2020’s runner-up Heikki Niva aiming for more
A warning to the navigation: the 2020 european championship runner-up, Heikki Niva, is back for more and started with flying colours in Malta.
Three years ago, in Albufeira (Portugal), the aged 30 Finland’s competitor was just stopped at the final by Welshman Andrew Pagett, who claimed victory by 5 Frames to 2, but this year, at St. Paul’s Bay Dolmen Hotel, Heikki appears as one of the gladiators to keep an eye since this best of 5 Frames round-robun matches underway in Malta.
Two wins out of two matches, facing Belgium’s Jeff Jacobs and the Romanian Maxim Ene, and both by 3 Frames without reply from his opponents, show the stands that ‘The Flying Finn’ keeps the ambition to get the crown and nomination from EBSA to World Snooker to play on the tour on top of his ambitions.
Alongside with fellow countrymen and former professional Robin Hull, but also with England’s Martin O’Donnell and Ashley Carty, or the U18 champion Hungarian Bulcsú Révész and the U21 champion Scotland’s Liam Graham – or the likes of Austrian Florian Nüssle and Germany’s Umut Dikme, both 3rd in 2022’s european championships – Niva is surely referenced by all the 177 competitors at the Dolmen Hotel.
The best of 5 Frames round-robin of the Men’s championship are underway still this Monday night and also on Tuesday March 14th on the 16 tables settled at the St. Paul’s Bay Dolmen Hotel, for the fans to attend for free.