Henrique Correia Defeats Thomas Damm

Enrique Correia (POR) Foto: EPBF/DK

Henrique Correia defeats Thomas Damm

Sunday, 07 August 2011: The Dynamic European Seniors Championships 2011 have begun. The first discipline to be played is straight pool.

In the first winner's round, last year's runner-up Henrique Correia (POR) shellacked Thomas Damm (GER) with 75:44. Correia found into the match much better than the German who is a well-known coach back home. The match was determined by a lot of safety play. In the beginning, Damm made a few mistakes too many, allowing Correia to take a 63:30 lead. Then, they had a small safety shootout. Damm tried to pocket a combination shot by firing the cue ball into the rail but he lost the cue ball and scratched. That brought Correia back to the table with ball in hand and an open rack. But he missed the very first shot! Damm came to the table but he also only ran 12 balls before he left a ball hanging over the corner pocket. At a score of 41:66 in favour of Correia, another safety encounter was happening on the slate. Then, Correia missed another shot which Damm offered him. Damm went along and pocketed three balls having an open table in front of him. But he fell short on his position and had to play a tough shot in the side pocket which he missed. Ten balls remaining on the table with Correia needing eight for the victory. The Portuguese pocketed the balls needed and won the match 75:44 due to Damm's many unnecessary mistakes.

Other notable results include defending Champion Frank Willner (GER) shooting down Tom Eksell (SWE) in three innings with 75:9. Rainer Wirsbitzki (GER) outscored Tomasz Malinowski (POL) with 75:7, needing only 5 innings for that triumph.

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