Thursday, March 29, 2007

Snooker: China Open 1/4 Finalists Decided

The 1/4 finalists for this years China Open are now decided.

Marco Fu is the only Asian player left in the tournament and will be an unlikely hero to the Chinese crowd should he manage to go all the way in this event. Crowd favourite and former winner Ding Junhui went out in the 1st round 5-3 to Barry Hawkins, Hawkins had not won a ranking match all season until this match.

1/4 Final Draw

Jamie Cope (Eng) v Shaun Murphy (Eng)
Barry Hawkins (Eng) v Ken Doherty (Ire)
Marco Fu (HK) v Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng)
John Higgins (Sco) v Graeme Dott (Sco)

Jamie Cope is the lowest ranked player still in with a shout and has again put in an excellent run of form with the World Championships only just around the corner.

I personally fancy Graeme Dott to win this event - but don't put any money on him on my account.

Everything Back on Track!

This last 10-15 days have been an absolute nightmare at Billiards Boutique!

First we could not take any internet payments as our change of business status meant we had to change banks and then our telephone number decided to go down for 5 days whilst BT changed the numbers over.

Never work with children, animals or BT!

I hate telecomms companies I have never found one that acts fast and puts the customer first - have you? Either hours on the telephone trying to get through or (in a case I have previously had) you get hung up on when you do get through.

Fortunately we are not like that at Billiards Boutique and if you can't get through leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We like to put the customer first but if for some strange reason you think that we haven't please let us know - but don't shout at us we are only a small company!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

China Open 2007 Underway

The China Open started on Sunday in Beijing with the wildcard rounds.

In total 6 Chinese players made it into the first round proper with home favourite Ding Junhui one of them.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has blasted into the last 16 with a 5-1 win and another crowd favourite Jimmy White, after two poor seasons, has reached the last 16 also. Jimmy's route was rather diferent though as Stephen Lee withdrew from the event.

Updates available from World Snooker

Monday, March 26, 2007

EPT London Open CANCELLED

The Empire Pool Tour London Open, set for March 31st, has been cancelled.

This is caused due to a clash with the EPBF sanctioned Swiss Open Biel 9-ball pool event.

It is especially heart breaking for me as it would have been the first tournament I had played in since January 2005.

I will post details of the re-arranged dates when I have them.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

German's Dominate European Pool Championships

The state of German Pool and the strength in depth that they possess is something I have touched on many times before. This last week in Liberec has really been the proof of the pudding.

The latest German winner is Thorsten Hohmann the 2003 World Pool Champion who defeated Radolslaw Babica (Poland) 9-3 in the final of the 9-ball event. But it is not only the winners that have taken precedence as Ralf Souquet also made it to the last four of the 9-ball event and 5 German's in total made it through to the knockout stages.

A special mention must also be made about Matt Lawrenson the U-18 that made it through to the KO stage of the 9-ball, the only Brit to do so. It did not turn out to be the best of tournaments for Britain and the slightly weakened squad did not make the best of the opportunity.

Round-up

I forgot to post the other day but Daniel Luton picked up a Gold medal for Britain in the Men's 8-ball Wheelchair division and Roy Kimberly took bronze.

Eylul Kibaroglu (Turkey) won the women's 9-ball division and Jasmin Ouschan proved that she is definately Europe's number 1 women's player with another bronze medal meaning she did not finish outside the top three in each of the divisions (on a side note she has also been invited to the World Pool Master's - the second ever female competitor).

Yet another Gold was won by Britain in the men's wheelchair 9-ball. This time Roy Kimberley winning 7-6 over Henrik Larsson of Sweden.

Final Medal Table

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Germany 3 0 2 5
Great Britain 2 0 1 3
Austria 1 1 4 6
Holland 1 0 2 3
Turkey 1 0 0 1
Sweden 0 2 0 2
Denmark 0 1 1 2
Poland 0 1 1 2
Russia 0 1 1 2
Norway 0 1 0 1
Malta 0 1 0 1
Slovenia 0 0 2 2
Finland 0 0 1 1
Greece 0 0 1 1

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Drago is the Nearly Man in 8-ball Event.

AsMalta's sole representative at this years European Pool Championships it was always going to be difficult for Tony Drago to take home a medal for his country. However he has done just that!

He battled his way through a 200+ field of some of Europe's best pool players in the 8-ball division.

He reached the final where he came up against multiple European champion Oliver Ortmann, it ended up being a step too far for Tony as he was beaten 8-3 by Ortmann but does take home a silver medal for Malta.

The Medals

Gold - Oliver Ortmann (Germany)
Silver - Tony Drago (Malta)
Bronze - Aris Damoulakis (Greece), Marcus Westen (Germany)

Drago now turns his attention to the 9-ball division.

In the womens division Diana Stateczny (Germany) defeated Charlotte Sorensen (Denmark) 6-5 in the final to take the glory for Germany. Eleswhere Jasmin Ouschan picked up another medal for Austria, this time a bronze and she was joined on the rostrum by Estelle Bijnen (Holland).

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Feijen and Ouschan Victorious in Liberec

Niels Feijen has picked up the first Gold medal of the week at the European Pool Championships by picking up the Men's Straight Pool Title. He defeated Russian Konstantin Stepanov 125-30 in the final in front of a packed auditorium.

The Bronze medals were picked up by Radoslaw Babica (Poland) and Martin Kempter (Austria) who were beaten at the semi-final stage by Feijen and Stepanov respectively.

In the Women's event Austrian starlet Jasmin Ouschan bagged yet another European title and looks to totally dominate the entire European Championships. She beat fellow compatriate Sabrina Naverschnig in the final. Estelle Bijnen(Holland) and Charlotte Sorensen (Denmark)rounded off the medals.

After one event Austria top the medal table.

The 8-ball event has now started and live coverage is available on www.Bwin.com just register and then you can watch all the pool you want!

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Billiards Boutique: European Pool Championships Start Today!

Billiards Boutique: European Pool Championships Start Today!

European Pool Championships Start Today!

The European Pool Championships started this morning in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Over 250 players from all corners of Europe will be competing in the 8-ball, 9-ball and Straight Pool divisions.

Britain's representatives started this morning in the Straight Pool category which are races to 125 points.

For full details and a link to live streaming video visit: www.europeanpoolchampionships.com

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Alcaide Wins the 8-ball Grand Masters

Spains David Alcaide has won the first ever 8-ball Grand Masters event held in Cambridge over the weekend of 10th-12th March.

The tournament featured 32 of Europe's top pool players including Tony Drago, Niels Feijen, Nick van den Berg and Britains Imran Majid.

The tournament had a brutal schedule with around 6 hours of pool on the first day for each player and then 12 hours on the next two days depending on match length. The players could not however claim they did not get value for money as each had put in £500 of their own money

This made for an impressive £16,000 prize money and a £6,000 first prize.

Alcaide looked impressive from the start and in his first match ran out an entire set to win 8-0, his opponent never gettng to the table. He followed this up with 2 more racks in the next set. Matches were race to 8, winner breaks and best of 5 sets - hence the long match times.

The semi-finals consisted of 3 club mates that play out of Rileys Victoria in London. Imran Majid, Rico Diks and Tony Drago.

The final went the full distance with Alcaide taking the cash, trophy and the title 3-2 over Imran Majid.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

11th Weymouth Open Pool Tournament Announced

The 11th Weymouth Open Pool Tournament will take place from the 23rd-25th March 2007 at the Weymouth & Portland Snooker Club, in Weymouth Dorset.

On offer for amateur pool players is a share of the £1350 prize pot and the title of Weymouth Open Champion.

The tournament is for amateur players only and is played to old E.P.A rules (not World Rules).

The entry is fee is a reasonable £15. Qualifiers take place at the following times and is strictly first-come first-serve.
  • Friday 23rd March 7pm
  • Saturday 24th March 10:30am
  • Saturday 24th March 2pm
  • Saturday 24th March 6:30pm

Entry forms are available from the club on 01305 788593 or email Billiards Boutique and we can send you one.

Prize Structure

Winner £500 + Trophy
Runner Up £250 + Trophy
Semi's £100
1/4's £50
Last Sixteen £25

Get your entries in as soon as possible as this event limited to 112 players.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

See Billiards Boutique this Month!

During this month Billiards Boutique will have a presence at the following events:
  • 8-ball Grand Masters - 32 Players, £500.00 per player, £16,000 prize money - held at Mickey Flynn's American Pool, Cambridge - 10th-12th March
  • Weymouth Open Pool Tournament - £15.00 entry, £1350.00 prize money - held at Weymouth & Portland Snooker Club, Weymouth - 23rd-25th March
  • Finns Open Pool - £2.00 entry, £75.00 prize money - Finns, Weymouth - Sunday 25th March
  • EPT London Open - £8,000 prize money, £90.00 entry - Rileys Harrow, London 31st-1st Mar/Apr

If you have an event either locally or nationally let us know and we will post it!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Drago Out! Higginson Marches On!

Andrew Higginson, last months surprise Runner-up in the Welsh Open, has continued his excellent form by marching into the 4th qualifying round of the 888.com World Snooker Championships. He now faces Ricky Walden to put him another step closer to the crucible.

Tony Drago "The Tornado" all round crowd favourite did not have the same luck though and lost a very close match to Liu Song of China by 10 frames to 9.

The lowest ranked player still in the tournament is James Leadbetter who has already won 3 matches to reach his 4th qualifying round tie with John Parrott.