Team PH Veteran pool masters Rubilen Amit, Carlo Biado, and Johann Chua lived up to their billing as they joined forces to eke out a 3-0 shutout finals victory over Great Britain for the Philippines to emerge champion in the Predator World Teams 10-Ball Championship on Sunday, September 11, in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Amit, Biado, and Chua bested 24 other teams, also escaping past the British trio of Kelly Fisher, Jayson Shaw, and Darren Appleton, 3-2, earlier in the tournament.
But the Filipinos made sure to quickly wrap up the match in their second and last encounter in the 136,000-euro prize tournament.
Amit and Biado survived past Fisher and Shaw in a similar fashion, 4-3, fashion in their respective singles events.
Amit and Chua then combined forces to demolish British rivals Shaw and Appleton, 4-1, in their mixed doubles clash to complete the sweep.
Team PH post game
In a post-game interview via the Predator Billiards Series Facebook page, Amit said, “We’re very happy and relieved. Finally, no more matches, no more shootouts, we can finally rest and just enjoy Austria.”
Biado, for his part, said, “Before I came here, my job was just to win in this event. We all played well.”
Chua thanked Amit and Biado for picking him to be part of the team event.
“This is my first medal win from the world championships. I’m so thankful and I’m so happy that I made it with them,” Chua said.
On her Facebook, Amit wrote: “Grateful beyond words. #TeamPhilippines🇵🇭 is your 2022 Predator World Teams Champion! It’s truly an honor to share this title with two of the best players in the world! The victory was made sweeter by sharing it with my amazing teammates and great friends, Carlo -“the black tiger”- Biado, Johann Gonzales Chua, and Chezka Centeno. Thank you and congratulations, we did it!”
She dedicated the world title win to those who believed in them.
“This achievement wouldn’t be possible without the encouragement, prayers, and sacrifices of our family, friends, and loved ones,” Amit, now a three-time world champion, said.
She thanked her sponsors – Predator Cues, USANA Philippines, USANA Elite Athletes Philippines, and Sphero Paints for their continued support.
Amit, a WPA Women’s World 10-Ball champion in 2009 and 2013, closed her message, adding, “Maraming salamat! Mabuhay kayo, mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino (Thank you very much! Long live the Philippines, long live the Filipino athletes!).”
Team Philippines overcame Team Germany, 3-2 via shootout in the semifinals after eliminating Poland, 3-1, in the quarterfinals.
The Filipinos also defeated Switzerland, 3-1, at the start of the competition.