Archive for March, 2010

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Day 10 European Pool Billiard Championships Zagreb (9 Ball Finals)

Its 6:09am here, haven’t slept for about a long time and I am writing my article about such a great event.

 

Wheelchair:
Jouni Tahti won in the semis against Matej Brajkovic 7:0 and Henrik Larsson against Roy Kimberley 7:1.
In the finals Jouni Tahti won his second title against Henrik. What a great match. Congratulations

 

Women:
We saw a very exciting match from Gerda Hofstätter against Ina Jentschura in the semis. Ina had to break after they went hill hill. A perfect break, the cue ball stopt near the center on the table, but then an object ball moved the white ball in a pocket. After Gerda cleared the table and deserved the win.
Jasmin played Line Kjorsvik again (She lost against line before), but this time she won 7:3
In the finals we saw a very strong Jasmin against Gerda. What can I say, 7:0 is a statement.
But from my point of view Gerda did not make many mistakes. I think one dry break, one time she scratched on the break an one miss….its really tough to loose that high. But Jasmin just ran out every rack.

 

Men:
@ the semis Mateusz Sniegocki won aganst Ruslan Chinahov 9:6 and Ralf Souquet won against Alesandros Kazagi also 9:6.
I Watched the finals not from the beginning, but from 4:4 both players were running out every rack.
And because Mateusz did one mistake earlier Ralf was leading. So after hill hill Ralf was on the break and run out for a 9:8 win.
Congratulations to both players for such a great performance!!!!

 

After the finals we went to a big party and ended up this day in the casino.
The very sad part of this day was to say goodbye to everybody.
Guys I will miss you and hopefully we will see us again soon.
Because of this great community it feels like having a big family.
Thanks to everybody for such a great event.

 

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Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Jasmin did it again and won 4 gold medals

Just a short info….party now and pics later

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Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Day 9 European Pool Billiard Championships Zagreb (9 Ball)

Just put the gallery online and have to go to the finales.
Sorry no time for an article today.

 

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Friday, March 26th, 2010

Day 8 European Pool Billiard Championships Zagreb (8 Ball Finals)

A lot of emotions today, don’t miss the picture gallery

 

Quarter Finals 8 Ball

 

Woman:
Jasmin Ouschan won against Tamara Rademakers and Monica Margeta did a very emotional win against Amalia Matas. Line Kjorsvik ruled over Kynthia Orfanidis. And Gerda Hofstätter over Martine Christiansen.

 

Wheelchair:
Jouni Tahti won against Emil Schranz and Henrik Larsson against Tankred Volkmer. Kurt Deklerck won 5:2 against Daniel Luton and with the same score Karl Read against Tony Southern.

 

Men:
Marcus Chamat won 8:3 against Karol Skowerski. So did David Alcaide against Manuel Gama. Francisco Sanchez won 8:4 against our Austrian guy Martin Kemptner.Konstantin Stepanov ruled with 8:1 against Zoran Svilar.

 

Semi Finals

 

Woman:
Jasmin won 6:1 against Monica Margeta and Line showed a great performance against Gerda. I saw some great breaks and nice run outs. and so it ended up 6 to nothing for Line.

 

Wheelchair:
Henrik and Kurt won their matches.

 

Men:
Marcus won on a hill hill match agtainst David. This was a very exciting match with some great shots from both players. Konstantin won against Francisco 8:4

 

Finlas:

 

Woman:
Jasmin against Line. Wow what a match. Until 2:2 both of them did clear the table after the break. After Line did her first mistake Jasmin cleared it again. After her first lead Jasmin scratched on the break and Line came back. She hooked herself on the last ball but did a great kick to escape. As we all expected this match ended up with hill hill. Jasmin won her third gold medal here and is now the first woman who won three gold medals in a row. Congratulations for such a great performance.
And I cross my fingers for the 4th and last gold medal in 9 ball. (Even if you have to rent a truck for the trophies)

 

Wheelchair:
Another great finals match, Kurt against Henrik. Henrik did some incredible kick shots and it ended up again with a hill hill match. After a safety battle Kurt won the gold medal. Congratulations.

 

Men:
A big fight against Konstantin and Marcus, instead of a hill hill match Konstantin won 8:6.
Congratulations to team Russia for such a great player.

 

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Day 7 European Pool Billiard Championships Zagreb (Start of 9 Ball)

9 Ball started today. Darren and Karl arrived and were winning their first matches. Ralf lost one match on the hill against the praying player (Marek Hajdovsky of Czech Republic). Today will be the 8 Ball finals, can’t wait for it.

 

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Day 6 European Pool Billiard Championships Zagreb (8 Ball)

Zvi Zion of Israel showed today how to come back from 1:6 against Nicolas Ottermann of Germany. Nico had some dry breaks and missed one ball, that was enough chance for Zvi. Congratulation Zvi!

 

The Kaiser is shooting very well and you know how easy pool looks if he shoots like that.

 

There were a lot of other nice matches going on and the Austrian guys did very well. Congratulations to our team.

 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Day 5 European Pool Billiard Championships Zagreb (10 Ball Finals)

Sorry guys, I am late today, so I give you just a little overview of the finals from yesterday.

 

Jasmin did it again! Congratulations Jasmin for giving a such a great performance thru the tournament.
Jasmin won, but there is someone I really want to mention. A girl who is new in pool who anyway gave us a great show. She was smiling all the time and infected everybody in the arena with positive energy.Every pool player has a nick name and after this day I will call you smiling Ina or how about Smina? Just check out the gallery and you know what I am taking…
Congratulations to Ina Jentschura for the silver medal!
I am also very proud of Sabrina, with her we had two Austrian girls on the pedestal.
Also congratulations to Line Kjorsvik.

 

Jouni Thati is the new 10 Ball Wheelchair champion. He played Roy Kimberley in the finals.
We saw some amazing shots there and some bad luck from Roy. Tankred Volkmer and Fred Dinsmore finished

third. Congratulations to all players!

 

Ralf won all his matches clearly and deserved to be the first European 10 Ball Champion!!
Congratulations Ralf! Also Congratulations to Niels, Vincent and Artem, you guys made this event a great event !!!!

 

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Day 4 European Pool Billiard Championships Zagreb (start of 8 Ball)

Today we saw some nice matches. Ralf Souquet escaped today on a hill hill match with an incredible kick shot. He pocketed the ball and after that he was shooting a very tough 9 ball to finish the game with the 10.

 

Ivica Putnik got a lot of support from the crowd (even on every easy shot) and as usual he showed a lot of emotion. He won all the matches I saw and at the end of the day he won also against David Alcaide.

 

Mario He of Austria is still in and doing good. Go Super Mario go !!!!

 

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Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Day 3 European Pool Billiard Championships Zagreb (Straight Pool Finals)

This year was the first year I had the opportunity to see the wheelchair players.
I saw some great matches and cant wait to see the next ones.

 

 

Straight pool quarter finals:

 

We saw a lot of exciting games thins finals.
In the quarter finals I saw David Alcaide playing against John Blacklaw. The “black law” was fighting against David, but lost. On the second table Andreas Roschowsky played against Nick Van Den Berg.Nick had a great start and Andreas was sitting for a long time. But after a mistake from Nick, Andreas came back to the table and it looked like Nick will not be able to resume his run. Andreas was focusing on every single ball, it was one of the most exciting matches today. He froze his cue ball two times to the rack after the break and escaped once with a very tough kick shot. Sadly he lost at the end 118 to
125. Congratulations to Nick for a great game.

 

 

Semi finals:

 

I had one of the best places in the semi finals, I was sitting between two nice girls (Handan and Anna)
and in front of me Jasmin played Kynthia Orfanidis. Jasmin did not play her best game, but she won @
the end. Gerda played Anja Wagner outside, so I was not able to see this match.
David Alcaide defeated Nick Van Den Berg and Artem Koshovj had some great runs against Huidji See. His game looked so easy like everybody could have done that. Congratulations for this game !!

 

 

Finals:

 

David Alcaide against Artem Koshovj. After Is saw Artem winning agains Huidji, I thought nobody can stop this boy today. But I forgot that David Won against Nils with a 125 balls run And he did similar thing with Artem. Congratulations David for a great win !!!! (125:3)

 

On my left side I saw Gerda against Jasmin.
Again Jasmin was not happy with her game, but Gerda also did some unusual mistakes.
And Jasmin did the same as in she semi finals, she fought like hell. And won at the end 75 to 19.
Congratulations Jasmin your revenge this year.

 

After the finals I went for dinner with Sagi….lol it was a very long walk thru Zagreb until we found a resturante ;-)

 

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Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Second day European Pool Billiard Championships Zagreb (The Journey)

Friday morning I was supposed to start my journey to Zagreb. I woke up early and recheckt my laptop
because the screen was flickering on the evening. Now the screen did not flicker anymore it was just
black. I was not that scared because I have a backup laptop. On this one the screen was working perfect
but it started to freeze (ok I have not used it for more than a year….)
Now I was really not happy. I phoned a lot of my peeps and finally Markus helped me out, thanks pal !!!

 

So instead of 6am I left Austria @ 11:30 am. Driving to Zagreb was easy and after a tiny traffic jam and some searching for the hotel I made it. I arrive at about 4:30 at the tournament arena.
I felt a little like coming home because I saw a lot of friends.
You know I was tired and stressed from this day but you guys made me happy again ;-)

 

The (most) usual suspects won their matches, lets see what happens today.

 

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