THE Crucible ‘B’ are the Garry McCarthy Trophies sponsored ‘Cork Billiards and Snooker Association’ (CBSA) division two champions with a stunning victory over the AOH ‘B’ in the CBSA Division two final last Saturday afternoon at Douglas snooker club.
The Crucible ‘B’ side have been very consistent all season, but to not drop a match in both their semi-final last weekend and to win the final of the division two league by three matches to nil was spectacular to say the least.
Commiserations to the AOH ‘B’ side who lost the final, but few could argue with the performance of this side, especially when you consider what a young side they are speaks volumes for the underage game in Cork at present with the highly regarded Dean Callanan get a 70 plus break in the final shows that the Crucible club are definitely grooming some stars of the future to look forward to.
Currently the household names in Cork snooker circles like Greg Casey, Ryan Cronin, David Cassidy and Jason Waters are doing Cork proud at Regional and International level representing the Crucible snooker club on Blarney Street.
It is understandable that the younger players coming through now would have the benefit of regular competition in the club at the highest level as well as plenty competitive league snooker for all the players in the County of Cork, means that the game is growing and strengthening all the time.
Both the Crucible ‘B’ and the AOH ‘B’ sides will be in action this coming weekend in the Gleneagle Hotel/Ladbrokes Munster snooker club championships in Killarney and the year involved in league performances will stand them in good stead in the tension filled arena in the ‘Kingdom’.
Congratulations to Dean Callanan, Sean Burns, Ciaran Cronin, James Hussey, Daniel Spillane who were the players who brought yet another title back to the Crucible and with Killarney looming and a lot of people are looking towards this coming weekends championship as the Crucibles best chance of winning the tournament.
Last year the Crucible were the runners up in the championship losing out narrowly to the ‘New Institute’ side that are going for three-in-a-row.
Meanwhile the Crucible’s Ryan Cronin is part of the Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association’ (RIBSA) that will compete in the ‘European Billiards and Snooker Association’ (EBSA) European under 21 amateur snooker championships that will be held in Serbia in March.
The Cork man will be joined by Ian McCloskey from Nenagh, Josh Boileau from Newbridge and Andrew Doherty from Dublin. These four players will come under the tutelage of the RIBSA national academy coach PJ Nolan on the 20th and the 21st of March when there will be a two day training school ahead of the championships.
Cronin is currently leading the zone rankings and following his impressive top ranking national position last year, when he represented his country for RIBSA at the EBSA European championships in Bulgaria, the Crucible star again will fly the ‘Rebel’ flag on distant shores.
Meanwhile the Masters series continues at the ‘Ivy Rooms’ and Cork open snooker championship winner Mark Tuite was on song again in Carlow last Sunday. Tuite who was a semi-finalist in the recent World amateur snooker championships will also feature in Killarney where he resides and plays for Killarney’s ‘Cue Club’.
The Cue Club are one of many teams that will play at this week’s championships which will see the cream of the crop coming from all four corners of the Province of Munster.
Cork feature 12 teams in Killarney, with the Crucible ‘A’ side and the Youghal CYMS ‘A’ sides who both qualified for the ‘2012 Gleneagle Hotel/Ladbrokes All Ireland snooker club championships’ with Youghal making the semi-final and the Crucible ending up in the final, look to be Cork’s top chance of victory.
The memorial snooker tournament in memory of the late Pauline Greer from Ennis and the late Liam O’Connor from the 147 snooker club in Blackpool takes place this Thursday evening. All places should be filled at this stage, but for further enquiries contact Tournament Director Connie O’Sullivan at 0872833343.
Watch out for this Friday’s edition of the Evening Echo where we take an in depth look at the Cork sides who compete at the ‘Gleneagle Hotel/Ladbrokes Munster snooker club championships’.