Mike is King of the pool table

Mike Moriarty after winning the over 50’s All-Ireland Championship

KERRY had up to 30 players, from all parts of the county, involved in the All-Ireland Pool Championships which were held at the INEC in Killarney at the weekend.

The big news is that Mike Moriarty from Brosna became the over 50 champion which was a huge achievement in what was a highly competitive field of 128 players and a huge reward where the hours of dedication and practice paid off.

From 5-2 behind to Raymond Stockman from Antrim, he battled back and managed to scrape over the line and win in an extremely edgy deciding frame 7-6.

The Kerry A Team, front from left, Shane McCarthy (Kilflynn), Danny Moriarty (Brosna), Tim Winters (Captain), Derek Hasell (Waterville) and Niall Marshall (Currow) with, at back, Eddy Regan (Castleisland), Jamie Moriarty (Tralee), Philip Lawlor (Tralee), Mike Moriarty (Brosna), John Lynch (Killarney)and Dave Curtin (Brosna)

The Kerry A team reached the final in the intermediate section against Armagh B on Sunday evening but, unfortunately, they came up short on a 14-12 scoreline after finding themselves 7-1 behind early on.

Kerry managed to win nine of the next 13 frames and were only one behind at 11-10. It went down to the last two tables but Armagh got over the line by a great break and clearance leaving Kerry with no opportunity to take the victory.

Honorable mentions must also go to Derek Hassell (Waterville) who reached the semi-finals of the intermediate singles competition and Philip Lawlor (Tralee) and Shane McCarthy (Kilflynn) who reached the last 16 of the same competition. Well done also to Tim Winters from Brosna who reached the last 16 of the over 50 men’s singles competition.