Frank Sullivan, a Takoradi based pub (Malibu Pub) operator, beat challenger Edward Ghunney from Hot Gossip in Accra 3-2 in the final to emerge as Ghana's Pool champion in the 2021 edition of the YFM/Hunters Pool tournament held at the Accra Stadium tennis court last Friday.
In a pulsating competition involving 24 pool players across the nation, Sullivan pocketed three object balls on the table as against his opponent’s two to go home with GH¢10000, a trophy, a gold medal, boxes of Hunters, branded cue sticks, among other prizes from sponsors.
Edward Ghunney, also known as “Jet Li,” from Hot Gossip placed second and got a silver medal and other consolation prizes.
Participants were drawn from Eastern, Western, Ashanti and Greater Accra regions.
Out of the 24 participants, 12 players qualified for the second round of the finals while six players made it to the third round.
Samuel Indubusi from Purple Pub placed third and won a bronze medal and consolation prizes.
The YFM/Hunters Pool tournament organisers said the competition was created to give Ghanaians quality entertainment post COVID-19 and give relevance to the pool game in Ghana.
Master Sullivan expressed his joy at winning the tournament and said he hoped to continue playing the game.
"When I was by the snooker table playing, I didn't think for one moment about the GH¢10000 cheque but of course when we finished playing and I won, it was very nice. I want to thank YFM and Hunters for giving us this opportunity. We play pool competitions but we win nothing, but today my passion has been rewarded and I hope we will get to a point where pool is competed in the Olympics,” he noted.
Mr Manasseh Kwafo, Project lead for the YFM/ Hunters Pool tournament, explained the rationale behind the tournament.
"We went round the country during the preliminary stage and you could see that people were craving for the full return of sports. The pool game is a contactless sport and very captivating to watch. Today's final was something else: the showmanship, energy, strategies were a delight to watch. I was really impressed with the turn out from beginning to end. Congratulations to all the participants and the winners,” he stated.
The Marketing Manager at Kasapreko, Jude Matti, for his part, thanked the participants for putting themselves out there.
"When you dream of a concept, you need people to believe with you and bring it to life. If the players don't put themselves out there, we won't have great events across the regions and a greater final. We appreciate them, they are all winners,” he noted.
He also mentioned that as a brand, their focus was always their clients.
"We know people love Hunters and our other Kasapreko brands. Giving them wholesome entertainment is how we show our love. We know you have been entertained. As a brand we will always support worthy causes. Through the pool tourney we have helped showcase and have highlighted a game with so much potential of putting Ghana on the world stage,” he stated.