Well done to Irishman Rodney Goggins from Liam Mellows SC in Wexford on his fantastic run at the Seniors Irish Masters on Saturday & Sunday the 5th and 6th of January. This event was held in the most famous venue of them and the home of Irish Snooker, Goffs in Co. Kildare.
A big thank you to Monique Limbos for all the beautiful photos
First match of the event Rodney played Irish legend and former World Champion Ken Doherty and the Wexford man was up for the challenge and won 3-1 in front of a large audience for one of the greatest wins his life. Next he played another world champion Joe Johnson from England. Rodney played his best game and won 3-0 to set up the dream final against Jimmy White for the Alex Higgins Trophy.
This match was live on eir sport and via Facebook and all-around the world. Jimmy started well in the first frame but Rodney cleared up to go 1-0 up and send the full crowd in attendance wild but Jimmy White fought back with superb potting to beat Rodney 1-4 and claim the Alex Higgins Trophy.
The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association would like to congratulate Rodney on his success in Goffs and wish him continued success for the rest of the season.
Rodney achieved something this week that will go down in the history of Snooker in Ireland and his Coach PJ Nolan said ‘’ he was so proud how Rodney prepared for this tournament and how he performed over the weekend. He was a great ambassador for his Family, Association, County and Country.
Three RIBSA Irish referees had the honour of referring in the event when Neil Shanahan, Shane Mason and Shane Corr joined up with Professional Referee Michaela Tabb and everyone were superb in the event.
Rodney would like to personally thank everyone who was in Goffs cheering him on over the weekend as he knows it helped him achieve this success.
Finally RIBSA would like to send a big thank you to Jason Francis & Staff from World Seniors on holding this event in Ireland and putting snooker back on National Irish tv and in the media.
Long may it continue we hope!!!!!