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Treviso Open – Unheralded Alammar squeaks past Sniegocki

Left to right: A. Alammar, A. Ouschan & D. Corrieri

A totally unheralded player, Abdulrahman Alammar (KSA) squeaked past #17 ranked player Mateusz Sniegocki (POL) with 9:8 after a tremendous comeback.
It was not the first opponent from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today for Sniegocki. In his first match he already met Hassan Alqahtani who also made the long trip from the middle eastern country to come to Italy and challenge the European pool elite. In that match, Sniegocki was already warned since he had a 5:2 lead over Alqahtani and just made it over the finish line, taking the match by a whisker with 9:8. Then he met Alammar, Alqahtani’s teammate. One more time, Sniegocki looked like the sure winner, leading 6:2 after eight racks. But Alammar demonstrated high class pool and really surprised the audience on site and at the computer screens since the match was streamed live on facebook as well. Alammar pulled back rack after rack from Sniegocki and made the match exciting again. He even managed to get on the hill first, taking an 8:7 lead over the Polish. Then, Sniegocki levelled that at 8:8 with a combination shot 5-9 into the corner pocket. Now the pressure was on for both opponents with Alammar’s break shot coming up. He broke the rack and had two balls down but no shot on the 2-ball which was the ball on. A safety exchange followed with Alammar committing a foul shot giving ball in hand to Sniegocki. The layout on the table was everything else but easy with the 3-ball behind hidden behind the 4-ball. Sniegocki tried to play a weird position for the 3-ball and failed. All he could do then was leaving a tough shot for Alammar. The player from Saudi Arabia executed a brilliant safety shot on the 3-ball, opening the problem and hiding the cue ball frozen behind the 8-ball on the other end of the table. Sniegocki attempted a bank shot on the 3-ball but completely missed it. With ball in hand, Alammar went on and ran the rack, winning the match 9:8 after a furious comeback. He will now face Tim De Ruyter (NED) who defeated Sebastian Staab (GER) 9:3, in the winner’s qualification round while Sniegocki needs to take the detour over the loser’s side.
Other remarkable results from today include local hero Daniele Corrieri (ITA) taking the cake 9:8 against former World 9-Ball Champion Daryl Peach (GBR) in the same round. Also in winner’s round 2, Stefan Huber (AUT) totally unexpected smashed Alexander Kazakis (GRE) 9:0! What a bitter doughnut for Kazakis that was! Huber’s fellow countryman Albin Ouschan (AUT) brought his match home in winner’s round, winning 9:8 over Cyriel Ledoux (NED). The Dutch was really unlucky here since he had the break in rack 17. However, he came up dry with no balls down, leaving a shot on the 1-ball for Ouschan. With all his coolness and experience, the Austrian powerhouse cleared the table and took the match even under the highest pressure possible.
Tomorrow, the Dynamic Billard Treviso Open will continue at 09:00 CET with matches from loser’s round 2. The last 32 players single elimination matches will begin at 21:00 CET.
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Surprising winners in European Youth 8-ball

Three more Gold Medals have been awarded at the Dynamic Billard European Championships Youth in the Alpina Sports & Wellness Hotel, St. Johann i.Pg, Austria. The 8-ball individuals are over and the titles were taken by Diana Khodjaeva (BEL), Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) and Pascal Bruckmann (GER) in their respective categories.
In the Under 19’s, Pascal Bruckmann was definitely the underdog. His opponent Maksim Dudanets (RUS) has already won the Gold Medal in straight pool and a Bronze Medal in 10-ball this week. But the match took a course as nobody would have expected it. Bruckmann had a furious start and after six racks, the scoreboard displayed a 5:1 lead for the German. Then Dudanets pulled one rack back, making the score 2:5. But Bruckmann was on fire. He played almost perfectly and won the next two racks as well, winning the match and the title with 7:2.
Top Eight 8-Ball Under 19’s
1. Pascal Bruckmann (GER)
2. Maksim Dudanets (RUS)
3. Oliver Szolnoki (HUN)
Krystian Cwikla (POL)
4. Raphael Wahl (GER)
Cyriel Ledoux (NED)
Sergey Lutsker (RUS)
Daniel Guttenberger (AUT)
The final in the Under 17’s between Sanjin Pehlivanovic and Eklent Kaci (ALB) was the encounter of two players with excellent shotmaking talents and hard breaks. Both players showed strong and consisting performances throughout the week so far. No wonder the match was quite even from beginning to end. Being 5:4 up, Eklent Kaci had his own break shot and the chance to finish the match in his favor. But he scratched while trying to clear his group and allowed Pehlivanovic back to the table. The young player from Sarajevo committed several mistakes earlier but this time he cleared the table, turning the match into a hill-hill thriller at 5:5. With his own break coming up, Pehlivanovic had a good chance to win the match. And he made use of it. He broke, cleared the table and won the title 6:5 over Kaci.
Top Eight 8-Ball Under 17’s
1. Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH)
2. Eklent Kaci (ALB)
3. Daniel Maciol (POL)
Sajid Raheem (NOR)
4. Osman Sanlisoy (TNC)
Patrick Hofman (GER)
Jan Van Lierop (NED)
Kamil Szasor (POL)
In the girls division, Diana Khodajeva was the favorite player. She managed to eliminate Russian star player Kristina Tkach 5:3 in the semi-final. Her opponent Emily Heidergott (GER) was probably on no-one’s list for the final match in girl’s 8-ball. She lost in the first winner’s round to her teammate Jana Peters. With victories over Dina Fatihova (RUS) 5:2, Vilde-Mary Holme (NOR) 5:0 and Hannah Memic (BIH) 5:0, she came back to the semi-finals in the girls division where she was able to take revenge for her defeat, ousting Jana Peters with 5:1. The final match was exciting. Both players played at even strength. After 5 racks, Heidergott was 3:2 in the lead. Khodjaeva missed the 8-ball and gave Heidergott the chance to get a two point lead in the match and get on the hill. But Heidergott’s nerves played a trick on her. She missed the last ball of her group and Khodjaeva won that match to turn the score to 3:3. The next rack was run out by Khodjaeva and it put her on the h ill with 4:3. Rack eight turned out to be a struggle for both. One ball of each group were frozen to the side rail and the match turned into a tactical battle. However, Khodjaeva proved to be the more experienced player forcing Heidergott to commit a foul. With ball in hand, Khodjaeva pocketed the remaining balls and won the match and the title 5:3.
Top Six 8-Ball Girls
1. Diana Khodjaeva (BEL)
2. Emily Heidergott (GER)
3. Kristina Tkach (RUS)
Jana Peters (GER)
4. Hanna Memic (BIH)
Marharyta Fefilava (BLR)
Medal table after 3 of 5 events
1. Russia
2. Germany
3. Belgium
4. Ukraine
5. Bosnia & Hercegovina
6. Poland
7. Albania
8. Switzerland
9. Belarus
Earlier today, the first rounds of the 9-ball individuals have been played. An outstanding match took place between Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) and Jonas Souto (ESP). Both players are 13 year old but Pehlivanovic, being the defending Champion, has a lot more experience that Souto who is attending his first EC. That was also what made the difference in that match. Pehlivanovic did not play his A-game, but since Souto always missed easy shots due to lack of concentration and playing too fast, the match was leveled all the way through. The situation got to hill-hill. At 6:6, it was Souto’s break shot. The young lad from Spain had a ball down but only one more ball crossed the headstring. According to the rules, that is deemed to be an illegal break and the opponent gets to the table. That’s what Pehlivanovic did. He found an open table in front of him with no real problems. He focussed on the game and pocketed ball after ball, winning the rack and the match with a lucky 7:6 over So uto. „I know I did not play well in this match“, admitted Pehlivanovic after the match, but I will also play the semi-final in 8-ball this afternoon. I need to get better then though“, Pehlivanovic added.
The tournament will continue tomorrow at 09:00 local time with the team competition. In the afternoon, the 9-ball individuals will continue.
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Tkach, Gorst and Patsura snatch the 10-ball titles

The Gold Medals at the Dynamic Billard European Championships Youth in the 10-ball individuals have just been awarded. Kristina Tkach (RUS), Fedor Gorst (RUS) and Vitaliy Patsura (UKR) have taken the titlest.
In the Under 19’s, Vitaliy Patsura dealt with Sergey Lutsker (RUS). Both players started out quite nervous. Patsura dogged the 10-ball at 1:0 in the lead. The next rack, Lutsker missed an easy 8-ball. The nerves were blank with both players. After 10 racks, the match was tied at 5:5. Then Lutsker completely lost control of the cue ball while executing the break shot. He scratched and Patsura ran out with ball in hand to get on the hill. In the next rack, Patsura forced Lutsker to play a jump shot. Lutsker fouled while attempting to play the shot. Patsura used the momentum and took the rack and the match with 7:5 over Lutsker.
Top Eight 10-Ball Under 19’s
1. Vitaliy Patsura (UKR)
2. Sergey Lutsker (RUS)
3. Casper Matikainen (FIN)
Maksim Dudanets (RUS)
4. Cyriel Ledoux (NED)
Daniel Resch (AUT)
Pijus Labutis (LIT)
Sandrino File (NED)
The final in the Under 17’s was much clearer. Fedor Gorst dominated the match with Kamil Szasor (POL) from start to the end and won quite convincingly with 6:3 over the Polish.
Top Eight 10-Ball Under 17’s
1. Fedor Gorst (RUS)
2. Kamil Szasor (POL)
3. Eklent Kaci (ALB)
Kevin Schiller (GER)
4. Wiktor Zielinski (POL)
Osman Sanlisoy (TNC)
Joey Haegmans (NED)
Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH)
In the girls division, Kristina Tkach played against Diana Khodjaeva (BEL). The match was quite even with Tkach being in a little advantage throughout the match. Khodjaeva tried to keep the match open but in the end, Tkach was too strong for her, winning the final with 5:3.
Top Six 10-Ball Girls
1. Kristina Tkach (RUS)
2. Diana Khodjaeva (BEL)
3. Marharyta Fefilava (BLR)
Jana Peters (GER)
4. Hanna Memic (BIH)
Dina Fatihova (RUS)
Medal table after 2 of 5 events
1. Russia
2. Ukraine
3. Poland
4. Belgium
5. Germany
6. Albania
Earlier today, the first rounds of the 8-ball individuals have been played. One very outstanding match was the clash between Atlantic Challenge Cup teammates Kristina Tkach (RUS) and Marharyta Fefilava (BLR). Fefilava was on the hill, leading 4:3 when she missed the 8-ball to finish Tkach in the winner’s qualification round. Tkach ran a few balls but the ran out of position. The two contestants entered into a safety battle with the better end for Tkach. The match turned into a hill-hill thriller at 4:4. Here, Fefilava had the first shot at the victory. But she missed a makable shot and gave the table to Tkach who really performed outstanding today. Tkach cleared the table and made her way into the single elimination stage of the 8-ball while Fefilava needs to go through the loser’s side.
The tournament will continue tomorrow at 09:00 local time with the team competition. In the afternoon, the 8-ball individuals will continue.
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Dudanets and Gorst win the first gold medals

Maksim Dudanets and Fedor Gorst

The Gold Medals at the Dynamic Billard European Championships Youth in the straight pool individuals have just been awarded. Maxim Dudanets (RUS) and Fedor Gorst (RUS) have taken the first titles in this year’s event.
The story of the Under 19’s final is quickly told. Maksim Dudanets had to deal with Michael Schneider (SUI). The Swiss was leading 8:3 when Dudanets got to the table and ran 84 balls, turning the scoreboard to 87:8 in his favor. That broke Schneider’s neck in the match. He did try to come back but he was probably in his chair for too long already. He could not get position on the balls and tried a safety shot. Dudanets called the 3-ball with a combination shot from the pack and ran the needed 13 balls to clearly win the final match with 100:13.
The finals in the Under 17’s was much closer. Defending Champion Daniel Maciol (POL) was almost there, leading 72:53 over Gorst. But then Gorst got to the table and started an amazing effort, running 22 balls to win the match and the Championship with 75:72. This is Gorst’s first title on a European level.
Final standings Straight Pool Under 19’s
1. Maksim Dudanets (RUS)
2. Michael Schneider (SUI)
3. Vitaly Patsura (UKR)
Marsel Safiullin (RUS)
4. Krystian Cwikla (POL)
Adrijan Todic (SUI)
Andreas Madsen (DEN)
Dogukan Dogu (TNC)
Final standings Straight Pool Under 17’s
1. Fedor Gorst (RUS)
2. Daniel Maciol (POL)
3. Federico Amendola (ITA)
Wiktor Zielinski (POL)
4. Tony Da Costa (FRA)
Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH)
Kaylash Persad (NED)
Hasan Emre Vural (NOR)
Medal table after 1 of 5 events
1. Russia
2. Poland
3. Switzerland
4. Italy
Earlier today, the first rounds of the 10-ball individuals have been played. The girls have entered the stage here in St. Johann. The only remaining medallist from last year in the girl’s division is Marharyta Fefilava (BLR). She opened her tournament appearance with a convincing 5:0 victory over Vilde Mary Holme (NOR). In the same round, Jana Peters (GER) defeated Michelle Sandman (NOR) with the same result. Kristina Tkach (RUS) won her match over Agata Sidio (POL) with 5:1. Last year’s Champion’s sister Diana Khodjaeva (BEL) also took her first match with 5:2 over Dina Fatihova (RUS).
In the Under 17 category, defending Champion Maksim Dudanets (RUS) is not competing anymore since he reached the age limit and plays now in the Under 19’s. So, last year’s runner-up Eklent Kaci can be considered kind of a favorite player here. He played Kamil Szasor (POL) in his first match and the encounter turned out to become an epic thriler. At 5:5, both players exchanged brilliant safety shots with Szasor being the player with the first chance to clear the table. But he ran out of position and played safety again. Kaci was able to provide several resafes himself but Szasor came up with a brilliant shot with three balls left on the table, forcing Kaci to commit a foul. That brought Szasor to the table with ball in hand and he ended the match 6:5 in his favor. Kaci then went to the loser’s side and defeated Sandro Volery (SUI) with 6:1 which booked him a ticket among the final 32 players in the 10-ball individuals Under 17’s.
In the Under 19’s, defending Champion Joshua Filler (GER) has not been announced by the German Federation. Therefore, only last year’s U17 Gold Medallist Maksim Dudanets and U19 Bronze Medallist Vitaly Patsura (UKR) could be spotted as favorites. Of course, there were also other known names in the field such as Andreas Madsen (DEN), Raphael Wahl (GER) and Cyriel Ledoux (NED). In fact, Wahl and Ledoux met in the winner’s qualification round and the match was very high class. Being 5:6 down, Wahl was at the table with 3 balls left. Wahl missed an easy 10-ball and left a rail-first-shot to Ledoux. The Dutch player took the risk and pocketed the 10-ball, winning that match with 7:5.
The tournament will continue tomorrow at 09:00 local time with the first round of the team competition. In the afternoon, the 10-ball individuals will continue.
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Youth World 9-Ball Championships on in Shanghai, China

The European Youth squad with the Youth Sports Director Sandra Hanf (GER) as their leader and Piotr Kedzior (POL) as support is currently trying to repeat their outstanding results from last year.
The divisions are Under 17’s, Under 19’s and Girls. There are 24 players participating in each division, representing a total of 28 nations
Under 19’s
Joshua Filler (GER) had a walk over in his first round. He then got the better of Samuel Hui Sim/Zhong (SIN) with 9:4. The balls were rolling in his favor in that match. His teammate and fellow countryman Raphael Wahl (GER) had a perfect start with a 9:1 victory over Nasie Kotze (RSA). In the second round, Wahl met Liu Hao Wei (TPE). The match was really close and a tough fight for both players. After 14 racks, the score was tied at 7:7. Then Liu managed to get the upper hand and win the match with 9:7. That brought Wahl to the loser’s side of the bracket. Patrick Statkiewicz (POL) lost his opening match to strong American Nick Evans (USA) with 8:9. The Polish lad was already on the hill with 8:6 when he overcoat an 8-ball. That gave second life to Evans. He came back, and at 8:8 he recovered from a tough safety position, winning the match with the closest result possible. Pius Labutis (LIT) drew Kim Su Ung (KOR) in his first round match. The match was completely leveled and Labutis had the luckier end with 9:8 on his side. The player from Lithuania also won his second match over local player Wen Wu (CHN) with 9:6 and will try – just like Filler – to make it into the quarter-finals.
Under 17’s
Maxim Dudanets (RUS), Daniel Maciol (POL) and Cyriel Ledoux (NED) had a walk-over in their first round match. Then, Maciol won over Nick Evans (USA) 7:5. Dudanets took down YIP King Ning Leo (HKG) 7:4 while Ledoux wrestled down Kong Dejing (CHN) with 7:5 after having trailed already 2:4 in that match. Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) forfeited his first round match. He will now face YIP King Ning Leo in the loser’s round. Dudanets, Maciol and Ledoux are right on track and play for the quarter-finals today.
Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) was seeded Nr.1 in the girls division, being the defending World Champion. After a walk-over in the first round, she clearly dominated Kim Bo Geon (KOR) with 7:3. Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) had a close encounter with Liu Yuchen (CHN) and the match was pretty even until a score of 4:4 was on the boards. Then, Liu started committing mistakes and Khodjaeva punished her for it, winning the match with 7:4. Kristina Tkach (RUS) crushed Taylor Reynolds (USA) in the first round with 7:1. Then she met last year’s runner-up Yuki Hiraguchi (JPN). After a long fight, Tkach had to give in to the strong Japanese, losing 4:7 in the end. Marharyta Fefilava (BLR) met Chezka Luy Centeno (PHI) in the first round. The match was dominated by safety play and Marharyta did not achieve to come up with safeties which were good enough to put her opponent into danger. The filipina won the match with 7:5. Fefilava lost the match without any missed shot. Her safety play was simply not good enough and she left chances for her opponent. Today, Feilava will have another chance on the loser’s side against Kayla Roll-on (USA).

Team Europe still on track but first players have dropped out

Team EUROPE is still in a nice shape at the WPA World 9-Ball Championships for Under 19’s, Under 17’s and Girls which is currently held in Shanghai, China.
In the girls division, Kristina Tkach (RUS) and Marharyta Fefilava (BKR) were able to win their matches on the loser’s side. Tkach ousted Rachel Lang (USA) 7:1 and then had a thriller coming up against Xiong Shi Yan (CHN). Tkach took an early 3:1 lead but Xiong was able to pull back two racks from her to tie the match at 3:3. Tkach took a timeout and got some momentum from it. She took another two rack lead to turn the scoreboard to 5:3 in her favor. But China’s Xiong turned out to be a real tough fighter. She struck back and managed to tie the match at 6:6. Being on the hill, both players knew it was a do or die from now on. Xiong handled the pressure better and won the heartbreaker with 7:6, eliminating Kristina Tkach from the event. Marharyta Fefilava had to deal with Kayla Roloson (CAN). The first part of the match went definitely into Fefilava’s account. 3:0 was the intermediate result. Suddenly, Roloson started to fight back and the match heated up. It came again to a hill hill situation where Roloson missed the 6-ball and left the table with 4 balls remaining to Fefilava. The young girl from Belarus used that chance and took the victory with 7:6. The next match was the final destination for Fefilava. She had to face Jiang Teng (CHN) who ousted Fefilava with 7:5. The two remaining European girls, defending Champion Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) and Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL), are still straight on track. Seroshtan won 7:2 over Wang Wan-Ling (TPE) while Khodjaeva handed a 7:0 doughnut to Yang Ji Young (KOR).
Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) caused another upset in the Under 17’s division. He played Yip King Ning Leo (HKG) and furiously took a 5:1 lead. But then it seemed as if Pehlivanovic ran out of gas. He lost rack after rack and finally, Yip was able to win the loser’s round mastic with 7:6 and terminate the event for the young Bosnian. Cyriel Ledoux (NED) won 7:5 over Lo Ho Sum (HKG). The same result was good for Daniel Maciol (POL) who won over Alexander Tapiquen (VEN) 7:5 as well. Maxim Dudanets (RUS) joined his two teammates with a clear 7:4 victory over Zhang Gan Ting (CHN). These three players will play the quarterfinals tomorrow.
In the Under 19’s division, Patryk Statkiewicz (POL) and Raphael Wahl (GER) were already on the loser’s side while Joshua Filler (GER) and Pijus Labutis (LIT) are on the winner’s side. Statkiewicz defeated Jerry Quintero (VEN) 9:6 while Wahl ousted Devin Poteet (USA) 9:4. Then, Statkiewicz saw Xing Xiao Wei (CHN) as his opponent. The Polish played another match filled with ups and downs but remained victorious in the end with 9:6. Wahl came up with the next heartbreaker of the day. His match with Kim Su Ung (KOR) turned out to be a thriller which went over the full distance. At 8:8, Wahl kept his nerves together and won the match by a hair’s breadth with 9:8. Joshua Filler met Long Zehuang (CHN) who made his way in the tournament through the qualification rounds. The Chinese took an unexpected quick 5:1 lead over Filler. But the multiple European Youth Champion suddenly seemed to remember that he is in the event for a reason. He found his rhythm and won the match 9:6. Labutis played with Hsu Jui An (TPE). He dominated throughout the whole match and despite the fact that he also committed several unnecessary mistakes, Labutis won the encounter with 9:4.
If Statkiewicz and Wahl will win their next matches tomorrow, they will be in the quarterfinals as well as seven of their teammates.

High Quality Matches in Junior 14.1

In the juniors division, last year’s most successful player Joshua Filler (GER) played for the first time just coming out of the pupils. His play was as strong as it used to be. The young German who also participates in the men’s Euro-Tour at times won all his matches today with clear results. He defeated Patryk Statkiewicz (POL) 100:28, Andreas Madsen (DEN) 100:47, Klemen Gradisnik (SLO) 100:44 and in the quarter-final match Pawel Kaczmarek (POL) 100:26 even. He will meet Tian Zhang (SWE) in tomorrow’s semi-final at17:30 CET. Zhang surprisingly ousted Raphael Wahl (GER) in his quarter-final match with 100:82. The second semi-final will be played between Spasian Spasov (BUL) and Daniel Tangudd (SWE). In that match, Tangudd definitely is the player who could be regarded as the favorite. But Spasov has proven today that he should not be underestimated by any opponent in this event. He lost his first match with Klemen Gradisnik (SLO) 76:100 but then started his crusade on the loser’s side. Victories over Dylan Vyvey (BEL) 100:83, Clemens Schober (AUT) 100:80 and Oliver Szolnoki (HUN) in the quarter-final with 100:77 demonstrate that Spasov definitely also is a factor to calculate with. On paper, Tangudd and Filler are the players who can be regarded as favorites for the semi-final matches.


In the pupils division, the defending Champion was not playing this year. Joshua Filler (GER), who won the title last year in Sarajevo and reached the age limit this year. However, there were still some brilliant players in the pupils division. One of them was Maksim Dudanets (RUS). The young Russian started at a very young age. He is 16 years by now and therefore eligible to still compete in the pupils. And he had a good day today. He won four straight matches in a row. In his first round appearance, he defeated Osman Sanlisoy (TNC) with 75:54. In the next round, Emil Bjorkmann (NOR) was his next victim with 75:17. It seemed as if Dudanets would get stronger during the competition. In the winner’s qualification round, he sent Frederico Amendola (ITA) to the loser’s side. Then, in the quarter-final match, he eliminated Nicolas Georgopoulos (GER) with 75:25. Dudanets will face Cyriel Ledoux (NED) tomorrow in the semi-final match which will be played at17:30 CET.


The other semi-final match will be played between Patrick Hofmann (GER) and Daniel Maciol (POL). Both players had four straight wins and the match is looking promising to become quite intense.


The Dynamic Billard European Youth Championships 2014 will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches of the 10-ball individuals. Later on in the afternoon, the straight pool semi-finals will be played with the finals scheduled for 19:30 CET.


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Feijen takes the Main Event @ Deurne City Classic

A.Moussati, M.Sawicki, N.Feijen and H.Charalampidis

Saturday morning we started off with the MAIN 9ball EVENT…
1st four groups of 24 started off at 09:00h. All went well as nobody got sanctioned with a penalty, neither did anyone forfeit or no-show. 

Group A saw one of the favorites Ivo Aarts sail through to the 2nd Winners round with wins over Kaylash Persad, Olivier Vandenbohede. In the 3rd round however he got beaten by UK’s Tony Burton who did not lose a match to qualify for the last64. Marek Derek, Serge Das and Tobias Hoiß all did the same thing by defeating Kadir Turku, Hoa Nguyen, Nicolas Georgopoulos and Tom Penrose. Three of them eventually qualified for the Knock-Out stage themselves by winning their subsequent matches. So did Ivo Aarts in the end.

Group B’s 2nd Winners Round had some strong matches and some surprises as Luxemburg’s Sebastian Beuel beat German 1.Bundesliga playing Klaudio Kerec 8-4 and Karl Boyes did the same thing to Sixpocket’s admin Florian Scholl. Both losers redeemed themselves in the 3rd Losers Round by defeating Joerie van den Broeck and Stefan Sprangers, the latter one not being as slouch. Through the winners side Daryl Peach, Karl Boyes, Bartek Skoniecki and Konrad Juszczyszyn qualified for the Last64 without losing a match. From the Losers round Carlos Cabello, Raphael Keusen, Sebastian Beuel and Klaudio Kerec joined them. Unfortunately some good players went down, like: Alain Da Costa and Maurice Houben.

Group C had some strong players, winning their 1st matches with ease; Niels Feijen beat greek player Theodore Bitsaxakis 8-2, Wojtek Trajdos did the same thing to UK’s Tom Stavely. Aziz Moussati lost to strong playing Benji Buckley 3-8 and after that 7-8 to Peter Lau. This saw him drop out of the 9ball. He said he could not focus on playing because of all the things that went on regarding organization etc. I myself had the same problem. Further in this group’s losers side Matthias Blehs got rid of Walter Hottgenroth and Benjamin Baier. On the winners side Niels handed a donut to Trajdos and Stephan Cohen beat Marcel Fortunski to both qualify for the Last64. Tobias Bongers and Benji Buckley sent Kyle Van den Bosch and Martin Steinlage to the last losers round. 4 players took their last chance to qualify; Trajdos beat Peter Lau 8-4, Bitsaxakis – Steinlage 8-3, Fortunski did the same thing to Del Sim. Matthias Blehs handed out the second donut of the group to Kyle van den Bosch.

Group D featured some strong playing German Bundesliga players; Stefan Nolle and Valery Kuloyants who got rid of their opponents Gijs van Westebrugge and Edward Werlemann pretty quickly in the 1st round. 2nd Winners Round matches went pretty quickly as well when Mieszko Fortunski beat Lex Wellens 8-0, Tony Drago vs. Jan Van Lierop 8-1. Mieszko continued his strong form by winning 8-0 again in his following match against Michael Kasper. Other favorites did not have that same luck as Tony Drago lost to strong youngster Francisco Sanchez Ruiz. Ralf Souquet showed Stefan Nolle who’s boss with a score of 8-5 and Valery did the same thing to Konrad Piekarski. From the losers round the following players eventually went on to qualify for the Last64: Tony Dargo over Sean Dennis with a score of 8-1, Stefan Nolle beat Jan van Lierop 8-2, Konrad Piekarski against Lex Wellens 8-4.

In the afternoon the last 4 groups started their matches, some of the previous groups had to qualify the next morning some of them were done..

Group E surprised a bit when Micha Beuriot beat Guy Buss in the first round and one of the favs Imran Majid got beaten by Nicolas Baumanns. I got my donut handed to me by Noel Bruynooghe.. Couldn’t focus on my game with all the stuff happening around me and had to get comfortable with my new cue as well. Noel played a very good match though, missing maybe 1 ball the entire match. He later on went and qualified for the Last64 by beating Sebastian Fuhrmann. One of the other strong favorites Mateusz Sniegocki sailed through with a score of 8-0 in his 2nd and 3rd match as well. Fast playing Marko Vogel struggled a bit but in the end got through with a hill-hill against Mario Stahl, who himself also eventually got through by beating Lennaert Speijker 8-1 in the losers round. Imran Majid, Robin Cripps, Anthony Wever also went on to qualify winning their matches in the 4th losers round.

Group F consisted of some great players like Oliver Ortmann and Juan Carlos Exposito, who met each other in the latter stages. Oliver first beat fellow countryman Michael Heinz with a big score of 8-0. Think Michael couldn’t get his rhythm going as he normally played way better than that. Norman Bakker surprisingly beat JCE 8-1, Greek fury Xrhstos Davetas beat Thomas Aschauer 8-4 and strong playing Marc Bijsterbosch beat Sven Wenkheimer with easy and a final score of 8-2. In the 3rd Winners round some big matches emerged like Ramazan Dincer vs. Ortmann (8-6), Elliot Sanderson vs. Marc Bijsterbosch (8-5) and Adrian Borowiec vs. Davetas (8-4). So now the losers qualification had some great thrillers going where Exposito met with Ortmann and beat him 8-5, which caused a bit of an upset. Also Hector del Amo Garcia who lost his 1st match got through to the last round and bear Sven Pauritsch to qualify. Marc Bijsterbosch also redeemed himself and beat Waikit Kwok after a hard battle. Davetas was the last one to set his score and got through.

Group G featured some big names like Mario He, David Alcaide and Phil Burford. But also strong formed Joshua Filler who had made a name for himself at DCC by winning the 9ball Banks against Nick v/d Berg in the final. 1st round saw no surprises and all big names went through to the next one. Then we had a big match-up when Mario He drew David Alcaide in the next round and beat him on the hill. David eventually got through to the last round and got through. Joshua showed that age does not matter and shot his way through Phil Burford at the arena with a score of 8-6. Marco Teutscher also went through over Jimmy Worung (8-5). In the 3rd winner round more surprises came when Daniel Kandi beat strong favorite Mario He. Furthermore Mark Lunn beat OC Chan, Teutscher beat Jelle Kijlstra and Joshua Filler knocked his countryman Clemens Phillipen to the losers round. Last chance to qualify for the Last64.. Phil Burford, Julian Kortüm, previously mentioned David Alcaide and Ralf Mrnka did so.

Group H was the final one and had 2013 Champion Nick Van Den Berg starting his journey to defend his crown. Started off with a bye and then went on to qualify for the Last64 by beating German Bundesliga player Kevin Becker and Belgian WCOP player Moritz Lauwereyns in his 3rd match. More strong players started off well; Huidji See beat Female player Vivien Schade 8-0, Jakob Belka vs. Olivier van Loteringen went down with 8-2. 2nd round winners side had some good matches when Dennis Jansen beat Hanno Bröcker on the Hill, Wojtek Szewczyk knocked his countryman Jakob Belka to the losers-side and youngster Aaron Vancoppenolle did the same thing to strong Female Chantal Manske. Last winners round saw all the favorites go through; NvdB, Szewczyk, See and Dennis Janssen, all with ease. Losers side saw Lars Kuckherm, Belka, Becker and Mauwereyns go through.

So that was it for the groups.. Now on to the Last 64 of the 9ball MAIN-EVENT and the 9ball DROP-OUT Challenge.
Around 10:00h on Sunday some matches of the Knock-Out stage began early, but most started around 12:00h. 
Some noticeable wins were Moritz Lauwereyns beating his former WCOP team-mate Serge Das with a score of 9-5. Phil Burford beat his countryman Karl Boyes 9-7. Ivo Aarts beat Mateusz Sniegocki 9-8 after trailing 8-6. Konrad Piekarski beat Noel Bruynooghe with an easy 9-4. Norman Bakker got close with Matthias Blehs but beat him on the hill. Raphael Keusen beat strong playing Daniel Kandi on the hill as well. So did Carlos Cabello vs. Mark Lunn.

On to the Last32 where more surprises came along when Wojtek Szewczyk beat Huidji See with ease, final score of 9-5. Moritz Lauwereyns kept his form and beat last year’s Runner-Up Marek Derek 9-6. Konrad Juszczyszyn also shocked everyone when he kept his nerve on the hill against Phil Burford and beat him. More strong play by Ivo Aarts, Imran Majid, Ralf Souquet, Konrad Piekarski, Joshua Filler, Nick van den Berg, Niels Feijen, Tobias Hoiß who all went through to the Last16.

Surely now at this stage you would think only the strong favorites would emerge.. but no, Moritz Lauwereyns continued his form and beat Tobias Hoiß 9-7. Konrad Piekarski being the underdog against Ivo Aarts showed who’s who and beat him 9-5. Mario He did not disappoint and beat Juszczyszyn 9-5 as well. But the biggest surprises of them all was Wojtek Szewczyk taking his revenge on Nick van den Berg from last year at the quarter-finals. After trailing a couple of games Wojtek in the end prevailed and beat the struggling Nick 9-7. Fair to say Nick was dealing with some personal issues on the side. Nevertheless a great performance by the young Pole. More names that went through to the Last8 were Filler, Majid, Feijen and a player I would like to call the new ‘DARK HORSE’ ; Marcel Fortunski. Did not know Marcel had so much in him.. he went through to this stage by beating some big names in my book; Ramazan Dincer (5x 1.Bundesliga Champion), Normal Bakker (strong Dutch player), Elliot Sanderson (GB9 Tour) .. Well DONE!

At this stage our well prized DROP-OUT Challenge began, this tournament was created to let players have another change at some good prize-money and to let them enjoy our venue some more. Where at other tournament after losing twice you didn’t have a chance to redeem yourself.. @ DCC players still did! The Tournament had the same format and rules but shorter races and single knock-out.. so fast play and surprise results were expected. When people found out that the tournament was opened to more than 64 players, whey immediately signed up and the final field was 80.

Here are the results:

Last 16 and onwards:

Klaudio Kerec 6 vs 5 Benjamin Baier 
Mateusz Sniegocki 6 vs 1 Stefan Nölle 
Sigi Hegde 6 vs 3 Chantal Manske 
Tony Drago 6 vs 3 Sebastian Fuhrmann 
Raul Martin 6 vs 3 Cyriel Ledoux
Thomas Aschauer 6 vs 3 Marc Glatz
David Alcaide 6 vs 1 Ramazan Dincer 
Can Salim 6 vs 3 Christos Davetas

Quarter finals 
Klaudio Kerec 6 vs 4 Mateusz Sniegocki 
Tony Drago 6 vs 0 Sigi Hegde 
Raul Martin 6 vs 0 Thomas Aschauer 
David Alcaide 6 vs 1 Can Salim

Semi finals 
Tony Drago 7 vs 2 Klaudio Kerec 
David Alcaide 7 vs 2 Raul Martin

David Alcaide 8 vs 2 Tony Drago

Quarter Final TIME of the MAIN-EVENT!

Moritz again shocked everyone on the TV Table and beat strong favorite Mario He. Feijen showed who boss against Majid by beating him 9-5. Piekarski went on 6-1 against Marcel Fortunski in about 20 minutes but then lost focus and let the young player get back at him a little bit but in the end closed it off with a final score of 9-7. Joshua Filler kept cool against Szewczyk to beat him 9-5.
Semis both played on the TV tables, the match-ups were; Feijen vs. Lauwereyns and Filler vs. Piekarski. Both matches quickly showed who the better players was on Sunday. Even through the youngster match had a bigger score it was over pretty quick cus of fast run-outs and no safety battles. Niels and Moritz took a while longer as tactics came into play. Niels finally closed the deal with a 9-2 win.
So Holland vs. Germany in the FINAL! Niels quickly showed that the break in 9ball ET Style is mastered by those who regularly play the format and broke and ran most of his racks. Joshua struggled to get runs round because he lost his cue-ball a lot. Niels in front is unstoppable, I knew that from the get-go. Proved me right by winning and becoming the NEW 2014 ‘PREDATOR’ Deurne City Classic® CHAMPION !! Congrats Niels Feijen
Though "MASTER OF THE TABLE" title goes to Joshua Filler ! Winning the 9ball banks, 14.1 Shootout and becoming Runner-up in the 9ball MAIN-EVENT!


Team Gold for Finland and The Netherlands

Dynamic Billard European Championships Youth have come to an end.

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: With two surprise winners, the Dynamic Billard European Youth Championships 2013 have come to an end.

The junior's final between Poland and Finland was a small sensation in itself. Everybody would have expected the German team in the finals, but the Finish juniors ended their hopes in the semi-final. Poland was expected to be in the finals. In straight pool, current European Champion Sebastian Batkowski (POL) had to deal with Aapo Virrankoski (FIN). Batkowski lead the match all the way and would have probably won it but the game was not finished. The reason for that were the other two matches. Jesse Kivelä (FIN) handed a doughnut to Maciej Witkowski (POL) in 8-ball, creaming him 7:0. Jesse Waltteri Huttunen (FIN) had a 9-ball match with Pawel Kaczmarek (POL) that turned up an down with the better end for Huttunen. Kaczmarek took a 10: and 2:1 lead; then Huttunen took a 4:2 lead. In the 5th rack, Kaczmarek played a good safety shot on the 1-ball and snookered Huttunen. The Finish hit the 1-ball over a rail and occasionally pocketed the 9- ball. That gave a 5:2 lead to Huttunen. Instead of making use of his momentum then, he played some careless shots and allowed Kaczmarek to get to 5:4. Both players seemed to get a bit nervous since the missed shots became mire frequent. At 6:5, Huttunen adjusted to the situation better and took the next two racks, winning the match 8:5. This provided the second point for team Finland… and the Gold Medal.

In the pupil's team final, team Lithuania took on team Netherlands. Both teams were not necessarily expected in the final. The Dutch team ousted the Germans while team Lithuania sent team Russia home. Unexpectedly, the match also had to be decided by the straight pool encounter. Jan Van Lierop (NED) took the 9-ball off Kestutis Zadeikis (LIT) with 7:4. Pijus Labutis (LIT) won his 8-ball match over Cyriel Ledoux (NED) with 6:2. So the decision had to come in the straight pool match between Remigijus Kavalnis (LIT) and Persad Kaylash (NED). Kaylash dominated the straight pool match and left no chance for Kavalnis. He won 75:43 in the end and brought the Gold Medal home to The Netherlands.


Medal Table
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Germany 4 4 8 16
2. Netherlands 2 0 1 3
3. Poland 1 3 2 6
4. Russia 1 1 5 7
5. Belgium 1 1 1 3
  Sweden 1 1 1 3
7. Austria 1 0 0 1
  Ukraine 1 0 0 1
  Finland 1 0 0 1
10. Hungary 0 1 2 3
11. Switzerland 0 1 0 1
  Lithuania 0 1 0 1
13. Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
  Bosnia & Hercegovina 0 0 1 1
  Denmark 0 0 1 1
  Norway 0 0 1 1
  Slovenia 0 0 1 1
  Turkish North Cyprus 0 0 1 1


This concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Billard EPBF European Championships Youth 2013 in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina. The next event will be the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies which will begin on Sunday, August 4th at 09:00 CET. The event will be streamed LIVE on 20 tables at pool-billiard/.

The event was hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website or contact our press office.

Daniel Schneider Ends Muratovic’s Journey in the Semi-Final

Daniel Schneider (SUI)

First Medal for young Bosnian Federation

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: Daniel Schneider (SUI) defeated Alen Muratovic (BIH) in a one-man show with 8:1 in the semi-finals of the junior's division 9-ball.


Muratovic was the darling of the crowd. He obtained a medal for his home nation for the first time in history, That burden obviously rested hard on his shoulders. He could not get into his game as he used to in earlier rounds. On the other hand, Schneider played solid pool with few mistakes. When he missed shots, the position for Muratovic very often was not good. All these factors lead to the match becoming pretty much a one-man-show for Schneider. In the second semi-final of the junior's division, Andrey Seroshtan (RUS) ousted Tobias Bongers (GER) with 8:6.


The pupil's final will be played between Raphael Wahl (GER) and Jan Van Lierop (NED). Wahl eliminated Cyriel Ledoux (NED) with 7:1 while van Lierop just made it over Can Salim-Giasar (GER) with 7:6.


In the girls division, the final match will be played between Kateryna Polovinchuk (UKR) and Sabrina Hammer (GER). Hammer terminated her teammate Veronika Ivanovskaia 6:3 while Polovinchuk ended Kristina Tkach's (RUS) hopes for a set in the final with 6:4.


The final matches will begin at 12:15 CET


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The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website or contact our press office.