The National Doubles Championships was held yesterday 19th May at the Ivy Rooms, Carlow. The Event attracted 16 teams from all over Ireland. With four groups of four the top two from each group progressed into the quarter-finals.
Greg Casey/David Cassidy 3 v 0 Jason Burns/Thomas Forde
John O'Sullivan/Benny O'Brien 2 v 3 Brendan O'Donoghue/Mark Walsh
Joe Corrigan/Johnny Williams 0 v 3 David Hogan/Chris Humphries
Rodney Goggins/Pa Moorehouse 3 v 2 MichaelJudge/MarkOwens
Greg Casey/David Cassidy 1 v 3 Brendan O'Donoghue/Mark Walsh
David Hogan/Chris Humphries 3 v 1 Rodney Goggins/Pa Moorehouse
Brendan O'Donoghue/Mark Walsh 2 v 3 David Hogan/Chris Humphries
Saturday saw the staging of the Inaugural Finbarr Ruane Snr Memorial Cup at CrossGuns in Dublin. Limited to just 32 players the handicap event drew a strong field included top Irish internationals and ex professionals such as David Hogan, Rodney Goggins, Joe Delaney, Colm Gilcreest , John Sutton ,Michael Judge , Tj Dowling Robbie Murphy,Johnny Williams , Stephen Murphy ,George Tierney and exciting junior talent Jason O'Hagan who was making his senior tournament debut. The action kicked off at 10am and ended over 12 hours later when John Sutton of Celbridge defeated Darren Savage of Terry Rodgers in the final. It was nearly a fantastic double for Darren as earlier that morning he was part of the winning Terry Rodgers team that retained the DBSL Premier League Cup in the Cup final in Roadstone. Overall John Sutton played the best snooker on the day and was a worthy winner of the €1,000 first prize and the Memorial Cup. Personally I would like to thank all the players who entered and for making the tournament a fitting tribute to the late Fin Snr a two term RIBSA president and patron of Irish Snooker for many years. I look forward to hosting the event again next May. Results Semi Finals Darren Savage 3 Gary Ryan 1 John Sutton 3 Keith Sheldreck 2 Highest Break Michael Judge 105 Regards Fin
The 2013 Betfair World Snooker Championships are into the semi final stages this week and World Snooker invited Dan Carroll to take part in the Cue zone and attend refresher coaching and seminar training during the middle weekend of the Championships. The Cue zone is where the World coaches are given a stage to help hone their skills and encourage the general public to play snooker. I was given a slot during ladies day on the Friday and again at the Paul Hunter day on the Sunday, it was a great experience meeting people from all over the World and all the other coaches and just being part of the event. The WPBSA is responsible for delivering Cue zone at these events and to promote the World Snooker Coaching Programme and to encourage the quality of delivery by its coaches as this gives the World’s best coaches an ideal opportunity to promote themselves.
The refresher training day was held at the institute of sport in Sheffield where World Snooker has their training venue and it’s the centre of excellence for many other sports, Jessica Ennis is one of the attendees at the venue for training and what an excellent facility for athletes.
The Friday night seminar was very informative and I really picked up some great tips along with other very helpful information regarding the importance of physical exercise, diet & nutrition in the modern game. There was a piece on back pain and how to help players with this, I am lucky to have completed the Manual Handling Instructors Course some years ago and this along with the information given at the seminar will enable me to bring this area to my coaching academy and impart this to my students.
Annette also enjoyed the few days as she was included in the seminar and refresher training along with taking part in Cue zone it was a great experience for her and again Annette picked up some great hints from Reanne Evens the 9 times World Ladies Snooker Champion. We both made some new friends and met some old ones during our stay and we just want to thank Chris Lovell and Andrew Highfield for their help and support and for making us feel part of the whole team.
It was great to meet such a legend of the sport and in particular "coaching" Reg Davies, he was very impressed in our venture with the Schools & Colleges in Ireland and will help support this,also it was great meeting Barry Smith from the UK and Angelika Mix from Germany who are interested in promoting junior snooker. Who knows we might have a Stars Academy International event in the years ahead.
Steve Davis was on hand to welcome all the World Coaches and to thank them for their support and especially their passion towards snooker and their help in growing the game. Hazel Irvine was extremely encouraging and hoped that the ladies game will again grow and that more media attention and sponsorship will be forthcoming. As they say a great time was had and I look forward to next time when we can be involved and help out at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.
The Griffith Masters was the 3rd Tour event of the season that got underway at Sharkx Newbridge recently and the days competition was again a very tense and competitive occasion. In the top half of the draw at the quarter final stage, Dan Carroll overcame the number 1 seed Ronan Deegan 2 frames to 1 in a close match. Paddy Fagan was in good form against Gary Seales and took his match 2-1 to meet Dan in the semis. Stephen McAdam beat Annette Newman 2 nil in their quarter final match and Steve Patten the number 2 seed overcame Dave Seales 2-1 in another close encounter to complete the semi final line up. Dan started well taking the first frame with a 31 break but Paddy came back to level at 1-1 the third frame was nip and tuck for the most part but out of no where Paddy started to pot and score heavily to take the frame and give him his first final place of the season. In the other semi final between Stephen McAdam and Steve Patten the match leveled 1-1 after some great play from both players. Stephen McAdam however held his composure in the final frame to win and take him into the final. The final saw some great snooker being played between both players however Stephen had the upper hand and won the match 2 nil and give him the number 1 spot going into the next event in May. Congratulations to Stephen on his win and to Paddy on his fine performance on the day. Thanks to all who took part and thanks to Bernie and staff of Sharkx for again providing excellent facilities.
The Dublin Snooker Federation Team Cup was held over the last few weeks with the final being staged at Sportslink Snooker club. The Quarters and Semi finals were played in Joeys Snooker club and the teams really enjoyed the event. A frame handicap was introduced and depending on your end of season league table place your team handicap was allotted. In the quarters Sportslink B and Mountjoy had a close match with Sportslink B having a 3 frame start against League Champions Mountjoy. Stephen McAdam took the first frame for Sportslink B going 4 nil in front, but Steve Patten took frame 2. The next match between Joe Roche (Mountjoy) and Kevin Lyons (Sportslink B) was shared giving Sportslink B a 5 - 2 lead and only needing two more frames, but Mountjoy were in good form with Paul Sheedy taking the next two from Joe Lyons now closing the gap to 5-4 in favor of Sportslink B. Once the first round of all 3 players having played 2 frames each, it all started again in that order with each game now only one frame until the first team reached 7. Steve Patten took the next for Mountjoy to level the match 5-5 Joe Roche took the next to now go within one frame of going into the semis however Joe Lyons again brought the teams level at 6-6 with Steve Patten and Stephen McAdam now down to the final frame. Steve Patten took it on the colours to give Monutjoy a semi final place. Griffith A and Joeys also went down to the wire, with Joeys having a 5 frame start and only requiring two frames against league runners up Griffith A , it was a tense match. Thomas Hand (Griffith A) leveled his game against Derek Fagan (Joeys) to give them a 6-1 lead, however Daragh Hackett and Dan Carroll took their matches 2 nil each and then Thomas Hand took his next frame to bring the match level at 6-6, however Derek Walsh of Joeys and Daragh Hackett of Griffith A had a very close decider with Derek taking on a long difficult blue and a great pot on the pink to give Joeys a place in the semis. Sportslink A were giving a bye into the semis. Westbury and Griffith B both with a 4 frame start had a short match with Ronan Deegan (Griffith B) taking the first two frames from Dave Seales (Westbury) giving Griffith B a 6-4 lead, Gary Seales took his first frame but could not hold back Dean Pearson of Griffith B in taking the next to give them a semifinal place.
In the Semis Mountjoy were unstoppable with 7 frames to win against Joeys and with Joeys having a 5 frame start it was a great match, Steve Patten, Anthony Clifford and Joe Roche all took the first two frames each from Joeys, Derek Fagan, Virgil Fagan and Derek Walsh and now the pressure was on for Joeys but they could not hold out to the strong Mountjoy team and they went into the final 7-6. Sportslink A with a 3 frame start and Griffith B with a 4 frame start was all set to be a close match. Ronan Deegan (Griffith B) put the pressure on Sportslink A right from the start beating Mark Matthews to give them a 6-3 lead, Jimmy Howard (Griffith B) took the first frame against Sean Madden (Sportslink A) to help secure the Griffith B team a meeting against Mountjoy in the final.
Griffith B now had a good advantage going up against Mountjoy with a 4 frame start, however Ronan Deegan took the first two frames on the black against Anthony Clifford making it 6-0. Steve Patten won his two frames against Eugene Boylan to get back into the match with Griffith B now 4 frames in the lead at 6-2 it was up to Joe Roche now to put on the pressure and he started well taking the first closing the gap to 6-3 but Dean Pearson took on everything in the second and won the frame giving Griffith B their second Cup title in twelve years. Congratulations to Griffith B on their win and to Mountjoy for a fine performance. Thanks to all the teams and Joeys and Sportslink for hosting the event.
The second installment of coaching for the young players of the CY club in Portarlington took place Saturday 13th April by World Snooker Coach, Dan Carroll. The group were put through their paces over the course of the day with practice routines and simple alternatives to the 15 red game in order that everyone would get equal table time and encourage the players to help one and other with these. Although this is only the beginning for these young lads who have only recently took up the sport and they all have improved and the interest is certainly there. These young lads are given great encouragement from the club committee made up of Chris, Pat, Wayne and Mark, all of which give of their spare time to help grow the game in their area. We look forward to seeing these young players take part in the Stars championship in June at the Ivy Rooms, Carlow.
The 12th Dublin Snooker Federation Individual tournament took place at Joeys Snooker Club Dublin recently. Ronan Deegan was in good form in the top half of the draw seeing off Joe Roche 2 nil in the last 16 and Larry O'Dea 2 nil in the quarters with breaks of 42,38 and 37 along the way to the semis.
In the semis he met Jimmy Howard and their match was very tactical with both players leveled at 1-1 the final frame went to Ronan on the pink ball and gave him a final place.
In the bottom half of the draw Stephen McAdam was also playing well and with 2 nil defeats of Paddy Fagan and Steve Patten and then to meet stable mate from Sportslink Sean Madden in the semis and this match went down to the wire also but Stephen came out the winner and a meeting with Ronan in the final.
The final saw some great potting from both players and consistent breaks of 30+ from each and especially in these small match formats of best of 3 made it more encouraging of the standard that these lads now play.
Ronan however prevailed and won the match giving him the Dublin Snooker Federation Individual Champion title 2013. Congratulations to Ronan and to Stephen on their performances on the day and thanks to all the players from all the clubs for their support and again thank you to Derek Fagan and staff of Joeys for providing excellent playing conditions.
A two day coaching camp was held in Sharkx Snooker Club recently and was met with great enthusiasm and the need to improve their game by the young players in attendance. Each were assessed by World Snooker Coach, Dan Carroll and emphasis on technique and psychology of the game were the order of the two days. Also a training routine program was introduced to encourage purposeful practice and with follow up dates planned to observe their progress. All in attendance really enjoyed the two days and they look forward to more coaching in the weeks and months ahead. Overall they were extremely happy with the standard of coaching provided and the knowledge imparted regarding the psychology of the game was welcomed and that they really learned a lot during the camp. Thanks to everyone for their support and to Bernie for providing the facilities and lunch each day of the course.
Mountjoy Snooker Club take the Dublin Snooker Federation League title in style this season. Only dropping 3 frames during the first half of the league gave them the edge they needed to keep on track for the title.
They had great wins over last years winners Griffith A and Sportslink B both of which were the ones to watch. Mountjoy beat both teams 6 nil in the first half and this gave them the confidence to go up a gear and put pressure on the remaining teams.
Again Mountjoy started the second half with a 6 nil win over Joeys Club but were surprised by a 4 - 2 defeat from the Westbury and then went down 5-1 to the Griffith A team now looking for the top spot, however with a 6 nil defeat of Sportslink B and the 5-1 win over Sportslink A gave them the title.
Congratulations to Mountjoy on their fine performance and to the Griffith A team as Runner Up in the league. It was great to see that there were no walkovers and all matches were played.
Thanks to all the clubs for taking part and we look forward to next season's events. The Cup event is currently on the way and we will be publishing the results very soon.
The 2013 RIBSA National Championship Weekend will be held in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow from the 24th, 25th and 26th of May.
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