Congratulations to Yukio Akagariyama the 2011 World 9 Ball Champion!!!
The 36 year old Japanese cue master captured his first major billiards championship by defeating ex-double world champion Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines. The match ended 13-11 in his favor. He hurdled a very skillful opponent as well as a pro-Filipino crown to win the Championship and its $36,000 prize.
caloycomment: Even if a Filipino did not win the championship, the 2011 World 9 Ball Championship was dominated by Filipinos from Day 1. Just imagine that 1 of every 4 who qualified in the K.O. stages were Filipinos. There was a Filipino vs. Filipino in every round. Billiards has been a source of pride to us but the country is not prioritizing this game. Our champions did not receive any formal training to become world beaters. They did it on their own. A lot of the top coaches in the middle east were just pool sharks back in our country. Billiards will always have a hard time competing with the Gilas, now the Azkals. I wonder if it’s possible that our collegiate leagues like UAAP, NCAA , and CESAFI would include billiards in their calendars. 😉
- 2011 World 9-Ball Championships: It’s Alcano vs. Akagariyama for the Crown! (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- It’s YUKIO (Ted Lerner Via Philboxing)
- How To Play 9 Ball Billiards (mademan.com)