History was made today at the Ivy Rooms Carlow when the first ever U/16 National School & College Snooker Championship The Dermot Dalton Cup got underway on Tuesday 11th March 2014. Players representing FCJ Bunclody Co Wexford, Colaiste Chluhain Meala Co Tipperary and CBS Westland Row from Dublin.
Competition was tense during the first round matches as this event began and some very close encounters was had in a lot of these early round matches. After the first few hours of play the Quarter final line up was now in place. Tareek Payne from the CBS went through to the semis beating Laura Regan the only lady player to reach this stage from Clonmel by 2 frames to nil. Charles Roche also from the CBS had a very close match against Sean Sinnott from FCJ Bunclody, winning the last frame on the black to give him a semifinal meeting with School pal Tareek. Ryan Ellison of the CBS beat Dale Rothwell of FCJ 2 nil for a semifinal spot. Shane Landers from Clonmel also won a very close match against Jason O’Toole of the CBS 2 frames to 1.
The semis now had three players through from the CBS Westland Row, a great result for this School. Colaiste Chluan Meala had one. Charles Roche was in great form against an in form Tareek Payne, with some great snooker from both players. With the match level on 1-1 the last frame went all the way to the black ball and Tareek had a few good chances to pot it, but Charles took on a difficult long black to take him through to the final. On the other table Shane Landers stepped up a gear beating Ryan Ellison 2 nil to secure his place in the final.
The final was tense with both players trying to find form. Shane took the first on the colours and came back well in the second to win on the blue and take the first title of U/16 National Schools & College Champion. Congratulations to Shane and his School Colaiste Chluan Meala and to Charles Roche fron the CBS Westland Row on his fine performance. Leona O’Connor from Colaiste Chluan Meala was delighted for Shane and the School to take the first title. The highest break on the day was a good 37 from Charles Roche.
Alan Bailey from the CBS was also delighted on the overall performance of all his players with three reaching the semis and Charles Roche in the final. A great days snooker was had by all the players. Thanks to Annette for her help and support and thanks to Marian and Jim of the Ivy Rooms for providing first class facilities for this event and for being part of snooker history. Thanks to all the players from all the Schools for their support.
The Cup is named the Dermot Dalton Cup, a fitting title and well deserved for the many many years that the late Dermot Dalton gave to junior snooker and his setting up of the stars of the future back in 1981. We now look forward to the next School & College Championship the U/14s in Joeys Snooker Club, Dublin on Thursday 27 March.