The Blackstaff Snooker Club held an Snooker Extravaganza exhibition on the 21st June with two of Northern Ireland’s Professional Snooker Players Mark Allen and Joe Swail. They were raising money to help the NIB&SA (Northern Ireland Billiards & Snooker Assocation) Junior players represent Northern Ireland in Leeds in the up and coming few weeks; they raised £3,000 in total which was brilliant for our beautiful sport! Snooker in Northern Ireland is definitely on the map again and it can only get better from here onwards. I wish the lads all the best, I hope they bring it home!!!
This was by far the best exhibition that I have ever been too, the craic was brilliant from start to finish, but the highlight of the night was the frame between Joe Swail and “The Kidd”. The frame was played in great sprits and had everyone glued to there seats…. I loved it! The Kidd won. Well done Our Kidd!!
Shortly after this, I got to play Mark Allen, he was firing at all pockets and wasn’t slowing down for anyone! It’s no surprise that he made another century against me 115 break; I knew what I was up against from my experience last year. I loved every minute of it, Mark’s an amazing player, it’s a great experience when you get the opportunity to play a professional. Thank you Mark for playing me, although I am determined to get him back one of these days! Losing 2-0 is tough to take but I take it in my stride! Things can only get better from here. Thank you to The Blackstaff Snooker Club for holding the exhibition and to everyone involved in making it such a success, it was a great night. Hopefully there will be more events like this in the future.