It was a little bit of surprise for Philippines, a country whose cue players always made to the semis of World 9-Ball Championship. But this time around, the table has turned lucky for Japan, China, Germany and U.K. making to the semi-finals leaving no Filipino on the podium. The winner between Ralf Souquet of Germany and Chinese cue artist Lee He Wen will advance to the final battling the winner between Darren Appleton of U.K. and Naoyuki Ohi of Japan. As of the moment while writing this article, the semi-finals are on-going in Qatar.
Something is telling that luck is a substance in sports but fielding many good players in an event like this is a big chance to snatch a victory. More than ten Filipino cue artists were present and unluckily braced defeat by countries beginning to be a contender in billiards. To mention, it is the 9-ball event where Filipino can emerge victorious. Other cue sports which are being played internationally like in the World Championships, Asian Games and SEA Games are 8-ball, snooker, English Billiard and 6-Red Snooker. This means that Philippines is not that good in billiards and that it must focus and hold on to what they believe can bring the bacon for them.
Old and New
Veterans are hailed giving glory to beloved Philippines like Django Bustamante, Ronnie Alcano, Dennis Orcullo, Lee Van Corteza, Antonio Gabica, and Efren "Bata" Reyes. Old faces that always represent the country. Since then, no other names were being introduced to the map of Billiards. Maybe it is time to let new and young billiards and snooker athletes to play so that they will not be shocked on international seen. Playing outside the country is very different. Lots of adjustments are to be made like physical conditioning and preparing the mind set of an athlete. All those should be given credit when competing.