The semi-finalists (from Left) Tankred Volkmer, Jo Schuler, Harald Fink & Miroslav Benko
Wheelchair 8 Ball Pool - 2015 Ladislav Sramek Memorial Cup
24th-25th October 2015 / Elite Snooker & Billiard Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
CHAMPION SCHULER IN SLOVAKIA
Players from Austria, Germany and host nation Slovakia, took part in the second Ladislav Sramek Memorial Cup - held in honour of the founder of wheelchair billiards in the country, who passed away in 2013. The Slovak Federation of Physically Disabled Sportsman and the Slovak Billiard Federation helped run this 8 Ball event.
Eventually, the final would be an all-German affair between Joachim Schuler and Tankred Volkmer.
Schuler found himself one away from victory when leading 4-2, but the experienced Volkmer fought back to square it up at 4-4 to take it to a decider.
However, a forced tactical error from Volkmer in the last allowed Schuler the opportunity to cross the line 5-4. He follows on from Ireland’s 2014 winner Fred Dinsmore, who was unfortunately unable to make the competition this time around.
The tournament was again deemed a success, with the promise of the foreign players returning again next year. In 2016, the organisers have decided to switch the rules to 9 Ball instead.
2014 Ladislav Sramek Memorial Cup (Results from the Quarter-Finals onwards)
Tankred Volker (Germany) 5-1 Martin Jasenovec (Slovakia)
Joachim Schuler (Germany) 5-4 Peter Selinga (Slovakia)
Danijel Savic (Austria) 1-5 Harald Fink (Austria)
Miroslav Benka (Slovakia) 5-4 Macho Peter (Slovakia)
Schuler 5-2 Benko
Fink 0-5 Volkmer
Schuler 5-4 Volkmer
thecueview would like to thank Peter Selinga for all the information and pictures he supplied to us from the event. To find out more, please visit their the facebook page 'Billiard Wheelchair Team Slovakia' here.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 4th November 2015