Saturday, October 4, 2008

Daryl Peach's Thoughts on the World Ten Ball Championship!

Daryl Peach GraphicSome of my billiards buddies at the Makati Pool Players Association are asking for information about the World Ten Ball Championship, with emphasis on our foreign pool player friends’ thoughts on the absence of the country’s asked about the thoughts of some of our pool player friends who are participating in the World Ten Ball Championship, with emphasis on their views on the absence of the country’s pool superstars, e.g., Efren Bata Reyes, Francisco Django Bustamante, Alex Pagulayan, Ronnie Alcano, Warren Kiamco, and Roberto Gomez, in the inaugural event.

Interestingly enough, I came upon a read on the subject matter at hand. The article highlights World Pool Champion Daryl Peach’s personal thoughts and views. It is one interesting read! And I kid you not! Read on!

*Credits for the article all go to the author, TJ Manotoc, and ABS CBN News.

Peach Appeals to WPA to Mediate on RP Pool Row

It was a familiar sight seeing the reigning World 9-Ball Champion breeze on by past the round and 64 and safely in the top 32. Englishman Daryl Peach blew by relatively unknown Filipino Arnel Bautista, 9-4, to barge into the round of 32 of the World Ten Ball Championship being held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

"I played much better today, been feeling much better, I felt I played a near perfect game," said Peach as he shared his thoughts on his win against Bautista and how he felt about playing his best game so far.

Peach next plays Mark Grey, a man whom he has met numerous times in the past (10 in total -- nine in 9-Ball and once in 8-Ball). Incidentally, he also shares a room with Grey for the tournament. "Mark is actually my roommate, believe it or not, and it should be interesting to see how we will fare playing 10 ball against each other for the first time"

But as he moves on closer to his goal of winning another world championship in the Philippines, Peach admits that the "sweetness of competition" is just not there without big Filipino stars such as Efren "Bata" Reyes, Django Bustamante, Ronnie Alcano, Alex Pagulayan and his victim in last year's WPC finals, Roberto Gomez.

"I don't like saying it, but it just misses something especially being here in Manila as well, I wish they were all in it, and every other top player I've spoken to wishes the same way. 'Coz its just that little ingredient and they are the best players in the world so its just a little bit of a shame and I really hope they get back [next year]".

Meanwhile, as Peach shared his thoughts on what it was like missing the bulk of the best Filipino players who have opted to sit out the World Ten Ball Championships, the long-drawn row between their managers (Biliard Managers and Players of the Philippines) and the BSCP (Billiards and Snookers Congress of the Philippines) leadership continues.

The local media shared with Peach that similar rows had happened in Philippine sports in the past, in particular the basketball leadership and that it took the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to step in and make both parties find middle ground, Peach feels the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) should do the same.

"I really think so, coz at the end of the day, that's what they (WPA) are there for, that's the whole point of having them. I admit I don't know much of the details of what is going on here, but I really hope the WPA does do their job and do their very best to resolve the situation.

As a parting shot, Peach sent a message to Reyes and company that all the foreign top players like him miss them in the heat of competition.

"It would really be a much better tournament if they were here and it's really not the same without them. Hopefully they get to resolve the situation and they'll definitely be back here next year," he said.

"The AnitoKid dazzles!"

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