The League Cup & Championship Playoff titles are shared by Paul Dunne & David Poole after a final showdown!
The 9-Ball League came to a close with Paul Dunne regaining his title in style..
Paul had 2 or 3 matches which really could have gone either way but he is certainly one player you cannot give any chances to.. Regaining his 9-Ball League title this year Paul set another new record in the League as he has become the first player to complete a season without losing a match! Not an easy task with the competition he is up against. League runner-up was David Poole and in 3rd place Jack Li.
The final showdown of the season was the Championship Playoff... by far the toughest competition to win!
Paul Dunne made it to his 2nd final in 2 seasons and was chasing after another double to add to his impressive record. But it just wasn't to be as it was David Poole who went on to beat Dunne in 2 straight sets 7-3 and 7-5 to win his 2nd Championship Playoff title. Poole played a very solid game on the day and was a worthy winner this time around. Well done to both players and a big thanks to everyone who took part in the League this year.
See both players pictured below with their titles...
For a 3rd year running, it's a pleasure to say we had another great turnout at our Christmas Party.
The Pool Competitions rolled on into the early hours as usual with almost everyone taking part in both the Blackball and American Pool Comps. There were some real upsets in the early rounds of both events with many big guns making an early exit .... Congrats to Gavin Cleary who went on to win both the Blackball & 9-Ball competitions.
Shack Christmas Pool Marathon, Blackball Event
Nations Cup 2012 England U18 & U23 Teams visit
The Pool Knight Shack Academy
Friday 12th of October.
The English teams arrived early Friday morning to take part in the Nations Cup 2012 in the Carlton Hotel, Tyrrellstown. Both their U18 and U23 teams spent most of the day on Friday practicing and playing in a singles competition which was arranged and hosted by The Shack Academy.
Some serious pool was played by these young players who seemed to be in top form for the up-coming Nations Cup Tournament.
Event 3 of the Shacks Academy 9-Ball Tour Comp is tested over a 2 day schedule with Paul Dunne again claiming the top spot!
The new 2 day format ran very smoothly with only the group stages being played throughout the Saturday. All groups started and finished on time leaving plenty of table time for practce between sessions...
Paul Dunne just did enough to come through his group to make the knockout stages. It wasn't his usual top class perfect performance but being the competitive high quality player that he is his persistance and never give up attitude was enough to pocket him another tournament win.
It was the 9-ball veteran Paul Tierney who was unfortunate to be defeated in the final by Dunne. Tierneys fighting spirit is what got him through the group stages of the tournament. Needing no less than a 6-0 win in his final group match just to qualify to the knockout stage on Sunday, saw him do just that! He went on to win some real nail biting battles in the knockout stage taking him on to another big final showdown. Nothing uncommon for a player of Tierneys ability.
Thanks to all the players who played in the event... However, a few late withdrawls and some no-shows did raise some concerns leaving little time to find replacement players. A big thanks to those who filled the places at such short notice making the event a success. In futre all entries will need to be emailed or text direct to the tournament director before being accepted. Past no-shows will also be required to pay the entry in advance or the entry will not be accepted. It's very unfair and some-what dis-respectful to the players who make the effort to attend and want to play in these competitions.
Nations Cup 2012 Blackball Irish B Players Comp Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th of October.
@ The Pool Knight Shack
The Shack Academy is hosting this event for all the B-Team players who are representing Ireland in the Nations Cup 2012. The event format will be the same as the Irish Blackball Tours' main event and also the Shack's Blackball Knockout Series Events, with the top 2 players from each group qualifying into the knockout stage on the Sunday.
There will be no plate event in this competition.
Prizes are based on a minimum of 32 entries.
The rules, terms and conditions of the Shack apply to all players at all times.
Please text or email your details to enter!
Administrator for this event is Paddy Murphy
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Paul Dunnes form has been second to none as he has gone from strength to strenght over the past year.. Another great display of such consistant and highly competitive match play adds the Blackball Singles League 2012 title to Pauls already impressive list of wins.
League runner-up for a second year running goes again to Graham Baitson. Graham is a super pool player and known well by all, but he has been struggling to just get over that final hurdle so to add his name to the League Champions Hall of Fame. Perhaps next year will be a 3rd time lucky for Graham...?
Finishing in 3rd place in his first time entering the league was new-comer Jason Ward.
Jason literally took the league by storm and played excellent pool coming to the end of the League. He will be one to look out for in the future!
From left: Jason Ward, Paul Dunne & Graham Baitson below
Event 2 of the Shacks Academy 9-Ball Tour Comp takes Irish pool to a new level..
After another great ranking event the congrats goes to Paul Dunne.
Paul had a very tough day and really struggled to find any form in the group stages. Barely qualifying from his group which was labelled the "group of death" he went on to beat some top quality players to become the Academy Event 2 winner. Paul, who was runner up in Event 1, has shown that he is without doubt one of the finest players on the Irish pool scene at the moment. A very competitive spirited young player with unbelieveable cue power and control. His shot making is just a pleasure to watch!
A special mention goes to the runner up, Colm "Go easy on me I'm only a youngfella" McEvoy. Colm, who was playing in his first 9-ball event, displayed a terriffic show of form and super potting which took him all the way to the final. Narrowly losing out to Paul Dunne 9-6, Colm is definitely one to watch out for in future events!
Many thanks to all the players who played in the event... New comers Leif Beaton from Cork, Chris Leal from Massachusetts in the USA, Sean Judge and Mark McDonald from Belfast and many more. We look forward to the next event where hopefully the standard will continue to rise to even higher levels.