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Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Who will be the next “Billiards Idol” it Begins in January

Banking on the inaugural season of the highly successful “Search for the New Billiards Idol” the calendar for 2009 has already been set in place with the opening leg breaking on January 18 at the Superman Sports Bar in Libis, Quezon City .
 
Regarded as the premier grassroots development program the the year-round series of tournaments has attracted some 300 aspiring players from all over the country who aim to join the ranks of the top Filipino pool players many of whom are considered among the best in the world.
 
The co-founder of the Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines , passionate pool enthusiast Perry Mariano says the nationwide search  “is part of the BMPAP commitment to keep Philippine billiards at its world-class status by discovering new talents.” It was Mariano who conceptualized the event early last year.
 
Mariano who heads the star-studded Bugsy Promotions added “We’re doing it in the absence of a program from those who are supposed to do it.”
 
In its inaugural season ‘Billiards Idol’ staged 15 preliminary legs, including provincial stops in Davao and Bacolod  and a Grand Finals featuring 27 top players who emerged  from the preliminaries.
 
Mike “the Lightning Kid” Takayama, a 19-year-old Fil-Japanese, bested the strong field of promising stars to emerge as the New Billiards Idol. He also pocketed the cash prize of P40,000 sponsored by the Association of Clubs Karaoke and Disco Operators.
 
With his win Takayama will be seeded in all Villar Cup tournaments in 2009 which is  a reward courtesy of Senator Manny Villar’s VILLARDS: Tulong sa Pagsulong ng Philippine Sports.
 
Other Billiards Idol legs will be on February 22, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 18, October 20, November 22 and December 13.
 
Each tournament will have a total pot of P20,000, including a lion’s share of P10,000 to the champion. The entry fee will still be at a token amount of P200.

By Ronnie Nathanielsz – 2008-12-27
Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rowell and Trest Are 2 of Billiards Best Players

Rowell and Trest Are Billiards Best
Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour / Birmingham, AL

by InsidePOOL Staff

The Viking Cue Open and Amateur 9- Ball Tour events were hosted by Club Quincy in Birmingham, AL, the weekend of December 20-21. David Rowell took home first place in the open division, while David Trest came in first in the amateur event.
 
The $2,000-added open event saw strong competition in its field, and local player Rowell, a former APA national champion, had his job cut out for him as he had to compete with players such as Randy Jordan, Johnathan Pinegar, and David Rice. Rowell worked his way across the bracket undefeated, going through Chris Limbaugh 9-0, Garland Manley 9-4, LJ Rouse 9-3, Robert Frost 9-3, Randy Jordan 9-2, and finished it up by defeating David Rice in the first set of the double-elimination finals 9-7.
 
Trest, winner of the amateur division, started his tournament by drawing a bye in round one then defeated Rose Igo 5-3, Wayne Morris 5-0, and Jeremy Kimbrell 5-3. Trest was sent to the one-loss side by Rick Washington 5-1 in the match for the hot seat, and once there he bested Bill Wright 5-2 in the semifinals.  After making it back to the finals Trest was able to hold his own and defeated Washington 5-1 in the first set and 5-3 in the second.
 
 Open Results:
1st David Rowell $1,350
2nd David Rice $900
3rd Randy Jordan $530
4th John Maikke $300
5th Robert Frost $200
Robert Green
7th Scotty Waters $150
Jason Hill
 
Amateur Results:
1st David Trest $430
2nd Rick Washington $250
3rd Bill Wright $150
4th Jeremy Kimbrell $100

Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 9:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Billiards Game on the Wii and it looks pretty sweet.

You’ve heard of Yoshi, but have you heard of Maboshi? Apparently he/she has an arcade, as Nintendo has uploaded Maboshi’s Arcade to the Nintendo WiiWare channel today, along with a new billiards/pool game from Hudson. In addition to these two WiiWare games, Nintendo has uploaded Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II to the Wii Virtual Console.

In Nintendo’s Maboshi’s Arcade (800 Wii Points), players will experience three game modes based on one of three familiar shapes: circle, stick and square. Each mode has the same goal: score 1 million points. The game supports Mii characters and action replays that you can send to your friends via WiiConnect24, as well as the ability to download a version to your Nintendo DS to play when you’re away from the TV.

In Hudson’s Cue Sports – Pool Revolution (500 Wii Points), players must grab their Wii Remote and take a shot at classic favorites such as 9 Ball, 8 Ball, Rotation and Snooker. There’s also a trick-shot mode called Puzzle mode. If you connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, you can also play head-to-head with your friends. Cue Sports – Pool Revolution offers two types of controls, allowing you to virtually strike the cue ball with your Wii Remote or use the buttons to adjust the strength of your shot and then strike.

The new Virtual Console game isn’t all that “new” really, but that’s par for the course with these old-school games. The NES game Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II (500 Wii Points) is on tap today, in which players take on the role of Mike Jones to once again battle the evil alien Zoda. In this journey, Mike travels through time and visits locations around the world, encountering famous historical figures along the way.

Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 8:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

ON CUERound-up from the snooker and billiards scene

IN THE Tuesday Premier, leaders Rileys B beat Rileys J 5-1 with Mike Day and Chris Ackland making breaks of 42.

John Dyer made a great 41 break for Rileys E in a 3-3 draw with Rileys G. And Mitchell Grinstead was in good form with a break of 38 and a 32 clearance as Victoria T beat Plaza A 4-2.

In Division One, Woodland Fort remain top after a good 4-2 win over Matchroom A.

In Division Two, Worston Wool Barn enjoyed a good 4-2 win at Rileys H. Leaders Victoria J went down to a shock 4-2 defeat at home to Saltram for whom Adrian Woodward was the star man.

The all-Matchroom clash ended all-square between C and E.

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In the Thursday League, leaders Tavistock Rbl A continued their good form with a 4-1 win over XFab. And Essa enjoyed a 4-1 win over Tavistock Rbl B for whom John Dawe made a 40 break.

In the Billiards Progressive League Cup, Elburton B and Noss Mayo had 24-22 wins over Mutley Cons and Elburton A, respectively.

Results – Premier Division: Rileys B 5 Rileys J 1, Rileys G 3 Rileys E 3, Plaza A 2 Victoria T 4

Division One: Woodland Fort 4 Matchroom A 2, Victoria C 5 Rileys A 1, Rileys F 4 Victoria F 2

Division Two: Rileys H 2 Worston Wool Barn 4, Plymouth Snooker B 4 Victoria H 2, Matchroom E 3 Matchroom C 3, Elburton 4 Rileys C 2, Victoria J 2 Saltram 4

Thursday League: Essa 4 Tavistock Rbl B 1, Tavistock Rbl A 4 XFab 1

Billiards: Elburton B 24 Mutley Cons 22, Noss Mayo 24 Elburton A 22

THE highest break in Division One this week came from Tony Vieira who managed a superb 66 for Pennycross.

Unfortunately, they still lost against Belgrave 3-2.

Saltram B had Andy Aldridge make a 47 to win his frame, but team-mate Nigel Bennett lost his frame on the black and with it went the match 3-2 to Plymouth Snooker A.

In Division Two, James Pitcher made a 39 for Mutley Cons C who went on to beat Beacon Park A 3-2.

Victoria C’s Wayne Rickard made a 37 but was the only winner in a 4-1 victory for Torpoint Cons C.

Steve Launder made a 30 for Stuart B to help his side to a 3-2 win over Rileys and move 15 points clear in top spot.

Beacon Park B, in Division Three, had Lee Smith make a 32 to win his frame but they still lost 3-2 against Ford Cons D.

Lee Hunter made a 20 to win the decider in a 3-2 win for City Social over Crownhill RBL B.

Victoria A, in the Premier, had Dale Branton make a 43 to help them to a 3-2 win over Mutley Cons A.

Andy Pearce made a 33 for Victoria F but then saw opponent Darren Hall reply with a 39 to win the frame for Victoria E. The F side eventually came out on top 3-2.

In the Billiards, Plymouth Snooker had Matt Williams make a 83 and Dereck Walker make a 44, 41 and a 55 to clinch a 2-1 win over Citybus B.

Results – Premier Division: Torpoint Cons B 0 Ford Cons B 5, Victoria D 4 Crownhill RBL A 1, Saltash WM A 2 Stuart A 3, Victoria F 3 Victoria E 2, Pennycross A 0 Torpoint Cons A 5, Mutley Cons A 2 Victoria A 3

Division One: Belgrave 3 Pennycross B 2, Woodland Fort A 3 Saltash WM B 2, GWRSA Laira 1 Torpoint Comrades 4, Hyde Park A 2 Ford Cons C 3, Saltram B 2 Plymouth Snooker A 3

Division Two: Stuart C 4 Mutley Cons B 1, Torpoint Cons C 1 Victoria C 4, Stuart B 3 Rileys 2, Agaton 1 GWRSA PCQ 4, Beacon Park A 2 Mutley Cons C 3, Telecom B 2 Hyde Park B 3

Division Three: Plymouth Social B 3 Crownhill Family A 2, Crownhill RBL C 1 St Budeaux RBL 4, Ford Cons A 4 Plymouth Social A 1, Crownhill RBL B 2 City Social 3, Ford Cons D 3 Beacon Park B 2

Billiards: Plymouth Snooker 2 Citybus B 1

IN DIVISION B Plym Social extended their lead to three points at the top following a 5-1 win at home to Plym Snooker A, with Darren Toy and Stuart Allen both winning twice.

Stuart A remain second after drawing away to Railways and Victoria D in third gained one point on Stuart by winning 4-2 at home to Ford B.

In Division C Andre Buckeridge made a 35 break and won both his frames for Victoria C in a 4-2 win away to Plym Electricity A.

Keith Williams and Fred Wyvill both won twice for Beacon Park A in a 4-2 win over Plaza A.

In Division A Chris Wiles won twice and Paul Veitch made a 44 break for Plym Snooker B in a 4-2 win at home to Mutley Cons, which keeps them top.

One point behind are Victoria B who won 4-2 away to Pennycross B. Agaton won 5-1 at home to Beacon Park B with breaks of 37 from Ian Preston and 33 from Alan Price.

Results – Division A: Agaton 5 Beacon Park B 1, Ford A 3 Victoria F 3, GWRSA B 3 Plym Electricity B 3, Pennycross B 2 Victoria B 4, Plym Snooker B 4 Mutley Cons 2, Rileys E 3 Plym Citybus A 3, Saltash WM 3 Crownhill B 3

Division B: Plym Citybus B 2 Rileys B 4, Plym Social 5 Plym Snooker A 1, Plympton Cons 4 Hyde Park 2, Railways 3 Stuart A 3, Victoria A 4 GWRSA A 2, Victoria D 4 Ford B 2

Division C: Beacon Park A 4 Plaza A 2, Crownhill A 3 Saltram 3, Plym Electricity A 2 Victoria C 4, Rileys A 2 City Social 4, Stuart B 3 Plaza B 3

SOCIAL A moved into top spot in the Premier after a crushing defeat over struggling Menheniot, who face a relentless task to avoid relegation.

Downderry and Social D both recorded 4-1 wins to ease their relegation worries.

With Division One leaders Menheniot having a bye Kingsand seized the advantage to move into second place after a 4-1 win over mid-table Essa.

Dobwalls, after an excellent 4-1 win over Trevelmond, move within one point of Division Two leaders Liskeard Cons.

The only league breaks came from Simon Deacon 35 and Phil Hearnden 30.

Results – Premier Division: Dobwalls A P St Dominic A P, St Dominic B 2 Freathy 3, Downderry A 4 Lostwithiel Cons 1, Looe Social B 1 Looe Social D 4, Looe Social A 5 Menheniot A 0, Runabout Dobwalls A. Highest break K Steed 78

Division One: Callington 2 Calstock 3, Pelynt A 3 Polperro D 2, Hessenford 2 Lerryn 3, Pensilva 3 Pelynt B 2, Lanreath 1 Liskeard Cons A 4, Essa Club 1 Kingsand 4. Runabout Menheniot C. Highest break D Edmunds 54.

Division Two: St Ive 3 St Germans 2, Trevelmond 1 Dobwalls B 4, Polperro B 4 St Neot B 1, Liskeard Cons B 3 Liskeard Cons C 2, Polbathic 3 Trewidland 2, Runabout Liskeard Cons B. Highest break M Lewis 38

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 7:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Pool cue manufacturer has been going since ’75

As the weather turns cold, billiards just might rank up there as a popular indoor activity.

If it does, Bob Meucci has exactly what one needs to be successful when leaning over on a pool table.

He’s the only living Hall of Fame cue maker, and since 2006, Meucci has been operating out of a factory in Byhalia. Previously, Meucci Cues was located in Sledge.

 Thomas Smith, CNC milling machine operator at Meucci Cues, adjusts the machine as it cuts tiny inlay parts for pool cues at the factory in Byhalia. Owner  Bob Meucci designs all the cues and has modified machines in the plant to manufacture the sticks more efficiently.

Photos by Thomas Busler/The Commercial Appeal

Thomas Smith, CNC milling machine operator at Meucci Cues, adjusts the machine as it cuts tiny inlay parts for pool cues at the factory in Byhalia. Owner Bob Meucci designs all the cues and has modified machines in the plant to manufacture the sticks more efficiently.

“We like it a lot better,” plant manager Rock Wicker said. “It seems like we get a lot more business here. It was hard to find in the Crenshaw area.”

Meucci, born and raised in Glenview, Ill., got his Mid-South start in 1975.

Meucci Originals was on Getwell Road in Memphis.

“I’ve got a super staff,” he said. “Most of my people have been with me a long time. This is not something that you learn overnight. You have to put your trust in people that have the experience, and it takes years to get the experience to do certain things.”

Take, for example, the shaft of the cue stick.

“If you look real close,” said Wicker, an employee for 25 years, “it’s a 37-layer veneer, which makes it real flexible. Bob did a lot of testing over the years. He spent a lot of nights developing this shaft, and we consider it to be one of the best in the business.”

From the whitest maple to the water-buffalo tips, a Meucci cue takes more than 300 steps to create. The signature look of the other half of the stick, known as the butt, comes from the mind of the owner.

The customer “puts a design on paper,” Wicker said. “He’ll bring it out to me, and we’ll try to duplicate what he wants. If it’s not right, we’ll go back to the drawing board.”

The range for a finished cue, according to Wicker, is $200 to $2,000. The labor also varies.

“To build one of the more expensive cues,” he said, “Bob figured 41/2 hours. For a cheaper cue, 2 hours and 15 minutes. That’s not including the drying time and all that.”

Meanwhile, when it comes to numbers, Meucci, now 65, looks back to 19 — the exact age a cue piqued his interest.

“My father had a little 4,000-square-foot machine shop, and we set up a pool table there for lunch and breaks,” he said. “A friend of mine from high school brought in a cue that he’d bought downtown from what, at the time, was the top custom cue maker in the world.

“The way he touched it and the way he rubbed it, I could see he was in love with it. I said, ‘Hey, how much (did you pay?),’ and he told me $65. This was a 57-inch piece of wood and I’m saying I can do that. Daddy said, ‘No, this (manufacturer) is the best. You can’t do that.’ And with that challenge …

“By the fourth one I made, the fellow that brought in the cue had to admit it was just as good.”

The pursuit of excellence continues today.

“Every one’s got to be perfect, because the cue that I buy as a consumer, I’m going to look it over with a microscope,” Meucci said. “It better be good because it’s the only one I’m concerned about. So every cue that leaves here has to be triple-inspected.”

Published in: on December 19, 2008 at 2:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tucson-based Connelly Billiards, a luxury billiard table manufacturer and retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Tucson-based Connelly Billiards, a luxury billiard table manufacturer and retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday.
Representatives from Connelly referred questions about the filing to bankruptcy attorney Scott Gibson.
Under Chapter 11, a debtor is protected from legal action while it works out a plan to repay creditors.
Gibson said in an e-mail message that the filing won’t affect operations at the company’s five retail stores, which are only in Arizona, in the short term, “although there may be some consolidation after the first of the year similar with what is happening to many retailers.”
“On a national level, it is Connelly’s intent to continue with its manufacturing operations and to sell its product on a wholesale basis to its existing, and hopefully growing, network of independent retail outlets,” Gibson wrote.
In April, Connelly Billiards sold its former building at 1544 S. Euclid Ave. to Effective Sign for $650,000. Connelly is now located at 1440 S. Euclid Ave.
In addition to its local retail store at 5855 E. Broadway, Connelly operates four stores in the greater Phoenix area.
Published in: on December 19, 2008 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

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Published in: on December 15, 2008 at 9:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Bad Billiard Ad Campain – Where do you even come up with this.

 I just thought it was in bad taste thought i would share it with everyone.

I found this on

 Defamer

With his role on the most important TV drama in the history of the medium wrapped and nothing to look forward to but months of frustrating phonecalls in which his agents begs him to do “just one more leather daddy mobster part, for old time’s sake. Ya gotta eat!,” one can hardly blame former Sopranos star Joseph “Gay Vito” Gannascoli for trying to pick up some money on the side by capitalising on his iconic character. GLAAD, however, isn’t too happy about a product he’s chosen to endorse: the “Cue To Die For” pool stick, a must-have memento for any fan who wants to relive Vito’s fatal bludgeoning and sodomy each time he chalks up before a tough shot. Reports TV Week:

“GLAAD is calling on Rockwell Billiards and Gannascoli to remove the name, ‘A Cue to Die For,’ from this product immediately and apologise for using such a vulgar symbol of violence and anti-gay bigotry to make a profit,” read the GLADD statement.

 

The “to Die For” slogan has been used for other, less sensational Gannascoli-endorsed products. His mobster novel is called “A Meal to Die For” and he will soon have a cigar lined branded with “A Cigar to Die For,” according to his Web site.

Indeed, Gannascoli probably should have limited his “To Die For” line of merchandise to items with which his character was never brutally sodomised by his intolerant crew – no one would have protested a cheap cigar or a bad novel. We expect that the actor will succumb to GLAAD’s pressure and soon withdraw his name from the instrument of his hate-crime demise, with the unfortunate incident serving as an example to other castmates looking to cash in by crassly exploiting their big Sopranos moments; given the reactionary climate of restraint in endorsements, Vito Jr.’s Shower Stool Softener will likely never reach the shelves of your local Rite Aid or CVS, and the Big Pussy chain of gentlemen’s clubs featuring plus-size performers will probably never open its doors. [Photo: HBO]

Published in: on December 15, 2008 at 9:24 am  Leave a Comment  

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Published in: on December 15, 2008 at 8:09 am  Leave a Comment