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North dominate Challenge Trophy

 

Northern Ireland dominant in International North-South Challenge Trophy.

The annual Billiards International North-South Challenge Tournament took place at Celbridge Snooker Club on Saturday and Sunday, 14th and 15th April last. The format of the series, which was changed in 2009 to a system where each team of eight was divided into two groups of four, has now become standard for the series. This means that each player meets four opponents from his corresponding group, with the consequence that all benefit from the variety of the games the format provides.

The Northern team made a storming start, taking the first segment 8-0 and then repeating this score in the second. The Southern team rallied somewhat in the third segment, where points were shared at 4-4. The North responded in Saturday’s final segment with another whitewash 8-0, leaving the overnight scores at an almost insurmountable 28-4 in favour of the North.

On Sunday, with a veritable mountain to climb, the Southern team made little inroad into the North’s lead, again sharing points in the day’s opening segment at 4-4. With a total of 32 points in the bag, out of a possible 64, the Northern team had established a position from which they could not lose and, with three more segment still to play, required only one more point to secure victory. This they did emphatically, with victories of 6-2 in each of the three remaining segments, giving a final tournament score of 50-14 in favour of the North.

Tournament results:

Segment

Format

Republic
of Ireland

Northern
Ireland

1  Saturday 11:00

400 up, 90 minute time limit  (4 x 2 points)

0

8

2  Saturday 13:00

2 x 150-up  (4 x 1 point per game)

0

8

3  Saturday 14:30

2 x 150-up  (4 x 1 point per game)

4

4

4  Saturday 16:00

400 up, 90 minute time limit  (4 x 2 points)

0

8

5  Sunday 10:30

2 x 150-up  (4 x 1 point per game)

4

4

6  Sunday 12:00

400 up, 90 minute time limit  (4 x 2 points)

2

6

7  Sunday 14:00

400 up, 90 minute time limit  (4 x 2 points)

2

6

8  Sunday 16:00

2 x 150-up  (4 x 1 point per game)

2

6

Final scores

14

50

Celbridge Snooker Club are to be congratulated for the excellent playing conditions at the venue and thanks are also due to Ray and James of Celbridge Snooker Club, who prepared the tables, made the players most welcome and did so much to contribute to the success of the tournament.

Congratulations to the Northern team on a well deserved victory and commiserations to the South who, despite every effort, failed to make any significant impression on a high scoring Northern side.

 

Republic of Ireland Team            Northern Ireland Team

JOE DOHENY                                                                          KENNY CAMPBELL

WAYNE DOYLE                                                                      PADDY DONNELLY

LARRY DRENNAN                                                                CHRISTIAN KIRK

AONGHUS McANALLY                                                        TERRY McDOWELL

ROBERT McCRUM                                                               JOHN McINTYRE

AIDAN MURRAY                                                                   JACK McLAUGHLIN

LLOYD MYERS                                                                      FRANK TRAINOR

VICTOR O’GORMAN                                                             NORMAN WHALEY

BRENDAN DEVLIN (Manager)                                           OLIVER McGUIGAN (manager)

Full Results can be downloaded via PDF from the attachements section below , Image Gallery also below the story

2012 Billiards Challenge Results

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