Their mission is to encourage players at all levels to enjoy and develop their skills within the game. This is done through various programs and events throughout the country. With snooker increasing in popularity all over the world, we are excited about the direction in which the game is headed.
One of the most underrated things about a player’s technique is what that player does before getting down on a shot.
If you watch any of the top pros, they all share the same consistency when preparing to take a shot. While they may not all be identical, you will notice that each player will have the same pre-shot routine when getting ready to take a shot.
Step 1 : Shot Selection
Assessing the situation on the table is the first thing you must do before getting down to take a shot. While there are some basic things that all players do with this step, this procedure is also partially subjective and is based on your personal preference.
For example, what is the current score in the frame? What is the current score in the match? How is your confidence level at this particular moment? These are some of the things to consider before making your choice.
Step 2 : Chalk up, if necessary
There are no straight forward rules as to how often one should chalk their cue before shooting. This is also a personal preference. In fact, you will find that chalking the cue actually helps many players mentally in order to “prepare” for a shot. This is sort of like a basketball player dribbling a ball at the free throw line, or a baseball hitter taking practice swings before the pitch. The best advice for this is to do what works for you naturally, this game is hard enough without any extra things to remember.
Step 3 : Commit to your shot
Once you have chosen what shot you would like to take, you must commit to this choice. One of the worst things you can do is to allow doubt to creep into your mind while you are down on the shot. No matter what level you are, this will affect the performance of that shot. If you are down on the shot, and you feel that inner voice is getting louder and louder, the best thing to do at that point is to stop feathering, get up and reassess the situation. This can never be a bad choice.
Developing a pre-shot routine is something that takes time to establish, but once you have it, it will be something that will happen automatically, and it will guide you into playing with a much better flow.
We are thrilled to announce the launching of our new junior snooker program here in Canada!
After taking a look at the list of past Canadian champions, we were shocked to see that since the year 2000 , if not longer, every Canadian champion has been 35 years old or older when they won the event. This does not say much for the future of our game here, however, the seeds have been planted and we will enjoy the journey of growth along the way.
“I clearly remember telling the so called snooker leaders of this country 8 years ago in a meeting that if nothing is done today, our sport will become extinct here. Unfortunately I received no response on two different occasions. Actually, that is how Snooker Canada was founded ” says Snooker Canada President, Patrick Guigui “We have lost almost 2 generations of snooker here in Canada, and we are not ready to lay down and allow a third to go down the tubes. It takes an effort from a group of committed individuals, who are doing things for the right reasons.
Talks have already begun with organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Jumpstart. The future looks bright indeed…
Congratulations Rick Howard, and welcome to the team !
Director of Junior Development
Rick Howard hails from Brantford, Ontario and has been involved in the game of snooker for many years. Most recently, Rick has become a certified snooker referee and says he enjoys this aspect of the game. Rick is also the current President of the Brant County Snooker League and stays very active playing the game as well. His passion is to see the game grow from the grass roots, which if course, comes from our youth.
If you are reading this article, and you feel like you can contribute to the cause in some way (the growth of the game of snooker in Canada), we would love to hear from you, wherever you are in Canada.
Arnie Wilkins, Rod McQueen, and Dave Munn were presented with the Tom Barwise Memorial Trophy on Saturday in Fredericton. Fredericton has a lively snooker league that has been going for 25 years and is the only one in New Brunswick.
Thank you Paul Sparling for the picture and information, ca;t wait to come and visit soon…
With a strong field of 29 players coming from Manitoba, Alberta, Northern and Southern British Columbia, and Washington state ascending to Top 147 Snooker lounge to compete for the Canadian Open, the final came down to Yikang Chu and Alan Ima.
Chu came out strong to grab the first two frames. Ima, with a pool cue, as that is the game he predominantly plays, put his first frame on the board before the intermission. A frame that went down to the black and Alan’s cue ball almost traveled into the pocket after the final black had fallen into the pocket. Yikang able to regroup and get the first frame after the intermission to take a commanding 3-1 advantage, and needing only one more frame to obtain the championship.
With his back against the wall Alan Ima dug in. He scored an impressive 55 break to take the fifth frame. In the sixth frame, Chu was able to get the snooker he needed on the brown to enable him to run out for the match but that was not the case as he missed the brown and Ima jumped back on the table to pot a wonderful brown and blue to seal the deal and send us to a decider.
It was a decider filled with twists and turns. Going down to the colours Alan was trailing and at being down 59-28 he needed to 2 snookers to get him back in the game. Ima made a fantastic snooker off the green to roll behind the black. One down, one to go. Alan elected to try to pot a long brown with idea that he would use the blue for his needed snooker, but with the brown rattled in the jaws and it was left on for Chu. Yikang potted the brown, the following blue, and hit a 4 bank pink to make him the Canadian Open Champion!!! A fantastic match to close it out the tourney.
Kenny Wong had the high break of the tournament with a 68 and will be looking sharp in his new Goorin Bros hat.
Big thanks to Jonathan Sun and the crew for all the help the make the tournament a success.
Thanks to all our referees that came out. Gary Spence, Gary Wallace, Mike Dominguez, Tommy Ha, Roy Nutter, and Denise Poulin. Thank you.
Also thank you to our friends that came into the commentary booth. Gary Spence, Ray Sznadel, Tony Fun, Lance Brommeland and Parshant Sanger we appreciate your hard work.
Thanks to our scorekeepers, Tommy Ha and Parshant Sanger.
Big thanks to Lance Brommeland for all his help behind the scenes, from setting up the stream and making the tournament run smoothly and on schedule.
As well thanks to Goorin Bros., Rob Johnson at AAA labs, Wendy at Great Pool Starts Here, Bill Chan at Pro Score, Jason Cox at White LES, Cue Sports Live, and Andy Lee and the team at the Sheraton.
You know when to hold ’em and when Folan, Stephen Folan wins the final qualifier!!
Stephen Folan wraps up the season in style with his first tournament win. Folan battled hard throughout the tournament as was able to white wash his opponent Parshant Sanger 3-0 in the final. Both players made it to their first finals of the season, so the future looks promising for these two. As well Alan Ima was able to grab third place by defeating Dalton Roy.
We had some new faces show up this past weekend, welcome Cash Singh and Tyler Weir. However, this was the last qualifier of the season, but I’m sure they will be back when we start up the season in September. Now all that is left is some big tournaments.
Big thanks to Jonathan Sun and his staff at Top 147 for all their help and hospitality. In addition, lots of thanks to Tyler Choutka for his refereeing expertise throughout the season and to Rob Johnson at AAA labs to help us get out the word via posters. Thanks to Ahmad Nuri, who introduced a new structure to how we run the tournaments, to Mayur Jobanputra for his help behind the scenes, and to Denise Poulin who has been in the room the past few tournaments to help out if it is needed.
Thanks to you all that came out for this season and looking forward to next year where we can continue to grow.
Congratulations goes out to Tom Finstad out of Edmonton, who won the Western Canadian Championships this past weekend in Red Deer , Alberta.
It was an all Edmonton Final with veteran player, Craig Kerry and it went all the way down to the final frame in the wee hours of the night. In the end , it was Finstad that managed to get over the line.
A big thank you goes out to all the players for coming out and battling it out all weekend.
Tournament Director : Valerie Franiel
Tournament Referees : David King, Paul Knapp
Host Venue : The Corner Pocket
Host Hotels : Sheraton
Tournament Webmaster : Jonathan Perlman
A special thanks to Lorne Brooks and Valerie Franiel for accommodating all the players and just being the old school people they are in supporting our game.
Looking forward to growing snooker in Alberta for years to come.