Last Updated: 2004/07/21 3:54pm

BCA Western Canadian 8-ball Championships 2003


Report by Ted Harms

From April 24 – 27, 2003, over 600 players from all the Western Provinces plus Nunavit gathered at the Cypress Center in Medicine Hat, Alberta for the 1st ever BCA Western Canadian 8 Ball Championships. 112 Men’s Singles, 36 Women’s Singles, 60 Scotch Doubles, 79 Men’s Teams and 11 Women’s teams rounded out the entries. $2000 was added to the Women’s events and $6000 for the new Western Champions in each event to compete at the 2004 BCA Canadian Nationals in Toronto.

What a mix! Entries 50% higher than expected with champions to face in every event; a great facility with super play conditions including new ‘tourney spec’ cue balls; matches prescheduled, pre-assigned and on time; fantastic local support including radio, newspaper and TV coverage; it all made for a very fun and exciting tournament.

Team and singles play was divisionalized into A,B,C groups with cash prizes and awards in each after completion of preliminary double knockout brackets.

In the Men’s A team event, the Clean Up Crew from Vancouver ‘cleaned up’ going undefeated against Jawed Balls, Mojo Physics, Toomaachee, What about Bob, Bandits, Binary Digits, Bruins, The Machine and finally Good Question from Calgary.Quite the feat considering that both Binary Digits and The Machine are former Vegas Masters Team Champions. Not surprising though as the Clean Up Crew were finalists last May in the BCA Vegas Masters Team Division and also this past February at the Toronto Canadian Nationals. In the Women’s A team event, champions wherever they go ‘Back for More’ from Calgary also went undefeated against Breakers, Cue Connection, Kick ‘n Ass and finally two wins over ‘The Girls’, a strong team from Regina.

What a dogfight in Men’s A singles.When the dust settled, Larry Wilson of Victoria(2002 BCA Canadian Champion) emerged victorious with wins over Christian Gosselin, Dann Bergdahl, Roger Dirk, Josh Silva, Stan Tourangeau (4 time BCA Canadian champion) Rick Glenn and lastly Tyler Edey of Calgary in a two set final.In the Women’s A singles, Tasha Thomas of Sicamous went the distance besting her teammate Joanne Ashton of Calgary in two hard fought matches.

In the ever popular Scotch Doubles event, the team of Rick Glenn and Bonnie Plowman (3 time BCA Canadian champion) won out over Pete Sky and Cindy Smith of Calgary.

The Billiard Congress of America and Canadian Cue Sport Productions wishes to thanks the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede for providing the Cypress Center; High Country Promotions for providing the equipment and the sponsors Falcon Cues, Calgary Tent & Awning, Quality Trophy, Pyramid Press, Jason Lockhardt, R.A.D. Casuals, Shooting Star Events and the Chalk & Cue magazine. We also wish all the first time Western Champions the best of luck as they go on to compete in next February’s 2004 BCA Canadian Nationals in Toronto.

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