Kevin McWeeney and Colin Crossan
Leitrim Pool enjoyed a triumphant weekend at the Irish Pool Cup at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney with Colin Crossan, Jamie Gaffney, Kevin McWeeney and Maurice Sheehan all putting in exceptional performances.
In the prestigious Seniors event, Leitrim provided two semi-finalists in Colin Crossan & Kevin McWeeney (inset) with Colin winning his way through to the final which will be played at the next event in Wicklow in April.
Along with Colin & Kevin, Leitrim had Wayne Kilmartin, Gavin Donnelly, Dave McWeeney, Jamie Gaffney, Maurice Cullen and Lee McSharry in action with Kevin, Colin, Gavin, Wayne & Jamie reaching the last 32.
In the last 32, Kevin and Colin both went through but Jamie and Gavin were drawn to meet each other in a game that went down to the decider, Jamie breaking and clearing to qualify while Ronan Fay beat Wayne Kilmartin.
In the last 16, Colin scored an impressive 7-3 victory over international Dylan Leary while Kevin McWeeney trailed for most of his meeting with Morgan Thomas, the Aughnasheelin man only taking the lead at 6-5 before winning 7-6.Jamie Gaffney saw off Ronan Fay with four clearances in the last six frames to take the verdict.
In the Quarter Finals, Kevin McWeeney won four in a row to see off Jordan Synott 8-4. Colin Crossan got off to a great start, winning the first four against Richie Furlong to give him a platform for a 8-3 victory. Jamie unfortunately had a massive opponent on his hands in Stephen Dempsey and lost 8-2.
In the Semi Finals, Colin kicked into gear against Stephen Dempsey, making very few mistakes as he won through the final on an 8-6 scoreline. Kevin faced Gavin Cleary and Cleary took off into 3-0 lead. Kevin clawed a few frames back but Cleary won out 8-4.
Well done to Colin on reaching his first final .
In the Under 23 event, Irish U23 squad members Lee McSharry and Jamie Gaffney both reached the semi Finals, playing super pool. Lee faced current World U23 champion Cormac Kerr and in a tight game, Kerr was too strong on the day, winning 6-4 win while in the other semi-final, Jamie scraped a 6-5 win over Tyler O’Connor from Wexford.
In the Final, Jamie sped off the line, going two in front. Kerr responded and brought it to 5-5 but in the deciding frame, Kerr had the first opportunity but missed second last red with Jamie clearing. Well done to Jamie!
Leitrim's final win came in the Over 50s event where Maurice Sheerin beat Sonny Flanagan, his second title this season with another final and two semi-finals to his tally. Well done Maurice.
2019 European Championships
Leitrim Pool want to wish all our players representing Ireland at all divisions at the European Championships the very best of luck. We have six players across different categories - Gavin Donnelly (Men’s B), Colin Crossan and Wayne Kilmartin (Men’s C), Maurice Cullen (Men’s D) and Jamie Gaffney and Lee McSharry on the Irish Under 23 team.
To follow how the lads are doing please follow the Leitrim pool Association facebook page, our website on Leitrimpool.com or on the EEPF’s website euro8ball.com
Leitrim Championship weekend
The Leitrim Pool Association are hosting their first ever Leitrim Championship weekend of March 22-24, in the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo. This event will be the biggest we have ever hosted for Leitrim pool. With categories for everyone and seven supreme pool tables set up its bound to be a great weekend of craic and pool.
We are now taking entries for the following categories: Main event - Trophies and County qualification; Ladies; Over 50s; Under 23; Under 18; Under 15; Under 12; four man team - max 2 county A players, 1 B player and one other; Open doubles competition.
We will have live streaming all weekend with commentary on the arena matches, a surround for the arena is currently being manufactured.