Sometimes, getting that first match win is the key to
tournament success. That looked to be the case on April
7th - 8th at Union Station Billiards in Portland Maine where
Dany Normandin earned his first career Joss NE 9-Ball Tour
Normandin’s first match was against the always dangerous
Kyle Pepin. Pepin approaches the table with a confidence
that can affect many opponent’s games and this match
was a close one with Normandin pulling out a 9-7 win. After
that win though, no opponent would put up much of a challenge
to keep Normandin from the winner’s circle. Xavier
Libby, Jim Hayden and Samoth Sam all fell to Normandin on
Saturday, by a total score of 27-11.
Two of Europe’s hottest young players took advantage
of being in the states to drop in on stop 14 of the Joss
NE 9-Ball Tour on April 28th - 29th at Raxx Pool Room in
West Hempstead, NY.
All eyes were on Albania’s Eklent Kaci and Greece’s
Alex Kazakis (fresh off of his runner-up finish at the World
Pool Series event) and fans in attendance were wondering
who would be able to challenge them on this day. Kaci would
start off his tournament with two quick wins, but a hill-hill
loss to Bruce Nagle sent him packing to the one loss side
on Saturday. Kazakis would get by Nagle 9-3 and then defeat
Zion Zvi 9-6 for the hot-seat.
Kaci got acclimated to the left side of the board pretty
quickly, and other than a close 9-7 win over Holden Chin,
would score convincing wins over everyone put in front of
him. Zvi fought hard in his semi-final match with Kaci,
but lost 9-6 to send Kaci to the finals against Kazakis.
The final match was another close one, but it was Kazakis
scoring a 9-6 win in one set for first place.
Sundays second chance tournament saw Holden Chin drop his
first match of the day (3-2 to Ray Lee) and then bounce
back with five straight wins, including 3-0 and 3-1 wins
over Lee in the finals for first place.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will take off the month of May,
but will be back on June 2nd - 3rd at Snookers in Providence
RI for another $1,500 added main event and $500 added second
Normandin picked up where he left off when Sunday play got
underway, as he took the hot-seat with a 9-4 win over Ivaylo
On the one loss side, Pepin had made it through five straight
matches on Saturday and opened Sunday play with a 9-2 win
over Josh Rupard. Pepin’s run would finally be brought
to a close by Michael Yednak in the next round as Yednak
scored a 9-7 win to earn his spot in the semi-final match
against Petrov. Yednak’s only loss in the event up
to this point had been a loss to Petrov mid-day on Saturday,
but he would avenge that loss with a 9-5 win over Petrov
to send Petrov to the seats in 3rd place.
The finals would go only one set and would continue Normandin’s
dominant play as he beat Yednak 9-3 for first place and
$1000 in prize money.
Sundays second chance tournament saw Ross Webster drop his
second match to Xavier Libby, but come back with five match
wins for first place. After the win over Webster, Libby
then dropped the hot-seat match to Gary Bryant 3-0. After
eliminating Libby 3-0, Webster came out of the one loss
side to defeat Bryant 3-0 and 3-1 in the finals for first
place and $300 in prize money.
The Joss NE 9-Ball Tour will be back in action on April
28th - 29th at Raxx Pool Room, Sports Bar and Grill in West