The O’ Brien Community Hall in Borris-in-Ossory has been yet again a hive of activity during the winter months.
The 2011 version of the Snooker Doubles tournmament reached its conclusion on Monday evening the 9th of January.
With an original entry of eighteen pairs, this years tournament saw a marked increase in the standard of play with many of the seasoned billiard players becoming more proficient in the art of snooker.
This years final featured David Fitzpatrick and John Fahy taking on Damien ‘Border’ Fox and Leo Kellegher. The best of five encounter saw many passages of fine play interspersed with some tense tactical stalemate.
John Fahy registered a 32 break in frame one which secured him the tournament high break prize. The match itself went to a final frame decider with all plotting their best to edge their pair to victory.
Intriguingly, the frame went to a respotted black where Damien and Leo won the toss putting in John and David to break.
The ‘Border’ was promptly presented with an opportunuity to sink the final black with which he made no mistake in dispatching. Leo Kellegher gave an emotive and memorable victory speech complimenting the sporting nature of the final and the tournament in general.
The club now reverts back to its roots with the billiard season imminent. The Joe Thompson Billiards tournament is due to recommence shortly followed by the Cavanagh Cup for local senior members and the U-14 billiards tournament.
There is also an U-21 snooker singles tournament due to be run with Conor Quinlan of Kyle the defending champion. For younger members, the Timmy Walsh Memorial tournament is recommencing for all budding pool players learning their cueman trade.
The billiard hall will be holding the AGM on Monday the 6th of February commmencing at 9pm sharp. All members past or present are urged to attend.