Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Review 2008

It’s almost New Year’s Eve, so it’s about time to make a summary of the year we are about to finish. 2008 will definitely be remembered here in Europe, since Europeans have been in the finals, and most of the time winning, in the majority of the biggest events.

In January, Derby City Classic was organised in Louisville, Kentucky (USA) for the 10th time, and with more than 400 players in each of the three divisions bank-pool, one-pocket and 9-ball, it once again proved that DCC is a tournament where you just
need to be atleast once in your life. Gabe Owen won the one-pocket tournament, and for the first time Efren Reyes didn’t win the one-pocket division like he did the 5 other times he entered DCC. This year he “only” finished 4th… Ralf Souquet did like he has done 2 of the previous 9 years, and won the 9-ball division, and managed to keep the 9-ball title in Europe, after Niels Feijen’s win in 2007. Francisco Bustamante won the "Master of the Table", which means he had the best average score in all three diciplines.

The World 8-ball Championship was held in Dubai (UAE), and the final was a rematch from the World 9-ball Championship in 2006, with Ronato Alcano and Ralf Souquet battling it out for the title. Ralf Souquet was a hair better (not literally) than Ronato Alcano, and after 12 years Ralf Souquet could finally add another World Championship title to his already impressive resume. Ralf later said that he knew he was going to succeed in 8-ball sooner or later, because less than 2 years ago he ran 27 consecutive racks in 8-ball when preparing for an IPT tournament!

The prestigious and annual BCA Open, a 64 man invitational tournament, was surprisingly (atleast for me) won by American Jeremy Jones, beating Johnny Archer in the final. Unfortunately the rumour is that the BCA is struggling with their finances, and Jeremy Jones is perhaps the last BCA Champion for quite some time. Let’s hope not!

The Predator International 10-ball Championships, hosted by Dragon Promotions in Las Vegas (USA), consisted of a field of 92 of the worlds best players. The tournament was broadcasted live on the internet by Kozoom Production, a French company that had hosted European Championships and Eurotour’s for years, till they cancelled their agreement with EPBF/IBP (Eurotour-promotors) in the middle of an event this year. Marcus Chamat from Sweden was finally one of the last men standing in a major tournament again, but he couldn’t snap it off and lost in the semifinal against Tony Drago, the ex-snooker player from Malta who went on to win the final against Filipino Francisco Bustamante in his first ever 10-ball tournament.

Matchroom Sport hosted the World Pool Masters for the 16th year, and for the first time it was held outside Europe. 16 of the very best players from around the World were as usual invited to this event, and it looked like the 2001 World 9-ball Champion Mika Immonen (FIN) was going to cruise into victory in the final against Filipino, and fellow World Champion, Alex Pagulayan, with a 5 racks lead in the race to 8 final, but Alex fought back and won in the end.

Just minutes after the match Alex had a “date” with the new, young American top-player Shane Van Boening, reigning US Open Champion. They had agreed to play a gambling-match, race to 100 in 10-ball for 10 000 $. The Action Report (TAR) hosted the challengematch, and broadcasted it live pay-per-view on their website. After 2 days Shane had a very comfortable lead of 22 racks, but once again Alex fought his way back, and when he managed to equal the score on 92-92 it was the point of no return. Alex was the new TAR-champion, with one of the most impressive comebacks in the history of pool.

Dominic Jentsch, this unknown 16-year old kid from Germany was out of nowhere suddenly a well-known name after his 150 and out in a 14-1 tournament for men in New York, followed up by a win in a 10-ball tournament for youth players.

As usual Dragon Promotions hosted the World 14-1 Championship during the summer, and most of the worlds best 14-1 players were represented in the field, including the legendary Mike Sigel. As the previous years it was once again held in the New York area. The big surprise, for most people, was 22-year woman-pro from Austria, Jasmin Ouschan, who beat champion after champion, before finishing 3rd, losing to Francisco Bustamante. “Django’s” opponent in the final was one of the world’s best 14-1 players, 4 times European 14-1 Champion the last 6 years, Niels Feijen from the Netherlands. Niels played nearly perfect, and Francisco was able to pocket his first ball at the score 196-0 to Niels, in this race to 200 match, but it was too late for a comeback, and Niels finally achieved his major goal, of winning a World Championship. This tournament was once again a proof that Europe now is the dominating force in 14-1, with Thorsten Hohmann, Oliver Ortmann and Niels Feijen as the 3 last champions, with many more finishing in the top 8 all three years.

Villard Cup is one of the tours in Philippines, which is now split in half in two competing organisations, BMPAP and BSCP. In July I went to Philippines and got an invitation to
play in Villard Cup Cebu, with all the best players from the Philippines competing. At the same weekend BSCP hosted a 10-ball tournament in Palawan, with Chia Ching Wu (TPE), Ralf Souquet, Thorsten Hohmann and lots of local Filipinos attending. Chia Ching Wu won the 10-ball tournament in Palawan, while Gandy Valle won the Villard Cup Cebu. I finished 33rd in this tournament, after being handed a “donut” (0-9) by Jharome Pena, and then losing for an unknown player. Other players in the Villard Cup were Efren Reyes, Ronato Alcano (Picture, together with Efren and Alcano's son, Jeffren, named after Alcano's hero Efren) J. Bustamante and Francisco Bustamante, Dennis Orcullo, Alex Pagulayan, Roberto Gomez and many more, and with 1 000 spectators for all matches it was very exciting to be able to compete in this tournament. A priceless experience, even though I wish that I could have performed better.

In the Middle East pool seems to be more and more popular and the Qatar World 9-ball Open with $50 000 first price, was a big attraction for the top players around the world. Dennis Orcullo and Niels Feijen were ranked #1 and #2 before this tournament, and they proved to the world why by finishing 1st and 2nd.

BSCP and Raya Sports were hosting the first World Ten Ball Championship in October, in Manila. Just a couple of weeks prior to the tournament lots of people, myself included, started to worry about lack of sponsors, no advertising, no information about tickets etc., and it ended with the WPA publishing a statement confirming that there was nothing to worry about. Without advertising, and since most of the Filipino top players such deciding not to join the event, the number of spectators were probably the worst ever for such a big tournament. Despite the statement from WPA it took the players about 6 weeks after the final before any of them got paid, and in my opinion Raya and WPA has a lot to improve if they are ever going to host such a tournament again.

The amount of time before payment and the lack of communication from the organiser Raya/BSCP and WPA created lots of unnecessary headache’s for many players, including the new World Ten Ball Champion Darren Appleton (UK), who beat Chia Ching Wu in the final. Darren claimed, and rightfully so, that he couldn’t focus properly in the US Open because everyone kept asking him about the payment, and he really didn’t know if he would be paid his 100 000 $ or not. This affected his game, of course, and Darren couldn’t secure himself a high finish in this prestigious tournament.

Ronato Alcano didn’t compete in the World Ten Ball Championship, and had no lack of payment to worry about. He seemed like a man on a mission in the US Open, and just like in 2007, he went unbeaten through the field to the final. His opponent was Mika Immonen, who had lost 11-0 seven years earlier, against Corey Deuel (USA). Mika had a goal with this tournament, and that was to win it to secure himself a spot in the Mosconi Cup, a team tournament between USA and Europe. He had played 11 consecutive years in the Mosconi, but after he missed an easy ball to win the title in 2006, he was left out of the team in 2007. He wanted that last spot on the team, and he could only get that by winning the US Open. He rushed into a quick 10-2 lead, in this race to 13 final, but Alcano climbed back to make it 7-10 before he fouled. Mika kept his head calm, and finished the match off with a 13-7 score, and got rid of one of many “monkeys” on his shoulders.

Former US Open Champion Alex Pagulayan, and the worlds # 1, Dennis Orcullo, were 2 of 11 Asian players that didn’t join this event because of the Guinness Grand Master Final. I have to say I find it real sad that the governing bodies in pool can’t find a way to organize tournaments without doing them on the same dates. It is especially sad and irritating when they collide with a major event that is being organised for the 33rd consecutive year.

My wish for 2009/2010 is that the WPA will force the continental events like Guinness Tour and Eurotour to be played on the same weekends! In Scandinavia Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland will organize their national championships (8-ball, 9-ball, 14-1, snooker and carom) on the same weekends in 2010, making it a lot easier to start a Nordic Tour in 2010, since the most important national tournaments are on the same weekends.

Anyway, with Mika Immonen becoming the 4th non-American to win the US Open, he got rewarded with the last European spot in the Mosconi Cup, this team competition with 5 players on each team. Team Europe consisted of Mark Gray (#1 on the Eurotour-ranking), Ralf Souquet (World 8-ball Champion), Niels Feijen (World 14-1 Champion), Tony Drago (Most valuable player in Mosconi 2007, Predator 10-ball Champion) and Mika Immonen (US Open Champion).

One man’s bread is another mans dead, and the new World Ten Ball Champion Darren Appleton was in tears by not making the team. The Mosconi Cup was his dream, and he, along with many others, couldn’t believe that winning the biggest tournament in the world was not enough to secure him a spot in the team. I believe that Darren will definitely be on the team next year. He has played so well all year, and I know that this will only make him more determined on achieving his goal of representing Europe in this Cup.

In November the WPBA hosted their annual National tournament, the last tournament of the women’s pro league, and for the first time a WPBA tournament was broadcasted live on the internet, by TAR, and not only in
delayed cut-version on ESPN. I am not quite sure, but I do believe Monica Webb won this tournament, as the first American in a long time. One thing I do remember from this tournament, is that Jasmin Ouschan got the news that she will be banned for two coming WPBA tournaments, starting in 2009, since she chose to compete in the World Ten Ball Championship instead of a WPBA tournament. For some reason she also decided to not play the WPBA National, and I know that I was not the only one who boycotted the PPV on this tournament because of the ban.

The Mosconi Cup was played in Malta, Europe, and when 2 World Champions were left out of the team (Darren and Daryl Peach, reigning World 9-ball Champion) Europe was the favourite. But against Team USA, with Earl Strickland, Johnny Archer, Shane Van Boening, Rodney Morris and Jeremy Jones, it was impossible to say they were big favourites.

As usual Earl Strickland was on everyone’s lips after the tournament. Not because he played awesome in his comeback against the worlds fastest player Tony Drago, where he was down 4-1 after 14 minutes (including commercials), but because of this 5-0 defeat against Mika Immonen. After this match, live on Sky Sports, Earl gave the finger to the crowd.

Mika Immonen, the “man to blame” for Europe not winning the Mosconi in 2006, was able to get rid of another monkey on his shoulder, as he pocketed the last ball in this years Cup to win it for Europe with an impressive score of 11-5.

At the end of the year Ralf Souquet is now ranked #1 in the world, and I am looking forward to read the next Billiards Digest, to see if they will choose Ralf Souquet or Mika Immonen as the “Player of the Year”. In my opinion, it can’t be anyone else than one of these two, who both have had a fantastic year.

One of the biggest dissapointments for me is that neither of my personal favourites, Line Kjorsvik or Roberto Gomez, managed to make waves on the international scene this year. Line was close when she finished 3rd in one of the WPBA tournaments, and I expect her to do well next year. She finished pretty high in the break&run stats during the season, and now that she has finished her comeback-season I believe the best is yet to come. (Picture of Line "Rockstar" Kjorsvik when performing "Me and Bobby McGee". Her karaoke-version is better than any other version!)

Roberto Gomez is still struggling getting travel visa to go to for example the United States, and can't compete in major tournaments like US Open and DCC. He won one of the prestigous Villards Cup in Philippines, but it's a shame that the rest of the world can't see his talents in person around the world. Hopefully in 2009!

There are probably a lot more tournaments and happenings that should be mentioned, but these are what I remember the most from 2008. I could have written more about the European Championships, Eurotour, Guinness Tour or the WPBA tournaments, but I thought the article was long enough already!

Please share your thoughts and favourite moments by responding to this blog-article :) (I have written this article based on memory only, so if there is any mistakes please let me know)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What to practise, week 1, January 09

I will try to upload either a drill or other things to work on to improve your poolgame, hopefully as often as once a week.

This is a drill that I will work a lot with now the first week of the year. The first time I saw this drill, it was executed perfectly by Jasmin Ouschan. I had the pleasure of watching her do many different drills, because she arrived a couple of days before the Norwegian 9-ball Challenge in June, 2006. This tournament which I promoted and organized, Jasmin finished 5th, with Mika Immonen beating Oliver Ortmann 9-4 in the final, for the 8 500 $ first price.

Ok, back to the drill. I got reminded of this drill while checking other blogs and pool-related websites, and thought it could be fun to try it this coming week. I will do it a minimum of 30 times, and as always, I will keep record of how I do.

By keeping record of your attempts, and how many times you are successful etc, it will add some extra pressure during the drills, will help you increase your focus and most important; after you've done a dozen of different drills you can quickly figure out what aspects of your game that needs improvement.

The rules are very easy:
Start with cue ball in hand.
Shoot balls in any order.
Cue ball cannot move other balls during each shot.
Missing a shot ends the drill.

I normally practise on many different things during the week, but this is what I decided to publish as my first "Drill of the week".

If you decide to give it a try - good luck, and please let me know what you thought about the drill, and your score.

One Pocket tournament in Norway

The Norwegian Masters (last tournament of the season) was scheduled for the 29th and 30th of November 2008, in 8-ball, in Oslo.

I managed to get some days off from work, and travelled a couple of days earlier to play money games and get lots of practise. Another reason was that I had talked the organizer to also host a One Pocket tournament on the evening of Friday 28th.

The tournament was single elimination, 8 players, race to 3 and first price of $ 300. There were a couple of players that knows some of the moves and strategies of One Pocket, but also some players that had almost never played it before. The field was strong, with 4 100-ball runners in 14-1, and 4 Norwegian Champions in other diciplines.

(Picture of Efren Reyes, the worlds best One Pocket player, in action during the Derby City Classic. Picture from onepocket.org)

I fell in love with the game of One Pocket for about 2 - 2,5 years ago, but I am unable to play it much since there is very few who plays that game here in Norway. I have studied the game by reading books, watching dvd's and playing some of the best players in the world. I still feel like a beginner in this game, but compared to the rest of the field I felt that I had a good chance of performing well in this 8-man tournament, and aimed to win.

During Thursday I played some cheap moneygames in One Pocket with one of the players in the tournament, and he beat me like 12-6. But we went even on the money, though, since I won when we raised the bet. What I learnt from playing him that night was that this player was ultra-attacking, and went for crazy combinations in the pack etc. Most of the time he succeeded, and 6 of the 12 games he won was 8 and out!! :o I felt I played better One-Pocket strategy than him, but that night it did me no good!

When the draw was made for the tournament I drew this player in the first match. Since I knew that he was capable of running out from everywhere, we decided to split the winnings 225-75 if one of us won the tournament, even though I probably had the advantage because of my knowledge about moves and strategies.

I ended up winning this match 3-0 in less than 15 minutes, because of smart play and a couple of lucky rolls.

In my next match I ended up playing a guy that beat me heavily in one-pocket 1,5 year ago, and I knew I had to play real tight. My tactic succeeded, and I won 3-0 in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

In the final I met a player that I knew enjoys the game of One Pocket, but I had never played him before. I was a little nervous, wondering how well he knew the strategies and moves. He sure knew his way around the table, and as a former Norwegian Champion I could not give him any openings.

After 1,5 hours and many enjoyable safetybattles I ended up as winner, with a 3-1 score. I felt real good, because I had played very good one-pocket in all three of my matches.

More people have said that they would like to play One Pocket if there will be another, bigger, tournament next year. I will do what I can to make that happen! Nothing would please me more if One Pocket were played often in Norway.

To read more about One Pocket, visit OnePocket.org. Here you will find the complete rules, strategies, great shots etc.

My goal and how to reach it

Last year, the 13th of July in 2007, I was invited to some friends office to play in their annual "Office Invitational". They have placed a beautiful Brunswick Super Gold Crown IV in their office, with green Simonis 860.

The owners of the office owns many bars in the Oslo-area, so the drinks were on the house that evening, and the purpose of the tournament was to have a lot of fun.

We were 10 players invited, if my memory serves me correct, and we ended up playing scotch doubles 9-ball in a round robin format. I ended up playing with multiple Norwegian Champion (And #1 in Norway 2008) Ronny Oldervik. We entered the final, but lost.

During this evening I made a bet with one of the other players that I would become Norwegian Champion within 3 years, in either 2007, 2008 or 2009. I bet 1 000 kr (about $150), and will get 50 000 kr (about $7150) if I manage to reach my goal.

Before this evening I had been involved in pool for about 5-6 years total. I say involved, because most of the time I spent within organizations, promoting, organizing and running tournaments, run a poolhall. I didn't practise properly, and was mainly just banging balls around for fun.

The day after the bet was made I immidately set up a program for improvement, which included a lot of drills, reading mental books, recording all matches and tournaments in an excel-file +++ (part of the ecxelfile attached as picture). My highest finish before the bet was 4 times finishing 17th in the Norwegian Championships. I am no longer involved in the board in any pool organizatins, I sold my shares in the poolhall and I don't promote or organize tournaments. Most of my time related to pool has now one, and only one, purpose - to become as good as possible.

Now, 1,5 years later, after hundreds of hours practising, thousands of pocketed balls, about 350 matches registered in my excel-file, I have a 5th place as my best result. I achieved that in the Norwegian 9-ball Championship 2008. On the first day of the event, after a couple of matches, I had to play the eventual winner of the event, Tommy Wolff. I won 9-7, and sent him to the one-loss side, but on Sunday, after I beat two of the best Norwegian players both 9-8, I was in the Quarter final. My opponent was once again Tommy Wolff, and he demolished me 9-1, after being up 8-0. He played perfect, and I didn't have much chance in that particular match. But when looking back at the tournament I lost only to the winner, and I was the only player out of 92 that managed to beat him that weekend.

In 2008 I also finished 3rd in the Team Championship, but since my bet is for individual tournaments, I do not count that as my highest finish, even though it was great to achieve that, especially since I had the highest win % in our team. Also in this tournament it was the winner of the event who beat our team. Our team was Team 147, wiht me, Knut Kvaal Pedersen (2 times Norwegian Snooker Champion), and multiple European Champion, and WPBA-pro, Line Kjorsvik. The winning team, Team Trondheim, consisted of Vegar Kristiansen, Ronny Oldervik and Roger Lysholm. All three are experienced players with good results in previous World 9-ball Championships, with Vegar's 3rd in the 1999 as the best result. This was the 7th year in a row their team won this event...

I have only 4 more Championships left to play before the bet is either won or lost, 8-ball, 9-ball, 10-ball and 14-1, and I have to admit that it doesn't look too good to achieve the goal. I know it is possible, but I have to work even harder than before.

More practise and drills, eat healthier, run more to get in better shape, watch more videos of the pros, videotape some of my matches or practise-sessions to find, and hopefully get rid of, bad habits.

The goal is also the mainreason for creating this blog. I hope this will help motivate me to keep practising. Another reason for creating the blog is that I think it will be fun keeping a diary from tournaments that I enter in Norway and around the world.

Anyway, no matter if I reach the goal or not, it has made pool more fun for me. I am now practising and not just banging balls, and I threat pool as a sport, not just another game.

"When you aim for the stars, you are sure to not end up with mud in your mouth"

Videos - testing

Just testing if I can manage to add videos to the blog.

Here's a video of me "banging" some 9-ball on my table for the first time. It's on an old Soren Sogaard table, with Z9 cloth. I had got wrong "buckets" for the sidepockets, so there are only some boxes under to prevent the balls from hiting the floor when they drop into the side-pockets :)

I tried to upload a video of me practising against the 10-ball ghost, but I failed to make it appear in this blog-article, even though I did the same as with the youtube-video. If anyone knows how to add a google-video in the blog, please help me :o

When going to tournaments etc I will bring my videocamera, and I have found it easier to upload videos to Google Video than YouTube, so would be great if someone can help me.


Why Roy D'Fish?

I have got a couple of nicknames during the few years I have been playing pool, but Roy D'Fish is what they call me in Manila, Philippines. I think it is funny, even though it isn't meant as a positive one :p Here's why:

First time I visited Philippines was in February, 2007. I went there to see if Manila really was the "Mecca" of the poolworld, as so many different poolplayers had told me. This vacation was just a few days after the 8-ball Battle of Scandinavia, won by Niels Feijen.

Two filipinos, Roberto Gomez (picture, won the 9-ball event during the tournament) and Jharome Pena, joined this tournament. I remember it was a lot of work needed from me and Verna Mariano in Bugsy Promotion, trying to get them travel visa from Philippines to Norway so they could join this event, and we managed to get this at the very last minute. During the tournament we became friends, and they both picked us up at the airport in Manila the following week.

It was real nice having local pros as guides to the many different poolhalls in Manila, and the first night they took us to a place called Side Pocket, located in Quezon City just outside Manila. It is probably the worst poolhall I have ever been to, but still I loved every minute of it because of the atmosphere. Here you could watch top players like Ronato Alcano, Dennis Orcullo, Jeffrey De Luna, Jharome Pena, Roberto Gomez etc in action, with lots of spectators making side-bets on the different matches being played.

When we entered this place we immidiately got surrounded by the local players. Everyone in the room turned their heads to look at us, and they all smiled. Why? They saw 3 white unknown poolplayers, and for the Filipinos this means money and food on the table. There were atleast 150 people in the room, probably more, and "everyone" wanted to play us and offered wild handicaps. I ended up playing a guy (and losing) in 9-ball, getting 4 games on the wire to 11, but then win in one-pocket playing even.

After we played I went outside to get some fresh air, and when walking in again I ran into Efren Reyes (picture copied from www.onepocket.org) who had been playing chess in another room. I asked him right away if he wanted to play some one-pocket. Even though it was 4 in the morning, he smiled and said yes, and walked with me through the poolhall to the cornertable I had been playing on.

About 50 people came closer to the table, to watch Efren "the Magician" Reyes in action. I had played some one-pocket with Roberto Gomez in Oslo the week before, and he negotiated the handicaps on behalf of both us, and we ended up playing 10-5. (10-5 means that Efren needed to pocket 10 balls in his pocket to win, while I needed 5).

The first match I lost 3-2, after being up 2-0. The second match I again went 2-0 up, and this time I managed to win 3-2. The last set Efren won 3-1, and then he wanted to play more. Now it was 8 in the morning, and I had travelled half the world the day before, so I had to pass. But we agreed on playing some more in another poolhall,
One Side, one of the next days.

In total, during my 3 visits to Manila the last 2 years, I have been playing Efren Reyes, the greatest player in the world, for minimum 25 hours of one-pocket. We gambled all the time, but in total I only lost about $ 200.

The local Filipinos then decided to call me Roy D'Fish, since I always wanted to play Efren. People who play Efren are almost guaranteed to lose their money, and they looked at it as Efren was fishing for my money, which he did :D

Personally I considered it a 25 hour practise session with the greatest player in the world, for only $ 200. To compare it with rates other pros take for their lessons, Allison Fisher charges $ 75 for one hour, while another of my favourite players Ralf Souquet charges about $ 150 for one hour :) To play so much against Efren Reyes have been my best pool-experience ever, by far!

I played many other players during my stays in Manila, and ended up losing to almost all of them, which just made the nickname fit even more. But who wouldn't lose most of the time when playing Jharome Pena, Roberto Gomez, Jeffrey De Luna, Efren Reyes, Carlo Biado and other top Filipinos, even with handicap?

I can live with that nicname. Sometimes I am a fish, no doubt about it, but sometimes the fish have to eat other fish to survive :)

To end this article I would like to encourage people to go to Manila, and experience the high level of players there by yourself. You will be shocked by the hundreds of talented players. The Filipinos would ruin the interest for pool in the world, if all of them were alloved travel visas and would be able to compete in tournaments all over the world... As an example, Roberto Gomez, who finished 2nd in the World Championship in 2007 in Manila, is still struggling getting travel visa to the United States, and can't yet compete in prestigous tournaments as US Open or Derby City Classic. Dennis Orcullo was denied travel visa three times to the States. When he finally went over there to play I think he won 4 out of 5 tournaments he entered. (IPT-qualififer, 2 Bar Championships++)

A good quote when it comes to gambling and Filipinos is:

"Don't ever bet against a Filipino"

How I practice

Most of the time I practice by playing the Ghost in 9-ball or 10-ball. Sometimes I line up difficult shots or safeties that I have been struggling with, and the rest of the time I am normally using on the system called PAT.

I am using PAT (Playing Ability Test) to test my skills and to see progress, and it is really working great for me.

I have bought the books and DVD's on Amazon, and I recommend it to all players who wants to raise their game to another level.

PAT consists of 4 different levels, from amateurs to professionals. As a side-note, top-players such as Jasmin Ouschan and Thorsten Hohmann uses PAT on a regular basis.

The best part of PAT is that the majority of drills in the books/videos are situations that you often will face in a match. Nothing pleases me more than be in such a situation knowing that I have practiced this and fires it in with confidence.

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