Aaron Tobin is the Cork County U19 Snooker Champion
AARON Tobin of Youghal CYMS is the 2015 ‘Cork Under 19 Individual Cork Snooker’ champion following his three frames to one frame final win over Shane Hourihan of the Crucible snooker club, who has tasted two final defeats in a week.
To be honest defeats to Greg Casey a week ago in the ‘Cork Close’ final and last Saturday afternoon’s defeat to the talented Aaron Tobin are nothing to be ashamed of as the young Crucible player who now lines out with his clubs top team has shown incredible progress in his game over the past twelve months.
The U19 championships just like the ‘Cork Close’ championships were played at the excellent Shooters snooker club venue in Blackpool and the ‘Cork Billiards and Snooker Association’s’ (CBSA) Brian Quilligan was on hand along with others to support this very prestigious tournament.
Play got underway at 10am last Saturday morning in the CBSA’s second major calendar event of the 2015/2016 season and with such a fantastic level of top class under-age players in the City and County of Cork, the standard was always going to be sky high.
Tobin who had already won all the Cork titles on offer was always going to be the man to beat and considering how little snooker the Youghal man is playing in recent months, quality is permanent and he proves that time and time again on the green baize.
Really it was Tobin’s to lose, but since lifting his last Cork snooker title the gap certainly has closed between him and the field and there is an array of talent in the under-age game coming through, predominantly coming out of the Youghal CYMS club and the Crucible snooker club.
The first match up for Tobin was against the outgoing champion Dean Callanan and then the Youghal man saw off Jamie Walsh.
The semi-final performance was vintage attacking Tobin progressing through to the final without dropping a frame and in the final the Youghal man was unbeatable.
Next up on the CBSA calendar in November is the Cork ‘Individual U16 County Snooker Championships’ which will be played at Youghal CYMS on Saturday the 7th of November.
The U16 titles are almost cast in stone at the Youghal club and with the form that Ross Bulman has shown at Club, County, National and International level it is difficult to see who has the game to beat this young star, but with such and improvement in the game throughout Cork there are bound to be some surprises along the way.
Scheduled the following day the 8th of November at Douglas snooker club is the ‘B’ version of the ‘Cork Close’ which was hugely successful last year when it was introduced at the ‘South Side’ club.
This tournament is really for players who didn’t play in the recent ‘Cork Close’ at Shooters and it is a great event because it gives those players just for the moment outside the top level a real chance of winning a very competitive event.
The Cork U21 championship will be played early in December on the 5th and the most coveted team tournament along with the Leagues is the three person ‘Orme Shield’.
This will take place on the 12th of November at the Crucible snooker club who are going for an incredible four Orme Shield titles in a row.
The three man Crucible side are Greg Casey, David Cassidy and Ryan Cronin who will take all the beating on their own tables, but I am sure that the AOH and Youghal CYMS clubs will target this as one of the must win events on the CBSA Calendar, it should be really great.
CBSA Cork U19 Individual County Snooker Championship results.
Sean Burns beat Leon Crowley
Aaron Tobin beat Dean Callanan
Jamie Walsh beat Michael O’Sullivan
Dylan O’Shaugnessy beat Jack Dorgan
James Devonshire beat Liam Hayes
Chris Hartnett beat Sean Crowley
Shane Hourihan W/O
Sean Walsh W/O
Sean Burns beat Sean Walsh
Aaron Tobin beat Jamie Walsh
James Devonshire beat Dylan Shaughnessy
Shane Hourihan beat Chris Hartnett
Aaron Tobin 3 – 0 Sean Burns
Shane Hourihan 3 – 2 James Devonshire
Aaron Tobin 3 – 1 Shane Hourihan.
CONCERN is definitely the buzz word at the moment in Cork snooker circles as the Chairman Ivan Glavin has stepped down as the Chairperson of the ‘Cork Billiards and snooker Association (CBSA)’.
The Douglas based Glavin gave his inability to commit 100% of his time to the role due to other commitments has certainly caused a fair bit of concern with the season only a few months old and when you add to the pot that a certain club may now be either extradited or severely punished itself from playing, the problems are mounting.
There is a very important meeting at the AOH club tonight which will look to address some of these very important issues effecting Cork snooker.
All the clubs will be present at this very important meeting where there will be opinions raised on how Cork snooker should progress and there will be a lot of attention in regard to the replacement of Ivan Glavin in the position of chairperson.
CBSA Cork Snooker League Div 1 (Following Week 3)
P W L Pts
Youghal CYMS A 4 3 1 8
Crucible A 2 2 0 5
Youghal CYMS B 3 1 2 3
AOH A 1 1 0 2
Shooters A 4 0 4 0
CBSA Cork Snooker League Div 2A
P W L Pts
Ebony SC 4 4 0 10
Youghal CYMS C 4 4 0 10
Crucible B 2 0 2 0
Douglas C 2 0 2 0
Shooters C 4 0 4 0
CBSA Cork Snooker League Div 2B
P W L Pts
AOH ‘B’ 4 4 0 10
Douglas ‘A’ 4 4 0 10
Shooters B 3 1 2 2
Douglas ‘B’ 4 1 3 0
Crucible C 4 1 3 0
Ebony B 3 0 0 0
Two points awarded for a home win and three points awarded for an away win, there are no draws in this league and there are bye weeks in Division one and Division 2A.