CONOR Kennedy of the Youghal CYMS club is the ‘Cork Billiards and Snooker Association’ (CBSA) under 16 Cork County snooker champion after a very exciting tournament held at the ‘Market House’ in Youghal last Saturday.
The tournament started at 10am and continued through to the final at 2.30pm where Kennedy met the former Irish and Cork under 14 champion Noel Landers in the final.
The standard of underage snooker in Youghal CYMS is exceptional and it really is the bench mark club when it comes to the game and again the county titles are being dominated by the seaside club who only lifted the Cork County under 14 title a week earlier in Fermoy, now have title number two in their trophy cabinet.
This was a huge win for Conor Kennedy lifting his first major snooker title in a final that could have gone either way. Kennedy took the first frame on the black, but Landers knocked in a 37 break to level matters.
Landers was in control early in the deciding frame, but Kennedy potted a series of reds and high colours to take the lead and when he combined a very good brown and blue he led by thirteen points with just two balls left on the table, Kennedy cut in the pink to the middle pocket to secure his first major snooker title.
Chairman of the CYMS Brendan Cooney congratulated all the players who competed in the championships and had a very special tribute to the runner up Noel Landers when he said “Noel will always be at the business end of tournaments in semi-finals and finals and he will always be the man to beat. Today is a great day for Conor (Kennedy) who wins his first big event and he deserves his success, because he practices hard and is dedicated to the game”.
Results from the Cork U16 County Championships.
Craig O’Shea 2 – 1 Dominic Kelly
Ross Bulman 2 – 0 Shane Hourihan
Conor Kennedy 2 – 1 Robert Donoghue
Michael O’Sullivan 2 – 0 Dean Roche
Adam Bulman 2 – 0 Sean Walsh
Last 16 Byes (Noel Landers, John Landers and Keane McCarthy)
Noel Landers 2 – 0 Craig O’Shea
Ross Bulman 2 – 0 John Landers
Conor Kennedy 2 – 1 Michael O’Sullivan
Adam Bulman 2 – 0 Keane McCarthy
Noel Landers 2 – 0 Ross Bulman
Conor Kennedy 2 - 1 Adam Bulman
Conor Kennedy 2 – 1 Noel Landers
Meanwhile in the CBSA ‘Garry McCarthy Trophies’ sponsored Cork snooker league division one the AOH again are showing what a tough side they are this year when they defeated the reigning champions the Crucible at home on Morrison’s Island last Thursday evening. The AOH have now taken points from the CBSA league’s top two sides from last season, Youghal CYMS ‘A’ and the Crucible ‘A’, but on the flip side to that victory was the defeat of the AOH ‘B’ side who were beaten at home by the Crucible ‘B’ side, which is disappointing for the AOH ‘B’ side who took a brilliant win at the Crucible a week earlier, which just goes to prove how open the two divisions are this year.
Week 8 CBSA Results
The AOH 3 – 1 The Crucible
Youghal CYMS ‘B’ 3 - 0 Shooters ‘A’
Douglas ‘A’ v Youghal CYMS ‘A’ (Match will be played tonight)
AOH ‘B’ 2 – 3 The Crucible ‘B’
Shooters ‘B’ 0 – 3 The Ebony
Crucible ‘C’ 3 – 1 Douglas ‘C’
Douglas ‘B’ 0 – 3 Youghal CYMS ‘C’
For all the latest results, league tables and fixtures go to www.corkbilliardsandsnooker.com