Alan Trigg wins the 2024 Icelandic Snooker Championship in thrilling finale

Credit: Gunnar GunnarssonCredit: Gunnar Gunnarsson
Credit: Gunnar Gunnarsson | Gunnar Gunnarsson
Alan Trigg came back from three down with four to play as he ousted reigning champion Thorri Jensson 9-8 in a dramatic final to win the Icelandic National Snooker Championship for the first time.

The experienced and highly revered Trigg has been Iceland’s national coach for the past few years and due to his residency there he was eligible to enter this season’s premier domestic tournament. Aged 65, Trigg becomes the oldest ever winner of the title.

Held at the Snooker and Pool Room in Lágmúli, Reykjavík, Trigg began his campaign with 5-0 victories over Helgi Sigurðsson and Jón Valgeir Björnsson. In the semi-finals, Trigg defeated Sigurður Kristjánsson 7-6 having survived a comeback from his opponent who forced a deciding frame after trailing 6-1.

Emerging from the top half of the draw was defending title holder Jensson who was going for his third successive triumph and fourth overall. The 37-year-old from Hafnarfjörður reached the final without dropping a frame.

The opening four frames of the title match were shared before Jensson compiled what would stand as the highest break of the match and tournament, a 101 in frame five to retake the lead.

Jensson held a slender 5-4 advantage following the opening session, but on resumption, he pulled clear and went one away from the winning target at 8-5 up.

In a very close finish to frame 14, Jensson mistakenly thought he’d won the title when he potted the final black, however, he miscalculated the scores and actually needed it for a re-spot which Trigg went on to win and keep his hopes alive.

That would be the closest Jensson got to victory as Trigg claimed the next three frames - constructing breaks of 80 in frame 15 and 51 in the decider - to add his name to the roll of honour.

It is the second different national championship that Trigg has won after recording a hat-trick of consecutive Ukrainian titles between 2010 to 2012 having coached there, too. A former professional player in the 1990s, Trigg is a two-time EBSA European Masters champion (2004, 2008).

Kristjan Helgason - a Crucible qualifier in 2000 - is Iceland’s most decorated national champion with 14 titles.

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