PPB’s Nine-Ball Champ, Joe ‘Fast Eddie’ Giammarino

Gary “One Rail” Barlow (second place), Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino (first place), and Randy “Thin Man” Smith (third place)

Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino

The Pool Players of The Brooke (PPB) Billiards Club want to thank our generous sponsor Steve Searl, a proud prior PPB member who is missed by many. On Saturday, March 26, the PPB Billiards Club hosted a nine-ball singles tournament in SaddleBrooke One’s Catalina Recreation Center (CRC) Billiards Room. The format was double elimination.

Dominic Borland started the player’s meeting with a tribute to one of our beloved PPB members, requesting a moment of silence for Rita “I’m Back” Giammarino who passed away earlier this year. Rest in Peace, Rita. You are missed every day.

Tournament directors were Randy Smith and Joe Giammarino, with Ron Ridge on the brackets. Great job, gentlemen! The field of 14 players showed up to compete in the game of nine-ball: Jack “Crash” Hoverter, Joe “Ball Breaker” Vidmar, Randy “Thin Man” Smith, Dick “The Visor” Titus, Gary “One Rail” Barlow, Mike “Mayhem” Meredith, Dick “The Stick” Schroeder, Les Goins, Tony “The Snake” Cardillo, Ted Duma, Jerry Cogswell, Phelps “Frenchfry” L’Hommedieu, Dominic “The Doctor” Borland, and Joe “Fast Eddie” Giammarino.


1st: Joe Giammarino—The best of the day!—5 wins, 0 losses

2nd: Gary Barlow—Another second place—5 wins, 2 losses, 1 bye

3rd: Randy Smith—Brought his game Today!—2 wins, 2 losses, 1 bye

Recap: Joe Giammarino’s victory over a field of 14 skilled nine-ballers was accomplished as follows: Jerry Cogswell was his first opponent and a real threat, but Joe won this one when Jerry scratched on the ball before the nine-ball. Next up was Jack Hoverter, who faced the same fate as Jerry. Then Les Goins was Joe’s next victim. In the semifinals, Joe would face Randy Smith, and Joe sent Randy to the losers bracket. This win for Joe put him on the hill. Meanwhile Gary Barlow was getting in stroke by going through the losers bracket with ease. Gary eventually defeated Randy for a chance to meet Joe in the finals. Gary would have to defeat Joe twice to take the title. Joe would have none of that and won the first game and the tournament. Congrats, Joe Giammarino!

Sponsors Gift Winners:

Ted Duma, Sponsors Gift: Steve Searl

Jack Hoverter, Sponsors Gift: Steve Searl

The PPB wants to thank all our participants and our sponsor Steve Searl for his support. The nine-Bball singles tournament started at 1 p.m. and lasted one hour and 40 minutes, with 27 games of nine-ball being played. We competed and met some new friends that shared our passion. That is a good day! Rack’em Up!

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