Sunday, March 22, 2009

Norwegian 8-ball Championship for seniors

Went to Stavanger to watch the Norwegian 8-ball Championship for dinasours (40+) this weekend.

My friend, Christian Johannessen from Oslo, was the big favourite in the field of 21 players, and he did not dissapoint. In the semifinal he beat the Norwegian Snooker Champion, Knut Kvaal Pedersen, 7-5, and in the final he played awesome pool and won 8-3 against Vidar Blidensol from Bergen.

After the tournament I asked if someone were interested in a mini-tournament in 10-ball, but only me, Christian and 2 more wanted to join. We still played, with a $ 30 entry and $ 120 to the winner. We made it a true-double elimination, race to 3, alternate break.

The tournament lasted for about 2 hours, and I ended up with winning the tournament over Christian in the final :)

Didn't play very good, but had luck on my side. In the final set I had THREE lucky rolls, in a race to 3. Haha, can't lose with such rolls, and won 3-1.

Gonna play Norwegian Woman Champion Ine Helvik on Wednesday, gambling in 9-ball, race to 10. First to win two sets.

Maybe I will go to Oslo this weekend to play the "Happy Sunday" on Strommen, a tournament with about $ 850 first price. This will be the third time there is a Happy Sunday tournament, and in the first I finished second. Would be fun to try to improve that finish :)

I am still having pains when playing, so don't think I am ready to play a tournament over two days yet...

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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.

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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.

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