Snooker History Made in Italy

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Pietro Caperna created history by becoming the winner of the first Italian National Snooker Championship.

Organised by the Federation of Italian Billiards Sports (FIBIS), the final stages of the event featured 16 players (although three had to withdraw) who had qualified through various regional championships, and were ranked accordingly.

The tournament’s top two seeds – Caperna and Gianmarco Tonini – reached the final at the Blue Room in Milan. The pair are perhaps better known for their prowess on a pool table, but both exhibited some impressive green baize craft – Tonini even made a 78 break, the highest of the event.

The opening six frames of the final were shared. Tonini chalked up frame seven to lead for the first time, but Caperna won the next three frames – highlighted by a 52 break – to record a 6-4 victory and become the inaugural national snooker champion.

Written by Michael Day, published on 29th September 2015.