Tonight was the final of mine and Phil’s long running pool tournament. Despite going 1-0 up and feeling confident, a couple of cruels twists combined with solid Welsh play to get us to 2-3. After that it really should have been 3-3, but a cushion shot on the black was minutely short, leaving the black hovering over the pocket for Wales to clip it in and take a 4-2 lead going into the break. 4-2 became 5-2 before England heroically brought the match back to 5-4, only for Wales to end it in the next.

All credit to Pip for taking the victory in the end- our Pool Mondays have become the stuff of legend (at least on our respective blogs), and even pool owner Akira looked close to tears are Filipu left the Theatre of Dreams for the last time. In all seriousness though, Phil is a top bloke and a worthy pool opponent, and will be greatly missed.