Fergal O’Brien is triumphant at the Inaugural Pink Ribbon Pro-Am for Cancer Research organised by the Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association at their Academy at Sharkx Newbridge.
The event was hailed a fantastic success for RILSA as the 3 day event got underway in Newbridge.
Fergal O’Brien was in great form winning the event without dropping a frame and compiled a magnificent 134 break on his way to the title.
The event had some great matches along the way with John Sutton, Colm Gilcreest and Robert Murphy in the mix to make for an unforgettable tournament. Other notable players who made a big impact during the event were Annette Newman the current Irish number 1 in RILSA along with Susan Hanlon the current Intermediate Champion who both made it to the quarter finals.
The Stars all Ireland Champion Robbie Keogh and our National U16 Schools Champion Darragh Fullam made their mark in reaching the quarter finals to mix it with the some of the best Amateurs on the National Circuit and top Professional Fergal O’Brien.
In the last 32 stage of the event we saw Fergal O’Brien take on our current number 7 Tina Keogh who played well but was no match for Fergal as he won through 3 frames to nil compiling breaks of 54 & 56 in their match.
Annette Newman was in great form against Declan Tuohy to win 3 nil comfortably for a last 16 place. Colm Gilcreest started his match off with a great 91 break against Jack Maloney and then followed with 37 & 44 to close out the match with a 3 nil win. John Sutton was firing on all cylinders as he ran through a 3 nil winner over Alan Beale with breaks of 51,60 & 68 along the way.
The Last 16 stage of the event saw some great snooker with Fergal compiling a number of 40+ breaks to see off Dave Seales 3 nil. Annette Newman had to dig deep to see off a great fight from Christine Carr who took the first frame on the black but Annette took the next two, however Christine crossed the black that went in off the white to the centre pocket to level the match at 2-2. Annette showed her experience and finished off frame 5 in style winning 56-4 for her place in the quarters against Fergal
John Sutton kept up his great form against Rachel Bradley who played well on the day but was out potted by John who made a number of 30+ breaks to win 3 frames to nil. Colm Gilcreest made breaks of 52 & 68 on his way to a 3 nil win over Peter McDermott. Robert Murphy was in fine form against Niall Pollitt and won through 3 nil with breaks of 58,59 & 66 for a quarter-final spot. Robbie Keogh was in great form against Leon Costello with a 3 nil win but not without a fight from Leon who had a number of chances but it was not to be on the day. Susan Hanlon started well against Valerie Maloney winning the first comfortably but Valerie fought back well in the next but for Susan to take it on blue & pink, the 3rd frame went to a black ball in which Susan potted for frame and match. The match with Richard Cullen and Darragh Fullam went all the way to the last frame after a long bout of play between these two players, however it was Darragh who managed to get away in the last frame to complete the quarter-final line up on day 3 of the event.
Quarter final one between Fergal & Annette saw frame 1 going to Fergal but not without a great effort from Annette. Frame two saw Fergal step up a notch with a number of 30+ breaks. Frame 3 was all Fergal as he compiled a magnificent 134 break to win the match 3 nil and send him into the semis.
Robbie Keogh took the first frame against Colm Gilcreest on the black but Colm responded well to level at 1-1 however Robbie was playing great snooker and won frame 3 to go into the lead once again. Colm dug in well and made a fantastic 101 break to once again level the match and experience showed in the 5th frame as Colm finished off well with a good 43 break.
John Sutton kept up his fine form as he compiled a number of 30+ breaks along with a 45 and great 98 against Susan Hanlon to reach the semis. The last quarter-final saw Robert Murphy continue his fantastic potting against Darragh Fullam to win through comfortably 3 nil.
Fergal O’Brien started well against Colm Gilcreest taking frame 1 with a good 39 break, Colm had a few chances in frame two but again Fergal had breaks of 30,& 35 to secure it. Frame 3 saw a bout of safety from both players but Fergal won the safey battle and closed out the frame with a great 56 break to reach the first Pink Ribbon Final.
On the other table we saw a great match between Robert Murphy and John Sutton with John taking frame one with a 50 break and John fired in a fantastic break of 116 to go 2 nil in front, however Robert pulled back in frame 3 with a number of 30+ breaks and had a few chances in frame 4 to level but again John got his chance to take the frame with a 36 break to meet Fergal in the final.
Fergal compiled a great 64 break to get off to a great start against John in the final. Frame 2 saw John make a 22 and break down to let Fergal in to make a number of good breaks to go 2 up with 3 to play. Again John had a few chances in the 3rd frame but Fergal potted some great long shots to get into the frame and compile a 28 and 45 to take the match 3 nil and his first ever Pink Ribbon Pro-Am title.
Congratulations to Fergal on his win and to John on his fine performance throughout the event. Well done to all the players for their participation and supporting this first ever Pink Ribbon event for Cancer Research.
Thanks to all our referees, Gerard Colleran, Fran Keogh, Dave Seales, Robbie Keogh and Jack Maloney. It was Jack Maloneys first major final and he did a fantastic job on the day refereeing. Thanks to the RILSA Board members Annette Newman, Tina Keogh, Valerie Maloney and Gerard Colleran who have helped make this event such a great success. Thanks to all those of you who supported this great event by buying raffle tickets and donating funds on our sponsor cards and to those who paid the entry fee.
Thanks to Susan Hanlon and D.I.D Finglas for donating many of the spot prizes for our raffle. Thanks to the local businesses in Newbridge for donating items for our raffle.
Thanks to John & Darren of the Billiard Co in Dublin for their support and a special thanks to Alison McDonnell of Dublin Trophies who supplied the magnificent trophy for this event.
Thanks to Ger Dunphy for fitting the cloths in time for this event and the standard of the tables are excellent. All the players were delighted with the conditions at Sharkx Newbridge.
Thanks to Judge Roy Beans for sponsoring the high breaks where they will give a donation to Cancer Research for every 100+ break made.
Thanks to Niall McDermott & Gerard Colleran for helping out with the face book live coverage of the final.
A special heart-felt thank you to Paul & Bernie of Sharkx Snooker Club for their help and support and all their hard work in the weeks prior to make sure we were ready for this great event. We all really appreciate their efforts and we hope that many of our players and supporters will drop into the club and play a few frames along with the new pool table facilities that is now in place at Sharkx a fantastic amenity on the door step for everyone in Newbridge.
SPONSORS – THANK YOU VERY MUCH
The Billiard Co
Judge Roy Beans
The Riverbank Theatre
Fuji Film Newbridge
Eddie Rockets Newbridge
Gadget Care Newbridge
Sharkx Snooker Club