Tuesday, February 26, 2008

2008 BUSA Pool - The Outrageous Farce

Looking back at these events still fills me with outrage and disbelief:

Saturday - British University Pool Team event. Cambridge B team is on course to progress from the group stage. There is one match left. If we win or draw we're through. Lose and we're out.

Needing 5 frames to secure the necessary draw, we found ourselves 3-1 up and looking comfortable when the unthinkable happened. A referee came over to our match and announced he was awarding a 6-0 win to our opponents. Shock? Why? What had we done? Must be serious?

The reason - My stomach knots up as I type - the reason: I was wearing a t-shirt and the rest of the team were in polo shirts. Same colour, same logos. No collar.

What a farce! We argued for ages, pleading for some common sense. I hadn't even played a shot in the match yet so how could I be interfering? No response. We were out. The organisers had sent a team through to the quarter finals who hadn't actually won 1 match yet!!!

So cruel. Unjust even. The punishment did not fit the crime. The refs made a mockery of that National tournament. I was furious, argued but held it together and didn't raise my voice. How should you respond in a situation like that? Do you just have to accept the decision? Or protest and stand up for yourself?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Totally unfair! Why didn't they tell you before that you should be wearing a polo shirt? Or was it that you should all be wearing the same shirt?

Auntie C

Joel Gill said...

that's absolutely ridiculous pete... it sounds like you responded well to a situation that was utterly unfair!!