Marty Andrews

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Australian 8-Ball Championships - Day 4

Today is the first round of the singles draw. There are no team matches on at all, but we all play a best of 9 match against an opponent in a straight knockout draw. I'm looking forward to some match practice on the tables so I can adjust better to their speed.

I have been drawn against Steve Saxon from WA. He gets off to a good start while I continue struggling with the tables and he jumps out to a 2-0 lead on me. The third frame see a bit of luck go my way, so I peg it back to 2-1. From that point on in the match, I become much better adjusted and my confidence grows with each shot. Steve doesn't win another frame, and I come out with a 5-2 win.

We're supposed to play the second round today as well, but the matches are running behind, so they are postponed until Sunday. The last ladies singles match finished some time after 1am in the morning. With a few tables free, I get some much need practice in as well.

I'm feeling much better about my control on the tables now, having been able to play on them for several hours today. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

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