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WATCH: Williams and Dowling for National Glory

Jonathan Williams will take on TJ Dowling in today’s Irish National Championship final in Carlow.

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Photo from www.RIBSA.ie

Williams caused a big upset on Saturday when he overcame European Under-21 champion Josh Boileau 6-2 in the last four, while two-time champion Dowling beat David Hogan 6-3.

Both players are good guys who have each contributed to this website down through the years so I’d like to wish them both the best of luck.

But in particular to the ‘Sniper’, who has supported SnookerHQ from the very beginning back in 2011 and has provided excellent coverage on the domestic amateur scene for readers since.

When Johnny returned at the outset of this season he admitted that one of his main goals was to reach a maiden ranking event final.

Well, the 28 year-old has certainly done that in style and he is just one victory away from joining an illustrious band of names who have become Irish champion.

Dowling himself is a former winner and this is amazingly his first time featuring in the showpiece finale since his second title 18 years ago.

The contest will be played over the best of 13 frames, with the first session at 10:30am featuring six frames before the resumption of play at 14:30pm Irish time.

RIBSA has done a good job this year by providing a stream for us to enjoy the action and the link is below.

Sunday will also determine the national champions at various intermediate and junior levels.

On Saturday, Tom O’Driscoll became the Masters champion, Charlie Sweeney won the Under-19s but lost to Ross Bulman in the final of the Under-18s, while Michelle Sherwin claimed the Ladies title.

Click here to watch the live stream.

Click here to follow the latest scores, results and schedule.



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.

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