The Nationals – Strong as Ever
The 14th Annual 2009 CCS Canadian National 8 Ball Championships were held Easter Weekend April 7 -11th at the
Doubletree International Plaza Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.
Bucking recent trends seen elsewhere, the CCS Board was extremely pleased that last year’s increase in team turnout was followed by a further 10% increase for 2009. With new leagues coming on board, early indications are that 2010 may be the biggest ever.
Special thanks to Jim Wych, one of Canada’s foremost International Snooker players and a Billiards Commentator for all the major Sports Networks, who staged a series of highly entertaining and informative Pool Shows in the Foyer throughout the tournament.
As usual, competition was fierce but friendly in all Events and Divisions. Here are the tourney hi-lights and the new Champions:
Over the years, many truly great teams have played in the Canadians. It’s been said that winning this tourney can be just as hard as winning a Masters Division in Vegas! That tradition of excellent play continues today with contenders like The Rock, Team Spain OLA! and all the incredible Womens Teams from southern Ontario, usually representing the CWPT. It’s fun to watch the newcomers and the ongoing rivalries to see who can claim to be this year’s best.
In the A Advanced Division, it was Team Spain OLA! (Captain - Jeremy Smith, Pete Sky, Mark Vinogradov, Brad Whyte and Mike Aboudaher) of Calgary AB who won out over fellow Calgarians
Team Canada Eh! (Captain – Ted Harms, Scott Martin, Bob Leonard, Mike Wasyliw and Shawn Fleming) to claim their second National title.
Team Spain OLA! continues their remarkable record of making the Finals 4 out of the last 5 years. And yes, they are also former Vegas Masters Division Champions.
Finishing third was the always tough to beat and twice former Champions The Rock from Toronto ON.
The B Open Division was won by Behind the 8 Ball (Captain - Vince Andersani, Tony Nichola, Carlo Borelli, Kevin Booker, Pat O’Hare, Peter Watson and Randy Scott) from Scarborough ON over the
Untouchables (Captain - Clint Monture, Adam Monture, Wilbur Monture, Kevin Maracle, Greg Johnson and Phil Fraser) from Camridge ON.
The C Standard Division was won by The Uninvited (Captain – Saul Alvarado, Kevin Fox, Jarrett Ellis, Khonday Keopannha and Dave Jenkins) from Waterloo ON over
Thunder Cues (Captain - Gord Mason, Chris Lamabe, Trevor Fraser, Rick Lamarre and Richard Pepin) from Barrie ON.
In the A Advanced Division, the team of Mighty Fine (Captain - Kristy DeVries, Morning Star Williams, Naomi Williams, Brittany Bryant and Darlene Gardiner) from Milton ON claimed the title over the 2008 Champions
SK8 BYU (Captain – Karen Summers, Jackie Summers, Grace Nakamura, Leslie Pasieka and Marcie Dunbar) from Toronto ON in a hard fought Final.
Third place was won by Instroke, the 2008 B Open Champions, from Toronto ON.
The B Open Division was won by On Target (Captain – Loreen Toutant, Brenda Phillips-Ridge, Jen Arseneault and Nicole Manzer) from Toronto ON over the
Mohawk Chicks (Captain – Stephanie Thompson, Brenda Francis, Kelly Cook, Priscilla Thompson, Stephanie Smoke, Melanie Herne, Corrine Johnson and Asley Gray) from Akwesane QUE.
It seems that if you were going to win anything in Singles, you first had to get past the Devos family from St. Catherines. Dan finishes 3rd in the Mens A Advanced Singles, Penny wins the Womens B Open Singles and Daniel Devos Jr. wins the 18 & Under Junior Singles (while also placing 2nd in Mens Singles C Qualifying). Congratulations to each; well done!
In the A Advanced Division, Larry Wilson of Victoria BC, won out over Mike Aboudaher of Calgary AB in an extremely well played Final. Proving he still has the touch, Larry was also the 2002 National Champion and became only the 3rd repeat winner in 14 years.
Dan Devos of St.Catherines ON finished 3rd.
The B Open Division was won by Mike Wasyliw of Edmonton AB over Arthur Bennett of Ft.McMurray AB. Who says Refs can’t play – Mike was also at the tourney as an ACS certified National Referee.
Dan Schaffer, long time operator of the Corner Pocket in Timmins ON finished 3rd.
The C Standard Division was won by Bateson MacLeod of Charlottetown PEI over Jeff Wabano of Timmins ON. It was good to see the PEI boys back again after taking a year off to go to the CCS Westerns last year.
Andrew Lamingman of Newmarkrt ON finished 3rd.
In the A Advanced Division, the Finals saw a great matchup - the up and coming Brittany Bryant of Newmarket ON who last year finished 2nd in the 18&Under Juniors and 3rd in the A Advanced
versus the 2008 National Champion Denise Belanger of Toronto ON who kept her string of top 4 finishes alive at 14 years in a row! Congrats to Brittany who is the 2009 National Champion.
The 2006 National Champion, Naomi Williams of Toronto ON, finished 3rd.
The B Open Division was won by Penny Devos of St.Catherines ON over Mia Bielak of Cambridge ON.
Karen Summers of Whitby ON finished 3rd.
In the 18 & Under Division, It was Daniel Devos Jr. of St.Catherines ON who won in the finals over
Dan Hathaway of Edmonton AB with Peng Chen of Hamilton ON finishing 3rd.
In the 14 & Under Division, it was Cody Ward of Keswick ON who won out in the finals over last year’s winner
Michael Scott of Barrie ON with Brandon Jaipaul of Ajax ON finishing 3rd.
Also known as ‘Scotch Divorce’, the Wilsons from Victoria BC continue to defy the norm and prove the spouses can play together and win. I guess it helps when both have been long time Vegas Masters.
In the A Advanced Division, it was Larry Wilson (2002 and 2009 National Singles Champ) and
Andrea Wilson (2005 National Singles Champ) from Victoria BC who won out in the Finals over
Andrew Lamingman and Kristy DeVries from Newmarket ON.
The team of Vince McIntyre and Renee Colley from Toronto ON finished 3rd.
In the B Open Division, it was the team of Jason Georgei and Mia Bielak from Cambridge ON who won out in the Finals over
Joseph and Melanie Herne from Akwesane QUE.
The Canadian Cue Sport Association wishes to thank the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel for hosting us once again,
Hi Country Promotions of Las Vegas for the Valley Tables and the usual stellar Tournament Direction by
Gary Benson himself, the ACS certified Referee Crew headed by
Wayne Dwyer from Scarborough ON and all the Sponsors – Falcon Cues, Don Broos Cue Services, F.G. Bradley, Table Sports Canada and BDR Transfers.
The 2010 CCS 15th Annual Canadian National 8 Ball Championships will be held on Easter Weekend
March 16th to 20th at the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel in
Toronto ON. For more information, visit www.cdnqsport.com or call (403) 278-4180.
FINAL RESULTS (select a link below)
For Prior Year Results, click the Year below