Deurke toe

by Bert VAN MANEN on October 23, 2020

Willy Wesenbeek passes away at 83.

The world of billiards loses another icon: Belgian balkline specialist Willy Wesenbeek has passed away today. He was 83 years old.

Wesenbeek won the European title in the free game in 1980 in Lugo, Spain, averaging 111,11. But his strong suit was balkline: he excelled in 47/2, 47/1 and 71/2. Wesenbeek collected no fewer than 13 Belgian national titles in these disciplines: two in 47/1, five in 47/2, three in 71/2 and two in the free game. Continue reading Deurke toe

The awakener

Blomdahl awakes a spectator that he was fell asleep.

At 1994 Korea’s World Cup, during the match between Raymond Ceulemans and Torbjörn Blomdahl, a person went asleep in the spectators.

Nothing wrong with that, except that he was at the most prominent spot.

Mr Blomdahl took charge of the situation:

The 78 men with a World Cup medal


Posted by Bert VAN MANEN on January 9, 2017

In 1986, a man who could not average 0.400 himself, changed the lives of top players forever. His name was Werner Bayer, a German businessman and billiard enthusiast with vision. He founded the BWA (Billiard World Association), with the intention of professionalizing the sport. No more flowers or the occasional kitchen appliance to reward a victory; players should earn real money. No more noisy and smoke-filled low-ceiling billiard rooms for major events;  the Hotel Kempinsky in Berlin, the Antwerp Hilton and the Teatro Principal in Palma would host 3-cushion events  from now on, and they would be called World Cups. Continue reading The 78 men with a World Cup medal

Technical games: baggage or ballast?


Posted by Bert VAN MANEN on December 10, 2016

There are a few 3-cushion debates that will not go away, and they are all older than Myung Woo Cho. Why do they never get resolved? Too many people on opposite sides, too many (good) arguments available to both parties. Here’s one: should we turn the music up, or down? And another: matches should be longer. No, shorter. Continue reading Technical games: baggage or ballast?

It will be tough to improve on Bordeaux 2016


Posted by Bert VAN MANEN on November 20, 2016

It wasn’t  a bad week, was it? Six, seven unforgettable matches, close finishes, superb scoring and more points I intend to replay at home than I can remember (but there is always the Kozoom video archive!).

Jaspers, Blomdahl, Merckx, Caudron. Not their week, but don’t think for a moment that this marks a downturn in their careers. All four have big event wins still in them. Merckx made a strong impression in the group stage, but Jae Ho Cho was a fair winner against him. Neither Caudron nor Jaspers played like a pre-tournament favorite, and Blomdahl ran into a strong (11 inning) performance by Zanetti. All four will be back in a World Cup semifinal (or better) before it’s 2018. Continue reading It will be tough to improve on Bordeaux 2016

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