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Austrian Snooker Camp

Last weekend my 147academy travelled to Austria to hold an Austrian National Snooker Training Camp organised by the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association. Ten selected players were invited to attend this two day PJ Nolan camp in the HSEBC Cue Sports Academy in Vienna.

  • The Players

Philipp Koch, Manuel Pomwenger, Oskar Charlesworth, Florian Nüßle, Jérôme Liedtke, Arif Hussaini, Tajmeet Grover, Florian Toth, Mario Bodlos and Elias Kapitany attended this training camp from 10am – 6pm each day. It was a pleasure training the players again as their commitment was superb.

  • Training Plan

This camp was one of the best with again each player achieving fantastic results by improving on their scores from the last camp in December. I focused on their Approach, Stance, Address Position, Bridge, Grip and Cue Actions and I really feel the players are developing their game with every camp.

This camp I again worked on improving their Technique, Break Building skills and Safety Games with specific academy Technical, Mental, Scoring and Match-Play routines.

  • Coaching

All the players received a CD from the coaching camp along with a copy of the training booklet to work on during each training session at home.

  • WPBSA Wildcard

Austrian No.1 Florian Nüßle who was the star of the camp after superb results was full of confidence after Florian had received a wild card from the WPBSA to play in the 2019 World Professional Snooker Championships qualifiers in England next month and Florian will become the first Austrian to ever play in it.

  • Technical

I held different types of competitions during the camp to monitor the player’s performances and the Technical competition was won by Florian Nüßle with a stunning display with a new record of 82pts with Philipp Koch in second with 65pts and Elias Kapitany in third place with 62pts.

  • Mental

In the Mental Competition it was again Florian Nüßle who was too strong winning it with 107pts with Philipp Koch in second with 65pts and Jérôme Liedtke in third with 64pts.

  • Scoring

The Scoring competition was also won by Florian Nüßle with top quality scoring and a total of 347pts which included a 122 clearance on the Max Break and 135 on the Allen Break. Philipp Koch was in second with 208pts and Elias Kapitany in third with 197pts

  • Match-Play

I also held four different Match-Play competitions the winners were Florian Nüßle with two victories while Tajmeet Grover and Mario Bodlos had one victory each.

  • Thank You

I would personally like again to thank the Austrian Association for inviting me to work with the National Team players and I am already booked in holding another five camps in 2019.

I would like to thank Austrian President and Sport Director Christian Fock and newly qualified EBSA Coach and National Coach Chau Zi Kim plus the HSEBC Academy for their assistance during this camp

Finally I wish all the Austrian players the best of luck in their Grand Prix next week and Florian in the upcoming World Snooker Professional Championship in England.

See you all in April, well done this week and keep on training hard and preparing your best for each event.

Auf Wiedersehen

4 Stars in World Professional Qualifiers

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and World Snooker have just announced four of my young 147academy students will recieve wild cards for the 2019 World Professional Championship Qualifiers in Sheffield.

Irish Juniors Aaron Hill and Ross Bulman will join Welshman Dylan Emery and Austrian Florian Nüßle. Last month all four players achieved fantastic results in the 2019 European Championships when Aaron won the European U-18 Title and Ross reached the U-21 Final. Dylan reached the Under 18 Final and Florian reached the U-18 Semi Final. 

The draw for the qualifiers, which will be held at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield will be made following the conclusion of the China Open next month.


Guernsey Player Camp in Academy

This week my 147academy welcomed International Guernsey Snooker player John Skillet for a Snooker Training Camp in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club, Carlow in Ireland.

John has represented Guernsey from the Channel Islands in the HIBSF Home International Championships over the years and he travelled this week to get professionals coaching to fine tune his game.

Another International in Academy

PJ said “it is fantastic to have another International player in my 147academy and I am excited in helping him develop his game more. I designed a new training plan plus worked on his mental side of the game to help him prepare for the upcoming events. I was very impressed with his talent and hunger to learn and improve more.

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New Training Plan

John was videoed during each session and he brings home CD's with all the action from the sessions plus a technique profile and training program to study covering all the routines in the four main areas Technique, Mental and Scoring. John “said it is was fantastic to come over to Carlow and receive Coaching from PJ as he is very professional"

Good Luck

The 147academy would like to thank John for coming over to Ireland and I wish him good in his future events.  I hope John becomes more confident about all areas of his game after this camp. He now begins a new training program which will be monitored each month.

Aaron Hill EBSA U-18 Champion

My 147academy student Aaron Hill from the Republic of Ireland won the 2019 Under 18 EBSA European Snooker Championships in Eliat, Israel. In the final he beat fellow academy member Dylan Emery from Wales 4 frames to 3 in a superb high quality final.

  • Four 147academy Students in Semi Finals

In the semi final he featured four of my students as Florian Nüßle from Austria and Ross Bulman from Ireland reached the semi-finals plus Dylan Emery won the high break prize with a superb 141 break so it was a dream event for my 147academy.

In the Final

In the final Dylan won the opening frame with a 54 break and Aaron levelled at 1-1 but his welsh opponent came back to win the next to go 2-1 with the help of a 59 breakup, Aaron then levelled at 2-2 with a 59 break and then won the fifth frame with 50 break a to go 3-2 up, back came Dylan to level the match but the Irishman got in first with a frame winning break of 84 to win his first International title.



More Success was achieved with Ross Bulman from Ireland reached the Under 21 final and Greg Casey from Ireland & Shachar Ruberg from Israel reached the semi final of the Mens Championship plus Noel Landers reached the semi final of the Isreal Open and i could not have been a prouder Coach. 

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