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147 Academy - Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 10 May 2017

O'Donoghue wins 3rd Irish Title

My 147academy students Brendan O Donoghue from the New Institute snooker club in Nenagh and Rodney Goggins from Liam Mellows SC in Wexford reached the final of the Republic Of Ireland Senior Snooker Championships in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow on Sunday the 7th of May.  In the final Rodney went 2 nil up but back came Brendan to level the match 3-3 at the interval. After the interval the Nenagh man went from strength to strength to win the next four frames to win the title 7 frames to 3 and his third RIBSA National Senior Title. 

As both players coach I was so impressed with the overall performance from both players in this 2017 Irish Championship. Rodney had a superb Championship when he beat the defending Champion TJ Dowling in the last 16 but Brendan was so focused on his goal and he finished Number 1 on the RIBSA rankings and became the National Champion in style. The final was held during the Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association Championship finals weekend when 14 National Snooker & Billiard Champions were crowned which included 15 year old Ross Bulman winning four National Under-Age Titles when he won the U-16, U-18, U-19 and U-21 Irish Championships.

Last 16:
Brendan O Donoghue 4-1 Stephen Bateman, David Cassidy 4-3 Jason Devaney, Tom O Driscoll 4-1 Paul Luden, Noel Landers 4-0 Robert Murphy, Michael Judge 4-0 Karl Fitzpatrick, Philip O Connor 4-3 James Fennessy, Colm Gilcreest 4-2 Colvin O Brien and Rodney Goggins 4-2 TJ Dowling. 

Brendan O Donoghue 5 v 3 David Cassidy , Tom O Driscoll 5 v 2 Noel Landers , Philip O Connor 5 v 3 Michael Judge , Rodney 5 v 1 Colm Gilcreest. 

Brendan O'Donoghue 6 v 5 Tom O Driscoll and Rodney Goggins 6 v 0 Philip O Connor

Final: Brendan O Donoghue 7 v 3 Rodney Goggins

High Break :120 TJ Dowling


Crowley wins 147academy U-12 C/Ships

The 147academy Under 12 RIBSA National Snooker Championship was held on the 7th of May in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow.  It was great to see young talented Irish junior players battle it out for my 2017 title. This year it was Leone Crowley from Shooters Snooker Club in Cork who claimed the 147academy National Irish title with a stunning performance. 

In the final the 10 year old from Cork beat 11 year old Adam Quinn from Edenderry SC 3 frames to nil in a superb final. The players should be very proud of themselves as the standard of play was very good on the day but Leone was just too sharp. Both semi-finals were very close when Leone beat clubmate James O Connell 2-1 and Adam beat Oisin Bateman from the Kilkenny Shed 2-0 and all the players played stunning snooker on the day.

I really believe this under 12 title will become an important event on the journey for our youngest juniors in becoming the future stars of the game in Ireland.  My 147academy will continue to sponsor this event each season and I am so proud that the 147academy U-12 Irish Snooker Championship is getting bigger bigger each season. I would like to thank Referees Pat Mooney and Ger Murray, The Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow for hosting the Championship and RIBSA for holding the final during their Championship weekend.

I want also to thank all the parents and all the players for junior stars for playing in the 2017 Championship. The Championship High Break trophy was also won by Leone Crowley. 


Aaron Smith 0-2 James O Connell

Leone Crowley 2-1 Ronan McGuirk

Oisin Bateman 2-0 PJ Devenney

Adam Quinn 2-0 Jack O Brien

Semi Finals

James O Connell 1-2 Leone Crowley

Oisin Bateman 0-2 Adam Quinn

The Final

Leone Crowley 3-0 Adam Quinn

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