Junior’s from Turkish North Cyprus took a punishing from team Poland

Austria ousted by Bulgaria

Sarajevo,  Bosnia  &  Hercegovina:  Team  Poland  just  destroyed  their opponents  from  Turkish  North  Cyprus  in  the  junior’s  division,  smashing  them with a clear 3:0 result.
The  writing  was   on  the  wall  that  team   Poland  would  probably  be  the tougher team. But it was surprising  how  clearly they  creamed  their opponents  from  the sunny  island  of  North Cyprus.  Maciej Witkowski (POL)  seized the  8-ball  match  with 7:1  off  Huseyin  Alnar (TNC).  No chance  at  all for  young  Alnar  in  that match. In straight pool, Turkish North Cyprus‘  best  player Berk Mehmetcik met the new title holder Sebastian Batkowski from Team  Poland. Though Mehmetcik is  capable of playing decent straight pool,  he never got a foot in the door in this match.  He  was trailing  21:75 and even  40:99.  It  speaks for his  sportsmanship that he still tried to take the point home for his team but in the end, he was on a mission impossible. Batkowski safely  pocketed the remaining ball and took  the deciding second point  for his  team. At  that  time,  Pawel Kaczmarek (POL)  was leading 6:2 over  Mehmetali Sözgen (TNC) in a race to eight. Team  Poland will now face the winner of the match between Sweden and Portugal in the quarter-final tonight at 20:30 CET.

Team Poland (left to right): Batkowski, Witkowski and Kaczmarek

Team Poland (left to right):
Batkowski, Witkowski and Kaczmarek

Another  interesting  clash  was   the  match  between  Austria  and  Bulgaria. While  Austria  came  through  the  loser’s  side  with  a  close  2:1  victory  over Denmark, the Bulgarian juniors  secured their spot  for that  match with a 2:1 win over Turkish  North Cyprus. The odds  between the two teams  were about even before  the  match.  But  it  turned  out  that  Bulgaria  had  the  better  day.  Martin Todorov  (BUL)  won  his  9-ball  with  8:3  over  Michael  Winkler  (AUT)  while  his teammate  Spasian  Spasov  reached  100  points  in  straight  pool  when  Leon Swoboda  only  had  40.  That  turned  the  score  to 2:0 in the match. At  that  time, Clemens Schober (AUT) was leading over Anton Zlatev  (BUL) with 5:4 in 8-ball.
But  that  match  got  stopped  since  the  team  encounter  had  already  been decided.  Team  Bulgaria  will  now  meet  the  winner  of  the  match  between  the Finish and the juniors from Luxembourg in the next round.
The pupils will play their quarter-final matches tonight at 20:30 CET.
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