AARON HILL just sent out a reminder to everyone last week in Irish snooker that he is determined to defend his senior ranking success for last year by taking some very big scalps in the recent top ranking event in Dublin.
Hill made it all the way to the final where he met a man on fire at the moment Rodney Goggins from Liam Mellows SC in Wexford who eventually won the second RIBSA Senior Snooker Ranking event of the season.
Senior event two was held in the Darcy McGee's Snooker Club in Dublin recently as the moving the championship’s around the country has got mixed reactions from the players.
In the final the Wexford man beat Hill by four frames to one frame in a very high quality decider.
Recent professional David Morris from Kilkenny had the high break in the event with a superb 138 break and looks like a man on a mission recently, but that mission came to a crashing end when Aaron Hill put the Kilkenny Shed player to the sword with a stunning performance defeating Morris by four frames to one in the semi-final.
In the other semi-final Goggins defeated Tony Corrigan from Dublin by four frames to one frame as Goggins showed his absolute concentration levels throughout the day.
As always you never know with snooker and there were a few upsets for the top seeds in the event with John Torpey from the St John’s club in Limerick defeating the number one seed Brendan O’Donoghue from the New Institute in Nenagh and a wonderful win for Youghal’s Dylan Rees who beat the number two seed John Sutton from Dublin.
PJ Nolan the National Coach for the Republic of Ireland Snooker and Billiards Association said: “We want to say thank you to all the players on a great tournament.
"As the senior championships moves around the country this year for our trip to Dublin we would also like to thanks Richie McAuley and Darcy McGee's for hosting the successful event and also a great job on the day must be recognised. Our appreciation goes out to the tournament director Shane Mason and Referees Natasha McAuley, Neil Shanahan and Shane Corr on running the competition.
Up until now the system of entry and payment into events was to text, arrive and pay, now the system has changed as PJ Nolan explained.
“We are completely overhauling the system for the better and this was the last RIBSA senior event where the players will text in their entry and pay entry fee on the day and for ‘Senior Event 3’ the new system will be in place and it will be the first event that all players will have to enter on line via the new on line payment system. We believe that this is the way forward and I think it is what the players want”.
Senior Event 3 will be held at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow on the 14th and 15th of December and the ‘Senior Event 4’ will be held on the 11th and 12th of January at the Crucible snooker club.
Meanwhile in local snooker the ‘Garry McCarthy Trophies’ Cork Snooker League 2019/20 is in its third week.
There have been some surprising results early on with Shooters sitting proudly on top of the league after three rounds of play.
Disappointingly the Shooters club is closed at the moment for reasons unknown to me, but they will continue to play their league matches in the Crucible snooker club for the time being and they will play in Killarney in January.
Week three saw Douglas welcome Fermoy CMWS to Donnybrook with both sides looking for their first wins of the season. Douglas proved too strong on the night and collected their first win of the season winning 3-0 Douglas’s Wayne Minihan won 2-0 against Willie Cahill and James O'Connell also won 2-0 against Jack Newman.
Ivan Glavin scored Douglas’s their third match win a 2-0 score line over Simon Walsh, Mark O'Connor had a 2-0 win against Robbie Donovan and Karl Busteed was at 1-1 with Darren O'Brien The Crucible ‘B’ played host to former champions the AOH. The Crucible ‘B’ were looking to continue their strong start to the season with AOH hoping to bounce back to winning ways after week two’s defeat and the men from the South Douglas Road won 3-2 on the night.
League leaders Shooters welcomed Youghal ‘B’ to Blackpool and the home side were looking to keep their winning start to the league going while Youghal ‘B’ were hoping to return to winning ways. Shooters recorded a 3-1 win on the night and still remain undefeated.
Finally in what was the match of the night last week Youghal ‘A’ welcomed Crucible ‘A’ to the Market House. Both teams hoping to continue their winning ways as after both recorded victories in Week 2. It was a cracking match especially between Ross Bulman and Greg Casey and in the end the home side recorded a 3-1 victory.
The 2019 CBSA Orme Shield will be played in Youghal CYMS on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of December. Registration will close this evening Wednesday the 4th of December at 7pm for this very prestigious three person team event, one of, if not the oldest three person team event in the country.