Fresh from competing at the 2018 Q-School in England, youngster Brian Ochoiski returned home to win the French National Snooker Championship for the first time in his career.
Organised by the French Federation of Billiards, this year’s championship was held over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd June in Ronchin, Northern France. Following the groups and round of 16, only eight competitors remained for the final day.
All the seeded players made it through to those quarter-finals. Defending champion Neil Vincent defeated Jean Christophe-Margontier 3-0 whilst in the same half of the draw national number one Ochoiski eliminated national number two Fabian Monnin by the same scoreline.
In the bottom half, Alexis Callewaert saw off Nicolas Mortreux 3-0 and Jean-Marc Beauchamp ousted Adrien Frostin 3-2.
A rerun of the 2017 title match, Ochoiski ended the reign of Vincent 3-0 in the semi-finals. Callewaert recorded the same result to deny Beauchamp in the other last four tie.
In the final, Ochoiski – who finished 46th on the Q-School Order of Merit and has qualified for this season’s Challenge Tour – went one better than twelve months ago with a 3-1 victory over Callewaert.
Article written and published by Michael Day on the 7th June 2018.