Sean O’Connor from Kilkenny won the under 13 Stars Academy Ireland Championship in Sharkx Newbridge recently. Sean had a comfortable 2 nil win over Cody Graham from Cavan in the quarters and beat Darragh Maher from Dublin, 2 nil also in the semis for a place in the final.
In the other half of the draw, we saw Tristan Graham from Cavan having to fight hard with a black ball final frame against Liam Colleran from Kildare to win 2-1 for a place in the semis. In the semis Tristan had a good win over the National U/14 School Champion, Eamon Healy from Tipperary 2-0 to meet Sean in the final.
Sean was kept the high standard of play going from his previous matches and took the title beating Tristan 2 nil.
Congratulations to Sean on his win and to Tristan for his fine performance. thanks to all the players and supporters who made this event such a great success. Sean now takes over the number 1 spot on the Stars Academy Rankings from Robbie Keogh from Laois but there is a lot of snooker to be played before end of May so we will see these young players continue to fight for the top spots on the National Junior Rankings in the weeks and months ahead.