EUROPEAN SNOOKER ROUND-UP (APRIL / MAY 2016)
2016 Norwegian National Championship
4th-8th May 2016 / Sarpsborg Snooker Club, Sarpsborg, Norway
Kurt Maflin (pictured above) is the 2016 Norwegian National Champion for the second time after emerging from a record breaking field of 48 this past weekend in Sarpsborg.
The current World Number 50 (Norway's only active professional) also won this event a decade ago in 2006 - his only other previous appearance.
Obviously a very strong favourite from the start against amateur opposition, the former Players Championship and China Open semi-finalist didn't drop a single frame throughout the entire group stage or knockout portion of the tournament.
He overcame Audun Risan Heimsjo 4-0 in the final.
(Photo credit - Norwegian Billiards Federation)
2016 Danish National Championship
22nd-24th April 2016 (Final Stages) / Copenhagen Pool & Snooker House, Copenhagen, Denmark
Rune Kampe further strengthened his dominance of the Danish snooker scene by claiming his seventh consecutive national title - his thirteenth in total.
Earlier in April there was a qualifying competition to determine 16 qualifiers who would join the seeded players in main stage of the event. Over the long weekend of the 22nd-24th, the 32 remaining entries were initially split into 8 round robin groups of 4 with the top 2 advancing to the KO's.
44 year old Kampe lost just a frame in progressing top from Group A, although he did have to survive a 3-2 decider against Ejler Hame in the Last 16 after.
That would be his sternest examination, as he then beat Allan Norvark 3-0, Thomas Bechmann 4-1 and Gilbert Albertsen 4-1 in the quarters, semis and final respectively.
For more information, and the full results, please visit snooker.dk here.
2016 Polish Snooker Championship
21st-24th April 2016 / Lublin Club Masters, Lublin, Poland
The 24th Polish Snooker Championship was won in the most dramatic of circumstances when Tomasz Skalski beat Kacper Filipiak 6-5 in the final by sinking the last black ball in the decider.
The event was keenly contested with a number of players in with a shout of taking the title.
Defending champion Adam Stefanow was eliminated 5-3 by Skalski during the semi-finals, whilst recent World Championship qualifying wildcard Mateusz Baranowski bowed out in the quarters.
Filipiak, the 2011 European Under 21's winner and therefore a former main tour professional, was lethal beforehand in the groups and knockout format. On his route to the final, he dished up five whitewashes, and only dropped frames to Krzysztof Wrobel (5-4) in the QF's.
Skalski, who actually represents Belgium and was a wildcard for this tournament, has been a regular figure on the European Tour before.
For more information, please visit the snooker.pl website here.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 10th May 2016