Monday, October 30, 2006

Neil Robertson wins Grand Prix

Australia's Neil Robertson won the Royal London Watches Grand Prix and a cheque of £60,000.

In the final he beat England's up and coming player Jamie Cope 9-5. This was the first major final for both players.

Jamie Cope made a maximum break of 147 earlier in the tournament, earning him £24,000 in addition to the £30,000 runner-up prize.

This was the first time an Australian has won a ranking title. Eddie Charlton made it to three World finals but never managed to win a ranking title.

The win puts Robertson at No.7 in the provisional rankings. Cope moves to 14th position. He started the season at No.48 in the world rankings. The list is still headed by Ireland's Ken Doherty, followed by John Higgins and Graeme Dott from Scotland.

The event took place in Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Scotland, Oct 21-29. It was the second of seven ranking tournaments on the WSA Main Tour.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Allison Fisher successfully defends US Open title

Allison Fisher retained the US Open by defeating fellow Englishwoman Kim Shaw 7-5.

This was her second WPBA win of the season and 53rd of her career. The win will solidify her position on top of the WPBA rankings.

Fisher took away $14,000 for first place. Shaw won $8,000 for her runner-up position.

The event took place from October 18-22 in the Sandia Hotel and Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Paul Hunter loses fight against cancer

Some really sad news tonight. Paul Hunter has died after losing a long battle with cancer.

He was an inspiration to the very end. Only last month he staged a charity event for the NET Patient Foundation.

Our thoughts goes out to his family. He left a wife and a little daughter behind.

In his short but very successful career he won three ranking titles and was a three-time Masters winner.

Paul Hunter was only 27 years old.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Jonni Fulcher wins Euro Tour in own backyard

Home favourite Jonni Fulcher surprised everyone by winning the Swiss Open and the top prize of €5,000. In the final he defeated snooker star Tony "Tornado" Drago 10-8.

Before this event Fulcher was No. 46 in the season rankings. His previous best showings were two 17th place finishes.

This was definitely a tournament filled with upsets. Dejan Dubovic from Austria and Francesco Diaz from Spain came from nowhere to share third place.

Austria's Jasmin Ouschan continues to impress. This time she came 17th, losing to Nick van der Berg (Netherlands) in the first round of the single cup. That's the best finish ever by a woman in Euro Tour.

The tournament was played 4-7 October at Island Billiards in Frauenfeld, Switzerland. In total 183 players took part. It was the sixth and penultimate event of the season. The last stop is in Spain (Dec 6-9).

With this victory Fulcher leaps from 46th to 11th in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Drago jumps all the way from 38th to 7th.

Nick van den Berg (Netherlands) is the new leader after passing Thomas Engert (Germany). Imran Majid (England) stays in third place.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

John Schmidt takes US Open title

Straight pool master John Schmidt won the US Open on home soil. He earned $40,000 by defeating Filipino Rodolfo Luat 11-6 in the final.

2004 winner Gabe Owen (USA) finished in third place. His countryman David Broxson took fourth.

Defending champion Alex Pagulayan (Philippines) went out in the early rounds.

The tournament was played 25 September to October 1 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Before the event John Schmidt was looking for someone to put him in the tournament. I guess he got lucky ...

A number of the top players were absent this time, e.g. Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante from the Philippines. Germany's Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann were playing in the World Pool League in Poland, along with Dutchamn Niels Feijen and Dennis Orcollo from the Philippines.

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