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CAPALDI ACHIEVES TOP MARKS
 Posted on Monday, December 07 2009 @ 12:32:01 UTCby admin
SAPPA 2009 CARLSBERG SCOTTISH OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Styx American Pool Bar
28 Victoria Road
Kirkcaldy
Scotland
Tel: 01592 265483
www.scottish9ball.com
www.styx.info

Saturday/Sunday 7-8 November 2009


2009 Carlsberg Scottish Open 9-Ball Champion, Stevie Capaldi, in action
2009 Carlsberg Scottish Open 9-Ball Champion, Stevie Capaldi, in action

Glasgow's Stevie Capaldi won his first Scottish Open 9-Ball title with a thrilling 11-7 victory over Stirling's Andy Morris to take the title, along with the £750 first prize.





"Read More..." for the details.

A total of 50 players turned up at Styx, Kirkcaldy for this year's Scottish Championships but what was lacked in numbers was more than made up for in the quality of players that were there to fight for the £2,000 prize fund. The format for the event saw all the players entered into the Double Elimination draw and play until 16 players remained - 8 players in the Winners' Bracket and 8 in the Losers' Bracket. These 16 players would then play in a Single Elimination format to find the winner.

Of the early matches, some of the stand-out results included Sanjay Varma's 8-6 victory over the highly rated Stuart McPhee and Jimmy Pollock's run of results to reach the last 16 undefeated. Pollock's, the first winner of the Scottish Championship title back in 2000, reached the last 16 with wins over Edinburgh's Remi Passiatore (8-4), number 3 ranked - and good friend - Davy Jack (8-2) and the ever improving Alan Greenshields (8-4).

Jimmy Pollock reliving the form of times past
Jimmy Pollock reliving the form of times past

There was, however, one incident that caused some discussion amongst those present. During Stuart Ellis' final Losers' Bracket round match with Cameron Bowes, Ellis played a shot on the 4-ball that resulted in both the cueball and object ball being wedged in the pocket. Both balls were touching the face of the pocket drop and it was ruled that Cameron would have to play from there. Everyone knew that as soon as the cueball was struck the 4-ball would drop into the pocket. What wasn't sure was what the cueball would do. Sadly for Cameron, the cueball bounced twice on the surface off the table before flying off, giving Stuart ball in hand.

The cueball and 4-ball are wedged in the pocket.  If you look really closely, you will see that neither ball is actually on the playing surface of the table.
The cueball and 4-ball are wedged in the pocket. If you look really closely,
you will see that neither ball is actually on the playing surface of the table.

By the time mid-afternoon on Sunday arrived, however, there were only 16 players left. They were:-

2009 CARLSBERG SCOTTISH OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Winners' Bracket Qualifiers
Losers' Bracket Qualifiers

Stevie Capaldi

Greg Alexander

Pat Holtz

Stuart Ellis

Ian Mackintosh

Kevin Irving

Paddy Mc Loughlin

Davy Jack

Andy Morris

Jayson Shaw

Fraser Patrick

Adam Smith

Jimmy Pollock

Sanjay Varma

Michael Valentine

Tam Walkinshaw



The draw for the last 16 produced a number of mouth-watering matches.

2009 CARLSBERG SCOTTISH OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE LAST 16 (Losers - £40)

Pat Holtz

9 : 7

Jayson Shaw

Fraser Patrick

9 : 2

Tam Walkinshaw

Stevie Capaldi

9 : 4

Greg Alexander

Iain Mackintosh

9 : 5

Kevin Irving

Adam Smith

9 : 6

Jimmy Pollock

Davy Jack

9 : 8

Paddy Mc Loughlin

Andy Morris

9 : 4

Sanjay Varma

Michael Valentine

9 : 6

Stuart Ellis



Jayson Shaw breaking another rack in his match with Pat Holtz
Jayson Shaw breaking another rack in his match with Pat Holtz

The stand out match of the round was the encounter between former winners Pat Holtz and Jayson Shaw. Holtz always seemed to have the upper hand in the encounter and managed to finally get past the tenacious Shaw by 9 racks to 7. Another excellent match was that between Scottish number 3, Davy Jack, and Irish number 1, Paddy Mc Loughlin. Paddy, one of a group of 4 players who travelled over from Ireland to play, had been 8-5 down at one point but managed to tie the match at 8 racks each before Jack managed to get the upper hand in a tense safety battle to progress to the Quarter Finals.

2009 CARLSBERG SCOTTISH OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE QUARTER FINALS (Losers - £80)

Fraser Patrick

9 : 8

Pat Holtz

Stevie Capaldi

9 : 6

Iain Mackintosh

Davy Jack

9 : 4

Adam Smith

Andy Morris

9 : 0

Michael Valentine



Adam Smith clearing up another rack
Adam Smith clearing up another rack

he stand-out result from this round was Andy Morris's 9-0 demolition of Michael Valentine. Morris pounced on a few early and uncharacteristic mistakes from Valentine and took full advantage of them. What makes Morris's result all the more remarkable is that the tournament was being played using the alternate break format. Fraser Patrick and Pat Holtz battled out a hard-fought hill-hill match with Patrick getting the better of the defending champion to progress to the semi finals.

The eliminations of both Pat Holtz and Michael Valentine guaranteed that there would be a new winner of the Scottish Open.

Some of the crowd watching the end of the Holtz v Patrick match
Some of the crowd watching the end of the Holtz v Patrick match


2009 CARLSBERG SCOTTISH OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
THE SEMI FINALS (Losers - £110)

Stevie Capaldi

10 : 7

Fraser Patrick

Andy Morris

10 : 3

Davy Jack


The semi finals were a real contrast to each other. The Capaldi v Patrick match was a real marathon with no player getting a sizeable lead until near the end when Capaldi managed to get the better of the safety exchanges that seemed to be dotted around the match.

The other semi final match, however, was a continuation of Andy Morris's phenomenal run through the tournament. Up to and including this semi final, Morris had not given up any more than 4 racks in any match. In fact, Morris was so dominant in his run that he now had a total score of 44 racks to 8 over his 5 opponents. It was a display of pool playing dominance that this reporter could not recall ever seeing in a SAPPA event.

2009 CARLSBERG SCOTTISH OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THE FINAL
WINNER - £750 :: RUNNER-UP - £350
Stevie Capaldi
Andy Morris

This year's Carlsberg Scottish Open Championship final was a much anticipated match up. While Morris was having the tournament of his life, it was his first time in the final. For Capaldi, it was his second time in the final, having previously been on the wrong end of a 9-3 scoreline against Geoff Dunn in 2003. For either of them, it would be their first Scottish Open title.

The finalists of the 2009 Carlsberg Scottish Open 9-Ball Championships
The finalists of the 2009 Carlsberg Scottish Open 9-Ball Championships
Andy Morris (left) and Stevie Capaldi

Rack 1
Capaldi won the lag for the opening break. He took advantage of this by breaking and running out the first rack.
Stevie Capaldi 1 - 0 Andy Morris

Rack 2

Morris broke but had to play safe afterwards. Capaldi won the ensuing safety battle after Morris scratched while escaping a well laid snooker and ran the rack to increase his early lead.
Stevie Capaldi 2 - 0 Andy Morris

Rack 3

Another tactical battle ensued from Capaldi's break. Capaldi managed to fluke a bank on the 2-ball. He then misses a relatively easy 4 but flukes a snooker. Morris manages to escape from the snooker leaving the ball in a makeable position. Capaldi makes the 4 but then misses the 5 ball. Morris clears up to put his first rack on the scoresheet.
Stevie Capaldi 2 - 1 Andy Morris

Rack 4

Awesome break from Morris who then misses the 1-ball but leaves Capaldi snookered. Capaldi fails to hit the 1-ball bringing Morris to the table who then fouls himself. Capaldi clears the table to extend his lead.
Stevie Capaldi 3 - 1 Andy Morris

Rack 5

Capaldi breaks off and makes a ball but then misses the 1-ball. With ball in hand, Morris clears up.
Stevie Capaldi 3 - 2 Andy Morris

Rack 6

A dry break from Morris is cleared up by Capaldi
Stevie Capaldi 4 - 2 Andy Morris

Rack 7

It's Capaldi's turn for a dry break that leaves the 9-ball hanging in the pocket. Morris pockets the 1, 2 and 3 and sets himself up for an easy 4-9 combination.
Stevie Capaldi 4 - 3 Andy Morris

Rack 8

After a good break, Morris misses the 2-ball allowing Capaldi in to clear up.
Stevie Capaldi 5 - 3 Andy Morris

Rack 9

After a good break, Capaldi tries to play a table-length bank shot on the 4-ball but misses it allowing Morris in to clear up.
Stevie Capaldi 5 - 4 Andy Morris

Rack 10

Morris has to push out after the break. Capaldi puts him back in but Morris can only leave the 1-ball in a makable position. Capaldi takes full advantage and clears up to extend his lead.
Stevie Capaldi 6 - 4 Andy Morris

Rack 11

Capaldi has a dry break. Morris scratches on the 2-ball allowing Capaldi to clear up.
Stevie Capaldi 7 - 4 Andy Morris

Rack 12

Morris pockets 3 balls from a massive break but is forced to play safe on the 2-ball. Capaldi makes a phenominal razor-thin cut on the 2 ball and takes his chance to run the rack out and extend his lead further.
Stevie Capaldi 8 - 4 Andy Morris

Rack 13

Capaldi gets the better of the early tactical battle in this rack but then runs out of position on the 4-ball. After a good safety on the 4, Capaldi is let back in after Morris leaves him a shot but Capaldi misses the 4, leaving it safe. Morris plays a good shot putting distance between the balls but Capaldi makes what is considered to be the best shot of the match so far to pocket the 4 - jacked up at one end of the table with the 4 ball about 3 inches from the other end, Capaldi unleashes the cueball at warp speed, pocketing the 4 and getting perfect shape on the 5. Capaldi finishes off the rack to get one step closer to the title.
Stevie Capaldi 9 - 4 Andy Morris

Rack 14

After a good break from Morris, it becomes clear that the pool gods are against him in this match with an unfortunate scratch on the 1-ball. Capaldi clears up to make it onto the hill.
Stevie Capaldi 10 - 4 Andy Morris

Rack 15

Capaldi breaks off and is in first but snookers himself on the 4-ball. He tries to jump out of the problem but fouls, giving Morris ball in hand from which he clears up.
Stevie Capaldi 10 - 5 Andy Morris

Rack 16

After a dry break from Morris, Capaldi scratches on the 1-ball. Morris clears up with ball in hand to pull another rack back.
Stevie Capaldi 10 - 6 Andy Morris

Rack 17

After a good break from Capaldi, he plays a loose safety shot on the 4-ball allowing Morris to claw another rack back. Maybe the pool gods are with him after all?
Stevie Capaldi 10 - 7 Andy Morris

Rack 18

Morris unleashes a huge break, pocketing 3 balls. He runs the rack with ease but misses the 9-ball, leaving it hanging and giving Capaldi the Scottish Open title.
Final Score: Stevie Capaldi 11 - 7 Andy Morris


Stevie Capaldi, winner of the 2009 Carlsberg Scottish Open 9-Ball Championships, receiving the trophy and his prize money from Mike Keddie of Styx
Stevie Capaldi, winner of the 2009 Carlsberg Scottish Open 9-Ball Championships,
receiving the trophy and his prize money from Mike Keddie of Styx

As ever, it was a great Championships and there are a number of people who need to be thanked:-

To all the players who travelled from far and wide

To Ross McInnes, Tam Talent and Billy Edmond for organising and running another excellent Scottish Championships

To Carlsberg for their continued support of the Scottish Open 9-Ball Championships

And finally, to Mario and all his staff at Styx, Kirkcaldy, for being such great hosts and putting up with us all during the weekend. As ever, they went above and beyond the call of duty and their hard work is always much appreciated by all the players.

We look forward to seeing you all next year.

2009 CARLSBERG SCOTTISH OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
ROLL OF HONOUR
2000
Jimmy Pollock
2001
Geoff Dunn
2002
Geoff Dunn
2003
Geoff Dunn
2004
Michael Valetine
2005
Jason Shaw
2006
Pat Holtz
2007
Scott Higgins
2008
Pat Holtz
2009
Stevie Capaldi


SCOTTISH AMERICAN POOL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

2009/10 Season Calendar

BLACK BOTTLE SAPPA TOUR EVENT N0. 1

Rileys American Pool and Snooker - Stirling
57-59 Upper Craigs
Stirling
Stirling
FK8 2DT
Telephone: 01786 446363
www.rileysltd.com

Saturday/Sunday 16-17 May 2009

BLACK BOTTLE SAPPA TOUR EVENT N0. 2

Reardons Snooker and Pool - Southside
Reardons Southside
1060 Pollokshaws Rd
Glasgow
Scotland
G41 3EA
Telephone: 0141 632 0007
www.reardonsnookerandpool.com

Saturday/Sunday 8-9 August 2009

BLACK BOTTLE SAPPA TOUR EVENT N0. 3

Rileys American Pool and Snooker - Edinburgh
25 Jocks Lodge
Meadowbank
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH8 7AA
www.rileysltd.com

Saturday/Sunday 5-6 September 2009

Scottish Open
9-Ball Championships

Styx American Pool Bar
28a Victoria Road Kirkcaldy
Scotland
KY1 1DS
Telephone: 01592 265483
www.scottish9ball.com
www.styx.info

Saturday/Sunday 7-8 November 2009
Please note change of date

BLACK BOTTLE SAPPA TOUR EVENT N0. 4

The Q CLub
101 St. Georges Rd
Glasgow
G3 6JA
Telephone: 0141 333 9035


Saturday/Sunday 12-13 December 2009

BLACK BOTTLE SAPPA TOUR EVENT N0. 5

Reardons Central
American Pool and Snooker Centre
24 Hope Street
Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 221 4646
www.reardonsnookerandpool.com

Saturday/Sunday 9-10 January 2010

BLACK BOTTLE SAPPA TOUR EVENT N0. 7

Rileys American Pool and Snooker - Kirkintilloch
22 Cowgate
Kirkintilloch
East Dunbartonshire
G66 1HN.
Tel: 0141 7778108
www.rileysltd.com

Saturday/Sunday 6-7 March 2010







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