European Under 18s – The Quarter-finalists

Day 2 has just concluded and we now know who has made it to the quarter-finals.

In the top half of the draw, Frenchman Brian Ochoiski came from behind to beat Sybren Sokolowski of Belgium. Sybren opened a 2-1 lead, partly thanks to a quick fire 65 in frame 2, only for Brian to level the match taking the fourth frame on the black by just two points. The deciding frame was all in favour of Brian, taking the victory with some margin. Amir Nardeia (Israel) also ran in a 65 as he saw off the challenge of Austrian champion Florian Nüßle in comfortable fashion. Young Russian Ivan Kakowsky was similarly dominant in his 3-0 win over Conor Caniff of Wales. Fergal Quinn of Northern Ireland was made to sweat by Noel Landers. Fergal got 2-0 in front, but Noel took the match to Fergal with some fine potting to level the tie and head into a decider. Deservedly for both, the match hinged on the black ball, Fergal taking the spoils on the day.

The bottom half commenced with breaks table leader Aaron Hill facing Dean Young of Scotland. This was a closely fought contest, with the Irishman taking a couple of particularly close frames to win 3-1. Taylor Fish of England beat Julien Leclercq (Belgium) 3-1. Polish teen Michał Kotiuk seemed in control of his match with Loris Lehmann, 3-0 his reward for his efforts. Welsh pairing Dylan Emery and Jackson Page have traded blows all season in the Welsh competitions, so it was no surprise to see them shaking hands at 2-2 ready for the final frame, with Jackson sealing the final QF spot with an excellent display.