Coral Shoot Out
Finn Robin Hull the unlikely shoot out king
Reading saw the return of the Coral Snooker Shoot Out this weekend, where the top 64 players are invited to take part in a knock out competition. The rules, it is a 15 game in which the person with the highest score of the frame wins. If the frame is completed, the balls a re-set and the game re-started until the 15 minutes are up with the player with the most points being the winner.
The title was taken by an unlikely source, the world number 56 from Finland, Robin Hull defeated Belgian Luca Brecel in the final. Hull had beaten Judd Trump and Mark Williams to get to the final and took an early lead with a break of 29. Hull lead by 43 points with 7 minutes left and Brecel got in with a chance. Brecel missed a red with 30 seconds left as he was looking to clinch it in the final seconds which handed the win to Hull in the end by 50-36.
For Brecel it was his second final defeat in a week after losing to Martin Gould in the Final of the German Masters. For Hull, already easily the best ever player to come out of Finland, the challenge is to find similar form in the more traditional tournaments.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
2016 Coral Shoot Out
At The Hexagon Theatre, Reading
Results from the Quarter-Finals
Ryan Day (Wales) 7 – Robin Hull (Finland) 78
Luca Brecel (Belgium) 27 – Rod Lawler (England) 18
Mark Williams (Wales) 39 – Andrew Higginson (England) 20
Joe Swail (England) 23 – Robert Milkins (England) 8
Luca Brecel (Belgium) 38 – Joe Swail (England) 34
Mark Williams (Wales) 41 – Robin Hull (Finland) 68
Luca Brecel (Belgium) 36 – Robin Hull (Finland) 50
Robin Hull (Finland) Wins the 2016 Coral Shoot Out