The Portugal men’s team, made up of João Sousa, Miguel Silva and João Grilo, managed to remain in competition in the European Pool Championships Team competition, taking place in Lasko (Slovenia) since the 2nd of the 12th of the current month, to the beat the Netherlands by 2-1 in the men’s playoffs, while the women’s team, formed by Vânia Oliveira Franco and Sara Rocha, lost against Poland (1-2) but remains in the competition.
The Europeans of this billiards variant, organized by the European Pool and Billiards Federation (EPBF), the men’s team, after Monday’s team against Spain (1-2) no longer had room for maneuver for any defeat: it was eliminated. But against the Dutch, João Grilo guided the Portuguese trio, beating Marc Bijterbosch by an expressive 8-4 in the ’10 Ball’ game and giving Portugal 1-0.
Soon after, however, and in the duel of the ‘9-Ball’ discipline – three simultaneous games on side-by-side tables, remember -, Niels Feijen got the better of Miguel Silva by 8-1.
The selection, in ante that must be given the height of Jan 1-1, is located in ‘Bola Van Lierop went in front of the marker (6-5) and does not clash ‘Bola Van Lierop went in front of the marker. But the chess player of Portugal in this Lasko – in the individual event of ‘Bo 8’ – the athlete was in the Lusitanian victory, turning from 7 to win in the ‘black’ (8-7) and giving the 2-1 to Portugal, indispensable and triumph!
On Wednesday, at 11 am local time (minus one in mainland Portugal), Portugal will face the hosts, Slovenia – they beat Turkey 2-0 this Tuesday – with no room for the selection to make mistakes: it is to win or leave the competition.
The Slovenians presented this day Klemen Gradisnik on ‘Ball 8’, Matjaz Erculj on ‘Ball 9’ and Mitja Gradisnik on ‘Ball 10’. In case of victory, the defeated Finland-Norway will go to Portugal at 1 pm local time (minus one in Lisbon).
Women’s team loses to Poland (1-2): France follows
The women’s team was also in action. Two-time champions at 201 Europe 2019, Rocha and Vânia Oliveira did not avoid defeat1-2) us ‘: pocket the black from the upper point of the triangle where ‘Sara’ and the balls are.
Oliwia Waleska beat Vânia Franco by 6-2 on ‘Ball 8’, but the hard-fought triumph (7-6) of Sara Rocha against Izabela Lacka on ‘Ball 9’ launched the duel for the ‘penalties’, where the Poles were stronger ( 1-4).
The women’s team, which on Monday beat Rep. Czech 2-0, will face France on Tuesday, at 11 am local time (minus one in mainland Portugal), on the side of the losers’ table. And hopes for new gold are still undefeated. If the French team win, at 1 pm local time (minus a women’s hour in Lisbon) the Portugal team will play again, with the winner of Turkey-Sweden.