Friday, June 5

Conor Harkin comes of age

The 3rd of this seasons Intermediate Snooker Tournaments took place at the North West snooker club in Letterkenny last weekend.  There was a small but talented group of players with included 3 formed Donegal champions, Anthony Bonnar, Phelim Mc Clafferty and Sean Mc Veigh.  The tournament was run on a double elimination basis, which means that each player has a second chance if they get defeated up to the final.

In the top half of the draw Sean Mc Veigh (North West) was defeated by Anthony Mc Gill (CYMS) and Aaron Moyles (Ballina) was defeated by Phelim Mc Clafferty (CYMS).  In the bottom of the draw  Connor Harkin(North West) defeated club mate Christopher Duffy, and at the bottom Anthony Bonnar (North West) defeated Mickey Duffy (Twin Towns).

In the semis on the winners side Phelim Mc Clafferty defeated club-mate Anthony Mc Gill, and Anthony Bonnar defeated Connor Harkin.  The losers moving to a draw sheet for a second chance where if they lose a second time they are out of the tournament. The final on the winner’s side was played between Anthony Bonnar and Phelim Mc Clafferty with Bonnar coming out on top 3/1.

Phelim then moved over to play the winner on the loser’s side which was Connor Harkin, in this best of five match Phelim got the high break (75) but was defeated by the sixteen year old Harkin 3/2.  Connor then moved back to take on the winner on the winners side Anthony Bonnar.

This was a very intriguing match between the very experienced, seven times Donegal Champion Anthony Bonnar and the up and coming youngster Connor Harkin.  Harkin showed that he is one to watch for the future as he dug deep to take the match in the final frame 3/2.  Well done Connor I am sure this is the first of many.   

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John Doherty
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