The Ivy Rooms, Carlow, Republic of Ireland.
The Northern Ireland team of Willie Lowes, Kenny Campbell and Taylor Smythe retained the annual Welham-Grice cup which is played to commerate the memory, and works of Peter Welham (England) and Andrew Grice (Austria) in the area of Junior Billiards Development in their respective countries.
The Ivy Rooms, Carlow in the Republic Of Ireland played hosts to this years event which is yearly played over the last weekend in July.
Northern Ireland scored an early 6-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in the 1st session, and over England in the 3rd to take a good lead in the event, with this lead not being threatened throughout the weekend.
The Republic of Ireland (Wayne Doyle, Ross Doyle, Ed Keaney & Shane Menton) finished as Runners-up and England were third.
Willie Lowes and Kenny Campbell were both unbeaten for the Champions, while the Republics Wayne Doyle was beaten in only one game.
An individual Championship was also held for the first time this year and this was won by The Republic of Ireland’s Wayne Doyle , with Willie Lowes Runner-up, Kenny Campbell third & Grant Miles (England) 4th.
Miles a newcomer to Billiards and to the event was awarded with the W/G Cups ‘Best Newcomer’ award.
Many thanks to the events organising Committe, and administrators for 2011 Oliver Mcguigam (NIBA), Ger Murray (RIBSA) & Darren Christain (EABA), and offcourse to our hosts Jim and Marion Leacy of the Ivy Rooms.
Next years event will be held in Vienna, Austria on the corresponding weekend.