American Team captain Johan Ruijsink

2017 Mosconi Cup

Ruijsink conducts opening boot camp for Team USA hopefuls

 

WITH THE 2017 MOSCONI CUP now less than four months away, American Team captain Johan Ruijsink has been holding his first training camp for possible team members at Griff’s Billiards in Las Vegas.

Taking place from 12th to 16th August, it is the Dutchman’s first opportunity to take a close look at some of the players who may make up the final five to contest the 24th annual Mosconi Cup at the Mandalay Bay from 4th to 7th December.

The players working out this week are Shane Van Boening, Oscar Dominquez, Billy Thorpe

Skylar Woodward, Dennis Hatch with Johnny Archer, fulfilling the role of Ruijsink’s vice-captain.

With the selection procedure this year entirely down to the captain, providing at least four of the five players selected are in the top ten of the rankings which conclude in early September.

“This December is going to be a massive job for the American team and I want to give ourselves every possible chance to win the Mosconi Cup. I’m looking at every player closely as the make-up of the team and their ability to gel will be of critical importance.

“The line-up for 2017 is not determined yet, but I need to start the preparation, because an enormous task awaits team USA,” he concluded.

Ranking after 10 events

1 Shane VAN BOENING                            230

2 Dennis HATCH                                         145

3 Skyler WOODWARD                              109

4 Oscar DOMINGUEZ                                84

5 Rodney MORRIS                                      78

6 Billy THORPE                                            74

7 Hunter LOMBARDO                               59

8 Corey DEUEL                                            56

9 Donny MILLS                                            48

T10 Josh ROBERTS                                     45

T10 Brandon SHUFF                                  45

12 Johnny ARCHER                                    43

13 Shaun WILKIE                                        40

14 Justin BERGMAN                                  39

15 Earl STRICKLAND                                  30

 

For full rankings to www.matchroompool.com/mosconi-cup

2017 MOSCONI CUP is sponsored by Rasson Billiards who supplies the Official Table; the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event and Ultimate Team Gear provide all Mosconi Cup apparel.

Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com 

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