Peach is the 2007 World Pool Champion

 

ENGLAND'S Daryl Peach has become the 2007 World Pool Champion.

Peach, 35, defeated Filipino Roberto Gomez 17-15 in one of the best finals ever.

The match, at the Araneta Coliseum, Manila was full of twists and turns as both players had the lead.

But the decisive moment came in the 31st rack when Gomez missed a pot at the 9-ball, which may haunt him for the rest of his life.

Peach then held his nerve to take the last two racks and become the first ever English World Pool Champion. 

R32 Roberto Gomez 15-17 Daryl Peach
DARYL PEACH IS THE WORLD CHAMPION.

With no shot on the 1-ball off the break, it led to a lengthy safety exchange. But the critical moment came when Peach banked the 1-ball in across the table.

The rest of the balls were nicely placed and it would be a question of if he could hold his nerve. He did and he sunk the final 9-ball to become the 2007 Philippines World Pool Championship.


R31 Roberto Gomez 15-16 Daryl Peach
Rack 31 was full of drama. Peach saw a table-length bank on the blue 2 rattle in the jaws of the bottom left pocket but stay on the cloth.

However, Gomez then missed the orange 5. As soon as he saw the ball fail to drop he stood there motionless, knowing that he could have just blown his chance to win the championship.

There was yet another further twist as Peach lost position going from the 8-ball to the 9-ball. That left a tougher shot than anticipated and he then missed a table-length bank on the 9-ball.

But the drama was not over yet. Gomez had a shot at the 9-ball, which would have looked easy for him throughout this tournament. Though this was the pressure-cooker of the World Championship final and the pressure got to him. He then punched the table in frustration.

Peach sunk the 9-ball to move to the hill, one away from glory.
 



峰迴路轉的一場比賽…真是精采至極。
身為球迷的我,一掃看到鳥鳥衝在場上滿天亂飛時的無力感~
好佳在有把尾半段看完。
今日的冠軍賽,比到最後已經不是技巧問題了,而是心理抗壓性之爭,
Gomez在峰迴路轉的倒數第二局時,一度以為有機會先行聽牌、受迫性失誤後在場邊以為必輸無疑先紅了眼眶、再度拿到先行聽牌的權利…結果自己輸在心理,沒有把握好。

事實上昨日看完Peach v.s Bustamante 的爭議(?)9號犯規球,就轉向支持Peach了。
佩服他的專注力及抗壓性…(也有一絲絲受不了不尊重體育精神的主場Phi)
還贏得了英國人從未拿過的花式撞球世界盃,值得鼓掌慶賀一番--
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