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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We are off to the GB 9 Ball Tour this weekend for the fifth ranking event of the season – the Northern Masters.
It is a while since we have visited GB9 – the last event was in Scarborough and due to circumstances I am not going to dwell on we couldn’t make it!
Imran Majid owns the main tour this year having won all 4 of this years main tour ranking events and in addition one professional event as well. It seems that Imran’s cut break has been giving him an advantage and his confident and assured play does the rest.
This event has a rule change however, instead of the one-ball being racked on the spot the rack will be moved slightly higher with the nine-ball placed on the spot instead.
What difference will this make? Well it should mean it is harder to make a ball in the corners so could jeopardise Imran’s soft cut break as it does need a bit more oomphh to pocket a ball. I think the rule brings the GB9 tour in line with the Eurotour but it does seem strange to make a change like this during the season – why not wait until the end?
So culd the rule change be the downfall of Imran’s attempted Grand Slam? We will have to wait and see!
We are also changing our coverage slightly, in the past we have filmed pretty much constantly across the Saturday and Sunday and hve done up to 17 matches across a weekend. This is great for content and it is also great to feature a myriad of different players, the problem is when it comes to editing the matches. With all of the other events we are attending we are getting a massive backlog, and it is realistic at the moment for us only to manage 3-4 matches per week with everything else to do with running the channel as well.
So for the Northern Masters we are only filming on Saturday and will be concentrating on the Professional Cup. (Due to timings some Challenge matches will still get recorded) This will allow us time to do extended interviews with some of the top players and also to add a bit of feel and atmosphere to the programmes we create.
I know some are going to be disappointed but we have to do what is right for our viewers and also for the channel, we want to be about quality and not just quantity – I hope we can create something suitable.