Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League first century
This week Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League circuit went back to the roots with a great recognition. It was the first time that the event had more than 100 entries and that in the pool hall with the very suitable name for this occasion and where the first ever Baltic Pool League (BPL) stage was held. The venue was a Lithuanian pool dome CLUB ENTRY in the city of Kaunas. The winners of this historical stage were in mens division Andreas Madsen from Denmark and women and oldboys division Genadijs Kaminskis from Latvia.
NO REAL THREAT FOR MADSEN
Throughout the whole event no one really threatened Madsen. It was Saulius Vaitukaitis that came the closest in the quarter final as he got six racks out of Madsen. In the semi final Madsen was clearly over Maris Vartiks (LAT) with a score 8:3 and in the final he repeated the score and won Mindaugas Śalkauskas (LIT). The young talent Pijus Labutis settled for a bronze medal this time as he lost the semi final to Śalkauskas 8:5. With this victory Madsen became the first Dane to participate and win the BPL.
After the third stage the overall leader of mens ranking list is Dmitry Chuprov (BLR).
KAMINSKIS FINALLY MADE IT
Participating in many BPL stages Kaminskis has never been on the podium and his best finish was quarter final. This time the buoyant Latvian stunned everyone as he went all the way. However it never came as easy as for Madsen in the men division. In his semi final Kaminskis had no trouble by overcoming his fellow countryman Gatis Taube by a score 7:3. The final, however, was another story as Kaminskis had to dig deep to finally clinch a 7:6 win over Ugne Starkaite from Lithuania. On the way to the final Starkaite had quite an easy way in the semi final as Ugne was better of Źivilnas Varnelis 7:4.
The lonely leader of the women and oldoys ranking is Margarita Fefilova who was won the first two stages.
THE 102 ENTRIES
The lovely city of Kaunas was a treat for all the participants and the 102 entries are the best example of a well working tournament. Athletes from Denmark, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Finland and Norway were represented. The organisers are looking forward for the next stage that is held in Tallinn, Estonia from 8th to 9th of October.
Additionally the organisers thank all the athletes, volunteers, fans and all other people and companies that were part of another great event. Naturally special "thank you" goes out to all the sponsors - Mezz Cues, Aramith, Iwan Simonis, Biljardai, Kamui, Aveiras, Turtle Rack Sheet, Entry, Baribal Pool Club, Start Pool Club, Bams Pool House, Gazprom, East European Billiard Council and Belarussian Association of Billiard Sports.
For more information about the event, players, sponsors and all other related information and to sign up for the next event please visit our webpage http://balticpoolleague.eu/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/balticpoolleague