At the European Billiards Championships in Brandenburg an der Havel/Germany, the only competition that ended on Sunday was the 5-pins individual event. Once again this one was completely in the hands of the Italian players. When it came to the medals, the Azzurri were once again among themselves.The final was played between Andrea Quarta and Fioravante Ceccione and in set one it was Quarta who impressively showed who is the favorite. But in set 2 he had problems making the last points, Ceccione took the opportunity and tied the game.Quarta seemed to wake up and from then onwards he played on a completely different level. The Italian finished set 3 with a score of 66:33 and just a few moments later he was already more than thirty points ahead of his opponent in the fourth set. Ceccione had no chance for a comeback, all he could do was congratulate his fellow countryman for another European title. The final score of this set was 61:23 in favor of Andrea Quarta.The bronze medals go to Camilo Gomez and Michelangelo Aniello, both of course also from Itlay. Aniello had a great chance to beat Quarta in the semifinal but in the end he lost the deciding fifth set with 51:60. FINAL RESULTS
In Balkline 47/2 the group stage was played today. Title holder Eddy Leppens from Belgium showed, in two group matches, that he is still a class act in this discipline. Only Raymund Swertz from the Netherlands, who won the balkline 71/2-event yesterday, played a higher average than Leppens. Pascal Dessaint and Willy Geromint, both from France, also won two matches in the group stages.For the host nation Germany this competition was very unlucky. Both Sven Daske and Arnd Riedel had the same amount of wins on their side as the resepective group winners but didn’t make it to the knock out stage due to a lower average.
Max Gabel from Germany is clearly on a mission in the 5-pins individual event for players under 21 years of age. Today the title holder won his three group matches and therefore advanced easily to the semifinals. His strongest competitor is Riccardo Matino from Italy who also managaed to win three matches in the qualification stage.The last competition of the day was the free game for players under 17 years. Nick Dudink (Netherlands) as well as Jelle Billiet and Nick Rosier (both Belgium) all won their matches in the group stage and should be the favorites for the gold medal. The highest average was played by Dudink.