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Mustafa Training Camp

This week I had the pleasure of holding a five day Snooker Coaching Camp for Mustafa Ansari from Sydney, Australia in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow. 

Mustafa travelled all the way from Australia to Carlow for intensive coaching to improve his fundamentals and learn how to play all the different shots, drills plus receive the technical information to improve his game.

Mustafa “said it was great to have PJ coaching me this week. I now feel more confident about my technique after the fine tuning. I really enjoyed how PJ planned out my sessions and I cannot wait to get home and start doing my new training program. 


Coaching Sessions

Mustafa was videoed during each session and he brings home CD's with all the action from the session to study covering all the routines in the four main areas Technique, Control, Tactical and Scoring. The Master Doctor helped to get him on the line of aim and Mustafa was a fast learner in developing the skill. 

PJ fine-tuned his Approach, Cue Action and on his aiming and delivery. Each skill was mastered and Mustafa really improved in each session.


PJ said Mustafa has a great passion for the game, I really enjoyed training him as he was a great student in learning the new skills. Mustafa begins a new training program which will be monitored with results and feedback in helping to improve his game.  

My 147academy would like to thank Mustafa for coming over and wish him a safe journey home and good luck for the future.

Vienna Training Camp

My latest Austrian National Snooker Training Camp was held this weekend in the HSEBC Cue Sports Academy in Vienna, Austria. This camp was again organised by the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association with eight players invited to attend this two day PJ Nolan camp.

Oskar Charlesworth, Philipp Koch, Florian Nüßle, Jérôme Liedtke, Tajmeet Grover, Florian Toth, Mario Bodlos and Elias Kapitany attended this intense training camp to prepare the Austrian players for the IBSF Championships in Myanmar next month.

The Camp Winners

I held different types of competitions during the camp to monitor the player’s performances. The Technical competition was won by Florian Nüßle with a stunning display with Oskar Charlesworth and Jérôme Liedtke in joint second place.

In the Mental Competition it was again Florian Nüßle who was too strong and won it with Oskar Charlesworth and Philipp Koch in joint second place.

The Scoring competition was also won by Florian Nüßle with top quality scoring which included a 139 clearance on the Bond Break and 142 clearance on the Allen Break. In second place it was Elias Kapitany with Mario Bodlos in third place.

In the five different Match-Play competitions the winners were Florian Nüßle with two victories, Mario Bodlos, Jérôme Liedtke and Oskar Charlesworth with one victory each.

Training Plan

During this camp I worked with the players on improving their Technique, Break Building skills and Safety Games with specific academy Technical, Mental, Scoring and Match-Play routines. I really feel the players are developing their game with every camp. All the players practiced from 10am – 6pm and it was a pleasure training them again as their commitment was superb.


All the players received a CD from the coaching camp along with a copy of the training and Mind Fitness booklet to work on during each training session at home.

Thank You

I would personally like again to thank the Austrian Association for inviting me to work with the players and I am already looking forward to holding the next camp in December. 

Finally I would like to thank Austrian President and Sport Director Christian Fock and National Coach Chau Zi Kim for their assistance during the camp and I wish all the Austrian players the best of luck in the IBSF World Championships in Myanmar.

Come on Team Austria!!!!

Italian Camp in Milan

This week my 147academy travelled back to the beautiful city of Milan in Italy to hold another snooker training camp in the Ambrosian Snooker Academy in Milan.  Davide Coltro who is an EBSA Coach and the main developer of the sport of snooker within F.I.B.I.S. in Italy organised the camp.

New Training Program

This three day training camp covered all aspects of the game from developing good fundamentals in their playing technique i.e. Approach, Stance, Grip, Bridge, and Cue Action.  I used the Master Doctor Kit to develop their approach of coming in on line of aim.

New National Italian Champion

One of the players who attended this camp was Pierfrancesco Garzia who is the 2018 National Snooker Champion. This player has great talent and has already performed well on the pool table over the years for Italy but now he wants to focus more on snooker. He will compete in the 2019 EBSA Championships in Israel and he really impressed me with his passion and commitment.

All the players also practiced routines for Cue Ball Control, Safety Play and Break Building. Each player received a CD to study at home with the videos from the camp.

Develop good Fundamentals

This camp was to focus more on developing a new training program and raise the knowledge and standard of snooker in Italy by training on specific shots, drills and situations that occur in frames and matches.  The players were also shown how to plan a session and to start making written records from their training so improvement can be measured with feedback from each session.

Honour to Coach in Italy

It was an honour to train the Italian players again and see how passionate they were about wanting to learn.  Davide Coltro is trying very hard to develop snooker in Italy and the game is becoming more popular each year with more and more clubs and Academies staring up all around Italy. They also have their own Euro sport commentators and this bodes well for growing the game and it is a big honour for my 147academy to hopefully produce more top class players Italian players in the future.

Thank You

I would like to thank Davide Coltro for organising everything and making my stay in Milan so nice and finally thank you to all the players for training so hard and giving me 100% commitment throughout the camp. I look forward to the next camp in 2019 to monitor their progress.

Arrivederci PJ

World IBSF U-16 Finalist

On Sunday 7th of October Ireland’s 16 year old Aaron Hill from Cork brave run to become the 2018 IBSF World Under 16 Snooker Champion in St. Petersburg, Russia ended with the Corkman losing the final 4 frames to 3 to Ben Mertens from Belgium.

The final started off with the young Corkman winning the opening two frames with a 78 and 47, back came the young Belgium to close the gap to 2-1, Aaron then went 3-1 with a help of a 45 break and was in touching distance of the world title. Ben then fought back again to win the next two and force a decider with a top break of 74.

In the decider Aaron got in first and made 32 but after many safety shots, Aaron got Ben in a very difficult safety position. The young Belgium tried to pot his way out of trouble but missed and it seemed Aaron would get his chance to win the world title but a red dropped in. 13 year Belgium did not want another chance and made a winning clearance of 53 under pressure to win the world title and deny Aaron the title.

Aaron Hill also won a share of High Break with his superb 131 break on Day 1 of the Championship.

National Coach PJ Nolan said it was overall a fantastic tournament for all the RIBSA juniors. I was so proud of the way they played and behaved in Russia. We are all gutted for Aaron after coming so close but I told him we will be back again fighting for the titles in the future.

The Republic of Ireland sent six players to the World Championships and all six reached the last 32 knock outs rounds. We had four players in the last 16 and Aaron went all the way to the final which bodes well for the development of their games.

I was very proud of each player and each player showed me how much they trained and the future is looking good for my 147academy and Irish Snooker.

Aaron Hill – Crucible SC Cork

Ryan McGuirk – R&R SC Meath

Leone Crowley – Shooters SC Cork

Jack Newman – Fermoy SC Cork

Lewis Casserly – R&R SC Meath

Sean Walsh – Douglas SC Cork



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