New York City- The Canadians survived the DDD-Day. The Do-or Die- Day saw the majority of the Canadians make it through the round robin stage, with a huge feather in the cap as Naomi Williams of Toronto went undefeated in her group to take one of the top 3 seeds of the Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship . China, Russia, Canada, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Sweden and USA took top seedings into the final round of the event where 32 players were eliminated in one day. The pro tournament is the longest women’s billiard event of any kind with 6 days of heavy pool action with a round robin event that evolves into a final single elimination chart where players will start out races to 10 in 10-Ball and eventually rise to races to 11,13, and 17 in the finals. All activities are taking place at Steinway Billiards Cafe and sponsored by Andy Cloth, J.Pechauer Cues , Viking Cues, Steinway Billiards. , Olhausen Balls, Pool & Billiard Magazine , the NAPL & Focused Apparel . Patron sponsors include Dr. Greg Diehl, Tom Gleich, and Dr. Michael Frank. Media partners include PKE Partners, IB Sports, NYC Grind, Gotham City Technologies, Nona Photography, and Charles Eames Photography. 7 days of live pool will be filmed and streamed by Inside Pool TV. Pay per view on www.Dragonpromotions.com for the live marquee matches Andy Cloth Women’s International Pool Championship taking place December 16th-21st at the same venue.
Seven ladies that represented Canada in the event included Veronique Menard, Brittany Bryant, Grace Nakamura, Naomi Williams, Corrine Johnson, Denise Belanger, and Nathalie Chabot. Qualifier winners were Williams and Chabot, and they both made most of the free entry they won with both ladies qualifying in their groups to the final cut of 32 players. Chabot has had a fantastic journey which she says “This is a dream come true”.
Williams rocketed out of her group with wins over Vicki Paski, New Zealand’s Denise Wilkinson, Denise Reeves, Kelly O’Heron, Grace Nakamura, and Rebecca Wagner with no player passing 3 games on her. Then she defeated the group top seed Jennifer Chen of Taiwan 6-4 to seal her as the group leader and eventual #3 seed of the entire event going into the next and final round.
Only Nakamura and Johnson did not make it out of their groups. But they still left their mark with Nakamura winning 3 matches and took Chen to the hill losing 6-5. Johnson made her pro event debut and was able to take home 7 matches of experience including a win over WPBA veteran Dawn Hopkins.
As usual, the Canadians have stuck together with boisterous support of one another. Even fellow players who did not qualify for the main event have flown out to NYC just to support their fellow sisters of pool!
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Action continues on Day 3 Round Robin Finale with this TV lineup that can be ordered on www.dragonpromotions.com :
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Day 4 Dec 18, 2014 TV Schedule
12:00pm Jeanette Lee (NY,USA) vs Julie Ha (NJ, USA)
2:00pm Jennifer Chen (TAIWAN) vs Rebecca Wagner (NV, USA)
6:00 pm Jeanette Lee (NY,USA) vs Jennifer Barretta (NY,USA)
8:00pm Ga Young Kim (KOREA) / Samantha Barrett (USA) vs Akiko Kitayama (JAPAN) / Michelle West (USA)
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