Young Gavin Dowling from Ballinabranna, Carlow won his first ever Stars title at the Ivy Rooms recently with the U12 Stars Academy Ireland Championship beating his good friend Tom McDonald in the final.

On his way to the final Gavin had wins over Jack Connolly in the last 16, Jake Gorman in the Quarters and Michael Dooley in the Semis and in the other half of the draw we saw Tom McDonald having wins over Adam Doyle in the Quarters and Jack Twomey in the semis to meet Gavin in the final.  The final saw some good snooker from both players, however Gavin was the stronger on the day and won the frame needed to take the title.

Congratulations to Gavin on his win and to Tom for a fine performance overall.  Thanks to Joe Doheny from Ballinabranna N.S. for all his help and support on the day and to Sharon, Marion and staff of the Ivy Rooms for the use of the fantastic facilities.

Thanks to all the players for taking part and helped in making the event a great success.  All these young players will now gain Stars Academy Ranking points for their efforts.


Jake Gorman                1   Ben Fitzpartick      0

Gavin Dowling              1   Jack Connolly        0

Ethan O’Donovan         1   Noah O’Meara       0

Jack Twomey                 1   Cian McDarby       0


Gavin Dowling             1   Jake Gorman          0

Michael Dooley            1   Thomas O’Donovan 0

Tom McDonald            1   Adam Doyle           0

Jack Twomey               1   Ethan O’Donovan   0


Gavin Dowling            1   Michael Dooley      0

Tom McDonald           1   Jack Twomey        0


Gavin Dowling           1   Tom McDonald      0