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Michael Judge Wins Premier Cup Again

Michael Judge defended the DBSL Premier Cup with a 4-1 victory over Brendan O’Donoghue on Sunday in Carlow.

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Judge, right, has won nine ranking events and a National Championship since he dropped off the Main Tour in 2011. Photo credit: PJ Nolan

It marks successive ranking event successes for Judge this season following his triumph in the Presidents Cup last month and safeguarded his spot at the top of the Irish rankings ahead of O’Donoghue.

Judge had reached the final off the back of consecutive deciding frame wins on Saturday over Jason Devaney and Adam Fitzgerald respectively.

Breaks of 64 and 58 helped the 42 year-old Dubliner to a more comfortable defeat of O’Donoghue as he collected the champion’s cheque of €500.

Judge has now won at least two ranking tournaments in four out of the last five campaigns on the Irish amateur scene.

Tipperary’s O’Donoghue, winner of the Barracks Classic in September, enjoyed another solid outing with victories over young Ross Bulman and national champion TJ Dowling in the last four.

But the New Institute player couldn’t prevent Judge from maintaining his current run of dominance.

David Hogan, who lost to Bulman in the last 16, took home the high break prize after compiling a 116.

Click here to view the Premier Cup draw.

 



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