The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association held a training camp with leading professional player Fergal O Brien and World Snooker Coach PJ Nolan in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow on Saturday to prepare the players for the 2012 Home Internationals.
The Home Internationals is being held in Pontins North Wales from the 7th – 14th of September and will feature the best players from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, France, Isle of Man.
The players who attended the training day from 11am – 5pm were coached and videoed by PJ and they went home with a DVD of their playing technique to study plus a training program to practice until the leave for Wales.
Fergal played practice frames against all the players and discussed tactics and safety shots which will help them in the Home Internationals.
All the players were delighted with the quality of coaching and sparing matches and Brendan O Donoghue said ‘’ It was a superb day where I picked up a lot of great tips from Fergal and yet another solid practice session with PJ. ‘’
Rodney Goggins also stated that ‘’ It was great to watch all the players listen and train hard throughout the day which bodes well for our chances in the upcoming tournament.’’
Jim Leacy, the Chairman of the Irish Association said “ He was delighted with the day and it is great for the association to work with the likes of Fergal to bring a level of professionalism to the training camp.”
Full Gallery from todays training day can be found by scrolling down.