Aris Aldos emerged champion in the the 9th MA Novice 9-Ball Tournament 2020 after defeating Haji Mat Azman bin Yussof 7-4 in the final game at the Master Alim Pool Café in Kiulap recently.
The aspiring cueist joined a fine company of previous winners including the likes of Md Airwan Zakaria in 2013, Mansyor Syuwari in 2015 and Lim Young Wee in 2019 to have won the title.
Prior to reaching the final round, Aris made it through to the last 32 as one of the qualifiers in Group ‘D’.
Aris Aldos beat Hadi Ikram 7-4 in the quarterfinals before booking a spot in the final after a narrow 7-6 win over Ahmad Yamiin bin Ahmad Muzakkir in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, tournament finalist Haji Mat Azman’s journey to the final began after qualifying to the last 32 from Group ‘A’.
Haji Mat Azman beat Adib Suimi 6-3 in the last 16 before edging Waie Hafiy 7-6 in the quarterfinals to cement his place in the last four.
The runners-up enjoyed a 7-2 win over Jonathan Diaz to set up a title showdown with Aris Aldos.
Ahmad Yamiin and Jonathan shared joint third for their deep run into the semi-finals.
Organised by FJ Billiard Academy, the two-week long meet saw participation from 84 players.
The country’s top eight ranked players in 2018, former national players and past novice champions were ineligible to participate in the tournament.