Saturday, August 15

John Kehoe wins Pat O’Sullivan Memorial Title

 

The Pat O’Sullivan Memorial handicap tournament was played at Celbridge Snooker Club on Sunday, 20th of January 2013.  After a day’s play, which saw many games decided on the tightest margins, John Kehoe (Enniscorthy), one of Ireland’s most competent young players, was the well deserved winner on the day.

Among the first round eliminations were Andy Kehoe (Enniscorthy), Brendan Devlin (Celbridge), Victor O’Gorman (Dun Laoghaire), Liam Byrne (Edenderry),Joe Doheny (Borris-in-Ossory) and Portmarnockplayers Kevin Christie and 2011 winner Aonghus McAnally.

The semi finalists in the top half of the draw were Robert McCrum (Celbridge), having won his quarter final quite convincingly against Anthony O’Flaherty (Rathkeale) and Mark Nolan (Edenderry) who was awarded a walkover when Larry Drennan (Kilkenny) withdrew. Mark, who was getting a 40 point handicap start from Robert, scored well from the start, pulling off some remarkable pots in the process, not only maintained his starting advantage but gradually increased his lead to claim his place in the final by a margin of 80 points.

The semi finalists in the bottom half of the draw were eventual winner John Kehoe (Enniscorthy) and Wayne Doyle (Dun Laoghaire), John taking his quarter final after a tight match against Dun Laoghaire junior player Ross Doyle while Wayne (Ross’s older brother), scoring breaks of 71 and 52, took an even tighter quarter final win against Gavin Farrell (Dun Laoghaire). The semi final was a superb match between two of the country’s finest young players, the decision going John’s way by a margin of just over 50 points.

The Final turned out to be an enthralling game, both players scoring well when at the table. As there was not a great deal of difference in handicap points, it was a matter of whether Mark with his quick-fire style of play, or John with his more classical approach would prevail. In the event, Mark got off to a flying start, building up an early lead. John however, stuck to his task, never allowing his opponent to get too far ahead. By the half way stage of the game, John had made up the deficit and with consistent play and skilful shot selection not only reversed the deficit but, having established a lead, went on increasing it to the end of the game to become a well deserved winner of this year’s title.

By way of consolation for his journey from Borris, Joe Doheny was the winner of the plate, amassing a magnificent break of 113 in the process.

It was gratifying to have such good participation at this year’s Pat O’Sullivan tournament, an independent event, separate from any of the points ranking billiards series, which gave us an opportunity to remember Pat in an active way and to reflect on the influence he had on the game of billiards in Ireland.

Our thanks are due to Bernard Burke and Phil Martin for the excellent playing facilities at Celbridge Snooker Club and to James, Ray and Liam at Celbridge for their help on the day.

Results(all matches 400 up, 90 minute time limit):

 

Pre-Quarters

Anthony O’Flaherty  400  –  396  Andy Kehoe

Brendan Devlin  335  –  400  Robert McCrum

Larry Drennan  400  –  276  Victor O’Gorman

Aonghus McAnally  360  –  400  Mark Nolan

Liam Byrne  376  –  400  John Kehoe

Gavin Farrell  400  –  361  Kevin Christie

Joe Doheny  249  –  400  Wayne Doyle  (Brk: 62, 62, 52)

 

Quarters

Anthony O’Flaherty  270  –  400  Robert McCrum

Larry Drennan   –  W/O  Mark Nolan

John Kehoe  400  –  377  Ross Doyle

Gavin Farrell  391  –  400  Wayne Doyle  (Brk: 71, 52)

 

Semi-Finals

Robert McCrum  318  –  400  Mark Nolan

John Kehoe  400  –  349  Wayne Doyle

 

Final

Mark Nolan  337  –  400  John Kehoe  (Brk:  55)

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