Martel wins Canadian Championship

Alain Martel

Alain Martel has been crowned the new Canadian Cue Sports Association 9-Ball Champion.

Martel lost to 21 year old Erik Hjorleifson for the hot-seat 11-6 in a match that saw Hjorleifson take a 7-0 lead before Martel even hot an open shot at a ball. After the loss to Hjorleifson, Martel went to the one-loss side and brought Luc Salvas' run through the left side of the board to a halt. Salvas has lost his first match but had won nine matches prior to the loss to Martel.

The final match between Hjorleifson and Martel was much different than the first. Where Hjorleifson looked perfect in the first match, a couple early errors from him allowed Martel to take control of the match and Martel never looked back. Hjorleifson fought back to get close but in the end it was Martel scoring the 15-11 win.

Martel won $6500 along with an expense paid trip to the World Championships. Hjorleifson settled for $4000 and an expense paid trip to the World Championship. Salvas earned $2500 and an invitation to the World Championship.

The Women's division was won by Myriam Lafranchise who defeated Marianne Mcconnell in the finals and the Snooker division was won by Alain Robidoux who defeated Tim Finstat in the finals.

Brackets for the men's division are available online.

Photo courtesy of Chantal Vezina