We are pleased to announce that Iwan Simonis will be the main cloth sponsor of the Great British Pool Association (GBPA) for the next 3 years and of the GB 9 Ball Tour for 2010 and 2011.
Simonis cloth has been a big part of the pool world for a long time already and we welcome the opportunity to work together in the promotion of our sport in Great Britain. The top players worldwide prefer Simonis cloth and that’s why we feel the importance of such a double cooperation will benefit the players from Great Britain.
In the final of the first World Team Championships in Hannover, Germany the squad with illustrious players like Darren Appleton and Daryl Peach beat the Philippines with a clear and unexpected 4:1 result.
At the beginning in the 8-Ball doubles it looked like the Asian team had everything under control. Dennis Orcollo and Warren Kiamco had no problems prevailing over Karl Boyes and Daryl Peach with an easy 6:1 win, but only a few moments later the British pairing of Darren Appleton and Mark Gray came back to beat Ronnie Alcano and Marlon Manalo with the same scoreline.
Whilst the 9-Ball singles match of Karl Boyes against Lee van Corteza was very close the other one between Mark Gray against Antonio Lining was already over after just 45 minutes. Gray made no mistakes and took all his chances. 8:2 was the final result.
In comparison, we saw a big fight at the other table, and when the score reached 7:6 in faour of the Filipino there was a one hour break for the final show of the fair that was taking place in the same hall the whole week.
Fortunately Boyes seemed to have no problems with that and after the re-start he took all his chances whilst van Corteza made a quite easy mistake. That was good enough for the young Britain to win his match 8:7 moving the overall score to 3:1.
So only one more point was needed to win the premiere event of the World Team Championships.
Darren Appleton had to play the unbeaten Dennis Orcullo, and Daryl Peach met Ronnie Alcano on the second table. Former World Champion Appleton was unbelievable in his match. He made absolutely no mistakes - every position was perfect, so that in the end every shot was easy. That’s what we call "Perfect Pool." Orcollo had never a real chance and at the same time he was a little bit unhappy about his break. So Darren was in kind of a flow and potted the final ball only a few moments later.
It was WPA President Ian Anderson who handed over the big trophy to the celebrating team. The 600 spectators gave standing ovations to all the players who really deserved it.
We saw nine days of great Pool and lots of action. In particular, the "Shoot-Out" was something really new and thrilling, and all the teams, regardless of winner or loser, liked it very much - and it's the same with the audience too!
With the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters increasing its field from 16 to 64, Matchroom Sport can announce that there are 26 qualifying events in place, commencing in Paris on 14th February and culminating in the ‘last chance saloon’ tournaments the day before the event proper starts on Wednesday 12th May.
Working with an array of respected partners around the world, the qualifying events take in France, England, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Russia, Spain, Canada, USA, Australia, Malaysia and Japan. This will give every pool player in the world the opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas and mix it with the world’s elite in the Masters.
Each qualifying event will carry an entry fee and have, in most cases a maximum field of 32 players. The winner of each event wins a trip to Vegas, to include flight and accommodation, to compete in the Masters and there are cash prizes for high finishers.
The formats for the qualifying events are determined by the local organisers and all qualifiers, dates and contact details are listed below.
On day five of the World Team Championships only the one-loss side was in action. It was certainly a little surprise that Team Netherlands with Niels Feijen and Nick van den Berg have been eliminated from the event by the Japanese team. The Asian squad was up 3:0 as Alex Lely and Huidji See made it 3:2. Feijen played a hill-hill match against Masaaki Tanaka as his opponent run-out the table.
Great Britain 1 had a very easy match against Israel. After four matches everything was already over. At the same time the second British quartet was in the Shoot-Out against Greece and lost it 3:6. Serbia also needed the Shoot-Out to finally beat the Czech Republic.
In comparison, Germany (4:1 vs. Croatia), Norway (4:1 vs. Morocco) and Finland (4:0 vs. Slovakia) all had relatively easy jobs as they secured their last 16 places.
Denmark killed the dreams of Team Canadian in a very exciting match. 4:2 was the result after the six matches. Jason Klatt was ahead 6:5 in his 10-Ball match as he missed an easy seven ball. Kasper Thygesen took the chance and ran out both this rack and the next game.
Today also saw the first livestream. Please check out www.cueball-vision.de for all the needed information. For the first time in pool-history there was a field-reporter in action who interviewed the coaches during the matches. Johan Ruijsink from the dutch team was the first “victim” of this very special and interesting world premiere.
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Five nations continue to battle for pool supremacy in Indiana
The field has slimmed down to the single elimination stages at the Horseshoe Casino in Indiana, and the remaining field of players is still literally stacked full of Europeans including Tony Southern and Matt Duffy from Great Britain.
Sweden, Belgium and Finland are also represented in the Quarter Finals as well with Henrik Larrson, Kurt Deklerck and Jouni Tahti all making it through the double elimination stages.
The USA is still the single nation with the most competitors still in with a shot as Nick West, John Reynolds and Charlie Hans are all nicely spread throughout the field and will all be hoping to keep the trophy on US soil.
Qualifiers: Friday - Sunday 29 - 31 January 2010 Main Event: Thursday-Sunday 25-28 March 2010
Four Men Qualify for Championship Rounds
AGIPI BILLIARD MASTERS 2010 QUALIFICATION STAGES - DAY THREE
Our last day at the AGIPI Billiard Masters dawned snowy and chilly but the action in the arena was just beginning to find its heat. On table one Kyung-Roul Kim had to have a win against Roland Forthomme to keep his chances alive. On table two Jean-Christophe Roux knew that his chances were already gone but still he wished a good show against Nikos Polychronopoulos.
As is usually always the case, the early innings were spent adjusting to the rails. Runs of 1, 2 and 3 get the arms accustomed to the conditions of the day and prepare for grander things to come. Kim was the first to show comfort. In inning 3 he presented a run of 10 points to set the early mark and claim the first bonus of the day. At this point he led Forthomme 12-4 with an average of 4.0.
Roux had not shown his true form this week and today things also were not going his way. By the fifth inning he trailed 18-5. He was not off much. His caroms were just barely missing the mark time and again. His frustration showed more with each return to the chair. Sometimes the gods ignore your pleas. It is a terrible feeling, as being lonely in a crowd. The audience so wanted his points to make, but the balls refused all offers.
MATCHROOM Sport can announce the players who have been invited to compete in the 2010 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters.
After 17 years as a 16-player invitational competition, the Masters, one of the longest established tournaments in pool, will now feature 64 players and take place over five days instead of three.
Once again, the Masters, which will be held from Wednesday, May 12 to Sunday, May 16, will take place at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Working in conjunction with Cuesports International, the Masters takes place during the annual BCA National 8-Ball Championships, which sees thousands of players and fans flock to the Riviera for a lengthy festival of pool.
The 64-player line-up will comprise 32 international stars of the game from around the world and they will be joined 32 qualifiers who will have won through events across the globe in the run up to the main event in May.
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Donating pool tables to youth clubs
Imran “The Maharaja” Majid, the UK's number 1 ranked pool player in 5 out of the last 6 years, spent time in Manchester again working on a personal vision to help children enjoy the benefits of playing pool. Imran is on a mission to donate pool tables to youth clubs throughout the UK, concentrating on areas that suffer from social deprivation and low income. He believes he has built a bridge to enable any child living in these underprivileged communities to be part of something better and be presented with an opportunity to learn the game and have fun.
Together with the Manchester City Football’s registered charity, City In the Community (CITC), Imran donated a pool table to the Sporting Edge Community Centre in Openshaw, East Manchester.
Sporting Edge Community Centre provides a safe area in East Manchester for kids in the local area to come and play sports and other fun activities; it also gets youngsters visiting from North Manchester as they are very few facilities available to the youth in these areas. East Manchester is considered one of the most socially deprived and poor areas in Manchester.
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