Towering performance as skyscraper engineer upsets the odds

Thursday, 14th November 2019 — By Steve Barnett


Keelan Nolan has reached the last 32 of the Chalk Farm Pool League’s Singles Championship

AN engineer working on one of the tallest buildings in the country hit new heights on Monday night when he reached the final 32 of the Chalk Farm Pool League’s Singles Championship.

More than 130 players took part in the opening rounds of the competition at pubs and clubs across Camden and Islington. But it was the action that unfolded at Cousins Professional Pool and Snooker Club, in Holloway, that produced the biggest upsets.

Not once, but twice Keelan Nolan overcame the odds to topple more experienced opposition.

By day Keelan is an apprentice engineer working on the commercial skyscraper 22 Bishopsgate which is under construction. By night, however, he is building a fierce reputation at the table.

A regular for Division Three side Northumberland Arms, he looked far from fazed as he beat two players from Division One on his way to booking a place in the final 32, which will be played in February.

First he overcame King’s Cross Assassin Charlie Donaldson 2-0, then he beat Tadhg Ebrill, who plays for Boston Old Skool, 2-1.

League chairman Shaun Pollard, who was among the spectators, said: “Keelan produced two of the biggest results of the night. To overcome two players who regularly play two divisions above you is a magnificent achievement.

“In his final-frame decider against Ebrill, Keelan took out an excellent thin cut under pressure on his final red to the corner and swung the white off two cushions to gain position on the black into the middle pocket.

“That’s a brave shot under any circumstances – it could have cost him his place in the final stages of the competition.”

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