Rodney stars in Ireland victory
RODNEY GOGGINS from the 147 Club in Wexford was part of the Ireland team that won the Home International Snooker Championship over the weekend in Pontins North Wales.
The win was only the fourth time in the history for Ireland after wins in 1993, 2000 and 2001.
The Wexford man played number 1 in all his matches against all the best players from England, Scotland, Wales, Isle Of and he was the star performer with outstanding display of match snooker throughout the event.
On Day one Ireland beat Isle of Man in a demolition 11 frames to 1 win to start of their campaign in style. On Day two Ireland beat Scotland 7 frames to 5 but lost to Wales B 7 frames to 5 which meant they could not afford any other defeats. Next up they played the defending champions and the Irish team went into overdrive to beat the Wales A team 8 frames to 4 in a superb match.
On Day three they faced their arch rivals England in the title decider and Irish players played their best snooker to win 7 frames to 5 to secure the title which in fact is Goggins third time in winning the event which puts into context how important the Wexford man is to the Irish team. National Coach and team manager of the winning team PJ Nolan formerly from New Ross said: 'Rodney again proved he is a world class snooker player who performs to his highest level when it is needed the most. It was an honour to guide the team of Brendan O'Donoghue from Nenagh, Greg Casey from Cork, Johnny Williams from Monaghan, Robert Redmond from Dublin and of course our very own Rodney Goggins to win the title and I was very proud of every player on the team''.
Winning the title in 2012 was one of the best ever achievements from a Republic Of Ireland team as the standard is going up every year. Rodney would like to thank the 147 Snooker Club in Wexford for their continued support in giving him free practice facilities to fine tune his game and to his coach PJ for the motivation and guidance to win another major title.
Full results and photos on www.ribsa.ie.