Jordan pockets another crown
Clean sweep by pool star
Published 20/05/2016 | 00:00
Gorey teenager Jordan Doyle continued to set the baize alight last month when he added the Irish Pool Masters Under-23 title to his array of silverware.
The north Wexford cueman completed an unprecedented quadruple of national titles at Under-15, -18, -21 and -23 age groups with his win in the City North Hotel.
The 19-year-old now just needs the men's national title to collect a clean sweep. As well as walking away with the Under-23 trophy, Doyle made it all the way to the last eight of the Masters men's event before going out in a last frame decider against the eventual runner-up, Pat Moorehouse.
In the Under-23 tournament, as second seed, Doyle began in the last 32 by beating Brandon Fleming 5-2. Oisín Wallace was dispatched in the next round by seven racks to three before the Gorey man breezed past Tyler O'Connor 6-2.
Cormac Kerr proved a tricky opponent in the last four but Doyle prevailed 6-4 to set up a final with top seed Kevin McWeeney from Leitrim. In the four rounds preceding the final McWeeney had lost just six racks in total, meaning it was going to be a tough ask for the challenger.
In the title decider against the defending champion, Doyle raced into a 5-0 lead before his opponent hit back with three straight frames. The Wexford man wasn't to be denied his glory as he knuckled down and won the next two frames and the match by seven racks to three. The success was the culmination of a five-year body of work that saw Doyle achieve national titles through the grades. In 2011, as a 14-year old, he took the Under-15 title. Two years later the Breakers club representative won both the Under-18, and the Under-21, national trophies.
As well as winning national titles, Doyle has competed on the world stage. In 2012 he came third in the Under-18 world championship as a 15-year-old. He has also represented his country and won the 8-Ball Pool Junior European championship with team Ireland in 2013 and again in 2015.
The current number one ranked Under-23 in the country will next be in action in the Festival of Pool in early June in Clare. That's followed by the world championships which take place at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool, England, from June 19 to 29.