First Polish player ever to get a shot at the Euro 14.1 title

Tomasz Kaplan

Saturday, March 26, 2011: 125:102 was the final score in favour of the young Polish player. “This is a great achievement; not only for me but also for my country”, Kaplan says very happy. “If I win tomorrow, I could make history.” For sure, many of his fellow countrymen will be watching Kaplan playing the final at 21:15 local time. “I do not care who I play. I know that when I play my best game, I can overcome everybody”, says Kaplan full of self-confidence.

He had a strong opponent in Petri Makkonen. Kaplan took a 54:15 lead when Makkonen slammed in 89 balls to rush towards the finish line. But then a safety battle evolved where Kaplan turned out to be the first player to get a shot. He ran 63 balls and defeated Makkonen with his own weapons.

His opponent will be Fabio Petroni (ITA). He defeated Roman Pruchay in the other semi-final match with 125:73. When asked about his game, Fabio answered: “I am very happy to have reached the final. The other players were all much younger than me. Their game is different. They do not think so much. Once I am in stroke, I can also achieve that, but their stroke is better in the beginning.

Results Semifinals Men:
Petri Makkonen (FIN) v Tomasz Kaplan (POL) 102:125
Fabio Petroni (ITA) V Roman Pruchay (RUS) 125:73

Final Men:
Tomasz Kaplan (POL) v Fabio Petroni (ITA)

The event will be hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP).

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