SNOOKER is back on Leeside as the Cork Billiards and Snooker Association (CBSA) leagues re-started last Thursday night in clubs and Societies in the City and County.
Last year was a tremendous success for CSBA with a full league programme completed, plus the return of the 'Cork Close' and many under age tournaments and such is the popularity of the game that a group from RIBSA headed by the 'National Snooker Coach 'PJ Nolan visited both Douglas Snooker Club and the Crucible Snooker Club recently and both venues will now host national events.
Douglas Snooker Club in Donnybrook has now officially confirmed as the venue for the 'National Under 21 and Under19 Republic of Ireland Championships' which will be held on Saturday the 3rd of March and Sunday the 4th of March and the Crucible Snooker Club will host round three of the RIBSA Intermediate Championships, in the Western Region which will be held on Saturday the 3rd of December.
Karl Busteed of Douglas Snooker Club told Cork Snooker “I am thrilled we are hosting these national championships, it is a great honour for the club and hopefully it will increase the amount of juniors who play the game in Cork. We have spent quite a bit of money improving our club here in Douglas and in my opinion our club is up there with the very best”.
Following te recent AGM of the CBSA there has been an even bigger commitment from the Douglas club who now have two teams in the CBSA and that has helped considerably considering the loss of last year's league champions, Shooters and the omission of Fermoy CYMS from the league because of the lack of senior players at the club in North Cork.
This year Youghal CYMS will again field three teams in the CBSA League. The seasiders are joined by Orme Shield winners The Crucible, The Cork Billiards Champions, The AOH and two teams from Douglas.
Play in the leagues got under way last Thursday night and already Youghal CYMS 'A', Douglas and the AOH are off to a filer.
The league has now got a new Chairman, who not only plays the game, but has a passion for Snooker that is badly needed to keep the progress of the sport in the 'Rebel County' on track. Derek O'Neill is the man at the helm alongside the CBSA Secretary-Treasurer Timmy Murphy.
Derek started playing at the age of 13 in the Regal Snooker Club, then progressed to play in the Pyramid Snooker Club in Togher, sadly both clubs are no longer with us today. He then got involved in The Cork Leagues of the day and met the late Liam O'Connor and Liam's son Anthony O'Connor.
“I heard that Karl and Martin Busteed had taken over the club in Douglas and I returned to play last February and what has impressed me most is the young players that are playing the game at the moment. Cork Snooker has always been very strong at club level and with the youngsters now playing in much bigger numbers the future looks bright for the game and along with trying my best for my club, I really want to do my very best for Cork and that is the reason I accepted the position as Chairman of the CBSA” said O'Neill.
O'Neill is no slouch on the green baize either he recently knocked in a 135 clearance on the Douglas tables and genuinely seems to have the 'Rebel Snooker Scene' in his heart.
CBSA League Results
Youghal CYMS 'A' 8 - 1 Youghal CYMS 'B'
Douglas 'A' 8 – 0 Douglas 'B'
AOH 8 - 3 Youghal CYMS 'C'
The Crucible (Rest Week)
CBSA League Table
|Youghal CYMS A||1||1||0||2|
|Youghal CYMS B||1||0||1||0|
|Youghal CYMS C||1||0||1||0|
Home win = 2 points
Away win = 3 points
Next week on Cork Snooker we look at the Rebel Cue-Men who will play in the Players Tour Championship in Killarney in October.