A pool player with the Mansfield-based Nottinghamshire county blackball team enjoyed a dream debut with England at the Seniors Nations Cup in Ireland.
For Jules Goodyear, who owns Newark Cue Club, won the singles championship at his first attempt.
Goodyear was on fire, winning four rounds on the trot before knocking out England teammate Barry Finnan, who was last year’s runner-up, in the quarter-finals, romping home 5-1.
In the semi-finals, he came up against his England captain, Dave Nash, who was in similarly fine form. But Goodyear didn’t miss a pot and won 5-2 to reach his first-ever international final.
His opponent was his good friend, Myles Delouse, from Wales, and they dished up a final to remember. Goodyear surged into a 3-0 lead but Delouzse hit back to level before the Notts man kept his nerve to triumph 5-3.
The success didn’t end there for Goodyear, though, because he also helped England A land the team event. They defeated European champions Wales 13-4 in the semi-finals before overcoming in-form Ireland 13-10 in a close final.
Jono Hartley, of Sutton, had a memorable debut tournament too, helping the England B2 team to reach the semis where they lost 13-12.