THE Crucible snooker club, under the supervision of David Joyce, has the game on Leeside back up and running with a competitive snooker tournament that has really caught the imagination.
It’s a new style of tournament for Cork snooker too, with players given control of their games and the players are all put into groups with all matches the best of five frames of snooker and the top players in each individual group qualify for the last 16.
“It has seemed like forever to get competitive snooker back in Cork and now we have put together a tournament that I believe the players will like because they have a certain amount of self-control and that takes the pressure off everyone. I have asked the players to organise their own individual group matches and this is an interesting concept. We have made sure that all contact details including all phone numbers for each individual group will be sent to all the players by text.
"In the last 16 section onwards all knockout matches right up to the final will be best of five frames and the decider will be a grand final played over a best of seven frames format. We are easing the dress code too with casual dress all the way through the group stages up until the final which will be full formal snooker dress.
"We have reduced light rates for all matches and the prize pool isn’t too shabby either with the high break presented at €1 per point scored, the runner-up will get €250 and the overall winner will receive a first prize of €500. The tournament is sponsored by Macau Sporting Club and Crucible snooker club and for any enquires I can be contacted on 086 8489944."
Group A: Gary Bracken, AOH; Steve Hill, Crucible; Simon Walsh, Fermoy.
Group B: David Joyce, Fermoy; Willie Cahill, Fermoy; Karl Busteed, Douglas; Robbie Kelly, AOH.
Group C: Ryan Cronin, Crucible; Robbie Donavan, Fermoy; Liam Hayes, Fermoy.
Group D: Kevin O'Leary, AOH; Chris Hartnett, Fermoy; Ivan Glavin, Douglas; Jack Newman, Fermoy.
Group E: Wayne Minehan, AOH; Shane O Mahony AOH; Greg Casey, Crucible; Jack Dorgan, Fermoy.
Group F: Kevin Corcoran, Fermoy; Mark Walsh, AOH; Lloyd Myers, AOH.
Group G: Donnacha Corcoran, AOH; Sean Walsh, Crucible; Alan O'Connor, Douglas; David Cassidy, Crucible.
Group H: Darren O Brien, Fermoy; Leon Crowley, Shooters; Stephen Walsh, Crucible; Jamie Quilligan, Crucible.
The Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association are also ready to go with their Irish Re-Open tournament part one this coming weekend with some top class names in the mix this coming Saturday and Sunday at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow it should be very exciting indeed.
The National Governing Body along with the national coach PJ Nolan and the entire RIBSA Council will be looking carefully at the re-open tournaments as a real test case for the holding of the RIBSA National Championships fixed provisionally for late October, early November depending on future outcomes in the re-opening of sport.
The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association has in fact just made the draw for second Irish Re-Open event which will be played over two weekends on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of August such is the interest of players wanting to get back into top class competitive snooker and the knock out stages will be played on Saturday 29th of August in iconic Ivy Rooms snooker club in Carlow.
PJ Nolan told Echo Sport: “Please note that only eight players are allowed in the venue at one time plus the Tournament Director, the tournament Media Officer and a roaming referee.
There will be four groups of four players on this coming Saturday and the same on this coming Sunday and the system will be the very same on August 22-23 in the Irish re-open. We will have two nominated tables used for each group, with four groups played on Saturday and four groups played on Sunday.
"It is important to note that there will be no supporters allowed in and the equipment will be sterilised after each session and all the group games will be streamed on www.ribsa.ie and there will be constant updates and interviews on Facebook, via several pages."
This Saturday hasn’t any Cork players in action, but players to look out for are Kilkenny Shed’s Davy Morris, Rodney Goggins from the Liam Mellows club in Wexford, Philip Browne from the Roadstone Club in Dublin and Limerick’s Frank Sarsfield from the St John’s CYMS club.