Amateur Snooker - 2016 Home Internationals Snooker Championship
5th-8th August 2016 / Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, England
SCOTLAND SQUEEZE IT!
Scotland won the Home Internationals Snooker Championship for the first time since 2002 after one of the tightest finishes in the event's history.
Men's Teams from England, Scotland, Wales (A & B), Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Guernsey travelled to the famous Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds for the 2016 edition of this prestigious annual tournament.
The champion quartet of Michael Collumb, Robert Carlisle, Ross Vallance and Chris Totten ousted Republic of Ireland by just a single frame after each team ended up on 10 points having won 5 out of 6 matches.
Scotland began their campaign with a 9-3 win over Wales B before then seeing off reigning champions England 8-4.
They bounced back from a 9-3 loss to Northern Ireland by beating ROI 8-4 and Guernsey 11-1.
Going into the final morning, both the Scots and Irish had exactly identical records - and even the Welsh A side could gatecrash the party if results went their way.
But Scotland would defeat Wales A 9-3; thus bettering ROI's 8-4 success over England to secure the shield.
Collumb also finished on top of the Individual Stats with a total of 14 out of 18 frames won.
Guernsey's Martin Desperques made the highest break with an effort of 124.
In the Masters Division, the Wales A team (10 points) of Darryl James, Gavin Lewis, Elfed Evans and Steven Thomas took the title ahead of both England A (9 points) and B (8 points).
Aidan Owens (England A) was the top individual performer with 13/15 - he also constructed the best break of the competition with a 101.
For more information, and the full results, please visit the HIBSF (Home Internationals Billiards and Snooker Federation) website here.
Picture above is courtesy of Lux Landa.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 9th August 2016