WITH FOUR events played in the 15 event series to determine the top ten players eligible for Team USA, it is veteran and former Mosconi MVP Dennis Hatch who heads the list, having pointed at two of the four events played. Behind him is another former MVP in Rodney Morris, while other former Mosconi players Shane Van Boening, Johnny Archer, Oscar Dominguez and Justin Hall help fill out the top ten spots.
This year it’s about finishing in the top ten once the 15th and final event has been played out in early September. That’s because US Team Captain Johan Ruijsink will be picking his team from the top ten finishing players. To give himself some leeway in this make or break year for Team America, Ruijsink will be selecting four players from the top ten plus another whose final ranking won’t be of significance.
Click the image to view the large poster - use "back" to return here. Left to right: Amalia Matas, Kurt Deklerck and Marc Bijsterbosch
Deklerck, Matas and Bijsterbosch win the 10-ball titles
At the Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes in the Salgados Palace Hotel in Albufeira, Portugal, the gold medals in 10-ball have been awarded. Kurt Deklerck (BEL), Amalia Matas (ESP) and Marc Bijsterbosch (NED) have taken the titles in their respective division.
It is the first European Champion title for the 23-year-old Bijsterbosch. After having eliminated his teammate and favoured player Niels Feijen (NED) 10:8 in the quarterfinal match, Bijsterbosch took on Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP) in the semi-final. He stood tall and took the victory with 10:6 which brought him into the final match. His opponent there was Christian Sparrenlowv-Fischer (SWE), another underdog that was not expected in the final match at all. Fischer eliminated Gabor Solymosi (HUN) clearly with 10:3 in the quarterfinal and Denis Grabe (EST) in a heartbreaking semi-final with 10:9. The final match was on between two newbies. In the beginning, both players were very concentrated and played equally strong.
2017 Mosconi Cup - Team USA qualification series announced
MATCHROOM SPORT can announce the Official Mosconi Cup Team USA Ranking Events for the 2017 Europe v USA match which takes place at the Tropicana, Las Vegas from 4th to 7th December. The roster has been set at 15 events, a reduction from 2016, with all tournaments on 7 foot tables having been dropped at the behest of the competing players. In addition, there are no overseas events.
This year the final qualifying event will be in early September which means no US Open, following Team USA captain Johan Ruijsink’s stipulation that he needs additional time to work with the team in the lead up to the event.
The 15 events are divided into three grades with Grade One carrying the most points and Grade Three carrying the least. At the end of the qualification period, Team Captain Johan Ruijsink will select four players from the top ten of the rankings plus one other player (top ten or not) to comprise his squad of players to travel to Las Vegas as the USA attempt to win the Mosconi Cup for the first time since 2009.
BARRY HEARN has pledged that the new Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation will make hundreds of thousands of pounds available to charitable causes, as the world-leading sports promotions company launched its latest initiative.
Hearn founded Matchroom in 1982 and over the past 35 years it has donated millions of pounds to a wide-range of charities throughout its many sporting activities. Matchroom now promotes in excess of 100 events per year, selling over 500,000 tickets in the process. Part of the Foundation’s funding will come from a contribution equivalent to £1 for every ticket sold for these events.
The new Foundation will centralise the group’s benevolent efforts to incorporate the Professional Darts Corporation and World Snooker’s events, as well as the various Matchroom Sport divisions across the group, and help a variety of causes including sports and community charities, and a number of hospices for both children and adults.
“Sport gives us so many highs and wonderful moments, Hearn said. “It’s a genuine vehicle for change and puts us in a fortunate position to be able to give something back in a significant way that will make a real difference.
Criteria Set For Betfred World Championship Invitations
Posted by admin on Monday, March 13 2017 @ 13:54:50 GMT (556 reads)
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Wednesday-Wednesday 5-12 April 2017
Criteria Set For Betfred World Championship Invitations
Snooker’s world governing body the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has today announced the selection criteria for the amateur players who will be invited to compete at this year’s Betfred World Championship qualifiers.
Tickets for the qualifying rounds at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield (April 5-12) are on sale now and cost just £10 per day. For details visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets
The top 16 players on the world ranking list following the 2017 China Open will be seeded through to the final stages of the Betfred World Championship, which celebrates its landmark 40th anniversary at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre from 15 April – 1 May 2017.
The remaining 112 professionals will head to Ponds Forge, Sheffield a week prior, each needing to win three matches to qualify for the venue stages. They will be joined by 16 amateur players, who have achieved success through the WPBSA qualifying criteria.
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