It was a battle of youth in the Advanced group of the 1st leg, Season 2 of the all-women billiards Amit Cup with 12-year-old Rhaki Roj Constantino from Zamboanga City up against 18-year-old Sofia Rosales from Quezon City.
Held at the Superbowl at the Makati Cinema Square, the week-end event attracted a record number of 76 paid entries, its biggest, including many new faces, divided into Advanced and Intermediate groupings.
Rosales, a student at the San Francisco High School, was ahead 4-2 in a race to 7 finals but allowed her younger opponent Constantino to make her own run, even reaching the hill first in Game 11, only to commit an end game mistake that cost her the game, and giving the victory to Rosales 7-6.
“The breaks went my way in the end, laro lang naman ang sa akin, ang daming magagaling na sumali so wala akong high expectations,” said Rosales who missed playing in the Grand Finals of Season 1 for personal reasons after making it to the top 8.
Constantino, a 6th grader at the Molave Adventist Elementary School in Zamboanga del Sur, however, may have won the bigger prize as she is being considered for the national training pool for Under 17, according to billiards legend Django Bustamante who went there to scout for players.
In the intermediate division, 54-year-old Pearlie Adona, the oldest in the field, fell short after rallying from four points down against Paranaque bet Yvonne Bedeo who held on for a 6-5 win to rule the class.
“This is our biggest number of entries and is a good indication that there are a lot of female billiards players just waiting for the opportunity to be discovered, a lot of people are helping us in this advocacy,” said three-time world champion and event organizer Rubilen Amit.