Peter Gilchrist Wins Pacific International Championship

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Peter Gilchrist defeated Rob Hall 1500-1373 to win the 2024 Pacific International Championship in Melbourne, Australia.

The victory saw Gilchrist defend the title that he also won in 2023 as he won his second ranking event crown of the year at the Yarraville Snooker Club.

A total of 36 cueists from four nations embarked on Australia’s second most-populous city for the level five ranking event.

The initial group phase saw reigning world champion and top seed Gilchrist storm through with a clean sweep of victories and a top break of 325 against Australia’s Michael Kurts.

A further break over 300 helped Gilchrist move comfortably past Nick Payne in the last 16, before a hard-fought contest against former World Snooker Tour professional Steve Mifsud went the way of the top seed by 148 points.

Gilchrist compiled the tournament high break of 399 in his semi-final contest against Joshua Burns, as he ran out a 1200-435 victor to set up a final meeting with Hall.

Hall, who had secured the English Billiards Championship title earlier in the month, arrived as the second seed in the event and had reached the title match courtesy of knockout round victories over Grant Hayward, David Cosgriff and David Collins.

The final was a close and high-quality affair with the players sharing nine century breaks between then in the 1500 up contest.

It was Gilchrist, however, who reached the winning line with the help of a break of 307 midway through the contest to put his name on the Pacific International Championship trophy for a second consecutive year.