Dutch Juniors Send Team Slovenia Home

Team Netherlands

German also juniors on their way

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: Team Netherlands defeated team Slovenia in the junior's division with 2:1.

The last round of today featured team's matches at the Dynamic BillardEPBF European Championships Youth. While the pupils had a loser's round going on, the juniors had already entered the single elimination stage. There, team Netherlands had to deal with team Slovenia. In 9-ball, Nathalie Seichter (NED) tried to defend the Dutch colors. But she got simply overpowered by Slovenia's Denis Kragolnik with 8:3 in 45 minutes. That turned the score 1:0 in favor of team Slovenia. At that time, Guido Janssen (NED) was leading 5:0 in 8-ball over Ana Gradisnik (SLO) and her brother Klemen Gradisnik (SLO) was trailing 25:42 to Tim De Ruyter (NED). Everything looked like the decider would once again be the straight pool match. And that turned out to be true. Janssen easily won his 8- ball over Ana Gradisnik with 7:1. While the team score was tied at 1:1, De Ruyter played a much better straight pool than his opponent. He took Klemen Gradisnik down with a clear result of 100:39 and brought the important second point in the team match home to The Netherlands for a 2:1 victory.


In the other junior team match, Germany had to deal with Belarus. What looked like a walk in the park turned out to be a tough fight. Germany's Tobias Bongers wiped the floor with Aliaksandr Hapeyeu in 8-ball, handing him a doughnut with 7:0. But Hapeyeu's teammate Vadim Papizh evened the score to 1:1, winning his 9-ball over Ricardo Gutjahr with 8:4. Again, the decision had to come in the straight pool match. Nino Andreuzzi (GER) faced Vladislav Les (BLR). Though Andreuzzi had won two medals this week already, he was trailing to Les with 45:61 at a certain point in the match. But he recovered and did not give in. He overtook Les and even forced three consecutive fouls on him, turning the score to 67:49 in favor of him. From then on, he did not allow Les back to the table and pocketed the 33 balls needed in one inning. Andreuzzi won 100:49 and brought the 2:1 victory to the German junior team.


The Youth Championships will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with the start of the 9-ball individuals.


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