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Jerry Hermans completes sensation in Grand Prix

Posted by on July 9, 2022

Jerry Hermans completes sensation in Grand Prix

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The winner Jerry Hermans (left) and the losing final player Adrie Demming

CAPELLE AAN DEN IJSSEL - Two complete outsiders battled it out for the Grand Prix victory in Capelle aan den IJssel this Saturday night. Jerry Hermans (33) and Adrie Demming (52) completed sensation at the end of a capricious and special event. The 'Eekhoorn duo', unseated and in the race from the early preliminaries on, outplayed the national top players in the final rounds, with the exception of Dick Jaspers (absent due to Corona). Jerry Hermans triumphed in the final against Adrie Demming 40-31 in 19, in one of the best games of the tournament. The end of the Grand Prix couldn't have had a more wonderful climax for the stronghold of 'De Eekhoorn' in Oosterhout. The Brabant players, who have their home base on the campsite, even had four players in the final phase and were left with Jerry Hermans and Adrie Demming for the battle for Grand Prix victory. The final was dominated by Jerry Hermans with scores 18-9 (10), 29-23 (16), an equal score of 29-29, 34-29 (20) and finally with a run of six was won 40-32 in 19 innings.

Jerry Hermans commented: ''This was already amazing, that the two of us played the final, because we have known each other for many years. And then, we played such a fantastic match together. I can only be happy that I won this Grand Prix, my first ever.''

Jerry Hermans, who played football as a young man but was felled by a number of serious knee injuries and operations, started playing billiards at the age of 20. ''My grandfather, who was my best friend, was struck down 11 times by heart disease. At one point, he was in hospital. I asked him, grandpa, what would you like me to do. He answered: that we play billiards together. I bought a cue and that's what we started doing. On his deathbed, I promised him that I would continue to play billiards.'' The Brabant campsite owner, who had no intention of playing the Masters, has changed his mind by winning the Grand Prix. ''I think we should promote our sport as much as possible and the winner of a Grand Prix should definitely play the Masters. So, I definitely want to qualify and participate.''

Adrie Demming, who survived all matches from the first preliminary rounds, could hardly believe it. ''It's already very nice that I have beaten many of the national top players. And finally, such a wonderful final against Jerry (Hermans), it could not end more wonderful. After the starting rounds, I had already calculated how many games I would have to win. And in the end I even did it, it was a fantastic Grand Prix. And if you reach the final, you are almost certainly qualified for the Masters. How nice is that.''

On the final day of the Grand Prix in Capelle, the first of the new season, the previously tipped contenders were one by one victims of other rivals or some outsiders. Already then, Jerry Hermans and Adrie Demming presented themselves as real killers.

Barry van Beers was knocked out in the eighth finals by Frans van Schaik after penalties (40-40 in 43), Jean van Erp played Dave Christiani out of the tournament (40-35 in 32), Jerry Hermans was the better of Huub Wilkowski (40-31 in 39) and Kay de Zwart lost to Adrie Demming (40-33 in 27).

Jean Paul de Bruijn presented himself as a big contender with a win over Raymund Swertz (40-27 in 21), Jeffrey Jorissen defeated Nick Zuijkerbuijk (40-36 in 30), Gerwin Valentijn beat Jack Wijnen (40-32 in 38) and Raimond Burgman dashed the illusions of Therese Klompenhouwer (40-18 in 28).

That sensational trend continued in the quarter-finals, where Jean Paul de Bruijn won his match against Jeffrey Jorissen (40-24 in 25), but Frans van Schaik won against Raimond Burgman (40-31 in 32). The triumphant march of Jerry Hermans was unstoppable by Jean van Erp (40-27 in 23) and Adrie Demming made the first step towards the podium against Gerwin Valentijn with a victory in the quarter finals (40-35 in 35).

The two Eekhoorn coryphées then played a superior semi-final. Jerry Hermans beat Frans van Schaik in a smoothly running match 40-27 in 24 (1.666 average), Adrie Demming beat the big favorite and Dutch champion Jean Paul de Bruijn with a lot of flair 40-34 in 25 innings (1.600 on average).

Before the final, Jerry Hermans had played sixteen matches without losing. In the end, he played 17 matches, including the victory in the final. Adrie Demming played 18 games from the start to reach the final with 17 wins and one loss against John Tijssens. The loss in the final against Jerry Hermans was added to that.

The best match in the knock-outs was played by Jerry Hermans in the final (40 in 19 innings) and before by Jean Paul de Bruijn against Raymund Swertz: 40-27 in 21. Barry van Beers, who lost with penalties to Frans van Schaik, made the highest series in the knock-outs with 11. The best match in the first round of the main tournament was played by Jean Paul de Bruijn, who beat Jack Wijnen 40-22 in 18 and by Nick Zuijkerbuik, who beat Joey de Kok with 40-11 in 19 innings.


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