Last weekend I had a great honour to coach and manage the Ireland Senior Snooker team of Robert Murphy, Michael Judge, TJ Dowling and John Farrell to win the prince of Wales Home International Perpetual Shield. The event was held in the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds where Ireland faced England, Wales, N Ireland, Scotland, Guernsey and Isle of Man in one of the most prestigious team events in the world.
The Republic Of Ireland Seniors remained unbeaten in the event with six superb wins: The Republic of Ireland won 10-2 against the Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland 8-4 Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland 8-4 Scotland, Republic of Ireland 12-0 Guernsey, Republic of Ireland 9-3 Wales and Republic of Ireland won the title with a 7-5 victory over England.
Ireland had only ever won the event five times in their history in 1993, 2000, 2001 and 2012 and this year’s teams now write their own names into the record books with an unbelievable performance from everyone on the team. John Farrell had the honour of making the highest break in the event with a 132 break and being named player of the championship winning 16 out of his 18 frames.
I have now had the honour of coaching and training four teams to win this Home Internationals senior title as I was the coach back in 2000, 2001, 2012 and the team spirit and commitment this year was superb by all the players.