Last Saturday the 7th of May at SBI Headquarters in carlow the first day of the challenge championships took place. 27 players started out and by the end of the day we were down to the final 4. First round results went more or less as expected but that doesn’t mean there weren’t close matches.
The pick of the first round would have been Sean King v Conor having. A marathon that Sean would win on the final few colours. The shock result of the second round(if you could call it a shock) was Jason keoghs 3-0 defeat at the hands of Ivor fitzpatrick as a lot of people would have had Jason as one of the favorite for the title.
- Alan O Connor 3-1 Eric Pei.
- Cyril Hogan 1-3 Jay Chopra.
- Dave Garrett 3-2 Aman Goel.
- Ivor Fitzpatrick 2-3 Tommy O Donoghue.
It is safe to say that we had 4 very competitive Quarter finals. Alan coming from a frame down to beat Eric. Jay probably playing his best snooker for a while got the better of the inform Cyril Hogan. Dave and Aman’s match looked to be going Aman’s way for the most part but as we all know you have to scrape Dave garret of the table and he ground out a brilliant result.
Tommy and Ivor’s match was the pick of the Quarter finals going down to the pink in the final frame. This match turned several times but Tommy held his nerve to seal victory.
Semi-finals and final to be played on finals weekend on the 21st of May.
Semi-final line up.
- Alan O Connor v Jay Chopra.
- Dave Garrett v Tommy O Donoghue.
The high break currently stands at 67 and is held by Jason Keogh.
A special word of thanks to referee Stephen Foster for all his hard work.
Also thanks to Emily and Jay for all their help during the day and to SBI for having the tables in immaculate condition.