By Fin Ruane
Event 8 in this season’s CrossGuns Junior Snooker Series took place earlier in April.
Entry numbers were somewhat effected by several regular entrants opting to play in the RIBSA intermediate and junior events that were hosted the same weekend.
Aside from this, another day of top junior snooker was on show with several shock results adding to the drama.
Aaron Smith from Navan won his maiden Under-14 title after defeating event 7 winner Cian Murtagh in the final.
John Joyce, the U-14 ranking list leader since event 1, lost in the semi-finals but it will take a huge sway of results and permutations to deny Joyce The Billiard Co. Player of the Year award.
Joyce, though, put his U-14 disappointment behind him to sweep all aside and claim the Under-19 tournament on the day, beating Jack Sheridan in the final.
Andrei Blondu, already crowned as overall U-19 champion, opted to skip the event.
Aaron Holland still leads the way for the SnookerHQ high break award with his 107 Break from event 7.
However, the CrossGuns Scholarship is still up for grabs and, with several players very much in the frame, my decision has become much harder after the most recent tournament.
The ninth and final event of the inaugural season will take place in May. The date will be confirmed soon.