MANILA, Philippines – Make it two in a row for Rubilen Amit.
Three days after winning the Women’s World 10 ball Championship, Amit teamed up with Asia’s best cue artists to bring home the title in the inaugural JBET.com Queens Cup at Resorts World Manila on Thursday, November 7.
Amit, along with Ga Young Kim (Korea), Tsai Pei Chen (Chinese Taipei), and Chen Si Ming (China) of Team Asia defeated Team West’s Kelly and Allison Fisher (Great Britain), Jasmin Ouschan (Austria), and Vivian Villareal (USA), 10-4 through 3 days of pool competition to annex the first ever Queens Cup title.
With a 3-2 lead in the 3-on-3 Game 14, Team Asia capitalized on a badly-drawn shot by Vivian Villareal on the 9 ball. Amit returned to the table and pocketed the 9 ball on the side then Chen finished the rack by burying the 10 ball in the corner pocket to win the crown.
The Queens Cup – which resembles the Mosconi Cup between USA and Europe – included Race to 4 singles, doubles, 3-on-3, and 4-on-4 matches where teams are given the option to choose which players to field in per match.
Team Asia raced to a 4-2 lead on Day 1 with wins in the 4 on 4 and singles category. They almost went spotless on Day 2 to extend the overall lead to 8-3. Chen Si Ming and Tsai Pei Chen starred for the squad with 4-0 wins in the singles matches.
Day 3 started with Team West trying to bounce back. The tandem of Kelly and Allison Fisher held a 2-0 lead in Game 12 against Kim and Amit. However, the Asians answered with a blazing response to steal the Game and put Team Asia in the brink of winning the title, 9-4.
It followed with Kelly Fisher sweeping Chen Si Ming in the one-on-one Game 13 to keep Team West alive, before the trio of Kim, Amit, and Chen trounced Kelly Fisher, Ouschan, and Villareal in the final match.
Overcoming language barrier
While most people thought Team Asia will have a hard time adjusting to language throughout the tournament, Kim said their cohesion went smoothly.
“We speak different languages, so I had to take more time to (gel) with them. The only thing really hard was to explain everything in English and Chinese,” said Kim, who can speak Korean, English, and Chinese. “Ruby (Amit) helped me a lot too in Tagalog.”
Kim coached Team Asia and even served as an interpreter whenever her fellow fellow East Asian teammates would tell something to Amit, who would speak in English.
“These girls are like my sisters. It was easy with them so the teamwork was good,” said Team Asia captain Ga Young Kim, who was also named Most Valuable Player of the three-day tournament.
Gracious in defeat
Team West’s Jasmin Ouschan couldn’t help but be in awe of Team Asia’s masterful win, saying they really showed class in the event.
“I would love to see the score the other way around, but we have to be honest: they just played great through three days. It may change next time,” said Ouschan.
It was a great experience meanwhile according to captain Kelly Fisher, who vowed a comeback after losing to Amit in the 10-ball finals. With their fall, she will have to wait another year before exacting revenge.
“I’ve enjoyed it. We gelled well together. We had a good plan. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and I can’t way to play again.” Kelly Fisher. – Rappler.com