THE Tyrone Pool Association enjoyed a hugely successful annual trip to the All-Ireland Inter-County Team Championships in the Gleneagles Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry, where they won four national titles.
The Tyrone under-18 and under-23 teams retained their titles over the weekend, while the men’s B team and young Karol Galka also claimed national crowns.
The men’s B team of Steven Quinn (Fintona), Oisin Wallace (Omagh), Matthew Campbell (Beragh), Gerard McDermott (Omagh), Callum McGlinchey (Omagh), Daryl Beattie (Sixmilecross), Ciaran Fay (captain, Coalisland), Michael Magennis (Dungannon) and Barry Cunningham (Fintona) added this title to the All-Ireland B Knockout Cup they won last month in Tullamore, Co Offaly, following a series of fantastic victories against strong opposition.
They started their campaign in the group stages, overcoming the challenges of Westmeath (won 14-6), Laois (won 14-10), Offaly (lost 14-12) and against tournament favourites Dublin (14-11, 1/4-finals). They then claimed a 14-13 win over Mayo in the semi-finals before defeating a very strong Meath team in the final with another superb 14-11 victory.
The under-23 team of Callum McGlinchey (Omagh), Carl Martin (captain, Fintona) and Oisin Wallace (Omagh) retained their title after defeating Cork (5-2), Wexford (5-2) and Fermanagh (5-0) in their group, losing to Meath (5-1), before bouncing back to oust their B team in the semi-final. They then overcame tournament favorites Leitrin, who had all Irish internationals in their team, 5-1 to seal the title.
The Junior A team of Karol Galka (Fintona), Galvin McDermott (Omagh) and Piotr Samulewicz (Tattyreagh) also retained their title, defeating Tyrone C, Limerick B and Wexford A in the group stages before progressing to the semi-finals where they defeated Tyrone B and then Limerick A in the final with Galka winning a last frame decider for a 5-4 victory.
Galka was then crowned All-Ireland U15 Individual champion following a string of superb performances. He defeated a host of young players from Cork, Westmeath, Leitrim and Meath before beating a great prospect from Kerry, Patrick Daly in the final.
Patrick is receiving professional snooker coaching and has won a number of underage pool and snooker titles, but on this occasion it was Karol who stepped up his performance to claim a superb 5-0 victory.