Snooker & Billiards Ireland held their first (SBI) Under 21 Snooker Tour Event of the season on Saturday 16th of September 2023 in the SBI HQ in Carlow. Fifteen players entered the event and the Number 1 seed was Alex Currid from Wexford.
The event was won by Noel Gleeson from Nenagh after he beat Adam Halnon from Gorey 3 frames to 0 in a great match to claim the title and go Number 1 in rankings.
The standard was very high all day in the early rounds with great matches from our U-21 stars. There were good wins for Fionn Nagle over best friend Aaron Quinn, James O Connell beat Jack O Brien, Noel Gleeson beat Lewis Casserly, Aaron Smith beat Ben de Bois, Ronan McMcGuirk beat David Farrelly and Adam Halnon beat Dylan Troy.
In the Q-Finals : No. 1 seed Alex Currid beat James O Connell 3-0, Noel Gleeson beat Fionn Nagle 3-0, Aaron Smith beat Ryan McGuirk and Adam Halnon beat the No.2 seed Ronan McGuirk 3-0 in four very good matches.
In the Semi finals we saw two more excellent matches between Alex Currid v Noel Gleeson & Aaron Smith v Adam Halnon. End of the day it was superb wins for Noel 3-1 & Adam 3-2 to set up the first U-21 final of the season.
In the Final Noel Gleeson won the first two easy but Adam Halnon fought back only to lose frame 3 on the final black.
There was a number of quality breaks on the day with Noel Gleeson 50, 48, Alex Currid 45, Adam Halnon 48, 43 and Aaron Smith 57
SBI would like to thank all the players on performing so well on the day and making it an exciting day of Irish Junior Snooker.
We look forward to seeing you all at event 2 and you can enter now on line.
Congratulations to Noel on his success to today
You can now enter and pay for all the events for the season. Five ranking events are planned and this will be followed with a National Championship. The Current U-21 National Champion is Leone Crowley from Crucible SC Cork.
2023-2024 Season of Under-21 DATES & VENUES – click here to ENTER
- Event 1: U-21 TOUR – SBI HQ Carlow – 16TH SEPTEMBER – WINNER NOEL GLEESON
- Event 2: U-21 TOUR – SBI HQ Carlow – 21ST OCTOBER
- Event 3: U-21 TOUR – SBI HQ Carlow – 19TH NOVEMBER
CUTT OFF DATE FOR 2024 EBSA U-21 CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Event 4: U-21 TOUR – SBI HQ Carlow – 13TH JANUARY 2024
- Event 5: U-21 TOUR – NEWBRIDGE CYMS – 13TH APRIL 2024
- National Under 21 Championships – SBI HQ Carlow – 4TH MAY 2024
CUTT OFF DATE FOR 2024 IBSF U-21 CHAMPIONSHIPS & HOME INTERNATIONALS
U-21’s: a player who’s 21st birthday is on or before 31st August 2024 will not be able to enter the SBI under 21s events in the 2023 /24 season.
Snooker & Billiards Ireland SBI were recently notified by EBSA of their intention to move the age qualification date for all junior events effective from next (2023-2024) season. This decision was subsequently adopted by IBSF meaning that we will have to accept this change and move to different qualification windows for all international junior events.
For the forthcoming season, instead of the player age at 31/12/23 being the age qualification cut-off date, both EBSA & IBSF have now moved this to (31/08/24), 2024 being the year that their relevant events are being held.
Please contact SBI on firstname.lastname@example.org , if you have questions or need help understanding the impact for you based on your date of birth.
REGARDING RANKINGS – IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT PLAYERS ONLY USE ONE EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE SYSTEM AS THE RANKINGS ARE AUTOMATICALY DONE THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND WILL NOT WORK IF YOU USE TWO EMAILS
CONTACT email@example.com if you are having problems to enter or register
Players will have to first pay SBI registration / membership or Renewal their membership and register for the new season. When you register, you will be asked to create a username and password. You will only be allowed to enter an event if log in and use this username and password.
You can reset your own password and there is also a support form on the system for members to complete and I.T. will follow up to resolve any major issues.
The closing date for all SBI events will 1pm on the Thursday before the event. The Draw will be done automatically on the system with match times and displayed on the web site.
Tournament Entry Fees
The cost of entry will be the following:
- Under 21 Events – €10.00
All players will need to register for the new season. SBI Registration runs from September to September each season.
- Under 21’s – €20.00
- One Day/Event – €10.00
Only SBI members can access the online system and enter to play in SBI tournaments but one-day registration is available at €10.00 if you are not already a SBI members, remember this expires 24hrs after the event.
- All matches are the best of 5 frames
- SBI POLO SHIRTS ARE ALLOWED
- Dark Shoes (no runners)
- Dark one coloured trousers (no jeans)
- One coloured shirt buttoned at the wrist
- Waistcoats must be worn for all matches in National Championships.
- National Waistcoats are not permissible
- Bowties are also required for the SBI Championships for all matches.