Published: 06:00, 07 November 2019
It was a weekend that William Anderson will never forget after title glory in the Grand Final of the Seniors International Pool Tour in Leicester.
Faversham’s Anderson came out top in a field of 128 players which included the reigning Seniors world champion, European champion and World Masters champion, along with many international competitors.
In one of the toughest events on the pool calendar, held over two days, Anderson’s challenge was nearly over before it started as he came through his first match 5-4 but from then on he was in total control.
Scores of 5-0 and 5-1 were chalked up before a 5-2 win over Seniors national champion David Neary in the last 32.
The real pressure came in the semi-final and final with both matches coming down to a deciding frame, but on each occasion Anderson rose to the challenge clinching the title with a 6-5 win over favourite Tommy Donlon.
Anderson said: “I’m so ecstatic and proud to win an event like this with so many quality players in it. I’ve played the tournament of my life and I couldn’t be happier.
“Whilst I have won three National Team titles, to win my first major singles event at this level is an amazing feeling”
Anderson is also enjoying success as team manager of Kent County Pool Association, with nearly all teams on course to qualify for the national finals in March of next year.
He is in his first year playing in the Seniors (over 50s) category and has certainly made his mark in the world of eight-ball pool. Having qualified to represent Scotland he finished second in the international rankings, gaining automatic selection for the 2020 season.
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