Heartache for Gary Moore as he loses out in European Masters final
Northern Ireland's Gary Moore last night crashed to an agonising defeat in the final of the European Masters in Belgium.
Moore, who was featuring in his first Short Mat Players' Tour decider, was beaten by Sweden's Joel Hagar, who roared to a 14-5 victory, to pick up the £500 winner's cheque and the title for the first time.
"I'm desperately disappointed," he said after watching his final delivery fizz past the head, leaving Hagar with an unassailable lead after 10 ends.
"It just didn't happen for me in the final. I got off to a decent enough start, but the turning point came on the seventh end when I dropped a count of three to trail 8-5."
Hagar piled on the agony by extending his lead to 10-5 on the eighth end before he peppered the jack with another three. And, Hagar duly won it on the next end.
Foyle man Mark Beattie was still in contention of becoming the first player to retain a SMPT title as he skittled his way through to the quarter final stage, before eventually losing out to England's Paul Pomeroy.
Results: SMPT Quarter finals: M Beattie 8 P Pomeroy 6; N Reed 6 J Hager 12; S Laureys 11 L Smith 6; G Moore 11 J Pye 6. Semi finals: Pomeroy 6 Hagar 12; Laureys 8 Moore 11. Bronze medal play-off: Laureys 8 Pomeroy 6.
Final: Hagar 14 Moore 5.
Plate: Quarter finals: D Almen 9 D Reed 10; S Harvey 13 R Vannoppen 2; P Mertens 8 S Puttock 10; M Almen 11 D Hinks 4. Semi finals: Reed 17 Harvey 7; Almen 11 Puttock 6.
Final: Reed 8 Almen 12.
Shield: Quarter finals: R Armstrong 16 J Lax 10; A Kley 12 R Mackin 4; S Schaft 9 R De Rijcke 8; A Cockcroft 9 J Reinders 8. Semi finals: Armstrong 8 Kley 13; Schaft 10 Cockcroft 9. Final: Kley 9 Schaft 10.
IIBA Women's Inter-zone Championship first round: North Eastern 58 Northern 53; East Antrim 43 Western 67; West Down 70 South Down 42. Second round: Mid Down 40 Oriel 67.