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Ronato Alcano - The Philippines 2006 World Pool Champion

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Date: Sunday, November 12 2006 @ 22:02:59 UTC
Topic: World Pool Championships 2006



The World Pool Championships
The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP Complex)
Roxas Blvd.
1307 Pasay City
Metro Manila
Philippines
Tel: (632) 551-7920 / 551-7415 / 551-6917
Fax: (632) 551-6372
www.worldpoolchampionship.com
www.2006worldpool.com

4-12 November 2006



Filipino Ronnie Alcano wins 2006 World Pool Championship

Ronato Alcano is the 2006 Philippines World Pool Champion following a runaway 17-11 victory over Germany’s Ralf Souquet at the PICC in Manila on Sunday night.

The 34 year from Calamba, Laguna, Philippines went into the final as an underdog against the 1996 champion but never looked in trouble as he lead throughout the alternate break race-to-17 final.

He now becomes the third Filipino following Efren Reyes in 1999 and Alex Pagulayan in 2004 to hold pool’s most coveted title.

Alcano takes the trophy, the title and with it the $100,000 top prize which will surely change his life forever.

There were scenes of bedlam in the venue when Alcano completed a 1/9 combination for glory and the thousand or so people in the arena and watching on the balcony erupted in a show of national pride as one of their own became champion.

"Read More..." for the details.

For Souquet it was a bitter disappointment as he lost his second WPC final in six years. The game German was magnanimous in defeat as he praised his opponent’s all-round superior play on the day.

Alcano used a precision soft break throughout and it paid dividends time and again as he bagged the wing ball and gained shape to pot the 1 ball into the centre pocket.

Souquet’s luck betrayed him constantly but at times he seemed a little too conservative to gain any momentum.

The Filipino opened up a huge 8-2 lead and from there it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Souquet.

Alcano maintained his lead and the closest the German got was at 14-9 as he won three racks on the spin.

When he needed it, Alcano always had something in reserve – either a stunning pot or a tight safety – and he started to move away from his opponent.

His sole hiccup came in the 25th rack when he buckled on a 9 ball to hand the rack to Souquet. With games in hand though, Alcano took his time and his moment arrived in the 28th rack.

He locked Souquet in a snooker and when Souquet hit the 9 ball first on route to the 1 the scene was set. The balls fell perfectly for Alcano and with ball in hand he held his nerve for the most illustrious victory of his career.

Alcano very nearly didn’t make it into the knock-out stages of the competition as he got off to the worst possible start in the group stages.

Two consecutive defeats left him teetering on the brink but a late win over Holland’s Marcel Martens saw him scrape through as one of only two players to qualify with a single win.

Unfancied at that stage, Alcano experienced a transformation that saw his play in the single elimination knock out stages go into overdrive.

First he bust up fellow Pinoy Roberto Gomez 10-1 and then came his make or break moment as he drew national hero Efren Reyes in the round of 32.

‘Calamba’ rose to the occasion superbly as he quietened the crowd with an excellent 10-7 win. Next up was 2005 runner-up Kuo Po-cheng of Taiwan who fell by the wayside 11-5.

Gunning his way through the top half of the draw was defending champion Wu Chia-ching and Alcano was a big underdog for their main arena quarter-final match. He delivered the goods though as he brushed Wu aside by 11-6.

Standing between Alcano and the championship match was unknown Chinese player Li He-wen who had impressed throughout. It was a tense affair as Alcano prevailed 11-8 to set up a final against Souquet.


THE LAST 64

Ronato Alcano (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 1

Philippines

Roberto Gomez (PHI)

Efren Reyes (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 6

Philippines

Dennis Orcollo (PHI)

Kuo Po-cheng (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 3

Taiwan

Hsia Hun-kai (TPE)

Marlon Manalo (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 5

Singapore

Chan Keng-kwang (SIN)

Pat Holtz (SCO)

Bonnie_Scotland

10 : 6

Japan

Tomoo Takana (JPN)

Kevin Uzzell (ENG)

England_Go_Kevin

10 : 6

Taiwan

Chan Jung-ling (TPE)

Wu Chia-ching (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 3

USA

Corey Deuel (USA)

Wang Hung-hsiang (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 5

Germany

Michael Schmidt (GER)

Lee Kun-fang (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 4

France

Vincent Facquet (FR)

Jeff De Luna (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 8

Netherlands

Nick van den Berg (NED)

Vilmos Foldes (HUN)

Hungary

10 : 7

Mexico

Ernesto Dominguez (MEX)

Luong Chi Dung (VIE)

Vietnam

10 : 7

Taiwan

Nien Rong-chih (TPE)

Thomas Engert (GER)

Germany

10 : 7

Philippines

Francisco Bustmante (PHI)

Sandor Tot (SCM)

Serbia_And_Montenegro

10 : 5

USA

Charlie Williams (USA)

Li He-wen (CHN)

China

10 : 5

Chile

Alejandro Carvajal (CHI)

Rudy Morta (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 9

Finland

Markus Juva (FIN)

Tyler Edey (CAN)

Canada

10 : 9

Germany

Thorsten Hohmann (GER)

Ricky Yang (INO)

Indonesia

10 : 7

England_Go_Peachy_Go_Peachy_Go_Go_Go!!!

Daryl Peach (ENG)

Liu Cheng-chuan (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 2

USA

Earl Strickland (USA)

Ryu Seong-woo (KOR)

Korea

10 : 7

Taiwan

Lu Hsun-chen (TPE)

Ralf Souquet (GER)

Germany

10 : 3

Netherlands

Huidji See (NED)

Yang Ching-shun (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 6

USA

Johnny Archer (USA)

Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)

Russia

10 : 6

Germany

Oliver Ortmann (GER)

Marco Tschudi (SUI)

Switzerland

10 : 8

Taiwan

Huang Kun-chang (TPE)

Lee Van Corteza (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 4

Gooooooooooooo_Imran!!!

Imran Majid (ENG)

David Alcaide (ESP)

Spain

10 : 7

Germany

Joern Kaplan (GER)

Rodolfo Luat (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 5

USA

Jeremy Jones (USA)

Roy Apancho (INO)

Indonesia

10 : 8

Germany

Andreas Roschkowsky (GER)

Chao Fong-pang (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 5

Philippines

Ramil Gallego (PHI)

Fu Che-wei (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 7

Sweden

Marcus Chamat (SWE)

Steve Davis (ENG)

Engerrrrrrrrrrlannnnnnnd_There's_only_one_Stevie_Davis!!!

10 : 7

Italy

Fabio Petroni (ITA)

Jharome Pena (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 7

Australia

Louis Condo (AUS)




THE LAST 32

Ronato Alcano (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 7

Philippines

Efren Reyes (PHI)

Kuo Po-cheng (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 7

Philippines

Marlon Manalo (PHI)

Pat Holtz (SCO)

Bonnie_Scotland

10 : 6

England_Forever!!!

Kevin Uzzell (ENG)

Wu Chia-ching (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 3

Taiwan

Wang Hung-hsiang (TPE)

Jeff De Luna (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 8

Taiwan

Lee Kun-fang (TPE)

Luong Chi Dung (VIE)

Vietnam

10 : 4

Hungary

Vilmos Foldes (HUN)

Sandor Tot (SCM)

Serbia_And_Montenegro

10 : 6

Germany

Thomas Engert (GER)

Li He-wen (CHN)

China

10 : 8

Philippines

Rudy Morta (PHI)

Tyler Edey (CAN)

Canada

10 : 9

Indonesia

Ricky Yang (INO)

Liu Cheng-chuan (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 6

Korea

Ryu Seong-woo (KOR)

Ralf Souquet (GER)

Germany

10 : 8

Taiwan

Yang Ching-shun (TPE)

Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)

Russia

10 : 7

Switzerland

Marco Tschudi (SUI)

David Alcaide (ESP)

Spain

10 : 8

Philippines

Lee Van Corteza (PHI)

Rodolfo Luat (PHI)

Philippines

10 : 6

Indonesia

Roy Apancho (INO)

Fu Che-wei (TPE)

Taiwan

10 : 8

Taiwan

Chao Fong-pang (TPE)

Steve Davis (ENG)

Engerrrrrrrrrrlannnnnnnd_There's_only_one_Stevie_Davis!!!

10 : 8

Philippines

Jharome Pena (PHI)




THE LAST 16

Ronato Alcano (PHI)

Philippines

11 : 5

Taiwan

Kuo Po-cheng (TPE)

Wu Chia-ching (TPE)

Taiwan

11 : 6

Bonnie_Scotland!!!

Pat Holtz (SCO)

Luong Chi Dung (VIE)

Vietnam

11 : 6

Philippines

Jeff De Luna (PHI)

Li He-wen (CHN)

China

11 : 7

Serbia_And_Montenegro

Sandor Tot (SCM)

Liu Cheng-chuan (TPE)

Taiwan

11 : 6

Canada

Tyler Edey (CAN)

Ralf Souquet (GER)

Germany

11 : 4

Russia

Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)

Rodolfo Luat (PHI)

Philippines

11 : 10

Spain

David Alcaide (ESP)

Fu Che-wei (TPE)

Taiwan

11 : 8

Engerrrrrrrrrrlannnnnnnd_There's_only_one_Stevie_Davis!!!

Steve Davis (ENG)




THE QUARTER FINALS

Ronato Alcano (PHI)

Philippines

11 : 6

Taiwan

Wu Chia-ching (TPE)

Li He-wen (CHN)

China

11 : 7

Vietnam

Luong Chi Dung (VIE)

Ralf Souquet (GER)

Germany

11 : 8

Taiwan

Liu Cheng-chuan (TPE)

Fu Che-wei (TPE)

Taiwan

11 : 7

Philippines

Rodolfo Luat (PHI)




THE SEMI FINALS

Ronato Alcano (PHI)

Philippines

11 : 8

China

Li He-wen (CHN)

Ralf Souquet (GER)

Germany

11 : 10

Taiwan

Fu Che-wei (TPE)




THE FINAL

Ronato Alcano (PHI)

Philippines

17 : 11

Germany

Ralf Souquet (GER)





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