The 2011 IBSF World Billiards Championship is in its third day here in the Ivy Rooms in Carlow, Ireland.
So far there has not been real upsets, but there has been a young revelation which is Ross Doyle aged who is just 14 years of age and is thrilled to be mixing it up on the green baize with the Worlds best players.
Ross Doyle from Dun Laoghaire was the centre of attraction on the first day of 2011 IBSF World Billiards Championships when he played his first match of the day against Alok Kumar from India. As expected it ended very early where Alok defeated Ross in straight games 3-0.
Ross’s next opponent was Jason Colebrook, and the young Dun Laoghhaire who hardly scored any points in the first match smashed a break of 94 in the game and went on to win the second game.
With eleven Republic of Ireland internationals present in Carlow, the young gun holds the highest break by an Irish player so far, which is quite an achievement for a 14 year old.
Taking a frame of the talented Jason Colebrook was an achievement in itself and delighted with his frame he said ‘I usually plays snooker but also enjoying the billiards too and I will continue to play billiards as well as snooker.
In the other group matches, there were no upset as such. All the top ranked players comfortably won their matches of the day.
Only Alok Kumar, the current Asian Billiards Champion saw a defeat from Kyaw Oo of Myanmar losing decider game. Alok won the first game and then went down in next two.
Somehow he managed to level the match by winning fourth game only with 12 points to spare, but he couldn’t pull it off in the deciding game and eventually lost to Kyaw Oo.
On the issue of Asian cueists not participating in Time Format, with a view to promote shorter version of Billiards, Mike Russell representing Qatar is with a different view on that.
Speaking to IBSF, the World No1 said ‘I do support the promotion of Billiards sports in anyway and this shorter version of Billiards is the better way to bring more countries into this sport. But as a player I disagree with the decision not to participate in another format of Billiards’,Russell added ‘Though this is every individuals decision and I am playing both formats’.
The game format runs here in Carlow until this Saturdays final, then next week the timed format kicks in disappointedly without any Asian players participating.
So play continues here today with England’s Mike Russell still the one to beat.
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