Saturday, November 19, 2011

Daryl Peach Subdues Ronnie Alcano in Philippine Bigtime Billiards Face-Off Series!

Daryl Peach GraphicDaryl Peach, aka The Dazzler, staged an impressive come-from-behind finish against Ronnie Alcano, aka The Volcano, to rule the November 29, 2011 Face-Off Series of Philippine Bigtime Billiards at the Pagcor Airport Casino in Paranaque City. Peach rallied from a 2-7 deficit and secured the win at 9-7.

Peach, the 2007 World 9-Ball Champion, received the $5,000 top prize, while Alcano, the 2006 World 9-Ball and 2007 World 8-Ball Champion, settled for $2,500. The latter was the odds-on favorite to win both in the house and e-games.

At the onset of the competition, Peach fumbled on two easy shots, which paved the way for Alcano to realize a seemingly insurmountable lead. However, the Dazzler took the last seven racks by exploiting the winner’s-break format in the 10-ball, race-to-9 event.

It was a vindication of sort for Peach, who got nipped by Alcano in the 2007 World 8-ball Championships held at the United Arab Emirates.

Peach’s win marks the third straight defeat of Filipino pool players in the weekly showdown after Ralf Souquet won against Dennis Orcollo and Carlo Biado in previous matches, which were also held at the Pagcor Airport Casino

But wait! It ain’t over till the fat lady sings! Come November 26, 2011, Peach will face off against another World 9-Ball Champion – none other than Francisco Django Bustamante! And you guess, right! I am betting my bottom dollar on Django on this one. And I kid you not!

*Photo credits go to my good friend Biboy Soriano.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Iris Ranola is Double Gold Medalist in 26th Southeast Asian Games!

Iris Ranola GraphicCongratulations to Filipina pool player Iris Ranola, the first double gold medalist for Team Pilipinas at the 26th Southeast Asian Games!

The 26-year-old Ranola won 7-2 against her teammate, World 10-Ball Champion Rubilen Amit, in the women’s 9-ball billiards event. She earlier won the coveted gold in the women’s 8-ball event held at the Opih Convention Hall in Jakabaring.

For those not in the know, Ranola’s had a spell of dehydration, which caused her to faint in her hotel room last week. And I kid you not!

Ranola’s win translates to another Php100,000 in government-sponsored incentive. She plans to use her winnings for her father, who is currently stricken with cancer of the throat.

Congratulations Rubilen and Iris! An all-Filipino finals is always a treat for us all! We are very proud of you! Mabuhay!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Women's World 10-Ball Championship: Players and Schedules of Matches

2011 Yalin World 10-Ball Championship GraphicThe complete group draw for the 2011 Yalin World 10-Ball Championship is now official! And I kid you not! The world’s best professional female pool players will battle it out at the 2011 Yalin World 10-Ball Championship from November 2 to 6, 2011, at Robinson's Galleria.

China will try its darndest best to keep a monopoly on world championship wins, but they will have some big challenges in the persons of England's Allison Fisher and Kelly Fisher.

"The World 10-Ball Championship is important to me because it is a title i have not won. Nine ball is a bit more of an equalizer but nevertheless, to win an event requires great play and some luck," commented Allison, aka the Duchess of Doom. "I hope to perform on a very high level and in turn create a great result." When asked who her top picks would be aside from herself, Fisher simply stated "Not saying." No doubt, with a big win in China last week and her 5th US Open title in early 2011, Allison sees herself on the top podium with England's national anthem playing.

Korea will have a powerful force as well and is likely to produce a top contender into the later rounds. Ga Young Kim already has two World Championships, Yu Ram Cha has a World Open title, and Eunji Erica Park has a 3rd at the US Open and a 5th at the 2010 World 10-Ball.

Heat from the Pool Capital of the World will be provided by no less than the 2009 World 10-Ball Champion Rubilen “Bingkay” Amit and Iris Ranola.

Monica Webb and Jennifer Barretta will try to be the first Americans to win in 2 decades.

Group 1
1. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
2. Shin Mei Liu TPE
3. Rubilen Amit PHI
4. Monica Webb USA
5. Nataliya Seroshtan
6. Q6 (qualifier #6)

Group 2
1. Xiaofang Fu CHN
2. Hua Shan Lai TPE
3. Iris Ranola PHI
4. Mary Rakin USA
5. Anastasia Necheava RUS
6. Q5

Group 3
1. Siming Chen CHN
2. Yu Ram Cha KOR
3. Keiko Yukawa JPN
4. Angel Paglia USA
5. Kamila Khodjeava BEL
6. Q4

Group 4
1. Ga Young Kim KOR
2. Yun Mi Lim KOR
3. Miyuki Fuke JPN
4. Emily Duddy USA
5. Melissa Rademakers NED
6. Q3

Group 5
1. Kelly Fisher ENG
2. Eunji Park KOR
3. Elham Shakori IRI
4. Jennifer Barretta USA
5. Laetitia Dos Santos FRA
6. Q2

Group 6
1. Allison Fisher ENG
2. Praveen Neena IND
3. Jia Li JPN
4. Naomi Williams CAN
5. Oliwia Chuprinska POL
6. Q1

Group 7
1. Sha Sha Liu
2. Indira Gowda IND
3. Yu Han CHN
4. Brittany Bryant CAN
5. Tamara Peeters NED
6. Caroline Roos SWE

Group 8
1. Chieh Yu Chou TPE
2. Chihiro Kawahara JPN
3. Zhu Qing Bi CHN
4. Ana Majinnia RUS
5. Kynthia Orfanidas NED
6. Line Kjorsvik NOR

Predator Cues, the world's #1 cue brand and Simonis Cloth, the top trusted name in billiard cloth, will be used throughout the event. Predator has more than half the women's pros using their products and Simonis will be used on all the Yalin pro Tournament Edition tables.

The billiards event will be airing locally and internationally on ABS-CBN and ESPN Star Sports, respectively. The event will be broadcasted live for all five days of the main event with 25 hours of broadcast television coverage.

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