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Team Titles won by Sweden and The Netherlands

Team Sweden Ladies and Team The Netherlands Seniors

The team competitions at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors & Ladies 2019 have been decided. Team Sweden won the ladies division while team The Netherlands took the title in the seniors division.
 
The final match in the seniors division was played between The Netherlands and Portugal. Jesse Thehu took a quick victory in his 8-ball match over Sergio Silva 7-4. The other two matches were very close. Jim Telfer was at hill-hill 6-6 with Henrique Correia in 10-ball when Rene Peeters pocketed the winning 9-ball in his match with Manuel Pereira 8-4 to win the team match and the title 2-0.
 
Top 4 Seniors Teams
 
1. Netherlands
2. Portugal
3. Germany
    Switzerland
 
The ladies final between Sweden and Germany was very exciting. Ann-Sofie Lofgren took the first point for Sweden, defeating Anja Hehre 5-2 in 8-ball. Annika Nilsson fell to the sharp blade of Susanne Wessel 2-6 in 9-ball. It came to a shoot-out where the Swedish ladies took the title, winning the final match 2-1 over the Germans.
 
Top 4 Ladies Teams
 
1. Sweden
2. Germany
3. France
4. Switzerland
 
Medal table after 3 of 5 events
 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 NED 2   1 3
2 GER 1 2 2 5
3 POR 1 1   2
4 SWE 1     1
5 SUI   1 2 3
6 FRA   1 1 2
7 NOR     3 3
8 AUT     1 1
 
Earlier today, several round of the 8-ball individuals were played. One interesting match was the clash between Jim Telfer (NED) and Mats Elfroos (SWE). Nerves were getting the better of both players early on as they both missed easy shots. It was Telfer however, who found his rhythm first and took control of the match. Elfroos couldn't put up much of a fight against Telfer and in the end, the final score was a clear 7-2 result that put Telfer to the round of the 32 player single elimination while Elfroos needs another victory on the loser’s side.
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies 2019 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 8-ball individuals competition.
 
The Championships are played on 24 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be obtained at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.
 
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 www.epconline.eu or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Another “Golden day” for Team Germany

The Winning Teams

The team competition at the Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships 2018 have been decided. Team Germany once again dominated the day and took 4 out of 7 Gold Medals.
 
Probably the most prestigious division was won by team Poland today. The Polish team was up in the final match against the „hometown heroes“, the Dutch team. The match was action-packed and filled with excitement and pressure. The first point went into the account of The Dutch team when Ivar Saris took the 8-ball match with 8:4 against Konrad Juszczyszyn. Some time later, Tomasz Kaplan was able to tie the match for the Polish team, winning the 10-ball match with 8:6 over Marc Bijsterbosch. The tension rose and the atmosphere was great. Karol Skowerski had to deal with „The Terminator“ Niels Feijen in 9-ball. That match was almost over when Feijen missed a shot, trailing 7:8 to Skowerski. But the Polish also showed some nerves and missed one of the four remaining balls, letting Feijen back to the table. „The Terminator“ went for it and cleared the table, levelling the match at hill-hill 8:8. The crowd went crazy and supported Feijen big time. One could hear a pin drop when Skowerski broke the rack in the deciding 17th rack. The 1-ball went in the side pocket but the 3-point-rule was violated so Feijen came to the table. He did not have a shot at the 2-ball so he passed the table back to Skowerski. The 2-ball was lying in the area of the corner pocket with the 6-ball blocking its way in. Skowerski played a push-out so that the 2-ball way playable but it did not have a pocket to go in. Feijen passed the shot back and Skowerski’s moment of glory was there. He took careful aim and fired the 2-ball into the 6-ball which was pocketed. From then on, the table had no more problems and Skowerski cleared it in order to win the 9-ball over Feijen with 9:8 and take the title with a 2:1 team result over team The Netherlands. „We are all playing at an equal level“, stated Skowerski after the final match, „we win together and lose together. We eliminated some really strong opponents and are now back on top with the team after 2015.“ „Hopefully, this victory will give a big boost for the game in our country“, Konrad Juszczyszyn added.
 
Top 4 Men
 
1. Poland
2. The Netherlands
3. Croatia
    Estonia
 
In the women’ team competition, the final match between Portugal and the Ukraine was pretty surprising since the „usual suspects“ got eliminated in earlier rounds. Team Russia who played the final match in the previous four years and won it twice got ousted by the Ukraine in the semi-finals this year. However, the final match went to the liking of team Portugal. Sara Rocha quite quickly took the 9-ball with 7:4 over Kateryna Polovinchuk. Also Vania Franco did not have many problems with Viktoria Nagorna, winning the 8-ball clearly with 6:2.
 
Top 4 Women
 
1. Portugal
2. Ukraine
3. Russia
    The Netherlands
 
The senior’s division was taken by team Germany, defeating the team from Portugal 2:1. Like in the men’s division, the first point went quite promptly into the account of the losing team. Henrique Correia who is known to play as fast as a whirlwind took the 10-ball over Germany’s #1 senior player Reiner Wirsbitzki with 7:3 after 1 1/2 hours. Around that time, Mario Maerz was 5:5 with Sergio Silva in 8-ball and Dirk Stenten was 6:6 with Manuel Pereira in 9-ball. The match was totally open with all odds in favour of the Portuguese team. But Germany managed to turn the tide in that match. Almost at the same time, Stenten and Maerz finished their respective matches, having not given away any more racks to their opponents from the moment mentioned. Maerz won in 8-ball 7:5 while Stenten took the 9-ball 8:6.
 
Top 4 Seniors
 
1. Germany
2. Portugal
3. The Netherlands
    Finland
 
The next Gold Medal of the day was collected for the German team by the Under 19’s team in their match against Russia. Christian Foehlich and Alen Salic took their matches pretty clearly. Foehlich won the 10-ball over Egor Trifonov 7:1 while Salic defeated Ilia Nekleenov in 9-ball 8:5. Only Luca Menn was outplayed by Dmitrii Shkodov in 8-ball with 5:7.
 
Top 4 U19
 
1. Germany
2. Russia
3. Denmark
    Sweden
 
Also in the Under 17’s division, Germany was victorious today. Having lost the winner’s qualification round to team Norway with 0:2, the Germans won the loser’s qualification round with 2:0 over Bulgaria and then ended the Finish hopes for the title with 2:1 in the semi-final. In the final match, Germany met team Poland. For many years, Poland has strong athletes in the youth. Just like this year. But Germany also seemed to have invested in their youngsters. Jacques Wollschlaeger won his 8-ball with 6:2 over Dominik Jastrzab while Dennis Laszkowski won the 9-ball 7:5 over Szymon Kural. That turned the scoreboard already to 2:0 for Germany. At that time, the 10-ball was aborted with Oskar Jamorski leading 5:3 over Moritz Neuhausen in a race to 6.
 
Top 4 U17
 
1. Germany
2. Poland
3. Finland
    Norway
 
In the girls’ division, the final match was played between team Russia and The Netherlands. Valeriia Trushewskaia won the 9-ball very fast with 6:1 over Megan Rademakers. Lynn Pijpers was trailing 2:3 to Viktoriia Gurova at that time. But Pijpers wanted that title. She hung in there and pulled track after rack from Gurova, eventually winning the 8-ball with 5:3. The match had to be decided by a shoot-out. Both teams showed that the pressure was on. Only one athlete stood out: Valeriia Trushewskaia. She pocketed all of her attempts in the shoot-out and brought the victory and the title in the girl’s division to Russia.
 
Top 4 Girls
 
1. Russia
2. The Netherlands
3. Belarus
    Norway
 
In the ladies’ division, once again Germany was the winner defeating Sweden in the final match. Annika Nilsson overcame Karin Michl surprisingly clear with 6:2 in 9-ball. Nilsson’s teammate Ann-Sofie Loefgren was all square with Susanne Wessel in 8-ball at 2:2. Then, Wessel took the steering wheel in the match and managed to outplay her opponent with 5:3 in the end. The final match had to be decided in the shoot-out. Here, the Germans were better and won with 3:1, taking the title in the ladies’ division.
 
Top 4 Ladies
 
1. Germany
2. Sweden
3. Italy
    Switzerland
 
Medal table after 4 of 5 events
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Having won 4 Gold Medals today only, team Germany is probably already the winner of the medal table of this 40th anniversary European Championships of the EPBF.
 
The Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships 2018 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with loser’s round matches in the 9-ball individuals.
 
The Jubilee Championships are played on 60 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be obtained at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.
 
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 www.epconline.eu or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

First Day In The Books At The Largest Pool Billiard Event In Europe Ever

Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP) at the table against David Alcaide (ESP)

The first day of the Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships in NH Conference Centre Koningshof in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, came to an end with as many as 462 straight pool matches played on 60 tables. Expectations were met on some occasions while other athletes had to settle for second best. Some hopes came treu, some were brutally destroyed.
 
In the men’s division, two former Champions surprisingly met on the loser’s side in the qualification round. Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz and David Alcaide, both from Spain, met in a match where one of them had to go home. This was especially tough for them since they live in the same town and are good friends and training buddies for many years now, they normally even share a room when they go abroad on tournaments. But the pool gods had them meet in this do-or-die match. Sanchez had execute do the opening shot. He left an open shot on the 8-ball for Alcaide. But instead of pocketing the 8-ball, Alcaide scratched and allowed Sanchez back to the table with 0:-1. Sanchez cleared one rack and also pocketed the break shot for a 15:-1 lead. He was in a good shape and the balls were nicely spread out on the table in front of him. He pocketed another shot and then scratched on the following attempt which brought Alcaide to the table at 15:-1. With a few safety shots, Alcaide managed to get back to 15:13 with Sanchez Ruiz still being in the lead. At that score, Alcaide missed an easy cut into the side pocket. This time, Sanchez showed no more mercy for his long-time friend. he cleared the table and ran the match out with an inning of 85 points, winning the match with 100:15 to terminate Alcaide’s hopes for another straight pool medal this year.
 
Defending straight pool Champion Niels Feijen (NED) clearly won his opening match over Stefan Noelle (GER) with 100:0, running out in one inning after Noelle gave him a shot in his second visit at the table. Then, Feijen had to deal with Jaroslav Polach (SVK) in the winner’s qualification round. He did not quite find his rhythm as he did in the match before and Polach used his great chance, taking down the Champion with 100:26 after 3 visits to the table. Polach is now through to the single elimination stage of the last 32 players while Feijen needs another victory over Konrad Juszczyszyn (POL).
 
Definitely one surprise today was the grandmaster Stephane Cohen (FRA) taking down David Alcaide (ESP) as clearly as 100:5. While Cohen had smooth sailing, Albin Ouschan (AUT) really needed all his power to defeat unheralded Lukas Kovac (SVK) 100:91.
 
Another well known face in the European pool world is former European Champion Nick Van Den Berg (NED). For private reasons, van den Berg stopped playing the Euro-Tour and international events since the end of 2017 but since this event was on his home soil, he wanted to find out whether he is still on top of his game. The first discipline straight pool was too much of an obstacle for him though. He really had a tough draw and faced Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP) in his first match. The Spaniard played well and won the match clearly with 100:19 over van den Berg. Then on the loser’s side, van den Berg ran into Konstantin Stepanov (RUS). After the break shot, van den Berg allowed Stepanov to see a shot…. and that was the end of the match and the straight pool discipline for him. Stepanov ran 100 and out on van den Berg and played a perfect match in one inning. Van den Berg must now hope to get better draws in the coming disciplines.
 
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In the women’s division, defending Champion Kristina Tkach (RUS) made short work of her opponents so far. After a walk-over in the first round, she smashed Melissa Kuys-Rademakers (NED) 75:40 and then Sara Iannini (ITA) even 75:9. Her toughest opponent in European pool is Jasmin Ouschan (AUT), last year’s runner-up in women’s straight pool and #2 seeded player this year. Ouschan also performed pretty strong today. She overpowered Nina Torvund (NOR) 75:18 and then Silvia Lopez (ESP) with 75:28. This means that Ouschan as well as Tkach is already in the single elimination round of the last 16 women. Though there are still several serious opponents „in the way“, they both left the impression that they want a rematch in the final from last year.
 
In the senior’s division, last year’s runner-up and #1 seeded player Dirk Stenten (GER) lost his opening match to a strong playing Marinus Gennissen (NED) with 46:75. However, Gennissen also could not make it into the round of the last 32 players single elimination yet since he fell to the sharp blade of Thomas Lindloff (GER) in the next round with 23:75. Another seeded player, Danilo Cipriani (ITA) lost in the first winner’’s round today with 37:75 to Sami Karttunen (FIN). The only seeded player in the senior’s straight pool division to make it to the single elimination stage yet is Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER). He took down Markku Toivonen (FIN) 75:23 and Riccardo Sini (ITA) 75:27. Portugal’s hopes Henrique Correia and Manuel Pereira are also among the players who made it over the winner’s round and can be regarded as hot title contenders.
 
The first day’s play also saw the future of European pool take to the stage with both the U17’s & the U19’s in action. The Straight-pool discipline has been a strong point for the Polish youth over the past few years and that looks to continue here in Veldhoven with 4 from the 5 entrants in the U17’s, still flying the Polish flag into the last 32. With Wiktor Zielinski moving up to the U19’s and running amok with his opponents, it’s time to shine for someone in this talented team. Szymon Kural, last year’s 8-ball bronze medallist is leading the way with some stern shooting earning him an elimination match against the Belarusian Mikita Paluyan starting Friday at 10 am local time.
 
The Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships 2018 will commence tomorrow morning at 10:00 CET with matches in the straight pool individuals competition men, seniors, U17 and U19.
 
The Jubilee Championships are played on 60 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be obtained at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.
 
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 www.epconline.eu or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

 

9-ball competition with several surprises

Left to right: Lely, Dalen, Glatz, Wirsbitzki and Rohmer

Today at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies at the Golden Tulip Jagershorst Hotel in Leende, The Netherlands, the 9-ball individuals were played to the single elimination stage.
 
In the seniors division, several surprises happened. defending Champion Jan Keller got ousted by unheralded Pontus Dalen (SWE) 8:4 in the loser’s qualification round. Then Dalen went ahead and took down Steffen Gross (GER) in a heartbreaker with 8:7. He will play Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER) tomorrow morning in the next round. Wirsbitzki, who always belongs to the circle of potential winners in seniors pool, also joined Dalen with victories over Sami Karttunen (FIN) 8:5 and then Michael Stark (AUT) 8:1.
 
One famous name in Dutch pool billiards is Alex Lely (NED). The former European Champion and top player is mainly known to be a coach and a commentator for Euro-Sports these days. Today however, he joined the seniors 9-ball competition. An early loss to Manuel Pereira (POR) 5:8 made him take the detour over the loser’s side. But he made his way back into the single elimination stage and defeated his first victim there, Vyacheslav Derbilov (RUS) 8:5. He will face Murat Ayas (SUI) in his next encounter tomorrow.
 
Another great name from the past is Marc Glatz (LUX). The German-born player from Luxembourg also went over the loser’s side and also got a foot back into the field by winning 8:5 over Tomi Ahonen (FIN). After that, he eliminated Mats Elfroos (SWE) 8:3 to get a match against Manuel Pereira (POR) tomorrow.
 
In the ladies division, Nathalie Rohmer (FRA) has already reached the quarterfinals. Her teammate Stella Julien (FRA) has been drawn against her to play for a spot in the medal match.
 
Tomorrow, the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies at the Golden Tulip Jagershorst Hotel in Leende, The Netherlands will continue at 09:00 CET with single elimination matches of the 9-ball individuals.
 
Every day, one match from the events will be shown LIVE on the Facebook page of the EPBF. All Facebook users may check out the high standard of quality which is provided for all the events and see what the Kozoom members receive all the time. You can see all the matches live via www.kozoom.com who stream the whole event on 23 tables on the internet LIVE. The FB live matches are announced on the EPBF Facebook page around noon every day. Results and schedules can be found at www.europeanpoolchampionships.eu so why not come and check out all the LIVE action of the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Youth.
 
The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organised by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website www.europeanpoolchampionships.eu, visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Keller Upsets in 9-Ball Seniors

Jan Keller

Jan Keller (DEN) booked a seat in the semi-finals in 9-ball today, eliminating defending Champion Henrique Correia (POR) 8:7 and then Jim Telfer (NED) 8:3 one after the other. Telfer will go up against Sanne Azar (SWE) in the semi-final. Azar took down Marcello Valoroso (ITA) 8:3 and then Tomi Ahonen (FIN) 8:5 in the quarter-finals.

 

The other semi-final in the seniors division is played between Manuel Pereira (POR) and Vegar Kristiansen (NOR). Pereira made his way over Markku Toivonen (FIN) 8:4 and Marinus Gennissen (NED) 8:5 while Kristiansen got the better of Davy Piergiovanni (ITA) 8:3 and Alex Habo (HUN) 8:1.

 

In the ladies division, the semi-finals are played between highly favored Ulrika Andersson (SWE) and Tuuliina Panula (FIN) in the first match and Karin Michl (GER) versus Susanne Wessel (GER) in the other semi-final.

 

Today, the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies continue with the semi-finals and the final of the 9-ball individuals competition. The final match is scheduled for 15:00 CET.

 

The Championships are played on 24 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be purchased at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.

 

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 www.epconline.eu, visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press officepress@epbf.com.

Andersson and Keller Reach Out For the 9-Ball Titles

Ulrika Andersson, Jan Keller

Ulrika Andersson (SWE) and Jan Keller (DEN) have taken the 9-ball titles at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies in Tirana, Albania.

 

It was Jan Keller’s first appearance in any European Championship final. Before this 9-ball competition here in Tirana, Keller was a blank sheet of paper. He had not achieved any medals or taken any victories on European level. Honestly, he was not even really heard of before this week. But that will change drastically after today. His opponent in the final, Manuel Pereira (POR) has already collected 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals at European Championships. So the roles for the final were clearly defined. Keller was the underdog an Pereira served as the favorite. But the match followed its own rules. Keller played calmly and enjoyed his performance at the table while Pereira seemed to struggle with his game. Keller was up 3:1 and 4:2 and he seemed to be able to gain a small advantage over Pereira. But the Portuguese tried his best and stayed in the match somehow. After seven racks, Keller was still leading but only with one rack 4:3. Then he let loose. Keller performed smoothly and it looked like it was smooth sailing for the "dark horse" from Denmark. The man who came here as a blank sheet of paper suddenly dominated one of senior pool’s powerhouses to his likings. In the end. Keller took a well deserved 8:3 victory over Pereira and collected his first medal ever on European level.

 

"I have prepared very well for this event", stated Keller afterwards, "I played pool every day, watch my food and did whatever I could to get in shape for this event." "I was so much looking forward to the European Championships". "9-ball is my favorite game" answered Keller when asked about his best game, 'I love the tactics involved with it." „I was not nervous during my matches since I really had nothing to lose“, mentioned Keller, "if I had lost today to Azar or Correia or Pereira, I would have still played my best. However, today my best was good enough for all of them".

 

Semi-final results:

Manuel Pereira (POR) v Vegar Kristiansen (NOR) 8:7

Jan Keller (DEN) v Sanne Azar (SWE) 8:3

 

Top Eight Seniors 9-ball:

1. Jan Keller (DEN)

2. Manuel Pereira (POR)

3. Sanne Azar (SWE)

Vegar Kristiansen (NOR)

5. Tomi Ahonen (FIN)

Marinus Gennissen (NED)

Alex Habo (HUN)

Jim Telfer (NED)

 

In the ladies division, Ulrika Andersson played Susanne Wessel (GER). Both have already won one title each this week. Wessel took the 10-ball while Andersson grabbed the 8-ball title. The match could somehow be seen as the decider of who was the best lady player here this week. Just like in these Championships, Wessel had the better start. She got going first and was leading 3:1 after four racks. But Andersson struck back and took the next two racks, leveling the match at 3:3. Then, Wessel went for a time-out. She needed to clear her mind and got back to the table, ready for action. But Andersson had found her rhythm and did not allow Wessel back into the match. Whereas Wessel missed balls and positions, Andersson pocketed her shots or came up with good safety play. Playing on the 7-ball in rack seven, Andersson got a bit lucky. She missed the shot but left no position for Wessel. The German went rail first and left a tough position for Andersson. Ulrike Andersson hit the 7-ball but could not make it. Then, Wessel attempted to pocket the 7-ball but she failed. This time Andersson took her chance and cleared the rack, making the score 4:3 in her favor. In rack eight, Andersson started with a push-out. Wessel pocketed an awesome shot and got position. But unfortunately for her, she scratched on her next shot. With ball in hand, Andersson cleared the table and won the match and the title with 5:3. „After a long time of absence my Swedish teammates convinced me to come to this event because they told me it is organized so well,“ said Andersson after the match. „I had no expectations in my own match but I know I love the game and I know I can play pool, added Andersson, „so I just went here and played the best I could.“ „It was like a rollercoaster ride at times but I played good when I needed to.“ „I did not expect to become the best player in the ladies division this year when I arrived here but now I am ready for defending my titles next times“ mentioned the likable Swede.

 

Semi-final results:

Ulrika Andersson (SWE) v Tuuliina Panula (FIN) 5:0

Susanne Wessel (GER) v Karin Michl (GER) 5:4

 

Top Six Ladies 9-ball:

1. Ulrika Andersson (SWE)

2. Susanne Wessel (GER)

3. Karin Michl (GER)

Tuuliina Panula (FIN)

5. Patrizia Ignesti (ITA)

Cristina Moscetti (ITA)

 

Final Medal table after 5 of 5 events:

Medals 5 of 5

 

That concludes the coverage from the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies in Tirana, Albania.

 

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 www.epconline.eu, visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press officepress@epbf.com.

Hungary Grabs the Gold in Teams

Sandor Tot, Alex Habo, Csaba Nagy

Team Hungary triumphed 2:0 over Team Portugal at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies in Tirana, Albania, tonight.

 

The final match between Hungary and defending Champions Portugal was pretty close at all time. The following line-up was on after the team captains had announced their players:

10-ball

Sandor Tot v Henrique Correia

8-ball

Alex Habo v Antonio Neves

9-ball

Csaba Nagy v Manuel Pereira

 

This team match was as thrilling as not many before. The first match finished was Nagy who managed to unexpectedly defeat Pereira very clearly with 8:4 in 9-ball. Pereira was definitely favored in this particular match but Nagy performed very high class pool. At that time, Tot was 6:6 with Correia and at the table. The match had been close at all times with Tot taking a small lead over Correia. However, the Portuguese was always abel to make it back and that lead to the hill-hill situation with Tot having the break shot in rack 13. At that time, Habo was 6:3 up on Neves. Tot stood the pressure and performed a perfect break and run at the table, winning the 10-ball 7:6 over Portuguese super star Henrique Correia. That brought the victory and the title to team Hungary who have dethroned the Portuguese today.

 

Semi-final results:

Hungary v The Netherlands 2:0

Portugal v Germany 2:0

 

Top Six Teams:

1. Hungary

2. Portugal

3. Germany

Portugal

5. Denmark

Italy

 

Medal table after 4 of 5 events:

Medals 4 of 5

 

The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies will continue tomorrowmorning at 09:00 CET on the final day with matches of the 9-ball individuals. In the seniors division, the last 16 single elimination round will be played. In the ladies division, the loser’s qualification round is on at 09:00.

 

The Championships are played on 24 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be purchased at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.

 

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 www.epconline.eu, visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press officepress@epbf.com.

Wessel and Tot Reach Out For 10-ball Gold

Sandor Tot, Susanne Wessel

Susanne Wessel (GER) and Sandor Tot (HUN) have just won the Gold Medals in the 10-ball individuals at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies in Tirana, Albania.

 

Sandor Tot stormed off like a hurricane in the senior’s final. He took a quick 3:0 lead over Azar, being like at times. When he fell out of position, he came up with good safeties and he did not allow Azar to get in his game at all. So the Swedish had to somehow force himself into the match. He achieved that in the 4th rack which he broke and ran at high speed. Tot gave him the right answer and did the same in the next rack, pocketing a difficult 10-ball to make the score 4:1. Rack six saw Azar making two misses in a row but coming out lucky since he never left a shot for Tot. The Hungarian attempted a safety shot and completely missed the 1-ball. So Azar got to the table with ball in hand. To everyone’s surprise, Azar already missed the second shot again. He seemed to be completely demoralized. But also Tot showed nerves. He snookered himself on the 5-ball. So he tried to leave a tough shot for his opponent but Sanne Azar made that shot and stole that rack back from Tot. After that rack, Azar took a time-out and tried to compose himself and let Tot stew in the arena, thinking about his mistake. But it did not work as Azar had hoped. Tot snatched the next rack and made the score 5:2. Only two more racks to reach out for glory for Tot. But Azar took the next rack and at 5:3, Tot came up dry with his break shot. However, Azar could not benefit form it. Obviously he was struggling with the pace that Tot put to the match. Tot got on the hill with 6:3. In the 10th rack, Tot as well as Azar missed shots but Tot was the luckier player. He got the knuckles of the pockets when he needed them and finally snatched the rack and the match from Azar, winning the title with 7:3.

 

Semi-final results:

Sandor Tot (HUN) v Vegar Kristiansen (NOR) 7:4

Sanne Azar (SWE) v Jimmy Worung (NED) 7:4

 

Top Eight 10-ball Seniors:

1. Sandor Tot (HUN)

2. Sanne Azar (SWE)

3. Vegar Kristiansen (NOR)

Jimmy Worung (NED)

5. Frank Forster (GER)

Manuel Pereira (POR)

Fabio Petroni (ITA)

Jesper Schmidt (DEN)

 

The final match in the ladies division was a one-person-show by German Susanne Wessel. She simply overran Cristina Moscetti (ITA) 5:1. Moscetti never had a real chance and was only able to open her account when Wessel was already on the hill. Being 0:4 down in a final race to 5, it is almost impossible to come back. Wessel allowed Moscetti to prevent the whitewash from happening and gave her one rack before she closed the book on the final match and won the Gold Medal 5:1.

 

Semi-final results:

Cristina Moscetti (ITA) v Karin Michl (GER) 5:4

Susanne Wessel (GER) v Ulrika Andersson (SWE) 5:3

Top Six 10-ball Ladies:

1. Susanne Wessel (GER)

2. Cristina Moscetti (ITA)

3. Ulrika Andersson (SWE)

Karin Michl (GER)

5. Barbara Bolfelli (ITA)

Monika Jarecki (GER)

 

Medal table after 2 of 5 events:

Meddals 2 of 5

 

The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies will continue tomorrowmorning at 09:00 CET with matches of the 8-ball individuals seniors winner’s qualification round.

 

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Kristiansen Grabs First Gold Medal in the Seniors

Vegar Kristiansen

In the final match of the straight pool competition at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies in Tirana, Albania, Vegar Kristiansen (NOR) defeated Sandor Tot (HUN) with 100:64 and took the first Gold Medal of the event.

 

The contestants of the final match were practically a logical conclusion regarding the flow of the straight pool tournament. Tot as well as Kristiansen have both played rock solid and performed steadily most of the time. Though Tot lost his first match to Sanne Azar (SWE), his overall performance in straight pool was worth a Champion. So was Kristiansen’s acting. Naturally, the final was expected to be a great show. After a few safety shots, Tot started pocketing some balls but only came up with eight before he missed. Kristiansen got to the table and fired 21 balls in before he gave the table away to Tot. But this time, there was no shot for the Hungarian. The safety battle went again in Kristiansen’s favor. Tot tried to play a good safety but failed and Kristiansen’s march on the road to glory continued. But unlike in the matches before, both players could not get a really high series of points. They missed shots and that kept the match exciting for the audience. When Kristiansen was 44:24 in the lead, he missed a break shot to the corner pocket. That was the possibility for Tot to get back. The Hungarian took the chance and ran 42 balls to turn the scoreboard to 66:44 in his favor. The break shot that he left for himself was a bit too thin so he decided to play a safety shot. Kristiansen is also very experienced in this and the match saw a few safeties exchanged back and forth. Tot made a mistake and left a shot for Kristiansen. The Norwegian made that difficult shot and ran the match from there. He scored 57 balls in a row to win the match and the title.

 

Semi-final results:

Sandor Tot (HUN) v Kostas Konnaris (CYP) 100:49

Vegar Kristiansen (NOR) v Tomi Ahonen (FIN) 100:0

Kristiansen finished the match in two innings, running 85 balls in his second visit at the table!

 

Final Eight Straight Pool Seniors:

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2.

3. Kostas Konnaris (CYP)

Tomi Ahonen (FIN)

5. Jim Telfer (NED)

Sanne Azar (SWE)

Manuel Pereira (POR)

Simo Korpela (FIN)

 

Medal table after 1 of 5 events:

Meddals 1 of 5

 

The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies will continue tomorrowmorning at 09:00 CET with team matches and then switch back to the 10-ball individuals in both, seniors and ladies division.

 

The Championships are played on 24 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be purchased at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.

 

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 www.epconline.eu, visit us on Facebook or check out our youtube channel for regular news clips or contact our press officepress@epbf.com.

Portugal Claims Title in Euro Team Championship

With a nice 2:0 victory over Team Germany in the final, Team Portugal won the Gold Medal in the Seniors Team Division at the 2015 Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies.
 
In the semi-final, the Portuguese almost stumbled. In their match against Finalnd, Manuel Pereira took a quick 8:3 victory over Pauli Laaksonen in 9-ball. However, Sami Karttunen turned the scoreboard to 1:1 with his 7:6 victory over Henrique Correia in 10-ball. The decision had to come from the 8-ball match between Marko Hartikainen and Antonio Neves. That match went hill-hill and Neves managed to run the final rack under an incredible amount of pressure to book the seat in the final against the Germans with his team. Team Germany ousted Team Austria in the semi-final with 2:1. The final match was not so exciting. Correia won quite convincing with 7:2 in 10-ball over Christian Dingler. Antonio Neves also defeated Reiner Wirsbitzki in 8-ball with 7:2 unexpectedly clear. At that time, the match between Steffen Gross and Manuel Pereira could be stopped since the Portuguese were already on two points. That meant the Gold Medal in the team competition for Team Portugal.
 
Top 6 Finishers Seniors Teams
 
1 Portugal
2 Germany
3 Austria
Finland
4 Netherlands
Norway
 
Medal table after 4 of 5 events
 
1 Italy
2 Portugal
3 Germany
4 Sweden
5 Netherlands
Norway
6 France
7 Austria
Bosnia & Hercegovina
Finland
Hungary
 
Earlier today, the 9-ball individuals started in the ladies and seniors division. Defending Champions are Karin Michl (GER) and Vegar Kristiansen (NOR). Michl won her first two matches against Annika Nilsson (SWE) 5:1 and Stella Julien (FRA) 5:3. Vegar Kristiansen already lost his opening match against unheralded Jim Telfer (NED) 5:8. He then had to go to the loser’s side where he met Marco Vignola (ITA) to defeat him 8:6. The next match was against Sami Karttunen (FIN). That match went hill-hill with the better end for Kristiansen. He won 8:7 over the Finish.
 
On another note it must be stated that the Dutch player Jesse Thehu was warned by the EPBF for ongoing unsportsmanlike conduct. For several misbehaviors, Thehu was imposed a fine of 500,-€ on with the warning that any further conflict with the tournament management would cause his immediate withdrawal from this and maybe even future events.
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches of the 9-ball individuals competition. At 17:00 CET, the 9-ball finals will begin.
 
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The event is hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion Foundation IBPF.