The European Men’s Team Championship has been taking place this week in Lithuania.
All three Irish teams taking part have emerged easily from the round-robin phase and are well placed to make a run for the title in the knockout stages.
Ireland 3, comprising Brendan O’Donoghue and Ryan Cronin, are the top seeds following the groups having lost the least number of frames, and they await the winners of Latvia and Lithuania 8.
Defending champions Michael Judge and Robert Murphy for Ireland 1 face Germany 2 while the Ireland 2 side made up of Rodney Goggins and Jason Devaney meet Israel 2.
The competition isn’t especially strong with only one English side – Wayne Brown and Jake Nicholson – and a single Welsh outfit consisting of Andrew Pagett and Alex Taubman in the last 16.
The three Irish teams will each fancy their chances of going all the way to the title for glory.
The second seeds following the groups are Malta, who peculiarly have Alex Borg in their line-up despite the fact that the 47 year-old earned his pro ticket via Q-School in May.
This isn’t the first time that Borg has played in an amateur sanctioned event while being deemed a professional and I confess to having zero idea as to how this is permitted.
The European Masters Team Championship is also nearing its conclusion with Peter Donegan and Nigel Power into the semi-finals for Ireland – where they’ll meet Scotland.
In the Ladies Championship, Irish duo Michelle Sherwin and Claire Mill will take on Germany in the quarter-finals.