Saturday, June 23, 2007

Van Hove and Evans win European Snooker Championship golds

Kevin Van Hove from Belgium and Reanne Evans from England came out on top in the European Snooker Championships.

Van Hove beat Rodney Goggins (Ireland) 6-2 in the final of the men's event while Evans overcame defending champion Wendy Jans (Belgium) 5-2.

A Main Tour spot was on offer to the winner of the men's event. Since both finalists had already qualified the spot was supposed to go to third place winner Vincent Muldoon (Ireland) but this was later retracted by the WSA.

Goggins defeated unlucky Bjorn Haneveer (Belgium) 6-5 in the third place playoff. Haneveer also lost 6-5 in the semis.

In the women's semi-finals Evans defeated Michelle Sherwin (Ireland) while Jans beat Anna Mazhirina (Russia).

This was Van Hove's first major title. Evans has won three world crowns and was runner-up in the 2004 European Championships.

Welsh prodigy Michael White had the highest break of the tournament with a 141.

Former top player Darren Morgan (Wales) was victorious the Masters division. In the final he beat Kieran McMahon (Northern Ireland) 6-2.

The event was held 6-16 June at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow, Ireland.

The European Main Tour play-offs was played just before the tournament. Van Hove won the event and a place on next season's Main Tour.

BTW. This is post No.100 in Billiard Pulse. :-)

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