Taylor’s Drumsna are the new county champions, defeating 2011/2012 winners Leitrim Inn.
Both teams won the semi-finals 16-14, defeating the Blue Devon Dromahair and Carthy’s Lock 17.
In the first round of the final, Taylor’s won 11-4 at home to command a convincing lead. However, Leitrim Inn rallied winning the first four frames with Kevin McWeeney taking the fifth for Taylor’s.
In the second session following a time foul from Virgil Lynch, Kevin McWeeney sought a free table enabling McWeeney with a chance to finish and Owen Woods unfortunate with a fine cut on the black ball brought Taylor’s in sight of victory to make the score 15-10. In the third session, Kevin McWeeney had a fantastic finish to the first game to earn Taylor’s the title of County Champions.
Presenting the J.W Carthy Memorial Cup, John Casey praised the high standard of pool on display from both teams and all all the team who took part and all the pubs for their sponsorship, of food, etc.
Presenting the Man of the Match Award to young Kevin McWeeney, John stressed that Kevin at 17 years of age had a bright future in pool, having already played at Under 18, 21 and Junior with Ireland and as Captain of the Irish Junior team winning the European Championships this year and the All-Ireland Leitrim Juniors 2012.
John wished the Leitrim Junior team all the best in defending their title in the Green Isle Hotel, Clonadlkin on May Bank Holiday weekend with the Seniors travelling to Limerick on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
Accepting the J.W Carthy Memorial Cup, Liam Shanley, captain of Taylor’s, praised the commitment to practice by all his team-mates and thanked the LPA officials who carried out the duties of referees and time keepers. Thanking the Leitrim Inn team for a very sporting game, Liam also thanked the Tracey family Leitrim Inn and all the supporters with a special thanks to Liam Taylor.
Taylor’s team: Liam Shanley Captain, Brendan Murray, Kevin and David McWeeney, David and Jonathan Moolic and Paddy Guckian. Leitrim Inn team: Hugh Kielty Captain, Virigl Lynch, Adrian Regan, Owen Woods, James Gilcrest, Eunan Tracey, Martin Rafferty and Cris Hayden.
Dinner Dance: The LPA held a very successful dinner dance and awards ceremony in Cardiff’s, Drumcong on Saturday April 27 last with John Lynch from Shannonside FM as the special guest on the night.
Presenting the Leitrim Pool Player of the Year Award to 17-year-old Kevin McWeeney and the Most Improved Player of the Year to 16 year old Daragh O’Shea, John was full of admiration for all the Cups, trophies and awards on display, all of which were won within the last 12 months. John said that pool should get a lot more recongition as a sport. John thanked the PA for the great honour in having him as the special guest and promised that he would help the Association the best he could.
Concluding the night, an aunction was held for a signed DVD and CD by Frank Nelson who played music on the night in aid of Cancer. Ciaran Gill volunteered as auctioneer with John Casey at €70 the highest bidder in the draw.
John Casey thanked the various sponsors with first prize of €50 Bush Hotel voucher, sponsored by Liam Shanley, won by Ciaran Gill. Cryan’s Carrick-on-Shannon sponsored a four course meal won by Tommie Guckian, Drumsna. €40 voucher Cardiff’s, Drumcong Sunday dinner was won by Eamon and Hilda Reynolds. Other winners Collette Coulter, Hilda Reynolds, Jane Cowley twice, Adrian Regan, Jerome McWeeney and Liam Shanley.