Last weekend my 147academy travelled to Austria to hold a two day snooker training camp on behalf of the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association in the HSEBC Cue Sports Academy in Vienna. Eight players were selected to attend with Mario Bodlos, Oscar Charlesworth, Serbest Hussein, Jérôme Liedtke, Florian Nüßle, Philipp Koch, Elias Kapitany and Manuel Pomwenger at this training camp.
The ABSA training program containing specific Technical, Mental, Scoring Power and Match-Play Drills are becoming very popular and using the latest statistics to monitor each player by Austrian Coach Kim Chau Zi is keeping the players very focused.
- Technical Drills
On the Technical Drills it was Florian Nüßle who performed excellent in the recent World Championships achieved 60pts to win the event, with Philipp Koch in second with 54pts and Oscar Charlesworth in third with 51pts.
- Mental Drills
The Mental Drills was won by Florian Nüßle with a superb score of 411pts with Oscar Charlesworth in second place with 324pts and Mario Bodlos in third place with 327pts.
- Match-Play Drills
Seven different versions of match-play events were held over the weekend and again it was Florian Nüßle who won it with 620pts with Oscar Charlesworth in second place with 430pts and Elias Kapitany in third place with 350pts.
- Scoring Drills
Florian Nüßle made it a clean sweep of wins at the camp when he won the Scoring event with 636pts which included breaks of a top breaks of 140 and 135 on the Academy Maguire Break. Manuel Pomwenger was in second place with 393pts and Oscar Charlesworth in third place with 388pts
- Top Breaks
Florian Nüßle was in fantastic form making a 140, 135 104 and 92 (Maguire Break), 92 (Walden) 97 (Star) 86 (Davis) 84 (Milkins). Oscar Charlesworth had a fantastic century with a 102 (Walden Break) and Philipp Koch made his first century at a camp with a superb 106 (Walden Break)
Each player received a DVD with videos from the camp along with sports psychology exercise to help with their mind fitness along with a copy of the new Austrian training plan. We had some fantastic performances this weekend and I look forward to holding another camp in March to monitor the player’s improvement.
- 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 again.
- Major Success for Austria
At the recent World IBSF Snooker Championships in Qatar, Austria achieved their best ever result when 15 year old Florian Nüßle from Salzburg reached the semi-finals losing to eventual winner Pankaj Advani from India. I hope this encourages more players in Austria to believe in themselves to achieve good results on the International stage.
I am so proud of the way Florian practices and listens. It has been an honour to work for the Austrian Association and Florian for the past 5 years and I believe this is only the start of even bigger things in the future for Florian and for Austrian Snooker.