WHAT an incredible couple of weeks for Cork snooker as Greg Casey showed what a great player he has become by making it to the last eight of the ‘IBSF World Amateur Snooker Championships’ in Hurghada City in Egypt.
Finishing eighth on the planet is quite a remarkable achievement, in fact even qualifying to play in a World championships is a challenge in itself, so when the man from Cathedral Road saw off so very tough opposition to get within a couple of frames to make it to the semi-final it will give the younger players in the Cork snooker scene some brilliant inspiration to show it can be done, with dedication, practice, belief and a fair share of talent.
Casey came out of a very tough group and was 5 – 1 down in his quarter final match, but he fought back to 5 – 4 before just losing out by six frames to four frames in a very exciting match.
Casey will now return to Cork this week to resume his place on the extremely successful Crucible team who also had the great emerging talent of David Cassidy who was also played brilliantly in Egypt and also made the knockout stages in Hurghada.
The Crucible were part of the group gathered last night at the Silver Springs Hotel for the draw for the ‘2016 Gleneagle Hotel Munster Snooker Club Championships’ where the Cork teams will play in both the ‘Premier’ and ‘Championship’ sections of the tournament on the 15th of January.
The tournament incorporates teams from all six counties in the Province, Kerry have the Cue Club from Killarney, Limerick have St. John’s and the New Vic, Tipperary has the champions New Institute from Nenagh, Clare has the Ennis snooker club, Waterford has Norris’s and Carrick-on-Suir, but Cork has a huge entry for the tournament with no less than 16 teams out of the 32 team entry last year.
Even with a huge entry into the event, successes have been few and far between, that’s not down to a lack of talent under any circumstances, and it’s just basically down to club loyalty.
Players in Cork rarely move clubs, but in other counties there can be a lot of movement and I have no doubt that if Cork wanted to put together a team to win the event, it wouldn’t be beaten, but that was what made the 2000 win by Youghal CYMS and the most recent win in 2013 by the Crucible that bit sweeter.
Let’s hope that 2016 see’s the ‘Munster Cup’ back in Cork. Tournament Director of the Munster snooker club championships at the Gleneagle Hotel Con O’Sullivan said “There is no doubt about it Killarney has some sort of magic when it comes to snooker in January at the Gleneagle Hotel. The draw is always exciting and as Christmas approaches Killarney is on the horizon and everyone involved in the game really plan well in advance for the trip to Kerry and I personally can’t wait for the games to start”.
The big prize for the clubs in both sections is to finish in the last four of both categories and qualify for the All-Ireland snooker club championships which happen a week later, again at the Gleneagle Hotel and already championship qualifiers in Ulster and Connaught are already finished and decided and Leinster’s championships will be played in two weeks’ time in Carlow, so the plans for Wicklow’s ‘Q Club’ are well in place as they go for three-in-a-row.
Meanwhile the ‘Cork Billiards and Snooker Association’ (CBSA) are preparing for two massive weeks for Division one as they reach the semi-final stages of the league next week and the league final set for the 9th of December.
Four teams still remain with the defending champions the Crucible, the AOH and both Youghal CYMS ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides.
The semi-finals will be played at Douglas snooker club next week on Wednesday and Thursday and depending on the outcomes the final venue will be here on Cork snooker in two weeks’ time.
Finally all roads should run to Carlow to the Ivy Rooms this Sunday for the Timmy Murphy Memorial Billiards Tournament.
Hopefully everyone will go up and if not play, support this event for a man who was an absolute stalwart for the game in Cork, a great club man and outstanding administrator and a friend to me and many others down through the years. I will be there and I will be proud to say I was!
CORK Snooker through their ‘Administrator and Secretary’ Brian Quilligan and Lloyd Myers have released important information and dates for the ‘Cork Billiards and Snooker Association’ (CBSA) teams and individual players within the CBSA registered clubs going forward.
Dates have been set for league semi-finals of Division one ‘A’ league and various other events:
AOH ‘A’ vs Youghal CYMS ‘A’ to be played at Douglas Snooker Club on Wednesday the 2nd of December at 8pm.
Youghal CYMS ‘B’ vs The Crucible ‘A’ (Defending Champions) to be played at Douglas Snooker Club on Thursday the 3rd of December at 8pm.
The CBSA Cork snooker league Div 1 final to be played the 9th of December in Douglas at
CBSA Cork division two quarter finals to be played on Thursday the 17th of December with venues to decided on outcome of league tables.
CBSA Cork Div 2 semi-finals to be played on the 7th of January venues to be decided on outcome of quarter finals.
Final to be played on Thursday 28th of January venue to be decided.
Orme Shield to be played on the 28th of February in Douglas €15 euro for three person team.
The Cork under 21s will be played on the 5th of December in the Ebony snooker
Billiards to be played in the 6th of December in the AOH.
Cork team billiards championship to played midweek if any club interested contact Lloyd Myers for entry.
Cork CBSA U19 to be played on the 31st of January in the Crucible cost 5 euros.
Cork CBSA U17 team event to be played in Youghal date to be decided.
Cork ‘CBSA Intermediate Team Championship to be played on the 19th of March venue to be decided.
The for the Cork Intermediate team championship are as follows, It is only for Division two players that play in that Division only and the entry fee is just €15 per team.