The 2012 World 9 Ball Champion is Darren Appleton

30 06 2012

Doha, QatarAfter 7 long days of competition, the 2012 World 9-Ball Champion is finally crowned. The winner of the 2012 World 9-Ball Championship is none other than Darren Appleton of Great Britain. He beat China’s Lee He Wen in the finals with the slimmest of margins, 13-12.  He was actually cruising early in the match as he took a 11-3 lead against the Chinese finalist but Lee had furious rally only to denied in the 25th and final rack. The  victory meant the Appleton will crowned as world champion and going home with $40,000. Lee was awarded $20,ooo for his fine effort in the tournament. Lee was the first ever Chinese finalist in the World 9 Ball Championship history. Congratulations to the winners, participants, and the organizers!  We look forward to another exciting tournament in 2013.

World 9-Ball Championship 2012 Day 3: 32 Advance including 7 PHL players

26 06 2012

Al Sadd Sports ClubDoha, Qatar– Day 3 marked the entry of 32 players to the knockout stage of the competitions. The 32 were the winners of the winner’s bracket matches held yesterday. Among the 32 were 7 Filipinos led by former winners Efren “Bata” Reyes, Francisco “Django” Bustamante, and Ronnie “Volcano” Alcano.  Also qualifying were Carlo Biado, Lee Van Corteza, Antonio Gabica, and Roberto Gomez. Other notable winners were Malta’s Tony Drago, Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann, Taipei’s Ko Pin Yi, Britain’s Darren Appleton, and German Ralph Souquet.  The losers of the matches will need to win their do or die matches to be held tomorrow. Only 64 players out of the 128 participants will be playing in the money round.  Nine other Filipinos still have  chance to be in the next phase of the tournament that offers a top prize of $40,000. After 3 days, PHL cue masters have a combined record of 23 wins and 11 losses.

Here are the complete Day 3 results:

Group 1
Efren Reyes(PHI) 9 – 2 Bader Al Awadi(KUW)
John Morra(CAN) 9 – 8 Joyme Vicente(PHI)

Group 2
Tony Drago(MLT) 9 – 6 Ramil Gallego(PHI)
Thorsten Hohmann(GER) 9 – 4 Ali Pordel(IRI)

Group 3
Vincent Faquet(FRA) 9 -5 Jundel Mazon(PHI)
Matthew Edwards(NZL) 9 – 4 Malaj Nikolaos(ALB)

Group  4
Carlo Biado(PHI) 9 – 3 Roman Hybler(CZE)
Thomas Engert(GER) 9 – 5 Chao Fong Pang

Group  5
Jason Shaw(GBR) 9 – 5 Fu Jianbo(CHN)
Fu Chei Wei(TPE) 9 – 3 Karlo Dalmatin(CRO)

Group 6
Aki Heiskanen(FIN) 9 – 3 Al Mutairi, Khaled GH(KUW)
Chang Jun Lin(TPE) 9 – 8 Naouki Ohi(JPN)

Group 7
Chang Yu Lung(TPE) 9 – 8 Albin Ouschan(AUT)
Karl Boyes(GBR) 9 –3 Yang Ching Shun(TPE)

Group 8
Manuel Gama(POR) 9 – 6 Hayato Hijikata(JPN)
Ko Pin Yi(TPE)9 – 3 Omar Al Shahen(KUW)

Group 9
Daryl Peach(GBR) 9 – 8 Bozo Primic(CRO)
Francisco Bustamante(PHI) 9 – 4 Abdullah Al Yousef

Group 10
Roberto Gomez(PHI) 9 – 1 Mohammad Saeed(QAT)
Konstantin Stepanov(RUS) 9 – 7 Yukio Akagariyama(JPN)

Group 11
Darren Appleton(GBR) 9 – 2 Abdul Rahman Al Amar(KSA)
Han Hao Xiang(CHN) 9 -1 Bashar Hussain(QAT)

Group 12
Jason Klatt(CAN) 9 – 1 Ali Obaidli(QAT)
Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE) 9 – 8 Liu Haitao(CHN)

Group 13
Ronnie Alcano(PHI) 9 – 8 Hunter Lombardo(USA)
Antonio Gabica(PHI) 9 – 7 Denis Grabe(EST)

Group 14
Lee Van Corteza(PHI) 9 – 5 Marlon Caneda(PHI)
Majed Alazmi(KUW) 9 – 6 Torhu Koribayashi(JPN)

Group 15
Jonny Martinez(VEN) 9 -8 Oliver Ortmann(GER)
Andrew Kong(HKG) 9 – 5 Dennis Orcullo(PHI)

Group 16
Ralf Souquet(GER) 9 – 1Nayf Abdel Afou(JOR)
Nick Van den Berg(NED) 9 – 6 David Anderson(RSA)

English: picture taken by User:Exec8 as one of...

English: picture taken by User:Exec8 as one of the audience in the 2006 WPC in PICC, Philippines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2011 World 9 Ball Champion is YUKIO AKAGARIYAMA!!!

2 07 2011

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. 😉