Saturday, September 19

Rebel Snooker

Youghal’s Adam Fitzgerald is off to Poland after National U21 Ranking Win

Rebel Snooker

Derek Kiely

YOUGHAL’S Adam Fitzgerald recently won the latest second ‘Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association’ (RIBSA) U-21 ranking event of the season was held in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow on the 24th of October on another great day of Irish junior snooker with the young Youghal CYMS player winning the event beating Charlie Sweeney from Newbridge CYMS by three frames to one frame in the final.

There were some really big upsets in the early rounds were Kenny Wight also from Youghal CYMS  beat last season’s number two ranked Aaron Moyles by three frames to two frames and Diarmuid O Connor beat last year’s number one ranked player Shane Bates by three frames to nil.


Later in the event Adam Bulman also from Youghal CYMS beat his brother and current Irish U-14, U-16 and U-18 Champion Ross Bulman by three frames to nil in an all Youghal family affair.

With top class Youghal players littering the event and a place in the European championships up for grabs, the standard and the competitiveness was sky high and in the quarter finals it was Charlie Sweeney who got the better of Youghal’s Aaron Tobin by three frames to two frames, Diarmuid O Connor lost to Ronan Whyte by three frames to two frames and  in yet another all Youghal CYMS affair Noel Landers beat Adam Bulman by three frames to two frames and  Adam Fitzgerald beat Stephen Bateman 3-2.

In the Semi Finals it was Charlie Sweeney against Ronan Whyte and Noel Landers against his fellow club and team mate Adam Fitzgerald and both matches were high quality with Charlie Sweeney making breaks of 80 and 50 to beat Ronan Whyte and Adam beat Noel by three frames to one frame in the other semi-final.

Eventually in the decider it was Adam Fitzgerald who came out on top by a winning margin of three frames to one frame and the win for Adam means he now qualifies to represent the Republic Of Ireland in the 2016 European Championships in Poland in February and all eyes now will be focused on the final event on the 28th of November in the Ivy Rooms in Carlow.

Adam will now attend the next event for training with ‘Event 1’ winner Josh Boileau and the National Coach PJ Nolan. 

After the third it will be know the three winners and the final spot will be awarded to the highest available players from the rankings after the three events.

PJ Nolan told Rebel Snooker “As National Coach and Tournament Director today I was very happy with all the players overall performance and some players really focused hard on playing their best today to climb up the ranking and some players need to go away and regroup for the final event. The ‘Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association’ RIBSA would like to thanks James Bateman, John Doherty and RIBSA Referee Conor Doyle for all their help on the day to help make the day so successful. Finally RIBSA would like to thank the Ivy Rooms for hosting the event and to all the players for making it a great day of snooker’.


2016 European Snooker Championships Qualification Event 2 results.


Last 16:

Arron Tobin (Cork)                 3 – 2    Dean Callanan (Cork)

Charlie Sweeney                     3 – 0    Jason Hogan

Diarmuid O’Connor                3 – 0    Oisin Bateman

Roan Whyte                            3 – 1    Kenny Wight (Cork)

Ross Bulman (Cork)               0 – 3    Adam Bulman (Cork)

Noel Landers (Cork)               3 – 0    Matty Williams

Adam Fitzgerald (Cork)         3 – 0    Sean Devaney

Aaron Holland                                    1 – 3    Stephen Bateman


Last 8:

Charlie Sweeney                     3 – 2    Aaron Tobin

Ronan Whyte                          3 – 2    Diarmuid O’Connor

Noel Landers                          3 – 2    Adam Bulman

Adam Fitzgerald                     3 – 2    Stephen Bateman



Last 4:

Charlie Sweeney                     3 – 0    Ronan Whyte

Adam Fitzgerald                     3 – 1    Noel Landers



Adam Fitzgerald                     3 – 1    Charlie Sweeney


There will bound to be a large Cork contingent of young U21 players travel to Carlow again in four weeks’ time and hopefully another young star from the ‘Cork Billiards and Snooker Association’ (CBSA) will again be representing the Republic of Ireland on some foreign shore.

Definitely going by the recent international call ups at under age level, Cork players are dominating the available places.



THERE will be a special memorial Billiards event in Carlow on Sunday the 29th of November at the ‘Ivy Room’s in memory of the great Timmy Murphy, a good friend of Cork snooker and Billiards all his life and a close friend of mine.

Lloyd Myers at the AOH Club along with his fellow club members will present a new Cup on the day in memory of the great man and this event is now part of the ‘Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association’ (RIBSA) annual calendar and considering the numerous times that Timmy put of the International waistcoat representing his country it is a really fantastic idea to have this event at the headquarters of Snooker.

Lloyd is now following in the footsteps of the great Timmy Murphy as an international player himself which I know Timmy was very happy about, so it is hoped as many players from Cork try to get to Carlow to support this memorial tournament.

Meanwhile domestically The CBSA administrator Brian Quilligan is hard at work following a turbulent couple of weeks on Leeside with team withdrawals and one or two other issues on the table to be sorted out and all credit to Brian who is getting the full support of Cork snooker.

I must correct a mistake in last week’s page where I had commented that the Crucible were going for four Orme Shields in a row, when in fact it will be a possible five in a row in this prestigious three person team event.

The players who have dominated this event are Greg Casey, David Cassidy and Ryan Cronin and when I recently heard that the Orme Shield was to be moved out of the Crucible for this season, I must admit I was extremely surprised.

I was always under the impression that if you won the event you had the choice of hosting it the following year, which I must say I thought was only right, but apparently that is no longer the case which I must admit I think is not the way to go, if the Crucible wish to host the event again. It makes one wonder why? Is Nicholas Well Lane a fortress too far?




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