Darren Morgan obtained top-seed for 6Reds knockout

Men's 6Red group stage of 2013 IBSF World 6Reds Championship ended today late night and Darren Morgan (Wales) succeeded to gain top seed followed by Mohammed Al Joaker (UAE), Muhammad Sajjad (Pakistan) and Fung Kwok Wai (Hong Kong) and advanced to Last 32 in total 60 players format.

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Malgorzata Sikorska knocked out Hannah Jones

Malgorzata Sikorska from Poland created an upset in Last 24 stage when she defeated one of the tournament favourite Hannah Jones of England.

It was not easy for Sikorska to knockout a player like Jones who started the match with break of 47 points clearance but Sikorska kept her nerves under control and recovered in second frame by 8 points (33-25) to level the match 1-all.

The third frame was also dicey where Jones gave a fought hard but Sikorska again managed to go thru by 6 points (40-34). However, Jones made a recovery and won the fourth frame to level again and setup decider with Sikorska.

The decider frame went very close where Jones took a lead and potted the blue and pink to step ahead but when she was on the finishing line she missed an unbelievable easy black. After couple of safeties Sikorska finally potted the black to seal the match by one point.

Speaking to IBSF, Sikorska admitted she was very nervous on last black. Her interview is in linked below video:

In another Last 24 match, Michelle Sherwin of Ireland outplayed her compatriot Catherine Fitzsimons in straight set of frames 3-Nil.

Sherwin gave no space to Fitzsimons and sealed the match in quick succession scoring 35-15, 36-00, and 41-14.


Alex Taubman finishes the match in record 25 minutes

Alext Taubman from Wales finished his 6Reds match against Sander Tierolf (Netherlands) in record 25 minutes. Alex produced two breaks of 70 (TC) and 67 points to outplay Sander. Sander managed to get only 7 points in third frame as a foul from Alex. Eventually all frames remained blank for him. Scoreline: 70(70)-00, 43-00, 67(67)-07, 48-00


Damani won the crucial match

Last round of group stages for 6Reds event has already started and players are giving finishing touch to their performances to get better seeding in the knockout stage.

With that vision, Brijesh Damani (India) put outstanding efforts to win the match against England's Nick Jennings and got the well paid results.

Jennings started with a frame win but soon the same was countered by Damani in the to level 1-1. Further also Damanin won the frame to gain lead but Jennings refused to let it go like this. Consecutively in next two frames, Jennigns did not show a single ball to Damani and won the frames 40-00, 54-00 to regain lead 3-2.

In sixth and seventh frame too, Jennings gave a good start but stuck up after making few points and Damani capitalized all the shots wherever he was getting in order to win frames and match 4-3.

Mohd. Al JoakerAnother Indian Shahbaaz Adil Khan, however, lost to Mohammed Al Joaker 1-4 but before that in 4th frame he pulled himself up by placing snookers to gain points. He was down 42-00 with one red left on the table and traveled from Nil to 38 but lost the frame 56-38. Already down 1-3 gave a tough fight in fifth frame too but result went other way despite having good rally between Joaker and Khan.

The Irishmen, Rodney Goggins's efforts and break of 60 points also went in vain when he lost remaining two frames to Mohammad Sajjad for end result 4-3. Rodney was leading 2-Nil (41-01 and 41-07) when Sajjad pulled next two frames to level the match. Rodney returned with a massive break of 60 points but couldn't do anything in remaining two frames and lost 01-37 and 00-60.


Team Iran made a clean sweep and topped the group B

After winning the last match 5-Nil against team Russia2, the team Iran finishes their all matches in group stage and topped the group B here in IBSF World Team Snooker championship at Ivy Rooms in Carlow.

In today's match the team started with singles match between Amir Sarkhosh and Viktor Larionov from Russia, where Amir completed the proceedings by giving away only one point (71-01). In next frame, Soheil Vahedi made a clearance by crafting 69 points break and on other side no points to Russian player, Igor aksiutin(86(69)-00.

Identically in the doubles frame, Vahedi again crafted a break of 80 points and sealed the match with no points to opponents (115(80)-00. By winning the three frames in a row, team Iran had already confirmed their match win and rest of the frames were mere formalities which they also sealed scoring 59-16 and 83-08 to make a clean sweep.

Delighted team Iran speak to IBSF after their match and excerpts are in video linked below.

Worth mentioning, Vahedi was Bronze Medalist in 2008 IBSF World Championship and was runner up in 2009 IBSF World Under-21. After that he joined as 'Service for Nation' in Iran and returning in this championship after a long gap.

Apart from other scores, there were two century breaks in today's matches in team events. 111 by Adrian Ridley (Australia) and 102 by Alex Taubman (Wales) in their respective matches. However, Duane Jones from Wales also made 83 in fourth frame and Alex further produced 64 to seal the match 5-Nil against team France.

Team Australia also won the match 5-Nil against team Japan.

So far there are total 4 century breaks in 2013 World Team championship leading by Rodney Goggins who crafted 113 earlier.

Where Men were crafting breaks, women players are not behind. England's Maria Catalano made an impressive break of 67 points against Weronika Nowicka ((Poland) in order to win team match 3-Nil for England.

By crafting 67 she surpassed the high break of 65 made by Ip Wan In Jaique (Hong Kong) earlier.


Darren Morgan exclusive talk to IBSF on 6Reds


Yu Ching of Hong Kong grabbed the top-seed for knockout

Women 6Red group stage comes to an end and knockout draw has been prepared. After completion of group stage, Yu Ching of Hong Kong from Group E grabbed the top seed followed by Maria Catalano (England), Ng On Yee (Hong Kong), Vidya Pillai (India), Sirapat Chitchomnart (Thailand), Amornrat Uamduang (Thailand), Ip Wan In Jaique (Hong Kong) and Anastasia Nechaeva.

Total 24 players qualified from Group stage to play in knockouts starting tomorrow. Out of these 24, top 8 players advanced to Last 16 stage and will meet winners of those remaining 16 players who will play a round before.

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Browne had to put extra efforts for winning match against Shivam

Philip Browne from Ireland managed to win in decider frame overcoming tough challenge from India's Shivam Arora.

After winning the first frame, Browne went down to two. He, however, pulled next two frame 45-14 and 59-08 to step ahead again but Shivam again bounced back and won the sixth frame on black ball game. In the decider, Browne played much controlled shot and left no stone unturned to win the frame and match.


Catalano shocked Sirotina

Maria Catalano from England shocked 2012 World Snooker Championship's quarter finalist Daria Sirotina (Russia) by defeating 3 frames to 1 in 6Reds event.


Hopes to qualify alive for Herk

After losing two consecutive matches on day one and two, Mario Van Herk from Belgium finally registered first win in 6Red event of IBSF World 6Reds Championship here at Ivy Rooms in Carlow today.



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