English 8-Ball (World Rules) - 2016 EEPF European Championships
15th-21st February 2016 / Westotel, Nantes, France
EURO CHAMPIONS ARE CROWNED
Cueists from an impressive 14 European nations and beyond took part in a week long festival of pool in France for European Championship glory.
England's Karl Sutton was in irresistible form throughout, as he was crowned European Men's Champion for the first time.
Of his eight victories on route to the title, he eliminated opposition from seven different nations and dropped just 17 frames in total. He was in great nick for the team event too, finishing joint top of the round robin averages in the A section.
Kirsty Lee-Davies (Wales) added yet another major pool honour to her already fantastic CV when taking the Ladies title.
Ireland's Kyle Murphy ousted Ben Murphy (England) 7-6 for the Juniors title, whilst Giuseppe D'Imperio beat England stablemate Josh Kane by the same score to be the last one standing in the Under 23's. It meant the talented D'Imperio defended the title he won in Malta last year and goes with his world crown in the same age category.
Steve Chambers (England) is the Seniors champion after a relatively comfortable 7-2 victory over John O'Mahony (Ireland) in the final.
In the team events, England claimed the lion's share of the success.
They nearly took the hat-trick of Men's titles, with the A and C teams retaining their crowns in the respective sections. Only host nation France denied them the clean sweep in the B's.
England A were unbeaten throughout in the Ladies; culminating in a 8-3 defeat of the Irish. It meant retaining their trophy too.
In the youth disciplines, the England Juniors put away outgoing champions Ireland in the final, but Malta Under 23's stopped the double when beating England Under 23's B in a decider to defend their crown. The England B's had previously upset their A team in the semi's.
England A whitewashed Ireland A 5-0 in the Seniors finale; they had beaten the holders of the championship, England B, in the Last 4.
For full results and more information, please visit the European Eightball Pool Federation's website here.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 25th February 2016