Belanger Pulls Off Explosive Billiards Win
Tiger Canadian Women’s Pool Tour / Scarborough, ON
The Tiger Canadian Women’s Pool Tour held its last stop of the season at VIP in Scarborough, ON, November 21. Tiger Products and Jeff Bell Custom Cues welcomed 15 players to their $1,000-added year-end championships following the tour’s annual awards ceremony and cash prizes to all the top players. Awards were handed out for best sportsmanship, with Brittany Bryant taking first place. For the most 9-ball runs, the award went to Bryant again, and there was a tie for 9-ball break: Naomi Williams and Brittany Bryant.
In the tournament, Denise Belanger exhibited focus and determination to oust her competitors, including Hanna Kwon 8-2 and Leanne Amable 8-0, sending them to their fate to the other side of the board to await an opponent while she waited in the hot seat.
On the one-loss side, Joanne Ashton, after being defeated by Kwon in the A-bracket, turned her game around to defeat Kwon in a hill-hill rematch. Ashton went on to face Grace Nakumura, eliminating her at fourth place 8-1.
In the semifinal match between Amable and Ashton went head to head. Ashton pulled off some strong defense—coupled with the fact that Amable was making costly scratches, it wasn’t long before Ashton came out the 8-3 victor, sending Amable home with third place.In this handicapped tournament, Ashton had to best Belanger twice to earn the crown. In the first set, Belanger was on her A game, and by the eighth rack she was on the hill 7-1. But Ashton didn’t give up, and her skill and stamina proved to be a force to be reckon with as she made a comeback to win the first set 8-7. In the second set, Belanger’s hooks and safeties proved to be a struggle for Ashton, and she stopped the match down 6-3 and congratulated Belanger on the win.
1st Denise Belanger $680
2nd Joanne Ashton $420
3rd Leanne Amable $250
4th Grace Nakamura $170
5th Hanna Kwon $90