61 year old Brendan Thomas from Ireland reached the final of the 2016 European Masters Singles Championship in Vilnius, Lithuania today. Brendan became only the fourth Irishman ever to reach the European final in the history of the event.
RIBSA players have won the European Masters Title on three occasions with Eugene Hughes in 2000, Joe Delaney (Wexford) in 2001 and Mark Tuite in 2014.
Brendan played fantastic snooker all week and the oldest player in the entire event played his best game to beat Jason Peplow from Malta in the semi-final today 5 frames 4. Brendan won the opening frame but his Maltese opponent won the next two. Thomas levelled at 2-2 and then went 3-2. Match was tied at 3-3. Brendan won the next to lead 4-3 but back came Peplow to level at 4-4.
The match was decided on the pink and black and it was the Irishman who potted a fantastic pink to win the match and qualify for his first major International final.
In the final Brendan played former professional player and defending champion Darren Morgan from Wales. Darren won the opening three frames to lead 3-0 but Brendan had chances in each and he pushed the former pro all the way. Darren went on to win the next three to win the title.
Well done Brendan on a brilliant event !!!!!