Brett helps sink Ireland at champs

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Albany’s Steve Brett potted the winning ball to secure Australia the World Eight Ball Pool Championship in England last month.

Brett was part of the Australian Masters Team that made the journey to England and eventually defeated Ireland 13-8 in a tense final round.

The 51-year-old said he managed to hold his nerve going into the winning shot.

“It was 8-12 to us, so we needed one more frame to become world champions and it was my turn to go,” he said.

“My opponent made an error and I quickly cleared the balls and potted the final black to win the world title.

“Everyone was jumping around and cheering like kids in a lolly shop.”

After finishing third in the round robin stages, Australia faced off against Malta in the semi-final, progressing with a 13-9 win.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing in the final, however, as the Australian team went down 4-0 early before winning the next eight-straight frames to seize control.

Brett said it was a dream come true to be crowned a world champion.

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped me get there and all those who shared their well wishes with me,” he said.

“It’s just an amazing feeling and to bring it home to Albany where everyone has been so kind is really special.

“I haven’t seen most players from Albany yet, so that is still to come.”

Competing in the singles title, Brett made it to the final 16 before going down to England’s Glen Pilkington 4-6.

Brett said he was unsure what was next for him in the sport.

“I’ve got no goals yet, but I’m sure I’ll get one soon,” he said.

“Maybe I’ll play snooker for a while and give my best shot on getting a 100 break — that would be a good goal.”

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