Alex Waddell downs close friend Cody Richardson in singles handicap grand final

PREPARING FOR BATTLE: Cody Richardson and Alex Waddell take a moment before their single handicap clash at the Wagga RSL Club on Sunday. Picture: Supplied

PREPARING FOR BATTLE: Cody Richardson and Alex Waddell take a moment before their single handicap clash at the Wagga RSL Club on Sunday. Picture: Supplied

Alex Waddell downed old friend Cody Richardson in a seven-frame singles handicap grand final thriller at the Wagga RSL Club on Sunday.

Handed an eight-point head start, Waddell claimed the first frame before Richardson claimed the second, the duo going back and forth in that order until the decider.

Waddell said he was thrilled to win the final, despite having his practice time severely limited.

“I haven’t been able to play as much over the past couple of years because I moved to Tumut, where there aren’t any tables,” he said.

“There was definitely a bit of rust to shake off.”

The new singles handicap champion said he had a ball going up against Richardson, who he met at 18 years-of-age. “We travelled to a lot of tournaments together back in those days and our friendship grew stronger from there,” he said.  

Waddell had an equally thrilling road to the final, stunning big name Peter Raczkowski in the semi-final.

He was also quick to thank the Wagga RSL Club for the use of its tables. 

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