Junior Development Team Announcement

Things might still be looking a little bleak around the world at the moment, but before we know it Kiwis will be flying around the world again, competing on tables in some far off countries. Our juniors will be some of the first to head away so it’s time for them to get back on the horse and get back into some disciplined regular training with some of the most accomplished player/coaches New Zealand has to offer. Check back on Sunday night when the New Zealand Junior Pool Development Squad will be named.

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Bounty Hunter 9 Ball – Tournament Report

Ryan Sadumiano Lands the Big Bounty

If you were not there to watch the final of the Bounty Hunter 9 Ball tournament, you missed out on witnessing probably the best final of the year so far, with both players using everything in their arsenal. It was a world class match to watch, (and I have seen a few). The precision, the determination, and the will to win from both contenders, had the healthy crowd watching on the edge of their seats! You could count the number of misses from both men on one hand.

Ryan had to bring his best game to beat the number one seeded player and pre-tournament favorite Marco Teutscher 9 frames to 7. In a closely fought match, the score sea sawed back and forth to 7 frames each with the lead changing numerous times. It was an uncharacterised self-snooker by Marco, with the last 4 balls over the pockets, that left the door open for Ryan to get to the hill, 8 -7, in in a race to 9.

In the championship frame Marco failed to pull off a safety leaving the 5 and 6 ball near the center pocket, with the 8 and 9 balls out in the open. Ryan knowing this was his best chance, and with the championship on the line, the nerves kicked in and he struggled to finish. Because of the pressure, he opted just to pot the last 3 balls and let the white ball run free into the unknown and take his chances from there, this tactic served Ryan well and once the 9 ball was put away, a relieved new champion emerged.

The last 6 tournaments Ryan has been knocking at the door, consistently making the last 8 and semifinal spots. This time the door was left ajar for Ryan to waltz on through and claim the best win of his career. Congratulations Ryan!!

Player of the day goes to Danny Kerkhoven. He is an extremely gifted player and had some very good wins over some class players. I have been waiting for him to shine through over the years and he is finally here.

 

Here are the results from the later stages of the tournament:

QUARTER FINALS:

Marco Teutscher beat Lincoln Muaulu 8 frames to 3

Mark Chiu beat Tony de Fontenay 8 frames to 3

Ryan Sadumiano beat Ming Lee 8 frames to 3

Jimmy Henry beat Marvin Padrigo 8 frames to 6

SEMI FINALS:

Marco Teutscher beat Mark Chiu 9 frames to 2

Ryan Sadumiano beat Jimmy Henry 9 frames to 3

FINAL:

Ryan Sadumiano beat Marco Teutscher 9 frames to 7

 

P.S. Beware of the wounded shark!

 

BATTLE OF THE BOMBAYS TOURNAMENT REPORT!

⚠️Not just another day at the office for ‘The Shark’⚠️

It wasn’t just another day at the office for Marco Teutscher as he limped over the line to beat Marvin Padrigo 7-6 in the Battle of the Bombay 9 Ball final.

With a race to 7 in the final, Marvin had been playing some excellent consistent 9 ball to sprint out to a 6-4 lead and an upset looked possible, if not likely. Not fazed by the score, Marco then broke and cleared to trail 5-6. Next frame, Marvin was gifted his only opportunity to win the match, a natural bank on the 6 ball. Unfortunately this went wide which Marco then cleared to take the match to the hill.

Need I say any more with Marco to break? You guessed it – another break and run out from the hardened professional, going on to win the battle between the 2 best current players, in my eyes, in New Zealand.

Overall it was a good turnout for the club at our first tournament after lockdown. Player of the day was Yuki Takahasi who beat myself (twice), punished Leighton Pologa and took Marvin to the hill. There were solid performances by Ryan Saudumiano and Lincoln Muaulu who both took Marco to the hill, and our Junior 12 year old Jack McDonald was runner up of the plate.

Special thanks to the Filipino contingent who had big numbers there. Great to see their support for the club.

The Professor

 

2020 VNEA JUNIOR 8 BALL LEAUGE SEASON 2

The junior leagues are back !!!

That’s right, the VNEA junior 8 Ball leagues start again on Sunday July 5 with a noon kick-off!!

The entry fee is only $5 and players are placed into teams of three on the day. These leagues are great for kids of all skill levels, with the older more experienced juniors making sure beginners get a helping hand.

League statistics from this years competition will be used to select the New Zealand junior team that will compete in next year’s 30th Anniversary of the VNEA Junior World Pool Championships. The 2021 tournament will be held in Erie, Pennsylvania from July 22 to July 26 and will be an event not to be missed!

So get down to your local Massé club and get back into New Zealand’s only junior 8 Ball league where you’ve got the chance to make the national team to head to the USA !!!!

THE CLUB IS BACK!

THE CLUB IS BACK!
With us moving down to Level 2 all branches of the Club will be back to their normal opening times as of this Thursday!! By then it will be 53 days without pool, billiards or snooker for a lot of our members and we know by the messages we’ve been getting, a lot of you have been hanging out to get back on the table! So dust off your cues, but remember the new rules we’re operating under, and we’ll see you Thursday!

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