Last week came the announcement that CrossGuns Snooker Club in Dublin would play host to a new Junior Series this coming season – hosted by owner Fin Ruane.
Under-14 and Under-19 events will be staged on the first Saturday of each month from September, with accumulated ranking points deciding the inaugural CrossGuns Junior Player of the Year next May.
The first tournament will be staged on Saturday, the 5th of September at CrossGuns in Phibsboro, with an entry fee of just €10.
Play will commence at 12pm to encourage young competitors from around the country the extended opportunity to make the trip to the capital.
All matches including the final will be best of three frames and each section is a straight knockout format, ensuring that it should be a highly competitive series.
Here at SnookerHQ, I am delighted to endorse the CrossGuns Junior Series and proud to become the first sponsor of the high break prize.
Fin Ruane has for a long time taken a great interest in the junior scene in Ireland, realising the importance of encouraging younger audiences to take up the game.
Not only does it generate a wider interest which will have a ripple effect among family and friends, but it also leads to a greater chance that someday a future Ken Doherty can be unearthed.
“I’m excited about these events at CrossGuns,” expressed Ruane, who will also offer coaching and free table time when available at each event.
“Junior snooker has always been very close to my heart and for me to have the opportunity to host these tournaments for the juniors, and to see the young players enjoy playing the game as well as improving their snooker talent, gives me immense satisfaction.
“I’ve ordered the trophy which will be named the CrossGuns Junior Player of the Year and, who knows, maybe in ten or so years time there may be a few famous names on it.”
Over the course of the season there will be a page dedicated to the Junior Series on this website so that the teenagers can follow their results and rankings – which will be posted after the conclusion of the first tournament next month.
The very best of luck to Ruane in his new venture and hopefully the series will turn out to be a big success.