Point the early advantage but the hosts came storming right back as Keino Zuill, the reigning DeSilva Cup champion, defeated Bermuda Open champion John Orr 57-36 to bring the teams level.
The home team then surged ahead after Kidd Mouchette beat rival Chance McLean 55-35 in the next frame but the see-saw battle continued when Moniz took out Bean 53-34 in the second of their two frames to pull Spanish Point level and set up an intriguing winner-takes-all doubles frame.
Watford finally settled the cagey affair after Mouchette and Zuill soundly beat rivals McLean and Orr, 61-15.
In a make-up match postponed from October 12, Spanish Point Boat Club I came from behind to beat hosts Royal Artillery Association 4-1.
The match began with the doubles frame that featured the visitors jumping out to an early lead when Greenslade and Smith thrashed rivals Kyle Williams and Hollis 75-21.
Smith then doubled Spanish Point’s advantage after overcoming Hollis 53-37 in the opening singles frame and Captain Greenslade then made it 3-0 when he defeated Williams 45-12. Washington pulled one back for the home side after taking the first of two frames against Dakin 66-15, but Dakin bounced back to take the second 57-29 to clinch the match.