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Maurice Le Duc wins 4 in a row

Dutch potter Maurice Le Duc won his fourth straight match this afternoon in Zielona Gora as he defeated Mikhail Popov from Russia by four frames to nil. The solid four frame win included breaks of 67 and 55 in the second frame and the result now leaves Le Duc in prime position to top the group but still has to face both Krzysztof Wrobel and Jeff Cundy over the weekend which should decide the fate of Group C. 

Cundy also won this afternoon making it three from three for him after a 4-1 win over Tom Limor and also in that group Andrey Khudobin from Belarus got his first win on the board with a 4-0 win over Croatian Bruno Repaic.

In Group D Rhys Clark had to come from 1-0 down against Andres Petrov (Estonia) to run out a comfortable 4-1 winner leaving him firmly in control in his group with three wins while Paul Schopf and Murat Ayas will have to finish off their match next session.

Masters

Ireland's Mark Tuite continued racking up the wins with a 3-0 victory over Daniel Poly of France having yet to drop a frame while also in Group H Richard Kornberger gained his first win with a 3-1 result against Marcin Kolibski.

John Terry had to fight hard to overturn a 2-0 deficit in his Group G match against Mohanraj Sivasubramaniam (Switzerland) to end up a 3-2 winner and maintain his unbeaten record to lead the group with only one match left against Rune Kampe to come which should decide the fate of the group. 

Another Welshman Ian Sargeant was in action against Pal Vantra and ran out a 3-1 winner to leave him top of the group while also in Group F Bernard Ballestra took his first match win beating Laimonas Aldonis (Lithuania) 3-0.

Ladies

Four matches this afternoon in the Ladies Section saw defending champion Tatjana Vasiljeva in action and she saw off Nikoleta Nikolova 3-0 as she kept pace with Diana Statczny with three wins a piece in Group A. Russia's Daria Sirotina also kept her unbeaten record although was made to work for it after Manon Melief went 1-0 ahead early on but Daria eventually ran out a 3-1 winner. 

The two other games in the section saw wins for both Valerie Savonet and Weronika Nowicka, her first win to date.

 

Mens

M Brincat 4-3 G Louka
J Cundy 4-1 T Limor
M Le Duc 4-0 M Popov
B Repaic 0-4 A Khudobin
R Clark 4-1 A Petrov
 

Masters

I Sargeant 3-1 P Vantra
L Aldonis 0-3 B Ballestra
J Terry 3-2 M Sivasubramaniam
M Tuite 3-0 D Poly
R Kornberger 3-1 M Kolibski
 

Ladies

E Torok 0-3 W Nowicka
D Sirotina 3-1 M Melief
T Vasiljeva 3-0 N Nikolova
V Savonet 3-0 N Nowak
 

 

 

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Third win for Gorbataya & co.

Russia's Irina Gorbataya was among three of the ladies to record their third straight win this afternoon after she,  Ewa Pawinska and Anastasia Nechaeva all recorded victory's.

Irina made it three from three matches with a solid 3-0 win over Roberta Cutajar from Malta while Pawinska beat Switzerland's Claudia Weber. Another Russian player Anastasia Nechaeva saw off the challenge of French player Linda Lassaut 3-1 to join the duo on three wins in their respective groups.

The only other ladies match played at 1pm saw Isabela Morska of Poland defeat her 11 year old compatriot Oliwia Lachowicz 3-0.

Mens

In the mens section David Lilley now has three wins under his belt as he saw off Bratislav Krastev 4-0 while the other matches in that group saw Antti Mannila beat Davor Bobek 4-2 while the match between Louka/Brincat still had to finish at time of writing.

Group A saw two matches played this session and Poland’s Patryk Maslowski got his first win a good 4-0 victory over Danny Eriksen from Denmark. The other match between Duncan Bezzina and Elran Gezi ended up in a 4-3 victory for the Maltese player Bezzina.


Masters

Irish Duo of Anthony Bonnar and Frank Sarsfield kept up their good form notching up 3-0 wins against Stephane Ochoiski (France) and E Baghi (Switzlerland) respectively with Anthony knocking in breaks of 41 and 49 and Frank played a solid 2nd frame which included breaks of 41 and 44.

The big match of the session in the masters was between Craig MacGillivary and Alan Trigg and despite Craig winning the first with the help of a 53 break it was Trigg who ran out a 3-1 victor thanks to breaks of 65 and 50 in the last two frames.
 
We also had wins for both Rene Dikstra, Peter Varga and A Petkevicius in this session.
 

Men’s

B Bernhardsson 4-2 S Dragunas (Held over from morning session)
E Gezi 0-0 Duncan Bezzina
D Eriksen 0-4 P Maslowski
D Lilley 4-0 B Krastev
G Louka 3-3 M Brincat
D Bobek 2-4 A Mannila

 

Masters

F Sarsfield 3-0 E Baghi
R Dikstra 3-0 T Damm
W Matuszkiewicz 1-3 A Petkevicius
C MacGillivary 1-3 A Trigg
M Eheim 1-3 P Varga
A Bonnar 3-0 S Ochoiski

 

Ladies

I Gorbataya 3-0 R Cutajar
I Morska 3-0 O Lachowicz
E Pawinska 3-0 C Weber
A Nechaeva 3-1 L Lassaunt
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Mick Judge win Irish Championships

Former Professional player Michael Judge won the 2013 RIBSA Senior National Championship in style coming back from four nil down to win in the Ivy Rooms SC in Carlow on Saturday.

In the final the Dublin man beat Robert Redmond 8 frames to 5 in a unbelievable match to take the national title and qualify for the World Amateur Championships in Latvia next November.

Frame Scores: Judge first 52-61 (53), 0-61 (60), 49-64, 55-66, 70-15(54), 48-32, 86-1 (64), 80-0 (72), 67-29, 38-54, 65-32, 61-60,75-40.

Robert Redmond should also be proud of his performance this weekend with superb wins over Brendan O Donoghue and Robert Murphy. As the National Coach I believe Robert's day will come soon but Michael Judge was on a different planet this weekend as he showed his skill and experience to lift the Irish Title.

Jim Leacy RIBSA Chairman and IBSF President presented Michael with his trophy and Perpetual Cup which is in memory of Jim's Dad in front of the large attendance in Carlow.

The High Break prize went to Robert Redmond with a 119 Break in his semi final match. 

A big thank you must go to Marion and the Staff at the Ivy Rooms for the great facilities for the Championship weekend.

In other events Masters European Team Champion Mark Tuite regained his Masters Irish Championship title by defeating Marty Hayden by six frames to one.

All the other Irish Championships results can be found over at www.ribsa.ie and we have a selection of photo's below in the gallery.

 

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Championship Venue

The 2013 European Championships in Zielona Gora will officially get underway with the opening ceremony on Monday the 27th of May. We can now bring you the first images of the host venue as the table fitters get everything in place for what is sure to be a memorable championships. 

Most of the players will start arriving today and we wish all our competitors the best of luck over the eleven days of the championships until we crown our new champions on Thursday the 6th of June.

More images in the Gallery below....

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