The €4,000 Griffith Snooker Tour 1 event was won by Ronan Deegan recently at Sharkx Newbridge. This is the 4th season of the Griffith Snooker Tours and again the turn out was good. Newcomers Leon Costello and Sean McCarthy went out in the Prelim and first rounds respectively, but are looking forward to the next one in March. Gary Seales was in fine form against his dad Dave Seales in their quarter final match and went through to the semis winning 2 nil. Last seasons tour Champion Dan Carroll had a good win over Sean McCarthy 2 nil in their quarter final match to meet Gary in the semis. The other half of the draw saw Robert Rogers win 2 nil over Larry O’Dea for a place in the semis and Ronan Deegan had a very close match against Annette Newman to win on the final colours in the 3rd frame to complete the semi final line up.
The first frame between Gary and Dan went down to the black with Gary potting it, Dan came back strong in frame two with breaks of 23 and 27 to level, frame 3 again was close but Gary potted brown to blue with Dan needing a snooker on the pink but unfortunately it went into the center pocket to put Gary in the final. On the other table between Ronan and Robert the first frame saw Ronan win with breaks of 21 and 27 and after a bout of safety in frame 2, Ronan had a great break of 72 to secure his place in the Final.
In the final itself, Ronan was too strong for Gary and took the match and title 2 nil and tops the ranking for the start of the season. In the plate competition, Dave Seales had good breaks of 28 and 32 to see off Sean McCarthy and Annette Newman beat Larry O’Dea 2 nil in their match to set up a final with Dave. Dave however was the stronger on the day and won 2 nil to place him on top of the plate rankings with Annette in close second. Thanks to all the players for taking part and supporting our tour events and congratulations to Ronan on his win and to Gary on a fine performance on the day and congrats also to Dave and Annette on their great performance in the plate competition. Thanks to Bernie and staff of Sharkx for as usual providing excellent facilities for our tours.