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Peter Ceulemans completes Belgian success in Challenge

Posted by on May 21, 2022

 Peter Ceulemans completes Belgian success in Challenge

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Peter Ceulemans after winning the battle with Torbjörn Blomdahl for a place in the final 8

ANDERNOS - With a total of 8 sets, Peter Ceulemans (average 1.817) has won group F of the Kozoom Challenge Cup brilliantly ahead of Torbjörn Blomdahl (1.833) with 7 sets and Pierre Soumagne (1.259) with 3 sets. The decision about group winnings only fell in the 18th and final set. Before the last match on Friday, the Swede had won 6 sets against 5 for the Belgian and 1 for the Frenchman. Torbjörn Blomdahl had played 2.316 on Wednesday and 1.846 on Thursday without really running away from Peter Ceulemans with 1.895 and 1.684 in those two days.

Peter Ceulemans' win of the 13th set put the two leaders back on an equal footing and offered Frenchman Soumagne another chance to join them only when he won the last 4 sets of the day. That was too much of a task. In the 15th set Peter Ceulemans took the lead for the first time (in 3 innings) and condemned Pierre Soumagne to 3rd place in the group. From that moment on, the Frenchman became a kind of referee in the duel between Blomdahl and Ceulemans.

In the 16th set, three sets before the end, Blomdahl got back on level terms with his opponent in six innings. Soumagne made it a point of honor to play a beautiful set in two innings, leaving only one set for the two finalists.

All would be decided in the 18th and last set with the possibility of an extra 19th set between Blomdahl and Ceulemans, when Pierre Soumagne could win it. Peter Ceulemans made only one point in the opening, Blomdahl scored 4 and left a difficult defense for the Belgian. Ceulemans managed to find a nice solution and scored a 5. Blomdahl missed a difficult position, after which Peter Ceulemans could score the remaining four points with impressive control. Especially the last point was a wonderful match ball.

The Belgian player went for the win in a nice way, the Swede will have no trouble recognising it as usual. Torbjörn Blomdahl failed for the second time to qualify for the 'Final 8' of the Kozoom Challenge, despite an overall average of 1.833. Peter Ceulemans was able to withstand the fantastic form of Torbjörn Blomdahl on the first two days and then took advantage of a setback in the Swede's performance on the final day (1.409 for Blomdahl and 1.864 for Ceulemans).

Peter Ceulemans plays today, Saturday, in the Belgian Cup. Pierre Soumagne defends the colors of Soissons in the Billard Club of Andernos and Torbjörn Blomdahl has a few days before he flies to Vietnam. Out of the 6 players present in the Kozoom studio this week, Blomdahl was the only one who managed the perfect set of 10 points in 1.

The provisional list of qualifiers for the Final 8:

1 Dick Jaspers (Nl) 14 sets, 2.695
2 Eddy Merckx (Bel) 10 sets, 1.838
3 Marco Zanetti (Ita) 10 sets, 1.688
4 Peter Ceulemans (Bel) 8 sets, 1.817
5 Roland Forthomme (Bel) 8 sets, 1.675
6 Michael Nilsson (Zwe) 7 sets, 1.608.



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