Jerry Brayson undefeated for Dominiak Tour Win

The Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour stop #7 was held on Sunday April 26th and hosted by the popular Snookers Billiards in Springfield, MA. A reved up and ready field of 34 players from throughout the northeast made the trek from Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts in an attempt to capture the title of the 7th Dominiak Cues tour stop of the season.

Many tour regulars were in attendance including Joe Sobowicz, Ken Debroske, Chuck Hill, Rogers Hill, Gene Hunt, Mike Wheeler, Steve Hathaway, Brandon Charin, Dana Kroll, Tim Haley, Jerry & Dena Brayson, Rodney Polak and Art Houghtaling. This tour stop saw many new faces in attendance as well. We welcomed to the tour Wade Hill, Jeremy Bean and Dave Hanbly all from Vermont, Pete Brown, Darren Jevons, Janet Tycks and Greg Anzelatti.  Five women in attendance took advantage of the free entry and kicked in the $30 bonus for top female finisher after 3 women entries.

The beautiful sunny Sunday made for a nice morning drive to Snookers for players after a long winter and everyone was in a sunny mood, but once the draw started everyone was ready to rock and roll!  The day started off seeing tour newcomer Jeremy Bean make his way through top half of the winners side brackets with wins over Tim Haley, Rick Barrette, Chuck Hill and Gene Hunt to take his spot in the hot seat match. On the bottom half of the winners side it was Jerry Brayson making his way through the field with wins over Greg Anzellotti, Wade Hill, Dana Kroll and Steve Hathaway to gain a spot in the hotseat match with Jeremy Bean. In a tightly contested battle Jerry Brayson came out victorious and earned a spot in the finals.
Meanwhile making his way steadily through the 1 loss side of the chart and battling to win some very close matches was Dana Kroll with B side wins over Pete Brown, Rick Barrette, Gene Hunt and Steve Hathaway. Next up for Dana to see who would meet Jerry Brayson in the finals, and waiting for another shot, was Jeremy Bean who had been sent to the B side by Jerry Brayson. This match went hill/hill with Dana coming out on top of the battle. Congrats to Jeremy for a hard fought 3rd place finish!

The finals match would be a tough call to pick a winner between the red hot Dana Kroll and the steady experienced play of Jerry Brayson. Jerry had to wait for some time as the B side finished out and some maybe thought he could go cold while waiting and Dana had been playing and just came off a hill/hill match. This didn't turn out to be the case, Jerry came out of the box to take a 3-1 lead in the race to 5 finals. Dana battled back into the match with some great shots to tie it up at 3-3.  But in the next game the 9 ball was very close to the 10 ball and didn't have a pocket and no combo available, Dana didn't get to a rail on a safety attempt and Jerry was able to easily take ball in hand on the 9 and 10 to make it 4-3. In the end Jerry Brayson was able to take advantage of a couple unforced errors and take home the title to tour stop #7 with a finals score of 5-3. Congrats to the top finishers and all the players that attended for a great day of pool!

Also a shout out for Chuck Hill giving up a game on the wire as a multi-tour stop winner and grinding out a 5/6th place finish to get enough tour points to win "Tour Player Of The Year"! This effort tied Chuck with Tom Acciavatti both ending at 255 tour points, but Chuck won the tiebreaker with more season match wins than Tom as he attended every tour stop. Chuck will accept the award at the tour finale July 18th.

Our next tour stop and 2009 tour finale will be held at Pool Table Magic in Winsor Locks, CT on Saturday July 18th. Doors open for practice at noon and play will begin at 1pm.  All amateurs are encouraged to come out and play on the tour. All league players are eligible as well as all non-pro players. Women of all ages and Juniors (under 18) recieve free entry and only pay $10 table time.

We would like to once again thank Bill Dominiak for sponsoring the tour.

We would also like to thank Jeff at League Shirts for co-sponsoring the tour.