A BOLA – Portugal bid farewell to the European Pool (Billiards)
Seven wins and six defeats in 13 games, with the entire sextet of Portugal in evidence this Wednesday – Américo Francisco, João Sousa, Bruno Sousa, Miguel Silva, Sara Rocha and Vânia Oliveira Franco – eliminated in the individual competitions of the discipline of ‘ Bola 9 ‘, the last competition of the European Pool, which runs from the 1st and will end on Thursday, the 11th of this month, in Antalya (Turkey).
Miguel Silva (Billiard Academy Miguel Silva, Funchal) played in the 32nd of the final against Croatian Ante Sola and won 9-7, having faced in the 16th of the final – then already the only one in Portugal among the 32 best in Antalya in the competition men’s singles in the ‘9 Ball’ discipline, the last competition of these European Pools – Bruno Sousa’s executioner in the previous round, Alex Montpellier.
And the Madeiran avenged the elimination of his compatriot and friend, by beating the Frenchman by 9-7, recovering by 6-7 to set up a meeting with the Polish Sebastian Batkowski, in the round of 16, where he lost by 4-9. It took 9th place in the competition.
Américo Francisco (P. Ferreira) faced the Polish Mieszko Fortunski and said goodbye to the Europeans (6-9). The same happened to João Sousa (Boavista) who started beating Dogukan Cidam (Northern Cyprus) by 9-2, but had no chance in the 32nd of the final against the Bosnian Sanjin Pehlivanovic (0-9).
Also in the 32nd of the men’s competition of ‘Bola 9’, Bruno Sousa (SC Braga) said goodbye to the competition at the 22 tables set up at Venice Hotel in Antalya, after losing 5-9 to Frenchman Alex Monteplilier, after having won before , by morning, the Serbian Haris Trtovac (9-6) in the recaps. Américo, Bruno and João all finished in 33rd place.
Sara Rocha to a partial of the rooms ‘
In the women’s competition, Sara Rocha (Bracara) started Thursday beating the Slovenian Ana Gradisnik by 7-3 and qualifying for the round of 16 of the ‘Bola 9’ competition. In the best 16, she faced Ina Kaplan: she came to lead 6-4, but the German woman turned and won 6-7, with the Braganian taking 9th place in the final. It was the last of Portugal to have a fundamental European fall, already late at night in Turkey and late afternoon in Portugal.
As for Vânia Oliveira Franco (FC Porto) clashed at the table with the Dutch Lynn Pijpers, and won by 7-3. Also in the play-offs, one beat the Belarusian Alisa Dianisevichus by 7-2, and also qualified for the round of 16, where she faced, like Sara Rocha, German rival, Tina Vogelmann: lost by 2-7 and fired himself from Antalya (and the Europeans) also with a 9th place.