2013 Home Internationals

The 2013 Home Internationals gets under way today at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Ireland defends its title with a fantastic team consisting of David Hogan, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Judge and John Sutton.

The competition pits the talents of amateur talent from the British and Irish isles against each other in a three-day contest.

Last year, Ireland claimed the spoils for the first time in more than a decade and the team are well placed to make it back-t0-back successes this year.

Hogan, O’Donoghue and Judge are former professionals with the latter having experienced the heights of playing at the Crucible in the World Championship.

Sutton, meanwhile, has been one of the top players on the amateur scene for many years and in 2012 was the runner-up in the inaugural Snookerbacker Classic.

The Celbridge player will be keeping a close eye on proceedings in England and will give an account of the tournament here after its conclusion.

The Masters event also takes place over the coming days while the Juniors will be held next week.

All the best to all the Irish players involved.

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