THIS Weekend saw the Douglas Club host the RIBSA National under 19 and under 21 championships.
The under 19 event was played at the south side club on Saturday and it was a historic weekend for the Crucibles Ryan Cronin who finished the day as the nationally ranked 'No1' for the season after making it to the final against Josh Boileau of the Newbridge club, meaning that he had enough ranking points in the bag to claim the title of the top ranked under 19 in the country.
Boileau won the final in the end to get the Irish Championship Cup, but all credit to the other Cork players on show like David Cassidy from the Crucible and Christopher Cooney from the Youghal CYMS Club who both qualified for the home internationals RIBSA under 21 side who will play in September, with Ryan Cronin as Captain of the team.
The national coach of the 'Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association' PJ Nolan was present in Cork for the weekend and could not speak highly enough of the venue at Douglas snooker club or indeed of its owners Karl and Martin Busteed, he said “I was nearly going to take a photo of the trophies alone, they were so beautiful, and Karl and Martin have done a wonderful job, it really is a fantastic venue and I know the players enjoyed it. From a personal point of view I want to congratulate the Busteed's and Douglas snooker club of a doing a brilliant job”.
Sunday was the very prestigious 'National under 21 RIBSA championships, with Cronin again at the head of affairs. Cronin had an early win against the local player, the very likeable Evan O'Leary. Number two in the current national rankings at under 21 Karl Fitzpatrick from Carlow who beat Glen Doyle by three frames to nil in his opening encounter.
Under 19 national champion Josh Boileau also got off to a good start with a three frames to nil win over Sean Conway. Wayne Doyle knocked out two Cork men, firstly Kenny Wight of Youghal CYMS and Daniel O'Regan of the Crucible, David Cassidy defeated Adam Fitzgerald of the Youghal CYMS Club, but Fitzgerald had a good first round win over Dean Callanan.
Eventually the semi finals were set with Cronin again pitted against his friend and team mate at the Crucible David Cassidy, with Cronin coming out on top to face Fitzpatrick in the final. Fitzpatrick proved to be too strong in the end winning the final at under 21 level, plus the number one ranked position too.
Cronin, Fitzpatrick and Cassidy have now all qualified for the 'World Amateur Under 21 Championships' which will be held in China in a few months time and yet again two Cork cue-men will be wearing the international waist coat on the biggest of all stages in the IBSF run event.
Round 6 of the RIBSA Masters continued in Carlow last Sunday, with the top three seeds falling early on it became a very open championship, which gave some of the other players a chance to make a name for themselves, including Youghal CYMS player Adrian Landers who won his opening round game by three frames to nil, before seeing off Tommy Gleeson in the next round.
'Pepper' as he is affectionately known as in snooker circles has just turned the qualifying age and considering that this is only his second visit to the 'Ivy Rooms' in Carlow, this was a brilliant performance.
Landers got to the quarter finals where he met Anthony Bonnar. Landers went one frame up, but Bonnar came back strong winning the next two frames and eventually won out on a black ball game. Landers performance is significant, being the youngest player in the event at a very young 40 years of age, the Youghal man can look forward to many years of top class snooker at the Ivy Rooms and looks a certainty to be a 'Masters' International player in the next year or so.
This week sees the start of the very famous 'Orme Shield' three person team event which will run from Thursday through to Sunday at the Youghal CYMS club in the 'Market House' defintely one of the most atmospheric venues in the game, the players love it there and there is always a large crowd in attendance, there will be a full report in Cork Snooker next week. Will the Crucible retain there title? Will Youghal have their revenge? Will the AOH or Shooters prevail? It is sure to be a feast of top class snooker at a top class venue.
Provisional Teams for the event.
(A) Tony Moore, Karl Busteed, Gerry O'Sullivan, Derek O'Neill
(B) Kenneth Smyth, Evan O'Leary, Edward Finn
(C) Paul Forde, Daniel Kirby,Shane O'Flynn
(D) Trevor Walsh, Stephen Walsh, Dave Barrett
(A) Shane O'Mahony, Tim Murphy, Kevin O'Leary, Lloyd Myers
(B) Donncha Corcoran, Martin O'Mahony, Shahzad Hussein
(C) Noel Hegarty, John Cahill, Donncha Breathnach
(A) Gary Bracken, Thomas Greany, David Forde
(B) John Paul Crowley, Michael Crowley, Damien O'Driscoll
Alan Cleary, John Dorgan, Daithi Whelan, A.N.Other
(A) Greg Casey, David Cassidy, Ryan Cronin
(B) Ciaran Cronin, Sean Burns, Dean Callanan
Youghal CYMS (A)
(A) Brendan Cooney, Adrian Landers, Aaron Tobin
(B) Derek Aherne, Christopher Cooney, Ger. Kelly
(C) Ian Hennessy, Kenny Wight, William Kelly
(D) Trevor Flaherty, Stephen Kelly, Eric Hassan
(E) Reece Roche, Eddie Hickey, Christopher Hennessy
(F) Andrew Fitzgerald, Killian McCarthy, Derek Kiely
For the draw and times of matches, you can checkout www.corkbilliardsandsnooker.com