Rian pots to glory

April 22, 2013

The World Snooker Championships may have just begun and there will be no player in it under as much pressure as 13 year old Rian Hoey was as he contested the final of the East Tyrone U14 Snooker Championship.

The St. Joseph’s, Crossmaglen schoolboy started playing snooker at the age of 8.  He travelled to Coalisland for the final against James Toner from the host club. Rian, who has 8 events already under his belt in Mac’s Snooker Club, Keady took the opening frame of the three legged East Tyrone final. The home support grew very vocal as their man levelled at 1-1 and then took control of the deciding frame edging 46 points in front with just 6 reds left on the table.

A superb long pot on a red kick-started a stirring comeback from Ryan, who had whittled the lead down to just 5 points but there was one very big obstacle to overcome to secure victory- the lone black ball which was over half the length of the table away. The tension and pressure was ever-mounting but cool as a cucumber Rian picked up the rest, put it in place on the table before calmly slotting the black straight into the middle of the pocket without touching the jaws, to lift this most prestigious of titles.