Raglan Club’s premier snooker squad savoured the sweet smell of success when they blitzed the opposition, Te Aroha, to secure their division title in this season’s regional Chick Boden snooker competition.
Long-time snooker enthusiast and team member Andy Thompson said the squad played their hearts out and deserved the win, though it wasn’t without its moments.
“We played all day Sunday at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club against Te Aroha who, like us, had earned their place in the final. First we had best of one-frame pairs and reversed pairs and at the end of this we were trailing 3 – 1.”
This really put the pressure on each player to step up to their best of three singles games to win back enough frames and take out the title, a feat they accomplished in style taking out seven frames to the oppositions two.
The team had a strong family bent to it as well, with father and son Andy and Jareth Thompson and brothers Cliff and Kevin Hockenhull the main-stays in the squad, supported by fellow snooker maestros Michael Larkin and Henare Brown who stepped in and played when needed.
“Te Aroha were gutted to lose. They’ve won the title twice in the last three years, but we were determined to bring the prize home and we proved we had the skills to do it. I was very proud of Jareth’s performance because he is new to the sport. We’ll be really looking forward to the competition next year to show we can do it two years in a row,” says Andy.
The Chick Boden event is the premier inter-club competition played between snooker teams from Chartered Clubs throughout the Waikato.
“Now we’ve got the shield we’ll be holding on to it for as long as we can. It was a total team effort and we’re thrilled to have brought it home. Our plan is it will stay here in Raglan for some time to come.”