PART One of the two leg Cork Billiards and Snooker Association (CBSA) Cork snooker league final is completed after the AOH and the Crucible met at the Morrison's Island venue last Thursday night.
It was another fantastic nights snooker with the Crucible racing off into a seven frames to two frames lead, but the AOH who defeated Youghal CYMS 'A' in the semi final showed some tremendous fighting qualities clawing back five further frames to level matters, before the Crucible took the last frame of the evening.
The match hangs delicately in the balance and this Wednesday evening both sides will go in search of the magic number '16' to secure the title. The advantage is definitely with the Crucible, home advantage is huge and with three Bulgaria bound internationals in the shape of Greg Casey, David Cassidy and Ryan Cronin most people would say the Crucible were certainties, but snooker doesn't work like that.
The AOH are resolute to the extreme, with Shane O'Mahony regaining some of his top form lately, Llyod Myers flying high at snooker and Billiards and Kevin O'Leary proving very difficult to beat at the best of times, I wouldn't be writing the AOH off just yet. It should be a fascinating match and a very difficult on to call, but if the Crucible make home advantage count it could be an early night.
The AOH have to get off to a flyer, if they trail by five frames at the Crucible like they did last week at home, that will be that, so I think it could go all the way, the Crucible need eight frames, the AOH need nine frames to seal victory.
Scores from the first leg:
AOH - Crucible
1. Shane O'Mahony 1 – 2 Greg Casey
2. Kevin O'Leary 1 – 2 Daniel O'Regan
3. Lloyd Myers 0 - 3 Ryan Cronin
4. Tim Murphy 2 - 1 David Cassidy
5. Sonny Stack 3 - 0 Cian Corcoran
Shooters snooker club is progressing very well indeed and should be open to players next week. John Paul Crowley the owner of 'Shooters Snooker Club' has told 'Rebel Snooker' that he can't wait to get going, he said “I have had the fitters from Riley down all last week and they have done a fantastic job, the tables are in excellent condition and there is plenty room between the tables. I have 6,000 sq feet of ground space here in Blackpool and I think everyone who comes in the door will be impressed. I am delighted to be back and in association with the CBSA we will host a major singles event here in April” .
The 'Shooters sponsored Cork Open Snooker Championship 2012' will be played at the the new Shooters club on Saturday April the 28th and the prize money is significant with the winner bagging €250, the runner up gets €150 the losing semi finalists receive €50 each and there is a €50 prize for the top break.
In the current economic climate that is a significant prize pool being put up by Crowley and the Shooters owner should be congratulated for that. Over the next week of two on Cork Snooker we will follow the progress of the re-opening of 'Shooters snooker club' with interest.
As we head into March Cork Snooker will look to the 'Orme Shield' and the Cork under 17 team championships.
The under age event will be held in the Market House, the home of Youghal CYMS on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of March.
This format is the very same as the Orme Shield with each side having three players all battling out for the prestigious title, if I were to hazard a guess Youghal CYMS should win this one easily especially if they put Aaron Kenny, Kenny Wight and Adam Fitzgerald together, they look unbeatable to be honest.
The Senior 'Orme Shield' will be played on the last day of March and the first day of April at Youghal CYMS. This event really is a very historic tournament for Cork Snooker, with a lot of history attached and it really is the one all the clubs want to win.
Last years final was very exciting with the Crucible coming out on top with the Orme Shield in hand a proud Jimmy Hussey had it on the Crucible wall that night and every club in the Cork area are now very eager to put it up on their own club premises.
The format will be the same as ever, three people in each team who will play the best of three format right up to the final which is the best of five frames.
Best of luck to our Cork players flying out to Bulgaria on the 5th of March to play in the 'European Amateur Snooker Championships' in Sofia.
Greg Casey of the Crucible will play along side Rodney Goggins from Wexford and John Sutton from Kildare will represent Ireland in the 'Senior Team Championships'.
The European amateur under 21 individual representatives are David Cassidy and Ryan Cronin from the Crucible, Karl Fitzpatrick from the Ivy Rooms in Carlow and Josh Boileau from Newbridge, Co. Kildare, plus Albert Hogan, Mark Tuite, Stephen Merrigan. and Ernie McMullen will play in the Masters team event
Best of luck to the Irish squad led by RIBSA and EBSA Chairman Jim Lacey. You can keep up to date with the Irish team by checking out www.ebsa.tv or check out Facebook where Janie Watkins will be present at the event.