I lost my match for the single elimination so I ended up in 33 place together with Line Kjorsvik,  Ina Kaplan,  Kamila Khodjaeva and Monica Webb. Tough day for the westerns. Kelly Fisher made it through (winning 7-6) but lost her first match in the single elimination against Fu Xiaofang in the tv arena. I think she did amazing considering her last few months.

Anyway,  we now got four western players left and we will all be there to support them. Caroline Roos,  Jasmin Michel,  Allison Fisher and Karen Corr are all playing at 13. And also Jeanette Lee is playing Pan Xiaoting in the tv arena:)

Off to the venue!

Ine:)

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:)

amwayI have already said this, but I say it again. Amway Cup is a big deal over here! We have never had so many tv cameras present, I counted around 20. Apparently the two guys announcing us at the press conference are very famous here in Taiwan….

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My group. From left: Pan Xiaoting, Rubilen Amit, Lin Hsiao-Chi, myself, Wu Jing

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The players, the officials and the sponsors

After the press conference we went to Mr Tu’s poolhall to get some shots in. We do not have any practice time in the venue before tomorrow. I start my first of three matches tomorrow at 1210 local time. playing against Rubilen.

We play winners break race to 7, Wish me luck!

Ine:)

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At the press conference

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Signing posters and magazines
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Yesterday, after bein spray painted with make up and having fake eye lashes. I also feel like I have got a wig, not my hair… Photo shoots are hard work!

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Here is Lyndall undergoing the spraypainting:)

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From yesterday, Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Lyndall Hulley and Alison Chang:)

33rd in WC 9-ball

August 11, 2013

I was so close, but I rattled the 6 ball and scratched in the side on 6-6… That’s life. I played a 13 year old pool prodigy. 13 do not mean she is a novice though; she has been playing for many years already. And she knows how to hit the balls, that’s for sure.

I started friday playing against Severine Titaux ( FRA) and this was not a good match. Neither of us played well, but I got it in the end. That meant I had to play against the chinese darling Liu Sasha. She is no 2 in the world and recently won the China Open so her confidence was boosting. I played really well, but the conditions and audience got to me and I missed two important balls because of that. I lost 7-3 and that was it for friday. Saturday I was to play this 13 year old Jiang Teng from China and that was a good match. I was up 3-0 and 4-2, but she closed the gap and we went hill-hill before she closed it with ball in hand and 4 balls left on the table.

The conditions here make you play different shots than what you would normally do. It is so warm and so humid that the balls are really sticky and does not react like they are supposed to. Also the audience are not behaving very nice when you play against chinese players. They move in your shot, takes heaps of pictures while you are down aiming and they are only about 2 meters away. You have got constant distraction and your draw shot does not work or if you have to hit the rail and that means a new variable. When you first start to doubt your shots you get even more unsecure because nothing works like is supposed to. This is really hard and you really need to work with yourself to pull through. Us europeans are just not used to this and the results show it. We only had 4 western players left in the last 32, the rest of us, including Jasmin Ouschan, were out.

We had Karen Corr, Alison Fisher, Kelly Fisher and Ana Mazhirina left in the last 32. By the QF we were down to only Alison Fisher and we are all going to be there when she plays tonight to show our support. Our last standing hopeJ

Still no pictures, I am not able to upload any. I will post them when I get back home to Norway.

All the remaining matches are on livestream:  http://news.my147.com/2013/08/48249.html

Tuesday Lyndall Hulley, Taylor Meyer, Alison Chang and I are going to Beijing to be tourists for a couple of days. I am looking forward to that, we are going to the wall again, which is always nice. I hope my cold is gone before Wednesday, I would not walk the wall with a bad cold. It is hard enough alreadyJ

I think this will be my last post from China, it is not easy to log onto my blog from here. WordPress is blocked, so I need to use a vpn tunnel and that does not always work.

Thanks for readingJ

Take care

IneJ

PS, I got in the money, $ 750 to help pay for the trip. Everything helps:)

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:)