The finals of the Joseph Thompson Memorial Billiards tournament took place in Borris-in-Ossory recently.
This is an annual tournament which started back in 2000, in memory of the late Joseph Thompson, who did trojan work for the old CYMS hall. He was also a top-class billiards player and won many honours for the club.
In this years competition, the semi-final pairings saw local man Joe Doheny taking on James Bateman (Kilkenny), with Lloyd Myers (Cork) up against Adrian Murray (Wicklow).
James Bateman had a 100 point handicap on Joe Doheny, and after a hard-fought game emerged the winner on a scoreline of 600 to 482. James had a number of breaks over 20, as he racked up scores of 35, 21, 34, 42, 21, 34, 33 and 24, while Joe Doheny had breaks of 35, 22, 63, 32, 20 and 24. Referee for the game was Leo Kelleher, with Joe Dooley the marker.
In the other semi-final Adrian Murray was conceding 250 points to Lloyd Myers, and this was also a top-class game. The Cork man was dictating matters until the 15 minute mark, when Adrian came to life. He showed his class with a break 107 to win the game by 679 to 655.
What a heartbreak for Lloyd, who lead for most of the game, but with Adrian running up breaks of 31, 28, 33, 20, 29, 36, 107, 43 and 36, while Lloyd registered breaks of 63, 42, 36 and 20. Referee for the game was Damian Fox, with John Delaney the marker.
With Piltown duo Shay O’Brien and Billy Talbot up for the final, the scene was set, as Adrian Murray was going for a sixth victory in this competition, while James Bateman was going for title number three.
Adrian was conceding 200 points to James, and this was a tense game watched by sponsors Frank and Margaret Thompson, Theresa Lalor, sister of Joseph Thompson, and many club members.
James Bateman dictated the final, aided by his handicap, and he went on to scores breaks of 29, 22, 26, 20, 28, 30, 46, 36, 33 and 20 en route to a 670 to 577 victory.
Adrian was able to register breaks of 20, 45, 52, 22, 48, 47, 33, 20, 28, 34, 20 and 30, but it wasn’t enough on the day. Referee was Damien Fox and marker was Joe Dooley.
Former chairman of the club John Delaney welcomed all and paid tribtute to everyone who took part in the competition, noting how nice it was to sit and watch billiards played to such a high standard. He then presented the players with their crystal trophies and prize money, as well as the prize for highest break to Adrian Murray, as the night ended with a meal in Sal’s Diner.