The Joseph Thompson senior billiards semi-finals and finals took place on the O’Brien Memorial Hall in Borris-in-Ossory recently, watched by a very good crowd which included sponsors Frank and Margaret Thompson, and Theresa Lalor, sister of the late Joseph Thompson, for whom the tournament is in memory of.
The semi-final pairings were Philip Martin (Celbridge) and Paul McLoughlin (Edenderry), and Brendan Devlin (Dublin) against Darragh Martin (Celbridge). Before the game a minute’s silence was observed for the late Michael Dooley, club treasurer, who passed away recently.
Both semi-finals were of a very high standard with the result in doubt to the very end, but they ended in victories for Philip Martin and Darragh Martin, which meant that it would be father against son in the final. At this stage all involved broke for a meal.
The final was a great game with both players playing top class billiards, and in the end it was experience which won the day for Philip, who showed his class and won 675 to 658. It is the first time in the competitions twelves years that a father and son contested the final. At this stage the club’s chairman Shane Kirwan welcomed all present and especially our former chairman John Delaney who was recently ill. Sponsor Frank Thompson then presented the beaten semi-finalsts with their cheques, and of course the winner and runner up with their cheques and Tipperary glass. This brought the curtain down on another year of the Joseph Thompson Memorial Billiards tournament, with Aidan Murray (Wicklow) getting the highest break of 120.