Owen and Gerard crowned champs

Owen and Gerard crowned champs

7 March 2018

WITH both pairings each having come through three tough rounds, an entertaining final was anticipated in the best-of-three snooker doubles final last week. 

In the red corner, Owen Maguire and Gerard Travers from St Mary’s, Newcastle, while in the blue corner were John Weston and Mark McKeown from St Michael’s, Downpatrick. 

Travers cued off in the first frame and it was soon clear that the Weston and McKeown game plan was to keep him at long distance.

Maguire did most of the early scoring as the Newcastle men took the lead. 

 But you can’t keep a good man down and when a loose safety shot left him in the balls, Travers pounced with a 44 break, effectively sealing the first frame as Weston and McKeown managed just 11 points between them.

The Downpatrick men changed tack in the second frame, each taking good long reds and colours to open up a healthy 40-8 lead. Unfortunately, Weston then fouled a red after potting a great pink, sportingly declaring the foul on himself.  

Worse was to come as he then went in off the pink, giving Travers the chance to reduce the lead still further. A 22 break to the brown followed, bringing the scores to 49–45 for Maguire and Travers, with only blue to black remaining.  

McKeown potted a great long blue to grab the lead by one point again and when Maguire’s safety shot left the pink over the corner pocket, Weston slid it home to make it one-all.

Into the decider and with cue arms beginning to tighten, both teams failed to capitalise on early chances.  

However, Maguire was then left with an easy opening red and he settled down to make a great 31 break, only ending when he unluckily went in-off his sixth red. 

Mark and John reduced the deficit to 60-44 with only the colours remaining, but three good pots on yellow, green and brown by Travers put his team 25 up with only 18 points left on the table — snookers required. 

Weston played round the angles off the blue, trying to get behind the pink, but when the cue ball instead kissed the black into the corner pocket, it was all over.  

League treasurer Robert Pollock congratulated the pairs on an entertaining final and presented the trophy to the winners.  

Gerard thanked the St Michael’s club for hosting the final and commiserated with John and Mark on coming up just short.