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Salzburg Austria Camp

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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. 

This camp was held in the Billiard Leistungszentrum in Salzburg and featured Andreas Ploner, Florian Nüßle, Markus Pfistermüller and Christian Hochmayer who will compete for Austria in the 2017 World IBSF Snooker Championships in Qatar next month.  They were joined by Mario Bodlos, Oscar Charlesworth, Serbest Hussein, Jérôme Liedtke and Manuel Pomwenger at this camp.

  • Mental Training Session

The camp started off with the third of the two hour special mental training session by leading Mental Coach Dieter Simoncsics.  This is aimed at helping the players to become mentally stronger.

  • New Training Plan announced  

All the players received the new ABSA training booklet containing the new specific Technical, Mental, Scoring Power and Match-Play routines that will be used for the next six camps using the latest statistics to monitor each player by Austrian Coach Kim Chau Zi.

  • Technical Drills

On the Technical Drills it was Florian Nüßle who won with 46pts. Oscar Charlesworth was in second place with 38pts and Mario Bodlos was in third with 35pts.

  • Mental Drills

The Mental Drills was won by Andreas Ploner with 241pts with Florian Nüßle in second place with 201pts and Oscar Charlesworth in third place with 181pts.

  • Scoring Averages

Florian Nüßle won the break building averages with an incredible average of 108 with Oscar Charlesworth in second place with an average of 82 and Andreas Ploner was in third with an average of 62.

  • Match-Play Drills

Eight different versions of match-play event were held over the weekend and again it was Florian Nüßle who won with 520pts, Serbest Hussein finished in second place with 480pts and Andreas Ploner was in third with 420pts.

A total of 16 Centuries were made over the weekend with Austrian No.1 Florian Nüßle showing his class, he was in fantastic form with eight centuries making a 140 and 124 (Milkins Break), 104 (Selby Break), 124 and 118 (Walden Break), 128 and 100 (Maguire Break) and he had a 113 Clearance in a tournament match.

Oscar Charlesworth had three centuries with a 141 (Walden Break), 106 (Maguire Break) and 124 (Milkins Break). Andreas Ploner also had three centuries with a 112 (Day Break), 114 (Walden Break), and 107 (Milkins Break). Manuel Pomwenger had a 106 (Maguire Break) and Sebest Hussein had a 101 on the (Milkins Break).

Each player received a CD with videos from the camp along with sports psychology audio to help with their mind fitness and a copy of the new Austrian training plan.  A new ranking will be developed from the player’s homework training scores and this is hoped to motivate them even more to practice properly away from the camps.

  • Thank You

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 and ABSA President and Sport Director Christian Fock for inviting me back to Austria to train the team.

We had some fantastic performances this weekend and I look forward to holding another camp in December to monitor the player’s improvement.  Finally I would like to wish the Austrian players good luck at the IBSF World Amateur Snooker Championships in November in Doha Qatar.