New first for Ireland at the European Pool Championships.

Ireland has for the first time won 3 medals at the European Championships, thanks to some great play by Fred Dinsmore, who finished the tournament with a bronze in the 9-ball. This follows up a silver for him in the 10-ball and bronze in the 8. Despite not winning a gold, Fred’s play showed he’s probably the in form player in Europe and the World right now, with wins over Tathi and Larsson in these championships. He also has the distinction of winning a medal in every event he entered at this year’s championships, a feat only matched Jasmin Ouschan of Austria. Thanks to Fred, Ireland’s medals tally at this years EPC is 7th in the list of 34 countries taken part.

Team Ireland’s other player at the EPC was Irish No.1 Paddy McLoughlin. Despite showing flashes of brilliance, Paddy’s championships were dogged by a bad draws in every event, which meant he had to fight against former champions from the word go.  But the Warrenpoint man, showed that European competition is where he should be, and the highlight of his week was probably the match against former European Champion Ivica Putnik. The match was fairly even throughout, but when it went hill-hill, paddy play a great safety on the two-ball, practically guaranteeing the match. But the lucky Croatian played a heavy kick shot sending the two ball flying up and down the table twice, eventually sinking into a pocket. It kind of summed up Paddy’s event. On a different day, the results would have showed how good Paddy is on the European stage.


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