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Sunday 22 October 2017

dinsmore spot on for worlds

Wheelchair pool player Fred Dinsmore is off to the World Championships on a high after a recent string of good results.

At the annual Danube Cup in Slovakia, Dinsmore won the title for a third time.

After winning all four of his group matches with ease, he faced old rival Kurt De Klerck from Belgium, the current European eight-ball champion, in the decider.

He duly beat de Klerck 7-6. "It was a great match -- I had gone 5-2 ahead but then lost the plot," says Dinsmore, who went on to take the title, using his new Predator cue.

"When de Klerck came back at me, I held my nerve and was able to clear the table in the deciding frame. I went through a phase when he was beating me all the time. In the last three or four years, I've been beating him."

His new-found mental strength is thanks to the work he has done with sports psychologist Denis Coen of Sports Loopy. "Denis has given me the tools to handle problems," he said. "My game was always there -- now the head is there as well."

As a previous world champion in 2005, Dinsmore is concentrating on nine-ball before the World Championships in Reno, Nevada next month.

"The difference between the various games is chalk and cheese. In nine-ball, you have to knock in the nine balls in order. The rules are stricter and it's more skilful; eight-ball is more tactical.

Dinsmore is having a good year. At the European Championships in Zagreb, he won a bronze medal in the recently introduced 10-ball competition.

Back home, at the National Championships, Dinsmore took bronze, beating able-bodied opponents and only losing 9-11 to Ronnie Boyle in a close semi-final. Helping keeping the show on the road are Dinsmore's great supporters -- Ger Dunphy, Eddie Bennett, his employers Banking365, coaches PJ Nolan, fiancee Tricia Furlong and his club Celbridge.

"The reaction at work to my success in Slovakia was incredible. As for Celbridge Snooker club -- it feels like home. You are practising with people like Martin McCrudden, Fergal O'Brien, TJ Dowling and Joe Delaney. It inspires you."

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