HULL'S HOME COMFORTS
Professional player Robin Hull returned to his native land to win the 2018 Finnish National Snooker Championship in Helsinki at the weekend.
The World Number 99 and 2016 Shoot-Out Champion got through the opening rounds which were played earlier in the month in Turku. He dropped just two frames in four Best-of-7 frames matches on route to the Last 4, both to Esa Oikarinen in the Last 16. 83 entries in total started the event.
The Semi-Finals and Final were held on the same day. Hull defeated Jani Savolainen 4-1 and then Antti Tolvanen by the same scoreline in the final. Tolvanen had ousted defending champion Patrik Tiihonen in a deciding frame in the other Semi.
Despite missing this competition over the last few years, it is the 11th time that Hull has won this title - his maiden victory was in 1991.
The 'Finals Day' was played at the Kulttuuritalo in the Finnish capital city, a venue designed by Alvar Aalto and where Jimi Hendrix and Led Zepplin performed.
Organised by the Finnish Billiard Federation (SBIL), there was a festival of Cuesports with National Finals in 9-Ball Pool, Pyramids and Kaisa (Finnish Billiards) taking place at the same time.
A huge thank-you to @leijeri on Twitter for the great information and allowing me to use the above images.
Article written and published by Michael Day on the 27th May 2018