Pool: Metcalf can't wait for his world championships date
GRIMSBY potter Paul Metcalf says he wants to enjoy the challenge after booking his place at the World Eight-Ball Pool Championships in Blackpool.
The 30-year-old produced several impressive comebacks to emerge from the Leicester qualifying round with a ticket to the global showpiece.
Starting on Sunday, Metcalf joins fellow Grimsby player Wayne Camm in the draw for the early stages of the 20th annual competition.
Metcalf defeated home favourite and former European Nine-Ball Pool champion Tommy Donlon in the preliminary round, despite going 4-0 down in the first to six contest.
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The Grimsby man had earlier beaten two other players 6-4 after trailing 4-3.
His marquee performance came in the second round, though – Metcalf inflicted a 6-0 whitewash en route to his victory at the 147 Club, in Leicester.
Metcalf told the Telegraph: "I am absolutely chuffed to bits. I played some good pool and it is pleasing to qualify for such a big event, especially after trying for the last couple of years.
"I am going there to enjoy it. Who knows, maybe I will be able to reach the televised stages on Sky Sports and pick up some money for a nice holiday.
"Most of my success is down to my snooker background, it allows me to out-pot people on a pool table. There are lots of top pool players that are decent snooker players.
"Some of them have even had maximum breaks, but were then just unable to make it at the top level for whatever reason. It was good to see Craig (Waddingham, Grimsby league player) on TV few years ago, that sort of coverage is great. To have local people competing on TV for the World Championship in any sport is fantastic for the area."
Fresh from qualifying for the Blackpool finals, Metcalf was boosted by the sponsorship of his friend, and fellow pool player, Paul Jackson.
Jackson, the managing director at Fardel Shipping, on Dudley Street, will support Metcalf during his quest for the title – the Grimsby potter will wear an emblazoned polo shirt sporting the company logo.