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PQQLK9
03-10-2005, 08:38 AM
Pool tourney to return next year

By Jason O. Boyd, Sports Editor

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Women's Professional Billiards Association was apparently impressed with last month's Carolina Women's Billiard Classic. Now, it's going to be an annual event in Rocky Mount.

Tony Davis, chief executive officer of PrimeQuest Association, one of the major groups responsible for getting the WPBA to come to Rocky Mount, confirmed Wednesday that the WPBA will be back in Rocky Mount next year. The event is scheduled to return during the second week in February to Nash Community College.

The WPBA is a national touring organization that showcases the best women's pool players in the world. Recently, the group held an event at Nash Community College that was taped for later broadcast on the cable sports network ESPN.

Next year's event will be billed as the WPBA Masters but will still have the original name, the Carolina Women's Billiard Classic, attached to the title. It is scheduled to be held during the second week in February each year that it is held in Rocky Mount.

"They (WPBA) came here not knowing what would happen," Davis said. "The bottom line is we set the bar for the rest of their stops. The casinos never take this kind of time. It's sort of a sideshow to them.

"Everyone was treated equally, and the organization of the tournament was unbelievable for a first-time event. We are just excited that it's coming back."

The four-day event featured some of the best pool players in the world, including the No. 1 player, Allison Fisher, who won the tournament. Jennifer Page, a pool player from Wilson, also made a run in the tournament, which sparked increased local interest in the event.

Davis said the number of top pool players, combined with the area's interest and curiosity in the event, made it an easy sell for everyone involved. He's hoping the success of the event will lead to even more interest from the area, now that it's a known fact it will be returning here on a yearly basis.

"The biggest thing right now is to get Rocky Mount to understand this is a major event," Davis said. "It's big for Rocky Mount, and we need them to take ownership of this tournament.

"I know Rocky Mount was hesitant to support it, which I would be like because we didn't know what kind of event it was going to be. Now we know, so we need to fill the gaps labor and financially to make this an even bigger event."

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landshark77
03-10-2005, 09:50 AM
Wow. IMO, this is great news. I have heard alot of positive things about this tourney. I do have one question from those that attended this event to spectate....was the seating that bad? I big stink was raised prior to the event, but I haven't heard feedback since the stop concluded.
Thanx.

Rich R.
03-10-2005, 10:05 AM
I wasn't there, but, prior to the event, I was in contact with Tony Davis. I was told that all seating was on bleachers, except for the TV matches. That is the main reason I did not attend.

After the event, I read on one of the forums that the bleachers were a little too far from the tables, for good viewing, but I can't verify that.

I hope they rethink the seating for this event and add some real chairs. It is very difficult for most to sit on bleachers, with no back rests, to watch a pool tournament for many hours. For others, it is impossible.

pooldaddy9
03-10-2005, 07:27 PM
I wasn't there but a couple of friends were. They said the seating was terrible. They didn't even stay for the finals. I don't care but I would have had to stayed for the finals.

Nostroke
03-10-2005, 08:06 PM
The seating was a bit rough. Even the 'VIP' sears had you looking through bars like you were in Jail but i heard the head guy say that they didnt know it was going to be that way til it was set up and too late. Said he would correct it for next year and i think he will.

Barbara
03-10-2005, 08:09 PM
Pool Dawg,

I think the biggest positive about having this event at a Community College was because it targeted an audience under 21 that cannot enter a casino legally unless escorted - and then to where? To get the younger generation interested at this venue was a great promo point with PLP Productions and the WPBA. Could it compete with X Games and their audience? Hopefully. Especially when some of the audience (live) viewers come to the point where they realize they can't compete in the X Games and maybe pool would be a good alternative.

On another note, it's always a learning situation at a venue - new or existing, but I have faith that PLP Promotions and the WPBA will run with it next year and escalate the event to a higher level.

Barbara

Nostroke
03-10-2005, 08:46 PM
Barb-For whatever reason I couldnt say for sure that any of the students went to the tournament. All i saw was mostly old codgers like me and a few younger folks in their late 20's/30's. Strang as it seems.

Rich R.
03-11-2005, 03:51 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Barbara:</font><hr> To get the younger generation interested at this venue was a great promo point with PLP Productions and the WPBA. Could it compete with X Games and their audience? Hopefully. <hr /></blockquote>
This is all the more reason for the WPBA to come to some kind of agreement and return to the Super Billiards Expo. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Enough with the casinos. Pool was not meant to be played with the sound of slot machines in the background. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

landshark77
03-11-2005, 12:09 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote Barbara:</font><hr> To get the younger generation interested at this venue was a great promo point with PLP Productions and the WPBA. Could it compete with X Games and their audience? Hopefully. <hr /></blockquote>
This is all the more reason for the WPBA to come to some kind of agreement and return to the Super Billiards Expo. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Enough with the casinos. Pool was not meant to be played with the sound of slot machines in the background. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif <hr /></blockquote>

I agree....we want 'em back at the expo!!!!!