Champions are out but Drago still rules
Having his mother in the stands always helps, but all Malta, where billiards is almost a religion, celebrated with joy the victory of Tony Drago (with Brain Cini as partner) and Team Malta 3: 4-3, in the decider, against Team Wales 2 (Alex Taubman/Sam Thomas) that made the local hero go through to quarterfinal round of the Men’s Teams European Snooker Championships that are being played at the Dolmen Resort Hotel, in Malta.
The european Snooker Men’s defending Champions, maltese Alex Borg and Duncan Bezzina (Team Malta 1), got eliminated this Tuesday Last 16 morning session: 2-4 in a great match against Team Wales 1 (Gareth Allen/Duane Jones), at St. Paul’s Bay, in the big clash of the day so far, and big surprise.
The quarterfinals will still be played this Tuesday (18 hours, local time, 17 hours in the UK), best of seven frames, by the following order: singles, singles, scotch doubles, singles, singles, scotch doubles, with the team nominating who will play the 7th frame, if necessary.
The Last 16 Men’s Teams match Poland 2 (Krzysztof Wróbel/Marcin Nitschke)-Israel 1 (Shachar Ruberg/Roey Fernandez) started later, and is still in progress: the winner will face Scotland 2 (Craig MacGillivray/Paul McPhillips) in quarterfinals.
RESULTS OF LAST 16 MENS’S MATCHES:
England-Malta 4, 4-3
Malta 3-Wales 2, 4-3
Ireland 1-Ireland 3, 0-4
Malta 1-Wales 1, 2-4
Poland 1-Israel 3, 4-3
Poland 4-Ireland 2, 1-4
Poland 2-Israel 1, 2-4
Poland 3-Scotland 2, 2-4
QUARTERFINALS (THIS TUESDAY, 18 HOURS):
– England (Ryan Causton/Nick Jennings)-Malta 3 (Tony Drago/Brian Cini)
– Ireland 3 (Greg Casey/Mark Owens)-Wales 1 (Gareth Allen/Duane Jones)
– Poland 1 (Kacper Filipiak/Michal Zielinski) -Ireland 2 (Michael Judge/Robert Murphy);
– Israel 1 (Shachar Ruberg/Roey Fernandez)-Scotland 2 (Craig MacGillivray/Paul McPhillips)