European Championships (Liberec) March 07

Probably the highlight of the competitive year, this evet gives us an opportunity to rub shoulders with the Able Bodied greats of the game.

First event was 8 Ball, I found this a very frustrating event from the start I had changed my cue a couple of months before the event,moving to a full Pool Cue, as opposed to an adapted Snooker cue which I had always used, but I thought it was the time to change, and was playing great in practice and was looking forward to a successful European Championships.  For some reason which I still cant explain I never settled in the event and although had some wins, I eventually lost to Matej Brajkovic from Slovenia in the Quarter Final, he is a very much improved player and scored his first victory over me, he played very well and deserved to win, but I was going from bad to worse.  I finished joint 5th.

I was hoping for better in 9 Ball but it was more of the same, I struggled to finish every match but eventually got through to the straight knockout Quarter Final.  There I met the defending Champion, Roy Kimberley from Great Britain, again he had never beaten me to that point, unfortunately it was a week to forget, I missed chances to win and eventually lost, finished 5th again and the first time in years I returned from the Europeans empty handed..  A really bad event for me , made even worse considering I had been playing so well leading up to the Event.  This has a knock on event , I will not be seeded in the 08 Europeans in Germany, not the end of the World but it does make things slightly more difficult next time.