Wednesday, August 12

O’Donoghue wins Senior 4 – Crucible SC

Brendan O Donoghue won the 4th RIBSA Senior Snooker Ranking event of the season ” The Premier Cup ” Sponsored by DBSL” on Saturday / Sunday the 11th & 12th of January in the Crucible Snooker Club in Cork City.

In the final Brendan played Aaron Hill from the Crucible SC Cork in a fantastic final for the Premier Cup but it was the experienced Nenagh player who retained the title to win 4 frames to 3. It was the third year in a row that Brendan has won the Premier Cup after winning it in 2018, 2019 and now 2020.

Near miss 147

Aaron Hill almost made a 147 break in the event when he went all the way to pot 15 reds and 15 blacks, then the yellow, green, brown and Blue to narrowly miss the pink. The 134 won the highest break prize so well done Aaron !!!


Other breaks were Shane Bates 65,54. Noel Landers 50. Greg Casey 58. Davy Morris 62, 70. Brendan O Donoghue 71,51. Aaron hill 57 54,97 131 and the 134 Break.

Semi Finals

In the semi finals we had four superb players after a long days play with Aaron Hill playing team mate Greg Casey and Brendan playing Davey Morris from the Kilkenny Shed. Both matches were very high quality with Aaron beating Greg 4-2 and Brendan beating Davey 4-3.

Shocks in the events

There was a number of great matches but the main shocks were 14yr old Leone Crowley from Cork beating No.1 seed Rodney Goggins and James Bateman beating Ross Bulman.

Message from TD

The owner of the Crucible Mr. Finbar Corkery and the manager Dave Joyce deserve great credit for all the work they have done in the club.  As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with a warm friendly smile and a welcoming atmosphere.

It’s a pity more players did not make the journey to a venue that will be hosting more RIBSA tournaments.  There are 7 snooker tables and I only received one complaint, that was from a local who said that number 2 was playing a little bit slow.

Aaron Hill was extremely unlucky when on a maximum, he missed the Pink.  Well done to Brendan O’Donoghue on winning the tournament.  Many thanks to Gerry Russell for refereeing and again thanks to Finbar Corkery and Dave Joyce and staff for allowing us use the Crucible for one of our flagship events.

TD Ger Murray.


Thank You

RIBSA would like to thank all the players on making it a great return to holding Senior Events in Cork. TD Ger Murray on running the event. RIBSA Referee Gerry Russell and Fermoy man Brian Walsh who kept the tables running well all day. They would also like to thank the DBSL for sponsoring the Cup.

Finally RIBSA would like to thank David Joyce and Con O Sullivan from the Crucible Snooker Club in Cork for hosting the successful event. Everyone is looking forward to the Don O Donoghue Memorial which will be held in the Crucible on the 14th – 16th February. Contact David Joyce or Con O Sullivan to enter.

Senior Events Tournament Info 2020

Please Note : The Closing date for entries for Event 4 in Cork will be Thursday the 9th of January at 1pm

ONLY Enter Via the On-Line Payment System 

The only way to enter any RIBSA event now is via the new on line payment system.

Please Note

The top 16 players should be reminded that they will no longer be entered into senior tournaments automatically. They will need to enter each event themselves.

It has been a great start to the season with Brendan O Donoghue winning event 1 in Letterkenny and Rodney Goggins winning Event 2 in Darcy McGees in Dublin and Davy Morris won the event 3 in Ivy Rooms Carlow

Enter Via – On-Line Payment System

Players will have to first pay their membership and register for the season. When they register, they will be asked to create a username and password before they will be allowed to enter an event. Any issues with entering they should email

Please Note: Any player who has already paid their yearly RIBSA membership must redo this process on line and they will be refunded when they arrive at their first tournament.

RIBSA Yearly Registration Fees

  • 21 and over – €17.00
  • 16-20 yrs old – €12.00
  • Under 16 – €7.00
  • One Day/Event – €7.00

RIBSA Entry Fees

Senior Events

  • 21 and over – €31.00
  • 16-20 yrs old – €16.00
  • Under 16 – €2.00
  • Ladies €2.00
  • New Tournament Format

All RIBSA Senior Ranking Tournaments will he held on Saturday & Sunday as per Calendar of Events.

  • Entry Details for Event

You can now enter via the on line payment system – CLICK HERE

RIBSA registration fees are 21 and over – €17.00, 16-20 yrs old – €12.00 and Under 16 – €7.00 This must be paid online and if already paid will be refunded at the event.

  • One Day Membership

‘Following representation from Club owners RIBSA have decided to introduced one day / one event membership fee. The cost of this membership is €7.00 and is only valid for the 5 day duration of each particular event. It is hoped that this will encourage more participation in RIBSA Events ”

  • Entry Info

The 2019 – 2020 RIBSA Senior Snooker Ranking Series will feature 6 Ranking events and the National Snooker Championships this season.  These rankings will be used to select the senior International players.

  • Tournament Prize Fund 

Players are asked to note that the prize fund for tournaments in 2019/20 season will depend on number of entries less tournament expenses.  Prize fund and expenses will be announced on the day at each event.  Expenses will include payment of Tournament Director, Referees and payment of €2 per player to host club.

  • Closing Dates

The closing date for senior tournaments will be 1pm on the Thursday before the start of competition, without exception.  The draw for each tournament will be available on the website, as soon as possible.

Players must be properly dressed for all RIBSA competitions. The dress code is dark shoes, dark one coloured trousers (no jeans), one coloured shirt buttoned at the wrist and waistcoat. Waistcoats must be worn for all matches. National Waistcoats are not permissible.

More information email

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