Austria and Russia take Gold Medals in Team competition

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At the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes in the Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal, the Women’s Team from Russia and the Men’s Team from Austria have won the Gold medals in their respective division.

歐洲撞球錦標賽第四個比賽項目團體賽角逐全部結束,Albin Ouschan領銜的奧地利隊和Nataliya SeroshtanKristina Tkach組成的俄羅斯隊分別擊敗芬蘭隊和西班牙隊,奪得男女組別金牌。

2017 Portugal EC - Austria and Russia take Gold Medals in Team competition

Left to right: B. Kaserer (Coach), M. He, A. Ouschan, M. Lechner, N. Seroshtan, J. Ruysink (Coach), K. Tkach

In the men’s division, Team Austria met Team Finland in the final match. The Austrians had ousted the strong Polish Team in their semi-final 2:0 while the Finnish have taken down Team Spain 2:1. The first point for Austria was in the books very quickly. Albin Ouschan won his 9-ball match over Kim Laaksonen 9:2 in just under one hour. That brought Austria the 1:0 lead. Then, Petri Makkonen rode the winning wave over Maximilian Lechner in 10-ball with 8:4. The 8-ball match between Mario He and Jani Uski had to decide. Uski, who just won the title in 8-ball earlier this week, was down 6:7 with Mario He being at the table. The Austrian cleared the table but lined the 8-ball which was lying in a cluster of balls up for a one-rail shot in the side pocket. He missed that shot and Uski got back to the table, cleared it and turned the scoreboard to 7:7. One last 8-ball rack was deciding about fame and glory. Uski had the break shot and perfectly executed it, having some ball down and a nice option to continue. He pocketed all balls of his group except the last one. He fell out of position since he tried to open it up with the shot before but failed to touch the ball at all. So he went for a safety attempt which failed completely. Mario He had one more visit to the table and used it. Cheered up by his teammates Ouschan and Lechner, He cleared the table and pocketed the last winning 8-ball, taking the title for Austria.

Also today in the men’s team competition, disciplinary action was taken against one player. Daniel Kandi (DEN) has over the past week repeatedly misconducted at the table by bashing balls and/or his cue on the table among other things. Said EPBF Sports Director Anamaria Matesic: „We definitely allow players to show emotions and we want to display our sport in all its facets, but we also require a certain level of behaviour. This was broken several times by Mr. Kandi so, after having warned him through a referee on different occasions already, I decided to impose a fine of 500,-€ on him. I hope he will learn from that and in future events will conduct accordingly so we can all work for our common goal to display our sports at its best“.

男子團體決賽在奧地利隊和芬蘭隊之間展開,此前的半決賽中奧地利隊2-0輕取強大的波蘭隊,而芬蘭隊則2-1力克西班牙隊。決賽中,Albin Ouschan在9球比拼中用時不到1個小時便9-2橫掃Kim Laaksonen,為奧地利隊先拔頭籌。不甘示弱的Petri Makkonen在10球對決中8-4擊敗Maximilian Lechner將比分扳平。決定金牌得主的比賽是搶8的8球較量,奧地利好手Mario He對陣剛剛拿下8球單項桂冠的Jani Uski。兩人一路戰至7-7平。決勝局由Uski衝球,他的衝球效果相當理想,但在即將清台取勝時K球失誤,做安全球又未成功,Mario He上場直接清台,為奧地利隊奠定勝局

Top 8 Men’s Teams:
1. Austria
2. Finland
3.
Poland
Spain
5.
Croatia
Netherlands
Denmark
Russia

 

In the women’s division, the final match was played between Team Spain and Team Russia. After a heartbreaking shootout decision in the semi-final over Team The Netherlands, the Spanish team seemed a bit out of energy. Probably the semi-final took too much out of them. On the other hands, Team Russia sailed into the final match with a nice and clear 2:0 victory over Team Switzerland. In the final, Nataliya Seroshtan finished Mayte Ropero 6:1 in 8-ball while Kristina Tkach left no chance for Amalia Matas and won her 9-ball match 7:5.

女子團體賽中,俄羅斯隊2-0輕取瑞士隊挺進決賽,對手是贏得與荷蘭隊鏖戰的西班牙隊。西班牙隊或許是在半決賽消耗了太多能量,Mayte Ropero 1-6慘敗給俄羅斯頭號女將Nataliya Seroshtan,西班牙的Amalia Matas則5-7不敵年輕的Tkach,俄羅斯隊便以2-0的比分輕松斬獲女子團體金牌。

Top 8 Women’s Teams:
1. Russia
2. Spain
3.
Netherlands
Switzerland
5.
France
Poland
7.
Germany
Sweden

Medal Table after 4 of 5 events:

2017 Portugal EC - Medal Table after 4 of 5 events

The team competition ties the Finnish and the Dutch Team for first place in the medal ranking. They both still have promising players in the 9-ball individuals so it will be interesting to see who will be the overall winning nation tomorrow after the last ball has been pocketed.

Earlier today, a few rounds of 9-ball individuals were played. In the men’s division, the tournament is down to the round of the last 64 players single elimination. Here, Christian Sparrenloev-Fischer (SWE) had a tough fight with defending Champion Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP). The match went hill-hill at 8:8 with Fischer breaking the final rack. He executed a very powerful break and had the 1-ball and the 5-ball pocketed, having a long thin cut on the 2-ball. He went for it, missed it but got extremely lucks since the cue ball hid behind the 7-ball, making it hard for Sanchez to come up with a decent answer. The Spaniard tried to hit the 2-ball rail first and successfully did so. However, the cue ball scratched and that brought Fischer back to the table with ball in hand. Sparrenloev-Fischer used his chance and luckily took the match with 9:8 over Sanchez, advancing to the round of the last 32 players while Sanchez is eliminated out of the 9-ball individuals at the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes in the Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal.

Also in the round of the last 64 men, Marco Teutscher (NED) ousted the current 9-ball World Champion Albin Ouschan (AUT) quite clearly with 9:4. In an encounter of two very experienced players, Niels „The Terminator“ Feijen (NED) defeated Stephan Cohen (FRA) by a whisker with 9:8. Daniele Corrieri (ITA) ended Mario He’s (AUT) hope for a title in 9-ball this year with a deserved and clear 9:3 result. Joining Mario He in the group of eliminated players is David Alcaide (ESP). His destiny was sealed by Denis Grabe (EST) with 9:7.

In the women’s division, the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes are down to the last 16 players single elimination. Today, the loser’s qualification round was completed. Kristina Tkach (RUS) remained alive in the competition by smashing Monica Margeta (SWE) 7:2. Kelly Fisher (GBR) who surprisingly lost her opening match, has also made it to the last 16 players. She defeated Vania Franco (POR) 7:3. unfortunately for Fisher, she was drawn against Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) in the first single elimination round which will be played tomorrow at 12:00 GMT.

In the wheelchair division, defending Champion Henrik Larsson (SWE) convincingly made his way into the semi-final, taking down Matt Duffy (GBR) 7:1. The other winner’s qualification match in the wheelchair division was fiercely fought over. In the end, Kurt Deklerck (BEL) managed to get the better of Fred Dinsmore (IRL) by taking the match 7:6. This seems not be be Dinsmore’s Championships.

當天還同期進行了幾輪9球單項的爭奪,男子組決出了32強選手,其中瑞典年輕球員Christian Sparrenloev-Fischer 9-8爆冷淘汰了衛冕冠軍、西班牙頭號球星Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz,荷蘭球員Marco Teutscher 9-4意外大勝新科9球世錦賽冠軍Albin Ouschan,“終結者”Niels Feijen 9-8力挫法國一哥Stephan CohenMario He3-9潰敗Daniele Corrieri,而西班牙沖擊榜首的最後希望、剛剛拿下大師賽桂冠的David Alcaide則7-9憾負愛沙尼亞名將Denis Grabe

女子組打出了最後的16強,俄羅斯的Nataliya SeroshtanKristina Tkach還屹立在這份名單中,而奧地利的Jasmin Ouschan則將在1/8決賽迎來與“快火” Kelly Fisher的惡戰。

值得一提的是榜首爭奪,獎牌榜方面芬蘭隊和荷蘭隊金牌數、獎牌數完全一樣,兩隊並列排在首位,而排在第三、第四的奧地利隊和俄羅斯隊同樣有2枚金牌在手,更有意思的是這四支隊伍都還有具有奪金希望的球員在最後一個單項項9球交鋒中繼續戰鬥著,所以不到最後一刻,榜首位置花落誰家還不可知。

 

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