Bridgett Wings It At Rileys
Tue 01-Mar-2016 
 

And so it was that on Leap Day 2016, six disciples of Pacific Cricket Club descended upon the environs of Rileys Victoria last night to contest what was a quite a remarkable contest of American pool for the annual PCC Milk Vase.

Early signs were that Ben Burnham would be the man to beat, his attacking style from the cricket pitch translating to the blue felt tables in leading the way in the round-robin home and away legs. The Nugget was on mighty fine form too.

But then proceedings took and uncanny twist. Giaco Bridgett on three wins and Toby Chasseaud on four, played their final encounter for the last of the semi final spots. Bridgett, needing a win after a run of 5 straight losses at the start, finally found his Italian mojo, potting a round of 4 balls midway through the epic clash to gain momentum in his bid for unlikely glory. The Italian Stallion came through to win, and in the cruelest of blows, Chasseaud lost out on lagging. A bitter pill to swallow for the much coveted opening bat.

On to the the semis, and Bridgett was victorious over Burnham, another hot streak of Hurricane Higgins-like speed and guile seeing him through, whilst the Nugget prevailed against the much decorated former champion Stu Hopper.

On to the final then, where to an audience of just the bartender and a couple on a rather awkward Tinder date, the Nugget took the first frame in the best of 3. But Bridgett battled, frustrating with his safety shots and then hammering home the mistakes. It was tight, a great spectacle which no one should have missed and will live long in the memory of the two opening bowlers of old and hopefully again in the future.

But the victory was short lived as Bridgett was revisited by the rather spicy chicken wings from the night before the next morning, that cheeky grin quickly wiped from his face and… yes you get the picture.