Nordic Snooker Victory for McCabe

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Sweden’s Benjamin McCabe dethroned reigning champion Rune Kampe in the final to win the 2016 Nordic Snooker Championship held at the Copenhagen Pool and Snooker House in Denmark.

A field of 40 players lined up for this year’s event with each of the Nordic nations – Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and hosts Denmark – sending eight representatives each.

Beginning with round robin action, the top two from each pool qualified for the last 16 knockout stages. McCabe finished second in Group E to progress before eliminating Audun R. Heimsjo (Norway) 4-1, Antti Tolvanen (Finland) 4-1 and then fellow Swede Simon Lindblom 4-3 for a final berth.

Kampe recovered from an opening loss to Tolvanen to come through second in his group. During this phase he constructed the tournament’s highest break – a run of 113. The experienced Danish cueist dispatched Erik Dullerud (Norway) 4-1, Juha Lehto (Finland) 4-2 and Jyri Virtanen (Finland) 4-2 in the subsequent rounds.

Twelve months earlier in the same competition in Olso, Kampe defeated McCabe in the last four, but this time the youngster would come out on top with a 4-1 triumph.

All five participating nations had qualifiers for the last 16. There was a rare outcome in Group C where all five players ended up on two wins and two losses each.

Next year’s championship is set to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Event date: middle of March 2016.