Steve is crowned champion

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STEVE Smith has won the Inaugural Strongbow 8 Ball Premier League Pool title after a thrilling final win against Ben Stockil 7-6 at Slim Jim’s.

The league took place at Slim Jim’s every Thursday night in May after players qualified from a knockout championship in February.

The league had razzmatazz and walk-on music for the players but above all quality pool. There were eight players in the league with the top four qualifying for the play-offs.

The semi-finals saw Ben Stockil beat Dave Hall 6-1 and Steve Smith defeat Mick Goodman 6-1.

And so to the final which was a classic.

Steve Smith stormed to a 6-3 lead in the first to seven final but Ben Stockil hit back to level the final at 6-6.

After a careful last frame Steve Smith potted the black which saw him become the 2011 Premier League 8 Ball Champion.