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European Pool Championships 2011
Date: March 24, 2011 06:19PM
Day 1 in the European Championships in Brandenburg, Germany saw the start of the 14.1 (Straight Pool) event.

Ireland number 1, Paddy Mcloughlin, took on World Straight Pool Champion Oliver Ortmann. In a spirited fight the ginger magician from Warrenpoint scored 69 points against the German master before a couple of runs took Ortmann over the finish line.

Paddy's next opponent was Zika Mihajlovski. A scrappy opening saw the Macedonian take an early 55-18 lead, but the magician fought back hard. In a tense, 3 hour marathon, Paddy prevailed and won 125-94. He now faces Norwegian, Mats Schjetne, on Friday morning.

Meanwhile, 2009 All Ireland Open 9-Ball Champion, Jason Power, playing in his first EPC, took on Sandor Tot. Tot, the former European 8-Ball Champion from Serbia created a 40 point advantage against Jason. But Tot didn't have it all his own way and the pair traded blows back and forth, until a 50 ball run from the Serbian was enough to take the match from the young Irishman.

The losing side of the draw then found Jason matched against Belgian veteran Pascal Budo. The Waterford player started strong and kept his opponent under pressure for the entire match, never relinquishing the lead to notch up Ireland's best win of the day (125-67).

Also in action was David Poole who lost to Italian Bruno Matatore.

Wheelchair Champion Fred Dinsmore will start his EPC campaign in the 8-ball event Saturday.

For all the latest results check out [www.epconline.eu]. Live streaming is also available on that site for a small fee.

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Re: European Pool Championships 2011
Date: March 27, 2011 10:38PM
Despite a strong opening day, the two remaining Irish straight-pool players lost their matches and bowed out of the 14.1 event. The men's division cooked up many surprises with no german or dutch players on the podium for the first time in the events 30 year history. Tomasz Kaplan from Poland won the event, winning his country's first ever European Championship by beating Italian maestro Fabio Petroni, 125-17. The Women's division ran more to form, with Jasmin Ouschan winning her 13th European Gold Medal.



Saturday saw the start of the 8-ball Championships in Brandenberg. There was a strong start for the Irish players with wins by Jason Power, who beat Matjaz Demsar (SLO) 8-1 and by Paddy McLoughlin who beat Kreso Ivan Kralj (CRO) 8-3.

Sunday dawned with Jason continuing his good form with a win against Jo Graff (Lux) before being unstuck by Belgian Serge Das.



Meanwhile Paddy faced Aki Heiskanen to qualify for the last 32 but the Finnish player ran away with it 8-1. But Paddy had one more chance. He needed to win his 'loser qualifer' round match against French number one Vincent Facquet. The Warrenpoint man dominated, taking it easily in the end 8-4, to set up a last-32 match against 'The Kaiser' Ralf Souquet. The 3-time World Champion took a 5-0 lead, and it looked like it was all over for the young Irishman. Someone forgot to tell Paddy and he dug in deep, winning 5 from the next 6 racks. A great cut shot on the 8-ball by McLoughlin, made it hill-hill. Paddy broke, made a ball, but the rack wasn't straight forward. Eventually Paddy needed to bank a stripe the length of the table, but the ball lacked the pace and left an easy clearance for the Kaiser. Despite the defeat, it was a great performance and showed how much Ireland's number one player has moved his game forward.



But the best was yet to come, with former World Champion Fred Dinsmore putting in a solid performance against British player Matt Duffy, 5-2, making it to the Semi-Final in the wheelchair division, guaranteeing an 11th European Championship medal in as many years for the Dubliner.



The semis and final of the 8-ball on Monday will decide what colour the medal will be, as well as the start of the 9-ball championships.



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