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Big Surprises As Well As Usual Suspects Among The Title Holders In 10-Ball

The 10-ball individuals have been decided at the Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships 2018 in NH Conference Centre in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. Among the title holders, there are a few underdogs as well as very expected candidates.
 
Joshua Filler (GER) took the title in the men’s division with an 8:5 victory over Albin Ouschan (AUT). What a dramatic week for Ouschan so far. He lost two finals within 3 days. But for Filler this is a major achievement. His first European Champion title in the men’s division so far. After winning 8 Gold Medals in the Youth so far, Filler now entered the stage in the men’s titleholder group. His only medal in the men’s division so far was the Silver Medal in 2016 in 9-ball. Today, he dominated the final match over Ouschan who also had a bit of tough luck when he miscued on an important shot. However, Filler appeared to be the fresher player in this final match and deservedly took the title this year. „This is my first Gold Medal and European Champion title in the men’s division“, said Filler after the final, „it makes me really proud and I’m over the moon with this achievement.“ „Losing to Joshua in the final match is nothing to be ashamed about“, mentioned Ouschan, „I had some tough days and he was probably fresher than myself. I’ve been in two final matches now and lost both. If I make another final match here this week, I’ll win it. Promise!“ added Ouschan.
 
Top 4 Men
 
1. Filler, Joshua GER
2. Ouschan, Albin AUT
3. Chinakhov, Ruslan RUS
    Skowerski, Karol POL
 
A huge surprise winner came out off the women’s division in 10-ball. Unheralded Yana Shut (BLR) made it to the final match and even overpowered Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) there with a more than clear 6:2 victory. „I was so nervous in my matches, not only in the final,“ told Shut. „I know I always look quite cool and relaxed but inside of me it looks, different, believe me“ added Shut when asked about her coolness in the final match.
 
Top 4 Women
 
1. Shut, Yana BLR
2. Ouschan, Jasmin AUT
3. Czuprynska, Oliwia POL
    Kjoersvik, Line NOR
 
In the senior’s division, Sandor Tot (HUN) met with Miroslav Kremenovic (SRB). Tot is all known for his high speed way of playing the game. After 18 minutes, the scoreboard already displayed a 6:0 lead for him which meant he was on the hill already. What a performance! No chance for Kremenovic so far. 3 minutes later, the match was over. Tot handed a whitewash to Kremenovic in 21 minutes! When asked after the match about this, he replied: „Yes I know, sorry. In 9-ball, I will play faster!“
 
Top 4 Seniors
 
1. Tot, Sandor HUN
2. Kremenovic, Miroslav SRB
3. Correia, Henrique POR
    Cipriani, Danilo ITA
 
In the Under 19’s, Wiktor Zielinski (POL) continued his triumphant march from last year in the Under 17’s and won the second discipline, handing a 7:5 defeat to strong opponent Mustafa Alnar (TNC).
 
Top 4 U19
 
1. Zielinski, Wiktor POL
2. Alnar, Mustafa TNC
3. Krause, Mickey DEN
    Pehlivanovic, Sanjin BIH
 
Just like in the Under 19’s, the Under 17’s are dominated by one player so far in this European Championship. Christoffer Lentz (DEN), who had already taken the Gold Medal in straight pool, won the 10-ball discipline as well with a 6:3 victory over Ivan Galic (CRO).
 
Top 4 U17
 
1. Lentz, Christoffer DEN
2. Galic, Ivan CRO
3. Gangfløt, Emil-Andre NOR
    Neuhausen, Moritz GER
 
In the girls’s division, Nina Torvund (NOR) won the title with a close 5:4 victory over Daria Cheprasova (BLR).
 
Top 4 Girls
 
1. Torvund, Nina NOR
2. Cheprasova, Daria BLR
3. Trushevskaia, Valerija RUS
    Brummer, Alina GER
 
The ladies’ division saw Ine Helvik (NOR) defending her title with a very solid performance throughout the whole event. In the final match, she defeated Wienke Thamsen (GER) with 5:2 and demonstrated her supremacy in that division and discipline.
 
Top 4 Ladies
 
1. Helvik, Ine NOR
2. Thamsen, Wienke GER
3. Moscetti, Cristina ITA
    Wessel, Susanne GER
 
In the wheelchair division, multiple-Champion Jouni Tahti (FIN) snatched another title for his collection, winning the final match over Roy Kimberley (GBR) with 6:3.
 
Top 4 Wheelchair
 
1. Tahti, Jouni FIN
2. Kimberley, Roy GBR
3. Southern, Tony GBR
    Dinsmore, Fred IRL
 
Medal table after 2 of 5 events
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The Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships 2018 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 8-ball individuals competition.
 
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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 www.epconline.eu or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

 

8-ball titles go to Wessel and Correia

Susanne Wessel (GER) and Henrique Correia (POR)

The titles in the 8-ball individuals at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies at the Golden Tulip Jagershorst Hotel in Leende, The Netherlands. In the ladies division, Germany had a perfect day and took all 4 medals including the title for Susanne Wessel (GER). In the senior’s division, Henrique Correia (POR) took the title.
 
The final match in the senior’s division was played between Henrique Correia and Jim Telfer (NED). The odds were totally in favour of Correia. With 7 titles under his belt already, he was set for his next title. Having defeated Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER) 7:2 among others today, he was filled with confidence and started the match furiously. The first 4 racks belonged to him alone and it looked like Telfer would receive a nice whipping from him. The Dutch who had eliminated his teammate Jesse Thehu (NED) 8:7 in the semi-final needed to get a foot in the door in the match. His break shot did not work and Correia made no mistakes so the final looked like a quick and easy walk for Correia. But after the first 4 racks, Telfer got to the table and cleared two times in a row to set his mark in the match. Correia was warned. Telfer should not be underestimated. From the time on when Telfer opened his account on the scoreboard, he played stronger and used his chances. However, he missed a few critical shots at bad times during the match. Each time when he got closer to Correia, he missed a makable ball and Correia kept the distance to him. In the end, Correia finished Telfer with 8:6 which brought him his 8th title at European Championships. Jim Telfer is a very deserved silver medallist today.
 
Top Eight Seniors 8-ball
1. Henrique Correia (POR)
2. Jim Telfer (NED)
3. Jesse Thehu (NED)
Rado Doroslovac (SLO)
5. Stefan Ericson (SWE)
Gregory Bobee (FRA)
Michael Stark (AUT)
Milan Mrva (CZE)
 
In the ladies division, the final match was an all-German affair between Susanne Wessel and Karin Michl. Both ladies have eliminated teammates in their semi-final match so all four medals in the ladies division today went to Team Germany. Both players Wessel and Michl have won numerous medals on European Championships. However, Wessel has much more titles in her portfolio. She won 6 Gold Medals whiLe Michl only has one title so far. That also showed in the final match. Michl started out strong and got a 2 point lead at 2:0. But then she missed shots and gave chances to Wessel who is too experienced to not use those. Wessel shocked Michl and took the next 4 racks to turn the score to 4:2. Then Michl pulled one back from her to go to 3:4 but Wessel again created a 2-point-lead to get on the hill at 5:3. Then she took a timeout. Coming back from that, she overran Michl once again and won the next rack and the match with 6:3.
 
Top Eight Ladies 8-ball
1. Susanne Wessel (GER)
2. Karin Michl (GER)
3. Anja Hehre (GER)
Wienke Thamsen (GER)
5. Barbara Bolfelli (ITA)
Tuuliina Panula (FIN)
Ine Helvik (NOR)
Nathalie Rohmer (FRA)
 
Earlier today, the semi-finals in the team competition were played. In the seniors division, Team Norway remained the upper hand over Team Germany with 2:1. Dirk Stenten won the 8-ball 7:3 over Ronnie Oldervik to turn the score 1:0 for the Germans. But then Vegar Kristiansen won the 9-ball 8:6 over Guido Gerber and Christian Johannesen won surprisingly clear in the 10-ball match with 7:3 over Reiner Wirsbitzki. That brought the Norwegians into the team final where they will play the Dutch team. Team The Netherlands had won their semi-final over Team Finland clearly with 2:0. In the ladies division, the final match will be played between teams Germany and France. Bronze medals go to Italy and Portugal.
 
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 first round 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.

Massive Norwegian victory in Leende today

Ine Helvik and Vegar Kristiansen (both NOR)

The next medals have been awarded at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies at the Golden Tulip Jagershorst Hotel in Leende, The Netherlands. Vegar Kristiansen (NOR) and Ine Helvik (NOR) took the titles in the 10-ball division. Three out of a total of 8 medals including both titles went to Norway today.
 
The final match in the seniors division was as fiercely fought over as expected. Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER) as well as Vegar Kristiansen (NOR) both have a lot of experience and several titles under their belt. In total, they have won 7 titles and won 24 medals on former European Championships. So this time, a real favourite could not be spotted at all before the match. And the match confirmed that assumption. They both took racks in turn and their play was determined by a lot of tactical and safety elements. In the end, Kristiansen turned out to be the stronger player today. His safety play as well as his pocketing skills outmastered Wirsbitzki. He took three consecutive racks and made 8:5 the final score in his favour. Kristiansen seemed to have more power left in the end of the match.
 
Top Eight Finishers Seniors 10-ball
1. Vegar Kristiansen (NOR)
2. Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER)
3. Christian Johannesen (NOR)
Murat Ayas (SUI)
5. Henrique Correia (POR)
Dino Cerimagic (BIH)
Csaba Nagy (HUN)
Jan Keller (DEN)
 
In the ladies division, EPBF Board member Ine Helvik started out as strong as she performed in the semi-final match earlier today where she clearly wiped the floor with her opponent Wienke Thamsen (GER) and won 6:1. Her opponent in the final match, Nathalie Rohmer (FRA) had a bit more work to do. She needed 9 racks before she was able to finish Barbara Bolfelli (ITA) 6:3. In the final, Helvik continued as dominant as she played in the semis and even before that while Rohmer missed a few shots too many. Consequently, after 5 racks the scoreboard displayed a 4:1 lead for Helvik. But the match was not over yet. Rohmer pulled one rack back from Helvik but the Norwegian had a straight answer for her, winning the next rack and getting on the hill at 5:2. Helvik was at the table with her own break coming up. She had some balls down and a nice layout in front of her. She went ahead and played that rack rock solid. However, her nerves obviously played a trick on her when she dogged the 10-ball and left a long shot for Rohmer. The French also missed the 10-ball and left it for Helvik who pocketed it and crowned her strong performance with her first title on a European Championship level ever.
 
Top Eight Finishers Ladies 10-ball
1. Ine Helvik (NOR)
2. Nathalie Rohmer (FRA)
3. Barbara Bolfelli (ITA)
Wienke Thamsen (GER)
5. Ann-Sofie Lofgren (SWE)
Stella Julien (FRA)
Patricia Ignesti (ITA)
Cristina Moscetti (ITA)
 
Earlier today, more rounds in the team competition have been played. In the seniors division, the losers side was up today. Teams Finland and Portugal won both their matches. They will be up in the loser’s qualification round. Finland will play Switzerland will the Portuguese team will have to deal with the German team. In the ladies division, Teams Germany and Portugal have made it to the semi-finals which will be played on Saturday afternoon at 14:30 CET.
 
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 the first matches of the 8-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.

Kremenovic through to last 16 in senior’s 10-ball

Miroslav Kremenovic (SRB)

At the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies at the Golden Tulip Jagershorst Hotel in Leende, The Netherlands, Miroslav Kremenovic (SRB) ousted big guns Dirk Stenten (GER) 7:2 in the single elimination round of the last 32 players.
 
Kremenovic has been a bit of an underdog for clear reasons. First of all, Stenten has played the final match of the seniors straight pool last night and won the silver medal in that competition. Secondly, Serbia has just entered the European Pocket Billiard Federation and is a brand new member. For these two reasons, the advantage was definitely pointing towards Stenten. But sometimes life does not follow statistics or rules. This was exactly the case in that match today. Kremenovic got a strong start and took the first two racks. He nearly did not miss a shot. Stenten was able to win the third rack to turn the score 2:1 for Kremenovic. Then the Serbian shifted into overdrive and won another three consecutive racks to go to 5:1 before Stenten scored another point to make it 5:2. These two racks were all that Kremenovic was ready to give to Stenten today. He scored another two and proceeded into the round of the last 16 players seniors 10-ball individuals where he will face Czaba Nagy (HUN) in his next match.
 
In the ladies division, Nathalie Rohmer (FRA), Barbara Bolfelli (ITA), Patrizia Ignesti (ITA) and Cristina Moscetti (ITA) are already through to the quarterfinals. This demonstrates the strength of the Italian contingency this year in the ladies division at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Seniors and Ladies at the Golden Tulip Jagershorst Hotel in Leende, The Netherlands. The opponents for the quarterfinals will be decided first round tomorrow in the following encounters:
Ine Helvik (NOR) v Ilona Zalmanova (CZE)
Alexandra Cunha (POR) v Stella Julien (FRA)
Lidia Moreira (POR) v Ann-Sofie Lofgren (SWE)
Wienke Thamsen (GER) v Karin Michl (GER)
 
Later this evening, two rounds of team competition have been played. In an epic thriller, team Germany defeated team Italy 2:1. All three matches were hill-hill results. While Dirk Stenten (GER) took the 8-ball match 7:6 for Germany, Marcello Valoroso (ITA) won the 9-ball 8:7 over Guido Gerber (GER). At 6:6 in the 10-ball, Danilo Cipriani (ITA) missed the deciding shot and left the 10-ball hanging over the pocket for Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER) who took the victory for team Germany. In the ladies team competition, team Portugal defeated team Sweden 2:1 after a shootout.
 
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 the 10-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.

Correia Rushes Through to Next Round

Henrique Correia (POR)

Tough beating for Malinowski


Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina: In the round of the final 32 seniors standing, Henrique Correia (POR) made short work of Tomasz Malinowski (POL), eliminating him with 7:1 from the event.


The writing was on the wall: Correia is one of the toughest draws to get here in the senior's division. Tomasz Malinowski had the dubious privilege to learn that at first hand. The 8-ball match between him and Correia turned out to be a one-man-show featuring Henrique Correia only. Whatever Malinowski tried Correia had the better answer for. He got momentum early in the match and did not leave any chances for Malinowski to come up with a decent performance. In the end, the 7:1 result for Correia was more than deserved. Correia will advance to the round of the last 16 players in 8-ball.


Other notable results include grandmaster Tom Storm (SWE) getting the better of Max Perego (ITA) with 7:5. Local hero Dino Cerimagic (BIH) keeps his chances for another medal by clearly ousting Angelo Salzano (ITA) 7:2. Vegar Kristiansen's working day is also over. He took his match over Arto Taavila (FIN) with 7:2.

 

In the ladies' division, Susanne Wessel (GER) booked her ticket for the semi-final match with a whitewash. She defeated teammate Karin Michl 5:0. She is joined by 10-ball Champion Barbara Bolfelli (ITA) who conquered Wienke Thamsen (GER) unchallenged with 5:2.


The last round for today will feature team matches. Tomorrow, the day will begin with the start of the 9-ball individuals. At 15:00 CET, the quarter-finals in 8-ball will set the stage for the final rounds in 8-ball.
The tournament will be streamed LIVE at all days on up to 20 tables at www.kozoom.com/en/pool-billiard/


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.billiardapps.com or contact our press office.
 

Gold Medal for Thehu and Kahl

Jesse Thehu (NED) and Katja Kahl (GER) Foto: EPBF/DK

8-ball competition completed

Thursday, 09 August 2012
: Jesse Thehu (NED) and Katja Kahl (GER) have taken the Gold Medals in the Dynamic Billiards European Championships 8-ball discipline.

Thehu defeated Peter Eriksson (SWE) in the final of the seniors division. The match was open until the 9th rack. At 4:4, Thehu gained momentum and won the match with 7:4.

Kahl dealt with Wienke Thamsen (GER) in the final match. Thamsen was trailing 3:4 in a race to five racks when she played her last ball and lined the cue ball up for the 8-ball. But she ran out of position and snookered herself so that she had to play a jump shot. She fouled during that attempt which gave ball-in-hand to Kahl with two balls remaining on the table. That was the victory for Kahl.

RESULTS:

SENIORS:
1) Jesse Thehu
2) Peter Eriksson
3) Reiner Wirsbitzki, Stefano Bazzana
5) Christophe Creter, Heiko Mueller, Giorgio Margola, Andreas Bucher

LADIES
1) Katja Kahl
2) Wienke Thamsen
3) Ann-Sofie Löfgren, Monika Oeschger
5) Ortenzia Haefliger, Ilona Zalmanova, Anja Hehre, Susanne Wessel

The Dynamic Billiards European Championships for seniors and ladies will continue
tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with the matches of the seniors team competition.

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 , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.

Lundell Finishes Worung in 9-Ball

Jan Lundell (SWE) in his match with Jimmy Worung (NED) Foto: EPBF/DK

Third consecutive win for Lundell

Friday, 10 August 2012
: In the single elimination round of the last 32 players in 9-ball, Jan Lundell (SWE) ousted Jimmy Worung (NED) with 9:3.

Worung was the seeded player in this match, being the runner-up from last year in 9-ball. He had won all his previous matches with the greatest of ease. He eliminated Vladimir Antoska (SLK) 9:2 and Mehmet Sanlisoy (TNC) 9:1 in the double elimination stage. Jan Lundell lost his opening match against Jesse Thehu (NED) with 8:9 and made his way through the loser’s bracket, defeating Johann Schernthaner (AUT) 9:1 and Alberto Martini (ITA) 9:7. Then he was drawn against Worung and the odds look promising for the Dutch. But the match turned out to become a disaster for him. Lundell started like a rocket and after four racks, the scoreboard showed 4:0 in favour of Lundell. You snooze, you lose could be the motto for that match. Things just went against the likable Dutch player while Lundell capitalized from his mistakes. The surprisingly clear end result of the match was 9:3 for Lundell.

Other notable results from today’s 9-ball action at the Dynamic Billiards European Championships for seniors and ladies include Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER) winning with 9:3 over Peter Eriksson.

In the ladies division, Katja Kahl (GER) smashed Ann-Sofie Löfgren (SWE) with 5:1 while Wienke Thamsen (GER) exited Susanne Wessel (GER) with 5:0 from the winner’s side of the chart.

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 , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.

Margola Through to Final Match

Giorgio Margola (ITA) Foto: EPBF/DK

Lundell whitewashed Hartikainen

Friday, 10 August 2012: Giorgio Margola (ITA) has won with 9:5 over Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER).

The story of the match is quickly told. In fact, Wirsbitzki defeated himself. He missed unusual many shots. In almost every rack, Wirsbitzki had a chance but something seemed to be wrong with him. Margola benefitted from that and took point after point off Wirsbitzki, winning the match with 9:5. He will meet Jan Lundell in the final match.

In the other seniors semi-final match, Jan Lundell (SWE) showed no mercy with Marko Hartikainen (FIN). It seemed that Lundell pocketed every shot while Hartikainen missed them all. Consequently, the result was 9:0 for Lundell in the end.

The ladies final will be played between Anja Hehre (GER) and Katja Kahl (GER). Hehre defeated Wienke Thamsen (GER) 5:2 in the semi-final while Kahl came back from trailing 2:4 to Susanne Wessel (GER) and still took the match with 5:4.

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 , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.

Thehu Clobbers Wirsbitzki in 8-Ball Semi-Final

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Defending Champion Out

Thursday, 09 August 2012: With a high quality performance, Jesse Thehu (NED)
ousted defending 8-ball champion Reiner Wirsbitzki (GER) 7:2.

Wirsbitzki marked his claim straight away, running the first rack without any mistakes. But Thehu did not seem to be impressed at all. He broke the second rack and remained dry. Then Wirsbitzki missed the 4-ball. Thehu got to the table and ran out. The two players both played well but in completely different styles. Whereas Wirsbitzki was more the perfectionist who played rather slow, Thehu trusted his instincts and ran the balls at high speed. The match went along and both contestants scored another rack to tie the match at 2:2. Then Thehu’s time had come. While he played solid and without any error, Wirsbitzki had a missed ball in each rack which Thehu punished straight away, snatching the points off Wirsbitzki. After eight racks, Thehu was on the hill, leading 6:2 over his opponent. Wirsbitzki broke the 9th rack. He decided to play a safety shot while he was at the table. The safeties were exchanged and Wirsbitzki had the chance to put another point into his account. But he pocketed his two last remaining balls at the same time. That gave him a long shot on the 8- ball which he missed. Thehu came to the table and won the rack and the match with 7:2. He will now play Peter Eriksson (SWE) in the final of the seniors division. Eriksson eliminated Stefano Bazzana (ITA) 7:1.

In the ladies division, Katja Kahl (GER) kicked out Ann-Sofie Löfgren (SWE) with a clear result of 5:1. She will meet Wienke Thamsen (GER) who defeated Monika Oeschger (SUI) with 5:1.

The final matches will be played at 21:00 CET.

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 , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.

Smooth Sailing for Eriksson

Peter Eriksson (SWE) Foto: EPBF/DK

Early rounds of 9-ball with surprising results

Thursday, 09 August 2012: Peter Eriksson (SWE) is one of 16 players which have already secured a spot in the round of the last 32 players in the 9-ball competition of the Dynamic Billiards European Championships for Seniors and Ladies.

In his first round, Eriksson met Pascal Budo (BEL) who is known to be a tough opponent. But it was not Budo’s match. Eriksson did not allow any great performance from Budo. After six rack, Budo still had not scored and was trailing 0:6 to Eriksson. There was just no way that Budo could find how to stop his Swedish opponent. Budo won the 7th, the 9th and the 10th rack and that was all he cloud do. Eriksson secured the victory by taking the match 9:3 off Budo.

Eriksson’s next opponent was newly crowned straight pool champion Rene Peeters (NED). Peeters had defeated Eriksson’s teammate Peter Akesson (SWE) with 9:7 in his first match. As in the previous round, the match went along pretty one-sided. Eriksson had an 8:3 lead over Peeters before the Dutch senior tried to get back into the match. But it was too late. He could get to 5:8 before Eriksson closed the book on the match, winning 9:5. Eriksson will await a player in the round of the final 32 players who will be drawn into his match from the qualifiers of the loser’s side.

In the ladies division, Katja Kahl, Wienke Thamsen, Susanne Wessel (all GER) and Ann- Sofie Löfgren (SWE) have won their first two matches and will play the 9-ball winner’s qualification round tomorrow at 13:00 CET.

The tournament will continue today with the quarter-finals of the 8-ball individual competition.

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 , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.