Tuesday, 22 March 2011

FUry straight pool champion plus more !

It’s been a good few weeks, I would have liked a little better, but that’s pool.  I’ve been very consistent this year so far.  I arrived in USA mid-January and played DCC (Derby City Classic), picked up 1st and 2nd in the Straight Pool and Fat Boy 10 Ball challenge, and lost in the semi final at the World 8 Ball Championship in February.  At Valley Forge,  I played really good to reach 5th place in the 10 Ball Players’ Championships.  After 12 hours straight of playing with no breaks, I got a little tired in my last match with SVB and lost 10-8.  It’s actually the first time he’s beaten me on the 9ft table, but I suppose he’s got to win eventually.  I was down 6-2 and came back to draw level at 7-7, but I missed a good chance to go in front and it cost me the match in the end.  Big positives from the tournament, I was breaking so good… much improved break and was hitting them great with control consistently, so that excites me for future tournaments.  Congrats to Ralf Souquet on becoming the champion, ever so consistent… and even though he didn’t play his best game in final, he always finds a way to win :-)

I did manage to win the Fury Straight Pool Challenge at Valley Forge beating John Schmidt in the final.  I didn’t play good due to tiredness and it was cold in the room, but any win is great.  That’s my second straight pool title this year… not bad to say I rarely play straight pool.  I have only ever entered 6 straight pool tournaments, I won 4 of the 6 and placed 2nd and 9th, so maybe this year I should compete in the World Straight Pool Championships. Thanks to Fury for putting on a great tournament and all the hard work they do to make it happen.

This weekend gone, I played the NYC 9 Ball Championships.  It was a good field and good payout plus calcutta.  I was playing really good but come up against Jason Klatt, was bad match, I made a few schoolboy errors, especially at hill-hill.  I missed an easy 3 ball, I didn’t look at the shot because I was just thinking of position for the next ball.  It cost me the match and probably the chance of the title.
I did come back strong on the losers’ side.  I played great in beating:  Stevie Moore, Eddie Abraham, John Morra, and a local guy Kong.  I made a bad mistake in the first rack against Saez.  He then run the next 3 racks to go up 4-0, then another mistake from me, it was curtains 7-1 loss… 3rd place not bad.
I was happy to see Jason Klatt take the title, much improved player this past year, well done Jason.

Like I said, it’s been a good few months for me.  I carried my form on since October last year and I know I can still get better, which excites me even more.  I know my best is still to come on a regular basis.

I go back UK tomorrow to see my family, play a 3 man team tournament on the weekend, and then get ready for Philippine Open.

Got a crazy schedule coming, lots of trips… Asia, Europe, America

I really enjoy my life in the States and love spending time with Angie.  She is an amazing person and her family and friends are great also.  Sometimes you get lucky and meet someone where you have so much common and everything just clicks and it’s happened for me, so I’m extremely happy with life.

Other news, my brand of polo shirts will be on sale soon.  Hope you will like them, thanks to Yannick and Adam for all their hard work.

Lastly, the pool world has recently experienced a great loss.  It was sad to hear the news of the passing of George Sansouci at the age of 39.  Top pool player from New York and was always friendly to me… always congratulated me on my recent successes… always a gentleman.  RIP George


Sunday, 6 March 2011

Semi finalist world 8 ball

Hi just laid by the pool in Dubai :-)
I had a good tournament in world 8ball championships was sad way to lose I didn’t get to shoot with it been winner break . I lose to Niels Fiejen 9-0 I win the lag break the balls really good but no luck on the break and Niels runs 6racks, he then breaks leaves me no shot I play a low percentage jump as I have no safety option I make a good hit but didn’t make the ball was real tough shot. And that was it niels run next 3 racks lol I never experienced a match like that before in my life I was just sitting in the chair for over 1 hour lol. He played great so it way cookie crumbles . Shame as I felt great and the match before in my quarter final I was at my absolute best I was down 2-1 to joven alba strong Filipino who beat efren Reyes earlier in the tournament . From 2-1 I run the whole march out without my opponent leaving The chair and more pleasing I very rarely had a straight forward table I was in tough situations and difficult layouts after the break but my 8ball knowledge really showed up which is good because under them conditions it rarely shows up 95% of the time the tables are laying easy after the break. If we played on smaller pockets and after break from outside the box then 8ball knowledge would show up much more which would suite me nicely.. But 4th place another top 4 finish in a major that’s around 10top 5 finishes now in 3years including 3 wins so it’s good that am so consistent in the main tournaments :-) against the best players in the world ! and good I’ve established myself in the game as one of the worlds best players that was my goal few years ago and everything gone to plan and the future is really exciting for me.. Am really enjoying my time in states and focusing on the bigger events I feel its the right thing to do for me as I have no problem getting mentally prepared for the big tournaments in the smaller Events I find myself lacking motivation and that leads to lazy play..

Bit bad news
I was supposed to fly to us masters yesterday but I forgot to update my esta visa to travel to united states after recieving a new passport few Weeks ago and because I arrived at airport late I didn’t get the esta visa number in time .. Reason I was late to airport because I waited all day to get paid for world 8ball then they said come back at 7.30pm I said fine my flight wasn’t until 12.50am Fujairah to Dubai airport is around 80mile drive hr 20mins so i had plenty of time .But when arrived at 7.30pm the guy wasn’t around with the money so we at to wait until 9:30pm to get paid.. Little annoyed if I got paid at 7.30pm I would have time to register for a esta visa and would have made us masters.. So i am sorry to barry behrem and everyone associated with us masters that i will not be attending i hope the tournaments a great success and hope to play next year..

On a happier note ! least I get to spend few more days in Dubai staying at the beautiful jumeirah beach hotel it’s paradise :-).. My next tournament will be valley vorge look forward to that ..

Also my own brand of shirts will be on sale soon hope you will like them I really like the designs :-)