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Carom Billiard - 3-Cushion - Belgian National Championship Round 1 (BEL)

Kay de Zwart in Belgium: loss with a final run of 17

Posted by on September 3, 2020

Kay de Zwart in Belgium: loss with a final run of 17

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Kay de Zwart: good finish after a poor match: final run of 17 against Roland Forthomme

TURNHOUT - The only two team winners in the Belgian competition, which got off to a slow start this week, were KBC Kortrijk, winning home game against Herentals 6-2 and KBC Zanzibar (8-0 win against Biljartpalace). Dutchman Kay de Zwart (32), who played the final in the Grand Prix in Rosmalen last Sunday, showed up for a striking match. The Brabant post courier of TBA Biljartpalace lost to Roland Forthomme 50-42 in 36 innings, but finished with a spectacular 17 run from the break. "I went for a good finish after a bad match," he commented afterwards. BC Den Eik and KBC Brugse played a draw, as well as BC De Witte Molen and Mr 100 Lier.

Kay de Zwart, one of the three Dutch players who came into action in Belgium this round, amazed the 12 spectators in the playing room with his wonderful equalizer. ''I couldn't find the right concentration all the way in the match and was very disappointed with my 25 points in 35 innings. So I gave everything in that equalizer to lift up my average somewhat. That last run it all went really well, with a good build-up and I only felt the pressure at the end. When I looked at my score, I saw the 17, I realized I only needed 8 more for the draw. And I really believed that I could do it. I faced a position to avoid the kiss for the 18th with maximum English. It felt good, but because of the tension I played the ball in the kiss.''

The 8-0 loss against Zanzibar with a 0.853 on average was not a promising start at all for Biljartpalace. ''It's not gonna be easy with our team. And after the match, our fourth man, Erik Hendrickx, said that he will stop playing for the team, because he has been struggling with moisture behind his eyeball already for a year and can no longer reach his normal level.'' Frank Martens and Ronny Daniels were the to others playing for the team. Roland Forthomme was the best winner for Zanzibar with 1.388.

Two of the six games were cancelled, because Biljart Express and Op de Meir, with four Dutchmen over the two teams, do not want to play due to the threat of quarantines for the time being.

Martin Horn and Glenn Hofman were the best winners in this round. The German had a whirlwind start with 41 in 15 innings. The finish was less good, so the match against Philippe Vandendriessche ended 50-35 in 30. Glenn Hofman, leader of the new team Den Eik, who won the first Grand Prix in Rosmalen last Sunday, confirmed his good form with a victory over Bart Leys from KBC Brugse: 50-35 in 30 innings. Richard Bitalis won his match against Henk Blauwblomme, Steven van Acker and Koen Saver won for the Brugge team, so the match ended in 4-4.

Ronny Brants was one of the three winners for KBC Kortrijk with a 50 in 43 innings against Leon Smolders. Martin Ravestyn and Frédéric Beghin took the full win for the team against BC Herentals. Peter Ceulemans won for Mr. 100 after a strong catch-up race (50-34 against Dirk Weeremans in 32 innings) and Bart Ceulemans sealed victory 42-26 against Sam van Etten in 36 innings. Francis Forton took the points for De Witte Molen against Jerry Hermans: 50-42 in 40 innings.



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