IMI Pool Competition

23 January 2018

IMI students took on a staff team to see whether youth really does trump experience...

The end of a term is always very busy at IMI with dissertation deadlines, coursework to be submitted and internships to be finalised.

In order to relieve a bit of the stress, our SRC decided to organise a special pool competition pitting the IMI students against the staff.

With teams of four players, each staff member would be drawn against a student in a knock-out format. Each tie would be played as a best-of-three with the first player to two wins victorious.

The staff team (comprising of Prof. Benetatos, Mr. Ferry, Mr. Pinkston and Mr. Murray) got off to a good start with Mr. Ferry securing a narrow victory over Kazakh student Amina.

The next tie proved to be the most closely fought of the lot, with IMI Dean Prof. Benetatos and student Oceano having to go all the way to a deciding game (which Prof. Benetatos won after yet another high-quality exhibition of pool from both players).

With the students now trailing 2-0 overall, a victory was needed and it was up to Indian student Anish to try and change the course of the contest. In another tight game with Mr. Murray, both players had chances to win but the luck was once again with the staff as Mr. Murray took the victory.

With the staff now uncatchable, the final game was more a matter of pride for the students. Unfortunately, Indonesian student Indra came up against a red-hot Mr. Pinkston in the form of his life. In probably the most technically impressive game of the tournament, both players exhibited some superb shot-making but Mr. Pinkston had the edge and claimed a clean sweep for the staff.

The competition was a lot of fun and a great way for faculty and students to socialise together and mix in a slightly more relaxed environment.

In this instance, it seems mis-spent youths by the IMI staff paid dividends; however, we’re sure the students will be back to challenge again soon!

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