Sunday, 2 June 2013

Beggs wins Forestside Open

The 4th Irish Circuit event of the season (and Northern Ireland's 3rd WASPA event) was won by Kenny Beggs, who topped an 8-player league. John Moore was runner-up and Mark Farrell 3rd. It was all very tight going into the last session, with any of these three players still having a chance to top the table. John needed to beat Ernie Bickerstaff by two clear goals and hope for Kenny & Mark to draw with each other. John won 1-0 but Kenny scored a late winner against Mark to secure the title.

Final table:
1. Kenny Beggs, 7-19
2. John Moore, 7-17
3. Mark Farrell, 7-15
4. Barry Spence, 7-9
5. Davy Clegg, 7-8
6. Ernie Bickerstaff, 7-6
7. Nicky Moore, 7-2
8. Alistair Morrison, 7-2

The tournament attracted some good publicity, being held in the middle of Belfast's busy Forestside Shopping Centre. Many of the shoppers, young and old, stopped to watch, ask questions and play on the practise table. Emma Lamont won a Penalty Competition for the general public, following a sudden-death shoot-out against her Father and Stephen Betts. Thanks to Ernie Bickerstaff for negotiating the venue and to Forestside for offering us the opportunity to put the game in the public eye.

Report from
John Moore vs Kenny Beggs

Davy Clegg polishes his team

Action from the tournament

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