The first Snooker & Billiards Ireland Intermediate Tour event of the season was won by Ivor Fitzpatrick from Dublin who swept through the field, dropping only one single frame in the whole day, when he beat Mark Gleeson in a high standard final played in Celbridge Snooker Club on Saturday 26th of February. This event was open to any gender and we had 44 entries in the event.
The event featured many top players from the rankings contesting for the title, including Limerick’s father and son duo of top seed John Torpey and son Ryan O’Callaghan. The players battled through a long day’s play which ended shortly after 11pm on the Saturday.
Early round eliminations were seeds Adrian Morrissey, beaten by Paul McGrane; Brendan O’Brien, beaten in the quarter finals by No 5 seed and eventual winner Ivor Fitzpatrick; Aaron Goldrick who went out at the hands of Sean King; Eric Pei who was beaten by Paul Keighery and Richard Flynn, beaten by Sean Fitzgerald. No 1 seed John Torpey, who suffered a 3-0 defeat in a fast-scoring semi-final against Ivor Fitzpatrick at least had the consolation of taking the day’s high break prize with a well-constructed 84.
The line-up for the Q-Finals:
- John Torpey v Paul McGrane 3-0
- Ivor Fitzpatrick v Brendan O’Brien 3-0
- Mark Gleeson v Sean King 3-0
- Victor McCormack v Sean Fitzgerald 3-2
- John Torpey 0 – 3 Ivor Fitzpatrick
- Mark Gleeson 3 – 0 Victor McCormack
- Mark Gleeson 1 – 3 Ivor Fitzpatrick