Snooker World Champion visit Fintona for 8-Ball exhibition

Former world snooker champion Ken Doherty with young participants in the Junior Pool tournament at Q-Sports.

Former world snooker champion Ken Doherty with young participants in the Junior Pool tournament at Q-Sports.

Q-Sports Academy Club Fintona held an 8-Ball Pool Exhibition last Wednesday night (9th April) in the club featuring the 1997 World Professional Snooker Champion Ken Doherty.

The popular Dubliner took on a host of up and coming young players along with a number of senior club members with everyone putting on a brilliant show in an exhibition which was enjoyed by the large turnout of spectators.


Organisers would like to thank everyone who helped in anyway by making it a very special night for these young players from the local community and a sincere thanks to Ken Doherty who put on a fabulous show, and also give advice and encouragement to these young future stars.

The club organisers would like to thank the following: Daryl & Bridge Beattie, Ronnie Boyle, Fiona Boyle, Shauna Boyle, Lisa Boyle, Darren McGaughey, Cathal Donnelly, Angela Reid (junior pool sponsor), Mickey McDonald (Junior snooker sponsor), Dick Johnson, Andrew Patterson, Adrian Weir, Glen Campbell, Stevie McCann, parents, players and Kieran McKenna and his staff of the Pizza Place Fintona for providing the beautiful buffet.

Congratulations to young Karol Galka who produced a brilliant performance to be crowned Ken Doherty Junior Pool Trophy Champion defeating Shane O’Brien 4-0 in the semi-finals and followed that up with another brilliant display to defeat the inform Owen O’Brien in the final on a 5-0 score-line.

Special thanks to Andrew Patterson who refereed both semi-finals and Daryl Beattie for taking care of the final and also thanks to Angela Reid for sponsoring the event and not forgetting the main man of the night the 1997 World Professional Snooker Champion Ken Doherty who give great assistance towards this junior tournament which will now be an annual event held at Q-Sports Academy.

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