ELEANOR CALLADO CAPTURES LAST TOUR STOP

ELEANOR CALLADO CAPTURES LAST TOUR STOP

BY CHRISTINA PIONA

Eleanor Callado

The Broken Rack in Emeryville, CA was the site of The West Coast Women’s Regional 9-Ball Tour’s fifth and final stop of 2009.   The stop, held over the November 21st/22nd weekend, brought thirty of the tour’s players out to play and get paid.   It was wonderful to see so many spectators coming by to show their support of the ladies as well.  This event was bittersweet for so many of us.  We were ending our successful 2009 but looking forward to an even more successful future for the lady pool players all along the West Coast.

Heather Pulford had another great showing, finishing in third place,  as she defeated Kim Benson and Deborah Cullen before being defeated by Eleanor Callado.  She picked herself up and won four matches in a row against Holly Robinson, Kim Benson, Tracy Palma and Revelina Um to come face-to-face against Mary Rakin, who stopped her from further pursuit of a title.

Mary Rakin

Mary Rakin really needs no introduction and finding herself in the finals at yet another tour stop was no surprise to anyone either.  She started the tournament off with the same winning ways that she ended the tour stop the month before.  She posted wins over Bonnie Plowman, Holly Robinson, Caryl Powell, Tracy Palma and then had a tough hot-seat match; going hill-hill against Eleanor Callado.   She earned her way back to the finals by defeating Heather Pulford 7-2.   She found herself taking the first set of the final match 7-4.   So it was one set down and one to go.   Mary finished in second place after the 7-2 2nd set loss.

Our champion, Eleanor Callado, came back from a recent WPBA event pumped up and ready to play.   She stayed focused and sure-stroking the entire event.  She went through her opponents; Kirsten Karim, Revelina Um, Heather Pulford, Michelle Rakin, Mary

Helen Gaughran

Rakin confidently, earning her way into the finals.   She fought hard in the first set but lost 7-4; but she came back strong in the second set, earning herself one of the tour stop titles for 2009.

The Broken Rack has been a supporter of pool in the bay area since they opened their doors.  They’ve been instrumental in supporting women’s pool specifically.    They provide a beautiful environment with delicious food and drinks.

On behalf of the women and executive committee of the tour, we want to thank all of our sponsors –

Heather Pulford

Tonkin Custom Cues, Robin Dodson,  Diablo Valley Pool League, The Piona Family and all the host pool rooms :  Hard Times – Sacramento, Shorelines Billiards – Mountain View; California Billiards – Mountain View, Family Billiards – San Francisco and The Broken Rack – Emeryville.

We look forward to an even more successful 2010.   Keep your eyes and ears open for news, dates and locations.   We have a website and also can be found on Facebook.

MAIN EVENT RESULTS:

1st: Eleanor Callado $360

2nd: Mary Rakin $260

3rd: Heather Pulford $190

4th: Revelina Um $130

5/6th: Tracy Palma $  90 each

Michelle Rakin

7/8th: Kim Benson $  60 each

Bonnie Plowman

2nd CHANCE RESULTS:

1st: Helen Gaughran $   80

2nd: Caryl Powell $   40

3rd/4th: Julie Baker           $   20 each

LouAnne LaFlamme

Mary Rakin Three-peats at Family Billiards

By Christina Piona

Mary Rakin

Mary Rakin

Thirty-one ladies came, saw and made every effort to conquer the tables and their opponents at Family Billiards in San Francisco for the fourth of five tour stops of the West Coast Women’s Regional 9 Ball Tour over the weekend of October 24th-25th.

The elimination rounds went off without a hitch, players were jockeying for position in the top eight places.   When the dust had settled and all was said and done, it was Riwan Khalil, Heather Pulford, Bonnie Plowman, Revelina Um, Kim Benson, Eleanor Callado, Mary Rakin and Michelle Rakin who would return on Sunday to battle it out for the top prize.  The remaining players would be vying for the 2nd Chance event’s prizes.

Michelle Rakin

Michelle Rakin

Finishing in third place was Revelina Um, who paved her way by defeating Jennifer Hanson and Heather Pulford, before suffering her first loss to Eleanor Callado.   She picked up the pace and momentum as she defeated Carolin Koo, Bonnie Plowman and Kim Benson.   She then faced off for a re-match against Eleanor.    They took the match to a hill-hill score but it was Revelina who came out on top.   She followed that with a loss to Mary Rakin, leaving her with third place.

Revelina Um

Revelina Um

When this tour began, I knew it was possible that there would be a Rakin-Rakin finals at some point and this was the event where it happened.   I’ve been telling people that professional tennis isn’t the only place where there are competitive sisters involved.   Michelle found her way to the finals by remaining undefeated with wins over Teresa Tong, Jessica Skye, Riwan Khalil, Kim Benson and her sister, Mary, in the hot seat match.   Mary defeated Mai Schieck, Tracy Palma, Bonnie Plowman and Eleanor Callado.   She suffered her first loss to sister,  Michelle, forcing her to the one-loss side and a match against Revelina Um.   She dispatched Revelina for a re-match against Michelle.   In this true double elimination finals,  Mary would be under the gun to win the first match or it would be all over.

Eleanor Callado

Eleanor Callado

Mary stepped up to the challenge and defeated Michelle in the first set 7-2, forcing a second set.   Both players capitalized on the other’s errors but in the end it went down to the wire; hill-hill; the little sister coming out ahead 7-6.

A huge thanks to Delbert Wong and the staff at Family Billiards for their support and awesome service.   Of course thanks to the sponsors, spectators who came out in support of the ladies and most importantly to the players themselves for making a commitment and making the tour successful.

MAIN EVENT RESULTS:

1st: Mary Rakin $370

2nd: Michelle Rakin 270

3rd: Reveling Um 190

4th: Eleanor Callado 135

5th/6th: Heather Pulford   90 each

Kim Benson

7th/8th: Riwan Khalil        60 each

Bonnie Plowman

SECOND CHANCE RESULTS:

1st: Deirdre Shiozawa $80

2nd: Cony Mendoza            45

3rd/4th: Deborah Cullen           20 each

Mary Anne Ereso