The RIBSA Junior team won the 2016 Celtic Challenge in the Terry Griffiths Matchroom in Llanelli, Wales after a fantastic display of Snooker that saw the Irish juniors win with a session to spare over a talented young Welsh team on Saturday the 25th of June.
This annual event features the best Irish and Welsh Under 14 and Under 16 players. The six players on each team play two frames against each other over six sessions of play which starts at 10.00am.
The Irish team won the first five session in style but the Welsh fought back to win the final session but it was all too late. Gordan Pantall from the Welsh Billiards & Snooker Association presented the Irish team captain Ross Bulman from Youghal CYMS with the Perpetual Cup.
Session 1 : Ireland 13 – Wales 11
Session 2 : Ireland 19 – Wales 5
Session 3 : Ireland 15 – Wales 9
Session 4 : Ireland 13 – Wales 11
Session 5 : Ireland 15 – Wales 9
Session 6 : Ireland 10 – Wales 14
Overall Score : Irealnd 85 – Wales 59
The U-14 Team Manager was Brendan Cooney from Youghal and U-16 Team manager was James Bateman from Kilkenny. The Team Coach was PJ Nolan and his assistant was young Oisin Bateman. The RIBSA Referees were Ger Murray, Declan Quinn and Don O Donoghue and they all did a superb job on the day.
RIBSA Chairman Jim Leacy said he was delighted with the performance from all our Juniors and all the hard work done by RIBSA through our National Coach is paying off with two victories in the last three years in this event.
Young Sean Walsh from Cork won 11 out of his possible 12 frames while his club mate Aaron Hill won 10 out of his possible 12 frames and Sean Devenney from Nothwest SC won the overall high break with a superb 68 break.
The Irish and Welsh Under 16 teams drew 36 frames each in the event, but the Under 14 Irish team beat their Welsh opponents 49 frames to 23 to give the Irish team overall victory.
The Under 14 Team
The Under 16 Team
Well done to all the players from everyone involved within RIBSA and the Congratulations are flying in from all around the world to the players on their fantastic win today.
Well done Team Ireland!!!
52 people travelled to Wales and RIBSA would like to thank all the players’ families and friends who travelled to support the team as this encouragement and support was great on the day.