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THE AMATEUR ANGLE - TOP OF THE HILL FOR DARRYL ON THE IOM


​​Darryl Hill won the Isle of Man Snooker Championship for the fourth time last week at the Finch Hill Bowling and Snooker Club in the island's capital of Douglas. 

The former main tour player progressed to the final off the back of successive 4-0 victories in the Quarters and Semi-Finals. In the title match he defeated defending champion John Kennish 5-3. For the first time in the tournament's history the final was referred by a female – Jane Hill. 

Hill won the 2015 EBSA European Under 21 Championship in Malta, a title which rewarded him with a two-year professional tour card. He claimed 'Rookie of the Year' at the World Snooker Awards after his debut season on the top tier. 

However, hampered along the way with illness, he was unable to accumulate enough ranking points by the end of the 2016/17 campaign, didn't get through Q-School, and was subsequently relegated off the tour. 

The recently turned 22-year-old (in fact, a day after his victory) will be back attempting to earn his pro status in Burton later this month at Q-School where he faces Englishman Jed Mann first up in Event 1. 


After the final, the Isle of Man Billiards and Snooker Association held their annual presentation.



2018 Isle of Man Snooker Championship - Results (from the Quarter-Finals onwards)

Tom Miller 4-1 Calum Gardner

​Sean Corkish 4-1 Chris Dagnall

​John Kennish 4-2 Peter Crellin

​Darryl Hill 4-0 Don Humphries


Semi-Finals

Corkish 0-4 Hill

Kennish 4-2 Miller


​Final 

​Kennish 3-5 Hill



The image above is courtesy of manxradio.com



Written and published by Michael Day on the 3rd May 2018