The 2nd event of the Premier Tour “The RIBSA Irish Open” was played today Sunday 10th November 2013 at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow. The highlight of the early rounds was last 32 match between current no. 1 on the rankings Rodney Goggins and Martin McCrudden. Playing solidly Rodney won the first two frames, but Martin found his form and won the next three with back to back brakes of 100 and 134 to take the match. Martin maintained his form throughout the tournament and added a further two consecutive centuries (104 & 117) when accounting for Jason Devaney 4 -1 in the semi-final.
On the other side of the draw Robert Murphy caught the eye with some excellent match snooker. In his semi-final he defeated his good friend and current Irish senior champion Michael Judge by 4 frames to 0. Robert’s high break was an excellent 112 in his 2nd round match.
For the second event running the final turned out to be a one sided affair. Robert’s form deserted him and Martin playing solidly ran out a convincing winner by 4 frames to 0.
Presenting the prizes TD Tony Thorpe congratulated all the players for the high standard of play and another excellent tournament. Again there was a large number of high breaks including 6 centuries, the best of which was a superb 134 by tournament winner Martin McCrudden. Tony commented that it was good to see Martin back winning events after an absence of a couple of years.
He again thanked Marian Leacy and the Ivy Rooms staff for looking after everyone so well.
Richie Flynn from Waterford played superb snooker today when he won the third RIBSA National Open Handicap event of the season in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow.
In the final Richie beat local player Colvin O Brien 3 frames to 1 in an exciting final. This was the third event of the season and again it was a major success with so many high quality matches.
In the Semi Finals Richie beat Benny O Brien from Kilkenny 3-1 and Colvin beat Andrew Yeates from Navan 3 frames to 2 in a thriller with the Carlow man coming out on top. The Highest Break went to Benny O Brien with a fantastic 92 Break.
The next RIBSA Open Handicap event is scheduled for the 18th January 2014.
Quarter Final Results:
Cathal Gordon 1 v 3 Colvin O'Brien
Chris Humphries 1 v 3 Andrew Yeates
Benny O'Brien 3 v 0 Martin Thorpe
Daniel Dempsey 2 v 3 Richie Flynn
Colvin O'Brien 3 v 2 Andrew Yeates
Benny O'Brien 1 v 3 Richie Flynn
The Draw has been made for the RIBSA Premier Snooker Tour Event 2 on the 10th of November and it promises to be another fantastic event after Wexford's Rodney Goggins beat John Sutton to win event one last month.
This Irish tour contains all of the top amateur Snooker players from all around Ireland. RIBSA are holding the tour in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow on the new Shender tables which gives the players the perfect playing conditions to show of their skills.
Premier Tour Announcement
The RIBSA Committee would like to inform the players on the Premier Tour that the entry fee of €138.00 for events 4, 5 and 6 need to be paid by December 15th. Failure for any player to paid in full will result in them being removed from the rest of the Premier Tour events.
The Second Qualifying event for anyone wishing to play on the Premier Tour will be held on Saturday 28th of December for all available places. If you need more Information please contact RIBSA on 085 242 8701
With the World Amateur Championships in Latvia only just a few weeks away now if gives all our players great match practice in fine tuning their skills to get a confidence boost of winning the event but with the larger talent on stage it is almost impossible to call the winner.
If you would just like to come and watch then why not drop down to Carlow to watch Ireland best in action.
The second RIBSA Open Handicap event was held on Saturday the 12th of October in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow and it was young Aaron Tobin from Youghal who won the event in style.
In the final he beat fellow Cork junior Daniel O Regan 3 frames to 1 in an exciting final. In the Semi Finals Aaron beat Cahal Gordon from Galway 3 frames to 2 in a great match while Daniel beat fast improving Adrian Morrissey 3 frames to 1 in the other semi.
Martin Thorpe had two fantastic wins over TJ Dowling and Rodney Goggins in the early rounds before losing to Cahal Gordon in Q-final.
The highest break prize also went to Aaron Tobin with a 71 Break
The event again was a major success with a total of 22 entries and with big Handicaps from Rodney Goggins - 14 to Oisin Bateman of + 55 it is hoped to attract more and more entries each event to make them even more successful.
Wexford’s Rodney Goggins won the first ever Premier Tour event at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow on Sunday October 13. Rodney was in superb form all day and found himself up against the equally impressive David Hogan in the semi-finals. This was a high quality match and could have gone either way but Rodney found an extra gear to win by 4 frames to 2, finishing off with a 122 break.
In the other semi John Sutton got the better of Jason Devaney also on a 4 - 2 scoreline in an equally high quality match.
The final however, proved to be a one-sided affair. John failed to maintain the high standard of his earlier play and Rodney used all his experience to run out a convincing 4 framed to 0 winner.
Tournament Director Ger Murray said an indication of the standard of snooker on display was the number of century breaks compiled by the players. Seven in total with a super 127 by John Sutton proving the day's best.
Rodney was fulsome in his praise for the new format and said he hoped this would help to revitalise senior snooker in Ireland. He thanked Marian and the staff of the Ivy Rooms for the use of the excellent facilities after the recent refurbishment at the venue. He also thanked Tournament Director Ger Murray and assistant TD Tony Thorpe for running an excellent first Premier tour event.