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Landers keeps his composure to claim inaugural Dalton Cup

Four players from CBS Westland Row made it through to the semi-finals of the country's first ever National U16 Schools and Colleges Championships at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow.

In the quarter-finals, Tareek Payne beat Laura Regan of Coláiste Chluain Meala in Co Tipperary, was the only girl to survive the opening rounds of play.

Charles Roche had a 2-1 victory over Sean Sinnott from FCJ Bunclody, while Ryan Ellison beat Dale Rothwell of FCJ.

Jason O'Toole was unlucky to lose 1-2 to Shane Landers from Coláiste Chluain Meala.

So it was on to the semis, where Landers stepped up a gear to beat Ellison 2-0 and Roche edged it 2-1 against Payne 2-1.

Landers kept his form in a tense final. He took the first frame on the colours and came back well in the second to win on the blue, to the delight of his supporters and his teacher, Leona O'Connor.

It means that Landers is the first ever winner of the Dermot Dalton Cup – a trophy that remembers the man who pioneered youth snooker through the Stars of the Future tournaments. Roche had the consolation of knocking in a 37 for the day's highest break.

*Next up is the U14 championships in Joey's, Harmonstown, Dublin on Thursday, March 27. Teachers are welcome to attend.

*Interested in your school playing snooker or in acquiring a table? C: Dan Carroll at 085-7373305 or email dancarroll147@gmail.com.


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