Irish Snooker

Steve Davis Crowned Seniors Irish Masters Champion

Steve Davis rolled back the years to capture the Seniors Irish Masters at Goffs on Sunday.

Davis collected £5,000 as champion. Photo credit: Monique Limbos

The Englishman was a late replacement for Stephen Hendry in the second World Seniors Tour event of the season and duly took advantage as he evoked memories of past glories in County Kildare.

Between 1983 and 1994, the “Nugget” won the Irish Masters as a professional on the Main Tour a staggering eight times at the famous venue.

Davis, who fully retired from pro snooker in 2016, was in fine form throughout the weekend as he dominated the field akin to how he was able to easily dismantle his opposition back in his heyday.

The 60 year-old overcame Dennis Taylor in Saturday’s quarter-finals before thrashing another BBC co-commentator in John Parrott 3-0 in the last four.

Funnily enough, Davis beat the pair to lift the Irish Masters trophy in the finals of the 1990 and 1991 competitions respectively.

In the final, the six-time world champion came up against giant-killer Jonathan Bagley, who upset fan favourites Ken Doherty and Jimmy White in a pair of 3-2 thrillers in the previous rounds to reach Sunday’s showdown for success.

Bagley’s challenge fell short, though, as Davis romped to victory with a comprehensive 4-0 beating of his fellow Englishman.

With the triumph, Davis claimed the Alex Higgins trophy, presented to him by the daughter of his old foe – Lauren Higgins.

Davis has admitted that he has no intentions of becoming a regular competitor on the World Seniors Tour but, on this evidence, it is clear that he could do a lot of damage if he decided to have a change of heart.

Many fans and followers of the game will be hoping he does participate because there was a great atmosphere throughout the weekend in Goffs and Davis’ presence in these events would certainly help in its initial growth and expansion.

There are two more tournaments in the inaugural World Seniors Tour campaign with the World Seniors Championship and the Seniors Masters scheduled in the coming months.

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.