It has to be said that the first ever 10-Ball event played on the GB 9 Ball Tour was a success. The consensus amongst the players was that it was great to be involved in something different and a bit of a break from 9-ball which can tend to get a bit stale.
From my point of view it is also good to see the tour trying different things with many plans for next year already being discussed to keep the playing numbers high and keep the tour fresh.
I was talking to both Craig Osborne (who commentated with me on the main event final) and Arfan Dad via Twitter about the major benefits of playing 10-ball. Both players feel that the call-shot rule in the game not only eliminates some of the luck inherent in 9-ball but also means that come the end of the tournament the best player on the day will prevail.
On this occasion the cream certainly did rise to the top with Jayson Shaw winning the Pro Cup title, Phil Burford completing a unique treble in the Challenge Cup (He is the first player to have won a title in the Main event, Pro Cup and the Challenge Cup events) and of course that stalwart of British pool Daryl Peach lifting another main event title. Peach had come from behind in his matches against Damian Massey (trailed 4-0), Arfan Dad (trailed 4-1) and in his quarter final saw Mark Gray miss a routine 9-ball that really would have been for the match. He then topped it off with a win from 9-5 down against Shaun Storry in the final only to win 10-9, it was almost destiny from a player that never lies down and never believes he is beaten!
It would be great to here from some from some of the players invloved at the weekend with regards to the format, rules and discilpine of 10-ball, please use the comments or hit me up on Twitter (@cuesporttv).
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Spaniard David Alcaide has beaten Britain’s Craig Osborne 9-2 to reach the final of the Eurotour Italian Open. I think the experience of Alcaide at this level probably told but Craig will have every reason to be proud of his performance. As stated in my previous blog post 2009 could well be Osborne’s breakthrough year.
In the other semi final, an all German encounter, once again the experience told as Ralf Souquet booked himself a third Eurotour final in the last five tournaments.
Souquet, the current number 1, obviously likes the Eurotour after beating Marko Vogel 9-7 to set-up the match with Alcaide.
If Souquet could have lifted the Italian Open it would have been his third win in five tournaments, a feat (I believe) that has never been achieved.
Well it is still yet to be achieved as David Alcaide lifted the title and the €5000 winners cheque with a 9-5 victory.
The win (by my calculations) will propel Alcaide into the top 8.
After last weekend’s first GB 9 Ball Tour win, Craig Osborne has conitnued his solid form. We feel very hard done by now if a British player does not make it into the last four and we are becoming so used to our star players winning Eurotour events.
Osborne is the player currently left flying the flag after having defeated Mateusz Sniegocki 9-7 in the quarter finals to get that first ever semi final spot in the Eurotour.
Although Osborne has been a solid player over the last couple of years and has also been to the World Championships, he has never been a ‘major’ performer. However, with the way he played last weekend in lifting the Southern Masters 9-ball title 2009 could well be his breakthrough year.
In the other quarter finals Marko Vogel beat Pedro Fonseca 9-8 and the other two matches are still being played. David Alcaide and Marcus Chamat (5-3 at time of writing) and on the TV table Dimitri Jungo leads Ralf Souquet 3-1.
Got back monday morning from the GB9 Southern Masters at the weekend. 128 players in Britain’s official professional 9-ball tour and what a weekend it was!
We were of course at the event in our capacity as official streaming media partners of the GB 9 Ball Tour and we recorded 14 matches and a few interviews from the weekend which will be available later this week.
The first thing I must offer is my greatest respect to the organisers as they faced their biggest challenge yet when 4 of the tables for the tournament were deemed unplayable.