Milne wins Cookstown open individual

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The Individual final cued of with Brian Milne and Joe Loughran looking for an opening in the first frame, and it was Brian who settled the quickest by claiming the first frame with breaks of 57 and 36. The next continued with the Magherafelt player racing into a 2-0 lead with yet again with breaks of 59 and 36.

Brian was calling the shots with small breaks and perfect safety to leave young Joe in all kinds of trouble meaning the score-line quickly raced to 3-0. Joe was doing nothing wrong as Brian was in top form and he made it four in a row before the Official Referee Thomas Mc Crea calling for a short interval.

After the break Joe approached the table with a new lease of life as he was attacking all the pots and after two forty plus breaks he had pulled back a frame. In the sixth frame, Brian couldn’t pot a ball as his long shots were missing there target. Joe took advantage when he potted a brilliant pink to claw his way back into the match. At 4-2 the comeback looked on the cards as both players raised their games but yet again it was Brian who got 56 break to leave Joe needing snookers, Joe for some unknown reason potted the green, brown, blue leaving himself literally an impossible task in-order to get his required snooker. Alas it wasn’t to be Joe’s year meaning Brian Milne was crowned champion of the Cookstown open by the score-line 5-2.

A special mention must be given to the official referee, Thomas Mc Crea who expertly kept control of the match and at the moment he is one of the senior referees for the N.Ireland Cue Snooker Players Association.

Lastly but not least, Seamus Mitchell deserves a mention for the excellent condition of his tables and also for sponsoring the final.

The presentation of all awards will be sorted out over the next few weeks and any outstanding entry fee’s must be forwarded to the league Co-ordinator as soon as possible.