English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2002

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Joseph Thompson Memorial Billiards

The closing stages of the Joseph Thompson billiard tournament took
place in the O’Brien Memorial Hall, Borris-in-Ossory on Sunday 3rd
March. The local clubs had been well represented with players from
Rathdowney, Durrow, Templemore, Edenderry, Kilkenny and
Mountrath, but it as the local players filled three of the semi-final
places. The exception was Conor O’Dwyer from Kilkenny, but he also
went out at this stage, losing 400-261 to John Fahy, both players
having a handicap of 400.

In the other semi-final John Delaney, the club’s chairman, who received
100 points start from Joe Doheny. Try as Joe did to wipe out the
handicap, he was unable to do so, and Delaney went on to win 400-
312.

It was the first time any local player reached the final and with the
destination of the trophy now certain to remain in Borris-in-Ossory, all
broke for a meal in the Loft restaurant, Ballaghmore. The long awaited
final started at 6.00pm and with both players off a 400 handicap, they
started level. Fahy took an early lead and passed the 300 mark almost
sixty points in front. Although Delaney attempted to come back, Fahy
held his advantage to win 400-321

In conclusion, Murty O’Donnell thanked the Thompson family for
their sponsorship of the tournament which has grown to be the best in
the country with all the top class billiard players in Ireland taking part.
Joe Doheny made the highest break of the tournament with 105. Frank
Thompson presented the Waterford Crystal trophies and other prizes
to the winners.

Semi-finals

John Fahy
400 Conor O’Dwyer
261 
John Delaney (rec100)
400  
312 

Final

John Fahy
400 John Delaney
321 

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