George lands first silverware of Pool Festival

Diamond Dazzlers. L-R, Robert Artt, Ian Boal, Adrian Rook, Chris Gordon, Brendan O'Mullan, Declan Heggarty. INBT 09-171CS
Diamond Dazzlers. L-R, Robert Artt, Ian Boal, Adrian Rook, Chris Gordon, Brendan O'Mullan, Declan Heggarty. INBT 09-171CS

George McCullough landed the first silverware of the Ballymena Festival of Pool when he won the individual championship.

The Fairhill Hustlers player (pictured inset, below) clinched the title for the first time by beating Ryan Foster 5-4 in a thrilling final.

George McCullogh of Fairhill Hustlers who won the league individual title at the Michelin Club. INBT 09-175CS

George McCullogh of Fairhill Hustlers who won the league individual title at the Michelin Club. INBT 09-175CS

A total of 45 players has set out in pursuit of the sought-after accolade, in a super start to the Festival, which continues this week.

Results from the individual competition are:

Preliminary round: David Nicholl 1 v 3 Pat McAnally; Lee Wright 3 v 2 Chris Penny; Phil Houston 3 v 0 Justin; Ryan Foster 3 v 0 Darren Gilmore; Gareth Rowe 3 v 0 Nigel McMaster; Jason Davidson 0 v 3 Drew Sloan; Allan Agnew 0 v 3 David O’Neill; KD Crabbe 3 v 2 Rick McMaster; Brett McLaughlin 3 v 1 Adam Gordon; Glenn Mairs 3 v 0 Joey Lee; Richard Campbell 3 v 2 John McAllister; Sean McAnally 2 v 3 Barry McLarnon; Frazer Young 3 v 0 Jason Ogilby.

First round: Chris Gordon 3 v 2 Robert Artt; David Armstrong 3 v 0 Darren Campbell; George McCullough 3 v 1 Don McKeown; Kieran Butler 1 v 3 David Calderwood; Linzi McClelland 2 v 3 Alan Rainey; Mary Jo McCourt 3 v 1 Richard Bamber; Clifford Allison 1 v 3 Ian Dewar; Ritchie Irwin 3 v 1 Ashley Harmsworth; Robert Graham 3 v 1 Alan Davidson; Gary Ormandy 3 v 1 Pat McAnally; Lee Wright 1 v 3 Phil Houston; Ryan Foster 3 v 0 Gareth Rowe; Drew Sloan 3 v 0 David O’Neill; KD Crabbe 3 v 1 Brett McLaughlin; Glenn Mairs 3 v 2 Richard Campbell; Barry McLarnon 1 v 3 Frazer Young.

Second round: Chris Gordon 0 v 3 David Armstrong; George McCullough 3 v 1 David Calderwood; Alan Rainey 3 v 1 Mary Jo McCourt; Ian Dewar 1 v 3 Ritchie Irwin; Robert Graham 2 v 3 Gary Ormandy; Phil Houston 2 v 3 Ryan Foster; Drew Sloan 0 v 3 KD Crabbe; Glenn Mairs 3 v 0 Frazer Young.

Quarter-finals: David Armstrong 2 v 3 George McCullogh; Alan Rainey 3 v 1 Ritchie Irwin; Gary Ormandy 0 v 3 Ryan Foster; KD Crabbe 1 v 3 Glenn Mairs.

Semi-finals: George McCullough 4 v 3 Alan Rainey; Ryan Foster 4 v 1 Glenn Mairs.

Final: George McCullough 5 v 4 Ryan Foster.

CUP

Quarter-finals: Towers Tavern 4 v 2 Fairhill Hustlers; Diamond Dazzlers 4 v 0 Meatballs; Michelin Masters 4 v 1 Fairhill Dreamers; Coach 3 v 4 Inbetweeners.

Semi-finals: Towers Tavern 4 v 2 Meatballs; Michelin Masters 4 v 1 Inbetweeners.

Final: Towers Tavern 4 v 3 Michelin Masters

In the final, Towers raced into a 3-0 lead with David O’Neill and Drew Sloan winning in straight frames over Rick McMaster and David Armstrong. Shane Moody defeated Alan Armstrong by a 2-1 scoreline.

Back came the Michelin Masters Brian Hanna beat Dean Greer 2-1 after losing the first frame and Chris Penny also won 2-1 over K.D.Crabbe and Chris also had lost the first frame. In the sixth game Jimmy Knowles had a hard fought win over James Millar by a 2-1 scoreline to leave the match score at 3-3.

This resulted in a play off and Drew Sloan and David Armstrong were to feature, Drew managed to come out on top by a 2-0 scoreline for the Towers Tavern and claim a first ever Cup victory for the team.

SHIELD

Semi-finals: Diamond Dazzlers 4 v 2 Fairhill Hustlers; Mighty Moat 4 v 2 Coach.

Final: Diamond Dazzlers 4 v 0 Mighty Moat.

Unlike the Cup final the Shield final was a very one sided affair but it also resulted in a first ever trophy in the League for the Diamond Dazzlers.

Adrian Rourke started it all off for the Diamond followed by wins from Declan Heggarty, Brendan O’Mullan and Ian Boal.