MEZZ CUES BALTIC POOL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2017
Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League Grand Final was held in Tallinn, Estonia. This time the venue of the event was a newly built pool hall Hill-Hill. As always the final stage was for the best 32 players from overall and best 16 from Women’s and Oldboys rating. This time there were no major shocks as the overall event was won by Pijus Labutis (LIT) and the Women's and Oldboys event was taken by this year's European number one women player Margaret Fefilova.
Battle of the generations
The overall division final was very spectacular as there were two very different players in it. Firstly the young and flamboyant young gun Labutis and then a very experienced calculating cue master Tuomas Riipinen from Finland. This match had it all with the lead changing four times. Therefore the credit goes out to both of the finalists, but there may be only one winner and this time it was Labutis by a score 10:6. On the way to the final Labutis was well over Belarussian Vadim Papizh and Riipinen got the best of Kristjan Kuusik from Estonia with both matches ending 10:5.
The young Lithuanian has been very consistent in this year's league. Labutis managed to attend in total four of the five finals this year and won three of them and actually in the last qualifying event winning none else than Riipinen. As Riipinen stressed that this is his comeback to big pool hopefully we see another great battle between these fine athletes next year as well.
Fefilova conquered the event
Fefilova, currently ranked as number one in European women rating, showed good class and composure by not letting anyone get close to winning her during the whole event. In the preliminary rounds, it was Anna Prisjaźnuka (Latvia) that got the closest as Fefilova won 6:4 and Prisjaźnuka got another chance in the final. However, Fefilova shifted gear in the final and cruised to a comfortable 8:2 victory. It must be said that the match was not that onesided as the scoreline says, but some crucial mistakes by Prisjaźnuka in the deciding moments and hence the score. Fefilova and Prisjaźnuka did not leave any chances to the old boys in the semi-finals as they both beat their opponents 8:3, Fefilova showed no mercy to Genadijs Kaminskis (Latvia) and Prisjaźnuka made it all clear with Petteri Karapuu (Finland).
Although Fefilova was not the number one in the overall ranking finishing third after Kaminskis and Prisjaźnuka, she made her point by beating both of them in the final rounds of the grand final. Her season in the Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League went upwards throughout the season as she won all three finals she participated in, and all the three finals were the three last stages of the league.
Another great season has finished
The event had a whopping 131 participants throughout the year which surely makes it one of the most popular league in Europe. The participants came from Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Russia.
The organisers thank all the athletes, volunteers, fans and all other people and companies that were part of another enjoyable event. Big gratitude goes out to all the sponsors – Mezz Cues, Suomen Biljardimyynti, Aramith, Iwan Simonis, Kamui, Aveiras, Turtle Rack Sheet, Entry, Bams Pool House, Start Pool Club, Baribal Pool Club, Hill-Hill Pool Club, Musta Kasi Pool Club.