John O’Boyle was in great form over the weekend of the Battle of Clontarf Competition held at Joey’s Dublin to claim the title. This the 4th year of the competition had a good entry once again. The organisers are hoping to have a much bigger entry for the 5th event in 2018 as a good prize fund is on the cards.
John O’Boyle (Galway) had a great run to the semis, having had 3 nil wins over Cameron Mullins (Kildare) last 32, Niall Pollitt (Dublin) last 16 and Grace Byrne (Carlow) in the Quarters. In John’s half of the draw we saw Matty Williams (Kildare) also having a great run through to the semi final with John, with 3-0 wins over Tristan Graham (Cavan) last 32, Paul Harrison (Dublin) last 16 and Derek Walsh (Dublin) in the Quarters.
The semi final between John & Matty was another good match with Matty going into a 2 frame lead only looking for one more for a final place, however John stepped up his game and levelled the match 2-2, the 5th and final frame was tense to start with but again John took advantage of some of Matty’s mistakes to take the frame needed for a place in the final.
In the other half of the draw Annette Newman (Carlow) was 2 frames down to Alan Beale (Kildare) last 32 but held her nerve and with her experience played great snooker to come back and win all 3 remaining frames to get to the last 16 against Christine Carr (Kildare) where she won 3-1 and 3-0 against Stephen Keane (Galway) in the Quarters.
Aidan Pollitt (Dublin) showed great composure during his journey to the semis with a good 3-0 win over Killian Rock (Dublin) last 16, and a 3-1 win over the experienced Michelle O’Boyle (Kildare) in the Quarters to meet Annette in the semis. Annette took the first frame with Aidan responding well to level, however Annette went up a gear to win the next 2 to win 3-1 to meet John in the final. Annette is the first woman to reach the final of the Battle of Clontarf Main event competition since it began 4 years ago, so it’ certainly another positive step in the right direction for women’s snooker here in Ireland.
The final was another great match right from the start, John was potting very well and went into a 2 frame lead but Annette responded well and brought frame 3 down to a pink ball which John potted to take the 3rd frame in this best of 7 final. After the interval Annette started well in frame 4 to go 15 points ahead and kept close all the way to the colours, however John got a chance to clear from brown and this he did to take the frame and match and title of Battle of Clontarf Champion 2017.
Congratulations to John on his win and to Annette on a fine performance. Thanks to Joe Lyons for refereeing the final. A big thank you to all the players for their support and to Derek Fagan and staff of Joey’s for their loyal support towards this charitable event on behalf of Clontarf Tourism. Thanks to Dennis McIntyre of Clontarf Tourism for all his help and support towards this wonderful event.