Day 1 of the 2017 World IBSF Under 21 Snooker Championships was held in the Chinese Snooker Academy in the city of Beijing China today. The world’s best U-21’s players from all around the world will battle it out for the famous world U-21 title and a place on the professional tour next season.
This year’s RIBSA U-21 players are Shane Bates and Aaron Holland, Noel Landers, Darragh Cusack and Ronan Whyte. Our National Coach PJ Nolan is with the players and he was delighted with the performances and effort displayed in China.
Ronan Whyte played Brian Cini from Malta who is one of the tournament favourites and the Donegal man played a good match but was beaten 4 frames to 2 with Cini making a top break of 77.
Darragh Cusack played Amirhossein Bagherifard from Iran and the Dubliner played a good match to win 4 frames to 1.
Aaron Holland played Bingyu Chang from China and his Asian opponent punished the Dubliner for any mistake winning the match 4 frames to nil with a top break of 78.
Noel Landers was involved in the match of the day as the Youghal man fell 3 frames to nil down against Digvijay Kadian from India. Noel then made breaks of 63, 89 to level the match at 3-3. He then went 50 points down in the decider until he made a superb clearance to win the decider on the black and the match 4 frames to 3.
Shane Bates played a superb first match against Josh Thomond from England who is the current English U-21 Champion. The former U-21 Irish National Champion from Wexford went 2-0 up only to see his opponent level at 2-2 as in the fourth frame Shane potted the black to win it only to see the cue ball go in off. This inspired Shane to win the next two frames and the match 4 frames to 2.
Action will get underway again at 10am local time +8hrs (Irish Time) for our players and with only two qualifying from each group our boys will be focused on giving it 100% again tomorrow.
You can follow all the live scoring and results from China on www.ibsf.info and on www.ebsa.pl
Good luck Team Ireland!!!!!!