Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Eastern tournaments

As usual, during the holiday-seasons of Eastern and Chrstimas it is packed with small tournaments all over Norway, and they are normally not put on the same dates, which is great.

About 2 years ago, at Christmas, the 27th, I played in a local tournament in Stavanger, then drove 6 h the next day to play in another tournament with $ 500 added in Porsgrunn. The next day I drove to Oslo to play, and then I spent the weekend in Sweden playing Royal 9-ball Masters in Malmo.

I have wanted to do that again, to do a mini-Norwegian-roadtrip, and this Eastern it would be a great time. Tomorrow there is a tournament in Stavanger, the next day in Bergen, and the weekend in Oslo. Unfortunately I am only going to Stavanger this time, for a 10-ball tournament with handcap.

As of now, it is just a small tournament, with 18 players registered so far. I guess we will end up with between 24-32 players, and the total pricemoney will be around $ 500.

This time it will be very cool that one of my favourite players, Raymond Hauge, the player I admired before I had ever seen any foreign players, is going to enter. He hasn't played pool for around 4 years now, and it will be exciting to see him in action again.

He was an amature in 1989, but then decided he wanted to be European Champion within 5 years. He didn't succeed, but during those 5 years he finished 3rd four times, and before he retired he finished 3rd four times on the Eurotour's too. I can't find the stats for all the Norwegian Champions during the years, but I found the stats from 98 till he retired in 2005, and during that period he won 4 Norwegian Championships + atleast 4 Team Championships.

Have already asked him if he remember how to hold a cue, and he said he wasn't even sure where he had put his cues. Will be nice meeting him again. During the World 9-ball Championships in Taiwan I helped him trying to get sponsors and press coverage, and I made a brochure for him. He finished 17th that year.

Hope I will be able to beat him tomorrow. When he hasn't played for 4 years I should have a chance :D

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