National Championships 2009

96 Stage May 09
From a huge field, an exciting weekend of snooker brought the Irish Amateur Championships down to the last 16 players in the country to battle it out for the title of Irish Champion and a possible ticket to enter the professional main tour.

National Championship Finals 22nd – 24th May 09
This weekend saw the end to a brilliant season of snooker where the finals of all categories of snooker and billiards were contested.

The Over 40′s Final was contested between Brendan Cooney, No. 1 seed, and newcomer to the Over 40′s, Richard McHugh.

Brendan emerged victorious with a 5 – 3 winning margin over Richard.

The Senior Billiards Final saw Eugene Hughes return to the fold to beat top Seed Aidan Murray in a marathon session on Saturday night with play lasting for over 5 hours.

The Intermediate Billiards Final was fought between defending champion Joe Doheny and Anthony O’ Flaherty with Anthony emerging the victor

In the Ladies Final, Catherine Fitzsimmons had a battle on her hands when she faced the 3 time champion Michelle Sherwin. Michelle eventually emerged a worthy 4 – 0 winner.

Intermediate Snooker Semi-Finals was between Benny O’ Brien and Mike Howley while Jason Waters played Phil Arnold. Benny and Phil emerged winners of their respective matches.

Phil evertually emerged the winner of the Final by a score of 4 – 2. Benny O’ Brien picked up the Shield as the No. 1 Ranked played picked up the Shield

The Under 14′s Final was played between Aaron Tobin and Andrew Doherty with the more experienced Aaron emerging the champ with a 3 – 0 scoreline.

Josh Boileiu recieved the Shield as the No. 1 Ranked player at the end of the season.

The Under 16′s Final saw Daniel O’ Regan and Ryan Cronin battling it out with Ryan going 2 -0 ahead before Daniel fought back to level it at 2 -2.

But Ryan took the deciding frame to become the 2009 champion. David Cassidy as the No. 1 Ranked played picked up the Shield.

The Seniors Final was a close fought contest between Martin McCrudden and David Hogan. The match a great match between two of the top seeds with brilliant play coming from both sides.

However there can be only one winner with Martin eventually emerging champion with a 8 – 6 scoreline.

Brendan O’ Donoghue as the Overall No. 1 after the season, won his Main Tour Ticket and we wish him the best of luck.