Jim Carrick stormed through the Super Seniors 4 tournament which took place on Sunday the 4th of February in the CYMS Club in Newbridge Co. Kildare beating Frank Sarsfield 3-0 in the final.
There were 21 entries in the tournament which I am pleased to say we seen entries from 9 different counties including Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Meath, Tipperary, Wexford and Cavan.
We also had 2 new ‘pups’ joining the tour, Micheal Hennigan and Noel Lynch, you’re both very welcome lads and it’s great to have you on board.
I must say that it is great to see the appeal and growth that is happening to play in these Super Seniors tournaments and it goes without saying that everyone is welcome. One of the major factors of the appeal to play in these tournaments, I believe, is the fantastic conditions that we experience in all of the clubs that we play in, the hospitality, the sportsmanship and of course, the way that these tournaments are run.
Let’s get back to Jim Carrick and the fantastic Snooker that Jim played throughout the day. First up for Jim was Tony Delaney. While Tony played and tried as hard as he could, Tony couldn’t stop Jim potting and Jim came through 3-0. Next up for Jim was Tony Thorpe. This was a very hard fought match with Tony playing some really good Snooker himself but Jim kept it together in the decider and Jim came through 3-2. Next up for Jim in the quarter final was Ernie McMullen. As we all know Ernie is a very hard man to beat but Jim just kept taking his chances, Jim was playing rock solid Snooker by now and Jim came through in another decider to win 3-2.
In the semi-final, Jim came up against Brendan Thomas, another tough opponent for Jim but as Jim had now been showing throughout the day, he was going to take some stopping and Jim came through 3-1 against Brendan.
In the other half of the draw, as mentioned above, Frank Sarsfield made the final. First up for Frank was Patsy Farrell and Frank came through 3-0. In the quarter final, Frank came up against an inspired Simon Scott. This was a really good match to watch played to a very high standard. Frank came through 3-1 however Simon can be proud with how he played. Next up for Frank in the semi-final was John McBride and Frank came through 3-1.
Before I mention the final, there were some more really stand out matches played on the day that are well worth a mention. In the last 16, Ernie beat Stephen Merrigan 3-2 and as anyone who follows Snooker knows, when those 2 men look down a cue at each other it is always well worth a watch and as per, this match didn’t disappoint. In the end, Ernie prevailed 3-2. In one of the quarter finals, we had another high standard match which turned into another close fought affair. We had Kevin ‘Machine Gun Potter’ McConville up against Brendan Thomas. It was hard to keep your eyes of this match as some really good Snooker was played. In the end, Brendan came through 3-2.
Onto the final, and well, by now, you just couldn’t stop Jim, Jim was playing at the top of his game and Jim came through 3-0 against Frank Sarsfield. As we all know, Frank is a pure gentleman and a great sportsman and took the defeat on the chin and congratulated Jim in the way a great sportsman does. So well done Jim on winning the tournament with some fantastic performances throughout the day and bad luck Frank.
I have mentioned above that part of the appeal to play in these tournaments is how they are run. These tournaments cannot be as successfully run as they are without the help of the people ‘behind the scenes’. First up, let us thank Tony Thorpe, our Tournament Director for the day & like every tournament Tony is the TD for, the tournament runs perfectly well, thank you Tony for your efforts once again. Let us also thank Brendan Sheehy for preparing the tables, assisted by Christy Shields and Alan McCoy as the tables played handsomely well throughout the day, thank you guys. Thanks too to everyone from the CYMS club who let us use your facilities for the day. You guys are a credit to yourselves, the CYMS Club is a wonderfully friendly club and always a pleasure to visit, it has to be said.
The next Super Senior tournament takes place in the wonderful Roadstone Club in Dublin on Sunday the 10th of March. We hope to see you all there.
Finally, after four Super Senior tournaments have been played, the Top 10 in the Super Senior rankings is as follows…..