|John Morra playing Sylvain Grenier.|
By: Markus Noé
Monday May 9th the the final tournament of the Canadian Championships begun. The Canadian Billiard & Snooker Association went 3 for 3 this week in terms of drastic improvement in participation. Over the past few years the average amount of players in each field was around 25 in the men's and 8 in the Women's. This year the Women's division saw double digits in each of field and the Men's saw 61 in 9 Ball, 55 in 8 Ball and 45 in the 10 Ball.
The increased turnout I think was for two reasons. One being that this year the event was moved from Toronto in to Québec where their are many good players who do not often travel outside the province. Also the $9,000 added throughout the divisions, was something that has not been seen in a while and made it finicially viable for more players to participate. $6,000 came from the host room Le Tapis Vert and $3,000 came from Toiture Royal which is local professional Martin Daigle's Roofing company.
From talking to some of the long time professionals no one had a bad word to say about this years edition of the Canadian Championships. The conditions were great the prize pools made sense and the participation was exceptional. The main issue all week was that the CBSA could not provide the stream they had intended to because of the poor internet connection which was a real point of contention for the President Randall Morrison.
In Canada we have a stable of talented players however there are three who have separated themselves from the pack. From the results last week it is fairly evident who they are, Jason Klatt won the 8 Ball, Alex Pagulayan won the 9 Ball and John Morra won the 10 Ball. In the final of the 10 Ball it was a rematch of the 9 Ball final as Morra would face Pagulayan who once again went undefeated to the final. Morra's path to the final was a little tougher as he lost his second round match to Shannon Ducharme 10-4. From there Morra won 8 matches in a row against some of the best players in the country.
The final this time was a different story as Morra was breaking and running most of his racks in this alternate break format. In the end he went on to win 13-3 and took home another Canadian title. Overall it was a great week for the CBSA and for the first time in sometime the future looks bright for our national association. If anyone across the country is interested in holding a qualifier for the upcoming amateur championships or for next years professional division go to www.cbsa.ca and contact the board. Also for full brackets and result can be found at this website as well.
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