Monday 16 September 2019

Rodney reaches last four in Latvia

SNOOKER STAR Rodney Goggins from the 147 Club in Wexford reached the semi-final of the European championships in Latvia last week.

In the last four clash Rodney lost to Scott Donaldson from Scotland by six frames to two in a superb high-quality match.

Ireland had a fantastic championship with two players in the semi-finals, but the young 18-year-old Scottish sensation went on to beat Brendan O'Donoghue from Nenagh in the final by seven frames to three and win his place on the professional snooker tour.

The current Irish number one, Rodney had a fantastic event in winning all five group matches while making three century breaks along the way and only losing one frame, to be seeded number four for the knockout stages.

In the last 64 Rodney beat Janis Bindze from Latvia by four frames to nil. In the last 32 he beat ex-pro John Whitty from England by five frames to three.

In the last 16 he beat Marcin Nitschke from Poland by five frames to one. In the quarter-final he beat another ex-pro, Craig MacGillivray from Scotland, by five frames to one.

Rodney's coach, P.J. Nolan, was delighted with the Wexford man's overall performance but he knows his student can win the title in the future.

He said as long as we can keep on knocking on the door with good performances like in Syria where Rodney reached the semi-final of the 2010 World Amateurs and now in Latvia, I am confident we can win something major.

In two weeks Rodney will fly to Thailand to play in the Asian 6 Red championship after winning the European qualifier in Bulgaria last March.

In this event he will fly the Irish flag against all the top professional players like Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins, Judd Trump and others, so he is looking forward to testing his capabilities against the very best in the business.

Rodney would like to thank the 147 Club in Wexford for their continued support providing free practice facilities and to his coach P.J. Nolan, who is formerly from New Ross, for his coaching and guidance throughout the years.

The versatile Rodney is in a rich vein of form at the moment, having finished the R.I.B.S.A. 2011-2012 season on a high note recently when he captured the Republic of Ireland Senior billiards championship in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow.

While he came up against a very tough opponent in the final in the shape of Irish number one Aidan Murray from Wicklow, Rodney was equal to the task and triumphed in a high-quality contest on a 578-315 scoreline.