By Derek Kiely
AS The Cork Billiards and Snooker Association league took a break last week due to the nine players playing at the Players Tour Championship 8 (PTC8) the emphasis over the last seven days has been all about the 'Rebel Cue-Men' in action in Killarney.
Nine players travelled to Kerry to participate in the event and the outstanding success of the tournament from a Cork Snooker point of view was the performance of Ryan Cronin from the Crucible Snooker Club who made it through to the main event on Friday last and also made it through to the semi final of the PTC8 Killarney Amateur Cup.
Ryan had to win two qualification matches to get into the main event. Ryan first beat John Friel from Killarney, then defeated Jonathan Friel.
The young Crucible player then drew Scotland professional Stephen Maguire in the main event going down by 4 frames to 2 frames.
All the amateurs in the event from Ireland and Scotland then had to play in the PTC8 Killarney Amateur Cup event and Ryan made it all the way to the semi final where he lost out to Benny O'Brien.
The winner of the PTC8 Killarney Amateur Cup was assured of a place at the televised stages of the 'German Masters' and was eventually won by Phil Arnold from the Celbridge Snooker Club.
There were eight other players involved in the event, the Douglas quartet of Karl Busteed, Derek O'Neill, Anthony O'Connor and Daniel Kirby.
The Crucible sent two other players besides Ryan Cronin, Greg Casey and David Cassidy played at the PTC8.
The AOH sent Kevin O'Leary along and all in all it was a fantastic experience for all involved to play in the type of high pressure environment that the professionals encounter every week on the main tour and that can only be good for Cork Snooker.
This week is back to business as the Cork snooker league resumes.
Youghal CYMS 'A' will get their first real test as they take on the AOH at home in Youghal. So far the league leaders have only played fellow club members in competition and as expected had little difficulty amassing ten points form two home wins and two away wins. The AOH will be a different proposition altogether with Shane O'Mahony, Llyod Myers and Timmy Murphy (Jnr) on the team, but Youghal CYMS 'A' have something about them this year and with the re-introduction of Aaron Tobin gives the sea siders that extra bit of class and it will take a sterling performance to beat them at home.
Youghal CYMS 'B' will play Youghal CYMS 'C' and this is no foregone conclusion either. The 'B' side have a good mix of youth and experience but will be tested by the young guns of the Youghal CYMS 'C' team.
The Crucible team are up in running in the league and look very impressive indeed. Two wins over Douglas 'A' should ensure two victories over the Douglas 'B' side over the next two weeks.
Cronin, Casey, Cassidy and co, will take some stopping this, but for Douglas 'B' the 2011- 2012 season is a learning experience with lots of experience on offer to the younger players from the south side outfit.
Cork Billiards and Snooker Association League Table
Played Won Lost Points
Youghal CYMS 'A' 4 4 0 10
AOH 4 3 1 7
Crucible 2 2 0 5
Douglas A 4 2 2 5
Youghal B 4 1 3 2
Douglas B 2 0 2 0
Youghal C 4 0 4 0
Home win = 2 points
Away win = 3 points
2011 – 2012 Cork Billiards and Snooker Association Calendar of events.
Date Event Venue
September 22nd Start Snooker League.
November 6th U/14 Snooker Fermoy CYMS
December 4th U/16 Snooker Youghal CYMS
January 8th 2012 U/19 Snooker Crucible S.C,
Feb.12th Cork Individual Billiards C/Ship. AOH
February 19th Cork Close Snooker Douglas S.C.
March 11th U/17 Snooker Teams C/Ship Youghal CYMS
March 31st/April 1st Orme Shield Youghal CYMS
Week-nights March. Cork Billiards Teams C/Ship Home or Away
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