12yr old Joe Shannon from Longford won the Snooker & Billiards Ireland first Junior U-14 Ranking event of the season in the HQ Academy of Excellence in Carlow on Saturday 12th of February.
The event was Joe’s first National victory in SBI. In the final Joe beat Max Kennedy from Athenry, Co Galway in a high quality final 2-0. Another player who impressed on the day was Davy Hickey from Youghal who reached the semi finals.
The TD for the event was our National Coach PJ Nolan and this event was played in groups to give the players vital match practice.
PJ also held a skills event with routines focused on the player’s techniques, control of cue ball and scoring. The event was a big success with the final places only decided on the final routine. When all the points were added up it was star of the day Joe Shannon just piping Max Kennedy for victory.
National Coach PJ Nolan was very impressed with the player’s attitudes, commitment and overall standard of potting from all the players. I am very excited to watch how they will develop in the future and we really have some stars of the future.
Event 2 is being held on Saturday the 9th of April in the HQ in Carlow. The TD will be Shane Mason and we would like to encourage all clubs to inform their young members of this event and help make event 2 as successful as event 1 was.
These events are open to players under 14 on the 31st December 2021. Players should be aware that all entries are now through the on line system and you have to enter before the closing date.
These events will qualify our elite players for Celtic Challenge, Home Internationals, EBSA, IBSF International events and it promises to be an exciting season of Irish Snooker to have our best players battling out in the rankings.
Well done Joe, Max and Davy and keep up the practice and we hope to see you all at event 2. CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFO ON ALL JUNIOR EVENTS