At the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Under 19, Under 17 and Girls in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, team Germany snatched the first two Gold medals in the straight pool division. Moritz Neuhausen (U17) and Christian Froehlich (U19) conquered the first two titles at this year’s event.
In the U19, the final match was a more than clear affair for Christian Froehlich. He was up against Jonas Souto (ESP) who has one Bronze medal from last year’s 8-ball competition under his belt. In the same year, Froehlich took the Gold medal in 8-ball and the silver medal in 9-ball. So the German could have been seen to be favoured to win the match. And he had the better start. He pocketed 15 balls before ran out of position and attempted a safety shot. This did not go too well for him and Souto entered the table, starting to pocket balls himself. But amazingly he missed the 4-ball with an open table in front of him after he had cleared only 5 balls. That brought Froehlich back to the table and he made 49 balls in a row. The scoreboard displayed a 64:5 lead for Froehlich when Souto got to the table again. Obviously impressed, the Spaniard only made 2 balls before he left the table again. This time, Froehlich went to 98 points. Under this immense pressure, Souto rose to the occasion and pocketed 52 balls to get to 65 points before he missed again. Then Froehlich made the two points he needed in order to win the title in straight pool Under 19.
Top eight finishers Under 19 straight pool
1. Christian Froehlich GER
2. Jonas Souto ESP
3. Christoffer Lentz DEN
Daniil Kalialiev UKR
5. Ivan Galic CRO
Andreas-Steen Bonnelykke DEN
Aatu Suoraniemi FIN
Daniel Todorov BUL
In the U17, the final match was an all German clash between Moritz Neuhausen and Dennis Laszkowski. This match went pretty one-sided to the liking of Neuhausen. Laszkowski never got into the match and in the end deservedly lost to Neuhausen who took an impressive 75:4 victory.
Top eight finishers Under 17 straight pool
1. Moritz Neuhausen GER
2. Dennis Laszkowski GER
3. Luka Galic CRO
Ajdin Piknjak BIH
5. Oskar Jamorski POL
Yannick Pongers NED
Luca Montanari ITA
Szymon Kural POL
Medal table after 1 of 5 events
Also during today, the 10-ball individuals were played. In the U19, Christoffer Lentz (DEN), last year’s Champion in the U17, had two highly impressive appearances. He defeated Ricardo Mota (POR) 7:0 and then Noah Portmann (SUI) 7:1 to advance on the winner’s side. In the U17, last year’s Bronze medallists Emil-Andre Gangflot (NOR) and Moritz Neuhausen won their first two matches to make it to the single elimination stage of the event already. In the Girls division, defending Champion Nina Torvund (NOR) lost her opening match 1:5 to Polina Vinkurova (UKR).
The Dynamic Billard European Youth Championships 2019 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 10-ball individuals competition of the U17 and U19.
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