Brosna Involvement in European Pool Championships

At the European Pool Championship presentation ceremony in Malta recently were from left: Philip Yore, Meath; Tim Winter, Brosna; John Lynch, Killarney; Mike Moriarty, captain, Brosna; Francis Grimes, team manager, Clare; Vincent DeGeorgio, tournament director, Malta; Walte Prendergast, Mayo; Eugene Yore, Meath and Eddie Walsh, Cork.
Mairéad Moriarty with a report on the European Pool Championships in Malta at which her brother Mike captained the Irish over 50s team.

Mark Twain said that a proficiency at billiards was the sign of a misspent youth.

By Mairéad Moriarty

As a sister to the captain of Ireland’s Over 50s B Team which reached the European Pool Championship semi final in Malta recently, all I can say is: No Comment!

A Thousand Games in Six Days

Brosna’s Mike Moriarty, along with his team-mates were pipped by a very strong Wales side in the semi final of a European competition that saw over 10,000 frames of pool played over a six-day period.

Teams from across Europe including Ireland England, Scotland and the aforementioned Wales joined those of Belgium, France and many more EU member states congregated in the Dolmen Hotel in St Paul’s Bay, Malta where competitions, in many age categories, were expertly staged.

Ireland Ably Represented

In addition, to the Over 50s teams, Ireland was ably represented by two junior teams – Team A having Brosna’s Aaron Templeman and Team B having Mike’s son, Danny, among its numbers.

Fifteen year old, Sean O’Connell-Walsh of Cork, who was one of the stars of the Ireland Junior A team, was crowned European Junior Single Champion.

Congratulations to All

Apparently, the World Pool Championships are on the horizon. Best of luck to everyone in the forthcoming ranking tournaments. I see a misspent middle age about to commence!