THE Cookstown league which recently commenced, got back on track when last years winner, Brian Milne played Joe Loughran. This contest took place in the newly furnished snooker club of Mitchell’s and Joe raced into a good formidable position when he claimed the first with a good 33 break. Brian is a very talented player as he proved with a brilliant 66 break to level the score-line at 1-1.
In the third Joe was striking the balls with ease as he produced two breaks of 30 to take a 2-1 lead. The final frame of the night stared young Brian taking an early lead with a 38 break. Joe tried hard but Brian continued with a 32 break leaving a respectable draw.
Mickey Quinn who even at this early stage has an eye on this title travelled to Mitchell’s snooker complex to play Conor Gillespie. Micky broke of the first and with several small breaks he quickly won this plus also the second. Conor is a good player as he proved when he potted ball for ball with only the colours remaining. The pink proved to be the deciding ball which was eventually potted by the ‘Mighty’ Quinn meaning three valuable points which puts Micky on top.
There is a new addition to the Cookstown league and James Winters who plays with Patrick Wallace in the East Tyrone League is the new player. James is a brilliant player and we all hope he does well in his first season.
Over the New Year Micky Quinn at short notice was called to take part in the competition organised by Patrick Wallace for the ninth year for the late Barry Mc Namee which is sponsored by Starplan Dungannon. Micky proved more than just a match when he crossed the path of Joe Swail. At 2-2 it was anyone’s game and the ‘Mighty’ Quinn took the upper hand as Joe required two snookers as they approached the colours.
Micky tried very hard but Joe required his snookers and eventually went on to win by only one point. Joe Loughran also took part and he done exceptionally well but alas he was beaten 3-1 by Jordon Brown. As a matter of interest Joe Swail took a 2-0 lead in the final but Patrick Wallace produced some outstanding snooker to win 3-2. The winning frame from Patrick was just pure magic and the 101 break was a delight to watch.
Finally a special mention must be given to Thomas Mc Crea who officiated in his capacity as a snooker referee, as he done the morning session. Thomas refereed the opening two matches in a very expertly manner and we all hope that Patrick Wallace can win again next year to make it three in a row.