David “The Godfather” Mork
When the prior month’s article was submitted, Team USA was down by two matches (five USA and seven Europe) and this will bring all of you pool fans up to date! At the start of day three of the four day tournament at the Tropicana Hotel/Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, Team Europe began to show its talent. Team Europe defeated Team USA in the third match held on Thursday afternoon to win the 2016 Mosconi Cup by a score of 11 wins for Team Europe and seven wins for Team USA. Over 120 games of 9-Ball in the 18 matches were played between the 10 best players in the world! The event was won by the Team Europe and they played with class and with fantastic shot-making capability. Team USA did also, but just not to the level that they would have liked to have played at. On one of the final singles matches, certainly all pool players have been there, when the match point is being played, all that is needed is to easily pocket a single 9-Ball in one of the six pockets on the table and then missing that final pocket to lose not only the game, but the match. I’m sure that many golfers can relate also to that feeling of missing a match play putt, even though you have made a putt like that many times; but in a clutch, with a match on the line, the pressure gets to the players. We will have to wait until 2017 for the Mosconi Cup to be played back in the USA, but there will be a 2016 Mosconi Cup in London in late 2016.
In other league news, the league played a Home on Home match against the Mission Royale Pool League on Saturday, January 9 for the rights to retain the trophy that is mounted on our league’s Pool Room wall. The 8-Ball trophy travels back and forth between the leagues, as the winning league gets to have the trophy showcased on the trophy shelf mounted on the wall in the winner’s location until the next match. The IronOaks league defeated the Mission Royale league by a score of 33 to 15 and the trophy will stay in our Sun Lakes Pool Room. Email Willie Foster for more information on our league at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, let’s play pool!