Monday, July 7, 2008

PhotoHunt: Pointed - Alessandro, Australian Representative in pool

This is my latest entry. His pool cue is VERY pointed. Pointed: 1. Having an end coming to a point.

STOP PRESS! Alessandro has beaten the current Junior World Champion in the first round of the Junior World Masters! Oh dear, then after that he got beaten. And thus endeth the games.

- He and his friend Brent both won their first match but then were knocked out of the Mens World Masters in the second round.

Next up is the Junior World Masters and the World Masters Plate.

- He is through the first round, he beat someone from India, 7-5. Next round is in 7 hours and I think there is 100 pounds prize money. But - he is up against the 1999 World Mens Masters runner up.

- Crikey! 4.23am the mobile phone rang - "Mum! I'm playing in the Mens World Masters in an hour and a half!"
"Hello, do you KNOW what time it is here!!"
I was a bit cross. Now that I am awake, and it's three hours later, I wonder how he did? I can't find a result on the internet.

- In the Junior World team events, out of 50 players, he ended up with the 10th highest percentage in the world junior teams.
In the upcoming Junior Masters event, he is up against the current Junior World Champion, in the first round. Uh oh!
In the upcoming Mens Masters, there are 400 competitors.

- They beat Northern Ireland. And India. And Malta. This was the junior teams event.
- Sadly, he got knocked out at the final 16 of the Junior World Championship. He was doing well - 5-3, and ended up losing - 6-5. But he did do the best, out of the Australian juniors.
- The play list is up for who is playing whom in the Junior World Masters that starts on Monday! Oh, and yes, the website talks about it being televised - sad me won't be seeing it.
- Crikey! His name is also on the list for the Mens World Masters - right at the very bottom of the page.
- The Australian team just trounced India. Just Northern Ireland to go. I'll have to get the result tomorrow morning.
Alessandro is at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.
- He has played against the Channel Islands, Malta, Ireland, England and Scotland! He is about to play India, and then Northern Ireland. These have all been "team" events. Um, in these team events, the Australian Junior team beat Malta. As an individual in the team events he has had 8 wins and 7 losses so far.

He is also playing for the title of Junior World Champion! It is a knock out, that began with 64 players. He is one of two Australians in the final 16. Then he has the World Junior Masters and the World Mens Masters still to go. Way to go Alessandro! It's very exciting!

- Just having fun playing non-comp pool for two days. The competition starts either tomorrow or the next day. Funny text message to his brother in the middle of the night, as he was worried that people might be driving his blue Rex while he was away. Well - as it's in my school carpark right at this moment - I would have to say, "Yes, they are!"
- He says it's still daylight at 10pm and he's still playing pool.
- Well, he's in Blackpool, and is playing pool. He starts competition on Tuesday.
- Right now he has arrived in Manchester and is on a bus to go to Blackpool.
- Alessandro (17) is in a plane, nearly at England. I got a call from him last night at Singapore airport - he was in a cafe eating dinner.
And now - have a look at this:

Monday 7th July 2008

Imperial Hotel

Blackpool England

JUNIOR WORLD MASTERS

ROUND 1

Monday 7th July

10.00am

ALESSANDRO NASCA (AUS)
v
PAUL McGUIRE (ENG)







59 comments:

Carver said...

Congratulations to Alessandro and to his mom too! He's a very handsome young man and that's wonderful that he's representing Australia.

marta said...

He looks so handsome. You should be proud of your young man. Best of luck to him in the competition. Is there a website where we can follow the competition?

WillThink4Wine said...

Alessandro has done more traveling in his life than I probably ever will. Lucky fellow! Good luck, Alessandro!!

María I. said...

I'm thrilled that you are posting updates on Alessandro! I'll be checking in a few times a day for sure.

jmb said...

Great photo Leslie, in his green and gold. Any Australian's greatest ambition. I hope he does really well.

Mickey said...

Good luck to your dear boy!!!!
I bet he will have fun :)

MISS PEACH >(^.^) said...

My gosh you must be so proud of Alessandro Leslie!!! Pray all goes well and he has a safe return back home to you.
Mommy is going to have another auction for a very special cause that will be very near and dear to your heart Pyewacket next week!!
Oh and did you pick up your awardy I gave you ????
Love Miss Peachy

Annie said...

How exciting for him!

You mentioned taking him to the cafe in the basement of the Doge Palace - isn't that a great place? I had a panini there one day - it was delicious! And I loved watching the gondolas cruise by the window.

Trekcapri said...

Hi Leslie, these are great photos of Alessandro. And what a great honor and achievement for Alessandro to represent Australia in this competition. I wish it was being televised somewhere so we could watch him compete.

We're all cheering you on Alessandro!

Marcelle said...

Nobody! Absolutely nobody, could be prouder of Alessandro in his green and gold, representing Australia, than is his Granny Marcelle.

phoebe said...

I will be watching with great interest the updates on this young Aussie sportsman by the name of Alessandro as he sinks lots of winning balls !!! All the best from Phoebe at Bundaberg.

WillThink4Wine said...

I fixed your link in the Mister Linky! I have 'the power'. hahaha.

María I. said...

Is he playing today?

María I. said...

I checked the WEPF website and saw Alessandro's name in today's 1st round competition. How exciting!

María I. said...

Woohoo! Go Alessandro!

Dolphin CH said...

Awesome blog Ms S.
From Dolphin C.H

Mickey said...

That pool cue is POINTY :)
Sorry he got eliminated,but it sounds like he did very well!!!! That's reason to celebrate!! Woot!!!!!!!!!!
Purrs Mickey

jams o donnell said...

Wow Congratulations ro Alessandro. I hope he has every success in the masters event.

Carver said...

Very impressive and perfect for the pointed theme. It's great to get the update on how well he did. Happy weekend.

Criz Lai said...

Wow.. he sure get to travel a lot at his age. Thanks for sharing this with us Leslie :)

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Sue said...

Very cool! I like that second pic best, but they are both good :) Congrats to you both! You must be very proud :)

Snap Catch said...

Perfect catch for pointed theme!!! Mine's up too hope you can drop by... Happy weekend!

julie said...

Thanks for sharing this news about your talented son. Alessandro is so handsome and talented, I am sure he will be bringing home the top spot soon!

Oh, by the way, I love your car :)

leslie said...

What a fantastic homage to your son and his passion! Great entry for our "pointed" theme. Come on over to see my perspective. :D

TiOheM said...

Congratulations to Alessandro. Nice take on the theme.

napaboaniya said...

Way to go Alessandro!!!! :)

Sean said...

Nice choice for the theme~!

HAve a nice weekend!

YTSL said...

Heheheh, you sure do find a lot of reasons for putting up pictures of your handsome Alessandro, don't you? :)

leslie said...

Just popped back to say Yes that is Siena on the right.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Great interpretation of the theme. Great shots and story!

Yen said...

WOW! That is a great entries with the story! Congratulations to him and thanks for sharing;) Happy PH!

Sarge Charlie said...

congratulations to your son and to a proud mom, he did great.

mama meji said...

That was impressive! Congratulations for raising a winner! Happy hunting.

marcia said...

what great fun and lots of fun practicing at what age did he start

Huey said...

Congratulations and way to go, Alessandro!

Colin Campbell said...

Congrats Mum. Now he will have to turn pro and you can retire and just scrap.

danielctw said...

Congrats, he went and won so many. I can't even play pool though.

archiearchive said...

A great entry in the Hunt. Always good to see an Aussie doing well on the international stage :)

david mcmahon said...

We're so proud. Anyone who wears the green and gold represents us all.

Greyscale Territory said...

Love both shots! Alessandro takes a mean pic! Wonderful to see you celebrating his successes in your blog!

Dragonstar said...

He's doing so well. You must be so proud of him. Waiting for Monday morning now.

ShutterHappyJenn said...

Very great!!! Congratulations!

My PH is posted HERE.

Hope you could drop by. Happy weekends!

June said...

Very impressive! Congratulations and good luck!

Cathi said...

Wow! He is truly impressive!
What fun you all must be having and I do believe his pool cue is a bit pointed!!
Mine's up too.

Mrs. Mecomber said...

What a great idea for Photo Hunt! You must be so proud.

I did Photo Hunt today, too! Come see mine. :)
http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-pointed/

Expat Traveler said...

I can see you are so proud of him!!! Great use of the word.. :)

Hootin' Anni said...

How wonderful!!!! Tell me, is this televised on ESPN or somewhere we Americans can watch? I'd love to see him playing in real time!!

Mine's shared

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Congratulations to Alessandro! :) Good luck to him as well. :)

SabineM said...

HOw exciting and what an honor! Great take on the theme
Best of luck to him!

ellen b said...

What wonderful memories he'll have. How great to travel this way...

jmb said...

Well done Alessandro and congratulations Leslie on having such a wonderful son. I hope he continues to do so well, even better in fact!

Aiyah Nonya said...

Congratulations !!! And good luck in the coming competition

María I. said...

You know I've been following the competition and checking-in every day. Perfect choice for the theme and I look forward to your Alessandro updates.

I'm sure you're going to love my pointed pictures since they are from the belpaese.

Daisy said...

Good luck to Alessandro! I think he is a sharp dresser. Is that the same as pointed?

diXymiss said...

Congratulations to your young man! May he remain pointed toward much success.

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Congrats to your son,......... hope he comes out on top! Great post,... have a wonderful weekend.

Heart of Rachel said...

Congratulations! What a remarkable achievement for such a young man.

Annie said...

How exciting! Please keep us posted!

Suzanne said...

He looks so happy and proud. :-)
Mine is here:
http://zipperedheart.blogspot.com/2008/07/photo-hunt-117-pointed.html
God bless ~
Suzanne