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Van Boening Wins World 10-Ball Championship
Just one week after a runner up finish at the Enjoypool.com 9-Ball Championship, Shane Van Boening improved his nearly top performance to take down the Predator World 10-Ball Championship.
The tournament drew 96 players to Bankshot Billiards, including pre-event favorites Dennis Orcollo, Francisco Bustamante, Johnny Archer, Marlon Manalo, Mika Immonen, Ralf Souquet and Thorsten Hohmann. Few thought the unknown, despite that second place, would grab a title so soon..
Van Boening won his first three matches but was sent to the one-loss side by Danny Harriman after a 10-7 loss. Undaunted, he scored victories over Luc Salvas and Stefan Cohen, 10-3, and a narrow 10-9 defeat over Lee Van Cortezza. That put him in the single elimination portion of the tournament.
Wins over Niels Feijen and Warren Kiamco set up a rematch with Dennis Orcollo -- who defeated Van Boening 7-0 in the Enjoypool.com finals. This time, Van Boening hung tough to win 11-9.
The final match between Van Boening and Cliff Joyner was a see-saw battle that kept the fans guessing. It was 11-11 before Van Boening pulled two final games out of his hat for a 13-3 title victory! (Photo ©2007 David Thomson mediumpool.com)
1 Shane Van Boening $14,000
2 Cliff Joyner $6,000
3 Dennis Orcollo $4,000
3 Alex Pagulayan $4,000
5 Warren Kiamco $2,500
5 Steve Moore $2,500
5 Francisco Bustamante $2,500
5 Manuel Gama $2,500
World 10-Ball Championships Day 2
The field is narrowing down at the Predator World 10-Ball Championships as some players were sent home early in the morning. The ladies in the event, including Gerda Hofstatter, Anna Kostanian, Bo Ram Cha, Amalia Matas, and Kim Shaw were all eliminated early on Friday. Shaw was the only female able to draw a win with a great 10-8 victory over #12 Japan Hijikata. Juniors Landon Shuffett and John Morra were hanging tough with Shuffett's 10-6 win over Spain's Balesteros and Morra defeated Samuel Ferrell and James Roberts. Japan's Mizushita upset Russia's Stalev and then wowed the crowd with a 10-9 stunner over Thorsten Hohmann(GER). Engert (GER) was hanging tough eliminating Richard Broumpton(ENG) and Hijikata(JPN) while Williams(USA) sent home Farah(Curacao) and Lillis(USA). On the winners side Orcullo(PHI) destroyed Appleton(ENG) 10-4, Davis(USA) identically demolished Sey(NET) 10-4, Feijen controlled Robles(USA) 10-6, and Van Corteza(PHI) subdued Mexico's Chavez 10-5. The only close call was Crosby's(USA) 10-9 over Immonen(FIN). Marquee Matches tomorrow with Hundal (ENG) vs Van Corteza(PHI), Crosby (USA) vs Feijen(NET), and Davis (USA) vs Orcullo(PHI)
World 10-Ball Championship Day 1
A talented field of 96 players have converged iat Bankshot Billiards of Jacksonville, Florida to play for the right to be the first ever World 10-Ball Champion. Two thirds of the field are foreign players outside the USA making this the most international World Championship ever held on USA soil. The event is head sponsored by Predator Cues and Seyberts.com and produced by Dragon Promotions.
The event is being played on Simonis Cloth and played with Super Aramith TV balls. Simonis and Aramith are the Official Equipment of the 2007 World 10-Ball Championships.Upsets abounded the first day with US Bar Table Champion Warren Kiamco(PHI) falling to USA's unknown Hunter Lombardo 10-7. Japanese youth sensation Hayato Hijikata fell to Kim Shaw(ENG) of WPBA 10-8 . Shaw was the lone woman to advance out of the six women playing. Manuel Gama(POR) defeated event host Charlie Williams(USA) 10-7, senior tour player Wayne Catledge(USA) whipped 18 year old young gun John Morra(CAN) 10-7, Alessandro Torrenti(ITL) defeated Rob Saez(USA) 10-5. Big surprises and tough draws included #1 seeded Thomas Engert's 10-8 loss to unheralded Keisuke Hanawa(JPN) and World 14.1 Champion Thorsten Hohmann's loss to Filipino young gun Lee Van Corteza. Former US Open Champion Tommy Kennedy had a small scare when #1 Korean Woman's player Yu Ram Cha made a late charge but lost 10-8.
"This is a stellar field. Dragon Promotions has done an amazing job with making the World 10-Ball Championship a reality." said Allan McCarty, Founder and Owner of Predator Products. Marquee matches for Day 2 will include newly crowned ESPN BCA Open Champion Dennis Orcullo(PHI) aganist England's top gun Darren Appleton, USA's Mike Davis versus Dutch invitee Huidji Sey, USA's Tony Robles versus Derby City 9-Ball Champion Niels Feijen(NET), legendary Allen Hopkins (USA) against Filipino "Marvelous" Marlon Manalo, and USA's #1 gun Johnny Archer against Cliff Joyner, USA's top African American pool star. In addition to the pro event, The 2nd Annual US Amateur Open will continue alongside the pros with 9-Ball divisions starting at 7pm on Friday night for Open, Women, and Seniors divisions.
Women Take on the Men at Predator World 10-Ball
Six women will join the predominantly male 96 player invited field at the Predator World 10-Ball Championship May 23-27,2007 in Jacksonville ,FL. Included in this female team are WPBA pros Gerda Hofstatter of Austria, Kim Shaw of England, and Anna Kostanian of New Mexico. Three junior talents will also join the Big Boys with Yu Ram Cha and Bo Ram Cha of Korea and Amalia Matas of Spain.
"I've been playing with Predator for many years now and I'm very happy to be invited to play against the world's best players. I know I can beat any of the men at any given time so I hope they're ready!" warned Gerda Hofstatter (at left), ranked #9 on the Women's Pro Tour."I am excited to be able to play in the men's World Championship. It will be a great challenge and I will practice and try very hard." said 19 year old Yu Ram Cha, ranked #1 in Korea (pictured right). Events will start off at 7pm with a Challenge the Pro Night benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville , FL. Fans can come watch for free and play the pros for a donation to the charity.
For more info on event and tickets call Bankshot Billiards at 1-904.998.2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org