WORLD 9 BALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 Semifinals: It’s Appleton vs. Lee for all the jewels!!

29 06 2012

Doha, Qatar – The semifinal matches have been played and the 2012 World 9 Ball Championship is down to its final 2 players. China‘s Lee He Wen defeated former titlist Ralf Souquet, 11-6 to set up a finals duel against Great Britain’s Darren Appleton who won 11-7 against Naoyuki Ohi.  Once again, the tournament will produce a first time winner.

Road to the Finals:

Lee He Wen (CHI)                                   
Eliminations: 7 - 9 Chao Fang Pong(TPE)            
Eliminations: 9 – 4   Edwin Montal(CAN)            
Eliminations: 9 – 1 Roman Hybler(CZE)
Round of 64:  11 – 9 Jason Klatt(CAN)             
Round of 32:  11 – 8 John Morra(CAN)              
Round of 16:  11 – 9 Omar Al Shaheen(KUW)          
Round of 8:   11 – 10  Antonio Gabica(PHI)        
Round of 4:   11 - 6 Ralf Souquet(GER)

Darren Appleton (GBR)
Eliminations: 9 – 7 Hamza Alsaeed(ERI)
Eliminations: 9 – 2 Abdul Rahman Al Amar(KSA)
Round of 64:  11 – 5 Mateusz Sniegocki(POL)
Round of 32:  11 – 10 Matthew Edwards(NZL)
Round of 16:  11 – 8  Nick Ekonomopoulos(GRE)
Round of 8:   11 - 9 Ko Pin Yi(TPE)
Round of 4:   11 - 7 Naoyuki Ohi(JPN)

It’s going to be East vs. West in the finals. Lee will have a chance to be the first ever mainland Chinese player to win the World 9-Ball Championship. Appleton hopes to give Britain another champion after 5 years.





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. 😉





2011 World 9-Ball Championships: It’s Alcano vs. Akagariyama for the Crown!

2 07 2011

Doha, Qatar – The 2011 World 9 Ball Championships is down to 2 players.  2006 World Champ Ronnie Alcano faces Japan’s Yukio Akagariyama for the championship after both hurdled tough opponents. A capacity crowd witnessed the 11-9 victory of Alcano over World No.1 Dennis Orcullo, and the 11-10 win by Akagariyama over Britain’s Mark Gray.

The 2 winners will now play a race to 13 championship match with the winner getting $36,000 while the loser will settle for $18,000.  For live coverage check out : www.wpa-pool.com





World 9 Ball Championship: The Final 4. 2 Pinoys left!

1 07 2011
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Doha, Qatar – After five days of intense competition among the best pool stars in the world, the 2011 World 9 Ball Championships is down its final 4 participants.  Ronnie Alcano of the Philippines and Yukio Akakariyama of Japan both survived 11-10 thrillers to grab slots in the semifinals. They are joined by Mark Gray of Great Britain who outlasted USA’s Shane Van Boening and World No. 1 Dennis Orcullo who strolled to an 11-2 victory.

The Philippines is once again assured of one finalist as Orcullo and former World Champion Alcano will battle in the race to 11 semifinals. Here are the complete results of the last 8 matches:

Dennis Orcullo(PHL) 11 – 2 Daryl Peach(GBR)
Ronnie Alcano(PHL) 11 -10 Toru Kuribayashi(JPN)
Yukio Akakariyama(JPN) 11 – 10. Vicenc io Tanio(PHL)
Mark Gray(GBR) 11 – 9 Shane Van Boening(USA)

Semifinal Pairings:

Orcullo vs. Alcano

Akakariyama vs. Gray





World 9 Ball Championships: 3 Pinoys left in the Quarterfinal

1 07 2011
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Doha, Qatar– After the tough Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches, 3 Filipino cue masters are left to vie for the 2011 World 9-Ball Championships. They are World No.1 Dennis Orcullo, 2006 World Champion Ronnie Alcano, and OFW Vivencio Tanio.

Orcullo eliminated defending champion compatriot Francisco Bustamante 11-6.  He will next face Daryl Peach of Great Britain. Alcano beat Chang Yu Lun (Taipei) to end up with QF match-up against Japan’s Toru Kuribayashi.  Tanio, the coach of the UAE national team hurdled German ace Ralf Souquet 11-9.  His next opponent is Japanese Yukio Akakariyama. The last QF pairing pits Shane Van Boening(USA) against Mark Gray(GBR) . The quarterfinal matches will be race to 11.

So, there 3 Pinoys left along with 2 Japanese, 2 Brits and 1 American.  It will be another exciting round.

Here are the complete results of the Top 16:

Vicenc io Tanio(PHL) 11 – 9 Ralf Souquet(GER)
Yukio Akakariyama(JPN) 11 – 9 Carlo Biado(PHL) vs
Mark Gray(GBR) 11 – 5 Antonio Gabica(PHL)
Shane Van Boening(USA) 11 – 10 Darren Appleton(GBR) vs.
Daryl Peach(GBR) 11 – 9 Ko Pin Yi(TPE)
Toru Kuribayashi(JPN) 11 – 8 Antonio Lining(PHL)
Ronnie Alcano(PHL) 11 -9 Chang Yu Lun(TPE)
Dennis Orcullo(PHL) 11-6 Francisco Bustamante(PHL)





2011 World 9 Ball Championship: Partial Round of 64 Results

30 06 2011

Doha, Qatar– Here are the initial results of the knockout stages of the 2011 World 9 Ball Championships.

Ralf Souquet(GER) 11 – 5 Serge Das(Bel)
Mariusz Skoneczny(POL) 11 – 7 Radislaw Babica(POL)
Li Lo Wen(JPN) 11 – 7 Thorsten Hohmann(GER)
Carlo Dalmatin(CRO) 11 – 7 Hsu Kai Lun(TPE)
Lee Van Corteza(PHL) 11 – 5 Oliver Medenilla(PHL)
Vicencio Tanio(PHL) 11 – 7 Nick van den Berg(NED)
Yukio Akakariyama(JPN) 11 – 7 Soheil Vahedi(IRI)
Carlo Biado(PHL) 11 – 6 Takhti Zarekani(IRI)
Antonio Gabica(PHL) 11 – 10 Mika Immonen(FIN)
Chris Melling(GBR) 11 – 2 Hwang Yong(KOR)
Darren Appleton(GBR) 11-6 Dang Jin Hu(CHN)
Shane Van Boening(USA) 11- 8 Konstantin Stepanov(RUS)
Naoyuki Oi(JPN) 11- 4 Imran Majid(GBR)
Mark Gray(GBR) 11 – 10 Kuo Po Cheng(TPE)
Allan Cuartero(PHL) 11 – 9 Ahmad Taufiq Binh Murni(BRU)
Chang Jun Lin(TPE) 11 – 5 Joven Alba(PHL)

Round of 32 Match-ups
Ralf Souquet vs. Mariusz Skoneczny
Lo Li Wen Vs. Vicencio Tanio
Carlo Dalmatin vs. Yukio Akakariyama
Lee Van Corteza vs. Carlo Biado
Antonio Gabica vs. Naoyuki Oi
Chris Melling vs. Mark Gray
Darren Appleton vs. Alan Cuartero
Shane Van Boening vs. Chang Jun Lin

The 16 other slots in the round of 32 will be known later. So far, 5 Filipinos have qualified in the round of 32 led by Antonio Gabica who stunned Mika Immonen 11-10 in their round of 64 match. The Philippines is actually assured 1 slot in the Round of 16 since Lee Van Corteza and Carlo Biado will slug it out in the next round.

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World 9-Ball Championships Day 4: The Pinoy onslaught

29 06 2011

Doha, Qatar – Day 4 of the 2011 World 9 Ball Championships was a fruitful one for the Filipino contingent.  Lee Van Corteza beat Marcus Chamat 9-6 to join 16 other Filipino billiard players in knockout stages of this prestigious tournament.  17 Pinoys mean that more 1/4 of the players left are from the Philippines.

Here are the days results:

1st Session

Group A Losers Bracket

Konstantin Stepanov(RUS)9 – 3 Mohanna Obaidly(QAT)
Mark Gray(GBR) 9 – 4 Jalal Yousef(VEN)

Group B Losers Bracket

Lo Li Wen(JPN) 9 – 0 Ali Berjaoui, Mohamad (LEB)
Antonio Gabica(PHL) 9 – 8 Fu Jan Bo(CHN)

Group C Losers Bracket

Fu Chei Wei(TPE) 9 – 2 Han Hao Xiang(CHN)
Muhammand Zulfikri(INA) 9 – 5 Omaral Shaheeme(KUW)

Group D Losers Bracket

Scott Higgins(GBR) 9 – 7 Majide Alazme(KUW)
Caneda Villamor(PHL) 9 – 7 Lee Gun Jae(KOR)

Group E Losers Bracket

Ahmad Taufiq Binh Murni(BRU) 9 – 3 Manuel Gama(POR)
Roberto Gomez(PHL) 9 – 4 Christian Tuvi(URU)

Group F Losers Bracket

Hwang Yong(KOR)9 – 7 KO Ping Chung(TPE)
Dang Jin Hu(CHN) 9 – 1 Hanni Al-Howri(UAE)

2nd Session

Group G Losers Bracket

Ko Pin Yi( TPE) 9 – 4 Nguyen Phuong Thao
Hunter Lombardo(USA) 9 – 8 Wajeed Majid(QAT)

Group H Losers Bracket

Takhti Zarakani(IRI) 9 – 7 Ibrahim Bin Amir(MAS)
Riyan Setiawan(INA) 9 – 1 Thomas Engert(GER)

Group I Losers Bracket

Venancio Tanio(PHL) 9 – 4 Lee Chen Man(HKG)
Soheil Vahedi(IRI) 9 – 8 Francisco Felicilda(PHL)

Group J Losers Bracket

Mariusz Skoneczny(POL) 9 – 8 Wu Jiaqing(CHN)
Joven Alba(PHL) 9 – 4 Sundeep Gulat(IND)

Group K Losers Bracket

Serge Das(BEL) 9 – 3 Kim Laaksonen(FIN)
Israel Rota(PHL) 9 – 8 Bader Al Awadi(KUW)

3rd Session

Group L Losers Bracket

Lee Van Corteza(PHL) 9 – 6 Marcus Chamat(SWE)
Naoyuki Oi(JPN) 9 – 6 Abdulatef Fawal(QAT)

Group M Losers Bracket

Raymond Faron(PHL) 9 – 3 Mohammad Al Hazmi(KSA)
Ronnie Alcano(PHL) 9 – 1 Nguyen Phuo Long(VIE)

Group N Losers Bracket

Lui Haitao(CHN) 9 – 3 Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz(ESP)
Hsu Kai Lun(TPE) 9 – 5 Mohamad Asfari(SYR)

Group O Losers Bracket

Sascha-Andrej Tege(GER) 9 – 3 Desmond Goh Chin Teck(SIN)
Tomoo Takano(JPN) 9 – 7 Alok Kumar(IND)

Group P Losers Bracket

Oliver Ortmann(GER) 9 – 4 Ali Saeed(UAE)
Toru Kuribayashi(JPN) 9 – 1 Taher Hussain(QAT)