Crucible Snooker Club win the Orme Shield. – By Derek Kiely
IN an action packed weekend for Cork snooker, we saw the Orme Shield 2013 take place at its spiritual home Youghal CYMS and the second division one ‘Cork Billiards and Snooker Association’ (CBSA) semi final took place at Douglas snooker club.
Firstly the Orme Shield made its return to the ‘Market House’ in the seaside town of Youghal where Youghal CYMS were the host club for this extremely prestigious three person team event.
The competition spans over three days starting last Friday night and finishing up with the final last Sunday afternoon.
The competition went mainly to form, but during the Quarter Finals Fermoy CYMS took a big scalp defeating Douglas A to set up a semi-final match with the host clubs A side after Youghal CYMS defeated their fellow club mates Youghal CYMS in their quarter final encounter.
The other side of the draw saw the AOH progress through to the semi finals after beating the strong Youghal CYMS B side and the much fancied Crucible who won this event two years ago had a fairly easy passage through to the semi final defeating the Crucible C side en-route.
The first semi final saw the Youghal A side through to the final, but it wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, with Fermoy losing out on one match when Brendan Cooney defeated Tom Aherne, but Fermoy CYMS star Daithi Whelan levelled the match with a win over Youghal’s Christopher Cooney.
The semi final was tied at two matches each and two frames each as Aaron Tobin from Youghal took on Fermoy’s Alan Cleary, but in the end the young Youghal man had enough in hand to see the host club through.
In the other semi final the AOH took on the Crucible was a match that saw these sides play each other in key matches for the third time in the last 12 months as they met in Killarney, last seasons league final and the Orme Shield semi final and the Crucible side had the upper hand in the two previous meetings.
The Crucibles David Cassidy started well against the AOH’s Shane O’Mahony and Greg Casey was in top form against the AOH’s Lyodd Myers, with both Crucible players getting of to a two frame lead in each match.
On the other table Gary Bracken and the Crucible’s Ryan Cronin were evenly matched with a frame each in their match.
The very exciting semi-final saw Cassidy defeat O’Mahony, but a spirited fight back from both Myers and Bracken forced this one to the wire, before Cronin eventually potted the all important black ball to send the Crucible into the final where they met Youghal CYMS.
The final was in a sense a three man dress rehearsal for this weeks CBSA league final, with father and son Brendan and Christopher Cooney and Aaron Tobin playing against the Crucibles Ryan Cronin, Greg Casey and David Cassidy respectively.
Casey was in awesome form in the final winning his match against Christopher Cooney by three frames to nil. Cassidy also showed great form throughout the tournament and took a two frame lead against Tobin. Brendan Cooney showed all his experience against Cronin leading by two frames to one frame, but it wasn’t enough as Cassidy sunk the vital ball to win the Orme Shield.
Last Thursday evening saw the Crucible progress through to the CBSA Garry McCarthy League Division one final after a three matches to one match victory over the AOH at Douglas snooker club.
The men from Blarney Street are just one match from retaining their league title, but a resurgent Youghal CYMS team stand firmly in their way.
Youghal who have already defeated the Crucible at home and away earlier in this season league campaign.
This final will take place this coming Thursday evening at 8pm in Douglas snooker club and if anyone is brave enough to call this one then fair plat to them, because this I think will go down to the very last ball.
Next week on Cork Snooker we will have a full report from the league final.