Hatch Repeats on Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour

Mike Dechaine, Owner, John Fargo and Brunswick; and Dennis Hatch

Gold Crown Billiards in New London, Connecticut, was the host room the weekend of November 10-11, 2007, for the latest Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour. This $2000 added event brought in a total field of thirty-five players, including such local favorites as Chuck Altomare, Jeremy Sossei, Joe Tucker, and Dennis Hatch.

The big story of the weekend ended up being Dennis Hatch yet again. In the last Joss event, Hatch ran through the field undefeated to take home first place honors – this weekend was no different. Hatch sent Mike Dechaine to the one-loss side during the quarter finals with a score of 9-4, and then moved on to defeat Chuck Altomare 9-4 for the winner's side hot seat.

On the one-loss side, Mike Dechaine started his quest for the finals with Joe Tucker. Tucker was unable to hold off Dechaine in the end with a 9-7 loss. The next to step-up to attempt to stop Dechaine was Jeremy Sossei, but unfortunately the final was exactly the same – after a tough battle, Sossei gave way to Dechaine 9-7. By the time Dechaine made his way to Chuck Altomare, he must have caught a gear as he finished off Altomare with a 9-0 conclusion.

This set-up the true double elimination final round with Dennis Hatch and one-loss side bracket winner Mike Dechaine. Unfortunately for Dechaine, there was no need for the second set as Hatch jumped into action steam rolling over him with a final score of 9-3.

The next tour stop, The 19th Annual Ocean State Championship, will be held at Snookers Pool Lounge in Providence, Rhode Island November 17th and 18th with play beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. This $5000 added event will be a “Banner Tournament” – a permanent banner will feature the winner and hang from the rafters at Snookers. The races will be to nine, double elimination, with a $125 entry fee.