Irish pool tour set for Kilkenny

The first ranking event on the 2012/2013 Irish Pool Association Tour will be held in Kilkenny from September 14 to 16. The event will be staged in the Springhill Court Hotel when the main functions room will be transformed into one big pool venue housing 16 world championship tables.

The first ranking event on the 2012/2013 Irish Pool Association Tour will be held in Kilkenny from September 14 to 16. The event will be staged in the Springhill Court Hotel when the main functions room will be transformed into one big pool venue housing 16 world championship tables.

The event is a huge treat for local sports fans as well as being a significant boost for the local economy. Players from all over the country will be involved in competitions for men’s, junior, under-15 and 21 players as well as ladies.

It is guaranteed to provide excellent entertainment for the weekend as the country’s best pool players battle it out for a share of the substansial prizemoney. The action will commence at 9pm on the Friday, and it will resume on Saturday (10am) before the final session commence at 9am on Sunday.

The Irish Pool Tour consists of eight events that are held in various locations throughout the country. This is not the first time that the Tour has gone to Kilkenny, but following on from the success of the 2011 tournament the expectations are high that this year’s event will be a huge success.

Over 150 competitors are expected to participate in the men’s event, with upwards of 30 playing the juniors and 10 in the ladies. Players from every county in the country will be in Kilkenny for the event and the competition is expected to be fierce.

A very high local turnout is also to be expected.

Chairman of the Irish Pool Association, Conor O’Boyle is really looking forward to the event.

“It’s great to be going to Kilkenny again,” he said. “The venue and quality of competition are of a very high standard and this event promises to provide a great start to the new season. This being the first event of the season this year’s Tour promises to be as exciting as in previous years.

“A lot of work has gone into making it a success, and I would strongly urge local players to come along and have a go – it’ll be a great experience”.

The competition is open to pool players of all abilities and is an experience not to be missed. For further information and to enter call Rod (086-8476890) or Conor (087-9008258) or log onto www.irishpoolassociation.ie for full details. Entries must be received by September 8 for the men’s draw.

The under-21 tournament starts on the Saturday and entries must be received a week in advance along with the men’s entry. The men’s action commences on the Friday night. The junior event (under-18) starts at 10am on Sunday and the under-15s starts at 12pm.

Entries for both of these events are taken on Sunday with the draws being made at 9.45am and 11.45am respectively.