Barrett aiming to Dom-inate at the Masters
THIS weekend sees the 12th running of Matchroom Sport’s annual tenpin extravaganza, the PartyPoker.com World Tenpin Masters, take place at the Barnsley Metrodome.
Featuring eight top stars from around the world, the Masters is one of the most prestigious invitational events on the world circuit and this year sees a change of format.
Instead of the customary 16 players competing in a straight knock out format, eight players compete in round robin play in two groups of four with the top two in each group contesting the play-offs.
South Africa’s popular Guy Caminsky will be back to defend the title he won superbly as he overcame Chris Barnes in the championship match.
The line-up includes four previous champions - Caminsky, Jason Belmonte (Australia, 2007 winner), Chris Barnes (USA, 2006 winner) and Paeng Nepomuceno (Philippines, 1999 winner).
One of the dark horses is England’s 23 year-old Dominic Barrett, who travels to Barnsley hot on the heels of an outstanding win in the Australian Open earlier this week.
Barrett who bowls out of Madison Heights in Maldon, Essex will be making his fourth appearance at the PartyPoker.com World Tenpin Masters and has never progressed beyond the quarter-finals.
On his debut he went out in the first round to eventual champion Jens Nickel, the following year was Singapore’s Remy Ong who put paid to Barrett’s hopes in the last eight and in ’08 it was England’s Paul Moor who sent the Essex man packing.
However, a year on and Barrett looks to be peaking at the right time for this year’s Masters. "I won the Australian Open at the Sunshine Bowl in Melbourne last Monday," said Barrett.
"I was the only international player but there were plenty of good local players. I had suffered a wrist injury in March and pulled out of the Paris Open. My girl friend is Australian so I thought I’d go over there for a couple of weeks but that ended up being a month.
"I needed to rest my wrist and get some physio but I ended up entering the tournament. I definitely needed the match practice and I wasn’t the best at the start of the tournament – I even rolled a 140 game! I improved though and bowled a 270 and then 234 in the final to win by 96 pins (against Michael Little)."
That made Barrett the first European and only second non-Australian to claim the Aussie crown. Fully match fit, the Englishman’s thought turn to the Metrodome in Barnsley.
He lines up in Group One alongside Guy Caminsky, Paeng Nepomuceno and Weber Cup captain Osku Palermaa.
"I like the new format at the Masters and I think the other players would say the same. There are more matches and a better chance," added Barrett.
"My first match is against Guy Caminsky and I know all about Cammo; I played him in a preview match in Barcelona recently.
"I've never met Paeng though, but obviously he’s a great bowler who has bowled at many levels and I’m looking forward to competing against him.
"I'm more confident than last year. I’ve played the event a few times but never gone far in it. This time I’ve got to be looking at the semis where I should play Belmo or Barnes.
"Those two are probably the strongest players in the competition but I think our group is the toughest to get out of."
Barrett made his debut in the Europe v USA Weber Cup last October and he brought his very own ‘barmy army’ of friends and family to cheer him on. The Masters will prove no different. "I've got around 20 friends and family coming up. They’ve got a new set of shirts especially made for the Masters and the atmosphere should be awesome!"
Date posted: April 16, 2009
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