There is no time to rest on your laurels in the world of sport.
And in the West Country this week, that is just what Matt ‘The Power’ Banahan must be feeling after walking off with the Bath RFC Pool title following his eagerly-awaited victory over Nick Abendanon in the final.
Banners is a big lad on the rugby field but the sport of pool is one for skill over brawn. That is why it is particularly galling he won it.
I am not bitter or a sore loser... honest - but it was even more galling that I exited the tournament in the first round.
I quite fancied myself to do well but ended up going out to Ross ‘The Postman’ Batty (he always delivers).
It was a bit embarrassing really but I put it down to the ridiculously short contests. Anyone can beat anyone in a one-frame game.
Having said that, it did take us three months to finish the competition so the relatively short contests were probably a good thing!
At one stage, the whole tournament was held up for over two weeks while the eventual finalists delayed their quarter-finals by selfishly getting picked by the England Saxons.
It was fate that they would meet in the final after that but the showpiece occasion was actually somewhat of a damp squib, especially after all of that wait.
The first frame in the best-of-five contest was closely fought but Banners cruised through the next couple of frames to take the title at a canter. The crowd was a little on the low side too because all of the forwards were in a meeting.
While Banners was mildly chuffed at best with his new-found status, Nick was absolutely devastated with his defeat on the big stage.
Oh well, there is no time no mull over defeat. It’s onwards and upwards to the next season’s tournament which has just got underway.
And it pains me to say that I am already out...again.
Stupid bloody game.
We’ve got a slightly more important game to play this Friday when my old club Leicester come to play us in the semi-final of the LV= Cup.
It’s at The Rec and we are hoping for a big night in front of some sizeable support.
If we can show the same urgency and continuity we did in beating Worcester last weekend, we should do well in a fixture that is guaranteed to have some spice.
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