In the fifth day of competition on this 2015 European Snooker Championships, thing start to warm up in the race for a place at the first knock-out stage, Last 64. A total of 43 players in Men’s event already booked his place – or almost, unless an earthquake shales Prague…- in next phase, and the other 62 still struggle for the 21 available.
In Group A, Kristján Helgason (Iceland), Marcin Nitsche (Poland) and Antonis Poullos (Cyprus) are in the run, so as Kacper Filipiak (Poland, pictured) in Group B, Michael Collumb (Scotland), Paul Schopf (Austria) and Samuel Thomas (Wales) in Group C. Wins decide who go through, and frame difference comes next to decide, if needed.
Andres Petrov (Estonia), Sasa Stojanovic (Serbia) and Sigurdur Kristjansson (Iceland) dominate in Group D, while Brendan O’Donoghue (Ireland) and Lukas Kleckers (Germany) seem confortable in Group E. Same goes in Group F, with Greg Casey (Ireland) and Roman Dietzel (Germany) going through.
In Group G, Antony Parsons (England), Brian Cini (Malta) and Sanjin Kusan (Croatia) show their superiority by far, like John Whitty (England), Sascha Lippe (Germany) and the local Lukas Krenek (Czech Republic) in Group H, with only one or two matches to be played by every single player in this round-robin stage.
Northern Ireland’s Raymond Fry, belgian Tomasz Skalski and austrian Andreas Ploner rule on Group J. Same happens with Malta’s Jason Peplow and Adam Stefanów (Poland) in Group K, two days to group phase gets concluded (next Tuesday).
Things are also unbalanced positively for Robert Carlisle (Scotland), Tyler Rees (Wales), Maor Shalon (Israel) and Jurian Heusdens (Belgium) in Group L, like Rene Kampe (Denmark), Krzystof Wrobel (Austria) and Vilius Schulte (Lituania) in Group N.
The same can be said about Michael Wild (England) and Shachar Ruberg (Israel) in Group P, such as for Cormac McQuillan (Northern Ireland), Mateusz Baranowski (Poland) and Mika Hummelin (Finland) in Group M
Last but not least, Declan Lavery (Northern Ireland), Gregory Kopec (France) and Ismail Turker (Turkey) can already smile in Group Q. Same in Group R, with Jamie Rhys Clarke (Wales), Aaron Busuttil (Malta) and Jugen Van Roy (Belgium) confortable.
Two days to go on phase 1. Gentlemen, place your bets to complete the picture, because in two days, as the croupiers say, ‘rien ne va plus’.