Mr. Liu Zheng, the General Director of Chinese Billiards & Snooker Training base in Beijing in China was in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow on Saturday to met Jim Leacy President of the IBSF.
Mr Liu was in Ireland to sign a contract between IBSF and Rigour as a recommended high tech training program to train snooker and Billiards players around the world. Jim Leacy said he was delighted to endorse Rigour as a recommend IBSF training program that is used by the Chinese Snooker Association in producing so many top players over recent years.
Mr. Lui also met up with Irish and European head Coach PJ Nolan who is one of the leading World Snooker Coaches during this weekend RIBSA Under 14 and Under 16 cue school ranking events. He said he was very impressed with the facilities in the Ivy Rooms and the amount of talented young Irish players like 8 year old Sean Walsh from the Crucible, 11 year old Ross Bulman from Youghal and 15 year old Darragh Cusack from Dublin.
The Chinese Association have designed fantastic software called Rigour which helps players perfecting certain shots with the use of technology similar to hawk eye that is used at all the TV tournaments in replacing balls for foul and miss situations.
With the use of cameras linked to computer over the table it allows the coaches to set up the same shot or drills for students to master. PJ was in Beijing earlier in the year and one of the first foreign coaches to use the Rigour program.
RIBSA would like to wish all players and officials the best of luck in next week's IBSF World Amateur Snooker Championships in Latvia. The team departs Dublin Airport on Tuesday 26th and all players and officials are requested to meet up in Terminal 1 at 7am in their official RIBSA Polo shirts.
The event will be held in Daugavpils, Latvia from the 27th November to the 8th of December and it promises to be an exciting event with a total of 240 Players.
1: Michael Judge
2: Brendan O Donoghue
3: David Hogan
1: Mark Tuite
2: Shane Gorman
3: Stephen Merrigan
The RIBSA Referees will be Ger Murray, Neil Shanahan and Breda Doherty. The team coach will be PJ Nolan. Jim Leacy President of the IBSF will also be travelling with team.
Friday, 22 November 2013 13:14
Published inClub News
Last night in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow four teams were putting in early practice for the Leinster and Munster Club Snooker Championships. Kilkenny, Waterford, 147 Wexford and New Institute Nenagh organised a training night to help the teams prepare for their upcoming Club Championships.
It was a great night of play with the following results :
Wexford 3-0 winners over Kilkenny.
147 Wexford 3-2 winners over New Institute.
Waterford 3-2 winners over 147 Wexford.
New Institute 3-2 winners over Kilkenny.
Kilkenny 3-2 winners over Waterford.
New Institute were 3-1 winners over Waterford.
A great night of Snooker was held by all. The Ivys Rooms are offering a deal of €20.00 for 3hrs play and we hope to see more of these practice nights held before the Leinster, Munster and All Irelands Club Championships.
Last week our National Coach PJ Nolan travelled to three different cities in Austria to hold Snooker & Billiards Coaching Zones. First he was in Vienna to train the Austrian National Billiards team for the upcoming four Nations Billiards Championship in the newly opened Austrian Academy.
The Austrian Association organised the two day billiards camp to improve their national teams, technique, potting skills and training program. It was the second time PJ trained the National Billiards team and during this camp he focused mainly on various Billiards training drills to improve their ball control and get them scoring more at the top of the table.
The Austrian team played excellent and achieved their best ever result during the four Nations Billiards Championship. The players were first to admit that PJ's Training and Coaching helped them to achieve this result.
Next it was the city of Wels in the centre of Austria to hold a training camp in the newly opened Paul Scholf Training Centre. During this camp he was preparing Austrian International player and club owner Paul Scholpf for the IBSF World Snooker Championship which is being played in Latvia at the end of the month. He also trained a number of his members in what is one of the most beautiful training venues.
His last city was in the city of Salzburg to train players on from the National Snooker Rankings. Some of the players are on the current National Team and others are on the verge of making the team in the future. PJ worked on the players Stance, Address Position, Grip and developing a smooth delivery in their Cue Actions.
They also practiced some of PJ's key practice routines to improve their Cue Ball Control, Scoring and on their safety game with mini matches. Throughout all the camps the players received a DVD of their coaching along with a coaching profile on their game highlighting the main areas needed to improve plus his sports psychology audio CD to work on their mind fitness.
PJ said '' It was a pleasure training players from all around Austria and it was good to see so much of the countryside along my journey. I really enjoyed training all the players as their commitment was superb throughout each camp ''
PJ would also like to thank Christian Fock for arranging his schedule and local coaches Guenther Echhart and Chau Zi Kim for their assistance during the camp in growing the game in Austria. Finally PJ would like to thank the Austrian Association for inviting him to train the players and he is looking forward to holding another camp to check on the players improvement in the near future.
Book your own Session with PJ
If any RIBSA player or RIBSA club would like to like to book a coaching session with PJ Nolan who is one of the world's leading coaches they should email
for his next available date.
The cost of holding a RIBSA session is €20.00 per hour coaching time plus €20.00 per hour travel time from Carlow plus tolls and parking. If you would like to travel to the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow you can avail of a 2hr session for €55.00 which includes Lights, DVD of the lesson and Technique profile.