Northern Ireland National Championship
The Northern Ireland National Billiards Championship was won by
Paddy Donnelly who retained his title after defeating Tony Buttimer
754-406 in the final, staged at the West Belfast Club. Donnelly was
always in command of the match, a break of 164 the highlight of an easy
win. This break was also the highest in the competition.
In the earlier rounds Donnelly had been lucky to survive his quarter-
final match against Freddie Cahoon who had a number of golden
opportunities to clinch the game before Donnelly edged home by just
14 points. He subsequently had a more comfortable passage in the
semi-finals where be defeated Frank Trainor 809-336.
Last year’s finalist Davy Elliott was expected to meet Donnelly again
in the deciding match, but after an easy win against Eugene Rogan in the
quarters, in which he had runs of 136, 94 and 80, he had to concede his
semi-final encounter against Buttimer due to illness.