April 05, 2015

Eight Ball snookers scorers

The long skipping point shot by the Colonel that just eluded Eight Ball's pad made the battling backstop a loser.

It also gave him the victory.

There was no rest for the substitute shotstopper Sunday as he did double duty in the absence of regular rearguards Twizzler and Joker.

But if Eight Ball's schizophrenic role in the half-court game wore him down, he wasn't showing any signs as time and again he came up with clutch saves en route to a marathon 10-8 victory. Er, loss.

"He started off sharp right from the get-go and he just sustained that throughout the whole game," said Lak Attack, who was frequently frustrated by Eight Ball's lightning glove and outstretched leg pad. "He saw pretty much everything."

"He played great for both sides," said Scooby.

Eight Ball's effort was especially remarkable as the constant assault of oncoming forwards from either team meant little opportunity to catch his breath, regroup, gather his faculties. And it had been almost three months since his last start between the pipes.

"Within a few minutes you get the sequence of your players," said Eight Ball of the challenge presented by keeping the teams straight when both are coming at you. "It doesn't take much for me to be prepared, the agility always seems to be there."

That agility served and frustrated players from both teams. But, in the end, it was persistence that won the day.

"If you're tenacious on the ball it's going to pay off for you," said Lak Attack.

But it wasn't his side that cashed in. After twice holding two-goal advantages, they fell behind for the first time at 8-7 before tying it. Then Scooby scored from the slot after being fed a seeing-eye pass from the side of the net by the Living Legend before Colonel ended the game with his long blast from the point.

"The game really dragged on and we had to grind it out," said Scooby. "I was wondering when the game might ever end."

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Sunday's game featured a guest appearance by veteran agitator Velma, who proved he hasn't lost a step while adding considerable facial hair.

Posted by jaysuburb at April 5, 2015 09:19 PM

I will pick up the pads from doo if joker doesnt show.

Posted by: scooby at April 12, 2015 10:00 AM

Won't be able to make it for this game.

Posted by: 8 Ball at April 11, 2015 10:26 PM

Joker, you coming out tomorrow?

Posted by: lakattack at April 11, 2015 08:07 PM

Hey boys I will be there Tom

Posted by: Twizzler at April 11, 2015 06:59 PM

I'll be there.

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Posted by: The Colonel at April 11, 2015 03:35 PM

I don't believe it. #iDontBelieve

Posted by: The Colonel at April 11, 2015 03:34 PM

Holy crap, I will be there this week. #miracle #dontHoldYourBreath

Posted by: Yakker at April 11, 2015 01:55 PM

Namaste! I'm sorry to hear I missed a chance to get under Velma's skin. Sounds like a good game though!

The cup is currently at my parents' place, 125 Debeck st in New West. You can call ahead to make sure my dad has pants on 604-524-0584 (Fay and Glenn Beckenbauer). Have a great stick!

Posted by: Franz at April 9, 2015 10:29 PM