Nenagh New Institute Snooker Club’s Brendan O’Donoghue came agonisingly close to making it back-to-back ranking titles lin Carlow. However, Brendan lost out to fellow former professional player, Michael Judge, losing 4-1 in the final.
Brendan, who was ranked number two going into this event, was drawn against Jordan McCarthy in his opening game, winning comfortably 3-0, before defeating former European Team Masters Champion Anthony Bonnar in the next round 3-1.
He then faced Mark Owens in the quarter-final but by this stage had reached top form and knocked in a break of 124 and 142 en route to a 3-1 victory.
In the semi-final, Brendan met rising Irish star Josh Boileau, who had also been on top form in the previous rounds, knocking in breaks of 91 and 128. The players shared the opening four frames, but Brendan hung on for victory and a final spot.
The Nenagh star faced former world number 23, Michael Judge, in the final, but despite this 4-1 defeat, there was some good news for Brendan, as his break of 142 earned him the highest break prize.
Mark Walsh and Tony Seymour were also in action with Mark losing to Mark Owens 3-1 in the last 16, while Tony suffered a 3-2 defeat to Daniel O’Regan, also at the same stage.
Also last Sunday, four players from New Institute, Patsy Farrell, Tony Seymour, Martin Kelly and Dave Garrett, travelled to Carlow for the third masters ranking event of the season.
In the opening round. Patsy, Tony and Martin all recorded wins, while Dave lost out to John McBride. In the last 16, Patsy beat Pete Donegan 3-0, while Tony defeated Martin 3-1. Patsy went on to play the number one ranked player, Tom O’Driscoll in the quarter final, only to lose 3-1. Tony went on to defeat Dessie Sheehan 3-2 and advance to the semi-finals, where he faced Patsy`s conqueror.
This result means Tony continues to rise up the rankings, while Patsy also moves inside the top 10.
The club’s Christmas Draw will take place on Friday, January 19. Tickets are available from any member and there are over 10 prizes on offer.