Irish Snooker

Judge Rules in Premier Cup

Michael Judge claimed his second senior ranking title of the Irish season following a 4-2 victory over David Hogan in the Premier Cup on Sunday at the Ivy Rooms.

Michael Judge Premier Cup

Judge won the National Championship in 2013 – photo courtesy of Ivy Rooms Carlow Facebook.

Judge’s triumph adds to the delayed Irish Open that he already captured last November.

Among the Dubliner’s scalps were two fine victories over Ryan Cronin and Rodney Goggins, who compiled the highest break of the tournament with an excellent 134, before seeing off fellow former pro Hogan in the final.

Judge rises to the top of the rankings, leapfrogging Josh Boileau who suffered a surprising 3-2 defeat to Ian Smith in the last 32 and dropped to third.

Former national champion Jason Devaney moved into second, narrowly missing out on successive final appearances after being edged by Hogan in the last four.

Devaney accounted for SnookerHQ contributor Jonathan Williams in the quarter-finals, and the ‘Sniper’ will be on hand to give his account of the weekend’s action later in the week.

Keep an eye out for that, but for now well done to Michael Judge.

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Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.