As part of the refurbishment of Warmer HQ over the summer, the new canteen now boasts its very own Pool Table. This addition caused particular excitement amongst the more competitive male employees with break and lunch times often being filled with hard fought competition.
On the run up to Christmas, it was decided that Warmer would host its very first pool tournament amongst the office based members of staff. Richard George, Health and Safety Manager and resident pool aficionado, put together a contest document of epic proportions, inclusive of rules, fouls and the all-important draw.
The competition ran for the two weeks preceding the Christmas break and was of course littered with suspense, accusations of cheating and ‘edge of your seat’ drama. Even after much posturing, Warmers’ Managing Director, Matthew Thomas, was knocked out of the competition at an early stage. Friday 23rd December saw the final day of the contest, with the knockout rounds providing some of the most exciting games. Antonia Farley, the only remaining female, fought bravely against Matt Diggins but was sadly knocked out at the end of the game.
The final consisted of two worthy players, Matt Diggins and JP Owens. The stage was set for the most exciting game yet, in front of a full house in the canteen. The two finalists would battle it out in a ‘Best of Five’ contest, each round more nerve-wracking that the last. Diggins was put on the back foot in the first game after potting the black and giving Owens an early advantage. However, Diggins fought back with the prowess of a champion (maybe down to his outfit!) and went on to win the competition 3 games to 1.
On lifting the trophy and being named the very first ‘Warmer Energy Services Pool Champion’ 2016, Diggins said –
‘It has been a complete honour to win this competition. I have had up’s and downs’ throughout the contest but emerging victorious has made me very proud. There were some that said I took the competition too seriously (see outfit choice), but only serious players win serious prizes.’
Richard George, Competition Organiser added,
“It was great fun to see the level of involvement from the staff, not just the players but those who watched and those who came in for a quiet cup of tea and found themselves inexorably caught up in the games and the debates that surrounded them. The games were played with the right amount of both gravity and humour, which is a testament to the employees here. Congratulations not only to Matt D (our winner) and JP (our runner up) for what I hear was an exciting final, but to everyone who took part. It was a pleasure to be a small part of a tournament that was ultimately made great fun by the players and the spirit in which it was played.”
We all look forward to making the tournament into an annual event, especially Matt Diggins’ fight to remain Warmer Number 1.