THE Crucible snooker club are the All-Ireland Snooker Club Champions following a devastating performance that ran into the early hours of Sunday morning at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.
The opposition for the Crucible were the St John’s CYMS club from Limerick City who were packed full of experience and good players, but they were no match for the Cork side that rattled to a three nil victory in a record time of one hour and 23 minutes.
To be fair to St John's, there is no shame in losing to this Crucible team. They are clearly the best team in the country and on form, which they were this weekend, they are almost impossible to beat.
The Crucible glittering with International players including Greg Casey, Ryan Cronin, Daniel O’Regan, David Cassidy and European U18 Champion Aaron Hill who was named the player of the tournament.
The final couldn’t have gone better for the Crucible with Aaron Hill rattling of three frames in 45 minutes with incredible precision and power, followed by yet another brilliant Ryan Cronin final performance.
It was Greg Casey who won the vital frame in the semi-final where he defeated Brendan O’Donoghue sending the defending All-Ireland champions the New Institute from Nenagh crashing out of the tournament and Casey was the man of the hour potting the black ball to lift the title for the Blarney Street club.
Greg Casey was thrilled with the win.
“We are thrilled to win, it just went right for us and this team is special we are like five brothers playing for each other and we dedicate this win to all our supporters who have stuck with us for years and they mean the world to us.
"We put a huge amount of preparation and planning into this weekend and for it to pay off so well made all the hard work worthwhile.
"We are a young side really and we came down here this week with a gritty mentality after losing the Munster final a week ago, we had one thought and that was to win and now we can really celebrate,” Greg Casey said.
The Crucible were near perfect in the tournament winning all their group games, then a quarter final win over Institute and a fantastic final victory rubber stamped the Cork sides authority on the game at all levels at moment.
The Crucible will resume domestic snooker soon with the Cork Billiards and Snooker Association league starting soon.
There, they go for a ridiculous eighth title in nine years and again they will be the red hot favourites to land the title in this form.