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Women’s Team match Austria versus Finland

Ouschan and Poikkijoki battled it out again

Portoroz,  Slovenia:  In  the  women’s  team   event,  Team  Austria  with Sandra  Baumgartner  and  Jasmin  Ouschan  defeated Team Finland,  consisting of Marika Poikkijoki and

Jasmin Ouschan (left) and Marika Poikkijoki

Jasmin Ouschan (left) and Marika Poikkijoki

Riikka Saaranen with 2:0. The  format  is   easy.  Two  players  per Team,  the  disciplines  are  8-ball  and  9-ball. Either  one  team  wins  2:0  or  there  will  be  a shootout at the end which decides the winner. Baumgartner  and  Saaranen  met  in  9-ball.  It  was  a  clear  matter  for  Baumgartner. She  dominated  her  opponent  from  start  to finish  and  won  comfortably  with  7:3.  At  that point  in  time,  Ouschan  lead  3:1  over  her bogey  player  Poikkijoki.  Everything  looked  ok  for  Team Austria.  But  Poikkijoki really  seems   to  be  Ouschan’s nightmare.  She  would  not  allow Ouschan  to  get  away  with  the victory.  Instead,  she  gave  her  a hard  time  and  put  her  under pressure.  It  worked.  Ouschan started missing  balls and  all of  a sudden,  the  score  was  5:5. Poikkijoki  was at  the table  in  the deciding  rack  when  she  ran  out of  position.  She  tried  to  play safety  but  did  not  succeed.  This time, Ouschan kept calm  and ran the  rack  to  win  the  match  with  6:5.  This   was  also  the  2:0  victory  for  Team Austria.

Left to right: Sandra Baumgartner, Jasmin  Ouschan, Marika Poikkijoki and Riikka  Saaranen

Left to right: Sandra Baumgartner, Jasmin
Ouschan, Marika Poikkijoki and Riikka
Saaranen

In  the  men’s  division,  Team  Germany  defeated  Team  Russia  with  2:1. Tomorrow,  the  team  competition  will  continue.  The  9-ball quarter-finals will  be played at 15:00 CET.
The  event  is  hosted  by  the  European  Governing  Body  for  Pool,  the European  Pocket  Billiard  Federation  (EPBF)  and  organized  by  International Billiard Promotion (IBP).  For further information and reference please go to the federation website  www.epconline.eu or contact our press office.

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