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Ireland win Celtic Challenge

I had the honor to coach the Irish RIBSA Junior team to win the 2016 Celtic Challenge in the Terry Griffiths Matchroom in Llanelli, Wales on Saturday the 25th of June.  The team put on a fantastic display of Snooker to win with a session to spare over a talented young Welsh team.

This annual event features the best Irish and Welsh under 14 and Under 16 players. The six players on each team play two frames against each other over six sessions of play.

The Irish team won the first five session in style but the Welsh fought back to win the final session but it was all too late. Gordon Pantall from the Welsh Billiards & Snooker Association presented the Irish team captain and 147Academy player Ross Bulman from Youghal CYMS with the Perpetual Cup.


Session Scores

Session 1 : Ireland 13 - Wales 11

Session 2 : Ireland 19 - Wales 5

Session 3 : Ireland 15 - Wales 9

Session 4 : Ireland  13 - Wales 11

Session 5 : Ireland 15 - Wales 9

Session 6 : Ireland  10 - Wales 14

Overall Score : Ireland 85 - Wales 59

The U-14 Team Manager was Brendan Cooney from Youghal and U-16 Team manager was James Bateman from Kilkenny. The Team assistant was young Oisin Bateman. 

The RIBSA Referees were Ger Murray, Declan Quinn and Don O Donoghue and they all did a superb job on the day.  RIBSA Chairman Jim Leacy said he was delighted with the performance from all our juniors. All the hard work done by RIBSA through our National Coach is paying off with two victories in this event in the last three years.

Event Stats

Sean Walsh from Cork won 11 out of his possible 12 frames while his club mate Aaron Hill won 10 out of his possible 12 frames and Sean Devenney from Northwest SC won the overall high break with a superb 68 break.  The Irish and Welsh Under 16 teams drew 36 frames each in the event, but the Under 14 Irish team beat their Welsh opponents 49 frames to 23 to give the Irish team overall victory.


Ross Bullman

Training Camp in France

Last weekend my 147academy traveled to France to hold a coaching camp in the Academia de Billiard in the beautiful city of Saint Quentin in Northern France.  The players who attended were Frederic Dieupart, Clement Mothurel, Juliette Proix, Jean Christophe Delphin, Raphael Pontalli, Christophe Coutant, Ahmed Bendela, Jean Marc Beauchamp, Guillaume Francant, Nicolas and Thomas Mortreux.

All the players were recorded and they practiced Cue Ball Control and Safety routines.  I worked on fine tuning good fundamentals in their playing techniques by analyzing their videos and I gave the players a new training program to practice. Among the players was Nicolas Mortreux who is one of the leading young juniors in Europe. During this camp my role was to prepare him for the upcoming IBSF U-18 and U-21 World Championships in Belgium and his attitude and performance was excellent. 

Each player received a DVD of their action from the camp plus a player profile that outlines what is needed next to improve even more. All the players also received a sports psychology audio to help with their mind fitness

I would like to thank Isabelle & Yannick Mortreux for arranging the camp and all their assistance throughout the weekend. I would like to also thank the Club for inviting me to France as it was a pleasure training their players as their commitment was superb.  The players really improve their cue ball control and I hope they continue to practice properly to improve more. Finally I would like to wish Nicolas good luck in the World IBSF U-18 & U-21 Championships next month. 

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