Departure is closing in, this time we play in Guilin China, from 15th -18th of october. This is the first year in Guilin and we are all looking forward to explore what is said to be one of the most beautiful landscapes in China. My visa is ok, the flights are booked and good, the hotel booked, the Cyclop balls on the practice table, all in all I am getting ready to go:)

Alison Chang has been kind enough to send me the players list, she will post it on her blog later. (She is having some technical problems today). Team Europe is looking good:) Also I have read up on the chinese website, www.nineball.com.cn, and see we are playing with 1 on the spot, three point rule and 45 sec shot-clock. Good to know:)

Here is the players list:

A - 2014 Womens WC 9-ball Players list

Players list by Alison Chang

Alisons blog:
http://www.alison-chang.com
Taiwanese Passion for Pool
E-mail: admin@alison-chang.com

China, her we come!

Ine:)

Ardennen Cup 2014

June 10, 2014

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Bernadette De Jonge and I. Photo courtesy Sjef Creusen

Ardennen Cup is a great tournament, but this year it was hot hot hot!! I felt like I was playing in a sauna at times, sweat running and cheeks red. But we had fun:)

In Womens Eurotour tournament I ended up 33rd, just outside the single elimination. I really struggled in the heat and I fell short. I lost my first match against Christine Feldmann ( SUI) 2-5. missing all the important shots and she did not. Next match against Ortenzia Haefliger (SUI) was better, I remembered to play safe instead of missing the difficult key shots:) I won 5-1. Against Marketa Mlejnkova (CZE) I played better again and won 5-3. Then it was time for the LQ and now Christien Wiechert (GER) was my opponent. I started to play really good, just to mess it up in the end. I just got out of position on the last ball or the 8-ball time and time again and Christine played very well. She won 5-1. The simply made the ultimate sin in 8-ball, clear the table and solve all the problems before I let my opponent back on the table:(

Ina Kaplan (GER) won the tournament, Caroline Roos (SWE) was the runner up and Jasmin Michel (GER) and Nahtalie Seichter (NED) came third. Well done all!

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Caroline Roos on the table, getting ready for the final

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Ina Kaplan and Marc Meyer (main organizer)

 

June and I found a team mate for the teams, Tim J La Fazia II from US. We had great fun and won a few matches. The ultimate win was against Team ABC:) Tim won the 10-ball against Jörgen Sandman, June won the 9-ball against Elkhem Eisajan and I got my ass kicked in 8-ball by Mats Schjetne. 2-1 for My Team-:,0) Wohoo! Thanks guys for all the fun.

Here are some pictures of Jörgen with a cue! This is not something you see every day:) Sitting in the back is Mats and Kristina Grim (GER)

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Mats did a great job in the main tournament. He finished 5th, loosing 5-6 in the QF. Well done!

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Mats Schjetne in the QF

Thanks Team ABC for all the support and fun these last few days. Also thanks to Marc Meyer, Nahtalie Meyer-Venneker and all you guys making food and working for us.

And last but not least, thanks to the Swedish (and Austrian) girls for all the good laughs!

Now it is time for some last work before my vacation starts. Looking forward to that. I am not sure what my next tournament will be. Bergen Open is in august but i have not yet decided if I will play or not. Players like Efren Reyes and Niels Feijen will be there so it will be a good tournament, we will see what happens:)

Thanks for reading!

Ine:)

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Sorry to repeat myself;) From the left: Kim Ga-Young, Alisom Fisher, Line Kjørsvik, Pan Xiaoting, Fu Xiaofang, Liu Sasha, Ine Helvik, Shu Han Chang , Cha Yu Ram

 

I have been home for almost three weeks now, and finally I had the time to sit down and and finish the trip. I have been very busy after coming home, opening the poolhall after the summer break and also catching up with other work, Now, I am getting back in to my normal rhythm and have some spare time to follow up my blog:)

After the tournament Lyndall Hulley, Taylor Meyer, Alison Chang and myself went to Beijing for 1,5 days. We had a great time and found time to visit the Temple of heaven, Forbidden City, The Great Wall (Mutianyu), Beihai Park Jingshan park and Ghost street.We figured out that we walked for 10 hours in one day! We started the day on the wall, then went to the Forbidden Ciy, Beihai park, Jinshan park and fiinished on Ghost street with chili dinner. We started the day at 7 am, but still…. close to 35 degrees.. I almost forgot the Dadong restaurant and their famous Peking Duck! That is a must when you are in Beijing:)

I have a bunch of photos, some by me and some by Alison Chang. I will post them all, fisrt the photos from Shenyang taken during the torunament, then our oturist trip to Beijing. Enjoy:)

Shenyang:

Opening ceremony, serious stuff:)

The draw as it is presented to the players. Different system from what I am used to:)

The draw as it was presented to the players. Different system from what I am used to:)

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Every day they put up this list for the practice tables. First come first serve. The Qualifiers and the main event shared the same 4 tables, it was kind of busy at times…

The Tv table ( this is were the big banner was displayed, on the outside) This is the semi with Alison Fisher on the right playing Han Yu.

The Tv table ( this is were the big banner was displayed, on the outside) This is the semi with Alison Fisher on the right playing Han Yu.

The main venue. The tables were placed in the hall, on a big cross. 7 tables one way and 8 the other way. Low ceiling, soooo warm, sweat dripping. We still love it…

DumplingS!! Suzette Booyens, Myself, Ina Kaplan, Lyndall Hulley, Taylor Meyer and Jasmin Ouschan and Alison Chang.

DumplingS!! Suzette Booyens, Myself, Ina Kaplan, Lyndall Hulley, Taylor Meyer and Jasmin Ouschan and Alison Chang.

The dumpling restaurant. Fresh food is fresh food..

The dumpling restaurant. Fresh food is fresh food…

The dumpling restaurant.

The dumpling restaurant.

The dumpling restaurant.  I am not sure what this is, but is is fresh....

The dumpling restaurant. I am not sure what this is, but is is fresh….

The dumpling restaurant. With frogs. I do not understand why they just sit there. They are alive and free, just JUMP!!!

The dumpling restaurant. With frogs. I do not understand why they just sit there. They are alive and free, JUMP ALREADY!!!

My last day in Shenyang, have you ever seen grapes that big???

My last day in Shenyang, have you ever seen grapes that big???

FROM BEIJING:

Our bacpacker hostel, Downtown Backpackers

Our bacpacker hostel, Downtown Backpackers

We had a room with skylight... Quite dofference from the 50 sqm suite in Shenyang.. But clean and cheap:)

We had a room with skylight… Quite different from the 50 sqm suite in Shenyang.. But clean and cheap:)

The reception:)

The reception:)

Temple of Heaven. Lyndall Hulley, Myself and Taylor Meyer on the meridian. Alison Chang behind the camera:)

Temple of Heaven. Lyndall Hulley, Myself and Taylor Meyer on the meridian. Alison Chang behind the camera:)

Dadong restaurant.  A MUST in Beijing:)

Dadong restaurant. A MUST in Beijing:)

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Dadong restaurant. Waiting for the duck:)

Dadong Restaurant. Finally the dick arrived, with a chef..

Dadong Restaurant. Finally the duck arrived, with a chef..

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The Great Wall. This is the cart we took up to the wall

Taylor Meyer and I in the cart on our way up

Taylor Meyer and I in the cart on our way up

The Great Wall. Alison Chang and I

The Great Wall. Alison Chang and I.. and Taylor Meyer in the corner:)

FUN!! The toboggan we went on to get down from the wall. We had to go back up and take it down for a second time.  Yeay

FUN!! The toboggan we went on to get down from the wall. We had to go back up and take it down for a second time. Yeay

More FUN! This is how we got back up to take the toboggan back down. Adrenalin kick! Lyndall Hulley and Taylor Meyer in the cart behind us:)

More FUN! This is how we got back up to take the toboggan back down. Adrenalin kick! Lyndall Hulley and Taylor Meyer in the cart behind us:)

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Tiananmen square. Taylor Meyer. myself, Alison Chang and Lyndall Hulley. In 35 degrees.. Not easy being a Norwegian on this country..

Tiananmen square. Taylor Meyer. myself, Alison Chang and Lyndall Hulley. In 35 degrees.. Not easy being a Norwegian on this country..

Forbidden City. We are walking under the umbrellas. The sun was unbearable so we had to do something

Forbidden City. We are walking under the umbrellas. The sun was unbearable so we had to do something

Forbidden City, Impressive stuff

Forbidden City, Impressive stuff

Forbidden city, inside on of the houses

Forbidden city, inside on of the houses

Forbidden City..

Forbidden City..

Standing in the Forbidden City, looking at our next stop Jingshan park

Standing in the Forbidden City, looking at our next stop Jingshan park

Jingshan park, on our way to the top. How many steps can you climb in one day....

Jingshan park, on our way to the top. How many steps can you climb in one day….

Finally on the top of Jingshan park! Now you realize the size of the Forbidden City. Amazing

Finally on the top of Jingshan park! Now you realize the size of the Forbidden City. Amazing

After wlaking down from Jongshan to Beihai park, we decided enough is enough. Renting a  boat was the solution

After wlaking down from Jongshan to Beihai park, we decided enough is enough. Renting a boat was the solution

We decided on the fast boat:)

We decided on the fast boat:)

Ghost street, were I ended my Beijing trip this time. Great food (hot!) and all the lanterns really look nice. Perfect way to end a long day:)

Ghost street, were I ended my Beijing trip this time. Great food (hot!) and all the lanterns really look nice. Perfect way to end a long day:)

If you ever go to Beijing I can recommend visiting the places I went to. It is an amazing city and I am sure you can stay for a month and still not see it all. The DownTown backpackers were friendly, clean and cheap and a new experience for me. You get very accustomed to stay in 5 star hotels when you play tournaments, good to land on your feet before returning home. I would not stay here for a tournament, but as a tourist, no problem.

Until next time, take care:)

Ine:)

Amway Cup, Taiwan next:)

March 10, 2013

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It has been a long time since I was in Taiwan, but today the flight leaves and I will be there tomorrow evening. I am really looking forward to play the Amway Cup, it is one of the best tournaments in Asia. We are 40 players in 8 groups and 3 from each group will advance to the single elimination.

My group:
Chou Chieh-Yu (TPE)
Liu Sha-Sha (CHN)
Emily Duddy (USA)
Ine Helvik (NOR)
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I will post links to live-stream and score when I find it, so far all information is in Chinese  You can find information on the full draw and format in English here: http://alison-chang.com/2013-amway-cup-group-list/#more-1487

The tournament will be sent live on Videoland sports and they have an information page here: http://sport.videoland.com.tw/event/13amway/

Wish me luck

Ine:)