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Dick Jaspers wins his 61st Dutch Grand Prix

Posted by on September 5, 2021

Dick Jaspers wins his 61st Dutch Grand Prix

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Dick Jaspers and Jeffrey Jorissen, the final players at the Grand Prix

CAPELLE AAN DEN IJSSEL - The positions in Dutch three-cushion have been restored. Dick Jaspers rarely makes misses in Grand Prix events in Holland, like two years ago just before the crisis in a final match against Jeffrey Jorissen in Tilburg. For the revenge in a Dutch Grand Prix final, this time in Capelle aan den IJssel, Jaspers faced Jorissen again last Saturday. And now the world's best player was superior again: 40-26 in 24 innings. The victory in the first Grand Prix of this season also puts Jaspers back on top of the continuous national ranking.

The multiple winner in the Grand Prix cycle, with 61 victories now on his palmares, was only a bit behind in the first part of the final (7-5), after that first phase he seized the initiative at 17-8, 24-9 and finished the match after 29-14 with a comfortable 40-26. Jaspers himself commented that he had not played very well, as the averages showed. And also that he had to fight hard against Martien van der Spoel in particular for a lead in the end with some high runs that trumped his opponent. ''I struggled a few times, but on experience I could keep scoring''.

Most of all the tables played a role in that, Jaspers said in his review of the mediocre level. ''The tables were very slow and difficult because of the slow cloths'', Jaspers said. ''The positions often were hard, because the balls didn't run out and got stuck on the cushion. With slow tables, you get a lot of difficult play. It is a kind of snowball effect: balls run slowly, positions are more difficult, playing two times round the table is almost impossible and it all runs less smoothly. That makes it difficult for everyone to play.''

The one exception to that theory was the great match Jeffrey Jorissen played in the stretch, winning 40-2 against Frans van Schaik. The runner-up stayed far away from that high level of play in the final. Jorissen did eliminate Sam van Etten in the semi final, the young Dutchman who could look back on a strong performance.

''This is already my third tournament in a row, in which I have pushed my limits", the young Van Etten said afterwards. ''I am very happy with this progression, especially now that the competitions start again.'' Except in this Grand Prix, where he reached the semi-finals for the first time, Van Etten also shone in the Excellent class, where he became national champion, and in the prestigious SIS Survival event.

Dick Jaspers signalled that new and different names are coming up: ''Nick Zuijkerbuijk surprisingly came far, Sam van Etten and Volkan Cetin are also good to join for the circuit. So there will be some new blood in the Grand Prix tournaments again, that is to be welcomed''. Jaspers himself is far from saturated when it comes to the national events. ''I have played a lot of Grand Prix events from the very beginning, now that it's harder to motivate myself with all those big international events. But it is always nice to participate and to win. I am always happy about it.''

Jaspers won on the final day consecutively against Huub Wilkowski (40-31 in 23), Jean van Erp (40-23 in 22), Martien van der Spoel (40-31 in 25) and finally Jeffrey Jorissen. The player from The Hague first defeated Raymund Swertz (40-32 in 34), Nick Zuijkerbuijk (40-26 in 34), Sam van Etten (40-23 in 26) to finally be stopped by Jaspers.




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