Having qualified through the Eastern Region’s qualifier, the familiar opponents both enjoyed bitter sweet campaigns at the Championship, not reaching the final 16, but challenging each other for the Pool Plate.
Alan, in his second year qualifying for the National Finals, claimed the Plate at the Allstars sports bar in Bristol, beating Pete 5-2.
He said: “I was pleased to win. I played a lot better on the Saturday than I did on the Friday but next year I will hopefully qualify for the main event rather than the Plate competition.
“I’ve played Pete lots of times! We are in the same Pool team in Southend and we also work on the same team in HMRC. He’s also my doubles partner at Golf!”
The two competitors also battled in Eastern Region final in 2018, where Pete was victorious, and both attended the 2018 National Finals in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
Pete, said: “This year was quite a laugh really, we play for the same pool and snooker team and are playing partners in our golf society, and we work on the same team in the same office, so we’ve played against each other on multiple occasions - this time he got lucky!”
This year’s National Finals featured 28 players, in a format that saw four groups of seven players contest for a place in the top four of their group on the Friday to progress to Saturday’s FA-Cup styled main event.
Alan, said: “The event is extremely well run over two days, Friday and Saturday. I would recommend it to anyone but first of course you have to qualify via your regional event.
“Next year, I hope I can qualify for the main competition on day two but if not I will certainly be trying to retain the plate trophy.”
Pete was also complimentary about the weekend event, he added:
“It’s a very enjoyable two days. The round robin format ensures that you get to play lots of pool, especially on the first day.
“I would definitely recommend anyone who enjoys playing pool to attend, should they get through the Regional Qualifier.”