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Carom Billiard - 3-Cushion - Dutch Championship Juniors - Haarlo (NED)

Sam van Etten champion three cushion

Posted by on February 5, 2018

Sam van Etten champion three cushion

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Sam van Etten during the ceremony

HAARLO - The 21-year-old Sam van Etten won the Dutch championship three cushion for juniors this Sunday. It was the first major title in this discipline for the 'Noord-Holland' player, who already won many titles in the classic games. In the final match, Sam van Etten defeated the reigning champion Joey de Kok from Zeeland.

The change of power was not expected. Sam van Etten, from the famous youth academy of Horna from Hoorn, hasn't practiced three cushion for so long. As a junior, he won European titles in the balk-line games, as a first year senior he became Dutch champion pentathlon, with which he joined the most versatile players in the Netherlands.

In the billiards stronghold of Prinsen in Haarlo, eight players competed for the junior title this weekend. Joey de Kok and Sam van Etten finished as group winners, Jordy Jong and Daan Glissenaar also qualified for the semi-finals. Joey de Kok played a top match against Nick Dudink in the pre-rounds, when he won 25-5 in 10 innings, a record average of 2.500.

Sam van Etten defeated Jordy Jong in the semi-finals 30-19 in 36, Joey de Kok was the best in the other semi-final against Daan Glissenaar 30-17 in 33.

The defending champion De Kok took a big lead in the final against Sam van Etten, seemed to be on track for a quick decision, but at the end of the match the North Hollander came back strongly. He even finished first: 30-28 in 35 innings. De Kok equalized with 2, but was beaten in the shoot-out 2-1.

The final ranking:

1 Sam van Etten 0.721-9
2 Joey de Kok 0.925-10
3 Daan Glissenaar 0.464-5
4 Jordy Jong 0.531-5
5 Michael Vink 0.519-7
6 Nick Dudink 0.353-3
7 Leon Dudink 0.376-3
8 Hans Snellen 0.550-10


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