Young Keith O’Reilly from Newbridge and last years runner up in the plate competition went one better this time out by winning the Battle of Clontarf Plate competition in Joey’s Dublin. Keith had to play some of his best snooker to overcome the pressure given by Annette Newman who was also playing great snooker throughout the weekend and like Keith having reached the Quarters of the main event on the Saturday with both players playing great snooker.
In the quarter finals Cathy Dunne (Dublin) had a good 2 -0 win over Chris O’Reilly (Kildare) for a semi final spot. Keith O’Reilly (Kildare) saw off an in Walsh (Dublin) 2-1 to meet Cathy in the semis.
In the bottom half of the draw Laura Alves (Dublin) beat Darren Brabrazon (Dublin) 2-0 to reach the semis while Annette Newman (Carlow) had a good 2-0 win over Christine Carr (Kildare) with a flurry breaks 20, 23, 28 to meet Laura in the semis
Keith was kept up the good play but so did Cathy and he did well to come out a 2-0 winner for a place in the final while Annette also in great form won 2-0 against Laura to meet Keith in the final
In the final Annette started well going ahead in the first frame however Keith brought it down to the black. Annette potted the black for frame to go 1 up, Keith came back in the second to level the match 1-1. The 3 frame was nip and tuck for a while but Keith potted well towards the end of the frame winning on the pink to take the title.
Congratulations to Keith on his win and to Annette for a great performance
Thanks to all the players and Derek Fagan and staff of Joey’s for fantastic facilities during the weekend of competition.
It was great to see three of our Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association members reach the semi final stage of this event as the standard among our women is ever rising and its only just a matter of time when a woman will win this event!
Thanks to Dennis McEntyre of Clontarf Tourism for his help and support for this our 3rd Battle of Clontarf.