CSNS 9-Ball Ranking #8 was held at the brand new “The Rack - Bar and Billiards” in New Glasgow on April 1st. A beautiful sunny day brought in 38 players to vie for the final ranking title of the 2016/2017 season.  Cape Breton duo Billy MacPherson and Andrew Simon found successful routes to the A side final. MacPherson, hoping for his second title of the season, weaved his way past Alan Perks, William Holmes, Leigh Ann Giles and Wek Augustine. Simon, looking for his third title, had victories over Peter Bordon, Leon Sylliboy, Neil Van Rossum and Nick Kaiser.  The A side final fell to MacPherson’s favor after a missed 8 ball by Simon, victorious by 8-7.  On the B-Side, Colin Maloney was tossed to the B side early but was then successful against Kristin Mattatall, Terrance Sylliboy and Van Rossum before his bid was ended at 7-8th against John Rushton.  Doug Brown also faltered early but with wins against John Baker, Christian Coffey, and Hugh MacEachern he clawed his way to 7-8th, Brown’s day ended with a loss to Justin D’Eon. Rushton and D’Eon lost their next matches to Augustine and Kaiser, respectively, to finish 5-6th.  4th place was reserved for Kaiser as Augustine was just warming up. Awesome Auggie then went on to top Simon in the next match by 6-3 and then onto steal his first CSNS title ever with a convincing victory of 8-3 over MacPherson.  Shauna Boyle won the the Second Chance event over Ben Johnson.

CSNS 9-Ball Ranking #7 was held in Sydney on March 11.  Despite a nasty winter storm overnight leading into Saturday morning, 24 players still managed to venture their way to Dooly’s on Pitt Street.  The usual suspect list of local heavyweights made their way to highest money spots.   Richard “Buddy” Young made the A-Side final with match victories over Carleton Crysler, Landon Paul, Francis Isaac and Gerry Stevens.  Young lost only 4 games total in those matches.  Bill MacPherson had to grind more to arrive at the same spot, winning over Doug Brown, Terrence Sylliboy, Peter Kabatay and Andrew Simon.  The match between Young and MacPherson went MacPherson’s way, taking it 9-8.  On the B-Side, Mike Basque was charging through the field after initially losing to Andrew Simon in his first match.  Basque strung together 5 match wins in row, capped off by defeating Gerry Stevens to leave Stevens in a tie for 5th place.  Also finishing in a tie for 5th place was Hugh MacEachern, who had maintained a 4 game winning streak on the B-side himself, eventually falling to Andrew Simon.  Simon went on to defeat Basque, placing Basque 4th, and then clashed with Young, with Simon coming out on top, and Young finishing 3rd.  The hill-hill battles continued into the final with Simon out dueling MacPherson for the win, his second ranking event win of the season.

Almon Billiards hosted 43 players for CSNS Open 9-Ball Ranking #6 on Saturday February 18.  Nok Mantolino was victorious in the final over Colin Maloney 9-7.  Jeff Saulnier placed third, with Bill MacPherson coming in fourth.  Wayne Thibodeau and Brian White shared 5th-6th place, followed by TJ Martin and Dick Barker in 7th-8th.  Wek Augustine, Rocky Johnson, Bruce Lilly and Craig Teal rounded out the money positions in 9th-12th.  In the Second Chance event Leigh Ann Giles was the winner over Dale Brimicombe in the final.  Steve Hipson finished third.  With only 2 ranking events remaining, the race for National 9-Ball Spots is flushing out.  MacPherson, B.White and Maloney currently hold the 3 Open 9-Ball spots.  Teal, Thibodeau and Bill Martin are the top point getters in the Amateur 9-Ball race.

The first CSNS rankig event of 2017, # 5 overall for the season, welcomed 47 players to Dooly's Truro.  Players were treated to free pizza courtesy of our hosts, a very nice touch. Thank you to Sam MacIntyre and her staff .  Brian White was the man to beat on the day, defeating Dave Boone in the final 9-1.  Chess Harlow finished 3rd, followed by Dale Brimicombe in 4th.  Neil Van Rossum and Wayne Warner were the 5th-6th place finishers, with Mike Basque and Craig Teal placing 7th-8th.  The final money spots went to Chris Goodie, Bruce Lilly, Wek Augustine and Colin Maloney in a tie for 9th place.  Mitch Rutherford won the second chance event over Jeff Saulnier.  Ferrell Walker was third.

The largest field of this season took part in CSNS 9-Ball Ranking #4 at Tommy Gun's in Windsor.  Colin Maloney was top gun out of a field of 35, winning out over Brian White in the final.  Bill MacPherson narrowly missed extending his streak of final appearances, bowing out in 3rd place.  Wayne Thibodeau added another top finish this season, placing 4th, followed by Chris Goodie and Jeff Saulnier in 5th-6th, and John Rushton and Chess Harlow in 7th-8th.  The second chance tournament was won by Dewayne White over Mike Belliveau.   

29 players tried their hand at Ranking #3 in New Glasgow at the Century Snooker Club.  Bill MacPherson extended his lead in the overall standings, making his third straight final of the season, this time taking top honors over John Rushton.   The final 2 finishers were followed up by Bill Martin in 3rd, moving him to the top of the Amateur Rankings.  Carl Hall had a solid 4th place finish.  Janet Ritcey increased her lead in the Ladies ranking by finishing 5th-6th.  The Second Chance event was not held for this stop.

October 01, 2016

2016/17 9-Ball Ranking # 2

28 Players took part in 9-Ball Ranking # 2 at Dooly's Portland in Dartmouth.  Wayne Thibodeau avenged an A-side loss to Bill MacPherson by making his way back to the final and scoring an impressive 11-7 win.  Nok Mantolino took 3rd place in his first CSNS event.  Brian White rounded out the top 4 in 4th place.  Birthday boy Derek Sloan won over Peter Kabatay in the final of the Second Chance event. 

August 20, 2016

2016/17 9-Ball Ranking # 1

Dooly's Sydney hosted the first 9-Ball Ranking event of the 2016/17 season.  28 players attended.  Andrew Simon captured the win over Bill MacPherson, with Ryan Kendall and Gerry Stevens rounding out 3rd and 4th respectively.  Francis Isaac won over Ken Isaac in the Second Chance event. 

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