Europe claim third Mosconi Cup in a row

December 13, 2012
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Europe claim third Mosconi Cup in a row

Europe 11 – 9 USA

Nikos Ekonomopoulos 3-5 Dennis Hatch

Niels Feijen 1-5 Johnny Archer

Darren Appleton 1-5 Shane Van Boening

Chris Melling 5-2 Brandon Shuff

Nick Van Den Berg 5-2 Mike Dechaine

EUROPE HAVE retained the PartyPoker.com Mosconi Cup, defeating the USA 11-9 in front of a packed York Hall to make it three wins in row in the annual transatlantic team tussle. It was Holland’s Nick Van Den Berg who dropped the final 9 ball of the four day billiards event to spark wild scenes of celebration.

The Americans were on the floor after the Wednesday night session, trailing 9-6 going into the final day but they dug deep and turned the tide as they won the first three matches to level it at 9-9 and make it anyone’s match.

europe wins mosconi cup1 Europe claim third Mosconi Cup in a row

EUROPE HAVE retained the PartyPoker.com Mosconi Cup, defeating the USA 11-9 in front of a packed York Hall to make it three wins in row in the annual transatlantic team tussle. It was Holland’s Nick Van Den Berg who dropped the final 9 ball of the four day event to spark wild scenes of celebration.

It was Chris Melling though, a deserving MVP, who stopped the rot with a confident 5-2 over Brandon Shuff and then Nick Van Den Berg who closed out a dog fight with Mike Dechaine to win the final match for the Europeans.

“That was by far the most thrilling Mosconi Cup win of all,” said a jubilant captain Johan Ruijsink.

“They pulled out a big gun today and it was really hard work. I’m happy for the fans and the team; absolutely delighted and over the moon!” he added.

Van den Berg was relieved to get the team over the line in what must rank as the greatest moment of his career.

“I think my heartbeat was about 220 the whole match and Johan told me to calm down but it was almost impossible. That last shot, I had to break it open, but it worked out perfectly. That must be the most exciting match of my life but also I made a lot of mistakes but in the end I won.”

All players had fired throughout the tournament and England’s Darren Appleton consolidated his position as a potential Mosconi Cup legend.

“The emotion is amazing, it is all about the team. The Americans fought really hard today, showed a lot of heart but at 9-9 Melling played unbelievably and Nick at the end that was just a dog fight.

“The pressure is unreal, it is just crazy out there and the crowd is amazing.”

Chris Melling looked assured throughout and his MVP trophy was the result of three superb singles wins, “It has been unbelievable. It is a dream come true to win it once but to win it twice is just unbelievable. Wow! I cannot believe I have won the MVP. The first two days I started off very slowly, lost two 5-4s which I could have easily won but I came good at the end.”

For Niels Feijen it was his fifth Mosconi Cup win and sweeter than the others, “This is the best, the heat was really on. We were up 9-6 and they came back and left us really nervous. Chris came out, started firing and then the pressure on Nick was unbelievable.”

Finally, debutant Nikos Ekonomopoulos played a huge part as he took down America’s top player in his opening singles match to set the tone for days two and three, “It is very exciting, the atmosphere is very nice. I like it very much. We played very well, I think we deserved it but the USA also played very well.”

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