Last weekend my 147academy travelled to Salzburg in Austria to hold a two day snooker training camp on behalf of the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association on the 18th and 19th of October.
The camp was held from 10am - 6pm on both days in the Billiard Leistungszentrum in Salzburg featuring Andreas Ploner, Florian Nüssle, Manuel Pomwenger, Markus Pfistermüller and Patrick Rosmann plus the Austrian players who will compete in the 2014 World IBSF Snooker Championship which takes place in Bangalore, India from the 19th - 30th November.
Paul Schopf and Dominik Scherübl will represent Austria in the Mens event while Richard Kornberger, Ebrahim Baghi, Alexander Trinkl and Clausdieter Franschitz will represent Austria in the masters event.
Day 1 of the camp, the players practiced various training challenges to improve their scoring, long potting and match-play and I recorded each players playing technique.
Andreas Ploner won the Break building challenge with a superb display of break building with four century breaks including a 119 (Ireland Break), 104 (Y Break), 111 (Selby Break), 108 (Carter Break ) and a 92 break in the (X Break)
Two other players also had centuries in the (Y Break ) when Markus Pfistermüller had a 119 break and Dominik Scherübl had a 124 break.
Markus Pfistermüller won the long potting challenge with 4 out of 5 long pots in each of the long potting challenge routines (Straight Red / Black), ( 2 Cushion Red / Black) ( Victory Reds), (Long Pinks), (Champion Reds) and (Long Yellows).
Florian Nüssle and Manuel Pomwenger won their groups in the match-play challenges but it was Manuel Pomwenger who won the overall final match-play event on day 1.
Day 2 was all about developing good fundamentals in their playing techniques by analysing their videos with the player to study what is needed to improve more. I developed their own specific preparation plan with routines and match -play plus I worked on the mental side of the game.
On Day two Andreas Ploner again won the Break building challenge with a another good display of break building with two centuries when he made a 108 break (Bow-Tie) and 121 clearance on the (Xmas Tree)
Markus Pfistermüller and Patrick Rosmann won their groups in the match-play challenges but it was Markus who won the overall match-play event on day 2.
Each player received a DVD of their play from the camp plus a player profile that outlines what is needed next to work on and improve. All the players received a sports psychology audio to help with their mind fitness for the World Championships in India.
As usual the ABSA Sport Director Christian Fock and local coaches Chau Zi Kim and Guenther Echhart were on hand to assist me and the players throughout the weekend and I would again like to say a big thank you to them on doing a great job.
I would also like to thank the Austrian Association for inviting me again and I really believe the standard is improving. We had some fantastic performances this weekend but I totally understand this is only in training but I look forward to holding another camp in December to monitor the players improvement.
Finally I would like to wish the Austrian players good luck in India at the 2014 IBSF World Amateur Snooker Championships in November. GOOD LUCK TEAM AUSTRIA.