Daryl Peach, aka the Dazzler, is the first player to be introduced to the crowd. The Dazzler ended the hopes of Ronnie Alcano (2006 World Pool Champion) and my good friend, Francisco Django Bustamante. A small crowd of English fans cheers him on and waves an
The noise is deafening as Filipino cue artist Roberto Gomez, aka Superman, enters! The pressure on the kid from
Gomez wins the lag and will break first. A good sign of things to come? Hopefully! Good luck Superman!
Rack One: Gomez 0-1 Peach
World Pool Championship organizers changed the TV table to eliminate the soft break, which led to predictable and boring matches. Both Roberto Gomez and Daryl Peach were told of the change before the match. Both players agreed.
Gomez changes the way he breaks. He misses the 7-ball but leaves it hanging over the top right pocket. The man from
Rack Two: Gomez 0-2 Peach
Peach also breaks hard. He runs out the rack for a 2-0 lead.
Rack Three: Gomez 1-2 Peach
An unforced error saw Daryl Peach leaving the 2-ball hanging in the bottom corner pocket. The crowd cheers! And cheered even more as Gomez snatches his first rack of the match! Now, this is what being a home crowd really means! The Dazzler isn’t just playing against Roberto Gomez – he is playing against a whole nation!
Rack Four: Gomez 2-2 Peach
Roberto Gomez opts for a push out, which Daryl Peach declined. The match continues until Peach fails to pocket the 4-ball. The Filipino Pool player makes a jump shot on the 6 but misses on the 7. The Englishman also misses on the 7. Gomez finally bags the 9-ball for the tie. He is showing emotions, emotions that I didn't see yesterday – or weren’t evident.
Rack Five: Gomez 2-3 Peach
The woman in the middle of it all, referee Michaela Tabb, urges the crowd to stop cheering when Daryl Peach misses a shot. Tabb issues a reminder on good behavior. Suddenly, there is silence. Then everyone is all smiles! The Englishman, Daryl Peach, takes the lead again.
Rack Six: Gomez 3-3 Peach
Daryl Peach breaks and three balls disappear. A push out results in a display of safeties before the Englishman misses on the 2. Wow! Roberto Gomez appears nervous. I don't think he is as relaxed as yesterday's game. And it is understandable. Superman takes the rack for a 3-3 tie.
Rack Seven: Gomez 3-4 Peach
A miss by the Filipino pool sensation has everyone see Peach go back to the table. The visiting Englishman regains the lead - his third time to do so.
Rack Eight: Gomez 3-5 Peach
Daryl Peach looks poised and reserved. It's as if this is nothing new to him - just another match, just another day. Roberto Gomez, on the other hand looks a bit shaky. It’s completely understandable for the darling of the crowd. Peach easily cleans up the rack for a 2-game lead over the Filipino pool player.
Rack Nine: Gomez 3-6 Peach
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Rack Ten: Gomez 3-7 Peach
Peach opts for a push out. Roberto Gomez fails to capitalize and leaves the 2-ball hanging. Peach finishes the rack for a 4 game lead.
Rack 11: Gomez 3-8 Peach
Daryl Peach downs 3 balls on the break but leaves the 2 ball for Roberto Gomez. The Filipino cue artist tries his best to run out the rack but misses on the 8. Peach finishes the game for a 5-0 run.
Rack 12: Gomez 4-8 Peach
The white disappears after being hit by the 8-ball. The crowd cheers and applauds Peach's errors! This seems to work as Gomez wins his first rack in six! Go Gomez!
Rack 13: Gomez 5-8 Peach
Roberto Gomez looks far more composed now. Gomez stuns the crowd with a 1-6-7 combination, which was then followed by a 1-6 carom! Oh boy! We are in for a treat! The crowd's chant seems to be the elixir of life for Gomez! The excitement and drama unfolds! Gomez closes in at 5-8!
Rack 14: Gomez 6-8 Peach
An amazing behind-the-back shot on the 5-ball has the crowd wanting for more! Indeed, as one fan shouted, "IT IS SHOW TIME!" Roberto Gomez is showing nerves of steel now!
Rack 15: Gomez 7-8 Peach
It's a run out for the Superman, Filipino pool player Roberto Gomez, who cuts the Dazzler’s lead to just 1 rack!
Rack 16: Gomez 8-8 Peach
Roberto Gomez is on a roll! He ties Daryl Peach at 8-8! The crowd is ecstatic! Everyone is cheering for the young Filipino! The nation is one again as Gomez battles it out for the championship! Pak-syet! Words to describe the excitement I'm feeling right fall short! It's billiards at its finest! Yee-haa!
Rack 17: Gomez 9-8 Peach
And for the first time in the Finals, Filipino pool ace Roberto Gomez takes the lead at 9-8! His run of the rack further boosts the level of energy and excitement at the Araneta Coliseum! Gomez! Gomez! Gomez!
Rack 18: Gomez 9-9 Peach
Gomez breaks! He sinks the 1-ball but scratches after the cue ball was kicked by the 7. Daryl Peach finishes out the rack to tie the score!
Rack 19: Gomez 9-10 Peach
A safety from Daryl Peach left Roberto Gomez with a difficult shot on the 2-ball. The efforts of Gomez to score a clean shot had Peach on an easy picking. Peach regains the lead at 10-9.
Rack 20: Gomez 9-11 Peach
Peach pockets 3 balls off the break. A safety from Peach forced an error from Roberto Gomez. Peach widens his lead to two racks at 11-9.
Rack 21: Gomez 10-11 Peach
Roberto Gomez narrows down the lead being enjoyed by Daryl Peach’s who played a safety in this rack. Gomez summons all his might to win and to trail by just 1 game!
Rack 22: Gomez 10-12 Peach
Daryl Peach regains a two-rack lead after a safety from Roberto Gomez failed to materialize properly.
Rack 23: Gomez 11-12 Peach
Daryl Peach misses on a reverse cut on the 5-ball. Roberto Gomez easily finishes out the rack after Peach’s unforced error. Gomez cuts down the lead to just 1 rack.
R24 Gomez 12-12 Peach
Roberto Gomez breaks and opts for a push out. Daryl Peach successfully jumps the shot. Again, Superman shows the crowd his nerves of steel as he plays a safety that served as the catalyst for a number excellent positional play from both pool players. Gomez misses on the 4-ball on a rail shot! Peach also failed to pocket the same ball, which left hanging on the top left corner pocket! The crowd cheers!
R25 Gomez 13-12 Peach
R26 Gomez 14-12 Peach
But it did get better! It looked like Roberto Gomez had the perfect run out but a miss on the last ball stuns the crowd! It stunned me! Daryl Peach returns the table as referee Michaela Tabb raises her right hand and asks everyone for silence. Peach misses! Yee-haa! Superman returns to his home planet, the billiards table, and finally bags the 9-ball via a thin cut for a commanding 2-rack lead over the Dazzler! Three more games to go the Championship for Gomez!
R27 Gomez 15-12 Peach
Roberto Gomez breaks and sinks a ball! He runs out the rack for a 15-12 score! We are only two racks away from glory! Isa na lang, puro na!
R28 Gomez 15-13 Peach
Roberto Gomez downs a wing ball on the break! Gomez goes for a safety on a difficult 1-ball. The Dazzler fails a bank shot on the 1-ball. Another safety shot from Gomez! Daryl Peach sees a thin cut on the 1-ball but fails to properly deliver another safety which has the crowd laughing! Superman goes for another fantastic safety! Parang lock! But Daryl counters via a world-class safety of his own! Grabe! More fantastic safeties! There’s even a jump shot from Gomez, who is now very much poised! The atmosphere is tense! The crowd appreciates an excellent counter by Daryl Peach, which forced a foul from the native of
R29 Gomez 15-14 Peach
Daryl Peach runs out this rack. His focus is intense. He truly is a world class player. The crowd appreciates his cue ball prowess. Trails Roberto Gomez by just one rack.
R29 Gomez 15-14 Peach
R30 Gomez 15-15 Peach
Daryl Peach breaks and downs 3 balls. A double kiss on the 2-ball has Roberto Gomez back on the table. Three options for Gomez, i.e., a counter safety, a thin cut for the corner pocket, or a long bank shot. He plays a safety. The Dazzler from
R31 Gomez 15-16 Peach
A bank shot effort on the 2-ball from Daryl Peach saw Roberto Gomez back on the table again! Superman is left with a no-problem rack. It’s a golden opportunity for Gomez! But the Filipino pool player misses on a simple shot on the 5-ball! A straight shot on the 8-ball for the upper corner pocket leaves the white dead straight on a very difficult shot on the 9-ball. The Englishman tries a bank shot – and FAILS! It’s another chance for the Superman! And Roberto Gomez fails to sink the 9-ball! IT’S TOP-NOTCH DRAMA! THE PRESSURE IS UNBELIEAVABLE! Daryl Peach is on the hill! He will be breaking for the championship!
R32 Gomez 15-17 Peach
This has been one classic match! Daryl Peach, aka The Dazzler, is going to break for the championship. It’s the first time a qualifier has played in the World Pool Championship Finals! Peach carefully prepares the cue ball for the break. It's the first time that the Dazzler's leg goes up during a break. Wing ball down. Peach plays a safety. The heat is on as Roberto Gomez plays a counter safety with full cover! Daryl Peach shows true class with a safety on Gomez's counter! Gomez tries a rail shot. Daryl Peach finally bags the object ball and has six balls left on the table. The crowd shows its appreciation for the Englishman's cue-ball control prowess and claps their hands! The Dazzler wins the 2007 World Pool Championship! Congratulations Daryl! And congratulations to our kababayan, Roberto Gomez, for giving his all! Mabuhay!
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