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Gary Clarke Crowned Fermanagh 8-BALL Open Champion 2017

" NIPPO " ------ Fermanagh 8-BALL Open 2017

N.Ireland Pool Players Organisation (NIPPO) held Fermanagh 8-BALL Open ranking tournament at the weekend past in the new Toosies Pool Academy club situated in the Fermanagh town of Ballinamallard with another good turnout competing returning to NIPPO action after a few months break.

Congratulations to N.Ireland's top cue-sport player Gary Clarke who produced a fantastic performance throughout the tournament to be crowned champion topping his group in fine form played in round robin format but faced defeat in his last-16 match against Ricky Clyde but managed to get over the winning line on that occasion 5-4.

Gary's route to the title from the last-32 started with 5-0 win over Kieran Mallon (Down) and followed that up with victories over Ricky Clyde (Antrim, last-16, 5-4), Damian Corrigan (Tyrone, 1/4-finals, 5-2), Carl Martin (Tyrone, semi-finals, 6-2) before overcoming the challenge from Barry Cunningham (Tyrone) in the final with an 7-4 victory to be crowned Fermanagh 8-Ball Open Champion 2017..................RESULTS FROM LAST-32 LISTED BELOW !!!!!!

Andy Park 5-3 Willie Eakin
Damian Corrigan 5-2 Gavin Armstrong
Gary Clarke 5-0 Kieran Mallon
Ricky Clyde 5-2 Shaun Sharkey
Carl Martin 5-3 Ryan Murphy
Johnny White 5-3 Raymond Stockman
Chris Beattie 5-1 Owenie McMenamin
Mark Howe 5-2 Nigel Craig
Lee Hull 5-2 Maurice Cullen
Emmet McGuire 5-1 Shane Maye
Ronnie Boyle 5-1 Tony Greenan
Barry Cunningham 5-2 Sean Cullum
Noel Meara 5-4 Manny Byrne
Niall Sweeney 5-4 James Nesbitt
Matthew Mahon 5-3 Kyle Barkley
Tom Cassidy 5-4 Shane Mulligan

Damian Corrigan 5-4 Andy Park
Gary Clarke 5-4 Ricky Clyde
Carl Martin 5-2 Johnny White
Chris Beattie 5-2 Mark Howe
Lee Hull 5-2 Emmet McGuire
Barry Cunningham 5-3 Ronnie Boyle
Niall Sweeney 5-0 Noel Meara
Matthew Mahon 5-2 Tom Cassidy

Gary Clarke 5-2 Damian Corrigan
Carl Martin 5-4 Chris Beattie
Barry Cunningham 5-1 Lee Hull
Niall Sweeney 5-0 Matthew Mahon

Gary Clarke 6-2 Carl Martin
Barry Cunningham 6-5 Niall Sweeney

Gary Clarke 7-5 Barry Cunningham

NIPPO committee would like to thank Shane Mulligan owner of Toosies Pool Academy and all his staff and all helpers including Jimmy Kerrigan for the hard work and effort they put in making this NIPPO Fermanagh 8-Ball Open ranking tournament a great success.

Toosies Pool Academy playing conditions was first class over the weekend and hopefully the club will be a good driving force promoting 8-ball pool for Fermanagh players in years to come.
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