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Junior Series Returns in CrossGuns

By Fin Ruane

Following on from the huge success of last year, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the second Junior Series at CrossGuns in Dublin will begin in September.

CJS Blondu Under-19 champion
Andrei Blondu won the Under-19 CrossGuns Player of the Year last season.

My aim to provide junior players with much needed, affordable and regular tournament play will once again run for nine months from September to May 2017.

This season will see several tweaks to the format for the Under-14 and Under-19 events.

No longer will the U-14 and U-19 players compete against each other.

Fixtures in both age groups will be played on a round-robin basis, with all matches played over two frames.  In the event of a match ending 1-1 a re-spotted black ball shootout will decide the winner.

In the U-14 events frames will be contested over 6 reds.

Ranking points will be awarded for matches won with extra points on offer for the overall winner in each age group on the day.

Subsequently, these points will go towards the end of season awards where once again I’m delighted to welcome The Billiard Company on board as U-14 sponsors and the highly respected SnookerHQ website as the high break sponsor.

This season I will again be awarding a season long snooker scholarship for one of the players.

Last year’s CrossGuns Scholarship winner Aaron Hollard will receive paid entry into all of this season’s junior series events, along with paid entry into every RIBSA junior and senior ranking event. In addition, Aaron receives free practice and coaching at the Academy throughout the campaign.

CJS Joyce Under-14 Champion
John Joyce won The Billiard Co. Player of the Year for Under-14s.

The changes for this coming Junior Series are solely to offer each player more table time and much needed match practice in his or her respective age group. I do feel these changes will also make for some exciting snooker matches and all in all an enjoyable day’s snooker for every junior player.

Alongside last season’s champions John Joyce (U-14) and Andrei Blondu (U-19) the series is open to all junior snooker players throughout Ireland.

Entry fee is €10 with the winner on the day receiving a trophy and cash prize.

The first event will be held on Saturday, September 17th with play beginning at 11.30am.

I’m looking forward to welcoming all junior snooker players of both age groups to CrossGuns this coming season in what I’m sure will be a fantastic series played in a great snooker atmosphere.

Fin Ruane
Tournament Director
Contact: or 086 8196760

CrossGuns Junior Snooker Series Event Dates

Event 1
Saturday September 17th

Event 2
Saturday October 8th

Event 3
Saturday November 6th

Event 4
Saturday December 3rd

Event 5
Saturday January 14th

Event 6
Saturday February 11th

Event 7
Saturday March 11th

Event 8
Saturday April 8th

Event 9
Saturday May 11th

Dates are subject to change

Tournament Rules

  • The Junior Series is open to all players under the ages of 14 and 19 on or before Saturday, September 17th, 2016.
  • Fixtures in both age groups will be played on a round-robin basis.
  • All matches will be played over two frames. In the event of a 1-1 tie a black ball re-spotted shootout will decide the winner. A coin toss will decide who plays first.
  • All matches in the U-14 section will be contested over 6 reds.
  • In the event of six or more entries in each age section, groups will be drawn. The winners of each group will play a two frame deciding match to determine the overall winner on the day. A black ball re-spot will decide the winner if scores are level at 1-1.
  • In the event of players tied on matches won at the end of the round robin, frames won will determine who advances. Should the number of frames won be equal, the result of the head-to-head between the two players will be the deciding factor.
  • There will be a three miss rule in the U-19 section whereas the U-14 will have a no miss rule.
  • The scholarship prize will be open to each junior player who competes in the junior series.
  • A full copy of the rules will be available at each event.

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  1. Great to see so many young players playing snooker in cross gun’s washing you all great success for the future pay close attention to the advice Finbar gives you keep your head down and you will do well

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