Nail-biting finish in straight pool decided the score for the teams
In two team matches, straight pool brought the decision – and what a close decision it was. In the winner’s qualification round of the junior’s division, Team Belgium played Team Norway. Audun Risan Heimsjoe brought the 8-ball point clearly home to Norway by defeating Belgium’s Laurenz Cansier with 7:2. Moritz Lauwereyns took care of the Belgian answer by winning the 9-ball with 8:5 over Even Letnes Waernes. The overall team score was 1:1, the straight pool had to decide. That match between Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) and Mikael Oegaard (NOR) turned out to become a thriller. Khodjaeva had the better start and dominated Oegaard who needed some time to focus on his play. But he then got in the zone and tightened the match up and managed to win the straight pool encounter with 100:94 over Khodjaeva and brought the victory to Team Norway with 2:1.
Even closer than that was the match between Team Netherlands and Team Denmark in the second loser’s round of the pupil’s division. Jasper van Donk had won the 8-ball for the Netherlands with 7:4 over Joel Rosnfeldt while Frederik Madsen took the 9-ball with 8:5 from Guido Janssen. This levelled the match at 1:1. The straight pool was the decider again. It turned out to be an even closer affair than in the match between Belgium and Norway. In the final stage, van Dijk went on the hill and missed his final ball. The score was 99:93 in his favour. Andreas Madsen proved to have really strong nerves and ran out the match, winning the straight pool with the closest of margins 100:99 and bringing Team Denmark in the next round.
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