CORK Billiards and Snooker Association have made a definitive decision in relation to the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
They have come out to announce that the Cork snooker season is officially over.
There is no postponement or deferring of remaining tournaments.
It is quite simple, there will be no more snooker under the CBSA this season and with the new snooker year beginning around September.
In the current light of things, this is probably a very sensible decision.
This doesn’t mean that there won’t be Cork cue-men in action over the coming months should there be re-opening of national championships under the national governing body RIBSA.
Tony Murphy the PRO of the CBSA told The Echo why they made this decision.
“We had to make a decision in the best interest of our members and their families while this terrible pandemic is with us, safety is much more important,” Tony Murphy said.
“I won’t lie it has a very disappointing end to what was a magnificent season for Cork snooker with a double European win through Aaron Hill in Portugal as well as All-Ireland success with the Crucible Snooker Club already has set us up for an historic season that will never be matched again.
“Originally, we had a very special evening with the Lord Mayor John Sheehan tomorrow evening at 6pm at City Hall, but obviously this has been postponed to a later date, but we will wait as long as it takes to celebrate Aaron Hill and the Crucible’s success.
“We did get a lot of snooker played while we could including the Cork U16 which was won by the Crucible’s Sean Walsh, who also won the Eight Ball European U18 championship.
“The Cork Masters championship was retained by Youghal’s Dylan Rees, the Cork Close ‘A’ was won by Aaron Hill for the third year in a row, and Leone Crowley won the Cork Close ‘B’ championship and our two-tiered league championships, sponsored by Garry McCarthy Trophies, went to the Crucible in the ‘A’ section and Shooters in the ‘B’ section.
“So all that wasn’t played was the Orme Shield and the Cork U23 Cork Novice, plus the U23 Cork Close, so all in all I suppose we did get a lot done and with our season to resume hopefully in September we can prepare for that.”
The plaudits keep raining in for Cork’s newest professional snooker player Aaron Hill from all areas of the game.
Mark Tuite (Former European Masters Individual and Team champion) singled him out for great praise.
“Aaron is without doubt one of the most talented young players we’ve ever had on the Irish circuit and he has a drive, hunger and temperament that’s hard to match,” Tuite said.
“If he keeps himself grounded and works hard there’s no limit to what he can achieve, he has a great family behind him and I expect and hope that he will have a long career at the top of the game.”
Jordan Browne (Professional player Northern Ireland) was also full of praise.
“I first heard of Aaron a couple of years ago and then met him in Killarney and got to know him.
“I’ve been a fan ever since.
“I saw him play a bit and thought he definitely had what it takes and said that he’d be pro within three years.
“I’ve been proven right. He beat Mark Allen in Marks own pro-am and his display of snooker in that match was phenomenal.
“His achievements this year have gone from strength to strength and I think he will do well on the tour and he is a great lad too.”
Rodney Goggins (Leader on the current Legends Tour) loves how he plays the game.
“Aaron Hill is a great asset to the RIBSA circuit,” Goggins said.
“Despite being a young man, there is a bit of old school in him as well.
“He really wanted to play the senior men as quick as possible and it was great to see him win two point tournaments so young.
“Aaron was maybe the first Irish amateur ever to go into an international competition as favourite in two competitions, and played like a world beater and won, not an easy thing to do.
“He’s a great youngster, I have great time for him, and he plays the game how it should be played, fluent and attacking.
“He will be a major force in the game for years once he mind’s himself and has good people around him, which he has with his family.
“He will lose and learn in England for a while, but he’s tough enough to roll with the punches. I wish him every success and I hope he does it for himself but also for all of us and we will be behind him.”
Tony Murphy (CBSA) is delighted with the success of Hill.
“We are so lucky to have a player of the quality of Aaron Hill from Cork. Aaron was always going to become a professional player, we all knew it would happen and we are so proud of him and what he has achieved in the game already,” Murphy said.
Brendan O’Donoghue (Multi-Winning National Champion and former Tour player) believes Hill’s skill will see him rise to the top.
“He is the most hungry young player that has come along in a while. I’ve played him few times now and he’s able for both sides of the game, scoring and tactical play already,” O’Donoughue said.
“Winning two Euro events in the same week is just remarkable as well. He’s focused and driven but a very nice and well-mannered young lad off the table.
“I had the pleasure of partnering him in the world team last year where we lost out in the semi where made a 40 plus clearance against 20 time world champion Pankaj Avani that John Higgins would have been proud of.”