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Monday, December 13th, 2010

Mosconi Cup 2010 final day – team Europe brought it home again

To make it short, the final day of the Mosconi Cup was absolutely amazing and unique.



First match of the day is beginning with the match up between Mika Immonen and Rodney Morris. Mika very smoothly, no compromises, reaches the hill with 5:1 score. In the last rack of this match there is some hesitation but with a bit of luck he gets this frame also and closes the match with the 6:1 score. This puts Europe further ahead with a 9:6 score.



In the next match meets Karl Boyes, who is the debutant but last player at this tournament without a loss, with one of the most experienced players of this Mosconi Cup – Johnny Archer. Archer starts with a very strong game without mistakes, and soon finds himself leading 4:0. Soon he is on the hill with a 5:1 score but Boyes fights back with aggressive game and accompanied by some unforced mistakes from Archer the match develops to a hill – hill situation. Archer breaks the last rack of the last match and he makes sure not to make any more mistakes to win this match with a 6:5 result. Americans decrease the Europe’s lead to 9:7.



Next match on the program is between Nick van den Berg and Dennis Hatch. Some mistakes and two scratches on the break cause Nick to be trailing quite quickly with a 4-0 score. Hatch returns the favors, both for mistakes and two scratches on the break and Nick finds himself on the hill with a 5:4 score. Next game is won by Hatch for yet another hill – hill situation. Last game of the match both players swap a few times, both make some unexpected mistakes and at the end it all works out for Hatch to win the match 6:5. America is getting closer to Europe on the scoreboard with a one point deficit at 9:8.



Next match brings to the table Darren Appleton against Shane Van Boening. This is a very important match as there is a massive difference between the scores 10:8 and 9:9. Both players show their best and there is not a missed ball until the score reads 4:2 for Appleton. One mistake by Shane Van Boening and Darren Appleton takes the match to a final score 6:2. Europe is now on the hill with a 10:8 score.



Next is the match up between Ralf Souquet and Corey Deuel. The score is developing more evenly in this match and several brilliant safety battles have been seen. At the end Ralf Souquet wins this match with score 6:4.



The MVP was awarded to Darren Appleton – CONGRATULATION!



Europe has gained this year’s MOSCONI CUP with an 11:8 score. Crowd was unbelievable and few hours now after the 2010 Mosconi Cup is over, I can still hear the tunes containing the player’s names in my head. It was an unforgettable experience and I would like to thank both teams and everybody involved, all the fans, for the unique atmosphere that was at the York Hall in London this weekend.






Article: Marketa Mlejnkova
Photos: Markus Hofstätter



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