Rebel Snooker Week 27
SHOOTERS are back with a bang with a huge win in what many snooker aficionados in Cork consider to be the most important tournament of the year the ‘Orme Shield’.
The Blackpool Club have just re-opened their doors and one of the newest items to be put on show will be the highly prized Orme Shield after a simply scintillating weekend of top class snooker in the most atmospheric club in the land at the ‘Market House’ the home of Youghal CYMS.
The brilliantly run event began last Thursday night and finished last Sunday evening when the Shooters ‘A’ side defeated the Youghal CYMS ‘B’ side in a nail biting final.
The three person team event has been around for over half a century or more and in all its different formats down through the years in recent decades the three person team event has taken an even higher place in the hearts of all who play the game in Cork.
Shooters will host the ‘Shooters Cork Open’ on Saturday the 28th of April and with the likes of Irish number one Rodney Goggins from Wexford who is just one of many top players in the country ready to make the trip to Leeside it will definitely be one of the top snooker events on the Irish snooker calendar and one man playing out of the Blackpool venue is definitely the man to beat at the moment.
Gary Bracken is already the ‘Cork Close’ champion and had a 133 clearance in the Orme Shield final last Sunday and he along with many other talented rebel cue men will certainly have a say in the outcome of the first Cork Open snooker championship since the 1980’s.
The weekend in Youghal will again prove the point that this is the only venue where the Orme Shield can be played. The condition of the tables, complimented by all who played over the four days, the large crowds of spectators that filled the room for all the matches along with that very special atmosphere that brings out the very best in all who play at the venue.
The very best certainly can be attributed to the runners up of this years Orme Shield the Youghal team of Derek Aherne, Ger Kelly and Christopher Cooney who sensationally saw off last years winners the Crucible in some style to make it through to the final on Sunday.
This was a significant scalp and goes to show you that The standard of play in Cork is high and nobody should ever take anyone else for granted ever!
The semi finals were certainly different, Youghal breezed past the Crucible, but the other semi final between Youghal CYMS ‘A’ and Shooters ‘A’ was extremely tense. Youghal looked all but out when Brendan Cooney fought his way back to force a re-spotted black in the deciding frame, David Forde of Shooters was to pot the black denying the host club to have an all Youghal final.
The final was fascinating with Derek Aherne up against Tomas Grainey, David Forde playing Ger Kelly and Gary Bracken up against Christopher Cooney.
Aherne v Grainey: Frame 1, Solid performance from the Youghal man as Aherne leaves Grainey needing snookers on the colours. Frame two, was another fine performance from Aherne who closed the frame out to need just one more frame with a great pot on the brown. Frame 3, Aherne finished off his match after a series of strange snooker escapes towards the end, Youghal were one match up and Aherne never looked in any danger at all.
Cooney v Bracken: Frame 1, after Bracken knocks in a 52 break, Christopher Cooney shows maturity beyond his years and comes back to win the opener. Frame 2, saw something really special from the Cork Close champion as he knocks in a wonderful top competition clearance of 133 to a standing ovation. Frame 3, was a great frame, Cooney rattles the pink into the jaws of the green pocket, but Bracken clears to take the frame. Frame 3, Bracken is comfortable in this frame and Cooney concedes the frame and the match is tied at one all.
Kelly v Forde: Frame 1, Excellent first frame for the Youghal man as Forde concedes at the green ball. Frame 2, Forde comes back strong with impressive play leaving Kelly in need of snookers so the Youghal man concedes the frame. Frame 3, Forde is on fire and knocks in a century break to take the lead. Frame 4, Kelly shows tremendous courage and wins the frame with at the Brown ball. Frame 5, Forde is off to a great start with a significant early lead, but Kelly is still in with a chance, but Forde pots the crucial balls to win the match and the Orme Shield for the Shooters ‘A’ side.
Shooters owner John Paul Crowley said afterwards “I am thrilled with the win, it really is great to be back and doing so well. I know the significance of winning this trophy and it will hang proudly on our wall at ‘Shooters’. We are proud to have won such a prestigious event and I want to compliment Brendan Cooney and everyone at the Youghal CYMS for hosting and outstanding Orme Shield championships”.
Finally for this week in Billiards, congratulations to Lloyd Myers of the AOH club who last Sunday received his Republic of Ireland International waist coat for the RIBSA Senior Billiards team to play Northern Ireland this month and also congratulations to Derek O’Neill of Douglas who made it to the last eight in the ‘National Billiards Championships’ in Carlow last Sunday.