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Mark Tuite - 2014 Masters Champion

Ireland's Mark Tuite has just been crowned the 2014 European Masters Champion after he defeated Belgium's Alain Vandersteen in a trilling final frame decider here in Sofia this afternoon. 
 
The first four frames of the day were shared before the interval but Vandersteen stole the 5th frame 65-62 on the black ball to go 3-2 ahead despite a 53 break by Tuite. 
 
The Belgian then followed that up by knocking in a great 99 break to take a 4-2 lead before Tuite took the 7th frame 53-21 to keep him in the running. 
 
Alain Vandersteen then made a huge error to leave Tuite back into the match. Vandersteen had been leading 27-0 until Tuite had a break of 37 and just after that Vandersteen made the error of rolling up behind a free ball to snooker Tuite. 
 
This being a foul Vandersteen left himself snookered on the last red and give away 16 points in fouls and Tuite eventually went on to win the frame and get right back into this match. 
 
Tuite then took the lead 5-4 thanks to a solid 50 break only for Vandersteen to force the decider thanks to a 42 break of his own. 
 
The final frame was a nervy affair and both players had their chances but it was Tuite who prevailed was crowned 2014 European Masters Champion. 
 
Tuite played great snooker all tournament and produced some memorable performances especially from the knockout stages on where he defeated Wayne Brown, Rune Kampe and especially Darren Morgan on his way to the final. 
 
Mark will be presented with the trophy again tonight at the closing ceremony where we are sure the Irish will celebrate his win with a pint or two! 
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Morgan notches up the centuries

The 1pm session today saw Darren Morgan put on another masterclass of snooker as he rattled in breaks of 107, 40 and 70 in his 3-0 victory over Sinan Cetinkaya of Switzerland. 
 
Ireland's Mark Tuite was also in fine form as he beat Serbia's Alexandar Kuzmancevic 3-0 with breaks of 90 and 54 in the first couple of frames as he picked up his second win in Group F. 
 
Also in Group F England's Jamie Bodle knocked in breaks of 40, 44 and 65 as he saw off Mindaugas Maisiejus 3-0  and keep level with Tuite at the top of the group. 
 
The 3rd match in this group this afternoon saw Finland's Juha Lehto defeat Stepan Delyatynskyy from the Ukraine 3-0 to pick up his first win after losing his first match yesterday. 
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Home countries do well in Session 2

The Irish, English and Welsh had a good session this afternoon in the Masters event with several of the possible pre tournament favourites recording solid 3-0 wins. Ireland's Tom Gleeson saw off the challenge of France's Marc Chouillier while his fellow Irish team mate Mark Tuite beat the Ukraine's Stepan Delyatynskyy 3-0 comfortably. Ireland's third win of the session came thanks to a 3-0 win for Alen Matic who beat Austria's Alexander Trinkl by the same score line.

England's Jamie Bodle (Pictured) also got his campaign off to a flyer with a 3-0 victory over Serbia's Alexandar Kuzmancevic and will certainly be one of the players looking to challenge Tuite for the No.1 spot in this group. 

Welshman Gavin Lewis also recorded a 3-0 win over Israel's Ygal Pagliari in Group G while in other matches we saw good wins for Henrik Skj√¶rup (Denmark), Mindaugas Maisiejus (Lithuania) and Viktor Myroniuk (Ukraine).

Finish player Esa Oikarinen was also in superb form and knocked in a 74 break on his way to a 3-0 win over Vadzim Shut of Belarus while Belgium's Yvan Van Velthoven bettered that with a great break of 79 in his 3-1 win over Doron Lavie of Israel.

 

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Jennings in superb form

England's Nick Jennings (pictured) and Callum Downing played some superb snooker this afternoon as they saw off Ukraine 1 5-0 with Jennings knocking in breaks of 51 and 91 and they also improved on the high break in the doubles with a superb 85. 

Ireland also did well in session four today with all three teams recording wins with the only frame conceded that being of young 12 year old Mikhail Terekhov who took a frame of ex-professional Michael Judge during Ireland 1 v Russia 2. 

The other Irish mens team of Rodney Goggins and Jason Devaney recorded their second win of the day when they beat Lithuania 5-0 with them having a great 66 in the scotch doubles also. 

Defending Champions Mark Tuite and Anthony Bonnar (Pictured) won in the Masters section against Romania 5 and they knocked in a great 84 between them in the doubles breaking down on the green. 

The only other match finished at present is that of Poland 3 and Romania 2 with Poland's Marcin Nitschke and Grzegorz Biernadski running out comfortable 4-1 winners.

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