Victoriais the host state for the Oceania Men & Womens event dates are
6th Aug to the 10th Aug. & information will be out very soon.
AUSTRALIAN 9 BALL OPEN.
Congratulations to Gus Digeorgio Winner & Justin Campbell Runner Up for a great final at Cue8bBar.
Congratulations to NSW Country Team winning the State V State Teams defeating Victoria who held the title since 2009 to 2012 with Sth Aust
taking it in 2013. The NSW Country played a very strong game and defeated
Vic by one frame.
Many thanks to the Northern Territory players who made the journey to play in the teams & the Open.
To the new players who entered & put up a good show against the strong
Players well done & we hope to see you all at the next event.
I do apologies for the lateness in acknowledging you all & thanking you
you all for making it a great weekend.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 9BALL FINALISTS
Next week we start with the China Open, an event with two tournaments, one for the women and one for the men. Very strong fields are nominated for both divisions, and prize money is a total of $333,200.
Just one week after the completion of the China Open, the men will do battle in Doha, Qatar at the World 9-Ball Championship. Again, the strongest possible field is nominated and the competition is sure to be fierce with this being an event that every player wants to win possibly more than any other.
In July it’s time for the Artistic players to exhibit their great skills at their world championships. They will playing in Las Vegas 17-20 July at the Rio Hotel & Casino. For the first time there will divisions for men, women and juniors.
In August we will have the World Teams Championship in Beijing. This is the second time for this very prestigious event where the teams are made up of a minimum of three men and one women. They will play three disciplines, 8-Ball, 9-Ball and 10-Ball. All teams will prove competitive under this format and we are assured of some great matches.
Matchroom will have their first event late August / September with the exciting World Cup of Pool. Two-man teams playing Scotch doubles always guarantees great matches, and trying to pick the winners often proves very tricky.
In October we have the long standing ESPN event, the International Challenge of Champions in a winner take all format. Always exciting matches under this special format where it often has a one-rack sudden death play-off.
A few days later in Chesapeake it is the US Open once again, this year with a prize pool of $200,000. This is the 38th consecutive year for this event, and is always one of the most popular with the players. Promoter Barry Behrman does a great job in promoting his event.
While the US Open is going on, across the ocean in China, the women are competing at their 9-Ball World Championship. This event has been played for the previous number of years in Shenyang, the North East part of China, but this year we will be in the beautiful city of Guilin. 64 of the best female players in the world will take part.
Also in the same month is the World Blackball Championship being held this year in Perth, Scotland 25-31 October.
November also looks to be busy, the All Japan Championship (men & women) is scheduled for 19-24 November. This tournament has a proud history going back more than forty years.
November 15-19 are the dates for what is often considered our most important event of the year. I am referring to the World Championships for our Junior players, boys and girls. This is the premier event for tomorrow’s stars. For the first time, this year they will be held in China, in the city of Shanghai.
Our final event of the year is the very successful Mosconi Cup. Matchroom are responsible for this event, and it no doubt gets more interest than just about anything else. The competition is between a team from Europe against a USA team and the competitiveness is fearsome. This year it will be played in the United Kingdom, in the city of Blackpool.
There are a couple more events we are waiting on for dates, the women’s 10-Ball World Championship is one, as is the World Pool Masters. And of course there are many other events being organised by our members and their members. So it should be a busy remainder of 2014.
I wish everyone all the very best for a most successful season.