From May 23rd to May 28th, the Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association (CBSA) hosted the 22nd Annual Canadian Pool Championships at the Black Lake Arena in Thetford Mines, Quebec. The seven-day event had a full schedule which included tournaments in 8 different divisions:
The CBSA is recognized internationally by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA). With this recognition, winners of this event are given the opportunity to represent Canada at the World Pool Championships, and most other major International pool events.
Once again, Naomi Williams and Brittany Bryant have added a few more national titles to their already impressive resumes. Naomi Williams won the 8-Ball event and Brittany Bryant won both the 9-Ball and 10-Ball. These ladies always manage to get the job done when the heat is on – a sign of a true champion. In the amateur division, Lynnette Valencia and Marie-France Blanchette came out on top of the 8-Ball and 9-Ball events, respectively. It’s only a matter of time before these players will be a threat in the open events.
|Women’s 8-Ball||10 Players||Payout|
|Women’s 9-Ball||9 Players||Payout|
|Women’s 10-Ball||7 Players||Payout|
|Women’s Amateur 8-Ball||10 Players||Payout|
|Women’s Amateur 9-Ball||13 Players||Payout|
The first of the open events was 8-Ball. It was Adam Monture who stole the show as he marched through the event undefeated beating one champion after another. Adam has been tearing up the scene in Ontario playing, and winning, in nearly every tournament he enters. His efforts have finally paid off with his first National title winning 11-7 against Jason Klatt in the finals.
|Open 8-Ball||30 Players||Payout|
In the 9-Ball event, John Morra proved that he can still play despite his decision to take a break from the game earlier this year. In the final match, John narrowly edged out Erik Hjorleifson with a 15-14 score. “One of the best final matches I’ve ever watched!” said John White of the CBSA.
|Open 9-Ball||36 Players||Payout|
In 10-Ball, John Morra continued his winning ways staying on the A-side on route to the finals. On the B-side it was Jason Klatt who was determined not to go home empty-handed. In the end, Jason Klatt took the national 10-ball title with a 13-10 victory.
|Open 10-Ball||36 Players||Payout|
For the first time ever, the CBSA added 4 new open divisions; Straight Pool, One Pocket, Bank Pool and Speed Pool. Alain Martel demonstrated that he is still one of Canada`s best all-around players as he won Straight Pool, One-Pocket and Bank Pool, 3 of these 4 new events. Luc “The Machine Gun” Salvas remains the fastest Canadian player around winning the speed pool event. Luc plays so fast, I once saw him shoot the 7, 8 and 9 only to rattle the 7-ball.
|One Pocket||13 Players||Payout|
|Straight Pool||21 Players||Payout|
|Bank Pool||23 Players||Payout|
|Speed Pool||8 Players||Payout|
|Amateur 8-Ball||42 Players||Payout|
|1st||Rodney Arsenault||$1,350||& Ring & 2018 Entry with Hotel|
|Amateur 9-Ball||51 Players||Payout|
|1st||Paul Duell||$1,400||& Ring & 2018 Entry with Hotel|
Nicolas Carinci won the U19’s over William Cadieu Meloch. In the U17 division, Dean Cuillerier defeated Brenden Croft 7-3 in a field of 14. It was the largest turnout in the Juniors and it was split it into two divisions for this reason. All 4 finalists qualified to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships in Moscow this October. Participation in the WPA World Juniors is also divided into U19 and U17 divisions which are subject to verification of the age of the participants who have qualified as well.
|Juniors U17||14 Players|
|Juniors U19||5 Players|
|2nd||William Cadieu Meloche|
Special thanks to everyone involved who worked together to make this event a success. Hope to see you all again next year