After a long week of group stages the final 32 is now set at the Women’s International Pool Championships. Over the past for days each woman played 6 matches in a round robin format with the winners of the most games making it through to the single elimination round.
Canadians will be well represented as Nathalie Chabot, Veronique Menard, Brittany Bryant, Maureen Seto and Naomi Williams have all made the cut. This tournament is really starting to get interesting for players like Bryant and Williams who both won their groups. Usually when a tournament such as this is organized all the top players show up. With the likes of Kelly Fischer, Karen Corr and many others who did not show up it leaves the brackets wide open for our two top Canadians who rival any North American player.
Many who I have talked to believe that we could easily see 2 out of 5 Canadians in the top 8 and from there anything can happen. Matches start today at 12:00 pm EST, there is a live stream that can be purchased at www.dragonpromotions.com. . Currently I am unable to judge the stream quality because at $50 for the week is about the same as my cable bill but perhaps I will throw in $15 to watch the final day. Hopefully in the future they will be able to obtain some sponsorship to help absorb the high price for this stream. Because in reality outside of peoples close friends and family members $50 is simply too much to pay, and is counter-intuitive for the purpose of growing the game. We will be updating as the results come in so check our Facebook Page and website frequently.