Monday 19 February 2018

Cormac is a world beater!

St Oliver's CC student Cormac Kerr (17) is the master of the pool table - after securing both European and World titles in the space of a few months.

The Drogheda man travelled to the World Junior Finals in Blackpool last week and won the the title the hard way, with a couple of big comeback wins.

He looked to be in real trouble in the quarter finals against the favourite, Australian Jayden Domeika when he trailed 3-0 and then 4-1 before digging deep to secure a 7-6 win.

He then eclipsed fellow Irishman Adam Maher 7-1 before clinching the title with an 8-6 win over Ben Davis, again having trailed 3-1. He also helped the Irish team to the world title, beating England.

He won the European title just four months earlier, and is now the only Irishman to have won both titles.

He puts his success down to 'practice and dedication' and plenty of support from the likes of Derek Smith and Matt Stephenson, his manager David McQuillan, family and friends, including Maura and 'Gisty' McDonagh. Tony Callaghan in St Oliver's and the school in general have been a massive help too.

A former Louth u/18 snooker champion, Cormac would love to go professional in the future.

'I move on to under 23 now, but I've won a few matches at that grade already so I think it will go well,' he added.

He's a popular face around Potters on the quays and also plays with the Fair Green Bar.

'My sponsors have been great, so thanks Noel Carr MVM Ltd and Jojo Murphy in the Mariner. They have been terrific for me,' Cormac added.

Drogheda Independent

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