ELEANOR CALLADO CAPTURES LAST TOUR STOP
BY CHRISTINA PIONA
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 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
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 –
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
7/8th: Kim Benson $ 60 each
2nd CHANCE RESULTS:
1st: Helen Gaughran $ 80
2nd: Caryl Powell $ 40
3rd/4th: Julie Baker $ 20 each