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.
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.