The 4th Tour event got under way in Fairview Snooker club in Dublin. This the Griffith Open provided a great days competition. In the quarters Gary Seales the number 1 seed went through to the semis by beating Robert Rogers 2 frames to nil. Ronan Deegan only back playing after a few months out due to illness was in fine form against Larry O'Dea winning comfortably 2 nil to give him a semifinal line up against Gary.Dan Carroll went through with a 2 nil defeat against Stephen McAdam. Stephen McSherry had to play well to see off the number 2 seed Annette Newman 2 -1 with breaks of 44 and 58 to complete the semifinal line up.
In the semis Ronan Deegan took the first frame but Gary came back to level at 1-1 the 3rd frame was a close affair but Ronan proved the stronger on the day and took it to give him his first final place of the season. Stephen McSherry was in fine form against Dan Carroll the first frame however was close with both players playing good safety but Stephen took the pink to go 1 nil up the next frame Stephen started with a 31 break and played a good safety and got back in to clear with a 57 break to give him a final line up with Ronan. The final itself was a nip and tuck affair with both players leveling at 1-1 Stephen had his chances in the 3rd frame but Ronan capitalized on his mistakes and ran out the winner. Ronan said that he was very happy to be back playing snooker again and this gave him great confidence in his game. Congrats to Ronan and to Stephen on his fine performance. The plate final was contested between Paddy Fagan and Dave Seales with it going right down to the final black which Paddy took, well done to Paddy and Dave for his great effort on the day. Gary Seales and Annette Newman remain top of the table as the seeded players for Tour 5 in the Ivy Rooms Carlow on June 23rd closely followed by Anthony Clifford in 3rd and Larry O'Dea in 4th. Thanks to all who took part and supported these events so far. Thanks to Tony Nolan and staff of Fairview for their support and providing excellent facilities on the day.
Dan Carroll has been involved with Stars of the future events since 1984 and is now the events director for same. He has been promoting junior snooker for over 30 years and is now the head coach for Stars Academy Ireland and the Dublin Snooker Federation. Now a W.P.B.S.A. Coach and a qualified Sports Psychologist he is concentrating on promoting the sport through Schools & Colleges throughout Ireland. Dan believes that growing the game from grass root level is extremely important and that by bringing the sport to the Schools & Colleges, snooker will now be experienced by a greater audience than ever before.
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