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Cox is champ

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

JACK Cox claimed the Veterans Open Snooker Championship on Sunday in Suva.

The Nausori Club player won the final 2-0 over Praveen Maharaj at the Merchants Club.

Cox was unbeaten throughout the Sam Super Pool-sponsored tournament and only dropped points in the quarter-finals where he won 2-1 over Rocky Ali of Sigatoka.

In the other quarter-finals, Maharaj beat Mohan Lal 2-0, Ram Nand lost 1-2 to Moti Lal and Bipin Patel beat Rajendra Kumar 2-0.

In the semi-final, Cox defeated Moti Lal 2-0 and Maharaj beat Patel by the same score.

Cox won $100 and a trophy for the overall win and Maharaj settled for $50 and a trophy.

Southern Division Billiards and Snooker Association president Riffat Bhatti said the tournament was a huge success and the feedback from the players was positive.

"There is not much competition for the veteran players but there is an interest," he said.

"So when we organised this tournament with free entry, we received a good response from the players and the tournament went very well.

"After the tournament, the players were very happy and they told us how much they enjoyed the tournament and so we are also happy that these players got a chance to enjoy themselves."

Bhatti said the support of the sponsors helped in organising the tournament.

"We would like to thank Sam Super Pool for sponsoring the tournament and also thank LB Masters and Carz and Carz for their support as well.

"We want to organise more events for the veterans of the sport and the support is highly appreciated."

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