Dramatic climax to McNamee Memorial sees Swail pocket title.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Dramatic climax to McNamee Memorial sees Swail pocket title. thumbnail The Barry McNamee Memorial Trophy Tournament was held in Pot Black on Saturday, pictured are Dermot Loughran, Rory Mallon, Paul Dickson, Stephen Brady, Joe Swail, Patrick Wallace and Jordan Brown.

BELFAST'S Joe Swail won his fourth Starplan Barry McNamee Memorial Trophy at the Pot Black Club in Cookstown at the weekend by beating former World U21 Champion Rodney Goggins 3-2 in the final in what was the most dramatic finish seen in the 15 year history of the event.

Swail won the opening frame comfortably but Wexford man Goggins responded with breaks of 53 and 72 to lead 2-1. Requiring a tricky final pink along the top cushion to win 3-1, Goggins left it agonisingly on the lip of the pocket and Swail potted pink and black for 2-2.

Even more drama was to follow as, despite a 57 break from Swail in the decider, Goggins again attempted the final pink for victory and this time he produced an excellent pot with the rest only to watch in horror as the cue-ball found its way into a top pocket via the side cushion.

Swail potted the pink from hand and at his next visit dispatched a long black to earn the narrowest of victories and join newly crowned Masters Champion Mark Allen and tournament organiser Patrick Wallace on four wins in the competition.

While Swail was delighted to have won the tournament staged in memory of his good friend, he paid tribute to Goggins in his winner's speech, saying: "Rodney played the better snooker in the final and deserved to have won, I really feel for him because that was a cruel way to lose."

Swail had earlier beaten Colm Gilcreest from Cormeen in the quarter-finals 3-1, with the help of a 95 break, and Ballymena's C.J. Anderson in the semi-finals, also by a 3-1 score-line.

Goggins put out defending title holder Wallace 3-0 in the quarters and made the tournament's highest break of 129 in the clinching frame of his 3-0 semi-final win over Dun Laoghaire's Michael Judge.

Judge himself had made a century break (102) in his last-16 defeat of Brian Milne while the day's other three-figure contribution came from Anthony Heaney, who compiled a run of 116 in his 3-1 loss to Swail in the same round.

A total of 22 players assembled from all over Ireland, North and South, for the 15th staging of the tournament and as it remains extremely well supported by the players, who all enjoy coming to play in the fantastic conditions in the Cookstown venue, as well as many local spectators, the Pot Black club, the title sponsor and the McNamee family, it looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.


Quarter- Finals

Rodney Goggins beat Patrick Wallace 3(87)-0(55);
Michael Judge beat T.J. Dowling 3(65)-2(63);
C.J. Anderson beat Jordan Brown 3(57, 42, 44)-2(67, 64);
Joe Swail beat Colm Gilcreest 3(95)-1(45)


Goggins beat Judge 3(50, 86, 129)-0;
Swail beat Anderson 3-1


Swail beat Goggins 3(46, 57)-2(53, 72)


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