The opening day of the 2013 EBSA Snooker Championships here in Poland had seven superb wins from seven matches for Irish Snooker players.
In the Masters event Nigel Power opened the day with a comfortable 3 frames to nil victory over Urs Frietag from Switzerland. Next up was Limerick man Frank Sarsfield who had a top break of 63 in a solid 3 frames to nil win over Andrius Petkevicius from Lithuania.
Donegal man Anthony Bonnar had to fight back from 2-1 down to beat Krzysztof Kubicki from Poland to win 3 frames to nil with two great match-play snooker. Newly crowned National Champion Mark Tuite finished off the day for the Masters with a good 3 frames to nil win over Marcin Kolibski from Poland.
In the Men’s event John Sutton was in fine form with breaks of 54 and 51 in a 4 frames to nil win over Kenneth Pedersenfrom Denmark. Jason Devaney had a top break of 54 in a 4 frames to 1 win over Lukas Krenek from the Czech Republic.
Team captain Robert Murphy won his match 4 frames to nil in 45 minutes with a top break of 63 when he beat Igor Aksiutinfrom Russia.
As team coach I was very happy with all the players commitment and performance on Day one. The Conditions in Poland are perfect for top class snooker. Our players will be more used to the fast tables on day two and I expect another day of quality snooker for our RIBSA Superstars.
The players would like to thank everyone at home for all the good wishes messages and encouragement they are getting and it is really helping the players to focus. You can follow all the action on www.ebsa.tv