Moyross pool tournament brings city communities to the table

Shane O’Riordan

Reporter:

Shane O’Riordan

A new initiative in Moyross has been received well by Limerick pool players and is hoped to become an annual event.

A new initiative in Moyross has been received well by Limerick pool players and is hoped to become an annual event.

For the first time at under-age level, players from four Limerick communities, north and south of the city, came together to see who would take home the coveted trophy. Over 20 contenders from Moyross, Weston, Southill and Ballynanty arrived in Moyross Bays to compete.

The tournament format was single elimination knockout and after two and half hours of competition, Jo-Jo O’Connor from Ballinacurra Weston and Ben Johnson from Moyross came head-to-head in the final. Ben was the eventual winner of the trophy, which was provided for the event by the Youth People Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF).

William Priestley, manager of the West End Youth Centre said: “The tournament was a great opportunity for young people from the different communities of Limerick to get to know each other in a positive environment”.

The tournament came about after a series of challenge matches between Limerick communities over the last twelve months. Jamie Kelly, the main organiser of the event, explained that: “I’m really happy that the tournament was a success. A lot of planning was done behind the scenes. The lads did a lot of preparation and in the run up to this event all the teams had been training hard. Based on the success of today, I’d definitely like to turn it into an annual event.”

Shane O’Donnell, tournament competitor from Ballinacurra Weston said: “It was a great way to meet other pool players from around Limerick. The tournaments in our club are good fun, but this was serious so I hope this is something that can happen again next year”.

The tournament, according to William, was a great success.