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Nenagh capture Munster Championships

The New Institute Snooker Club in Nenagh won the 2015 Munster Club Championship in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney on Sunday with a final frame victory over The Crucible Snooker Club from Cork. The championships are for the Munster Province in Ireland which accounts for about a quarter of the country and consisted of 33 five man teams teams competing over three days to find the eventual champions.
 
The final was one of the best in the history of the event with great snooker from both teams. In the end it went down to match five to decide the title and the experienced Tommy Gleeson just kept the young David Cassidy out enough to win the match and the title for his club.
 
Both teams will be familiar to most EBSA international players with Ex-Euro Champion David Hogan joined by the experienced Brendan O'Donoghue and Tommy Gleeson. Masters international Tony Seymore also competed on the team who overcame the youthful Cork side who had Greg Casey, Ryan Cronin, David Cassidy and Daniel O'Regan on their team who have all been regular junior internationals.
 
Both teams will now travel to Killarney again this Wednesday where they will be joined by the top teams from the other four Irish Provinccial Associations to battle it out for the All Ireland Club Championships. 32 teams will compete yet again over four days on 15 tables to find the All Ireland Premier and Championships Division winners.
 
Final Result
 
Brendan O Donoghue 3 v 0 Ryan Cronin
Tony Seymour 1 v 3 Greg Casey
David Hogan 3 v 0 Dean Callaghan
Mark Walsh 2 v 3 Daniel O Regan
Tommy Gleeson 3 v 2 David Cassidy
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World Team Cup Preview

The Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow, Ireland will host the first IBSF World Team Cup and the IBSF World 6 Red Championships later this month when some of the World's finest amateur players compete for the titles in Men's, Masters and Ladies categories. The Team Event was run as a one off way back in 2006 in San Jose, California in which the Men's event was won by England with the Masters event going to India. 

Both England and India have strong representation in this years event but face strong competition from across the globe for the titles this time round. England "A"'s team for the Men's event will see the experienced Jeff Cundy and Nick Jennings team up to compete with each other and they will face a tough challenge from around Europe with EBSA countries sending some strong teams. 

The hosts themselves will have six teams involved including ex-professional Michael Judge (Pictured) who will team up with Robbie Murphy who performed well in Thailand recently reaching the last 16 of the World 6 Red. Two other very notable teams include ex-European Champion David Hogan who will compete with Brendan O'Donoghue. Rodney Goggins will also be a tough player to beat and he competes with young Josh Boileau who will be keen to show what he can do. 

Welshman Gareth Allen will be aiming to go one better after reaching the final of the European's this year already and he plays with Gavin Lewis in one of the two strong Welsh teams with Jones and Taubman making up Wales "B". Poland will be another European country aiming for the title with several strong teams including Michal Zielinski and Kacper Filipiak as there "A" Team.

Hopefully from the EBSA perspective we will see a European winner but they will not have it all their own way as several top Asian teams making the trip. These include a very strong UAE team of Mohamed Shehab and Mohammed Al Joaker as well as some very good teams from both India and Pakistan which includes Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Sajjad.

 

MASTERS

In the Masters Section we obviously don't have to look to hard to find a clear favorite in Darren Morgan and Ian Sargeant from Wales although with the format this year it certainly will give other countries hope that another Masters title wont be going back to the Valley's.

Ireland have several teams with Nigel Power and Anthony Bonnar leading the line and England's Anthony Harris and Robert Marshall should be a strong team also. From outside Europe we will see teams from UAE, Egypt and Afghanistan which includes the formidable Saleh Mohammad. 

LADIES

The Russian duo of Daria Sirotina and Anastasia Nechaeva (pictured) would have to be one of the favorites for the title after recent showing's in various international events. However with the English duo of Maria Catalano and Hannah Jones they will certainly have their work cut out for them this time round.

We will also have strong teams from Poland, India, Thailand, Hong Kong to make this a highly contested event and Irish hopes will be on their "A" Team of Michelle Sherwin and Claire Mill.

 

6 RED

This is where the men's event will be very interesting as both the Men's and Masters will compete for the same trophy and the likes of Darren Morgan will be thrown into the mix for the Men's title.

Darren has plenty of experience in the 6 Red format from the Thailand event and so does the likes of Mohamad Shehab, Saleh Mohammed, Rodney Goggins Brendan O'Donoghue and Robert Murphy having all taken part over the years in the Thai based professional championship.

However the beauty of 6 red is that it's a great leveler and we could see anyone come out of the pack and take this inaugural title come the 6th of October.

Whatever happens it will be a busy 7 days in Carlow with the two combined events and as always Dariusz Goral's live scoring system will in installed in Carlow to bring you up to the minute results and the IBSF will also be going live with a new Web Site for this event to bring you all the news and photo's from event. 

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Wales win Celtic Challenge

Wales won the 2013 Celtic Snooker Challenge by 64 frames to 55 against Ireland in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow over the weekend.  

The annual challenge match is played every summer and this year it was Ireland's turn to host the event which is now restricted only to junior teams having previously included seniors, ladies and masters.

It really was a fantastic day of Junior International Snooker and the future looks good with a number of top Juniors in Wales and Ireland.

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Mick Judge win Irish Championships

Former Professional player Michael Judge won the 2013 RIBSA Senior National Championship in style coming back from four nil down to win in the Ivy Rooms SC in Carlow on Saturday.

In the final the Dublin man beat Robert Redmond 8 frames to 5 in a unbelievable match to take the national title and qualify for the World Amateur Championships in Latvia next November.

Frame Scores: Judge first 52-61 (53), 0-61 (60), 49-64, 55-66, 70-15(54), 48-32, 86-1 (64), 80-0 (72), 67-29, 38-54, 65-32, 61-60,75-40.

Robert Redmond should also be proud of his performance this weekend with superb wins over Brendan O Donoghue and Robert Murphy. As the National Coach I believe Robert's day will come soon but Michael Judge was on a different planet this weekend as he showed his skill and experience to lift the Irish Title.

Jim Leacy RIBSA Chairman and IBSF President presented Michael with his trophy and Perpetual Cup which is in memory of Jim's Dad in front of the large attendance in Carlow.

The High Break prize went to Robert Redmond with a 119 Break in his semi final match. 

A big thank you must go to Marion and the Staff at the Ivy Rooms for the great facilities for the Championship weekend.

In other events Masters European Team Champion Mark Tuite regained his Masters Irish Championship title by defeating Marty Hayden by six frames to one.

All the other Irish Championships results can be found over at www.ribsa.ie and we have a selection of photo's below in the gallery.

 

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