Player Profiles - Pat Gallagher  
Q. Do you shoot right handed or left handed?
A. Right handed.

Q. How long have you been playing pool for?
A. I'd say about 40 years.

Q. How long have you been playing league pool for?
A. Between 18 and 20 years.

Q. Where is your favourite spot to play?
A. That would have to be my home bar, Kilroyz.

Q. And why is that?
A. It is a good neighbourhood bar.

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Q. What do you enjoy most about playing league pool?
A. I enjoy playing on a team. That's what I enjoy the most. I like the team aspect of it. It's nice to see some players that you don't expect to play well pick someone else up. I prefer playing on a team rather than on my own.

Q. Have you been to the VNEA Vegas Tournament?
A. Yes, once.

Q. And what did you get out of that experience?
A. Oh, it was tremendous! We played a team from North Dakota. They actually had cheerleaders! I was absolutely amazed. The atmosphere was incredible.

Q. Yeah, it's a big tournament.
A. To see that many pool tables in one room… It was pretty impressive.

Q. Do you have any mentors or players you've learned a lot from?
A. Actually, my mentors were the old snooker players like Bob Adelci, Bob Checaloski… Pat White was always the best I ever saw. He was a great player. Blaine MacNeil. He could make the cue ball do things you wouldn't believe. There was also players like Tony Liburdi, and Andy Robinet. Very steady players. Nothing too flashy, but they can run out a table every time.

Q. What are the goals for the future of your game?
A. To be honest this is just a fun night out. It's recreational for me…. It's just for fun. And another thing is that I would never play on a team where I didn't get along with the other players. I don't care if we were good enough to win the Vegas trip. It's supposed to be a fun night out. I've had opportunities to play with other teams who were better. I could have gone and done that for more prize money, or to win more trips to Vegas. But I didn't because the whole point, for me, is to come on out and have some fun.

Q. How do you like the VNEA structure and rules?
A. I don't have any problem with the rules… except jumping. I don't think you should be allowed to jump the damn ball! (laughs) Because the kids are too good at it. You play a really good hook, the kid pulls out the short stick, jumps the ball and runs out. That just drives me crazy!

Q. Are there any teams that bring out your competitive edge more than others?
A. I'm going to get in trouble for this one. Young, cocky kids. If they're acting cocky with me then I'll try harder to win.

Q. What part of your game could you improve on.
A. Just being able to finish consistently. Nothing too fancy, just run the balls out.

Q. What is the best part of your game?
A. Well it's a fun night out so I like to put snooker juice on the cue ball. Making the cue ball go off 3 rails instead of hitting it straight in…it's got to look good, too. Not all the time. But, every once in a while it's fun to do. I like trying shots like that.

Q. If you could boil it down to one thing, what is the most important aspect of pool?
A. It would have to be concentration. Good player know how to focus on their game and block everything else out.

Q. Will you be at this year's league banquet?
A. My team goes every year, so yes.