Pyper picks up Coors Cup
CONSERVATIVE Club player Neil Pyper knocked in a 57 break to beat Vic Club's Adi Gertch and win the revised Goole Coors Snooker Cup.
The new competition replaces Bass Charrington contest with the best of three with the final beset of five off handicaps.
Pyper and Gertch had won through tough encounters to reach the final.
And Pyper, who plays off a 35 handicap, is one of Goole's most experienced players with a solid all round game.
In Round One he faced a tough away tie to Darren King of Howden WMC.
Pyper gave 20 start a frame and with a gutsy display and came through to set up a last 16 encounter with one of Goole's most improved players, Paul Simms.
A competition spokesman said: "These two are practice partners and team-mates so there was a bit of an edge to this match."
Simms had plenty of chances but Pyper won the match 2-1 to go into the quarters where the current Bass Charrington champion, Vic Matchroom's Adam Taylor, awaited.
A hugely entertaining contest saw Pyper receive 15 start a frame and he won the match with a good 37 break to reach the semis.
Pyper gave semi-final opponent Terry Sowden a 35 start and with a typical battling display won 2-0 to reach the final.
Adi Gertch's route to the final was not quite as straight forward as his opponent's.
He faced a tricky away tie to Old Goole's Dale Masterman who received 20 start a frame.
Gertch won 2-0 before facing Wayne Vause in the next round, both players play off 60 handicap so a level game ensued.
It was billed the tie of the round but was disappointing as neither player really got going and Gertch took the match 2-0.
In the last 16, Gertch faced team-mate Pete Walker who received 25 a frame.
Both played well on the night, Walker won frame one on the black before Gertch pinched the second on the black after retrieving a 44 deficit before taking a 50 minute decider.
Into the quarters and Mally Dunn awaited.
Gertch had to give 50 start a frame but was in top form and breaks of 28, 29, 26 and 23 helped him win through on two black ball games.
The semi-final against Frank Nicholson also involved black ball games.
Gertch gave 40 start a frame and lost the first before winning the next two after Nicholson's miss on the black over the pocket let him off the hook.
The final proved to be one of the best matches in recent times with both players on the top of their games.
Pyper received 25 start a frame and in the first Gertch came back from 42 behind with the help of a 21 and 19 break but Pyper made 19 to force a black ball game.
This was Gertch's eighth consecutive black ball game in this competition and it looked like he was going to take it after a good safety shot.
Pyper cut an amazing long black in to lead 1-0. Frame two saw Pyper race into a 46-point lead before some full bloodied long pots by Gertch on the colours saw him pull it back and take it on yet another black ball game.
Frame three was yet another black ball game as Gertch hit a great 37 clearance to stun Pyper who looked a formality to win it after leading by 36 with 43 on.
Pyper was superb in the fourth, breaks of 38, 22 and 18 saw him level the match at 2-2 and with it a deciding frame.
In the decider, Gertch led Pyper 46 to 25 before Pyper made 19 before a good safety had Gertch in trouble.
Gertch fluffed his shot but then Pyper knocked in a sublime 57 break, his highest in tournament play, to win the frame and the match and to take the Coors Cup with an outstanding performance.
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