Saturday 18 November 2017

Goggins in the frame on his home soil

WEXFORD'S 147 Club hosted the second series of the Celtic Link Ferries open on Sunday last. The tournament was well supported as a mixture of Irish and local amateur talent was on display.

With the World Amateur Championships in Bulgaria being held next week, a few of the Irish internationals were using this as preparation for the big event. The tournament was won by local man Rodney Goggins, beating Cork man and fellow Irish international Greg Casey 4-0 in the final.

En route to the final he beat Wexford's Jonathan Walsh and Joe Delaney 3-0 and 32 respectively, Waterford's Jonathan Grant 4-0, and last year's Irish Amateur champion from Ballina, Jason Devaney, 4-0.

Four centuries were recorded throughout the day. Rodney Goggins had 113 and 100 with Greg Casey having 108 and 105.

The club and the players would like to thank the sponsor, Celtic Link Ferries, for this tournament.

In these hard economic times, they very much appreciate it. The format is a threetournament ranking series that will be held in the 147 Club.

In Junior news, Shane Bates and Stevie Lawlor of the 147 Club have started the Under-16 national ranking series off well, with Shane reaching a final and a semi-final, and Stevie getting to a semi-final and a quarter-final.

With only two tournaments played, this type of consistency will get them an Irish Under-16 team spot.

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